• Funai to sell LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray players in the US

    low-priced Sylvania 42-inch LCD/DVD combo (photos of the Blu-ray combo are not yet available) Starting next summer, Funai (Sylvania, Symphonic, Emerson) is planning to sell LCD TVs with integrated Blu-ray Disc players in the US. The Japanese company has a lot of good experience with this approach. Sales from cathode-ray tube TVs with built-in VCRs reached 40% of total TV sales for Funai a… Read More

  • Kohjinsha prepping 8.9-inch subnotebook

    Kohjinsha drops another tiny notebook/netbook/subnotebook/UMPC into the pool today with the W130 series. I’ve used the term subnotebook in the title of this post because this little guy runs Windows Vista. I like to save “netbook” for those machines that run Windows XP or a derivative of Linux. Here’s what you get with the W130: Atom processor running at 1.33GHz… Read More

  • Y Combinator To Offer Standardized Funding Legal Docs

    Early stage venture firm Y Combinator which has funded over 102 young startups, has “open sourced” the legal documents that they provide to their startups to use as they seek additional funding beyond what they’ve gotten from Y Combinator. The documents were created with their law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and are available at… Read More

  • Europe finally gets Sony's mini OLED-TV XEL-1

    According to information the Nikkei, Japan’s largest business daily, spread today, Sony will finally start selling its XEL-1 mini OLED TV in Europe “sometime next year”. The device made its debut in the US in January, while it hit Japanese stores December 2007. Sony will become the first company offering OLED TVs in Europe. The price is unknown at this point. The company… Read More

  • Weight-sensitive floor lights up where you step on it, looks futuristic

    Mark my words: you’re going to be seeing these Sensacell floors on Battlestar Galactica on the Cylon base ships pretty soon. Doesn’t it seem like their kind of thing? I guess it could be actually practical for lighting your way with a minimal amount of light, but for places that’s necessary we already have motion sensors. Well, even if something works, we can always replace… Read More

  • Left 4 Dead to debut at PAX for Xbox 360

    Devin loved L4D when he checked it out at E3 and I have yet to demo it, but I’ll take his word for it. Those of you lucky enough to make it to PAX will have the opportunity to see the world debut of L4D for the Xbox 360 platform, which means Devin gets to play it again. Bastard. As a side note, I’m stoked to be getting my Orange Box in the next couple days. I know I’m a… Read More

  • Robopong lets you play friendless table tennis

    The Achilles heel of table tennis: people without friends can’t play. Unless you raise the one side of the table, I suppose. But why do that when you can buy an automatic ball-shooting machine? The Robo-Pong comes in a few different varieties starting at $229 for a basic unit (the 540) or $359 “for intermediate and tournament players” (the 1040) Finally, there’s… Read More

  • Bill Gates on future: The Internet! Robots! Touch!

    It seems to me that Bill Gates can’t be a geek anymore. At a recent Microsoft Asia forum he said that the future will be web-based apps, touch interfaces, and robotic artificial intelligence. This boils down to Bill saying a) Office is going to get eaten b) the iPhone is kicking butt c) the Roomba is great. Why doesn’t the richest man in the world offer more than these tired bromides? Read More

  • Kingston adds 32GB SDHC to Elite Pro line

    There’s really no need to get whimsical with this post. Kingston has announced a 32GB SDHC for you HD recording folk or anyone that really needs 32 gigs worth of room on an SD card. You’ll have to shell out about $308 for it, though. * Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification version 2.00
    * Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
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  • Barack Obama Overtakes Kevin Rose On Twitter. McCain Is Nowhere In Sight.

    Up until last night, the person with the most followers on the micro-messaging service was Digg founder and Web celeb Kevin Rose, with 56,482 other people following his every public mind burp. It took none other than Barack Obama (or, rather, Obama’s campaign machine) to take the Twitter crown away from Rose. Obama can now finally stand tall knowing that 56,791 people subscribe to… Read More

  • Polaroid wants your advice on remaking the Polaroid

    Well, not really your advice. They actually want the advice of readers of Amateur Photographer Magazine to decide on specs for an upcoming printing camera. You can enter here and the winner gets a trip to New York and VIP tickets to the Museum of Modern Art. That said, the Polaroid was a perfect technology for its time. Designed by Edwin Land as a “60-second photo studio” it ushered… Read More

  • Eidos, WB confirm Batman game, Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeet. Today, WB and Eidos announced Batman: Arkham Asylum for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. We sort of already knew there was one coming thanks to Gary Oldman, but now it’s official. Based on the “Dark Knight” storyline, based on conjecture, you will assume the role of Batman and you’re task is to deliver the Joker into the Narrows where the imprisoned swine… Read More

  • EA uses BitTorrent to distribute Warhammer beta

    Further legitimization of the BitTorrent protocol, with news that EA will use (well, is using) it to distribute the Warhammer Online: The Reckoning beta to gamers. Included in the game’s documentation is links to various “make the most out of BitTorrent” guides, including one created by TorrentFreak. Blizzard has been using BitTorrent for World of Warcraft patches forever… Read More

  • Taking the shine off: Why blog publishing 'failed' in the UK (or at least didn't create a $30m exit)

    US entrepreneurs have had notable success with Blog publishing startups, in particular Jason Calacanis (Weblogs Inc sold to AOL for $25m) and more recently Rafat Ali (Paid Content sold to The Guardian for $30m). Ashley Norris, former co-founder of early UK blog network Shiny Media, left the company last week to create another startup – but there is no multi-million sale yet in sight… Read More

  • Three-alarm fire at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters

    The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that a three-alarm fire started at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters last night. The fire apparently may have somehow started under one of the building’s air conditioning units located on the second floor. Luckily, the fire was able to be contained in about an hour and nobody was hurt. It was called in at about 10:00 last night… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Vudu rolls out 99 cent rental service

    Vudu, our favorite digital content download service, is now offering extended rentals of SD movies for 99 cents within seven days of the initial viewing. HD movies can be extended for $1.99. But that’s not the best part. There’s a new channel dubbed “99 for 99” that offers 99 recent “blockbusters” for, you guessed it, 99 cents. Steven Horn VUDU’s… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 60-watt solar charging kit for $279.99

    Hey, this deal is only good until 1:00 PM Eastern today, so hop on it if you’re interested. It’s the Sunforce 5004 60 Watt Solar Charging Kit, sold by Amazon. The kit includes a PVC mounting frame, 7 Amp charge controller, 175-watt inverter, and wiring/connection cables. And with the built-in blocking diode technology, this charger kit is designed to protect against battery… Read More

  • New device should provide far more accurate radio ratings

    Old habits die not very easily, which is what makes the introduction of Arbitron’s new Portable People Meter so fascinating. The device is what Arbitron will use to measure radio ratings in the future, being used in the top 50 markets by 2010. The PPMs, which people keep on their person throughout the day, can actually identify what radio station you’re listening to by recognizing… Read More

  • Logitech V550 cordless mouse clips to your notebook

    Here’s a cordless mouse from Logitech. What’s different about it? Well, there’s a tiny USB receiver that you can keep plugged into your USB port all the time without worrying about snapping it off. Also, you can “dock” the mouse to your notebook using the provided clip that you see there. It’s apparently easy to attach and easy to remove, although I’m… Read More

  • Vanity Kippah: My porn star name

    This is a little kippah with “Don’t you wish your Kippah was hot like mine” written on it. It costs $14.95. Is this what 4000 years of struggle, heartbreak, childbearing, and love has wrought? Read More

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