• Clearspring Lays Off 20%, President And COO Jay Rappaport Leaving

    Seems like widget distribution startup Clearspring is another victim of the economic meltdown forced to make some tough decisions. We heard rumors floating that the company laid off about 20% of its staff in early December, and we’ve now confirmed with Clearspring that several people have in fact been let go, although they’re not sharing the exact amount of firings. CEO Homan… Read More

  • Coming Soon From Sling Media: Watch Cable TV From Your iPhone

    Sling Media, the company behind the popular (and very cool) settop boxes that allow you to stream cable from your house to your computer, looks like it has outdone itself. At this week’s Macworld the company will be showing off its upcoming iPhone application, which effectively gives iPhone owners instant access to their Cable TVs and Tivos from anywhere they have a network connection. Read More

  • ffwd's Web Channel Surfing API Goes Live, Is Coming To Boxee

    Video recommendation engine ffwd has just released its completed API to developers, allowing them to incorporate some of the service’s core functionality into their sites. Using the API, developers will be able to make calls to ffwd for video content, and will also be able to incorporate ffwd user profiles and news feed items into their sites. In conjunction with the release, ffwd has… Read More

  • Truphone Guns For The All-in-one iPhone App – Adds Skype, Twitter And Other IM

    With the launch of Skype integration, Truphone’s mobile VoIP service is fast becoming a unified client for other VOIP and messaging services. As well as the ability to make low-cost calls over Wi-Fi or GSM networks and send cheap SMS, it is now supporting Skype and other messaging services via its application for the iPhone or iTouch. The software comes out on Jan. 12, at which point… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Kitchenette Edition

    I want my flying car – kitchens of the future
    Buying a new TV or using an old tube TV with a converter; which uses more energy?
    Cockroach + cockroach house = disgusting keychain holder Read More

  • HP rounds out the dv notebook line with the dv3

    The dv2 is a much sexier notebook, but the dv3 has its place, too. Okay, maybe not. With a 13.3-inch screen, AMD Athlon X2 or Turion proc and an ATI Radeon HD(9) 3200 graphics card it isn’t much to write home about. Read More

  • HP updates the Mini 2133 for the business folks, calls it the Mini 2140

    I like these little netbook-type notebooks from HP. I’m still waiting for the MIE version of the Mini 1000, but I’d much rather have the 2140 with its all aluminum casing. The 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen, Intel Atom proc, 80GB SSD (or 160GB HDD), 3D DriveGuard (accelerometer shenanigans to protect your hard drive) and 2.6 pound frame are well worth the $499 price tag. You can… Read More

  • HP comes clean with the HP Firebird with VoodooDNA gaming PC

    HP’s latest Voodoo rig, the HP Firebird, is a fine machine for gaming and video/photo buffs. With two SKUs to appease all sides the Firebird is sure to give PC users everything they want or even need in a relatively small and extremely quiet high performance package. The 802 features an Intel Core 2 Quad Core 2.66GHz processor while the 803 packs a 2.83GHz processor. Both come with… Read More

  • AMD and HP combine to form nicely featured 12-inch notelet

    Nestled between the $400-$500 netbooks and the more fully-featured but far less portable laptops like Thinkpads and MacBooks at say $1200 is what we like to call a market vacuum. People who don’t want the limitations of a tiny laptop but need something more portable than a full-size laptop either have to comprimise one way or the other, or else pay through the nose for a MacBook Air… Read More

  • Apple ditching DRM? 3G iTunes downloads?

    Looks like the gods at Apple have been listening. People have long complained about Apple’s DRM protection on music available on iTunes and the inability to download songs to the iPhone over 3G (I mean come on). That might change tomorrow. Read More

  • SanDisk announces push button backup flash drive. Hold me back!

    SanDisk announced today that they are creating a USB thumb drive based backup system, where you essentially plug the drive into your computer, and then push the button. The drive will then magically back up your files using their new software. Sounds like a good option for mom and dad… or baby. Read More

  • Apple's new notebook leaked!!!

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! It’s beautiful… Read More

  • Think Laser Tag is dead? Guess again

    Laser Tag is not dead. At least, not in central Oregon. Some of the people there have way too much time on their hands and they are producing some exceptionally cool looking weaponry to shoot each other with. Check out the gallery inside and see some of the craziness they’ve hacked together. Read More

  • Coming Soon From Sling Media: Watch Cable TV From Your iPhone

    Sling Media, the company behind the popular (and very cool) settop boxes that allow you to stream cable from your house to your computer, looks like it has outdone itself. At this week’s Macworld the company will be showing off its upcoming iPhone application, which effectively gives iPhone owners instant access to their Cable TVs and Tivos from anywhere they have a network connection. Read More

  • Motorola announces A3100, Renew, and Tundra VA76r

    Gettin’ a head start on CES, Motorola has announced 3 brand spankin’ new handsets. Here’s what we know so far. From left to right: MOTOSURF™ A3100: Hey everyone, it’s the Motorola Atila! We’ve known the basics about this guy for some time, but now we know a bit more spec-wise. Behind that 2.8″ touchscreen, its totin’ WinMo 6.1, aGPS… Read More

  • Following The Twitter Hack Trail To DigitalGangster

    One thing that didn’t make a lot of sense about the 33 celebrity Twitter accounts hacked this morning – the messages left on the various accounts weren’t consistent and were clearly written by different people with different agendas. Fox News got “Breaking: Bill O Riley is gay,” and Rick Sanchez from CNN got “I am high on crack right now might not be coming… Read More

  • Mysterious screenshots of a Zii device interface

    “Fire the Zii device!”
    “But my lord! We still have men on the ground!”
    “Silence, fool! Move the X-Fi gunships out of the area and prepare the Audigy for a ground assault. And fire the thing.”
    “We don’t even know what its effect is, my lord!”
    “Lieutenant, everything you know is about to change.” Read More

  • T-Mobile to launch BlackBerry 8900 sooner rather than later?

    If this screenshot from TmoNews is legit, which I’m inclined to believe it is then (even though they originally said it would be the 18th as well as BGR) the 8900 will be in my nerdy paws a few days before the expected February 11th launch. I don’t see a whole lot else that we didn’t already know about the Curve II. I just wish it were 3G. *sigh* Read More

  • NEC announces Magnetic Flip-Flops

    NEC has just announced a new memory component called the magnetic flip-flop (MFF). No, not that kind of flip-flop — although that’s not a bad idea. So what are these things and what do they mean for us? Read More

  • Shapeways creates first online market for 3D fabrication models

    You hear about 3D printing here and there, but for the most part it’s a bit irrelevant to the average person because fabrication is messy, difficult, and prohibitively expensive. Even dedicated DIYers have to get their stuff custom made. Hopefully that will all change with Shapeways, a new service which bills itself as a sort of Etsy for 3D models. Read More

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