• Harry Connick, Jr. on Spore

    Conan O’Brien  You’re going to get mad and throw the joystick panel. It’s going to rap around and go…It’s going to be the end of you. Harry Connick, Jr. Did you just say, “joystick panel”? via Kotaku Read More

  • PSP-3000's screen showing all sorts of problems: Jaggies, interlacing abound

    What’s new in the Sony PSP-3000? A brighter screen, a built-in microphone. Oh, and a horrible interlacing defect. Good upgrade. Users on Sony’s official PlayStation forums are complaining that the new screen found in the PSP-3000 causes games to suffer from severe graphical defects, including interlacing issues and jaggies. When you plop down $200 on a new toy you don’t… Read More

  • Q-Train: Takara Tomy sells super-cute, remote-controlled toy trains

    Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy is famous in Nippon for its Q-series: Choro-Q (extra-small toy cars), Heli-Q and even QFO (small UFOs attacking Tokyo). Now the company has developed the Q-Train, miniature toys that are designed like real trains used in Japan. Each Q-Train consists of 3 wagons that are just 3cm long. Users can make the trains drive forward, backward and also turn left or right via… Read More

  • Epson jumps on the crowded netbook bandwagon

    Ho-hum, another netbook. Does every CE manufacturer need to make one of these sub-laptops? Seriously. This time it’s Epson trying to generate some buzz with the above coming soon banner. The specs for the MiniNote have been released and they are just like every other netbook on the market.    XP Home SP3 ATOM N270 (1.60GHz) 10.2” WSVGA screen (1024 x 600) 945GSE Express… Read More

  • Android Code Is Finally Released Into The Open-Source Wild

    When Google announced the Android operating system and established the Open Handset Alliance to support it, the plan was always to release the mobile operating system as open-source code. Today, on the eve of the first Android phone hitting the market, it finally did that. Developers can find the entire codebase for Android here. That includes the linux kernel, the application platform… Read More

  • The two, new HP IPAQ's get priced and dated

    HP introduced two, new HP IPAQ handhelds yesterday and the pricing, along with availability, has been found. Expect the both the Voice Messenger launch on November 5th and the Data Messenger on November 22nd, both on Vodafone in the Netherlands for €399 ($532) and €499 ($665), respectively. No word when the U.S. will see a launch just yet though. Read More

  • Akamai Bets $95 Million On Better Ad Targetting; Buys acerno

    Akamai wants to branch out of the content delivery business. Today it announced an all-cash, $95 million acquisition of acerno, a subsidiary of database marketing firm i-Behavior. Acerno pools purchasing data from online retailers, who then share it among themselves in an aggregate, anonymous way. So if one retailer sees that people who buy pencils also buy sharpeners, when somebody looks at… Read More

  • Pomera: Japan's new ultra-compact "digital memo" with foldable keyboard

    Tokyo-based stationery maker King Jim today introduced the Pomera, a Japan-only ultra-mobile handheld device, which is marketed as an add-on to notebooks and PCs. The Pomera is sized at just 145x100x30mm (weight: 370 grams) and features a slightly futuristic, foldable keyboard as the main selling point. When unfolded (King Jim says this just takes 2 seconds), users can type in characters on… Read More

  • Blip.tv Gets Some Safety Money From Bain

    New York-based online television network blip.tv has closed its second round of institutional capital, led by Bain Capital Ventures. The company had previously closed a round of funding (June 2007) with Ambient Sound Investments, the venture capital vehicle of the foursome that made up Skype’s founding engineering team. On both occasions, we tried to obtain more information on the amount… Read More

  • NEC develops sealed LCD screen for use as digital sign in semi-open environments

    NEC today announced it has developed a completely sealed LCD screen [JP] for use as digital information boards located in train stations and other semi-exposed areas. The prototype is protected against rain, dust, dirt and other dangers. NEC says instead of relying on external air supply, it used a new cooling technology within the LCD screens to prevent the screens from heating up. Read More

  • Review: 3 Digital Picture Frames from Digital Foci

    This review might be cheating the CrunchGear 300 a little bit, since it’s covering three products in one post, but they’re all from the same manufacturer and all do pretty much the same thing, so it makes sense to review them together.  Read on for information about an LCD and two OLED digital picture frames from Digital Foci. Read More

  • Movidia Raises $14 Million For Mobile Video Processing Technology

    Ireland’s Movidia has raised $14M (£8M) in Series A funding from an international consortium led by Celtic House Venture Partners and Capital-E, and will expand its board of directors as a result of the investment. Movidia is a semiconductor company whose technology provides video editing and post production capabilities that facilitate the creation of user generated content for… Read More

  • JS-Kit Teams With Userplane In Widget Distribution Partnership

    Widget developer JS-Kit has joined with AOL’s Userplane in a widget cross-distribution partnership that should significantly increase the potential userbases for both companies. Both companies produce popular sets of widgets that can be easily implemented with a minimal amount of code. Among Userplane’s offerings are a popular Webchat widget (which allows for full featured… Read More

  • Smibs Launches Its Business Networking Tools In Private Beta

    Canadian startup Smibs Inc has released its business social network dubbed SmibsNet in a semi-private beta. SmibsNet, which we originally covered in June, is similar to LinkedIn, but is focused on completing projects rather than acting as an online resume. The network features an integrated application platform that includes Doorbell, a Highrise-like site that Smibs describes as… Read More

  • Friendfeed: The Little Engine that Could

    Update: Friendfeed today released support for its Beta Real-Time feature. The API adds the ability to fetch realtime streams based on the Home, Room, and Friends List updates as they occur. While Friends Lists offer a way to port social graph data of your Twitter Follows to the Friendfeed platform, co-founder Bret Taylor said that was not yet available through the API “though we should… Read More

  • Diamonds Are Forever, And Can Now Be Traded Online Too

    Who knew you could auction real diamonds much like you could sell your stamp collection on eBay? Well, not really, but pretty close. DODAQ has launched a demo version of what appears to be the first ever online diamond exchange, enabling professional traders to buy, sell and hold certified polished diamonds like stocks. The company offers a two-way auction for traders and facilitates… Read More

  • Brightstorm Raises $6 Million For Online Video Tutorials

    If high-school education is failing in the U.S., maybe Web video can help. Founded last April, Brightstorm is a Web video site that brings bright, talented teachers together with students who need some extra help. Backed by Korea’s KTB Ventures, which invested the entire $6 million in the startup’s A round, Brightstorm is launching today to the public. There are about 20 teachers… Read More

  • Zeemote to release controller SDK for BlackBerry

    Lets face it: By and large, gaming on mobile handsets sucks. Sure, no one’s expecting (or even desiring, perhaps) an experience along the lines of a couch-camping session – but even the simplest of games are hindered by, amongst other things, the lack of intuitive input methods. While we’re able to quickly rewire our noggins to play Tetris on a number pad, it just never… Read More

  • HP pumps out two GSM phones… but why?

    The HP Voice Messenger and the Data Messenger are two GSM fleet phones that look fairly staid. The Voice Messenger, show here: * Small and simple : Dial and type quickly with the simple and useful 20-key keypad. Text and email1,2 easily with intelligent predictive text that “learns” your words and style from messages and emails.
    * Smart and practical: Use email, phone… Read More

  • Zeemote to release controller SDK for BlackBerry

    Lets face it: By and large, gaming on mobile handsets sucks. Sure, no one’s expecting (or even desiring, perhaps) an experience along the lines of a couch-camping session – but even the simplest of games are hindered by, amongst other things, the lack of intuitive input methods. While we’re able to quickly rewire our noggins to play Tetris on a number pad, it just never… Read More

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