• CrunchDeals: How about a $869 MacBook?

    Stevie didn’t announce a low priced MacBook the other day, but since he did launch new hardware, the older, but still capabile, models are dropping in price. Take this 13.3-inch MacBook for example. It only has 2.1 GHz Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of ram and 120GB hard drive, but what else would you expect for this low of a price? Throw some more RAM in there and you have a great deal. A $75… Read More

  • No Hi5’s Today. No. 3 Social Network Lays Off 10 to 15 Percent Of Staff

    The layoffs keep rolling in. The latest startup to cut back is Hi5, the third largest social network. On Monday, the 110-person company laid off 10 to 15 percent of its employees in what it is calling a “restructuring” move. A tipster told us that the cuts came mostly in Design, HR, and QA. I called to ask for a comment and Hi5’s VP of marketing Mike Trigg confirms: We did… Read More

  • Netbooks and Apple dominating Amazon's tech top 10

    How exciting! I’ve always been skeptical of the actual popularity of netbooks, but I think this makes them out to be actual successful products and not just industry darlings. I don’t think anybody is surprised at the new MacBooks being on the top 10 in computers and hardware, but I am surprised that the white ones and the last-generation MacBook Pros are still selling better. Read More

  • Indy partners with HubDub for news prediction market

    The UK startups that aims largely at the US news market has, rather contrarily, signed a deal with a UK newspaper. Prediction market HubDub, which lets users turn news articles into an attention-drawing gaming market, is partnering with the The Independent newspaper to allow their users to predict the outcomes of news stories. HubDub’s content is almost wholly about US news sources… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless, AT&T gave cellphone towers to John and Cindy McCain

    Did John and Cindy McCain use their telecom industry connections to have a cellphone tower built right by one of their many houses in order to improve signal strength? That’s what the Washington Post implies. It seems the McCain’s Sedona, Ariz. ranch didn’t have the best cellphone reception in early 2007, so Cindy—what was that word John called her? Begins with a… Read More

  • World’s biggest atlas weighs 70 pounds, costs $3500

    The holidays are fast approaching and if you’re looking for great stocking-stuffer ideas, don’t forget about this $3,500 atlas that weighs almost 70 pounds. It’s simply called "Earth" — 576 pages, 154 maps, and 800 photos along with four six-feet by four-feet fold-outs make up the contents of what Millennium House, the book’s publisher, is calling… Read More

  • Remote-controlled hand gesture sign is seven gestures of electro-luminescent awesomeness

    If this thing doesn’t make Time’s Best Inventions Of The Year list, I’m gonna burn this place to the ground. It’s right up there with the worms-to-ex-girlfriends pill from Brain Candy ("This is a drug… for the world… to give worms to ex-girlfriends.") except without all the nasty side effects. This is a sign… for your car… that gives… Read More

  • Kaixin001: China's Apple of Social Networks

    Kaixin001, the latest newcomer to the Facebook clone wars in China, is China’s fastest growing social network having amassed a staggering 7.5 million users in the first 5 months since it launched in May 2008. The site tripled Twitter’s traffic reach in the month of September alone and is currently the 250th most popular site on Alexa worldwide. Compared with rival incumbent… Read More

  • Alltel: The Rhythm is gonna getcha, the Rhythm is gonna getcha, the Rhythm is gonna get-choo

    Alltel is now selling the LG Rhythm in two colors – white and black — for $119.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year service agreement. Features include a 1-inch circular (?) touchscreen, 1.3-megapixel camera, MP3 player plus an FM transmitter (nice), GPS, support for web videos, and Bluetooth. Oh, and you also get a big intangible with any Alltel product — one of… Read More

  • AdMob: By ad request count, the iPhone is now ranked 4th worldwide

    Each month, AdMob, a mobile advertisement marketplace, analyzes their ad request/impression data to look for trends in the mobile world. This morning, they released their Mobile Metrics Report for September of 2008. As their first report was for September of 2007, this release grants us the first opportunity to compare statistics with those of a year ago. To clarify, these statistics are… Read More

  • This PSP 2 render looks better than the real thing

    Once again, the render looks better than the actual product. Specifically, this render for the PSP 2—I emphasize, it’s an unofficial render—looks better than the PSP 3000, the latest revision of the lost-in-this-world PSP. The render, designed by one Tai Chiem, uses a flexible OLED display at the system’s base and works from there: two nubs, stereo speakers that… Read More

  • Battle Titan: Meet Elekit's awesome model tank

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    Japanese electronics company Elekit is selling a model tank that is operated via a wireless remote control and fires off infrared “cannons”. Up to four of the so-called “Battle Titan” tanks (size: 150×90×165mm) can be controlled simultaneuously, engaging each other in battle. When firing cannons, the battery-powered tanks recoil and make… Read More

  • iGoogle Goes Wide, Introduces Canvas Pages.

    Google’s startpage, iGoogle, is spreading its wings. Today it is rolling out a new design that shifts tabs to a column on the left so that more Google gadgets and sources of content can be accommodated. But the biggest change is the ability for content partners and developers to expand each gadget to take up nearly the whole page. Partners that are launching with expanded gadgets… Read More

  • New MacBook might be good 'nough for casual gamers

      The new 13-inch MacBook wasn’t designed specifically for gaming but with the somewhat impressive NVIDIA 9400M at the graphics core, it should suffice for occasional gaming. The Obsessable chaps installed Warhammer Online through a 32GB Windows XP partition and came to the conclusion that the notebook does a fine job even with a modern, graphic intensive game. Still, with the… Read More

  • Go Get Yer Shiny New Yahoo Profile…And Make Some Connections!

    Yahoo begins the rollout of the new user profile today, which marks the first tangible product release for the social part of Yahoo Open Strategy, or YOS. The profile is one of the anchors (mail is the other) to Yahoo’s strategy of turning the site into one big social network. It’s been a long haul for the company, which first talked about the new strategy almost a year ago. Read More

  • October 20: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on Xbox Originals

    Once Monday rolls around you’ll be able to cruise around San Andreas on your Xbox 360, for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has showed up on Xbox.com. The game, which will cost the usual 1,100 Microsoft Points ($14.99), isn’t too bad; in truth, I prefer it to the gritty realism of Grand Theft Auto IV. Plus it has that Marshall Jefferson song on one of the radio stations, embedded here… Read More

  • Looks like we've made it after alllllll…

    In the gadget blogging business there is something we call the SkyMall Effect. This is the constant sense that after rewriting 50 press releases in a single day we begin to sound like copywriters for SkyMall, the magazine you find in airline seatbacks from here to Djibouti. When words like “ground-breaking,” “svelte,” and “sleek” enter your vocabulary, you… Read More

  • Adbrite Lays Off 40% Of Staff, Including Two Execs

    It’s not a happy day at San Francisco-based Adbrite this morning. The company is laying off 40 employees, which is 40% of total staff. Among those that are leaving are VP Marketing Paul Levine and VP Finance Bob Feller. This is the second Sequoia-backed startup to report significant layoffs after last week’s meeting where Sequoia warned the CEOs of their portfolio companies of the… Read More

  • Alltel and LG feel the Rhythm

    Sure, it’s not the most unique looking handset ever (most passersby would probably just assume its an LG Chocolate), but for $119.99, the new LG Rhythm for Alltel packs a bit of punch on the music phone front. In addition to the always-welcome 3.5mm headset jack, they’ve packed an FM transmitter into the handset for pushin’ your tunes to your car radio without a mess of… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Asus Eee Box PC for $290.99

    If you like the idea of netbooks in theory but get unnecessarily agitated at the thought of having all that pesky "portability," then maybe you’d be a good candidate for the small form-factor Asus Eee Box PC. It’s specs are as follows: 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, 80GB SATA hard drive, built-in Wi-Fi, DVI out, and Windows XP Home. Buy.com currently has it for $290.99 with… Read More

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