• Apple’s online store is apparently down worldwide

    Apple might be up to something today because the Apple store, she is down. I wonder why, though? J/K all the way, ROFL! Check out the downed store for yourself here! Leave your guesses in the comments section as to what Apple might release today. I’m hoping for some sweet new stickers, apparel, and coffee mugs. I’d also like an Apple Netbook, an Apple Electric Car, and an Apple… Read More

  • CTIA Requests information for its Enhanced Messaging Team

    CTIA, The Wireless Association, announced today a Request For Information (RFI) on behalf of its Enhanced Messaging Action Team (EM Team). The RFI is being sent to a variety of companies with an interest in the enhanced messaging space. The EM Team is made up of industry representative who are evaluating solutions to implement EM on wireless phones in the United States. The purpose of this RFI… Read More

  • iPhone 3G to launch for $199 on July 11th

    After months of rumors, the iPhone 3G has finally gotten its official announcement. The new iPhone will come in 8 and 16 GB models, at subsidized prices of $200 and $300 respectively. Both will have all metal buttons with black plastic backs, with the 16 GB model also offered with a white back. The 3.5 inch screen from the first iPhone will be carried over. The handset will have GPS built… Read More

  • World's first solar battery charger for cell phones

    Japanese companies StrapyaNext and Tokyo Coil Engineering claim they developed the world’s first battery charger for cell phones based on solar energy. The charger comes in the form of a phone strap. The device is 12.5 cm long and weighs 40 grams. It takes between 6 and 10 hours for a full charge with which you can talk for up to 40 minutes. StrapyaNext promises on the product page… Read More

  • Butcher's Bunch, the tech Podcast from Europe

    After being exhorted to do so by a number of people, I’ve decided to start doing a regular podcast about the tech, startup and social media scene here in the UK and the rest of Europe. How regular it is we’ll have to see, but I’m hoping to make it weekly, starting next week. Admittedly I’m taking a little leaf here out of the Gillmor Gang’s playbook, but I think… Read More

  • Wal-Mart sells new ‘Metal Gear Solid’ game early

    A big, shiny gold star goes to Konami for being cool about Metal Gear Solid 4 being sold before the June 12th release date. According to PlayStation Universe, “This week, a couple of Wal-Marts were reported to have sold the Metal Gear Solid 80GB PS3 bundles up to a week before the scheduled release of the title on June 12.” Konami’s response to this happy little accident… Read More

  • TypePad announces mobile blogging iPhone application

    Typepad, the platform of choice for a ton of popular blogs (Cute Overload!), has announced a mobile blogging application for the iPhone. Key points from the announcement: Blog on the go, Focuses on photo blogging. You can snap a new photo for uploading, or grab one from your albums. Free, available at App store launch With mobile blogging becoming more and more popular each day, iPhone… Read More

  • June 9: What else happened on this date?

    Let’s assume Apple announces and/or releases something today, June 9. (Nothing would make me happier if it didn’t, but who’s counting?) So, what else happened on this truly historic day? • 68 Nero committed suicide. The pain of being more than 1,900 years too early for the iPhone was too much for him to bear. • 1790 The first book was copyrighted in the U.S., … Read More

  • The Games Begin: Live Coverage Of Apple WWDC Event In San Francisco

    Update: See Our In Depth Coverage As Well: CrunchGear Interviews Glenn Lurie, President of National Distrubition for AT&T Here Come The New iPhone Apps The 3G(PS) iPhone Arrives (See The Video From the Stevenote) Apple Relaunches .Mac as MobileMe: Sync Everything It’s now around 8 am PDT. We’re (Mike and Mark) arriving at Moscone West a couple of hours before the 10 am… Read More

  • ‘Barbie Girls’ site finally adds a V.I.P option

    Geez, it’s about time. Mattel has finally added a $6-per-month premium account option for the Barbie Girls web site. GigaOM wonders if $72 per year is worth it for parents “so their little girls can enjoy playing with Barbies that don’t in the strictest sense, exist?” I don’t know about parents, but I make my own money and can spend it on whatever I want. So I… Read More

  • Skimbit signs distribution deal with Add to Any

    Skimbit, the UK startup with a social decision-making tool which is rapidly heading towards being a social bookmarking player, has launched as the default ‘decision making’ partner with US-based Add to Any. Now whenever you see their ‘Share/Save’ widget, and click on ‘Consider for a decision?’ Skimbit’s ‘Skimmer’ widget is launched. Skimbit… Read More

  • Hands-on with the HP iPAQ 910c or 914

    Why anyone would hold an event during the same week as WWDC is beyond me, but I find myself in Berlin, Germany at HP’s Connecting Your World media summit. I just arrived a few hours ago after a 15-hour ordeal that started with a 3-hour delay, a missed connection in Dusseldorf and my bag is missing because the dipshit from LTU (Air Berlin) at JFK gave me the wrong baggage claim ticket… Read More

  • Another iPhone (red) pic?

    Reader Georges says he found this shot inside Apple’s servers today. We shall soon see, regardless. UPDATE – Georges says he dug through the Apple server, trying image name after image name. look :
    10:01 AM http://images.apple.com/iphone/gallery/images/gallery6_hires20070621.jpg
    10:01 AM I found it, its the normal iphone
    10:01 AM I tested it … Read More

  • MyMission2 secures £150k angel funding

    UK startup MyMission2, which works like a dating site to get people who want to do things matched up with people who want to help them do it, has secured £150,000 of angel funding. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The money will be used to establish revenue streams and add features. Mymission2’s intellectual property is in the algorithms that prioritise people according to… Read More

  • Teen Drivers use Cell Phones despite the Law: Go Figure

    In the United States 17 states and the District of Columbia have cell phone restrictions for teen drivers. In 2003 the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states limit or bar young drivers from using cell phones while behind the wheel. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Teens are three times as likely as other age groups to… Read More

  • MPAA: Release movies to TV sooner, block recordings

    The Motion Picture Association of America wants to release movies to TV, pay-per-view, on-demand, and premium movie channels before releasing them for sale on DVD. Sounds good, no? There’s a little catch, though. The MPAA wants to block these early releases from being recorded on your DVR. Traditionally, new movies get released into theaters, then get shown on airplanes and in hotels… Read More

  • Loopt and eBay to be some of the first iPhone App store applications

    Straight off the floor from WWDC comes news on two of the first applications set to hit the iPhone App store: eBay, and Loopt. From Loopt’s about page: Using location-based technologies, Loopt lets you know where your friends are by automatically updating maps on your mobile handset. Loopt even lets you send messages to nearby friends or receive automatic alerts when they’re nearby… Read More

  • When Twitter fails, Twiddict will queue your tweets

    This is cute. Twiddict is an application launching today with impeccable timing. Assuming Twitter goes down today during Apple WWDC events (an iPhone 3G launch), you can use Twiddict to keep sending your Twitters messages. Twiddict continuously pings the Twitter API to see if it’s up again, and routes the stored messages back as soon as it’s stable. The site was built by Robin… Read More

  • Boy Genius rocks the Verizon BlackBerry Thunder

    While we can’t report that Boy Genius isn’t a freak (“You all know the Thunder right? Well, looky looky who got a cookie. Yeah peoples, live shot of the BlackBerry Thunder right here.”), we can report that he has some more information on the BlackBerry Thunder, the “iPhone-killer” from RIM. Not much new – just a big screen and a bunch of buttons… Read More

  • Google's Cities in 3D Program hits Europe

    Google Cities in 3D Program, which invites local governments to share their 3D data with the public by adding a model of their city to Google Earth, launched in March but now the initiative is being launched in Europe. Google has launched localised websites to encourage governments in the Germany, France, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands to share their data with with the search giant. Read More

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