• Symbian to be open source in 2 years

    It’s old news that Nokia bought Symbian, the software used to power many mobile phones today. The deal finally closed, and now the Symbian Foundation is officially in charge of Symbian development. There are currently ten participants in the Symbian Foundation, though membership is open to anyone with $1,500 to spare. The Symbian Foundation has big plans for the platform. Read on for… Read More

  • Sprint hoping Android will help to bring customers back

    Sprint Nextel Corp. wants to regain the 3 million customers it has lost this year (probably due to the iPhone) with the help of a new Android phone. It is ready to release a phone based on Google’s operating system within a year, and is hoping that a high-profile handset might help get back those lost customers. It might be too little, too late, but we’ll soon find out. Sprint is… Read More

  • Sony collects information on little kids, has to put sign in yard

    Sony, yours and my favorite MiniDisc purveyor, is being sued by the United States of America for gathering and disclosing information on kids without telling their parents. The suit, filed by the Federal Trade Commission, says that Sony violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The FTC is seeking an unknown amount of money and wants them to stop it with the kiddie collecting. Read More

  • Japanese banks jam cell phones to prevent fraud

    Back in October, Japan suffered a spate of swindles executed by cell phone: con artists convince someone that their young son is in trouble and needs money. The banks got wise and started questioning elderly folk making large withdrawals. The con artists got wiser, and started directing the elderly victims to use ATM machines. The cops started patrolling ATMs, but that didn’t seem to work. Read More

  • Evernote now works with Eye-Fi cards (and it's about time)

    Evernote is a service that lets you send photos and select text and images then upload them to a central location. Then you’re free to search the items—photos of business cards, for example—in order to “remember” them. Now, couple Evernote with an Eye-Fi card and then you may have something. The new partnership between Evernote and Eye-Fi started yesterday… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Buy two watches, get one Free at BuscumDucis.com

    Sven at BD is offering a special deal for CG readers: buy two watches, get one free. You can get a couple for your employees, your groundskeepers, or your massage therapy team. Do it! Do it now! They’re honestly nice watches and you basically get a one-of-a-kind with these with a nice Swiss movement. Product Page Read More

  • Review: JVC HA-NC250 Noise Canceling Headphones

    Short Version: The first time you put on noise canceling headphones, you can’t believe your ears. When you flip the noise canceling circuitry on, it’s like hitting a mute button on the world (note: does not work on significant others, only constant noise. And no, your SO’s blathering does not count as a constant din.) I never realized how loud my office was until I put on… Read More

  • 5 Days of Cleaning Out My Office-Mas Contest: Day 2

    Day 1 of our contest is over and FlyGirl (a real pilot, apparently), yachris, and Harishio won the headsets. Good on ’em. But that doesn’t mean you should cry and or whine that the fix is in. In fact, it isn’t in. The fix is decidedly out. Why do I say this? Because another day, another set of winners. Read on for more details. Read More

  • American scientists have no idea what they're doing re: nanotechnology

    Apparently the U.S. is walking “ass-backwards” into nanotechnology, which is totally not surprising. We’re not properly assessing the risks involved with playing God, we’re not telling the public what we’re working on and we’re not even sure why we’re messing with the science. (“We” being the scientists involved.) What’s worse is… Read More

  • Longer life lithium-ion batteries coming to a hybrid near you

    Hybrid and plug-in vehicles have been plagued by poor battery performance in the past. The next-gen rides simply do not offer that much MPG improvement because of the lackluster batteries, but LG Chem and STMicroeclectronics are working on something new. By harnessing a more powerful and efficient battery management chip, they hope to improve lithium-ion batteries enough… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 42-inch 1080p Sharp, $749 today only

    Oooh, look at this deal from Dell. Today, and today only, you can get a Sharp 42-inch 1080p LCD TV for $749 after $650 instant savings. It’s not an Aquos model but Aquos, Shmaquos — it’s still a pretty good deal. The TV’s gotten an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 by current owners, too. SHARP Sharp 42-inch LC42SB45U 1080p LCD HDTV [Dell via dealnews] Read More

  • NEC Japan puts out ultra-light and "full flat" notebook

    NEC today announced a new notebook that will hit the Japanese market in the middle of next month and costs $1,600. The main selling point of the VersaPro UltraLite Type VC is its design (which NEC calls “full flat”) and weight: 868 grams. It measures 283×210×25~29.8mm. The notebook comes with a Celeron 723  CPU (1.2GHz), an Intel GS45 Express chipset, a 12.1-inch WXGA… Read More

  • Microsoft says PlayStation Home ‘feels like 2005 tech’

    What does Microsoft think of Sony’s PlayStation Home service? Xbox 360 group product manager Aaron Greenberg told Kotaku the following: “What Home to me feels like is Second Life for hardcore gamers. It doesn’t feel like it broadens the experience and invites people in. When they unveiled it, it seemed innovative. I think what’s happened is now here we are a couple of… Read More

  • South Korea to open the mobile floodgates, lift platform restrictions

    The Korea Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that it would no longer require mobile device  manufacturers to include a S. Korea-only technology, Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability (WIPI), in handsets after April 1, 2009. Why is this such a big deal? Well, prior to yesterday’s announcement, the mandatory inclusion of WIPI had effectively precluded numerous… Read More

  • Like An OpenID For Your Carbon Footprint – AMEE Secures Series A

    AMEE, a London based startup with an API which has the grand aim of measuring the world’s energy consumption – and therefore Carbon Footprint – has secured an undisclosed Series A financing from O’Reilly Alphatech Ventures, Union Square Ventures and UK-based Angel The Accelerator Group. AMME’s idea is pretty simple. Act as a neutral, open source aggregation… Read More

  • AT&T now offering iPhone at-home activation

    It seems that Apple has loosened its iron grip on the iPhone by letting AT&T not only sell the phone online, but also allowing consumers to self-activate it at home. Crazy, I know. Previously, the phone could purchased online, but you still had to trek to a AT&T or Apple location for activation. It actually works out well for gift giving. Good luck trying to activate on Christmas Day. Read More

  • The Dark Knight is the fastest selling Blu-ray disc in history

    As if there were any doubts, The Dark Knight is now the fastest selling Blu-ray disc in history. Warner Bros. sold some 600,000 copies of the movie on its first day of availability (Tuesday, Dec. 9), surpassing the previous record, Iron Man, by about 100,000 copies. A clever little analogy: The Dark Knight : Blu-ray :: Gladiator : DVD. Meaning, that The Dark Knight will be looked upon as… Read More

  • Layoffs At Last.FM Confirmed. Where Else Are Heads Rolling At CBS?

    Today, CBS Interactive is laying off people across several of its properties, I’ve confirmed with the company. CBS is not saying which divisions or how many people are affected. It is positioning the layoffs as part of the integration process it began six months ago when it bought CNET for $1.8 billion. But it is not just the CNET businesses that are being cut. I’ve also… Read More

  • It seems the latest Mac firmware doesn't fix the 4GB RAM issues

    Apple sent out new firmware yesterday that was suppose to fix a few items in the latest MacBook Pro. Early reports indicate that it doesn’t seem to fix the RAM issues though. James Kendrick, from jkOnTheRun, is indicating that his system still freezes and locks up with 4GB of RAM installed. Anyone else experiencing the same? Read More

  • Facebook Testing Even Simpler Sign Up; Closing The Gap With MySpace In The U.S.

    Just a couple of months ago Facebook redesigned its home page and changed its tagline to simplify new user signups. Now they’re testing an even simpler interface – instead of getting things started by asking for your name, email, password, sex and birthday, all you have to manage is your actual name. If conversions go up, expect this to be rolled out to everyone. Facebook is… Read More

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