• Enthusiastic review of GTA: Chinatown Wars

    DiiFii, an energetic man-child of indeterminate age, reviews GTA: Chinatown Wars on the Nintendo DS with even more arm flailing and karate chopping than usual, which is quite an accomplishment in and of itself. Read More

  • Back to Japan: NEC quits international PC business

    No LaVie (pictured), Hello Kitty, full flat or any other NEC computers for Non-Japanese anymore. The Tokyo-based tech giant will completely wind down its PC operations outside Nippon within the year and focus on the Japanese market instead. Read More

  • European Parliament doesn't like ‘3 strikes’ anti-piracy schemes

    Few things are are captivating as the various machinations of European politics, what with the countless measures, motions, proposals and whatnot. The latest one to interest us: the passage of a report that rejects the use of so-called “three strike” anti-piracy schemes, like the one currently being considered by France. The report, which passed the European Parliament (which sounds… Read More

  • AT&T: Refurbished BlackBerry Bold for free with new contract (today only)

    Refurbished, schmeburbished. Pick up a free BlackBerry Bold and slap the $5-per-month insurance on it if the idea of not having a brand new phone makes you queasy. The phone normally runs for $299 new or $199 refurbished with a two-year contract. Looks like the deal’s good for new AT&T customers today only. FREE BlackBerry Bold(TM) Refurb Package [AT&T via BGR] Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Samsung 20-inch HDTV for $195 after $50 mail-in rebate

    Pretty good deal over at Amazon on a 20-inch TV for the rumpus room. The Samsung T200HD normally sells for almost $250, but a $50 mail-in rebate good until March 31st brings the price to $194.99. The TV itself has two HDMI inputs, DVI and VGA inputs, and a 1680×1050 resolution.  Samsung T200HD 20-inch Touch of Color LCD HDTV [Amazon.com via dealnews] Read More

  • Study: Those who are most ‘connected’ aren't necessarily happy with being so ‘connected’

    Are you a Digital Collaborator? A Media Mover? Or maybe you’re a fearsome Ambivalent Networker? No idea what these phrases mean? (Good!) They refer to the level of technological integration in a person’s life. Someone’s who’s a Roving Node is really adept at using one piece of technology in their life—this is the type of person who e-mails all day long, and knows… Read More

  • Canon EOS 4GB flash drive on eBay

    If you love your Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM – and I mean really love it – why not get yourself a miniature replica of it that doubles as a 4GB USB drive? Read More

  • ASUS to cause mass netbook hysteria next month by including optical drives

    Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children? We all had a good, nervous chuckle when Japan’s Mouse Computer released a netbook with an optical drive but remained calm, knowing that it’d never come to the US. Now it appears, however, that an ASUS Eee with a built-in optical drive will be hitting the market next month. Read More

  • The Sorry State Of Music Startups

    Online streaming music startups are in one very sorry place. On demand streaming rates range from .4 cents to 1 cent per stream – this is what the startups pay to the labels every time they play a song for a user. Add bandwidth and storage costs on top of that, which aren’t trivial for services that want to stream music quickly on demand. The result is hundreds of millions of… Read More

  • The $70 Million Obopay Deal Is More About The UnBanked Than The Banked

    When news came out earlier this week that mobile payments company Obopay raised another $70 million, effectively doubling its total funding raised to date, some observers were surprised at the sheer size of the round. While others expressed skepticism that mobile payments would ever really take off, at least in the U.S. But the bigger opportunity for Obopay and mobile payments in general is not… Read More

  • Video: LGenius innovations are silly yet stupid

    A profanity filter that replaces swear words with baby laughter? Wholly tone-deaf happiness filter? A viral video designed to convince a demanding public that LG is actually trying? All this, and more, are available in this lumpen video from LG’s marketing department. Read More

  • Android handwriting recognition app coming

    If the thought of turning your G1 90 degrees to the left and THEN sliding the screen up to reveal the keyboard has you chomping at the bit for an alternative input method, you’ll soon be able to use your sweaty, greasy finger to write out simple words – just like a real business man from the 1990s except you’ll be using your finger, not a stylus. Read More

  • Fizy Is The Speedy Gonzalez Of Music Search

    Check it out before it gets blown off the interwebs: Fizy is probably the simplest, most powerful and fastest music search engine I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot. Seemingly designed for mobile browsers rather than traditional web browsers, it lets you dig up virtually any song you’re thinking of and stream it in a heartbeat. It’ll even display an associated video… Read More

  • Dell to offer 192GB PC… for a price

    Intel’s new Nehalem chipset allows for hugenormous amounts of high-speed RAM, a selling point companies like Dell and Cisco are now touting in their latest high-end server systems. Microsoft Vista flavors can support up to 128GB of RAM. Read More

  • Youth Bloggers Network Acquired By Teens in Tech

    Teens In Tech, a blogging network founded by 16 year old Daniel Brusilovsky, has acquired the Youth Bloggers Network (YBN). YBN consists of a network of over 100 young bloggers, and was founded by Patrick DeVivo, who is also a young entrepreneur. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but given how similar the networks are I suspect that if there was any monetary exchange it was very… Read More

  • Hello Kitty is now 35 and gets a $152,000 figure

    Hello Kitty, the cutest cartoon cat in the world and dream of millions of (mostly) Asian teenage girls, celebrates her 35th birthday soon. Reason enough for Sanrio, the Japan-based company behind Hello Kitty, and luxury brand Swarovski Crystal to produce a Hello Kitty figure of a very special kind. Read More

  • Video: Tag Heuer Caliper Chrono Ti2 is truly weird

    Another bit of news from Tag is the RS2 Caliper chrono Ti2 running the Caliber 36 movement for 1/10th of a second accuracy. The 36 isn’t new – it appeared in 2008 – but the “caliper” system is quite interesting. The dashboard is a stylish black 43mm dial designed for optimum readability and information. The spotlight feature is the exclusive Caliper Rotating Scale… Read More

  • Tag Heuer launches concept Monaco at Basel this year

    Tag has launched a number of retreads and a new concept at Basel this year. The Monaco chronograph, worn by Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans way back in 1971, is a TH stalwart and they’ve been tweaking the timeless design for years. This year they have a concept chrono with 36,000 bph movement that “floats” inside the case to ensure shock absorption even in a 20 meter… Read More

  • It's official: iPhones 3G now selling without a contract

    Apple stores are selling iPhones 3G without contracts, en masse, for $599 for 8GB and $699 for the 16GB. You can activate the phones in the privacy of your own home or, more importantly, you can downgrade the firmware and unlock them. Read More

  • The new Windows ads ignore what they're selling

    Earlier this evening we saw a new ad come out of the Microsoft hive mind showing Lauren, a charming everywoman, purchasing an HP laptop for $699 after finding that the lowest-priced Mac matching her meagre requirements would cost her nearly double. The resulting commercial is effective in these lean times but isn’t it a bit disingenuous? I’ve often spoken of the PC… Read More

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