• Full Text Of AOL Email: XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile And Bluestring To Shut Down

    Below is the full text of the email AOL EVP Kevin Conroy sent out to staff on July 14, outlining the reorganization of his product groups and announcing the “sunsetting” of XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile and Bluestring. This follows the news of budget cuts at AOL’s blogging properties earlier today. At the start of this year I committed to providing frequent updates on… Read More

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    Reminder: Samsung Instinct Haiku Contest – Final Week

    To recap: Every week we’ve been giving away a cool Samsung phone culminating in the Samsung Instinct this week!
    To win, you need to write a haiku. The haiku should focus on touch and must be tweeted to UseYourInstinct. We will close entries for this week at noon on Tuesday, July 29. If you entered the previous contest and didn’t win, feel free to re-enter. Here are the rules. Read More

  • This is what would happen if a PSP and Sidekick got it on

    A designer by the name of Samuel Lau has created a concept for a new Sony PSP. The idea blends together a Sidekick Slide and a PSP slim. Samuel has made a video of his creation and hopes its gets 50,000+ views. Once it does, he will send a proposal to Sony asking them to pay for half his education if they like the idea (no joke, that’s really his plan). The design itself looks pretty… Read More

  • AOL To Shutter A Slew Of Products, EVP Kevin Conroy's Future Uncertain

    Update: Full text of email is here. While researching the AOL blogs budget cuts story this afternoon we stumbled on a much bigger story unfolding at AOL. The company is planning to shut down a number of non-performing products, say people with knowledge of the situation. The products, which include Xdrive, AOL Pictures, Bluestring and MyMobile, all fall under EVP Products and Marketing… Read More

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    Notes for nerds: meet CrunchGirl

    Well, hello there. It looks like I’ll be joining you from time to time to enlighten you on the many moods and musings of fair ladies everywhere, and maybe even attract a few of them (and let’s be honest, their advertisers) to the the site. Cause let’s face it, some things are just in need of a touch of girly charm. You can call me CrunchGirl, and yes, I come here often. My… Read More

  • Periodic table table

    If you’re an aspiring scientist who happens to be looking for a coffee table, look no further. The periodic table, uh table, is exactly what it sounds like. Made by British Craftsmen in burred oak, the periodic table is constructed by individual blocks for each of the elements. Not only are the elements represented they are included. If you have any safety issues, perhaps it’s best… Read More

  • Three iPhones, three different screens

    Since the iPhone was released, reports have surfaced about varying degrees of screen quality. Above we see a comparison of three phones, the original iPhone is on top, with the bottom row both being 3G’s, 8GB on the left, 16 GB on the right. All three are running OS X iPhone, 2.0 (5A347), with brightness turned all the way up. Previous reports have surfaced about the screen having a… Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Datallegro

    Microsoft announced today that they have acquired data warehousing application provider Datallegro for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition was run out of the Data and Storage Platform division at Microsoft, with an intention to integrate the Datallegro application into Microsoft SQL Server and the data application suite. Microsoft are rapidly building out their data services offerings and… Read More

  • WinPwn 2.0 adds iPhone 3G support for easier Windows jailbreakage

    While it’s been possible to jailbreak an iPhone 3G for a few days now, the process was a bit too intense for many. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve been told it involves rockets, unicorn hair, and science. Fortunately, a few amazing geniuses within the iPhone community have gone and made the process just a tad less crazy. Mac users got in on the fun a bit early via… Read More

  • Marty McFly's actual hoverboard being eBayed, $30K reserve

    Oh, Back to the Future. It was because of you that during the run-up to the revealing of the Segway, I thought it was going to be a hoverboard. It was because of you that I was so bitterly disappointed. But your uppance has come! Your most precious wooden prop will be mine — for the paltry cost of only $30,000. No, it doesn’t hover, but it’s in excellent condition. I… Read More

  • Watchmen games: please forgive my skepticism

    So it’s gonna be a game. Okay, leaving aside the entire point and purpose of the Watchmen books (the moral ambiguity and hubris of the heroes), I guess it might actually be cool to play Rorschach on some mad, murderous, MacGuyverish rampage. Maybe they’ll have a combination system a la MDK 2’s scientist levels. “Combine match with hairspray. Combine harpoon gun… Read More

  • Rumor: RED iPhone on the way for the holidays?

    The rumor of a (RED) iPhone 3G has been coming and going since for a while now – before the phone had even been made official, even. The rumor died for a while after launch, but alas – it’s back. According to the guys over at MacBlogz, a red-backed iPhone may be in the works as an easy/cost-effective product revamp for the holiday season. Seeing as Apple’s had a… Read More

  • Video: Behind the scenes of Bionic Commando Rearmed Part 1

    The original Bionic Commando was one of a handful of games that I was actually good at as a kid. I’m pretty stoked that Capcom is bringing this game back. Read More

  • Microsoft Scores Facebook Search Deal And May Get A Little Live.com Branding To Boot

    Microsoft SVP Satya Nadella has announced that the company has expanded its deal with Facebook to integrate Microsoft’s Live Search into the social network. There are few details at this point, but Microsoft will be serving up advertising (both traditional and sponsored search results) through Facebook by the end of the year. Microsoft previously bought a $240 million stake in Facebook… Read More

  • Mossberg, Levy And Arrington Talk iPhone, Yahoo On Charlie Rose

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-4166135682969279719:726000:1424000&hl=en (video has been moved, is now here) Our own Michael Arrington joins Wired’s Steven Levy and the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg on last night’s Charlie Rose show. Most of the discussion was on the iPhone 3G and how Apple continues to turn the mobile world on its head. At the end… Read More

  • BlackBerry offers free Media Sync software to talk with iTunes

    BlackBerry owners can now download Media Sync for their smartphones. The free download allows for the ability to transfer music from your desktop iTunes collection to most BlackBerry phones. Whole playlists or a random mix of songs can be imported via a USB cable. Changes made in an iTunes playlist will be updated on the BlackBerry the next time they are synched. Supported files include… Read More

  • Slow news day: Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates

    http://i.current.com/swf/pods/supernews/mac_vs_pc.swf This is probably old, but it’s really, really slow today, so I’ve been playing this for the last 30 minutes. Thanks to the fine folks at Super News. Read More

  • Rumor: Guitar Hero World Tour track list revealed

    Well, well, well. It looks like the set list for Guitar Hero World Tour has been leaked or, at least, that’s what people are saying. There are 87 tracks, 14 being bonus and there’s word that three guitar battles will pit you against Ted Nugent, Zakk Wylde and Sting. Wait. What? Sting? Doesn’t he play the bass? There are seven “sample songs” as well from the likes… Read More

  • Nokia and Qualcomm kiss and make up

    Just when we were finally going to see LIVE coverage of a technology patent hearing, Nokia and Qualcomm have settled their lengthy legal battle, at least for the next 15 years. Settling a licensing dispute that has spawned lawsuits in three countries and dragged on for more than 3 years, Nokia agreed to pay Qualcomm an upfront payment as well as royalties for use of some pretty basic mobile… Read More

  • Review: Lexar Professional UDMA 8GB CF card, Professional UDMA FireWire 800 CF card reader, Professional SDHC 4GB card

    How does one review a memory card without getting super technical and uber nerdy? Test it against every other memory card in your camera bag! That’s how. I’ve had the great pleasure of having the aforementioned memory cards from Lexar in my arsenal for the better part of two months. I hate to pit a Class 6 SDHC card against a lowly Class 2 SDHC, but that’s all I have. (Feel… Read More

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