• Ex-Googlers Start Up Likaholix, A Micro-Sharing Service For Personal Recommendations (200 Invite Codes)

    Likaholix is a brand new web service that lets you share personal recommendations about virtually anything with the world. The tool lets you build a list of things you like and recommend with the help of a pre-populated database of items (think books, movies, tv shows, products, etc.) readily available and put together from sources from across the web. For each of those items, Likaholix… Read More

  • Apple lays off 50

    So the rumors were correct. Apple laid off 50 folks in enterprise sales. The rumors that it was a major lay-off were untrue and anything larger than about 50 would have required them to file a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) act. Oh well. Back to consuming iPods. Read More

  • Dell, we get it: Adamo is thin. Now give us some actual specs, photos, and info.

    Dell’s got another Adamo teaser, this time a boring 30-second video of a model walking around the set of a photo shoot for 25 seconds with maybe five seconds of the actual notebook being shown. Earth to Dell: We’re geeks. We don’t care about weird, skinny models half as much as we care about the specs and more photos of your weird, skinny laptop. Read More

  • Language E-Learning Startup Myngle Secures €1 Million Euros

    Amsterdam-based Myngle, which operates a platform for online language education, has just secured nearly €1 million euros ($1.25 million) in the form of a bank loan from Rabobank. The loan is backed by the Dutch government through an innovation program. Myngle had earlier secured €800,000 seed investment from the HenQ fund and private individuals. Myngle, founded by ex-eBay employees… Read More

  • iPhone burninates while charged

    This is an iPhone that just gave up. Apparently this phone, owned by a fellow in Rome, overheated and fused two metal leads together, resulting in a fiery mess and a dead iPhone. There’s only one other report of this happening in Sweden. Read More

  • Kindle for iPhone walkthrough

    We just downloaded and installed the Kindle for iPhone app and you can color me impressed. Not only do you get – almost – the same reading experience you get on the Kindle this essentially opens to ebook market up in ways that could change the whole “reading a book” industry. The download is free and opens a small window asking you for your Amazon account. It then… Read More

  • Sony VAIO P knockoff – the ‘VAINO’ – is a suckier, netbookier version

    Outstanding. The Sony VAIO P has a knockoff in the “VAINO” – a name which seems to suggest someone beginning to say “VAIO” and then interrupted with a “No, it’s not.” Don’t be fooled with the tricky camera work here, either, because the VAINO is the size of a standard 10-inch netbook and has standard 10-inch netbook specs. Read More

  • Poll: Do people actually like 3D movies and games?

    Two new studies, one from the Consumer Electronics Association and the Entertainment and Technology Center at USC and the other from Meant to be Seen (“the foremost authority group on stereoscopic 3D gaming and home entertainment”), suggest that consumers — that is, average people like you and me — dig 3D movies. Wearing glasses to enjoy 3D content is not seen as a… Read More

  • A Brand New Car

    Jonathan Schwartz has embarked on a series of blog posts to explain Sun Microsystems’ business and strategy in light of the downturn. The first post sets up a series of 3 or 4 posts describing different areas of Sun’s market opportunity – storage, networking, Solaris and MySQL OEMs, and the cloud computing initiative to be announced in two weeks. This just may be another in… Read More

  • Conveneer Raises $4.5 Million To Turn Cell Phones Into Servers

    Conveneer, a Swedish mobile startup with offices in Lund, Sweden and Palo Alto, California, closed a $4.5 million venture round, led by the Swedish foundation Industrifonden. Broken Arrow Venture Capital also participated. The company previously raised seed money from the founders and Teknoseed. Conveneer is building a mobile platform called Mikz, which will be able to assign a URL to… Read More

  • Sony is still working on powerful, environmentally friendly bio batteries

    First they prototyped a mini fuel cell, now it seems Sony hasn’t given up yet on their idea of a bio battery, which was introduced back in 2007. The company is still working on the battery, which can be recharged not by using methanol as fuel but glucose. Sony says the battery features a high energy density, is safe to use, and environmentally friendly. Video after the jump. Read More

  • Palm Treo Pro for Sprint gets dated

    The Treo Pro was supposed to launch in January on Sprint and then it was rumored to launch on the 15th of February, but that never happened either. Then we realized the Pre was coming, so the Treo Pro didn’t matter at all. However, BGR was claiming that a Palm device, presumably the Pre, would be launching on March 15th according to a leaked memo. The Treo Pro was also on that list and… Read More

  • Zynga Brings Scramble To The iPhone

    Social gaming company Zynga is consistently releasing awesome games for the iPhone / iPod Touch (e.g. Live Poker), and today they are debuting the popular word game Scramble exclusively for the platform with the launch of the “Scramble Live” app (iTunes link). The decision to bring Scramble to the iPhone specifically was a good one. After all, its Scramble Facebook app is currently… Read More

  • Vodafone To Start Shipping HTC Magic In April

    A tipster points out to Phandroid that the Vodafone website confirms the Android-powered HTC Magic, recently announced, is arriving in April. Here are some of the specs: * HSDPA
    * Built in GPS Navigation
    * 3.0 -4.0 megapixel – (meaning 3.2)
    * GPRS
    * Games
    * Calendar
    * WiFi
    * Full Touch Screen More after the jump. Read More

  • Two Twitter Games That Help Make Your Day Less Boring: @TwitBrain And @BeatMyTweet

    If you’re procrastinating on Twitter anyway, might as well train your mind while you’re at it. Here are two simple games that make use of the microsharing service’s functionalities and keep your brains busy while tweeting: TwitBrain Follow @TwitBrain and get served calculations on a regular basis (like 3 per hour). If you’re the first person to reply with the… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Continuing Economic Collapse Edition

    Tokyoflash Hanko reminds Emperor he is mortal, confuses us
    Second full-length Terminator Salvation trailer
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  • The Smart Execs Leave Before The Fall.

    When a smart, ambitious executive who isn’t the CEO leaves a company, it isn’t necessarily a sign of trouble. Sometimes that executive isn’t performing all that well, or he/she wants to see if they can make it at their own startup where they call the shots. Top execs leaving to start their own companies is the story of Silicon Valley. But when bunches of them leave, watch out. Read More

  • Amazon launches Kindle application for the iPhone

    Not looking to drop $360 bucks on a gadget purposed almost solely for book reading, but still want to partake in Amazon’s new found love for eBooks? You’re not alone – and if you’ve got an iPhone or iPod Touch, you’re in luck. As we’d assumed they would, Amazon has just launched a free Kindle application for Apple’s much-lauded touchscreen. Read More

  • VIA's Em-ITX form factor has I/O on two sides

    Something I never really even considered about the various form factors of PCs I’ve set up in my time are that most of the inputs and outputs are clustered on one side. Of course, that’s because it makes a lot of sense, for a desktop situation where most of your stuff should be plugged in the back, but what about embedded/small form-factor systems where you don’t have space to… Read More

  • Video: World Builder

    Maybe it’s the beer talking, but this video is frackin rad. What a guy won’t do for the girl he loves. Makes we want to barf. This video was shot in a day, but went through two years of post production. Kudos to Bruce Branit. Read More

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