• Wait, so multitouch technology isn't the end-all, be-all for laptops?

    There’s a quick little piece on multitouch technology on Wired right now, and it questions the conventional wisdom that says multitouch technology will do to laptops what it’s done to cellphones. (That is, multitouch, as seen on the iPhone, is the hot, new input mechanism that everyone wants to date.) “Questions”? Yes, not everyone is so sure that multitouch will make… Read More

  • Nokia 5800 is actually quite slim

    The new 5800 doesn’t look much like a tube but it is quite svelte. It’s smaller than the iPhone and even most touchscreen phones we’ve seen in a while. It’s most like the Palm Treo Pro in terms of size but it’s quite light. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Dell small business monitors 25% off

    Dell’s running a 25% off deal for some of its monitors selling out of the small business unit. There’s a 20-inch for $186.75, a 24-inch for $314.25, and another 24-inch for $516.75 after using coupon code 1GV?QX5MT1Q?M4 at checkout. The eligible monitors are the 20-inch E207WFP, the 24-inch E248WFP, and the 24-inch UltraSharp 2408WFP. Not too shabby if you’re in the market for… Read More

  • Nokia's Comes With Music on the 5800: Nokia's attempt to out-iTunes iTunes

    Nokia announced their Comes With Music program last month, a media download offering with backing from Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, EMI, and Universal Music Group. The system, along with the Nokia Music Store, has about 5 million tracks currently available and Nokia has announced the Music PC client for easy downloads. You can drag CDs into the application for immediate ripping. Comes With… Read More

  • Acer intros a 22-inch Ferrari themed LCD monitor at the same time Enzo rolls over

    Acer has a little thing for Ferrari-branded PC items and its latest product should look great on poser’s desks everywhere. The 22-inch F-22Bid LCD monitor rocks a 22,000:1 contrast ratio with a brightness 300cd/m, a 2ms response time, all with a WSXGA resolution of 1,680 x 1,050. Now, if you really want to look like a tool and own one of these, Acer is only producing 500 units so you… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Fujisoft launches Japan-only VOD service for the Wii

    At CEATEC 2008, Fujisoft for the first time presented their “Ulexit” video player for embedded devices. The company will use its technology for “Minna-no (everybody’s) Theater Wii”, a video-on-demand service for the Nintendo Wii. A Fujisoft representative told me the service goes online in December 2008 in Japan. Asked whether Everybody’s Theater Wii will… Read More

  • Text messaging to blame for deadly train crash?

    Reuters is reporting that text messaging may have had something to do with a recent train crash in California that killed 25 and injured 135. Cell phone records show that the train’s conductor received a text message at 4:21:03 PM, followed by the crash at 4:22:23 PM. The idea is that he got the text message, looked down to read it, and missed the trackside signal. The commuter train… Read More

  • The Homestretch

    A new micromessaging client for the iPhone suggests we are in for another rapid development cycle in the enterprise social media space. LaTwit may be a silly name, but Tom Blankenship, the developer of the program, listened to Leo Laporte’s conversation with Identi.ca/Laconica author Evan Prodromou and saw an opportunity. Laconica servers including Prodromou’s Identi.ca and… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: More impressions, pictures, booth babes

    It’s the third of five days at CEATEC 2008, Asia’s biggest exhibition for consumer electronics (think Asia’s CES), and I must say it’s better than last year. Here are my impressions of the exhibition: 1)
    The level of internationalization at CEATEC stands at an estimated 5%. I am seriously wondering how foreign journalists are able to understand what is actually… Read More

  • Nokia officially unveils the 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen media phone

    Just as expected, Nokia today finally pulled back the curtains on the 5800 XpressMusic device. After nearly six months of rumors, leaks, and Dark Knight cameos, the pretty little touchscreen device once known only as the “Tube” has been made official. Coming sometime in Q4 2008, the 5800 will be the first handset to rock Nokia’s much anticipated S60 5th Edition platform and… Read More

  • Fossett update: Plane wreckage found

    Fossett’s belongings were found over the weekend and now the wreckage of his plane was just located. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rescue crews have found the wreckage of a small plane that appears to be the aircraft piloted by millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. His plane has been missing for 13 months tomorrow and the world… Read More

  • 'New' MacBook Pro drop and we take the bait

    The Apple MacBook Pro rumor mill keeps churning out tasty ‘real pics’ with another MacBook Pro photo and accompanying web advertisement. We have to be honest though, these look the most believable yet. The laptop in question sports an iPhone-ish top lid with the Pro’s trademark aluminum interior. There isn’t anything crazy and out of place like a touchscreen… Read More

  • From The Makers Of iGolf, Comes iBowl. Just Don't Drop That iPhone.

    Who needs a Nintendo Wii when you’ve got an iPhone? The Social Gaming Network, which released a Wii-like golfing game for the iPhone two weeks ago, has now followed up with a bowling game. As with iGolf (which has already been downloaded more than 900,000 times), iBowl uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to detect a player’s swing. You can twist your wrist to give the ball spin… Read More

  • The T-Mobile G1 gets unboxed

    The first Android-powered handset’s launch is coming soon, but some lucky folks already have their dirty mitts on the complete package. The picture set doesn’t reveal anything spectacular including a lame carrying, but if you’re the type that gets giddy with pre-release photos, there is enough here to get you through this morning. The rest of us can wait until October 22 for… Read More

  • Rumour: Spotify raises €15m round for Bittorrent-meets-Last.fm service

    Spotify, founded by the former Tradedoubler team, is understood to have raised €15.3m from Northzone Venture Partners at a monster €71.6m pre-money valuation. The service is still in private beta. Northzone themselves have declined to comment, but Creandum, another of Sweden’s top VCs, is also understood to have taken part in the funding round. Spotif have released no statement but… Read More

  • No Exits. Liquidity Dries Up Even More For VC-Backed Startups In Third Quarter

    The liquidity drought for venture-backed startups, which was already declared to be a crisis in the second quarter when not a single VC-backed IPO went out, continued in the third quarter.
    For the first three quarters of the year combined, IPOs brought in only $470 million and M&A activity totaled $11.3 billion, a steep decline from prior years (see chart). Don’t expect the situation… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Woot pawning Planar 720p projector for $599

    Woot has a decent deal this morning. It’s not a scamper and find your wallet type-dealio, but if you’ve been looking for a great, inexpensive home theater projector, you might want to meander over and grab your credit card. Quick note though, this 720p Planar projector only has 900 lumens, so you better have a dark room as it isn’t bright enough to counter ambient light. Read More

  • EA doesn't think BitTorrent downloads of Spore mean lost sales

    Plenty of people have downloaded Spore using BitTorrent, but EA doesn’t seem too concerned. Because on Earth 2, where EA is apparently based, people downloading torrents of the game doesn’t necessarily mean that the game is being downloaded. Nope, that makes no sense to us, either. Says an EA rep: Stepping aside from the whole issue of DRM, people need to recognize that every… Read More

  • Reminder: Nokia will announce many things later today

    Quick reminder, gang. Nokia is expected to announce all sorts of stuff in the next few hours from London, including the details of its first touchscreen phone, something we noted last week. It’s also expected that Nokia will talk about its Comes With Music program. You know, the free-songs-with-cellphone-purchase that the music industry desperately wants to succeed (so it doesn’t… Read More

  • Fossett Wreckage and Belongings Found

    Fossett’s belongings were found over the weekend and now the wreckage of his plane was just located. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rescue crews have found the wreckage of a small plane that appears to be the aircraft piloted by millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. His plane has been missing for 13 months tomorrow and now the… Read More

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