Service

  • Want To Pitch A VC While He Cleans Your House? Exec And Shervin Pishevar Thought So

    Want To Pitch A VC While He Cleans Your House? Exec And Shervin Pishevar Thought So

    Exec, which is a service focused on San Francisco professionals, does all types of tasks for you at pretty decent rates. I’ve used the service to have papers scanned and faxed in the past, and it was always quite super. Recently, the company launched a new cleaning service, for those of you that are busy and don’t have time to clean up after yourself. You know, because… Read More

  • iFixit helps others void warranties with Gear Teardown

    Kyle at the great site iFixIt.com has just opened a new service dedicated to the collection and curation of user-generated content called Gear Teardown. The service, sort of like a how-to site for crazy people, allows folks to document each step in the process of tearing down, and hopefully putting back together, their gadgets. For example, this teardown of the Moto Krave shows six steps… Read More

  • Wal-Mart sells box of rocks disguised as Nintendo DS (twice)

    I’ve worked plenty of thankless retail jobs so I can sympathize with the grind but please, customer service people, check the boxes of stuff that gets returned to your store. A Nintendo DS box filled with rocks and newspaper was apparently returned to a Wal Mart store in Florida, then put back on the floor TWICE, and sold to a mother who gave it to her son as a birthday present. Read More

  • Point and Find at Nokia World 2008: Point at objects, figure out where you are

    http://www.viddler.com/player/df48093d/ One of the most exciting things I’ve seen at Nokia World 2008 is the Point and Find service: aim a phone camera at an object and the camera detects what it is. Currently set to debut in London and San Francisco, the initial version of the application will be tied to movie posters. Point your camera at a movie poster and the software will identify… Read More

  • Xbox Live and Zune going down for maintenance on Monday

    Anybody who completely relies on Microsoft for all of their entertainment needs is going to be bored straight out of their minds when Monday, September 29th rolls around. At 12:01 AM PST, both the Xbox Live and the entire Zune service will be taken down for maintenance. Live will be out for 24 hours, while Zune will go dark for closer to two days. According to Major Nelson, the Live outage is… Read More

  • Verizon announces month-to-month service plans

    Just a day late of the rumored date, Verizon has announced month-to-month, contract free service plans. If you’re willing to pay full price for a phone or can bring your own handset to the table, you’re free to bail out at the end of each monthly billing period without paying any sort of early termination fee. All of Verizon’s voice and data plans are available… Read More

  • T-Mobile's coverage maps now include 3G

    Just about every time we’ve mentioned T-Mobile’s 3G rollout, someone has stopped by to ask their fellow commenters for insight on what the coverage might be like in their specific city. Unfortunately, their inquiries generally went unanswered. Now that T-Mobile has gotten around to adding 3G signal to their coverage map, curious commenters now have a way to help themselves. If… Read More

  • AT&T cuts the Push-to-talk monthly rate by half

    Sure, Push-to-talk can be handy. But is it ten dollars handy? AT&T thinks not. Tucked into the Samsung Rugby press release was a mention that AT&T would be lopping 50% off the Push-to-talk monthly price tag, bringing it down to just 5 bucks starting today. With both AT&T and Verizon now offering PTT for a fiver, it probably won’t be too long before Sprint (currently at $10)… Read More

  • Twitter: Now as powerful as the Clapper

    If you can’t get enough of Twitter why not try Twitter-enabling your home? By connecting his cellphone with his Twitter account, Justin Wickett has created what amounts to a remote switch triggered by Twitter messages. By using a simple program he was able to connect SmartHome’s INSTEON switches to the Internet and control them with a ping from… Read More

  • China Mobile wants nothing to do with iPhone


    iPhone? Not iPhone? China Mobile was all like “No thanks, Apple” in talks about bringing the Apple iPhone to China. No reason was given for the break in negotiations but Bloomberg suspects it was the 20 to 30 percent of data fees Apple asks for each iPhone subscription. This does not rule out “further cooperation” but who really cares? China has plenty if iPhone… Read More

  • Granny smashes Comcast equipment with claw hammer

    Being a former Comcast customer, I can understand how one could get angry at the company for providing mediocre service. But being angry doesn’t even compare to what 75-year-old Mona Shaw did. When Comcast didn’t show up to install the Triple Play package in her home (Cable, VoIP, Internet), she scheduled another appointment. The second time, the installation team didn’t… Read More