NFL, Cable Giants Face Off In New Broadcast Universe
On Saturday night, the New York Giants will face off against the powerful New England Patriots, who are chasing all sorts of historic NFL records -- most significantly, the second perfect season in league history (New England already is the first team to go 15-0 and can finish undefeated on Saturday). This game might also be billed as "The NFL vs. The Cable Guys."
Is Apple Planning To Launch An Ultra Mobile PC Next Year?
We've been hearing rumors for months that Apple is working on some kind of tablet PC, most likely an ultramobile PC (UMPC) of some kind. One of my colleagues, Mitch Wagner, thinks that Apple has no plans for a tablet. Other industry insiders, like futurist Mark Anderson, think
Avoiding The Mobile Device Marketing Mire
I'm working from home this week while my twin boys' day care is closed for the holidays. This morning, as one child screamed about his missing toy and the other demanded a cookie for breakfast, my cell phone rang. Foolishly and without thinking (or looking at the incoming number), I answered it.
More BlackBerry 9000 Details Leaked
The Boy Genius Report has the scoop on the much-anticipated BlackBerry 9000 smartphone, yet again. Let's take a look at what this touch-screen smartphone promises.
Are Google iPhone Apps Also Beta Apps For Android?
It seems that lots of Googlers are really into the iPhone, including Googler-in-Chief Eric Schmidt. Google has been launching new mobile applications specifically for the iPhone, just as the company also prepares its own Android platform. Is there a hidden connection between the iPhone and Google Android?
Google's Flight Tracker: Better Than Fruitcake On The Holidays
Google is rolling out a new search feature at the time of year when Americans need it most: A service to let you know whether your flight is running late. There are several sites on the Internet already offering that service, but Google’s looks like it’ll be easier to use when you’re on the run and accessing from a smartphone. Which is, of course, when you need that information most.
Bad News Keeps Coming For Second Life
The bad news keeps coming for Second Life. Linden Lab, the company that develops and operates the virtual world, released October and November economic stats yesterday, which show that total user hours in-world actually declined in November, for the second-ever time in Second Life history.
IM-History Can Consolidate All Your IMs, But Should It?
IM-History has announced a beta trial of a new version of its Web application that collects all your instant messaging conversations into one convenient, searchable archive. That could be really great. Or it could be really scary.
Electric Sheep, A Leading Virtual-Worlds Content Company, Shears 25% Of Employees
The Electric Sheep Company, a leading content-creation company working in Second Life and other virtual worlds, this week laid off 20 people, or 25% of its staff. Coming on the heels of the departure of AOL from Second Life, and CTO Cory Ondrejka’s departure from Linden Lab, the events invite the question: What’s going on in Second Life? Is something wrong?
Join Us Tuesday For GridTalk With The Founder Of Caledon
Join us for a discussion with Desmond Shang, founder of the popular Caledon group, a Victorian-themed area that's proven to be one of the most popular areas of Second Life. Many residents and businesses struggle to create compelling content in Second Life -- well, Desmond has done it, and so we can all learn from him.
iPhone Beats Windows Mobile In Browsing Use
Market statistician Net Applications says on its Web site that Apple iPhones currently account for .09% of Web browsing, while all Windows Mobile devices put together account for only .06%. That's pretty astonishing, given the relative numbers of handheld devices running each OS in the marketplace.
One In Seven Have Been Dumped By A Text Message Or E-Mail
"I Don't Wanna Go Out W/U N E Mor." If you haven't seen a text message like this yet, you may soon. According to a new survey, roughly one in seven say they've been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend via text message or e-mail. I guess Kevin Federline isn't alone.
Top Tech Predictions For 2008
Yesterday I attended the Third Annual SNS New York Dinner, a gathering of tech professionals and investors at the famous Waldorf=Astoria Hotel hosted by futurist Mark Anderson. As usual, Anderson stirred controversy with a big dose of his high-powered brain candy.
Cisco's Chambers Drones On At Analysts' Conference
I've seen John Chambers speak at a half-dozen or so industry events, including this week's C-Scape Global Forum (a fancy name for an analysts' conference) in San Jose, and I'd have to say that Tuesday's appearance was the first time I would call his performance "boring."
Is Your Computer Keyboard Dishwasher Safe?
My keyboard is pretty nasty. It just accumulates dirt. About a year ago, I made a new rule for myself: No eating at my desk. That helped a little, but my keyboard still looks like a fraternity house after homecoming weekend. So I was excited to see this news on the Internet: Most keyboards are dishwasher safe.
Second Life CTO Leaves Amid Reports Of Falling Out With CEO
Cory Ondrejka, who was employee #4 at Linden Lab, the company that develops Second Life, either quit Tuesday, or was fired.. As with most high-level corporate departures, his going out the door was marked by a terse, vague statement by his -- former -- employers, and a great deal of discussion on blogs. The big question for the Second Life community: Will the change mean faster fixes for the stability and usability problems that plague the grid, or will Ondrejka's departure make things worse?
A Look At Google Android Running On Prototype Hardware
Still anxious to see what Google's Android will actually look like? While we've yet to see any Android-powered phones, Japanese wireless company Willcom has shown a prototype of hardware running Google's mobile OS. Check it out.
Big Memory For The Little Computer
Asus has decided that upgrading the memory in its tiny Eee won't void the warranty. But the press release fails to mention a couple of key pieces of information. Hackers, who love the machine, have filled in the gaps.
GridTalk On 'Entrepreneur's Guide To Second Life' Rescheduled To Friday
Join us in Second Life Friday for our rescheduled GridTalk with Daniel Terdiman, author of the new book The Entrepreneur's Guide To Second Life, to learn about the best ways to do business in-world. Daniel's talk was supposed to happen this morning, but Second Life was down for maintenance, so we rescheduled it.
Has The iPhone Jumped The Shark?
While Apple's iPhone this year captured the imagination of the U.S. market and spurred a global dialogue about the future of smartphones, it's not taking Europe by fire in the sales department. In fact, if my colleague Eric Zeman is right, the iPhone could be a flop in Germany. What gives?
Drudge Report Goes Mobile
Another sign that the mobile Web is really going mainstream: The Drudge Report now has a mobile Web site. What's next?
More Gift Guidance? Here You Go
Picking the items for the Holiday Gift Guide can be a contentious process. I wrote it this year, and I got overruled on some really cool stuff I wanted to get in.
Is LiveJournal Deal Part Of Putin's Putsch?
The same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin posted a controversial electoral win, a Moscow firm backed by a Kremlin insider bought up a blogging service widely used by dissidents in the country. Coincidence?