Often, the companies that present at the NY Tech Meetup are in a fledgling pre-beta phase and haven't received a whole lot of buzz. But one of the featured New York start-ups at Tuesday night's January meetup has gotten a whole lot of coverage among tech blogs since it launched last week: Daylife, a news aggregator that comes up with creative ways to visualize the people, places, organizations, and events that shape today's headlines. You might recognize its technology from the NewsRanker feature on the popular news blog Huffington Post--Daylife is all about using cool graphs, … Read more
--GAMING: Remember to always use your Wii strap! (GameVideos)**
--WEB 2.0: MyState of the Union (PSFK)
--APPLE: Apple's iPhone a threat to mobile operators? (CNET News.com)
--ARTS & CRAFTS: Ball point pen chandelier (Make)
--THE INDUSTRY: eBay to buy StubHub for $310 million (CNET News.com)
--JUICY GOSSIP: Rumor: MTV acquiring 1UP, adding to their collection (Joystiq)
--GADGETRY: USB-powered laptop cooling stand (ProductDose)
--ONLY IN JAPAN: Spotted in Akiba: Kit Kat in a can (TokyoMango)
**Yes, we know you already know this. Friendly reminders are good every once … Read more
At last month's NY Tech Meetup, I heard about Urbis, a peer-review community for amateur writers that also aims to improve their visibility to potential publishers. At the January NY Tech Meetup, the audience was treated to a presentation from CitizenImage, a local start-up that has a somewhat similar aim, but for amateur news and creative photographers. Unlike Urbis, the focus of CitizenImage is less on review and more on publication and monetization. The site allows photographers to upload their images, and then handles the process in which third-party buyers--optimally news outlets and publishers--purchase the photos. Additionally, news outlets … Read more
The mobile trend of this year's CES continued today as Steve Jobs' keynote at Macworld captured the spotlight with the announcement of yet another new mobile device--the iPhone. But there was other stuff going on, from new Google announcements to more news from the TV realm.
-- Motorola Q's new Pro incarnation. The hardware's the same, but the Motorola Q Pro has some software differences: virtual private network (VPN) support, a firewall, and data encryption, to name a few. As the name would imply, it's making the Q more friendly to the business crowd. (Crave)
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Well, all eyes are on Las Vegas this week (and San Francisco for Macworld, and Detroit for the Auto Show) for all the really cool announcements that have been coming just about every five minutes. Some of us Cravers, however, are here in our regular haunts holding down the fort. Sure, I might not be hanging out in Vegas, but I'm having a great time watching 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s on VH1...and finding some non-CES highlights around the blogosphere for you.
--MASHUPS: Battlestar meets Warcraft (Joystiq)
--GAMING: Chest-pillow for gamers from Japan (BoingBoing)
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--Google Confirms Stake in Xunlei (GigaOM) Apparently Google is spending money on a P2P start-up in China. Google has had an interesting history with China, so this is somewhat surprising. However, given the country's track record on piracy, P2P should thrive.
--GAMING: Wii Mii Celeb Creation (GameVideos)
--ARTS & CRAFTS: Secure chip-and-PIN terminal hacked to play Tetris (BoingBoing)
--ZILLIONAIRES: Gates says day of the home-help robot is near (The Guardian)
--JUICY GOSSIP: Apple Keynote 2007: Speculation that iTunes will snag song lyrics (Gizmodo)
--JUICY GOSSIP: Former Apple sales boss: Mac Phone yes, Mac Tablet no (CNET News.com)
--SECOND LIFE: Inworld Buddhism (Wonderland)
--Self-promoting Google tips disappear (CNET News.com) After coming under the collective assail of tech bloggers for using "tips" to promote its own products, like Google Calendar and Google Maps, Google appears to have pulled the feature.
--LinkedIn launches LinkedIn Answers (Mashable!) Business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn has introduced a feature in which you can ask questions to members of your "network," somewhat like Yahoo Answers and the now-defunct Google Answers.
--ONLY IN JAPAN: Live Action Pac-Man (Break.com)
--SECOND LIFE: Counting the real 'Second Life' population (CNET News.com)
--GAMING: Wii-optimized Internet radio site surfaces (Joystiq)
--PREDICTIONS: 2007 Trends: WiLife (PSFK)
--ZILLIONAIRES: Bezos' space ship revealed (BoingBoing)
--CYBERLAW: Is Apple the new Microsoft? (Monkey Bites)
--WEB 2.0: Comic Vine is nerdy in a cool way (Webware)
--ARTS & CRAFTS: Air cannon shoots through quarter (Break.com)
--GREEN TECH: Pro cycling goes carbon neutral (Treehugger)
--WEB 2.0: CozmoTV attempts to find order in YouTube chaos (Webware)
--THE INDUSTRY: Some fun facts about Internet TV usage (HipMojo)
--ANTHROPOMORPHISM: Huggable hedgehog CD case (ShinyShiny)
--GAMING: Ten burning questions for 2007 (Game|Life)
--DESIGN: Music in the Rain, Portable Humidifier, Stickpot (MoCo Loco)