The Wii is quickly solidifying itself as the gadget that is perpetually making us think, "Hm, I never thought of that, but it's a cool idea." First the whole Wiimote thing, then Wii Sports, then the Opera browser, then the weather and news channels...this is one gaming console that's full of nutty features and add-ons that might seem wacked out at first, but which inevitably catch on in that kitschy Nintendo way.
If you read tech and new-media blogs (which you probably do, since you're reading this one) you must be under the impression that anyone who's anyone is at South by Southwest right now, Twitter-ing away on 6th Street, etc., etc., etc. Well, here's the truth. Not everything cool right now is in Austin. Like me, for example. I'm totally awesome. And then there's this stuff...
MySpace is preparing to launch an integrated news service--with self-aggregating content and social bookmarking--in the coming weeks. MySpace members will be able to post the stories on their profiles, discuss, promote, and submit their own written content to be seen and ranked by other MySpace users (see NewsVine). The new service is reminiscent of Digg and del.icio.us, with social bookmarking for news stories that can be promoted with user voting.
Friendster makes Google its ad, search supplier. Google has unseated Yahoo for advertising supremacy at Friendster, one of the oldest social networks that still has 37 million registered users. … Read more
From Friday through Sunday, the New York City Comic Convention took over Manhattan's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and Will Greenwald and I were there to brave the hordes of Star Wars cosplayers to bring you plenty of super sweet news coverage. Actually, scratch that. We get along just fine with Star Wars cosplayers. No horde-braving is necessary.
--Digital age plays villain, hero in future of comics (CNET News.com)
--Halo ActionClix and other nerd games (Crave)
I thought that 24 fandom had gone a little bit too far when I heard about the shot-pounding "Jack Bauer Power Hour" viewing parties at various urban bars, but this one really takes the cake. A "computer expert" in the U.K. has changed his name to Jack Bauer, according to Geeksugar. Apparently his given name, Tim Annan, really wasn't doing it for him.
We here at Crave highly encourage you not to do dumb things like change your name as a tribute to a TV show--even though it took me hours the other day … Read more
--GAMING: Everybody Votes Channel launches on Wii Menu (gmrblogs)
--GREEN TECH: US leads in new wind energy developments (Treehugger)
--WEB 2.0: Parasitology of Blogging (Table of Malcontents)
--GAMING: The worst-selling games of 2006 (Joystiq)
--APPLE: Apple still quiet on gaming strategy (CNET News.com)
--SCIENCE: Chasing the trail of the 'Hobbit' (CNET News.com)
--GAMING: Retro Atari games coasters (Boing Boing)
--GAMING: Sweets for Geeks: Chocolate Controllers (Game|Life)
The nerdy printable cards from 4 Color Rebellion (via Notcot.org) were too funny to pass up, like this one making the Wii into a romantic gesture. Nevertheless, this Craver still prefers Halloween. (There's a better selection of candy.) So here's what else is going around the series of tubes today:
--ARTS & CRAFTS: 2GB chapstick (Make)
--JUICY GOSSIP: BMW getting iPhone integration? (CrunchGear)
--MUSIC: Add HD radio to a regular car stereo (Listening Post)
--GADGETRY: Who needs a psychic when you've got gadgets? (ThisNext)
--CELL PHONES: The ringtones that ruin romance (Shiny Shiny)
--AQUA TEEN HUNGER … Read more
>> MTV online strategy to help Viacom take on YouTube? Viacom wants you to watch clips of its popular TV shows on the Internet, but it doesn't want you to do so on YouTube. At the beginning of this month, Viacom had YouTube take down more than 100,000 clips of Viacom-owned content. Now it's spreading them out among its sites, including ComedyCentral.com and MTV.com.
>> Belgian court rules against Google over copyrights. Belgian newspapers apparently don't like Google, as they've barred the company from caching its stories for news clippings. The … Read more