Now this is what we call a home theater cabinet. Furniture with built-in speakers and other media equipment is nothing new, but this ultra-limited-edition (and curiously named) "Stringless Pleasure" stereo rack--created by architect Chi-wing Lo, according to Dvice--takes the concept to an entirely new level. Why? Not only does it have high-end gear built into its shelves, but the system also has plenty of storage space for discs and other media--which we think could just as easily be used a wine rack.
Facebook first announced last year that it was working on a redesign of members' profiles; now, the social-networking site has unveiled previews of its upcoming new look. The Facebook profile redesigns will start rolling out in the next few weeks.
With the new updates, you won't be able to see a member's entire profile on one screen. Personal information about someone will be included on one "tab" of a profile, whereas the "wall"--public messages, developer-created applications, News Feed updates, and other activity-related information--will be on a separate tab. A third tab will link to the photos that the member has uploaded. Facebook has also said that members will be able to create separate tabs for their favorite applications.
Part of this is because of technical issues, Facebook has said, telling members that the changes will make the interface cleaner. "As more and more information is available on Facebook--more photo albums, more applications, and more history--we've realized that Profiles have become cluttered and slow as a result," a release from the site read. "We're trying to make profiles more simple and relevant, while still giving you control over your profile and how you express yourself."
The problem: You've got a ton of digital music, photos, and video on your computer's hard drive, but you want to enjoy all that media on the big TV and stereo system in your living room--not hunched over the laptop screen. If you've got a network connection and one of the latest game consoles (an Xbox 360, a PlayStation 3, or--when paired with the free Orb software--even a Nintendo Wii), you may not need any new hardware--each of them can stream a wide variety of audio, video, and photo formats from your PC to your TV over your home network. However, if you're not a gamer, or you need a more robust solution--more file support, for instance--there are alternatives, such as the MediaGate MG-450HD. … Read more
It's not news to anyone that Japan comes out with a vast variety of weirdness and whimsy--it seems to be one of their national cultural specialties. But we'd like to direct your attention to a very specific brand of wacky--what one team of musician-artist-engineers calls "nonsense instruments." It takes a certain kind of lunatic lyrical inspiration to spend your life making carefully engineered objects purely for the sake of mind-breaking entertainment. For this achievement, we award Maywa Denki the coveted Demented Genius Award. Congratulations!
This post was updated at 8:06 PM PT to add comment from Bebo.
Remember that controversial study awhile back that pegged Facebook as having the worst performance out of major social media sites? Get ready for controversy, because a new one just came out that puts youth-oriented Bebo in the top, er, bottom spot, with Facebook pulling in a rather respectable ranking.
Representatives from Pingdom, a performance monitoring software company, posted a blog entry on Tuesday with the results of a study that monitored how much downtime 14 major social networks experienced between January 1 and February 25. Bebo, … Read more
On Monday night, social-news site Digg took a new approach to its famously clamorous users: CEO Jay Adelson and founder Kevin Rose sat down in front of a Ustream-connected camera with their MacBook Pros and a couple of beers and answered questions that had been submitted by Diggers.
As a relative outsider to Digg culture, I was fairly dissatisfied.
All in all, the session highlighted quite a few of Digg's strengths as well as troubles going forward--and additionally reflected a few common criticisms about the site as a whole. But in the process, the questions were inward-focused, dealing … Read more
Digg's user base is notoriously colorful, so this should be a popcorn-worthy occasion--that is, if you care about matters of editorial control, "gaming the system," comment moderation, and whether iPhone headlines are cooler than Linux headlines.
All kidding aside, this will be a look into the workings and management of one of Silicon Valley's perpetual cool kids. (If you see an acquisition question, there'… Read more
This post was updated at 12:54 p.m. PST to add formal comment from Fox Interactive Media.
Don't expect News Corp. to jump ship on its advertising contract with Google for social network MySpace, representatives from the company said on Monday.
TechCrunch had reported earlier that News Corp. was potentially in negotiations with Microsoft, which serves ads on MySpace rival Facebook, as a replacement for the Google ads that have run on MySpace and other Fox Interactive Media sites since August 2006. Google co-founder Sergey Brin had said in the company's most recent earnings announcement that its advertising contract with Fox Interactive had proven less lucrative … Read more
Two online advertising networks, San Francisco-based Glam Media and the London-based Adconion, have raised some major venture dollars. The news was originally reported in The Wall Street Journal.
Glam Media, which operates a central core of sites geared toward women and serves ads on a network of over 400 partner sites, has raised a total of almost $85 million--$64.6 million from investors led by Hubert Burda Media, and $20 million in debt financing. The company's valuation, according to the Journal, will be around $500 million, and it hopes to pull in $100 million in revenue this year.… Read more
Tiny Pictures, a company that operates a mobile media-sharing site called Radar, announced on Monday that it has pulled in $7.2 million in Series B funding. The funding round was led by Valley stalwart Draper Fisher Jurvetson; previous investor Mohr Davidow Ventures also contributed.
Radar's service lets users shoot mobile photos and videos to its site through e-mail and mobile messaging. All photos on Radar are automatically friends-only; members of a user's friends list can instantly see uploaded content and comment on it from their PCs or mobile phones.
It looks as if Radar has some fairly … Read more