Leaked from today's episode of The 404 Podcast:HTC and Facebook pair up for the HTC Buffy phone, a Facebook-powered smartphone modified to use HTML5 as an app platform. The ESRB and CTIA will soon unwrap a cross-platform rating system for mobile applications. Science has spoken: sarcasm is for smarties, according to the neuropsychologists at USF. With Final Fantasy XIII-2 only a few months away, Square Enix proposes to release a new Final Fantasy game every year.… Read more
The U.S. Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation into unfair competition allegations leveled by Craigslist in ongoing litigation against eBay, according to a Reuters report today.
A subpoena issued by a federal grand jury in San Jose, Calif., last week on behalf of the Department of Justice seeks "an array" of documents and information related to Craiglist's complaint that minority shareholder eBay took advantage of its membership on Craigslist's board to gather sensitive information before eBay launched in March 2005 its own classified service, then called Kijiji but later renamed eBay Classifieds.
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YouSpin360 lets you take multiple shots while moving around your subject to create an image you can view from all sides. The interface on YouSpin360 is not very intuitive initially, but once you get the basics, you'll be able to make cool-looking 360-degree shots you can show as videos--even on the Web.
You start by choosing the type of shot you want to create using the options tab that slides out from the right. Whether you want to see yourself from all sides, show a car from various perspectives so you can sell it on the Web, or make … Read more
So you bought yourself an iPhone, and now you're looking to turn your old iPod Touch into cold, hard cash. Or perhaps you've got an old laptop you're looking to unload, but don't want to deal with the hassles of selling it at an auction or on Craigslist.
With eBay Instant Sale for iOS, all it takes is a few taps to sell your unwanted electronics. Just search for the device (phone, camera, MP3 player, GPS, etc.), then answer a few questions about it: condition, specs, what's included, and so on.
When you're done, … Read more
Nintendo just announced disappointing sales of its 3DS hand-held gaming device, and a discounted sticker price to go along with it. Is an $80 drop and 20 free games enough to build momentum for the tepid gaming device?
Check out today's show to find out, and to also hear about an AirBnB user's home getting completely thrashed, the hubris of Domino's 7x7x7 deal, and our tips for Colin Farrell in the remake of the movie "Total Recall."The 404 Digest for Episode 870 Airbnb.com user's home gets completely trashed. Nintendo slashes 3DS price to $169.99. Episode 870 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Craigslist evokes much of what's best about the internet: free, simple communication accessible by everyone. It's democratized sales and keeps paid sites honest (and, to be sure, has contributed to the long, slow death of print media). Still, as with many popular sites, it can be hard to keep up with, especially for those of us who monitor several different areas. It's easy to get updates through RSS, though, and well worth the tiny effort it takes. Here's how you do it:If you already use an RSS reader, skip ahead to step 2. … Read more
Zaarly is essentially a reverse Craigslist app that lets you post requests for goods or services to nearby users in hopes of getting one (or more) of them to oblige.
Here's how it works. Log into Zaarly, post something you want, how much you're willing to pay for it, and when you need it by. Then, nearby users will respond if they've got the goods or they're willing to provide the services. Whether you're looking for furniture, someone to pull weeds in your backyard, or a pick-up truck to borrow for the evening, Zaarly seems … Read more
Craigslist can be a great tool for selling your used or unwanted electronics, memorabilia, and furniture. Here are some tips on how to sell anything on Craigslist:
Presentation Presentation is a key component to selling anything. On Craigslist, presentation starts with a descriptive title of what you're selling and your asking price. Setting a $1 price to get people to look at your post isn't helpful. Also, select your location from the list of choices for your area. Potential buyers will sometimes filter their searches based on location. In the description, be sure to provide lots of details … Read more
I'm a bit of a Craigslist junkie. I've used it to buy everything from a piano to a loft bed to a go-kart, and to sell or give away a host of unwanted items.
But despite its spartan interface--or perhaps because of it--the service isn't particularly user-friendly. For one thing, it doesn't let me save individual listings. And adding photos to my own listing means copying them over from my camera, resizing them, and on and on. Hassle city.
Buying a used smartphone online can be a little bit like looking for a used car by walking down random streets in a bad part of town.
Actually, it might be a little bit worse. These days everyone knows how to use eBay or Craigslist, but there's no guarantee that any of those people know how to use the phone they're selling, let alone provide the vital specs..."Does it have a Snapdragon process what? Hold on, I'll see if the wife has any in the flower garden..."
Edwards was in love with Android, sick and tired of eBay, and needed something to do when he wasn't busy learning obscure scripting languages.
As you might expect, Swappa is a bit of a geek-out. If you aren't serious about smartphones, you're probably better off hanging out on eBay and sorting through the hundreds of used flip-phone chargers to find what you want. But if you're looking for a rooted Evo, or a Droid that's overclocked to 1100MHz, then Swappa is going to be a much better bet than slumming the e-resale ghetto. … Read more