Still stuck for a name? There are tons of band-name generators on the Web, including this one for metal band names, with a checkbox to include non-evil words. Finally, John Roderick of The Long Winters blogged last week about selling out, and how Seattle rock bands used to purposely choose ridiculous names to appear more authentic.
Finally, a mobile phone that bucks the trend. For those sick and tired of claims like "the smallest," "the thinnest," and "the lightest" from mobile manufacturers, here comes a handset that touts itself for a different dimension--"the longest."
Exactly how long? Well, designer Tamer Koseli doesn't say, but his Super Phone certainly doesn't look pocket-friendly.
The idea behind the extra long design? There's more screen estate naturally, which means there's plenty of room for touch-screen functionality. There are, in fact, two displays: One OLED that shows basic … Read more
Alltel, the largest rural cell phone provider in the U.S., plans to use the same technology to build its 4G network that AT&T and Verizon Wireless have chosen, a move that should provide better coverage for next generation wireless users.
But don't expect a major 4G upgrade from Alltel overnight. The company said during its quarterly conference call on Thursday that it would likely take three to five years to deploy the new network.
Still, the fact that yet another wireless operator has committed to using Long Term Evolution or LTE, is a big deal. Since … Read more
After getting into the limited beta for Microsoft's Live Mesh, blogger Long Zheng wanted to find a way to share the opportunity.
It turns out that each person who gets added to the beta gets to invite a few others, by sharing files with them.
"As soon as I got my own invite, I started thinking of the original 'Gmail invite sharing' Web site and began to build one for Live Mesh," Zheng said on his Istartedsomething blog. "Thus, www.sharemesh.com was born. If you would like a Live Mesh invite or have one to … Read more
Jello Biafra likes short songs, but there's an undeniable pleasure in long songs. "Hey Jude" (7:11) was groundbreaking at the time, especially for a 45rpm single, but it's really a typical three-minute Beatles song with a four-minute outro. To me, the first true rock epic was Pink Floyd's 1971 opus "Echoes" (23:25). Unlike their 1970 record-breaker, "Atom Heart Mother" (23:44), which was four instrumental sections stitched together into a single track, "Echoes" was a real unified song with a traditional verse-chorus-verse structure--along with a really long … Read more
Remember MagicJack, the VoIP phone gizmo that plugs into a USB port and provides unlimited local and long-distance calling? Normally it runs $40 plus shipping (and/or sales tax), but 1 Sale a Day has it for $29.99 (plus $5.99 for ground shipping) -- but only through midnight today. Granted, the savings here aren't huge, but why not save a sawbuck if you can?
I should point out that many commenters have encountered problems with MagicJack's customer service (or lack thereof). The company lists no address or phone number on its site, and even its message board … Read more
If you've been thinking about saving money on phone service by switching to voice over IP, allow ViaTalk to entice you: Sign up now for the standard $199-per-year rate, which includes unlimited local and long-distance calling, and you'll get a second year free.
In case you're unfamiliar with them, VoIP services leverage your broadband Internet connection to let you make and receive phone calls. The experience is virtually identical to using a landline, and in most cases you can keep your existing number.
ViaTalk provides a boatload of calling features as part of their "vt_unlimited" … Read more
Wired Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson has moved on from The Long Tail, in which the future of business was selling smaller quantities of many more goods. Now, he's proposing that the future of business is selling goods that consumers don't pay anything for. The organizations who provide those goods will receive their compensation in other ways, such as from advertisers, or other forms, such as a pleasant altruistic feeling (look at Wikipedia for an example).
It's a persuasive argument, particularly when he talks about music: "Between digital reproduction and peer-to-peer distribution, the real cost of distributing music … Read more
One of the best choices for online telephony for Mac just got better. The latest Skype update pushes the program to version 2.7.257 adding support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and higher-resolution video for face-to-face video calls. The new default resolution is 640x480 pixels at 25 frames per second. You are only limited by your Webcam, so get out there and upgrade so that your friends and family can have a bigger, crisper view of your smiling mug on their desktop.
Skype has always been one of my favorite applications for its familiar chat-like interface, and … Read more
Microprocessor technology supplier Transmeta said it has received the initial payment of $150 million from Intel toward the $250 million settlement that the two companies agreed upon back in October. The payment was received on January 28, according to Sujan Jain, Transmeta's chief financial officer. Mr. Jain also said that Transmeta is evolving its business model to generate a more constant revenue stream.
Transmeta, previously a supplier of low-power x86 processors, now develops and licenses microprocessor technologies and related intellectual property. The company filed a lawsuit against Intel in October 2006 alleging that the latter infringed upon Transmeta's … Read more