Commenting on BGR

By on February 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM.

Commenting on BGR

With the relaunch of BGR over a year ago, I decided to switch comments to a more robust platform that I thought would give us more than useful sign-in options like Facebook and Twitter, but also features to help moderate comments and better reduce noise. One request we receive regularly is to do a better job at moderating the comment section. While we can’t moderate every comment all the time, I believe that discussion on BGR is incredibly important. In the early days, I couldn’t find a better place to engage with passionate people about the topics we covered. Now, a very small group of people are ruining the discussion with personal attacks on other commenters, on us, and on each other.

We’re working on a much-improved solution for commenting on BGR. In the meantime, we’ve added a feature that allows readers to turn comments off at will, and by default keep comments off until they are re-enabled.

I’m disabling comments for a bit, though. I’m tired of reading nonsense and of interacting with people that solely troll this site just to get a rise out of other commenters and start a holy war in the comments section. I’m tired of having to delete crap and I’m tired of people complaining that a few thousand people ruin it for millions.

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Live from the Google I/O 2011 keynote!

By on May 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM.

Live from the Google I/O 2011 keynote!

It’s a beautiful day in San Francisco, California today — the perfect setting for the Google’s 2011 global developer conference, better known as Google I/O. The battalion of Google staffers is currently putting the finishing touches on the Moscone Center before it’s swarmed by Android enthusiasts, developers and the press, and we’re here to bring you the action live. What does Google have up its sleeves for this year? We’ll find out soon enough. The Day 1 keynote kicks off at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time, 12:00 p.m. Eastern, and we’ll be live blogging it right here in this post. Be sure to check back then for the live coverage, and don’t forget to refresh the page for all the details as they break! More →


RIM to announce only one phone at BlackBerry World?

By on April 22, 2011 at 10:25 AM.

RIM to announce only one phone at BlackBerry World?

We’ve heard from two independent sources that RIM is planning on announcing only one handset at BlackBerry World next week, the BlackBerry Bold Touch (or whatever name it ends up launching with). Yeah, that’s right… the company has six major products in the pipeline, all currently set to be released between June and September, and it is only going to announce one of them at the biggest Blackberry event of the year. We’re told this was a last minute change, and if it ends up panning out, well, it’s just plain stupid.


Live from Samsung’s Mobile Unpacked event!

By on March 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM.

Live from Samsung’s Mobile Unpacked event!

Good morning from Samsung’s CTIA 2011 Mobile Unpacked event. The company has not been shy about throwing its “78910” event tagline around, so we think we know what we’re getting ourselves into.  We’re expecting to see a new, 8.9-inch, Galaxy Tab tablet officially welcomed into the Samsung portfolio. We’re also hoping to get a U.S. release date for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was announced last month at Mobile World Congress. Will there be any surprises? A new 7-inch Galaxy Tab? Galaxy S II Mini? Hit the jump to follow our live coverage. More →


Tegra 2 handsets a plenty at CES, says NVIDIA

By on January 5, 2011 at 4:13 PM.

Tegra 2 handsets a plenty at CES, says NVIDIA

According to a fresh press release by NVIDIA, a “new wave of super phones” will be “announced shortly at CES.” Touting the specification prowess of the LG Optiums 2X, the company writes that these new super phones will “use powerful multi-core CPU processors, lightning-fast GPUs and ultralow power requirements – which create magical video and gaming experiences.”

“People are looking at their mobile device as a computer first and a phone second,” said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of mobile business at NVIDIA. “Tegra’s brought the super phone to another level with new mobile experiences that haven’t been possible before.”

CES officially kicks off tomorrow, so expect handset announcements to accelerate then. As always, keep it locked on BGR for all the latest and greatest. NVIDIA’s full press release is after the jump. More →


T-Mobile to focus on Android, HSPA+, and tablets at CES

By on December 23, 2010 at 6:21 PM.

T-Mobile to focus on Android, HSPA+, and tablets at CES

According to a report filed by Mobilized, the nation’s fourth largest carrier, T-Mobile, plans on focusing its CES efforts on HSPA+, Android, and tablet computers. Mark McDiarmid, T-Mo’s senior director of engineering, sat down with the blog and noted that his company will outline plans for its ultra-fast 42Mbps HSPA+ network at the show. Mr. McDiarmid also mentioned that devices equipped with HSPA+ radios capable of taking advantage of the higher speeds would come to market sometime next year. A post-interview email expanded on the carrier’s CES plans:

T-Mobile is big on Android, big on faster 4G speeds and big on 4G devices including tablets. We will continue to drive innovation on these fronts in 2011.

We wouldn’t be adverse to hearing about some 42Mbps, HSPA+ handsets and tablets… even if we do have to listen to them be referred to as 4G. More →


Taking BGR to the next level — MMC acquires BGR

By on April 26, 2010 at 11:58 PM.

Taking BGR to the next level — MMC acquires BGR


I wanted to share some amazing news with you all.

I am happy to report that BGR has been acquired by MMC. Moving forward, CEO of MMC Jay Penske and I are partners on BGR, and I couldn’t be happier. This will allow BGR to grow enormously. From a more comprehensive and diverse editorial staff — all the way to the relaunching of BGR as with new features and functionality, the site will advance dramatically and continue our mission: to break the biggest stories in this category possible. I am the President, Editor-in-Chief, and General Manager of BGR, and will continue to run the business as well as the editorial aspects of the site — nothing will change there.

BGR was started by myself, Jonathan Geller, a little more than four years ago. In that time, it has grown from just a small passion project into a profitable, dominant online business that is ranked with some of the biggest sites on the web.  As I write this, BGR is, according to Technorati, ranked #49 out of every single site in the world. When I think back about how this was accomplished, and how with just a few great writers, and practically no infrastructure, we built something pretty mind blowing… I can’t wait to hit #1.

Thank you for making BGR your daily go-to for the latest mobile and gadget news, we will have more information over the coming weeks on what we are working on to make BGR better than ever. Press release is after the break!

– Jonathan More →


Verizon Tweet: Palm Pre early next year

By on October 17, 2009 at 9:49 AM.

Verizon Tweet: Palm Pre early next year


Oh the soap opera between the Palm Pre and Verizon Wireless — it’s denied, it’s confirmed, it’s tweeted. VZWOffers has reiterated announced that Verizon will indeed have the Pre “early” next year. America’s largest carrier will seemingly have the BlackBerry Storm 2, Motorola Droid, Tour, and Pre in their lineup at the same time — Big Red is starting to show some love for the hardware!

Thanks, Matt!