COWON S9 is heading to the US

By on December 15, 2008 at 3:12 PM.

COWON S9 is heading to the US

Remember when we teased you all with this sexy new PMP from COWON and how disappointing it was to find out it was hitting Korea with no US release date? Well stop your crying already – COWON has just announced today that it will be releasing this gadget in the US a lot sooner than we all thought. With its very own GUI lovingly shown off by an AMOLED screen, this PMP most definitely a stunner with specs to match. This thing is just jam packed with tons more features than your average PMP:

  • 3.3″ AMOLED touch screen, 16 million colors, 480 x 272 pixels
  • 500MHz dual-core processor
  • DVD-quality MPEG4 and TV output (supports AVI and WMV)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with stereo headset support
  • G-sensor accelerometer
  • Extended battery (11 hours video and 55 hours audio, not bad!)
  • JetEffect 2.0 audio technology
  • EQ Filter and stereo enhancement including BBE+, Mach3Bass, 3D Surround and MP enhance audio processing

Wondering how much this thing will cost you? For an 8GB model it’s $199.99 and a 16GB will run for $239.99 and it will be available on December 19, not January like we previously thought. We’re not sure if it will be in stores, but we know it will be available through JetMall, Newegg, Amazon, eBay and a few other online retailers. Anyone going to pick one of these up as a stocking stuffer?

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Camera sold on eBay contains MI6 intelligence

By on October 1, 2008 at 5:49 PM.

Camera sold on eBay contains MI6 intelligence

James Bond couldn’t have been this careless, could he? Nah, it was probably a rookie; you know, an agent who hadn’t, and probably won’t, make it to Double-0 status. Anyhoo, a Nikon Coolpix camera sold on eBay for $30 turned out to be well worth the money, assuming the benefits outweigh the risks. In this case, it doesn’t. The camera was once owned by an MI6 agent and he or she forgot to delete a few items here and there. It’s just the typical shots of rocket launchers, terrorist network diagrams, leaked images of the new Blackberry 9600… wait, scratch that last one. This could have been a complete hoax done by some 28-year-old seeking attention, but apparently it has been confirmed by MI6 when agents found the man missing from his treehouse with the bark engraved, “MI6 wuz here, lolz!”

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eBay to offload StumbleUpon

By on September 20, 2008 at 2:27 PM.

eBay to offload StumbleUpon

Having a little bit of buyer’s remorse there, eBay? According to TechCrunch, eBay may be looking to sell off StumbleUpon after acquiring the company a mere 18 months ago for $75 million. An anonymous source claims that eBay has hired Deutsche bank to help them find the right buyer. No asking price has been mentioned but eBay may take a loss as StumbleUpon’s popularity (based upon traffic data) has been steadily declining. It appears as if eBay may be streamlining and finally selling off some of these superfluous acquisitions that contributed little, if any, to their core auction and classified services. A little hint to the prospective buyer: if you really want to help boost StumbleUpon, get rid of that annoying toolbar and focus on delivering the content through your website instead.

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JetBlue Using eBay in Attempt to Boost Sluggish Sales

By on September 8, 2008 at 1:18 PM.

JetBlue Using eBay in Attempt to Boost Sluggish Sales

Now is most definitely not a good time to run a US (or any) airline. People are traveling less, the economy is basically in the toilet and fuel is incredibly expensive which means that everything else is more expensive. On top of everything else we just entered a historically slow time of the year in terms of air travel as summer draws to a close and kids return to school. We’re not sure how far this tactic will go, but JetBlue is trying to ease the pain a bit by auctioning off a handful of flights on eBay. This doesn’t mark the first time an airline has turned to eBay but in the past, official eBay ticket auctions have been used to raise money for charity. JetBlue apparently isn’t quite concerned with humanitarianism at the moment as the airline has listed over 300 round-trip packages including single tickets, two-ticket packages and even a few mystery auctions that include hotel stays. All auctions were listed last night with varying durations and with opening prices of between 5¢ and 10¢. The auctions are expected to close between 85% and 90% of retail value, which means that travelers will indeed get a nice discount. To those interested, all flights depart on a Thursday or Friday and return on a Sunday or Monday. Travel resulting from the auctioned tickets must be completed by October 6th.

[Via ABC]

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What do You do on the Mobile Web?

By on May 22, 2008 at 10:55 AM.

What do You do on the Mobile Web?

As more and more devices become equipped with capable web browsers, it becomes increasingly interesting to learn where mobile mobile web users are spending their time. Companies spend massive amounts of time and money mobilizing websites and ensuring that their content is accessible from any device. So who’s getting a solid return? According to a recent study conducted by M:Metrics, smartphone web browsers spend the majority of time each month browsing through the pages of cragslist.org. You dirty, dirty heathens. We’d like to think that the jobs, community and other such sections are well traveled but we know better. Of the 4 hours and 38 minutes smartphone users spend each month browsing the web on average, craigslist.org sees an average of 1 hour and 39 minutes. The second most popular mobile web destination is eBay.com with an average of 1 hour and 29 minutes. Basically, smartphone users like looking at old junk – in more ways than one. Behind the two leaders are popular social networks MySpace and Facebook with 1:25 and 1:24 respectively. What all this says to us: Smartphone owners use the mobile web to check out local transvestites, buy tattered old couches and hand-sewn tea cozies, and then tell all of their friends on MySpace and Facebook about it. Are we oversimplifying?

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