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Universal Music and iTunes not looking like a long-term relationship

July 5th, 2007

Now confirmed by Universal themselves, it looking like Universal music, home to artists like Eminem and Sting, isn’t interested in renewing any kind of long-term contract with Apple and iTunes. Instead, they’ll seek a much shorter contract…perhaps even less than a year. Apple is definitely balking at that idea, and Universal could pull its entire library …

eBay attempting its own Craigslist

July 4th, 2007

eBay, which actually owns a 25% stake in Craigslist, has quietly rolled out their own version of the classified site. Called Kajiji (Swahili for "village"), it offers classified ads in 220 cities, and will have the usual cars, real estate, antiques, adult section, and pets. Craigslist, though, is not worried: Says chief executive Jim Buckmaster, “One of the beauties …

Google adds maps to its 411

July 3rd, 2007

In April, Google launched its own 411 voice search (1.800.GOOG.411). New to the lineup is the ability to add maps to your search. You proceed with the search as you normally would, but at some point, say "map it" to get a text message sent to your phone with details of your search, as well as …

New see-thru LCD screen wins WTF award

July 3rd, 2007

We don’t know if there really is a WTF award. But there should be. And this would win it. It’s a new technology from Active, Inc. that creates an LCD screen via crystal optical film and allows you see through it while viewing the image on screen. No amount of brainstorming among BGR staffers has yielded an …

Yahoo introducing SmartAds to target you specifically

July 3rd, 2007

Remember the scene from the movie "Minority Report" where Cruise is walking through that transit station with his new eyes, and each one of the ads that popped up read the eyes and tailored themselves to the individual? We’re not there yet, but taking a step in that direction, is Yahoo, who is set to …

Amazon/Microsoft backs HD-DVD indie film project

July 3rd, 2007

It could be a great step for both indie film producers. Not totally conviced that it’s a great step for HD-DVD, though. Amazon and Microsoft have teamed up to create the 1,000 HD-DVD Indies Project, encouraging indie film folk to submit their HD projects for possible HD-DVD distribution through CustomFlix (part of Amazon). CustomFlix is a …

Scamming the “Nigerian riches” scammers

July 3rd, 2007

After getting dozens of e-mails from Nigerian businessmen who are waiting to give you a ton of money so they can get the rest out of the country, everyone has had that moment where you say to yourself, "but what if it’s true?" Common sense tells us it’s not, and that we’ll get scammed if …

Toshiba to offer “true cinema” frame rate

July 2nd, 2007

When it comes to TVs, resolutions, and pixels, the larger the number, the better, right? Come September, Toshiba will roll out an HD-DVD firmware update that actually scales back its frame rate to 24 frames per second, or that of real on-film cinematic adventures. By comparison, TVs and playback devices in the States are typically …

Nissan’s new navi: “Don’t drink and drive”

July 2nd, 2007

One could applaud Nissan’s attempt to increase safety awareness and prevent drinking and driving, and in reality, their hearts (motors?) are in the right place. Take their latest version of the Nissan Carwings navigation system (Japan-only, so far), which, between 5:30 PM and 5:00 AM, displays the message "Do not drive after drinking!" In other hours, you’re …

Man buys Plasma TV from Wal-Mart for 5 bucks

June 29th, 2007

That floating smiley face must have been drinking right before it knocked recent prices down at a Monroe, LA Wal-Mart.  Wait…nope…it was 23-year-old Chandon L. Simms who thought he could simply (and allegedly) put a price tag from a $4.88 item on a $984 plasma TV and run it through self-checkout without anyone noticing. Loss Prevention did, …