SAN FRANCISCO--I'm at the Launch Conference today, and the first company I checked out was Greengoose, a very clever physical-activity monitoring company. It was at this same location, the San Francisco Design Center, at the competing TechCrunch conference, that I first saw the Fitbit, a little clip-on activity monitor that should have taken the fitness world by storm. But I've seen none of these little solid-state pedometers out in the real world, and nobody I know talks about what was once seen as a really innovative business. Can Greengoose succeed where Fitbit has floundered?
Stack Exchange, the company behind Stack Overflow, the influential-among-programmers Q&A site, is taking another stab at a revenue model for the service by launching a jobs board for its users at the Launch Conference in San Francisco today. It's the first presenting company at this conference. (There is a live video feed from Launch on Ustream.)
Previously, Stack Exchange had charged for the hosting of "white label" Q&A sites, but that model didn't work. In April of 2010 the Stack Exchange sites became free. Influence of the Stack Overflow site (the biggest … Read more
Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:
Doodle-4-Google gets the search giant into more privacy trouble because of the possibility of storing children's Social Security numbers
iPad 2 might get a launch date as early as next week
Amazon Prime customers get Instant Streaming video with over 5,000 titles
China launches an official government search engine with Panguso
Mint.com gets new "Get Out of Debt" tools
Yahoo! Video gets rid of user-generated content, so download your uploads before March 14th
On today's preGame we're killing with skill in Bulletstorm and exploring the uncharted digestion tracks of monstrous creatures in PixelJunk Shooter 2.
But first we'd like to thank everyone that participated in our biggest contest ever! We had a tremendous response and hope to be able to bring more contests to preGame very soon!
Aside from two excellent game demos today, the guys take a look at Dreamcast Collection, a new release from Sega that includes four Dreamcast games: Sonic Adventure, Crazy Taxi, Space Channel 5 Part 2, and Sega Bass Fishing. We're not in love … Read more
Is Motorola's Xoom being priced not to sell? That's the question a lot of folks are asking as a tipster pointed Engadget to a listing on Best Buy's Web site, showing the upcoming 10.1-inch tablet priced at $1,199.99, with preorders starting in Best Buy stores on February 17.
Over the last few weeks, some reports suggested the Xoom, which has impressive specs and is the first tablet to run Google's Android 3.0 operating system (Honeycomb), would be priced at $800. But for now, anyway, the Best Buy Web site seems to state … Read more
It was 2 p.m. PT when I walked into the Apple Store in Pioneer Place in Portland, Ore., yesterday. I expected a line of Verizon customers chomping at the bit to get their hands on the iPhone, impeding my way to the Genius Bar, where I had to get my MacBook Pro repaired. What I found, though, was empty space.
Blame it on the estimated 500,000-plus preorders secured in less than 24 hours online. Or maybe you could blame it on the country's unusually cold weather. Either way, launch day for Verizon's iPhone was less than … Read more
It's iPhone 4 day for Verizon customers, and CNET TV was there to capture the somewhat underwhelming turnout. Apparently there's one thing that will keep die-hard Apple fanboys at bay, and that's subfreezing winter temperatures.
On today's episode of Loaded, we'll also give a rundown on HP's WebOS event from yesterday, which debuted the company's iPad competitor, the HP TouchPad. WebOS will also make its way to two new mobile devices, all of which we'll detail on today's show.
Sometimes applications that usually launch quickly may take longer to load, and may either bounce in the Dock more than usual or take a while to show interface elements. The system may be otherwise responsive and active when this happens, and after the application loads it may also run well, but it might take a while to launch.
Inactive RAM Commonly used applications or those that were recently opened will usually reopen more quickly than when the same applications are launched right after the system is booted. This is in part because of the system's HotFiles cache where it … Read more
After finally getting some quality hands-on time with the 3DS last week and a behind-closed-doors interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime at CES 2011, we've got a healthy amount of new information to share about the 3D glasses-less portable.
The 3D effect Without a doubt, the first time you lay eyes on the 3DS it will surprise you. The 3D effect isn't exactly a "pop-out" illusion, but more of a "pop-in." The best way we've been able to describe it is that it's similar to those Magic Eye images that were so popular in the '90s. Of course, the 3DS yields a much more obvious dimensional shift. Instead of popping out at the user, the effect appears to go deeper inside the top screen of the 3DS.
The 3D effect can be adjusted using a slider, or eliminated altogether. During our time with Pilotwings, we found the 3D effect turned all the way up really increased the overall sense of flight in the game. That said, we're anticipating that each game will have a certain sweet spot for 3D intensity, though the setting remains completely preferential.… Read more
Research In Motion may be planning to release the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet as early as late February.
Edel Ebbs, RIM's vice president of investor relations, said yesterday in its fiscal third-quarter earnings call that "no PlayBook revenues [are] included in our Q4 guidance, and we expect the first revenue impact from PlayBook to be in RIM's first quarter." His quote comes from a call transcript published on SeekingAlpha.
Ebbs also noted that RIM's tablet will impact the company's operating expenses on "development, marketing, and launch preparation activities" in its fiscal fourth quarter.… Read more