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TeXtra is technology news with a lot eXtra! It is technology meets culture, analysis, and - we hope you'll agree - humor. Host Natali Del Conte follows the what's what, who's who, and WHY of technology news that goes beyond the Silicon Valley. She is an established technology journalist, having written for PC Magazine , TechCrunch, MarketWatch, and more. For more about her credentials, visit Natali's producer page at natalidelconte.podshow.com.
Recent Episodes for TeXtra
DATE: Wed, 19 Dec 2007
SIZE: 42.3 MB
TeXtra110: Happy Trails
Story 1: The National Football League signs a deal with Ticketmaster to be the official ticket reseller. Story 2: Yahoo Maps gets drag-and-drop re-routing and a few new upgrades to local listings. Story 3: The upgrade to the PlayStation 3 will make your PS3 DivX certified. Story 4: Google and the One Laptop Per Child program launched Our Stories for children around the world to tell their tales. Story 5: Google now can give you flight status directly from the main search bar.
DATE: Tue, 18 Dec 2007
SIZE: 31.4 MB
TeXtra109: The Final Frontier…Only Not Just Yet
Story 1: The National Basketball Association has a new channel on Joost. Story 2: CBS Interactive fires the production staff at Startrek.com, meaning the site may have had its Final Frontier. Story 3: Pownce goes mobile. Story 4: Best Buy has buy-one-get-one-free promos for BluRay and HD-DVD titles.
DATE: Mon, 17 Dec 2007
SIZE: 38.0 MB
TeXtra108: Rain Checks and Steroids
Story 1: Google adds profile cards, chat in Google Reader, and a Wikipedia-clone called Knoll. Story 2: Major League Baseball gets over 2 million downloads of the Mitchell Report. Download for yourself here. Story 3: The BBC gets a new makeover with a new home page, currently in beta. Check it out here. Story 4: Nintendo and GameStop promise Wiis by January. Story 5: Yahoo launches a Political Dashboard for the 2008 elections.
DATE: Thu, 13 Dec 2007
SIZE: 46.0 MB
TeXtra107: No Left Turns
Story 1: Bebo opens their platform, piggybacking Facebook’s API. Story 2: Zoho releases a new version of Zoho Show. For details, click here. Story 3: the IBM pushes hard to innovate airport kiosk systems with the company’s announcement of support for Aloha Airlines. Story 4: UPS eliminates left hand turns for the company’s drivers, saving time and money, according to the New York Times. Story 5: The new Jackass movie will launch free online on December 19. For some jackass-style kung fu, visit Urban Beat Down to watch Natali kick some trash.
DATE: Wed, 12 Dec 2007
SIZE: 40.5 MB
TeXtra106: How To Steal CDs From Yourself
Story 1: Google Earth adds photos and stats from social awareness photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, whose work can also be seen here. Story 2: NBC Universal strikes a deal with SanDisk to create a one-off version of the Apple TV. Story 3: the RIAA believes that making digital copies of your CDs is stealing. So be careful! Story 4: Natali heads to the Bebo breakfast to learn about the company’s new open platform. For Natali's PC Magazine coverage, click here.
DATE: Tue, 11 Dec 2007
SIZE: 40.0 MB
TeXtra105: Happy Birthday to the Commodore 64
Story 1: LinkedIn delivers on the promise that we learned about on Episode 88. Story 2: YouTube expands its Partner Program, although my research shows that this may not be a very big cash cow. Story 3: Nasa did not launch the Atlantis but the shuttle’s Web site is still an interesting site to visit. Story 4: Apple will now let you buy 5 iPhones at a time. Story 5: Natali has a rocking Monday night at the Computer History museum, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Commodore 64. Read the PC Magazine coverage here.
DATE: Thu, 06 Dec 2007
SIZE: 27.8 MB
TeXtra104: Text “1” For The Pope
Story 1: Nielsen wants to be an online piracy company with its new Digital Media Manager. Weird, but okay. Story 2: Facebook comes out with a mea culpa for Beacon. Story 3: Continental Airlines is testing a pilot program where you can carry your boarding pass as an image on your mobile phone. Read more about it here. Story 4: An Italian Web site called Santi Protettori is under fire for letting users download Catholic images to their mobile phones, according to Reuters.
DATE: Wed, 05 Dec 2007
SIZE: 36.6 MB
TeXtra103: Atlantis Is Ready For Liftoff!
Story 1: Nokia will have free Universal Music on the N Series phones soon. Story 2: Hulu now has some HD content based on the newest version of Adobe Flash. Story 3: Nasa wants you to follow this week’s Atlantis launch on its shuttle Web site. Story 4: ESPN gets ready to launch ScoreCenter for scores from every professional stadium in the world. Story 5: Flickr now lets you edit your photos directly on the site, courtesy of Picnik.
DATE: Tue, 04 Dec 2007
SIZE: 44.0 MB
TeXtra102: Kung Fu, Pay Phones, And Britney Spears
Story 1: Digg launches an image page to Digg and vote on photos. Story 2: Ms. Spears is the top searched entity on Yahoo. Read the full ranking for 2007’s top searches here. Story 3: AT&T announces a decision to get out of the pay phone business. Story 4: Wikipedia will start hiring illustrators for select articles, according to The New York Times. Story 5: A TeXtra alumni launches Urban Beat Down in order to help you learn Kung Fu.
DATE: Thu, 29 Nov 2007
SIZE: 39.8 MB
TeXtra101: Emoticons and YouTube “Debates”
Story 1: Natali’s take on the Republican presidential debates sponsored by YouTube and CNN. For her coverage, click here. Story 2: The Nokia is testinga mobile phone payment system in London called Near Field Communication. Read details here. Story 3: Lots of noise out of Google! The new Google Mobile Blog announces My Location. Gmail gets group chat and cooler emoticons. Story 4: Yahoo will start selling advertising in PDF documents in conjuction with Adobe. Yahoo also upgraded Yahoo Widgets to accomadte Flash. Update: The sunglasses we discussed on Tuesday’s show are the Oakley Split Thump, not the Thump 2. The Thump 2 is actually no longer available. Also, click here to learn more about the Nokia N 810.
DATE: Wed, 28 Nov 2007
SIZE: 27.4 MB
TeXtra100: TeXtra Is 100!
Story 1: The BBC, Channel 4, and ITV are going to make a Hulu of their own in the UK, reportedly called Kangaroo. Story 2: TAG Heuer contracted ModeLabs to make high-end cell phones. Hopefully they’ll look like Inspector Gadget phones! Story 3: Verizon Wireless decides to open up to any phone or applications. Story 4: Samsung is working on RFID chip readers in your mobile phone, according to IDG. Compare this to the HP Memory Spot. This is a better technology but I fear we’ll never see it. Oh well.
DATE: Tue, 27 Nov 2007
SIZE: 52.1 MB
TeXtra99: Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
Story 1: The One Laptop Per Child program extends the Give One Get One program until the end of the year. Story 2: Facebook and ABC partner up to cover the 2008 elections and debates. Story 3: Google Checkout offers some cool perks for shopping with them online this season. Story 4: Amazon launches Subscribe and Save, which is like an online version of Costco without a membership fee. Gadgets! Natali and Lukasz talk about the Oakley Thump 2 and the Nokia N810. For Natali’s ELLE Girl Gadget Guide, click here.
DATE: Wed, 21 Nov 2007
SIZE: 18.8 MB
TeXtra Outtakes - Take Two
Happy Thanksgiving! Here are a few bloopers for you while Natali is deep frying her turkey.
DATE: Tue, 20 Nov 2007
SIZE: 40.3 MB
TeXtra98: Kindle, Credit Cards, And Turkey Talk
Story 1: Amazon releases the Amazon Kindle, a digital book reader for books, blogs, newspapers, and Wikipedia. TechCrunch calls it “ugly but impressive.” Story 2: The PayPal launches PayPal Secure Card, which lets you use PayPal to shop online even when a vendor doesn’t accept PayPal. Story 3: Pioneer Electronics is privately testing SyncTV, a service that would let users pay for TV that they want a la carte. Story 4: Newsfactor reports that some electronics that Americans think they are recycling ends up overseas in toxic environments. Happy Thanksgiving! Want more TeXtra Outtakes? You shall have them this Thursday! Meanwhile, document your Thanksgiving recipes at Open Source Food, and photos on Flickr.
DATE: Thu, 15 Nov 2007
SIZE: 42.7 MB
TeXtra97: Live Free or Die Hard
Story 1: MTV announces a mobile social network based on Tr3s, an MTV Spanish channel. Story 2: The House of Representatives passes the Broadband Census of America Act of 2007. Story 3: 20th Century Fox plans to release the latest Die Hard movie as a Digital Copy, according to TechCrunch. Story 4: A California man sues Comcast for not delivering promised download speeds when he is on peer-to-peer sites. Read the lawsuit for yourself here.
DATE: Wed, 14 Nov 2007
SIZE: 43.8 MB
TeXtra96: Inbox 2.0, WSJ 2.0, and BoomShuffle 1.0
Story 1: Yahoo and Google may be releasing new social networks around your email accounts. Story 2: The Wall Street Journal will soon be free without a subscription, and also get Digg buttons on each story. Story 3: InfoWorld reports that the European Union now has a plan to level out the digital divide. Story 4: Try out BoomShuffle. You may never get off of this site Story 5: Click for world hunger while learning vocabulary words at Free Rice. Also, watch this 60 Minutes piece on a product called Plumpynut. It is amazing how far just a $1 serving of peanut butter can go!
DATE: Tue, 13 Nov 2007
SIZE: 37.0 MB
TeXtra95: Hulu, Disney, And New MacBooks
Story 1: Hulu is way too much fun! It could be an eve bigger distraction if it gets content from Warner Brothers, which is what the rumor mill is reporting. Story 2: The FCC orders VoIP providers to liberate phone numbers so that users can switch carriers without switching phone numbers. Find the FCC’s official statement in a Word document, here. Story 3: Disney wants in on the MVNO market in Japan. The company announced that it would enter the mobile phone service business there starting next year. Story 4: Sprint and T-Mobile will reportedly start pro-rating early termination fees for mobile plans in the beginning of next year. Story 5: AppleInsider reports that Apple may release a new line of MacBooks in January.
DATE: Thu, 08 Nov 2007
SIZE: 49.0 MB
TeXtra94: Gas, Español, And Baseball
Story 1: Google Maps is coming to a gas pump near you. Story 2: Dell se habla Español with its new Spanish-speaking customer service lines. Story 3: An English grammar school has put RFID chips on students for a trial run. Not cool! Story 4: Opera Mini 4.0 is released and Natali likes it. Story 5: Major League Babeball seriously upsets a loyal Red Sox fan when they make his legitimately-purchased content unsable.
DATE: Wed, 07 Nov 2007
SIZE: 43.9 MB
TeXtra93: Blood Diamonds, Desktops, And Facebook Ads
Story 1: Amazon announces big sales in diamonds but no way to make sure that they are conflict-free. For Natali's story about conflict free diamonds in WIRED, click here . Story 2: Facebook launches Facebook Ads to let advertisers become a part of your feed if you let them Story 3: InfoWorld reports that the London Tube may soon get some Underground Undersound tunes. Story 4: Lenovo and HP release some hefty new desktops. Story 5: Try out Songza for instant gratification music searching. Use the beta code from this Mashable article .
DATE: Tue, 06 Nov 2007
SIZE: 44.1 MB
TeXtra92: Android, Bebo Nation, Kickstart, And Zync
Story 1: Google finally unveils its mobile plan. It an open-development mobile operating system called Android. Unfortunately, that means no Gphone. Story 2: Actress Natalie Portman releases an album exclusively on iTunes in order to raise money for FINCA, an anti-poverty organization. Story 3: Bebo launches Bebo Nation, which lets you claim some digital property on which to put a billboard. Find Natali’s here. Story 4: The Federal Trade Commission says that users should be able to opt out of tracking software that allows for targeted ads, but they won’t enforce it, according to Cnet. Story 5: Yahoo launches a new social network called Kickstart. TechCrunch says it clearly not the place for getting wasted. Yahoo also launches a shared-video watching plugin called Zync. Click here to install.
DATE: Thu, 01 Nov 2007
SIZE: 48.1 MB
TeXtra91: One Laptop, One Desktop, Many, Many Ads
Story 1: The One Laptop Per Child project launches a give-one-get-one program. Meanwhile, Intel and Microsoft sell 150,000 laptops of their own cheap and rugged laptops in Libya. Story 2: Amazon’s Screening Blog reports on the Blu-Ray Festival and says that Blu-Ray might just be winning the war. Although, it is still neck and neck. Panasonic has a pretty sweet new Blu-Ray player on the market for $499 and Wal-Mart is now selling Toshiba’s HD DVD player for under $200. Story 3: Microsoft is accepting submissions for the Next-Gen PC Design Competition. Story 4: The Federal Trade Commission is looking into the legality of user-tracking software that lets advertisers sell targeted ads, according to the New York Times. Viewer Email: To buy the Dell Natali recommends, click here. To find the hack for your Mac’s Skype video calls, click here.
DATE: Wed, 31 Oct 2007
SIZE: 47.5 MB
TeXtra90: Happy Halloween! Your TeXtra Halloween Special
Story 1: Google launches a new social network to compete with Facebook, according to TechCrunch. Story 2: Congress passes a bill to delay Internet connection tax until at least 2014.. Story 3: Skype and Logitech partner up to create a new high-quality video standard for Skype-to-Skype calls. Story 4: Best Buy wants your home movies. The company offers a new service to host and share videos. Story 5: Pandora tells the Senate that it will surely close down if royalty rates are not drastically reduced.
DATE: Tue, 30 Oct 2007
SIZE: 38.1 MB
TeXtra89: Mobile Skype, Mobile Broadband, and The Last Supper Online
Story 1: Skype and mobile operator 3 announce the world’s first mobile Skype phone called the 3 Skypephone. Story 2: The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting of Jesus and his apostles, is now available in extremely high quality online. Story 3: AT&T does its part to help out displaced fire victims by giving them free Wifi access. Story 4: If you want to get into the Halloween spirit, make your own freaky slideshow with Photobucket and win an HD TiVo! You can also get spooked by watching a full-feature horror flick on Imeem.
DATE: Thu, 25 Oct 2007
SIZE: 54.6 MB
TeXtra88: Facebook, LinkedIn, And Some Questionable Home Movies
Story 1: Microsoft forks out the big bucks for Facebook. See a release here. Story 2: The US Court of Appeals has made it easier to make "home movies”. Story 3: AT&T will stream the Vegoose Music Festival live this weekend in the AT&T Blue Room.. Story 4: Mario Sundar from LinkedIn stops in for a chat.
DATE: Wed, 24 Oct 2007
SIZE: 38.5 MB
TeXtra87: Blackjack! Or Blackjack II Rather. News From CTIA Wireless
Story 1: Samsung launches the Blackjack II, according to my good friend Sascha Segan, who is ever so diligently covering the CTIA Wireless Conference here in San Francisco. Story 2: TechCrunch reports that Hulu will launch on Monday. Story 3: The creators of Funny or Die launch Shred or Die for the hard core, according to NewTeeVee. Story 4: The RIAA shuts down torrenting site OINK after a raid. Story 5: Gmail finally gets IMAP support.
DATE: Tue, 23 Oct 2007
SIZE: 39.9 MB
TeXtra86: Ludicrous Speed Wi-Fi And A Better Place For Politics
Story 1: Day 1 at NBC breaks up with YouTube in favor of Hulu. This is confirmed by NewTeeVee. Story 2: Researchers at IBM are working on a new wireless protocol that is reportedly 100 times faster than Wi-Fi! Story 3: Time Magazine launches The Page, a one-stop portal for election coverage. Story 4: Orange Telecom customers can now access Bebo on their mobile phones unlimitedly for £3 per month. Story 5: MySpace will be developing a casual gaming channel by January, according to TechCrunch.
DATE: Thu, 18 Oct 2007
SIZE: 50.8 MB
TeXtra85: Free At Last! MySpace And The iPhone Open To Developers
Story 1: Day 1 at Web 2.0 Summit goes well. Rupert Murdoch and Chris DeWolfe make a big announcement about a new open platform for MySpace. For that and other Web 2.0 coverage, see my news coverage for PC Magazine here. Story 2: Free at last! Apple listens to the people and adds announces that it will open the iPhone to third-party developers in February. Hallelujah! For an interesting take on this, read Tom Krazit’s post on CNet. Story 3: Best Buy decides to ditch analog TV sets for good starting in November to get ready for all-digital all the time. Story 4: The US Senate lobbies for a law that would make mobile phone carriers spell it all out for us, and then some. Do we really need this? Read the bill here and decide for yourself.
DATE: Wed, 17 Oct 2007
SIZE: 48.0 MB
TeXtra84: Blade Runner, Leopard, And MySpace
Story 1: Apple releases plans for Leopard, drops prices on DRM-free songs, and chooses Orange to cary the iPhone in France. Story 2: MySpace adds Skype to its instant message client and inks a deal with Sony BMG to carry videos and songs on artists’ profiles. Story 3: Google releases Google Docs and Spreadsheets for mobile Story 4: The UE is investigating the digital divide in Europe. Click here for the report. Story 4: The trailer for the new Blade Runner is out and you can enter a contest to show your neo-noir spirit!
DATE: Tue, 16 Oct 2007
SIZE: 44.6 MB
TeXtra83: A Lot About Mobile: Palm, Apple, And Mobile 911
Story 1: Natali gets a new Palm Centro to test out. So far, she doesn’t want to give it back. Story 2: Greenpeace accuses Apple of using toxic chemicals in the iPhone. Click here for the full report. Story 3: The US House of Representatives have passed a bill requiring emergency VoIP calls to connect directly to 911 instead of being routed through a third-party phone company. Lets hope it passes! Story 4: Google unveils a new video filtering system for YouTube to prevent video piracy.
DATE: Thu, 11 Oct 2007
SIZE: 45.6 MB
TeXtra82: Say What? Natali Reports The News And Reads Viewer Email
Story 1: Google Maps is sponsoring International Cleanup Weekend this weekend so get crackin’! Story 2: Amazon launches High-Def 101 as an educational portal for all things HD. Story 3: Appleinsider writes about a rumor that Apple may have a new Web site listing approved iPhone Web-applications. Story 4: OnStar lets the police slow down stolen cars by cutting off the accelerator. The program is called Stolen Vehicle Slowdown.
DATE: Wed, 10 Oct 2007
SIZE: 46.4 MB
TeXtra81: Bow Down Before The One You Serve
Story 1: Way to go Nine Inch Nails! The band announced plans to go it alone without a record label. Story 2: EMI uses social networks to promote awareness acquires in Darfur. Go here for the Facebook video or here for the Mattafix home page. Story 3: AT&T gets its hands on some very important digital spectrum. Story 4: Google acquires Jaiku for an undisclosed amount, according to TechCrunch. No Twitter or Pownce? Story 5: eBay launches a social network called eBay Neighborhoods.
DATE: Tue, 09 Oct 2007
SIZE: 46.8 MB
TeXtra80: There's No Place Like Home!
Story 1: Its lawsuit mania in the U.S.! Apple is involved in two suits over the iPhone. One woman wants vengeance over her lost $200, while another man claims antitrust over the iPhone bricking. Also, the RIAA wins a big case over music copyright. Story 2: MSNBC makes a smart move and acquires social news site Newsvine. Story 3: The UK gets more public Wi-Fi with a deal between British Telecom and FON. Also, McDonald’s restaurants in the UK get free Wi-Fi too. What about the U.S.!? Not that I reall eat McDonald’s but still! Story 4: An update on Natali’s travel gadgets and trip overseas. See here for Natali’s coverage of the Future of Web Apps conference and here for random travel rants.
DATE: Sat, 06 Oct 2007
SIZE: 41.2 MB
TeXtra79: The Digital Music Awards
Natali hits the red carpet at the BT Digital Music Awards to find out what is next in digital beats.
DATE: Tue, 02 Oct 2007
SIZE: 19.7 MB
TeXtra Special Edition: Oops! Outtakes
You asked for outtakes, so here you have it! Outtakes, blunders, and all-around silliness.
DATE: Thu, 27 Sep 2007
SIZE: 28.4 MB
TeXtra Special Edition: OJ Borg
OJ Borg gives Natali a theology lesson and tips about watching online TV.
DATE: Tue, 25 Sep 2007
SIZE: 30.3 MB
TeXtra Special Edition: Doctor Cockney
Doctor Cockney makes a visit to the TeXtra set to learn all about Natali, TeXtra, and get a very personal technology news upload.
DATE: Thu, 20 Sep 2007
SIZE: 32.4 MB
TeXtra Special Edition: Dawn and Drew
Dawn and Drew teach Natali the ropes so that maybe TeXtra can aspire to 600+ episodes too!
DATE: Tue, 18 Sep 2007
SIZE: 32.6 MB
TeXtra Special Edition: Travel
Natali tries to find room in her suitcase for iPods, speakers, tablet computers, digital cameras, mobile phones, and sunscreen.
DATE: Thu, 13 Sep 2007
SIZE: 44.1 MB
TeXtra78: It’s Not A Tumor! Cell Phones Don’t Necessarily Cause Cancer
Story 1: Microsoft gives college students a huge discount on Office 2007. Story 2: FacebookNew research suggests that mobile phones do not necessarily cause brain cancer. Story 3: The FCC gives analog TV owners three years to get a digital TV. Story 4: Natali heads off on vacation but there will be PLENTY of TeXtra while she’s gone! Here is what to expect!
DATE: Wed, 12 Sep 2007
SIZE: 47.9 MB
TeXtra77: Breast Feeding, Britney Spears, And Printer Ink
Story 1: Walgreens will refill your ink cartridge for free on September 12 only. Story 2: Facebook users debate their rights to show photos of themselves breastfeeding and criticize Islam. Story 3: AT&T goes orange but keeps the blue logo in an attempt to rebrand themselves for the young folk. Story 4: MTV’s online traffic spikes with people looking to watch Britney Spears’ unfortunate performance. Meanwhile, MTV looks to build out more channels for video and music delivery online.
DATE: Tue, 11 Sep 2007
SIZE: 48.1 MB
TeXtra76: Natali Breaks Yet Another MacBook Pro
Story 1: Apple has been busy doing more than just bailing out my iTunes library. The upgrade to iTunes was a bit bumpy, the new iPods got mixed reviews, and rumors abound about 3G, digital spectrum, and price cuts for TV shows. Story 2: eBay gets sued by L’Oreal for counterfeit product distribution. Story 3: The New York Times is reporting that Lulu is suing Hulu. Story 4: A nice breather from the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray war: HD VMD. New Medium Enterprises has an HD-VMD player coming out for only $150. But will it really compete with HD and Blu-Ray? Ring in here.
DATE: Thu, 06 Sep 2007
SIZE: 61.8 MB
TeXtra75: Adam Curry, Steve Jobs, And Little Ole' Me
Story 1: Microsoft drops pricing on the Zune, which I'm sure has nothing whatsoever to do with the new iPhone price. Story 2: Your Facebook profile is no longer as private as you think so behave yourself! Story 3: Google updates the Google Reader and gives you some tips on how to avoid bacn, which is not spam but close. Story 4: A few wacky ideas for OneWebDay. Plus: A special guest appearance by the Podfather himself, Adam Curry.
DATE: Wed, 05 Sep 2007
SIZE: 53.8 MB
TeXtra74: iPods, iPods, And Cheaper iPhones!
Story 1: Natali reports live from the Apple press conference where the news is a cheaper iPhone and updated iPods galore! Story 2: Shenzhen Airlines lets passengers make mobile calls from the air. Learn how to deter that. Natali shows you how! Story 3: Last.fm and Me.dium join in the musical fun by hosting concerts. Story 4: NBC Universal doesn't wait long to find a new love. They join Amazon Unbox just days after leaving iTunes.
DATE: Tue, 04 Sep 2007
SIZE: 46.3 MB
TeXtra73: Google New News, Denied National Broadband, College Ball, And New iPods
Story 1: Google News changes the site so that you will not be redirected to other news sites, according to Mashable. TechCrunch reports that the new Google pay system may be a sign of a Google phone to come. Story 2: AT&T gets in the game for NCAA Football and takes a Technology Tailgate Tour. Here is a schedule: Story 3: The FCC denies M2Z Networks request for spectrum that the company requested last May. Story 4: This will be a big week for Apple. Natali heads out to the press conference on Wednesday for the anticipated new iPods and any explanation Steve Jobs might have about the disappointing .
DATE: Thu, 30 Aug 2007
SIZE: 53.9 MB
TeXtra72: Rock On MySpace And HD-DVD
Story 1: MySpace bands will go on tour this fall. Story 2: The MLB hosts a video contest on Actober and the winner gets World Series tickets! Story 3: The ruling in the TorrentSpy case is in and it is not good. Story 4: Venturer announces an HD-DVD player for under $200 that will hurt Blu-Ray come Christmas.
DATE: Wed, 29 Aug 2007
SIZE: 41.4 MB
TeXtra71: Ghetto Fabulousness And Musica From Nokia
Story 1: Sam Sethi of Blognation gives us the inside scoop on the new Nokia music store. Story 2: Bruce Springsteen gives away free single downloads on The Guardian Music page. Story 3: The BET releases some offensive viral video content. Story 4: Police in China are reportedly going to march across users' browsers to prevent viewing illegal content. Scary!
DATE: Tue, 28 Aug 2007
SIZE: 49.7 MB
TeXtra70: Happy Birthday To Me!
Story 1: The International Air Transport Association moves closer to its paper-free travel mandate. Story 2: The New York Times is reporting that Amazon is in a civil dispute with the American Humane Society over its rights to sell cockfighting literature. Story 3: TorrentSpy has no choice but to close down for U.S. users. Story 4: Acer buys Gateway, which probably means that Gateway will have to drop the "Made In America" slogans. Story 5: Natali's (technology-rekated) birthday resolutions!
DATE: Thu, 23 Aug 2007
SIZE: 55.8 MB
TeXtra69: Technology CAN Make The World Better
Story 1: HP tests out CloudPrint to let users print from their mobile phone to any printer within a 50 mile radius. Story 2: The new PlayStation Portable will have a GPS plug-in but the device is reportedly for European PSP gamers only. Story 3: The New York Times reports that Apple already has refurbished iPhones for sale, which I don't necessarily think is a good investment. Story 4: Telecoms Sans Frontieres sends relief aid to help earthquake survivors in Peru contact their friends and family.
DATE: Wed, 22 Aug 2007
SIZE: 37.3 MB
TeXtra68: Rugby Comes To ESPN And Google Eats Their Words
Story 1: Bebo partners with Windows Live Messenger for internal and external IM within the network. Meanwhile, MySpace IM is now supported on eBuddy. Story 2: Wal-Mart's Music Store will now go head to head with iTunes while MTV and RealNetworks team up to do the same with what will reportedly be a monthly subscription store. Story 3: Google Video offers its customers a better deal than a cheesy $2 credit when the video store closes. Story 4: ESPN acquires Scrum.com for all of you rugby fans out there! Way to go global, ESPN!
DATE: Tue, 21 Aug 2007
SIZE: 42.9 MB
TeXtra67: Black Is The New Black For Electronics
Story 1: Sony lets you recycle its electronics for free with its new recycling program with Waste Management. Story 2: TechCrunch reports that some GrandCentral users get a mandatory phone number change. GigaOm reports that the change only affects 434 users and would have happened whether Google had acquired the company or not. Story 3: One point HD-DVD! Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Animation choose to offer next-generation DVD on HD-DVD only. Story 4: The FCC has approved a new black Nokia that is reportedly black and has 3 gigs of internal storage! Cool! Story 5: Facebook adds the ability to email externally, suggesting that they want to be your new email client!
DATE: Fri, 17 Aug 2007
SIZE: 48.6 MB
TeXtra66: Beijing Olympics Budget And Yelp Restrictions
x Story 1: Lime Wire tries to go legit with a downloadable store, but who knows if it will work. Story 2: Skype releases updates for its Mac Client, which is almost as good as its latest Windows release. Story 3: IT spending for the 2008 Summer Olmpic Games will reach $400 million, according to InfoWorld. Story 4: Can you really prevent customers from writing your business a Yelp review? I don't think you can!
DATE: Wed, 15 Aug 2007
SIZE: 48.7 MB
TeXtra65: Preview Of The New Sony PSP!
Story 1: Sony gave us a preview of the new PlayStation Portable yesterday. I want one! Story 2: Nokia recalls batteries. Click here to see if you will be affected. Story 3: John Lennon music makes its way to iTunes Story 4: Google Maps becomes easily embeddable.
DATE: Tue, 14 Aug 2007
SIZE: 40.4 MB
TeXtra64: Slow News Week But There Is Still News!
Story 1: It's a slow news week as several European and American bloggers take a siesta. Story 2: YouTube deposes Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to make its case against Viacom. Story 3: Electronic Arts gets the rights to throwback games from Hasbro...bring on the Scrabble! Story 4: The Apple iPhone may go head-head-to-head with the Nintendo DS, according to GigaOm.
DATE: Thu, 09 Aug 2007
SIZE: 58.9 MB
TeXtra63: Running, Wrinkles, And TiVo
Story 1: The new TiVo Desktop 2.5 upgrade is compatible with Vista and the iPod. Story 2: The Nintendo DS will soon have a game that helps you look 10 years younger, according to Gizmodo. Story 3: Skype helps runners on the Blue Planet Run stay connected with friends and family. Story 4: Zoho Viewer gives you one-click access to any document you want. And more John Dvorak of course!
DATE: Wed, 08 Aug 2007
SIZE: 33.9 MB
TeXtra62: Fake News On MySpace And Paparazzi On Google Maps
Story 1: The Xbox gets 13 percent cheaper. Story 2: Apple releases new iMacs, keyboards, and iLife. Story 3: MySpace launches The Onion News page for fake news. According to Mashable, The Onion has quite the reader base so this should be interesting! Story 4: Google News tests out reader comments while Google Maps launches Street View in Hollywood.
DATE: Tue, 07 Aug 2007
SIZE: 37.4 MB
TeXtra61: For Those About To Rock, We Solute You!
Story 1: The Federal Trade Commission is going to crack down on online advertisers, starting with a two-day investigative forum. Story 2: Lenovo is working on a $200 laptop for Chinese children. Story 3: AC/DC bypasses iTunes for Verizon Wireless' VCast music service. Story 4: Most Americans can't fully commit to online banking when it comes to paper-free statements.
DATE: Fri, 03 Aug 2007
SIZE: 47.8 MB
TeXtra60: Football, Lollapalooza, And San Francisco's Lame Wi-Fi
NBC launches a Sunday Night Football page to get you ready for the season, the University of Kansas develops a no-tolerance policy for music pirates, a few ways to jam Lollapalooza online, the lag in EarthLink's Wi-Fi network in San Francisco, and another visit from John C. Dvorak.
DATE: Wed, 01 Aug 2007
SIZE: 36.1 MB
TeXtra59: Killer Printers, Ridiculously Expensive DSL, And Slim Shady
The FCC mandates an open spectrum, which is good news for Google, a new study shows that laser printers are toxic, DSL in Kazakhstan is over $3,000 per month, and Eminem sues Apple for selling his music on iTunes.
DATE: Tue, 31 Jul 2007
SIZE: 37.2 MB
TeXtra58: The FCC Spectrum Auction And Photoshopping For Charity
The FCC gives its final answer on how the 700 MHz spectrum will be auctioned off, a few generous Photoshop users help Katrina victims salvage precious photos, two European men use texting in very unusual ways, and New York City cab drivers resist legislation that would require them to have GPS systems in their cabs at all times.
DATE: Thu, 26 Jul 2007
SIZE: 39.8 MB
TeXtra57: John Dvorak Is After My Job!
Dianne Feinstein puts the Ballot Integrity Act on hold, the Wii hits the gym for some circuit training, another ridiculous YouTube takedown, the One Laptop Per Child machine may be coming to a retail store near you, and John Dvorrak stops in for a chat.
DATE: Wed, 25 Jul 2007
SIZE: 35.8 MB
TeXtra56: Cooking, Spam, And Texting For Charity
New Qantas planes have power and Wi-Fi in the sky, Virgin Mobile raises money for the homeless through a text message campaign, Indiana University spams to study spam, a few twentysomething entrepreneurs write a cookbook to fund their startup, and TiVo does in fact release a cheaper HD DVR. Told you so!
DATE: Tue, 24 Jul 2007
SIZE: 32.5 MB
TeXtra55: Debates, Cameras, And Fresh Blood
Natali covers the YouTube Presidential Debates. Plus, digital cameras in Europe may get a new tax imposed on them, the RIAA finds 23 new universities to hunt, and two new laptops by Dell and Lenovo have Wireless USB capability!
DATE: Thu, 19 Jul 2007
SIZE: 35.8 MB
TeXtra54: Hunt For Jason Bourne, Sprint's Marauders Map, And Vittles
TiVo rumors are afoot that the HD DVD may be a good deal cheaper very soon! Sprint lets you keep tabs on people through their phones, Open Source Food is a tasty new social network, and Natali is hot on the trail of contract assassin Jason Bourne!
DATE: Wed, 18 Jul 2007
SIZE: 30.6 MB
TeXtra53: The Deathly Hallows, Night Court, And Literary Reference Sources
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is on BitTorrent, but no spoilers here! The city of Nashville plans to publicly webcast night court trials, the RIAA has some trouble in the courts, and Ask acquires Dictionary.com.
DATE: Tue, 17 Jul 2007
SIZE: 35.0 MB
TeXtra52: Silence, Weather, And The Simpsons
SoundExchange relieves Internet radio broadcasters of the heavy proposed fees, Intel joines the One Laptop Per Child project, the new NCAA Football 2008 games by EA Sports let you play in real-time weather conditions, and The Simpsons Movie has the coolest advertising campaign ever!
DATE: Thu, 12 Jul 2007
SIZE: 32.8 MB
Drunk Texting, Wii Toys, And Online Voting In Lithuania
Nintendo releases some sweet new controls for the Wii, Xbox sells and rents digital Disney movies, Lithuania starts funneling resources into online voting, and a few fun facts about drunk texting.
DATE: Wed, 11 Jul 2007
SIZE: 37.5 MB
TeXtra50: Indianapolis Colts, More Skype, And Google Maplets
If you're a Colts fan, join the team's new social network - no haters please! Google launches widgets for Google Maps, Skype for Windows has some cool new features, and Amazon Unbox sells digital movies through TiVo.
DATE: Tue, 10 Jul 2007
SIZE: 42.1 MB
TeXtra49: Home Run Derby, PlayStation 3, and Tour De France
Happy All Star Week! Meanwhile in tech, Sony cuts the price of the PlayStation 3, Skype looks for the coolest mashups, following the Tour de France online, and Sprint breaks up with needy customers.
DATE: Thu, 05 Jul 2007
SIZE: 38.1 MB
TeXtra48: Expensr, AT&T, And Traffic Lights
AT&T lets DSL customers on its hotspots for free, Expensr tells you where all your money is going, Warner Brothers delays their dual-format high definition discs, and researchers at Ohio State University figure out how to cut down the time we spend at stop lights.
DATE: Tue, 03 Jul 2007
SIZE: 43.8 MB
TeXtra47: Nielsen, Prince, And La Ley
Nielsen adds mobile video and gaming to its tracking services, Prince gives away his new CD for free, much to his music label's chagrin, Universal turns down a two-year contract from iTunes, and HD-DVDs get some help from Amazon and Microsoft.
DATE: Thu, 28 Jun 2007
SIZE: 37.7 MB
TeXtra46: WiiWare, Google Docs, And NO iPhone Talk Whatsoever!
Google Docs & Spreadsheets gets a new look, MySpaceTV launches TV channels, if you care, the University of Washington works in cahoots with the RIAA, Nintendo opens the Wii Shop for game developers, and Natali refuses to waste another breath on the iPhone.
DATE: Wed, 27 Jun 2007
SIZE: 37.7 MB
TeXtra45: Harry Potter, Free Wi-Fi, And Wikipedia In Germany
EarthLink lets Nokia Tablet users online for free, Google Earth launches an Outreach program, Opera's Wii browser won't be free for long, Harry Potter hits the Wii, and the German government commissions Wikipedia articles.
DATE: Wed, 27 Jun 2007
SIZE: 46.8 MB
TeXtra44: Silence, Contacts, And Dark Side Of The Moon
Today is National Day Of Silence, the next generation of Plaxo brings you everything but the kitchen sink, a social study compares the social demographics of MySpace and Facebook, and Pink Floyd benefits from the lack of DRM.
DATE: Thu, 21 Jun 2007
SIZE: 43.2 MB
TeXtra43: Copyright Wars, Blackberry Bans, And Soccer Moms
The RIAA and the MPAA rage forward with their copyright battles, the French government bans the Blackberry, a new study shows that women buy more SLR cameras than men, and just one more iPhone story.
DATE: Wed, 20 Jun 2007
SIZE: 38.3 MB
TeXtra42: Office Makeovers, Ringo Music, And Wi-Fi In The Outback
Microsoft wants to give your office a makeover, Ringo Starr wants in on the digital music scene, Australia gets Wi-Fi in the outback, and the new Opera mobile browser kicks butt...at least until the iPhone arrives.
DATE: Tue, 19 Jun 2007
SIZE: 51.3 MB
TeXtra41: Traveling Wi-Fi, Traveling You, Traveling Germs
TripAdvisor gets a lot more social, the Wi-Fi record is broken in Venezuela, Blockbuster sides with Blu-ray, ways to clean your gross keyboard, and a nice send-off to Yahoo's Terry Semel.
DATE: Thu, 14 Jun 2007
SIZE: 45.3 MB
TeXtra40: How Private Is The Internet Anyway?
No iPhone without iTunes, Yahoo Photos starts to close shop, Google and the European Union come to terms over user data, and AT&T joins forces with movie studios to catch movie pirates.
DATE: Wed, 13 Jun 2007
SIZE: 45.1 MB
TeXtra39: Cricket, Soccer, Flickr, And Power
ESPN beefs up cricket and soccer coverage, Toshiba plans to cut HD-DVD prices, Flickr learns new languages but is blocked in China, and Google, Microsoft, and the other big names in tech join forces to create Climate Savers.
DATE: Tue, 12 Jun 2007
SIZE: 59.0 MB
TeXtra38: OMG, Apple, Baseball, And Wi-Fi For Cameras
Natali reports back from WWDC, the NCAA attacks live blogging during a baseball game, Eye-Fi announces a Flash card with Wi-Fi for your camera, teens admit to texting while driving with no intention to stop, and Yahoo launches OMG for celebrity trash.
DATE: Thu, 07 Jun 2007
SIZE: 51.6 MB
TeXtra37: nuTsie, Hockey, And The Sprite Yard
Natali goes nuts about nuTsie, Sling Media partners with the NHL, a new study shows that kids learn electronics earlier than ever, and Coca-Cola launches a mobile social network called The Sprite Yard.
DATE: Wed, 06 Jun 2007
SIZE: 51.2 MB
TeXtra36: Pac-Man, Whale Tale, And JetBlue Maps
Natali goes to Launch: Silicon Valley and reports back, Microsoft releases a next-generation Pac-Man game for the Xbox, Google Maps is airborn, and YouTube lands two content deals.
DATE: Tue, 05 Jun 2007
SIZE: 46.9 MB
TeXtra35: Prince, Blu-Ray, And Your Identity
CNN launches a new online beta, Prince releases a new single to Verizon customers, Sony drops the cost of its new Blu-Ray player, and iTunes embeds your identity into your DRM-free tracks.
DATE: Thu, 31 May 2007
SIZE: 44.0 MB
TeXtra34: Upgrades, Acquisitions, And Dirty Dancing
The latest iTunes upgrade has DRM-free music and iTunesU, Palm releases a smartphone companion called Foleo, CBS acquires Last.fm, eBay acquires StumbleUpon, and Dirty Dancing Lambadas its way onto your computer screen.
DATE: Wed, 30 May 2007
SIZE: 42.0 MB
TeXtra33: Table-Top Computing, Maps, and Laptops
Microsoft announces Surface computing, Google and Microsoft add new features to maps, North Carolina's parenting laws for social networks, and Toshiba chooses AMD for laptops.
DATE: Tue, 29 May 2007
SIZE: 37.5 MB
TeXtra32: Keys, Gambling, And Loitering
Nissan warns that electronic keys could be damaged by mobile phones, Apple bans MySpace from retail stores, Antigua and Barbuda increase pressure on the U.S. to lift online gambling, and 20th Century Fox buys movie rights to The Sims.
DATE: Thu, 24 May 2007
SIZE: 35.0 MB
TeXtra31: Term Papers, Audio Books, And Concert Tickets
Google blocks ads for essay-writing vendors, Amazon buys an audio books company, StubHub ads concert maps to its ticket-buying site, and the Electric Slide "inventor" backs off his copyright claims.
DATE: Wed, 23 May 2007
SIZE: 37.4 MB
TeXtra30: Music, Shoes, And Radio
Pandora goes mobile, Endless ways to shop for shoes, glorious shoes, Google Trends vs. Google Fight, and desperate moves by the RIAA.
DATE: Tue, 22 May 2007
SIZE: 52.8 MB
TeXtra29: Driving With Wi-Fi, Recycling Computers, Goodbye Jack
Staples recycles your old computers, AT&T nixes Cingular, Avis rents out cars with Wi-Fi, Apple gets sued for MacBook displays, and the One Laptop Per Child project gets some stiff competition from Intel.
DATE: Thu, 17 May 2007
SIZE: 42.9 MB
TeXtra28: Google, Amazon, and Joey
Google updates its search technology, Amazon announces a music store without DRM, Mozilla experiments with a mobile application called Joey, and Nokia helps you save the planet using your cell phone.
DATE: Wed, 16 May 2007
SIZE: 38.9 MB
TeXtra27: Click To Call McCartney, Elephants, and The Grateful Dead
Ccube brings click-to-call function to Craigslist posts, Paul McCartney starts selling music on iTunes, eBay is watchful of ivory auctions, Yahoo Maps get much better, and an ex-Grateful Dead musician sues YouTube.
DATE: Tue, 15 May 2007
SIZE: 40.4 MB
TeXtra26: Military YouTube, Playboy Bunnies, and Bones
The Army has a YouTube channel but soldiers can't get to it, Thailand lets YouTube off the hook, Yahoo hires two prestigious social scientists, Playboy builds a mansion in Second Life, and Podshow gets BONED.
DATE: Thu, 10 May 2007
SIZE: 54.0 MB
TeXtra25: Mothers Day, Summer Vacations, And Last.fm Videos
Things you can do online for Mother's Day, using your Wii to access your Google Reader, Yahoo's new Travel site, hit shows with commercials that you can't fast forward, and Last.fm adds video to their audio streaming channels.
DATE: Tue, 08 May 2007
SIZE: 52.3 MB
TeXtra24: Natalie Portman, WoW Credit, and Pakistani Mobile TV
Natalie Portman uses MySpace for a good cause, there is a nerdier way to use your credit card, YouTube falls on hard times, the AACS speaks out about its hacked code, and mobile TV launches in Pakistan.
DATE: Thu, 03 May 2007
SIZE: 49.9 MB
TeXtra23: Digital Baseball Tickets, Digg Trouble, And Green Apples
You can now use your mobile phone as your baseball ticket, Digg digs itself into trouble over AACS, Steve Jobs insists that Apple is green, Barack Obama usurps someone's MySpace page, and bloggers get a print magazine whether they want one or not.
DATE: Tue, 01 May 2007
SIZE: 41.7 MB
TeXtra22: Music Pirating, Dirty Phone Messages, One Laptop Per Child
The RIAA wins legal battle over the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Iranian government attempts to censor mobile messages, YouTube opens Active Sharing, the One Laptop Per Child program hikes prices, and Southwest Airlines plans Wi-Fi for the sky.
DATE: Thu, 26 Apr 2007
SIZE: 53.6 MB
TeXtra21: Girls, Sports, And Drinks
Coverage of the Women 2.0 Napkin Pitch, getting NFL draft picks sent to your mobile phone, text messaging from JetBlue flights, the FCC's digital bandwidth auction, and getting drunk online.
DATE: Tue, 24 Apr 2007
SIZE: 51.3 MB
TeXtra20: YouTube Therapists, In-Flight SMS, and Women 2.0
A YouTuber becomes a willing listener, the Presidential candidates duke it out on Yahoo, Qantas lets passengers text message in the air,Time Warner Cable customers can share their Wi-Fi legally, and Women 2.0 encourages female entrepreneurs at this week's pitch events.
DATE: Tue, 17 Apr 2007
SIZE: 40.6 MB
Taxes, Texts, And Space Invaders
Happy Tax Day! File your taxes safely online, iPods may come with Wi-Fi within months, Jon Steward poo-poo's the Viacom YouTube lawsuit, Dodgeball founders defect from Google, and Atari is back with social gaming.
DATE: Thu, 12 Apr 2007
SIZE: 64.1 MB
TeXtra18: Our First Guest Stops In! Welcome Sarah Meyers From D7TV
Google Earth launches Crisis In Darfur, Skype opens a new beta for Macs, Staten Island residents can share their photos on TV, teenagers plan to buy the iPhone, and Sarah Meyers, host of Party Crashers on D7TV stops in for a chat!
DATE: Tue, 10 Apr 2007
SIZE: 48.2 MB
TeXtra17: iPods, MySpace, And Blackle
Michigan Democrats want to give iPods to students, MySpacefriend adding technology is shut down, Google Earth helps out in Darfur, Tony Blair launches a YouTube channel, and a green search engine is black.