iTunes 8 "trippy" new visualization?

One of the rumored features in the next version of iTunes (version 8) is a new visualization system. Visualizations are the images that run in conjunction with music being played through iTunes and change based on different elements of the music such as beats-per-minute (BPM). Digg founder Kevin Rose, who appears to be right in his statements about what the new iPod nano will look like, has described this new visualization as “really trippy” and having “planet like objects.”

Joost's desktop client is toast

Since early on in its testing phase, I found Joost to be a compelling take on Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). Let me rephrase: I found the idea of Joost to be compelling. It offered free video content on the web in a way that was somewhat similar to a television experience but added the interactivity that the web offers. The service’s problem was in its execution — namely that it required a seperate desktop client to use. That will soon no longer be the case.

Is Apple bringing us closer to Minority Report or the Holodeck with Multi-touch data fusion?

The Holodeck is a holographic simulation room made popular by the show Star Trek: The Next Generation. Basically, it allowed humans to interact with virtual environments in the ways we interact with the real world: Our senses. While we’re nowhere near that level of computing yet, Apple has a patent that could be considered an early step.

Is a Pull My Finger app too crass for the App Store?

Apple’s App Store is filled (some would say littered) with applications that are basically useless. Multiple cow bell applications, multiple fake lighter applications, multiple coin flip applications, etc. The thing is, who’s to say what is useful and what isn’t? Some even tried to argue that about the $1,000 I Am Rich “piece of art” application.

Lloyd! Whrrl adds you to Entourage's entourage

As more location-based services come out, one definite problem I’ve been experiencing is a lack of membership. That is to say, most of them work great, but no one I know really uses them, making them fairly useless. Whrrl, the location-based social network has a new feature today that may up its adoption.

1020 Placecast serves location-based ads on Eventful

When I got a chance to meet with events web site Eventful back in July to look at their iPhone application, the company informed me it was working on some interesting ways to incorporate advertisements. Today, it revealed those plans: It’s the first cross-platform partner of location-based ad-targeting service 1020 Placecast.

Amazon kills Unbox, brings Video on Demand to life

Amazon‘s new online streaming video service, Video on Demand, isn’t going to win any awards for creative branding. Then again, to have a service with such a straightforward name replace one that had anything but, Unbox, may be a good thing. Most importantly, Video on Demand is a compelling alternative to the iTunes video store.

Microsoft slashes Xbox 360 prices

Microsoft cut Xbox 360 prices on all three of its console versions today. The $50 to $79 price cuts mean that Microsoft will have the cheapest new console on the market in the form of the Xbox 360 Arcade, which will now cost $199 compared to the $249 Nintendo Wii.

Good news: Mozilla's Camino Project lead is hard at work on Google Chrome for Mac

Google’s new browser Chrome is amazing. How amazing? So much so that I’ve booted Microsoft Windows on my iMac two days in a row now after not using it for months. (Chrome isn’t yet available for Mac OS X, more on that below.) Does Chrome have some bugs and issues? Sure, but in terms of everyday experience I feel like I can safely say it’s the best browsing experience I’ve had on Windows since the day I switched from Internet Explorer to Firefox several years ago.

The new iPod touch and iPod nano schematics?

We’re under a week away from the next Apple event. That means two things: Leaks and fake leaks. The latest is the supposed schematics for the upcoming fourth generation iPod nano and the new second generation iPod touch. The images below, leaked to the Apple-focused blog iLounge, certainly seem legitimate enough given the rumors floating around from multiple sources and the new iPod cases caught in the wild.

Our review: Chrome more than capable of taking on IE and Firefox

Add web browers to the list of things Google does well. The Mountain View-based search giant debuted its new web browser today in a public beta, and I’ve spent most of the afternoon poking around the web and seeing how Chrome performs. The verdict? While it’s still a few iterations from displacing Firefox as my browser of choice, Chrome already provides a much more pleasant web experience than Microsoft’s newest competitor Internet Explorer 8 (also in beta).

Google doesn't believe in timetables for Chrome's Mac and Linux deployment

Google’s new web browser Chrome was officially unveiled today and is ready for download here — if you have a Windows PC. If you’re like me and don’t have a Windows machine, you were probably disappointed to learn that Google didn’t have a Mac or Linux version ready for launch day. While both are promised to be in the works, it may be a while, the company laid out on its Google Mac Blog today.

Life360 wins the Android challenge, has big aspirations but has yet to see an Android phone

With the first mobile devices running Google’s Android coming shortly, the development community at large seems apprehensive about the platform. After all, why develop for something that may or may not work when there is already a hot, new mobile platform out there, Apple’s iPhone, that has proven to be extremely successful? Well, the team behind the life update and emergency messaging application Life360 took the opposite approach.

Sky rockets in flight. Google Maps delight

One the most important parts of online mapping tools is the satellite imagery that is used. Right now, the images used by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo in rival products are all roughly the same. But Google just bought an exclusive ticket to hitch a ride with a new satellite going up that could make its offering a lot better.

Did AT&T have Apple kill NetShare to start its own tethering plan?

An application called NetShare was the talk of the App Store back in July. The app, made by Nullriver, allowed users to connect their computers to their iPhone 3G to use the device’s unlimited data plan to surf the web. Unfortunately, this process, known as “tethering,” was apparently not approved by AT&T. Thus, NetShare was pulled from the App Store.

Nintendo revises its financial forecasts upward yet again

Okay, this console war is getting really boring. Nintendo is thrashing everyone else. Today, the Japanese company revised upward its financial forecasts for the six months ending Sept. 30, 2008. It also upped its forecasts for game hardware and software during the period, as well as for its full fiscal year that ends March 31, 2009.

Mobile advertising: Better measurement leads to new opportunities

[Editor's note: This is a piece by Russell Buckley, managing director of mobile advertising company AdMob's European operations. He is global chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association and blogger at He’s spent nearly 10 years working on mobile marketing, overseeing thousands of campaigns for both large and small advertisers. This is the first of a series of posts about mobile advertising coordinated by mobile expert and VentureBeat freelancer Matthäus Krzykowski.]

Video dating site SpeedDate says its growing 50 percent a month, raises $6 million

[youtube the awkward video from last December that featured various bloggers and video bloggers in video speed-dating situations? Well, the company that offered the dating service behind it,, claims to be on a bit of a tear. It’s growing 50 percent a month and now getting 100,000 online dates happening on its service per day.