Boxee adds Netflix support, but not for the Apple TV…yet

As set-top boxes that stream content over the internet to your TV become more popular, certain elements are starting to stand out to differentiate the best ones. Recently, the most popular of these elements is Netflix support. Roku has it, TiVo has it, some Blu-ray players have it and now even the Xbox 360 has it. So it makes sense that Boxee, the digital interface software company that hopes to land deals to get on set-top boxes, would add support for it. Today, it’s announcing just that.

Tap Tap Dance puts a rave in your iPhone

The concept behind Tap Tap Revenge was simple: It was basically the popular console music-based game Guitar Hero ported to the iPhone. At first it worked because it was a perfectly simple use of the iPhone’s touchscreen. It worked even better when it got real music. Now the game developer, Tapulous, is expanding it beyond rock music, into dance music with Tap Tap Dance. Guess what? It still works.

JackNyfe takes $3.8M for link social networking

JackNyfe, the developer of an application that lets users rate, search, copy and comment on links on any web site within a social-network framework, has raised $3.8 million in second-round funding from Altos Ventures and undisclosed others, reports peHub. Not much is known about the Hillsborough, Calif. company. Even its site is pretty spare, except for the careers section, which lists several engineering and design positions.

Look what iFound: iFund submissions leaked online

Are you an iPhone application maker planning to compete to get money from venture firm Kleiner Perkins’ $100 million iFund? Or maybe you’re an app maker who just wants to know what apps people are working on? Well, I’ve got some good news for you — and some bad news for some current applicants in the said iFund: A file containing hundreds of app proposals has been accidentally leaked onto the web, TechCrunch reports.

Is nostalgia recession-proof? OnceUponAWin hopes so

This recession is giving everyone flashbacks of a simpler, happier time, when slap bracelets weren’t yet banned by elementary schools, Fun Dip candy didn’t have all those negative drug connotations and parachute pants were not considered impractical. The company, creators of the captioning sites I Can Has Cheezburger (silly exploits of cats) and FAIL Blog (failed sailboats and more), has a new site: OnceUponAWin. It invites users to send in their favorite nostalgic (defined as anything pre-2000) photos and videos to create a “visual collection of epic wins from the past.”

MySpace aims to bring mobile videos to the masses

Social network MySpace is launching a new worldwide service that will let its users watch videos on its mobile site from their phones. Mobile video has not been a smashing consumer success. But MySpace’s mobile site ( gets more than 10 million monthly unique visitors and more than 3 billion monthly pageviews, the company says. So the introduction of video could give mobile-video streaming a big boost.

Promotional iPhone app codes will help small developers, teach them to hoard

I’ve tested a bunch of iPhone applications by bypassing Apple’s App Store so developers could either get them to me for free or before they’re actually released. The process is kind of a pain. But now Apple has made it slightly easier thanks to promotional codes that developers can use to send out their apps to select people for free, MacRumors reports.

Apple's 2008 Top iPhone Apps section of iTunes

So maybe you just got an iPhone or iPod touch, or maybe you’re going to get one very soon for the holidays. With something like 10,000 applications out there in Apple’s App Store, it’s basically impossible to know which ones to get. Sure, the most popular ones right now are clearly displayed in the store, but those leave out a lot of great ones that have been popular in the past. Luckily, Apple has just rolled out a Top Apps category in iTunes as part of its iTunes 2008 year-end section.

Loopt still homing in on location networking on the iPhone

Apple clearly has high hopes for the location-based social network Loopt. It has shown off Loopt’s iPhone application at conferences, featured it on its displays and even made it central in one of the new iPhone commercials. But Loopt hasn’t yet reached its potential on the device. Everyone is still trying to figure out the best way to do location-based networking. It’s a work-in-progress, and updates to Loopt’s app show that.

Reddit gets an (unofficial) iPhone app

Since the App Store launched this past summer, it was odd to me that none of the big social-voting sites have launched iPhone apps. Sure, all work on the iPhone’s Safari web browser, and some, like Digg, are even optimized for it, but given how devoted some of those sites’ users are, it would seem logical to create slick apps for the services. Now there is one — unofficially — for Reddit.

Blockbuster and Microsoft: Two peas not in an iPod

When I was growing up, if you heard the term “movie rental,” Blockbuster immediately sprung in your head. That’s not the case anymore. Thanks to Netflix, video on demand from the cable companies and an increasing number of options to rent films over the Internet, Blockbuster is increasingly irrelevant. But it’s trying to battle back, and now it has a new partner: Microsoft.

The Huffington Post confirms $25M third round

Political news site The Huffington Post announced today that it has raised $25 million from Oak Investment Partners — significantly higher than the $15 million that was reported by the Times UK in late November. Kara Swisher of All Things Digital says the valuation was slightly less than $100 million.

Antimatter: Pangea makes another winning iPhone game

The first game I downloaded from Apple’s App Store for the iPhone was Enigmo, a puzzle game by the development company Pangea. It’s a great game in the vein of Lemmings, but you manipulate drops of water rather than death-seeking drones — so great, that I still actually play it. (How many iPhone apps can you honestly say you’ve been using for months?) Yesterday, Pangea released a new game into the App Store: Antimatter. After a day of playing it, I’m confident that it’s another winner.

Fake iPhone 2.2.1 image begs the question: Where is Push Notification?

A Russian iPhone blog caused a bit of a stir today when it posted an image it claimed was of the first beta of the 2.2.1 firmware for the iPhone (2.2 was just released last week). The image and report raised eyebrows at quite a few Apple blogs when the author claimed 2.2.1 would finally deliver Push Notification support. The image and report have now been confirmed as fakes, but the question remains: Where is Push Notification?

Last minute Black Friday shopping? Check out cheap iPhone apps

Hopefully you’re sick of shopping by now if you’ve been at it since 4 a.m. or whatever ungodly hour you people wake up (likely before I’m even asleep). But just in case you couldn’t find that one awesomely cheap gift you were looking for, the iPhone application tracking blog AppShopper has a great list of all the iPhone apps that have been recently discounted.

Breaking: Google News doesn't break tech news

Confession: We’re tech news junkies. In order to be any good at what we do (tech blogging), we kind of have to be. A tech news junky’s best friend is an RSS reader — we troll hundreds of sources and thousands of stories on a daily basis looking for that one piece of news worth covering. But sometimes, that simply isn’t feasible all the time — you need an aggregator.

Microsoft finally addresses Red Ring of Death with Jasper-based Xbox 360 consoles

The long-awaited Jasper-based versions of the Xbox 360 have finally emerged on the market. These new consoles have a redesigned motherboard with the new 65-nanometer version of the ATI (now AMD) graphics chip that doesn’t run as hot as previous versions. There are other changes that improve the reliability and usability of the system as well.

Apple's Black Friday sale: No iPhone or MacBook Pro

After a few hours of downtime to prepare for the big Black Friday sale, Apple’s U.S. online store has just come back to life. While you can find savings on iMacs, MacBooks, iPod touches, iPod classics, iPod nanos and the Apple TV, it’s just as noteworthy what isn’t getting discounted: MacBook Pros and iPhones.

CNN quakes as Twitter rapid fires Mumbai news

It’s one thing when a couple dozen or so tech blogs rally around the idea that Twitter is an excellent source for the quick dissemination of news in a time of crisis — many of us have been trumpeting this fact for months if not longer — but it’s another when CNN (and not one of CNN’s blogs, but CNN proper) says the same thing.

About those "rampant" iPhone 2.2 problems…

When I saw the headline on CNET’s iPhone Atlas blog proclaiming that “iPhone OS 2.2 Problems Run Rampant,” I scratched my head. After all, I probably use the iPhone more than most people both for regular tasks and the testing of applications, and I haven’t noticed one noteworthy problem with the new update.