Electronics

Sony Unveils Flexible, Full-color OLED Display

Sony has announced (press release) an OLED display on plastic film. It is apparently the world’s first full color OLED/organic TFT on a flexible substrate. Sony managed to create a 2.5 inch flexible display featuring a resolution of 120×160 pixels (RGB). Other specifications of the flexible display include 100 cd/m2 brightness, 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 0.3mm thickness of the panel. Sony demonstrated the new display at the SID 2007 Synposium held last week in California. The first devices Sony intends to market are miniature TV sets later this year.

General

Tumri AdPods – a Chitika eMiniMalls Killer?

TumriFounded in 2004, Tumri is based in Mountain View, CA. CornerStore has been rebranded as Tumri AdPods with a major relaunch on May 7th. The AdPod is, according to Tumri, “a complete reinvention of the online ad unit, with a never-seen-before mix of interactive branding, merchandising and customized offer-based advertising, AdPod is the consumer shopping experience interface on the publisher’s site”. Tired of boring static ads? The key thing is that the AdPod is interactive presenting multiple products and vendors in a single ad unit. The AdPod offers both CPC and CPA advertising. Publishers can choose inventory from over fifteen hundred merchants that include Amazon, Walmart, Sharper Image, Shopping.com, Target, and Overstock. Publishers make money if a visitor clicks on an ad or, in other cases, only if they actually buy the product. This depends on the arrangement Tumri has with each vendor. Publishers get a 50 percent split of…

eBay

AuctionAds Increase Payouts Starting June 1st

The best get better! eBay USA [[EBAY]] has announced a more lucrative tier structure effective June 1st. AuctionAds has indicated that they will be passing on the higher tier payouts to affiliates. The new eBay payout structure will really help the smaller affiliates, more than doubling commissions on new active users to eBay (without having to send large volume). Because [tag]AuctionAds[/tag] uses the top tier, increases are not as large but still significant.

Google

Google Universal Search is Good News for Bloggers

Google’s announcement yesterday is the thunderclap that bloggers have been anticipating. Gone are the search ‘silos’ — websites, images, news, blogs, etc. Now a single query will return all relevant results. Marissa Mayer, Google VP for Search Products stated, “with universal search, we’re attempting to break down the walls that traditionally separated our various search properties and integrate the vast amounts of information available into one simple set of search results. There are also new navigation elements and experimental features to help users better navigate the SERPs. These include contextual navigation links above the search results that allow “drill down” to specific types of information and a new universal navigation bar at the top of all Google web pages to provide easier navigation to your favorite Google products, such as Gmail. Yipee!

General

Zap Unwanted Programs with the PC-Decrapifier

The PC Decrapifier uninstalls many of the common trialware and popup annoyances found on many of the PCs from big name OEMs. All of those programs are placed on your new PC because the big companies like Dell, HP, Gateway and others sell advertising space on your PC to improve their margins at the your expense. There is a complete list of the annoying programs on the PC Decrapifier website. Wow! That’s a long list. [tag]PC Decrapifier[/tag] is free for personal use. It is also available for PC technicians at a small fee to use as a tool in their everyday business to save them a tremendous amount of time. The commercial version has the additional ability to automate itself.

Amazon

Kensington Vo200 Bluetooth Internet Phone

Previously posts here on RL Digital have highlighted the benefits of Skype phones over simple headsets for internet telephony. The Kensington Vo200 goes one step further connecting to your VoIP service through your PC using Bluetooth. What makes the Kensington Vo200 unique is its ultra-compact, minimalist design, which can be slipped into your laptop’s PC Card slot for recharging and storage. In addition to Skype, it’s compatible with Yahoo, MSN, AOL, and GoogleTalk. This is a better solution for traveling than carrying a Skype handset with a USB cable.

Amazon

iCarta iPod Stereo Docking Station with Bath Tissue Holder

With more than 100 million iPods sold, you can expect some wacky accessories from 3rd party manufacturers. The iCarta Stereo Dock with Bath Tissue Holder is certainly unusual! No, it’s not a joke. You can really buy one (see link below). Here’s the pitch: “The bathroom is one of the most important rooms of any home. People often add radios to a bathroom shelf or in the shower. Why just settle for a radio? iCarta now lets you bring and enjoy your iPod into your private sanctuary”. Hmmm… makes sense! Need a gift idea for someone who has (almost) everything? Now you found it!