Day two of our Geeks We Love Valentine's series showcases someone who is certainly no stranger in the tech world (OK, well maybe he is somewhat of a stranger). You see, he is so "in the know" when it comes to industry info related to all things tech, that he runs a website under an assumed identity, Boy Genius. Boy Genius created The Boy Genius Report after becoming a crowd favorite within the circles of online mobile communities. His website is like a secret society for geeks. . . full of exclusives, tid-bits and "swirling new rumors." He was first to catch a glimpse of the Valentine's Day promo poster from AT&T, was first on the scene to reveal the BlackBerry 8xxx from RIM, and on December 25, his "music industry spy," Just Blaze (shown below), found out that Apple would be announcing a new laptop at MacWorld. Although we're wracking our brains trying to figure out who this person is, you can't help but love a person who is just — that good! Keep reading to find out more about this mystery man!
GS: I'd love to know how The Boy Genius Report all got started:
BG: It was something I did for fun. I had some great contacts who would send me devices and phones long before anyone had even heard of them, and as soon as I saw people's reactions, I knew I had to start sharing this. Engadget gave me a great avenue and it got so popular that I had to start something that I had complete control over.
GS: Of all the gadget/tech blogs I read on a daily basis, The Boy Genius Report seems to have the most "insider info" than anyone else (especially when it comes to cell phones). What is your secret and where do you get all your insider tips from?!
BG: A lot of our sources are close friends of ours who trust us with the information they give us, and that goes a long way when you're in something for the long term and are all about building relationships. Everyone is passionate about what we're doing, and hey, what's better than dropping some serious scoops?! You always got to keep corporate on their toes!
To read the rest of the interview, and to see what luxury gadgets the BG owns (drool at your own risk),
GS: I get the impression that there are a bajillion cell phones lying around the BG Headquarters. How many phones do you have and what are your ultimate favorites?
BG: Way too many to count, honestly. Probably over two hundred phones and devices. Ultimate favorites would be the Motorola Vader v8160, iPhone, and BlackBerry (all of them).
GS: You seem to get some serious blinged-out gadgets sent to you. What are some luxury gadgets you own, and what ones are on your wish list?
BG: Lets see. . . a solid white gold BlackBerry 8700g, an iPhone with white diamonds around the bezel, a Siemens SK65 with white gold back cover, and a Vertu Constellation. If I had to pick something, it would have to be Just Blaze's diamond PS3 controller, except I want an Xbox 360 one. That would be crazy! White diamonds, white gold, and blue sapphires!
GS: What would you say was your biggest story of all time? Rumored and/or true?
BG: There's way too many! We could throw in the Jay-Z + Apple record label scoop, the BlackBerry Curve, the BlackBerry 9000, basically every Motorola phone for the past year, a whole number of HTC devices, etc.