• Microsoft, The Jekyll And Hyde Of Companies

    Today rapped up Microsoft’s annual Mix Conference in Las Vegas. The event is Microsoft’s web focused get together where they talk coding and development with mostly white, geek guys (the only women seemed to be the Microsoft/ events staff), then there’s the occasional press person thrown in for good measure. The coverage the event gets pales in significance to say an Apple… Read More

  • Fubar Grows Over 3 Million Percent In A Year

    New social network traffic figures released by Compete show that Fubar, billed as the “first online bar and happy hour” is the fastest growing social network, having increased its traffic by 3,272,217% over the 12 months to the end of February 2008, placing the network at 14th on the list of top 20 social networking sites (chart as shown). Year on year MySpace hasn’t grown… Read More

  • LiveUniverse Trying To Acquire Stage6 From Divx

    After we thought the bizarre story of Stage6 was over, Brad Greenspan’s LiveUniverse has gotten involved, and the plot gets even thicker. According to a release from LiveUniverse, the company offered to acquire Stage6 prior to the site being shut by DivX 25 February. The offer was $11 million in cash & carriage plus an equity Stake in Stage6 and Promotion of DivX Software. Read More

  • CrunchBoard This Week

    Here are some of the jobs posted to CrunchBoard over the past week: Senior Product Marketing Manager
    Proofpoint, Sunnyvale CA Systems Engineer
    Wesabe, San Francisco CA Database Administrator
    LiveOffice, Torrance CA Senior Applications Developer
    Yahoo, Sunnyvale CA Product Marketing Manager
    Livemocha, Seattle WA Senior Software Development Engineer
    Zillow, Seattle WA Sr. Software Engineer
    Read More

  • Friday Top Ten: Best videos of Steve Ballmer going around the bend

    In honor of it being Friday, I believe it’s time for another top ten list. This one comes to us today from ValleyWag, who’s wisely compiled a list of the top ten videos of Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, losing his shit. If you’ve never seen it in person, you’re really missing out. Above is just one, but they’re all worth watching. And then think to yourself… Read More

  • The Back Burner: Things we didn't post this week

    A big thank you to everybody for filling our tips at crunchgear dot com inbox with wonderful, unique, and newsworthy items. Here are five that we just couldn’t get to this week. Easy weight loss Be thin http://www.kocheg.com/?hfclavhwzxb Be thin Read More

  • CrunchGear this Week

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf How come nobody told me about the Dallas airport? Futuremark attempts to pwn trademark law Facebook partners with iTunes for music store ASUS 8.9-inch eee PC: I guess it’s cool RIP… Read More

  • Rumor: 60GB Xbox 360s with Blu-ray on the way?

    Trusted Reviews has it on good authority that Microsoft will be releasing new versions of the Xbox 360 this year with 60GB HDDs instead of the current 20GB, and that these new super-Xboxen might also contain Blu-ray drives instead of standard DVD drives. This only makes sense, as Microsoft has discontinued support for HD DVD and including a Blu-ray drive instead of as an add-on only increases… Read More

  • Video: GTAIV's website posts more fun videos

    http://www.rockstargames.com/IV/flvPlayer/holder480x360Embed.swf?flvtolocation=media%2Erockstargames%2Ecom%2Fflies%2Fwet%2FpackieMcreary%2FpackieSmaller%2Eflv&linktolocation=www%2Erockstargames%2Ecom%2FIV%2F%23%3Fpage%3DpackieMcreary%26content%3Dvideo0 Rockstar’s released a handful of new videos on the GTAIV website to up the excitement factor for the game. Indeed, Grand Theft Auto… Read More

  • Panasonic readying its 100Hz TVs


    I saw some of these high-frequency LCD TVs at CES, and while Panasonic’s weren’t at the time the most impressive ones I saw (some smaller company had a better picture), the technology actually does work. It takes your source video and processes it in real time, adding intermediate frames where it thinks there is jutter, jerky movement, that sort of thing. The first generation is… Read More

  • MagStay Pro makes your MagSafe stay Magged

    [photopress:MagStaySmall.jpg,full,center] I like a company that says “not everyone’s going to need or even understand our product” and is up-front about it, especially if it’s a product I really don’t get. The MagStay Pro is just such a product. I think the MagSafe power adapters Apple built into its portables is just great, but some people apparently find… Read More

  • MobiTV flailing out at Howard Forums


    Once again, a company is attacking instructions on how to subvert their control. This time it’s HowardForums who posted a list of links to mobiTV that basically give Sprint users free access to mobiTV’s offerings. The instructions and links appear below. Read More

  • 508 BBSes of yore


    I was just looking for Wayne Bell, creator of the WWIV BBS system, and I found this list of 508 area code BBSes complete with notes from the original sysops. I was on the 614 area code myself, so I never visited these sites, but weren’t those the days, kids? Fidonet FTW. 508 Area Code BBSes Through History [BBSLIST]
    Eagle’s Dare Read More

  • Vigor's Colossus PC runs everything, costs eight grand

    Are you filthy rich and don’t get out much? Then this is the PC for you. I put together my own PC for a little less than a thousand and it runs everything decently (yes, Crysis), but if you’ve got the money I don’t, why not skip that audio system upgrade for the new Hummer and get this rig instead? Check out the stats: two Radeon HD 3870s in SLI, 8GB DDR2 800 RAM (why not DDR3… Read More

  • crowdSPRING Enters Crowded Field Of Crowdsourcing with $5,000 Prize (Invites)

    Crowdsourcing sites need to make room for yet another entrant: crowdSPRING. The site is in private beta right now and is starting off with a $5,000 prize for the best design for its homepage. The first 500 TechCrunch readers to sign up here will get into the beta. (The public launch will be in April). CrowdSPRING is very similar to other crowdsourcing sites like Kluster, Cambrian House… Read More

  • Patent trolls kill Meizu Mini One, 50 others

    Sisvel, an Italian research company, apparently has some sort of patent that entitles it to shut down folks at CeBIT. The license, based around MP3 playback, shut down our beloved Meizu along with 50 other booths. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the raid go down. It would have been cool to see the paratroopers. Police raid CeBIT stands [Register] Read More

  • Video: Pico-projectors on the march!

    [photopress:pcio.jpg,full,center] You don’t need us to tell you how cool pico-projection is going to be in the near future. No, you need this epically cheesy video to do the work. There’s no way we could capture it this well. And the best part is there are four more scenarios being acted out with pico-projectors on the site. Don’t get my wrong, ultra-portable projection is… Read More

  • CeBIT Video: Good bye, Hannover!

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, good night,
    I hate to go and leave this pretty sight.
    So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, adieu,
    Adieu, adieu, to you and you and you. Read More

  • PS3 – Spider-Man 3 = Customer service mix-up

    [photopress:40GB_PS3_SpiderMan_Box.jpg,full,center] So how exactly is it that Sony can have better customer service than NewEgg, the bastion of happy buyers? Consumerist has it from a customer who bought a PS3 from NewEgg that was pictured as including a copy of Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray. When the package arrived, the movie was absent, and the packaging made no mention of the film being… Read More

  • Kodak, Vivitar not giving up on film; new SLR on the way


    Digital has almost completely replaced film in the casual set and is making inroads among professionals and artists, but that doesn’t mean film is being completely forgotten. Kodak and Vivitar have not forgotten their roots, and are creating a new film camera aimed at universities teaching “traditional photography.” They say it’ll be similar to the V3000.
    I’m… Read More

  • Norwegian teen wins contest to send MP3s into space

    In order to promote its Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the European Space Agency held a contest last summer. The rules were simple; send in a playlist of ten songs to load onto an MP3 player that the un-manned ATV would fly up to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Therese Miljeteig, a 14-year-old from Norway, won the competition with this playlist… Read More

  • Pogue shares tech support humor; We share Pogue

    [photopress:call_center.jpg,full,center] I had the misfortune of working tech support for a time, and I came away from the experience with the mindset that people should have to have some sort of license to operate technology, or at least be required to take an orientation. It’s not that people are dumb — though some are — it’s that they don’t know what… Read More

  • Ballmer wants to move on from HD-DVD, support Blu-Ray


    I guess he’s a pretty realistic guy. He acknowledges that “the world moves on,” and of course so have the manufacturers and buyers. He says they’ve already been working on driver support and the like, and his comments put weight behind expectations that Microsoft will release a Blu-Ray peripheral for the 360. MS and Sony are already in talks, so it seems like a sure… Read More

  • Playmobil's Security Checkpoint on Amazon makes your morning

    [photopress:41G9WA5NRDL._SS400_.jpg,full,center] I’m not saying it’s the greatest or funniest Amazon listing of all time, but the Playmobil Security Check Point playset is one of the silliest things I’ve seen in awhile. The toy itself is just goofy, ready for spoof, and I could go on it for hours. But I don’t have to. See, the user reviews are just amazing. All of them. Read More

  • Pick up some vino soon from Amazon's wine section?

    Nice. As a subscriber to Amazon.com’s $79-per-year “Amazon Prime” thing (free 2-day or $4 overnight shipping), I’m anxiously waiting for the day that I can literally buy everything from there and have it show up quickly. Next up? Wine. According to ComputerWorld, there’s a job posting somewhere on Amazon’s site for a “senior wine buyer for its… Read More

  • Ballmer on iPhone SDK: Who knows?


    Steve squeezes out a SBDlight. Steve Ballmer was surprisingly candid — yet still fairly quiet — about Microsoft’s plans to port Silverlight to the iPhone. He basically said “Yeah, maybe, if we want to.” As for ActiveSync, he also said “Yeah, maybe, if our partners want to.” As we all no, competitors rarely comment on others developments for fear… Read More

  • Monema's TamTam: Virtual PBX

    I’d been meaning to post about these guys a few weeks ago but my schedule didn’t allow it. However, this is an interested hosted PBX company that offers a drag and drop phone interface for larger companies. The entire system uses a web front end for building your office. You add numbers, message boxes, and response trees by clicking a few buttons and the entire system is… Read More

  • Chris Anderson and Michael Arrington: Back-to-Back on Charlie Rose

    Yesterday was Geek-Out Night on The Charlie Rose Show. Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson and our own Michael Arrington appeared on back-to-back interviews (30 minutes each, separate interviews). Anderson explains why everything on the Internet is free. http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-1951879923858017460:112000:1339000&hl=en Michael talks with Rose about the… Read More

  • HTC jumping on the MID bandwagon this year

    Word on the street is that HTC (makers of phones like the HTC Touch, the PPC-6xxx series devices, and more!) will be releasing Intel-powered MID devices this year. As you’ll recall from Intel’s recent Atom announcement, Mobile Internet Devices will play a key role in its strategy going forward. Read More

  • Calacanis Fires People Who Have A Life

    Mahalo founder and serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis has some interesting tips up today about how to squeeze every single last thing from your startup employees. Helpful advice includes (our interpretation): If you do meetings, have them over lunch, because you shouldn’t let your employees eat alone Don’t provide people with phones, they can always use their own cellphones, and… Read More