• VAIO TZ series premium ultraportable notebook

    http://blip.tv/play/Aar_PA The $3700 VAIO VGN-TZ298N/XC (sexy name, huh?) makes my pants hurt. I’d considered getting a notebook in the TZ line last fall but most of the reviews I read found owners complaining of sluggish performance thanks to a single core processor and only 1GB of RAM to run big fat Vista. This overhauled version features a dual-core ULV processor, seven hours of… Read More

  • Unboxing the 15-inch 2.5GHz Apple MacBook Pro

    Just returned from the Apple store on West 14th here in Gotham and this is my first post with the new MacBook Pro. It’ll take me a few hours to gather up some real hard info on it, but in the meantime enjoy the gallery. Although, there isn’t much difference between this and the old MBP. No Apple Remote which kind of sucks, but I never really used it when I had it. It’s… Read More

  • Yelp Raises $15 Million Fourth Round, Rumored Valuation $200 Million

    Yelp, the popular local review site, will soon announce a new $15 million dollar round of financing led by DAG Ventures. The valuation is rumored to be in the $200 million range. Yelp says that they will be using the money to expand geographically, add onto their sales team, and establish an office in NYC (they are based in San Francisco). This is Yelp’s fourth round of funding since… Read More

  • Dell's XPS 630 reviewed

    [photopress:XPS_630_350.jpg,full,left] Sure, the company owns premiere gaming rig makers Alienware, but Dell wants its own piece of that lucrative pie. Enter the Dell XPS 630 desktop, a great gaming powerhouse. Running Vista Home Premium on a Core 2 Duo E8200 chip clocking in at 2.66GHz, it’s got muscle. The real deal is the nVideo GeForce 8800 GT graphics card and 2GB RAM. According… Read More

  • Canadian military warns soldiers not to post sensitive info to social networks

    [photopress:canadafb.jpg,full,right] Perhaps it isn’t wise to update your Facebook status with your location if you’re in the military. Just a guess. Canada’s military leaders have told their troops to refrain from posing sensitive information on social networks like Facebook and MySpace. The fear is that Al Qaeda (and other evildoers, presumably) could be watching your… Read More

  • Google's brand soars, but I don't recall them advertising

    Is Google really the “highest regarded brand in the UK” as the FT writes? Apparently it’s overtaken the BBC, Microsoft and British Airways to become the most highly regarded business brand. “It’s times like this that investment in building engagement, trust and loyalty with a customer base really gets the successful businesses through difficulties caused by… Read More

  • Videooo: Final Fantasy VII on NES

    Someone, for some reason (probably “because I can”) ported Final Fantasy VII over to the NES. Apparently it’s the entire original, wildly overrated PlayStation game in one small ROM. Can we expect an English translation soon? A fan translation couldn’t be any worse than the first one we had to deal with, of course. FF VII Famicom, with video [insertcredit.com via Kotaku] Read More

  • Sony's face detection feature for camcorders

    http://blip.tv/play/Aar4JQ Here’s a demo of the face detection feature that’s been so popular with digital camera manufacturers. This’ll be available or already is available on many of Sony’s new camcorders. One interesting part of it is called “bit allocation” wherein the camera sensor pushes more bits to the areas containing people’s faces and… Read More

  • Getting to know the Penryns

    [photopress:cleanroom.jpg,full,center] Everybody’s excited about Intel’s new 45nm chip architecture and its first iteration, the Penryns. They’re going to be in the MacBooks, they’re going to be in your desktops, they’re basically taking the joint over and everyone’s pumped. You’re probably wondering why. Isn’t it just another bump in… Read More

  • Skwair: The next logical step for barcodes

    Daem Interactive has developed Skuair, new technology that it is calling the next generation of 2d code readers. Skuair isn’t limited to reading barcode lines and numbers but can read product logos or images. Skuair works with any mobile phone and is easy to operate. The user simply takes a picture of an advertisement or product logo and a low resolution image is sent to the… Read More

  • FCC ready to step in for Net Neutrality

    [photopress:DSC03083.jpg,full,center] Net Neutrality is important, and the FCC is rattling its sabers at ISPs like Comcast who’ve taken part in “traffic shaping” schemes, or favoring certain packets over others. At a hearing at Harvard, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said, “The commission is ready, willing and able to step in if necessary to correct any practices that… Read More

  • Goldmund launches Blu-Ray player: 20DB Blue for $16,900

    I went to the Goldmund bungalow during CES and saw quite a bit of their technology in action. This is a company that takes a money amount and builds the best audio system you can imaging using stock and custom parts. Have $4 million? They’ll make you a $4 million AV room. Have $100 million? They’ll throw in a copy of Training Day. Seriously. The mind reels. Anyway, they just… Read More

  • German start-ups tripled in 2007

    Europe: The number of new internet firms started in Germany in 2007 more than tripled compared with the previous year, according to a survey by tech blog Deutsche-startups.de. Some 323 new web firms were registered last year, up from 97 the previous year, and 50 in 2005, although it looks like the growth will slow this year. The 2007 total was the highest in the last five years. Most new… Read More

  • CrunchGear exclusive: Firmware 1.1.4 to be Jailbroken today!

    If you’re like me, you’re putting off upgrading your iPhone to 1.1.4 until the iJailbreaking software is ready. But we might not have to wait long. We got in touch with a couple of the people behind the Jailbreaking software and they said they should have a method to Jailbreak 1.1.4 for iPhone by tonight. That’s less than a day after the update has been released. The iPod… Read More

  • Sony gaming: 80GB PS3, red PSP, DS3 controller

    New bundles were announced today for the PSP and PS3 from Sony. The DS3 controller ND just told you about will retail for $55. An 80GB PS3 bundle with DS3 controller with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will launch late Q2 for $499. In June, Sony will let loose a limited-edition God of War PSP. The deep red portable bundled with God of War: Chains of Olympus will have a… Read More

  • Nvidia's 9800GTX coming at the end of March

    I don’t plan on upgrading just yet, especially considering how much this thing is certain to cost, but if the performance of the 9600 is any indication, this new line is going to be great. 512MB of 0.8ns DDR3 memory with a 256-bit interface, nice high clock speeds, and a new architecture, looks like a winner. It also supports 3-way SLI, which I’m sure is as over-the-top as it… Read More

  • Facebook Gets More Orderly: Multi-Tab For Profiles

    Facebook has always had much cleaner, less chaotic profile pages than “anything goes” competitor MySpace (MySpace continues to experiment with less chaotic default themes). Facebook just seems to like things to stay orderly and structured on their site. But as users add dozens of applications and other content to their profiles, it’s becoming harder for friends to quickly… Read More

  • Windows Live down?

    We’re getting messages from users of Windows Live that the service has been down for about 11 hours — an eternity in Internet time. It appears that Windows Live is down. Been unable to log into email,
    windows live messenger or any other windows live service since about 8am
    GMT. Their service status says that “All systems go. There are no issues at this
    time”. However… Read More

  • Sony planning PlayTV launch on March 28, about $150

    The PS3’s PlayTV add-on — essentially a DVR for the PS3 — will go on sale in Europe in March for about $150. Not word on US availability. There are also reports that content recorded by PlayTV will not be copy-protected and that you will be able to drop video onto MPEG-2 compatible devices without DRM. Sony stamps on PlayTV date and price listing [GamesIndustry] Read More

  • Skuair: Turning Images Into Barcodes for Your Mobile Phone

    From Mobilecrunch: Daem Interactive has developed Skuair, new technology that it is calling the next generation of 2d code readers. Skuair isn’t limited to reading barcode lines and numbers but can read product logos or images. Skuair works with any mobile phone camera and is easy to operate. The user simply takes a picture of an advertisement or product logo and a low resolution image… Read More

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