• Seagate drives killing MacBooks

    It’s bad enough that my MacBook is running hotter than Hades since I upgraded to Leopard, but the last thing I need is for my HDD to crap out. Luckily my MB does not have a 2.5-inch drive from Seagate. Retrodata, a data recovery outfit in the UK, noticed something was amiss with the Seagate drive equipped MBs as they’ve seen 50 or so since last summer. Upon further inspection… Read More

  • Question: Best tech PR for startups?

    As part of this week’s effort to allow you, the readers, to steer this blog for a while, here’s the first of a few questions this week. Question: Which firm, or which individual PR person, is the best for tech/mobile startups (either in the UK or Ireland)? Now, this is a question I get asked a lot by startups I meet. So I thought I’d ask the community of commenters and… Read More

  • Samsung puts RFID reader on single, tiny chip

    Samsung, our favorite tech company ending in “sung,” has revealed a compact and complete RFID reader, which they’ve managed to compress onto a single chip. It’s small enough (6.5mm square) to be embedded in clothes, posters, and probably babies as well – at least, if they wanted babies to be able to read RFID tags. Its low power consumption rate means… Read More

  • eToro Makes Forex Trade Child's Play

    Israeli eToro is taking a novel approach in simplifying Foreign Exchange (Forex) trading by packaging the complicated concepts involved in trading one currency against another, in fun non-threatening wrappers. Just how big is Forex trading? Try an estimated $3.2 trillion in daily turnover—that’s ~35 times the average turnover of the NYSE. However, unlike stock trading which has… Read More

  • Google Takes On Global Warming

    Google announced today that it will be investing tens of millions of R&D dollars through its philanthropic arm, Google.org, to develop clean energy technologies that are cheaper than coal. Google co-founder Larry Page thinks that solar thermal and wind energy is the way to go. Google is already working with eSolar, an Idealab company, and Makani Power, a high-altitude wind-energy… Read More

  • Zune 80 battery life sucks

    I don’t want to dampen anyone’s spirits since we’re giving away a Zune 80GB, but I just felt that you should know what you’re getting yourself into. Other than capacity, the biggest concern should always be battery life. Many of you commute at some point during your day and who wouldn’t want some Positive Vibrations or an episode or two of Dexter to watch? In… Read More

  • New Jersey college requires students to buy cellphone, not reimbursed

    Sure, everyone loves having the latest, greatest cellphone, but who wants to be told to have a cellphone? At a school, no less? Exactly. Students at Montclair State University in Dirty Jersey now must purchase, out of their own pocket, a Sprint cellphone, dubbed the “School Phone” by students. Ostensibly, the plan is designed to ensure student’s safety. The least expensive… Read More

  • Yossi Vardi Invests in Media Timeline Startup AllofMe

    Yossi Vardi, founding investor of ICQ’s Mirabilis, has put an undisclosed amount of money into Tel Aviv startup AllofMe. The company is developing a product, currently in private beta, with which you can lay out your digital assets (emails, photos, videos, documents, etc.) along a digital timeline. While few details about AllofMe have been revealed, it appears as though you will be able… Read More

  • Orange boasts of "below 999 euro" unlocked iPhones


    French iPhone fans can breathe easy: Orange will be selling the iPhone, unlocked, for considerably less than 999 euro but more than 500 euro. The price will be about 500 euros, but “well below 1000 Euro”, said CEO Didier Lombard to the radio station Europe 1 In Deutschland bietet die Deutsche Telekom das Hype-Handy derzeit ohne Vertragsbindung für 999 Euro an. In Germany… Read More

  • CrunchBoard Jobs

    Here are some of the latest jobs on CrunchBoard Female Podcaster at Jobs In Pods throughout CA. VP of Product Development at College Wikis in New York, NY and Palo Alto, CA. Senior Web Developer at Send Me Mobile in San Francisco, CA. Product Evangelist and Beta Community Coordinator at DVC Labs in Mountain View, CA. SEO and Network Revenue Manager at Netlog NV in Ghent… Read More

  • Bender's Big Score comes out today

    Hooray! Futurama makes its triumphant return today. Be sure to go out and grab a copy of Bender’s Big Score for yourself. It won’t be much longer until the series gets back on its feet before we see new episodes next year on Comedy Central. Reruns of the cult favorite will switch from Cartoon Network to Comedy Central on 1/1/08. Oh, and the new episodes will be in HD. Stoked. Read More

  • Music Industry: "We is poopid!"

    Doug Morris over at Universal Music Group has a hard job — he has to sell dying media to plugged-in consumers. For a hundred years, recorded music has come on platters of plastic called “discs” or “records.” You used to be able to sell those discs at a considerable mark-up in order to fund artists’ cocaine habits and to ensure that music company CEOs can… Read More

  • Apple: What Could Go Wrong

    “Merry Christmas, Steve. Enjoy it while it lasts.” That is the sentiment of Fast Company‘s December cover story about Apple, written by Adam Penenberg. (I got my hands on the cover at right, which is a computer-generated image of a sour-faced Jobs by Alex Ostroy). He argues that it is a “dangerous moment for Apple.” The stock is near an all-time high, with a… Read More

  • BBC, ITV, Channel 4 to launch joint on-demand web TV

    BREAKING NEWS: In an unprecedented joint venture, UK TV giants BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 are to launch a jointly-owned on-demand Web service creating a single destination for over ten thousand hours of TV entertainment content. Code-named “Kangaroo” the plans are yet to be formally approved by the BBC Trust and each broadcaster’s board, but the project has the full… Read More

  • Your cable box may be watching you

    WSJ is reporting that demographic data mining companies are starting to watch viewing patterns and may begin working with cable companies to pinpoint commercials to individuals and assess a commercial’s impact. Such logic makes sense, but advertisers these days are demanding more precision, and getting the technology to do it. During a two-week ad campaign last month, RE/MAX was able to… Read More

  • OLPC and Asus Eee battle for ultra mobile supremacy

    LAPTOP has thrown the OLPC and Eee into a battle of wills and found that (sorry to spoil it for you) the Eee is the superior machine for the money. Just barely, though. The OLPC takes the cake for the Design, Connectivity, and Pricing categories while the Eee cleans up in the User Interface, Learning Curve, Applications, and Specs/Performance departments. OLPC XO vs. Asus Eee PC 701 [LAPTOP] Read More

  • Yet another Japanese robot: This one has soft hands

    There has to be some sort of cultural differences here. In Japan, every week a new robot comes out that looks more like a person and behaves like a person and I couldn’t give a damn. I know I’ve made the point before, but I simply “don’t get” robots. And this one, for all its greatness, isn’t going to change that. Named Twendy-One, this robot has soft hands… Read More

  • Social Networking is made of people!

    Cory Doctorow writes a pithy yet readable analysis of Facebook and its ilk, pointing out that these sites bind is us in ways that seem useful but are in fact perfunctory and useless. You’d think that Facebook would be the perfect tool for handling all this. It’s not. For every long-lost chum who reaches out to me on Facebook, there’s a guy who beat me up on a weekly basis… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless to open up its network next year

    By the end of 2008, you’ll be able to BYO device to Verizon’s high speed wireless network, according to a press release issued today. Read More

  • Craigslist CrunchDeals: 'All the software you'll ever need'

    This is a solid deal if I ever saw one. Some guy named John here in New York is offering “all the applications, tools, antivirus and anything else you need for your PC or MAC computer,” presumably for super low prices. Go for it. Note: The post could end up flagged, so here’s a high-res screen cap for your crushingly boring Tuesday morning. MAC & PC Software, ANYTHING… Read More

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