• Robot soldiers pose threat to human life

    [photopress:killerrobots.jpg,full,center] An artificial life expert warned today that robotic soldiers (like the one pictured here) pose a threat to human life, and not just the bad guys’ lives. The robots, said the dude from the University of Sheffield, are currently safer in that they need a human being to give the final go-ahead to open fire. As the technology improves, however, this… Read More

  • EU To Microsoft: Not Open Enough. Imposes $1.4 Billion Fine

    Microsoft’s sudden conversion to openness and interoperability last week did not impress the European Commission. Today, the antitrust-enforcing arm of the European Union imposed a $1.35 billion fine (899 million Euros) on Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 order to supply interoperability data for its products to its competitors. That brings the total fine to $2.5 billion. At… Read More

  • Zoho Writer Gets An Update—More Than One Million Documents Served

    Web-based word processors keep closing the gap with Microsoft Office. Since its launch, Zoho now has 650,000 users, a 30 percent increase from just last November, the company tells us. It is doing 2 million user sessions per month. And its users have created more than one million documents on Zoho Writer (1.6 million, if you include its online presentation and spreadsheet products, Zoho… Read More

  • Eurekster Debuts Improved Swicki Results Pages

    Site-specific search provider Eurekster is today releasing a new version of its Swicki product that features a set community features on its results and home pages. The free Swicki search widget, used here on TechCrunch in the right-hand column, provides a cloud of popular search terms and leads to a page with results voted on by users and optionally collected from related sites. The new… Read More

  • Make3D: Turn a 2D Picture Into a 3D Model

    Stanford University service Make3D automatically converts a single picture into a 3D model. We covered similar technology from Fotowoosh in April 2007. Make3D takes a two-dimensional image and creates a three-dimensional fly around model that includes depth and a range views. Photos can be uploaded directly or pulled into the site from Flickr. The service is based on an algorithm created… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Color Scanner Edition

    Sony’s face detection feature for camcorders
    Skwair: The next logical step for barcodes
    Sweet “Enerjar” measures your appliance’s power consumption
    Pearl Izumi bicycle shorts with built-in MP3 player helps fight Parkinson’s
    Sony takes up where Sharper Image left off: Vinyl to USB turntable Read More

  • Review: Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones

    The Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones cost $400. While that might seem like a lot of money, I can only suggest to you that these headphones are akin to sliding a stick of warm, melty butter into each ear — not in the sense that sticking butter in your ears would likely impede your hearing, but more in the sense that butter is delicious and if you could somehow replicate… Read More

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 demo

    http://blip.tv/play/AauBLQ Here’s a look at the upcoming Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 digital camera. It’s got a 13.6-megapixel CCD imager along with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. There’s also an “extra high-speed” burst mode that can shoot three-megapixel photos at five frames per second. Coming in May for $349. Read More

  • Sony 2GB Walkman Video MP3 Player hands-on

    http://blip.tv/play/AauANw Here’s a quick look at the 2GB video-capable Walkman from Sony. These little guys cost $99 and have a pretty easy-to-use interface, FM tuner, album art, and up to 33 hours of battery life for audio and up to 8 hours of battery life for video. 2GB Walkman Video MP3 Player [SonyStyle.com] Read More

  • Just wanted to add another Mylo 2 video to the web

    http://blip.tv/play/AauALw Peter Ha, the Jackie Chan to my Chris Tucker, gave Sony’s Mylo 2 a look-see back in early January but I thought that while I was here in Vegas for the Sony show, I might as well do my part and add another Mylo 2 video to the wild, wild web. It’s a slick looking device that improves upon the original Mylo by adding a higher-resolution touch screen… Read More

  • First impressions of the Penryn MacBook Pro

    Having spent the last few hours reinstalling apps and customizing to my specific liking, I’ve noticed that using the multi-touch on the new Penryn MBP isn’t what I imagine it to be. The trackpad just isn’t big enough and I really wish Apple would have put the larger one, like the MBA, on the MBP. It’s not horrible or unusable by any means, but you’d figure with such… Read More

  • Blog Network MyKinda May Be Pulling A BlogNation – Writers Going Unpaid

    Anyone who watched the BlogNation implosion last year certainly doesn’t want to see a rerun of that particular debacle. But there are worrying signs coming from Romania-based blog network MyKinda that suggest the young startup is facing some of the same cash flow issues that plagued BlogNation. Like BlogNation, MyKinda is a network of country-specific blogs. It’s somewhat different… Read More

  • 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

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