• Robert Scoble Sell Out Complete

    Update to our January post: Super blogger Robert Scoble, who has argued that having advertisements on blogs destroys trust, added advertisements to his blog today along with a redesign. At least it’s clear now who scratches Scoble’s back – Seagate. One thing I do like – the FriendFeed widget that shows his activity stream and comments from readers. Read More

  • Watercooler's SN Apps for Fans Backed by $4M

    Meet Watercooler, a startup developing social network applications for all the usual suspects – Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, and Friendster – that allow fans to rally around their favorite sports teams and TV shows. The Mountain View-based firm raised a previously undisclosed $4M in Series A funding from Canaan Partners this past September. While it’s been developing… Read More

  • Video: Leopard running on an OQO UMPC

    Finally, a UMPC I’d want. Someone got the idea into their head to install Leopard on an OQO UMPC. It dual boots from Windows to Leopard, and appears to run rather slow, but it does work. I’m not a fan of the MacBook Air, but something like this is what Apple should work on. Read More

  • HP creates atomic memory

    HP Labs has built a “memristor,” a nanoscale component that can store data without power. It is far denser than current hard drives and faster than RAM memory. The components can function in digital model, on/off, or analog mode in which they’re set to a specific value. The unlikely invention of the memristor took about 40 years. It started in the early 1970s when… Read More

  • Going green: So, is biofuel actually in our best interests?

    Using excess or leftover corn as a fuel source sure sounded like a good idea, especially here in the U.S. Let’s get our farmers from, I don’t, Iowa, to set aside a certain percentage of arable land for the production of fuel corn. (The term “fuel corn” may or may not exist, but it should if it doesn’t.) This corn, rather than being used for food, would be used for… Read More

  • T-Mobile announces Pay By the Day

    T-Mobile is now offering $1 per day calling with free T-Mo to T-Mo calls and unlimited 7pm-6:59am calls. The details: Pay By The Day gives customers the wireless value they want without long-term commitments. The new prepaid plan only costs $1 per day for the days the phone is used. In exchange, customers get free T-Mobile to T-Mobile calling all day and unlimited nationwide calling from 7 p.m. Read More

  • Lenovo unveils three new laptops under new IdeaPad brand

    Lenovo today took the wraps off a new line of notebook computers called the IdeaPad. The IdeaPad is meant as a consumer-oriented version of its popular ThinkPad and is meant to go head-to-head with Apple’s MacBook line. The launch consists of three models: the U110, the Y510 and the Y710. Read More

  • Kongregate Gets $3 Million From Bezos: Growing Fast and About To Unleash Its Games on Facebook

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has invested $3 million into user-generated casual gaming site Kongregate through Bezos Expeditions, his personal investment vehicle. Kongregate CEO calls it a “super angel round,” although technically it is a B1 round (the startup raised $5 million in a round led by Greylock). Bezos Expeditions won’t be taking a board seat. Greer says: If we had… Read More

  • Google releases new iGoogle artist themes

    For those of you that use Google’s personalized home page, iGoogle, you may have noticed that there are now even more options as far as your themes are concerned. Google recently added themes by “world class artists and innovators” like Jackie Chan, The Wiggles, and yes, even Coldplay. iGoogle Artist Themes [Google.com] Read More

  • Secret for popular programming languages revealed

    Tamir Khason wrote an article about four years ago theorizing that there’s a direct correlation between the modern-day popularity of a particular programming language and how much facial hair the inventor of that language has. He’s now revisited the subject in a new post called Computer Languages and Facial Hair — Take Two. The inventors of the following languages have (or… Read More

  • Goodness Prevails: Iron Man Screening Is ON.

    Drama over. The CrunchGear/TechCrunch Iron Man screening, which Marvel tried to shut down yesterday for no good reason whatsoever (more on that below), is back on. We are adding another 30 spots on the wait list. At least most of the people on the wait list will get in, so if you’re willing to risk being turned away at the last minute, sign up there. Showing is at 7:15 tonight at the… Read More

  • May 1 Meet-up is On Like a Chicken Bone

    A little NSFW near the middle. Be warned. It’s business time, TC readers. Tomorrow we welcome those with emailed invites to Red Sky at 47 E. 29th Street between Park and Madison. We’d like to thank our sponsors again. If you got an email for the wait list spots, congratulations. If you didn’t, there’s always next time. See you tomorrow! Hopefully Marvel doesn’t… Read More

  • Camera works 200 feet underwater, on land too

    The DC800 from SeaLife is an 8-megapixel digital camera that works underwater in that housing apparatus on the left and then works on land as that little guy on the right. Perfect for taking photos of majestic sea creatures during the day and exotic cougars at night. It’s got five special underwater modes to adjust to the color of water that you’re diving in, plus a continuous… Read More

  • Devotec Solar Charger: Acceptably svelte

    This product, made by an MD, no less, is a mini solar panel with multiple charging tips and a little leather case. It’s 19.99 British pounds sterling, which, at current exchange rates, translates to $5,432.29. Nokia old, Nokia new/N series, Sony Ericsson, Motorola/Blackberry/mini USB and Samsung phones as well as a DC 5V tip for PSPs and many digital cameras, an Ipod tip, and one for… Read More

  • Fun with Twitter fakery: Dvorak versus Rupley

    I just got around to watching last Wednesday’s Cranky Geeks video podcast starring John C. Dvorak and Sebastian Rupley (plus a panel of guests that rotate each week) and found this bit to be kind of funny. Dvorak’s step-son apparently set up a Twitter account under “SRupley” and posted updates as Rupley, like: I belched….mmm…peanut butter. Yum After 7, no… Read More

  • Orb Ball Recorder: Not that kind of ball recorder

    Apparently you simply drop an SD card into this bugger, press a button, and take pictures. It’s designed to fit almost anywhere — they recommend the eyeball of a mannequin — and records up to six hours of video on a 2GB card. Sadly it lasts only 3 hours on battery but that’s enough to roll it through the bus station for some hot upskirt action. Wait… hot… Read More

  • AOL's Ad Strategy Still Waiting to Kick In

    AOL may have the widest-reaching advertising network in Platform A, but it is not seeing the financial rewards of that reach. In fact, Time Warner today announced that during the first quarter, AOL’s overall advertising revenues grew just 1 percent. Total revenues at AOL slid 23 percent because the access business continues to go away, but everybody knows that and the focus now is… Read More

  • Sweater Friends Episode 3: You're a beautiful, intelligent woman!

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/873730&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ Tune in every Friday at 1PM EST to listen to CrunchGear Talk Radio. Read More

  • Asus Eee 900 in black too, gutted fish not included

    A lot of notebook manufacturers will take photos of their products being used in locations that most normal people would never dream of taking such delicate and expensive devices. Case in point, the first iteration of the Asus Eee PC with the girl on the beach. Everyone knows that the beach is the absolute LAST place to take a laptop. There are too many people having “fun”… Read More

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