• Rick Sammon's affordable all-purpose lighting kit for you DSLR types

    Usually I do what I can with the light that I have, and it turns out pretty well. But it’s not that rare that I look at a shot and think, “if only I could have corrected for that flash of sunlight, or mitigated the effect of those shadows.” Apparently pro photo guy Rick Sammon thought the same and like me is weak and doesn’t want to carry around 20 pounds of tripods… Read More

  • CTIA/FCC could outlaw cellular repeaters AKA "jammers"


    Got a note this morning from a concerned reader who is watching some carrier noise. Apparently some of the bigs are talking to the FCC about having cellular repeaters classed as “jammers” because they might interfere and oscillate with regular cell tower signals. tia complained to fcc about repeaters, said they were essentially jammers asked for them to be banned.
    but repeater… Read More

  • Slide Gets Their Huge Valuation And Raises $50 million

    Three months ago Slide founder Max Levchin assured us that, despite rumors, he wasn’t raising money, and hadn’t even updated his pitch deck. He sure got his act in gear in a hurry, it seems. Today Business Week and The NY Times are reporting that Slide has raised $50 million at a valuation north of half a billion. Three months ago when he officially wasn’t pitching a new… Read More

  • Turmoil at Joost as CTO sacked then hired by BBC on the same day

    Is Joost going to last the year? The P2P TV yesterday confirmed it had fired CTO Dirk-Willem van Gulik, who then promptly turned up as a new hire at the BBC on the same day. He will be chief technical architect of the BBC Future Media and Technology Group, which is working on – guess what – the BBC iPlayer online TV project. A Joost spokesperson in the US told newteevee that Gulik… Read More

  • Xbox Live outage = Undertow

    For all of our troubles over the holidays, the Xbox team is bestowing upon all Gold and Silver members a free download of Undertow. That’s pretty weak sauce if you ask me. Granted, I won’t be throwing a fit and trying to sue Microsoft for $5 million, but a free game certainly doesn’t make me feel better about the situation. Beginning next Wednesday at 2:00 a.m. PST… Read More

  • Three impending phone-like devices from Toshiba

    Toshiba? More like, “I want these phone for me-ba!” Ho! Still got it. Here are some of the European phones from Toshiba that were discussed in a post from a month ago. There’s the G910, the G710, and the you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it G450, which looks more like a big thumb drive with buttons and a tiny OLED screen than a phone. Photos courtesy of PocketPCItalia.com. Read More

  • Le iPhone is selling well in le France

    Head of Orange France, Didier Lombard, said that the iPhone is selling “very well” (“tres well“) and that they sold about 100,000 (“one unnred tousind!“) in 2007. They have also sold very few iPhones without contract (“sans contract“). Lombard then ate some runny cheese and drank a glass of wine. France’s Orange Says IPhone Sales Better… Read More

  • The Macworld trade show in pictures

    [photopress:mw08tadess.jpg,full,center] I swear, this is the last Macworld 2008-related thing I’ll write about. Then we can all forget it ever happened. AppleInsider brought a camera, possibly more than one, to the show and snapped away. We had plenty of shots of the star of the show, the MacBook Air, but we didn’t strain ourselves to the point of photographing other… Read More

  • Smaato Receives Seed Money

    Smaato, a mobile ad-server technology company, has received $3.5 million in financing from international media, advertising, mobile and financial community investors. Silicon Valley based legal firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advised on the funding and participated with an investment of its own. “We are convinced Smaato is at the fore front of this new marketing opportunity. Read More

  • Yahoo! rumoured to be buying FoxyTunes

    Yahoo! is in negotiations to buy Israel-based FoxyTunes, according to TechCrunch.com. The Firefox plugin allows users to control their favorite media players from the browser. Yahoo has made overtures towards shaking things up in music and last week launched a new, stripped down, easy-to-use web based MP3 player, which could well be integrated with a browser based player like Foxy Tunes. Read More

  • Sprint cutting jobs and closing stores

    Sprint announced today that it’ll be laying off 4,000 people and closing 125 of its stores in the hopes of saving $700 million to $800 million in labor costs for 2008. It’ll also close 4,000 of its stalls and kiosks normally found in retail stores (it currently has about 20,000). The stock fell almost 19% in light of the announcement. So is Sprint in trouble? Maybe, but new CEO… Read More

  • EditGrid Special Crunchies Release

    Online spreadsheet tool and Crunchies finalist EditGrid have released a range of new features to coincide with tonights Crunchies. In addition to adding new functions, the release incorporates integration to both consumer and enterprise applications. The Special Crunchies Release Features Mashup Function – The image function fetches live images/charts from other Web services into a… Read More

  • More and more tiny notebooks coming this year

    This is going to be an interesting year. A year when a whole bunch of Asus Eee-like 7- to 9-inch notebooks are going to start coming out of the woodwork. An Everex version is coming out in less than a week at Walmart stores and, of course, there’s the actual Eee itself that’s available now. But throughout the year, we’ll see even more options — some most recently… Read More

  • LG Rumor video review

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=rumor.flv I was going through my things this week and I found a fairly cool entry-level phone that I never even reviewed. It’s the LG Rumor and it’s a great messaging phone — not as bulky as the Sidekick and much cheaper (about $75 with contract). I kind of miss reviewing “fun” phones like this without all the bells… Read More

  • Penny-Arcade's Div reminds us that iTunes movie rentals is a lot like DIVX

    [photopress:padivx.jpg,full,center] As always, Penny-Arcade flies above all of our stupidity to make a point: what makes the iTunes Rental service so different from DIVX, the failed disc format? That all-mighty, all-knowing Apple is behind it? That it has the support of all the studios? Are you really going to stop downloading movies from the usual places? ::Taps nose:: What Goes Around… Read More

  • MySpace Russia Quietly Launches; MySpace Turkey Coming

    MySpace launched MySpace Russia today without any immediate fanfare – it simply appeared on its international map. And according to this job listing at LinkedIn, they’re getting ready to launch in Turkey soon as well. MySpace likes to put a team on the ground before launching a localized site, Travis Katz told me today (MySpace’s Managing Director of International). The key to… Read More

  • Songza Adds More Songs With Help From Seeqpod

    Today Songza just got bigger by embracing one of its rivals. The music-search engine (and Crunchies nominee) is incorporating song search results from Seeqpod, expanding the number of songs it can stream from 15.5 million to 23.5 million. Now you can get results from both music search engines in one place. Songza is also considering incorporating songs from Skreemr and other music search… Read More

  • uTorrent found vulnerable to remote attack; better upgrade quick

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    Photo from this girl’s Flickr Users of uTorrent and the official BitTorrent client will want to upgrade to the latest version ASAP because of a recently discovered security vulnerability. It’s been discovered that uTorrent 1.7.5 (build 4602), uTorrent 1.8 (alpha 7834) and BitTorrent 6.0 (build 5535) are all vulnerable to a remote denial… Read More

  • HTC Touch coming to Verizon: People who liked the Sprint Touch had better switch carriers, shave their bodies, prepare for His coming

    Actually, I’m just joking. The Verizon Touch is a little slimmer than the Sprint version and it’s all white, but it’s really not the second coming of the great corn god Centeotl. It is, in fact, slim PDA with featuring a fairly cool UI trick bolted onto the a rat turd baked into a loaf of German black bread and then eaten inadvertently by a five year old boy who then throws up… Read More

  • More information on the MacBook Air's CPU

    Here’s some more information about the made-for-Apple Intel Core 2 Duo chip that’s found in the new MacBook Air. Anand Lal Shimpi over at AnandTech dug into the available data and found that the chipset is actually based on the Penryn Montevina SFF Centrino platform that’s due out later this year but with a different voltage. It seems Apple convinced Intel to release… Read More

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