• Pleo and kids

    Yeah, I know it’s an annoying GIF, right? I never got into the whole Aibo/Pleo/Robosapien thing but TC headquarters just sent me a Pleo to talk about for the Crunchies and I turned it on for my 2-year-old son. He was immediately entranced. To my jaded eyes, Pleo looks like another attempt at creating a “life form” that can convince you to love it and care for it. Furby was… Read More

  • AT&T U-verse boxes may contain exploding batteries made by a company that doesn't exist anymore

    Guess what? There are 17,000 outdoor U-verse boxes containing backup batteries made by Quebecois company Avestor, a company that no longer exists due to bankruptcy. Wait there’s more. These batteries are exploding and catching on fire. Nobody’s been injured yet but if you see one of those boxes on the side of the road, treat it as though it were a giant bear. This setback might… Read More

  • Hands on with Axiotron's (Mac tablet) Modbook

    Axiotron’s tablet was pretty impressive, but I wouldn’t buy one. It’s pretty hefty and cumbersome. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still cool and all, but not for me and $2,300 is an awful lot. Although, it’s cheaper than an… Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Half off a bunch of HD DVDs and Blu-Ray discs at Amazon

    Waterworld in high definition, what else is there to say? Head over to the HD DVD or Blu-Ray specials sections and start buyin’ – unless of course you’re planning on hooking yourself up with the new Apple TV service, which actually looks pretty nice. Incidentally, it seems Blu-Ray got the better overseas distributors; they’ve got The Host, Kung Fu Hustle, and… Read More

  • Does Apple have a chair yet?

    [photopress:chairchairchair.jpg,full,right] Steve Jobs right after the iPhone’s launch in June: We’ve got two strong legs on our chair today — we have the Mac business, which is a $10 billion business, and music, our iPod and iTunes business, which is $10 billion. We hope the iPhone is the third leg on our chair, and maybe one day Apple TV will be the fourth leg. With… Read More

  • CrunchGear's own John "Sensible" Biggs makes the "What Do The Top Bloggers Drive?" list

    I’ve known John for a long, long time (7 months online, first met in real life in October) and he’s, refreshingly, not a very flashy person in light of what he’s accomplished as a seasoned blogger. Sure, he wore a suit around on the first day of CES this year but he proceeded to sit on the floor of the press room, getting cookie crumbs and a lonely meatball all over his pants. Read More

  • OK, Now This Is A Little Scary: Microsoft Biometrics

    Microsoft has lodged a new patent for a system that can track a worker’s productivity, physical wellbeing and competence. According to The Times, who has seen the patent: [the patent is for] a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees’ performance by measuring… Read More

  • Scientists develop dog bark-to-speech program

    [photopress:astro.jpg,full,right] Apple did not release a dog bark-to-human speech device yesterday, but scientists in Hungary have developed something close to it. They’ve come up with a computer program that, 43 percent of the time, correctly identified a dog’s bark to mean “stranger,” “fight,” “walk,” “alone,” “ball”… Read More

  • Tin Foil Hat Alert: Paypal Messes With Ron Paul Campaign

    Paypal has suspended an account belonging to a Ron Paul supporters group resulting in the groups inability to pay for a recount in New Hampshire. The Granny Warriors had fund raised the $55,600 required to be lodged with the New Hampshire Secretary of State yesterday but had their account suspended by Paypal at the last minute. The inability to access the funds resulted in a missed deadline and… Read More

  • Does the invitation system used by private BitTorrent sites still work?

    [photopress:vuzesplash.jpg,full,center] Does the current invitation system used by so-called private BitTorrent sites need to be changed? TorrentFreak, a source of inspiration to nearly everyone on staff here, thinks out loud about this very subject in a recent column. At first, these private sites were largely under the radar of the average after school pirate. A small, trustworthy user base… Read More

  • Ximmy: A Digg Clone That Offers Users Money To Participate

    There’s no shortage of Digg style social voting sites currently available, but to date the general move in user generated content sites towards compensating users for participation has not come to general users of social voting sites. Propeller (previously Netscape) offered money to top Digg users to participate on it site in July 2006. However, new service Ximmy aims to take… Read More

  • Bummer – No More Free Phones From Sprint

    Sprint is discontinuing it’s Ambassador Program – a nifty project where they sent new phones, with the Sprint service, every six months or so to a group of “influencers” in the technology space. Somehow I got on the list of people to get phones, and looked forward to some shiny new device coming twice a year. They had unlimited free service. Since I already have a phone… Read More

  • Everex prepping a 9-inch sub-$500 notebook too

    I caught word from the VIA rep at CES that Everex would be offering a 7-inch Linux-based notebook at Walmart and then Nicholas followed up with the official word. Now we’re hearing that Everex will follow the 7-inch version (shown above) up with a 9-inch version some time in June and will aim to keep it under $500. The 7-inch version will cost $399 so it might be safe to say that the… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay talks back

    We at CG are ambivalent about piracy. Given the failure of copyright holders to intelligently and methodically protect their rights without alienating their consumers, it’s hard to root for the big guy. Sure, don’t pirate content — nobody likes to see their content “stolen” except bloggers and Radiohead — but there are worse things in this world than… Read More

  • Add TechCrunch WebClip to Your iPhone

    If you like to read TechCrunch on the go, you may be interested in adding our new, shiny WebClip icon to the home screen of your iPhone for easier accessibility. Just browse with Safari to TechCrunch, hit the plus button at the bottom of the screen, and choose “Add to Home Screen”. We’ve customized the icon that loads so you see our green and black acronym rather than a… Read More

  • How soon is too soon to equate HD DVD to fallen Hitler's Reich? Not soon enough, apparently

    Luckily, this “Hitler railing against Flight Simulator/Quake/AMD” meme has been sufficiently subsumed that we can look past the obvious nastiness — Hitler — and enjoy the subtitles. via BB Read More

  • Price comparison: Xbox Live Marketplace+Xbox 360 and iTunes+Apple TV

    [photopress:xblitun.jpg,full,center] Both Microsoft and Apple want to be your go-to home entertainment brand. But, right now, Apple is charging a little less for the privilege. Let’s say you want to be able to [legally] download movies then watch them on your big screen HDTV. You can go with the Microsoft model, that is, buy a 20GB Xbox 360 Pro or 120GB Elite (since the Arcade… Read More

  • Flickr Takes Historical Imagery To The Masses

    A new project from Flickr will see the photo sharing site showcasing historical imagery from public resources. “The Commons” is a pilot project between Flickr and the Library of Congress that will tap into the Library’s rich historical footage and allow it to be viewed from Flickr. The first two sets in the pilot are American Memory: Color photographs from the Great… Read More

  • Uncle Walt loves the Air, tentatively

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 “All thin notebooks have compromises,” says Mr. Mossberg and we have to agree. Clearly the Air isn’t for all of us, but folks with a huge, nasty IT-department Dell will think of this as a breath of fresh “air.” Ha! Willie! Read More

  • Canon's new HF10 high def solid-state video camera

    The very-nice people that work at CamcorderInfo.com down the street from me here in Boston got a first look at the new Canon HF10 high definition camcorder. I’ll let them do most of the talking but the basic pros include 16GB of flash memory, plus the ability to record on SDCH memory cards, full 1920×1080 resolution for true HD recording with a 17Mbps bitrate at 30P (it also does… Read More

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