• Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Raises "Troubling Questions" Says Google

    Google has posted a missive on Microsoft’s attempted takeover of Yahoo where it cries wolf against the deal based on (I’m serious here) competition grounds. David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google writes: …Microsoft’s hostile bid for Yahoo! raises troubling questions. This is about more than simply a financial… Read More

  • OQO's massive QC failure and apology

    Fortunately and unfortunately us tech journos get pretty good technical support. We make a call to someone in company PR, they come and help us, and we rarely go through the hoops normal consumers face when they have a bum PC or printer (incidentally, I’m happy to escalate problems with products to the proper folks for CG readers. I’ve done it before on WWR for people who had… Read More

  • From the "solving problems that don't exist" files: the hanging printer


    Don’t push me, ’cause I’m close to the edge Some Korean designers designed this hanging printer with a full paper carriage that hangs over your desk and only the print head and roller sit on the desk. It’s not real and no one will ever ship it, but it sure is pretty. Hang on for dear life [Yanko] Read More

  • Flickr users freak out over Microsoft-Yahoo! deal

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    Me either Didn’t people complain when Yahoo! bought Flickr in 2005? These same folks are at it again, claiming the sale of Yahoo! to Microsoft will destroy their favorite photo sharing service. Some users are apparently at odds with Microsoft’s online ethos as it were—trying to come up with a service to mach another, already… Read More

  • Tesla to make REV car

    Tesla motors, the company that gave us Roadster and EV1 super-fast all-electric cars, is planning a gas-electric hybrid soon. The car, called the Whitestar, should cost between $50,000 and $70,000 and will also come in an all-electric version. The car, called a REV (Range-extended Vehicle) will go considerably farther on one charge than the 150-200 mile range of the all-electric models. Tesla… Read More

  • Gizmo Gets MySpace IM Support, More IM Platform Than Skype These Days

    When Michael profiled the Gizmo Project in July 2005, he noted that it had more features than Skype, but lacked instant messaging. The one time Skype competitor has become the Jaiku to Twitter, having pretty much dropped off the radar as Skype was acquired by eBay and went on to become the leading desktop VOIP/ IM solution. The open source SIPphone owned Gizmo has continued to be developed… Read More

  • Great gadgets through history

    Break out your astrolabes and charge up your Leyden jars, fellow scienceographers! Wired has a nice round-up of some of the greatest gadgets from antiquity including the Antikythera Computer — yes, it was a 1st century B.C. computer — and the seamless globe. These gadgets helped our ancestors explore the earth and engineer great marvels. What did your iPod do for you so far? Read More

  • Play A Multiplayer Online Game While Surfing The Web: PMOG

    Want to play a MOG (multiplayer online game) passively while surfing the web all day? Then you’ll like PMOG, the first game developed by California and UK-based GameLayers. PMOG, which is currently in private beta with 150 or so users, is a Firefox add-on that lets you interact with other users asynchronously on websites you visit. In some ways it is like Stumbleupon – users can… Read More

  • Third Mediterranean undersea cable cut by ship anchors

    Seriously — three in a week? This sounds more like sabotage. Anyway, it seems another cable has been cut in off of Egypt, slowing down web traffic from Dubai to India. It should be repaired in two weeks. The worst part? Internet cafes typically full of teenaged gamers are nearly empty with speeds still frustratingly slow. “I felt like beating the … modem, throwing it… Read More

  • Mark Cuban goes nuts! Says to give away soundtracks! What a nut!

    Hey, wait a minute. He’s got a good idea. So movie viewership is faltering and music sales are stagnant. Why not mix the two together, creating a synergistic Super Friends? His proposal is simple: movie theaters print a code on their tickets that entitle them to some sort of digital download. It could be a song, a copy of the script, or a screensaver. You get some web traffic, some… Read More

  • French police install Linux, go for a long lunch, smoke

    While there is, in fact, no place in France where the ladies wear no underpants, there is a place where the French police use Linux. These porcs have moved from XP to a version of Ubuntu. They’ve already moved from Internet Explorer and Office, using Le Open Office and Le Mozilla, and the migration should be complete in a few years, provided they don’t strike, have to visit… Read More

  • Is HD Radio waving or drowning? Depends on who you ask

    [photopress:hdhdhdradio.jpg,full,center] The basic problem with HD Radio is that, no matter how crystal clear you make radio sound, it’s still radio. Commercial radio, on the whole, is absolute garbage. Maybe iBiquity needs to come to terms with that before it starts accusing XM and Sirius of unfair business tactics. IBiquity, the main force behind HD Radio, says sales increased some… Read More

  • 2007 was multiplayer gaming's year: End of the single-payer era?

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    Flickr’d Hardcore gamers could see the favorite pastime dramatically changed given last year’s sales numbers. All of the top selling games in 2007 were multiplayer ones: Rock Band, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, etc. Given than, the New York Times hints at a possible trend: why should publishers, and the developers that work for them, go to the… Read More

  • Semi go smashy smashy on iPhone, iPhone victorious

    I wouldn’t have believed it but it looks like this iPhone survived a meeting with a semi with few ill effects. Sure, the screen is cracked and the back is pretty mangled but you could potentially still use this poor pancake with enough effort. The touchscreen even works and it made a call. MikeBeauchamp’s Flickr via Read Read More

  • Swedish anti-piracy TV program grossly simplifies issue to scare kids

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=swedish.flv Don’t you know that for every song or movie you download from ThePirateBay, you single handedly cause the untimely death of an artist? There’s an informative kids TV program being shown in Sweden, home of TPB, that shows a classroom being scolded for downloading left, right and center. “Artists want to get… Read More

  • Hulu – remember Hulu? – to show Super Bowl ads post-game


    Hulu, I said! Hulu! Go ahead and skip the Super Bowl tomorrow, friends: Hulu will have all of the commercials on there for your streaming pleasure after the game, ensuring you don’t miss a single whimsical Monster.com ad or a Miller Lite ad involving two women who fight with a gnome of his secret goldmine of beer. I should be in advertising. Advertisers are paying $2.7 million for… Read More

  • News Corp., others attempt to head Microsoft off at the Yahoo! pass

    Like the kid in Can’t Buy Me Love, now that Microsoft has its eye on Yahoo!, everyone wants to get with the faltering ex-nerd. Good riddance, I say. Let News Corp. or Microsoft or a bunch of hedge fund guys pick up this dog at rock bottom prices and turn Yahoo into what Netscape eventually became — a pet project and then an also ran. This is a small world and mindshare, which… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Pre-order Super Smash Brothers Brawl from Fry's for $45

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    Flickr’d Wii fans looking forward to next month’s release of Super Smash Brothers Brawl should consider buying the game from Frys. The electronics retailers is selling the game on pre-order for $45, an entire $5 off the regular retail price. With those extra $5 in your pocket, you could buy a venti coffee from Starbucks and jitter your way… Read More

  • Benchmarks: MacBook Air hard drive vs. solid state

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    From this guy’s Flickr The MacBook Air is finding its way into wanting hands and some early benchmarks have been tallied. There’s two main differences between the two default MacBook Airs you can buy—a 1.6GHz vs. 1.8GHz processor and an 80GB hard drive vs. a 64GB solid state drive. The price difference may be $999; it’s… Read More

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