• RTcom's HDMI switcher makes your home theater HD on the cheap

    RTcom’s HDS-41Rv13 HDMI Switcher is now available and don’t worry, it’s 1.3 compliant. It’s chock full of features like the ability to support, 36-bit Deep Color, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Blu-ray compatible, backwards compatible with all DVI devices and a slew of others. You know the drill by now. Unfamiliar with HDMI? Then check this out. RTcom’s… Read More

  • Fixya Raises $6 Million B Round for Crowdsourced Tech-Support

    Companies hate providing good tech support for their products because it is expensive. And consumers hate calling up tech support when they can’t get a gadget to work properly because they usually get the run-around. The idea for Fixya is quite simple: Let consumers help fix each other’s gadgets. The startup, which was in the DemoPit at TechCrunch40, announced a $6 million B… Read More

  • Last call on Hot or Not contest…


    Closing the contest at 1pm EST, in about fifteen minutes. I’ll pick twenty winners at random and thanks to all those who submitted pictures. It was fun seeing faces instead of anonymous hits to a constantly running web server. Send an email with or without a picture to contest @ crunchgear dot com with the subject line “HOT OR NOT” and you’ll most probably get a… Read More

  • COD 4 patch coming this week for PS3

    It could even be today. It’s coming sometime this week according to FourZeroTwo, the community manager for COD 4 and Infinity Ward. That’s right… just received word from Sony that they are on the final stages of certifying the PS3 Feature patch and will be definitely be seeing it go live to users this week and I may be getting an update as soon as tonight as to the exact time… Read More

  • Airlines inching closer to paperless boarding passes

    In another huge victory for paperless enthusiasts everywhere, it appears that using your cell phone as a boarding pass is on the horizon. Since December, Continental has been testing a paperless option for flights out of Houston. The boarding pass “is an image of an encrypted bar code displayed on the phone’s screen, which can be scanned by gate agents and security… Read More

  • Vista SP1 now available at Microsoft Download Center

    It’s here. Head on over to the Microsoft Download Center to grab the first service pack for Windows Vista. It’s only available as a manual 434.5 MB download at this time — otherwise it’ll show up in about a month if you have automatic updates enabled. Microsoft Download Center [Microsoft.com] Read More

  • Facebook To Launch New Privacy Controls; Confirms Chat Is Coming

    Facebook announced new privacy controls at a press event at their downtown Palo Alto headquarters today, and also demoed their new chat application – called Facebook Chat – that has been rumored since last week. Our real time notes and pictures from the event are here. See CNET for more. New Privacy Controls The new privacy controls, which will launch on Wednesday morning, allow… Read More

  • Mitsubishi Blu-ray players to do AVC to DVD burning

    These two Blu-ray players from Mitsubishi will only be available in Japan but they’ll feature MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 recording directly to blank DVDs instead of more-expensive Blu-ray discs. So the idea is that you’ll get a high-definition recording but you’ll be able to use standard blank DVDs — perhaps a feature we’ll see more and more. There’s also a cool… Read More

  • Save the MacBook Air or the face? Charlie Rose decides

    This is a cute story straight out of the geek files. Charlie Rose, a TV interviewer who once interviewed our overseer, Michael Arrington, fell into a pothole on 59th Street in Manhattan while holding his brand new MacBook Air. Instead of falling on the Air, Rose took pavement to the face rather than risk breaking his sweet new laptop. Good man. via TC Read More

  • These could be photos of the Intel Netbook

    [photopress:inetbook2.jpg,full,center] These could be photos of Intel’s upcoming Netbook, the corp’s answer to do-good computers like the XO Laptop and the Asus Eee(eeee) PC. There’s conflicting information as to whether it’s powered by Intel’s just-announced Atom processor or a Celeron, which, in turn, leads to questions about its price: $250-$350 using Atom or… Read More

  • Chinese OEM to manufacture Xbox 360 and PS3

    Two spinoffs from Asustek have reportedly landed deals to manufacture Xbox 360 consoles. Unihan and Pegatron’s initial shipments should total 500k units which may help Microsoft quell the ongoing shortage of 360s that have led to the PS3 being numero uno the last few months. Coincidentally the two Chinese OEMs are also in works to contract deals with Sony to manufacture PS3… Read More

  • Facebook Press Event: Our (Almost) Live Notes

    Facebook held a fairly large press event today around privacy and other new products at 10am PT at their Palo Alto headquarters. There were a number of announcements made, although live blogging of the event was not permitted. These are my raw notes from the event, which I am posting immediately afterwards. A wrapup post will be posted shortly. We’ll also update this post with… Read More

  • PSA: Users of VLC at risk

    I’ve been using VLC for years now and it’s the best player available today. But it appears that users are at risk due to a harmful string of code lurking subtitle files. VLC has a buffer overflow flaw and hackers are taking advantage of that. A new version of VLC came out late last month, but apparently the flaw wasn’t fixed then. Uh oh. Security Advisory [via Info World… Read More

  • TiVo Desktop Plus update automates video podcasts

    A new update to TiVo’s Desktop Plus software features the ability to subscribe to video content via RSS. TiVo’s touting the feature as Season Pass for web video, which is basically just a fancy way of saying that you can subscribe to a video podcast’s RSS feed and new episodes will be downloaded to the TiVo Desktop Plus software ($24.95 one-time fee) that runs on your PC and… Read More

  • Safari 3.1 available

    Apple just launched Safari 3.1 with CSS animation and faster JavaScript execution. You can also run HTML 5 video, which is an improved method for displaying embedded video. You can also use CSS Web Fonts for improved font rendering. Strangely enough, I just installed Firefox 3 beta and now I get two super-duper browsers in one day. Yay me. Check out some of the features at the Webkit blog. Read More

  • I Found Your Camera helps locate, return digital cameras, memory cards

    [photopress:foundurcam.jpg,full,center] People who have lost their digital camera need to know about Found Cameras and Orphan Pictures, more popularly known as I Found Your Camera. It’s a simple Blogger blog that people contact once they’ve found someone else’s camera. They send a unique photo to the site so that you, the owner, can easily identify it. There’s even… Read More

  • Isango raises $8 million for its 'travel experiences'

    UK travel startup Isango has raised $8 million led by Spark Ventures. Beringea contributed US$2.5m and the remaining US$1.5 million came from existing shareholders. Ranjan Singh, former MD of eBookers, is founder/CEO. Isango is aiming to build the largest repository of travel experiences and currently offers around 4,000 activities in nearly 60 countries. It works alongside travel… Read More

  • Instablogs Negotiating $3 Million Round

    Blog network/ citizen journalism site Instablogs is currently negotiating a $3 million round of funding, sources familiar with the deal have told TechCrunch. The India based Instablogs launched in October 2005 originally as a blog network. The site has changed over time to become predominantly a citizen journalism site that competes with services such as Newsvine, complete with mainstream… Read More

  • Getting plugged-in at Plugg

    This week I will be reporting from Plugg, the European conference focusing on Web 2.0 and Mobile 2.0 startups on March 19th in Brussels. As well as a speaker programme [disclosure: I will be chairing some discussions] there will be a “Startup Rally” featuring tech start-ups looking for early-stage funding and press/blogger attention. I’m just about to grab the Eurostar, but… Read More

  • AdMob Reports on Smartphone Market Share

    AdMob released a report today that tracks traffic percentages for Smartphones, trend data for the top five country markets and manufacturer market share trends. For every advertising request AdMob received in the month of February, AdMob analyzed information available in the user’s mobile browser. AdMob’s report includes percentages of Smartphone traffic worldwide. The… Read More

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