• The FCC Needs To Listen To Google

    I was very pleased to see Google publicly wade into the upcoming FCC auctions for the 700MHz spectrum that will occur early next year. Should all go well, the new spectrum could be used to create a new open-access wireless broadband “pipe” into people’s homes and devices. If things go less well, the existing wireless giants would buy the spectrum and impose similar usage… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meetup Final Update: Budapest is Go!

    CrunchGear Meetup Final Update: Budapest is Go!


    I will be rolling into town on Monday morning and we will be meeting at 19:00 at Maghaz, Rottenbiller u. 32 in Budapest on Monday, July 23, 2007. Please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or post a note in the comments if you plan on attending. I look forward to meeting CG/TC readers. My Grand Central # is +16468270591 or you should be able to call me using this widget (if you have… Read More

  • BOOMj.com: Social Networking For Baby Boomers

    BOOMj.com: Social Networking For Baby Boomers

    Flower power, The Vietnam War, Nixon, The Beatles, Social Networking. OK, so social networking is the odd one out on that list but the folks behind BOOMj.com want to change that. BOOMj.com is a “lifestyle and social network” for Baby Boomers. According to BOOMj, Baby Boomers make up the Web’s largest constituency, accounting for one-third of the 195.3 million Web users in… Read More

  • Bestiality May Be Knackered In Second Life

    Bestiality May Be Knackered In Second Life

    Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life, may be extending their crackdown on “Broadly Offensive” behavior to Bestiality, following attempts to remove virtual pedophilia (or Age-Play) from Second Life in March. The Second Life Herald (NSFW) goes on to ask whether consenting adults dressing up like animals and partaking in virtual sex with each other or with human shaped avatars… Read More

  • SimplyHired's Traffic Soars: But Is It Real?

    SimplyHired's Traffic Soars: But Is It Real?

    For those of us who pay attention to these things, the recent rise in SimplyHired’s traffic on Compete and Alexa was noteworthy. Since April, both services show a dramatic rise in traffic – see chart to right, click for larger view). And more importantly, they show SimplyHired overtaking competitor Indeed, even though they have historically trailed them in reach and… Read More

  • Palm Releases Treo 750 Audio Alert Update

    Palm Releases Treo 750 Audio Alert Update


    If you’ve been experiencing a loss of audio on your Treo 750, which has caused you to miss very important calls and message notifications then drop what you’re doing and pay attention. Not every Treo 750 owner has been affected, but if your software version reads TREO750-1.13-ATT or TREO750-1.13-CNG then you will need this update. So what exactly is causing this sudden loss of… Read More

  • BlackBerry 8820 Coming, 8800 Being Phased Out

    The Interwebs are at it again with insider info that claims the Wi-Fi enabled 8820 will be launching as early as next week on AT&T rather than in August, but it’s all hearsay at this point. Does this mean much to us? Unless you’re on AT&T then probably not, but if you’ve been eyeing the 8800 and don’t care about Wi-Fi then you’ll be able to snag one for… Read More

  • OLPC Brings Porn To The Third World

    OLPC Brings Porn To The Third World

    The One Laptop Per Child initiative has reached new heights by delivering internet porn to third world children. According to a report Thursday from the official News Agency of Nigeria, laptops in a primary school in Abuja “have gone awry as the pupils freely browse adult sites with explicit sexual materials.” It’s heart warming to know that the efforts of the well meaning… Read More

  • DemystifyingDigital: New & Easy Printers

    DemystifyingDigital: New & Easy Printers

    DemystifyingDigital is a new feature written by Dan Havlik, editor of DemystifyingDigital.com

    Printers are the kind of devices you usually ignore until there’s something wrong with them. And with how poorly made and unnecessarily difficult most printers are to use, there’s often something wrong with them. (“PC Load Letter error” anyone?) The following are three… Read More

  • Maybe Google News Needs A Little Tweaking

    Maybe Google News Needs A Little Tweaking

    An interesting story came across my desk today – A “news” site called Axcess News reported that President Bush was undergoing a colonoscopy, leaving Vice President Cheney in charge of the United States for the duration of the procedure. The article, which was the top story on Google news briefly yesterday, had the unfortunate title “Bush butt probed, Cheney in… Read More

  • Fun With Frickin' Lasers!

    Fun With Frickin' Lasers!


    Wicked Lasers has been making high-powered handheld lasers in China since 2003, and I finally got my pyromaniac responsible hands on one. While playing with the Wicked Fusion for several days, I tried to burn plenty of things (yes, including myself… real tattoos are expensive, y’know!), but I had the most fun pointing out stars and buildings. Okay, that’s not true: I spent most… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Zzzap Edition

    Daily Crunch: Zzzap Edition

    Wiicoil: Longarm Zapper Surfaces
    SmartShopper Needs $147 Price Drop to be Competitive
    EA Mobile Announces The Simpsons: Minutes To Meltdown Game
    Boom Boom Boom, I Want You In My Room!
    Arriva Creates Noggin-Mounted iPod Shuffle Read More

  • Google Acquires ImageAmerica

    Google Acquires ImageAmerica

    Google has announced the acquisition of Clayton, Missouri based ImageAmerica, a company that builds high-resolution cameras for the collection of aerial imagery. ImageAmerica has previously provided images for Google Maps and Earth, including high-resolution black and white imagery of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Stephen Chau, Project Manager of Google Maps and Earth said in a… Read More

  • ICTV: Interactive Television on the Box you Already Own

    ICTV: Interactive Television on the Box you Already Own

    Interactive TV has been around for a while in various forms ranging from the SMS voting driving American Idol, to the Finnish choose-you-own-adventure drama Accidental Lovers. Interactive TV’s paradigm argues for pushing PC functionality on the TV instead of TV functionality on your PC. Mark Cuban has opined at length on the shift. A lifetime ago, in the mid 90’s, the first… Read More

  • Virgin Comics And MySpace Partner on New User-Generated Comic Series

    Here’s an interesting new venture by Myspace: they’ve partnered with Virgin Comics to create Coalition Comix. Mike Carey, a veteran comic book writer, will guide the process of creating an entirely new comic on the site. And they are promising to take user ideas and votes to guide the story. The guy running the show is Mike Carey, a former accountant who’s written for a bunch… Read More

  • Information Architects 2007 Web Trend Map

    Information Architects 2007 Web Trend Map

    Information Architects have released their Web Trend Map for 2007, a subway map of the 200 most successful websites on the web, ordered by category, proximity, success, popularity and perspective. In theory it demonstrates the relationship between various sites and ideas, with a strong focus on Web 2.0. I’ve always found these sorts of things clever, in a geeky sort of way, but… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Suspicious iPhone Activities

    The AudioFile: Suspicious iPhone Activities

    I was riding my bike the other day, when I got a call from Apple. I pulled over to the curb, and by the time the light on the corner changed, an iPhone was on its way to my apartment. I hadn’t even requested one, yet 36 hours later, it arrived. Sure enough, within an hour I was compulsively checking email and surfing the Web on it, like a kid picking at a mosquito bite. I did pretty… Read More

  • RustyBudget: Multi-Author Blog Management

    RustyBudget: Multi-Author Blog Management

    RustyBudget is a new web based application that provides a people and story management tool for multi-author blogs. RustyBudget is essentially “a writers or editors budget”, where a blog owner and blog writers can manage story leads, including author allocation, story notes and overall task management. RustyBudget comes from RustyBrick, a company headed by Barry Schwartz. As well… Read More

  • Wiicoil: Longarm Zapper Surfaces

    Wiicoil: Longarm Zapper Surfaces

    We like the return of Nintendo’s Zapper and what it means for real FPS games. But sometimes you want something bigger to frag with. Enter the Rifle Gun Prop, which, like the official Zapper, turns your Wiimote and Chuck into an instrument of digital death. This would be great for a port of Big Buck Hunter, any Area 51 game, or Schoolastic’s Attack of the Jacko’s. DealExtreme… Read More

  • The DVRs are Coming

    The DVRs are Coming

    If you’re the kind of person who’s reading a blog like this one, chances are pretty decent you’ve gotten yourself a handy DVR. You know, like a TiVo or the new digital boxes Comcast hands out. And you’re not alone: according to the Carmel group, in just 3 years 50% of those with cable TV will also have a DVR, and that number is expected to rise in the future. Of course… Read More