• 3D Social Networking Destination RipLounge Moves Into Beta

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1164981/.swf 3D social networking destination RipLounge from OTC listed Wyndstorm Corporation is now available for beta testing. RipLounge targets the 25-40 year old market with a browser based 3D social networking platform that promises an “interactive online experience of free virtual worlds, such as swanky nightclubs, beaches and yachts, where users… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Fujitsu LifeBook UMPC $850 AR

    [photopress:FUTFPCM21341.PNG,full,center] I’m in the minority that thinks UMPCs — or at least ultra-portables in general — are the wave of the future. The Internet needs to be mobile, and current laptops are just still too big. Even the MacBook Air, with its svelt design, is too cumbersome. The problem is, they tend to be pricey. Here, though, is a good deal, at only $850… Read More

  • Rumor: Acer planning a game console?

    There’s a lot of loose talk being bandied to and fro concerning Acer and its supposed plans to build an “open” game console. I think that if Acer were to attempt to build such a system, it would be more or less a console-like PC that hooked up to a TV and played PC games while also featuring an open SDK, but that’s just me. Some comments by one of Acer’s senior… Read More

  • Supreme Court Clears The Way For Novell To Seek Revenge From Microsoft For Crushing WordPerfect

    Microsoft, marked with the scarlet letter “A” (for “antitrust”), is still paying for yesterday’s sins. Today, the Supreme Court ruled that a private antitrust suit brought on by Novell against Microsoft for crushing WordPerfect can proceed. Microsoft had tried to block the suit on the grounds that the statute of limitations had run out (the alleged crushing… Read More

  • Cloudbook turning Japanese, gets touchscreen and XP

    On March 22nd, Everex will be releasing its Eee-like Cloudbook in Japan. Unlike the Cloudbook available here in the US, the Japanese version has a front-mounted trackpad (instead of up in the corner), touchscreen, webcam, and Windows XP. All these features will come at a price, though, as the Japanese Cloudbook (model number CE1200J) will cost 59,800 Yen — or $617 US. More details… Read More

  • BenHeck's one-handed Xbox 360 controller

    [photopress:benheck36000.jpg,full,right] World class modder Benjamin J. Heckendorn—BenHeck—has “dropped” a new Xbox 360 controller mod for us all to admire. It’s a one-handed controller that’s still powered by two AA batteries. You may recognize the D-Pad on the controller—that’s because it’s from the PlayStation. Mr. Heck is currently… Read More

  • BigDog Robot: Imagine this thing coming at you through the woods

    Good lord. If you want to see the future of warfare and fear, this is it. This is the BigDog quadraped robot designed by Boston Dynamics for DARPA and can climb over rubble, walk through snow, and even save itself when slipping on ice. It can apparently carry over 300 pounds. When they put a gun on this bastard and set it lose behind enemy lines, watch out. via Giz Read More

  • Happy St. Patrick's Day from CrunchGear

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F755505&brandlink=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2F%3Futm%5Fsource%3Dbrandlink&brandname=blip%2Etv&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Our resident reviews coordinator takes one for… Read More

  • Apple makes 'Toxic Ten' list: Lousy recycling program, possibly dangerous chemical found in headphones

    [photopress:appletoxicten.jpg,full,center] Apple hates the environment? Condé Nast seems to think so, placing the company on its “10 Worst Corporate Polluters” list. Interesting, then, that Condé Nast accepted Apple’s cash, despite its hatred of the environment, to advertise the MacBook Air on pages two and three of March’s Portfolio magazine. That’s kinda… Read More

  • WebVisible Takes $12 Million Series B

    Local interactive advertising firm WebVisible has taken $12 million Series B in a round led by Sutter Hill Ventures with existing investor Redpoint Ventures also partipating. Irvine, CA based WebVisible offers software management of online interactive advertising on third party sites including Google and Yahoo. WebVisible partners include AT&T, British Telecom, Yellow Pages Group of… Read More

  • Part two of Edge's 'why you will buy GTA IV the day it comes out'

    [photopress:gta4edge2.jpg,full,center] After reading part two of Edge’s interview with Rockstar’s president and GTA IV writer Sam Houser, published today, I went to the game’s Web site for the first time. I’m absolutely blown away by the attention to detail. Like, Radio Vladivostok is exactly how I’d imagine an ex-pat, Russian radio station. Dukes—Queens… Read More

  • Car Advisory Network Takes $6.5 Million Series A

    Car Advisory Network has taken $6.5 million Series A in a round that included Accel Partners and Greylock Partners. Seattle based Car Advisory Network operates TheCarConnection.com, a “source for news and reviews, spy shots and shopping guides, tips and expert advice” on cars. The site also operates several email lists and publishes the “Weekly Car Guide.” A company… Read More

  • Photoshop Dreams of an iFlipPhone

    When is Apple coming out with a flip version of the iPhone? Unwired View created some nice Photoshop images of what an iFlipPhone might look like based on what it claims is a recent Apple patent application for a “dual-sided trackpad.” It would help if Unwired View linked to the actual patent application, which I was unable to find on the US Patent Office Website (although, I gave… Read More

  • Escape the tyranny of symmetry with this BenQ monitor


    As we all know, in the future things will by asymmetrical and cool, not round and perfect with rings like the Jetsons. BenQ is leading the charge on this front, although I think their claims of the monitor sharing “the aerodynamic curves of the B-2 stealth bomber” are exaggerated. Its specs though seem genuine and excellent: 2ms grey-to-grey response time, 4000:1… Read More

  • LG VX9700 VZW-bound: Like the Prada phone, just no Prada branding

    [photopress:vx9700.jpg,full,center] Somewhere underneath the giant PHONE ARENA watermark is the latest LG phone destined for your local Verizon Wireless store, the LG VX9700. It’s supposed to be VZW’s Prada-less Prada, complete with fancy touchscreen and bubbly UI. It’s supposed to be available by the end of the month, but last-minute delays may push it back into April or… Read More

  • Win a Proporta Echo: For the love of all that is holy…

    Apparently the equation “email a picture, get free stuff” is a bit complex for the CG readership so I’m going to give you guys one more chance to 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 Proporta Echo. Include a mailing address and the device you wish to clad… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Matt

    There are only a few people in this world who can pull off leather armbands, and one of those people is our own Matt Hickey. From his humble origins as “some guy who knows stuff about Palm” to a full-fledged member of the CG staff, Matt has consistently proven himself to be the drunkest — yet coolest — member of the CG team. Have a great birthday, buddy. Click through… Read More

  • Apple updates Airport Express router, now has 802.11n

    [photopress:ae80211nnnn.jpg,full,left] Yup, the rumors about an updated Airport Express were true. Apple adds 802.11n to the diminutive wireless router while the price holds steady at $99. Note that you can find (draft) 802.11n routers for less than $100, but, I don’t know, maybe you have a thing for the white plastic Apple uses. AirPort Express [Apple] Read More

  • Eight Years Later, Vivisimo Raises $4 Million For Enterprise Search.

    From the Why-Even-Bother Department: Enterprise search search company Vivisimo raised its first venture capital today—$4 million from North Atlantic Capital—after eight years in existence. Vivisimo is a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon and a pioneer in applying clustering technology to search. You can see its technology in action at Clusty, but that is really just a demo for… Read More

  • WeLoveLocal sells majority stake to GCap

    UK local listings and networking startup WeLoveLocal has hit a payday (of sorts) via a £450,000 majority stake taken in it by radio network GCap Media plc (GCap), itself currently subject to a takeover bid. GCap plans to combine the site with its own network of local radio brands, but in truth, the strategy is relatively untested. GCap CEO Fru Hazlitt said WLL is showing “excellent… Read More

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