• Vudu snubs discs as new format war is Bourne

    Video-on-demand hustlers VUDU are taking the high road in the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray battle. Opting to skip discs altogether, they’ve pre-loaded the first two Bourne movies in HD onto every new VUDU being bought, and they’re beaming it out, if you want it and already own their contraption. And they’re offering the final installment of the uber-spy’s thrillogy for the low… Read More

  • Charging an iPod with an onion and Gatorade

    How do you do, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and teachers? My name is some guy with an iPod and an onion and physics is my business and our very special business for today is electrolytes and onions. Man, Julius Sumner Miller was the bomb. [Thanks, James!] Read More

  • Firefox 3: the good, the bad, and the memory usage

    Mozilla’s Firefox 3 Beta 1 is now available for download if you hadn’t already heard. I took it for a quick spin and found that, on the surface, it’s not a whole lot different than Firefox 2. There are some nice little improvements under the hood here and there but it’s probably not going to be worth using as your everyday browser until it’s been officially released. Read More

  • Wi-Fi causing autism?

    According to a study by Dr. George Carlo in Australasian Journal of Clinical Environmental Medicine, the signals emitted by Wi-Fi routers cause metals to be trapped in brain cells, thereby accelerating the onset of autism. I’m not quite sure how Wi-Fi singnals are the significant culprits here — unless they have 50 kids in faraday cages with 802.11G routers strapped to their… Read More

  • Phuser fuses web apps for work

    Only a few days after Huddle, a UK enterprise 2.0 startup, announced it had raised $4m in a Series A funding round from VCs Eden Ventures, another UK startup is gunning for the ‘team collaboration’ space. Phuser has turned its formerly consumer focused site 180 degrees around to face towards the working world, promising to bring together presentations, conference calls, videos… Read More

  • BFF Call for Help: 720p VS. 1080p The Rumble in the Television Jungle

    Over the past couple months I’ve been shopping the Sunday paper and internet ads for a new LCD TV. Currently I have a 25″ Magnavox TV that I bought with paper route money in 1993. It has a single coax input. It’s time to get something new, I don’t watch a lot of TV, I haven’t had cable in 8 years, and I don’t play a lot of games (I have a PS1 and will school any… Read More

  • Samsung SLM is the first with Napster Mobile

    Sorry for the delay, folks. I was busy fondling my Kindle yesterday and seemed to have left this one slip through the cracks. AT&T and Samsung announced the SLM yesterday, which is the first phone to feature Napster Mobile. On top of that it also has video share (3G!), stereo Bluetooth, and a 2-megapixel camera. Internal memory is a bit skimpy at only 50MB split between media and photos. Read More

  • Exmocare Watch spies on the elderly and mentally deficient, reports on their state of mind

    [Hippy dippy la la la BS about some sort of galvanic watch that watches your vital signs and that will never be released] he U.S. Company Exmocare has developed a novel wristwatch, which is capable of monitoring many physiological signals. The watch can send a report regarding the wearer’s emotional and physiological state to a loved one or caretaker, via email, SMS, or instant messaging. Read More

  • Will Boot Camp be the end of OS X apps?

    Looks like Apple might be mulling over the inclusion of Boot Camp in Leopard according to a statement released to investors last week. may deter developers from creating software applications for Mac OS X if such applications are already available for the Windows platform. Duh. Apple Warns ‘Boot Camp’ Could Lead To Fewer Mac Apps [Info Week] Read More

  • Canon 5D Mark II immenent, prepare laser cannons


    Ho ho ho! All of you folks looking for the 5D Mark II might be pleasantly surprised to find out that Capture One added the camera to their website’s error reporting page, suggesting that someone had lunch with someone at Canon maybe like last week and that someone heard that other someone say “Yeah, don’t put the 5D Mark II on your site yet, dude. God. The waitress is… Read More

  • Wire tap your kids

    I guarantee that my mom would have used one of these kits had she been more tech savvy and if this had actually been around when I was growing up. Parents do crazy things these days because the technology is there. It’s way too Big Brother for me and I don’t like it. The teddy bears with video cameras is enough, but tapping your kid’s phones is down right insane. Of course… Read More

  • Google launches video ad network in UK, Ireland

    Google is now offering its video ad-network to its Adsense partners in the UK, Ireland (and Canada), thus enabling them to display ad-supported video clips on their sites. Google is trying to further monetise content from YouTube using the new formats. The video units were launched in the US in October and publishers are offered a share of CPC or CPM deals. Partners can choose those videos… Read More

  • NiGHTS into Dreams heading to the PS2 next year


    Worst Photoshop in history? You decide. Forget that abomination of a NiGHTS game for the Wii (jkjk, guys), the real one is coming out for the PS2 soon enough. Sega announced that a port of NiGHTS into Dreams, complete with updated graphics and support for 16:9 TVs, will be released for the PS2 in Japan this February. We can only assume—hope, really—that it comes out over here. See… Read More

  • Why I'd trade my vote for an iPod touch

    About a week ago, Drudge ran a headline something to the effect of: SHOCK: NYU STUDENTS WOULD TRADE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE FOR IPOD TOUCH. While I wasn’t part of the poll even though I’m in the journalism building pretty much all day (posting to CG, natch), I think it’s safe to say I’d give up my right to vote for an iPod touch. Why, exactly? Because I’d get more out… Read More

  • NeoEdge: For Casual Gaming, Ads Are Better Than A Price Tag

    Casual gaming is a big business. A video games analyst at IDC, Schelley Olhava, estimated 2.6 million casual games were purchased ($52.7 million) last year. But in game advertising firm NeoEdge says they can triple the revenue of these games by serving ads instead of charging. Their rich media ads are served as pre-roll, post-roll, or interstitial advertisements in games. Today they’ve… Read More

  • How to extend your wireless range for 5 cents

    http://www.viddler.com/player/dec85889/ There are plenty of DIY articles and videos out there that explain how to improve your wireless signal but this is one of the easiest, quickest, and cheapest ones I’ve come across. You simply need some copper wire, a straw, a wood screw, and some very rudimentary soldering skills. Happy hacking! WIFI Antenna Hack! [Viddler] via lifehacker Read More

  • Best Buy Black Friday Doorbusters

    Best Buy has listed its early morning Black Friday Doorbusters. I’d say the most intriguing deal is the notebook-printer combo seen here. It’ll be available for $229 with a minimum of 20 per store. You’ll need to line up really early, though. Doors open at 5am and you’ll need to get there early enough to get a ticket (so as to avoid a stampede) just to buy certain… Read More

  • The Google Set-Top Box (Think Android For TV)

    Deep in the Googleplex there is an engineering team thinking about how to extend Google’s reach into your TV. Its work goes way beyond the Google TV ads currently being tested by EchoStar (and targeted with help from Nielsen). It even goes way beyond the development of a Google set-top box, which has been hinted at in the past. In fact, Google may very well want to do to the set-top… Read More

  • Thank You For Coming to TechCrunch MeetUp 11 with IDG Ventures Boston

    Last week was my first TechCrunch MeetUp in Boston. We took over a club called the Estate right near the Boston Common. About 800 people came, and I think I talked to half of them. Mike was regaling the other half. And our CEO Heather, who put this all together (Mike and I just showed up to gab), was making sure everything went off without a hitch. It was hard to move more than a few… Read More

  • Yahoo and Sony BMG Buddy Up Over Produced Content

    Sony BMG Music Entertainment has agreed, in exchange for a slice of Yahoo’s advertising revenue, to let Yahoo’s users upload videos and music clips containing its produced content. The deal comes just over a year since Sony made a very similar agreement with Google that also entailed the release of “thousands” of music videos on Google Video (and, soon after, YouTube… Read More

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