• Passionate Users Jumpstart Creativity

    We’ve all seen this before. Passionate users want more or different functionality for a given product, and they build it themselves rather than wait. Sometimes it is done purely for passion, other times there’s a profit motive. But the result is often a kick in the pants to the original startup. How the company responds says a lot about their commitment to their users. A good example… Read More

  • PBWiki Raises $2m

    PBwiki closed $2 million in funding this morning from Mohr Davidow Ventures.  Founder and CEO David Weekly confirmed that previous investors Ron Conway and Chris Yeh also put in an additional $100k. PBwiki advertises itself as the easiest way to quickly create a hosted wiki and the company’s product is particularly well executed.  It recently added a What You See is What You Get editor… Read More

  • Possible Major Google Announcement Tomorrow

    Possible Major Google Announcement Tomorrow

    Update: Google Apps Premier Edition launched this evening. See our updated coverage here. We have a well placed but single source rumor that Google may make a major announcement tomorrow, possibly a statement of its “official” strategy around their small business focused products. If this is the case, it would likely involve bundling Docs & Spreadsheets with Google Apps for Your… Read More

  • Samsung To Launch Revolutionary USB Monitors

    Have you been dreaming about five or more monitors hooked up to your PC? Alas, our graphics cards are incapable of this task but Samsung is about to make those champagne dreams a reality. Debuting next month at CeBIT is the 19-inch Syncmaster 940UX that connects via USB. How is this even possible you ask? For the first time, users will have the option of connecting through USB as well as… Read More

  • Helio Slider Coming Soon?

    Helio Slider Coming Soon?

    Phonescoop just spotted an odd slider from Pantech in some FCC filings. The phone, officially called the Pantech PN-810, has three layers. Sliding it up reveals a standard keypad while sliding it sideway reveals a QWERTY keypad. It has EVDO, Bluetooth, and a 2.1-megapixel camera. Not sure what Helio will call it, but it looks quite promising. Dual-Sliding Messenger Phone for Helio Spotted on FCC… Read More

  • Cuts Launches Amidst Online Video Editor War

    Cuts Launches Amidst Online Video Editor War

    Ever since the social video market boomed through 2006, some video services have sought to differentiate themselves by adding online editors. Jumpcut and Motionbox launched their editors last April and Jumpcut was acquired by Yahoo! 5 months later. Eyespot launched its editor a month before Jumpcut, last March. Last December Gotuit launched their SceneMaker video mashup app. Photobucket recently… Read More

  • Danger Room: A New Defense Blog, With Danger

    Danger Room: A New Defense Blog, With Danger

    Friend of the Crunch, Noah Shachtman, formerly of DefenseTech, just launched a new blog with Wired called Danger Room. Noah writes extensively on defense and military issues and promises his new blog will be pretty far out. We’ll be talking about what’s next in law enforcement, homeland security, and the military here. Not just the gear — although you’ll get more than your… Read More

  • Streamburst Offers Innovative Non-DRM

    Documentary film maker Steve O’Hear announced today that his film In Search of the Valley is now available for download using an innovative service called Streamburst – a move he hopes will raise the project’s sales after disappointing initial DVD sales. Streamburst offers a way to discourage and track piracy without limiting the use of files by people who purchase them. We wrote… Read More

  • Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Update

    Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Update

    Ugh. Mardi Gras is over, but my hang over is just beginning. Lots of drunken festivities were had. You can see my photos at my Flickr page. Anyway, quick update about The Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge. We’ve had a lot of great entries so far and I expect they’ll keep coming—I’m sure we’ll get a flurry of them at the end of the week. So how do you enter? Read More

  • Bill Gates Likes To Lie About Vista

    Bill Gates Likes To Lie About Vista

    Earlier today, Bill Gates went on the Vista offensive saying that the new OS has been “well received.” That’s funny, I could have sworn earlier in the week, CEO Steve Ballmer was flipping out over piracy and slow Vista sales. Gates says PC manufacturers have embraced Vista and it’s currently helping boost sales for companies. True, but what about regular, off-the-shelf… Read More

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  • Mac Users Don't Do Security Says Some Brit, Some Other Guy from Ohio

    Mac Users Don't Do Security Says Some Brit, Some Other Guy from Ohio

    A fellow by the name of Kevin Finisterre has been posting OS X security holes and bugs on his website every day. Some aren’t too happy that Finisterre is doing this as it could let otherwise clueless attackers know what to look for when trying to penetrate an OS X box. But Kevin thinks he’s doing the right thing. He says that OS X users are lazy and don’t care about security… Read More

  • My Mac Pro Is Well Hung Thanks To Sonnet, Is Yours?

    My desktop is so big I have no choice but to let it rest on the floor. My wife doesn’t complain ’cause she likes that it’s big, and she actually thinks it’s kinda sexy. However, it does make vacuuming around it and keeping it dust free a bit of a chore. But thanks to Sonnet’s new MacCuff Pro I can suspend my Mac Pro under my desk while I work. The $129.95 heavy-gauge… Read More

  • Voice Activated Answering Machines Delivers Messages, Therapy

    Voice Activated Answering Machines Delivers Messages, Therapy

    I actually picked up one of these voice activated answering machines the other day for about $250. Aside from giving me my messages when I ask it to, it also gives out great advice for real life situations. For instance, we had this conversation last night: VV: Hey Answering Machine, can we…talk? Answering Machine: Sure Vince, what’s up? VV: Well I think I may have crabs. Read More

  • DIY iTrip Signal Booster In An Altoids Tin

    DIY iTrip Signal Booster In An Altoids Tin

    An Altoids tin being used in a DIY project? Who would have thought! An eBay user named Cody recently purchased a Griffin iTrip despite knowing that it has crap reception. Cody then proceeded to build a signal booster with a 9V battery and an antenna stuck in an Altoids tin. Now he’s breaking FCC regulations and his iTrip works a hell of a lot better! It’s an age-old story, people: Man… Read More

  • Griffin's Spring iPod Collection Now Shipping

    Griffin's Spring iPod Collection Now Shipping

    Those of you in the market for a new iPod case should take note that Griffin is now shipping some new iPod cases for its Spring collection. Here’s an easy-to-read lineup for your reading pleasure: Reflect Case: $25 – tinted reflective polycarbonate hard-shell case – iPod Video and iPod Nano Centerstage Case: $25 – lip-stand case with reflective tinted finish – iPod… Read More

  • Lexar's 300x UDMA CompactFlash Cards

    Lexar's 300x UDMA CompactFlash Cards

    Hipsters who hang out in the DSLR crowd should rejoice after hearing about Lexar’s new series of CF cards. These new 300x UDMA cards are professional-grade CF cards that will come in 2, 4, and 8GB sizes. Lexar claims that the new cards are 125% faster than previous versions and that UDMA-equipped devices will be able to enjoy a lovely write speed of 45MB/s. Of course you’ll need a… Read More

  • Rumor: Vonage to Offer Calling Cards

    Rumor: Vonage to Offer Calling Cards

    A very reliable source just reporting the Vonage is going to start offering branded calling cards which will offer about 200 free minutes and direct billing to subscriber phone numbers. They are aiming at business travellers who want to use their “home” phone number on the road and will include a unique key-generating system for security. Vonage is the most visible VoIP carrier out… Read More

  • AOL Suggests Five Items Not to Buy, Loses Advertisers

    . Why, you ask? If you’re simply looking for a fun game system, you can find a Nintendo Wii (try eBay) or Xbox for around $400. You could also simply wait for more PS3 games or for the system itself to come down in price. Heresy! What does AOL know anyway! And they also say don’t buy Vista. What douches. Let’s go and flame them, fellow sub-literate fanboys. Fly! Fly! Top Five… Read More

  • Guitar Hero Commodore 64 Interface

    Guitar Hero Commodore 64 Interface

    I was never really good at Guitar Hero — too fast! Too much hard music! — but I think I could probably rock it on the C64 if they eventually ported/cloned it. After all, I was really good at Falcon Quest and that 20 questions program that we used to play back in grade school. Anyway, Toni’s Shredz64 is an effort to connect the Guitar Hero controller to a Commodore 64 using an odd… Read More

  • Netvibes Promises Cross-Platform Widget Compatibility

    Netvibes Promises Cross-Platform Widget Compatibility

    The fragmentation of widget platforms presents a problem for developers, who need to develop and then maintain different versions of widgets for the various desktop widget platforms (Vista, Mac, Google, Yahoo) as well as online platforms like Pageflakes and Netvibes (and lots of others). The W3C has a working draft of a 1.0 Widget specification, which if adopted would make life easier for… Read More