• Zune Social: Discover what music your friends like, then buy buy buy


    I’m probably in the crowd Let’s chat about the Zune Social, Microsoft’s music-centric social networking (Isn’t “social networking” redundant? When are you “anti-social networking”…) deal. Before we get too far along, know that you don’t actually need a Zune to participate in Zune Social. It’s like this: when you play a song on… Read More

  • Video: Bill Gates explains why the Zune 2 is ::thumbs up::

    Hey, you know what’d be great? If Bill Gates told us why the Zune 2 is good. I gotta say, that Wi-Fi music sync features is pretty clutch. Hopefully this will force other companies to get on board the Wi-Fi Express. Video: Bill Gates talks about Zune 2 [Zune-Online.com] Read More

  • dotMobi Advisory Group to Help Developing Countries

    As mobile phone use in developed countries reaches the saturation point, the developing world is looked to for new markets. These countries have unique problems developed ones don’t. To help overcome these obstacles, dotMobi Advisory Group (MAG) announced the creation of the Mobile Internet in Developing Countries task force. The goal of the task force is to bring valuable new… Read More

  • Guitar Hero 3 gets 16 new tracks

    Activion is pulling out all the stops on Guitar Hero 3. They’ve just announced 16 more tracks for the guitar wielding rock fest. I just wish I didn’t suck at it so much because Sunshine of Your Love by Cream is the shiznit. The Sonic Youth, Dead Kennedys, White Zombie, Aerosmith (!), Bloc Party, Disburbed and The Killers (why? wtf!) have joined the stacked lineup. Hit the jump for… Read More

  • The most delicious wrist-rest yet

    This is a wrist-rest for your PC keyboard that looks like a baguette. It is not delicious though, because it is made out of foam. To be honest, I’d rather the baguette be real so that if I got hungry during a Kara raid in World of Warcraft, I could just rip off a chunk, pull some meats and cheeses out of my desk and make a sandwich. Can you feel the meat? Can ya, can ya feel the… Read More

  • Flexiscale launches on demand hosting

    Flexiscale, a new hosting on-demand computing service aimed at Web 2.0 startups, launched in the UK today. It will compete with Amazon’s EC2/S3 service. The move is significant because there is currently only one other on-demand, ‘pay as you go’ hosting solution in Europe aimed at startups, which typically offer free services to begin with and thus need hosting which is… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Premium hackity hack

    Anything proprietary burns my biscuits. Lately it’s been Samsung phones and the multiple cables I need for charging and headsets and whatever else. The Xbox 360 and its proprietary business is a crock as well, but it’s the best console out there and M$ is losing money over every console sold. You can’t really blame them for trying to make a few bucks here and there. Read More

  • Toshiba announces 30-inch OLED TV by 2009

    Toshiba isn’t about to let Sony get the upper hand in the television market. Yesterday, Sony announced an 11-inch OLED TV that is only 0.3-inches thick, has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and costs $1745. Considered a huge leap in technology, now other companies are scrambling to get on the bandwagon. Toshiba is claiming that by 2009, a 30-inch OLED TV will be available for purchase, ready… Read More

  • At Future of Web apps today

    If you’re at the Future of Web Apps conference in London today look out for me (Mike Butcher, TechCrunch UK & Ireland) as I’ll be hanging out and looking for things to write about. My contact details are here. We’re also delighted to have Mike Arrington, TechCrunch editor-in-chief and founder, over here too. This morning he appeared on a morning panel and he’ll… Read More

  • Human LCD Displays

    http://www.liveleak.com/player.swf?autostart=false&token=453_1191345802 Who needs the jumbotron at the big game when you have a ton of die hard South Koreans cheering their team on? View in amazement as an audience waiting for a soccer match produces multiple graphics and effects using only clothing. The process required the fans to wear special jackets with multiple colors in… Read More

  • Seven Steps to Graphing Your Facebook Strategy

    This guest post is written by Dave McClure: startup advisor, angel investor, PayPal alumnus, and Master of 500 Hats. Dave is organizing next week’s Graphing Social Patterns conference on Facebook, covering many of the topics and companies mentioned below. He’s also a rookie instructor for a new Stanford class on Facebook apps, and an unapologetic Facebook Fanboy and social… Read More

  • Replug saves your headphones, stereo equipment from certain death

    Wouldn’t it be great if there was a device for headphones that acted like Apple’s MagSafe technology? You could just dance around for hours, not worrying about ripping your stereo system out of the wall. Thanks to a company called Replug, you can now do just that. You basically plug your headphones into the Replug device then connect the device as a “middleman” to… Read More

  • Zune 2: Can someone tell me what 'you make it you' means?

    If I have one problem with the Zune 2 (other than not working too well with my iMac), it’s the new slogan—”you make it you.” What does that even mean, Microsoft? I make it me or you make it me? (Or I make it you?) Last year, you [Microsoft; let’s not get confused here] welcomed us to the social, whatever the hell that is/was. Now I (or me, or someone else…… Read More

  • Family Guy hits iTunes Music Store

    As of right now, only one episode is available and according to some iTunes users, the quality is pretty sucky. But don’t let that stop you from getting excited. Seems FOX finally caught on that college kids and teenagers around the country love raunchy animated comedies and thus decided to bring Family Guy to iTunes. Yes, you can now watch full episodes of Stewie, Brian and Peter… Read More

  • Amazon Takes Another Step Towards The Web OS With Dynamo

    Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels just released a very technical paper about a Web storage system being tested internally at Amazon called Dynamo. As applications move to massive grids of computers on the Web (like the ones that power Amazon’s e-commerce site or Google’s search engine and online apps), a new type of Web operating system is developing that treats all… Read More

  • Zune 2: Don't immediately discount them

    Microsoft launched the Zune 2 family last night while I was dreaming about being a New York City police officer (that’s real, btw), to, nearest I can tell, nearly zero fanfare. (That’s what you get when you inform no one about its launch.) As much as I’d love to needlessly hate on the new Zunes, they’re not all bad. Sure, there’s no touch screen and they’re… Read More

  • CEATEC Booth Babe Bonanzarama


    A strange amalgam of Uhuru and Sulu Ever since the U.S. basically outlawed Booth Babes, I think our trade shows have become more serious, intelligent, and valuable. In unenlightened regions like Europa and Japanasia, however, their very presence is an insult to the strides women have made in the realms of commerce, education, medicine, and science and paint this proud people with the brush… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #238

    We love Cali Lewis. All of us. Collectively. Even her allergic reaction to plastic doesn’t freak us out. That’s why we invited her to post her latest briefs on CrunchGear so all of you folks can learn to love her as much as we do. She’ll be posting here irregularly and informing us whenever she posts a brief. Enjoy! On GeekBrief.TV #238 I talk about dishwashing my keyboard… Read More

  • On-demand host goes up against Amazon S3

    Flexiscale, a new UK-based on-demand computing service aimed at Web 2.0 startups plans to compete with Amazon’s EC2/S3 service. The move – announced at today’s Future of Web Apps conference in London – is significant because there are so few ‘pay as you go’ hosting solutions in Europe, so the launch of a new service shows there’s real demand of this… Read More

  • It's a Database. It's a Spreadsheet. It's Zoho DB.

    Zoho is adding another weapon to its arsenal today – Zoho DB – raising its total number of online office applications to 13 (not including four additional “utilities”, or lightweight apps). Zoho DB is meant to provide developers and database administrators with better ways to manage and digest their data. In a way, it’s like Microsoft Office Access but online… Read More

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