• 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

  • HD DVD isn't going anywhere, not by a longshot

    Call me a flip-flopper all you want, but me thinks HD DVD might kick Blu-ray to the curb. That being said, allow me to preface this by saying that the so-called format war is lame and it will undoubtedly drag on for at least another year. The average consumer isn’t going to pony up a few Gs on a home theater system. I think that’s a pretty fair assessment of the situation. HD DVD… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Alley Scan Edition

    Helio Drift drifts away, makes room for Mysto
    Drugs are bad, watch out meth labs
    Live in Japan? Own a Wii?
    Zune 2 family launched: We’re digging Dad and the kids
    Sony announces updated Reader, eBook lovers around the world to meet in a phone booth to celebrate
    You know you’re jet-lagged when… Read More

  • Blabberize Is One Of The Funniest Services I've Seen In A Long Time

    Blabberize is a new service that allows you to create your own talking picture, basically a moving mouth on a still image. Using Blabberize is simple. Users upload a photo of someone to Blabberize, select a mouth and then record a message. Once done, users can email a link to the Blabberize hosted page or embed the result. Blabberize was developed based on a demonstration at Yahoo’s… Read More

  • Metaverse Market Index Will Bring Comparative Tracking To Online Worlds

    Christian Renaud, Chief Architect of Networked Virtual Environments for the Cisco Technology Center will be launching a new virtual worlds tracking organization called the Metaverse Market Index (MMI) at Virtual Worlds Fall next week. MMI will be established as a not-for-profit organization that will define and track metrics across multiple virtual worlds. The problem is simple; there is little… Read More

  • Sweet Zune o' Mine: Where do we go, now, where do we go?

    So now the new Zunes are out and about, cool. They’re a big improvement to the original, which had been out less than a year. And while we’re supporters of the Zune and the Zune marketplace, there’s no doubt that the Zune still has a long way to go to catch up with Apple and the iPod line. While we now have two versions of Microsoft’s media player, Apple is filling out… Read More

  • Hands on with Verizon's latest batch [Updated]

    Earlier today I spent some time with Verizon’s latest devices. Was I impressed? Sort of. Was I disappointed? Sort of. We pretty much knew what to expect, but the hands on with all the devices wasn’t that bad. The Samsung Juke was pretty cool. It’s a tiny and slim phone with a 180 degrees keypad. It does have 2GB of internal storage, which is pretty neat. Stereo Bluetooth… Read More

  • Magnify.net Launches New Video Aggregation Platform

    Video discovery and broadcast service Magnify.net has launched a new platform for the aggregation of web video. The new platform offers “a complete customization toolkit” that aims to make it easier for users to create branded online broadcast channels, discover and integrate Web video, and analyze visitor statistics and activities. New features include: The “Magnify… Read More

  • Are You Going To The Zune Social? Me Neither.

    Poor J Allard. The one cool guy at Microsoft—he’s the one who brought us the original Xbox—is trying so hard with the Zune. But he’s no match for Steve Jobs. Redmond’s answer to the iPod has been a relative flop so far. The 1.2 million Zunes sold since it launched a year ago amounts to less than three percent of the number of iPods sold during the same time… Read More

  • Zune 2 family launched: We're digging Dad and the kids

    Not sure if you heard about this, but Microsoft, a software and technology company out of Redmond, Washington, is just today announcing a new portable media player. It’s the first sequel to the media player it released last year, called the Zune. This media player is also called the Zune, though we’re calling it the Zune 2, as it’s a follow-up to the original, or it might as… Read More

  • Rememble and Miomi herald the long-play DLA

    As Mike Arrington noted recently, a new class of startups is emerging that is addressing a new space in digital lifestyle aggregation. It’s about winning people for years to come, helping them assemble their memories (blogs, images, video), and, bluntly, locking them in through the amount of sheer time they’ve invested. In the US, Our Story (which has raised $6 million in… Read More

  • Fujitsu MediaTop: The cube's the thing

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Fujitsu’s MediaTop is kind of like Microsoft Surface but with blocks. You use a Bluetooth-enabled cube that lets you control on-screen action in three dimensions. When you place the cube near the screen you can turn it to control the UI or use it like a 3D mouse. They even have a plan to give kids huge… Read More

  • Bloglines Supports OpenID, Will Support oAuth and APML

    The IAC owned Bloglines has announced a number of new and intended features today. OpenID for Bloglines accounts joins with a new version of Bloglines Mobile beta and new personalization features as being available immediately. Perhaps more interesting from a particular perspective is Bloglines’ intention to provide support for oAuth (Open Authentication) and APML (Attention… Read More

  • JVC Booth Tour

    JVC is reviving the name Victor in Japan, which is actually quite cool. Victor, if you’ll remember, was the gramophone maker that advertised with little dog who tilted his head to the speaker cone, reacting to “His master’s voice.” It was a great proto-campaign that really sent a powerful message about audio reproduction. Enough, nostalgia, though, because the booth… Read More

  • Betavoltaic Battery: It's probably a pump and dump scam


    I had a moment to mull over this “30-year laptop battery story” and I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that it’s a pump and dump scheme of nefarious proportions. Penny stock companies that promise “unlimited energy” and “cures for cancer” often try to build a case for their stock by getting a piece in the legitimate media. As this is getting… Read More

  • Justin.TV Teams Up With On2 And Opens Network

    We’ve been following the evolving live streaming space for some time now. The success of recorded social video on the net (read YouTube acquisition) spurred on many more video startups, including a host of video sites hoping to find an equally large demand for live content. There are a bunch of them out there, including Ustream.tv, Stickam, Blogtv.com, Operator11, Mogulus, Veodia… Read More

  • The Daily WTF

    Can you guys see this? I ate four pieces of potentially bad sushi last night and now this thing has been following me around all morning asking for quarters. Read More

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