• Walter Bender leaves OLPC

    Former President of Software and Content for the OLPC project, Walter Bender, has stepped down after differences with Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the project. He disagreed with Negroponte’s move to put Windows XP on the laptops to increase their marketability. Read More

  • Photo to digital picture converter looks pretty easy

    Anybody who’s had to scan a big fat pile of old photos into their computer knows that it suh-huuucks. So along comes the ingeniously named “Photograph to Digital Picture Converter” from Hammacher Schlemmer for $150. It’s got a 5MP CMOS sensor with an 1,800 dpi resolution that basically takes a digital photo of whatever regular photo you slide down into the tray. The… Read More

  • Review: Olympus SP-570UZ

    Reviewing point-and-shoot cameras for you guys, no matter how complex, is like writing about light beer for a wine magazine. What can you say but that it goes down smooth and tastes great? Can you talk about the vat-grown malty flavor? Can you talk about the bottle and clever spelling of “lite?” Absolutely, but you and I both know we’re doing each other a disservice. Me… Read More

  • Big, cheap OLED displays mainstream by 2009-2010

    It’s just a matter of time before you’ll be able to point at friends, family, and co-workers and laugh at them about how stupid their LCD monitors look compared to your sweet active-matrix OLED monitor. According to DigiTimes, Samsung’s betting that its active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) production should reach economies of scale by the end of next year, with 3 million panels… Read More

  • U.S. bionic eye recently tested successfully in Europe

    I bet we’ll start to see more and more of these types of stories in the next two to three years. Apparently two British men have received successful eye operations that have restored their sight. I saw another story on a 60 Minutes-type show (might have actually been 60 Minutes) about a guy in Colorado (maybe it was California) that got a similar operation and then wondered if he was… Read More

  • Gears of War 2 gameplay footage hitting Gametrailers on May 9

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=30798 Word on the street is that Gametrailers will be getting exclusive in-game footage of GoW2 on May 9. Ahhhh snap. The only caveat is that it won’t be hitting the Web until 1 AM. I will more than likely be up so don’t fret. Just check in when you get to work or around 1:01 AM. I’m totally nerding out over this game. Read More

  • Sony delays Playstation Home, again

    Sorry, PS3 fanboys, but Sony is bending you over, again. This morning Sony announced that they will be extending the closed beta testing for Playstation Home through the summer with open beta testing to commence in the fall. If you recall, Sony was supposed to launch Home this spring. “We understand that we are asking PS3 and prospective PS3 users to wait a bit longer, but we have come… Read More

  • CNET's Molly Wood to Zune: It's over

    While to some the Zune is the greatest thing in the world, Crave writer Molly Wood finds it to be an odious turd of little redeeming value and generally one of the worst devices ever, on par with the thing at State Fair that pulls your nipples off for a quarter and those little boxing nun puppets. She finds that the headphone cables tangle so horribly that it takes her 30 minutes to untangle… Read More

  • Confirmed: Zyb Bought Imity

    Danish startup Zyb has confirmed our report from last week that it bought mobile social-networking startup Imity. Here is Zyb’s press release and Imity’s blog post. Terms were not disclosed, but it wasn’t very big (Zyb has raised only 3 million Euros so far). The deal was a combination of cash and stock and Imity’s three employees are now working at Zyb. As we… Read More

  • Honda to demo walking assist device in Japan

    This isn’t the first device we’ve seen that’s meant to help the elderly or crippled walk unassisted, but it’s certainly the most compact and user friendly thus far. Honda will demo the walking assist device that they’ve been working on since ‘99 this coming weekend in Osaka at the International Trade Fair on Barrier Free Equipments & Rehabilitation for… Read More

  • Android games! W00T!

    Armies of 100 soldiers! Laser tag! Bugs from space! Some kind of GPS-based RPG that let’s you create a virtual world mapped to the real world! Tetris! These, and more, exciting titles are coming to Android very soon. That’s right: people are already kind of making videogames that they were probably planning to make for the N-Gage but didn’t quite get funding for and are… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 to see online video service soon

    According to the LA Times, Sony “is preparing to launch an online video service through its game console PlayStation 3 as early as this summer” and “the service would include movies and television shows flowing from the Internet…” The service is thought to be similar to Microsoft’s Xbox Live or Apple TV, although it’d be somewhat more open in the… Read More

  • 5min Releases Embeddable Player That Can Handle Text, Images, and Video

    Instructional video site 5min has released a new beta version of their SmartPlayer, introducing support for text, video, and images that can be merged into a single embeddable flash widget. The site considers the player to be revolutionary, and believes that it will help set 5min apart from their numerous competitors in the instructional video space. The original SmartPlayer gave users… Read More

  • Apple plans new IM interface

    An Apple patent describes an odd new instant messaging interface for touchscreen devices that lets you control chats in real time by editing old chats and allowing you to embed video and images. People who read a lot of blogs and posit stuff believe that this is the iPhone 2.0’s IM/SMS interface, although it could also be an Apple intern’s summer project. Read More

  • Asus gives higher capacity batteries to Eee reviewers

    People in Hong Kong are upset — maybe outraged! — at Asus for sending out review units of the new Eee PC 900 with 4-cell 5800mAh batteries and then selling the public machines with 4-cell 4400mAh batteries. I’d be a little upset too. According to DigiTimes, “Several consumers in Hong Kong who purchased Eee PC 900s on the first day have complained that the battery that… Read More

  • Apple Shares Slump As AT&T Gives Vague Details On iPhone Growth

    Now that AT&T and Apple are tied at hip with the iPhone, Apple watchers look to AT&T for details on the health of iPhone sales. This morning, AT&T announced a decent first quarter, with profits up 22 percent, driven by gains in its wireless business. The jewel of that business is the iPhone, which commands nearly double the average monthly revenue per subscriber that AT&T… Read More

  • Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-Hee steps down

    Lee “Capone” Kun-Hee stepped down as Chairman of the Samsung Group, the umbrella company that controls all of Samsung’s holdings including its baby tear farms in Wonju. Kun-Hee was indicted for tax evasion and, in a bold move by the South Korean government, not really arrested because he kind of controls most of Korea’s economy. They also decided to indict Lee… Read More

  • Preview: Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk for Xbox 360

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F852902&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Sometimes I hate my job and sometimes I love my job. Yesterday was a mix of both. Luckily it ended on a more pleasant note. Why? Oh, I… Read More

  • Intel Tries Hand At Consumer Mashups

    Intel is releasing into public beta today a new “experimental” product from its labs called Mash Maker. It’s a browser plugin – most functional with Firefox but also available for Internet Explorer – that lets end user create their own mashups on top of existing websites. The idea of a mashup, while very central to the movement we call Web 2.0, has always struck me… Read More

  • Life without the Internet according to South Park

    Somehow I missed this when it aired last week and I’m sick of everyone asking about it. I haven’t seen an episode of South Park in 5 years or something. Has Stan always had an iMac? I’m pretty sure I’d freak out like Stan’s dad. Who wouldn’t? I only use this thing called the Internet for p0rn. Don’t lie and say you don’t. Read More

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