• Sonific Heading To The Deadpool: Record Labels Blamed

    Sonific, an online music playing servuce similar to Pandora and Seeqpod, is to close May 1 as the company was unable to obtain licensed music rights in a way that made the service viable. Gerd Leonhard, Co-Founder & CEO writes: 1) There are countless startups providing access to any and all music streams without any license whatsoever. However, when we approached the major record label… Read More

  • HiPiHi Opens Its Doors To The Public

    HiPiHi, China’s answer to Second Life has opened its doors to the public with a beta test that includes free features. We first wrote about HiPiHi in August 2007 when the company called for the establishment of virtual world standards and interoperability. German’s are famed for their ability to clone sites, but the Chinese aren’t far behind; HiPiHi looks and feels like… Read More

  • Video: Jedi Gym trailer

    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%2F851680&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Star Wars is pretty awesome. I can’t think of too many movies with bigger cult followings than Lucas’ epic intergalactic saga. I have… Read More

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    The Orientation: Organic light-emitting diodes

    Being green and working in the tech world often times don’t mix. The manufacturers of everything that gets me giddy takes a huge dump on Mother Earth in the process and that stinks. Green Peace keeps tabs on companies and lets us know who piddles in the pool and who takes a hungover-all night bender-Hot Pocket eating-dump. But we’re a long ways away before each and every company… Read More

  • New Nikon DSLR bodies and lenses rumored for June

    If you’re in the mood for a new Nikon body, you might want to wait a month or so, according to the rumor mongers at Photography Bay. The D3x is expected sometime soon as Nikon’s challenger to the Canon 1D mkIII crown. More interesting to me is the mysterious D90/D80x, which is expected to undercut Canon’s 40D pricing but compete on features. All these D’s and numbers… Read More

  • Wii middleware makers: Step up to the graphical plate, developers

    High Voltage Software are calling out Wii developers for not putting enough graphical oomph in their Wii games. High Voltage’s new Quantum3 engine supports many advanced graphical effects not being used by developers they say aren’t delivering. It’s a fair criticism – the draw to the Wii isn’t for its graphics, but do they really need to pale next to God of War? Read More

  • SwashBot: Cute until it kills you

    The Swashbot will probably be the first robot to come to your house to look for living matter. Once it senses you, this four-servo robot — human-controlled now but hivemind controlled later — will call in its shock troops to blow in some fire bombs and then the Scanner-bots will come at night to check for survivors and, if you’re still huddling in a closet, allow the Swashbots… Read More

  • Rumor: Guitar Hero IV will include multiple instruments

    Oh, now this is getting interesting. According to rumors swirling around the Internet (I’ve read it three times today), the makers of Guitar Hero, upset at having their number-one music simulation game status usurped by Rock Band, are planning on adding additional instruments to the forthcoming Guitar Hero IV. This means there would be two competing full-band games at the same time, which… Read More

  • iPhone already clobbering Google's Android?

    Android inside! AndroidGuys posits that Android’s lack of certification requirements will bite Google in the butt when it finally launches Android. The theory goes like this: anyone can install and run Android. You or I could make a GSM phone in our basements, pop Android on it, and go nuts. There is no “certification” program nor is there any particular requirement for… Read More

  • Shelfari Hopes to Bring Authors and Readers Together Over Wikis

    Shelfari, the Amazon-backed community networked around books, has introduced editable author profiles in hopes that it can become a destination for not only biographical information but interactions between authors and their fans as well. Each author’s page will feature an open wiki in addition to a message board and a list of written books. Shelfari hopes to set itself apart from other… Read More

  • Californian Congresswoman calls for no-cost, no-porn, wireless broadband access to solve digital divide

    Ubiquitous broadband is a lofty goal, the idea of the “digital divide” is indeed an important one to consider, and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo from California’s got a novel idea on how to deliver it: wirelessly and free. Disappointed that none of the winners of the recent 700MHz auction were going to offer a similar for-profit solution, Eshoo feels it’s time for the government… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Virgin America flights on the cheap, again

    Once again, Virgin America is having a bonanza on airfare until the 25th so long as you fly by June 11th. So cash in now and fly on the dopest gadget-friendly airline in the US. Yours truly will be boarding a VA flight Wednesday morning for Seattle and I can’t wait. To refresh, VA flies into and out of Seattle, NYC, LA, SF, DC and SD. Read More

  • Health Plan One Takes $6.5 Million Series A

    Health Plan One has taken $6.5 million Series A in a round led by Pequot Ventures that also included Greycroft Partners, Kevin Hill, Chan Wheeler and Bill Sullivan. Shelton, CT based Health Plan One offers an online marketplace for health insurance where consumers can research and select health insurance plans from a wide range of providers. Users enter their specific details and receive… Read More

  • Intel cuts prices, intros new Celerons and Core 2 Duos

    Remember the good old days of scouring Pricewatch.com to see who had the cheapest processors? You’d wait for Intel to release a new chip and watch the one it was replacing plummet to half its original cost, right? Ah, simpler times. Anyway, Intel’s been busy slashing prices and putting out new chips over the past couple of days, so let’s take a look at what’s what. Read More

  • A video tribute to Grand Theft Auto

    Stagueve sent us this super cool tribute to GTA which shows flyovers of most of the GTA:SA scenery. I’m not sure the Who music is quite right, but it is sufficiently martial to make me stiffen up a little, especially in anticipation of GTAIV and the promise of Russian mobsters Hot Coffee-ing gazelle-like ladies from the Ukraine. Read More

  • Get the 8.9-inch Eee PC 900 on May 12 or wait a little while for the Atom version to come out in June

    It’s no secret that Asus wants to get its 8.9-inch lappie to market as quickly as possible and we’re now hearing that the Eee PC 900 will be available in the US on May 12 for $550, according to Wired, which is $50 higher than earlier reports. In order for Asus to get it here by then, it had to forgo using Intel’s new made-for-tiny-laptops Atom processor. But PC World is… Read More

  • Who Are The Biggest Users of Amazon Web Services? It's Not Startups.

    Amazon loves to talk about its Web Services because it positions the company as a bold innovator bringing cloud computing to the unwashed masses and other companies still stuck in the land of legacy data centers. But it is coy when it comes to details about the actual business behind Amazon Web Services, which includes its S3 storage service, EC2 compute cloud, and SimpleDB online… Read More

  • Delta to get better, weirder seats by 2010

    The constant attempt to ignore the person next to you on the airplane is about to get a little bit easier, thanks to Delta’s plans to install these Thompson Solutions Cozy Suite seats on all of its Boeing 777 and 767 airplanes by 2010. Read More

  • CNN's hackable headline T-shirt web app

    This is a great little fun hack. CNN is now selling T-shirts of your favorite headlines. We’re not sure why, they just are. The fun part is you can change the URL to say anything you want, making for many hilarious possibilities. Take, for example, this headline I made up: “John Biggs Eats Twigs; Pope Condemns.” It’s totally fake! I made that up! The Pope has never… Read More

  • Carsonified, which runs Silicon Valley-style UK events, attacks a UK startup trip to… Silicon Valley

    Note: Please see update below. It’s just morning here in SF so I have just seen this post. The below is my initial response, but I have to go offline imminently (I am in San Francisco on the trip in question) so I’m just rattling this off now…. I think it’s rather strange of Carsonified’s Ryan Carson to go “attack dog” now when he could have called… Read More

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