• Latest Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy Show featuring Biggs

    Every few weeks I pop up on Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy, a radio program based in Atlanta. This week I talked about Bluetooth headsets and my marathon problems (26.2 miles is too far and they refuse to change the distance.) Listen here and listen to the show every week. Read More

  • Six Months In, And 600 Posts Later . . . The Worlds Of Blogging and Journalism Collide (In My Brain)

    Blink, and six months go by. Ever since I made the move from Time Inc. to TechCrunch, my life has become a whirlwind of nonstop blog posting, little sleep, and a growing addiction to news feeds, Techmeme, and my Blackberry. Last week, I wrote my 600th post (this one is No. 617). The boxes I brought over from my previous career are still stacked, unopened, in my TechCrunch office. A lone… Read More

  • Google Powering America's First Line Of Defense

    Google has been selling search servers to America’s Intelligence Agencies to assist them in defending America. According to the SF Chronicle, the Google powered search appliances are used for storing and searching internal documents, with Agencies able to use the devices “to create their own mini-Googles on intranets made up entirely of government data.” The Google servers… Read More

  • FriendFeed, The Centralized Me, and Data Portability

    It’s definitely FriendFeed month in Silicon Valley. The company, founded by ex-Googlers, let you aggregate information and activity streams from all of the various services that you use on the internet – Flickr photos, YouTube videos, blog posts, delicious bookmarks, Twitter messages, and other stuff (33 services total to date). Your friends subscribe to your stuff, and see a stream… Read More

  • Revision3 Acquired By Fox News, Says Kevin Rose

    http://bitcast-a.bitgravity.com/revision3/swf/rev3_player.swf?AutoPlay=off&Buffer=120&File=http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.flv/bitcast-a.bitgravity.com/revision3/flv/diggnation/0143/diggnation–0143–2008-03-27foxnews–800kbps.flv&ScrubMode=advanced&Thumb=http://bitcast-a.bitgravity.com/revision3/thumbs/diggnation–0143–2008-03-27foxnews–thumb.jpg&DefaultRatio=0.56&AutoSize=off&allowFullScreen=true Episode 143 of Diggnation: Hosts Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht announce the sale of Revision3 to Fox News at about the 2:05 mark. Rose says “Well, ah, we basically have a big announcement for everyone. Revision3 has been acquired by a bigger company. We’ll be moving to Fox News.” He added “I’m thinking of getting a fox tattoo, its kinda part of my signing bonus, if i do it i get a little extra money.” It’s an early (very early) April Fool’s joke, of course. Jump to the 3:45 mark. They are clearly playing off a story from two weeks ago, spread quickly via a credulous Robert Scoble Twitter message, that CNET had acquired Revision3 for $58 million. The company was founded in April 2005 and has raised $9 million in funding. CrunchBase Information Revision3 Information provided by CrunchBas&hellip… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Preview of "LOST Via Domus" for Xbox 360

    I’ve been playing Ubisoft’s “Lost: Via Domus” for a few minutes and so far it’s not too shabby. But, then again, I’m a huge fan of the show so I may be playing favorites. The game begins with you on the plane experiencing the crash from the perspective of survivor of Flight 815. You wake up in the jungle and can’t really remember too much of what happened. Read More

  • Image Recognition Problem Finally Solved: Let's Pay People To Tag Photos

    Most people have thousands of digital photos sitting on their hard drive. And the vast majority of those photos aren’t tagged or searchable. Want to find the 300 pictures of your youngest son amongst 10,000 others? It’s not going to happen. Unless you’ve been diligently tagging and categorizing those photos over the years, and who does that? The problem is obvious. The… Read More

  • Blue sunglasses will make your food look gross, and they're supposed to

    [photopress:08426s1.jpg,full,right]In Japan, people are fat because the food looks too good. Or so the reasoning goes behind these blue-tinted shades which, according to the company that makes them, will make food look so unappetizing you won’t want to eat it. This is total bullshit. The theory is that the red wavelengths in food make you want to eat it. Not true. I know this because… Read More

  • Digital painter's palette: good idea, but it won't look like this thing


    I can only imagine the troubles serious digital artists encounter these days. The muddle of tools and colors on the screen, the limited space for viewing the “canvas,” and so on. I think it’s natural to have two touchscreens: one to hold all the tools, colors, and layer information, and the other to simply be, well, the picture. I’m pretty sure it’ll be like… Read More

  • Elephant cinematographers capture magical tiger moments in new BBC documentary


    This is just off the chain. I knew elephants were good painters, but filmmakers? A new BBC series used specially trained elephants to follow a group of tiger cubs and their mother around in a jungle for the duration of their cubhood. I’m not sure if you heard me correctly, they used specially trained elephants. Elephants trained to frame shots and hold their mounted hi-def cameras steady. Read More

  • Suit of plate armor found at Salem bus stop

    [photopress:Original.jpg,full,center] If you’re in Salem, Oregon, and you left a full freakin’ suit of armor at a bus stop, the local police would like to have a word with you. You’ll need some proof of ownership to claim it. Really, though, if you lose a suit of armor, you don’t deserve a suit of armor. Read More

  • ¿Mexico getting iPhone in June?

    [photopress:mexico.jpg,full,center] Attention Hombres: the iPhone is coming to Mexico via Telcel in June, or so says the El Universal newspaper. Telcel has 72% of the Mexican cellular market, and landing the iPhone should boost that even higher. We’re looking at a late-June launch, likely the last Friday of, as that’s when the original iPhone was launched and when we think the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $39 Palm Centro for AT&T!

    I love me some Palm Centro, I think it’s the perfect first-time smartphone. Best Buy is having a killer deal on the AT&T flavor this weekend, offering the phone for $40 for new AT&T customers or $80 for existing ones. That’s hot. Go forth and upgrade, AT&T users, and rejoice! Read More

  • WordPress Gets Major Overhaul

    http://s.wordpress.org/resources/2.5/dashboard-and-images.swf WordPress 2.5 has been released with a major overhaul to the interface and a range of new features. The biggest change is in the appearance of the administration backend, which is described as being a “Cleaner, faster, less cluttered dashboard.” The WordPress dashboard is now widget friendly, and users can include items… Read More

  • Fujifilm to track sensitive backup data via embedded GPS


    Imagine you’re Visa. You’ve got terabytes of personal data on millions of customers, and it all has to go somewhere. The cheapest solution is tape storage, which you keep in a secure room and write all that sensitive stuff to. Then, when the time comes to archive it somewhere cool and dry, like a storage facility, you put it on the truck, and it disappears en route. Uh oh… Read More

  • New iPhone firmware for developers really a minor upgrade

    [photopress:dsc00203er9.jpg,full,center] Appearing to be nothing more than a maintenance release, a new version of the iPhone 2.0 firmware (really 1.2, but we’re not getting into that here) was seeded to devs this week, version 5A225c. It’s got minor changes to the previous version, including icon updates and a few other minor tweaks, and is likely more stable. If you’re… Read More

  • Apple TV received minor upgrade Friday

    [photopress:apple_tv_intro_graphic.jpg,full,center] One of my favorite things I own is my Apple TV. I use it several times a week, and the HD download store is amazing. The quality of the videos is perfect and the audio is fantastic. You should all consider one thoughtfully. That said, I was pleased today to find an upgrade available on my console today. Apparently it adds a… Read More

  • Video: Jerry the Dog's automatic "Let's play fetch!" machine created by lazy humans

    http://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf I should totally try to rig something like this up for my dog, Dogboy. I’m just really afraid my downstairs neighbors would hate me forever. Just imagine the ball bouncing around my floor every fifteen seconds. Read More

  • PWN 2 OWN: Linux FTW

    [photopress:hackers.jpg,full,left]We know that the MacBook Air was hacked at the PWN 2 OWN contest at CanSacWest, and then a Fujistu running Vista was pwned, but nobody could get through the Linux box’s security to take it home. Not that nobody tried, over 400 hackers found bugs in the OS that would have to be patched later, but the laptop was still standing by the end of the contest. Read More

  • Navy freaking out over the "Holy Grail of Lasers"


    Lasers are already being used in the field to shoot down missiles and such, but they are limited in their applications because they require volatile chemical agents or fragile crystal arrays — neither one something you want in a battlefield situation. But the Free Electron Laser uses a “turbocharged stream of electrons” to start the reaction that fires the laser. For… Read More

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