• Scoop: Job Cuts at PHP Startup Zend Could Be Aimed With An Eye Towards a Sale

    Israeli startup Zend Technologies has fired 25 percent of its R&D team (at least ten people), as well as others across the company, in an attempt to become cash flow positive, says a source close to the company. Zend offers its own distribution of PHP, the popular open-source scripting language for Web applications. It sells software and support services around that (just as Red Hat does… Read More

  • Terry Semel: A Man Of Few Words (On Yahoo)

    Last week The Globes’ Noa Pereg interviewed ex-Yahoo CEO Terry Semel (he resigned in June 2007) Shimon Peres’ “President’s Conference” in Israel. Also on the panel was Sergey Brin, Susan Decker, Rupert Murdoch and Yossi Vardi. Parag dug to try to get something juicy out of Semel on the Microsoft/Yahoo battle (this was right as Carl Icahn was making his effort… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Sharp/Willcom D4

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/x5cxch Japanese news site, Akihabara, got a chance to play around with the Atom-based UMPC from Sharp and Willcom — called the D4 — that we told you about last month. “We have here a 1.33GHz Centrino Atom Z520 CPU (one of the first UMPCs on the market carrying it!) Windows Vista, 40GB HDD, 1GB RAM, a 5″ 1024×600 TFT touchscreen all in… Read More

  • Apple looking to add AnswerTone support, 3G music downloads, more ringtones for iPhone

    Looks like Apple is looking to expand your options when it comes to which of the songs you already own can be made into ringtones for an extra 99 cents. According to Bits, negotiations between Apple and the major music labels are already underway. The tentative goal is reportedly sometime in June, though they may not have anything set in stone in time for WWDC. Apple is also reportedly working… Read More

  • Apple blows up in over-$1000 computer sales: 66 percent!

    Good show, old bean! Everyone knows that Apple is gaining market share in pretty much every sector, but even in their niche (the luxury market) who knew they had such a commanding lead? Fortune reports via Apple Watch (or vice versa) that Cupertino has increased their share of the $1000-plus computer market from 15% in January of 2006 to 66% by last count. What could have precipitated… Read More

  • Video: Video game contest as they did them in the 80s

    You could dial up your friend on Xbox Live for a little Halo 3 shoot ’em up action, or you could go old-school, like this episode of the 80s show “That’s Incredible!” My money’s on the 19 year-old full-time video arcade manager, natch. Read More

  • Ztail Wants To Be The Kelley Blue Book For Everything

    We all have one: It’s that thing that’s been collecting dust in your closet since the mid 90’s. You know it has to be worth something, but you’re worried that posting it on eBay will garner a whopping 99 cents (plus shipping, if you’re lucky). So it continues to sit. Ztail wants to put an end to this problem, and is launching a revamped site that it hopes… Read More

  • The MP3 player turns 10

    The MP3 player, bane of the RIAA and friend to commuters everywhere, was first unveiled in 1998. The first device with built-in MP3 decoding and dedicated storage was the SaeHan Information Systems’s MPMan F10, debuting at Cebit (see this post from a couple months ago). Boasting an impressive 32MB, the machine could play back files loaded via an included serial cable. I remember the… Read More

  • Google Health: A Quick Hands-On Look

    Now that Google Health has finally launched, I took a quick peek at it while Mark was taking notes at today’s Google Factory Tour presentation. It’s been a long time coming, but at first glance it looks like it will be a strong competitor to existing personal health sites such as Microsoft’s HealthVault (which launched last October), Revolution Health, or Aetna’s… Read More

  • Wow, a Swiss Army Knife with an 8GB flash drive!

    No better way to get beat in the ghetto than by pulling out this Swiss Army Knife and accidentally switching to the 8GB flash drive instead of the knife proper. (Yes, it’s run-on sentence Monday.) The utility knife, which costs $44.38—how precise—also features such 21st century necessities as a pair of tiny scissors, a nail file, pen and screwdriver. The fun never stops! Read More

  • Sappy Love Story Weekend King Getting High Fives

    We’re hearing that the first showing of Weekend King, which chronicles the life of a fairly pathetic Silicon Valley programmer, was a crowd pleaser (let us know in the comments what you thought). The next showing is on May 24. In true Hollywood style, though, everything turns out fine in the end with our hero/protagonist finding love. Bleh. Rupert is awkward, friendless, and loveless. Read More

  • Microsoft Research: Silicon Valley Sneak Peek Event

    On Thursday May 22, Microsoft will open up its Silicon Valley office to a select crowd. The agenda – Rick Rashid (SVP Global Research) and Roy Levin (Director Silicon Valley Lab) will show twelve new research projects, focusing on search, graphics, security, privacy. No word if they’ll be showing off TouchWall, but it’s worth trying to get in just in case they do. The event is… Read More

  • ShareStation: network sharing for your USB devices

    IOGEAR’s ShareStation costs $80 and allows you to share USB devices. Smart, huh? You can share just about any USB-based device across multiple computers that are connected to the same network. IOGEAR cautions that “Users may not achieve optimum audio/video streaming performance when connecting to the USB Net ShareStation through a wireless Ethernet router,” if you were to… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Youth Without Youth: 2.8% of Japanese schoolchildren play sexually explicit video games

    Here Recently released stats from Japan show that 2.8 percent of Japanese fifth graders play games with sexually explicit themes. As an American, conditioned to love and revere violence but squirm at the notion of sex, doesn’t this news shock and upset you? Like, we should file a petition against those 2.8 percent of kids for sinning before they’re old enough to get a divorce… Read More

  • Canon's going green: fuel cells in DSLRs

    I’ve never really had a problem with my Rebel’s battery life — in fact, it’s excellent. I guess that’s no reason to stop trying to improve it, however, and Canon is working on doing just that. Of course, they’re not an energy research company. But MTI Micro is, and they just happened to announce a deal with a “global Japanese developer of digital… Read More

  • NYU student creates virtual girlfriend: When the king is happy, the queen is happy

    An NYU grad student, Drew Burrows, has invented a virtual girlfriend, sorta like the Japanese. Since the young man is so consumed with his studies, he doesn’t have the time, nor the patience (presumably), to hold a steady girlfriend—so create one, à la Weird Science! The virtual girlfriend is a 2D projection, brought to “life” by infrared sensors. She’ll wiggle… Read More

  • Is this the shape of the 3G iPhone?

    Case manufacturer XSKN just pushed a rainbow of iPhone cases they’re saying are for the (hopefully) soon to be released iPhone 3G. While these could easily be based around dimensions found around the internets, the page says “now shipping”; seems like a bad idea to ship a case without any official insight on how the device will be shaped. If these shots do indeed reflect… Read More

  • Review: Drobo and DroboShare

    Drobo phone home
    Most of you have probably heard of Drobo, the data storage robot/system from Data Robotics. We’ve done a review of the original Drobo here on CrunchGear, but recently Drobo was updated with a little brother named DroboShare, which painlessly converts Drobo into a Network Attached Storage device. I’ve had one hanging out with me for several weeks now, and… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Highly unreadable list of the best PSP games you've never heard of

    You know the short story (and novel) Flowers for Algernon? You know, the one where the guy WROTE IN ALL CAPS instead of using quotation marks like a learned man? This list of the “best PSP games you’ve never heard of” totally reminds me of it. The games, for the record, are Chili Con Carnage, Work Time Fun and Crush. Take this description for Chili Con Carnage: This game… Read More

  • Sequans announces tiny WiMax chip that brings it all together.

    Sequans Communications just announced their new sixth WiMax chip, the SQN1170. It packs baseband, RF, and memory into one tight package, squeezing in at about the size of a penny. The chip comes in at .47x.47 inches² and uses less than 600 mW at its peak, making it perfect for WiMax on mobile handsets. It will make its first appearance in Matsumi’s new SDIO module, which they’ll… Read More

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