• Non-widescreen laptops are becoming an endangered species

    As Lenovo retires its last line of non-widescreen laptops, it sounds like one of the final nails being hammered into the squarish aspect ratio screens we grew up with. I think that the move to 16:10 and related aspect ratios is a good thing, but I mourn the passing of the standard aspect ratio (SAR) screen as I mourned my old SAR NEC monitor when I moved to a sweet new 16:10 Dell LCD. Read More

  • Dell to support XP through 2012; Zune getting Audible support?

    According to the Windows SuperSite blog, Dell is planning to support Windows XP through 2012, another four years. What’s not clear is Microsoft’s involvement in this, as its said that this would be XP’s last year on many occasions. Also, the site claims that Audible is finally coming to Zune. Support for the popular audio book site’s been a standard on iPods for years… Read More

  • R* announces launch date for "Midnight Club: LA"

    Rockstar Games announced this morning that the fourth installment in the Midnight Club series, “Midnight Club: Los Angeles”, is set for a mid-September launch across various platforms. The Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms will get MC:LA on the 9th here in the US while Europe will have to wait until the 12th. The PSP will also get a variation of MC:LA thanks to Rockstar London. Midnight… Read More

  • Branson to marry couple in space

    I’m likely never going to get married, but if I ever do, I want to do as this couple is, in space. Branson’s launching Virgin Galactic next year as the world’s first space tourism company, this much is known. But now he’s announced that on Galactic’s first flight, he’ll be personally officiating a wedding, the first ever human wedding off of Earth. Now… Read More

  • Kindle is now back in stock

    If you’ve been waiting for Amazon to re-stock that ever elusive Kindle then you better act now. Although, I don’t imagine it being a problem. Read More

  • NYC May 1 CrunchNetwork Meet-up: The Good, the Bad, and the Sponsors

    All engines are go for the May 1 NYC CrunchNetwork meet-up at Red Sky at 47 E. 29th Street between Park and Madison. The show starts at 7pm and we’ll have free drinks, amazing giveaways, and the entire CG team as well as Erick from TC and maybe a special MYSTERY GUEST who’s first name starts with M and rhymes with Ikele Smarrington. Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve hits Alltel

    Is it just me or is Alltel getting a decent amount of cool devices lately? The latest device to hit Alltel store shelves is a titanium-colored BlackBerry Curve 8330. This one is akin to the Curve available on AT&T because it lacks Wi-Fi, but has GPS. A new 2-year contract will fetch the Curve at $230 starting May 1, but you can pre-order now. Read More

  • Review: HTC Shift (CDMA version)

    The HTC Shift (CDMA version) is a UMPC with a 7-inch tilting screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device runs Windows Vista Business and connects to Sprint’s EVDO data network for on-the-go computing. At around $1500, the device is a no-brainer for businesses that need super tiny notebooks for salespeople or field technicians and it even falls into the temptation zone for… Read More

  • Hints of iGoogle Turning Into Its Own Social Network

    Google has long used its personalized homepage, iGoogle, as a launching point for its foray into social-networking applications. Any developer who builds an OpenSocial app, for instance, can make it work as a widget (er, gadget) on iGoogle. So far, it’s been more of a personal home page. But now iGoogle is taking another step towards becoming a full-fledged social network in its… Read More

  • Skype Offers Unlimited International Calling Plan for $9.95 a Month

    Skype announced today an unlimited international calling plan that only costs $9.95 a month. The plan allows unlimited calls to land-line phones in 34 countries. The countries include most of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. Calls to U.S. landlines and cell phones are included, as are calls to cell phones in Canada, China… Read More

  • Apple drinking too much, wants to recreate Prodigy by way of Second Life

    A patent shows a “virtual shopping world” that will eventually — i.e. never — end up in the Apple store. The project, which is similar to Second Life, will allow you to walk through a virtual store and buy real things. My problem with this is that when you visit an online store, you’re not shopping — you’re buying. You go to the Apple store to pick up… Read More

  • Acer WiMax notebook to be sold by service providers

    The cost of your next notebook might just be subsidized by a wireless carrier. Acer today announced the Aspire 5920 notebook, which will contain a WiMax chipset and will be sold by upcoming WiMax providers like Sprint along with service packages, much like mobile phones are sold. The notebook is currently being manufactured by Taiwan’s Quanta Computer and will actually be available to… Read More

  • To test Facebook ads, man poses as woman, declares social ads broken

    So some guy complained aloud that the only ads he sees on Facebook are sexual in nature. Meet hot, out-of-work singles in your area… today! That sort of thing. Rather than ignore the ads like a normal person, he said to himself, “Aha! This illustrates just how broken social advertising is. All they can sell me, a single man, is sex? What are they, crazy?” Apparently so, yes. Read More

  • China Mobile’s First-Quarter Profits Up 37%

    China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone carrier, announced today that its first-quarter profits are up 37%. China has the largest population of mobile users, with around 520 million accounts. The government of China predicts that this number will increase to 600 million in the near future. “The rapid growth in China’s economy and the vigorous demand for… Read More

  • Microsoft really, truly thinking about ad-supported, subscription-based MS Office. For real now.

    Microsoft is planning an online Office service, called Office Live , which could — and probably will — replace the software version of MS Office in the next few years. The big kicker is that the company might be planning an ad-supported version of the service, based on MS Works, which will enable those so inclined to do most of their work in the browser or in a very thin client on… Read More

  • It's part book, part computer, yet completely not real

    Rather than accept the fact that books are passé, and they are, let’s shoehorn a computer in there to keep the good times a-rollin’. Such is the premise behind Kyle Bean’s book-computer-thing. While it has the exterior of a book, its insides are all computer. There’s some sort of display, full keyboard, optical drive, the works. A nice design and all, sure, but as well… Read More

  • MSI to enter tiny laptop arena with the 'Wind'

    Just to reiterate how I feel about June, 2008 one more time; it’s gonna be sweet. That’s the month that tiny Eee-like notebooks will be coming out of the woodwork from manufacturers the world over. Now MSI joins the party with the “Wind,” a 2.2-pound notebook that comes in 8.9-inch or 10-inch flavors at 1024×600 resolution, 80GB hard drive, 1GB RAM, Windows XP… Read More

  • Why ComScore's Google Paid Click Estimates Are Not Predictive Of Google's Revenues

    After Google’s earnings call last week, Google’s stock jumped on strong results and comScore’s took a temporary hit. Many analysts and pundits were using comScore’s estimates of flattening paid-click advertising growth at Google to conclude that Google’s overall revenue growth would also be flat. Yet Google reported 42 percent year-over-year revenue growth, and… Read More

  • Genetically engineered food gains popularity during food crisis

    Not anymore, you don’t Who benefits from the food shortage that’s causing riots in developing countries and hoarding in America? Why the biotech crowd, of course. Since the increase in price of certain foods, consumers and companies have started dropping resistance to what the Europeans charmingly refer to as Frankenfoods. If non-genetiocally modified rice is too expensive, load up… Read More

  • WebMission Day 2: Brunching and lunching

    So day two of WebMission began with plenty of recovery time following the previous evening’s partying, which took in the tad pricey Clift Hotel bar, and the Slide and Le Colonial clubs. I gather. I of course turned in with a nice cup of cocoa. In the morning the WebMission crew jumped on a bus and headed over to the rather nice house belonging to Jim Buckmaster of Craigslist who very… Read More

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