• Adobe AIR Desktop App For FriendFeed Coming

    FriendFeed released their API just a few days ago, but third party developers are already scrambling to build on top of the service. We just heard that Howard/Baines will be releasing an Adobe AIR application for FriendFeed in the next week or so. So far all we have is the screen shot and a confirmation from Baines that his team is working on it. The application will be called Alert Thingy… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Get Gadget Edition

    Video: DIY fisheye lens for $5
    CrunchArcade: Get Lamp: An upcoming text adventure documentary
    Get the last laugh by insisting that your family send your ashes to the moon for $10,000
    ZeroHouse is entirely self-sufficient and prefabricated
    All About Linux 2008: 5 more cool devices running Linux that you’re not using but should Read More

  • LinkedIn Now Offering Network RSS Feeds

    LinkedIn is now offering RSS feeds for network updates. The feature allows users to track updates and connections across their LinkedIn network via their favorite RSS Reader. For example the feed shows when people in your network connect with other people, make recommendations or update their LinkedIn status. As Ben Barren points out, it’s a handy way of keeping up to date for those who… Read More

  • Decline Of US Newspapers Accelerating

    Figures released by the Newspaper Association of America show that the decline of newspapers is more rapid than previously thought, with total print advertising revenue in 2007 plunging 9.4% to $42 billion compared to 2006, the biggest drop in revenue since 1950, the year they started tracking annual revenue. Online provides some solace for the dead-tree business, with internet ad revenue… Read More

  • Google Risks Muslim Backlash By Hosting Fitna

    http://www.liveleak.com/e/7d9_1206624103 Google is currently hosting controversial film about Islam Fitma. The film has made tech headlines after Network Solutions suspended the site the film was to debut on, then Live Leak was forced to pull it following serious threats against the company from Muslims unhappy with the film. Live Leak’s explanation video above. The film, ripped from… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Doctor clarifies her games rating recommendation, says not meant to punish adults

    [photopress:calmdownuk.jpg,full,right] A little present showed up in my iTunes Podcast section a few minutes ago. The Game Theory podcast interviewed Dr. Tanya Byron, who’s recommendation to restrict the sale of violent video games shook the Earth to its core. She made it quite clear that her recommendation shouldn’t preclude adults from enjoying games like “Grand Theft… Read More

  • Nokia N810: The first WiMAX tablet coming (??)

    A link to Nokia Europe shows a Nokia N810 tablet with WiMAX capabilities. It appears to be a standard issue N810 and we can only assume it will appear at CTIA this year. Read More

  • Electronic sheet music turning stand

    [photopress:musicauto.jpg,full,right] This device does (well, conceptually) one thing: electronically turn sheet music. You simply tap the little foot pedal when you’re ready for the next page and that’s that. Never having played an instrument, save for strumming along to a couple of Sleater-Kinney songs in the halcyon days of my youth, I don’t personally know how annoying it… Read More

  • Rumor: Netflix coming to Xbox Live April 1

    Whatever upgrade is being done to Xbox Live on April Fools is anyone’s guess, but recent surveys and speculation might lead some to believe Netflix is coming. Was Monday’s meltdown a result of this? Hmm… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    The Back Burner: Things we didn't post this week

    A big thank you to everybody for filling our tips at crunchgear dot com inbox with wonderful, unique, and newsworthy items. Here are five that we just couldn’t get to this week. “crunchgear”Domain Name & Internet keyword Registration Dear Sir or Madam: We are Beijing Erimut Network Information Technology Co., Ltd in China, which is the domain name registration… Read More

  • Shuttle now offering small form-factor quad-core PCs

    [photopress:SYG5_3300_G.jpg,full,left]I’m not much of a desktop computer user. I do my best work at a coffeeshop, bar, or in bed, so my laptop is always the way to go. When I do noodle with desktops, I always try to make them as stylish and small as possible. Shuttle’s my go-to company for small desktops, and its latest tiny offering includes quad-core procs, something you… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Xbox Live scheduled downtime

    I just logged onto Xbox Live and found this message waiting for me and thought I’d share. Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: Should Microsoft be afraid of Linux?

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    With kind regards to Penny-Arcade Does Microsoft fear Linux? Should it fear Linux? Does it fear Linux only in certain sectors, like Web servers, and not others, like the desktop? What exactly does “fear” mean here? Why do I still watch Lost? All important questions that deserve highly developed answers. PBS attempted to answer some of… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: GTA IV's downloadable music will be portable to iPods, computers

    We’ve known for awhile now that GTA IV, when it hits, will have the ability to program the in-game radio with music purchased online. But now Amazon’s getting in on the action, allowing those who’ve bought in-game songs to transfer them to their iTunes, iPods, etc. What’s really great is the MP3s are DRM-free, meaning switching them to your device and desktops and… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: How to install Ubuntu

    Installing Ubuntu is literally as easy as dropping in a disk. However, it is important to understand that Ubuntu needs its own clean drive to run correctly. If you are a beginner, we would suggest installing Ubuntu on an older machine or running it from CD-ROM which will give you a taste of Linux without endangering your hard disk. This is by no means an exhaustive examination of Linux but it… Read More

  • Kodak's new digital photo frames feature gesture-based input

    [photopress:kodak.jpg,full,left]Kodak’s dropped a trio of new digital photo frames that lack the usual controls or remote control that most frames come with. Instead the frames have a multitouch-like “Quick Touch Border”, allowing for gesture-based input to browse or display photos. It’s a cool idea. The M820 and M1020 are 8- and 10-inch frames, respectively… Read More

  • Hawking's compact USB WiFi adapter does range, gain

    [photopress:Picture_53.jpg,full,center] Hawking today has announced a new compact USB 802.11n device with upgradable hi-gain antennas. The HWUN1A can boost your range by up to four times, and boost throughput up to N-spec levels. If you’re in an area with a lot of interference, then the Hi-Gain antennas are what you want. If you really want to cover a lot of area, there are outdoor… Read More

  • Montgomery & Co. Raises $50 Million For Realtime Worlds

    Scottish game developer Realtime Worlds has raised $50 million in a third round of financing led by Maverick Capital, says a source with knowledge of the deal. The company previously raised nearly $33 million in capital from CIM Fund and NEA. We’ve also heard that Montgomery & Co. were advisors on the deal. Realtime Worlds is behind a number of game titles on a variety of… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: How CrunchGear's Linux Week made me hate Linux

    [photopress:linux.jpg,full,center] My feature for this week was to be “Linux rocks your Windows box” or something of the sort. Great, I thought. I’ll take Wubi for a spin, see how it stacks up against a partitioned install of Ubuntu, and search around for other ways of making Linux apps work in a Windows environment. Fun and informative! But it’s just my luck that… Read More

  • Webjam gaining users

    I hear UK startup Webjam is bringing in some deals. Yamaha music group is using the web community platform to spearhead grassroot music eduation. And the UK Conservative Party think tank CPS is using it to launch an e-democraty initiative. (Oh, and and UK university student newspaper Sanctuary is using it). I also gather they are getting an increasing amount of traffic from the US. The… Read More

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