• PSA: BlackBerry e-mail service down?

    Is anyone receiving e-mails on their BlackBerry because I haven’t received an e-mail on mine since yesterday at 9:27PM EDT? Oh, I’m on T-Mobile. Read More

  • All It Takes To Inflate Your FeedBurner Numbers Is a Netvibes Account

    Feedburner hacked! from Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten on Vimeo. It is hardly surprising that FeedBurner’s subscriber numbers can be faked. What is surprising is how easy it is to do so. As the video above shows, all you need is a Netvibes account. The folks at the Next Web in Amsterdam took a blog with 43 subscribers and turned that into 2,500 overnight simply by creating an OPML file… Read More

  • Lenovo S10 unveiled, caught on video

    In the latest string of netbook offerings comes Lenovo with the S10. The LED-backlit 10.2-inch screen netbook is small, but doesn’t skimp on the features. The keyboard might be cramped for some because it’s been reduced in size by 15 percent, but what would a netbook be without a couple caveats. The S10 will come with Windows XP (for reals, Yay!), two USB ports, a 4-in-1… Read More

  • Bandai spices up (?) cult anime Ghost in the Shell, releases a new Blu-ray box

    Bandai Visual today announced [JP, PDF] that the new version of the 1995 cult anime Ghost in the Shell will be released on Blu-ray in Japan on December 19th. The MSRP for the so-called Ghost in the Shell 2.0 Blu-ray box is $210. Bandai Visual recently said [PDF] they plan to release more anime titles simultaneously in Japan and select international markets but there is no word on a US… Read More

  • 15 Year Old Entrepreneur Launches Teens In Tech

    Teenage entrepreneurs aren’t a new phenomenon in the valley – 17 year old Kristopher Tate founded Zooomr back in 2006, and Jessica Mah could call herself a serial entrepreneur by age 17. But it’s still pretty rare to see a startup founder get dropped off for work by his mother. At our August Capital event last week, I met 15 year old Daniel Brusilovsky for the first time. … Read More

  • WebVet, The "WebMD for Pets", Launches

    When you’re looking for reliable information about human medical conditions, you can always turn to health portals like WebMD, RightHealth, OrganizedWisdom or iMedix. But what if your cat has stopped eating or your dog has started losing its hair? You’d probably resort to Googling the symptoms in hope that you could save yourself a trip to the vet. WebVet is a content site… Read More

  • Study says music industry needs to embrace BitTorrent sites

    A new study says what we’ve been saying for God knows how long: [music] piracy is here to stay. It’s now up to the industry to figure out how to move forward. The study, by the MCPS-PRS Alliance (the record companies) and Big Champagne (they measure stuff online!), looked at piracy through the lens of Radiohead’s In Rainbows, the album that was released last fall as a… Read More

  • Germany's Telekom is developing a Kindle competitor


    Read&Go, an e-paper from France Telecom One of Europe’s biggest telecommunications companies, Deutsche Telekom, is developing a portable e-reader, apparently a competitor for Amazon’s Kindle. There are no pictures of the new device available at this point. The German powerhouse plans a test run with a few dozen prototypes in Berlin this fall. The project is code-named… Read More

  • Yahoo Boss Is So Open, It Runs on Google's App Engine

    In a demonstration of just how open Yahoo search can be, one of its senior engineers has created a simple search mashup that combines Yahoo’s BOSS framework and Google’s App Engine. Yahoo BOSS allows developers to create their own customized search apps based on Yahoo’s search engine, and the Google App Engine is a platform for hosting apps. Vik Singh, the engineer who… Read More

  • Apple Pulls Another Innocuous iPhone App


    Another day, another capricious decision by Apple to pull a fairly innocuous application. This time it’s BoxOffice, a diabolical system for finding and displaying local movie times. Quoth the developers at Metasyntactic: Apple pulled the app yesterday without giving my any notification that they were doing it, or what their justification was for removing it. I’ve tried to contact… Read More

  • There will be a James Bond edition Cyber-shot C902

    Sony Ericsson will release a James Bond edition Cyber-shot C902 to tie in the with release of the new, cursed Quantum of Solace movie. The phone will ship with a memory card with pre-loaded Bond content. Sounds a lot like The Dark Knight phone that just came out. Hopefully it’s not as gimmicky. As it stands, the C902 is a pretty decent phone (from what I’ve read—never used… Read More

  • Blu-ray not doing too well (except for PS3)

    Even after HD DVD’s demise, Blu-ray still isn’t catching on, the PS3 excepted. Maybe the real format war was between DVD and Blu-ray all along? A recent survey, carried out by ABI Research, found that more than half the respondents have no intention of buying a Blu-ray player. About a quarter said they had plans to buy one, but not till next year. And why are consumers so reluctant… Read More

  • Man carves wood into geek art

    Like art? Like wood? Oh, boy, are you in for a treat. Michael Rae, sculptor, bases his art in geek culture, which is why you see this gigantic gun that could well be out of Doom. It’s called the Lysistrata, which is Greek for “big wooden gun made by Michael Rae.” Wired has more pictures of this guy’s work, all of which look pretty cool. It’s safe to say… Read More

  • MPAA trying to eliminate analog hole

    If the MPAA had its way, your DVR would be nothing more than a hunk of useless metal and plastic, unable to record and pause live television. Steps are being taken to ensure that it gets its way. The fun-loving association is pushing hard for a technology called selectable output control, or SOC, which allows content providers—movie studios and the like—to prevent material from… Read More

  • What's the quicker texting method: T9 or QWERTY?

    Some people, like Peter Ha, text like it’s their job. It’s those people that The Symbian Blog are targeting with this interesting text messaging shootout, which pits the Nokia E71 and E90, both QWERTY-based, against the Nokia N95, which is T9-based. This is edge-of-your-seat stuff, to be sure. Since the edge of my seat isn’t exactly comfortable, I’ll just cut right to… Read More

  • Time Warner Ready To Unload AOL In Pieces. But At What Price?

    Time Warner is moving forward with its plans to sell off AOL in pieces, and is finally ready to formally separate the AOL portal and advertising business from its legacy dial-up access business. But how much can it hope to get for these parts? When Google invested $1 billion in AOL a few years ago for a 5 percent stake, that valued AOL at $20 billion (which some people thought was an… Read More

  • Social.FM in the Deadpool

    Social.FM, the three year old startup which helped users discover music through their social network in a similar manner to Last.fm, has confirmed it is shutting down. GigaOm carried a tip-off to that effect, now the site is carrying the following message: To our Valued Customers, We regret to inform you and apologize for this inconvenience, but Social.FM will be shutting down the system on… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Residents Edition

    Enormous eyeball lamps modeled after your very own peepers
    Automatic door for dogs, training not provided
    Cut air-conditioning costs with this heat-blocking paint
    Haw haw: Static-charged balloon foils security camera
    Video: Water-based touch interface for soothing bubble display Read More

  • Foxconn Building 800,000 iPhones A Week

    Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics giant that produces the iPhone 3G for Apple, has ramped up production to 800,000 units per week, says a source close to Apple with direct knowledge of the numbers. This is “above current full capacity” and there may be some concerns with quality control. Apple sold just 6 million of its first generation iPhones. Foxconn factories will be able to… Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve Sunset launching today

    Rumor had it that the Blackberry Curve Sunset would be hitting the shelves on August 4th – sure enough, the official confirmation just came down the pipes. Besides the paint job and fancy new sub-name, it’s still the same old Curve we know and love. Same 2 megapixel shooter, stereo bluetooth, with support for T-Mobile Hotspot Calling and up to 4 gigs of microSD. If you’ve… Read More

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