• Monetize Your Search Box with PredictAd

    Too often it is still easier to search the entire Web than a single site. In-site search leaves much to be desired in its ability to provide users with accurate search results, let alone assistance in performing more accurate searches. Israeli PredictAd is attacking this challenge head-on by offering auto-complete functionality for search boxes with an added twist: monetizable… Read More

  • Google Offers Secondary Search Boxes

    Google has started offering search boxes within their search results. In the example above, a search box is offered for Amazon. The new service seems to be restricted to larger sites with a slant towards retails sites. Borders, BestBuy and OfficeMax offer the secondary box, as does a search for Wikipedia and The NY Times. On the surface it would appear to be yet another dilution of… Read More

  • Shark deterrent! (Caution: does not work in belly of shark)

    If you’re a surfer in, say, Australia, you may have considered investing in such sharky countermeasures as a Shark Shield or chain mail. Neither is perfect as the latter tends to make you sink, and the former apparently causes the occasional shark to eat it, as evidenced by a recent test in which a 10-foot great white took a bite out of a unit being tested. The maker of the device… Read More

  • This watch is really a pair of handcuffs (wherefore?)

    [photopress:luisb.jpg,full,center] Let’s make this short and sweet. This watch is called ZeroPointZero, is designed by one Luis Berumen and also functions as a pair of handcuffs. Handcuffs are used to restrain arrested people or by Marv Albert. Biggs is the resident watch expert here, so I’ll defer to him for the lowdown on the watch part. But really, it’s a sex toy. Read More

  • Apple Tuesdays: Apple adds special live availability page to retail site

    Now this is interesting ineed. Due apparently to the high demand of the MacBook Air, Apple has put together a special page on its retail website where you can check your local availability without having to call or visit the Apple store. It’s not live now, but it appears as if it will be later tonight. Is Apple actually selling enough Airs to warrant this new service, or is it some… Read More

  • Control your iPod with your eyelids

    [photopress:eyelidpod.jpg,full,center] A Japanese researcher has developed a new method to control the iPod. It uses your eyelids. Sensors clipped to a pair of glasses or headphone detect movement in the user’s eyelids. Different movements trigger different iPod functions. Close one eye and blink the other to skip songs. Close both eyes to pause the song. Etc etc. Apparently the system… Read More

  • WordPress: The Social Network

    Can WordPress become the basis of a social network? Automattic founder and WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg hinted today on his blog that WordPress might go in a more social direction. He announced a new hire, Andy Peatling, the developer behind BuddyPress, a social network built on top of WordPress. BuddyPress will now become an official WordPress project. Peatling describes an earlier… Read More

  • Microsoft giving away over $100k in prizes to select beta testers

    [photopress:billgatesmoney.jpg,full,left]You know those scams, mostly from the late 90s, that went around advertising that if this email is forwarded 1000 times, Bill Gates will give everyone in the sender’s list $100,000? Yah, it was bunk, but this isn’t: if you’re a beta tester for Office Live Workspace, Microsoft is going to give you $100,000. Well, not all to one person… Read More

  • Jeremy Piven uses a BlackBerry Curve (plus other fun facts)

    [photopress:pivennnn.jpg,full,center] I’d like to echo Laptop’s synopsis of last night’s Microsoft event (fact: “event” is journalese for party) that, ostensibly, launched Office Live. (It’s a bit like Google Docs. In fact, it’s a lot like Google Docs.) First, Jeremy Piven was there… for approximately 18 seconds. He’s sorta on the short side. Read More

  • Panasonic's Lumix FS5 is not a bad shooter

    [photopress:6953_FS54.jpg,full,center] Panasonic this week is debuting a new camera in its Lumix line. The FS5 is a 10-Megapixel point n’ shoot in the familiar Lumix form factor. Featruing a 30mm-equivelent lens, the camera is great for part shots or outdoorsmen, but not so much for portraiture, but it does have a zoom to 120mm equivalent, which addresses close-ups. The rest is… Read More

  • Crysis shown on the Xbox360 at GDC

    Crytek has been pretty mum about the console plan for its GPU-taxing hit, Crysis. They said they’d be showing it on consoles at GDC, but it was nowhere to be found unless you did the legwork yourself. This intrepid gamer/reporter found that they were in fact showing it on the 360 behind closed doors, but only to publishers. Of course, the 360 was the obvious choice, what with the… Read More

  • Ask Trims Headcount, Goes After Women Searchers

    Rumors last week that Ask, the IAC-owned search engine, was about to cut 100 jobs overestimated the body count. In fact, Ask is trimming 40 jobs, or about 8 percent of its workforce. Newly appointed CEO Jim Safka, who replaced Jim Lanzone, is also going to refocus the brand to go after women in their late 30s and older, who already make up a disproportionate amount of Ask’s users… Read More

  • Assassin's Creed PC Qs and As

    I’m playing this right now, and I can tell you that it’s pretty tight. Per this IGN report, they’ve added a few new mission types (I wouldn’t know since I didn’t play the 360 version), tweaked the AI a bit, and they say that it actually runs faster in DirectX 10, which was certainly not the case with, well, any other game I’ve ever played. I can believe… Read More

  • RIP: Gary Gygax, inventor of modern role playing, dead at 69

    [photopress:gygax.jpg,full,center] One of the worst parts about this job is writing about great figures in geekdom who pass on. Today is especially hard, as I have to bring news that Gary Gygax died earlier this morning. Gygax was the co-creator and driving force behind Dungeons & Dragons, arguably the most important tabletop game ever made. The Dungeon Master’s Dungeon Master had… Read More

  • Dell announces new military-grade rugged notebook

    Dell’s gone rugged. Like, super rugged. Like, military rugged with the Latitude XFR D630. Starting at just under $4,000 and weighing in at almost nine pounds (just shy of a regular consumer laptop from Dell — hay-oh!), the D630 comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, XP or Vista, 14.1-inch outdoor-viewable screen (at 500 nits), and shock-mounted components. It meets the… Read More

  • Aqua-Roombas to clean up oil spills using teamwork

    This is a cool idea, although I’m skeptical of it being cost effective. And considering you’ll have to clean off every one of those expensive robots after each spill, it’s a messy proposition as well. Still, it’s a great idea and could provide a nice boost to spill containment efforts. It’s still a concept at this point, but feel free to DIY one in your garage… Read More

  • MSI PR620 releases healthy, delicious ozone

    My doctor told me that I should stop smoking and computing unless the PC was releasing at least 45,000 ions per cc of anions. I know, right? First off, who has that kind of time and second off what the hell is an anion? Well, MSI thinks you might know and is releasing a laptop that exudes fifty thousand ions/cc of anions, which is essentially concentrated ozone. Why? Because it purifies the… Read More

  • Demand Media Buys Pluck for $75 million

    Demand Media, a big buyer and operator of Internet domain name companies, completed negotiations to acquire Austin-based Pluck last night after about two months of negotiations. The price is not being disclosed but is rumored to be in the $50 million range. Update: We’ve confirmed the number from an inside source – $75 million, all cash. Pluck revenues are around $10… Read More

  • Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition makes me wet my pants

    [photopress:gta4_x360_pre_500.jpg,full,pp_image] This is probably the coolest Special Edition package for any game I’ve ever seen. Way better than any of the Halo 3 packages. I’m pretty sure this is going to sell out so act quick. The SE includes an art book, soundtrack, Rockstar keychain with a safety deposit box and a Rockstar duffel bag. Amazon even has an exclusive for you… Read More

  • Video: Hands on with a Samsung 3D touchscreen panel

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F722272&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Read More

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