• Explosion In Mojave Desert Kills Two, Injures Four

    Sad news today as an explosion in the Mojave desert has claimed two lives and injured four others at the site of Richard Branson’s SpaceShipOne project. Engineers there were testing a spaceship motor when a flow of nitrous oxide was ignited, causing a large explosion. Scaled Composites, LLC, is the company that Branson has contracted with to head up the SpaceShipOne project. The six… Read More

  • Buffalo Wi-Fi Gamer Simplifies Online, Wireless Gaming

    Back in the day, I used to write about a lot of Buffalo gadgets that tended to be Japan-only. The Wi-Fi Gamer, however, will appear on our shores sometime in August. It’s a gaming-centric router-like device that tries to address a problem gamers no doubt have encountered: connecting to a Wi-Fi access point with a game console can be a royal pain in the behind. (I hope that last… Read More

  • Gears Of War Get Action Figured

    Many of you probably played with GI Joes and Transformers and whatever popular action figures were out at the time, so you’ll understand my dismay at the lack of quality action figures out in the market at the moment. They’re cheapo, lack the pizzazz of yesteryear or they’re just flat out too complicated to play with. The new Transformers are notorious for that. But a new wave… Read More

  • Wikia Acquires Distributed Web Crawler Grub

    Wikia has acquired the distributed web crawling engine Grub from Looksmart. Grub utlizes spare computing cycles on users’ computers to index the web, a similar concept to that used by SETI@home in the search for extraterrestrial life. Grub originally started in 2000 and was purchased in 2003 by LookSmart. Grub was shut in 2005 following some minor controversy over the closed source code… Read More

  • Razer Upgrades Diamondback To 3G

    Precision mousing for gamers just got a whole lot better thanks to Razer. The Diamondback has been updated with Razer’s third-generation IR sensor that uses five blades instead of four and it’s now ensconced in a new non-slip condom material that allows better response time because of its much improved tactile feel. Read More

  • Qantas Upgrades Fleet, Now Includes Power and Wi-Fi

    If the domestic U.S. airlines were as forward thinking as Qantas, we’d be so much better off. At least the geeks would be. Sure you can use SeatGuru to find out which seats have outlets or pull out your Maglite just to check, but wouldn’t it be easier if every seat in every class had power and Wi-Fi? Read More

  • EA Eats Crow, Says It Miscalculated Wii Popularity

    Yes, it’s always been fashionable to bash Electronic Arts, even before the whole “EA Spouse” thing rocked the Internet a few summers ago. But you need to respect a company when it admits to its mistakes, as EA did at its investors meeting yesterday. Its CEO said the company backed the “wrong horse” when it allocated most of its resources to support the PS3 and… Read More

  • SMS, She Is Dying

    Research firm Gartner is predicting that SMS will become obsolete or at the very least become insignificant by 2010. Duh. The report may only apply in Australia, but it isn’t very hard to see the correlation here in the U.S. Mobile e-mail is becoming more prevalent every day with Joe Shmoe picking up a BlackBerry or some other smartphone with e-mail capabilities. You may be led to… Read More

  • Profile Builder Launches Tonight At TechCrunch Meetup

    At tonight’s ninth TechCrunch meet-up, identity management service Profile Builder is launching and demoing their product on Profil.es. Profile Builder’s solution tackles the fragmentation of our online identity caused by the increasing number of services vying for our attention. With Profile Builder, you can create one profile to link together all of your bits of online identity… Read More

  • iRiver Siren Digital Photo Frame

    I was at Josh’s house the other day and noticed, quietly, that he has one of those digital photo frames. I mean, he’s cool to begin with, but now I know he’s, like, Fonzie cool. So now I look at iRiver’s new Siren digital photo frame with “Be Like Mike Josh” on my mind. Its 5.6-inch QVGA display, encased in old person-friendly mahogany, should do the trick… Read More

  • TechCrunch Meet-Up at August Capital is Tonight

    So today’s the big day for our second-annual TechCrunch meet-up at August Capital. The Guest List is here – it is now full, and we wish we had more space to accommodate all the ticket requests. We’re planning additional events this year and hope you can join us next time. Due to the size of the guest list, we will be checking individual IDs for entry into the party. Time: … Read More

  • Long Live The User

    There’s a rather strange meme spreading at the moment that argues that the term “user” is dead. The short argument is that because we are all users, the term is redundant. Josh Bernoff claims that because we don’t refer to people as users of dishwashers, we shouldn’t refer to people using computers as users either, but simply people. Max Kalehoff believes the user… Read More

  • Trusted Opinion Adds Netflix Queuing

    Social networking startup Trusted Opinion has added Netflix Queuing to their recommendations focused offering. The feature allows Trusted Opinion members to read a review of a movie then instantly add it to their Netflix queue without leaving the page. Although it sounds simple, Netflix does not offer a public API and hence the feature had to be created the old fashioned way, by creative… Read More

  • Dadnab Launches Free Service for Tri-State Transit Riders

    If you commute by mass transportation in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state region you can use the Dadnab service to help plan your trips. Users can send a text message with an origin and destination to ‘tri@dadnab.com’, and just seconds later get a text message back detailing optimal routes and travel times, and includes which buses, trains and even ferries to take. Read More

  • Using Second Life and a Wiimote For Job Training


    They’re training to be Power Rangers Not a week goes by that there’s not a Second Life story to hate on. This Friday edition of “Second Life is really, really, really stupid” brings us news that an MIT researcher is using the “game” and the Wiimote to create training simulators for various companies. (Incidentally, the researcher, one David E. Stone, called… Read More

  • BBC iPlayer: Cheerio Pip Pip Bob's Yer Uncle, Right?


    Care for a spot of tea? BBC, that stalwart of UK television AKA telly, is now offering a peer-to-peer video player called the iPlayer what will offer a selection of “programmes” from the past “weeke” and offer “livee” “programmeing” as it happens. Apparently the program has been circulating for a few weeks but they’ve finally gotten it… Read More

  • AOL Survey: Mobile Lets Users Check E-Mail at All Times

    Do you feel the need to stay in constant touch with colleagues and friends? Do you check your e-mail at all times of the day? Well, you’re not alone. According to a new AOL service, the average e-mail user checks his or her mail and estimated five times per day, and 59 percent of mobile users check every time a new message arrives. Washington, DC according to the survey is the most… Read More

  • CDMA Gains Share

    CDMA2000 dominates the North American 3G wireless telecommunications market. That’s the official word form the CDMA Development Group (CDG), which announced that there are more than 135 million 3G subscribers in North America, and more than 22 percent of those use EV-DO mobile broadband devices. “CDMA2000’s strong growth in North America validates the technology’s… Read More

  • The AudioFile: The iPhone Is Eyeing Your Living Room

    This week: Computers, set-top boxes (like AppleTV), and AV
    receivers are battling to be your household hub, streaming music and
    movies back and forth across your pad until you become sterile and
    glow in the dark. All this gear is versatile, but it’s hard to know
    which one to pick — especially when hefty sums of money are involved.
    Sonos and now Denon seem to have the most… Read More

  • Apple iMac Keyboard: Bull or Just Fake?


    Apple Introduces the iCarpalTunnelSyndrome Engadget has some pictures of a purported Apple iMac “slimline” keyboard that looks like some Taiwanese factory prototype got run over by a truck. This keyboard is supposed to be the “brushed aluminum” model that will be available as early as August 7. I’m calling bullshit on this, but go ahead and stare at it for a… Read More