• Liveblogging Facebook Advertising Announcement (Social Ads + Beacon + Insights)

    I am at Facebook’s social advertising announcement in New York City, where Mark Zuckerberg is about to take the stage and tell us all what we already think we know: Facebook is getting into the advertising business in a big way. Much of what will be announced today, such as projects code-named Beacon and Pandemic have already leaked out. We’ll see how much of that leaked… Read More

  • Nokia's 'near on perfect' haptic touchscreen technology

    Haptic technology sounds simple enough — you press an area of a touchscreen and you feel a little buzz under your finger. That’s supposed to replicate the feeling of pressing a real-life key. Apparently, Nokia’s developed its version of the technology for upcoming S60 devices and, according to The Red Ferret Journal, “Each press of a key returned a clunky click and… Read More

  • Boy hires hit-man to kill mom over grounding


    I don’t really want to write this story simply because it isn’t really about tech — it’s about a crazy kid rebelling against his parents in a perverse way — but apparently Cory Ryder, a 16-year-old from Maryland, attempted to hire an undercover police officer to put two bullets into his mom for grounding him. I’m waiting patiently for the talk radio and… Read More

  • Video: Kensington laptop lock defeated in mere seconds

    Just how safe does one of those Kensington locks make your laptop? Judging by this video, and many more like it, not very. Mind the silly acting. Kensington Read More

  • Netvibes Wants To Tap Into Other Social Networks

    Not wanting to be left behind, Netvibes is adding a slew of social-networking features and integration with other social networks to its widget start page. Netvibes already supports a variety of desktop widget platforms, has its own Universal Widget API, and is part of Google’s OpenSocial movement. It is now combining all of these efforts, Tariq Krim announced today at a conference… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $399 PS3 with movie, game, HDMI cable

    Sure, you can get the 40GB PlayStation 3 console with free Spiderman Blu-ray movie for $399 just about anywhere but at Dell, you can get the same bundle PLUS Ratchet and Clank Future: TOD and an HDMI cable thrown in as well. This isn’t going to cause mass hysteria by any means but for anyone getting set to buy a PS3 to hook up to a nice shiny HDTV via HDMI, you might as well get some… Read More

  • The Crunchies – the Oscars for startups

    The good news is that UK, Irish, other European startups and – in fact – any startup in the world will be able to enter the Crunchies, a new year-end startup competition and award ceremony/party which TechCrunch is coordinating with three other blog networks – GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb and Venturebeat (click on the links to see their coverage). The idea is this: let the… Read More

  • Oakley updates MP3 sunglasses for some reason

    I’ve never actually seen anyone wear Oakley’s MP3 sunglasses in person. I’ve seen athletes wear them and I think Dog the Bounty Hunter wore them, but he’s been taken off the small screen for his racist remarks so he doesn’t count anymore. I think it’s a good idea, but why? Not everyone can pull off these sunglasses because they simply won’t fit your… Read More

  • Amazon launches S3 service for Europe

    Amazon has launched its popular S3 (Simple Storage Service) product in Europe, hoping to attract European startups to a service which won’t have the latency which affects European sites trying to use the US-based service. Amazon S3 is a storage service in the cloud offering software developers and businesses access to the same scalable storage infrastructure Amazon uses to run its own… Read More

  • iTunes 7.5 hints at iPhone 1.1.2 firmware goodies

    Thanks to some industrious people who can use a command line, we learn that the iPhone may or may not be able to manually sync music on the iPhone and/or create an automatic shuffled playlist, just like on the Shuffle. Another interesting development suggests voice memo recording. MacRumors thread Read More

  • Glide Crunch—Closing the Gap Between Online and Offline Spreadsheets


    Web-based spreadsheets like Google’s are great for collaborating, but slow you down when it comes to clicking through cells quickly or creating really big spreadsheets. It doesn’t even have a search function other than what your browser can do on its own (try finding a name in a list of 500). Desktop-based spreadsheets like Microsoft’s Excel give you all the features and… Read More

  • Children learn to accept robot as friend, peer

    Scientists have developed a robot friend for children that teaches them how to live and interact with other children. The robot, which is of course Japanese, is called QRIO, and was recently used in a study to see how children would react to it. At first, children approached the similar-sized robot like, WTF is this? Eventually, though, they became friends. The kids played with it, cried when… Read More

  • HP MediaSmart Server available for pre-order

    Ah Windows Home Server. I’m interested to see how it fares. I am of the opinion that marketing a $500+ home networking storage device to casual consumers is an odd choice. I could be wrong, though. I guess we’ll soon find out. HP’s MediaSmart Server is now available for pre-order on major retailing websites like Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, CompUSA.com, and the like. There’s… Read More

  • Get to LeWeb3 for free

    If you haven’t bought a ticket yet for the LeWeb3 conference in Paris this December 11 & 12, you can still get a 100€ discount from the normal price, courtesy of TechCrunch. Loic Le Meur has also offered two free tickets to TechCrunch readers. You’ll have to get to Paris and pay for a hotel on your own expenses, but you won’t have to pay for the conference itself. Read More

  • Sony, I don't understand your commercials

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?umid=125759 Does anyone understand this at all? What is Sony doing? Read More

  • E3, way back when

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/3425/bbtv_2007-11-02-213900.flv The video is a little choppy and the host is manic (and his story is quite sad) to say the least, but it’s fun to see what E3 used to be — a malevolent pleasure dome of scantily clad women and video games — and what happens when you subvert the status quo by dry humping Miss Pac Man. SFW unless you work for… Read More

  • Here comes the iPhone – want to win one?

    The Apple iPhone launches in the UK this Friday and as I hinted at here, we are going to run a competition to win an iPhone and five iPod Nanos (for the runners up). The competition is in two parts. The first part is to win the iPhone itself. The second part, for the Nanos, will be up tomorrow. So to be in for a chance of winning the iPhone all you have to do is answer this question in a… Read More

  • New lighter PS2 consoles to hit Japan this month

    Sony’s set to launch a slimmed-down version of its 7-year old PlayStation 2 console in Japan on November 22nd. It’ll cost roughly $140 and weighs about a pound and a half thanks in part to the power cord that plugs directly into the unit, eliminating the clumsy brick apparatus. It’ll come in Charcoal Black, Ceramic White, or Satin Silver. Other than that, it’s a… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #253

    Today we learned the Gphone is an alliance committed to building a new open platform that just might result in the phones of our dreams. Bug Labs is releasing a build-your-own gadget system called BUG. It starts with the BUGbase, a small, fully programmable Linux computer that can be expanded with a set of hardware add-ons and an open-source development platform. I founded the Geek… Read More

  • Gamerator full-sized MAME unit has built-in beer keg

    Maybe I should get one of those shady payday advances for this. “This” being the Gamerator, a full-sized MAME cabinet that just so happens to have a built-in refrigerator. And what else would you store in the refrigerator other than beer? Well, food, yeah, but that’s boring. There’s a small tap in the front whence beer flows into your might ROM chalice. I mention… Read More

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