• 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

  • ITT phones for babies, kids, the elderly

    [photopress:IMG_1486.JPG,full,pp_image] I’m trying to find a website for these guys but these were fairly cool phones for kids and older folks who might need a little help finding the buttons. The phones are all GSM compatable and as you see there are three styles: Baby, Easy, and some sort of DECT cordless phone with images instead of a number pad. Pricing and availability are, as… Read More

  • Facebook Hires Google's Sheryl Sandberg As COO

    Facebook has announced the hiring of Sheryl Sandberg, previously Google’s Vice President of Global Online Sales & Operations, as COO. Sandberg will start at Facebook March 24. Sandberg spent six years at Google where she built and managed Google’s online sales channels for both AdWords and AdSense. Prior to Google, Sandberg was Chief of Staff to the U.S. Treasury Secretary… Read More

  • Affordable NAVIGON 2100 max, 2120 max announced

    It’s nice to see GPS devices come out near the $300 point that don’t skimp too much on features. The NAVIGON 2100 max and 2120 max were announced today at CeBIT and feature a 4.3-inch widescreen display, text-to-speech directions, and “NAVIGON’s exclusive Reality View, which provides 3D guidance when approaching highway interchanges.” There’s also a… Read More

  • Office Live Workspace Beta Opens To the Public

    Microsoft opened up the beta of its Office Live Workspace to all comers today. The service, which is a hosted version of Sharepoint, is designed to let you share Office documents and sync edits. It does provide a decent (if crippled) Web-based word processor, but for the most part it forces you to use Microsoft’s desktop software to create all of your documents. It also doesn’t… Read More

  • Video: Hands on with the Pocket Surfer 2

    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%2F722191&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf PocketSurfer 2 website Read More

  • ASUS 8.9-inch eee PC: I guess it's cool


    Meeeh Look, I’m down with mini laptops. I really am. Give me a X300 over a monster IT-department-hand-me-down Dell any day. But I’m kind of tired of the eee. Sure it’s small, light, and fast, but wasn’t Sony doing this back in 1999? Even the Air is getting a bit too much press for what it is. Anyway, here’s the “9-inch,” which is really the 8.9-inch. Read More

  • PSP Cradle coming to Japan in late April

    If you happen to be in Japan on April 24th and you have a slim PSP and you have $62 to spare, you’ll be right in the eye of the perfect storm for buying this cradle thing. The included AV cables will allow you to hook your PSP up to your TV and control your favorite digital content from afar. If you just want the crade without the cables, it’ll run you about $46. For the record… Read More

  • Truphone fires its low call charges at operators

    Truphone, the UK startup which allows you to make VOIP calls from your mobile, has announced its first pricing structure. From March 1st, customers will be able to call 40 countries from anywhere on the planet for 3 pence per minute to landlines and 15 pence per minute to mobiles. This is aimed at the roaming charges levied by most mobile operators. Calls to other Truphone users remain free. Read More

  • Silverlight On Nokia Phones, Offline Announcement Perhaps Tomorrow

    Nokia has announced its intention to make Microsoft Silverlight available for S40 and S60 phones, along with Nokia Internet tablets. The decision strengthens Silverlights position as a competitor to Flash, but more importantly (as I noted perhaps prematurely last week) readies Microsoft’s Silverlight platform for the one game that’s new enough that it might have a hope in… Read More

  • Pequot Ventures Spun Off As FirstMark Capital

    Pequot Ventures, the $2 billion venture arm of hedge fund Pequot Capital Management, is being spun off as a separate business and renamed FirstMark Capital. Over the past dozen years, the venture firm has opened seven funds, and it currently has $1 billion in actively managed and unallocated capital. The fund focuses on emerging media and advertising, data and analytics, and… Read More

  • Yahoo Downsizing In The United States, Hiring In India

    Yahoo’s decision to purge 1000 staff members primarily from its United States operations (some in Europe) has been hot news this year. What we didn’t know when the announcement was made was that Yahoo was planning to expand its base in India. Yahoo is establishing a new lab in Bangalore with a focus on long-term research. The lab will be “a center of excellence for next… Read More

  • Trutap adds Facebook status updating

    Mobile social networking startup Trutap has now added Facebook to the list of social networks it integrates with. You can now update your status from inside the Trutap mobile client application, which works on a variety of handsets. It’s done by adding Trutap’s Facebook application to your Facebook account. Trutap users can also IM (MSN, Yahoo!, AIM and ICQ), group message… Read More

  • Apple Tuesdays are here!

    [photopress:appletuesday.jpg,full,center] We try really hard to get all the inside dirt on what Apple’s doing. Let’s face it, what Apple does effects every other piece of hardware and software on the market in some way, and our job is to try to divine what Cupertino is trying to do. We can’t always do that. What we do know is that Apple likes to release things on Tuesdays… Read More

  • ASUS Essentio CS5110

    This wee PC has WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 built-in and is about four inches thick and 12 inches high. It’s outputting HD video here so it looks like there is a nice video card in there as well. Again, no price or availability. Read More

  • Video: Waterproof, smashproof, heatproof PC components

    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%2F722015&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Seemed cool enough. Mil-PC Read More

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