• Google urges FCC to use fallow 'white space' for nationwide broadband

    [photopress:googwss.jpg,full,center] Google didn’t have to win any spectrum last week to get what it wanted out of the auction—open access to the resulting wireless networks for third-parties. (How Verizon Wireless and AT&T will coöperate in that regard remains to be seen.) But Google isn’t done throwing its weight around. Now the Mountain View-based corp has set its… Read More

  • Rock Band coming to Wii in June


    Attention Wii owners: Rock Band is coming June 22, but you won’t have the Music Store or be able to rock online. In lieu of that you’ll get five bonus songs that are more than likely ones that are downloadable now. That’s craptastic. It will retail for $170. Rock Band Finally Rocking Wii In June [Wired] Read More

  • PS3 firmware update unlocks "Portable Copy" nothing for PSP [Update]

    We already knew that the PS3’s impending firmware update would unlock the BD-Live feature, but PC World is reporting that the “Portable Copy” feature is also being let loose. What Portable Copy does is convert Blu-ray movies to SD which can then be transferred to your PSP. It’s unclear how long it will take to copy to SD or how big the files will be, but Sony fanboys… Read More

  • Google Throws Another Wireless Ball in The Air: WiFi 2.0

    No sooner does Google exit the FCC’s 700Mhz spectrum auction with its $4.6 billion still in its pocket and its rules imposed on its competitors than it throws up yet another ball in the broadband wireless game. Earlier today, it proposed to the FCC that the unused “white spaces” in television broadcast signals which will be freed up as a result of the transition to digital… Read More

  • Mixwit's Mixtapes and Broader Social Media Ambitions

    Mixwit makes it easy to create embeddable mixtapes (otherwise known as custom playlists). We touched upon the company a couple weeks ago as part of our Y Combinator demo day roundup but never gave it our full treatment. A similarly-named service called Mixaloo serves up label-sanctioned tracks and requires users to buy them to hear more than 30-second previews. Mixwit differs by drawing its… Read More

  • Yahoo, Tata Subsiduary In Research Pact

    Yahoo has announced an agreement with Computational Research Laboratories (CRL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Tata) to jointly undertake cloud computing research. Under the deal, CRL will give access to one of world’s top five supercomputers “that has substantially more processors than any supercomputer currently available for cloud computing… Read More

  • It slices, it dices, it blasts through concrete

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/271552990 I met a guy at a friend’s birthday party who works for Raytheon out here in the Boston area and he was really dodgy when I asked him specifically what he did for the defense contractor. He took an interest in the fact that I wrote for a gadget web site and mentioned that he “sorta works with gadgets”… Read More

  • Splendid: a "video enhance card" by Asus


    I’m not sure if I understand this thing entirely. It appears to be a small, fanless card with a partial PCI connector that performs hardware filtering and adjustment of your video out. I’m not sure I trust it entirely to upgrade my “legacy content.” Uprezzing and filters are strange beasts and should not be applied willy-nilly. I play NES with bilinear and NTSC… Read More

  • South Park Studios – It's Like AllSP, But Legal

    http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:southparkstudios.com:155193: It hasn’t been hard for people to watch the cult favorite show South Park (possibly the best show on television) online. Sites like Allsp (All South Park) have had the entire catalog available for some time. And episodes are always available on BitTorrent immediately after broadcast. Instead of fighting BitTorrent… Read More

  • XM-Sirius merger approved


    The Justice Department has approved the $5 billion merger between Sirius and XM. No news on when the merger will officially happen, but you might want to start your petitions to keep your favorite channels intact right about now. CG’s XM/Sirius coverage Read More

  • My voicemail box is full! So what?

    [photopress:10_voicemail.gif,full,center] Right now, I’m using a phone from Helio as my main phone. It’s no secret that we like what those guys are doing — they make full-featured phones for nerds; awesome! — but Helio’s voicemail system only allows for thirty messages. I get many calls a day, pitches to hear about USB baby-rocking cradles… Read More

  • Quanta, ooVoos developing HD video phone

    [photopress:Jetsons_Video_Phone.jpg,full,center] That nice big flat panel HDTV in your living room might become the video phone we’ve all expected of the future, if ooVoo and Quanta have anything to say about it. The video chat software maker and computer hardware manufacturer are teaming up to develop a set-top video phone solution. The thing is, video phones have been trying to land in… Read More

  • The great 22x DVD writer conspiracy


    So how fast is your DVD burner? Somewhere around 16-20x, no doubt, probably because OEM writers at those speeds cost less than $30. But is that the maximum? Hell no, fool. Samsung and LG already have 22x burners out there, but there is a conspiracy in place to keep you waiting that full five minutes for that DVD to burn, when you could be finished all of forty seconds faster. Vendors are… Read More

  • Kevin Rose says 3G iPhone will have video chat

    I’m calling bullshit but feel free to watch Kevin Rose prognosticate. That means “tell the future,” not what you’re thinking, pervo. Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: Why use Linux?


    Purdy! You know who you are: the guy who doesn’t do Linux. Windows works fine, all of your software works under Windows, and things are much cooler when you don’t have to worry about all that command-line garbage. Sure, Vista is a dog and SP1 causes cancer. Sure gaming is getting hit or miss without enough hardware to launch a space mission. Windows works for business and pleasure. Read More

  • Seagate all like "Solid state drives? Ours idea. We gonna sue you!"


    Seagate holds a patent for some aspects of drive/PC communication and may just start enforcing those selfsame patents if this whole SSD craze takes off. But the key thing, Watkins argues, is that SSDs are just too expensive, and will be for a long time. Just look at the MacBook Air. There are two versions of the Apple laptop, one with an 80 GB hard drive for $1,800, and one with a 64 GB SSD… Read More

  • Samsung's 2263DX dual-display monitor: Good for those with limited desk space

    [photopress:SyncMaster_2263DX.jpg,full,center] Samsung’s 2263DX, first introduced at this year’s CES, tried to grab your attention—and your $550 hard-earned dollars—by adding an external, 7-inch monitor to the package. While the benefits of a multi-display setup are still dubious (though fully one-half of the CrunchGear staff uses at least two displays, myself… Read More

  • Moto VU30 spotted at Phone Arena

    [photopress:vu30.jpg,full,center] Phone Arena’s got first pics of a forthcoming Motorola clamshell destined for Verizon this summer called the VU30. We don’t know much about the phone, sadly, though it appears to be a mid-range handset and the design is fairly fresh, at least for Motorola. Let’s hope we never see another phone from the RAZR’s family ever again, and look… Read More

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    All About Linux 2008: A Linux Orientation

    Keeping with our Linux theme for the week, I present this week’s Orientation on, well, Linux. Despite a market share of less than 1 percent for the Linux OS compared to 92 percent for Windows and a smidge over 7 percent for Apple’s Mac OS, the seldom used (by the general public) OS is the epitome of open source dev and free software. I mostly dabbled with Linux in college and… Read More

  • The DOJ Finally Realizes That A Sirius/XM Radio Merger Isn't a Serious Threat to Anyone

    Finally, more than a year after the deal was first announced, the Department of Justice approved the merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio. This deal took longer to review than Google’s DoubleClick acquisition. And it is not over yet. The FCC still has to put its stamp of approval on the paperwork. Washington really needs to speed up the merger-review process. Deal… Read More

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