• Gartner sez Windows is a big fail-boat

    Gartner, whose business it is to write lines like “For Microsoft, its ecosystem and its customers, the situation is untenable,” believes that “for Microsoft, its ecosystem and its customers, the situation is untenable.” Essentially they find that Windows is so full of junk code and accreted features that it will soon collapse under its own weight. For example, while… Read More

  • Microsoft Live Maps Drinks Google Maps' Milkshake

    Last night, Microsoft pushed out a ton of new features to Windows Live Maps, including a face-lift to some of its 3-D cities (Las Vegas, Dallas, Denver and Phoenix), the ability to export your collections to GPS devices and GeoRSS feeds (which means I can make custom maps for my Dash GPS), support for 3D-map video tours, better directions and traffic information, and also one-click directions… Read More

  • IBM develops new memory that holds 100 times more data than current memory

    Thanks to IBM scientists—who says Intel does all the heavy lifting these days?—we may soon have portable devices that can hold more than 100 times more data than they currently do. The comparison that’s been thrown around is, imagine an iPod with a 500,000 song capacity. (The iPod classic holds 40,000 songs.) Nirvana, I agree. IBM’s calling the new type of memory… Read More

  • CrunchWord Puzzle!

    Here’s the latest CrunchGear-themed crossword puzzle. You can find the answers to the clues spread throughout this week’s posts. Enjoy! CrunchWord Puzzle for Friday, April 11th Read More

  • 'Wayne's World' AMC Pacer up for auction on eBay

    It’s not the actual, actual car from the movie but it was “built by Paramount as a prop for the Paramount Kings Island ride, Stan Milenkos.” So it’s at least somewhat legit. The Buy It Now price is $7,999.99 and bidding is currently just over $2,500. The car itself is a 1976 AMC Pacer with 25,565 miles on it. It’s located in Columbus, Ohio which, incidentally… Read More

  • Firefox logo spotted 20,000 light years away

    Behold! The Firefox logo as seen in variable star V838 Monocerotis of the constellation Monoceros. I had Monocerotis one summer and it was NOT fun. I still get residual rashes from time to time and I can feel it in my joints when it’s about to rain. via Newlaunches.com Read More

  • CrunchNetwork May 1 Meet-up in NYC Update: More room, pending venue change

    With the excitement brewing about our Meet-Up on May 1 in New York, we’ve decided to slowly open up RSVPs to about 200 more people in the expectation that we’ll have a bigger venue picked by the middle of next week. Sponsorships are lining up quite nicely and we look forward to some amazing giveaways and a bunch of cool demos at the show. That said, pop over to Eventbrite to… Read More

  • Stats: Obama Still Winning On the Web

    We all know by now that if you could vote on the Internet, Barack Obama would already be president. His Website has always attracted more traffic than those of other candidates. Unaffiliated video-endorsement site YouBama popped up spontaneously to collect video endorsements from supporters. MoveOn.org is getting its constituents across the Web to rally behind him. Even Silicon Valley… Read More

  • V-Enable Adds Real Humans For New 411 Pitch

    San Diego based V-Enable, a free 411 service provider we first wrote about in December is celebrating April 11 (4/11) with a new product that adds real humans to the mix. FreeMobile411 (available at both freemobile411.com and fm411.mobi) expands on V-Enables previous handset only offering by providing any mobile free 411 service complete with the regular features, such as residential and… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Civet Drop Edition

    Automated sundial concept totally awesome
    $100 coffee? From cat droppings? Sure!
    Homestar Runner, Strong Bad WiiWare games soon
    Oh. My. God: A true ani-digi mechanical
    National emergency text message alert system approved: You’ll soon be getting txts from the president Read More

  • Gartner Says Vista Will Collapse. And That's Why The Yahoo Deal Must Happen

    Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald told a conference audience yesterday that Microsoft’s Windows product is collapsing and must make radical changes to its operating system or risk becoming a has-been. They specifically pointed out the slow adoption rate by businesses – just 6% to date – and the fact that the Vista code base is so large. That means changes… Read More

  • Google Launching ToDo List Product?

    TechCrunch reader Nicolas Hoizey noticed a blog post on the official Google Docs Blog today written by Andrew Cheng, a Google Marketing Manager. Hoizey sent us the NetNewsWire screen shot above (click for large view). The post, based on the screen shot, appears to be a simple to do list. But the post was removed from the blog and the feed, and that means it’s time for conspiracy theories… Read More

  • Google Calls Quattrone For Yahoo/Microsoft Advice

    Google has hired boutique investment bank Qatalyst Group to provide advice on the ongoing battle between Microsoft and Yahoo. Qatalyst Group is headed by colorful Silicon Valley investment banker Frank Quattrone, who as we noted in March has returned to the Valley after spending years in the wilderness fighting obstruction of justice charges. Quattrone was head technology banker for Credit… Read More

  • Do You Support Video On Flickr?

    In fine Flickr tradition, users are protesting against the latest change at Flickr, Tuesday’s introduction of video. Over 24,000 members have joined the We Say NO to Videos on Flickr group and NO VIDEO ON FLICKR!!! has 10,000 members. Complaints against video on Flickr range from slowing Flickr down, lack of community consultation and video diminishing Flickr’s photo focused… Read More

  • Automated sundial concept totally awesome

    I’m not one to get excited over clocks (I like corkscrews!), but this is pretty interesting. It takes the concept of the sundial to a mechanized future. Three lamps on concentric rings circle the peg in the middle, giving a shadow to represent hours, minutes, and seconds. It’s quite charming, even though it’s just a concept now. If this goes into production, I’m… Read More

  • Delicious Not Shrinking, But Another Problem Looms

    Earlier today, venture capitalist Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures wrote a post expressing concern that Web startups tend to languish after they are bought by big companies. To help make his point, Wilson reproduced the comScore chart above, which suggests that the number of people visiting the bookmarking service del.icio.us, which is owned by Yahoo, has dropped off considerably over… Read More

  • Papercraft SNES looks so real!

    I remember playing my SNES for hours and hours when I was in middle school. I should have been doing homework. And look at me now, slaving away at home to bring you pictures of cool papercraft SNESes when I could have a real job. via Boing Boing Read More

  • MyDataIsMyData: An Anti-Facebook Beacon Plug-In That Nobody Needs

    The Facebook Beacon controversy may not be making headlines any more, but the privacy concerns it raised still linger. According to this post about MyDataIsMyData, an upcoming privacy-monitoring service sponsored by classifieds site Flugpo, Beacon may still monitor traffic and personal data, even if a user has opted-out of the system. In response, MyDataIsMyData is creating a plugin for… Read More

  • Telstra lays new Internet cable from Hawai'i to Australia

    This is pretty nerdly stuff, but it’s important none the less. Telstra is laying a new Internet cable in the Pacific from Hawaii to Australia, but this isn’t some Ethernet jobby. No, this cable is capable of transporting 1.28 Terabits per second, sustained. According to IDM, that’s enough bandwidth to supply Australia with 160,000 HD channels, with plenty of room to… Read More

  • Sharper Image's Jerry Levin, we hardly knew ye

    Farewell, Jerry Levin. You recently resigned from the board of directors at the Sharper Image and now you’re trying to put together enough cash to buy the entire company. Good for you! That takes gigantic brass balls, by the way, since the stock price was hovering at around $40 three years ago and now it’s worth about 25 cents. I like your moxie, though, so the next time I… Read More

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