• Dvorak Uses a Mac, Frogs Fall From the Sky Over Indiana, End of World Nigh

    John C. Dvorak is tech commentator from when I was still running around in diapers. The man has literally been “blogging” in print since before most of use knew how to type “10 PRINT ‘HELLO WORLD'” Trust me. The guy’s a legend. But he doesn’t like Apple’s hype. So when he finally admitted yesterday that he actually uses and likes Macs, my… Read More

  • Senators Propose Internet Filtering Legislation

    Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Ted “The Tube” Stevens (R-Alaska) have proposed a bipartisan bill to add Internet filtering and monitoring to the… ummm… Internet? While the plan is all but impossible, their goal is simple: to think of the children. To that end, Msrs. Stevens and Inouye will each stand at one end of the Internet tube and keep bad stuff from going in and… Read More

  • What's Really Going On With Podtech?

    Update: See here. There have been a number of reports that silicon valley based Podtech is literally falling apart. I spoke to Podtech CEO John Furrier and asked him how many of the rumors are true. While he certainly fed me a certain amount of spin, the company has at least a few signs of life. Podtech raised what was at the time a large series A round of funding – $5.5 million in… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up: Poland


    The Polish iPhone Come on, Polska! I got about 80 replies and only a about 20 folks came by — not a bad turn-out, I guess. The folks that came were part of Spinacz.pl and a few other local start-ups and they were all — in theory — pretty excited to see the iPhone. Oh well. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Easy Bake Mario Edition

    Shoe Pure 100 Looks Like An Dinosaur Egg
    The Futurist: One (or Two) Sentence Reviews Of 18 Wii Games
    Make Cakes in Your Computer! EZ-Bake Drive
    Presenting the BSOD Tattoo
    Sennheiser MX550 Headphones Review Read More

  • Now We're Not Talking: Telstra Bans Facebook

    Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, has banned its approximately 49,000 employees from using Facebook. As Cameron Reilly at G’Day World puts it, “This would be a retarded move for ANY company, let alone a company that is trying to position itself as a company that “gets” online.” The move is strange given the growing worldwide popularity… Read More

  • Four States In Need Of AppleCare Reform

    Oh Alabama, Connecticut, Nevada, and Wyoming — why can’t you be more like the other states? If you live in one of the aforementioned places, don’t bother buying AppleCare for your new iPhone. It won’t work there due to a protective bubble of ardent consumer protection that’s been enacted for some reason or another. You might have better luck trying to get some sort… Read More

  • Balmer, Microsoft Hell-Bent On Not Sucking At Ad Game

    Some would argue that coming after Google’s online advertising crown might be an exercise in futility. Yet that’s what Microsoft’s gunning for, according to mild-mannered Steve Ballmer. And don’t think that Microsoft is trying to simply slice itself the tiniest sliver of the pie like your typical type-A friend that eats vicariously through everyone else, no sir. Read More

  • Fichey – A Pretty Way To Browse Popular Sites

    Fichey just launched this afternoon. It is a flash based site that, like StumbleUpon, allows you to browse through popular current websites. But it isn’t a bookmarking service – instead it shows sites from a specified date that were popular on Del.icio.us, Digg, Downfly, Reddit and StumbleUpon. The sites are shown as a jpeg and pulled into Fichey’s flash interface, which… Read More

  • The $1200 Widescreen Wireless Photo Frame

    If you had $1200, what would you do with it? Pay rent? Put it in savings? Eat a sloppy, delicious breakfast at McDonald’s every day for an entire year? You could do any one of those boring, stupid things OR you could buy a 19-inch widescreen digital photo frame. The PhotoVu PV1965w “is the industry’s first high-resolution, widescreen digital picture frame. [It's] wireless… Read More

  • HotSwap To Enter $370 billion Used Car Market

    Used car sales are big business – at least $370 billion/year in the U.S., with $81 billion or so of that occurring online. New startup HotSwap wants to apply some of the more recent trends on the web to that market, and bring more buyers and sellers together. And while used car sales aren’t exactly sexy, HotSwap is a very cool site. Think YouTube, for used car sales. The company… Read More

  • Twitter Gets Their Venture Round

    Twitter has raised a round of financing, led by Union Square Ventures. The size of the round has not been disclosed (yet), but additional investors include Charles River Ventures, Marc Andreessen, Dick Costolo, Ron Conway, and Naval Ravikant. The service, which has around 300,000 users, has grown rapidly in recent months. Pownce, Kyte and others are competitors. See Duncan Riley’s… Read More

  • HBO's And AOL's Comedy Site Diving Into The Deadpool

    This past February, HBO and AOL collaborated to launch comedy website ThisJustIn.com. Rumor has it that the site will be shutting down by the end of August. The site is a video blog that features daily topical comedy videos, ranging from short sketches to funny commentary. When launched, the site replaced AOL’s existing comedy property. The terms of the co-venture dictated AOL would… Read More

  • Make Cakes in Your Computer! EZ-Bake Drive

    Geeks like to eat sweets. Don’t believe me? Go find a geek, you’ll find junk food. But homemade cake is better than store bought cake. And homemade cake from your favorite computer is the best of all. Most Peecee desktops have at least one 5 1/4-inch drive slot that sits idle. Fill it up with this EZ-Bake Oven and you can make little tarts while you frag jerks. It’s… Read More

  • Presenting the BSOD Tattoo

    I’m not sure why anyone would want to get this tattoo, but someone did. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for geeky tattoos (I’m considering a 20-sided die somewhere), but this is a Windows BSOD (Blue Screen of Death, n00b). I don’t understand. Maybe it’s pro-Windows, maybe it’s anti-Windows, or maybe that abject confusion is the point? Either way… Read More

  • YouDeparted Lets Users Speak From Beyond The Grave

    Nevada based YouDeparted provides an encrypted electronic safe deposit box with up to 5GB of space that can be accessed by loved ones in the event of a members death Members use the service to store important information and last messages. When a member passes away, designated family members and friends may unlock the account. Before an account can be unlocked, a minimum number of Recipients… Read More

  • Tether Time: Share Your iPhone's EDGE Connection

    Hot damn, you can now tether your iPhone. That is, if you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty and aren’t afraid of doinking around with some network settings. The basic process involves creating a SOCKS server on your iPhone, creating an ad-hoc wireless connection on your computer, and getting the two to smooch passionately. This is great news for iPhone owners, although… Read More

  • HP's New 15.5-Pound Entertainment Notebook

    I’m halfsies about whether or not notebooks should be used for daily entertainment purposes. If you’re on a plane or in a hotel somewhere, go right ahead. Be my guest. But if I come to your house to watch some TV and you have to fire up the old laptop, that’s kinda weird. So it’s with half-hearted enthusiasm that I present to you the HDX Entertainment Notebook PC… Read More

  • Ninguna Sorpresa: Spanish Version Of The Latest Harry Potter Book Hits The Internet

    A fan translated, Spanish language version of the latest Harry Potter book has hit the internet. Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows made headlines early this month when the English language version found its way onto Bit Torrent prior to its official launch. The unofficial Spanish language version can be obtained and/ or read in several ways: a blog by the name of Spanish Hallows on Blogger… Read More

  • Yahoo! Picks Novarra For Next-gen Mobile Platform


    Depending on which mobile phone I’m using to surf the web with, websites are routed to the mobile version, which is fine and dandy, but there are certain times when I’m forced to scroll up/down, left/right and this pisses me off. I’m sure some of you have experienced this once or twice. Well, now I know to go through Yahoo’s oneSearch because they’ve picked… Read More