• Game Content Under the Microscope: What Do You Think?

    Game Content Under the Microscope: What Do You Think?


    We’ll be keeping this story high on the front page for a bit simply because it contains such an excellent set of thought-provoking questions. – JB Today concludes our week-long look at video game violence and content. Originally we hoped to include comments from other voices, and efforts were made to hear from Florida Attorney Jack Thompson and Senator Joseph Lieberman. But… Read More

  • Age of Empires III: Big in Japan?

    Age of Empires III: Big in Japan?

    Age of Empires III is going to Asia, with a new expansion to be released this fall. Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is the popular real-time strategy game’s second expansion pack (and this is actually the first time an Age of Empires game has gotten a second expansion). This add-on also marks another first, namely the first time another developer beside Ensemble Studios is working… Read More

  • XM Tricks Subscribers, Says It Canceled Service When It Really Didn't

    XM Tricks Subscribers, Says It Canceled Service When It Really Didn't

    XM Satellite Radio might have some ‘splaining to do. Reports suggest that angry fans who thought they had canceled the service in response to Opie & Anthony’s suspension are just getting their accounts suspended. Fans hang up thinking they’ve canceled XM only to find out later on that XM didn’t honor their request, instead putting their account on hold for so… Read More

  • OrgPlus Live: Organizational Charts For The Masses

    OrgPlus Live: Organizational Charts For The Masses

    I know this is neither “gear” nor “gadget,” but I like telling you, the reader, about good software when I come across it. Software vendor Human Concepts makes OrgPlus, the go-to app for creating organizational charts. OrgPlus Live is the new Web-based version of said software. Don’t think you need org charts? Well, maybe it’s just that you don’t know… Read More

  • The DNS Disaster (with Contest!)

    The DNS Disaster (with Contest!)


    I’ve been a Bellsouth DSL subscriber for about 10 years now. It has at times been a tumultuous relationship. In the beginning I gamed quite a bit and there were issues, but after a year of complaining everything balanced out. It’s been great since then. Over the years I’ve upgraded consistently to the highest package available. I currently subscribe to the DSL Xtreme 6.0… Read More

  • Brother Printer Lets You Create RFID Tags

    Brother Printer Lets You Create RFID Tags

    Let’s make some mischief on this amnesty Friday, shall we? All we need is this Brother RL-700S printer that prints out passive RFID tags and we’re golden. Well, more accurately, it uses rolls of tape that contain the proper IC chips, complete with working antenna, which can be programmed with the corresponding data. I’m sure the black hats out there can figure out how to get… Read More

  • Samsung Launches 19-inch Bordeaux LCD TV

    Samsung Launches 19-inch Bordeaux LCD TV

    Samsung has launched a new 19-inch Bordeaux LCD TV, LN19R71B, in Japan and it has a speaker “which is not visible”. The hidden speaker works because of DACS (Dual Acoustic Chamber System). Picture resolution is set at 1440×900 with a contrast ratio of 300:1 and DNIe does all the digital picture processing. It also includes one HDMI port, S-Image and Analog RGB. The latest… Read More

  • Amateur Sports Management Meets Web 2.0: TeamSnap

    Amateur Sports Management Meets Web 2.0: TeamSnap

    A new service from Portland based SparkPlug; TeamSnap brings amateur sports management to Web 2.0. Anybody who has coached or managed a sports team knows how much work is involved. Managing team rosters, fees and event schedules is a time consuming chore. TeamSnap aims to simply the management of the various aspects of running any sort of team by providing an online destination, a CRM tool… Read More

  • Maxell Developing 200GB Blu-ray Disc

    Maxell Developing 200GB Blu-ray Disc

    Not much information here, but it looks like TDK isn’t going to be leading the Blu-ray optical market for much longer. Word is that Maxell is also working on a 200GB-capacity Blu-ray disc. Each disc will carry eight layers of tasty data on each side. Expect to see these available in stores by, ahhhh, 2010. Don’t hold your breath. Maxell also develops 200GB Blu-ray Disc [I4U] Read More

  • Nokia Introduces 3109 Classic

    Nokia Introduces 3109 Classic

    Those of you in Europe should pay attention to the 3109 Classic from Nokia. This offering includes Bluetooth and microSD with a built-in music player, but lacks a camera. Perfect if you want to leave your iPod at home or if you can’t use a camera-phone in your work environment. Aside from Bluetooth and music playback, the phone is pretty much a no-frills device. It has an e-mail client… Read More

  • Why Haven't CableCARD Home Theater PCs Taken Off?

    Why Haven't CableCARD Home Theater PCs Taken Off?

    Over at Zatz Not Funny, the greatest name ever for a blog, Zatz asks an important question: What’s up with CableCARD-ready PCs? Did they fall off the face of the planet, or are people just not enthusiastic about the idea of sticking a PC in their entertainment center? Read More

  • GameTap Gets Creative, Announces Animated Series

    GameTap Gets Creative, Announces Animated Series

    Fan of the original “Aeon Flux” or “Reign: The Conqueror?” Might want to sign up for GameTap soon, as the company will be releasing a new animated series called “ReVisioned.” A collective group of artists and writers will get together to create a cartoon series based on popular video games. Up first is “Tomb Raider” and guess who’s doing… Read More

  • Apple Being Sued Over Laptop Displays

    Apple Being Sued Over Laptop Displays

    If there’s even a minor flaw in a product, there’s money to be made by lawyers and PC fanboys. A San Diego filing for a class-action law suit by Fred Greaves and Dave Gatley is the latest legal trouble for the Cupertino company. The lawsuit claims that Apple was marketing Macbook and Macbook Pro displays as if they were god’s gift to mankind. Claims are made that the Macbook… Read More

  • Plazes Regroups, Learns From Twitter

    Plazes Regroups, Learns From Twitter


    Plazes, headquartered in Zurich and Berlin, is a social community that connects you and your friends to the places you spend your time. They’ve been around for a while (we profiled Plazes on the day TechCrunch launched in June 2005), and they recently raised €2.7 million in a venture round. Plazes lets users tell others where they are and what they are up to. Currently, users have… Read More

  • Video Game Sales Rise 20 Percent

    Video Game Sales Rise 20 Percent

    Last month video game sales jumped up 20 percent, a sharp increase over previous months. The reason for such a spike in the video game market? Nintendo. With the release of new Pokemon games and Wii sales still going strong, Nintendo took the lead for April, selling 360,000 Wii units to 14-year-olds around the country. Sony and Microsoft also contributed to the $839 million worth of hardware… Read More

  • Gnarly Alarm Clock Has Light Instead of Buzzer to Wake You Up

    Gnarly Alarm Clock Has Light Instead of Buzzer to Wake You Up

    It’s no Clocky, but this alarm clock innovates in a way that’s charming in and of itself. Rather than just having an annoying buzzer, not unlike the sound of creeping death to wake you up, it has a big, red, flashing light. Put it close enough to you and the pulsing redness is supposed to do enough to wake you, and only you, up. And yes, it also has an annoying buzzer. I like… Read More

  • Missing Girl Website Gets Millions Of Hits

    Missing Girl Website Gets Millions Of Hits

    Poor Madeleine McCann has been missing since May 3, when she was taken from her hotel resort in Portugal. Since her abduction, supporters have set up a Web site, www.findmadeleine.com, in an effort to spread the news. Appeal posters and an e-mail chain letter are available from the site for people who want to help out. Normally, chain letters are usually ignored and do no good to helping… Read More

  • Mini Desktop Filing Cabinet Brings Back CES Woes

    Mini Desktop Filing Cabinet Brings Back CES Woes

    Every trade show we attend, we’re swarmed by people in the industry throwing their cards at us like shurikens. After the first 50 or so, you start accumulating a little pile on your work desk and then 6 months down the road, your desk is littered by tons of cards from PR people, manufacturers, R&D guys, and those little cards people flick in your face in Vegas with hookers on them. Read More

  • Former Disney CEO Sees Minute and a Half Programming

    Former Disney CEO Sees Minute and a Half Programming

    Can you spare about 90-seconds to watch something on mobile phone? If so former Disney CEO Michael Eisner might just have something to fill that minute and a half. mocoNews is reporting that Eisner’s new company Yuguru has plans to create a new series, titled Prom Queen, which would be delivered over some online video stores and via Verizon’s Vcast service. Speaking at Sign On… Read More

  • The Most Convenient Bank Offers Mobile Version

    The Most Convenient Bank Offers Mobile Version

    Commerce Bank, which bills itself as America’s Most Convenient Bank, has launched a Virtual Private Bank reports Mobile Weblog, making it the first Web-based private banking platform. Commerce customers will be able to access their accounts from PDA smartphones such as a Blackberry or Treo, or the upcoming iPhone. According to the company’s press release, “this technology… Read More