• Grouply Claims to Blow Past Ning; Now What?

    Adam Penenberg of Fast Company got lots of well-deserved grief for his cover article about Ning last month, the one that focused on the Andreessen and Bianchini duo’s “viral expansion loops”. The overly simple idea behind those loops is this: members join a service and then invite their friends. Rinse and repeat, and you’ve got exponential growth rates. Things… Read More

  • Rumor: iPhone app store ready to go at conclusion of WWDC keynote on Monday

    We’re guessing that Monday’s Apple WWDC Keynote will bring news of the iPhone 2 as well as a launch date for the iPhone apps store, but CNET has it on good authority from someone within Apple that the app store itself will be ready to open as soon as Steve’s keynote is done. Other rumors indicate that the iPhone 2 will also be available on Monday, but we see a Friday launch… Read More

  • Most popular stories for Tuesday, June 3, 2008

    Todays Top Posts: Contest: We’re giving away three ‘GearJuice Mobile Pocket Power’ rechargeable battery packs Google: Android for sure in 4th quarter of 2008 Intel’s PAN technology: Bluetooth’s worst nightmare? HTC Diamond: So fancy! MSI Wind now officially official Apple should hire this guy, but not as a cameraman CrunchArcade: Red-colored PS2 debuts in… Read More

  • Games for the blind or visually impaired, designed on Nintendo’s Wii

    Gamers with impaired vision usually had a hard time finding games they could play with their friends, who had no vision problems. The researchers at MIT’s (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Gambit Game Lab have been working with the Wii to create a game that will fill this need. They unveiled the fruits of their labor on Tuesday, a game called AudiOdyssey. The game is all about… Read More

  • Age of Conan patch shrinks characters' boobs, chances of ever seeing them in real life

    Straight from the “Time to Leave Mom’s Basement” files comes the story of the shrinking boobs of Age of Conan. Funcom, developer of the popular new game, released a minor patch for the it recently. While the patch did some fairly mundane maintenance on the game, it had one unintended side effect: the breasts of some female characters shrank noticeably. This, of course… Read More

  • CNN Money asks: Is an Apple environment right for your small biz? Yes, if you're not a moron

    Look, I’m not trying to be some anti-Windows Apple fanboi. I’m not saying that a Mac is for everybody; I think everyone should give them a try and then think critically about switching. But when it comes down to choosing between upgrading your small business to Vista or switching to OSX, it’s kind of a no-brainer. That’s why I take umbrage with this story from… Read More

  • Canon introduces a projector that exceeds 1080 HDTV resolution

    This monster of a projector is part of the REALiS Multimedia Projector line and is called the REALiS WUX10. This WUXGA-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen projector uses LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology to produce reportedly amazing color and clear image quality. It supports 1080 video content natively. The REALiS WUX10 cranks out 3200 Lumens with a contrast ratio of 1000:1. It… Read More

  • Constant Vigilance! RivalMap Introduces Automatic News Updates

    RivalMap, the collaboration tool designed to help businesses keep tabs on their competitors, has introduced News Feed updates. Through a partnership with Newsgator, the site will monitor RSS feeds around the web for mentions of specific company names and keywords. Companies can choose to either monitor specific news feeds, or they can have NewsGator report a keyword’s mention on any blog. Read More

  • The Far Future: Digital paper on Coke cans?

    We’re not really sure why we’d want this, and we’re definitely not sure it’s technology we can see a use for, but some smartypants are working on a way to embed movable text within digital paper in a disposal medium. That means text messages on a coke can. It doesn’t seem practical to us, but then neither did Bluetooth headsets, so who are we to judge? Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Cosplay record broken: 697 folks having a good time, dressed as Mario

    Dallas must be really proud, for some 697 cosplayers descended on the city at the weekend in a valiant and noble attempt to break the Guinness World Record of “Largest Gathering of Game Characters.” Men and women young and old paraded around the streets in Mario costumes, Link costumes, Chun-Li costumes and so on. You know, it’s really easy—really easy—to tease… Read More

  • CBS And Yahoo To Announce Video Partnership Tomorrow Morning

    Update 6/4/08: The deal has been announced, as reported below. We’ve got confirmation that CBS is going to announce an important partnership with Yahoo tomorrow morning. While we don’t yet know exactly what it will entail, we are confident that Yahoo will be joining the CBS Audience Network, which distributes CBS content to destinations such as YouTube, AOL, MSN, Joost, Veoh… Read More

  • Austrian designer phone worth as much as a Tesla Roadster

    Admit it: at some point, you’ve lost your cellphone. That’s why we don’t see any reason to spend $134,000 on a new one, even if it is gold-plated and encrusted with more diamonds that Liberace’s Cadillac. That’s what designer Peter Aloisson is pitching to the ultra-upper class. Based on a luxury Nokia handset, the small slider is completely covered in white… Read More

  • Apple now officially has a Monopoly on mp3 players

    Well, that’s a misleading title. They have a game of Monopoly, I should say. You can now download an iPod version of the world’s most beloved capitalism simulator. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it when you don’t have the physical money, houses and so on. You also don’t get to choose what “Free Parking” does if it’s hard-coded into… Read More

  • PS3 most power hungry console, sucking up all of your power

    We’re not sure exactly how the math on this works, but according to an Australian consumer group, called Choice, the Playstation 3 consumes more electricity than a medium-sized fridge. Not just a little more, but five times more, and that’s just plugged in with no gameplay. Plasma TVs are also hardcore energy vampires, sucking down four times more energy than standard TVs. Not… Read More

  • iHome announces computer speakers that sync and charge your iPod

    If you are in the market for some new desktop speakers and have an iPod, the iHome’s new iH69 and iH70 speaker system may be worth a look. The speakers feature a docking station for your iPod, which means you can charge, play and sync without having the mess of extra wires. They are Mac and PC compatible. “The new iH69 and iH70 are a perfect marriage of sound and design, and with… Read More

  • Unplug your electronics if you're looking to save money

    Luckily, my electric bill is covered by the building (I pay for gas), but those of you who have to pay your own way, take heed of this advice: turn off your video game console, and make sure they’re not in standby mode. A recent study shows that a PS3 plugged in and on standby pulls five times as much electricity as a refrigerator similarly plugged in. Other electronic devices, like… Read More

  • Sony's Home still on track, if you count beta

    Word around the blogosphere is that Sony’s PS3 version of Second Life, known as Home, was promised to launch in 2008, and it looks like that may be the case, though it might only be in beta. It’ll be an open beta, meaning anyone with a PS3 and an Internet connection can log on and try it out, though it should be pointed out that they might crash your system or reset your characters… Read More

  • FotoDialer: Make phone calls based on photos

    The baby boomer generation is old and they need as much help as possible. My own mother is constantly asking me for a cell phone with bigger numbers and a bigger screen. “But it has to look pretty”, she says. She doesn’t necessarily need the FotoDialer, yet, but my grandparents could probably benefit from it now. It’s a pretty ingenious device and I can’t… Read More

  • iPhone sees big market share drop: Blame BlackBerry?

    Apple’s going to release the new iPhone just in the nick of time, as recent data shows its share of the smartphone market dropped 7.5 percent from Q4 2007 to Q1 2008. That’s a pretty big dip, it has to be said, and one that can almost wholly attributed to RIM’s increase. It went from 35.1 percent to 44.5 percent. But, really, numbers are boring unless you’re playing… Read More

  • Pedalectric kart is perfect for going to the store (or being crushed by an SUV)

    As long as one can steer clear of traffic (as the driver in this video does not demonstrate), this little homemade kart seems like a great way to get around. It’s got a battery for propelling itself, and pedals for extra speed, powerless propulsion, or charging the battery (I assume). Modest, low-power vehicles like this are also prime for being solar-powered; imagine if everyone in the… Read More

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