• Windows 7 coming next year where next_year=current_year+50

    A possible Vista successor: Now blurry and boring. Billy boy let slip that Windows 7 AKA Windows Vista# will launch “next year” and explained that XP will be phased out for everything except low-cost PCs in some markets. Is he telling the truth? Who knows. He may mean an update to the Windows internals with a Vista shell, which is the most possible roadmap seeing as how they just… Read More

  • Second Skin, an MMORPG documentary


    I thought Darkon was going to be cool, but this looks even more interesting. It’s a documentary film about the ways, positive and negative, in which MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, Everquest and others have affected people’s lives. You’ve got the addict, the shut-in, the bloomer, the romantic, it looks like every popular kind of story associated with the genre is… Read More

  • Google Damages Property Values?

    A Pittsburgh couple is suing Google for including their house in Google’s Street View service. According to a lawsuit filed in Allegheny County’s Court of Common Pleas this week, Aaron and Christine Boring accuse Google of “intentional and/or grossly reckless invasion” of their privacy as their street is “clearly marked with a ‘Private Road’… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: BitTorrent downloads show Final Fantasy Crisis Core most popular game

    On a very popular, very exclusive, cat-themed video game BitTorrent tracker, Final Fantasy Crisis Core is the number one downloaded game. I bring this up for several reasons. One, BitTorrent downloads are a decent method to determine a game’s popularity among hardcore gamers. I know, or at least think, because my most hardcore gaming days coincided with rampant piracy. DreamCast, Xbox1… Read More

  • Creative backs down on threats to driver writer

    The Register is reporting that Creative has reinstated programmer Daniel_K’s Creative Vista driver on the official Creative sight and that, well, actually I’m not sure what they’re saying here: We have read the strong feedback about Creative’s forum post regarding driver development by daniel_k and other outside parties.
    Creative’s message tried to address our… Read More

  • From the "I told you so" Dept.: Study shows violent games relax players


    I take issue with the classification of World of Warcraft as a “violent game” in this study, but I suppose it’s more violent than Animal Crossing. The study, done at Middlesex University in the UK, had just under 300 people of all ages playing WoW for a couple hours, and found that players were more tired and calm after their gaming session. It’s not a really… Read More

  • You Suck at Photoshop #10

    http://www.mydamnchannel.com/xml/mdc_embed.swf?episode=615 What happened to Donnie?! Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Yeti3D for real (and really cool) 3D games in the iPhone

    If you doubted the power of the iPhone’s wee processor, I dare you to download Yeti3D or 3DPacman for the iPhone. I tried them out last night and the graphics are incredibly smooth and acceptably detailed. Considering this is a completely homebrew product, I’m fairly excited for the future prospects for gaming on the platform. Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F797956&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Demo of the Web browser can be found here. Most of this week at good old CrunchGear was taken up by iPhone-alike hunting at CTIA and April… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Unreal Tournament 3 modders could win $1M from Epic, Intel

    Epic and Intel have announced a contest for the more talent modders among us. They’ve put up $1 million in the “Make Something Unreal Contest,” which invites modders to use the Unreal Tournament 3 (PC version_ engine to create something as special as 2006’s Red Orchestra. There’s a number of different categories to chose from, from best graphics in a map to… Read More

  • H2O2 + Terror Tang = Orange-flavor Alert


    You know how these days at the airport you can only take a clear plastic bag with 3oz bottles of liquids or gels? Remember the panic that precipitated that? Well, the trial is underway and they’re revealing their dastardly methods. Apparently they were going to mix Hydrogen Peroxide and Tang, then detonate the resulting mixture with a disposable camera. Does this sound like a… Read More

  • Last Ticket Release for April 10 TechCrunch MeetUp LA: Geek Goes Chic

    The TechCrunch MeetUp LA co-hosted with PopSugar is next Thursday, April 10 and we’re making the last 250 tickets available now. MySpace will be spinning MySpace Music for us all night with an awesome DJ. Come join the eclectic celebration of new technology, media and fashion that fits the LA scene. There’s still time to help sponsor the MeetUp. This is our biggest event yet… Read More

  • Couple sues Google because their home is on Google Maps Street View

    How pompous. A Pittsburgh couple has sued Google because photos of their house are now on Google Maps Street View. They allege that ever since the photos have appeared on Street View, the value of their property has plummeted. Property records indicate that the domicile was purchased for a cool $163,000, which, I’m pretty sure, wouldn’t buy a garbage can in any livable city in… Read More

  • NextWeb – Startup pitches round 4 (Day 2)

    Symbaloo
    A new take on the personal home page with the weirdest interface you’ve ever seen. Search and discovery. Wayfinding on the Wbe. There is a lot of volume on traditional start pages. their concept is visual (squares), then personalised (buttons?!), drag and drop. No banners or sponsored content. Sell traffic to partner sand affiliates, but they don’t steer people, though… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless confident recently won spectrum will increase its broadband capability (really?!)

    Verizon Wireless wants you to know, paying customer, that it’s got your back. All that spectrum it won last month? It’s totally going to use it to “further [its] broadband strategy.” I do wonder if *its* strategy will be good for *us* or just another money grab. For those of you bored at your desk this Friday afternoon, VZW just posted a powerfully worded PowerPoint… Read More

  • Motorola's "next-generation in-vehicle phone," Smart Rider


    Back when I was a kid, we had a carphone, and it was awesome. Great sound, great signal, and it was big as hell, with a long curly wire. Looks like Motorola has been rummaging through my childhood memories, and has come up with a new product along the same line. The stubby little thing is designed for hands-free or simple one-hand operation and has such innovations as traffic reports, a… Read More

  • Guiyu, e-waste capital of China


    Photos like these (check out the accompanying multimedia presentation) make me rethink my entire career as tech journalist. This is a mess. In Guiyu, China, the electronics recycling industry has destroyed the ground water and lead poisoning is effecting young children due to the overall mess created by this lucrative sweatshop industry. Money is money, however, and we should start talking… Read More

  • NextWeb – Werner Vogels argues Amazon's model matches the new world

    NextWeb: Live blog: Keynote: Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Amazon.com: Presentation title: “Uncertainty” I’m the oldest guy on the slate so I should take a few steps back, and the guys asked em to do a more visionary talk. I wanted to look at the web services word and broader economic models. If you look at how the media has changed in the past… Read More

  • Grease thief thieves grease, cops cop fop

    Why can’t anyone take a dignified mugshot anymore? This man, David Richardson, was arrested for trying to steal used cooking grease from a Burger King. He was to use the grease for his biofuel Wacky Races car. While I agree he should have been arrested for even going to a Burger King—I’m a Howard Dean-loving, latte-drinking, New York liberal*—he should have known better. Read More

  • Playboy cellphone only marginally linked to mag (pretty bad phone, too)

    In the interest of human dignity, I will spare you any “funny” jokes about this Playboy cellphone. The only thing that makes it a Playboy phone is the logo on the front. That’s it. And on top of that, it’s a pretty terrible phone for 2008. Only a 1.3-megapixl cam and 10MB onboard memory. You have heard of the iPhone, right? I hear it’s pretty good. via Gizmodo Read More

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