• Webjam gaining users

    I hear UK startup Webjam is bringing in some deals. Yamaha music group is using the web community platform to spearhead grassroot music eduation. And the UK Conservative Party think tank CPS is using it to launch an e-democraty initiative. (Oh, and and UK university student newspaper Sanctuary is using it). I also gather they are getting an increasing amount of traffic from the US. The… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: Ten great live distros

    One of the great features of many Linux distributions is the ability to test them out before committing to installing them on your hard drive. Live distributions can be burned to bootable CDs, DVDs, flash drives, and more (even floppies, remember floppies?!). Here’s a non-exhaustive list of ten popular live Linux distros as voted on over at FrozenTech. Feel free to add your favorites in… Read More

  • Last.fm expands in Germany; Plans to scrobble TV

    Last.fm has apointed F. Scott Woods senior vice president and managing director for Germany. He joins Last.fm from Google where he served as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Northern & Central Europe, will oversee the expansion of the Last.fm presence in Germany, the country with the second largest Last.fm userbase after the US. (Not surprising as Last.fm started… Read More

  • 10 Millionth Article Written on Wikipedia

    The ten millionth article has been written on Wikipedia – a Hungarian biography of of 16th century painter Nicholas Hilliard (English version here). Those ten million articles have been written across 250 different languages, Wikipedia says. English is still the most popular language on Wikipedia, with 2.3 million articles (they reached 2 million English articles in September 2007). Read More

  • Windows XP/98 music video

    You know what would have made this infinitely better? The BSOD at the end. Thanks for sending this in, Annie. Read More

  • The Mutator, the first personal gaming torture device


    Now I’m all for force feedback. I love me some Rumble Pak and I was impressed by the more advanced 3rd Space force feedback vest. But this is some freaky stuff right here. I’ve been known to play with electric fences or prank iPods now and again, but getting a shock every time you get hit by a pulse cannon or rocket? So far it only works with Unreal Tournament, but I bet soon… Read More

  • XING hits its numbers, keeps growing

    XING, the German-born social network for professionals which has spread across Europe and Asia and now competes with Silicon Valley’s LinkedIn, has released its annual report and the numbers look pretty good. It’s met its annual guidance for 2007 with revenues of €19.61 million ( about $30.98 million) and the member base increased by over 3 million members (through acquisitions… Read More

  • First Look: HTC Shift (CDMA version)

    Got a nice little package yesterday containing the HTC Shift running on the Sprint network. I’ll be putting this thing through its paces next week at CTIA and will have a full review for you in short order. It’s a pretty cool gadget so far. If you have any questions about it, let me know and I’ll try to answer them for you. One weird quirk; it comes attached to a nice… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: 5 more cool devices running Linux that you're not using but should

    [photopress:fonera.jpg,full,center] Linux, as we’ve been stressing all week, is not just for desktops. Linux works in all sorts of ways on all sorts of devices. Embedded Linux is a popular choice with many manufacturers to keep development costs down on new hardware. It’s also good for portable devices with open architectures because if you know desktop Linux, you know portable… Read More

  • BMW Hydrogen 7 emits near-zero emissions

    Testing on BMW’s Hydrogen 7 Mono-Fuel prototype by the U.S. DOE has concluded that the hydrogen-powered engine surpasses the most rigorous of emissions performance standards. The BMW finds itself beyond the super-ultra low-emission vehicle (SULEV) level. “The BMW Hydrogen 7’s emissions were only a fraction of SULEV level, making it one of the lowest emitting combustion… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Picture of the red ring of death repair kit from Team Xecuter

    [photopress:360repairkitpic.jpg,full,center] We now have the first photo of Team Xectuer’s red ring of death repair kit. I can’t tell what’s inside the bubble wrap, but I trust that, whatever it is, it’ll work. After all, the X2 Pro modchip, also from Team Xecuter, brought me a solid two years of enjoyment. The kit is shipping now to stores like Divineo and Modchip.ca… Read More

  • Video: DIY fisheye lens for $5

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1065605/5_fish_eye_fun___make_a_wide_angle_and_fish_eye_photo_lens.swf
    This is a rather novel and interesting way to make your own fisheye lens, but I don’t use point-and-shoots anymore so maybe someone else could try this out and tell us how well it works. Using a peephole from your front door is ingenious, though I’m sure it’s been done before… Read More

  • European news roundup

    As European startups prepare to march en masse to The Next Web conference in Amsterdam next week, the European tech scene is still feeling buoyant, whatever the global economic outlook. Certainly that was the feeling at Plugg in Brussels last week, a conference I chaired, and where the startups presenting were all now showing an increasing quality, in contrast with perhaps a few years ago. Read More

  • Wakozi is Kozmo For Booze

    One of the great flameouts of the 1990s tech boom was Kozmo, which started in Manhattan, and let you order a pint of Ben & Jerry’s online and a Kozmo bike messenger would deliver it to your door. After burning through $280 million in capital, they closed shop. Well, now New Yorkers have Wakozi. It just launched and only covers Manhattan wine shops, liquor stores, and delis. … Read More

  • European startups set out their pitches

    The TheNextWeb conference happens in Amsterdam next week, and they’ve announced the startups that will be pitching in the startup competition (below). Some 22 companies get to pitch and the last 2 will be chosen by the crowd. A few other notables are turning up including TechCrunch’s Eric Schonfeld, Kevin Rose of Diggnation (which will be recorded at the event) Robert Scoble… Read More

  • 3G iPhone due this summer, says some dude

    [photopress:14918_large.jpg,full,left]We know who’s making the next iPhone, and now we know when. Kinda. Bank of America analysts have it on good word that May will see the first building of the 3G version of the iPhone, with a June ship date. This makes sense, it’d be exactly a year after the first iPhones shipped. No word on pricing or if there would be a… Read More

  • Northrop Grumman HALE aircraft breaks record


    Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk HALE just completed a 33.1-hour unmanned flight over the weekend at Edwards Air Force Base in Rosamond, CA. The High-Altitude Long-Endurance aircraft set an endurance record with the flight that reached upwards of 60,000 feet and when it landed still had two hours worth of fuel remaining. The RQ-4 is the “world’s first fully autonomous… Read More

  • Labels want "music tax" to be added to Internet bill

    Warner Music is proposing a $5 “music tax” that will be tacked on to your ISP bill monthly, ensuring you will hate the labels even more. The tax would generate $20 billion a year in revenues, enabling industry executives to maintain their diet of gold-dipped quail eggs and the blood of supple young virgins while paying the industry back for all the piracy that is going on. The tax… Read More

  • Asian manufacturer secures contract to build new iPhones

    Reuters is reporting that Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has been tapped by Apple to produce their next iPhone. An internal source said that Hon Hai is the exclusive manufacturer and analysts believe that the news iPhone will appear as early as May, provided Hon Hai doesn’t get burned on this deal for leaking information. Read More

  • RIP HD DVD promotions group

    It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. It’s just now official. Read More

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