• 5min Releases Embeddable Player That Can Handle Text, Images, and Video

    Instructional video site 5min has released a new beta version of their SmartPlayer, introducing support for text, video, and images that can be merged into a single embeddable flash widget. The site considers the player to be revolutionary, and believes that it will help set 5min apart from their numerous competitors in the instructional video space. The original SmartPlayer gave users… Read More

  • Apple plans new IM interface

    An Apple patent describes an odd new instant messaging interface for touchscreen devices that lets you control chats in real time by editing old chats and allowing you to embed video and images. People who read a lot of blogs and posit stuff believe that this is the iPhone 2.0’s IM/SMS interface, although it could also be an Apple intern’s summer project. Read More

  • Asus gives higher capacity batteries to Eee reviewers

    People in Hong Kong are upset — maybe outraged! — at Asus for sending out review units of the new Eee PC 900 with 4-cell 5800mAh batteries and then selling the public machines with 4-cell 4400mAh batteries. I’d be a little upset too. According to DigiTimes, “Several consumers in Hong Kong who purchased Eee PC 900s on the first day have complained that the battery that… Read More

  • Apple Shares Slump As AT&T Gives Vague Details On iPhone Growth

    Now that AT&T and Apple are tied at hip with the iPhone, Apple watchers look to AT&T for details on the health of iPhone sales. This morning, AT&T announced a decent first quarter, with profits up 22 percent, driven by gains in its wireless business. The jewel of that business is the iPhone, which commands nearly double the average monthly revenue per subscriber that AT&T… Read More

  • Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-Hee steps down

    Lee “Capone” Kun-Hee stepped down as Chairman of the Samsung Group, the umbrella company that controls all of Samsung’s holdings including its baby tear farms in Wonju. Kun-Hee was indicted for tax evasion and, in a bold move by the South Korean government, not really arrested because he kind of controls most of Korea’s economy. They also decided to indict Lee… Read More

  • Preview: Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk for Xbox 360

    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%2F852902&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Sometimes I hate my job and sometimes I love my job. Yesterday was a mix of both. Luckily it ended on a more pleasant note. Why? Oh, I… Read More

  • Intel Tries Hand At Consumer Mashups

    Intel is releasing into public beta today a new “experimental” product from its labs called Mash Maker. It’s a browser plugin – most functional with Firefox but also available for Internet Explorer – that lets end user create their own mashups on top of existing websites. The idea of a mashup, while very central to the movement we call Web 2.0, has always struck me… Read More

  • Life without the Internet according to South Park

    Somehow I missed this when it aired last week and I’m sick of everyone asking about it. I haven’t seen an episode of South Park in 5 years or something. Has Stan always had an iMac? I’m pretty sure I’d freak out like Stan’s dad. Who wouldn’t? I only use this thing called the Internet for p0rn. Don’t lie and say you don’t. Read More

  • HTC begins marketing campaign in North America

    We typically don’t see HTC doing a whole lot of huffing and puffing about their products here in the US, but the Taiwanese-based mobile device manufacturer has decided to take matters into their own hands rather than letting carriers do their weak sauce marketing for them. Using their flagship Touch as the main focus of their inaugural campaign it’s hard to not notice the… Read More

  • One to Three for Five (Seconds): Two chairs, one table

    Here’s another wacky design/concept for you to look at, say “wtf,” then move on with your day. Apparently it’s called One to Three for Five (Seconds), which I can only assume alludes to the fact that it—and “it” is a piece of furniture—can quickly transform from one, I don’t know, square, into two chairs and a small table. The… Read More

  • Oosah: A Hub for Your Personal Online Media

    Oosah is a self-described “media management system” with a simple-sounding intention: to serve as a one-stop shop for managing all of your online video, image, and audio files. This idea doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in isolation, so Oosah is using the Web 2.0 Expo this week to release a set of integrations with other services. The new integrations allow you to… Read More

  • Sprint Customers get Voice-Enabled FreeMobile411

    V-ENABLE, a local mobile search and directory assistance service, announced today that Sprint customers can get the full-featured downloadable version of FreeMobile411. Users only have to speak what they are looking for into their phone and the results will be displayed on-screen within seconds. FreeMobile411 gives access to 140 million residential and 14 million business locations. Users… Read More

  • Photobucket Plays Catch Up To Flickr, Public API Released

    Photobucket, acquired by Fox Interactive Media in May 2007 for $300 million, is releasing their API to the public today and will allow third party developers to build photo/video storage and visualization to their applications. Adobe, AOL, FotoFlexer, Intercasting, RockYou, Slide and Snapvine are being announced as launch partners. API documentation is available at… Read More

  • Dan Ackerman Greenberg Theory Turned Into YouTube Comedy, Funded By Warner Bros

    New series Viralcom takes Dan Ackerman Greenberg’s theory of viral video one step further into a fully fledged viral video machine. The series comes from Warner Brother’s Studio 2.0 and takes a look behind the scenes at the web’s hottest “User Generated Content” studio for an exclusive look at the “real” viral video industry: a digital Hollywood where… Read More

  • One Year of Free Sony BMG Music from Nokia

    The world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer is offering a free one year subscription to the world’s second largest music label to buyers of certain music phones. Sony BMG hosts musicians such as Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Celine Dion, just to name a few. Nokia’s offer differs from other similar deals in that users can keep all the music they download during the 12… Read More

  • Miss Tormenting ChaCha Operators? Let Me Introduce You To Stumpedia

    Stumpedia, a “human powered search engine” we’ve not covered before has added live search results ChaCha style. This is how they spin it: Stumpedia.com, the social search engine that relies on human participation to index, organize, and review the world wide web is launching another human-powered search feature similar to the guided search model that was recently ditched… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Visitation Rites Edition

    Non-widescreen laptops are becoming an endangered species
    SwashBot: Cute until it kills you
    River City Ransom available on Wii Virtual Console
    CNN’s hackable headline T-shirt web app
    GTA IV ads pulled from Chicago buses under pressure from Fox News Read More

  • Twitter May Not Have To Care About Uptime Any Longer

    We used to speculate that Twitter’s persistent downtime and overall poor service quality could result in a Friendster-type nose dive. But after a three day weekend outage I realized that in the last two months a subtle shift occured: I now need Twitter more than Twitter needs me. So while Robert Scoble speculates that FriendFeed is the big winner when Twitter goes down, and Dave Winer… Read More

  • MySocial 24×7 Is An Excellent Tool For FriendFeed Junkies

    MySocial24x7, which launched early Tuesday morning, is a Firefox extension that allows users to access most FriendFeed functionality via their API directly from the browser sidebar. Users can filter the view by type of data (Twitter, RSS feeds, YouTube, etc.), can comment or bookmark any entry, and can also reply via Twitter. This is one of many desktop based solutions coming out for… Read More

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