• George Lucas working on 'Star Wars' TV show

    It’s not quite what you think, though. Sorta, maybe. "The Skywalkers aren’t in it, and it’s about minor characters. It has nothing to do with Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader or any of those people. It’s completely different. But it’s a good idea, and it’s going to be a lot of fun to do," said Lucas. It’ll be more about robots. The development… Read More

  • How to get Mac OS X Leopard for as low as $40

    Last night, I remembered something that you will no doubt thank me for later. When Mac OS X Tiger came out a few years ago, I was ready to buy it. I had my $130 in hand and was waiting in line. But as I approached the cash register, I ran into a coworker I knew and he told me that the University of Pennsylvania’s bookstore, which was right down the block, was selling copies to students… Read More

  • 'YouMail' lets you assign multiple voicemail greetings

    I’d like to declare that the Mac vs. PC shtick is old and tired. If you’re releasing a new product, please refrain from spoofing those ads. That is all. YouMail lets you assign customized voicemail greetings based on who’s calling. Finally. Yes. I love it. It’s touted as a service that let’s you "express yourself to friends and family while remaining… Read More

  • Ericsson’s 3rd Quarter Profits down 36%

    Ericsson, a company which has 45% of the $35 billion market for mobile network equipment and software, announced that its third-quarter profits fell 36%. Ericsson said the lower profits were driven by weaker-than-expected demand in the United States and Europe. Operators in those markets are cutting costs by pooling and renting networks instead of building their own… Read More

  • 'iPod Death Clock' predicts bucket-kicking dates

    According to iMechanic.com, the iPod touch I purchased a month ago has just under 800 days left until it leaves this world behind, touching the lives of so many people during its short stay here. Ha! "Touching" the lives of…sigh…never mind. It apparently also only has 92% of the battery capacity remaining. What a rip! Anyway, you can use this site to input your… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. ‘I am the lawgiver!’: Now that’s an ad worth watching John Eddy I loved the commercial, but really thought it could have used an inside ‘Leroy Jenkins’ joke. Either a ‘Leroy, get out of the… Read More

  • Weather Derivatives Provider WeatherBill Takes $12.5 Million More

    San Francisco-based weather insurance site WeatherBill has taken $12.5 million in a round led by New Enterprise Associates and Index Ventures. Original investors Allen & Company, Atomico Investments (Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom), del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter and Howard Morgan also participated. Barney Schauble, a partner at Nephila Capital and WeatherBill’s risk… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Trial Edition

    A friend helps out when times are tough, or when Xbox 360s expire
    Sean Captain’s photoset of Nakano Broadway: Naked dolls FTW, NSFW
    RIAA appeal focuses on settlement
    This Halloween, give them the tentacles
    Apple drops price of iTunes Plus songs to 99 cents Read More

  • Social.FM Signs Microsoft Deal, Launches New Client

    Social.FM (formerly Mercora) has released a new version of its social music service platform for Windows Mobile and announced a new distribution deal with Microsoft. The new Social.FM features improved application screens, sliding menus with transition effects, and an new white and green color scheme that is claimed to be “extremely fun-to-use for Windows Mobile… Read More

  • Break out the bad Star Wars graphics, iPhone 1.1.1 unlocked

    If you’re planning on buying a new iPhone, feel free to update to 1.1.1. You can do the anti-AT&T nasty all by your lonesome thanks to a new version of AnySIM. Remember: if you’ve unlocked your older iPhone then you might have some issues until the Dev Team figures out how to return your phone to its virgin state. If you used iPhoneSIMFree, however, you’re golden… Read More

  • iBrick Latest: Free Unlock Now Available

    Good news for those looking for a free solution to unlock an iPhone with the latest firmware version 1.1.1: help has arrived. The latest version of AnySIM now unlocks iPhone’s. More at CrunchGear here. In the mean time though there are other practical uses for a bricked iPhone, as the video above demonstrates. Namaste to regular TechCrunch commenter Fake Steve Ballmer for the video. Read More

  • Next New Networks Acquires BarelyPolitical.com

    Micro television network provider Next New Networks has acquired BarelyPolitical.com, the site behind the Obama Girl video. This acquisition is Next New Networks’ first foray into politics, and BarelyPolitical will now be served along side Next New Network’s existing content including Channel Frederator. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Whilst the Obama Girl video series (there… Read More

  • Blurb launches crowd-sourced books

    Blurb, a self-publishing startup which specialises in illustrated books, is launching a new service to enable people to collaboratively create books. The new service is called Community Books and will initially launch in beta with photo sharing, which is Blurb’s most requested community-bookmaking feature. With a print and fulfilment operation now in the Netherlands, you’ll also… Read More

  • Ezmo: Another Online Music Application Nibbling At iTunes

    We’ve come a long way since the record industry sued MP3.com in 2000. Listening to copies of your digital music online is quickly becoming commonplace and Norway’s Ezmo is another web application helping push the trend. Ezmo, like Anywhere.FM, is a clone of iTunes on the web that just came to the United States. Their Flash based player lets you upload your music to the web, organize… Read More

  • MadeIt Leverages Social Networking to Take On Evite

    Let’s say you want to plan a party or some other get together. You have no shortage of options as to how you can get the word out to your guests. Your most reliable solution is probably just to spam your friends via email. But if you want to create a standing destination for your guests to get more involved with the event ahead of time, you’ll need to set up an website-based… Read More

  • Apple picks Orange in France

    Told vous so. Press release Read More

  • Asus's eee PCs get names, specs, real

    When the lines between UMPC and laptop get blurred, we get confused, angry, agitated, and aroused. It’s an odd reaction mixture, sure, but our shrink says it’s natural. That’s what we’re feeling now on news that Asus’s eee PC line has new models and a new naming scheme. Ok, not the most earthshattering news, but those who’ve been anticipating these… Read More

  • Will DRM-free music lead to DRM-free games?

    GigaOM asks: is this Radiohead experiment going to change how things work, or is it a symptom of things changing? It’s not a philosophical question: something’s going on, as it’s been incredibly successful and shown that it can be done. But the real question is: can this lesson be applied to video games? In Rainbows, coupled with iTunes dropping DRM-free music down to $.99… Read More

  • Do you have what it takes to be…

    a Cyber Soldier? The kids and even some adults (those over 21, though, they’re still punk kids) are obsessed with Starcraft. I don’t understand it. Walk into any PC cafe/room whatever you want to call it and everyone is playing that damn game. They should be out trying to score with chicks or something fun. Not sitting in front of a monitor for 10+ hours and dying from exhaustion. Read More

  • Hell on Earth: Seoul's E-mart

    I can’t really understand anyone’s fascination with the E-mart in Yongsan. It’s not like you’re going to find super cool gadgets or anything. The reason this place is so famous is because of the sheer volume of crap that’s available for purchase. It’s just a bunch of counters crammed together with the brightest fluorescent lights known to man. Read More

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