• Rescue Dog to the rescue!

    I live in an earthquake zone. It is called Seattle. We don’t have many rumblers here, but when we do, they’re pretty serious. Just a few years ago the mighty Nisqually quake dropped the block my apartment was on six inches. The whole block. Were the quake any harder, the building might have come down around me. If I didn’t die, I’d likely be trapped, as that building… Read More

  • Leopard gone gold, Apple posts 'how to' video

    Leopard has gone gold, with Apple declaring Build 9A581, which has not been leaked on the Internet yet, the winner. As such, Cupertino today posted a cute little “What’s Leopard?” video on its Web site. There’s no real heavy lifting in the video, especially for those of us who have been following its development like we’re the paparazzi, but it’s still… Read More

  • Amazon's $100,000 Startup Challenge

    Anyone out there with a great idea for building a startup around Amazon Web Services can enter a $100,000 challenge that Amazon is sponsoring. Amazon’s collection of Web infrastructure services include hosted storage (S3), compute cycles (EC2), computer-to-computer messaging (SQS), payments (FPS), and an on-demand workforce (Mechanical Turk). AWS has already attracted more than… Read More

  • Care for some Rice-A-Roni?

    I’ve just returned from Seoul, S. Korea and now I’m in San Francisco to cover CTIA next week. If anyone is interested in grabbing a drink and talking gadgets or you have some products to show then drop me a line, peter ha at crunchgear dot com. Read More

  • Hands on with the Sprint HTC Touch

    I know you’ve already heard about the Touch from Vince, but I arrived in San Francisco today and waiting for me was the Sprint Touch, which goes on sale November 4th. I haven’t slept in, I don’t even know how long, so we’ll leave this to an unboxing. A full review of the Touch on Sprint’s network coming at you…soon…probably next week…maybe this weekend. Read More

  • Flickr To Add Online Photo Editing Tools Via Picnik

    Fotoflexer may be my personal favorite among the many online photo editing tools, but Flickr has chosen Seattle-based Picnik to handle the long requested photo editing feature for Flickr users. Currently, you can rotate photos on Flickr, but the editing stops there. When the new tools launch, users will be able to edit photos more extensively using the Picnik Flash based tools (see our… Read More

  • Granny smashes Comcast equipment with claw hammer

    Being a former Comcast customer, I can understand how one could get angry at the company for providing mediocre service. But being angry doesn’t even compare to what 75-year-old Mona Shaw did. When Comcast didn’t show up to install the Triple Play package in her home (Cable, VoIP, Internet), she scheduled another appointment. The second time, the installation team didn’t… Read More

  • Surprise Surprise: Xbox 360 outsells Wii in September

    I can’t quite put my finger on it, but somehow, the Xbox 360 outsold the infamous Nintendo Wii for the month of September. Seeking Alpha reports that 527,800 Xbox 360 consoles were sold during September, compared to the Wii’s 501,000. Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite console, the Playstation 3, took a slight slump in sales, turning out only 119,800 units for the… Read More

  • Joost Coming To The Browser?

    Joost CEO Mike Volpi just suggested on stage at Web 2.0 that Joost is working on a browser-based version of its peer-to-peer Internet TV service. “At some point, when we can deliver the quality that Joost is known for, we will deliver an in-browser experience,” he told the audience here. I got up and asked him if he faces any legacy issues, since Joost is based on a… Read More

  • Ballmer: Microsoft is a three year old basketball player

    Oh Ballmie. You so crazy. I love following your antics, especially when it comes to Google. Don’t ever change, kay? Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer recently referred to his company as a three year old child playing basketball against a 12-year old (Google). The three year old is named Johnny. Read More

  • InterviewUp Wants to Make Interviews Less Painful

    InterviewUp is following in Yahoo Answers’ very successful footsteps on Monday by officially launching a site where users can share questions and answers with one another. While Yahoo Answers appeals to people who are itching to ask all types of questions – and others who inexplicably have the time and desire to answer those questions – InterviewUp focuses on the niche of… Read More

  • Mr. Murdoch, Take Down This (Other) Wall!

    On Wednesday night at the Web 2.0 Summit, when Rupert Murdoch and Chris DeWolfe were on stage announcing that MySpace is going to open up its innards to developers and try to seriously compete plataforma-a-plataforma with Facebook, you’d think there would have been cheers from the programmers audience. And there were. Except there was at least one, very loud, very forceful attendee who… Read More

  • Drobo's bastard, toaster cousin

    Imagine that you had a toaster. Now imagine that toaster is a USB-based dock that allows any user to plug a laptop or desktop hard drive into it like a piece of toast and mount it on their PC or Mac. That’s just what the SATA HDD Stage Rack does. Have an extra drive lying around? Maybe six or seven? This is just what you need. Forget swapping USB cables all the time between external drives. Read More

  • Hello Kitty AK-47

    Standard issue in any young girl’s arsenal. This $1000 custom-made AK-47 assault rifle has a hand-crocheted stock and a hot pink paint-job. Terrorists in Badtz Maru outfits not included. Hello Kitty assault rifle [Boing Boing] Read More

  • Pelican debuts PS3 Controller Charging Station

    Want your other controllers charged while you sit there, playing NBA Live ’08? Of course you do. So in a few weeks, you may want to give Pelican’s Controller Charging Station a whirl. In a modern, tiered design, this station can charge up to four PS3 controllers via mini USB. Only two can be held in midair though. There’s two USB ports on the side in case you want to charge… Read More

  • Not a Halo 3 post

    Shockingly, this post is not about Halo 3. Instead, I’d like to bring to your attention a Killzone action figure that pays attention to details. Modeled after the Helghast from the game, this one-of-a-kind model comes from custom crafter Jim Saotome. And in case you were wondering, yes, those eyes light up. Personally I think the Helghast could kick Master Chief’s ass any day of… Read More

  • UMass to students: don't be a pirate arrrrrr else

    They say early detection is the best form of prevention, so best, um, detect your hard drive for ILLEGAL MUSIC FILES because, you know, with every illicit MP3 you download, you endanger Western Civilization. Looks like UMass is being proactive in warning its students not to fall victim to an RIAA lawsuit. This comes via Fake Steve, who makes a good point: if the “authorities” want… 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. Nintendo is officially ending NES support Jake I’m not too bothered about these niche consoles, as long as they’re still supporting my VirtualBoy®. Read More

  • Dash Wants To Bring Web Mashups To Your Car

    Map mashups may be one of the coolest things on the Web, but they would be even cooler in your car. Dash Navigation is announcing today that it will make possible exactly such vehicular mashups (the Web kind, not the actual kind). Dash is developing a GPS navigation system for cars that will go on sale early next year. The device will collects data about traffic conditions from all other… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Racing Stripes Edition

    Virtual Affection: The Hug Shirt
    Adobe to drop desktop apps, move entirely online-based within the decade
    To promote PGR, Microsoft backs Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton
    Re: Giant genitals on Motorola phones Read More

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