• Write Gameboy code in NYC April 12 and 26

    What are you up to on April 12 or 26? If you said “I might be going out with a girl but I’d love to write video code for the Gameboy” then you’re in luck. NYC Resistor is holding a GB/GBA/DS hacking class in NYC. Have you ever wanted to make a Gameboy game? Do you yearn for the days of yore when men were men and graphics code wrote directly to video memory? Have you… Read More

  • Zwooom! Zwoom! You're riding the FORCE bus

    Yeah, this is cute, right? It’s basically Spike’s ad for an upcoming Star Wars saga replay. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect all they did was cover the actual fluorescence that go inside these bus shelters with colored gels. I doubt the company let them put any new hardware in there. Very cool idea. Now to find a Star Wars drinking game (“Pop a woody when Leia… Read More

  • More DoGooders On The Internet: Intent To Focus On Wellness

    A few weeks ago I had the chance to check out an upcoming Los Angeles-based startup called Intent, which should launch publicly this summer. And while Intent is a for profit startup, the founders say their goal, like Causes, is to help people along the road to making money. The intent founders, which include Deepak Chopra’s daughter Mallika Chopra as well as Sarah Ross and Sal Taylor… Read More

  • HD digital camera with AMOLED display launched by Samsung

    I think that’s a relative of mine The adoption rate of HD cameras has got to be very low at this point. Not very many consumers have HD sets so it’s kind of pointless, but the folks who actually buy these are probably in the minority, anyway. Today, Samsung launched the VLUU NV24HD digital camera. The 10.2-megapixel point-and-shoot boasts a 24mm ultra wide optical 3.6x zoom lens and… Read More

  • For Chinese IM Portal Tencent, The Money Is In Micro-Transactions

    In China, the money isn’t in Web advertising. It is in micro-transactions. At least that is the case for Tencent, which operates the largest instant-messaging network in China and is one of the largest overall portals. Tencent—which includes the QQ IM service, QQ Show (an avatar social network modeled after Korea’s Cyworld), and QQ Pet (virtual pet portal)—is the No. Read More

  • I'll still ignore Deltalina even though she's easy on the eyes

    Katherine Lee is the new face of in-flight safety for Delta and it’s a welcome change from the monotony we’ve been subjected to for the last couple decades, but are her pouty lips and good looks enough to make you pay attention? Read More

  • Apple comes to agreement with Japanese "aiphone" maker

    A Nagoya-based company, Aiphone, just announced that they have come to an agreement with Apple on using the iPhone name in Japan. Nervous Nellie types are thinking this means a 3G iPhone is coming like TOMORROW and it will totally kick ass. People: there is no reason to sell the 3G iPhone in Asia before they sell it in the US. Asia is saturated with so many cool devices that it would be… Read More

  • Apple goes enterprise? It could happen

    While some of us may remember the XServe and basically say “didn’t Apple already go enterprise? And fail?” this rumor is different. Basically folks are saying that thanks to the iPhone SDK, ActiveSync/Exchange support, and sheer force of will on Steve’s part Apple will become a fully-fledged enterprise player, offering synced iPhones and Mac hardware to hungry… Read More

  • Yahoo! loses head of its developer network to UK paper

    How many newspapers can you think of that are looking to build a platform for developers? I’ll wager not many. Which is why it’s significant that The Guardian newspaper in London has just made a major hire direct out of Yahoo! to build a development platform to engage with developers and startups. Matt McAlister, currently the director of Yahoo’s developer network in San… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Sony predicts 10-year life for PSP

    [photopress:psp3an.jpg,full,center] Sony [still] has high hopes for the PSP, which it sees as a 10-year platform. So says the PSP’s senior marketing manager, John Keller. The portable system marked its third anniversary last week and has already gone through one hardware revision and numerous firmware updates, each adding new features. And while it may just be starting to hit its… Read More

  • Comcast and BitTorrent Patch Things Up

    After a lot of criticism, threats of legislation, and lawsuits, Comcast has decided that maybe it is not such a good idea after all to block its customers from sharing peer-to-peer BitTorrent files—even if BitTorrent is a bandwidth hog that accounts for “50% of Internet traffic.” Rather than discriminate against BitTorrent files per se, Comcast will now focus more broadly on… Read More

  • Taliban Attacking Cell Towers in Afghanistan

    In the last month, the Taliban in Afghanistan have been targeting cell phone towers. Around 10 towers have been attacked causing nearly $2 million in damage. Service providers have been forced to shut down service across southern Afghanistan at night. This has angered hundreds of thousands of customers who have no other telephones. The Taliban is attacking certain towers because it believes… Read More

  • Nepal’s Maoists Wage Election Battle with Mobile Phones

    Mao Tse-Tung once said, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Ofcourse he said that decades before text messaging became so popular. Today’s savvy revolutionary is putting his or her thumbs at risk by text messaging thousands of voters to turnout and cast a ballot in Nepal’s April 10 elections. To get around the government’s ban on putting up… Read More

  • A content suggestion engine for blogging? That could work…

    Launching in Alpha today is Zemanta, the European startup which has developed a facility for WordPress blogs to suggest contextually relevant links, pictures, related content and tags using an internally developed semantic analysis engine. Eventually they will also integrate tabs for third parties who provide vertical-specific suggestions (tech or SEO, for instance). The upshot? Start writing… Read More

  • Kannuu wins Technology Innovation Award

    Kannuu won the Technology Innovation Award for Best Mobile multimedia in Nokia’s Mobile Rules! 08 competition. The award was given for kannuu’s Partial Word Completion technology that lets users find instead of search when accessing mobile services. Ever since Samuel Johnson wrote the first English Dictionary, my spelling has been atrocious. This is especially true when I want… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Grave Call Edition

    Review: WowWee Flytech Butterfly
    Skullphone shows up on LA digital billboard
    You are your own Wi-Fi hotspot
    Awww, my stapler sucks now
    The random endorsement, All About Linux 2008 edition: Open Source Software Read More

  • Crunch Network


    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. jj550 on Two new speakerdocks from iHome look very nice “These would look great in the dorm room of my future trophy wife.” Matt Hickey is the awesome. Jarett on Higher battery prices caused by fire at LG plant So now they… Read More

  • Pirillo Starts Large Scale Community CMS Project

    Chris Pirillo has announced a new, large scale open source CMS project that aims to “de-geekify” website tools (announcement video above). The project will be built on the open source Drupal framework: “For the geeks: Drupal has so much power in its core, and enough fantastic community-contributed modules, that I think it’s time to assemble an Install Profile, complete… Read More

  • Google (ironically) Goes Black In Support Of Earth Hour

    Google Israel is sporting an all black theme today, in support of Earth Hour’s efforts to raise awareness around energy conservation. From the page telling confused Israeli’s what’s going on: Google users in Israel will notice today that we “turned the lights out” on the Google.co.il homepage as a gesture to raise awareness of a worldwide energy conservation… Read More

  • Review: Dash GPS

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1689.JPG,full,pp_image] It’s not every day that I find a product that threatens to completely change an entrenched, mass-market segment. Perhaps the Kindle and the iPhone are two recent examples, but in mass market terms those two devices are oddities, two exquisite outliers that will change the way we read and make phone calls in the years to come but in terms… Read More

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