• CellQ lets you wait in amusement park lines virtually

    Okay, time to try to wrap our heads around this one. There’s a service called CellQ that allows amusement park patrons to wait in line virtually. When their place in line comes up, they are alerted via cell phone. Until then, they can "explore the park, take other rides, and visit shops." Okay, fine. But what happens if the phone rings when you’re on the other side of… Read More

  • Brightcove.TV Gets Its Plug Pulled (Sort Of)

    Brightcove is pulling the plug on Brightcove.TV, its consumer-oriented video showcase. In an e-mail to the site’s members, Brightcove says that it will no longer be accepting video uploads after December 17. The YouTube-wannabe site was never one of Brightcove’s strengths, which is serving video for professional and semi-professional content creators. That is something that… Read More

  • Open It now!

    If you’ve been following BFF, which I know you have, then you know how aggravating it is to try and open those obnoxious blister packs. With the gift giving season in full force what better gadget could anyone ask for other than the Open It? The Open It from Zibra combines a cutting tool, dual-head screwdriver and retractable cutting blade into the ultimate ‘wrap rage cure’. Read More

  • Ten foot arcade screen has 145 games, Wii adapter

    That’s a big screen right there — 120 inches to be exact. It costs just under $4000 for a limited time (regular price is $4499) and comes with a two-player control panel featuring six buttons per player and 2 pairs of side pinball buttons. Wait, there’s more. Read More

  • Unlocked iFones from Orange cheaper than T-mo

    I’m sorry but an unlocked iPhone is not worth $1,500, which is what T-mo in Germany is selling the precious for. It’d be a lot cheaper to have someone visiting the US pick one up or just find someone on Craigslist to do it for you. But that’s not always the case and luckily for you, Europeans, Orange will be doling out unlocked iFones for less than 999 euros, but more than… Read More

  • HD DVD kicks some ass on Black Friday

    The numbers are in from Black Friday and HD DVD players including the Xbox 360 HD DVD player and other stand alone players sold more than 750,000 units. The data pushed out by the NA HD DVD promotional group is comprised of retailer reports and other point of sale data. If you’re still on the fence then check out this edumacational site and see what HD DVD has to offer your home… Read More

  • Seagate drives killing MacBooks

    It’s bad enough that my MacBook is running hotter than Hades since I upgraded to Leopard, but the last thing I need is for my HDD to crap out. Luckily my MB does not have a 2.5-inch drive from Seagate. Retrodata, a data recovery outfit in the UK, noticed something was amiss with the Seagate drive equipped MBs as they’ve seen 50 or so since last summer. Upon further inspection… Read More

  • Question: Best tech PR for startups?

    As part of this week’s effort to allow you, the readers, to steer this blog for a while, here’s the first of a few questions this week. Question: Which firm, or which individual PR person, is the best for tech/mobile startups (either in the UK or Ireland)? Now, this is a question I get asked a lot by startups I meet. So I thought I’d ask the community of commenters and… Read More

  • Samsung puts RFID reader on single, tiny chip

    Samsung, our favorite tech company ending in “sung,” has revealed a compact and complete RFID reader, which they’ve managed to compress onto a single chip. It’s small enough (6.5mm square) to be embedded in clothes, posters, and probably babies as well – at least, if they wanted babies to be able to read RFID tags. Its low power consumption rate means… Read More

  • eToro Makes Forex Trade Child's Play

    Israeli eToro is taking a novel approach in simplifying Foreign Exchange (Forex) trading by packaging the complicated concepts involved in trading one currency against another, in fun non-threatening wrappers. Just how big is Forex trading? Try an estimated $3.2 trillion in daily turnover—that’s ~35 times the average turnover of the NYSE. However, unlike stock trading which has… Read More

  • Google Takes On Global Warming

    Google announced today that it will be investing tens of millions of R&D dollars through its philanthropic arm, Google.org, to develop clean energy technologies that are cheaper than coal. Google co-founder Larry Page thinks that solar thermal and wind energy is the way to go. Google is already working with eSolar, an Idealab company, and Makani Power, a high-altitude wind-energy… Read More

  • Zune 80 battery life sucks

    I don’t want to dampen anyone’s spirits since we’re giving away a Zune 80GB, but I just felt that you should know what you’re getting yourself into. Other than capacity, the biggest concern should always be battery life. Many of you commute at some point during your day and who wouldn’t want some Positive Vibrations or an episode or two of Dexter to watch? In… Read More

  • New Jersey college requires students to buy cellphone, not reimbursed

    Sure, everyone loves having the latest, greatest cellphone, but who wants to be told to have a cellphone? At a school, no less? Exactly. Students at Montclair State University in Dirty Jersey now must purchase, out of their own pocket, a Sprint cellphone, dubbed the “School Phone” by students. Ostensibly, the plan is designed to ensure student’s safety. The least expensive… Read More

  • Yossi Vardi Invests in Media Timeline Startup AllofMe

    Yossi Vardi, founding investor of ICQ’s Mirabilis, has put an undisclosed amount of money into Tel Aviv startup AllofMe. The company is developing a product, currently in private beta, with which you can lay out your digital assets (emails, photos, videos, documents, etc.) along a digital timeline. While few details about AllofMe have been revealed, it appears as though you will be able… Read More

  • Orange boasts of "below 999 euro" unlocked iPhones

    French iPhone fans can breathe easy: Orange will be selling the iPhone, unlocked, for considerably less than 999 euro but more than 500 euro. The price will be about 500 euros, but “well below 1000 Euro”, said CEO Didier Lombard to the radio station Europe 1 In Deutschland bietet die Deutsche Telekom das Hype-Handy derzeit ohne Vertragsbindung für 999 Euro an. In Germany… Read More

  • CrunchBoard Jobs

    Here are some of the latest jobs on CrunchBoard Female Podcaster at Jobs In Pods throughout CA. VP of Product Development at College Wikis in New York, NY and Palo Alto, CA. Senior Web Developer at Send Me Mobile in San Francisco, CA. Product Evangelist and Beta Community Coordinator at DVC Labs in Mountain View, CA. SEO and Network Revenue Manager at Netlog NV in Ghent… Read More

  • Bender's Big Score comes out today

    Hooray! Futurama makes its triumphant return today. Be sure to go out and grab a copy of Bender’s Big Score for yourself. It won’t be much longer until the series gets back on its feet before we see new episodes next year on Comedy Central. Reruns of the cult favorite will switch from Cartoon Network to Comedy Central on 1/1/08. Oh, and the new episodes will be in HD. Stoked. Read More

  • Music Industry: "We is poopid!"

    Doug Morris over at Universal Music Group has a hard job — he has to sell dying media to plugged-in consumers. For a hundred years, recorded music has come on platters of plastic called “discs” or “records.” You used to be able to sell those discs at a considerable mark-up in order to fund artists’ cocaine habits and to ensure that music company CEOs can… Read More

  • Apple: What Could Go Wrong

    “Merry Christmas, Steve. Enjoy it while it lasts.” That is the sentiment of Fast Company‘s December cover story about Apple, written by Adam Penenberg. (I got my hands on the cover at right, which is a computer-generated image of a sour-faced Jobs by Alex Ostroy). He argues that it is a “dangerous moment for Apple.” The stock is near an all-time high, with a… Read More

  • BBC, ITV, Channel 4 to launch joint on-demand web TV

    BREAKING NEWS: In an unprecedented joint venture, UK TV giants BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 are to launch a jointly-owned on-demand Web service creating a single destination for over ten thousand hours of TV entertainment content. Code-named “Kangaroo” the plans are yet to be formally approved by the BBC Trust and each broadcaster’s board, but the project has the full… Read More

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