• Breaking: Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Ars Technica

    Condé Nast has acquired popular technology blog Ars Technica (ranked #5 all time on the BloggerBoard), we’ve confirmed. The site will become part of Wired Digital (which in turn is under CondéNet, run by Sarah Chubb). Wired Digital assets include Wired.com and Reddit (acquired in 2006). The acquisition price will not be disclosed, but our sources say it is in the $25 million range… Read More

  • CrunchGear live podcast

    You can chat with us during the show via AIM by pinging username “crunchtips” or call into the show at (646) 200-4163 should the mood strike you. Here’s the link for today’s show… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Canon EOS bodies, lenses up to $300 off

    High res available here. Canon was kind enough to send this to me earlier today and I’m happy to post for all you Canon fanboys or potential fanboys. The offer runs from May 18 to July 19, 2008. Read More

  • iSlsk SoulSeek application brings P2P file-sharing to iPhone

    All of you with a jailbroken iPhone should check out iSlsk (it’s on Big Boss), an application that connects your little wonderdevice to the SoulSeek file-sharing network. SoulSeek, for the uninitiated, has plenty of rare music files from which to choose; all types of files can be found on there, but music is definitely its forté. While you can’t upload files using the application… Read More

  • A look at TwitterFone's accuracy (and we're giving away beta keys!)

    With TwitterFone rolling out local numbers for a bunch of countries yesterday, the service seems to be quickly moving toward the end of its private beta phase. I figured it was about time to put TwitterFone’s voice-to-text tweet abilities to the test. To test it out, I put TwitterFone through a handful of situations it might be used in regularly and compared what I said to what… Read More

  • Become a Virtual NewsCopter Passenger on AirFox Live

    Chicago’s Fox affiliate WFLD has launched AirFox Live, a mashup whose spec list reads like a technophile’s pipe dream. The site combines a helicopter, GPS, live video, and Google Maps to produce a realtime data stream of the network’s newscopter that serves as uniquely informative eye-candy. Live video taken from the helicopter’s cameras are displayed alongside an… Read More

  • Singapore Airlines adds iPod docks to business class

    Aside from gorgeous flight attendants (gah!), Singapore Airlines is now offering iPod and iPhone connectivity to business class passengers on flights between New York and Singapore. Flights between Los Angeles and Singapore will get the same feature some time in August of this year. According to a recent press release, The integrated 9-pin connection on KrisWorld uses a unique in-flight cable… Read More

  • New U.S. identity card, with RFID, could pose security threat

    Not the document in question A new passport-like travel card poses a threat to our Nation’s security because, some security experts say, it’s easily susceptible to counterfeiting. The card, which is the size of a credit card, has two identification mechanism: a photo and an RFID chip. The photo, it seems, can be removed by using a solvent, and the RFID tag could, theoretically… Read More

  • AT&T Lifts one iPhone per Customer Limit

    On Wednesday of this week, AT&T issued a sales restriction of one iPhone per customer. By Thursday the restriction was lifted. The carrier has gone back to its old policy of selling up to three iPhones per customers. Yesterday, AT&T made a statement explaining the reversal: “Our No. 1 concern is to make sure that every customer who wants an iPhone gets one,” an… Read More

  • WSJ reveals launch date for BlackBerry Thunder

    After the BGR first announced to the world that Verizon and Vodafone would have exclusivity to the Thunder, the WSJ did a little more digging and managed to find out that the device will launch in Q3. That’s it for now. Read More

  • Live Universe Picking Up Jangl's Pieces

    Just over a week ago the founders of and five engineers from VoIP services provider Jangl left for Jajah after the company failed to find a proper suitor. Following their departure, it was unclear what would happen to Jangl’s assets and remaining staff. Now we hear from multiple sources close to the deal that Live Universe has agreed to acquire both. This appears to conclude the Jangl… Read More

  • Aluminum MacBooks to arrive in Q3

    Not much has changed in terms of the chassis redesign for the MacBook other than what we learned in April, but now we have a rough estimate as to when we will see them in stores. The redesign of the chassis is necessary to accommodate the new Intel processors, which require a “socket B” logic board. According to AI, the Commercial Times is reporting that two Taiwanese… Read More

  • The laser turns 48 years young today

    Let freedom ring The laser turns 48 today! (Just as important, if not more so: It’s also Megan Fox’s birthday. She turns 22.) Crazy! To celebrate this, Wired has put together a list of some of its best laser-related stories, everything from laser-etched iPhones to 100 kW Naval weapons. No, it’s nothing to get too excited over, but perhaps you have nothing better to do on… Read More

  • BlackBerry Bold dated, priced for every carrier

    High res available here. While everyone else in the free world is geeking over the iPhone 2, I’m giddy for the BlackBerry Bold. Everyone I’ve spoken to that currently uses a BlackBerry is psyched for this device and 90 percent scoff at the Thunder because we all know how much touchscreen phones SUCK (this goes for all of them not just the iPhone). I’m bummed I have to wait… Read More

  • Orange to sell iPhone in over 10 new Markets

    The French wireless company Orange announced today that it has struck a deal with Apple to sell the popular iPhone in the Middle East, Africa, Central America and several European countries. In a short statement the company said it will sell the iPhone in Austria, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and African markets. Sales will… Read More

  • What Windows Might Look Like On The OLPC

    Google’s Bob Lee creates a much better image to go with our post yesterday about One Laptop Per Child and Windows teaming up. More at CrunchGear. CrunchBase Information One Laptop Per Child Information provided by CrunchBase Read More

  • Wooden Suit for Stephen Hawking mystifies all who try to discern its purpose

    Another day, another odd suit. This one, designed by Michael T. Rea, is called the “Suit for Stephen Hawking” and I don’t understand it at all. It’s made of wood, yes, but I doubt that’s its raison d’etre. Actually, the whole lot of Rea’s creations are wooden. The man’s crazy for it. via Make Blog Read More

  • Atom-based Eee PC 901 on June 3rd for $650

    DigiTimes is reporting that Asus will release an Intel Atom version of its new 8.9-inch screen Eee PC (it’ll be called the 901) on June 3rd for “below $650”. Aside from the Atom chipset, it’ll have some other upgrades too; Bluetooth, “metal alloy parts to the keyboard and hinge” and the touchpad will have a metallic border. Mmmm, metal-y. Aside from… Read More

  • Alltel chooses LTE for its future 4G network

    He’s installing the 4G network by himself. Flickr’d. No love for CDMA. Alltel, which this map shows as being popular in what us latte-drinking, east coast elite call “fly-over country,” has committed its 4G future to LTE, a GSM technology. While the transition is still a ways away—like, three to five years away—the corp’s COO cautioned that… Read More

  • Samsung shows a practical use for OLED screens

    OLED screens are nice but small. Perfect for a notebook but impractical for, say, a television. This prototype of a laptop by Samsung has a keyboard that’s made me agitated just by looking at it, but features a 12.1-inch 1280×768 active matrix OLED screen, which I bet is gorgeous. Now we just need the price of these screens to come way, way down and before you know it, laptops… Read More

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