• CrunchArcade: 7 video game currencies 'worth' more than US dollar

    How low will the U.S. dollar sink? The answer, according to this wonderful investigative piece in Maxim (from their sidebar: “Rachel Weisz: Nobody likes a Weisz guy. A Weisz girl, however…” However, indeed!), is “pretty damn low.” No fewer than seven video game currencies are now “worth” more than the All Mighty Dollar. The rupee from Zelda; the money… Read More

  • NextWeb – Startup pitches round 2

    NextWeb: Startup pitches round 2 Netlog
    Netlog are really well known in Europe but here is how they pitched it: A European social networking platform. They have a timeline (it’s a newsfeed guys!). Now over 30m members, 4bn pages views, localised in 15 languages, 20 countries. Even a Catalonian version. Advertisers include Nokia and Fox (The Simpsons). Won a number of awards. Plans are… Read More

  • Boeing makes successful flight of hydrogen fuel cell airplane

    Boeing today test flew a hydrogen-cell battery airplane, the first manned flight of such a vehicle. This is important for a few reasons, notably because it could lead to cleaner air travel across the nation, and because if it takes off it could drive innovation that would trickle down to cars and other forms of transport. Right now hydrogen fuel cells are great for small planes, like the… Read More

  • Intel's "Netbook": an OLPC for the rest of us?

    After splitting with the One Laptop Per Child project, Intel has been hard at work on their own affordable, rugged, basic laptop. They call it the “Netbook,” as its primary goal is to get basic computing tools and internet access into the hands of kids around the world (awwww). The second version has been detailed now, and I’m sure there are many more in the future. The… Read More

  • Apple says NYC's new apple logo infringes on its trademark

    So the Internet is freaking out because of this Wired story detailing an Apple, Inc. complaint against the City of New York and its new “green” Apple logo. Because Apple, the company, is represented by an apple, the fruit, Apple, the company, believes that the new logo, which is part of the city’s “green” awareness campaign, will confuse the market. It sure will! Read More

  • MySpace launches DRM-free music store

    MySpace today is launching its music store, a competitor to iTunes. The significant difference is that the music downloaded from MySpace will be DRM-free, so it will work with any MP3 player. The catalog is limited for now, with only three of the big four labels included, but the fourth, EMI, has an option to join whenever it sees fit. What’s notable is that MySpace has plans to… Read More

  • Reader Rants: Sony's PS3 customer service killed my baby [Updated Again]

    Reader Mike sends in this rant about his experience with PS3’s customer support. Long story short, his PS3 stopped working and he had to send in his old unit before Sony sent him a new unit — usually vendors send a new unit and you ship back the old unit, but not in this case. Sony sent him a replacement unit but not the cables and, being a nice guy, he had already shipped back all… Read More

  • Apple's market share and the curse of success

    Apple’s PC/laptop market share is now 20% in the US and 10% worldwide. That’s cause for celebration, right? The underdog, the computer for weenies and artists, is making inroads in the mainstream. The halo effect of the iPod and the iPhone is convincing kids to pick up a MacBook — or two — and make Apple shareholders happy. All is right with the world, right? Wrong. Read More

  • Help-Key: Pwnage for iPhone FAQ

    The Dev Team, a dedicated team of iPhone hackers responsible for most Jailbreaking methods, has released a tool called Pwnage that was announced a couple of weeks ago. Pwnage does it all. Unlocking, activating, and Jailbreaking the iPhone is now yesterday’s news. Pwnage actually fully unlocks the hardware to accept any type of custom firmware you’d like to add, effectively making… Read More

  • NextWeb – Open widgets stand against locked-down systems?

    NextWeb live blog: Khris Loux, CEO and co-founder of Web widget provider JS-Kit had a talk entitled “Web 3.0 or Web 3D?, The Decentralization, Disaggregation and Democratization of the Web”. JS-Kit is growing a suite of widgets that will help site owners optimize their website content, eventually allowing website owners to easily optimize their site based on how people surf… Read More

  • Happy Cheese Weasel Day!

    My buddy Jeremy reports: Unknown to most, April 3rd is Cheese Weasel Day, the holiday where the Cheese Weasel brings dairy goodness to all the good boys and girls in the tech industry. While the origins are murky, it seems to have started around 1992 when a weasel was spotted carrying a Kraft Single. This, they assumed, must be the Cheese Weasel, and therefore, that it must be Cheese Weasel Day. Read More

  • 1080p in 10 ounces with Sony's HDR-TG1

    Actual camcorder not transparent.
    It’s the world’s smallest 1080p camcorder, says Sony, and it actually looks pretty capable unlike some other super-compact HD camcorders I’ve seen. It’s extremely small, obviously, but it’s got a nice lens with 10x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. It does face recognition and assigns more bits to that location of the… Read More

  • NextWeb – Digg wants to predict better

    NextWeb live blog:
    Keynote Discussion: Scott Rafer & Kevin Rose
    “Inside look at Serial Entrepreneurship” [Health warning: Live notes, excuse typos, much of this is paraphrased quotes] Kevin:

    The nice thing about starting in the early days was not having too much traffic. Not worrying about “features”. Now it takes a long time to get stuff done. We have a huge dept… Read More

  • BitWine Detaches Itself from Skype, Pursues Partnership Strategy

    BitWine started off in late 2006 as a place where people could find experts to answer their questions over Skype for a consulting fee. The company has since realized that not everyone in its target market, the United States, has installed Skype or even owns a microphone. So it has taken steps to liberate itself from Skype while still providing the Skype plugin as an option. Users can now… Read More

  • Live from the Fred Thompson/John Edwards keynote

    CrunchGear.com — your most trusted source for political news — brings you the Day Three keynote from the CTIA Wireless 2008 conference. Today’s speakers are the honorable Fred Thompson and the equally-honorable John Edwards. Read More

  • Swiss pool being warmed by nearby IBM datacenter PCs

    What better place to channel that extra heat than a sweet pool? These smart guys near Zurich have got the excess heat from all the servers and clusters and storage at a nearby IBM datacenter being piped right into their pool. Well, it’s little more complicated than that, but not too much more, and the effect is that instead of the hot air being just let out into the atmosphere… Read More

  • Comcast's new 50mbps option is quick n' expensive

    Those crazy Comcast folks. What will they think of next? They’re offering a screaming fast internet connection, aimed at small businesses and, I’m assuming, rich individuals. That’s six times faster than their previously fastest option. They say “At 50 million bits per second, a 4-gigabyte Hollywood movie can be downloaded from the Internet in less than 10… Read More

  • Review: Griffin ClearBoost iPhone Case

    I am more than willing to suspend my disbelief in all manner of situations. I, for example, still believe that my family and wife love me and that the world is not colluding to to kill me. I believe that what I am writing now matters, to some degree, and that it will help you in your day-to-day existence. I also believe that I will eventually return to my original college weight of 175… Read More

  • WeColumn Launches A Blogging Widget

    During the taping of Diggnation at the Next Web conference today in Amsterdam, Tobias van Telligen, an enterprising CEO of a Dutch startup bum rushed the stage and got in a plug for the Website he just launched today: WeColumn. He also bought 75 beers for the audience. That 150 Euros ($235) was marketing dollars well spent. Afterwards, also came and told me about his new Website. WeColumn… Read More

  • A Widget That Tracks Political Sentiment

    As campaign season heats up, creating a political widget is a good way for startups to highlight their technology. Today, Jodange released two more Top of Mind widgets for iGoogle that tracks the sentiment about the political candidates as well as the sentiment of the candidates themselves on a series of topics. The first one, Candidate Pundit, analyzes news stories, political blogs, and… Read More

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