• CrouchGear Live at CeBIT 2008

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F721881&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Check out CrouchGear for the latest news from Europe’s greatest IT and technology show, CeBIT. We’re live in Hanover and if you’re… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Title Sequence Edition

    Star Wars credits via the Rat Pack
    Carbon fiber tripods from Manfrotto
    Video: Dusseldorf to Hannover in an animal cracker box
    Signal smoke detector really lets you know when it’s time to replace the batteries 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. Johnal on Verizon charging for data over 5GB on “unlimited” plan I wish I had Verizon just so I could cancel my account. Skip on Behind the original HBO movie intro Heh. I remember seeing this “making of” short on… Read More

  • Steven Spielberg's Ghost Town

    Hollywood super producer Steven Spielberg is preparing to launch a new social network, we’ve heard from multiple sources. The focus will be on users who’ve had or who are interested in sharing paranormal and extraterrestrial experiences. The new social network may also have original video content investigating alleged ghost and UFO stories. Spielberg has always had a love for ghost… Read More

  • Google Gears Goes Mobile

    Google is bringing offline apps to mobile phones – and this has nothing to do with Android. Google Gears, which allows developers to create apps that run on Firefox and Internet Explorer when offline, is supposed to launch later today under the name Google Gears for mobile. (Information for developers is already available here). It will support only Pocket IE running on Windows… Read More

  • Whorelore: Just for all of us

    The Village Voice has a cool interview with Dez, former Gonzo porn producer/performer who now makes week-long wizards and elves porn epics starring ladies dress up like halflings. I, ummm, watched one a little while back and it involved lots of SCA fighting, a woman painted green “milking” herself, and elf sex. Seriously. It doesn’t get much better than that to a group of… Read More

  • GigaOm Launches Ostatic Resource For Open Source Community

    GigaOm (Om Malik’s blog network) just launched a new open source software focused blog called Ostatic. The goal, Malik said today in an interview, is to track news around the world’s 150,000+ open source projects. Malik quotes IDC, saying that 71% of the worlds developers have used open source software, and that 50% of organizations have some open source software in production. Read More

  • You're Now Free to Book Really Expensive Flights Online

    So it took longer than originally planned, but Virgin Charter – the site where well-heeled travelers can find and book (expensive) charter flights – has officially opened its doors to the public after almost a year-long closed beta period. We first covered Virgin Charter this past June when it launched into private beta. The company began as an independent startup but was picked up… Read More

  • Spot Runner Acquires Weblistic, Seeks Synergies Between TV and Online Advertisements

    Spot Runner, an online service that helps local businesses develop and run professional-looking advertisements for TV and radio, has acquired Weblistic, a company that helps these same businesses run online advertising campaigns. The all-stock deal intends to produce profitable synergies between traditional and new media. As part of the announcement, Spot Runner is citing a Jupiter Research… Read More

  • Star Wars credits via the Rat Pack

    Saul Bass created a number of wild title sequences back in the 1950s and 60s and even designed the AT&T death star logo. This offers a look at what Star Wars would have looked like had it starred Dean Martin. via BB Read More

  • Carbon fiber tripods from Manfrotto

    That’s the PRO4 I don’t know too much about tripods, but I do know that I’ll need one soon as my pictar taking abilities improve. I’m very twitchy for some reason. Anyway, Manfrotto announced a trio of carbon fiber tripods dubbed the CX-series. The low-end 190CX3 isn’t fully carbon fiber but its tubes are while the center column is aluminum as is the top plate. Read More

  • The Orientation: Digital TV

    Welcome, friends, to another edition of The Orientation. This week we’re going to be looking at digital TV. The switch is coming soon. Ok, not really. It’s still a year away, but let’s take a look at what it’s all about. What’s the difference between analog and digital? Should you care? Does it really matter? The answer to the last two are a resounding, yes. Read More

  • AOL: Up To 30 New Sites By The End Of 2008

    AOL is to launch at least 12 new sites in the next six months, and between 20 and 30 new sites by the end of the year. Bill Wilson, AOL Executive Vice President of Programming told Bloomberg that AOL wants “to be sure we are appealing to as many consumers as we can.” Ultimately it’s all about numbers; more web properties should equal more traffic and more advertising… Read More

  • Video: New Lego Batman game looks fun, gets the Batman feel just right

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf OK, this actually looks great. I’m not normally a fan of the Lego games — not because they’re not good, I just don’t get into them — but this makes me want to play. Hardcore. Read More

  • Showtime's serial killer drama "Dexter" to be made into worthless game

    “Our game designers, writers, and artists are going to give Dexter’s morally complex world the kind of interactivity that gamers will love.”
    Actually, since Dexter is a psychopath, his world is very much not complex morally. Since I assume you’d be playing the titular antihero, the very idea of the game is flawed, since the players’ emotions basically allow them… Read More

  • Behind the original HBO movie intro

    This is part of a thread on BBG about DVNO, a new video from Justice designed to look like the TV intros from the 1980s and early 1990s. This video describes how they made the original bumper for HBO — the video that played before every movie and that signaled the start of big things back when I was 12 or 13. Whereas now you’d just CG this in a week, these guys spent weeks building… Read More

  • Bungie to do something cool for one lucky fan, but we really don't know what it is yet

    You know, I love the Halo series. Not only are they very, very fun games to play, but Bungie’s always done a really good job of community building, which isn’t just important for a game franchise, it’s just cool, too. So when Nathaniel’s Xbox got the Mr. Clean treatment recently, and Bungie heard about it, and they’ve decided to take action. We’re not sure… Read More

  • Facebook partners with iTunes for music store

    [photopress:l10435416547_3072.jpg,full,left]Facebook today launched a new music section with built-in integration with Apple’s iTunes. You find your favorite band’s page, where you can listen to new music, interact with them and their community, and even purchase tracks or albums. Online music stores aren’t new, they’re a dime a dozen, and that’s why Facebook… Read More

  • Monster Cable sounds as good as wire hangers?

    I’m trying to find the source on this, but someone compared Monster Cable speaker wire to audio run through coat hanger wire and, in a blind listening test, found no noticeable difference. The jury is out on this topic — and gets very enraged when you talk about it — but let’s just say I’m leaning towards the “wire is wire” camp unless you’re… Read More

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