• Since it can't selectively block traffic, Comcast will merely slow it down from now on

    To combat network congestion, Comcast will slow the Internet connection of its heaviest users for as long as 20 minutes. It used to be that Comcast would block altogether certain traffic, including BitTorrent. The FCC said a few days ago that doing such a thing—blocking traffic it doesn’t like—is a big no-no. So now you’ll have to deal with a bit of slowdown. Even though… Read More

  • Hey, Hackers need friends too!

    Despite a plethora of events supporting “new media” types, and even such things as Geek Dinners, the UK eco-system around “hackers” (good programmers, in the true definition) – remains thin. Or so argues Ian Hogarth of Songkick in this guest post. I believe the most critical thing we can do to improve the ecosystem for start-ups in the UK is to create more… Read More

  • Yay: Facebook for iPhone 2.0 looks a lot more like the Web site

    Most of us here are pretty much “done” with Facebook, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore the upcoming release of Facebook for iPhone 2.0, which is scheduled to come out next month. As these few screenshots show, the application looks a lot more like the recently redesigned Web site itself. Users are pretty much able to replicate their whole Facebook experience using… Read More

  • Zoho Brings It All Together With Zoho Share

    Zoho is pulling together its three main Webtop productivity products (Zoho Write, Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show) into a central destination: Zoho Share. Just as Microsoft bundles its corresponding desktop products into its Office suite, bundling makes sense on the Web as well. Zoho already does this with Zoho Apps, as does Google which has long bundled its Web-based word processor, spreadsheet… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Birthday Giveaways: The Last, Best Day


    Just one of many… CrunchGear’s 10 Days of CrunchGear is over today and we’re offering the final three prizes: a Palm Treo Pro, a 42-inch JVC LCD TV with iPod dock, and an Ideabook Y510 from Lenovo. Got your attention? Good. The contest is a little more complex than the last ones so please pop over to CrunchGear for the full rules. Good luck! Read More

  • Google Takes U.S. Share From Yahoo In July; Baidu Now Third Largest Search Engine In The World (ComScore)

    Google keeps gaining search market share in the U.S., but its global dominance is not as great as previously indicated.  Last night, comScore released its search market share and query growth numbers for July and Lehman Brothers reported the numbers in a note this morning. Here are the main search market share percentage numbers in the U.S. from comScore: Company—–July search… Read More

  • Logitech Speed Force Wireless steering wheel for Nintendo Wii

    Get ready for the Logitech Speed Force Wireless for the Nintendo Wi. This $100 steering wheel is completely wireless, as you might have deduced already by remembering that its name is the Speed Force Wireless. It’s designed to fit in your lap (and not a small table in front of you), where you’ll feel the bumps of the road thanks to force feedback. Logitech says it works… Read More

  • Lawsuit filed against Apple over ‘defective’ iPhone 3G

    A lawsuit has been filed against Apple over the company’s “defective” iPhone 3G. The plaintiff, from Birmingham, Alabama, argues that the iPhone 3G is a piece of junk, with shoddy data transfer performance, lots of dropped called, an inconsistent 3G connection, and so on. (The case doesn’t mention hardware problems, like the easily breakable body.) Anyone who uses… Read More

  • Amazon Boosts Storage Features In EC2

    Amazon today launched a new web service – EBS, the Elastic Block Store (yes I also first read it as ‘Elastic Book Store’) for EC2. EBS provides persistent storage for EC2 computing instances, and the service is public today and available to all customers after a period of alpha testing with some users. Previously EC2 instances were able to access temporary storage as part of… Read More

  • Up Close With Microsoft's Photosynth: Stitch Photos Together Auto-Magically

    I got to cruise over to Smith Tower yesterday to talk with Microsoft Live Labs about Photosynth, and as of this writing the site should be live and all the things we talked about will be available for you to play with. It’s best to see it in motion, so either grab that camera or watch the video above for a taste of the Synthy goodness. Sorry the sound is so bad. The video is a bit of… Read More

  • Dear Agencies, it’s time to join the start-up party


    One of the biggest problems in the UK, and I would say Ireland as well, is that digital or ‘new media’ agencies only ever decide to incorporate new Web apps or social networks into their thinking when they bubble up from Silicon Valley or elsewhere. Few ever think to jump in and create a few apps themselves. I have lost count of the number of agencies I encounter who blabber… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: New Energy Edition

    Green: New York City mayor wants to install windmills all over the place
    Research firm: Global solar cell market to explode by 2012, America will gain influence
    Blogging live from 37,000 feet via Aircell’s Gogo inflight Wi-Fi on American Airlines
    MIT team creating nano-batteries using viruses as builders
    Karl Zahn’s Smart Kleat Read More

  • Jott Leaves Beta, Continues To Do One Thing Awesome

    When Seattle-based voice to text service Jott first went live in December 2006 I wrote: “It’s very simple – a user calls a specific phone number and leaves a voice message along with a recipient or recipients (an obvious use for Jott will be for people to leave themselves quick notes). The voice message will then be converted from voice into text and delivered via email or SMS. Read More

  • Amazon Launches EBS – Persistant Storage for EC2

    Amazon today launched a new web service – EBS, the Elastic Block Store (yes I also first read it as ‘Elastic Book Store’) for EC2. EBS provides persistent storage for EC2 computing instances, and the service is public today and available to all customers after a period of alpha testing with some users. Previously EC2 instances were able to access temporary storage as part of… Read More

  • Photosynth! It's here, it's awesome, and now it's yours for free

    I got to cruise over to Smith Tower yesterday to talk with Microsoft Live Labs about Photosynth, and as of this writing the site should be live and all the things we talked about will be available for you to play with. It’s best to see it in motion, so either grab that camera or watch the video above for a taste of the Synthy goodness. Sorry the sound is so booty. The video is a bit… Read More

  • Iterasi Evolves Into A Must Have Research Tool

    Portland based Iterasi launched in early 2008 to allow users to create on the fly bookmarking of entire web pages (not just the URL, the entire web page with images). Instead of the Delicious approach of simply bookmarking a URL and some descriptive data, Iterasi let users create a Wayback Machine like copy of the webpage, including with dynamic alterations from being signed in, cookies… Read More

  • You can't get there from here

    Today was the day that Leo Laporte jumped into the Tw*tter odyssey with both feet. He interviewed Identi.ca developer Evan Prodromou on one of his myriad non-stop podcasts that are also streamed live on his TwitTV channel. As have many of us, Leo has grown frustrated with Twitter’s troubles and seems to have stopped taking seriously the idea, as he put it with more than a touch of… Read More

  • Samurai Kyomoto – A guitar that only a Japanese rock star can love

    Made out of hard maple and ebony, the only thing we have to say about this 22 fret guitar is WTF. Oh, and that purple handle is a real life Samurai sword for hardcore crowd control. You can’t buy the guitar either; it was only built for Masaki Kyomoto. Sorry. Click through for some lovely pics. ESPguitars via Monmons Gadgets Read More

  • What's going on at Dish Network?

    Listen. We’re not in the game of financial advisory — even though we do know the game — but when Dish Network drops like an Olympic weightlifter, we take notice.  Shares of Dish Network Corp. fell sharply Wednesday after an analyst downgraded the stock due to concerns about the satellite TV operator’s weakening business. It’s worse… In the second… Read More

  • ClarionMiND brings nav to MIDs

    ClarionMiND, the consumer usage application device was shown off today at IDF. The new Mobile Internet Navigation Device integrates familiar software with mobility. The ClarionMiND adds GPS features to the ready-to-explode MID market, allowing for real-time POI and traffic updates. Additionally, users will be able to alter the GUI for intuitive customization. Expect to see it available in the… Read More

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