• Fabrik makes backing up data fun, easy

    Besides the launch of their portable SimpleTech mini USB drives, Fabrik also launched Fabrik Ultimate Backup at CES. If you’re like me then backing up can be a tedious pain the arse. I avoid it as much as possible. I just don’t have the time or patience to do it. Well, Fabrik realizes many consumers feel the same way and FUB makes the whole process simple. Read More

  • Silliest of CES 2008

    At any trade show, you’re bound to see some good stuff. This post, however, is not about that; it’s about the most ridiculous things I’ve seen so far here at CES, like the USA-themed piano above in Gibson’s tent. From the gawdy to the bawdy, feast your eyes on these abominations. (More pics after the jump.) Read More

  • Limepc: Little Linux, big possibilities

    The forthcoming Limepc and LimeOS represent the ever-shrinking “motherboard-on-a-chip” concept, allowing fully functional computers to run off of an integrated hardware board that’s smaller than an iPod Nano. The devices should be available in the US by the end of the year and will include varying versions of UMPCs, data-enabled HDTVs, thin-clients, smaller PDA-type devices… Read More

  • Yahoo Tech Ticker: More Details And A Screenshot

    Yahoo’s new technology business video show, TechTicker, is set to go live soon (officially, in the next few weeks, but I’m hearing that some early stuff may come out as soon as next week). The show will be hosted by Henry Blodget (Silicon Alley Insider), Sarah Lacy (Business Week columnist) and Paul Kedrosky and will have 10-20 original segments per week day, focusing on financial… Read More

  • NewsGator Upgrades RSS Readers, Provides Them for Free

    NewsGator has decided to offer all of its RSS readers for free, including the newest versions of NetNewsWire, FeedDemon and NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile. NewsGator Inbox, which has just been launched in public beta, will also be available for free. When Nick wrote about NewsGators’ latest round of funding, he noted that NewsGator’s desktop feed readers can be preferable to… Read More

  • Social Blogging Platform Profy Launches in Alpha

    Today, we get a new blogging platform from Russian/San Francisco startup Profy. Does the world need another blogging platform? Maybe not. But, hey, give the Russians a chance. The more competition, the better. If you want to try it out yourself, we have 100 invites available here (enter “Techcrunch” in the description field). Update: Due to popular demand among TechCrrunh… Read More

  • Microsoft says HD DVD not important to Xbox 360's success, not concerned with Blu-ray's 'win'

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    Photo via this woman’s Flickr account. Thanks, person! While Sony and its PS3 may benefit from Warner’s decision to support Blu-ray, Microsoft doesn’t think its HD DVD-playing Xbox 360 will take any significant hit. A Microsoft marketing manager said he doesn’t “think… this has a significant impact on Xbox 360… Read More

  • iMantri to Pair Mentors Up with Mentees

    So apparently it’s National Mentoring Month and a new site called iMantri wants to celebrate by welcoming TechCrunch readers into its private beta. iMantri seeks to match mentors up with mentees using a niche social network that focuses on “goals” and “competencies”. All those interested can go here and use invitation code “imaptc178″ to sign… Read More

  • Apple forced to drop UK iTunes prices

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    The UK’s greatest music export Facing a lawsuit, Apple said today it will lower prices of UK iTunes downloads, bringing them in line with prices found on the Continent. The European Commission, the European Union’s executive branch, had been investigating whether or not Apple’s policy of charging the equivalent of €1.05 per song in… Read More

  • Amazon's head of consumer electronics names 'excellent' convergence devices

    [photopress:9_12_07_flipvideoultra.jpg,full,center] Amazon’s head of consumer electronics cautions: Don’t let the marketing speak convince you that the Xbox 360 or latest Motorola set-top box is truly “excellent.” Paul Ryder, who’s in charge of CE at Amazon, thinks so-called convergence devices fall into one of two categories: the “capable”, like… Read More

  • ClipSyndicate Videos Now On Truveo, Bebo, Magnify, and Lingospot

    Video clips from local TV news affiliates are making their way onto the Web through a service called ClipSyndicate that’s been in beta for more than a year. The service, which is owned by New York City startup Critical Media, has more than 200,000 archived news clips and adds about 1,000 a day from about 200 local affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, along with video from Bloomberg TV… Read More

  • Everex Cloudbook: Ultra-mobile, Green & Linux

    [photopress:everex_cloudbook_CE1200V.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Everex Cloudbook
    Description: An “ultra-mobile” PC that runs on gOS Rocket
    Price: $399
    In-store date: January 25 (at Walmart.com)
    Site: Everex
    Why it’s cool: It’s green (as in the environment), which is chic nowadays, and does seem to offer a decent power:performance ratio given the price. The… Read More

  • Google Trends helps popularize obscure presidential candidate: Jimmy Tide

    [photopress:googletrendstide.jpg,full,left] The New Hampshire primary was yesterday, but you won’t find either winner (John McCain and Hillary Clinton) in the top 10 of Google Trends. You will, however, find a relatively unknown, sort of a long shot candidate as number two. Jimmy Tide, who not only wears the cleanest shirts but who also promises to clean up America. I’d like to… Read More

  • Powerblock hides messy cables, but is bulky

    [photopress:power_block.jpg,full,center] My apartment isn’t messy overall, but I several “hotspots,” like this charming bundle of cables on the floor. Disgusting. Gadgets like the Powerblock try to hide such cables messes, though it’s not the most attractive solution. (That would be an all-wireless setup, which is impossible.) Good idea that’s much appreciated… Read More

  • Family GuyDVD with iTunes-compatible video files shipping

    [photopress:familyguyh264dvd.jpg,full,center] Fox is now releasing DVDs that include iTunes-compatable H.264 video files, as was rumored last month. The first such DVD, the “Blue Harvest” Family Guy episode, isn’t scheduled to ship until next week, but several copies have already made their way into fans’ hands. (Amazon lists it for $16.09, so there doesn’t appear… Read More

  • WeGame Launches As YouTube For Gamers

    When I was younger and addicted to PC games like Total Annihilation and Sim City, my parents figured I was flushing priceless hours of my youth down the drain and actively tried to get me to cut back on playing. Jared Kim, a nineteen-year-old Berkeley dropout, has taken a similar obsession of video games and turned it into something his parents can certainly be proud of: a new website… Read More

  • Xobni: The Super Plugin For Outlook

    Anyone who depends on email to work, knows how surprisingly bad Outlook is when you get beyond about ten contacts; conversations easily become jumbled, and keeping contacts up to date can be a pain. Xobni’s Outlook plug-in solves these problems with a sidebar that automatically tracks contacts and organizes emails into fully searchable threaded conversations linked back to those people. Read More

  • FCC to investigate Comcast's alleged traffic shaping

    [photopress:fcccomcast.jpg,full,center] The FCC didn’t buy Comcast’s explanation, either. The Federal Communications Commission will investigate Comcast over alleged traffic interference (and at the same time reveal its attitude toward Net Neutrality). You may remember last year’s Associated Press investigation (and the subsequent lawsuit) that found Comcast actively… Read More

  • Google Processing 20,000 Terabytes A Day, And Growing

    A recent white paper by some Google engineers puts some numbers around the massive amount of computation that Google does every day to index the Web, process search results, and serve up ads, among other things. As oflast September, Google was processing 20,000 terabytes of data (20 petabytes) a day. This large-scale computing capability is a big part of Google’s competitive advantage… Read More

  • French Press Falls For Major Facebook Prank

    This is probably the biggest hoax in the history of Facebook. It happened in France and is one of the most discussed stories in the French blogosphere right now. It all started a few weeks ago with a simple third-party Facebook application that was aimed at designating, every quarter, a new “Facebook Worldwide president”. A young 28 year-old French man by the name of Arash… Read More

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