• Skyrocketing energy drink prices make gas look cheap

    I’ve been drinking energy drinks for a about five years less than I’ve been driving a car. At the time I got my license in 1995, gasoline cost about a dollar per gallon and now it’s up to about three dollars per gallon. The price of energy drinks over the last eight years or so had remained relatively stable at about two dollars per can for an 8-ounce can of Red Bull. Then a… Read More

  • CES 2008: Cooler Master's VW case is crunchy, should stay on the shelf

    Cooler Master makes pretty decent computer cases, but I’m taking issue with this licensed VW bus case. It’s like this: If you mod your case to become a VW bus, then you’re a college student with too much time to kill who likes Phish and calling people “braugh”, but if you buy it off the shelf like that, then you want to be a college student with too much time to… Read More

  • Ticket startups get heat from those terribly sweet promoters

    The so-called ‘secondary ticket market’ has a bad rep in the UK. Scruffy ticket touts outside concert venues have been the traditional conduit for unsold tickets and they operate under the guise of everything from a shifty looking guy outside the venue all the way through to agencies – some even linked to organised crime – who bulk-buy the biggest concerts to sell on for… Read More

  • Sony cuts Japanese PS3 console offering to one model

    I’m sitting in the Las Vegas airport in what used to be a nice, quiet spot where I figured I could get some work done when four guys from New York just sat down RIGHT behind me (despite there being plenty of open seats). They proceeded to call in an order for sandwiches from some New York deli, argued about who’s sandwich would have what on it, and then called their secretaries to… Read More

  • Network Solutions Using Questionable Tactic to Sell More Domain Names

    Network Solutions used to be the only place you could go to buy a .com or other domain name. Years ago they lost their monopoly rights and a flood of low priced competitors entered the market. Today Network Solutions is a distant third in market share behind giants like GoDaddy and eNom. The main reason is price. Network Solutions continues to charge $35/year for a domain name, while others… Read More

  • The Music Industry's Last Stand Will Be A Music Tax

    It is becoming more and more difficult for the music industry to ignore the basic economics of the their industry: unenforceable property rights (you can’t sue everyone) and zero marginal production costs (file sharing is ridiculously easy). All the big labels have now given up on DRM. They haven’t yet given up on trying to charge for their music, but it’s becoming more and… Read More

  • Yahoo Travel Chases Kayak With FareChase

    Last night, Yahoo signaled that it is serious about competing in the travel price-comparison search market in the wake of Kayak’s recent $200 million acquisition of Sidestep. Yahoo Travel put its FareChase property, formerly a tab, front and center on the travel homepage. FareChase is now the default search engine for pricing flights, hotels, cars, and vacations. [Update: Yahoo says… Read More

  • Tata Nano, the world's least expensive car

    [photopress:tatanano.jpg,full,center] Meet the world’s least expensive car, the Nano. The car costs only $2,500, gets 50 miles per gallon and is supposed to bring the gift of rapid transportation to the world’s poor. It also looks a lot like Biggs’ car, which we often tease him about. Made in India, the manual transmission Nano, created and designed by Tata, has a 33… Read More

  • Amazon Completes DRM-Free Roster With Sony-BMG

    For anyone who was bummed about the hoops they were going to have to jump through to get DRM-free songs from Sony-BMG artists, by the end of the month you will be able to download those songs at Amazon’s MP3 store. A couple days after announcing a weird plan with physical retailers to distribute DRM-free music that will require people to buy a plastic stored value card first and… Read More

  • Video: How to make inexpensive spy glasses


    How To: Spy Sunglasses! – video powered by Metacafe Surely I can’t be the only person who thinks walking around with video recording spy glasses is sorta creepy. It’s a fun project to kill a couple of hours on the weekend, but making the jump from gadget tinkering to creep-o spying is too much for… Read More

  • The Wall Street Journal Edges Towards Free

    In a concession to increased competition from the blogosphere and other newspapers throwing in the towel on paid-subscription walls for online content, the Wall Street Journal is making its opinion pages and commentary free. Does that mean the rest of the paper will soon be free online as well? It is certainly in keeping with new owner Rupert Murdoch’s previous public statements to… Read More

  • AT&T, NBC and Microsoft hint at ISP-level Internet filtering to protect copyright

    [photopress:attcensorship.jpg,full,center] Who’s ready for some ISP-level Internet filtering, all in the name of protecting copyright? After all, copyright is what makes us a civilized, just people. Without it we’d be still be living in caves. At CES, representatives from NBC, Microsoft and AT&T said that the time is about the right time to start seriously considering blocking… Read More

  • Unfortunately for Apple Europe is not a country, just yet

    Apple comes in for some stick from the Financial Times this morning, which wonders why it will take the master of the iPod up to six months to bring the price of tracks on iTunes’ UK site down into line with other European countries. Granted, Apple’s move will address a European Commission antitrust probe, as it will now offer Brits the same price for iTunes downloads as on the… Read More

  • Radiohead's In Rainbows is week's best selling album, music industry must be thrilled

    [photopress:inrainbowsno1_1.jpg,full,center] Despite being released three months ago as a digital download, Radiohead’s latest album, In Rainbows, was the best selling album last week. That must really upset the big record labels, who for God knows how long have been claiming that downloadable music would be the death of the album, of physical collections of music. Never mind that… Read More

  • Smoker Bell: A place where smokers can comfortably enjoy their death sticks

    [photopress:smoker_bell.jpg,full,center] Few things annoy me more than coming home from bar or club or whatever and having the smell of smoke on my clothes. (Walking behind a smoker on a windy day is also infuriating.) It’s a noxious, inhumane smell. I had to get my jacket dry cleaned last week because, apparently, smoking in bars is still 100 percent legal in Queens, NY. Personally, I… Read More

  • Mobile Computing catching Wind with Open Source Sails

    Companies like Wake3 and Funambol are starting to use open-source in the development of software for mobile computing devices. Open-source seems to be the perfect conduit to bring iPhone type browsing and e-mail to handheld devices. During a meeting of the Mobile Monday Silicon Valley group associates of Wake3, Funambol and Wind River noted the rise of open-source software on handsets. Wake3… Read More

  • Awdio Brings Cool Live Music Wherever You Are. Special TechCrunch Invitations

    While online music startups and most labels are trying to figure new rules for their business models, a small UK based startup has found a smart way to answer that question. Nearly all music services are based on providing access to a catalogue of recorded music whether it is on demand (eg: iTunes or Deezer) or on discovery mode (Pandora/Last.fm). But a big chunk of the quality music is… Read More

  • Microsoft blames server strain, lack of staff for Xbox Live downtime

    [photopress:cod4xbl.jpg,full,center] Xbox Live’s downtime around Christmas was due to server strain, with an unexpectedly large number of people (10 million) trying to sign up and play online. Microsoft simply wasn’t prepared for that number of people using the Live servers, hence its shoddy performance, and subsequent free Live Arcade game. Microsot also says that, when the… Read More

  • If you have a moment, you'd maybe like to nominate us for the Bloggies, yes?

    The 2008 Bloggies are coming up, and there’s a prickly rumor that we’re a favorite for a couple of categories going around, but we’re not the types to sit back and just let things happen, so we’re being proactive. We’re asking you, our readers, to formerly nominate us. We know, we know, it’s a bit gauche, and it is just a popularity contest and all, but… Read More

  • Fake Upgrade may Infect iPhone

    A fake software upgrade may have infected an iPhone near you with the first known Trojan that targets the popular mobile phone. The Trojan appears to be timed to rumors that claim new features in an upcoming iPhone firmware upgrade. A number of news sites and blogs cited a report published by CNET France that claimed an imminent iPhone update would feature a disk mode, which would allow the… Read More

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