• Flyin' around the world with cellphones

    Larry Magid wrote a fairly detailed examination of roaming on non-GSM networks. I met Larry last week in Majorca, Spain where we were on a panel talking about European vs. American cellphones and the point we finally came to was pretty simple: we need better phones in the U.S. and, if we had them, the iPhone wouldn’t be nearly as exciting as we think it is. What say ye? Read More

  • Viacom's studios look to Internet for future pay TV distribution

    Viacom’s Hollywood studios, which include Paramount and Lionsgate, are gonna give that Internet thing another go. Since its contract with Showtime ended, Viacom wants to explore new ways to distribute pay TV (Showtime, HBO, etc.), and is looking to create a new online service to do just that. Said Viacom’s chief executive, “We want it to be available for consumers any way… Read More

  • GTA IV ads pulled from Chicago buses under pressure from Fox News

    Shameful. After MyFox Fox News Chicago ran a little piece questioning why a violent game is being advertised on city buses, the head of the Chicago Transit Authority had the ads removed. There are so many things wrong with this, from ignorance on parade to the violation of free speech as a public authority arbitrarily decides what gets to be advertised and what doesn’t. Earlier they… Read More

  • Repubblica newsaper: 3G iPhone in Italy to be sold without mandatory contract, will be unlocked

    Italians may end up paying more for the 3G iPhone, but that’s because they won’t be locked into any phone-subsidizing contract. That, according to reports in today’s Repubblica. It looks like Apple and TIM, the largest wireless provider in Italy, reached a deal last week that gives the provider an exclusive on the 3G iPhone, sorta. While TIM will be the exclusive carrier of… Read More

  • Facebook Publishes "Insider's Guide To Viral Marketing"

    Facebook messaged the 4,600 fans of the FacebookPages Page with helpful hints on how to make your presence on Facebook go viral (by messaging all of your fans, for example). A key piece of advice? Use Facebook Ads: Many businesses, from leading global brands to favorite local bands, are enjoying tremendous impact using Facebook Pages for free viral marketing. Check out some key strategies from… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: The most in-depth MGS 4 feature you'll ever read

    Edge, the expensive yet professionally unmatched British gaming mag, calls Metal Gear Solid 4 “a bang of a finale, not a whimper.” High praise that should put to end any “but will the game be good?” speculation. Like last month’s expansive GTA IV preview (which I bought at Barnes and Noble last week, along with that 2600), Edge devotes several thousand… Read More

  • Non-widescreen laptops are becoming an endangered species

    As Lenovo retires its last line of non-widescreen laptops, it sounds like one of the final nails being hammered into the squarish aspect ratio screens we grew up with. I think that the move to 16:10 and related aspect ratios is a good thing, but I mourn the passing of the standard aspect ratio (SAR) screen as I mourned my old SAR NEC monitor when I moved to a sweet new 16:10 Dell LCD. Read More

  • Dell to support XP through 2012; Zune getting Audible support?

    According to the Windows SuperSite blog, Dell is planning to support Windows XP through 2012, another four years. What’s not clear is Microsoft’s involvement in this, as its said that this would be XP’s last year on many occasions. Also, the site claims that Audible is finally coming to Zune. Support for the popular audio book site’s been a standard on iPods for years… Read More

  • R* announces launch date for "Midnight Club: LA"

    Rockstar Games announced this morning that the fourth installment in the Midnight Club series, “Midnight Club: Los Angeles”, is set for a mid-September launch across various platforms. The Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms will get MC:LA on the 9th here in the US while Europe will have to wait until the 12th. The PSP will also get a variation of MC:LA thanks to Rockstar London. Midnight… Read More

  • Branson to marry couple in space

    I’m likely never going to get married, but if I ever do, I want to do as this couple is, in space. Branson’s launching Virgin Galactic next year as the world’s first space tourism company, this much is known. But now he’s announced that on Galactic’s first flight, he’ll be personally officiating a wedding, the first ever human wedding off of Earth. Now… Read More

  • Kindle is now back in stock

    If you’ve been waiting for Amazon to re-stock that ever elusive Kindle then you better act now. Although, I don’t imagine it being a problem. Read More

  • NYC May 1 CrunchNetwork Meet-up: The Good, the Bad, and the Sponsors

    All engines are go for the May 1 NYC CrunchNetwork meet-up at Red Sky at 47 E. 29th Street between Park and Madison. The show starts at 7pm and we’ll have free drinks, amazing giveaways, and the entire CG team as well as Erick from TC and maybe a special MYSTERY GUEST who’s first name starts with M and rhymes with Ikele Smarrington. Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve hits Alltel

    Is it just me or is Alltel getting a decent amount of cool devices lately? The latest device to hit Alltel store shelves is a titanium-colored BlackBerry Curve 8330. This one is akin to the Curve available on AT&T because it lacks Wi-Fi, but has GPS. A new 2-year contract will fetch the Curve at $230 starting May 1, but you can pre-order now. Read More

  • Review: HTC Shift (CDMA version)

    The HTC Shift (CDMA version) is a UMPC with a 7-inch tilting screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device runs Windows Vista Business and connects to Sprint’s EVDO data network for on-the-go computing. At around $1500, the device is a no-brainer for businesses that need super tiny notebooks for salespeople or field technicians and it even falls into the temptation zone for… Read More

  • Hints of iGoogle Turning Into Its Own Social Network

    Google has long used its personalized homepage, iGoogle, as a launching point for its foray into social-networking applications. Any developer who builds an OpenSocial app, for instance, can make it work as a widget (er, gadget) on iGoogle. So far, it’s been more of a personal home page. But now iGoogle is taking another step towards becoming a full-fledged social network in its… Read More

  • Skype Offers Unlimited International Calling Plan for $9.95 a Month

    Skype announced today an unlimited international calling plan that only costs $9.95 a month. The plan allows unlimited calls to land-line phones in 34 countries. The countries include most of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. Calls to U.S. landlines and cell phones are included, as are calls to cell phones in Canada, China… Read More

  • Apple drinking too much, wants to recreate Prodigy by way of Second Life

    A patent shows a “virtual shopping world” that will eventually — i.e. never — end up in the Apple store. The project, which is similar to Second Life, will allow you to walk through a virtual store and buy real things. My problem with this is that when you visit an online store, you’re not shopping — you’re buying. You go to the Apple store to pick up… Read More

  • Acer WiMax notebook to be sold by service providers

    The cost of your next notebook might just be subsidized by a wireless carrier. Acer today announced the Aspire 5920 notebook, which will contain a WiMax chipset and will be sold by upcoming WiMax providers like Sprint along with service packages, much like mobile phones are sold. The notebook is currently being manufactured by Taiwan’s Quanta Computer and will actually be available to… Read More

  • To test Facebook ads, man poses as woman, declares social ads broken

    So some guy complained aloud that the only ads he sees on Facebook are sexual in nature. Meet hot, out-of-work singles in your area… today! That sort of thing. Rather than ignore the ads like a normal person, he said to himself, “Aha! This illustrates just how broken social advertising is. All they can sell me, a single man, is sex? What are they, crazy?” Apparently so, yes. Read More

  • China Mobile’s First-Quarter Profits Up 37%

    China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone carrier, announced today that its first-quarter profits are up 37%. China has the largest population of mobile users, with around 520 million accounts. The government of China predicts that this number will increase to 600 million in the near future. “The rapid growth in China’s economy and the vigorous demand for… Read More

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