• Robopong lets you play friendless table tennis

    The Achilles heel of table tennis: people without friends can’t play. Unless you raise the one side of the table, I suppose. But why do that when you can buy an automatic ball-shooting machine? The Robo-Pong comes in a few different varieties starting at $229 for a basic unit (the 540) or $359 “for intermediate and tournament players” (the 1040) Finally, there’s… Read More

  • Bill Gates on future: The Internet! Robots! Touch!

    It seems to me that Bill Gates can’t be a geek anymore. At a recent Microsoft Asia forum he said that the future will be web-based apps, touch interfaces, and robotic artificial intelligence. This boils down to Bill saying a) Office is going to get eaten b) the iPhone is kicking butt c) the Roomba is great. Why doesn’t the richest man in the world offer more than these tired bromides? Read More

  • Kingston adds 32GB SDHC to Elite Pro line

    There’s really no need to get whimsical with this post. Kingston has announced a 32GB SDHC for you HD recording folk or anyone that really needs 32 gigs worth of room on an SD card. You’ll have to shell out about $308 for it, though. * Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification version 2.00
    * Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
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  • Barack Obama Overtakes Kevin Rose On Twitter. McCain Is Nowhere In Sight.

    Up until last night, the person with the most followers on the micro-messaging service was Digg founder and Web celeb Kevin Rose, with 56,482 other people following his every public mind burp. It took none other than Barack Obama (or, rather, Obama’s campaign machine) to take the Twitter crown away from Rose. Obama can now finally stand tall knowing that 56,791 people subscribe to… Read More

  • Polaroid wants your advice on remaking the Polaroid

    Well, not really your advice. They actually want the advice of readers of Amateur Photographer Magazine to decide on specs for an upcoming printing camera. You can enter here and the winner gets a trip to New York and VIP tickets to the Museum of Modern Art. That said, the Polaroid was a perfect technology for its time. Designed by Edwin Land as a “60-second photo studio” it ushered… Read More

  • Eidos, WB confirm Batman game, Batman: Arkham Asylum


    Sweeeeeeeeeeeet. Today, WB and Eidos announced Batman: Arkham Asylum for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. We sort of already knew there was one coming thanks to Gary Oldman, but now it’s official. Based on the “Dark Knight” storyline, based on conjecture, you will assume the role of Batman and you’re task is to deliver the Joker into the Narrows where the imprisoned swine… Read More

  • EA uses BitTorrent to distribute Warhammer beta

    Further legitimization of the BitTorrent protocol, with news that EA will use (well, is using) it to distribute the Warhammer Online: The Reckoning beta to gamers. Included in the game’s documentation is links to various “make the most out of BitTorrent” guides, including one created by TorrentFreak. Blizzard has been using BitTorrent for World of Warcraft patches forever… Read More

  • Taking the shine off: Why blog publishing 'failed' in the UK (or at least didn't create a $30m exit)

    US entrepreneurs have had notable success with Blog publishing startups, in particular Jason Calacanis (Weblogs Inc sold to AOL for $25m) and more recently Rafat Ali (Paid Content sold to The Guardian for $30m). Ashley Norris, former co-founder of early UK blog network Shiny Media, left the company last week to create another startup – but there is no multi-million sale yet in sight… Read More

  • Three-alarm fire at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters

    The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that a three-alarm fire started at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters last night. The fire apparently may have somehow started under one of the building’s air conditioning units located on the second floor. Luckily, the fire was able to be contained in about an hour and nobody was hurt. It was called in at about 10:00 last night… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Vudu rolls out 99 cent rental service


    Vudu, our favorite digital content download service, is now offering extended rentals of SD movies for 99 cents within seven days of the initial viewing. HD movies can be extended for $1.99. But that’s not the best part. There’s a new channel dubbed “99 for 99” that offers 99 recent “blockbusters” for, you guessed it, 99 cents. Steven Horn VUDU’s… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 60-watt solar charging kit for $279.99

    Hey, this deal is only good until 1:00 PM Eastern today, so hop on it if you’re interested. It’s the Sunforce 5004 60 Watt Solar Charging Kit, sold by Amazon. The kit includes a PVC mounting frame, 7 Amp charge controller, 175-watt inverter, and wiring/connection cables. And with the built-in blocking diode technology, this charger kit is designed to protect against battery… Read More

  • New device should provide far more accurate radio ratings

    Old habits die not very easily, which is what makes the introduction of Arbitron’s new Portable People Meter so fascinating. The device is what Arbitron will use to measure radio ratings in the future, being used in the top 50 markets by 2010. The PPMs, which people keep on their person throughout the day, can actually identify what radio station you’re listening to by recognizing… Read More

  • Logitech V550 cordless mouse clips to your notebook

    Here’s a cordless mouse from Logitech. What’s different about it? Well, there’s a tiny USB receiver that you can keep plugged into your USB port all the time without worrying about snapping it off. Also, you can “dock” the mouse to your notebook using the provided clip that you see there. It’s apparently easy to attach and easy to remove, although I’m… Read More

  • Vanity Kippah: My porn star name

    This is a little kippah with “Don’t you wish your Kippah was hot like mine” written on it. It costs $14.95. Is this what 4000 years of struggle, heartbreak, childbearing, and love has wrought? Read More

  • Search Geo-Data With Finder. Sneak Peak At GeoCommons (Map) Maker.

    Online map mashups are about to get a whole lot more sophisticated. A startup in Arlington, Virginia called FortiusOne (based on technology out of George Mason University) is developing a service called Maker! that will let anyone easily find geo-tagged data available on the Web and map it. One piece of the service is already available: a search engine for geo-data called Finder! It lets… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: The Dawn of Day 3

    And so we come to our next important stage in our 10 Days of CrunchGear giveaway This is Day 3, Day 3 in which we give away a $100 gift certificate to Handango where you can download software for almost any smartphone platform in existence. How do you win? Read More

  • Software helps deaf ‘see’ sound

    The University of London is currently testing software that takes sound waves and turns them into visual representations. The software is called Lumisonic, and is designed to help the deaf ad hard-of-hearing “see” sounds. There’s a video on the BBC’s Web site showing it in action. Sadly, I can’t embed it here, so you’ll have to click through. Basically, as… Read More

  • Hard times in Europe may be a startup's advantage

    This guest post is written by Robleh Ali, founder of Zoinetworks.
    Although the Internet’s killer application – the Web – was invented in Europe very few of the great consumer web businesses have come from here. The true giants, like Amazon, Google, Yahoo and eBay all rose to become profitable public companies, making billions for the Silicon Valley VCs who invested in them. Read More

  • Russia grows up, learns how to wage cyberwarfare more effectively


    Not a Russian hacker, just a filthy rich one There’s a reasonably interesting little story in Foreign Policy—I wear a big Napoleon hat when I post—about Russia’s cyber response during last week’s conflict with Georgia. It seems the Russians know a thing or two about Internet trolling, since instead of defacing Web sites and crashing anti-Russia servers, they… Read More

  • Lehman's Online U.S. Advertising Forecast: Another $20 Billion In Growth By 2012 And Online Video Takes Off

    I was (digitally) leafing through the latest Lehman Brothers Internet Data Book for August this morning, and came across these forecasts for total U.S. Internet online ad spending and online video ad spending.
    Video ads are the hottest area of growth. Analyst Doug Anmuth thinks that online video ad spending will reach $1.1 billion this year (up 63 percent), and more than double to $2.4… Read More

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