• The AudioFile: 10 Facts About Steve Jobs


    The major labels are acting funny lately, and it’s beginning to smell fishy. Warner is once again trying to buy EMI, Lala.com’s free streaming service (which offered mostly tracks from Warner) died of mysterious causes, and Universal appears to be backing away from iTunes. It all comes back to Steve Jobs in one way or another, and his legendary — and increasingly… Read More

  • Taser to Sell Tasing Shotgun Shell


    All we are saying/Is give potentially lethal shots to the head with an electronic shotgun shell a chance Taser is one of our least favorite companies — they make weapons and then deny their lethality — but at least they keep some of our boys in blue safe and offer another way of stopping folks without putting a bullet in their leg. They’re announcing a new product, XREP… Read More

  • New Parallels Ads: I'm a Mac and You're a PC and I'm an Undying Metaphor for the War Between Two Methods for Writing Data to Magnetic Disks, Displaying Information

    Parallels, everyone’s favorite thing to download once, install, try, and then remove because there’s really nothing you need to install on your Mac from Windows except maybe an IDE or game or something, created a set of fairly cool Mac vs. PC ads that don’t drive the whole divide into the ground. Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Coleman Cooler Radio Review


    Just in time for the Fourth of July, Coleman sent me a Cooler Radio — a full-size cooler with AM/FM/Weatherband radio. It’s also got an alarm clock, a line-input jack, and a pair of speakers set into the faceplate on the front. The cooler itself is pretty standard fare: a chest-style red plastic model that holds up to 46 cans of Pabst. (Other beers are not supported, at least in… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Rolling Cooler Edition

    Great Outdoors: Bugz-B-Gone
    Hard Drives With Frickin’ Laser Beams Attached To Their Heads
    Rolling Cooler Brings You Tunes, Beer
    The $50 Paint Job For Your Vehicle
    Nokia Announces First Ever Speakerphone Read More

  • MediaDefender: "It's Not What You Think"

    Randy Saaf, CEO of MediaDefender, a company I excoriated yesterday, dropped us a line explaining that MiiVi was not a trap and instead an internal MediaDefender project, hence the failure to hide their tracks. He explains: MiiVi has nothing to do with the MPAA, the RIAA, or any music or movie studio. It was not even meant to be used by the general public at this time. MiiVi has nothing to… Read More

  • Hacker's eBay: Legitimate Marketplace or Organized Blackmail?

    There’s a new Switzerland based startup launching called WSLabi that is setting up shop to allow “security researchers” to sell vulnerabilities that they find in software via an auction format. Their stated goal is to become a legitimate clearinghouse for vulnerabilities, although some may say it’s just organized blackmail. There are only four vulnerabilities listed… Read More

  • COLOURlovers: For People Who Like Color

    Keeping with this week’s theme of niche social networking sites comes COLOURlovers, a design inspiration and information site focused on color. COLOURlovers is a resource that monitors color trends. COLOURlovers is aimed directly at people who use color and provides a place to compare color palettes, submit news and comments, and read color related articles and interviews. The site… Read More

  • Microsoft LiveStation: Slingbox Without the Box

    http://images.soapbox.msn.com/flash/soapbox1_1.swf The video above shows a demo of a new product called Livestation, a peer-to-peer live television broadcasting application built on the Microsoft Silverlight platform. This is a Microsoft Research initiative, built in partnership with a London company called Skinkers. In the demo, the presenter calls this a “Slingbox without the… Read More

  • Facebook Users Up 89% Over Last Year; Demographic Shift

    Comscore has reported some interesting stats on Facebook, shedding light on the site’s growth after opening up last September and their demographics. Over the past year (May ’06 – May ’07), Facebook saw an 89% increase in unique visitors to the site at 26,649,000 uniques, with a 143% increase in page views at 15.8 billion. The site’s stickiness has increased and… Read More

  • Helio And YouTube Get Official And A Whole Lot More

    We were the first to tell you about the upgrade to Helio UP last week and now we have a few more ‘official’ deets for all the Helio subscribers. YouTube Mobile is now free for Helio All-In members. It took some bitching and moaning from customers, but it happened. Of course data charges still apply for A La Carte memberships. You can’t win ‘em all. Besides… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    In case you guys missed it this morning, you can now sign up for your very own commenting account which will allow you to do cool things in the future. It’s really easy to put yourself on the path to commenting greatness, just shoot an email over to commenter at crunchgear dot com with your name (or nickname), password, and email address in the subject field and our team of highly… Read More

  • Apple Stock Hits All-time High For Some Reason

    After a 30-percent overall increase in the months leading up to the iPhone release, Apple’s stock has continued to climb since last Friday. They’ve now hit their all-time high stock price, trading for as much as $132.97 on Nasdaq. AT&T, on the other hand, closed down 1.3 percent (54 cents) and has seen a slight loss over the last few months. So Tuesday… Read More

  • "Digg for Deals" Up for Sale on eBay

    Deal site Trezr is yet another eBay exit for a website (here). The site is like Digg for frugal shoppers looking for deals, coupons, and tips on how to save money. Users submit tips to the site, which other users can vote up in importance. Trezr has a rather clever way of making money, by monetizing outbound links through affiliate programs with Commission Junction, Linkshare, Amazon, and… Read More

  • Xbox 360's Get Extended Warranty For Failures


    Earlier today we mentioned something about Xbox 360′s seemingly having a higher failure rate than all the other consoles out there. Lo and behold, Microsoft Corp. answered back by expanding the global Xbox 360 warranty coverage to 3 years from date of purchase for a general hardware failure. This is apparently indicated by three flashing red lights. The company is also retroactively… Read More

  • Backfence Joins The Deadpool

    Community focused citizen journalism site Backfence announced June 29 that it is closing. Perhaps demonstrating how dire their situation had become, no one noticed until today. Backfence had been in trouble for some time; In January CEO and co-founder Susan DeFife resigned and the company reduced staff from 18 to 6. The company took $3million in venture capital from SAS Investors and The… Read More

  • Hard Drives With Frickin' Laser Beams Attached To Their Heads

    An egghead at Raboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands’ third biggest party school) has published a paper describing a method of using dynamic, polarized light to write and retrieve hard drive data at blazingly fast speeds – up to 100x faster than conventional hard drive speeds. Conventional hard drives use magnets to read and write data. This new method would use lasers to… Read More

  • Apple Sued, Sued Again For Copyright Infringement

    The wall-of-videos image used in the marketing materials for Apple TV is off-limits, according to Louis Psihoyos. Psihoyos had allegedly been negotiating with Apple for the rights to use his wall-of-videos photo, seen here. Instead of paying the Boulder, Colorado-based photographer, Apple used this image instead. Similar? Yes. Just different enough to avoid legal trouble? Read More

  • Multi-touch Mouse From Apple Coming Soon?

    Now that multi-touch is all the rage with Apple products and for good reason mind you, what can we expect next from Cupertino? Come October we should see slimmer MacBooks with a multi-touch touchpad. How about a mouse? That’d be the coolest thing wouldn’t it? The latest patent filing from Apple shows us such a mouse that would relegate all ‘button’ functions into… Read More

  • Sphere Quietly Nailing Its Business Model

    Blog search engine Sphere has kept a relatively quiet profile recently. After a private beta launch in late 2005 and a big-press full launch in the spring of 2006, they’ve kept mostly to themselves. Instead of focusing on building a better blog search engine (an area that Google now dominates after a recent Technorati refocus), Sphere has spent its time developing technology that… Read More

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