• Verizon Wireless offers overpriced data-only plans

    Verizon Wireless has announced some new data-only plans that “are designed to meet the needs of customers who primarily rely on messaging to communicate with others.” Now replace “customers” with “Verizon” and “communicate with others” to “make an ass-load of money.” Far be it for me to tell you how to spend your hard-earned cash, but… Read More

  • FatDoor Closes Its Doors. Reopens as Centerd.

    Maybe it is just because it had a really bad name. Or maybe it is because nobody really likes their neighbors. Or, if they do, they actually prefer to talk to them in person. Whatever the reason, FatDoor, a social network for neighbors, is closing its doors. We are placing it in the deadpool. Visitors to the site, which sadly never even emerged out of private beta, can now see nothing… Read More

  • Not A Misprint: AOL's Platform A Is The Top Advertising Network By Reach

    New figures released by comScore show that AOL’s Platform A advertising network is the top advertising network in the United States by reach (unique visitors). According to the figures, Platform A reaches 90.7% of all American internet users, ahead of Yahoo on 85.3% and Google on 80.9%. AOL’s figures include ads served from Advertising.com. Erick covered rumors of an AOL… Read More

  • Two new phones coming from E-TEN

    E-TEN — now part of the Acer family!!! — is coming out with two new phones. Wanna know when? Me too, buddy. We’ll find out soon enough. One will be called the M810 and one will be called the M750. The M810 will leverage the wonderment that is HSDPA technology, while the M750 will utilize the same technology as the too-cool-for-school one-word name of the lead guitarist for… Read More

  • RecommendBox secures angel round

    RecommendBox, the new UK startups built around recommendations instead of reviews, has secured angel funding from Brendan McLoughin, the co-founder and CEO of Fubra, who joins the team as a non-executive director. The amount was not disclosed but is believed to be in the five-figure range. McLoughin, according to his blog, considers his stake a “conservative” investment compared… Read More

  • China says no to iPhone, states "Oh, we already have plenty of fake ones"

    Apple and China Mobile have stopped discussing launching the iPhone in China this year. The carrier has 380 million customers (T-Mobile has 28 million and AT&T has 62.2 million, just to show you what kind of numbers we’re talking) and is always willing to reopen dialog provided, oh, I don’t know, Apple caves? Read More

  • What's 5K anyway? RED Cameras resolution comparison chart

    So maybe you’re excited about Red’s sudden announcement of two new cameras earlier today (the 5K Epic and the 3K Scarlet) but you’re not really sure why. What are these “K”s everyone is talking about, and why would anyone care whether they had two, three, or a hundred? Well, Red’s handy chart above should clear things up for you. You can see how basically… Read More

  • Theater Owners org chief: We need more digital 3-D projectors, but the industry's dragging its feet

    Excited for the explosion of 3-D films set to hit in 2009? You can suck it, accordin gto NATO (Nation Association of Theater Owners) president John Fithian, because not enough theaters are outfitted with the proper gear to project the 3-D images. It isn’t the technology, really, or even the price, it’s the organizations involved. The theater owners want one standard for 3-D… Read More

  • Second Life on an Apple II+

    In a truly amazing feat of computer mastery, Joshua Linden of Linden Labs managed to get Second Life to run on an Apple II. OK, so it’s not exactly running on the Apple II, it’s actually streaming a Windows desktop, but it is a pretty accurate representation of what it would be like to run Second Life on an Apple II. Read More

  • Phillie Phanatic p0wns Darth Vader

    My buddies Tim and Eric from Geekadelphia sent this over and I just couldn’t stop laughing like a hyena for five minutes. Storm Troopers invaded the field and Darth took on the Phillie Phanatic in a deadly lightsaber duel. Why can’t Storm Troopers show up to everything? Read More

  • CrunchArcade Retro: Entire 1981 Atari catalog online

    OK, it’s not news, but it’s sweet: someone scanned an entire Atari catalog from 1981 and posted it on the Internet for posterity’s sake. Strange man with a strange mission, we salute you! My favorite is for sure Space Invaders. Read More

  • Australia doesn't care about your privacy

    The Australian government has proposed legislation that would allow employers to spy on their employees’ e-mail and IM conversations in order to prevent terrorism. The legislation was spurred by Estonian cyber-attacks, which was actually the work of a single 20-year-old student, and not a terrorist organization. Currently, the Telecommunications (Interceptions) Act allows security… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Standout examples of HD gaming

    You’re wasting your shiny new HDTV if all you do is watch Leno in high-def. Why not see what your display can do and play one or two of these standout video games on it? The list, compiled for High-Def Digest, includes both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games, so there’s no need to worry whether or not your system is represented. Xbox 360 games include Gears of War, BioShock and… Read More

  • Papa NEC's got a brand new 22.5" 120Hz LCD HDTV

    This is a nice-looking piece of tech, but I’m afraid it’s not high resolution enough to be a desktop monitor, and it’s a bit small to be a main TV. That said, it’s got the 120Hz technology that everyone’s excited about (I don’t really trust the interpolation yet but hey), 1920×1080, and pretty great color reproduction. Great for a smaller apartment… Read More

  • Red announces new Epic 5k digital cinema camera out of nowhere

    As if Scarlet wasn’t enough, Red today surprised many by launching a new flagship digital cinema camera known as the Red Epic. It’s fairly similar to the Red One in most respects, except that instead of shooting in 4k, it shoots in 5k, which is fairly nuts. It works with all current 35mm lenses the current Red One supports, as well as most of the other hardware. It’s… Read More

  • Privacy, security concerns? When colleges require your cellphone number to register for classes [Update2]

    Check out this bureaucratic bullshit. My wonderful school, NYU, now requires students surrender their cellphone number in order to register for Fall classes. It’s all in the name of safety, of course, as are most attacks on liberty. Think of the children, we’re only protecting you, etc. I’ve included the full text of the e-mail, if you’re so inclined. Read More

  • With Highfield gone, the BBC must now open up

    As Ashley Highfield leaves the post of the BBC’s director of future media and technology to head up Project Kangaroo (the joint online video platform for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4) one wonders what a startup – or even several startups – could do with the £400m budget he controlled at the BBC. Highfield had a £131 million to digitise the BBC’s production and… Read More

  • Red's Scarlet makes her debut

    We’ve been hearing whispers about Scarlet for a few months now, and today she’s made her first appearance. Scarlet is the code name of Red’s “professional pocket camera”, and that’s all we’ve known about it until today. Now, however, we know that it’s a fairly small digital still and video camera that can shoot up to 3k resolution, which is… Read More

  • TwitLinks: Not Useful, Not A TechMeme Killer

    It’s clear that Twitter is the place that a lot of news breaks first (example), hours before blogs and days before mainstream media. No one has created an application yet that harvests that information and presents it as breaking news or breaking memes with anything like what TechMeme has done for blogs and other news sites. The newest entrant is TwitLinks, which RWW calls the TechMeme… Read More

  • Patria o muerte: Cubans now buying cellphones (if they can afford them)

    How fun does Cuba look? I’d visit it in a second. Cubans can now buy cellphones! That means they’re well on their way to becoming a member of the international community of nations, right? Baby steps. Yup, starting today, everyday Cubans can purchase cellphones from the state-owned wireless provider. The cellphones are said to be restriction-free, as they’re able to make… Read More

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