• AMD's chief technology officer Phil Hester takes the French leave

    Phil Hester, who joined AMD only three years ago in 2005, has resigned as AMD’s CTO. However, AMD is claiming that they have no plans to replace him. It is likely that someone else within the company will take over his duties though, as a company such as this cannot really function without a CTO. Hester was working on an effort called “accelerated computing” while at AMD. Read More

  • IBM creates super-fast memory

    IBM has allegedly developed a new type of digital storage that could greatly increase the capacity of portable devices, while reducing their price. “Racetrack” memory, as this technology is called, uses spinning electrons to store more data and enables these systems to operate faster than regular hard drives. This technology is similar to flash memory in that it has no moving… Read More

  • OpenMoko's Freerunner gets streamlined, priced

    According to someone with authority, the OpenMoko Freerunner phone platform will be selling for $399. There was originally a lux version planned, but they decided to stick with one model and snip until it went below four hundred bucks. It should look somewhat like the Neo-type phone pictured at left. I’ve always been excited for this OpenMoko to get their gear out there on the market… Read More

  • Sorry, I'm Not Buying This New Touchy-Feely Approach To The Music Tax

    Ethan Kaplan writes a beautiful tribute to the value of music, and how we as a society must come to terms with how we will value it as the business model around recorded music continues to disintegrate. I call BS on the whole post. His central questions are “How do you value art?” and “How do you ensure that the value of art can translate into the notion of making a living… Read More

  • Creating wearable art from busted wristwatches for fun and net loss

    I doubt you need any help spray-painting watchesBut you’ll get an article on how to do it anyway. I’ve had the same watch for five years and I intend to keep it going for another twenty, but there are a few laying around that could be used to make a brightly colored statement on how little regard I have for time in general. Remember, there are colors other than Juicy Fruit pink, so… Read More

  • The growing market for old-folks technology

    I don’t think it’s a secret that the baby boomer generation is being largely left in the dust when it comes to technology, and not just because gadgets getting more complicated. Let’s face it, dad doesn’t hear quite as well as he used to, and mom finally took the plunge and bought some bifocals last month. What is being done to cater to this enormous market, which… Read More

  • Yahoo Fence Sitting, Will Meet With Microsoft And AOL Next Week

    A Yahoo board meeting Friday authorized talks with both Microsoft and Time Warner (AOL) next week. According to a New York Times report quoting sources, Yahoo’s board met to evaluate Microsoft’s takeover bid and other alternatives but did not make a formal decision on which option to pursue. The fence sitting from Yahoo provides some solace to Microsoft after a week where an… Read More

  • SueEasy Goes Live – Your Class Action Lawsuit Lottery Ticket

    SueEasy, a Shangri-La for ambulance chasers, is now live and wreaking litigious havoc on the web. They’ve created, in their own words, a “harmonious and efficient system” for the filing of lawsuits. The site allows people to file (or search for) grievances, join with others looking for a payout, and eventually get the attention of a first class ambulance chaser to take… Read More

  • Quick Hands-on with the ASUS eee PC running Windows XP

    What’s small, opalescent, and runs Windows XP Home? It’s the ASUS eee PC that just landed here at the Biggs home, amazing my mother with its tininess. It has 4 GB of solid state storage and a 900 MHz processor. Nothing to write home about but I think this beast deserves a second look. Look for a full review next week. Read More

  • Help Key: Fix an iPhone caught in a bad reboot cycle or that won't boot

    This has come up a few times in the past couple days with folks trying to install pwned and failing. What happens is that the firmware doesn’t flash correctly and you have an iPhone or Touch caught in a horrible boot cycle that consistently fails. Sometimes it draws junk on the screen, which is basically the kernel trying to start and then failing and retrying. These instructions are… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Sitting on the Couch Drinking a Cold Beer After a Hard Day Edition

    ‘Wayne’s World’ AMC Pacer up for auction on eBay
    Firefox logo spotted 20,000 light years away
    It’s about time: Duff and Flaming Moe energy drinks
    Big in Japan: Never-ending bubble wrap
    Sweater Friends pilot: What do you think? Read More

  • Erepublik Combines MMOG And Social Networking

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Ferepublik%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash&file=http%3A%2F%2Ferepublik%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash&brandlink=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2F%3Futm%5Fsource%3Dspbrandlink&brandname=blip%2Etv&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Madrid, Spain based startup Erepublik… Read More

  • Google Director With Odd Business Practices Outed

    The Australian Newspaper (part of the News Corp empire) has outed the strange business practices of Mark Tucker, Google Australia’s only Australian director as part of a piece on Google Street View and privacy. According to Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC, Australia’s SEC) documents, Tucker maintains six different versions of himself, complete with… Read More

  • Hulu Working On International Streaming, Canada, UK + Australia Up First

    Hulu has started offering the above box to international users visiting the site from outside of the United States, the first sign that the service may soon be available in more countries than one. First spotted by Watch TV Online, the region drop down box preferences Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia above all other countries, suggesting that they might be the first outside of the… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Resident Evil 5 producer confirms African setting, pays no mind to racist accusation

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fnicholasadeleon%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F825980&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf More on that whole “Resident Evil 5 contains racist imagery” malarkey. The game’s producer, Jun Takeuchi, recently gave… Read More

  • You need to add data service to your cellphone today, Luddite

    Yesterday I mentioned my excitement to the prospect of Opera making a version of Opera Mini native to Android. Those of us who use our phones for more than texting and calling all find it interesting, but then after talking to friends, I find I’m in the minority. The fact is, most of you don’t use your cellphone’s Internet connection, and that’s sad. The promise at the… Read More

  • With Jiffle, Others Can Fill In Your Schedule For You

    Anyone who’s ever played phone tag knows just how tough it can be to schedule a meeting with someone. Jiffle aims to remove the fuss involved with coordinating availability by enabling users to create appointments on other people’s calendars. The program is already fully integrated with Outlook, and beginning next week it will be compatible with Google Calendar as well. Upon… Read More

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    The Back Burner: Things we didn't post this week

    A big thank you to everybody for filling our tips at crunchgear dot com inbox with wonderful, unique, and newsworthy items. Here are five that we just couldn’t get to this week. Investment Offer Attention: President/CEO I have a client from Jordan who is interested to invest  39 Million Dollars in your country under your supervision and directives. Exclusive details upon your… Read More

  • Craigslist Competitor OLX Raises $13.5M

    According to co-founder Fabrice Grinda, “OLX is probably the largest classified site no one has ever heard of.” And now it’s also the most funded classified site no one has ever heard of, having secured an additional $13.5M in Series B funding today from General Catalyst, Bessemer Venture Partners, Founders Fund, and DN Capital. The round brings OLX’s total funding up… Read More

  • Hacker News Bans Valleywag

    Hacker News, a small but influential digg/reddit-like tech news site hosted at Y Combinator, is asking its users if stories from Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag should be banned from the service. Y Combinator founder Paul Graham wrote “Several users have suggested we ban Valleywag, not for anything in particular that they write about, but because their articles are always such… Read More

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