• HubDub's fantasy league for news

    Hubdub, which launches formally at the DEMO conference today, is a news forecaster that allows users to track news stories, predict their outcomes and compete with other news junkies. The Edinburgh (Scotland) startup has as it’s CEO Nigel Eccles, the guy who was previously behind the Flutter betting exchange acquired by Betfair. Once you know that, you realise where this startup might… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay to face charges this week

    [photopress:pirate_bay_logo.jpg,full,right]The captains of the Pirate Bay BitTorrent site will be formally charged with conspiracy to break copyright law. Pirate Bay was raided in 2006, though it wasn’t long before the site was back on its feet. Those being charged are maintaining that there’s no legal grounds for the charges against them and plan to fight the case in open court. Read More

  • Cartridge prices on the rise as ink breaks the $1000 a barrel mark for the first time

    [photopress:T054020.jpg,full,center] I’ve never much cared for the modern computer printer’s business model. In short, the idea is to push cheap, craptacular printers on the masses, then use them as a loss leader to make money on the ink. This works because printer ink, much like oil, is a commodity that has a per-barrel price. This price fluctuates, and that makes traders… Read More

  • TIVX media hub has talent and good looks, just like your CrunchGear staff

    [photopress:tvix_m_5100sh_front.jpg,full,left] Meet the TVIX media hub. It’s one part PVR, one part HD tuner, and one part media center, all in a package that brings to mind Mr. Coffee. It can record and playback most video formats at 1080p. No DivX, but XviD is represented, which is good for many of you Torrent nerds. It’s Wi-Fi ready, and has all the standard HD inputs and… Read More

  • Toshiba drops $3,000,000 on HD DVD Superbowl spot

    The bad craziness of desperation spending has begun. I guess Toshiba had a little left over in their war chest and have decided that a final blitz is in order. The obvious place to launch it is the Super Bowl, where the ads are not only seen by millions, but also pored over and repeated for weeks afterwards. Sounds like the HD DVD group is going to down like the Spartans at Thermopylae —… Read More

  • Easy iJailbreak realeased for OS X

    Attention, iPhone and iPod Touch owners: iJailbreak for 1.1.3 is out today. It’s a fairly simple and straightforward way to upgrade to the 1.1.3 firmware while keeping your handheld open. It works on any Jailbroken iPod Touch or iPhone running 1.1.1 or 1.1.2. If you’ve upgraded to 1.1.3, you’ll need to downgrade and Jailbreak first. The installation is automated and takes… Read More

  • DS Lite now available in cornflower – I mean cobalt blue

    If you’ve been holding off on getting a DS lite because none match your new blue kicks, it’s time to pull out that bankroll. The handheld world’s undisputed champion is now available in sweet, sweet cobalt blue. In addition to being a cool color, cobalt has one of the coolest names of all the elements — just say it to yourself right now, “cobalt,” it… Read More

  • CrunchTip: Make your Time Machine back-up drive bootable!

    [photopress:time.gif,full,center]Time Machine is, of course, the automated back-up feature of Leopard, the latest version of OS X. Mac OS X Hints has a pretty good tip on how to make your back-up drive bootable, and it’s something I thought I should share. Just use Disk Utility to do a restore on a blank drive, one you plan to use for Time Machine. When done, you can boot off of it… Read More

  • Sky Dayton Steps Down As CEO of Helio

    After a tough year in which partner Earthlink pulled back from its commitment to Helio, the virtual mobile carrier is now losing its CEO, Sky Dayton. (Dayton was also the founder of Earthlink). Although Dayton will become chairman, Helio’s remaining corporate partner, Korea’s SK Telecom, appears to be consolidating its control over the company (perhaps in an attempt to stem… Read More

  • Huddle ramps up against Basecamp with new apps

    UK-based Huddle, an Enterprise 2.0 startup which is now clearly positioning itself square-on against Basecamp, launches a well-featured Facebook application at the DEMO 08 conference today [Update: The Facebook app was built by Techlightenment and is here]. The Facebook integration will make your boss think you are working even when on Facebook – it allows full access to all… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson adds 5 million songs to its PlayNow service

    AP image. If you squint you can see an older SE cellphone. More music news for your Monday afternoon, this time coming to us from Sony Ericsson, maker of cellphones found in recent James Bond movies. The mobile maker has added some 5 million songs to its PlayNow music service. These new songs come from several record labels including Warner, EMI and… Read More

  • Microsoft held talks with Blu-ray about possible Xbox 360 use

    AP image Intrigue! It looks like Microsoft was hedging its high-def disc bets with the revelation that it was in talks with the Blu-ray folks “all along.” Even though it currently backs HD DVD, the truth of the matter is that the Xbox 360’s high-def disc playback is largely a matter of built-in software. The implication is that with… Read More

  • Nikon debuts inexpensive, basic L18

    [photopress:l18.jpg,full,center] Available in blue and red, the new Nikon COOLPIX L18 is the latest in the parade of low-coast, high-performance point-n-shoots to hit PMA next week. The basic 8-Megapixel camera has all the modern features, like a 3x optical zoom, face-detecting auto-focus, a 3-inch LCD, image enhancement in low-light conditions, and ISO of up to 1600. For most people, this… Read More

  • Gordon Freeman's brother: Not so bright

    Inspired by fanfic and some clever Half-Life mods. John Freeman found wepon! Screen Sifter Sunday [ Read More

  • Nikon D60 leak? And it's weak?

    From the folks who brought you the K20D and K200D, we have the latest in leaked specs for Nikon’s upcoming D40x replacement, the D60. And if this is all accurate, it’s a bit of a letdown, considering the magnitude of the new Rebel’s updates and the hotness of Pentax’s newer K’s. The added megapixels on the D60 are welcome (up to 10.2), and the sensor… Read More

  • Snickers + Caffeine + Taurine = recipe for success

    Man oh man, do I miss Snickers. When I worked in an office, I used to eat one (and only one) each day. Yum. Now that there’s going to be a Snickers bar infused with caffeine, taurine, and B vitamins, I’m going to have to seriously reconsider starting up my Costco membership again. Read More

  • Weed vending machines in LA

    Dude… so cool. Let’s move to LA where they have vending machines for weed. You get your prescription and you go up to the machine and you get some sticky bud including Granddaddy Purple. Then you go home, smoke up, and watch SportsCenter. Seriously. Madison sucks. Let’s move. Available at:
    Melrose Quality Pain Relief, 4906 Melrose Ave, Mid-Wilshire; 323.957.7777 Herbal… Read More

  • Getting XP after June 30 is a'gonna be hard, Luigi!

    It seems that Microsoft will stop selling XP licenses after June 30 — so sad — so what is a poor country boy with Vista to do? Well, InfoWorld is reporting that you can, in some circumstances “downgrade” to XP using OEM disks or subscribing to the OS using services like CenterBeam. Clearly this doesn’t help Joe Little Guy with a bum copy of Vista, but it’s… Read More

  • Life Begins at Fifty: Happy Birthday to LEGO

    Show me a kid that doesn’t know about LEGO and I’ll show you a kid who hasn’t LIVED, dammit! Seeing this 405-piece LEGO bucket makes me want to go out and buy it for the low, low price of $25, although using the words “piece” and “bucket” together kind of makes me want to go out and get some KFC, too. Okay, I’ll get the LEGO bucket and then… Read More

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed sim technologies

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=29964 LucasArts has three different simulation technologies that’ll be implemented into the release of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (due this summer) called Havok, Euphoria, and DMM (digital molecular matter). Check out the above video. Looks sweet. New Star Wars game displays impressive technology [GamePro.com] Read More

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