• Hands on shots of the Samsung F400

    With Samsung’s recent announcement about F400 availability, I’m guessing you guys might want some more F400 visual goodness. There aren’t many photos of the device floating around besides the standard promo images, but as I take way, way too many photos every time I go to a show, I happened to have a few. Click the shots below for bigger versions. Read More

  • The Mike Arrington Show

    Yeah that’s right. I have a puppet parody now, too. This is pretty tame stuff compared to the hit job Loren did on Shel israel. Before you hit play, note that there is some offensive language in the video, referring to our recent dispute with Wired. Read More

  • Digital Cowboy's HDD video dock is simple yet rad, like me

    While I remain an Apple TV fan, this set-top dock is pretty neat. It’s a dock that basically acts as a video out for the included 2.5-inch portable hard drive that’s full of all of your porn. Neat! It works with all the most popular video formats, including DivX, so you can download from BitTorrent right to the device and plug it right into your HDTV. We like it. Read More

  • EU warns Google to obey privacy laws with European version of Street View

    Flickr’d A European Union official has warned Google to play nice with EU privacy laws if and when it launches a European version of Google Maps Street View. The service, which provides street-level photos of certain areas, has generated concern among privacy advocates and home owners. In response, Google will now automatically blur faces of people present in Street View photos. As… Read More

  • HubSpot Gets $12 Million To Drive Traffic to Your Site

    Internet marketing is big money, and so is the $12 million recently raised by HubSpot, a consultancy and software provider for sites looking to improve their visibility online. The Series B round led by Matrix Partners comes on top of the $5 million raised from General Catalyst Partners last September, bringing the company’s grand total to over $17 million. In addition to providing paid… Read More

  • Gates gives "In the future" talk, says touchscreens are the way to go

    It’s safe to say we’re approaching the top of the technology tree when it comes to mice and keyboards. As apps get richer and interactive devices become more intuitive and ubiquitous, the mouse/keyboard combo is becoming more and more a niche control scheme. It’s like upgrading your zerglings: you can do it as much as you want, but times change and a couple Wraiths can take… Read More

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    CrunchArcade: "And you will know us by the trail of living dead" edition

    This week in CrunchArcade: OS Mechas, iPhone hot rods, co-op zombie blasting, Mike Tyson, and a baby pixelsaurus. Get your gaming news, previews, and freebies here in pellet form. Read More

  • EMC concept cellphone tries to make elderly lives easier: Sorta unnecessary

    The EMC (“easy mobil calling,” which isn’t a typo on my part) concept cellphone aims to make life easier for the elderly. With only four face buttons, each corresponding to a separate phone number, it simplifies the arduous task of remembering, well, four different phone numbers. Granted, all cellphones have an address book, so you’re not really required to know… Read More

  • It's Alive!: PopTok Combines Emoticons With Movie Quotes

    Israeli startup PopTok has done a brave thing. It’s created a plugin that combines emoticons and movie quotes (which, used in excess, are two of the most annoying things known to man). The plugin is currently Windows only, offering support for AIM and MSN Live Messenger with more protocols on the way. The JVP Studio-funded startup wants to replace emoticons as we know them with… Read More

  • German study finds Comcast blocking BitTorrent traffic all day long, every day

    Flickr’d No day is complete without some sort of Comcast-bashing; I oblige. A German study has found that BitTorrent blocking really only occurs in two countries, here in the U.S. and in Singapore. Moreover, only cable ISPs bother to block BitTorrent traffic. The ISPs? Why, none other than Comcast and Cox, the two darlings of American Internet access. Read More

  • OCZ offers DIY gaming notebooks, some assembly required

    If you’re feeling brave, and have a little experience putting parts in your desktop, this might be a cool (and expensive) little project for you. OCZ is offering kits to put together your own high-performance laptop, with plenty of configuration options for those who love to tweak. At the moment I don’t see any prominent pricing information, but they say that that putting it… Read More

  • How to make your own film, if you dare

    With a bit of technical know-how and a fair amount of free time, you could have your very own, home made film… for cameras! Plastic and goop go in one end, and camera film comes out the other end. This is not a trivial undertaking. The Flickr set contains all the pictures and instructions you need to go about making your own film. A fun weekend project, if nothing else. via Make Blog Read More

  • The Social Network Wars Begin In Earnest: Facebook Bans Google Friend Connect

    Update: More details here. Facebook is all about openness and data portability, as long as that doesn’t involve openness or portability of data, it seems. Today they wrote a long 7 paragraph blog post to get a single point across: Facebook has banned Google’s Friend Connect access to the Facebook API: Now that Google has launched Friend Connect, we’ve had a chance to… Read More

  • Speed Test: Solid state drives from DV Nation

    I recently got the chance to test out a few solid state drives sent to me by Texas-based DV Nation. I tried a super fast MemoRight GT 32GB 2.5-inch SSD, and two 32GB Mtron SSDs, one 3.5-inch and one 2.5-inch. I also tested a standard desktop and a standard laptop hard drive to see how they stacked up. Here’s what I found. Read More

  • Microsoft adds features to Live Search for Windows Mobile

    Back in April at CTIA, Microsoft was showing off a few new features on the way for their search application, Live Search for Windows Mobile. They announced this morning that these features would be available to users starting today. The new features: Map your friends: Grabs addresses from your contact list, puts them on the map, and provides directions. View Virtual Earth collections: Lets… Read More

  • Why CBS Bought CNET, And Not The Other Way Around

    1999: CNET is a $12 billion company January 2000: CNET Aquires MySimon for $700 million October 2000: CNET Acquires Ziff Davis (ZDNet) for $1.6 billion (after the March 2000 stock crash) July 2004: CNET Acquires Webshots for $70 million October 2007: CNET Sells Webshots for $40 million May 2008: CBS Acquires CNET For $1.8 billion CNET announced its sale to CBS, a $16.5 billion company… Read More

  • Hackers will track conference attendees' movements using RFID

    The good folks at this year’s HOPE conference, organized by 2600 magazine, will track the movements of attendees by using RFID, while at the same time encouraging them to find vulnerabilities in the technology. The attempt to draw attention to the widely implemented yet poorly understood (by the average person) technology should be applauded. During the conference, says the press release… Read More

  • Metacafe Founder's New Startup: Clear Applications

    Israeli paper The Marker is reporting (in Hebrew) that one of the Metacafe founders who recently cashed out and left has turned his attention to business recruitment technology. Arik Czerniak is now working on Clear Applications, a company that he co-founded seven months ago with two other Metacafe ex-employees, Oren Blatt and Gil Solomon. The startup is developing analytics tools that will… Read More

  • Western Digital announces external HDD add-on for Dish network subscribers

    Father’s Day and graduation season is upon us, readers. And what better way to celebrate than getting your dad or grad a My DVR Expander USB edition external drive from Western Digital. Of course, they’ll have to own a DISH network VIP Series HD DVR and the 500GB drive only retails for $150. It’s also a low power-consuming hard drive that has a no-fan passive cooling system… Read More

  • Samsung and LG enter Mobile TV Competition

    As you know, after Feb. 17, 2009, all analog television broadcasts will end and the U.S. will go digital. Companies are competing with one another to set the standard for mobile TV, which will allow mobile phones to receive and display digital signals from local broadcast stations. Samsung Electronics and LG are joining the arena where only one standard comes out the winner. Video… Read More

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