• Upgrade to Vista from XP for free

    Chris Pirillo has found a method for upgrading to Vista from XP without activation. It’s a seamless upgrade in the System folder and has been confirmed by Microsoft. Hurry, before they close the loophole. Read More

  • ClarityLife: A simple-yet-cool phone for the geriatric set

    We’ve discussed special cellphones for the elderly and infirm before, but the new Clarity phone is actually fairly appealing. The Jitterbug was a little condescending in our tastes, and was maybe too hard to use. Clarity Products has an answer (ha!) with the ClarityLife phone, a super-simple phone that’s one part SE K-series phone and one part LifeAlert pendant. It’s set… Read More

  • Top 5 Web April Fool's jokes so far today

    Today, as you have probably noticed, is April Fool’s Day. It’s a grand holiday that celebrates nothing but the cruel ability of humans to trick other humans and to take pleasure in the deception. I love it. Since the advent of the popular Internet there have been many, many April Fool’s jokes in Web format. Today is no exception. Here are five of the best ones today. Read More

  • Video: Cablevision stereotypes Hispanics in order to sell them Triple Play package

    This commercial for Cablevision’s “Triple Play” (cable TV, broadband and VoIP) offends me. It offends me not because it belittles my proud (?) heritage, but because it doesn’t go far enough in making Hispanics look like shiftless, VoIP-loving, beach-going, party-throwing, tiny-car-driving maniacs. (Have you been to Queens lately? Not too far off the mark.) I mean, I… Read More

  • Hands on: White HTC Touch from Verizon

    It’s old, but I wanted to take pics of it. Read More

  • Another Google Exec Bails: VP Leaves To Head EMI Group

    Add another one to the list of Google employee departures: Google VP Engineering Douglas Merrill has resigned, a source says (and confirmed here), and will be joining UK and NY-based big music label EMI Group as President. Merrill joined Google in 2003 as Senior Director of Information Systems. In the position he just left, he held direct line responsibility for all internal engineering… Read More

  • Hands on: Sprint Instinct from Samsung

    Bad lighting and a bad photographer equal less than perfect photos. I’ll grab some more time with the Instinct later on and will have video up as well. Read More

  • Windows 6.1 video

    Live from Las Vegas — Windows 6.1 in the flesh. Read More

  • HTC Touch gets keypad, keyboard options

    Peter liked the HTC Touch when he got his hands on it last year, and HTC has done a pretty good job of making it not just a product but a brand. The latest is the Touch Dual, a slimmer version of the original Touch with a slide-out T9 keypad. A new version at CTIA today will debut a slide-out QWERTY-style keyboard as well. They’re both the Dual, and you’ll apparently have an option… Read More

  • Radiohead 'innovates' again, releases latest single in separate tracks for fan remixes

    Radiohead wasn’t going to take upstart Trent Reznor’s sass much longer. The British band loved by everyone trying to look smart has made its third single off In Rainbows available as an instrument-by-instrument downloade—for remixing! Nobody wins anything for their troubles, except placement on the band’s site. The band calls these separate tracks “stems”… Read More

  • Nokia officially unveils the N810 WiMAX Edition

    Hey, guess what? Remember all the rumors that were floating around about the WiMAX edition of the Nokia N810? Well, Nokia officially took the wraps off of it and I thought I’d tell you. The N810 is pretty much unchanged other than the addition of WiMAX. It comes with a Sprint XOHM account creation wizard to make the transition easy and fast. The N810 will seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi… Read More

  • iPhone Firmware 2.0 now on Waffles.fm

    Supposedly iPhone Firmware 2.0 is now on the Waffles.fm BitTorrent tracker. It is April Fools Day, the day when everyone gets to be a little silly, so I don’t know if it’s real or not just yet. I’ll hand it off to John so he can test it out as soon as it finishes downloading. Read More

  • The Pirate Cove: Pirates of the Caribbean-themed home theater room

    Look, I’m all for decking out your home theater to make it the best it can be. You spend thousands of dollars on equipment just to entertain yourself, why not jazz it up? But this trend of theming your home theater room is getting silly. The Star Trek apartment, I thought, was a one-off. But now there are lots of people getting into the act, like the Konolds, who’ve set up… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 officially announced

    Check out the details here. Video coming soon. Read More

  • Velocity Mobile launches at CTIA

    Launching at CTIA is Velocity Mobile, a new smartphone player. The only downside is they run Windows Mobile. Heh. The company’s first two WinMo devices, the Velocity 103 and 111 will run on 3.5G, has built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and 2-megapixel cameras. We’ll get a hands-on shortly. The V103 will be available Q2 while the V111 comes out in Q3. Both will be unlocked. Details on both… Read More

  • On Eve of Facebook Chat, Babuki Takes a Chance

    When Facebook rolls out its chat application (“Facebook Chat”) sometime this week, users are going to see an instant messaging bar at the bottom of their screen wherever they go on the site. And they won’t even have to install that bar; it will be put there automatically for everyone. That’s the power of complete and instantaneous distribution possessed by Facebook… Read More

  • Breaking: Verizon buys AT&T for $25 billion

    The boys are reporting from CTIA that Verizon just announced they’re purchasing AT&T for $25 billion. The news came during the joint Verizon/AT&T luncheon at Piero’s (great pesto) and it means that the flagging CDMA company will now have a GSM presence internationally. The first phone on the new VerizonGSM branded network: the iPhone. More news as we have it. Read More

  • Motorola Z9 now available at AT&T

    The 3G Moto Z9 from Motorola actually looks like a nice phone unlike the others they’ve been releasing in recent months. It features a 2-megapixel camera with 8x zoom, GPS, stereo Bluetooth, full HTML browsing, microSD slot, talk time up to 4 hours and an MP3 player. A 2-year contract and $149.99 gets you this shiny new slider. Read More

  • Snap HotShots Tries to Show the Linkgeist of the Web

    Every day, Snap collects 15 million links from bloggers and others across the Web that use Snap Shots on their sites. We use Snap Shots on TechCrunch. Hover your mouse over any link, and a preview of that Website will appear in a small new window without leaving the site you are on. If the link is to a video, photo, MP3, map, stock chart, Amazon product, Wikipedia entry, movie profile… Read More

  • Sprint Instinct: Could this thing beat the iPhone?

    When I first saw the Instinct a few weeks ago I said “Finally.” Finally, someone, somewhere, has created an interface and a device that follows the spirit and ease-of-use of the iPhone without resorting to wholesale mimicry. Samsung built the UI from the ground up with data convergence in mind and their focus and efforts paid off. Everything in this phone — all of the… Read More

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