• Navy freaking out over the "Holy Grail of Lasers"

    Lasers are already being used in the field to shoot down missiles and such, but they are limited in their applications because they require volatile chemical agents or fragile crystal arrays — neither one something you want in a battlefield situation. But the Free Electron Laser uses a “turbocharged stream of electrons” to start the reaction that fires the laser. For… Read More

  • Ocean 2 image leaked by FCC

    [photopress:pantech_oz2_fcc_id.jpg,full,left]Regular readers know that we at CrunchGear love the Helio Ocean. At least three of us carry one with us at all times. The integrated GPS is the best I’ve ever used in a handset and the third-party software’s just fantastic. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the Ocean 2 and its rumored navigation technique that some say will rival the… Read More

  • AG: Every time you download an episode of LOST a terrorist gets its wings

    [photopress:30_mukasey_lg.jpg,full,center] That version of Photoshop that you bought from a dude on the street in West Hollywood last night is going to finance terrorists who will destroy your city and burn you and your family alive to death, or so says the AG, Michael Mukasey. Mukasey argues that terrorists are increasingly using tactics of organized crime syndicates to finance their… Read More

  • Hackers cause epileptic seizures to epileptics reading epileptic website

    [photopress:jerks.jpg,full,left]I’m all for griefing, I really am. Messing with institutions needs to be done, even if they’re virtual, even if they’re fun MMORPGs. No, especially if it’s with gamers. But leave the disabled alone, please. Hackers used JavaScript to cause panicky, flashing, multi-colored images to flash on a message board that cause people with epilepsy… Read More

  • Microsoft's "parental street cred" ads: close but no cigarizzle

    I’m not a big fan of advertising, so it pains me to see something so clearly with its heart in the right place, but so clearly failing. Someone really wanted to make these spots. But who exactly are they for? Who will pay attention enough to take the message home that the 360 is a family multimedia device and not just a virtual orgasmic rape simulator. The ads seem more concerned with… Read More

  • Yahoo's New Rock Star Retention Program

    Yahoo, in the midst of a fight to remain independent, is granting “golden handcuff” stock options to key employees. The stock options are given to “key contributors” among the rank and file – senior executives are not eligible. These stock option grants are on top of the previously announced changes to Yahoo’s severance plans. That provided for… Read More

  • Eee desktop revealed, let the Weee comments begin

    The thin, white form factor wasn’t exactly invented yesterday, but the Wii is the most recent and salient example of it. And it looks like Asus liked the design a lot, because these new leaked pictures look an awful lot like one. I like it, though, the design is even cleaner than Nintendo’s. Notice there does not appear to be a disc drive; but the pinhole (for emergency… Read More

  • Glam Makes Big Cuts In Publisher Payments – "Up To 80% Drop In Revenue"

    Advertising network Glam is putting an end to at least some of its guaranteed payments to publishers, just a month after raising an $85 million round of financing. Scott Swanson, Glam’s GM and Vice President, told publishers in an email (full text below) that “house ads” that were served for unsold inventory were being discontinued as of March 25, except to fulfill… Read More

  • Turn Your Lights Off, Google Needs Extra Power Today

    As we noted two days ago, Google is taking its home page black in support of Earth Hour. We criticized Google when we first posted about this because, it turns out, black web pages actually may use more power than white ones (based on a study that Google itself cited last year). So Google is, ironically, causing people who visit their site to use more power to celebrate Earth Hour than they… Read More

  • Adobe AIR Desktop App For FriendFeed Coming

    FriendFeed released their API just a few days ago, but third party developers are already scrambling to build on top of the service. We just heard that Howard/Baines will be releasing an Adobe AIR application for FriendFeed in the next week or so. So far all we have is the screen shot and a confirmation from Baines that his team is working on it. The application will be called Alert Thingy… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Get Gadget Edition

    Video: DIY fisheye lens for $5
    CrunchArcade: Get Lamp: An upcoming text adventure documentary
    Get the last laugh by insisting that your family send your ashes to the moon for $10,000
    ZeroHouse is entirely self-sufficient and prefabricated
    All About Linux 2008: 5 more cool devices running Linux that you’re not using but should Read More

  • LinkedIn Now Offering Network RSS Feeds

    LinkedIn is now offering RSS feeds for network updates. The feature allows users to track updates and connections across their LinkedIn network via their favorite RSS Reader. For example the feed shows when people in your network connect with other people, make recommendations or update their LinkedIn status. As Ben Barren points out, it’s a handy way of keeping up to date for those who… Read More

  • Decline Of US Newspapers Accelerating

    Figures released by the Newspaper Association of America show that the decline of newspapers is more rapid than previously thought, with total print advertising revenue in 2007 plunging 9.4% to $42 billion compared to 2006, the biggest drop in revenue since 1950, the year they started tracking annual revenue. Online provides some solace for the dead-tree business, with internet ad revenue… Read More

  • Google Risks Muslim Backlash By Hosting Fitna

    http://www.liveleak.com/e/7d9_1206624103 Google is currently hosting controversial film about Islam Fitma. The film has made tech headlines after Network Solutions suspended the site the film was to debut on, then Live Leak was forced to pull it following serious threats against the company from Muslims unhappy with the film. Live Leak’s explanation video above. The film, ripped from… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Doctor clarifies her games rating recommendation, says not meant to punish adults

    [photopress:calmdownuk.jpg,full,right] A little present showed up in my iTunes Podcast section a few minutes ago. The Game Theory podcast interviewed Dr. Tanya Byron, who’s recommendation to restrict the sale of violent video games shook the Earth to its core. She made it quite clear that her recommendation shouldn’t preclude adults from enjoying games like “Grand Theft… Read More

  • Nokia N810: The first WiMAX tablet coming (??)

    A link to Nokia Europe shows a Nokia N810 tablet with WiMAX capabilities. It appears to be a standard issue N810 and we can only assume it will appear at CTIA this year. Read More

  • Electronic sheet music turning stand

    [photopress:musicauto.jpg,full,right] This device does (well, conceptually) one thing: electronically turn sheet music. You simply tap the little foot pedal when you’re ready for the next page and that’s that. Never having played an instrument, save for strumming along to a couple of Sleater-Kinney songs in the halcyon days of my youth, I don’t personally know how annoying it… Read More

  • Rumor: Netflix coming to Xbox Live April 1

    Whatever upgrade is being done to Xbox Live on April Fools is anyone’s guess, but recent surveys and speculation might lead some to believe Netflix is coming. Was Monday’s meltdown a result of this? Hmm… 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. “crunchgear”Domain Name & Internet keyword Registration Dear Sir or Madam: We are Beijing Erimut Network Information Technology Co., Ltd in China, which is the domain name registration… Read More

  • Shuttle now offering small form-factor quad-core PCs

    [photopress:SYG5_3300_G.jpg,full,left]I’m not much of a desktop computer user. I do my best work at a coffeeshop, bar, or in bed, so my laptop is always the way to go. When I do noodle with desktops, I always try to make them as stylish and small as possible. Shuttle’s my go-to company for small desktops, and its latest tiny offering includes quad-core procs, something you… Read More

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