• All About Linux 2008: 5 more cool devices running Linux that you're not using but should

    [photopress:fonera.jpg,full,center] Linux, as we’ve been stressing all week, is not just for desktops. Linux works in all sorts of ways on all sorts of devices. Embedded Linux is a popular choice with many manufacturers to keep development costs down on new hardware. It’s also good for portable devices with open architectures because if you know desktop Linux, you know portable… Read More

  • BMW Hydrogen 7 emits near-zero emissions

    Testing on BMW’s Hydrogen 7 Mono-Fuel prototype by the U.S. DOE has concluded that the hydrogen-powered engine surpasses the most rigorous of emissions performance standards. The BMW finds itself beyond the super-ultra low-emission vehicle (SULEV) level. “The BMW Hydrogen 7’s emissions were only a fraction of SULEV level, making it one of the lowest emitting combustion… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Picture of the red ring of death repair kit from Team Xecuter

    [photopress:360repairkitpic.jpg,full,center] We now have the first photo of Team Xectuer’s red ring of death repair kit. I can’t tell what’s inside the bubble wrap, but I trust that, whatever it is, it’ll work. After all, the X2 Pro modchip, also from Team Xecuter, brought me a solid two years of enjoyment. The kit is shipping now to stores like Divineo and Modchip.ca… Read More

  • Video: DIY fisheye lens for $5

    This is a rather novel and interesting way to make your own fisheye lens, but I don’t use point-and-shoots anymore so maybe someone else could try this out and tell us how well it works. Using a peephole from your front door is ingenious, though I’m sure it’s been done before… Read More

  • European news roundup

    As European startups prepare to march en masse to The Next Web conference in Amsterdam next week, the European tech scene is still feeling buoyant, whatever the global economic outlook. Certainly that was the feeling at Plugg in Brussels last week, a conference I chaired, and where the startups presenting were all now showing an increasing quality, in contrast with perhaps a few years ago. Read More

  • Wakozi is Kozmo For Booze

    One of the great flameouts of the 1990s tech boom was Kozmo, which started in Manhattan, and let you order a pint of Ben & Jerry’s online and a Kozmo bike messenger would deliver it to your door. After burning through $280 million in capital, they closed shop. Well, now New Yorkers have Wakozi. It just launched and only covers Manhattan wine shops, liquor stores, and delis. … Read More

  • European startups set out their pitches

    The TheNextWeb conference happens in Amsterdam next week, and they’ve announced the startups that will be pitching in the startup competition (below). Some 22 companies get to pitch and the last 2 will be chosen by the crowd. A few other notables are turning up including TechCrunch’s Eric Schonfeld, Kevin Rose of Diggnation (which will be recorded at the event) Robert Scoble… Read More

  • 3G iPhone due this summer, says some dude

    [photopress:14918_large.jpg,full,left]We know who’s making the next iPhone, and now we know when. Kinda. Bank of America analysts have it on good word that May will see the first building of the 3G version of the iPhone, with a June ship date. This makes sense, it’d be exactly a year after the first iPhones shipped. No word on pricing or if there would be a… Read More

  • Northrop Grumman HALE aircraft breaks record

    Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk HALE just completed a 33.1-hour unmanned flight over the weekend at Edwards Air Force Base in Rosamond, CA. The High-Altitude Long-Endurance aircraft set an endurance record with the flight that reached upwards of 60,000 feet and when it landed still had two hours worth of fuel remaining. The RQ-4 is the “world’s first fully autonomous… Read More

  • Labels want "music tax" to be added to Internet bill

    Warner Music is proposing a $5 “music tax” that will be tacked on to your ISP bill monthly, ensuring you will hate the labels even more. The tax would generate $20 billion a year in revenues, enabling industry executives to maintain their diet of gold-dipped quail eggs and the blood of supple young virgins while paying the industry back for all the piracy that is going on. The tax… Read More

  • Asian manufacturer secures contract to build new iPhones

    Reuters is reporting that Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has been tapped by Apple to produce their next iPhone. An internal source said that Hon Hai is the exclusive manufacturer and analysts believe that the news iPhone will appear as early as May, provided Hon Hai doesn’t get burned on this deal for leaking information. Read More

  • RIP HD DVD promotions group

    It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. It’s just now official. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Get Lamp: An upcoming text adventure documentary

    After watching King of Kong a few weeks ago I’m really enjoying this gaming movie trend. This new film by documentarian Jason Scott is all about text adventure games and the people who made and loved them. If you’ve ever stared at wonder at a PC telling you about a world that doesn’t exist in clear prose and whimsical detail, this is a movie for you. All you kiddies and your… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Former Xbox exec predicts end of stand-alone video game system in next 5-10 years

    The future, Conan? Could this be the last generation for the stand-alone video game console? That’s what one of the key players behind the Xbox1 thinks. Sandy Duncan, who was in charge of Xbox in Europe, says that technology will make consoles like the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii obsolete. He makes an interesting point—how different is the Xbox… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: EA relentlessly pursuing Take-Two, amends offer

    EA is absolutely going apesh*t over Take-Two. In retaliation over Take-Two’s public rejection of EA, the software giant from Redwood Shores is fighting back. This whole scenario reminds me of your typical boy meets girl, boy comes on too strong, girl loses interest, boy plays with himself scenario. When boy, EA in this case, just needs to chill and act like a dick to girl, Take-Two, to… Read More

  • Get the last laugh by insisting that your family send your ashes to the moon for $10,000

    Funerals are expensive. To my family and friends; I’d rather my funeral have an open bar, a band, and a gigantic velvet painting of me than an open casket and a bunch of people crying. I’d also consider the possibility of you sending my ashes to the moon in a bullet-like canister (see above photo). Granted it wouldn’t be all my ashes, just a small quantity of my ashes. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Cigarette-like warning label could soon be on UK video games

    [photopress:healthwarningvgs.jpg,full,center] As we all know, violent video games like “Grand Theft Auto IV” turns children into trained, merciless killers like the guy from “No Country for Old Men.” It’s such a problem that a proposal in the UK will force game makers to put cigarette-style health warnings on packaging. Furthermore, if retailers don’t… Read More

  • WrestleMania XXIV: First WrestleMania in HD airs Sunday

    WrestleMania XXIV airs this Sunday on pay-per-view and will be the first WrestleMania broadcast in high-definition. They’ve jacked up the price this year, so if you want to see Randy “The One Man Dynasty” (wtf?) Orton defend the title in HD be prepared to fork over $70. (The standard def version is $55.) In all likelihood, I think I’ll just grab the torrent the next day. Read More

  • ZeroHouse is entirely self-sufficient and prefabricated

    [photopress:zerooohouseee.jpg,full,center] Sick of your neighbors filing complaints against you for playing music too loud, when, in fact, those same neighbors are guilty of the same thing? (Whoops! Sorry, jerk neighbor!) Then you need a house, like, say, the ZeroHouse, which is not only entirely prefabricated but also entirely self-sufficient, just like a castle. Its equipped with solar… Read More

  • Music Tax Details From Source: "Pay Us Not To Sue You"

    We learned yesterday that Warner Music, the third largest music label, is gunning for a $5/month music tax on U.S. residents. Some of the details were in the article: they’ve hired industry veteran Jim Griffin to create a new entity around the project, presumably to get other labels involved. Griffin threw out the idea of a $5/month tax (which would be added to people’s ISP… Read More

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