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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

  • CrunchArcade: Xbox Live scheduled downtime

    I just logged onto Xbox Live and found this message waiting for me and thought I’d share. Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: Should Microsoft be afraid of Linux?

    With kind regards to Penny-Arcade Does Microsoft fear Linux? Should it fear Linux? Does it fear Linux only in certain sectors, like Web servers, and not others, like the desktop? What exactly does “fear” mean here? Why do I still watch Lost? All important questions that deserve highly developed answers. PBS attempted to answer some of… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: GTA IV's downloadable music will be portable to iPods, computers

    We’ve known for awhile now that GTA IV, when it hits, will have the ability to program the in-game radio with music purchased online. But now Amazon’s getting in on the action, allowing those who’ve bought in-game songs to transfer them to their iTunes, iPods, etc. What’s really great is the MP3s are DRM-free, meaning switching them to your device and desktops and… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: How to install Ubuntu

    Installing Ubuntu is literally as easy as dropping in a disk. However, it is important to understand that Ubuntu needs its own clean drive to run correctly. If you are a beginner, we would suggest installing Ubuntu on an older machine or running it from CD-ROM which will give you a taste of Linux without endangering your hard disk. This is by no means an exhaustive examination of Linux but it… Read More

  • Kodak's new digital photo frames feature gesture-based input

    [photopress:kodak.jpg,full,left]Kodak’s dropped a trio of new digital photo frames that lack the usual controls or remote control that most frames come with. Instead the frames have a multitouch-like “Quick Touch Border”, allowing for gesture-based input to browse or display photos. It’s a cool idea. The M820 and M1020 are 8- and 10-inch frames, respectively… Read More

  • Hawking's compact USB WiFi adapter does range, gain

    [photopress:Picture_53.jpg,full,center] Hawking today has announced a new compact USB 802.11n device with upgradable hi-gain antennas. The HWUN1A can boost your range by up to four times, and boost throughput up to N-spec levels. If you’re in an area with a lot of interference, then the Hi-Gain antennas are what you want. If you really want to cover a lot of area, there are outdoor… Read More

  • Montgomery & Co. Raises $50 Million For Realtime Worlds

    Scottish game developer Realtime Worlds has raised $50 million in a third round of financing led by Maverick Capital, says a source with knowledge of the deal. The company previously raised nearly $33 million in capital from CIM Fund and NEA. We’ve also heard that Montgomery & Co. were advisors on the deal. Realtime Worlds is behind a number of game titles on a variety of… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: How CrunchGear's Linux Week made me hate Linux

    [photopress:linux.jpg,full,center] My feature for this week was to be “Linux rocks your Windows box” or something of the sort. Great, I thought. I’ll take Wubi for a spin, see how it stacks up against a partitioned install of Ubuntu, and search around for other ways of making Linux apps work in a Windows environment. Fun and informative! But it’s just my luck that… Read More

  • Webjam gaining users

    I hear UK startup Webjam is bringing in some deals. Yamaha music group is using the web community platform to spearhead grassroot music eduation. And the UK Conservative Party think tank CPS is using it to launch an e-democraty initiative. (Oh, and and UK university student newspaper Sanctuary is using it). I also gather they are getting an increasing amount of traffic from the US. The… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: Ten great live distros

    One of the great features of many Linux distributions is the ability to test them out before committing to installing them on your hard drive. Live distributions can be burned to bootable CDs, DVDs, flash drives, and more (even floppies, remember floppies?!). Here’s a non-exhaustive list of ten popular live Linux distros as voted on over at FrozenTech. Feel free to add your favorites in… Read More

  • Last.fm expands in Germany; Plans to scrobble TV

    Last.fm has apointed F. Scott Woods senior vice president and managing director for Germany. He joins Last.fm from Google where he served as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Northern & Central Europe, will oversee the expansion of the Last.fm presence in Germany, the country with the second largest Last.fm userbase after the US. (Not surprising as Last.fm started… Read More

  • 10 Millionth Article Written on Wikipedia

    The ten millionth article has been written on Wikipedia – a Hungarian biography of of 16th century painter Nicholas Hilliard (English version here). Those ten million articles have been written across 250 different languages, Wikipedia says. English is still the most popular language on Wikipedia, with 2.3 million articles (they reached 2 million English articles in September 2007). Read More

  • Windows XP/98 music video

    You know what would have made this infinitely better? The BSOD at the end. Thanks for sending this in, Annie. Read More

  • The Mutator, the first personal gaming torture device

    Now I’m all for force feedback. I love me some Rumble Pak and I was impressed by the more advanced 3rd Space force feedback vest. But this is some freaky stuff right here. I’ve been known to play with electric fences or prank iPods now and again, but getting a shock every time you get hit by a pulse cannon or rocket? So far it only works with Unreal Tournament, but I bet soon… Read More

  • XING hits its numbers, keeps growing

    XING, the German-born social network for professionals which has spread across Europe and Asia and now competes with Silicon Valley’s LinkedIn, has released its annual report and the numbers look pretty good. It’s met its annual guidance for 2007 with revenues of €19.61 million ( about $30.98 million) and the member base increased by over 3 million members (through acquisitions… Read More

  • First Look: HTC Shift (CDMA version)

    Got a nice little package yesterday containing the HTC Shift running on the Sprint network. I’ll be putting this thing through its paces next week at CTIA and will have a full review for you in short order. It’s a pretty cool gadget so far. If you have any questions about it, let me know and I’ll try to answer them for you. One weird quirk; it comes attached to a nice… Read More

  • 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

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