• Top Gun Anthem free on GH3: Legends of Rock for July 4

    I don’t know what else to say about this other than this is completely awesome. This song represents Top Gun, and Top Gun represents America. Out of control, but deadly. Charming, but morally conflicted. Instrumental, yet rocking out. Get a lock on it this Thursday, just enough time to practice before the big 4th party. [via Kotaku] Read More

  • DIY, solar-powered mobile Wii

    The guys over at Tom’s Hardware Guide have built a mobile Wii station, so they could get out a play video games in the sunshine. They claim they actually did it because they hadn’t build anything in a while and had been talking about applications for solar power. The unit is basically a wooden box on wheels with an HD monitor, solar power panel, battery and Wii console. THG said… Read More

  • BioWare express interest in developing for iPhone

    Celebrated developer BioWare, which recently released Mass Effect for the PC, has admitted that the iPhone is an “intriguing” platform. Naturally, that gives The Internet license to speculate left, right and center that it will be developing games for Apple’s smartphone. Isn’t BioWare known for long, drawn out Western RPGs? Considering their expertise doesn’t… Read More

  • Nimbuzz raises $15 million in second round

    Word has reached me that Netherlands-based Nimbuzz, the mobile VoIP and IM startup that extends into social networks, has raised $15 million in a second round led by Naspers/MIH, with Nimbuzz’s other major existing investor Mangrove Capital Partners also participating. It’s already had $10 million from Mangrove (the original Skype investor). Apparently deals with 10 major… Read More

  • Aussies get pink gold PC

    Fujitsu PC Australia has announced a limited edition Pink Gold version of its updated ultrportable notebook, the LifeBook P8010. Along with the pink bling, the latest LifeBook also includes 3.5G and HSDPA connectivity, a thin 12.1” SuperFine widescreen, 6.1 hour battery, optimized VoIP functions such as a built-in digital microphone and 1.3-megapixel camera and a fingerprint reader. It… Read More

  • Video: Hands-on with the TI Pico projector

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1047570%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf I got a brief hands-on with the latest TI Pico projector over the weekend and it’s much improved from… Read More

  • Review: Samsung Instinct

    We received the Instinct a few weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to write up my impressions on it after using it for just about a week straight. I’m happy to report that the Instinct on Sprint is a capable and powerful smartphone and, in a way, is a direct competitor to the iPhone generation 1 (iPhone 3G doesn’t fit into this equation, but I suspect I’d say the same… Read More

  • Video: How to replace a Super Nintendo cartridge's battery

    This useful, but out-of-focus, little production explains how to switch out the battery on your old SNES RPGs. When you think about it, you can’t really expect a little watch battery to hold a charge for 15 years. So if you buy a used copy of Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy III (and please do so), there’s a risk that its little battery is going to croak. Like the NES’… Read More

  • Tripwolf launches in UK

    Tripwolf today launched out of public beta and a UK site. Backed by incubator i5invest and MairDumont, Central Europe’s largest publisher of travel guides and tourist information (sort of the Frommer’s or Fodor’s of Central Europe). Last week the site launched publicly in German (Germany, Austria and
    Switzerland). Tripwolf – which allows you to build and print your… Read More

  • TrustedPlaces and BView team up

    TrustedPlaces, the local reviews social network, is partnering with BView, the business listings directory. The idea appears to be to let each site play to its strengths but effectively join forces. TrustedPlaces gets an ad sales team from BVew and the latter gets promotion in a more consumer-focused sector than it normally plays in. The joint offer is a combination of free and premium access… Read More

  • Engadget's Ryan Block to step down

    TechCrunch is reporting that Ryan Block has plans to step down as editor of Engadget and begin a new start-up with former editor Peter Rojas. No timing has been confirmed. Writes MA: Engadget’s editor-in-chief Ryan Block will be leaving parent company AOL shortly, sources say, to launch a new startup. Partnering with him on the new company will be Peter Rojas, Engadget’s former… Read More

  • Electrocute bacteria with electric bandages

    An Arizona medical device manufacturer, Silverleaf Medical Products, applied to the FDA this week to expand the use of its electronic antimicrobial wound dressing. The firm makes what are like electronic band-aids that prevent bacterial and microbial penetration; the material is activated by the wetness of the wound. Silverleaf’s product page says: “PROSIT activates and generates… Read More

  • Plasma globe music: Not at all like the lilting strains of the lute

    The San Fran band The Bad Hand apparently think whatever squalling coming out of this Spencer’s Gifts plasma ball can be approximately linked to the making of music. While I’m very accepting of all sorts of musical genres, I feel that someone needs to kick this thing hard and fast, thereby releasing the tortured soul of Frank Zappa back into the Outworld. via MusicThing Read More

  • Ustream.tv Just Got a Redesign, But Justin.tv Is Still Beating Its Pants Off

    Who is winning the race to become the top site for live Web video? A quick check on Google Trends for Websites and comScore suggests that over the past four months Justin.tv is pulling ahead of the pack. According to Google Trends, Justin.tv is attracting more than 300,000 unique visitors a day, compared to only about 60,000 for both Stickam.com and Ustream.tv. Comscore measures visitors on… Read More

  • Handling bash shell history

    This might be a little OT for all of you, but it’s an interesting piece nonetheless. Allan Odgaard of TextMate put together an interesting little piece about the bash shell history system including how to remove duplicates from the history and how to access a command by event number rather than scrolling back through your history with the arrow keys. The first step in making a great… Read More

  • Honda tests walking instead of driving

    Honda announced it will begin testing its experimental walking assistant device today. The car maker will test the device, which was created to support people with weakened leg muscles but who are still able to walk on their own, in a collaboration with Shinseikai Medical Group and Kasumigaseki-Minami. Most commonly the device will be tested on elderly patients as part of their rehab… Read More

  • Shock, horror: Apparently SSDs don't save you any power

    Tom’s Hardware’s findings that SSD drives don’t actually save you any power is pretty surprising to me, especially following the experiment last week comparing an HDD Eee to a high-performance SSD Eee. Logic and reason seem to indicate that a passive drive solution with no moving parts would almost certainly have not just minor savings power-wise but possibly orders of… Read More

  • Sony has ‘no plans’ for downloadable PS2 games on PS3 Store

    Sony has shot down the “PS2 games on PlayStation Store?” rumor. For now. The rumor started after last week’s big Sony press conference where it announced a PlayStation movie store. Some of the screens on display showed PS2 games as being on the store, but Sony chalked that up to a mistake. At this point, we haven’t made any announcements, and there are no plans for… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! Here it comes…

    It’s just over a week until TechCrunch Pitch! in London next Thursday and the excitement is building. People have been clamouring for tickets, VCs and investors are down to come and we have had a truckload of entries from startups who want to pitch. The startups selected by TechCrunch editorial (no-one will be paying to pitch, they come free) will be announced on the day (let’s keep… Read More

  • Dear Recruiters: Please Don't Call Us Asking For Advice On Where To Place Outgoing Executives – It's Too Tempting

    I’m just going to write this once, and point back to it in the future. If you are a recruiter representing an executive quietly looking for a new job, it probably isn’t the best idea to call and leave a voicemail with details on the person and asking for advice on which companies would be a good fit. Yes, we probably have a good idea of who’s hiring and might be interested. Read More

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