• The Futurist: Why Apple's Good Products Are Bad For Innovation

    Few—rather, no other—companies stir up the same fool’s game of me-too as Apple. I feel sort of ridiculous saying it, and perhaps sound like a bit of a fanboy, but Apple makes products that work in ways most CE products don’t. When playing with an iPod or iPhone, it’s almost easy to take for granted the fact that most things we buy just aren’t user-friendly. … Read More

  • Viacom And Social Project Launch Broad Decentralized Social Network Called Flux

    It turns out the rumors of a Viacom investment and partnership with social network Tagworld were accurate. Viacom invested a reported $40 million in the company for a minority stake (Tagworld was previously funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson) and the two companies began working on new social networking products. Tagworld’s parent company has been renamed Social Project. Tomorrow morning… Read More

  • Prince To Adopt New Symbol: Tool

    Washed up The still popular with some TechCrunch readers 80’s pop idol Prince has announced his intention to sue YouTube, The Pirate Bay and eBay for copyright infringement. Prince said that in YouTube’s case it could not argue it had no control over which videos users posted on its site: “YouTube … are clearly able (to) filter porn and pedophile material but appear… Read More

  • Unky Walt Does Ubuntu

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 Watch this video. It’s very good. Mr. Mossberg knows he’s going into weird territory for his audience and speaks carefully and concisely on the various problems and plusses he found on a Ubuntu-powered Dell laptop. This is the link to send to your CEO when he’s like “I think we should give everybody… Read More

  • Microsoft Lands EPA As Virtual Earth Partner

    On the same day that Google offered street view for Google Moon and $30 million for the Lunar X Prize, Microsoft has announced the signing of the US Environmental Protection Agency as a Microsoft Virtual Earth Partner. The EPA has licensed the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform to develop mission-critical geospatial and mapping applications and will also integrate Virtual Earth into existing… Read More

  • Back to School 2007: iWork '08 Review

    It’s been a few weeks since Apple announced the new iWork suite and I’ve had some time to play with it while writing and editing for this site and my other gigs. When I started using it, my question was this: Is iWork ready for the average user. The answer, as you can imagine, is pretty complex and multi-faceted but, if you are using OS X in your office and you don’t want… Read More

  • Mario Bros. Audition Tape

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1773245&fullscreen=1 I never knew it was this hard to be one of the bad guys in the Mario series of games. Princess Toadstool can be a real bitch, right? Enjoy! Thanks for sending this in, JH! Read More

  • Mozilla president kicks Ballmer, trashes DRM, quotes Spiderman

    INTERVIEW: Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe, is a disarmingly casual guy, especially over a good lunch in a high-class London restaurant. But despite the relaxed delivery, he doesn’t pull his punches. Nitot is co-founder (with Peter Van der Beken) and president of Mozilla Europe, a non-profit organization whose goal is to develop and promote its open source software and… Read More

  • Rumor^2: Opie From 'Opie and Anthony' Hints At XM-Sirius Merger Approval

    Here’s a hot rumor for y’all to digest. And by rumor mean rumor with a capital “R.” Anyway, the actor that plays Opie on the “Opie & Anthony” Show has been dropping hints all week that the proposed merger between XM and Sirius looks to be going through. Repeated for emphasis: the XM-Sirius merger is a “go.” Do I have any audio to prove this? Read More

  • Google To Present At TechCrunch40

    We just got permission to post this – On top of everything else we’ve got planned, Google will present something at TechCrunch40 next week. Like the AOL and Yahoo product launches, it will not be eligible for the $50,000 top prize awarded to the best new startup product. But they will present it in front of the main crowd, and audience comments and questions will be part of the show. Read More

  • Happy 50 72 6F 67 72 61 6D 6D 65 72's Day!

    That’s right it’s the 256th day of the year, the unofficial tribute to programmers everywhere. If you don’t have a special coder to hug or buy Cheetos for, this would be the perfect time to brush up on some languages. PHP is something everyone should know, this server side scripting language enjoys long walks on the beach and candle lit dinners. Perl is fun too. Hit those… Read More

  • Ice Cream Machine Gives More Ice Cream To Anrgy, Unhappy People

    Everyone loves ice cream. I bet even those ridiculously built underwear models do. But owning an ice cream machine? Surely that’s a luxury reserved only for the gods. Nope, not anymore. (Or, ever, really, but let’s just pretend.) This has a twist, though. Dr. Whippy (or Mr. Whippy, depending on whom you talk to—”Dr.” sounds better), as the machines is called… Read More

  • Back To School 2007: Geek Out Your Dorm Room

    I remember my college days very fondly, especially living in the dorms. That sounds a little weird, but I enjoyed it for many reasons: wicked fast Internet, tons of girls that were ready, willing and able to…help me study (get your head out of the gutter), and a food court within a couple hundred yards for the many occasions when I got the munchies. The dorm rooms themselves were a… Read More

  • Back To School 2007: Note Taking Gear

    Having gone through about eight years of college, I tried all sorts of methods of “better” note taking. Some actually delivered on their promises to make my life easier, but most simply overcomplicated things and turned out to be more hassle than they were worth. Collected here are a few options that, if used diligently, will make your life as a student (or anyone who takes a lot… Read More

  • The iPod Super Friends Hands-On

    I had the opportunity to love, hug, and kiss the new iPod line yesterday alongside Mike Kobrin and I was definitely impressed. It wasn’t so much the restyling — that was cool — but these things are definitely getting smaller and cooler each iteration. The Nano has an excellent screen — yes, you can watch video on it comfortably and yes you should get it — and… Read More

  • Mixx To Take A New Look At Social News

    I generally don’t get that excited when I hear about yet another Digg-like social news site coming on the scene, but Virginia-based Mixx may be different. Part of the reason is the founding team, which has deep Internet and news experience. The company is led by CEO Chris McGill, formerly the General Manager of Yahoo News and more recently the VP Strategy at USA Today. The site… Read More

  • Video: First PSP Web Cam Up And Running (Even Live Sometimes)

    The PSP camera hasn’t been released here yet, but it can easily be imported from any number of speciality Web sites. It turns out that using the camera as a Web cam, while not officially supported by Sony, isn’t so hard to accomplish. The dude from GadgetMadness, who, it turns out, is sort of a Web cam guru, already has a makeshift PSP Web cam up and running. The only item… Read More

  • Zeno The Lifelike Robot Still Looks A Little Weird

    Meet Zeno. He’s a boy robot. He’s also creepy looking, in my opinion. You may think so, too. There’s a reason for that, one that John “Big Poppa Pump” Biggs discussed some time ago. For whatever reason, people sorta “freak out” when they see objects that couldn’t possibly be real, yet look damn close to it. Take this kid, for example… Read More

  • Samsung Claims Another World's First

    Samsung is claiming another world’s first with the succession of building a 60nm 2GB DDR2 DRAM chip. The chip is said to be able to process seven or eight months’ worth of newspaper text per second. Wowzers. Samsung hopes to begin mass production soon. Watch out now. Samsung Introduces 60nm Processing for 2Gb DDR2 DRAM [Chosun Ilbo] Read More

  • HTC TyTN II Video Review

    Dave at Mobilty Today rocked out with the TyTN II — does anyone really rock out with these things? Am I reading too much into them? — and came away fairly please. His assessment? It has a powerful processor that can run all sorts of good stuff including Slingbox Mobile. He didn’t like the fact that the bugger had a small battery and no Voice Command, to which Dave said… Read More

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