• Project Canoe: Cable Companies Paddle to Catch Up To Google in Targeted TV Ads

    Whenever cable companies feel threatened, they form a joint venture. The latest is called Project Canoe, an effort by all six major cable companies in the U.S. to deliver targeted TV ads to viewers through their set-top boxes. The NYT reports: Collectively, the cable companies will initially put about $150 million behind the effort in order to build a national service that can sell… Read More

  • LOLPeter's vote-off – FINAL COUNTDOWN

    [photopress:scaled.icanhazdecent128491456553524233.jpg,full,pp_image] Without further ado, we invite you to vote on the best LOLPeter from CeBIT 2008. Remember: the image with the most votes by Monday, noon EST, wins a 4GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drive. Read More

  • Kilobytes for all

    My nerd bone hurts for understanding and laughing at this, but ain’t it true? Kilobyte [xkcd] Read More

  • WiBro PMP from Samsung should infuriate us all

    [photopress:SWT_W100K_002.jpg,full,pp_image] We’re a couple months away from seeing any WiMAX activity here in the US, but it’s coming, at least. Will we have any WiMAX ready devices? Probably not unless the rumors of the Nokia N810 WiMAX tablet are true. Per the usual, Samsung has gone and announced a WiBro PMP that features a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, DMB, DMB PIP, GPS, a… Read More

  • Cell Carriers Fight FCC over Backup Power

    Past disasters like Hurricane Katrina knocked out wireless communications and impacted emergency crews and victims when they needed to talk. To avoid similar losses of communications in the future, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants most cell phone transmitter sites in the U.S. to have at least eight hours of backup power in the event main power fails. Regulators claim this… Read More

  • Bungie sends a treasure trove of stuff to sad gamer

    Shortly after an — ahem — misunderstanding involving Microsoft’s Xbox tech support department, a gamer, and an autographed Xbox 360 case (you can read all about the original fiasco here), things seem to have been made right — by Bungie. Bungie, makers of the wildly popular Halo series, sent the gamer a bunch of cool stuff to replace the signatures and drawing of… Read More

  • SanDisk Sansa Fuze is real, coming soon

    We first caught wind of the Fuze last week and now it’s official. The 4GB Fuze will come in red for now, we assume more colors will be available, and will retail for $100. The little PMP features a 1.9-inch screen, digital FM radio, voice recording and a microSD/SDHC slot. Battery life, according to Amazon, puts the Fuze at 24-hours for audio and 5-hours of video playback. $100 sounds like… Read More

  • Interview with RedOctane founders, what do you want to know?

    A little later today we’ll be interviewing Charles and Kai Huang from RedOctane (the guys who brought us Guitar Hero) and we wanted to share this opportunity with you folks so leave a comment or e-mail us at tips at crunchgear dot com with your questions. Thanks! Read More

  • Sprint Offers Phone with Faster Download Speed

    Sprint Nextel will offer a cell phone models that can connect to a faster data network. Download speeds will double and upload speeds will increase up to eight times. Sprint and Verizon Wireless operate EV-DO Rev. A networks, but use them only for laptop communication cards. Their fastest phones have used the older and slower EV-DO Rev. 0 network. Sprint announced today that it was releasing… Read More

  • British company advances see-through camera tech

    Remember the X-ray technology from Total Recall? A British company has developed what it calls “ThruVision” — a similar technology that “uses what it calls ‘passive imaging technology’ to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays — known as Terahertz or T-rays — that they emit,” according to Reuters. “Depending on the… Read More

  • Zoho People Launches for Free. Does Salesforce.com Have Anything to Worry About?

    If you’ve heard of Zoho, you probably think of Zoho Office, its suite of Web-based productivity software (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation). But Zoho Office is primarily as a marketing exercise. Zoho’s real business is in offering a series of Web-based enterprise apps that it started introducing last September—CRM, Project Management, Web conferencing, an… Read More

  • Fodder for your "I need a bigger monitor" argument

    At my previous place of employment, I found myself in a puzzling predicament. I’d been given an underpowered desktop machine hooked up to a 17-inch CRT monitor and told to get to work managing projects and updating stories for highly-trafficked news web sites along with various other tasks involving a plethora of open desktop windows. I quickly became that guy at the office —… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Dual Atop Legos Edition

    Yes, that is a BIONIC EYE
    These foldable cardboard $15 speakers are worth every dollar
    Top 10 fictional swords? More like bottom 10
    Jupiter Mouse is made of wood, acts funny, looks like Jupiter
    PSP2 concepts: the good, the bad, and the lego Read More

  • MightyQuiz: Stump Strangers with Your Arcane Knowledge

    Y Combinator startup MightyQuiz just launched with the intent of bringing user generated content to quizzes. The concept is straightforward: users can write their own quiz questions on any topic (e.g. “Aside from English, what is the second official language in New Zealand?” Answer: “Maori”). These are then categorized, answered, rated, and commented on by other users… Read More

  • Watch Out FriendFeed: Socialthing! Is Even Easier to Use

    Update: Head over to InviteShare to help others get into Socialthing! Each user is given 10 invites to hand out. There are a bazillion social network aggregators out there (Mike attempted to round up some of the most notable ones here). FriendFeed is the most visible of them all for two main reasons: it was founded a group of ex-Googlers and, as a consequence, benefits from a clean and… Read More

  • Gmail Scam Signal Of A Much Bigger Security Issue

    This weekend news came that a Gmail archive service called G-Archiver, which backs up all of your Gmail emails to your hard drive, was actually the front for a scam – hard coded into the application was a “feature” that sent every user’s email address and password to the creator’s own email account, giving him access to all of their Gmail messages. These users… Read More

  • The Best Things In Life May Be Free, But It Cost $400 Million To Get The Beatles On iTunes

    Update: CNET is reporting that this may be inaccurate – “A spokeswoman for Sony/ATV Music Publishing told CNET News.com that the reports are “untrue.”” The best things in life are free
    But you can keep them for the birds and bees
    Now give me money
    That’s what I want
    That’s what I want, yeah
    That’s what I want… Paul McCartney has signed a… Read More

  • McCartney finally cashes in

    You’ll soon be able to download the Beatles catalog on iTunes, thanks to a $400 million deal McCartney has worked out with Apple, EMI, Sony, the remaining Beatle (the one that ended in “o”), and several others. I think the wolves were at the door due to his costly divorce and some 30 years of less-than-Abbey-Road-quality recordings. Well, it was either that or the… Read More

  • A Facebook Application To Find Blood Donors Fast

    About 43,000 pints of blood are donated each day by Canadians and Americans, which help the 4.5 million patients who need that blood transfusions every year. Total donations aren’t adequate to satisfy demand, though, and shortages occur regularly. When a patient is in need of blood that isn’t available, it becomes a life and death situation. Historically the Red Cross will make… Read More

  • CNET Board Has "Tense, Uncomfortable" Meeting With Jana Consortium

    Last Thursday, March 6, multiple sources say, the CNET board of directors and CEO Neil Ashe met with representative from the Jana Partners investor consortium that has amassed a 21% ownership stake in the troubled company. The goal of the meeting was to negotiate a settlement that would avoid a proxy fight and a potential hostile takeover attempt. Jana Partners’ founder Barry Rosenstein… Read More

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