• 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

  • SXSW 2008: Reformat the Planet, a documentary on chiptunes

    [photopress:sxswrtp.jpg,full,center] Ever hear of chiptunes? It’s s genre of music made using the blips and bloops of old video game systems. NES, Atari 800, GameBoy etc. The golden age of video games. Well as I was walking around the SXSW show floor, I saw this dude, GameBoy in hand, hooked up to a Marshall amp. Like, you expect power chords to come out of a Marshall amp, not GameBoy music. Read More

  • SXSW 2008: Rock Band as far as the eye can see

    [photopress:sxswrb.jpg,full,center] What’s the most common scene at SXSW Interactive? That would be little kids playing Rock Band, completely shredding the game for all its worth. (On a scale of 1-10, I’m about a 0 as far as my Rock Band/Guitar Hero skills are concerned.) There’s little kiosks all over the Austin Convention Center with little kids rocking out. It really makes… Read More

  • Yes, that is a BIONIC EYE

    This is exciting for me; when I was studying Neuroscience I wrote a paper on Vision Substitution Systems. Well, now the Boston Retinal Implant Program seem to actually have a prototype (for a different kind of blindness, but still) for a retina replacement device. Basically, it’s a freaking bionic eye. The device is really cool, and it has to be waterproof, durable enough to last ten… Read More

  • Shuttle's tiny K45 is great for your grandma, kitchen, or anything really

    Never underestimate the power of miniaturization. This sucker can rock a Core2 Duo E6700 and 2 gigs of decent RAM, with room for four USB slots, two SATA ports, and audio and ethernet onboard. They call it barebone, they call it mini, but that’s probably a more dangerous system than some of our readers have. It should be mighty cheap, too — boxes start at $99, or the price you pay… Read More

  • Crowd totally hates on Mark Zuckerberg's interviewer at SXSW

    Via Valleywag. Silly Nicholas left his camera in the car. So a funny thing happened at the Zuckerberg Facebook keynote today. Dude was being interviewed by Sarah Lacy, some lady tech journalist. Maybe she missed that one week in J school where they teach you how to interview people, but man oh man was it a train wreck. She spent more time flirting with Z… Read More

  • Top 10 fictional swords? More like bottom 10

    I can’t say I agree with this guy’s list of awesome swords. The Headless Horseman’s weak sword? Come on. Go tell this guy what he’s missing – for example Japanese swords are mostly neglected. Since I’m a huge nerd, I humbly propose adding the following: Ogami Itto’s Dotanuki Battle Sword (Lone Wolf and Cub) Zatoichi’s Cane… Read More

  • ThruVision's T5000 strip-searches you from a distance

    Just when you thought surveillance was getting intrusive enough (backscatter, anyone?), these guys have made it even worse — and more efficient. Incredibly, they’ve named it as if it were a late entry into the Terminator series (even the T2000 didn’t have x-ray vision). It may be going live in the UK soon. It works by picking up “tera-waves,” which apparently we… Read More

  • Digg Users Are Doing Their Best To Kill An Acquisition

    Digg users tend to get pissed off about a lot of things. Any story about Microsoft, for example. Or anything that criticizes Apple. Usually, the ability to bury stories about non-mob-approved topics, combined with the comment area under headlines, is enough of a release valve to settle things down. But not always – and Digg has a track record of surrendering to the mob when things get… Read More

  • Nicholas' John Biggs' notebook: A video update from me to you

    What’s poppin’, CrunchGear? I just made that little video for your enjoyment. And no, I don’t know how to use the in-house, CG video hosting services. Hence, YouTube. Here’s that bar where Jenna Bush got caught. Crazy! fin. Read More

  • No Longer Under Age: Zivity Takes $7 Million In Venture Financing For Adult Content Social Network

    Zivity is an adult content social network and user generated content site (they call it “Promoting Beauty 2.0”). It has the distinction of being one of the first adult content startups to be backed by venture capital via a $1 million seed round in 2007, and it caused quite a stir at its official launch at TechCrunch40. As we mentioned last month, mainstream press is starting to… Read More

  • Nicholas' notebook: Just got to SXSW convention center (and everthing's closed)

    [photopress:sxswherefinally_1_2.jpg,full,center] You’ll notice my Jose Padilla beard. That’s what happens when Delta screws you. After something like 30 hours of mild discomfort I have finally reached the Austin Convention Center, home of the SXSW Interactive festival. It’s 6:45 local time and pretty much everything has shut down, including the press room; I’m… Read More

  • These foldable cardboard $15 speakers are worth every dollar

    I fully doubt these speakers sound like anything other than ass, but they will only set you back a tenner if you look and they fold up to fit in your laptop bag — can you really say no to that? They’re made of recycled materials, which implies that they too are recyclable. These are the perfect speakers for taking to the beach or a picnic with that eco-conscious friend of… Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson's leaked patent shows the closest thing to a PSP-Phone we've seen yet

    [photopress:psp_design_1.jpg,full,center] Everyone wants to phight the iPhone, and now Sony is getting into the mix with help from it’s Sony-Ericsson partnership. Already pimping phones under the Walkman label, there’s been much speculation that a PSP-based phone was in the works, and now Sony-Ericsson has a patent for a video game-centric phone that has very PSP-looking… Read More

  • Scorn'd Chinese lady burns $50,000 worth of husband's mobiles

    Hell hath no fury, indeed. Mrs. Wang in China was, understandably, angry at her husband for leaving her. So she hit him where it hurt: in the business. The cell phone business, that is. She gathered up their new stock of 400 phones and set fire to the suckers. That explains the great disturbance I felt earlier in the force, as if many RAZR knockoffs suddenly cried out in terror and were… Read More

  • Jupiter Mouse is made of wood, acts funny, looks like Jupiter

    [photopress:jupitermouse.jpg,full,left]We talked about computers made of bamboo and mouses that heat your hands, but here’s a little of column A and a little of column B. It’s a wooden sphere that doesn’t work like a regular mouse. It has iPhone-like motion sensors, so if you tilt it left, the cursor moves left, right it goes right, and so on. It’s not for everyone, but… Read More

  • PSP2 concepts: the good, the bad, and the lego

    I don’t really see the need for a PSP2 at this time, considering the best games are probably yet to come (by the looks of God of War), but that hasn’t stopped Kotaku from holding a contest to design a new version of Sony’s sexy little handheld. Go give the guys a hand and vote something ridiculous up. PSP2 Concept Mega Gallery Extravaganza [Kotaku] Read More

  • More geeko-friendly bamboo Asuses

    Is it “Asuses,” or “Asi?” Anyway, Asus has made a big deal about being eco-friendly, and while the bamboo thing is nice, I don’t think it’s really going to make a serious impact, considering 95% of the laptop is not bamboo. It is a nice gesture, though, and it’s certainly a unique look. You’ll be able to pay too much for these very soon, I… Read More

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