• Yahoo Gets Dumped By Maxim

    The indignity of it all. On top of everything else that Yahoo is dealing with right now (testy shareholders, departing executives, reorganized employees), it also just got dumped by Maxim. The magazine’s site, Maxim.com, now uses Quintura to power its search instead of Yahoo. Its sister sites Blender.com and Stuffmagazine.com, will also soon be dumping Yahoo as well. All three sites… Read More

  • 13 FriendFeed Tools for Twitter Refugees

    There has been much talk of Twitter users moving over to FriendFeed since Twitter replies were down for the majority of last week. Twitter announced that they were back on Saturday in their blog, but seeing as the outage may have inspired some users to flock to FriendFeed, I decided to take a look at the 3rd-party applications and scripts that enhance the FriendFeed functionality. For those… Read More

  • New FBI database, with biometrics a-plenty, really upsets privacy advocates (What else is new?)

    Generally, whenever someone calls the United States a “police state,” you can ignore them and go about your business. I’m tempted to do the same here, but here we go anyway. The FBI, in working with Lockheed Martin, is developing a so-called super database for crime prevention. You’ll find the same thing you’d find in other, My First Crime Prevention Databases… Read More

  • XM, Sirius will have positive cash flow next year (if they merge!)

    We’ll all be dead before XM and Sirius merge, but the two companies would like the whole wide world (or whoever reads PR Newswire) to know how they think they’ll end up financially once they’re one company. (What an awfully constructed sentence.) The headline here is the combined company will have positive cash flow in 2009. They did re-state that, technically, Sirius will… Read More

  • Want a cheap iPhone 3G data/voice plan?

    Then move to Hong Kong. Hutchison has worked it out so that those in Hong Kong and Macau can spend as little as $24/month for data/voice. You’ll have to pay $377 for an 8GB iP3G, but it’s still the cheapest compared to those announced across various carriers/countries. Some comparisons (all expressed in U.S. dollars for the equivalent of a 2-year contract): * Hutchison in… Read More

  • Using Linux to get around Comcast's BitTorrent throttling

    Linux to the rescue! Long story short, Comcast uses an application called Sandvine to disrupt certain BitTorrent traffic. That is to say it’s not always Sandvine preventing your from seeding “distros,” but sometimes. Using the old standby iptables firewall, you can configure your system to, in layman terms, “defeat” the Sandvine nastiness. Best of all, what… Read More

  • "James Bond: Quantum Of Solace" trailer

    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%2F1043766%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf What gadgets will 007 have at his disposal this time around? I’ve had a thing for redheads lately, too. Read More

  • Mega Man 9 to be released on WiiWare, PSN, and XBLA


    There we go. Was that so hard? Was it so hard to make a totally awesome Mega Man game and then release it on all three consoles at once? They are doing so many things so right here.
    1. Cross-platform love like never before
    2. Retro graphics like — before
    3. The Blue Bomber
    4. Robot dragons History will look kindly on Mega Man 9, which I’m hoping is going to be every bit as hard… Read More

  • Microsoft Further Opens Binary Office Formats, Server Protocols and More

    In Febuary of this year, Microsoft announced its Interoparability Principals, a memo outlining the principals and goals that the company will aim to achieve as part of a broader standards-based interoparability and data portability initiative within the company. Today Microsoft have announced further actions it has taken towards complying with and following those interoperability goals it set out. Read More

  • Overclocking tool adds $1600 worth of speed to your Mac Pro


    But at what cost? This tool from ZDNet allows for super-easy overclocking of your Mac Pro. Until recently, overclocking has been one of the few remaining legs Windows users had up on Mac users, from an objective standpoint at least. The OC tools I’ve used on XP have ranged from the graphic to the obscure, and from the stable to the ridiculous. This ZDNet tool looks pretty simple, but… Read More

  • Netvibes Gets All Digg-Like With Buzz

    Personalized home page service Netvibes has quietly rolled out a new social feature called Buzz. The Buzz section tracks what links are getting starred the most throughout Netvibes network of home pages. Netvibes users can star any of the links they like on their homepages, RSS readers, YouTube boxes, Digg widgets, and other widgets. And when items have been starred, they show up in… Read More

  • NetGear releases open source router

    Linux dorks rejoice! Now you can use your hard-won understanding of microkernel architecture to program a NetGear Wireless-G Router. The WGR614L has a 16MB of RAM and some extra storage space so you can write your own open source router routines and implement them on the box. What can you do with your new, open source router? Ummm, how about… traffic shaping applications, redirections… Read More

  • Two-Factor The Wrong Type Of WordPress Security Solution

    There is a new WordPress plugin out called Phone Factor being billed as a security solution for WordPress, and it has been emailed to me at least four or five times in the past few days. There have been a few security issues with WordPress recently, resulting in a number of automated attacks against self-hosted WordPress blogs (see earlier Techcrunch post). Following the latest series of… Read More

  • Etelos Launch Easy-Access Virtual Server

    Etelos has today announced Etelos Share, a new product that that provides a virtual-hosted server for businesses. The Etelos Share application allows a business to share and store documents internally using a hosted solution, with access to their virtual host through a local drive. The file sharing, storage and backup solution is a new addition to the Etelos suite of products which… Read More

  • Median TV viewer now 50 for first time: Internet, video games to ‘blame’?

    The TV networks had better figure out how to make advertising work on things like Hulu, for it seems young people aren’t watching as much live TV as they used to. Recently released numbers show that, for the first time ever, the median age for the average live TV viewer was 50 last year. The four major networks all ticked up in age, with the exception of CBS, which has always been a… Read More

  • 1938 Media Inks Verizon Deal, CNET Gets Cold Feet

    1938 Media, the controversial (and hilarious) video blogging site founded by Loren Feldman, has been the center of attention over the last few days. Now big partners are starting to take notice, and Feldman is inking some interesting distribution deals. The site grew in popularity after Feldman began mixing puppet parody shows into his usual punditry, specifically targeting hyper-sensitive… Read More

  • New Eees to sport bigger keyboards


    The micro-laptop revolution is a really cool thing, to be sure, but not all of us were born with slender, precision-tip hands. I do all right but some of these baby keyboards make me feel like I have ten thumbs. Well, Asus must have heard the cries of the lumpy and misshapen, because the new iterations of the Eee, the 904 and 905, will have more comfortably-sized keyboards. Of course… Read More

  • Watch Arnold Announce California's Deal with Tesla

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Ftechcrunch%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1043862%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announced earlier today a deal California had made with Tesla Motors… Read More

  • That picture of Microsoft's MyGamerPad is fake

    An unfortunate little rumor had been going around last week, suggesting that Microsoft was planing to launch a PS3 Home competitor to be called MyGamerPad. One picture of the virtual world showed up, but it now looks to be a fake, completely lifted from a posting on deviantART. Hmm, completely lifting level design? Sounds familiar. Please note that we’re only calling out the picture… Read More

  • First Dash Wi-Fi update hits devices

    One of the most compelling features of the Dash – Wi-Fi updates – is finally here. Dash users have to simply connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi and the Dash GPS unit will download and install the update automatically. Try doing that with your TomTom. After the update the devices will have MyRoute, a system that maintains a list of your popular routes and adds your personal… Read More

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