• Apple quietly updates Macbook, Macbook Pro

    No radical design changes here, folks. Apple decided to bump up the speeds of the Macbook and its older brother, the Macbook Pro. Macbooks now use Santa Rosa chipsets with a GMA X3100 video upgrade from GMA 950. For $1099 you’ll score a 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 80GB hard drive while for $1499, you get 2.2GHz with 160GB of storage. Do you have the need for speed? Macbook Pros can now be upgraded to… Read More

  • Hitachi's scans your main vein


    And by main vein I mean the veins in your fingers. Like Fujitsu’s vein-scanning mouse, this biometric security system released by Hitachi at the Tokyo Motor Show will keep your car from starting up until you whip it out — ideally your ring finger — and slap it against the steering wheel. Different functions can also be assigned to each finger meaning it can double as a… Read More

  • Verizon changes service plans

    Anyone using Verizon should take note that Verizon will be updating its plans and ToS agreement today, meaning you have something like 30 days to opt out of your contract should you want an iPhone bad enough. These new plans are better for the customer though (depending on how you look at it), with Mobile Web becoming free, data connections no longer using minutes, and all the voice plans… Read More

  • Zune 2 already on sale?

    Apparently this is the case at a Walmart in St. Louis. zune 2 in the wild! [itsnotlikethat] Read More

  • Sprint Nextel has poor Third Quarter

    Sprint Nextel, the United State’s third largest wireless provider, posted poor third quarter numbers as the company lost customers and revenue. Sprint Nextel earned $64 million, or 2 cents per share, compared with earning $379 million, or 9 cents per share, during the same period a year ago. Quarterly revenue declined 4.2 percent to $10 billion, missing analysts’ predictions of… Read More

  • Party report: Fuji spent a whole lotta money to promote the Finepix Z10fd


    Photo courtesy of this guy. Consumer electronics companies go to incredible lengths to get their name “out there,” where “there” is any number of media outlets… even this one! Last week, Fujifilm held a little get together at Irving Plaza in New York to promote its youth-oriented FinePix Z10fd point-and-shoot. Being as clever as I am, I quickly made the… Read More

  • Slideshare: Awwwwww, cheer up, sad clown!

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/slideshare/ssplayer2.swf?doc=honey-id-like-to-have-a-threesome3445 | View | Upload your own Look! They’re so sad they’re soliciting sex online! This is a thankless job. We can’t make fun of everything equally every day and we definitely can’t go back and see how our flip frivolity and vituperative vitriol has affected our poor, mewling victims. Read More

  • So how are the OiNK replacements?

    I’ve gotten into both Waffles and What.CD? and while they don’t quite match OiNK on all levels, it’s still a great effort by both parties. I’ve found myself uploading and using What.CD? more than Waffles though, mostly due to the fact that Waffles is down and sucking. If it boiled down to making a choice right now, I’d definitely choose What.CD?. The funny thing… Read More

  • Mac trojan horse spotted, installs malicious DNS server

    A shiny new Mac trojan was discovered yesterday, so best be careful when you’re surfing shady Web sites looking for “Disney” or other innocent-sounding things. The trojan, named OSX.RSPlug.A Trojan Horse by Intego, installs itself on your Mac disguised as a video codec. Once installed, it changes your machine’s DNS server to redirect all Web inquiries to malicious… Read More

  • Omnifone’s New MusicStation Available in UK


    Omnifone’s MusicStation, a music service that allows unlimited downloads, became available today in the Untied Kingdome through a partnership with Vodafone. Vodafone’s UK consumers are the first mobile users in Britain to have the freedom to download, play and share unlimited amounts of music, direct to their phone. This comes one week before Apple’s iPhone launches in… Read More

  • Wal-mart Black Friday deals leaked

    We received a tip today that Wal-Mart would be selling a $98 HD DVD player. Sure enough, the retailer will be offering some amazing deals this holiday season. Only problem is that there is no date on this hidden Wal-Mart website. It just says the big sale starts this Friday at 8AM. Now, I’m going to assume that they are referring to Black Friday and not November 2nd considering that this… Read More

  • iLounge's 2008 iPod+iPhone Buyer's Guide takes me back, still looks good

    Before I got involved in this wacky world of tech writing, I was a big fan of iLounge’s holiday buying guide. (I think they were still called iPodlounge back then.) The buying guide fairy is back and she brought a copy of the 2008 iPod+iPhone Buyer’s Guide with her. 120+ pages of alarmingly detailed information on everything iPod and iPhone related, from the devices proper to… Read More

  • Interview With Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney On Technology Issues

    Last week I wrote asking for reader input into the questions we would ask Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican candidate for President in 2008, in an upcoming interview. Thanks to the great feedback in the comments, we were able to put together a list of questions to use for the Romney interview, as well as future podcasts with other candidates we are scheduling now. The interview is below. Due… Read More

  • Google PC At Wal-Mart for $200

    Our Crunchgear colleague John Biggs has an item in the NYT today about Wal-Mart’s $200 Google PC that runs a version of Linux called the gOS (which does not stand for the Google Operating System, but rather is a version of Ubuntu). Excerpt: What makes it stand out, however, is GOS, a version of Linux specially made to run Google applications like GMail and Google Documents. It also… Read More

  • Beta Invites For Social Music Site Jango

    Say hello to Jango. No, not Jenga, though, that’s a bitchin’ game to play when you’re having a few tasty beverages, but I digress. Jango is a fresh and interesting spin on streaming radio. It brings a social networking dynamic that can be found elsewhere, but it sets itself apart from the rest of the pack because of its music-centric nature. The social network is just an… Read More

  • Comeks Introduces Avatars for Mobile Text Messaging

    Avatars are becoming pretty standard on IM clients these days, so why not on mobile text messages as well? Finnish startup Comeks, which is backed by Accel Partners and works with Swisscom, recently launched a beta for Comeks Shorts. It turns your plain-text SMS messages into cute characters talking in comic balloons. Both parties have to have the software downloaded to their phone for this… Read More

  • More Ad Network Deals—Specific Media Raises $100 Million, AOL Close to Buying Quigo For $300 Million

    The frenzy around online ad networks never stops (maybe because there are so many of them). This morning, Specific Media, announced a whopping $100 million investment by private equity firm Francisco Partners. This follows a $10 million venture round last June led by Enterprise Partners. Specific Media is the fourth largest ad network in terms of audience reach, according to comScore… Read More

  • AdMob Offers First Facebook Mobile Advertising Solution

    San Mateo based mobile advertising solutions provider AdMob has announced AdMob for Facebook Mobile, a mobile advertising solution for developers of third-party Facebook applications. AdMob has enabled optimized mobile ads for Facebook Mobile, which developers can use to monetize their mobile applications. Developers can start showing ads and earning money immediately. AdMob for Facebook Mobile… Read More

  • KitchenBug Brings the Ultimate Social Recipe Application, 1000 invitations

    Food and recipes are a big thing on the internet. If you were unfamiliar with that vertical just think of the manyrecipe directories (like Allrecipes), recipe finders (like RecipeMatcher), social networks (Like BakeSpace or OpenSourceFood), user created cook books, and even online video plateforms (CookShow, iFood or Rouxbe) not mentionning the hundreds of cooking blogs some of which… Read More

  • Murdoch To Turn WSJ Into Quasi Reuters/ AP

    The News Corp owned The Australian newspaper is to start syndicating content from the Wall Street Journal complete with WSJ branding. According to The Guardian, the deal comes before the finalization of the News Corp takeover of Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal’s parent company, however may indicate a sign of things to come. The Australian previously syndicated content from the… Read More

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