• Forget Apple: Microsoft is Vista's own worst enemy

    According to Forrester Research, Vista’s biggest obsticle to adoption isn’t Linux or even OS X, it’s Windows XP. And they’re right. Vista still isn’t ready for desktops. Or servers. Or, well, anything. It’s a bloated OS, there’s no doubt about it. Sure, it’s got a pretty face, but an OS needs to do more than look good, and there really… Read More

  • Iqua Solar-powered Bluetooth headset

    I have three small Bluetooth headsets sitting in my desk, all out of batteries. One is rechargeable, two take AAA cells. I’m too lazy to find the power cord for the one and buy batteries for the other two. Pathetic? Yes. Still, I want to buy a fourth Bluetooth headset. One I could keep on the dashboard of my non-existent car and never have to worry about recharging. The BHS-602 from… Read More

  • Google spending cash on 700MHz spectrum for sure, says WSJ

    Apparently not content to sit on the sidelines and let the carriers and handset makers have fun with its Android, Google is making a $4.6 Billion bid for a large chunk of the 700MHz spectrum at FCC auction in January. This has been rumored, but the WSJ is saying it’s a done deal, the bid is in the works. The question, of course, is what is the Goog going to do with this big block of… Read More

  • XPS ONE from Dell now available for purchase

    Move over Gateway One. Here comes another all-in-one computer with the same name, except this computer is made by a different company named Dell. The XPS ONE starts at $1499 and features a 20-inch widescreen, Intel Core Duo 2 processor (E4500 or E6550 depending on the configuration), wireless mouse and keyboard, TV tuner and remote, 2GB of memory, Vista Home Premium, Adobe Elements Studio… Read More

  • New version of Google Maps for Windows Mobile

    Good news. Google maps is now available as a standalone, non-java program for Windows Mobile devices. No more midlet business. It’s faster and easier to use than Live Search, in my opinion (although with fewer bells and whistles like movie times, etc.) and features real-time traffic, favorites, GPS locating, map or satellite imagery, contact lookup, and more. It takes up a little under… Read More

  • Turning the iPhone Into a SpyPhone

    In a demonstration of what can happen when someone hacks your iPhone (or any computer-like phone, for that matter), Fast Company commissioned a security expert to to show what is possible: So we purchased an iPhone for Rik Farrow, a UNIX specialist and consultant from Sedona, Arizona, and commissioned him to crack through its defenses, which he did using H D Moore’s Metasploit, a… Read More

  • Hybrid HD DVD/Blu-ray discs dead in the water

    Looks like we won’t be seeing Warner Home Entertainment’s hybrid HD DVD/Blu-ray discs after all. The company recently reported that it’s pulling the plug on the project that would have offered consumers movies under the Total HD moniker, simply meaning an HD DVD version on one side of the disc, Blu-ray on the other. To date, Warner is the only major studio that … Read More

  • Everex gPC unboxing

    Matt Cutts has a quick unboxing of the $200 gPC by Everex that’s been making news lately. As you might guess, it looks a lot like a "regular" computer in a box. It even comes with a modem. Remember modems? Unboxing the Everex $200 Linux Computer [Matt Cutts] Read More

  • Amazon e-book reader coming Monday

    Come Monday, it’ll be all right. That’s when Amazon’s e-book reader (tentatively called "Kindle") will be announced at the W Hotel in New York. It’ll supposedly cost $399, which means those of us who read casually will be stuck with paper books for another however-many years until an affordable feature-rich e-book reader gets released. The reader will be able… Read More

  • Highlights for Tonight's TechCrunch MeetUp in Boston

    So tonight’s the big night for our first MeetUp in Boston, with co-host IDG Ventures Boston. Doors open at The Estate, 1 Bolyston Place at 6 pm. Party ends at 11 pm (see info below about the drinking-focused after party). Please bring your IDs for ticket verification. Here are a few highlights of what to expect:
    We are working with Brightcove to host a variety of video interviews… Read More

  • Put casual games in a social blender, get doof

    Doof, a new London-based startup went into public beta at the beginning of October offering casual gaming wrapped-up with social networking in a good-looking package. Casual games are the mainstream of gaming world, and Mini-Clips is a good example. But they tend not to have an underlying social network, which ought in theory create more traffic and more data about the user. Doof offers a… Read More

  • How to fix Leopard's beef with firewalls

    I don’t know what any of this means, but I’m sure some of you with Leopard have run into the firewall issues so maybe you might make some sense out of this. Thanks for the tip, windexh8er! Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 20 percent off Solio's kickass line

    I love my Solio Classic. Anything I own that charges over USB will never die so long as I have my Solio around. It’s helping me to conserve a little bit of energy when I can. Every little bit helps, people. It’s free power! Now, Solio wants to get more people on the bandwagon with a 20 percent off code. Just in time for the holidays on either the Classic or H1000. I know you… Read More

  • Uncle Walt's Mac FAQ

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 Why anyone would listen to him, I’ll never know, but here’s Walt’s Mac (fack) FAQ. Gamers beware because you won’t be playing ‘cutting age games’. This is lame. Read More

  • For non-chefs: Jennie-O turkies are cooked in a bag, no thawing required

    How many of you know how to cook? Like, if need be, you’d be able to whip out a full-course Thanksgiving meal for your family? If you can’t—I certainly couldn’t; we’d be eating Cap’n Crunch—then have a look at the Jennie-O oven-ready turkey. It’s a full-sized turkey in a bag that you stick in the oven with no preparation. There’s no… Read More

  • NBC finally recognizes that the Internet will kill traditional TV

    There’s almost no point to writing this simply since us heavy Internet users are already “in the know.” But… “Video has been liberated” from the TV set, says one of many presidents at NBC Universal. (The same NBC Universal that said it wasn’t making enough money off iTunes, then turned around and gave away plenty of video on Hulu.) In order to keep… Read More

  • Get Ready For Wikia Search; First Screen Shots Shown In South Africa

    It was eleven months ago that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales first mentioned his vision for a people-powered search engine that would eventually launch under his for profit startup, Wikia. Not much has happened since then, other than a lot of chatter on an email discussion list, and the small acquisition of Grub, a distributed web crawling company, from Looksmart. The official site for Wikia… Read More

  • Amazon To Rekindle Interest In Ebook Readers Monday

    Amazon will launch its ebook reader, called “The Kindle” Monday, according to News.com. As we wrote in September, The Kindle will be black and white ebook reader that includes WiFi and EVDO. List price is expected to be around $399. The Kindle won’t support open standards, with Amazon using their own proprietary format from Mobipocket, a company they acquired in 2005. The… Read More

  • Bribery Scandal in the Republic of Samsung

    Samsung, the huge corporation known around the world for high-tech mobile phones,
    flat-screen-TVs and huge merchant ships, is being rocked by another scandal that has renewed concerns about the power and influence of the “Republic of Samsung.” In South Korea many call Samsung this in deference to its size and worldwide exposure, and take great pride in the… Read More

  • Funny Voicemail Greetings for YouMail from Salient Media

    YouMail, a free cell phone voicemail service provider, has partnered with Salient Media to provide users with comedic voicemail greetings. Some of the greetings from Salient entertainers are free, while other greetings are sold on a subscription basis. Subscriptions range between $1.99 a month to $9.99 a month, based on the number of different greetings a user uses at one time. … Read More

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