• Will we see a browser-based Joost in the near future?

    Let me rephrase that title in the form of a statement instead of a question. We better see a browser-based Joost in the near future. With the impending release of the H.264 codec into Flash Player 9 and its ability to do high quality, full screen video inside a web browser, downloading and installing an external program like Joost is going to become an inconvenient extra step. Read More

  • Strange iPhone tricks: Installer.app shows up automagically?


    I don’t know what happened, but on or around last Wednesday afternoon my iPhone got sick and hiccuped up Installer.app in the 1.1.1 firmware. Here’s what happened. I installed 1.1.1 last week had been using for a few days. I installed Installer.app by hand, just copying it via SCP to the iPhone’s Applications folder. It didn’t show up, as was expected, and I… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #247

    On Brief #108, I built a gadget charging station out of an inexpensive shoe organizer. It worked fine, but we wanted something that looks better in the house. We found the Cava Wine Bar at Cost Plus World Market for $200. Not only did it have slots for more gadgets, it matched the other furniture we use on the set. Rather than drilling holes in the back of each cubby like I did… Read More

  • I moved


    Hey, all. Just a quick note to say that I moved and that if you are a PR person or person of interest or an non-enemy combatant please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com if you need my new address. Otherwise, I recommend that no one move, ever, and that you all stay put no matter how much garbage piles up around you. Seriously. Moving sucks the left one. Read More

  • SanDisk 8GB drag-and-drop 'TakeTV' player leaked

    Let’s face it. Sometimes trying to get a video from your computer onto your television can be a cumbersome process. A product from Sandisk called "TakeTV" recently appeared on Buy.com’s website with the tagline, "The smart way to take your video from the PC to any TV!" The basic idea here is that you plug an 8GB USB flash drive into your computer, transfer… Read More

  • United Nations Approves WiMax

    The United Nations telecommunications agency voted to approve WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) technology, and make it part of the third-generation (3G) of mobile standards. This endorsement should open up global frequencies to make WiMax a worldwide player in the lucrative 3G market. WiMax has inherent advantages over Wi-Fi and landline data delivery systems. WiMax is… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Electronic Arts will launch Need for Speed: ProStreet for the mobile phone community later this month. This high octane game will be available in Europe on October 26 and in North America on October 30. Players race 16 high performance cars at 11 famous street racing locations. Winners earn cash to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Hello Doggy Edition

    Not a Halo 3 post
    Hello Kitty AK-47
    Drobo’s bastard, toaster cousin
    Granny smashes Comcast equipment with claw hammer
    Rescue Dog to the rescue! Read More

  • CSI:NY Comes To Second Life Wednesday

    Second Life is bracing itself for an influx of new members this coming week with the long awaited episode of CSI:NY does Second Life to be shown in the United States on Wednesday. The episode will see Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) entering Second Life to pursue a killer who has killed a Second Life user in a case of virtual stalking gone too far. CSI:NY fans will be encouraged to join Second Life… Read More

  • YieldBuild Will Try To Optimize AdSense, Pay You More

    Simply slapping AdSense on your site is one of the easiest, but not necessarily best, ways to monetize your website. There are a lot of factors that go into getting the most out of your ad units. They range from placement, color, ad network, or even time of day. Each of these factors can affect ad performance YieldBuild, a new service from the company that launched HubPages, will take a stab… Read More

  • Win a Heroes edition Xbox 360 from Amazon

    The good folks over at Amazon have teamed up with artist Tim Sale to bring 90 lucky winners a limited edition silk-screened Heroes edition Xbox 360, Xbox 360 HD DVD drive and Heroes Season One on HD DVD. The contest started this last Monday and runs through till November 15th. Three winners will be plucked at random each day for the hot and exclusive bundle. If you’re a n00b to HD then… Read More

  • Toshiba + Microsoft = New HD-DVD Xbox to fight Apple TV?

    According to leakers at Toshiba, Microsoft is planning a new Xbox 360 that will include integrated HD-DVD playback at 1080p, and will also include upgraded wireless capabilities and a larger internal hard drive. We’re filing this one under “well no duh”, as those improvements all make total sense. What’s also interesting is that Toshiba’s bigmouth is stating it will… Read More

  • Doerr Wants To Take Down The Telcos (And Save The Planet)

    On the final panel at Web 2.0, Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist John Doerr really went after the cellular telecom companies (Verizon and AT&T), explaining why he is fighting so hard to influence the rules of the next auction of 700MHz wireless spectrum. Doerr is on the board of Google, which has committed to bid $4.6 billion in the auction, and is an investor in Frontline Wireless, which… Read More

  • The strange case of Mr Hyde

    On July 7 this year a 23-year-old part-time cameraman started a venture known as StartupWeekend where he planned to create, with others, a startup in one weekend. Since then he has begun a global odyssey to create a startup in many cities, and next month he lands in London and Dublin. But for this Web 2.0 version of Phileas Fogg, the sailing around the world has not been all plain. The… Read More

  • Clearwire launches PC card for mobile broadband

    Now this is what I’m talking about. I keep hearing about Clearwire and their “wireless” broadband. While it technically is wireless, meaning that you don’t need to run any cable to your house, it’s not “wireless” in the way that we generally use the word “wireless”, meaning truly mobile. Clearwire till now has had you rely on a base… Read More

  • AP investigation finds Comcast blocking Internet traffic

    The AP has confirmed what we already knew: Comcast uses traffic shaping to slow down your Internet connection. Thanks, Comcast! Yup, the AP ran a bunch of tests nationwide to determine if user complaints (like mine, but directed at Time Warner) were valid, or just a bunch of nerds complaining for the sake of it. Like I and many others have pointed out, the AP discovered that downloading… Read More

  • Rescue Dog to the rescue!

    I live in an earthquake zone. It is called Seattle. We don’t have many rumblers here, but when we do, they’re pretty serious. Just a few years ago the mighty Nisqually quake dropped the block my apartment was on six inches. The whole block. Were the quake any harder, the building might have come down around me. If I didn’t die, I’d likely be trapped, as that building… Read More

  • Leopard gone gold, Apple posts 'how to' video

    Leopard has gone gold, with Apple declaring Build 9A581, which has not been leaked on the Internet yet, the winner. As such, Cupertino today posted a cute little “What’s Leopard?” video on its Web site. There’s no real heavy lifting in the video, especially for those of us who have been following its development like we’re the paparazzi, but it’s still… Read More

  • Amazon's $100,000 Startup Challenge

    Anyone out there with a great idea for building a startup around Amazon Web Services can enter a $100,000 challenge that Amazon is sponsoring. Amazon’s collection of Web infrastructure services include hosted storage (S3), compute cycles (EC2), computer-to-computer messaging (SQS), payments (FPS), and an on-demand workforce (Mechanical Turk). AWS has already attracted more than… Read More

  • Care for some Rice-A-Roni?

    I’ve just returned from Seoul, S. Korea and now I’m in San Francisco to cover CTIA next week. If anyone is interested in grabbing a drink and talking gadgets or you have some products to show then drop me a line, peter ha at crunchgear dot com. Read More

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