• Corsair's 16 Gigs Of Rubberized Water-Resistant Flash Drive Fun

    I don’t like to brag, but I’ve got a fairly large collection of USB flash drives. (I know you’re jealous.) Sometimes I like to dump the whole lot of them on my bed and roll around in them. Sadly though, none of them go above 2GB. So I have to get my hands on one of these new 16GB bad boys from Corsair. The Flash Voyager drive has all the features of its smaller-capacity… Read More

  • Wikia Announces Free Wiki Hosting

    Wikia Announces Free Wiki Hosting

    Wikia founder Jimmy Wales believes in “free content for all.” That is why the company launched OpenServing today, a service that is giving away complete Web hosting support to any wiki developer – for free! OpenServing allows anyone to setup and maintain their own collaborative site. Wales told TechCrunch in a phone call today that OpenServing is also intended to go beyond… Read More

  • FireFly Makes Third Bid For Glory As Vid Game


    It failed as a FOX TV series, running only 11 episodes. And it did modest business at the box office ($25 million) when a feature-film continuation of the series called “Serenity” hit theaters last year. But now “FireFly” is back for a third go-round, headed to your computer as a multi-player online game. The little-franchise-that-could was licensed by 20th Century Fox… Read More

  • Microsoft's Zune Still Firing in the Dark

    Microsoft's Zune Still Firing in the Dark


    It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Zune. Nevertheless, I have always questioned its WiFi connectivity. Early in its press campaign, I began to wonder whether Microsoft was putting too many eggs in the WiFi basket. The player itself is pretty solid, but for people to be able to share tracks on a scale that Microsoft publicizes implies that a lot of Zunes would be available… Read More

  • Fujitsu Announces 300GB Laptop Hard Drive


    If you’ve been shopping around for a new hard drive for your notebook because the size of yours just isn’t cutting it, Fujitsu announced today the global launch the MHX2300BT series of mobile SATA hard disk drives in 250GB and 300GB sizes. They are the first 2.5-inch Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) hard disk drives in the industry to hit the 300GB mark. Full specs after… Read More

  • Charities for the Charitably Inclined


    Boing Boing has compiled a list of several worthy charities over on its directory of things. The list is split into two US charities and charities from Canadialand, so if you’re in a givin’ mood and are in North American, you can likely find something appealing there. The list is notable because the featured charities reflect ideals and issues that affect us all. And, perhaps… Read More

  • 2006 Holiday Buyer's Guide: Geek Watches

    2006 Holiday Buyer's Guide: Geek Watches

    . Therefore, I thought it fitting that I cover ten nice timepieces that you can pick up for the horolgy geek in your life. A few caveats, however. I’m a traditional watch geek, one who slobbers over mechanical watches in the $500-$100,000 range, so if we sat down to discuss this over a beer I’d tell you to buy a nice mechanical automatic watch instead of a quartz one. However… Read More

  • New iSoundCap: One More Way To Look Like A Tool


    Vince reported on the knit iSoundCap last week, but the company just announced a new model for the holidays, which is pictured. It does all the same stuff the others in its lineup do: holds a Shuffle or Nano, hides wires and makes you feel invincible. I’m sorry, but really, is anyone buying these things? I understand if you’re an “active” type, but I think I’d… Read More

  • More Zune Hatin': Who Picks Brown? No One!

    chocolate-brown Zune, but Business Week posted a little sales data from Amazon.com to back up the public sentiment.
    On Dec. 9, the black Zune (Amazon counts each stock keeping unit, or SKU, as a separate product) was the 60th most popular consumer electronics item with Amazon customers. That’s a good performance only in comparison with the brown Zune, which ranked 292nd, and the white… Read More

  • Holiday Decorations Hate WiFi, You


    Hate’s maybe too strong a word, but holiday decorations certainly don’t like wireless networks according to a study done by AirMagnet, Inc. The company, which makes WiFi networking analysis and troubleshooting tools, kept an eye on network conditions before and after holiday decorations were added to office environments and noticed signal strength dipped by 25 percent after… Read More

  • Steven Levy, Jupiter Research Gets in On Zune Bashing

    Steven Levy, Jupiter Research Gets in On Zune Bashing

    Who is a poor gadget guru to believe? Microsoft and Zune fans are saying that the Zune is so hot that it’s making babies with Angelina Jolie but Michael Gartenberg and Steven Levy, two gadget wonks with a high standing in the tech community, are saying it’s horrible. It’s enough to drive a body to drink! Gartenberg says that the Zune is ugly and should have used flash. Levy… Read More

  • Socialtext Launches Unplugging Capability

    Socialtext Launches Unplugging Capability

    Socialtext, a corporate wiki tool, released Socialtext Unplugged today at the LeWeb3 conference in Paris. It is
    an unplug icon that lets users work on their wiki even when they are not connected to the Internet. While still online, users can click the blue Unplug icon, which will then download a selection of wiki pages so that those pages become available offline. Once a user comes back… Read More

  • Metacafe Traffic Dips, Acquisition May Have Stalled

    Metacafe Traffic Dips, Acquisition May Have Stalled

    The rumors around a possible Metacafe acquisition continue to swirl around silicon valley, with Yahoo or Microsoft being considered the most likely acquiror, at a $300 millionish acquisition price. Another potential acquiror is a rumored industry consortium looking to buy its way into the space. We’ve gotten confirmation from a number of potential acquirors that the company hired… Read More

  • Weekly Crunch: Street Scuffle Edition

    Weekly Crunch: Street Scuffle Edition

    The Best (and Worst) Console Game Innovations Ever
    Your Baby Wants Nipple Adapters
    Name That Chiptune: The Growing Niche of 8-bit Music
    New Nonlethal Weapon Reconsiders the Thresholds “Nonlethal”
    Child’s Play Charity: ‘Tis the Season Read More

  • Scoopt endorses Flickr for Citizen snaps

    Scoopt, the self-styled “citizen journalism picture agency”, will now allow Flickr members to tag their images with the keyword ‘scoopt’, enabling Scoopt to push tagged images to their media outlet buyers. Scoopt will also encourage buyers to use Flickr as a commercial image resource. Scoopt founder Kyle MacRae said the new feature makes sense as “there’s… Read More

  • TechMeme Opens Archives

    TechMeme Opens Archives

    Popular blog news site TechMeme launched archives of its various technology, politics, baseball and celebrity gossip sites this morning. The new sites show a “river of news” display of news headlines over the previous five days. Founder Gabe Rivera told me earlier today that he also plans on including links to older archives as well in this format. This is also an alternate view of… Read More

  • Yahoo! closes London mobile div in push for Go

    What lies ahead for Yahoo! and mobile? It sounds like Yahoo! Go for Mobile will be given a big push, now that Yahoo! is downgrading its SMS messaging services in favour of services which run over the mobile data network. The evidence has come in the form of the closure of Yahoo!’s mobile division in London. In the last couple of months about 15 or so people, mostly engineers in the… Read More

  • Another niche Wiki, this time a green one

    Here come the niche Wiki launches. Following on from JobberWiki, the career information resource site that anyone can edit, comes Tiptheplanet.com (quoting): Tiptheplanet is a project to create a green wiki website that encourages discussion and the generation of tips that benefit you and the planet – From tips for individuals about staying happy and healthy to tips for… Read More

  • New York Times Surrenders To Social News

    New York Times Surrenders To Social News

    The New York Times has decided to let users post stories directly from their site to Digg, Facebook, and Newsvine. As of Monday, the paper will embed links to all three sites to most of their online stories. The new link will not be embedded into stories used on the paper’s premium content site, TimesSelect, staff blogs or wire stories. This seems like a begrudging move for The Times… Read More

  • Marshall Kirkpatrick Joins SplashCast

    Marshall Kirkpatrick Joins SplashCast

    SplashCast, an online media publishing company, has informed us that former TechCrunch writer Marshall Kirkpatrick will join the company as director of content. Kirkpatrick reviewed the service in November. He will now be responsible for SplashCast’s overall media strategy. “For the past few weeks I’ve been planning on working independently but the combination of… Read More