• Apple Sued, Sued Again For Copyright Infringement

    The wall-of-videos image used in the marketing materials for Apple TV is off-limits, according to Louis Psihoyos. Psihoyos had allegedly been negotiating with Apple for the rights to use his wall-of-videos photo, seen here. Instead of paying the Boulder, Colorado-based photographer, Apple used this image instead. Similar? Yes. Just different enough to avoid legal trouble? Read More

  • Multi-touch Mouse From Apple Coming Soon?

    Now that multi-touch is all the rage with Apple products and for good reason mind you, what can we expect next from Cupertino? Come October we should see slimmer MacBooks with a multi-touch touchpad. How about a mouse? That’d be the coolest thing wouldn’t it? The latest patent filing from Apple shows us such a mouse that would relegate all ‘button’ functions into… Read More

  • Sphere Quietly Nailing Its Business Model

    Blog search engine Sphere has kept a relatively quiet profile recently. After a private beta launch in late 2005 and a big-press full launch in the spring of 2006, they’ve kept mostly to themselves. Instead of focusing on building a better blog search engine (an area that Google now dominates after a recent Technorati refocus), Sphere has spent its time developing technology that… Read More

  • Tiny Vibration-powered Generator Announced

    Across the pond at the University of Southampton, a teeny-tiny generator powered by ambient vibrations could be the next big thing for pacemaker-packing patients. The less-than-one-cubic-centimeter device is said to be 10 times more efficient than current devices and eliminates the need to change out the batteries, something that’s long-been a tricky task. In a pacemaker, the device… Read More

  • Creative Charges $9.99 For Enhanced Vista Drivers

    If you’re running Windows Vista and you want to enjoy EAX-enabled effects from your Creative Audigy sound card, get ready to shell out a ten-spot for the privilege to do so. Although initially reported that Creative was charging $9.99 for Vista drivers in general, a post by ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes was later updated to reflect that the surcharge was to enable the processing… Read More

  • Playing Video Games Hardly Affects Kids' Study Habits Because They Don't Study to Begin With

    A recent study that appears in the June issue of Archive of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (come on, who doesn’t subscribe to that?) suggests that video gamery has little to no effect on youth (age 10-19) social and educational habits, such as they are. First off, 80 percent of all gamers are boys, so there’s no need to worry about girls. Of the young men, only 36 percent of… Read More

  • Belgium Says ISPs Must Protect Copyright

    A court in Belgium has ruled that an Internet Service Provider bears the responsibility for stopping illegal file-sharing on its network. Although the ruling was made in Belgium, it relies on the E.U. copyright directive and may set precedent for the entire Union according to IFPI, an organization that represents the recording industry world wide. Belgian courts have sided strongly with… Read More

  • When the iPhone Runs Hot It Just Might Break

    I know it’s punishable on pain of death to speak ill of the iPhone ’round these parts, but a writer on MSNBC had a rather nasty experience with his these past few days. Joe waited in line just like everyone else did, but after four days of playing around with the cellphone, it broke. Hard reseting it didn’t fix it and neither did reconnecting it to iTunes. Since AT&T… Read More

  • EA Family Play Dumbs Down Wii Controls So Grandpa Can Play

    EA, the gaming company we all love to hate (or just plain hate), has come up with a way to drain even more money from even more people. A new feature called EA Family Play will debut with the three main sports titles for 2008 for the Wii, Madden, NBA Live and FIFA Soccer. “FP,” as I have now just nicknamed it, dumbs down the controls to the point where “the console controls… Read More

  • Pogue on HotSpot@Home: It's Cool

    I’ve been using T-Mobile’s HotSpot@Home from Poland this week and I can honestly say that the service is a lifesaver if you’re a frequent pond-hopper. David Pogue tends to agree, saying that T-Mobile is CRAZY for doing this but has some good reasons. Because T-Mobile benefits, too. Let’s face it: T-Mobile’s cellular network is not on par with, say, Verizon’s. Read More

  • Universal Can Supply Music "At-Will" to iTunes

    Universal Music has confirmed that they will not renew their current contract with Apple and will only supply music “at will.” This means that Apple will not have the entire Universal catalog but only selected albums, at Universal’s discretion. Although this sounds potentially “bad,” it’s actually not. It’s a way to fire a shot across Apple’s… Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Bugz-B-Gone

    It’s that time of year again. You know, that magical few months when it’s hot as sin and a single step outside means exposing yourself to yellow fever. If there’s anything we pasty-faced nerds hate more than the sun, it’s bugs. Not only the ones in our software but the kind which fly around aimlessly and try to sting you in the most inconvenient places. Usually those… Read More

  • NSFW Bloops

    I sincerely apologize if our NSFW nuclear strike against launchr — a site that was copying our text and links wholesale without even the slightest attribution — caused discomfort and/or coffee to spray on your keyboard. Apparently forces beyond my control, namely our RSS feed, did not accept our updates as I had hoped. I therefore offer this picture of a kitten from KittenWars as… Read More

  • $50,000 Prize For Top Company At TechCrunch20

    If you aren’t one of the 200 companies who’ve submitted their application to launch at our upcoming TechCrunch20 conference, now’s the time to do it. The deadline is tomorrow, July 6. We will begin to announce some of the selected companies next week. Not only will launching companies attend and present for free in front of an audience of hundreds of press, bloggers… Read More

  • Proporta Portable Laptop Battery

    During extended periods of time when I’m busy playing World of Warcraft working really hard on my Macbook, I’m always pissed to find that my battery is in the red and I’m forced to find a charger ASAP. Proporta’s new Portable Laptop Battery aims to solve that problem with a 6000mAH battery that can provide hours of use after your internal battery dies. With multiple… Read More

  • Sony Fully Supports the UMD. No Really, it Does

    Despite the fact that, scientifically, nobody gives a damn about UMD, Sony isn’t about to pull the plug on it. Not no way, not no how. A senior marketing manager called the format’s future “bright,” a vote of confidence if I ever heard one. Describing it as “unique,” the word wizard then chided developers for not knowing how to properly use the format: UMD is… Read More

  • Rolling Cooler Brings You Tunes, Beer

    I thought this would be a day too late to be useful for your 4th of July reveling before realizing that it rained quite a bit yesterday. So if you have some leftover Keystone Ice from yesterday’s celebrations, why not grab this expensive cooler and head down to the beach in style? The Rolling Cooler is pricey with its $150 pricetag, but it comes with enough room to stack a few… Read More

  • Slimmer, Lighter Chocolate For Summer

    Oh Verizon Wireless, this is how you fight back against the iPhone-and-AT&T-the-old-Cingular juggernaut? With two new LG Chocolate phones? For shame, Verizon, for shame. But, if you’ve got a contract you aren’t willing to break for a shiny new iPhone, there are worse options than picking up a Chocolate. And on July 9 you’ll have a choice of two new colors: Black Cherry… Read More

  • The $50 Paint Job For Your Vehicle

    Hard to believe $50 did this You’ll find that after a 1993 Honda Civic hits your car door, you may require a new paint job. Too bad that a really good paint job costs way more than you want to spend. You could go to Maaco on the cheap, but that’s still way out of your league. You my friend, need a $50 paint job. Armed with a bunch of Rustoleum-brand spraypaint and some brushes… Read More

  • DIY iBook Server Booklet

    My old Powerbook G4 had a busted display, a missing battery, and a broken keyboard and mouse. I sold it for parts for about $200 after using it as an external hard drive for a while, but now I wish I had done what this guy whipped up. Jonas had an old 500Mhz iBook all busted up, so he took out the battery and optical drive and turned it into a working server. The iBook is placed inside a… Read More

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