• How to make your own film, if you dare

    With a bit of technical know-how and a fair amount of free time, you could have your very own, home made film… for cameras! Plastic and goop go in one end, and camera film comes out the other end. This is not a trivial undertaking. The Flickr set contains all the pictures and instructions you need to go about making your own film. A fun weekend project, if nothing else. via Make Blog Read More

  • The Social Network Wars Begin In Earnest: Facebook Bans Google Friend Connect

    Update: More details here. Facebook is all about openness and data portability, as long as that doesn’t involve openness or portability of data, it seems. Today they wrote a long 7 paragraph blog post to get a single point across: Facebook has banned Google’s Friend Connect access to the Facebook API: Now that Google has launched Friend Connect, we’ve had a chance to… Read More

  • Speed Test: Solid state drives from DV Nation

    I recently got the chance to test out a few solid state drives sent to me by Texas-based DV Nation. I tried a super fast MemoRight GT 32GB 2.5-inch SSD, and two 32GB Mtron SSDs, one 3.5-inch and one 2.5-inch. I also tested a standard desktop and a standard laptop hard drive to see how they stacked up. Here’s what I found. Read More

  • Microsoft adds features to Live Search for Windows Mobile

    Back in April at CTIA, Microsoft was showing off a few new features on the way for their search application, Live Search for Windows Mobile. They announced this morning that these features would be available to users starting today. The new features: Map your friends: Grabs addresses from your contact list, puts them on the map, and provides directions. View Virtual Earth collections: Lets… Read More

  • Why CBS Bought CNET, And Not The Other Way Around

    1999: CNET is a $12 billion company January 2000: CNET Aquires MySimon for $700 million October 2000: CNET Acquires Ziff Davis (ZDNet) for $1.6 billion (after the March 2000 stock crash) July 2004: CNET Acquires Webshots for $70 million October 2007: CNET Sells Webshots for $40 million May 2008: CBS Acquires CNET For $1.8 billion CNET announced its sale to CBS, a $16.5 billion company… Read More

  • Hackers will track conference attendees' movements using RFID

    The good folks at this year’s HOPE conference, organized by 2600 magazine, will track the movements of attendees by using RFID, while at the same time encouraging them to find vulnerabilities in the technology. The attempt to draw attention to the widely implemented yet poorly understood (by the average person) technology should be applauded. During the conference, says the press release… Read More

  • Metacafe Founder's New Startup: Clear Applications

    Israeli paper The Marker is reporting (in Hebrew) that one of the Metacafe founders who recently cashed out and left has turned his attention to business recruitment technology. Arik Czerniak is now working on Clear Applications, a company that he co-founded seven months ago with two other Metacafe ex-employees, Oren Blatt and Gil Solomon. The startup is developing analytics tools that will… Read More

  • Western Digital announces external HDD add-on for Dish network subscribers

    Father’s Day and graduation season is upon us, readers. And what better way to celebrate than getting your dad or grad a My DVR Expander USB edition external drive from Western Digital. Of course, they’ll have to own a DISH network VIP Series HD DVR and the 500GB drive only retails for $150. It’s also a low power-consuming hard drive that has a no-fan passive cooling system… Read More

  • Samsung and LG enter Mobile TV Competition

    As you know, after Feb. 17, 2009, all analog television broadcasts will end and the U.S. will go digital. Companies are competing with one another to set the standard for mobile TV, which will allow mobile phones to receive and display digital signals from local broadcast stations. Samsung Electronics and LG are joining the arena where only one standard comes out the winner. Video… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Nintendo sued, ordered to pay $21m over patent-infringing controllers

    Some lawsuit news for your enjoyment today. An itsy-bitsy Texas gaming company, Anascape Ltd., successfully sued Nintendo in federal court over patents relating to the Wavebird, GameCube and Wii Classic controllers. (None of the motion-sensing Wii controllers are involved in the suit.) Right now, Nintendo has been ordered to pay Anascape something to the tune of $21 million, a number that may… Read More

  • ShaveWorld: Like a razor of the month club, without the club part

    ShaveWorld.com is a subscription razor service that lets you order a year of shaver razors in advance, ensuring, presumably, you’ll never run out. They sell Gillette products right now and you can 4 packs once a month starting 9.99 euro a month ($15). Obviously this might be an embarrassment of riches once you get 5,000 blades sent to your house in a six month period and it’s a… Read More

  • Samsung P3: A haptic competitor to the iPod touch

    Samsung will release later in the year, maybe, the P3, a haptic, touchscreen portable media player in the vein of the iPod touch. There’s quite literally no other information about the player, which is why you’ll see comparisons to the Korea-based corp’s $700 W420 cellphone. Oh. I graduated yesterday. That is all. via PMP Today Read More

  • Atari to sell Wii Fit clone

    Hey, fat people? Can’t afford Wii Fit? Pick up Atari’s Family Trainer which appears to be a DDR pad attached to the Wii that allows you to run through haunted mansions and dangerous jungles while being chased by the nagging suspicion that trying to lose weight using a video game is like trying to put out a fire with hairspray. Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Selling Well in Germany

    Since its German launch last November, the iPhone has sold more than 100,000 units. T-Mobile, which is owned by Deutsche Telekom, has the exclusive contract to sell the popular device in Germany. Chief executive Rene Obermann, while speaking at an annual general meeting, said the iPhone is the most popular multimedia device sold by Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile cell phone… Read More

  • Umbro's Dynamis ball to debut at FA Cup Final: Faster, sleeker (but still no Europass Gloria)

    With every major tournament or cup competition, football (soccer) manufacturers roll out “advanced” balls that promise you the stars in order to get you to buy a replica. England’s FA Cup will be awarded on Saturday, and the likes of James, Kranjcar, and Fowler (injured?) will kick about Umbro’s Dynamis. Unlike most balls, which has 32 panels (those little square-y… Read More

  • Apple ranks second in gay-friendly companies

    A recent study of 2,259 people aged 18 to 64 (1,502 straight and 757 gay) found Apple to be the second most gay-friendly company behind the Bravo television network, according to MacNN. Apparently “23 percent of the general population and 39 percent of the gay/lesbian group [called] the company ‘strongly’ gay-friendly.” The survey was administered by an ad agency… Read More

  • CNET CEO: "This Is An Exciting Day For Us"

    CNET CEO Neil Ashe, who has been accused of “presiding over massive value destruction” will go down in history as the guy that was forced to sell CNET out to an old media dinosaur. But at least he’s given CNET’s stockholders back all of the losses they’ve sustained under his watch with the $1.8 billion sale to CBS. Ashe’s email to CNET staff this morning… Read More

  • New Jawbone more shinier, better than the old Jawbone

    Our own Devin Coldewey models the new Jawbone. Everyone is all a tizzy over the new Jawbone. It’s 50% smaller than the old version and uses NOISEASSASSIN technology to reduce noise even more than the original. Say that again, real quick. NOISEASSASSIN. I think I watched that movie on USA when I was a kid. Anyway… If you’ve used Jawbones in the past, you’ll understand… Read More

  • Dude, William Shatner Totally Loves TechCrunch

    Autograph sports and celebrity memorabilia is a $1 billion/year business in the U.S. alone. The problem is, up to 90% of it is counterfeit. Enter Los Angeles based LiveAutographs, a site that sells celebrity autographs that are guaranteed to be authentic – because they take a video of the celebrity writing the autograph and message and post it on their website. I am a huge William… Read More

  • Fujitsu U2010 Atom-based UMPC will cost $1,300

    Remember the original promise of the UMPC? We were told they’d be affordable, like in the $500 range. Then Intel’s Atom chipset was announced and we were told that it, too, would be affordable. Well, here comes one from Fujitsu for just shy of $1,300, available in Taiwan this July. It’s called the U2010. You’ll get a 5.6-inch rotating screen (I’d guess it’ll… Read More

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