• The biggest Atari joystick in the world

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/3958/bbtv_2007-11-28-041119.flv I am a star. I’m a star, I’m a star, I’m a star. I am a big, bright, shining star. That’s right. via BB Read More

  • Miami to have police drones patrol its skies

    Sometimes, bordering on always, I wish I had a drone to do all my [dirty] work. Something to blog for me, read and analyze exit polls from post-Maasticht Eastern Europe, grind to level 70, etc. Now, police officers in Miami will have drones patrol the skies for them provided the FAA gives its blessing. The little robotic drones (see a patriotic video of them in action here) will fight bad guys… Read More

  • Google Mobile Maps PinPoints Your Location Without GPS

    Google has been adding features to its maps at a fast and furious pace. Yesterday, it was terrain and wiki-style collaboration for its Web-based maps. Today, it updated its mobile maps to pinpoint your locations by triangulating between cell towers (or if you have GPS on your phone, it uses that, but only 15 percent of phones sold this year even support GPS). I just downloaded the My… Read More

  • Converge much? Coffee warmer, USB hub, clock

    I’m sitting here staring at my Belkin USB hub that serves as a poor man’s docking station because I’m too cheap to spring for a $180 piece of plastic from Sony that would allow me to whisk my laptop from room to room and I can’t help but feel agitated by the fact that I don’t know what the hell time it is and my coffee isn’t getting any warmer. If only… Read More

  • Breaking: Sidekicks Slide get update [Updated photos]

    Umm. So my Slide just prompted me that there was an update. Not sure what it does. Will have to do some digging. Is this a fix for the battery issue? Update: Oh, it’s just the new e-mail app that tabs everything. So your Tmail is under one tab and then your AOL and Yahoo! e-mails are under a different tab. Boo. Wait. It’s cool, but my Slide is being sent back so it doesn’t… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #265

    Today’s Brief is half about software and half a conversation with Tim Ferriss, author of the best-selling book, The 4-Hour Work Week. We start with a new update for Zoho Writer that makes it possible to now edit documents off-line. There’s a Zoho screencast explaining how it works here. I get a ton of email from EyeTV users. EyeTV brings an amazing DVR experience to the Mac. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Unlocked 8GB iPhone for $9.90 *

    * This deal only occurs on December 12, 2007, 7.00 PM (GMT +08:00) and includes only three units. This also includes free shipping but trust me, no matter what you do or how many times you click on check out you’re going to miss this unless you get seriously OCD and write a robot to do it for you. You also get free shipping that’s free. Sale Page via 2dayblog Read More

  • Social Site Rankings (October, 2007)

    Last month, I asked comScore to run some numbers on traffic to social sites (comScore calls them social networking sites, but they are not all social networks). This month, I asked them to do the same run again for October, 2007. Below are the results, which show both absolute traffic in the U.S. and percentage change where comparable data from October, 2006 is available. I organized them… Read More

  • What happened to YouTube? [Updated with comparison]

    Today Wasn’t there a gadgets and gaming category? How To & Style? WTF is that? Some time in the past I knew something had changed! Read More

  • Orange announces iFones pricing

    The day of reckoning is upon us. Well, not us, but for the Frenchies it is. Orange has loosed pricing for the iFones that launches tomorrow or is it today? Thursday. With one of four plans offered ranging from 49 euros to 119 euros, Orange customers can purchase the iFones for 399 euros. If you snub any of the offered plans then you’ll have to pay 549 euros and without any… Read More

  • Jermaine Dupri, rapper, hates iTunes and thinks consumers are dumb

    “We let the consumer have too much of what they want, too soon, and we hurt ourselves… Did consumers complain? Maybe so. But at what point does any business care when a consumer complains about the money?” Jermaine Dupri, essentially, is wrong. In some long-winded HuffPo post in which he hates on iTunes, the rap producer defended the music industry’s stance on screwing… Read More

  • Fotolog's $90 Million Acquisition Completed

    French Internet company Hi-Media,operator of one of Europe’s largest ad networks and micro-payment services, completed its acquisition today of Fotolog. The $90 million deal was first announced last August. Since then, Fotolog has added two million more members for a total of 13 million, and claims 3.9 billion page views a month. Fotolog trails behind MySpace’s PhotoBucket… Read More

  • December 7: Apple Store in New York's Meatpacking District opens its doors

    By all accounts (that means one account) it looks like Apple’s third New York City store will open on December 7 around 6 p.m. The store’s on 14th Street all the way in the Meat Packing District. I guess if I’m waltzing along the West Side Highway I’d go to that one, but the SoHo store is in a legitimate shopping area and the 5th Ave Store is right on the N line. Being… Read More

  • Disney To Make Up To 20 Startup Acquisitions In Next 24 Months

    A new group has been created within the corporate strategy group at Disney, we’ve heard, and they are gearing up to make a number of consumer Internet acquisitions over the next 24 months. They’re already in early stage discussions with at least a couple of startups, and have introduced themselves to a number of venture capitalists to generate leads. The group is led by two… Read More

  • The iPhone Lands in France

    Following European launches in Britain and Germany, the iPhone has landed in French markets. Orange, the mobile phone and Internet branch of France Telecom, has the exclusive rights to sell the Apple handset in the country that gave us Paris. Twelve outlets in France are offering the device for 749 euros today, before the full launch scheduled for tomorrow. Over 50,000 people have already… Read More

  • Could Be Nothing, Could Be Something: YouTube Abandons Gadgets

    The CrunchGear guys noticed something a little weird this morning. The YouTube category that they usually use for their videos – Gadgets and Games – is gone (see it listed quite clearly in this old screenshot). All of the videos they had put in that category were moved to a new category called “Science & Technology” (example). but that new category isn’t listed… Read More

  • Thank You God, For Giving Us The Onion

    Ok, so this isn’t as funny as their story on Google Purge in 2005, but today’s story making fun of blogger navel gazing is worth the read. If only they had somehow worked TechMeme into it. Entire Blogosphere Stunned By Blogger’s Special Weekend Post NEW YORK—In what is being called a seminal moment in Internet history, a rare weekend post by 25-year-old blogger Ben… Read More

  • Japan Offers University Course via Cellphone

    Japan’s Cyber University, the nation’s only university to offer all classes on the Internet, began offering a class today that is taught over mobile phones. Students will be able to learn about the mysteries of the pyramids while on the go. Cyber University, which opened in April with government approval to give bachelor’s degrees, has 1,850 students. Softbank owns 71 percent… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Boring Robot Edition

    Open It now!
    Yet another Japanese robot: This one has soft hands
    Make your iPod Nano box into a portable speaker set
    Music Industry: “We is poopid!”
    CrunchGear’s Reviewing the Unknown Contest Read More

  • Music Search Engines Tread Fine Legal Line

    Music search engines are just one of the many ways to get free music on the Internet (BitTorrent and MP3Sparks, formerly AllofMP3, are other popular ways). But for some users they are a near perfect way to listen to music on demand, and/or round out their music collection. Three that we’ve been tracking are SeeqPod, Songza and Skreemr. All three index the web, or parts of the web… Read More

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