• CrunchArcade: Prototype being turned into comic book

    You know that game with the guy who runs around and does stuff, Prototype? (Neither did I.) Yeah, well, they’re making a comic book out of it. They being DC Comics and Sierra Entertainment. Does two instances a trend make? I mean, they’re turning Deadspace into a comic book, too and all. Speaking of comic books, Peter and I plan to hit the New York Comic-Con this weekend. I… Read More

  • Comcast calls for ISP "bill of rights" to protect file sharers. Wait, what?

    Many have wanted a “bill of rights” for Internet subscribers for awhile, and now the idea has the backing of an unusual group: Comcast. Comcast has been in the news for “traffic shaping“, or favoring certain types of traffic over others, notably putting BitTorrent and other P2P traffic on a second-tier behind what it considered “legitimate” traffic. It has… Read More

  • Jaxtr: free phone-based VOIP social network 2.0

    Boy, if only these guys had "user-created" somewhere in their mission statement. It’s already a Web 2.0 smorgasbord. If I understand it correctly, the idea is that you and your friends all sign up and register your phones with the site. Then, when you want to call someone in jolly old England or jolly old Moscow, Jaxtr acts as a middle man, calling you both from local numbers… Read More

  • mKhoj Rings in $7.1 Million in Series A funding from KPCB and Sherpalo

    Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures have ploughed $7.1 Million into mKhoj, a mobile advertising company based in Mumbai, India. It’s quite a “healthy” investment considering that its competitor mGinger received only $2 Million in funding last year. The mKhoj platform lets companies advertise on mobile phones by reaching out to targeted consumers. It… Read More

  • Big String Secures IM Messages

    After Big String is offering web-based IM that is completely secure and self-destructing. This means any message you send will disappear into the ether after it is sent. From the press release: “Just ask a politician like New York Governor David Paterson, a celebrity like Charlie Sheen, or the American Idol contestant whose private pictures were spread around the Internet… Read More

  • CruchArcade: Wii Fit makes your body cry

    Dear gamers, Your body may hurt, may “cry,” if you will, after playing Wii Fit. Read More

  • Apple hasn't sued Psystar yet, but is it in the works?

    We posted earlier about Psystar, the Florida-based PC retailer selling a Mac clone that runs Leopard, which Apple can’t be too happy about. So far, Apple hasn’t taken any legal action against Psystar that we know of, however it might not be able to do much in the end. Wired talked to patent attorney Raj Abhyanker, who says that all Psystar is doing is violating Leopard’s EULA… Read More

  • Pioneer's Blu-Ray players leaked

    Giz has the skinny on the latest BR players from Pioneer. All of them include Profile 1.1, so there’s no interactivity but there is PIP. There are also some video improvements, but nothing earthshattering. When, I wonder, will BR players be as ubiquitous and boring as DVD players? Read More

  • Asus Eee PC 900 100 percent confirmed for early May: Yes, there's multi-touch

    Some more details for you Eee PC followers. The Eee PC 900, which we mentioned a few times already (score one for multi-touch rumors turning out to be true), has now been officially unveiled. I think the Pope First, the bare stats: 8.9-inch, 1024×600 resolution display; 12GB or 20GB hard drive (depending whether you opt for the Windows or Linux version); and 1GB RAM (which, incidentally… Read More

  • Bad parenting solved with SMS

    Actually, not really, but Samsung commissioned a survey that basically says that parents who text are closer to their kids. The video is pretty dopey, but maybe we can all text our Moms on Mother’s Day. Unless our Moms work in Shanghai running a brothel. She probably doesn’t want to hear from you. At least mine doesn’t. Read More

  • Last Call for CrunchNetwork Sponsorship Opportunity

    We’ve almost finalized our May 1 CrunchNetwork event in New York and we’re looking for some hale and hearty sponsors, either cash or giveaways, to keep our readers drunk and happy. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about your product or service to a cool and plugged in group of people and you will be mentioned in every CG and TC post leading up to the event. Then… Read More

  • Maybe Mac clone maker Psystar isn't real at all?

    It’s looking more and more likely that the Psystar-produced Mac clone is a scam, surprising people who figured that out within four seconds of reading the initial reports. The Guardian, in a journalistic coup, did a little Google Mapping and telephone calling last night, discovering nothing but dead-ends and run-arounds. And now Gizmodo, the gadget guide, sent one of its readers to… Read More

  • Yum, self-digesting corn creates delicious ethanol

    First of all, I think it should be said that the whole corn-as-fuel idea is a red herring when it comes to alternative energy. The corn industry is a bloated mess and throwing the demands of widespread biofuel use into the mix would probably push it beyond the breaking point and make for some really weird corn politics. That said, if the process of fueling some things with corn is made easier… Read More

  • Windows XP available on HP Mini Note by mid-May

    That HP Mini Note? Yeah, it’ll be available with Windows XP, the preferred Windows OS of, oh, I don’t know, pretty much everyone I’ve spoken with. Some sleuthing by Laptop mag turned up the goods, discovering that XP will be available as a pre-configured option by mid-May. That’s just one month from now, and a few weeks after the Vista and Linux models launch. Remember… Read More

  • IMAP Support Disappears From Gmail [Updated]

    It appears that Google has pulled support for IMAP, although it’s unclear whether this is a temporary decision, the result of a bug, or a permanent change of policy. Google first rolled out support for IMAP in October. IMAP allows email users to manage their email using alternative clients (such as the desktop app Thunderbird or Mail) without creating copies of their messages, as… Read More

  • Here's a new one: You should pay to rip your own CDs

    Get this. It turns out that various parts of the music industry are very, very greedy. I know, I was shocked too! The Music Business Group (the UK’s version of the RIAA, basically) is proposing that music creators and rights owners should be entitled to profits from anything that facilitates you ripping a CD to your computer — anything used for “format shifting,” as… Read More

  • Meet Carlos, the flammable legs-only robo hobo

    I don’t get it and I don’t want to get it, but here’s a robotic something-or-other that pushes a shopping cart around while on fire. Exactly. Carlos’ inventor says… “Robotics are often used in environments which are considered dangerous to humans. Deep sea exploration, nuclear cleanup and volcanism are some of the ‘higher profile’ adverse… Read More

  • Soocial Makes Plaxo Look Lame (Beta Invites)

    Okay, making Plaxo look lame isn’t that hard. But as Plaxo has been groping around the past year trying to turn itself into a social network to attract a buyer (cough, Comcast), a little startup in the Netherlands called Soocial has been building a kick-ass contact management service that syncs all of your contacts between your desktop, cell phone, and a growing list of Web services. … Read More

  • Verizon Wireless XV6900 (HTC Touch) now available

    The HTC Touch is now available through Verizon Wireless, although it’s called the XV6900 which we can all agree sounds much, much cooler. It’ll set you back $299 for the device itself and then you’ll enjoy paying at least $80 per month for data service and 450 anytime minutes, which you might find to be an absurd amount for voice and data service. I know I do. Oh, you can… Read More

  • Women more likely to give passwords for chocolate? Yeah, but did they offer the men guilt-free sex?

    Ok, so I have taken the bait, but I am slightly stunned by today’s “PR masquerading as a legitimate survey” from Infosecurity Europe that says women are four times more likely than men to give out their passwords in exchange for chocolate. Now, let’s try to not go into the whole caricatured, stupid “debate” about women supposedly doing anything for chocolate. Read More

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