• Lightpole Implements Fire Eagle, Helps You Get to Know the World Around You

    Mobile application service provider Lightpole has introduced a beta version of software that expands on its application’s geolocation capabilities using Yahoo’s Fire Eagle. Lightpole provides businesses with a way to distribute content to mobile phone users, mostly regarding information related to points of interest (POIs). Fire Eagle, which launched last month, is… Read More

  • Voice Activated Directory for BlackBerry from Microsoft

    Microsoft’s Tellme subsidiary launched a voice activated directory for the BlackBerry yesterday. Users can talk into the device and say the name of a business, type of business, or keywords like “weather”, “movies”, “traffic”, “map” or “driving directions.” The application then uses GPS to locate the BlackBerry and give out… Read More

  • Privacy Disaster At Twitter: Direct Messages Exposed (Update: GroupTweet Is Likely Culprit)

    Twitter user Orli Yakuel, with 650 followers, had a nasty surprise this morning – her direct messages (private messages between two Twitter users) showed up in her normal Twitter stream (and were subsequently published to her FriendFeed account). Friends messaged her to tell her about the embarrassing issue. At first she tried to delete the private messages and posted the notice above… Read More

  • Want goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogle.com? Too Late

    Uptime monitoring service Pingdom has put together a list of thousands of .com domain names owned by Google, based on an analysis of the root zone file. They then verified the most interesting ones with WHOIS information. Does GoogleWarnerbros.com represent a future partnership, or a failed tryout? Googlereligion.com? Why not. Googlepoo.com? Sure. The entire list is embedded below. Some of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: See Vendor for Details Edition

    Vending machine vends shoes to shoeless Londoners
    NES mod puts NES into NES cartridge
    U.S. bionic eye recently tested successfully in Europe
    One to Three for Five (Seconds): Two chairs, one table
    Project: Double-barrelled elevated composter Read More

  • Viral feature triples HubDub's sign-ups

    HubDub, a fantasy league for designed to monetise news content better for publishers (review), has introduced the ability for users to challenge their friends in making predictions. Here’s how it works: A user sends a challenge to a friend to make a prediction on a particular question. Their friend then gets an email and whenever they complete the challenge they compete on their own… Read More

  • The Ozzie Memo: Software is Dead, Long Live the Web

    After a few years of trying to fill Bill Gates’ shoes as Microsoft’s chief software architect, Ray Ozzie is starting to hit his stride. In a remarkable strategy memo to employees (embedded below), Ozzie essentially shifts Microsoft’s mission from one of creating software for the PC and stand-alone servers to creating an interconnecting mesh between devices and people. He is… Read More

  • ZoomProspector Puts Geographical Data at Businesses' Fingertips

    If Zillow is the best place for home buyers to find information about real estate, ZoomProspector hopes to become the best place for businesses to find information about where they should establish themselves geographically. ZoomProspector aggregates information about various cities and communities – such as labor force sizes, unemployment rates, education levels, venture capital… Read More

  • DotHomes doubles US database

    DotHomes, the UK-based real estate search engine which now covers the US, UK and South Africa, says it has doubled its number of nationwide real estate listings in the US, bringing its database up to two million residential properties for sale and rent. By contrast, Yahoo Real Estate, Roost, Trulia and Zillow (and others) get feeds from brokers and MLS services in the US. But DotHomes reckons… Read More

  • Getting an X-Fi to play nice with your home theater system

    So you have a Soundblaster X-Fi card with SPDIF-out. And a nice home theater system that you want to run your sound through. It’s okay. Everything’s going to be all right. It turns out it’s not so hard. But since this really isn’t my area of expertise, I’m going to let the kind folks over here explain everything to you. Basically, depending on what model you… Read More

  • Twitter! Japan! Ads!

    Twitter Japan launched today at Twitter.jp via a partnership between Twitter and Digital Garage. It’s basically Twitter, in Japanese, with display ads. A sizable Japanese userbase has grown up around Twitter, despite the fact that it is only available in English. So this certainly makes sense. I’d expect support for other languages to follow shortly as well. And since Twitter is now… Read More

  • Facebook Finishes Chat Integration, Makes This Blogger's Life Miserable

    I made the mistake of leaving Facebook open on my desktop as I stepped out for the evening on Tuesday night. I returned to a complete mess of Facebook Chat messages. Some users got access to Facebook Chat as early as April 6. Others trickled in over the following two weeks. But in the last hour a mass of users (all the rest, as far as I can tell) is reporting seeing it for the first time. I have… Read More

  • FastSoft creates a hardware download accelerator?

    This company is advertising a hardware add-on that will multiply your outgoing bandwidth by 10-30x. I’m not sure how much of this is real, how much is PR, and how much is pure snake oil. Check the technology section. They say the speed increase is due to “bypassing the limitations of the TCP protocol.” I’m not sure what they mean by that and that’s about as… Read More

  • Trampoline's Dashboard cracks the enterprise social network nut

    Making social networks work inside companies is a difficult nut to crack. Who wants to update their status all the time to tell everyone what they are working on? BEA Systems launched a social network for enterprise platform recently and Oracle’s AppsLab is working on a social network internally. But much of the intelligence in the system requires users to tag things manually. So… Read More

  • Microsoft's Mesh Revealed—Sync All Apps And All Files To All Devices (As Long As They're Windows)

    Ray Ozzie first hinted at it during a keynote speech last March. But tonight Microsoft is finally launching a preview beta of Live Mesh, a new Windows Live platform for syncing files and, eventually, applications across different devices. (Of course, for Microsoft, a beta means 10,000 people, so you have a pretty good chance of getting in if you sign up now—or not). Mesh is really a… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    Attention, Seattle: CrunchGear reader meet-up, April 25th!

    We’ve been talking quite a bit about our reader meet-up on May 1st in New York City, but we didn’t want the West Coast (you and I both know it’s the best coast) to feel left out, so we’re having an admittedly smaller meet-up on Friday the 25 in Seattle. You’ll get a chance to meet with Yours Truly, our own Devin Coldewey, and Peter Ha‘s flying in via… Read More

  • Ricoh's G600 and Kodak's disposable camera: separated at birth?

    There is definitely a likeness there. However, if pressed, I would probably pick the Ricoh since it’s a full-featured, water-and-dust-resistant 10-megapixel digital camera and not a shady plastic box with a bit of film inside. It’s basically made for outdoor use when skiing, camping, at the beach and so on, so you don’t have to worry about sand, snow, or water spoiling your… Read More

  • Iogear launches USB to DVI video card for second monitor support

    If you’re not fortunate enough to have a dual-monitor workstation, Iogear’s got something you should check out in the USB 2.0 External DVI Video Card. It’s what it sounds like, a USB device that adds a second video card and second monitor support to your PC via USB. It’s very much like the VGA version launched last year, but with with DVI. No word on the exact specs, but… Read More

  • Project: Double-barrelled elevated composter

    It’s Earth Day, if you hadn’t yet noticed, and as we gear up for CrunchGear’s Green Week we find a how-to on making a neat two-level, double-barrelled composter. If you have a few power tools and the space, it appears to be a fairly straight forward Make that raises your compost heap up off the ground to keep it away from the likes or raccoons and other scavengers. If… Read More

  • Smartphones out of stock across the country as new models get ready to launch

    If you’re in the market for a smartphone, you might want to snatch one up today if you can, but then you might not even be able to find one. RIM, Palm, and Apple are short on supply of their handsets, and many retailers are feeling the effects of the empty shelves. We’d heard rumors that one such smartphone, the Sprint 755p from Palm, had been brought to end of life and there would… Read More

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