• Man dies trying to extract gold from his PC


    Gold digger Credit crunch got you down? Looking for gold in all the wrong places, like, say, the innards of your computer? Don’t! Unless you want to die! A Tulsa man died last week (news travels fast…) as a result of mercury poisoning. He was trying to use the chemical to extract gold out of his computer parts. He accidentally inhaled the mercury, leading to his untimely… Read More

  • T-Mo replacing Wing batteries, because they care

    T-Mobile Wing owners should expect a nice package in the mail soon: T-Mobile and HTC are providing a replacement for the T-Mobile Wing battery made by Dynapack at not charge to you due to rare occurrences of the battery overheating. If you don’t get one, I’d call T-Mo for a replacing. You don’t want your phone to burninate you, do you? Read More

  • Maryland's attorney general doesn't like paying $50 cellphone insurance policy fee

    Those cellphone insurance policies you buy? You may have the Maryland Attorney General’s ignorance to thank if something happens to make them more “consumer-friendly.” So be sure to give Douglas Gansler an orange for Christmas this year. The AG’s son recently lost his cellphone and when they called up the insurance company, Asurion Protection Services, to get a… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Xbox-Live outage last night really happened

    In trying to log into Xbox Live last night, I kept getting error messages left and right. Naturally, I assumed it was just Time Warner behaving as expected (read: awfully), but it turns out there was a legitimate problem last night. Kotaku speculates that the just-released Call of Duty 4 map pack may have had something to do with it. I just logged in now (had to download an Orange Box… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Explosions in the Street Edition

    From the “I told you so” Dept.: Study shows violent games relax players
    CrunchArcade: Yeti3D for real (and really cool) 3D games in the iPhone
    H2O2 + Terror Tang = Orange-flavor Alert
    Guiyu, e-waste capital of China
    Blu-ray could lose out to new format with 20,000 times the capacity in just five years Read More

  • Powerset Will Launch In Coming Weeks

    San Francisco based Powerset will be publicly launching a long-awaited beta version of the service in the coming weeks, the company told me yesterday. They are working on a new kind of search engine that will understand natural language searches and compete with keyword matching engines that dominate search today. An early version of the search engine, which was demo’d to me yesterday… Read More

  • Microsoft And Yahoo's $40 Billion Game Of Media Chicken

    Lots of reports today on the Microsoft-Yahoo negotiation, which is now in its third month of drama and appears to be being negotiated primarily through the media. The WSJ in particular is serving as the court of popular appeal via very controlled leaks from both sides. Yahoo’s key message is that they want a deal to happen but at a higher bid than the 62% premium Microsoft… Read More

  • AT&T wants Panasonic to develop plasma screens for cellphones

    We’ve been waiting for OLED to invade the marketplace, but it hasn’t yet. It will, sure, but Panasonic, with AT&T, have another idea, plasma. Right now you can get a flat-panel HDTV in LCD or plasma, and they each have their strengths and weaknesses (which will be addressed in a future home theater feature), but one thing about plasma is that it’s got more vibrant color… Read More

  • Is this the butt-end of the 3G iPhone?

    The iPod Observer scored a photo of what is purported to be the 3G version of the iPhone, or the iPhone 2, or the one I’ve been waiting for. It’s only the back, and I’m not 100% convinced it’s real, but I like the look. The iPod-ish metal backing never sat well with me. I also not the camera does not yet have a flash, something we’ve heard the 3G iPhone would… Read More

  • Source: Google To Launch BigTable As Web Service

    Google may be releasing BigTable, its internal database system, as a web service to compete with Amazon SimpleDB, according to a source with knowledge of the launch. There are also rumors that press is being pre-briefed on the product, although we haven’t been contacted by Google. BigTable is a highly scalable database system used internally by Google to support over 60 of its products… Read More

  • You're under arrest, citizen, for crossing the street while talking on the phone


    Mother of god. I’m supportive of the handheld ban while driving, but while walking? Well, if Representative Kenneth Duncan of Illinois gets his way, you’ll have to hang up at every crosswalk. How unbelievably idiotic is that? He even has a backer for the bill, Illinois’ Secretary of State, who thinks it should be softened to being a secondary offense, only applicable to… Read More

  • Blu-ray could lose out to new format with 20,000 times the capacity in just five years

    While we maintain that Blu-ray represents the end of the optical disk for media storage, there are signs that we might be wrong. Professor Min Gu of Swinburne University of Technology has a group of scienticians working on a new optical disk with 20,000 times the capacity of a Blu-ray disk. You could, in effect, have an entire video store, every song ever recorded, and my vast collection of… Read More

  • Lookit me, Ma! I'm programmin' my iPhone!

    Just grabbed a floater copy of the iPhone SDK and I just wrote my first application. It does nothing, but I’m so proud of myself. It’s almost as if I’m entering a brave new world where I never failed CS 101 and had to end up in Information Systems. The SDK is fairly easy to install and run. Obviously I’m going to need to figure out what the heck everything is doing and… Read More

  • Samsung's Media Lounge at CTIA

    At CES we had the Blounge™ , which was nice and spacious. It also provided us the luxury of not having to deal with other media or lack of Internet connectivity. Microsoft provided a much fancier Blounge™ at Macworld, but security wasn’t as tight and some random weirdos managed to sneak in and the general public viewed us like we were wild animals. Thanks to Samsung, we had ourselves… Read More

  • Hands on: Velocity Mobile

    Just returned from a meeting with Velocity Mobile. The 103 and 111 are impressive devices in their own right, but what VM wants to do with Windows Mobile is even more impressive. They don’t want to put a top layer over it with something flashy, which others have done and failed at a number of times. I’m excited to see the finalized version in a few weeks when we get the devices in… Read More

  • The Next Web Awards winners

    Winner of The Next Web startup competition was: Wakoopa
    Since May last year, Wakoopa will scan your drive, tell you what software you use most and suggest new stuff, as well as hook you into a social network of fellow software users. TechCrunch calls them the LastFM of software. Since 2007 they have gotten 25k users, 100k software items, 150 million hours of software usage. They give… Read More

  • UK ISP will not be bullied by music industry dirty tactics


    Flickr’d In order to force people to buy plastic discs with music encoded on them, the British Phonographic Industry (more or less the UK’s RIAA) has started sending mean and nasty letters to ISPs there. Only problem is, these mean and nasty letters have had the exact opposite effect the BPI had in mind. Rather than turn around and say, “Oh, our users are pirating your music? Read More

  • Microsoft May Cancel Yahoo Bid: Rumors

    Yahoo shares plunged by upto 5% in after market trading this afternoon on rumors that Microsoft may be ready to quit its takeover offer for Yahoo. From Reuters: Microsoft Corp is evaluating its bid for Yahoo Inc because the Internet company may have lost value since it made its offer, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Microsoft has been repeatedly trying to engage… Read More

  • Windows 7 coming next year where next_year=current_year+50

    A possible Vista successor: Now blurry and boring. Billy boy let slip that Windows 7 AKA Windows Vista# will launch “next year” and explained that XP will be phased out for everything except low-cost PCs in some markets. Is he telling the truth? Who knows. He may mean an update to the Windows internals with a Vista shell, which is the most possible roadmap seeing as how they just… Read More

  • Second Skin, an MMORPG documentary


    I thought Darkon was going to be cool, but this looks even more interesting. It’s a documentary film about the ways, positive and negative, in which MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, Everquest and others have affected people’s lives. You’ve got the addict, the shut-in, the bloomer, the romantic, it looks like every popular kind of story associated with the genre is… Read More

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