• CrunchArcade: GTA IV site updated, more radio stations (Opie and Anthony?) online

    As we approach the game’s April 29 release date, Rockstar keeps adding and adding content to the Grand Theft Auto IV Web site. A couple of new radio stations were added either last night or the night before (I try to check the site one a day, because I’m a dork), including Electro Choc (electronic/dance music) and Liberty City Hardcore (punk nonsense). There’s also a… Read More

  • FCC fining big boxes for selling old-fashioned tele-video-conveyors

    The FCC has announced that it has imposed fines on major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target for selling TVs that will not be functional once the switch from analog to digital television takes place next year. The companies were violating rules set up to prevent customers from unwillingly buying TVs that will not be compatible with the digital signals. The fines included $992,000 against… Read More

  • Microsoft's Live Map users revolt as it switches on Multimap

    Microsoft has switched its UK mapping from it’s in-house Live Maps product to Multimap, the 11-year-old UK online mapping company it bought last December for a rumoured $50 million. However, the switch is not going down well with users. On the Virtual Earth blog, former Live Map users are expressing themselves somewhat… well… shall we say… forcefully? Here are some of… Read More

  • MGS 4 edition PS3 here on June 12

    To celebrate the upcoming launch of Metal Gear Solid 4, Sony will release a special edition 80GB PlayStation 3 SKU based on the game. Come June 12, you’ll be able to grab a MGS-themed PS3 complete with a pack-in “very, very” limited edition of the game. Oh, and it’ll include the DualShock 3, too. Yowzers! There’s also going to be a plain ol’ limited edition… Read More

  • CEO: NVIDIA ready to "open a can of whoop ass" on Intel

    Intel and NVIDIA don’t usually get along. In fact, with Intel’s recent announcements that its entering the graphic processor market, NVIDIA’s on alert, but its not scared. In fact, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said in a conference call today that NVIDIA was read to “open a can of whoop ass,” which is awesome. But let’s face it, if Intel takes its GPU business seriously… Read More

  • Sega unveils Iron Man suits from new game

    With Iron Man just a few weeks away from hitting the big screen, there’s been some talk in the video game circles abut the game, and today Sega revealed all the powerful armors available to Iron Man in the new game, and they look pretty sweet. Not only are the suits from the movie represented, but a couple of comic book faves are here as well, including my favorite, the Classic… Read More

  • A few springtime rebates for AT&T customers

    Before my Internet connection decides to be a bitch again—you have no idea how annoyed I am right now—let me quickly mention this AT&T rebate. The wireless carrier is handing out $50 rebates with the purchase of a BlackBerry 8110 (and a qualifying plan!), which is just the Pearl but with built-in GPS. If you have access to the Hubble Telescope, you can examine the flyer, care… Read More

  • What is the future for tech VCs in Europe?

    At TechCrunch we’re usually at least as interested in the financial environment for funding startups as we are in the startups themselves. And we know it’s something of keen interest to any new internet or mobile company. So it is worth indulging for a moment to discuss what might be happening at the moment inside Europe’s venture scene. I am prompted to raise this issue… Read More

  • EchoStar Falls Once Again To Tivo, Says It Will Keep Fighting

    EchoStar (now known as DISH Network Corporation) was dealt yet another blow in its ongoing patent battle with Tivo as the U.S. Appeals Court ruled against them. The dispute involves EchoStar’s alleged infringement of Tivo’s TimeWarp patent, which allows users to record one program while watching another. Tivo applied for the patent in 1998, and it was granted in 2001. In 2004… Read More

  • It's about time: Duff and Flaming Moe energy drinks

    At Flaaay-ming Moe’s (let’s all go to Flaming Moe’s) — Hot damn, here’s a pair of Simpsons-themed energy drinks. One’s a Duff can, one’s a Flaming Moe’s can. The Duff can’s a full 12-ounces of power, while the Flaming Moe version comes in a Red Bull-esque 8.4-ounce can. Neither contains alcohol, though. Just pure jitter. They’re… Read More

  • Robo-spoons, G-Dogs, and jelly sensors at Tepia Technology's show in Tokyo


    I don’t want to spoil the surprise, there’s a ton of weird gadgets at this Tokyo tech showcase, from robot dogs to catheters with shape memory. The translation is completely off-the-charts inaccurate (not that I know Japanese), but you can tell that some of this is actually some cool industrial tech. I like the “OTOFOKASURENZUDEBAISU” which I believe is a fun… Read More

  • MyBlogLog Hits the Streets with Bluetooth-Based User Detection

    Following Michael’s post the other day about the future of social networking, we have heard of several more ways the mobile, location-aware nut is being cracked already. One of these is an “experiment” by MyBlogLog started at eTech and SXSW that leverages Bluetooth technology to discover the people around you. The Java-based service, previously named “Meetspace”… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Guitar Hero III (Wii) for $64.99

    Amazon’s got a Gold Box deal on the Wii version of ‘Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock’ for the next two hours or so. It normally goes for $89.99 but you can grab it for $64.99 until 5:00 PM, Eastern time or until they sell out — whichever comes first. Run! Here’s the link: Gold Box: New Deals. Every Day. Read More

  • Why oh why does OpenDNS keep telling me Facebook is 'down'? It's not!

    For whatever nerdy reason I switched over to OpenDNS about a month ago. Actually, no. The reason was because I was tired of seeing that stupid Time Warner Road Runner every time I mistyped a URL or whatever. Well now OpenDNS refuses to load several pages, including CrunchGear and Facebook. What gives? I go to the main site and it says everything is up and running, yet I try to visit the… Read More

  • DIY SLR stabilizer, total cost: a dime

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1041948/1_image_stabilizer_for_any_camera___lose_the_tripod.swf Got a piece of string, a washer, and a screw? Then you’ve got a sweet camera stabilizer. With stuff like this and the Poor Man’s Steadicam, electronic image stabilizers and expensive stationary setups are being given a run for their money. The homebrew solution above seems to be suited… Read More

  • Where Are All The Google Data Centers?

    Google’s data infrastructure is massive and spread across the world. All that Web crawling, indexing, and searching takes enormous amounts of computing power, not to mention everyone pounding away at Gmail, Google Apps, Blogger, Google Reader, and every other project dreamed up at the Googleplex. But where are all of these data centers and how many are there? Google doesn’t… Read More

  • Sweater Friends pilot: What do you think?

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Read More

  • The petrol-powered PC. You know, just because.

    At nearly $110 a barrel, it only makes sense to use oil to power a PC. That’s exactly what some Russian guy did, hooking up a headless PC to his car’s engine for great glory of Russia. Read More

  • Ooma not failing, is fine, don't worry


    Ooma, everyone’s favorite box that offers free phone calls and looks cool, isn’t failing, at least according to a tip by Pat Phelan of Cubic Telecom. Trying to get further info. The company, backed by Ashton Kutcher, looked like it was going under last week according to a post by Valleywag. I’ve tried the service and it works well enough. It basically offers seamless free… Read More

  • Live CrunchGear podcast today at 1:00 PM, Eastern

    Join us for our inaugural live podcast on BlogTalkRadio.com at 1:00 today. We’ll be talking about the Nokia Tube, the CrunchGear meet-up in New York on May 1st, Blockbuster’s upcoming set-top box, and more. You can chat with us during the show via AIM by pinging username “crunchtips” or call into the show at (646) 200-4163 should the mood strike you. Here’s the link. Read More

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