• Microsoft Office RoundTable: An Answer to Costly Teleconferencing?

    The Microsoft Office RoundTable is a table-top device that provides synchronized voice and video conferencing. What’s cool is that from a video perspective, it produces “a 360-degree, panoramic video of side-by-side images of everyone who taking part in the conference.” The system can then identify and spotlight the individual who is speaking so that one receives prominence… Read More

  • L.A. Boy Scouts Giving Copyrighted Material The Respect It Deserves

    OK, so I’m an Eagle Scout. I have a suspicion that at least a couple of our readers are, too. It is with that spirit that I am sad to write this story. The Boy Scout Council in Los Angeles has begun a new program to award Scouts a “Respect Copyrights” activity patch. Guess what it’s all about and who helped come up with the concept? According to the article… Read More

  • SpaceShipOne Mystery Solved

    Late last night I posted on a rumor that Google had acquired SpaceShipOne and was putting it in building 43 at Google HQ in Mountain View. More information started coming in immediately from commenters. One reader emailed to tell me Larry Page is on the Board of Trustees of the X Prize foundation (SpaceShipOne won their challenge), establshing a connection. But other commenters sent in… Read More

  • Sudoko Toilet Paper: You Know You're Thinking About It

    Sudoku toilet paper is exactly what it sounds like: toilet paper with that insanely popular sudoku game on it. So, instead of reading Maxim as you do your ungodly business, you can do math puzzles, provided you keep a pen on the back of your toilet. And if you do indeed keep a pen there, we’d like to know why, seeing as how you’d never heard of this product before today. Is it to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Minor Surgery Edition

    Here’s an overview of interesting stories from Friday: In2Games Fusion Controller
    Stress-o-Meter
    Freedom V Wireless Guitar Controller Review
    iPod Turns Five, Competition Still Looking for Killer
    CrunchGear in Korea: Samsung Anycall Studio Read More

  • Scrybe Could Set a New Standard In Office Apps

    Jason Clarke found a great new startup today called Scrybe. It hasn’t launched yet, but they’re using YouTube to showcase the product (see video below). More companies should do this – it gives the company a way to show everyone exactly what their product is all about and control the messaging during the crucial pre-launch stage. Scrybe looks to be a unique online… Read More

  • If You Use PhotoShop, Check Out Paint.net

    If you use Photoshop regularly, check out the just released version 3.0 of Paint.NET (download it here). It is 3.6 MB download that handles most of the basic (and many of the advanced) functions of Photoshop. It’s free, and even better it loads in just a couple of seconds on a newish Windows PC. I tested it, and it does everything that I need – if it was usable on a Mac… Read More

  • Getting Down To Business: YesNoMayB

    We’ve covered the best new dating sites, and even the most popular gay male dating sites, here on TechCrunch. But none of these sites capture the speed and simplicity of speed dating, where you meet a bunch of potential mates in a short period of time. South Africa-based dating site YesNoMayB nailed it. Forget all the long, detailed profiles and complicated algorithms for figuring out… Read More

  • Google Acquires SpaceShipOne?

    Categorize this as another unsubstantiated Google rumor, but the word on the street is that Google has acquired SpaceShipOne and is putting it inside building 43 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. No word on the purchase price, or if this was a donation, or why the ship is not staying at the Smithsonian. SpaceShipOne made headlines in 2004 when it won won the $10 million… Read More

  • CrunchGear in Korea: Samsung Anycall Studio

    This is really the only cool footage I grabbed this trip – most of the time we were in a conference room, van, or an off-limits area *SNIFF* – but it was fun to wander through Samsung’s techno wonderland/store. That strange glowing table halfway through is very Minority Report. You move the window over a character on the screen and you get a close up of that character in action. Read More

  • MusicNation: Major Labels Try to Buy Friends

    MusicNation is a brand you’ll likely be sick of hearing about a few months from now. The company has built the destination site for a forthcoming super promotion by Clear Channel radio for an online music talent contest. That contest is sponsored by Epic Records, Universal Music Group, and EMI. The winners of the will receive recording contracts with Epic. Universal and EMI will… Read More

  • Quanta UMPC Prototype Shows Others How It's Done


    Now this is more like it. Quanta, the large Taiwanese laptop manufacturer for like, everyone, has developed an ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) I can actually get behind. (Unlike the POS I mentioned this morning.) A first for the company, the prototype UMPC is based on Intel’s Viiv platform, which if true means it could do high-def video playback and 5.1-channel surround sound, have Gigabit… Read More

  • In2Games Fusion Controller

    Following the example set by Nintendo’s Wiimote and Sony’s SIXAXIS, In2Games “Fusion” motion-sensing controllers are joining the battle of next gen controllers. Unlike the Wiimote and SIXAXIS, Fusion does not approximate motion. Fusion actually uses “sound waves and other technical wizardry” to provide accurate on-screen depictions of your motions. To swing… Read More

  • Sony Delays LocationFree TV

    Sony, the company that used to make innovative electronics and now just delays stuff, has today introduced its latest entry into the world of high-tech delays, this time on its LocationFree TV. Just days after announcing a LocationFree TV client for its own Sony-Ericsson P990, the time-sucking giant announced that the LocationFree TV base station, the hub that the entire LocationFree TV… Read More

  • Nvidia: No Overclocking The G80 For You


    Due to too many returns on GeForce 7900 GT, Nvidia is forbidding its partners from overclocking the upcoming G80 cards, according to The Inquirer. The site backs up the report by bringing up how Nvidia locked down overclocking on the dual-GPU 7950 GX2 cards. However, I4U is calling bullshit on it, since its in possession of an overclocked XFX 7950 GX2 XXX. I have to agree with I4U on this one. Read More

  • Nintendo Wii: 480p At Launch Confirmed

    There’s been a lot of talk of whether or not the Nintendo Wii will have component cables available at launch for users that own big-screen TVs and want to run Wii games in progressive-scan. Yesterday, Nintendo of America commented on the subject telling us that the Wii will support 480p via component cables the day the console releases. The component cables must be bought separately… Read More

  • Stress-o-Meter

    I’m not really sure why anyone would need this product. It seems to me that people would be well enough aware that they’re stressed out. Nevertheless, if you feel that the quantity of your stress is in question, then perhaps you should take a look at the Stress-o-Meter. Simply place your fingers in the grooves and the meter lights up to inform you just how stressed you actually are. Read More

  • Boost Adds Hybrid Prepaid Plans

    Boost Mobile, the hip-hop MVNO, is moving into the popular hybrid plan market with three new plans for those who don’t qualify for (or want) the credit-munching post-paid plans most of us use, but also don’t like the nail-biting pay-as-you-go aspect most prepaid plans feature. All under the “Premium Prepaid” brand, Boost is offering three plans that all include… Read More

  • PicLens: Super Size Your Slide Shows

    PicLens is a new photo viewing plug in from CoolIris. The tool lets user watch a full screen slide show of any photo series from Flickr, Photobucket, Facebook, and image search results Google, Yahoo!, and Ask. The software is sparse on features and user control so far, but it’s so visually compelling that you’ll likely enjoy using it quite a lot anyway. This first version is… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Gives Users Daily V-Cast for $3

    Verizon Wireless is going daily with access to its V-Cast service. Currently, the V charges its customers $15 a month for the privilege of watching unlimited shorts from sports and the news. The new plan allows customers to sign up for one 24-hour period, where it’s all you can eat, then the love stops, and you awake with a hangover and no recollection of where you are or how you got… Read More

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