• Pirillo Starts Large Scale Community CMS Project

    Chris Pirillo has announced a new, large scale open source CMS project that aims to “de-geekify” website tools (announcement video above). The project will be built on the open source Drupal framework: “For the geeks: Drupal has so much power in its core, and enough fantastic community-contributed modules, that I think it’s time to assemble an Install Profile, complete… Read More

  • Google (ironically) Goes Black In Support Of Earth Hour

    Google Israel is sporting an all black theme today, in support of Earth Hour’s efforts to raise awareness around energy conservation. From the page telling confused Israeli’s what’s going on: Google users in Israel will notice today that we “turned the lights out” on the Google.co.il homepage as a gesture to raise awareness of a worldwide energy conservation… Read More

  • Review: Dash GPS

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1689.JPG,full,pp_image] It’s not every day that I find a product that threatens to completely change an entrenched, mass-market segment. Perhaps the Kindle and the iPhone are two recent examples, but in mass market terms those two devices are oddities, two exquisite outliers that will change the way we read and make phone calls in the years to come but in terms… Read More

  • Brits go online while watching TV. Duh.

    I don’t know about you but if I ever watch TV I really just can’t sit there without having a laptop open. It would just be so boring otherwise. I love reading plots for films on Wikipedia instead of having to sit through the whole thing. Yes, I’m odd like that. So I am not surprised that the image of passive TV viewer is fading fast, with much of the population going online… Read More

  • Riding Up the Hudson With a Dash GPS On My Dash

    Last weekend, I went for a drive with my wife up the Hudson River. Well, she was driving. I was playing with the new Dash Express GPS navigation system. The Dash is not perfect, but it holds a lot of promise. (See CrunchGear’s review). It was able to pinpoint a hard-to-find home on a country road. And it let me toggle between a 2-D and 3-D view, bleating out in a computerized… Read More

  • Roll up, get your Olympic Torch Facebook app

    Assuming you can get over China’s appalling treatment of democracy protesters in Tibet, you’re about to get the chance to win two tickets to the Olympics in Beijing this year just by adding a Facebook application. Yay. The Samsung Virtual Torch Relay app allows users to pass their own torch to other users, hence creating their own little bit of Olympic history. Samsung are one… Read More

  • Slice and Dice Online Videos with Omnisio

    Even though video has become a popular internet pastime over the past few years, there’s still a very little that average people can do with it. They can watch it, comment on it, and embed it on social networks and blogs if it tickles their fancies. Oh, and they can create it…but the majority of them won’t bother. Omnisio wants to provide more options for us less creative types. Read More

  • YouTube Now Offering Video Statistics

    Google has announced that YouTube users will now have access to in depth statistics for their videos. Stats include how often videos are viewed in different geographic regions and how popular they are relative to all videos in that market over a given period of time. The lifecycle of videos is tracked, including how long it takes for a video to become popular, and what happens to video views… Read More

  • BeInSync Acquired by Phoenix Technologies for $25M

    BeInSync, an Israeli startup that provides software for the synchronization of files across computers and access them while on the road, has been acquired by Phoenix Technologies for an undisclosed amount (first reported here in Hebrew), although we’ve heard from a source that it went for $25M. The four and a half year old startup had previously raised $8M in two rounds from Alta… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: WoW Patch 2.4 now live: There's a new island to explore

    [photopress:wow24.jpg,full,center] A day late and several thousand experience points short, I forgot to mention that World of Warcraft Patch 2.4.0 went live yesterday. Compared to the previous release, 2.3.0, this latest upgrade doesn’t seem as significant, though it still adds a decent amount of new content. There’s a whole new island to explore, for one. The Isle of… Read More

  • Adobe Unveils Webtop Version of Photoshop. Picnik Is Not Scared.

    As I alluded to in an earlier post, online photo-editing applications keep getting better as the competition heats up between startups like Picnik and FotoFlexer. Today, a very large competitor, Adobe, is entering the market by releasing a Web-based version of Photoshop for editing pictures called Photoshop Express. It is in public beta and anyone can sign up. Photoshop Express is by no… Read More

  • Blu-ray is not dead, says THX

    The headline on my previous post regarding an interview with THX chief scientist Laurie Fincham was misleading. Fincham doesn’t actually state that Blu-ray is dead, rather, just that optical media, in general, is on a slippery slope. Here’s what THX PR Manager Graham McKenna had to say, “THX recognizes the quality and benefits that the Blu-ray HD format brings to the home… Read More

  • Phishing Scam Targeting Facebook Users

    We’ve had two separate reader reports of a Phishing Scam targeting Facebook users. The scam involves a notice appearing on the wall of user profiles as a message from a friend, saying “Hey, I got a new facebook account. Im going to delete this one, so add my new profile” then with a link that appears to be a link to the new profile. The actual link goes to a URL on… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: Five cool devices running embedded Linux that you aren't using

    [photopress:five1.jpg,full,center] As previously mentioned in this week’s Orientation, Linux is not limited to just desktops. It’s far reaching, actually. Not that you’d have a Terminal app on it or anything, but you could. Some of you may have a mobile phone running Linux and you probably don’t even know it. The most popular phone in the world runs Unix. Read More

  • Little By Little, Google Docs Gets More Office Like

    Google has replaced function tabs on Google Docs with drop down menus. Spotted by the ever vigilant Philipp Lenssen, the new drop down menus join the new Google Docs Toolbar added in February. Combined the service now looks more and more like Microsoft Office (pre 2007) and is no doubt being implemented by Google to make the service more familiar to Microsoft Office users in its push to grow… Read More

  • The random endorsement, All About Linux 2008 edition: Open Source Software

    [photopress:endorse032608.jpg,full,right] Continuing with this week’s festival do Linux, I’ll be endorsing open source software today. Not so random, no. Only software that’s free as in freedom has been considered; freeware that I can’t futz around with the source code, not that I would know what to do, rightly, was ignored. Devastating, yes. This endorsement is a twofer. Read More

  • Two new speakerdocks from iHome look very nice

    [photopress:ihome2.jpg,full,center] The people at iHome make some of the more attractive iPod accessories around. There are a gazillion docks out there, but most are made from cheapish plastics and look like a cyborg threw up. The iH69 speaker system from iHome does not. The attractive, slim stereo speakers feature a dock for your favorite iPod and include a minimalist remote control. These… Read More

  • Xbox Live owners getting content re-licensed to new Xboxes

    [photopress:xbox_360_red_ring_of_death.jpg,full,center] The Consumerist is reporting that Microsoft is making good on re-licensing downloadable content for Xbox 360 owners who got replacement machines. Finally. At issue is the fact that the Xbox Marketplace’s content is tied to each Xbox’s serial number. When you make a purchase the Marketplace checks your serial number and generates… Read More

  • AT&T's Pogo Web Browser

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/782432&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ Just got a chance to see AT&T’s latest product — a web browser called Pogo. That’s right: the folks that brought us the iPhone and… Read More

  • Verizon pushing FCC to treat all TV suppliers equally

    [photopress:fiostv_multi.jpg,full,center] Verizon’s petitioning the FCC to make it easier for customers locked into cable monopolies to leave in favor of similar services offered by ISPs, such as Verizon itself. Verizon, AT&T, and others offer TV via data, an alternative to cable, and Verizon feels that customers much jump through too many hoops to switch as it is. In essense… Read More

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