• Back to School 2007: Pre-School Tech

    Kids need a lot of gear. Before Child — Kasper is now 20 months, BTW, and just starting pre-pre-school — we used to travel with a backpack and a flask of whiskey. Now, we travel with 5 bottles of milk (great fun with the TSA), 20 diapers, and 50 stuffed animals… and that’s just for a walk around the block. That said, let’s take a look at some of the gadgetry little… Read More

  • Amazon Animosity

    Ever order something Online because it’s a great value, only to discover that, for all the resulting grief, you would have been better off just purchasing it in a store? That’s the experience I’m having right now. With Amazon of all places. That’s right, Amazon.com, that great bright beacon of modern commerce has left an $1,800 TV order in complete and utter ruin. Read More

  • Plantronics Announces World's First…

    Mono-to-stereo convertible Bluetooth headset with noise reduction. I don’t like Bluetooth headsets as most of you know, but the Voyager 855 is a different breed that even makes me want to see what they’re all about. I’ve got some music phones lying around and the noise reduction feature thanks to AudioIQ DSP certainly seems like an outstanding characteristic. Sure it’s… Read More

  • Scanned: One Of The Best Nintendo Power Issues Ever

    Do you remember where you were when the issue of Nintendo Power featuring the new TMNT game and the Ninja Gaiden 2 review showed up at your house? It was late spring 1989 when this gem appeared in my mailbox. I remember reading it over and over and over again and I believe I actually held on to it for years. It’s been scanned cover to cover; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Gaiden… Read More

  • Five Free iPhone Unlocks from CrunchGear and WirelessImports

    We just got off the phone with iPhone Unlock salespeople WirelessImports and we have five free unlocks for CrunchGear and TechCrunch readers. How can you win one? Enter our Steve Jobs look-alike contest. Take your – or a friend’s, loved one’s, or sig other’s – picture in a black turtleneck and jeans and send it to contest@crunchgear.com with the subject line… Read More

  • More Money For Product Reviews; PowerReviews Lands $15 Million

    On the heels of Bazaarvoice raising an $8.8 million series B, competitor PowerReviews has just raised $15 million, adding to the $6.25 million they raised in late 2005. The round was led by Lehman Brothers Venture Partners along with current investors Menlo Ventures and Draper Richards. Since its launch in April 2007, the number of reviews and products offered on Buzzilions.com has tripled. Read More

  • CrunchBoard Jobs

    Here are some of the most recent CrunchBoard job posts. Senior Web Designer at IAC/Dow Jones Venture in New York, New York. Senior Software Development Engineer in Test” at Zillow in Seattle, WA. Manager, Technology at Walt Disney Internet Group – Parks and Resorts Online in Glendale, CA. Senior Software Engineer at Mobile Startup at Skydeck in San Mateo… Read More

  • Apple Offering $7000 Refund To Early Adopters

    …of the original Apple Lisa. One of Apple’s first computers with a GUI and a mouse, the Lisa sold for $9995 back in 1983. Later that year, the Macintosh debuted for a paltry $2495 and ever since then, Steve Jobs has felt stricken with guilt: “I’ve felt bad about people who bought the Lisa for a long time. Anybody who bought one of the first Apple Lisas really got… Read More

  • Social mobile app wins $13m financing

    GeoSentric, a developer of GPS-linked social networking technology, has today secured $13.1 million in an round led by Horizon Group and Schroders Private Bank. It has a consumer proposition called GyPSii which uses geo-location software to connect people to people, and people to places. GyPSii is currently in pre-launch mode. GeoSentric will use the funds to expand its marketing and sales… Read More

  • Controversey Erupts Over Anti-Islam Facebook Group

    Oh, uh, controversy on Facebook. It seems a few people started a foul-mouthed anti-Islam group and that has the rest of the site up in arms. Search for F— Islam and you’ll find dozens of protest groups—F—the people who started F— Islam. Scholarly debate, all of it. That Facebook accidentally deleted the founder’s account is sorta suspect. The… Read More

  • Record Labels Set To Debut "Ringles"

    It appears that the record industry is finally realizing the CD won’t last another 10 years. In a desperate move to drive sales up and profit from new Top 40 singles, major labels will release “ringles” upon the world. These “ringles” are a combination of a CD single and a ringtone packaged together for an inexpensive price. Sources say that a ringle will cost… Read More

  • PS3 Price Drop, New 40GB Coming For Holidays

    The holiday season is the best time to shop isn’t it? I know a lot of parents out there have kids who’ve been begging them for a next-gen console. Heck, even I’ve been asking my parents to buy me one. So let’s hope this rumor is true regarding the PS3. An informant for Opposable Thumbs has the inside scoop that the 80GB model will drop down to the somewhat acceptable… Read More

  • Back to School 2007: Real College Studentâ„¢ "Brian"

    A few weeks ago I asked “real college students” to tell us what gets them “all up their grills” when they go out to have the “party” in their “hoods.” We got a few interesting responses, including this one from Brian, a Computer Engineering major at NCSU. He even has a Unix sysadmin blog, which makes him extra cool. Here are his picks. My… Read More

  • Apple Announces One Millionth iPhone Sold

    Wow that was fast. Not as fast as Bungie selling one million copies of Halo 3, but that’s considerably cheaper. Just 74 days into its reign the Apple iPhone has made its way into one million hands. That’s pretty darn good considering it took them almost two years to sell a million iPods. Press Release Read More

  • Back To School 2007: Speak of the Devil! A Cheap MP3 Player That Probably Doesn't Sound Like Crap

    I remember my days back in college when MP3 players were a rare sight on campus and people actually spoke to one another during breaks. Then the iPod became all the rage and everyone stopped talking to each other and just bobbed their heads while walking on campus. I was too poor have one of my own, so I looked like a chump and the ladies did not come flocking. Kids in school have it easier… Read More

  • Japanese Book Explains Why PS3 'Failed'

    Plenty of folks are acting like the PS3 has sentenced Sony to financial ruin. Not this guy though, a Japanese video game journalist whose book Why Did The PS3 Fail? explores the steps and missteps that lead to Sony where it finds itself today: the butt of every 14-year-old message board poster’s joke. Yeah the book’s in Japanese, meaning that I’ll never get to read it… Read More

  • Skype Worm On The Loose

    Heads up, Skype users. Seems there’s a P2P worm that’s working its way through the chat feature. It appears as a link from someone in your contact list or possibly an unknown user. It’ll look like a JPEG file but when you click on it you’ll get a dialog asking you to run or save a “.scr” file. If you run it, jump back Jack. You’ve just been infected… Read More

  • In the Year 2000

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=4796674762025998102&hl=en It’s a little dopey, but this is probably one of the best “The Home of the Future” videos I’ve seen in a while. Sure, they got the implementation wrong, but this was made in 1966 and they’ve got email, multiple screens, and bill-paying (it’s a bit misogynist in the video, but you… Read More

  • Bad Parenting At Its Best

    See that dopegasm cake above? The one with the fake money rolled up and twisted into the sides. The one with the dude holding a gat in a wife beater. The one that says “Happy 4th Birthday Lil’ Drerrick”. Last I checked, four-year-olds should not be playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. I bet that cake is really delicious though. Via [OK Future] Read More

  • Belkin Continues to Support Boobs

    In its charge to be the most boob-friendly company in the Silicon Valley, Belkin has announced yet another pink product to benefit Breast Cancer research. Belkin today announced a handful of breast cancer aware, pink and brown cases for the iPod Nano. For each case sold, Belkin will donate $2.50 to (with a minimum guarantee donation of $255,000) support Komen for the Cure, the leading… Read More

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