• The Future of Web Apps – registration open Monday

    The Future of Web Apps (UK), run by Carson Workshops, will open for registration this Monday. To avoid disappointment I would book early there are already around 100 people on Upcoming.org eager to register. This years confirmed speakers (so far) include: Mike Arrington – TechCrucnch Danny Rimer – Index Ventures Rasmus Lerdorf – Creator of PHP Werner Vogels – CTO… Read More

  • More secret Skype emoticons

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  • AMD 4×4 Platform Ain't Cheap

    At a company event in Munich, AMD finally released some information about its new 4×4 platform. Launching November 14, there will be three separate processors: The 2.6 GHz FX-72, 2.8GHz FX- 74 and 3.0GHz FX-76. AMD also talked about the price points of the new platform, stating that entry-level chips will be starting around $1000. It looks like the days of a high-end gaming PC selling… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 Media Playback Problems

    While the rest of us have to camp out in the cold for a few days to get a PlayStation 3 next week, the hippies over at Gizmodo got their hands on a console and tested out its media playback compatibilities. Photo wise, it looks like PS3 can only do JPG files. Music wise, the PS3 can playback ATRAC, MP3, AAC, MPEG-4 and Sony’s own music format. Gizmodo had some trouble getting the PS3 to… Read More

  • Google Checkout Rolling Out Features and Waiving Fees

    Google seems to be pretty serious about their little PayPal killer, and is releasing a steady stream of new features that appear to be addressing merchant needs. This is a product that we’ve been using steadily since launch to bill event sponsors. It’s had some hiccups, particuarly around some overly aggressive fraud controls that cancelled a bunch of transactions, but overall… Read More

  • The YourMinis Do-It-All Flash Homepage

    YourMinis is a Flash-based customizable homepage product that will compete for users with a number of similar products that use Ajax – Netvibes, Pageflakes, Google, Live.com and more. This was launched by a startup called Goowy, which created a flash-based productivity suite (email, calendar, IM, etc.) last year – see here for our Goowy coverage. Goowy CEO Alex Bard gave me a demo… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Bullet Train Beach Edition

    Here are some of Friday’s big stories, including a new CrunchGear contest! All Aboard The Wii Train
    Computer Beach Party
    ScottEVest Secret Sale
    GlobalStar GSP-1700: Not Your Parent’s Satellite Phone
    Seattle Readers! Show Us Love and You Could Win: A Zune! A Belkin Case! And Tickets for Secret Machines + Blonde Redhead! And Breakfast with Secret Machines! Read More

  • A Commercial Break…

    Thank you to all of our readers and sponsors! We have a quick favor to ask everyone – if you have a second, please fill out this survey by one of our advertisers, Symantec. This month’s sponsors include: TheFind – They are a new shopping search engine. They search and rank over 150 million products based on relevance and price. Their grid search layout allows you to peruse… Read More

  • If you want to partner with Microsoft … look here.

    I met up with some of the Microsoft UK based “Emerging Business Team” (EBT) this week. One of the topics of discussion was around how Microsoft could work closer with the UK web entrepreneur community? I mentioned that the recent visit of Steve Ballmer and the Microsoft  Digital Day had by-passed most of us currently starting new web companies and had wondered who this day… Read More

  • Not in Seattle? Still Want a Zune? No Problem. Beg.

    So if you don’t live in Seattle, or can’t reasonably be there by Monday morning, don’t fret, we’ve got your back. In addition to our Super Zune Sweepstakes thing, we have one Zune and one Belkin Folio Kickstand Case for Zune to give away to anyone in the States. Winning is simple. All you have to do is beg. That’s right, beg. Send us an email begging for a… Read More

  • Amazon to Sell Xbox 360 for $100

    Rumor has it that Amazon will soon be selling an Xbox 360 bundle for $100. This would be a significant markdown, as the regular Core System goes for $299.99, while the Premium Package goes for $399.99. The holiday promotion package is said to include the Xbox 360 Core System and possibly other accessories. Perhaps Amazon will be pairing Core Systems with 20GB hard drives in order to make room… Read More

  • 1videoConference: Free, Open Source Web Conferencing for Your Domain

    1videoConference is a free web conferencing tool in alpha stage that’s burning up the charts on Sourceforge. Like the previously profiled DimDim, it’s software you download and install on your server. It’s designed to be folded into your domain just like your other web pages. Site administrators can then invite users to participate in a video, voice, text chat and… Read More

  • BBC Backstage Christmas Blog – Sign up open now

    There is a BBC Backstage Christmas Party being organised by Ian Forrester (the serial geek event organiser) at the Cuban Bar on Saturday 9th December in London. The event is free due the support of yet to be announced sponsors. Although I can confirm that TechCrunch is one of them ;-) I think Ian has come up with a great idea and I can’t wait for the evening. Below is how Ian describes… Read More

  • Sony NW-S705 Actually Worth Checking Out


    Sony, for however much I love its designs, has remained at the bottom of the digital-audio-player heap, at least in this country. And Sony probably doesn’t deserve to have a hit of any kind at this point, but I’m kind of excited about the NW-S705 after reading the CNET Asia review of it. The 2GB Network Walkman is of course shiny and pretty with an OLED screen with a… Read More

  • Live Nintendo Wii Demo

    If you haven’t yet gotten a chance to check out a Nintendo Wii in action, now is the time to get to it! With the console releasing next Sunday, you’re probably wondering if it’ll live up to all the hype. GameSpot is doing a live hands-on demonstration of the Nintendo Wii. And yes, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will be featured prominently. So check it out! Live Nintendo… Read More

  • Amazon To Sell Xbox 360 for $100?

    If you are thinking of buying an Xbox 360 in the next few days, don’t. We’ve gotten information that Amazon may be putting the $300 Xbox 360 bundle on sale for $100 in the next week or so as a promotional move for the holiday season. We don’t know if this will be limited to the Xbox or will include other items, or exactly how many will be put on sale – but it came from… Read More

  • All Aboard The Wii Train

    The above Nintendo Wii peripheral is a new controller that goes with Taito’s train simulation game. We haven’t heard too much about this game, so we can’t say if the controller will have any kind of motion sensing capabilities, though, I hope it does. The controller carries the same clean look of the Nintendo DS-Lite (which is cool), and you can’t help but like the… Read More

  • UPDATE: UK Firefox 2 Launch & Birthday Party!!

    The Firefox party in London has now been rescheduled for “Friday December 1st, 2006, 6pm until 10pm – Free Drinks & Snacks – then cash bar from 10pm until late. The new venue is: The Lane Bar, 12-20 Osborn St (continues into Brick Lane), London,E1 6TE and the nearest Tube is: Aldgate East If you are interested to come along please register here and/or hereĀ  places… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 Launch In Japan

    In Japan, the masses have formed for the launch of the Sony PlayStation 3. Keep in mind Japan only has 80,000 PS3 units available for gamers, so it looks like there are going to be a many, many disappointed Japanese gamers. Gamers are also sitting outside of stores that have posted signs saying that they’re sold out of PlayStation 3 consoles—now that is some serious dedication… Read More

  • Cell Phone Detox Contest: Day 03

    Well it’s day three of Biggsies’ cell phone detox, and he seems to have taken a turn for the worse. He’s got a fever of 103 and he’s downing Nyquil (during the day!) in a futile attempt to induce a coma and sleep his way through the remaining 27 days. If you think all that sounds fun, you’re in luck, because you can join in from home. Simply hop on your web cam… Read More

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