• Accessing Hulu, Pandora And Other Sites From Outside Of the United States

    I can remember when OpenHulu launched thinking that the name was nearly false advertising; essentially it provided access to Hulu content away from Hulu, but only to those in the United States. Veoh and MSN have since followed suit and provide Fox and NBC content from Hulu on their sites, but like OpenHulu it still remains IP blocked to those outside of the United States (and possibly… Read More

  • Super Bowl Tickets At A Fraction Of The Price: Super Deal Or Super Swindle?

    The world of secondary tickets for sporting events, shows and concerts is murky at its best, and downright fraudulent at its worst. I have first hand knowledge of this industry and wrote about it a year ago. A lot of cash changes hands, making accounting difficult and tax evasion a competitive necessity for ticket brokers that want to stay ahead. A common practice among brokers is to sell a… Read More

  • Not at CES: Perpetual Motion!

    Dimly lit room? Check! Old man’s voice? Check! Magnets? Check! Fakery? You betcha. Bonus: Check out the Digg thread to watch the nerdery pick this mess apart. Read More

  • Wowwee: Really freaking cool this year

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    Tribot love Chunk! Wowwee’s new robots — the Roomba-like Rovio and the Robio-Sapien-like Tribot — are built on the same 3-wheel model. The Rovio has built-in GPS and webcam while the Tribot runs around looking cute. The Tribot is $99.99 — amazingly cheap for such impressive tech — and the Rovio is unannounced. Presumably it… Read More

  • Advertlets Joins The Deadpool, Or Maybe Just Forgets To Renew Their Domain Name

    Asian blog advertising network Adverlets is down for the count today, although we’re not 100% sure whether this is a deadpool entry or simply forgetfulness.

    Edward Khoo emailed us to let us know that the Advertlets.com domain had expired and was currently showing a holding page. Other blogs are reporting ongoing issues with Adverlets leading up to today. We last mentioned Advertlets in… Read More

  • TechMeme On Fast Forward

    http://www.labnol.org/assets/flash-video/labnol-flvplayer.swf Amit Agarwal at Labnol created a video that shows an image of the TechMeme home page taken page every five minutes. 500 screen shots total are shown over a fifty hour period, sped up so that it all fits in a 50-second video. See how headlines develop, grow and eventually shrink over time. A high res version is here. CrunchBase… Read More

  • Quick look at the SPOT communicator

    The SPOT is a handheld GPS device that communicates via satellite to call for help or just check in with loved ones. The orange device reports your current position and lets you map your trek on Google Maps when you get back to civilization. The little device is actually pretty cool and comes in blaze orange for hunters and hikers. We’ll have a full hands on later but until then it… Read More

  • Kucinich Banned By ABC, Talks To TechCrunch (sort of)

    Well, I thought we had a really interesting interview on our hands. Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich was banned from the ABC/Facebook presidential debates tonight because he didn’t have enough support in the polls. But he is an exciting candidate anyway – he speaks his mind, he’s got a lot of support on the Internet and tends to, like Mike Gravel, stir things up in his… Read More

  • Vestalife Ladybug: A thing to put your iPod into

    [photopress:IMG_0313.JPG,full,center] Tweens will be pleased by the Vestalife Ladybug, wee speaker system that closes up into a sexy little ball. Not to be outdone, the Butterfly has a removable faceplate and made me cry. Read More

  • The Vamp: Scary outdoor bat robot

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    From the makers of the Mosquito comes the Vamp, a scary-looking bat robot with an ugly carapace that can fly around inside and outside. It should be available now and costs about $40. Compacted into a 12” wingspan, the i-Fly VAMP™ is the world’s smallest R/C ornithopter, all
    the while maintaining pure flying control in both indoor and… Read More

  • Logitech's CES cavalcade: New Harmony Remote, Squeezebox lead the day

    [photopress:diNovoMini_TOP_OPEN.jpg,full,center] Logitech just announced five new products including an impressively updated Harmony remote, the One, and a new Squeezebox. Take, for example, this weird thing. The diNovo Mini is a mini keyboard for gamers. It includes a little touchpad and works with most media center PCs. It uses Bluetooth 2.0 to connect to most desktops. $149.99 in January Read More

  • Please Leave Scoble Alone

    1938media captures the spirit (video above) of a week where Robert Scoble took on Facebook and lost, caused a Plaxo Flub then got reinstated and sparked a new debate on data portability. You have to hand it to Robert, there’s rarely a dull moment…well most of his non-live videos aside. He’ll certainly be a handful for Fast Company when he starts there later this month. Read More

  • Andreessen Responds On Ning Porn: It's About Being Pro-Freedom

    Following a day or two of discussion as to whether white label social networking provider Ning was seeing most of its traffic due to porn, founder Marc Andreessen has posted a response. Andreessen argues that Ning isn’t pro-porn, but pro-feedom, going on to say that “we think a better approach is to let people fundamentally do what they want, as long as it isn’t illegal… Read More

  • Obama Surges, Online And Off

    Senator Obama soundly beat Senator Clinton in the Iowa Caucuses last week. And he maintains an impressive lead in most online statistics as well. He has 212,000 MySpace friends, 50,000 more than any other candidate (and he’s added 5,000 more in the last day or so). He won the MySpace New Year’s Poll with 46% of the Democrat vote. Senator Clinton took second with just 31%. People… Read More

  • Leaked: Nokia E71 pics, specs

    [photopress:e71leak.jpg,full,center] The successor to the E61, specs and pics of the Nokia E71 have leaked. Right now, it’s pegged to come with GPS, Wi-Fi, and plenty-fast HSDPA capabilities, as well as a 3.2-megapixel camera, which isn’t too bad for a phone. (I’ve become a photography snob over the last few months, so I couldn’t give a damn about built-in cellphone… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Zeetoo has gathered $6.9 million of venture capital to launch the Zeemote as a consumer product. The Zeemote is a small handheld controller that communicates with your mobile phone via Bluetooth and has the look of the Nunchuks that are used with Nintendo’s Wii console. You won’t be able to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Train Time Edition

    Man follows GPS directions onto train tracks, car destroyed
    Hot new tube amp for iPod looks great, but how does it sound?
    Papercraft Bumblebee made of KFC buckets: I want one!
    Breaking: Warner Bros. jumps ship, Blu-ray all the way
    Sennheiser releases first untethered Kleer wireless earbuds Read More

  • Is Twitter really costing $14 billion in lost productivity?

    In a brilliant piece of deduction, Pat Phelan and Florian Seroussi of telco startup Maxroam estimate on their blog that time spent on Twitter will cost $13.5bn in lost productivity 2008. How did they reach this eye-watering figure? Reversing the normal question ‘what are Twitter’s costs’ to ‘what’s the cost of Twitter’ Phelan and Seroussi got out the calculator. Read More

  • Crumpler's Regifting Day

    Even though “Seinfeld” has been off the air for over nine years, I still reference it quite a bit. Who doesn’t celebrate Festivus or quietly chant “serenity now”? I find myself telling friends and family, ‘no soup for you’, all the time. Did you know that of the 60 million Seinfeld earned this year most of it came from royalties? “Seinfeld”… Read More

  • TI DLP's DualView. What IS it?


    We have received word of a new display technology to be demonstrated at CES. It’s called DualView, and it apparently “it allows two opponents to view their action in full screen rather than a split playing screen.” Well, if you are playing online that is not usually a problem, but same-TV deathmatch has had this problem for years in games like Goldeneye and Mario Kart, not… Read More

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