• Canceling Music Services 101

    Eliot Van Buskirk was sick — sick! — of paying for music download services. Now that Amazon is DRM-free and offers lots of music, he decided to cancel all of his music subscriptions. Yahoo was the easiest at about 1 minute but it took him 30 minutes to cancel Napster and 10 minutes to cancel Rhapsody. This reminds me of trying to cancel my XBox Live and MS SPOT subscriptions. Read More

  • SCO gets delisted

    Oh, how far the mighty have fallen. If you remember, SCO was patent trolling back in the day over UNIX and Linux. They sued a number of folks, including IBM, and then sunk into the muck of late, losing cash as it went. In short, they were suing everybody who looked at their code wrong, ensuring a steady stream of work for their in-house lawyers. Now, however, their hard work has paid off… Read More

  • Boston gets cellphone reception on T, thinks Yankees suck

    One of InSite’s cellular repeaters. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon are now offering cellular reception in T tunnels in downtown Boston, ensuring that your once-quiet ride will be interrupted by the loud, nasal squawking of a died-in-the-wool Southie or the charming, JFK-esque inflection of a member of the New England gentry. A company called InSite installed and will maintain the… Read More

  • Women can't fly ships!

    Ignoring the crazy animation and gimpy storyline, feel free to fast forward for a bit of olde time 60s sexism. via BB Read More

  • Test driving Amazon's MP3 store

    So now that Warner Music is on Amazon, I thought it might be a good idea to give their download service a whirl. I’m a Mac man, so these screenshots are all OS X. However, the process should be the same for Windows. Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Research from Frank N. Magid associates has found that a majority of cell phone users don’t play mobile games. I know how ridiculous that sounds but the evidence is in. Over 80% of Internet users, ages 12 to 64, own a cell phone or PDA but only a little over 10% of this population played a mobile game… Read More

  • A Sad Milestone: AOL To Discontinue Netscape Browser Development

    Please observe a moment of silence for the Netscape browser. Netscape Navigator, the browser that launched the commercial Internet in October 1994, will die on February 1, 2008. AOL, which acquired Netscape in November 1998 for $4.2 billion, will announce today that they will discontinue development of the browser, currently on version 9. In an email exchange yesterday with Tom Drapeau… Read More

  • Need a Baby Name? Nymbler Has A Hunch About What You Might Like.

    Any parent knows how hard picking a name for a baby can be. The Web makes it easier to research names, but the majority of baby-naming sites simply overwhelm you with too many choices. You can check out the most popular baby names in the U.S., map those names around the world, look to celebrity baby names for inspiration, or even graph a given name’s popularity over time. My wife and… Read More

  • Here Comes The Google Mafia

    As Googlers get long in the tooth and their stock options fully vest, some are hanging up their employee badges and giving up the free food at the Google cafeteria to try their hand as venture capitalists and angel investors. (That is, if Facebook doesn’t nab them first). Just like the Paypal Mafia before them (Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, Max Levchin, Chad Hurley and Steve… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone makes AFI Significance List

    Each year the American Film Institute (AFI) votes on “moments of significance”. A 13 member jury (which includes film scholars, artists and critics) vote on seven events that affected “the world of moving image” over the past year. The iPhone made the list this year. AFI says the iPhone is a “symbol of the exploding on-demand culture.” The device, which… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Action! Edition

    Video: Syoban Action! Super Mario Bros. (as played if you’re tripping balls)
    Hairy DIY mouse responds to your caress
    MPillow: mood-setting part pillow, part speaker
    The Apple Store success story, deconstructed Read More

  • T-Mobile keeps on giving

    No disrespect to the original, but BHIC does a damn good job here. Give it a minute before you hit the jump for the one and only. Looking to switch carriers? T-mobile near the top of the list? Well, the deal just got sweeter because they’re waiving the $35 activation fee for n00bs until the end of the year. So scoot on over to your local store or check out the site. The Curve, Sidekick… Read More

  • Wal-Mart Shuts Movie Download Service, Offers SEM Services Instead

    Wal-Mart shut its movie download service on December 21st, but until today no one noticed. The service was launched in February with all the major film studios providing content; at the time Michael wrote that it was an extremely crowded and competitive space however “Wal-mart will bail out of markets that they can’t dominate,” he was right. Wal-Mart’s Video… Read More

  • Update: GPS-tracked Baby Jesus recovered!

    Remember a few days ago we brought you news of the small town in Florida that was affixing GPS units to members of its nativity scene because people kept stealing Baby Jesus? As it turns out, someone did steal Baby Jesus, and the cops got her. Moral of the story: Read CrunchGear more often, Danielle Santino of Wellington, FL. Read CrunchGear more often. GPS Used To Recover Stolen Baby Jesus… Read More

  • Bunchball: Cross-Platform, Real-Time Games. A Sign of Social Networking's Future?

    With the emergence of cross-social-network developer platforms (first Google’s OpenSocial and then Bebo’s Facebook clone) comes the possibility for applications to connect people across social networks, thereby blurring the lines that designate where one social graph ends and another begins. Out of the handful of applications on Bebo’s private (and soon-public) platform… Read More

  • Pantech's "Romantic Wave" – a good phone for your significant other

    Feeling loverly? This cute little phone would go great with that purse, although if your girlfriend is a gearhead she may be disappointed. But who can resist that little pink jewel? Every time you send, it’s like a baby Rudolph is giving your thumb an Eskimo kiss. The only stat I could gleam was that the thing only has a 1.3-megapixel camera, so despite having a price tag topping $400… Read More

  • Video: Syoban Action! Super Mario Bros. (as played if you're tripping balls)

    I can only guess that when Super Mario eats too much pizza, his dreams look more like this than Super Mario Bros. 2. I don’t know what’s going on here, but it gets better and better as it goes on. I really want to play this game. It’s times like this I wish I’d payed better attention in Japanese class, but it has something to do with Syobon Action. Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    While the rest of you were out caroling, the pagans at CG were reporting on the good stuff that comes with the season. Toshiba and Sharp are getting friendly and teaming up on LCD components, and just yesterday the first Comcast + TiVo services were rolled out. We got six kinds of nasty with the new Helio Mysto, and set off a flame-war over whether the iPhone was a smartphone or not. On the ho… Read More

  • Hairy DIY mouse responds to your caress

    This unholy union of wiimote and tribble looks to be a pretty relaxing way to move your cursor around, but somehow I don’t see it catching on in the mainstream. All you need to do is cannibalize a normal optical mouse, make sure it’s got batteries and a “hull” and you run your thumb over the sensor, making for a sort of optical trackball. Looks pretty weird, but it… Read More

  • Samsung's got a 31-inch OLED display for you

    The arms race has begun. Sony unveiled a 27-inch prototype last month, and Samsung decided it had better get in on the game. They say the screen they’ve created is 4.3mm thick, which is kind of ridiculous, and uses up half the juice as an LCD screen the same size. They’ll be displaying it at CES, and you can bet your sweet hiney we’ll be getting a few snaps of that thing.

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