• Meet Tom Lowe, The Filmmaker Who Talked Back To The Pirate Bay

    Meet Tom Lowe, The Filmmaker Who Talked Back To The Pirate Bay

    On June 6, 2012, filmmaker Tom Lowe found his film, Timescapes, on The Pirate Bay. His response wasn’t to sue the uploaders into oblivion. Instead, he wrote a simple note: Greetings. I am Tom Lowe, the person who spent two years of his life living out of a Toyota pickup truck to make this film. If you enjoy it, please consider buying a copy from our website at or at iTunes… Read More

  • With Angry Birds Merchandise, Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka Plans To Out Pirate The Pirates

    With Angry Birds Merchandise, Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka Plans To Out Pirate The Pirates

    As proven by the massive success of the Angry Birds plush line, the world has a hungry for real-world Angry Birds wares. No where is that more apparent than Beijing, where the halls of countless toy shops and electronics stores are filled foot to ceiling with sundry Bird-themed goods, from sweatshirts and jeans to candy and balloons. The catch? Rovio didn’t authorize any of it. Where… Read More

  • SXSWi 2010: Q&A with Gowalla Co-founder/CEO Josh Williams – Pt 1

    In an effort to sort out the state of the “Location War” going on here at SXSW Interactive 2010, I have been lucky enough to chat with several people behind the scenes of these mobile location based services. It’s funny to me calling the competition a “War” as everyone with whom I have spoken seems incredibly mellow and down-to-earth but there is a potential… Read More

  • An interview with famed comic artists Drew and Natalie Dee

    Idling in the CrunchGear chatroom the other day, John says to me, that’s John Biggs, he says, “Why don’t you interview that guy from Toothpaste for Dinner?” I says to John “Why?” and John says “He seems like a nice guy.” Who am I to argue with John? Plus, the guy from Toothpaste for Dinner lives in Columbus, which is where I live, so I sent the… Read More

  • Interview: Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo

    You may have caught our interview with Yamauchi-san as it streamed live (about 40 minutes in) on Saturday, but for your convenience I’ve pared it down and added in our non-live footage. At 24 minutes it’s quite a long interview (so no transcription ready yet, though I’ll add one eventually) but an interesting one. Among other things, we talked about his approach to… Read More

  • A look at how the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) is changing the world

    Volkswagen is taking great strides in making the roads safer and remove the dangerous fun from driving by developing fully autonomous vehicles. I had a chance to talk to Dr. Burkhard Huhnke, director of the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) about the future of the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) at Stanford University and how the technology developed there… Read More

  • Les Paul and the Tape Recorder

    This, my friends, is the dawn of electronic music. That wonky guy with a guitar is Les Paul and the interviewer is Alistair Cooke and most of the interview is a joke but the real magic comes at the end when he shows Cooke how to create a multitrack recording live, in real time. You try doing a 24-track song with two take recorders while wearing a constricting suit. It’s tough! Read More

  • Video Review: EVGA Interview

    I’m going to be kind here and say that EVGA Interview is an interesting product. It is a dual monitor system with two 17-inch screens attached to a base. It’s a good idea, it really is. I’m just concerned that $600 is a bit much to pay for two screens in this configuration. The trick here is that the screens turn over when you twist them into position. Want to show someone… Read More

  • The Song of the PowerSquid: The Inside Story of the Life of an Invention

    Hello, my name is Christopher Hawker. I am a professional inventor, specializing in innovative consumer products. My company is called Trident Design, LLC. I have developed many products in numerous industries and have over 20 products on the market. My most famous invention is the PowerSquid, a cephalopod-inspired power strip with outlets situated at the end of short cords, thereby… Read More

  • Interview: Greg Grunberg and August Trometer, founders of Yowza, action heroes

    Greg Grunberg and his partners August Trometer and Rick Yaeger have a successful iPhone App called Yowza – it’s basically a location-aware coupon app that gives you great deals at major merchants – and Greg plays Matt Parkman on NBC’s Heroes, a program I’m told is quite popular with a certain demographic. They are two very cool guys. I got a chance to talk to Greg… Read More

  • Interview: Reuben Langdon, motion capture artist for Avatar

    Reuben Langdon is a motion capture artist in motion pictures and games — you’ve probably directed his actions without knowing it in such games as Resident Evil 5 and Dead Rising. Most recently he’s been working on James Cameron’s epic CG film, Avatar. He took some time out of his busy backflipping schedule to talk to us about motion capture, having his own studio… Read More

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