• Got a new Apple? Time to get your firmware update on

    Unibody Macbooks and MacBook Pros, along with newer MacBook Airs, have gotten a firmware update from Apple, ostensibly addressing “stability issues.” I think they’re talking about that RAM thing because a firmware update isn’t going to change your 9600M’s faulty high-lead solder into eutectic. Oh yes I went there! Read More

  • Screw The Downturn. Accel Raises A Cool Billion In New Funds

    Twenty five year old venture capital firm Accel Partners is announcing two new funds today that add more than $1 billion to their war chest: Accel Growth Fund at $480 million and Accel London III at $525 million. The Growth Fund will focus on later stage investments information technology, internet, digital media, mobile, networking, software, and services. The London fund will continue to… Read More

  • Oppo's BDP-83 megaplayer gets more detailed

    We saw the Oppo DVD/Blu-Ray player at CEDIA in September, and it looked great then, but details were lacking. We’ve got a lot more information now, and this versatile media player and rescaler is looking to be a real beast. It’s got the latest Blu-Ray support, a sweet upscaling unit (the same found in the DVDO Edge), and support for DVD-Audio, SACD, and more legacy formats. Read More

  • Broadcast 2.0 and BBC's iPlayer

    “Broadcast 2.0”: a swanky new term for the convergence of Internet video and social media. BBC is working on integrating this idea into their iPlayer, launched a year ago in December 2007. Anthony Rose, head of the iPlayer online broadcasting project for the BBC, is working towards a social networking player where your friends are going to choose what you watch. Upcoming… Read More

  • Contest: Know your mobile trivia (or how to use Google)? Come win 50 bucks!

    Long story short, Virgin Mobile sent us an envelope full of $50 dollar gift cards, and we’re passing them on to our readers at a rate of one or two per day. (If you really want the whole back story, here you go.) The only catch is that they expire at the end of 2008, so if you nab one you’ll have to spend it quick. This is the second card we’ve given away so far. Find out how… Read More

  • iPhone gift cards could impact up to a million units

    Shaw Wu, analyst at Kaufman Bros., is anticipating iPhone sales of 6 million units for the December quarter, down from 6.9 million units sold in the previous quarter but in line with Wall Street’s expectations of between 5 and 7 million. However, this estimate doesn’t take into consideration the iPhone gift card available to purchase this holiday season. If you want to buy one, you… Read More

  • Marissa Mayer At Le Web: The (Almost) Complete Interview

    The video above shows twenty two minutes of my and Loic Le Meur’s half hour interview with Google’s Vice President of Search Product and User Experience Marissa Mayer at the Le Web conference in Paris on Wednesday afternoon. A spotty Internet connection led to some problems with the Ustream stream, but they were able to save most of the footage. Mayer announced that their… Read More

  • Next-gen Logitech gaming keyboard spied, looks hot

    Engadget China has discovered a picture of a new Logitech device called the G18 (?), apparently in the print publication Hello!. If I’m not mistaken, that’s a full-color LCD in the middle there, along with function keys on the left, a d-pad above the F4 key, and media keys along the top as well. Good lord, I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these things! That’s a… Read More

  • Review: Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro

    Quick Version: The QuickCam Vision Pro from Logitech is perhaps the easiest-to-use webcam I have seen in a while. There is no software required to run it, so you simply plug it in via the 6-ft USB cable, and you’re good to go. It works automatically with MSN Messenger, Yahoo, Skype, and other applications. Read More

  • Hard case and laptop stand combo looks practical

    I believe our own Greg described his laptop as a “ball-burner” recently, and I don’t think there is a more concise way to put the fact that modern portable computers get hot as the dickens — or hotter. These little Choiix cases are really aluminum shells held together with canvas edges, so your computer is protected within and once you bust it out, you’ve got a… Read More

  • No Zune phone at CES – alas

    I got all riled up last week about the possiblity — really, more of a hope than an expectation — that we might see a Zune phone revealed at CES. Deep down I think I knew I was talking a lot of nonsense, mainly because we know Microsoft isn’t going to abandon Windows Mobile all of a sudden, and we also know they’re planning on expanding Zune-related services to… Read More

  • Review: Microsoft Bluetrack Explorer mouse

    Microsoft’s latest revision to its flagship “Explorer” line of mice features the new “Bluetrack” technology, which Microsoft says will track on just about any surface, including many that have been problematic in the past. Is the Explorer all they say or should you save your money for a competitor? Read More

  • CrunchTime people! TechCrunchTalk & Party next week. Got your ticket? [Update: Now Sold Out!]

    UPDATE: This event is now entirely sold out. If you can’t make it follow Mike Butcher on Twitter and I’ll re-tweet the fact you have a ticket going spare. So next week we’re having an afternoon session of panel discussions exploring the startup scene in the new economic environment, with some of the leading entrepreneurs and VCs in Europe. Are we looking at tough times… Read More

  • Nvidia, AMD release new drivers

    AMD announced recently that they are releasing the next version of their Catalyst driver, 8.12. It’s currently available for download from their site. The new version of the driver includes speed increases for some of the most popular games, along with improved video transcoding and filters. On the other side of things, Nvidia’s new 180.84 beta drivers have been released in… Read More

  • Contest: $50 Giftcard Giveaway #2

    Long story short, Virgin Mobile sent us an envelope full of $50 dollar gift cards, and we’re passing them on to our readers. (If you really want the whole back story, here you go.) The only catch is that they expire at the end of 2008, so if you nab one you’ll have to spend it quick. This is the second one we’ve given away so far. As a bit of a bonus, we’re extending… Read More

  • Book-like Nintendo DS to get, you guessed it, books

    Turn the Nintendo DS sideways and then open it. It’s like a book! ROFL!!! They should totally make it so you could read books on it, but they should only make 100 books available at first and it should only be available in Britain– like so. Read More

  • Monster Cable outs the Beats by Dr. Dre LeBron James custom edition

    Monster Cable is out to make money with the Beats by Dr. Dre with another special edition. These cans are equipped the same innards of the standard black edition, but sport a custom LeBron James #23 paint job. Only 20 of these ‘phones have been made with 15 of ’em going to King James’ Cavalier teammates so chances are you will never, ever be able to rock these. Sorry. There… Read More

  • Yay? Blu-ray recorders now more popular than DVD recorders in Japan

    Blu-ray is now officially more popular than plain ol’ DVD in Japan. Wait, let me rephrase that: there are now more Blu-ray disc recorders in Japan than there are DVD recorders. More than 50 percent of disc recorders in Japan are now of the Blu-ray variety. Read More

  • Gmail Enables SMS Messaging From Chat

    Only a few days after the launch of its new task manager, Gmail has introduced a new feature allowing users to send free SMS messages through its integrated Chat. To activate the feature, visit the Gmail Labs page and scroll down until you see the appropriate listing (you may also want to activate a few of the other nifty features while you’re at it). To send a message, just type a… Read More

  • Review: Xbox 360 VGA HD AV cable, Viewsonic VX2240w LCD monitor

    I know, I know. The VGA HD AV cable has been out for three years, but I was in between TVs and only had a monitor to game on. I’ll keep this review short and sweet. Read More

  • Ha! Face! FTC seeks to permanently bar bullshit scareware marketing, freezes offenders’ assets

    According to the FTC, over a million – a million! – people have been tricked “into buying computer security products such as WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus,” through a tactic commonly known as scareware. Yes, those little boxes that pop up on just about every single non-technical computer user’s computer telling them that… Read More

  • Netflix yet to give out $1 million

    I always wondered how Netflix got so good at spoonfeeding me movies I might like. Back in 2006, Netflix announced a $1 million prize for the team that comes the closest to improve the Netflix recommendation system by 10 percent. No one has claimed the grand prize yet, but one team, “BellKor in Big Chaos,” came close with a 9.44% improvement.  Read More

  • The Shorty Awards Honor Twitter's Elite Tweets

    After my first few weeks on Twitter I quickly came to realize that most people are not nearly as interesting as they think they are – my Twitter feed was constantly inundated with tweets describing such mundane topics as my friends’ favorite day of the week and what they had for breakfast. But within this apparent pool of mediocrity I found a few gems – Twitter users who… Read More

  • How to play the Resident Evil 5 demo on your unmodded American Xbox 360

    Capcom released the demo for Resident Evil 5 last week in Japan, but did you know that you, the average American Xbox 360 owner, can play it right now? It’s extraordinarily easy, since all you need is a bank CD or DVD and the wherewithal to burn a data disc. Are you ready? Read More

  • Citysearch Vs. Yelp On The iPhone: Can You Tell Them Apart?

    Citysearch now has an iPhone app. It looks a lot like Yelp’s iPhone app, which came out two months ago looks and is currently the third most popular travel app (after Urbanspoon and Google Earth). Both tap into the iPhone’s GPS to let you find nearby restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, and stores. Both let you rate and review the places you visit. Both even share the exact… Read More

  • Sony's 240Hz HDTV – is it worth the extra grand?

    [image credit: CNET] The short answer is: almost certainly not. The benefits of a 120Hz refresh rate are pretty clear, but as I noted when Sony had people playing Gran Turismo at 240FPS, there is a point at which the human eye can no longer distinguish any difference. You’re getting seriously diminishing returns after 100-150Hz, but adding considerably to cost. Not only that, but… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: hhgregg accepting Circuit City gift cards through February

    Electronics retailer hhgregg will now accept Circuit City gift cards through Super Bowl Sunday, 2009. The small print is that the cards can only be applied to 20% of the total purchase price and they cannot be used online. Other than that, go at it. If you have some Circuit City gift cards laying around and nothing to spend them – or your local Circuit City closed shop – head on… Read More

  • Last Call For Those Crunchies Nominations

    The Crunchies awards are right around the corner. Who will be named the Best Startup of 2008? The Best CEO? The Best app? The Best mobile? The Most Likely to Make the World a Better Place? You have until midnight PT tonight to enter your nominations. There are 15 different startup and product categories. Who is worthy of consideration? After nominations close tonight, we will sift… Read More

  • Review: Dirt Devil AccuCharge 15.6 Volt Stick Vac

    Short Version: The Dirt Devil AccuCharge 15.6 Volt Stick Vac is a powerful, cordless, rechargeable vacuum cleaner that really, really sucks. It’s priced quite nicely at $65.99, too. Read More

  • D400 Rumor: too good to be true?

    That repository for all things both shadowy and Nikon-related, Nikon Rumors, has posted an anonymous tip they got concerning possible specs for the Nikon D400. The rumors have been a bit irresponsible concerning this camera, endowing it with two sensors, GPS, and multi-touch. The truth is probably a little more like these specs seem to indicate: a really sweet $2000 prosumer camera with lots… Read More

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