• Cardboard PC takes quixotic stand against PC cases

    This concept for, essentially, a cardboard box you put your PC components in, is designed to be a replacement for the tower cases that end up sitting in landfills when you upgrade. I appreciate the idea, but I’m afraid they’re tilting at windmills here. Like Asus’ bamboo laptop, this is a mere shell of eco-friendliness. Here’s why. Read More

  • Gmail Adds Support For Multi-Pane Viewing

    A new feature in Gmail Labs just launched, giving users the ability to simultaneously view multiple panes in Gmail without having to open another browser window. For users that frequently label their messages and have saved searches, this is a huge upgrade that will make Gmail even more efficient. Since launching, Gmail users looking to view search results or a subset of their labeled… Read More

  • Mario Paint saved my life

    It’s so rare to find a real, heart-felt paean to a software product. Online writing is so cranky – see this – that it’s refreshing to read a real love story. Young Zen Albatross writes about Mario Paint for Super Nintendo. At age eight, the game taught him the basics of design and music composition in an easy-to-use package. Read More

  • Come work with Laguna (and us) at TechCrunch

    We like to say that TechCrunch isn’t a job, it’s a calling, and certainly there are a lot of great reasons to work at TC. Truth be told, Laguna (Michael Arrington’s chocolate lab) is one of our favorite perks. She’ll have you well trained in frisbee 2.0 and the latest catch API in no time flat. Seriously, we’re growing and hiring and we’d love to hear from… Read More

  • Techrigy Hits 1 Billion Conversations–Think Google Alerts On Steroids

    Last month, I e-mailed my entire family and suggested they setup Google Alerts on their name. When a week later someone created a malicious Facebook group slandering my sister (very uncool), I was reminded of the importance of knowing what people are publicly saying about you and your products. When I first began working on TechCrunch, I immediately looked for a tool to alert me whenever… Read More

  • Blogger frustrated with iMovie, sees man on Segway

    A Seattle-area blogger became frustrated while trying to convert an MP4 movie within Apple’s popular iMovie video editing software today. Read More

  • Industrial hygienists get kicked out of stores for scanning the granite

    It’s fairly well known that granite contains trace amounts of radioactivity. Most are harmless but there are situations where your fancy granite countertop contained uranium in as high a concentration as in uranium ore. That’s just nasty! Linda Kincaid tests granite for homeowners and has often been kicked out of the store for testing slabs. Read More

  • USB powered plasma heart for that special someone

    Nothing says “I love you” like a USB powered heart! Your sweetheart is sure to swoon when you reveal the depths of your passion with this lovely, thoughtful gift. Hurry, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Read More

  • Purchase your 2010 Honda Insight tomorrow

    The latest Honda Insight goes on sale tomorrow. We spied the inexpensive hybrid at the North American International Auto Show and liked what we saw. Unfortunately, the sales are limited to Japan for the time being, but eventually American ecofreaks will be able to prance with unicorns too. Read More

  • SEO At the Enterprise Level–A Major Flop

    When I hear SEO, I think of brilliant quantitative guys shut-up in an apartment somewhere running A/B split tests and writing link-bait. Search Engine Optimization is the way companies make it easy for customers to find their website using Google. Because search engines don’t publish their algorithms, SEO is mostly reverse-engineering. Despite the guessing game, SEO produces… Read More

  • Chelsea FC manager Luis Felipe ‘No Plan B’ Scolari to star in EA soccer game

    Ha! The worst coach in the English Premier League, Chelsea’s Luis Felipe Scolari, has signed a deal with Electronic Arts to be in a Nintendo DS game. No idea when it’s coming out, but EA shouldn’t have a hard time getting Big Phil to its studios. It’s obvious that he’s not busy coming up a Plan B for any of his team’s games. Read More

  • How to get RC33 on your G1 without the wait

    If you’re a G1 owner and are anything like us, you’ve been checking your handset every 20 minutes for the last two days in hopes that it’s finally your turn to bask in the light of the latest update, RC33. It’s not the Cupcake update folks are so anxious to get their hands on – but its got voice search and Latitude, and that more than justifies the patch for us. Read More

  • Review: Health Energy Potion

    Health Energy Potion is a tiny 1.69-ounce energy drink that resembles a health vial from a video game. And sure enough, the drink promises “to add +160 to gamers’ HP.” Video and review after the jump… Read More

  • Are these Facebook ads fair use?

    If you’ve been running around the book of Faces lately, you’ll see these little advertisements for some sort of government check scam – pay $1.99 or something for a CD that tells you how to get nonexistent government grants. But my question is this: I’ve seen this guy, Jeff Donahue (www. jeffgetsgrants. com) use two little screen captures from Fox News (like this one with… Read More

  • Facebook Pledges Support For OpenID; But Will Anything Change?

    The OpenID Foundation has just announced that Facebook’s Luke Shepard will be joining the OpenID board as a corporate member, and that Facebook has made a $50,000 donation to the cause. The news marks the first time Facebook has officially signed on with the campaign, though some of its employees have been actively involved with improving the open standard for some time. At this… Read More

  • Oh, France: To promote Sony Ericsson, agency creates ‘air [activity]’ campaign

    This is what I get for trying to find photos of French TV journalists: air gaming. Apparently it’s a “thing” in Paris right now, along with striking every other day, that was created to help promote Sony Ericsson. One of its new phones has a motion sensor, so SE wanted a hip, cool way to attract eyeballs, and euros. A marketing agency was hired, which then came up with… Read More

  • No Escape From Work: Present.ly Releases AIR and Mobile Applications

    Enterprise microblogging service Present.ly, which faces off squarely against TechCrunch50 winner Yammer, has made strides to match the accessibility of its competitor by releasing several applications for the desktop and mobile devices. Present.ly users can now exchange messages with groups of their coworkers using an AIR-based desktop app that looks and functions much like Twhirl… Read More

  • UK spends billions on high-tech IDs, forgets to buy card readers

    This has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve heard in a long time. The UK has spent £4.4 billion ($6.6bn US) on a controversial high-tech National Identity Card scheme for the whole country. The card, intended to be issued to government workers first and the general population soon after, would include biometric information such as facial scanning data and fingerprints, encoded onto… Read More

  • Offline Google Calendar Is The Ugly Stepsister of Offline Gmail

    After announcing the offline feature for Gmail last week, Google allowed another feature to be viewed offline: Google Calendar. Unfortunately, the masses will have to wait for access. The offline access, which was built using Google Gears, is currently only available to users of business software package, Google Apps. While the offline feature for calendars offers read-only access for… Read More

  • Extensions for Google Chrome Coming In May?

    If the schedule for Google’s big annual developer conference is any indication, we should expect to see an extension platform released for Chrome sometime this May. Programmer Nicholas Moline has noticed a session called “Developing extensions for Google Chrome” among the 38 sessions posted to the Google I/O website. It sits alongside two other Chrome-specific sessions… Read More

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