• TuneUp Brings Its iTunes Cleanup Wizard To The Mac

    TuneUp, an iTunes plugin that helps correct wrong or missing song meta data and album art (and also offers a number of complementary features) has released a Mac-compatible version to the public. We originally covered TuneUp last May (click here to see our full overview of the features), and since then not much has changed in terms of the plugin’s functionality. The application sits as… Read More

  • Buffalo LinkStation 240GB SSD

    It seems like the price/value ratio of the SSD drives is slowly improving. The Buffalo LS-WSS240GL/R1 costs about 1200$ and has an appealing 240GB of storage. It provides USB, RAID 0, 1 and DLMA/iTunes server capabilities while you can turn the whole thing off when you turn your computer off. Don’t get too excited although because the 240GB is actually two 120GB SSD’s next to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: In Storage Edition

    5 Days of Cleaning Out My Office-Mas Contest: Day 1
    Robot Overlord Field Guide: The Bumblebee
    Photty = cool key holder + mini photo frame from Japan
    Nintendo just found a boatload of money and it’s called Dragon Quest X
    Review and Giveaway: HP MediaSmart 1TB Server Read More

  • Mercedes first to implement SPLITVIEW COMMAND

    We told you about it back in February, but Merc is the first company to have it in a production vehicle. The system will allow you to have two viewers using the same screen, while viewing different content. Ideally, this would allow the driver to view travel information while the passenger watches a movie. Or vice versa if you know where you’re going and love getting in accidents. This… Read More

  • YouTube Opens Enhanced Abuse And Safety Center

    YouTube has just launched a new Abuse And Safety Center meant to help make the site as safe as possible for families (YouTube is only meant for ages 13+, but kids still flock to the site in droves). While the site has previously offered safety guidelines, they used to be bundled in the same section as product help and had far less information. The new section offers tips from… Read More

  • 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

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