• The Inevitable Anti-U.S. Backlash Has Started On Kiva

    When we reported on Kiva.org’s decision to open up its micro-lending platform to U.S. entrepreneurs, Kiva CEO Premal Shah told us he was concerned about backlash in the community. Shah acknowledged that the decision to open lending to U.S. recipients may draw criticism because it goes against the idea on which Kiva was founded—lending to help development in third world countries… Read More

  • WTF: GameStop selling Nintendo Wii bundles with rubber ducks, water guns

    This has to be a viral campaign of some sort, but seeing as though we’re on the cusp of a three-day weekend I’ll bite. GameStop is selling three unusual Nintendo Wii bundles that, I don’t know, belie all logic. There’s the “Take a Bath With a Buddy” bundle, the “Pirate Tattoo” bundle, and the “Summer Fun” bundle. Yeah. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sega's Columns free to all iPhone owners this weekend

    In honor of the fourth, Sega is bestowing upon all iPhone and iPod Touch owners a free copy of Columns all weekend. That’s great and all, but at the moment it’s nowhere to be found. And it’ll probably just be a “lite” version of the deluxe version. Maybe the weekend hasn’t started. I don’t know. Don’t shoot the messenger. In honor of July 4, SEGA… Read More

  • How to jailbreak the iPhone 3GS

    Before I go defile myself with burgers and beer I wanted to jailbreak my iPhone 3GS for you all. The process was amazingly simple. Using a Windows netbook – it doesn’t work under Windows 7 – I simply installed iTunes and ran purplera1n. It took a second to reboot then it rolled through recovery mode, rebooted, and an app called Freeze appeared. Freeze then installed Cydia and… Read More

  • Twelve 42-inch LCDs rolled into one = huge digital signage system

    If you’ve ever come to Japan, and especially to Tokyo, you will have noticed this country’s love for digital signage systems. They’re practically everywhere and some of them are quite cool. Now Tokyo-based Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) has announced plans to set up a digital signage system [JP] that consists of a total of twelve 42-inch LCDs. Read More

  • Samsung Glyde 2 spy shots leak, headed for Verizon

    What’s black, red, wears a Verizon badge, and looks just like the Samsung Glyde? The Samsung Glyde 2, of course! Presumably in hopes of losing a friend or getting someone fired, HowardForums user StandardsDT waited for his in-the-know buddy to leave the room before going camera crazy. Here’s what we know so far: Read More

  • Milla Jovovich confirms Resident Evil: Afterlife in the works

    There was a bit of chatter going around yesterday that a fourth Resident Evil film was in the works. Well, it appears that it’s all true and that the fourth installment in the Resident Evil franchise will begin shooting by the end of the year with a scheduled September 17, 2010 release. Read More

  • Virginia Apple Store closes after shooting

    Tip #1: If you’re going to be a huge wanker and rob a retail store, don’t rob an Apple store. You know those little fancy handsets they carry around? Thats so they can avoid doing much with cash.
    Tip #2: Don’t friggin’ steal stuff or shoot people, unlike this guy at the Arlington, Virginia Apple Store. One female victim was shot in the shoulder before the suspect fled… Read More

  • Want The Obama "Hope" Artwork On Your iPhone? Nope, Says Apple.

    Start Mobile has managed to get 18 separate iPhone applications approved by Apple. So you’ll imagine their surprise when one of them was recently rejected. But you may be even more surprised to find out why. Apparently, Apple doesn’t like the way one piece of art in the app depicts President Obama. Is it out of line or tasteless? Well, you can determine for yourself, because… Read More

  • DDR-style alarm clock forces you to finger-dance first thing in the morning

    If you enjoy being frustrated and agitated first thing in the morning, then you’ll appreciate this DDR-style alarm clock that forces you to finger-dance various combinations on the built-in four-way pad in order to get the alarm to stop making noise. Read More

  • Headline: eBay selling Pres for $320

    eBay has some red hot Palm Pres for about $320 – this one is ending in 28 minutes but I bet you could find more. I’m curious to know where these are coming from. Refurbs? Stolen? Found on the road after their owners abandoned them in frustration? Read More

  • Forearm massager looks scary, probably works okay

    Believe it or not, many bloggers suffer from some sort of repetitive stress injury or even carpal tunnel syndrome. We’re human — mortal even. Cut us and we bleed red just like everyone else. Give us an atomic wedgie and we weep like an anxious child waiting for the bus on the first day of school in a new town. Run us over in a car and we — you get the idea: bloggers are weiners. Read More

  • Tweetmeme Wants To Be The King Of Retweets

    One of the most effective ways to amplify your message on Twitter is to get your followers to retweet it to their followers. Retweeting is also becoming a popular way to pass links around Twitter. They are becoming the new currency of the Web because of the power of passed links. One service in particular, Tweetmeme, is cornering the market on retweets by making it easy for blogs and… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Palm Wireless Keyboard for $10

    This deal is WHITE HOT, ladies and gentlemen. Buy.com has the Palm Wireless Keyboard for just ten bucks — way, way down from $50+ just about everywhere else. Read More

  • Japan wants hybrid vehicles to make more noise

    Remember that episode of The Office when Andy uses his Prius as a stealth ramming device and lodges Dwight into some bushes? Japan, the land of everything mystical and wonderful, must have seen that episode too and has some issues with the quiet demeanor of hybrids. They are the best… Read More

  • Video: Duke Nukem's disease

    “Duke Nukem’s disease is a scary one, Gene brings you the story of the life of a First Person Shooter.” Enjoy your non-productive Friday. Read More

  • TrustedPlaces one step closer to profitability thanks to LocalPeople

    Local reviews startup TrustedPlaces has partnered with Northcliffe Media to power the regional newspaper publisher’s experimental hyperlocal web strategy. News of the deal comes six months after its founders stepped back from speculative sales talks to focus on building revenue and cash flow. LocalPeople beta-launched 20 community sites targeted at small towns and neighbourhoods… Read More

  • Singing A New Tune: The Imeem Music Store.

    Does embattled music streaming site imeem think it can take on iTunes? For the most part, nearly every streaming song on the site has a download button which links to both iTunes and the Amazon MP3 store. But it is quietly testing its own music download store which bypasses iTunes and Amazon and sells MP3s directly. For instance, this is the case with some Sub Pop artists, such as Iron and… Read More

  • Authorize.net Goes Down, E-Commerce Vendors Left Hanging

    Talk about a serious outage. Payment gateway service provider Authorize.net has been down and out for several hours, a number of tipsters inform us. That has big implications: since the service is used by tens of thousands of e-commerce vendors to accept credit card and electronic checks payments on their websites (example), it likely means millions are being lost during its downtime. PayPal… Read More

  • Sony patents amazing "WeebleDong" motion control system

    Look at that man. He seems to really be enjoying himself. Soon you’ll be enjoying yourself like him too if Sony ever figures out how to manufacturer this motion control system that I’m code-naming “WeebleDong.” It uses everyday objects – a fake sword, a spoon, your mum’s little friend – to control on-screen action. Read More

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