• Ouch! German Court Slams Rapidshare With $34 Million Fine (Updated)

    The Regional Court in Hamburg, Germany, has fined file-hosting service Rapidshare a hefty €24 million ($34 million) and has ruled that the company must start proactively filtering certain content. The case was brought on by copyright protection association GEMA, which claims it represent over 65,000 composers, authors and music publishers across the globe. Update: looks like we jumped the gun… Read More

  • Flash Hits Android – When Will Apple Play Catch-up?

    So we just got word that HTC will be the first manufacturer to bring Adobe Flash to the Android platform with the release of its new Hero / Sense device. If you needed more proof that Android is here to stay and will not sit on the sidelines in the mobile operating systems game, this is it. If you think about it, the iPhone is now the only platform with substantial weight on the market… Read More

  • Super Mario theme on stepper motors

    Eventually all music will be made this way: a 24-volt power supply, an Arduino board, and three stepper motors. In fact Akon is actually a simple stepper motor attached to a Vocoder and Pro Tools. Look it up! It’s true! One more video after the jump. Read More

  • Twitter Users Buy More Music Online Than Average Surfers, Study Says

    Market research firm The NDP Group has issued a report that says Web users who are active on social networking site Twitter are more engaged with music and, more importantly, tend to be more likely to purchase music online. The firm bases these conclusions on less than 4,000 completed surveys for its quarterly music-acquisition study. First, the engagement: according to the report, one-third… Read More

  • The great iPhone 3.0 problem of aught-nine: Sporadic Wi-Fi

    There’s a long thread at Apple’s discussion board about sporadic Wi-Fi failures under iPhone 3.0. It seems that the Wi-Fi eventually poops out, resulting in no Wi-Fi connectivity even inches from the router. The only fix seems to be turning off push email. Essentially, WiFi works fine after the phone has been freshly booted (i.e. right after a restart) – however, once it has… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Ejection Edition

    Interview: Reuben Langdon, motion capture artist for Avatar
    F-4 ejection seat makes the coolest office chair ever
    CrunchDeals: VholdR Wearable Camcorder for $99 Read More

  • Microsoft, Outlook Is Broken, Says 6,000 Tweets (And Growing). Fix It.

    While it is pretty much the standard email client, Microsoft Outlook has long had problems rendering HTML correctly in emails. And the latest version, Outlook 2010, due sometime in the next several months, doesn’t look like it’s going to be any better — and it actually may be worse. And a lot of users aren’t happy about it at all. A group of people apparently felt… Read More

  • EU Advisory Group Proposes Tighter Privacy Regulation On Social Networks

    The influential Article 29 Working Party, an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy to the EC, has argued that social networks like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace need more regulation to ensure that personal data of their respective users is not put at risk. Even though the majority of sites that the report mentions are based in the United States, the group states… Read More

  • Steve Jobs is doing just fine, now go to bed

    I find it distasteful to report this stuff, so let’s keep it short. According to Reuters, Mr. Jobs is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis. He was very ill, received a liver transplant in the way people normally have such things done, and is now back in action. Are we done here? Read More

  • RealPlayer SP makes it easy to transfer videos to your mobile device

    Assuming you’re a Windows PC user, RealNetworks RealPlayer SP app makes transferring any video to your mobile device a piece of cake. It’s currently in Beta for Windows users with support for Macs coming by the end of the year. For $40 you can upgrade to the RealPlayer Plus SP, which supports h.264 video conversion, DVD playback and DVD burning. Grab the Beta here and test it out… Read More

  • MySpace Loses Its CyberSecurity Superman. Who's Left To Fight The Bad Guys?

    MySpace had a serious secret weapon when it came to fighting the bad guys – Director of Security Enforcement E.J. Hilbert. Hilbert, a former Cyber and Counterterrorism Special Agent for the FBI, defended MySpace against spammers, scammers, hackers, virus spreaders and other lowlife from 2007 until earlier this month when he left the company. Our understanding is that he resigned, and was… Read More

  • PDP shipping Transformers Nintendo DS cases this week

    In honor of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, PDP will begin shipping Autobot and Decepticon Nintendo DS cases this week. You can pick between a Bumblebee or a Megatron case with plus a matching stylus. The bundle costs $20, but you can purchase either for $13/each. Read More

  • Posterous Acquires Fellow Y Combinator Alum Slinkset

    Posterous, the dead-simple service that makes it super easy to share your blog posts and media across the web, has acquired Slinkset, a startup that allows users to quickly build social news sites similar to Reddit and Digg. Slinkset.com will continue to operate, with Slinkset co-founder Brett Gibson joining Posterous full-time. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Both Slinkset and… Read More

  • Wiimbledon 2009: Sponsors, donations, and other general news

    This year’s Wiimbledon is fast approaching (Saturday the 27th), but it’s not too late to sign up for the tournament. Jump on over to the EventBrite page and register for the tournament. Wiimbledon is free to all, but you’ll have to pay to play. Barcade is once again hosting the event and they’ve committed to matching our donations to Child’s Play. Read More

  • Pictures: Boxee Beta, Coming This September

    Tonight at its event in San Francisco, Boxee showed off the first shots of what it’s working on for the beta release of its software. CEO Avner Ronen says Boxee users should expect this in September, though it could be pushed to October. Forgive the slightly blurry shots, consider this a test of the iPhone 3GS camera at live events. (There are some slightly better ones at the bottom.) Read More

  • PS3 gets minor 2.80 update, improving "software" performance

    Not a lot going on with this upcoming update, as the entire thing is summed up thusly: The playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 format software has been improved. Hmm. I can’t improve on BK-GAMER’s assessment: what the hell, 2.80 such a big number and featres are the lamest of all!!! 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

  • Vizio releasing Twitter-, Flickr-, Netflix-enabled TV

    Widgets and gadgets are the latest trend to hit HDTVs. Vizio is upping the game by equipping its soon-to-be-released HDTVs with an impressive suite of Internet applications and video streaming sites. So much so, that this portfolio will place them on top of many people’s wish list as these TVs will be better equipped than a TiVo or even Windows Media Server. Read More

  • Boxee Swings For The Fences: Windows Support, MLB, Digg, Tumblr And Current All Launch Tonight

    Boxee is holding an event in San Francisco tonight to declare a winner of its App Dev Challenge, in which third-parties created apps for the media platform. But the real winner tonight will be Boxee, which is also announcing a boatload of new features and functionality for its media center software — none bigger than a version of Boxee for Windows, finally. While many developers go the… Read More

  • Engineers Are The Best Deal – So Stock Up On Them

    Productivity gains in software engineering are powering innovation. Everyone is more productive these days. This has been a consistent trend for at least the past decade, where productivity gains have been particularly strong within the business sector. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, today’s business industry workers are on average 30% more productive than… Read More

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