• Auto manufacturers don't think you should text while driving either

    This just in: the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers thinks it’s a bad idea for you to talk on your phone while driving if you’re not using a headset. They also think that you shouldn’t text while driving, because that causes you to take your eyes off the road. Well duh? Read More

  • I was selected to host a Windows 7 Launch Party!


    Guys, I’m really excited. I’m stoked that Microsoft choose me, ME, to host a Windows 7 Launch Party. That’s right, lame ol’ Burns is going to host a Windows 7 party. I just got my confirmation email saying I was a finalist and to head over to HouseParty.com ASAP. Once I filled out all the steps to create a party webpage and invite my guests, I got the email above… Read More

  • One million PS3 Slims sold worldwide since its launch

    Finally, actual PS3 Slim sales numbers. Before all we had were percentages—sales up 300 percent over last week, that type of thing. Anyhow, Sony sold one million PS3 Slims since its launch back on September 1. That’s worldwide, mind you. Read More

  • Bing Comes To The iPhone Via Robotvision

    Bing is beginning to find its way onto the iPhone through apps that build on top of its APIs. One that just hit the iTunes Store is an augmented reality app called Robotvision (iTunes link). Like other AR apps, it uses the video camera on the iPhone 3GS, as well as the GPS and the compass to bring up data about nearby restaurants and shops, including reviews. It gets this local business… Read More

  • It Took A Year, But Fitness Gadget Fitbit Will Finally Launch

    Fitness gadget Fitbit was a hit at last year’s TechCrunch50, where it created a ton of buzz and was a runner-up for the top prize. Of course, we all know that it takes hardware companies longer to launch than software startups and since last September, Fitbit has been working tirelessly to refine the product, establish distributions channels and tweak its online platform. Now we… Read More

  • No, Microsoft will not buy EA. Just sayin'.

    Where did this rumor that Microsoft wanted to buy EA start? You know what, it doesn’t matter where it started, because it’s not true. No, Microsoft has no plans to buy EA, so don’t sweat the technique ($1 if you get that reference). Read More

  • iMacs to be refreshed as soon as next week?

    There’s nothing solid on this, but the usual mysterious sources are whispering about an iMac refresh coming next week. We knew this was forthcoming, but the changes themselves are anybody’s guess. We expect upgraded CPU and GPU, possibly a slimmer design, and some people even suggest Blu-ray is in the cards. Those people aren’t right, though. If Apple was changing its mind… Read More

  • So at Least Pierre Omidyar Is Trying to Change the World

    Given my recent rants about Silicon Valley’s ratio of stinginess-to-wealth and the current trend against “changing the world,” it’s not a huge surprise that more blog posts and tweets were coming from Demo or the B-list-celebrity-studded 140-The Twitter Conference than at the Clinton Global Initiative summit that was also held this week in New York. Techies who did… Read More

  • Don't look now, but the Fonera2n router is now available

    The Fonera name doesn’t really mean much here in the U S of A, but it’s a little more popular in Europe. (I know I occasionally ran into Fonera Wi-Fi networks in Barcelona last year, and I had never seen one in Manhattan or Queens in New York.) In any event, Fon has, indeed, released the Fonera 2n router here in the U.S.. The big thing is that it works with 802.11n. I guess… Read More

  • Verizon: No Pre for us, thank you


    In a rather surprising move considering Verizon’s lack of compelling handsets, the nation’s biggest wireless carrier has decided it’s going to pass on the Palm Pre, if reports are to be believed. This is a serious blow to Palm’s aspirations, and their stock took a 5% hit as if to rubber-stamp it. Although the team here is divided over Palm’s new efforts (and… Read More

  • Google Sites Get Liberated By New API

    For the last 18 months Google Sites has given businesses a way to quickly build their own websites with no HTML knowledge required, making for an easy way to help coordinate efforts internally and to also build consumer facing sites. But there’s been one fairly major complaint about the service: there was no easy way to export your data if you wanted to take it elsewhere. Today… Read More

  • Roasted Marshmallow Shooter: Yes, it shoots flaming marshmallows

    You put a marshmallow into it. It catches on fire. You shoot it. This, in a nutshell explains how the mazing Roasted Marshmallow Shooter works. As far as I tell it uses a a toilet paper tube to light the marshmallows which then blow out of the the tube. Also, don’t try this at home. Read More

  • Apple locked us in, but how long will the jail sentence last?

    This is a guest post by Paul Fisher a Venture Capital investor with Advent Ventures in Europe Portfolio companies include Zong.com, Qype, Adeptra and DailyMotion. Paul blogs at The Coffee Shops of Mayfair and Twitters at @paulfish. I have watched with interest as the Apple backlash intensifies* (see below). It seems the App Store has broken the camel’s back. There is massive resonance… Read More

  • Vodafone 360 takes on the Mobile App stores

    Vodafone today launched Vodafone 360 (its replacement for Vodafone Live) which brings together mobile phone contacts,  social networking accounts, email, IM, etc.  so they can be accessed seamlessly on phone or PC. It currently covers Facebook, Live Messenger and Google Talk. Twitter will be added soon. Vodafone has also added a range of new apps, games, music and mapping services as part of… Read More

  • Watch torture tests are actually quite exciting

    A company called Swiss Military Watch – I’ve never heard of them – ran their heavy duty diver through a few clever tests including a blast from a fire hose and a close, personal connection to a stick of dynamite. The model in question, the 20,000 feet looks pretty hefty and includes a nice 7750 Valjoux movement with COSC certification. It has a large crown, heavy side cards… Read More

  • One Year Later, Google's Project 10^100 Lives! But Overwhelmed Google Needs Your Help.

    Every so often, we get pinged about Google’s Project 10^100. The program, which asked for ideas that could change the world which Google would in turn put money towards, launched exactly one year ago (in honor of the company’s 10th birthday). But voting was meant to start in October of last year and conclude in January 2009. That never happened. People started to question if Google… Read More

  • Tokyo Game Show: Winning Eleven (Pro Evolution Soccer) 2010 trailer

    In its newest incarnation, Konami’s best-selling soccer game Winning Eleven (known as Pro Evolution soccer outside Japan) is as great as ever. I played the Xbox360 version with a friend in two-player mode (but PS3 owners will get to play Winning Eleven 2010, too). Read More

  • Waze Turns Turn-By-Turn Navigation And Mapmaking Into A Free Game

    Turn-by-turn navigation was one of the features that iPhone users were most looking forward to with the release of the iPhone 3.0 software. Unfortunately, as users quickly found out, turn-by-turn meant either significantly more expensive apps, or a monthly fee. Not only does Waze do it for free, but it offers an interesting gaming element to boot. The reason Waze can be free while other… Read More

  • Left-handed? New underwear to save precious seconds at the urinal

    Of all the times for me to not live in the UK, THIS IS THE WORST! Reuters is reporting that lefties across the pond will soon be getting special undergarments designed specifically so that they “can finally go to the bathroom as quickly and efficiently as their right-handed colleagues.” Read More

  • Leaked Email: Quincy Smith Of CBS Wants To Counter "Reckless Hulu Streams"

    There is no love lost between CBS and Hulu. You won’t find any full episodes of CBS shows on Hulu, and CBS’s own site TV.com is so similar in look and feel that one might call it a product of envy. So it should come as no surprise that the knives are still out for Hulu at CBS Interactive. An email with an article critical of Hulu from CBS Interactive CEO Quincy Smith that was… Read More

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