• Congress wants $650 million to subsidize more digital TV converter boxes

    The FCC may not have done enough to promote next month’s transition to digital TV, but that doesn’t mean Your Government has given up on you! Congress has just asked for an additional $650 million to pay for more digital converter box vouchers. Read More

  • Windows 7 Tips and Tricks

    For those of you who have installed Windows 7 Beta, here are some tricks and tricks from lockergnome.com. Read More

  • Gigantic G1 extended battery more than doubles battery life

    Is that a phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me not have to recharge your G1 every two hours? Read More

  • One step closer to a real cloaking device

    Researchers at Duke University have hit another milestone in the creation of a so-called “cloaking” material which would bend electromagnetic radiation around whatever object it surrounds. Of course, this isn’t mad-scientist nonsense but real materials engineering, so they’re going step by step, not by eureka-style leaps and bounds. And like most real scientific… Read More

  • MSI really wants a spot in your living room with the dual-core D130 mini system

    MSI has announced the Wind NetTop D130, making it the first manufacturer to feature a dual-core Atom 330 CPU in a mini system. The company claims that the system will pay for itself within two years, too, based on how energy efficient it is. No reason not to buy one, right? Read More

  • New Mac Minis to use NVIDIA's Ion platform

    Everyone was expecting a Mini refresh at MacWorld, and although the 17-inch MBP is a sweet setup, the Mini has been one of Apple’s more neglected products and people thought it was time. Well, they were sort of right. The new Minis are going to be coming out a little later this year, and they’ll be sporting the NVIDIA Ion platform, which is a combination of the 9400M video… Read More

  • The vulture liquidators are circulating Circuit City's rotting carcass

    Circuit City is currently in process of taking bids on the retailer. Yup, the retailer is trying to sell the whole thing off. It seems that there are two plans in place. First, the company is taking bids on the sale of the entire retailer. If that doesn’t happen, they will turn to liquidators that will buy certain assets and sell it off in the name of [fake] liquidation sales. Is… Read More

  • Help Me Build A TechCrunch House Party Playlist With iLike And Google Friend Connect

    Today, iLike released a social playlist app that lets you create a music playlsit and embed it on any Website. Then through Friend Connect, anyone can sign in and change or add to the playlist. I’ve embedded one below seeded with five songs that I’ve called TechCrunch House Party. Go ahead and add to it, but only good songs, please. Or create your own. Read More

  • Flight 1549 lands in Hudson River, all safe

    From Flickr
    Now this is a feel-good story. All 135 people aboard US Airways flight 1549 are safe and sound after a soft water landing and escape into the frigid Hudson River on rafts. I’m not a very good flier and I read this story by Steven Johnson about the relative safety of air travel. The money shot: [MIT Professor Arnold] Barnett calculates that it’s more likely for a young… Read More

  • Is breathalyzer source code fair game?

    Kentucky-based CMI has come under fire on more than one occasion for not turning over the source code used in the breathalyzers that it sells to various law enforcement agencies, citing trade secrets as the reason for keeping the code under wraps. Well that hasn’t sat too well with people who have been pulled over and cited with DUIs, as some of them have claimed that the machines… Read More

  • Hulu Streams Bush's Goodbye And Obama's Hello

    Tonight Hulu will stream outgoing President George W. Bush’s farewell address live. The speech will begin at 5PM PST/8PM EST. On Tuesday, the site will also be streaming President-Elect Obama’s inauguration speech. Read More

  • More support robots headed for the military

    I like the idea of combat robots — not necessarily hunter-killer type robo-soldiers, but more along the lines of support bots like BigDog and these new developments from MIT. The idea, of course, is to reduce not just the number of humans at risk on the field, but to automate dangerous tasks like delivering supplies under fire; after all, the supply line is a weak spot in any army and… Read More

  • Leaked Office 14 screenshots confirms love for Office 2000

    Microsoft Office used to be a solid desktop publishing suite but after every new incarnation, it gets more bloated and overbearing. The leaked screenshots of Office 14 reaffirms Microsoft’s need to reinvent the wheel in order to drum up more sales. Personally, I’m content with Office 2000 but have ascended into the cloud that is Google Documents. I don’t think there is a… Read More

  • MCH Media's iPod Killer from the UK!

    Truth be told, maybe the MCH Media CS-one Media Box Touch isn’t an iPod killer. It’s a flash-based personal media player equipped with a 3.2-inch touch screen, CMOS camera, accelerometer, 18 hour battery and touch buttons around the bezel. Plus, the player comes preloaded with games and is available in 6 colors. Read More

  • CrunchBoard Jobs: Bed & Breakfast Software Engineer, CTO, Program Manager, Web Architect

    Want to work as the software engineer for BedandBreakfast.com? Or a healthcare CTO? Or as a Software Development Engineer for the Windows Live Social Network? Jobs are available in Seattle, New York, Austin, San Francisco, or Mountain View, CA. (Here at TechCrunch, we’re looking for a Rails Developer.) Some other jobs currently on CrunchBoard: Read More

  • Worst Microsoft Video Promo Ever, Take 2. Just Cover Up The Mac With Stickers.

    Earlier this month, Microsoft Research released Songsmith, a song-making app that works only on Windows. To promote the app it released what might very well be the worst promo video ever, featuring a girl singing in front of her laptop about how great Songsmith is. Besides just being painful to watch (see for yourself below), the laptop she is using to show her Dad how to use Songsmith is a Mac! Read More

  • What should Sony do with the PSP?

    It seems Sony is asking gamers what they think of the PSP, which means Sony has no idea what it wants the PSP to be. Do you use it for gaming exclusively, or do you also use it as a media player? Do you exclusively use it as a media player? Will you please buy 10 PSPs and five games per system so we don’t close a bunch of divisions? And so on. Read More

  • SGN's iBowl Adds Full Online Support

    SGN has just released the latest update to its smash-hit iPhone game iBowl, which closed out 2008 as the 4th most popular game on the App Store. The version incorporates network support, allowing users to see what their friends online have just bowled, and adds another dimension to an already-great game. We’re big fans of the Wii-like series of iPhone games to come from SGN. The… Read More

  • 2K head: Wii market flooded with crappy titles

    It’s not that this is some major revelation or anything — I think at this point we’re all pretty clear on the average quality of games for the Wii — but to hear it spoken so matter-of-factly by the Global President of 2K Games means it’s more than an unspoken truth, it’s… well, a spoken one. Christoph Hartmann of 2K had this to say in a recent intervew: Read More

  • MySpace Building Stealth Webmail Product

    MySpace is building a fully functional webmail product, we’ve learned from sources with knowledge of the product. MySpace mail will compete with services like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Gmail and AOL Mail, and will on launch be the third largest webmail provider in the world. All MySpace users will be assigned an email address of [username]@myspace.com. The product is still in development, and… Read More

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