• Force.com sets its Sites on Microsoft


    Salesforce’s DreamForce developer conference opens Monday morning with the announcement of a new Force.com Sites service. Sites is a new business for Salesforce, potentially extending the thousands of Force.com applications by pushing application data to the Web over Salesforce servers. The new service leverages Force.com’s VisualForce UI construction tools as well as… Read More

  • MySpace, Auditude, And MTV Have Just Figured Out How To Monetize Online Video

    Since YouTube heralded the era of user-uploaded videos, media corporations have been fighting a hopeless battle to regain control of their content, sending out endless waves of DMCA notices in a vain attempt to take down countless clips scattered across the web. In the last year sites like Hulu have made progress – it’s finally possible to legally embed a clip of The Office in… Read More

  • Photolithography and the next step in making transistors

    The always excellent IEEE Spectrum has a great article right now that is both a primer for current chip manufacturing techniques and a look at what the challenges are that chipmakers are facing. As we’ve talked about before, Moore’s law has continued to apply only through the utmost efforts and desperate “cheats” by the engineers who design the chips and the process… Read More

  • Enticing teaser renders of RED's newest creation


    Oh my… I don’t know what it is at all! The big RED announcement is in two weeks and Jannard got a little too excited and posted some mysterious renders. He also says, in the same ebullient tone as last week: I am now comfortable in saying that the most aggressive speculation will not come close to what we will announce Nov. 13th. We fully expect over 1,000,000 hits on… Read More

  • This robot face is not creepy at all. Not even a little bit

    http://www.viddler.com/player/41c202dd/ Did anyone else get a little scared when it did its mad face? This little robot is, I imagine, designed to be one of those greeter robots that tells you “welcome” and can respond when you ask it where the elevators are. Unfortunately, I think anyone that sees it will have dreams of the Robocalypse for weeks after. This is how it starts, people. Read More

  • Huang vs. Asus: corporate fraud or consumer greed?


    I’m thinking a little of column A, a little of column B. The story is this: Huang Jin, a student in China, bought an Asus laptop that was having a lot of hardware trouble. She sent it back a couple times and eventually they replaced the CPU, which then started overheating. Examining it, she found it to be an “engineering sample” — an early run CPU made for testing… Read More

  • Speakers made from spent fire extinguishers

    It’s entirely possible that most ordinary people won’t ever have the problem of trying to figure out what to do with two empty fire extinguishers (that’s a lot of fires) but just keep this idea in your back pocket should the scenario ever present itself. A Russian man has turned a couple of spent fire extinguishers into some pretty cool-looking speakers. It’d be an… Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro now available on Sprint’s website

    The HTC Touch Pro is now available on Sprint’s website for $299 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract. The rebate requires that you have the Everything plan, Data Premier add-on, or PRO Pack add-on. If you’re going to use the data feature on this phone, you’ll likely have one of those anyway. Sprint sent me a review unit on Friday and I’ve been using it for… Read More

  • Sunday Special: $99 One-Day Pass to Dreamforce

    Wanna go to this week’s Dreamforce conference but don’t have $1,200 bucks to spare for a full three-day pass? TechCrunch scored 100 one-day passes at $99 each (these are exclusive for TechCrunch readers—you cannot get a one-day pass anywhere else). These will let you attend the conference any one day (November 3rd, 4th, or 5th), see all the keynotes that day (Marc… Read More

  • Circuit City to announce 155 store closings tomorrow?

    Consumerist.com is reporting that Circuit City may be announcing at 8 AM tomorrow morning that it’ll be closing 155 of its stores. This is still a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt, but it wouldn’t be surprising in lieu of the company’s recent financial woes. There was an article in the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago saying that Circuit City was… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Nintendo Wii + Wii Fit bundle for $349

    Target is selling the Nintendo Wii console along with Wii Fit, balance board, and carrying case for $349.99 (online only, free shipping). It’s maybe not a “deal” deal per se, but the bundle appears to be in stock, so there’s that. I’d hurry, though. Wii Fit with Hardware and Bag Bundle for Nintendo Wii [Target.com via dealnews] Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro now available on Sprint.com

    The HTC Touch Pro is now available on Sprint’s website for $299 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract. The rebate requires that you have the Everything plan, Data Premier add-on, or PRO Pack add-on. If you’re going to use the data feature on this phone, you’ll likely have one of those anyway. Sprint sent me a review unit on Friday and I’ve been using it for… Read More

  • MacBook "no button" trackpads not registering clicks

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/apple/MacBook_Trackpads_Suck_and_Doesn_t_Register_60_of_Clicks’; A tip came in this weekend from someone with a fleet of new MacBooks. His complaint? Every 50 or so clicks and the trackpad freezes for 5 to 10 clicks and then wakes back up. The tipster writes: So we’ve bought about 10 of them, all of them have awful problems recognizing clicks. Read More

  • EA laying off 600 people, tightening belt

    Really now. I would have expected the Death Star to lay off people before EA would. I guess the Empire had a pretty solid economy, though. It seems that although EA is doing well in the long term, it’s cautious of incurring too much in costs during the downturn. Don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll be having Maddens for years to come, but a 6 percent reduction in headcount… Read More

  • Awesome folding PC chassis from Asus


    Do they just have an idea machine over there at Asus? This thing is great! Of course, it’s not very often that you have to take all the bits out of your PC case and travel with it separately, but if you did this would be indispensible. It’s mid-tower sized and has room for an ATX motherboard and everything. It’s even got front ports. And it folds flat! This is too much! Read More

  • Why can't someone do an iPhone gaming grip right?

    You’d think it would be easy. Make a grip that plugs into the iPhone’s port that simply has a D-pad and a few buttons on it — presto! But instead we get things like this. What in the hell were they thinking? I’d list the reasons this thing is an insult to the iPhone, to gamers, to ergonomic design in general, but it would be wasting both your time and mine. Do us both… Read More

  • DirectTV May Enter Online TV War With "Web On Demand" Service

    We’ve received a couple of anonymous tips that DirectTV, a $24 billion satellite TV provider, may be entering the online TV wars with a new site called DirectTV Web On Demand. The site would compete with startups like Hulu, Joost, Fancast, Sling.com, etc. We don’t know much about the service, or even if it’s real. One of the tipsters says they’ve worked on the project… Read More

  • Oh no! The awesome stores of Akihabara are dying off

    When I was in Japan, I of course made a point of visiting the Akihabara district of Tokyo. The sheer volume of stores was staggering, and many of them, like the monolithic Tsukomo, were seven or eight stories tall. Having a store footprint of only perhaps a Subway and catering to the tastes of the most desperate of computer otaku, the multiple levels were necessary.But the clientele is… Read More

  • HP opens TouchSmart PC to third-party development

    You know the HP TouchSmart? It’s a neat bit of work—that is, it has to potential to be. That potential is now one step closer to reality given that HP has just opened it up to third-party development. Would-be developers need to sashay over to the TouchSmart Community. There you’ll find the necessary software to develop your fancy application. I think it’s fairly… Read More

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