• Is Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol the first e-book to outsell its hardcover counterpart?

    What’s the one area of technology that I’m still relatively keen on? That’s right: e-books, but that’s because I like the idea of having several books on my person at all times in a device that fits inside my trousers. (The latest: The Wages of Destruction by Adam Tooze. Not an e-book, by the way, since I’m not made of money.) Devin, on the other hand, who also… Read More

  • Twitter's Next Headache: API Name Squatting

    Twitter continues to work through username squatting issues by reassigning trademarked and even non-trademarked user names to their more appropriate owners. It’s a manual process that sometimes takes weeks, but with Twitter’s growing importance more and more brands are trying to lock up their usernames. Now, though, Twitter has a new headache, and poor organization and planning… Read More

  • There will be a Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 bundle

    Halo 3: ODST is coming out on September 22, 2009 but you may wanna wait for the bundle pack if you’re in need of a new system. Well, maybe as it’s only announced in countries that use the PAL TV standard as of now. But if it gets a US release, you can bet your trousers that some gamers will jump on the bundle. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Creative Vado camcorder for $40

    Dell’s selling the Flip Mino-esque Creative Vado for just $40, down from $85. It’s got 2GB of storage, YouTube uploading, 640×480 resolution, and built-in USB connection. The Vado’s about a half-inch thick and weighs just three ounces. Video is captured as AVI clips using the MPEG-4 codec. It’s not the most advanced camcorder in the entire world, but at $40 it… Read More

  • Twitter Closing New Venture Round At $1 Billion Valuation

    Fast growing startup Twitter will soon be joining a select group of startups with private venture round valuations of $1 billion, we’ve heard from multiple sources. CEO Evan Williams disclosed the round to employees at a recent all hands meeting. The company will raise around $50 million, we’ve heard, although the final amount of the raise is apparently not yet locked… Read More

  • Comcast to (likely) fill its coffers by raising the cable modem rental fee

    Apparently Comcast is in dire financial straights. If America’s largest cable provider doesn’t raise the cable modem rental fee to $5 from $3, it will not be able to roll out the faster Internet service, DOCSIS 3.0, and the executives won’t be able to get new trousers. Sure, the provider had enough cash to build a massive skyscraper and an impressive HD video wall in… Read More

  • WinMo 6.5 coming to the Samsung Omnia i900?

    Mobile phone manufacturers are usually not the most generous when it comes to providing OS updates for older smartphones. That fact didn’t stop a curious Samsung Omnia i900 owner in the Netherlands from contacting his local Samsung branch about the upcoming release of WinMo 6.5. Read More

  • ARM breaks 2GHz barrier with dual core Cortex-A9 processor

    Great Neptune’s trousers! ARM has just announced the development of a dual core mobile processor capable of breaking the 2GHz barrier. The 40nm Cortex-A9 CPU will use conventional silicon chips and each CPU core will consume less than 0.25 watts of power. Read More

  • Tiny Speck Gets Digg's Designer. Digg Gets The Guy Who Designed Threadless

    For the past four and a half years, anyone who has visited Digg has seen the work of Daniel Burka. But starting at the end of this month, Burka is moving on to a new project, he writes on the company’s blog today. Meanwhile, Digg is bringing in another high profile web designer to be its new Director of Design and User Experience, Jeffrey Kalmikoff, best known for his work on… Read More

  • PayPal Partners With FundRazr And Lottay To Test New Adaptive Payments API

    Recently, PayPal announced its flexible payments API, called Adaptive Payments (which we scooped) gives developers full access to PayPal’s features, allowing them a lot more freedom in building applications, which includes the ability to accept and distribute payments. PayPal is timing the official availability of these APIs with its PayPal X Innovate 2009 conference in November. Read More

  • Buffalo mayor beats the trousers off his opponent by promising new flat screen TVs to seniors

    What’s the best way to ensure that you win the Buffalo mayoral primary? Why, by promising an entire voting bloc brand new flat screen TVs! Byron W. Brown just won the Democratic primary (he’s unopposed in November, so this victory means he just won the mayorship), and you can see him here (around the 50 second mark) promising to help seniors out by installing a new TV. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sirius XM employee discount this week, up to 50 percent off radios

    This is one of the better Sirius XM deals I’ve ever come across. This week only you can get the same employee discount that, yes, employees receive. That means, for example, you can get the XMP3 portable radio for $115, which is down from $230. Read More

  • MySpace Music Rolls Out A Sleek, More Interactive Homepage

    MySpace may not be the leader in the social networking space anymore, but its free music streaming site, MySpace Music, has been growing fast. Which is why it’s not surprising that the social network is continuing to improve on this popular product. Today, it appears that MySpace Music has launched a new version of its homepage with UI redesign and several new features (we’ve… Read More

  • T-Mobile: Give us an old phone, we'll give you a rebate

    Let’s try a little something here: dig into your trousers and pull out your cell phone. Does it work? If the answer is “yes”, then congratulations — T-Mobile wants to give you a price break on a new phone. Read More

  • Looks like iTunes LP can be pirated after all: Muse album found online

    Maybe there’s no DRM on iTunes LP after all? I could have sworn that when Apple announced the completely useless new feature last week that it had said there would be measures in place to prevent people from sharing iTunes LP files with one another. Apparently not, since I was able to find the iTunes LP version of the new Muse album online a few minutes ago. Exactly where I found it… Read More

  • Woot! Philips Prestigo universal remote with 1.4-inch LCD for $20

    Woot.com is selling the 8-device Philips “Prestigo” universal remote for $20 plus $5 shipping, today only. It normally sells for $70 and up elsewhere, so this is a pretty nice deal if you have too many remotes in your life and you’re looking to simplify. Read More

  • Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 coming in January?

    Go ahead – grab your bag of salt. Pull a grain out, and have it at the ready. While we’re still digging for independent confirmation of this, we just got it on good word that Sony Ericsson’s first big jump into Android, the XPERIA X3, is tentatively set for a launch in January. This seemed a bit strange to us, at first, considering that the X3’s sequential predecessor… Read More

  • Sungale desk lamp features 3.5-inch LCD

    Ah, convergence devices. Sometimes they actually make sense. Case in point, this 5-watt LED desk lamp with built-in 3.5-inch digital photo frame. The fine people over at Zatz Not Funny! (Zat name IS funny!) took a quick look at the lamp, so let’s take a look at their look. Read More

  • Google Acquires reCaptcha To Power Scanning For Google Books And Google News

    Google has acquired reCAPTCHA, an open source technology that provides CAPTCHAs to prevent spam and fraud. Captchas are those security questions you find on Web sites that require you to decipher and type words or numbers and detects whether the user is a human. Here’s what Google wrote in a blog post about the announcement: CAPTCHAs are designed to allow humans in but prevent… Read More

  • iTwinge tactile keyboard for iPhone

    The $30 iTwinge keyboard may be able to grab some brand new iPhone owners who have a bit of trouble adjusting to the on-screen keyboard, but most people will tell you that you get used to it in about a week. Although with a potential customer base of however many bajillion iPhone owners there are out there, Mobile Mechatronics (the company behind the iTwinge) probably has a leg up by being… Read More

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