• Contest: Win our pre-release copy of Rhythm Heaven for the DS


    [Update: It’s over!]
    Nintendo was generous enough to provide everyone at their press conference with a copy of Rhythm Heaven (Rizumu Tengoku), a game which is already very popular in Japan and they’re hoping will take off here, presumably with word of mouth from us folks. Of course, I don’t have a DS (I’m still working through the Dreamcast library), so one of you… Read More

  • California hopes to help the environment by banning black cars

    Mafia types and limousine drivers take note: according to the latest California Air Resources Board report, dark and black cars could soon be verboten. Why? Because darker colors require heavier air conditioning usage, naturally. A Mythbusters-type test is in order here but I suspect that the actual difference, internally and while in motion, between a white car and a black car is negligible… Read More

  • Bookshelf with built-in projector screen

    Here we have a GREAT idea in the “Stuff-Your-Stuff Theater Set” from Pottery Barn, an unfortunately-named piece of furniture with an even more unfortunate $1299 price tag. Read More

  • Capital Factory Gives Austin Its Own Startup Incubator

    While many people in the tech world only make the trek to Austin, Texas once a year for SXSW, the city has a fairly sizable startup community. Now Austin is getting its own Y Combinator-esque program, dubbed Capital Factory. As with other similar programs, Capital Factory offers entrepreneurs a modest amount of funding in exchange for equity (the program is offering ‘up to $20,000’… Read More

  • Google lays off 200

    Google has cut 200 jobs in sales and marketing, a first for the search giant. According to VWag a tipster wrote: A friend of mine in the San Francisco office’s AdWords division (who wants to remain nameless) was laid off this morning. She also said there were 200 people total. They are still on payroll for two months and have the opportunity to apply for other jobs within the company. Read More

  • Game Developers Conference 2009 Round-Up

    The CrunchGear mobile newswagon is parked in downtown San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference, and although this is a more industry-orientated show, we’ve managed to find some pretty interesting stuff — and of course, a few of the latest games. Check out some of the highlights inside. Read More

  • Support Radio: Internet walkie-talkie concept is like audio Twitter

    Designed to battle internet addiction, the Support Radio concept from designer Joe Malia is aimed at “partners, parents and kids struggling to cope with the non-involvement of an excessive computer user in the home.” The idea is that, for instance, if your spouse is addicted to Facebook and/or Twitter, you record a message into your radio and then someone else on the other side of… Read More

  • New Microsoft Ads Point Out, Cough, High Cost Of Macs

    They’ve got a point on the cost to feature ratio of Macs v. Windows machines in this new Microsoft ad. I have to say, these things are getting a lot better over time. And the price difference is the key weak point in the Apple product lineup. Mac fanatics couldn’t care less. But to a recession-beaten regular computer user, this message is right on the money. “I’m just… Read More

  • Rumorville, USA: Skype for iPhone next week

    Om Malik (he puts the Om in GigaOM) is reporting that “a very reliable” tipster told him “that Skype is almost ready to launch [an] iPhone version, perhaps as soon as next week.” Next week being the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas, where the big wireless companies get together to pat themselves on the back for stuff like fixing mobile broadband pricing at $60 per month… Read More

  • End-of-Quarter Layoffs Hit Amazon, IBM, Google, and The New York Times

    With the end of the first quarter of the 2009 almost here, even the strongest companies companies are making last-minute layoffs to shave costs. Today, layoffs were announced across the tech sector, from IBM to Google to Amazon. The biggest layoffs came from IBM, where 5,000 people are losing their jobs in the U.S.. Amazon cut 210 people at three distribution centers in Nevada, Indiana… Read More

  • Noby Noby Boy coming to iPhone

    Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi’s weirdo follow-up game has made, well, not exactly waves in the game community, but perhaps expanding circles of confusion. Guiding your stretchable “boy” around a bizarre world, the goal is to become as long as possible in order to help your girlfriend (who is much bigger) grow out to the outer planets. Sound weird enough? Well, now… Read More

  • DIY your iPhone into a garage door opener

    Losing your garage door opener sucks. And it can be really frustrating to try and find a replacement. But if you’re from the “DIY” school of thought, it can be an opportunity. Now what could you possibly turn into a replacement garage door opener? Read More

  • California May Ban Black Cars

    The California legislature is considering regulating the color of cars and reflectivity of paint to reduce the energy requirements to cool them. A presentation on the proposed legislation by the California Air Resources Board is below. The problem isn’t the color per se, but the reflectivity of the paint overall. And dark colors just don’t reflect well, so they are likely out. Read More

  • Rumor: New Metal Gear has Really Old Snake?

    Konami’s Hideo Kojima is apparently tearing up GDC right now, and Peter Ha sends us this exclusive photo from the press conference. MISSON: THE NEXT MGS, starring a cane-wilding Snake. So, if Snake went by Old Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4, what do we call Snake this time around? Read More

  • Twitter Restores UK SMS Functionality For Vodafone Users; Mysterious Ad Box Gets A Refresh

    Twitter has just announced that it has restored full SMS functionality to customers in the UK who are using Vodafone. While any Twitter user can submit updates via text message, for months only users in North America have been able to receive them (a key part of the service if you don’t have a smart phone). Other countries used to have this functionality, but Twitter began to cut them… Read More

  • Video: Tongue Music is not what you think

    This odd controller lets you make music with your tongue. I can’t quite figure out how it works – it appears that the tongue can be sensed inside and outside of the mouth and Make ponders why the music isn’t “jerky,” which could be a comment on their own technique. However, this could be a great way for the handicapped to make beautiful music and video displays… Read More

  • YouTube EDU Launches, So Go Learn Something

    YouTube EDU launched today, an educational hub “volunteer project sparked by a group of employees who wanted to find a better way to collect and highlight all the great educational content being uploaded to YouTube by colleges and universities” according to a short blurb on the YouTube blog. The official announcement is apparently tomorrow. The site is aggregating videos from dozens… Read More

  • Out of Order 2.0

    Microsoft’s Steven Martin has ironically blown the whistle on an attempt at an “open” coalition that freezes out certain companies. Ironic in that Microsoft and IBM played this game years ago with the WS-I, an industry standards group that pointedly stonewalled Sun Microsystems’ involvement before caving under media pressure. In a Google Groups post Introducing the… Read More

  • Yes, Apple's WWDC will run from June 9-12 at Moscone

    Yup, WWDC will run from June 9-12, more or less as that one guy predicted a few weeks ago. It’s at that Moscone West place, where Apple usually likes to hold its big rally-round-the-flag meetings Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sidekick 2008 free with contract

    You can get a free Sidekick 2008 from LetsTalk.com when you sign up for a new two-year contract with T-Mobile. Or, if you need to extend your contract you can get one for $49. T-Mobile is selling the device directly for $99, so you can save a little moolah with this deal. T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 [LetsTalk.com via dealnews] Read More

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