• NeXT Computer Unboxing, Twenty Years Later

    Peter Urban at Smibs managed to find a rare NeXT Computer on eBay, and paid $400 to obtain the machine which was originally sold for $6,500. He unboxes it in the video below. NeXT is the company Steve Jobs founded after he was booted from Apple in 1985. They originally made these extremely high end, high priced computers, but eventually moved to an all-software model. It’s a… Read More

  • High-speed internet on high-speed trains

    Shinkansen by Bistrosavage When I was in Sweden last year, I enjoyed the fact that the rail service taking me from Malmö to Linköping offered WiFi on the trains, utilizing a combination of satellite, 3G and GSM for the uplink. I didn’t end up using it, choosing instead to sleep, but it was a reassuring feeling to know that I could Twitter my heart out should the feeling strike me in… Read More

  • T-Mobile kills off upgrade fees, wants to keep customers

    Good news, T-Mobile fanboys and girls!  T-Mobile will no longer be charging customers its customary $18 ‘Handset Upgrade Fee’ when they want to buy a new mobile device (but apparently it won’t be refunding any recent customer upgrade fees). It’s about effing time that one of the major mobile companies realizes that the best way to retain customers is to not treat us… Read More

  • Asus ‘Galaxy 7’ smartphone looking somewhat dapper

    Asus appears to be taking various pages from the playbooks of its competitors with the Galaxy 7, a WinMo smartphone with a big 800×480 touchscreen, TouchFlo-like UI, and BlackBerry-esque trackball. Russian site Mobile-Review got a hands-on with an early version of the device – formally called the P835 – and found the build quality to be excellent (metal battery cover… Read More

  • Google Exec Brian O'Shaughnessy Leaves To Run Skype PR

    This is a loss for Google. Brian O’Shaughnessy, one of the good guys of PR, is leaving Google to run communications for eBay-owned Skype. His last day at Google will be this week. O’Shaughnessy oversaw communications for all of Google’s user-focused products, including YouTube, Search (Google Chrome), Apps (OpenSocial), Geo (Google Earth), and Mobile (Android). This is the… Read More

  • 1983 Sears circular shows just how far video games have come

    You kids don’t know who good you have it these days. Take a look at this 1983 Sears circular showcasing only the newest, hottest video games. So while you’re tooling around Albion in Fable II or dying over and over again in LittleBigPlanet, think of those poor souls in 1983. All they had to look forward to was Missle Command and Defender. But for you cubicle dwellers, this should… Read More

  • New wind turbine for residential use to come soon

    Japan-based housing and environmental equipment maker Nikko [JP] today said it plans to mass-produce a tiny wind turbine for home use by October next year. Nikko claims their new wind turbine unit will cost somewhere between $5,600 and $6,700 and is just 2 meters in diameter. The company currently has a small wind turbine in its line-up that costs $11,000, which seems to be too much to enter… Read More

  • Those PSP2 rumors are wildly innacurate

    Flickr’d The rumors are wrong, Virginia, and Sony is not actively working on the PSP2. Rather, Sony is moving developers away from UMD and toward digital distribution, using the PSP store. Somehow, this was transformed into, “OMG SONY WORKING ON PSP2.” So all of that PSP2-next-year talk is nonsense, officially. Read More

  • LG KP500 Cookie launches in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, and the UK

    It’s been a few months since we first heard about the LG KP500 “Cookie”, but it has finally made its way onto the shelves in various parts of the world. Even after all this time, I still have a little bit of trouble calling the phone the “Cookie” without hurting a little inside. As expected, the Cookie KP500 will set you back right around $220 USD (£99). Read More

  • Quarter-scale RC tank can pull a car behind it

    Looking for a last-minute gift idea? Here’s a full-working 1/4-sized tank “powered by two, 500 watt 24 volt motors which are so powerful that it can pull a car on a level surface,” according to the Sun. The tank is a six-foot long replica of a German King Tiger, with “a fully working turret and a 2ft long gun with realistic recoil action.” Wow. While you… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Samsung 24-inch monitor for $269.99

    Buy.com has the 24-inch Samsung 2433BW monitor for just $269.99 after a $30 mail-in rebate good until the end of the year. Plus, if you buy it today or tomorrow and pay with Paypal, you’ll get another $10 off. Shipping is free. The monitor features a 1920×1200 resolution, 5ms response time, 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and analog and DVI inputs. What’s missing? Some might… Read More

  • Meet the Kitchen Robot (in 10 years, it will do your dishes)

    A group of researchers from Panasonic and Japan’s finest academic institution, the University of Tokyo has developed a robot for kitchen use. The aptly named Kitchen Robot was demonstrated to Japanese reporters yesterday at the university’s campus in Tokyo. The robot is able to clean dishes, bowls, spoons, forks and similar items without fail (without breaking them). It can… Read More

  • Empire: Total War video spotted

    http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/cne_flash/production/media_player/proteus/one/proteus2.swf  Videos like this make me want to turn on my PC again. In Empire: Total War you are given the chance to fight for independence and glory. Additionally the game features an open ended campaign and a new game mode. All of this and more can be found on Gamespot’s exclusive preview on Empire… Read More

  • Amiando Releases Ticketing API

    Event ticketing service Amiando (we are using them for the Crunchies) wants to spread its ticketing service throughout the Web. It has a new Community Ticketing feature that lets websites and social networks embed the ticketing functionality into their sites instead of linking off to Amiando. Here is the API. Amiando is offering to waive $200 from its fee for the first 50 TechCrunch readers… Read More

  • New York City 3D Google Earth maps have been updated & now they're hi-res

    Google, the company, has updated the 3D maps of New York City, the city, in Google Earth. So now when you’re cruising, virtually, around the city that never sleeps you’ll be able to view higher res buildings. No, it’s not the biggest news of the day, but it could be helpful when trying to whittle away the hours while at the office or in class. And really, that’s all… Read More

  • "Cupcake" roadmap tells tales of video recording, stereo bluetooth and more coming to Android

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/software/Android_to_Get_Video_Recording_Stereo_Bluetooth_and_More’; Oh, Android – How do I love thee? Let me count the ways; I love that you’ve essentially eliminated the need to hypothesize what might be coming in future firmware updates as, due to your open source nature, it’s put out there for all to see. I love that.. well… Read More

  • More upcoming Motorola '09 phone hotness

    We were treated to some upcoming Motorola phones 24 hours ago and now we have three more via the Boy Genius. Also like yesterday, details like price, release date, and OS are absent, but at least we have some great pics. The Niagra, pictured above, has some RAZR juice running through its circuit. The other two phones, Calgary and Harmony, are destined to become “free phones.”… Read More

  • Death to the embargo, CrunchGear MobileCrunch edition

    (Biggs posted this on our sister site, CrunchGear. In hopes of slowing the barrage of e-mails and IMs, I’m posting it here, too. -Greg) I’ve been a full-time blogger for nigh on five years and a journalist for almost ten. In all those years I’ve signed NDAs and followed embargoes with reckless abandon, potentially John Hancock-ing my life away just so I could look at a… Read More

  • More upcoming Motorola '09 phone hotness

    We were treated to some upcoming Motorola phones 24 hours ago and now we have three more. Also like yesterday, details like price, release date, and OS are absent, but at least we have some great pics. The Niagra, pictured above, has some RAZR juice running through its circuit. The other two phones, Calgary and Harmony, are destined to become “free phones.” (pics after the jump)… Read More

  • Mashup Culture Under Attack: Mixwit Goes The Way Of Muxtape

    The digital mixtape is dying on the Web. The RIAA is killing it just like it tries to kill anything that smacks of consumer-driven innovation. Digital mixtapes are nothing more than shared playlists. Sites that make it easy to create and share music in this fashion are shutting down left and right. Muxtape bowed to legal pressure from the RIAA earlier this year, and now Mixwit is shutting… Read More

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