• Did The UK Press Con A 104-Year-Old Woman Into Joining Twitter For Digg Bait?

    There’s a popular story on Digg right now about a 104-year-old British woman who uses Twitter. It’s an obvious headline: “World’s oldest Tweeter talks cuppas and casserole.” It’s Digg bait. But what’s worse is that if you examine the story closely, it looks like the UK press may have gotten the poor old lady to sign up for Twitter just for their… Read More

  • Star Trek was screened on the ISS

    Lucky cosmonaut and astronauts. Not only do they get the best corner office view ever, but they also have a legit version of Star Trek downloaded. The three men currently on board the International Space Station received a special copy of the film via NASA and settled into a dark node of the station to enjoy the show yesterday. Read More

  • Linux to finally get DisplayLink drivers

    Linux users have so far been left out of the USB monitor party thanks to non-existent DisplayPort drivers. Not anymore. The source code needed to develop such drivers has been released under the GNU Lesser General Public License V2 (LGPL). Linux developers can now code the drivers necessary for plug ‘n play USB displays. Yay! Read More

  • Video: Spock on the origin of the Vulcan salute

    I bet that you don’t know where the Vulcan salute came from? I also bet that you don’t know Leonard Nimoy himself that suggested the hand gesture for Star Trek and that it comes from his religious background. Click through to watch a short clip on the subject. Read More

  • The Music Store Apple Forgot About

    Last January Apple released iLife ’09, the latest addition to its highly regarded multimedia suite that ships with every new Mac. At the time, much of the media attention went to iPhoto and iMovie, which introduced impressive facial recognition and video stabilization respectively. But me? I was captivated by the GarageBand Lesson Store, a virtual marketplace built into… Read More

  • Not A Typo: Six Apart Opens Up Suite Of Products For Rival WordPress

    Anil Dash, chief evangelist for blogging software platform Six Apart, announced today that blogging platform has launched a a plugin that provides WordPress users with access to a suite of Six Apart’s add-on features for blogs. Dash made the announcement at WordPress blogger convention WordCamp Mid-Atlantic. While some of Six Apart’s functionality have been available to… Read More

  • Wolfram Alpha is ready for you to try

    Wolfram Alpha is a search engine that you can use to compute systematic knowledge immediately. You can put in anything you would like to know and you can compare multiple results with each other. There is no need to know how to search; just type in what you want to know. Read More

  • This Is Getting Ridiculous: Cat Amasses Half A Million Twitter Followers In 3 Months

    Ok, I dig Twitter and I understand why celebrities – who continue to flock to the service as if their careers and social status depend on it – manage to attract massive amounts of users following their every 140-character move, but this is getting plain ludicrous. Meet @Sockington, a cat on Twitter that has succeeded in surpassing the 500,000 follower mark some time… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Down the Line Edition

    Attention: The DustBuster is 30 years old this year
    Spira4u: Car made of foam goes fast, far, and floats
    Man photographs space shuttle from Earth Read More

  • Longer Queries Driving Down Ad Impressions? How About Bankrupt Advertisers?

    Comscore has a fascinating post today talking about the relative decline in paid search ad clicks when compared to search query volume in the U.S. Search queries are up 68% in the last year, but paid clicks are up only 18% in the same period. Comscore says the reason for the decline is that there are less search queries that show ads, and proposes that a reason for less ads is that searches… Read More

  • Digg Lead Architect Joe Stump Teams With Social Thing's Matt Galligan To Found Crash Corp.

    It must be something in the air. Spring perhaps. But when high level employees start to leave perfectly good startups before a liquidity event, there’s usually something pretty important that they think they need to work on. A recent example is Twitter creator Jack Dorsey starting his own mobile payments company. And today we saw Digg’s Lead Architect Joe Stump announce his… Read More

  • MindTouch Offers Collaboration Tools Across Windows Applications

    Opensource wiki developer MindTouch has released a desktop suite of productivity tools that lets you publish and edit information from Windows applications to MindTouch’s wiki. MindTouch’s portal connects teams, enterprise systems, web services and Web 2.0 applications with IT governance, enabling users to access, publish and organize data and systems. Customers include Mozilla… Read More

  • Is Sequoia China in Trouble?

    BEIJING, CHINA– Starbucks is a franchise in China that worked. The company opened locations at the bottom of all the major tourist hotels and downtown areas where returning Chinese, expats and business people traveling to China would pop in for some familiarity and to hold meetings, much like they do in the U.S. For people hoping to mix with that crowd, Starbucks became something of… Read More

  • DIY lightbox and potentially softbox

    This illuminated suitcase idea (first featured in Pulp Fiction) is grand. I might just start carrying a suitcase so I can open it up and blast people with the light of Marcellus Wallace’s soul — I mean some diffused fluorescent lighting. The trouble with this design (if there can be said to be trouble) is that there’s only light on one side. What if, instead of tracing… Read More

  • Beijing TechCrunch Meet Up

    You didn’t think we’d come to China and not organize some kind of meet-up did you? Sillies! We’re hosting a party at Beijing Bookworm, May 20, the evening before the CHINICT conference begins. Tickets are available here. Capacity is extremely limited and we’ve had a lot of demand for this event, so please only sign up if you plan on coming. The party is being organized… Read More

  • Video: Surfing for seniors

    The video after the jump is wonderfully helpful. If you are having a hard time understanding computers, you may want to watch this. Just imagine that the mouse is like the controls for a claw game. It controls the pointer on the screen because, just like as in the claw game, you cannot touch the pointer because it’s behind the glass. Also, make sure that when you press down on the… Read More

  • Roundup of latest SSDs reveals yet another stalemate (a hot one though)

    We’re seeing SSDs popping up more and more, in plain drive form or included with high-performance laptops. There’s lots of news to sift through and it’s easy to get lost and wonder “Are any of these stupid things different from each other apart from capacity?” And the short answer is… yeah. But imagine I’m saying that while looking skeptical and making… Read More

  • Android goes to the hospital

    A pack of medical applications was just released for Android, and it set me a-thinkin’. Although our phones are far from tricorders at this point (but getting closer), Android has a bit more of a versatile position. A powerful smartphone OS and (possibly) a passable netbook or tablet one, it seems like it may be a really good fit for embedded systems. I don’t even want to think… Read More

  • Gambit: Facebook Users Have Deeper Pockets Than Their MySpace Counterparts

    When it comes to the amount of money being made on social networks, it seems like nobody really knows what’s going on. Sure, we occasionally hear about huge paydays for companies like Zynga, but very few people are willing to talk, and even when they do their figures are nearly impossible to verify independently. Gambit, a payment engine that powers the microtransactions for a number… Read More

  • Plant theremin makes weird noises, photosynthesizes

    Improvised and modified instruments are part of any self-respecting weird music creator’s repertoire. As for using plants (and banaynays) as conductive channel for a theremin-like instrument, it’s been done before (by Simian) but not on video, I think. Read More

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