• CrunchDeals: Price cuts on Acer netbooks

    Looks like prices are dropping on a handful of older Aspire One netbooks, presumably to make way for newer models coming out soon. Prices range from $239 to $279 now, down from $249 to $299. Read More

  • When It Comes To URL Shorteners, bit.ly Is Now The Biggest

    Well, that was fast. No more than a day or two after Twitter switched over to bit.ly as its default link shortener (from TinyURL), bit.ly is now the most popular URL shortening service. According to statistics published by Tweetmeme, bit.ly now accounts for 46 percent of all the short URLs on Twitter over the past 24 hours, while TinyURL’s share is down to 43 percent. Just over a… Read More

  • Video: The magic of Ninja Rocks

    I’m not going try to explain the science behind Ninja Rocks ’cause, well, I don’t fully understand it. But basically, small chunks of spark plug ceramic can pwn tempered glass. It has something to do with the ceramic being a lot harder than the hard, but also brittle, glass. And according to the always accurate Wikipedia, Ninja Rocks are even considered burglary tools by… Read More

  • Saving print: Amazon demands 70 percent of newspaper's revenue for Kindle use

    How is the Kindle DX going to save the newspaper industry when Amazon demands a whopping 70 percent of all revenue, plus the right to license that content (“the mayor said something important today at City Hall”) wherever it chooses? Such is the plight of the Dallas Morning News, and, presumably, other, smaller (compared to the New York Times, Washington Post, etc.) newspapers. Read More

  • Star Trek USB phone lets you boldy go six feet away from your computer

    Time for everyone to cash in on the new Star Trek movie. Brando is no exception with the “Star Trek USB Communicator internet phone,” a $43 VOIP device that resembles an original Star Trek communicator. Read More

  • 2010 World Cup tipped to be mobile TV's coming of age

    Mobile TV—that is, live TV on your cellphone—is still sorta “meh,” it’s fair to say. That’s why the news that the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is seen by some, including Nokia, as the event that will bring the technology to the forefront, is certainly welcome. After all, nothing attracts eyeballs quite like the World Cup—sort of in the same way that… Read More

  • Video Review: SuperSmoker Blue

    The SuperSmoker is an atomizer that sends the taste and nicotine of a four cigarettes into your gullet without flame, smoke, or even any of the nasty chemicals usually found in cigs. As a non-smoker, this thing was a bust but if you’re a jonesing flier, this thing is amazing. Each filter tip contains about four cigarettes worth of puffs and each box contains 24 tips. To use it you charge… Read More

  • Warner Music Says Imeem Is Worthless, And Owes It $4 Million Which It Can't Collect

    How bad are things getting for music streaming startups? We knew that imeem was on the verge of shutting down before getting a last-minute cash infusion from some of its investors, but an SEC filing from Warner Music adds some more details about exactly how dire imeem’s situation is, as well as that of another music startup, Lala. Warner Music Group, an investor in both imeem and… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 24-inch monitor with HDMI for $189

    ZipZoomFly.com has a wheel of a deal on a 24-inch ASUS monitor at $189 with free shipping. And that’s without having to send in any rebates. Read More

  • Brilliant New API Startup Generates 1,000s Of Videos On The Fly

    Stupeflix is a French startup which has come up with a radically new way of creating, processing and editing online video. On the face of it, Stupeflix automatically generates professional looking videos out of pictures, music and videos. If that sounds like Animoto, then you are right, but there are key differences under the hood which make Stupeflix totally different and potentially of… Read More

  • Rumor: Palm Pre launch prep schedule leaked, lacks editing

    We’re going to go ahead and ignore the glaring “Employee Benfits” typo and the fact that “LAUNCH LUNCH!” is in almost deliberately over-the-top caps, and just skip right to assigning this thing its properly sized grain of salt. June 7th was one of the (many) rumored release dates for the Pre, so the dates fit. Plus, Sprint is banking their future on this one… Read More

  • Duke Nukem himself confirms that 3D Realms is done

    Joe Siegler, who had one line in DNII, confirmed last night that 3D Realms was done. It’s not a marketing thing. It’s true. I have nothing further to say at this time. Well, that’s that, I guess. Read More

  • Samsung Alias 2 and Motorola Rival A445 get pictured in the plasticky flesh

    There it is folks, in all of its e-ink keypad glory: the Samsung Alias 2. Rumors indicated that this guy was set for release on May 11th, and the fact that shots of it have started to trickle out lead us to believe that the retail spots have begun to receive their units. Expect to see this guy hit shelves next week. PhoneArena has a few more shots, along with a couple blurry cam shots (one of… Read More

  • Government secrets and more found on hard drives sold on eBay

    You just never know what you’re going to get when buying wares off eBay. You could be purchasing a box of rocks or a used government hard drive that still has security polices, blueprints of facilities, and government employee’s social security numbers. You just never know, eh? Similar data was recently found on drives that where scrutinized for sensitive data purchased by… Read More

  • Garmin Oregon 550 and 550T add GPS to a 3.2-megapixel camera

    This clever little piece of kit is basically a great GPS unit bolted to a 3.2-megapixel camera with 4X zoom. It also has a tri-axial compass so you don’t have to have the unit level to tell your direction. Read More

  • DJ Hero controller makes an appearance

    Presenting the controller for Activision’s upcoming DJ Hero game. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s a turntable with buttons on it. Now we wait for Harmonix to release DJ Band with a dual-turntable setup at which point Activision will respond with DJ Hero World Tour with its own dual-turntable setup. Read More

  • FreshBooks Adds Collaboration Tool To Online Billing Service

    Outsourcing projects is a natural function of the work of freelancer or a small service-oriented business. But juggling multiple time sheets from different contractors and managing projects from a variety of freelancers can be a hassle. Collaboration between freelancers and businesses is key in order to managing efficient projects. FreshBooks, an Toronto-based invoice startup, is adding a… Read More

  • Virgin to trial 200 Mbps service – in ENGLAND

    Hey, you could use fast Internet, right? Like 200 Mbps speeds, right? Like fast fast fast. Like so fast you could cough between saying “lightning” and “fast” and during that cough you could download like all kinds of porn. Well, Virgin Media is offering 200 Mbps service in Ashford in Kent, a tiny town in Southeast England. Read More

  • Dell Mini 10v: $299 and coming this month

    The Dell Mini 10 started shipping a month ago and we are already seeing the next incarnation of the netbook. This time around though, the hot Atom Z-series CPU isn’t an option, but this model is also $100 less than the original. Everything else seems to have survived the cut and the 10v still packs the 120GB HDD, 1GB of memory, and 1.3MP webcam option. Plus, it can be configured with a… Read More

  • Video: Google demos Android 1.5 (Cupcake)

    Sure, Android v1.5 has been fleshed out in excruciating detail in the past few weeks, but there are plenty of people who didn’t get Cupcake early and are clamoring for more. Plus, everyone loves an awkward Google engineer video – though we must say, this guy is a lot less awkward than most of’em. Check out the unintentional Pirate Bay shoutout about 30 seconds in. Read More

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