• Speaking Of Competition, Google's Search Market Share Just Went Up Again In August To 63%

    Just as Google is trying to deflect growing antitrust concerns (see previous post), its core search market share also keeps on growing. ComScore’s August search engine market share numbers came out today—via Citi analyst Mark Mahaney—and are reproduced above. Its share of U.S. search queries rose in August to 63 percent, from 61.9 percent in July. Looks like its march… Read More

  • Shuttle D10 with 7-inch LCD touchscreen

    My personal jury is still out when it comes to computers with built-in touchscreens. On laptops, sure, go for it. On desktops, eh, I don’t know. Take the Shuttle D10, for instance. It’s got a 7-inch LCD screen built into it. Okay, I guess, but the screen’s only got an 800×480 resolution according to Akihabara. You’re gonna need to hook a monitor up to it no… Read More

  • What's the deal with those Seinfeld, Microsoft ads? We know the truth

    Yesterday, we told you that the Seinfeld ads were being axed and we were 80 percent right. Microsoft will roll out the next phase of their marketing campaign sans Seinfeld. However, this doesn’t mean that Seinfeld is out for good. In fact, there are multiple spots remaining, but it’s unknown at the moment when they will roll. There’s obvious confusion going around with… Read More

  • I got my first real Screechophone/bought it at the five and dime

    Larry Cotton’s Screechophone from Mark Frauenfelder on Vimeo. The Screechophone uses the “playing card in the spokes of a bicycle” effect to play certain frequencies. This particular device was built and destroyed in a… Read More

  • Schmap launches Schmap.me map sharing service

    Schmap, the folks behind the awesome (and free!) city guide service of the same name, today launched a new map sharing service called Schmap.me. Schmap.me’s entire purpose is to make map distribution dead simple. You pick a keyword, punch in your address and any other details you want to share, and you’re given a permalink URL to send out to your friends and family as a vCard or… Read More

  • Lexar partnering with Eye-Fi on Shoot-N-Sync Wi-Fi memory card

    Today, Lexar Media announced an Eye-Fi connected 2GB SD card dubbed Shoot-N-Sync. If you recall, Lexar and Eye-Fi released a statement way back in January at CES that something was in the works. It does all the glorious things the Eye-Fi card does, but it’s now coming from a legitimate memory card manufacturer. The SNS is classless, but I’m told that a conservative guess at speed… Read More

  • Hitachi and Panasonic get in bed over flat-panel screens

    The flat-panel biz tends to be like an old folks home, with everyone sleeping around. The latest hook-up is the signing of a “memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation with the goal of further promoting and strengthening the flat-panel TV and display panel for TV businesses’ by Hitachi and Panasonic. Read More

  • Uwe Boll made himself a video game called 1968 Tunnel Rats

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=40153 Who can’t get enough of Uwe Boll, the loudmouth German director who hates everyone and everything? Good luck for us, then, as Mr. Boll is in the news again, bless his heart. The man is creating a video game, and he wants to call it 1968 Tunnel Rats. Swoon. That up there is the game’s trailer. It looks to be a standard first… Read More

  • Lexar to produce Memory Stick Micro (M2)

    Soon Memory Stick Micro users will have another manufacturer option besides Sony or SanDisk with Lexar. The memory firm is going to produce the Sony proprietary flash memory drives in both 2 and 4GB capacities and will be available later this year at what we can only guess will be competitive pricing. Just thinking here, but wouldn’t it be nice to only have one or two flash… Read More

  • Netlog launching language translation for developers

    Following its name change and $6.8m financing round last April, the European social networking site Netlog had already stated an intention to release a developer platform with support for custom APIs. In fact, it plans to become a bit of a European evangelist for OpenSocial. That means developers can use a common set of programming interfaces on sites including Google, Orkut, MySpace, Yahoo! Read More

  • Google Answers Its Antitrust Critics, Sort Of.

    With an antitrust investigation brewing over its advertising deal with Yahoo, Google is going on the offensive in trying to answer its critics and push the deal through. CEO Eric Schmidt told reporters yesterday that all the scrutiny is being orchestrated by Microsoft and that Google plans on going ahead with the deal anyway. Last week, Google’s chief economist Hal Varian gutted a… Read More

  • Yahoo And Rhapsody Team Up For Full Song Playback In Search Results

    Searching for music is one thing, but have you ever wanted to search for an artist and play their songs without needing to visit other sites? If so, Yahoo and Rhapsody have launched a new service that will let you do just that. Staring today, users who search for an artist on Yahoo Search will be able to play the artist’s songs in the search results, thanks to a shortcut sitting at the… Read More

  • Speculate! Could Guitar Hero offer some sort of song subscription model?

    So here’s a juicy little tidbit concerning Guitar Hero. The CEO of Activision Publishing, Mike Griffith, said yesterday at an analysts’ pow-wow that the company is considering different ways of cranking more money out of the plastic guitar game. Big surprise there, of course. Quoth the CEO: Looking even further out, we’re exploring new models, like an annual pass… Read More

  • Boxedup wins angel investment

    This week seems to be seeing a run of investments in startups, despite the doom-laden economic climate. boxedup, a UK-based internet shopping tool, has completed a first round of angel investment from Toby Smallpiece, founder of UK SEO Webgravity and IBNet, both of which he has exited from. He joins the board with co-founders, Chris Osborne and Jeremy Baines, also co-founder of web agency… Read More

  • Antec ‘Skeleton’ open-air PC case

    You guys! Look at this thing! It’s the Skeleton, a PC case from Antec unlike any other PC case you’ve ever seen before. At first glance, I mistook it for a little Weber grill. ROFL! It’s not available yet – coming soon, though – and there’s no pricing information, but here are some quick stats to prime your pump. Four drive bays – two external… Read More

  • $269 MVBD-2510 Blu-ray player coming from Memorex

    Who cares if the first Memorex Blu-ray player lacks the latest key feature? The MVBD-2510 might not be a Profile 2.0 player, and therefore not able to do BD-Live, but the MSRP is $269. At that price, can’t you see retailers slapping a sale sticker on it and selling it for even less on Black Friday or closer to Christmas? Besides, it still has all the standard Blu-ray goodies like… Read More

  • Released Sony Bravia SDK means widgets are coming

    Who hasn’t sat in front of their HDTV thinking about wonderful little apps that could float on top of live TV all widget-like: weather, RSS feeds, webcams, sports scores, anything. Now Sony has released the SDK for its Japanese Bravia TVs with the hope that developers will create such apps. Samsung high-end LCDs have had a similar functionality but Sony is taking it to another… Read More

  • MobileCrunch Giveaway: Kingston 8GB microSDHC Mobility kits

    Being the nice chaps they are, Kingston has dropped off a box of 8GB microSDHC kits for our lovely readers. Each kit contains an 8GB Kingston microSDHC card and adapters for SD, miniSD, and USB. We’ve got 5 to give away, and will be giving one away every 3 days until we run dry. So how do you win? Comment. For every story you comment on during each window of 3 days, you’re entered… Read More

  • Present.ly Takes On TC50 Winner Yammer

    At the Web 2.0 Expo in New York City this week, a new service called Present.ly launched, which takes aim at Yammer by allowing businesses to quickly create a microblog tool that lets employees send short updates to each other in a manner that’s practically identical to Twitter. Yammer, the TechCrunch50 victor, performs the same basic functions as Present.ly, but the latter adds a few… Read More

  • Toshiba lets loose DVR-equipped Regza LCDs


    WTF is up with her smile? File these in the “Crap we can’t get here in the States” drawer. Toshiba’s latest DVR-sport’n LCDs were just announced and because of the included HDD, the stars above state we will not likely see a US counterpart. The ZH7000 series LCD ranges in size from a 42-, 46-, and 52-inch with all of them displaying 1080p at 3,000:1 contrast… Read More

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