• Another look at the MSI Wind, this time from Denmark

    What can we learn from this MSI Wind video review from our friends in Denmark? It is NOT waterproof. Not really. It’s what everyone on the blogs — on “The Engadget” — is talking about We may see a $100 Atom-based laptop within ten (10!) years Again, the Wind is not waterproof. The OLPC has a waterproof keyboard. Nobody knows when we’ll see the first… Read More

  • Pwnage 2.0.2 hits the streets


    Sure, Gary Krakow says don’t install it but good old Pwnage 2.0.2 with the latest Cydia installer just hit the streets. You’re basically SOL if you try this on an iPhone 3G – it won’t officially “unlock” the phone from your carrier – but regular, older iPhone should take to this like a Nicholas Deleon to a bucket of Coronas. Read More

  • CBS Interactive To Change Its Colors. And Cnet Tests A New Design With Blogs Top And Center.

    It’s been just a little over a month since CBS completed its acquisition of Cnet and some of the first outward signs of the deal can be seen in a forthcoming logo for CBS Interactive that we obtained and a new design for Cnet’s Websites that it is testing in random batches. Judging purely by the design shifts, it appears that the cultures of the acquirer and the acquiree are… Read More

  • Japan’s super-advanced mobile web: Too unique to serve as a global blueprint?

    Over one billion cell phones have been sold worldwide in the last year, but in the US or Europe, the mobile Internet is still catching on relatively slowly. There even was a heated debate in the blogosphere just recently whether the mobile web has a future at all. However, this has never been a question in one specific region of the world: In Japan, since 2006 more people have been accessing… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Lindsey's Chauffeur Edition

    Twitter is down again, Mein Führer
    Ten alternative hybrid car engine noises
    CrunchGirl’s Guide to Gadgets for Your Girl
    Build your own in-car camera mount for about $15
    Sanyo adds new Eneloop batteries to its lineup
    Deutsche robots protect Beijing Olympics Read More

  • How To Demo Your Startup

    Jason Calacanis’ most recent post to his email mailing list is particularly relevant to our audience. He’s spoken with 200 companies in ten minute increments as they give their pitch to be a part of the upcoming TechCrunch50 conference. I agree with all of his thoughts below based on my own experience getting pitched from thousands of startups over the last three years. If you… Read More

  • Jointech throws down the $99 J-PRO JL7100 'Mini Laptop'

    Who says that inflation is driving up the cost of everything? ‘Cause what we have here is a bona fide laptop-ish computer for less than a $100: the Jointech J-PRO JL7100. Sure, it might come from a company we haven’t heard of either, loaded with Windows CE 5.0, and sporting a 7-inch VGA screen, but it’s only a 100 bones. For those still with us, this little guy is equipped with… Read More

  • Microsoft Media Center TV Pack gets official

    The latest upgrade to WMC, codename Fiji, is finally official. We’ll try not to harp on Microsoft to bad about the Windows Media Center TV Pack, but honestly, that’s kind of hard as the pack isn’t what it was suppose to be. Missing is the DirecTV and H.264 video compression support. More importantly though, the good folks at Redmond choose not to allow home theater PC… Read More

  • Mitsubishi i MiEV car coming to California utility companies

    Mitsubishi’s i MiEV has been bouncing around for a while, trying to gain traction for electric cars. The little buggy has been fleet-tested in Japan, and more recently has been announced in Australia. Recently, 10 of the plug-in cars were used to ferry media and officials about at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit. Now, the i MiEV is coming to America. Under a three-year program, two… Read More

  • Union forever: Apple hiring scabs?

    This is pretty round-about but it seems that South Bay Construction has a contract with Apple and has begun to hire non-union labor, thereby inciting the wrath of Carpenters LU 405. What does this mean? Not much, it it just proves that Apple pisses off more than NDAed developers. They piss off people with hammers and saws. Read More

  • Facebook Security Advice: Never Ever Enter Your Passwords On Another Site, Unless We Ask You To

    After the recent outbreak of a worm that hacked user Facebook accounts and disseminated through users contacts, Facebook responded with a post with advice to users on general tips about web security. Facebook head of security Max Kelly, a former FBI computer forensics examiner, wrote a blog post with advice to Facebook users including: As a Facebook user you can help us protect you by doing… Read More

  • Walmart increased HDTV sales during July

    Walmart might lack the style and class of other electronic establishments, but the retail uber-giant realized an July increase of entertainment merchandise. This was led by flat-panel TVs along with video game and digital media. While you might not want to admit to your A/V snob friends, Walmart does offer most decent models at, well, everyday low prices. We aren’t here to debate the… Read More

  • BBC loses precious children’s data

    Really, your child is not that cute. Yes, I’m sure you think your child is adorable, but unfortunately, he, she or it just doesn’t have what we are looking for. Thank you for your time… and your information. The BBC is responsible for a stolen data stick that contained the private information of hundreds of children. The group of children auditioned for an upcoming BBC show… Read More

  • Vonage apparently not so attractive anymore

    Times are tough for Vonage right now as they struggle to gain new customers. During the second quarter of this year, Vonage only signed up 2,080 new customers compared with 56,691 from the same quarter last year. Their struggles boil down to a lack of advertising cashflow, as well as what we can imagine a tremendous competition increase. There was a time when Vonage’s snarky… Read More

  • The Perks Of Being The MySpace CEO Include, Apparently, Paris Hilton

    Facebook may be the king of the Silicon Valley crowd, but Paris Hilton apparently prefers MySpace. 42 year old MySpace cofounder and CEO Chris DeWolfe has been dating 27 year old Paris Hilton for at least a few weeks, sources close to the company confirm. We first got wind of this when we saw DeWolfe in a random video clip with Hilton from last month (see below). He’s also been… Read More

  • How do terrorists drink tea?

    Out of terrorist teapots! If you’re angry at that joke, don’t be mad at me. Instead, direct your anger towards the maker the teapot. On the other hand, if you enjoyed it I expect a high-five the next time I see you. Some features of the teapot are:
    – The menacing teapot should scare most tea drinkers away. Sometimes you just don’t want to share.
    – The mask is… Read More

  • Ridiculous stop-motion video: It so smoooooth

    I tried to make a stop-motion video once. About 8 frames in, I got frustrated and threw my G.I. Joes at the wall. While I won’t pretend to have any idea what’s going on in the video above, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a homemade stop-motion short come out so friggin’ buttery. Helluva job, ultra-dedicated Japanese dude! Read More

  • Yahoo And Google Now Let You Opt Out Of Ads (Because It's Better Than Letting You Opt In)

    All of a sudden, Yahoo and Google want to make it easy for you to opt out of their ad targeting on both their sites and across the Web. Yahoo announced a new one-click opt-out policy today, and Google made it possible to opt out of both Google and Doubleclick ad targeting with one click yesterday. At least Yahoo was honest enough to come out and say that the new policy was a direct response… Read More

  • Linux loves netbooks

    Microsoft won the war over home PC market share a long time ago with their Windows OS. Apple has of course made strides, but despite its popularity, Microsoft retains its stranglehold. However, with the ongoing interest in netbooks, an opportunity for Linux has opened. Read More

  • iPhone: Dial from your GrandCentral number with GrandDialer

    Being that I have a few more cell phones laying around than I actually need, I hearts me some GrandCentral. Thing is, dialing out so that your GrandCentral number shows on caller IDs is a bit of a pain. The mobile site (http://grandcentral.com/mobile) certainly helps, but it’s still a half-dozen extra steps we’d rather not take. Realizing this, GGT Enterprises has gone and… Read More

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