• CrunchArcade: Microsoft, for the 100th time, denies an Xbox 360 Blu-ray drive


    Flickr’d First Microsoft denied the development of a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360, then reports out of Asia suggested a drive was already on the way. Now a Microsoft rep in the UK has, again, said there won’t be a Blu-ray drive. The story is now officially boring on a global scale. One Neil Thompson parroted the company line regarding the future of physical media, or, really… Read More

  • TripIt Goes Even More Mobile

    TripIt, the service that creates master travel itineraries out of your confirmation emails, has become even more traveler-friendly with a new mobile site. Users can access the site at m.tripit.com with their handheld devices. We’ve been told it works best with Blackberrys, iPhones, and Treos (the shot on the right is obviously how it looks on an iPhone). The new site will support… Read More

  • Imeem Confirms Snocap Acquisition

    After a long search that turned up no other buyers, Shawn Fanning’s startup Snocap is being bought by music social network imeem. We first reported the deal in February. Imeem is officially announcing the deal today. Terms are not being disclosed, but we believe it was less than $5 million—a fire sale price compared to the $10 more than $25 million that was invested in Snocap. Read More

  • Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup

    Amazon’s Web Services experienced another hiccup today. Early this morning, its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) went down for about an hour for at least some customers in the U.S. This follows a major outage of its S3 storage service in February. Companies big and small use EC2 as a virtual data center to run jobs on Amazon’s computers. Customers began reporting problems on the… Read More

  • A Case Study In Personal Brand Destruction

    A minor blogosphere tussle has turned ugly. That’s nothing new; what’s surprising about this particular fight is that one of the participants, Shel Israel, is a well known author and consultant who makes a living advising others on how to avoid the very trap that he fell into himself. In the process Israel has done considerable damage to his personal brand. Israel is a long time PR… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Blow Up Toys Edition

    Mr. Robotato Head at Disneyland’s newest high-tech ride
    CrunchArcade: Hello Kitty Online expansion to launch next year, God save us all
    Toshiba’s ApriPoco helper robot looks innocent for a reason
    H2O2 + Terror Tang = Orange-flavor Alert
    Photo: 150 apps open simultaneously on MacBook Pro Read More

  • LG sort of reveals third Black Label Series phone

    There are zero details regarding the third addition to the BLS, but we do know that it has a 5-megapixel camera and maybe a carbon fiber backplate. More details to come on April 24th. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Decrypted PSP games already on BitTorrent trackers

    That PSP game decrypter I mentioned earlier today? Well, PlayStation Network Store-exclusive games (like Fl0w and Beats) are now appearing on BitTorrent trackers, fully decrypted and ready to play. I think that took, like, three or four hours. I blacked out the name of the uploader and tracker name, out of deference to the community. Doesn’t really matter since it’s invite-only… Read More

  • Yahoo Leak To Reuters: Tomorrow They're Going To Write A Very Stern Letter To Microsoft

    Yahoo leaks to Reuters that they’ll issue a letter tomorrow responding to Microsoft’s letter yesterday. In the letter, Yahoo is expected to very sternly reject Microsoft’s suggestion that its business is deteriorating. You ever see two guys in a bar pushing each other saying “come on, man, let’s do this”? Then the other guy says “come on, I’m… Read More

  • Jive Software Releases Clearspace 2.0, Acquires Jotlet

    Jive Software has released version 2.0 of Clearspace, its collaboration suite for businesses. The company is also announcing that it has acquired Jotlet, makers of online calendar software. Jive provides two products with the Clearspace name, both of which run on the same platform. The one getting upgraded is simply known as “Clearspace” and is used by businesses for internal… Read More

  • Major Google Announcement Monday Evening: Is It BigTable?

    Google is hosting the second of their developer events, called “Campfire One,” on Monday (April 7) evening. Multiple people have forwarded email invitations to me for the event, where Google promises they’ll be “unveiling another exciting technology” to the developer community. The first Campfire One event was held for thirty outside developers on November 1… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Rockstar Games + Mad Doc Software = Rockstar New England


    Rockstar Games announced on Friday the acquisition of Mad Doc Software resulting in the formation of Rockstar New England. The Andover, MA-based software company specializes in AI and networking and worked on Rockstar’s Xbox 360 version of “Bully: Scholarship Edition.” “The team at Mad Doc Software is extremely talented,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. Read More

  • Comcast, Twitter And The Chicken (trust me, I have a point)

    I’ve had a very odd weekend. First, I’ve taken a dozen or so phone calls from concerned relatives and friends over this NYTimes article. But a bigger issue is that the Internet was down in the house starting late Friday night, so I haven’t been online much. On Saturday I called Comcast, my service provider, and a recorded system said it would be back up in 30 minutes. That… Read More

  • Sprint delays WiMAX


    While Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Chicago are currently basking in WiMAX service, the rest of the country will have to wait even longer due to a delay by Sprint. Don’t jump the gun, folks. Sprint just wants there to be more WiMAX enabled devices to accompany the rollout.
    Sprint Nextel spokesman Jeff Chaltas anticipates “several more mobile WiMAX devices will be available… Read More

  • Samsung claims yet another world's first

    So-yeon Lee will be the first Korean to fly into space and accompanying her will be two digital cameras from Samsung. The NV24HD will be the first digital point-and-shoot to be used in space. A GX-20 (DSLR), twin to the Pentax K20D, will also join the fray. I hope they’re sending a slew of ultra wide-angle lenses with that instead of the kit lens. Both cameras underwent shock and… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: PSP games bought on Network Store decrypted, can be played on any system


    Flickr’d Seems some clever coders (or hackers, whatever you want to call ’em) have figured out a way to decrypt PSP games bought from the PlayStation Network Store. The code can only be applied to PSP games that work on said PSP (like, if you buy a PSP game then you can decrypt it using your PSP), but once the game has been decrypted, it can be played on any PSP running a… Read More

  • Photo: 150 apps open simultaneously on MacBook Pro

    So this guy insists he’s not lying. It’s a screen shot of his MacBook Pro (2.2 GHz and 4GB RAM) with 150 programs running simultaneously, smoothly even. He’s activated Exposé so that we can see all of ’em. I do not believe him, but then again, I’m a cynic. Always have been, always will be. I’ve got Mail, Adium, Safari, Firefox, iTunes, Linkinus… Read More

  • FlyTunes iPhone radio service now at 160 channels

    FlyTunes, the service that brings Internet radio to cellphones, has increased the number of channels it offers to 160. When it debuted last January, it had about 50 channels, so more than a 200 percent increase. The new channels run the gamut from news, talk and all sorts of music channels. Provided there’s at least one similar to Sirius’ Area 33, I’m game. Well, if I had… Read More

  • Facebook Chat Launches, For Some

    We’ve received word that Facebook has released its much anticipated chat/IM application to a few unspecified networks. The “pre-launch beta”, as Facebook is calling it, started sometime last night.
    InsideFacebook has some screenshots and a summary of their first impressions. If you’re part of a network that has been given access already, please let us know in the comments. Read More

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