• Help-Key: How to turn the Macworld Keynote into a fun, healthy drinking game

    [photopress:macworld.jpg,full,center]With The Keynote (that Keynote) at 9:00 tomorrow morning, we’re not sure who exactly would buy into a Macworld Keynote Drinking Game other than college students, but it’s an exercise in foolishness any way you look at it, so I had to indulge. Drinking games are meant to be carried out early on weekend evenings with groups of close friends, or… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #292

    At the risk of turning off my Windows and Linux friends, I’m over the moon excited about my first Macworld and Steve Jobs keynote. I asked Mr. Keynote attendee, David Pogue for advice. This is our conversation. Sorry Windows people…this next week is probably going to be annoying, unless you want to switch…and I know you do. Go ahead. Let’s get her done. Then we can all… Read More

  • Plaxo And Facebook Merger Rumors False (So Far)

    We know Plaxo is for sale, presumably looking for north of $100 million and telling people around Silicon Valley that they’ve had an offer for north of $200 million. Revolution Partners, an investment bank, has been pitching them to all the big potential buyers. There are now more rumors about the acquisition; specifically that Facebook is the buyer. VentureBeat is saying they have a… Read More

  • Macworld Expo Keynote Live On TechCrunch Tomorrow

    Tune in to TechCrunch tomorrow for Steve Job’s keynote live blogged from the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. There is no shortage of rumors of floating about, but definitely expect to see an announcement about movie rentals on iTunes, possibly a new iPhone (either with increased memory, 3G or both) and a number of other hardware and software announcements. You can read the fake running… Read More

  • Sony's 1080p camcorder HDR-UX20 looks chubby but awesome

    So it records 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby Digital to 8GB of internal memory, a media card of your choosing, or a DVD-R. It has a good Zeiss lens with optical image stabilization. It records to MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with a variable bitrate and apparently assigns more data to faces by detecting them and altering the regional encoding for that area. So what’s the catch? Not really the price; $1000… Read More

  • This is how you're being tracked when using BitTorrent

    Watch and learn, people. Obviously there are other ways for this to happen, but this should give you a general overview of how it works. There are some counter measures, but nothing is fool proof. Tread lightly is what comes to mind when doing anything that’s deemed to be an act of piracy. Video: How People Are Tracked Using BitTorrent [Torrent Freak] Read More

  • Babbel: Help Me, Help You Learn A New Language

    Foreign languages are hard. There’s no shortage of expensive books and systems claiming to teach you how to gab like a native in only a few short lessons. But traditional methods don’t work for most people as well real world experience and continuous practice. A young German startup is helping language students get that practice and experience through their new language… Read More

  • Qype launches in France, as local reviews space hots up

    Qype, a venture-backed pan-European reviews site, has launched in France, reports TechCrunch France. The move follows UK and German launches which technically makes it the only local review site with a pan-Europe footprint in local language. The site should do well in France which already has among the most vociferous blogging population in Europe, so people are quite used to submitting opinions. Read More

  • CES Leavings: The things they carried

    I was planning on posting this last week but Hickey didn’t send back his list so I decided to add my own. Essentially, I thought it would be cool to see what the CG crew was carrying during CES, offering a glimpse into the one-man-band that is a professional blogger these days. Take a look at our list and give us some recommendations for better/lighter/cooler gear to carry in the future. Read More

  • Attention, Bay Area; Come show us your goods

    Matt and I are in town until the end of the week. If you have any fun or new gadgets/hardware to show off then drop us a line at matt at crunchgear dot com or peterha at crunchgear dot com. Read More

  • European regulation is the one bug Microsoft just can't nuke

    European regulation continues to be a thorn in Microsoft’s side. After years of investigations over alleged anti-competitive practices, the European Commission now has a large body of experienced prosecutors only too ready and willing to take up the cudgels on behalf of European entities, and others. And organisations like Opera Software, the Norway-based web browser company, are only… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Canon lenses, speedlites with deep discounts

    There’s a plethora of lenses to choose from with pretty good prices. The rebates are instant so you won’t have to worry about making any silly deadline. Devin is taking a dump in his pants right now and yelling at me for finding this. Poor guy. A complete list when you hit the link. Read More

  • Newspepper – soft launch for citizen journalism site

    Newspepper, a new UK ‘citizen journalism’ site, has soft-launched its first incarnation with a number of flash videos recorded to showcase the site’s future direction. The site intends (but can’t just yet) to allow people to submit stories and multimedia, and aims to receive these by mobile as well as conventional Web methods – something of a competitive… Read More

  • Fujitsu releases Mac-centric ScanSnap

    It’s pretty much the same as the one we reviewed a few months back, but now it’s catered to the Mac platform and it’s white. It will be available mid-March for $295. Here’s the quick and dirty on what’s new. Read More

  • Case manufacturers and potential new MacBooks: Canaries in coalmines?

    Every few Keynotes we get emails from case manufacturers encouraging us to keep an eye open for new case designs. For example, one designer told us today that they would be ready to ship on Friday “if Steve Jobs announces a new laptop.” While we know this is more conjecture and making-up-stuff-ure, looks like the first folks to be hit by a hardware refresh — case… Read More

  • Drop.io Launches Easy Phone-To-MP3 Tool

    New York based Drop.io launched a dead simple “drop box” for files last November. The service is online storage on the back end, with a very simple/clean user interface and upload features on the front end. It is similar to box.net and a number of other startups. Users can upload files via a Flash tool or by simply emailing files to a designated address. Files an also be uploaded via… Read More

  • SuccessFactors Releases 71st Version of Its Employee Management Software

    You know a company’s trying hard to promote a new version of its software when it puts together an acronym to describe it. SuccessFactors, provider of hosted enterprise software for “performance and talent management”, has opted for ULTRA: User Delight, Leading-Edge Innovation, Technology Agnostic, Results-Focused Capabilities, and Advanced Integration. I’m not… Read More

  • Latest 2600 magazine asks what happened to the warez scene

    [photopress:2600winter08.jpg,full,right] We wrote a brief primer on piracy a few months ago, discussing the ins and outs of several different methods of getting your free, daily fix of music, movies and software. This quarter’s issue of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly (you can usually find it semi-hidden in the computer magazine section of Barnes & Noble) has an article on piracy you… Read More

  • Porn industry turns its sexy back on HD DVD format

    The pornography industry, ever-delivering the deciding blow (pun intended) in video format wars, looks to be jumping mid-race from one pony to another. See first the industry picked the HD DVD pony. Then that pony stumbled and has currently commenced its falling-down sequence, so Porn jumped onto the Blu-ray pony as it was passing the HD DVD pony, which it started to do a couple of weeks… Read More

  • Google updates iPhone interface

    Jeez, get a room you two. Google’s all like, “Oh Apple iPhone, you’re so pretty. Sit at my table won’t you? I’ve upgraded myself to run much faster and sexier on your Safari browser. Look how fast Gmail loads now.” Then Apple’s all, “Hey Google, sorry I haven’t called in a while. Thanks for the upgrade, you’re looking real good. Have… Read More

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