• Daily Crunch: Hello Doggy Edition

    Not a Halo 3 post
    Hello Kitty AK-47
    Drobo’s bastard, toaster cousin
    Granny smashes Comcast equipment with claw hammer
    Rescue Dog to the rescue! Read More

  • CSI:NY Comes To Second Life Wednesday

    Second Life is bracing itself for an influx of new members this coming week with the long awaited episode of CSI:NY does Second Life to be shown in the United States on Wednesday. The episode will see Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) entering Second Life to pursue a killer who has killed a Second Life user in a case of virtual stalking gone too far. CSI:NY fans will be encouraged to join Second Life… Read More

  • YieldBuild Will Try To Optimize AdSense, Pay You More

    Simply slapping AdSense on your site is one of the easiest, but not necessarily best, ways to monetize your website. There are a lot of factors that go into getting the most out of your ad units. They range from placement, color, ad network, or even time of day. Each of these factors can affect ad performance YieldBuild, a new service from the company that launched HubPages, will take a stab… Read More

  • Win a Heroes edition Xbox 360 from Amazon

    The good folks over at Amazon have teamed up with artist Tim Sale to bring 90 lucky winners a limited edition silk-screened Heroes edition Xbox 360, Xbox 360 HD DVD drive and Heroes Season One on HD DVD. The contest started this last Monday and runs through till November 15th. Three winners will be plucked at random each day for the hot and exclusive bundle. If you’re a n00b to HD then… Read More

  • Toshiba + Microsoft = New HD-DVD Xbox to fight Apple TV?

    According to leakers at Toshiba, Microsoft is planning a new Xbox 360 that will include integrated HD-DVD playback at 1080p, and will also include upgraded wireless capabilities and a larger internal hard drive. We’re filing this one under “well no duh”, as those improvements all make total sense. What’s also interesting is that Toshiba’s bigmouth is stating it will… Read More

  • Doerr Wants To Take Down The Telcos (And Save The Planet)

    On the final panel at Web 2.0, Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist John Doerr really went after the cellular telecom companies (Verizon and AT&T), explaining why he is fighting so hard to influence the rules of the next auction of 700MHz wireless spectrum. Doerr is on the board of Google, which has committed to bid $4.6 billion in the auction, and is an investor in Frontline Wireless, which… Read More

  • The strange case of Mr Hyde

    On July 7 this year a 23-year-old part-time cameraman started a venture known as StartupWeekend where he planned to create, with others, a startup in one weekend. Since then he has begun a global odyssey to create a startup in many cities, and next month he lands in London and Dublin. But for this Web 2.0 version of Phileas Fogg, the sailing around the world has not been all plain. The… Read More

  • Clearwire launches PC card for mobile broadband

    Now this is what I’m talking about. I keep hearing about Clearwire and their “wireless” broadband. While it technically is wireless, meaning that you don’t need to run any cable to your house, it’s not “wireless” in the way that we generally use the word “wireless”, meaning truly mobile. Clearwire till now has had you rely on a base… Read More

  • AP investigation finds Comcast blocking Internet traffic

    The AP has confirmed what we already knew: Comcast uses traffic shaping to slow down your Internet connection. Thanks, Comcast! Yup, the AP ran a bunch of tests nationwide to determine if user complaints (like mine, but directed at Time Warner) were valid, or just a bunch of nerds complaining for the sake of it. Like I and many others have pointed out, the AP discovered that downloading… Read More

  • Rescue Dog to the rescue!

    I live in an earthquake zone. It is called Seattle. We don’t have many rumblers here, but when we do, they’re pretty serious. Just a few years ago the mighty Nisqually quake dropped the block my apartment was on six inches. The whole block. Were the quake any harder, the building might have come down around me. If I didn’t die, I’d likely be trapped, as that building… Read More

  • Leopard gone gold, Apple posts 'how to' video

    Leopard has gone gold, with Apple declaring Build 9A581, which has not been leaked on the Internet yet, the winner. As such, Cupertino today posted a cute little “What’s Leopard?” video on its Web site. There’s no real heavy lifting in the video, especially for those of us who have been following its development like we’re the paparazzi, but it’s still… Read More

  • Amazon's $100,000 Startup Challenge

    Anyone out there with a great idea for building a startup around Amazon Web Services can enter a $100,000 challenge that Amazon is sponsoring. Amazon’s collection of Web infrastructure services include hosted storage (S3), compute cycles (EC2), computer-to-computer messaging (SQS), payments (FPS), and an on-demand workforce (Mechanical Turk). AWS has already attracted more than… Read More

  • Care for some Rice-A-Roni?

    I’ve just returned from Seoul, S. Korea and now I’m in San Francisco to cover CTIA next week. If anyone is interested in grabbing a drink and talking gadgets or you have some products to show then drop me a line, peter ha at crunchgear dot com. Read More

  • Hands on with the Sprint HTC Touch

    I know you’ve already heard about the Touch from Vince, but I arrived in San Francisco today and waiting for me was the Sprint Touch, which goes on sale November 4th. I haven’t slept in, I don’t even know how long, so we’ll leave this to an unboxing. A full review of the Touch on Sprint’s network coming at you…soon…probably next week…maybe this weekend. Read More

  • Flickr To Add Online Photo Editing Tools Via Picnik

    Fotoflexer may be my personal favorite among the many online photo editing tools, but Flickr has chosen Seattle-based Picnik to handle the long requested photo editing feature for Flickr users. Currently, you can rotate photos on Flickr, but the editing stops there. When the new tools launch, users will be able to edit photos more extensively using the Picnik Flash based tools (see our… Read More

  • Granny smashes Comcast equipment with claw hammer

    Being a former Comcast customer, I can understand how one could get angry at the company for providing mediocre service. But being angry doesn’t even compare to what 75-year-old Mona Shaw did. When Comcast didn’t show up to install the Triple Play package in her home (Cable, VoIP, Internet), she scheduled another appointment. The second time, the installation team didn’t… Read More

  • Surprise Surprise: Xbox 360 outsells Wii in September

    I can’t quite put my finger on it, but somehow, the Xbox 360 outsold the infamous Nintendo Wii for the month of September. Seeking Alpha reports that 527,800 Xbox 360 consoles were sold during September, compared to the Wii’s 501,000. Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite console, the Playstation 3, took a slight slump in sales, turning out only 119,800 units for the… Read More

  • Joost Coming To The Browser?

    Joost CEO Mike Volpi just suggested on stage at Web 2.0 that Joost is working on a browser-based version of its peer-to-peer Internet TV service. “At some point, when we can deliver the quality that Joost is known for, we will deliver an in-browser experience,” he told the audience here. I got up and asked him if he faces any legacy issues, since Joost is based on a… Read More

  • Ballmer: Microsoft is a three year old basketball player

    Oh Ballmie. You so crazy. I love following your antics, especially when it comes to Google. Don’t ever change, kay? Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer recently referred to his company as a three year old child playing basketball against a 12-year old (Google). The three year old is named Johnny. Read More

  • InterviewUp Wants to Make Interviews Less Painful

    InterviewUp is following in Yahoo Answers’ very successful footsteps on Monday by officially launching a site where users can share questions and answers with one another. While Yahoo Answers appeals to people who are itching to ask all types of questions – and others who inexplicably have the time and desire to answer those questions – InterviewUp focuses on the niche of… Read More

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