• Best Buy Tech Tells All

    Consumerist, the site every CEO loves to hate, just ran a huge interview with a former Best Buy employee who essentially said that Geek Squad techs pirated MP3s, sold amateur porn to amateur porn sites, and generally come from that expensive yet dangerous school of IT admins — the Devry. benpopken: Is porn-stealing then a form of insubordination and acting out?
    hashand: Well, more a sense… Read More

  • CrunchGear Budapest Meet-up Registration Page

    I’m 90% certain we’ll hold this on Tuesday night at 7pm at a yet undisclosed venue. If you are attending, please register through the link below. Event Registration Read More

  • Sony VAIO FZ180 Laptop Review

    I’ve spent the past few weeks playing with Sony’s new Vista-driven Vaio FZ180 laptop. It’s thin, white, and packs a Blu-ray drive, but should you plop down two grand for it? Full review after the jump Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Uninvited Guest Edition

    Jason Mask + Bicycle Helmet = Better Breathing
    Who Needs Keys? SmartScan Biometric Scanning Opens Doors to Our Future
    Old Crap-Ass Phones That Cost Way Too Much
    RoboCup: Robots Play Soccer, America Still Hates the Sport
    AMD’s Two TV-tuning Wonder Dongles Read More

  • Japan Knows How to Sell Mobile Phones

    It seems that this is the time for those in the mobile scene to hit the road. While I am sorry to report that I didn’t bring back any images of mobile phone stores from England or France (I must have been busy trying to actually enjoy a vacation), I’m seeing that James Quintana Pearce over at mocoNews did take some time to snap photos of mobile stores in Japan. Having been to Japan… Read More

  • Pass and Go Securely

    Keeping information secure is a rising concern with mobile devices, especially as things get more and more connected. So it comes as welcome news that Secure Computing Corp. has released a new software authentication tool that can generate one-time-use passwords for mobile devices as well as laptops. Information Week is reporting that this new solution, called Safeword MobilePass, is designed… Read More

  • France is into Mobile Games

    Having just returned from Paris, the new report from GfK doesn’t seem the least bit surprising to me. It says that some 2.7 million mobile phone games were downloaded in France in the first quarter of 2007, and the average selling price was EUR 4.29. As with other markets, mobile gaming seems to be on the rise and phone games were being played just about everywhere in the City of Lights. Read More

  • Amazon Unbox Users Just Got Lazier

    TiVo users now have the power to download movies from Amazon via their TV rather than placing orders from a PC. The “Buy on TV’ feature does exactly what it claims to do. TiVo subscribers can rent or purchase movies from the comfort of their couch by using the TiVo remote control. As long as you have a Series2 or Series3 TiVo that has a broadband connection then you’ll never… Read More

  • Rumor: iPhone Firmware Upgrade Coming Soon

    Mobility Today seems to have the scoop on a list of features that will be fixed or added when the iPhone receives its first firmware upgrade. When that upgrade will show up is anyone’s guess. The list is quite extensive, but the tipster was really excited about a file browser: So anyway a FULL file browser is coming so you can browse just like windows mobile explorer only in the cool… Read More

  • World Of Warcraft Gets Simpsonized

    Found this on a random, late-night YouTube journey. It’s eight minutes of dorked out laughs with that Simpsons touch of humor. Marge and Bart end up playing together in an MMORPG that closely resembles WoW. Good laughs. Read More

  • TiVo Users Get Amazon Movies Direct From Box

    TiVo users will be able to purchase and download movies from Amazon via their set top boxes starting today. TiVo users have been able to purchase or rent movies from Amazon Unbox since March. Previously this required users to make the purchase on the Amazon website. From today, TiVo Series 2 and 3 users will now be able to browse and buy movies without having to use a computer. The NY Times… Read More

  • 217 Million People Play Online Games

    217 million people worldwide play online games, according to new figures released by comScore. The study took into account all sites that provide online or downloadable games but excluded gambling sites. The 217million users account for 28 percent of all people online. Yahoo! Games led the pack, attracting 53 million unique visitors. The fastest-growing Top 10 gaming property was the… Read More

  • Bay Partners Launches Facebook-Apps-Only Fund

    Here’s another indication of the importance of the new Facebook platform: Silicon Valley VC fund Bay Partners has earmarked millions of dollars for investments in startups creating applications for Facebook. The new program, called AppFactory, will be officially launched on Tuesday. Like the Charles River Ventures Quick Start program, the idea is to allow entrepreneurs to raise a… Read More

  • Thank You Readers and Sponsors

    It’s been a while since we’ve said thank you to our readers and sponsors for supporting the site. We’d also like to remind start-ups that there are a handful of demonstration spaces still available for our “August in July” party on July 27. August Capital’s fabulous back patio creates a great environment for networking and creating buzz. Interested… Read More

  • First Round Capital & Bay Partners Invests in Yapta

    More travel startup news tonight after Sidestep’s acquisition of TripUp: Yapta, one of the many Seattle-based travel startups (see Farecast and TripHub too), is announcing its second round of venture capital – $2.3 million from First Round Capital, Bay Partners and other investors. The company has now raised a total of $3 million. Yapta, which launched in May, has a unique approach… Read More

  • SideStep Acquires Travel Social Network TripUp

    Travel search company SideStep has acquired social networking site TripUp for an undisclosed sum. TripUp is a social network focused on travel and includes user-generated travel blogs, photos, videos, maps, and travel reviews. SideStep had previously acquired user generated hotel ratings site TravelPost.com in October 2006. I spoke with SideStep CEO Rob Solomon prior to the announcement. Read More

  • FatFreeCart: Two Carts for the Price of Free

    Online ecommerce was over $100 billion last year. That consists of everything from Amazon.com to the knick knacks people sell on eBay. Last year, PayPal processed about 6% of all online payments worldwide ($11.36 billion). 40% of those sales originated outside of eBay properties, which often requires some kind of online shopping cart to manage the transactions. PayPal has 133 million… Read More

  • AMD's Two TV-tuning Wonder Dongles

    AMD is going to turn your world upside down by transforming your PC into a home theater bursting with features. The introduction of two ATI TV Wonder USB dongles will convert your PC or laptop into a DVR for your HD content. The TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe gives you the ability to record your cable and local broadcasting while also boasting the ability to record QAM stations via ClearQAM tuning… Read More

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Leopard: Rounded Corners For the Win

    Leopard will soon be purring on a Mac near you, but I bet you didn’t know that its window corners are rounded. Nor did you know that the contextual menu (when you right-click something) has additional entries in it like “Automator” and “Send [picture] to Bluetooth device.” Did you know, smarty pants? APC Mag compiled a list of 10 things “you didn’t… Read More

  • Geek Trends: On Innovation

    Ever notice how the fancier electronics get, the less productive they become? Yea me too, and it’s a problem. Sure that 16,000 function cell phone/PDA/radiation detector/meteor deflector/oral hygiene device looks cool, but do you really need all of that crap? The answer is no, you don’t. And I’ll tell you why. Read More

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