• Parascale Promises Data Center Heaven: Private Cloud Storage At About $1 A Gig

    Web applications require a lot of data storage. All the videos uploaded to YouTube, for example, are estimated to take up more than 500 terabytes of storage. Google’s servers overall process one petabyte of data every hour or so. Google had to create its own Web-scale file system to handle all the data that it processes and stores. As Web-scale computing and the needs of plain-old… Read More

  • CollectiveX Groupsites 2.0 Makes Group Organization Sexy

    CollectiveX, a bootstrapped startup located in Maryland, will roll out version 2 of it’s year old social network collaboration platform today. Full disclosure: the company is a TechCrunch50 Exhibitor (which is a sponsor). In a nutshell, think of CollectiveX as a sort of LinkedIn-type professional social network, with collaboration tools for groups (companies, boards of directors, whatever). Read More

  • PSP+XBox360 keyboard = crazy delicious

    Not sure why this was done, but now that l0rdnic0 at acidmods has done it, it makes perfect sense. After all, typing on the PSP is a pain in the butt and this adds quite a bit of functionality. Sadly, this mod isn’t for the faint of heart. via Giz Read More

  • Blue 8GB Zune available at Frys

    Oh, Frys, how I miss thee. Spotted by Zunerama today is a hot blue 8GB Zune with a bevy of new features that include: “Device to Cloud”, “Games” and “Channels”. Wouldn’t you like to know what said new features are, friend? Well, keep reading then. But, I will give you insight to another new feature that’s pretty self explanatory, “Buy… Read More

  • Darth 64: Use the force, Mario

    This homebrew N64 console – JonJandran’s Darth 64 – contains a complete N64 motherboard and controller in a case that looks pretty damn nice. He has a list of features including a headphone jack and a Gamecube style joystick and D-Pad. He reports that you can actually take this thing apart with a screwdriver, which is impressive for a piece of homebrew hardware. Read More

  • Is Search Really 90% Solved?

    Jessica Guynn has an excellent interview with Google’s Marissa Mayer today about Google’s first ten years (today is arguably Google’s tenth birthday). Good stuff in there – Marissa talks about Google’s accomplishments in search and advertising, and looks forward to a future where cloud computing becomes pervasive. Marissa also says she hopes to still be at the… Read More

  • Apple admits Brit invented iPod

    Kane Kramer claims to have invented the iPod some 30 years ago and Apple is willing to admit that he did, in fact, invent the technology behind the iPod. This fact was disclosed while Apple and Burst.com were in the middle of some legal shenanigans and Apple flew Kramer out from the UK to Cupertino to testify on their behalf. Kramer’s patents and drawings, which he was unable to renew… Read More

  • Apple's "Let's Rock" signage going up, iPhone 2.1 coming

    We’re two days from Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco has been decked out. Yay! Moving on. Ars is reporting that they’ve caught wind from a “little birdie” that Apple will release iPhone firmware 2.1 on Tuesday along with new iPods. So what can we expect from 2.1? Earlier reports suggested better… Read More

  • Spyshots of some Dell peripherals

    Jason from Techware Labs seems to have gotten himself some private time with a new Dell keyboard and mouse and I have no idea whether or not these are worth posting, but maybe some of you periphery freaks will get a kick out of it. A new Dell mouse seems to be a shot across the bow for Logitech. The text around the sensor reads “LaserStream Technology” which is a trademark used… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Wadia 170iTransport iPod dock

    CEDIA is full of iPod docks, but the only one that interested me was the Wadia 170iTransport. It comes from the same company that has been producing uber-high quality, but pricey, digital audio converters since before the last Bush administration. I spent some time with the 170iTransport and walked away fully impressed with the audio and video capabilities. Granted, the unit isn’t… Read More

  • Mitsubishi prices LaserVue TV, better take out a second mortgage

    My hopes of owning such a righteous HDTV have been severely dashed. Mitsubishi has priced their 65-inch LaserVue HDTV that will begin shipping to Diamond stores at the end of this month and you may want to sell your car or take out a second mortgage. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the 65-inch set will cost a smidgen under $7,000, which is on par with other 60+-inch HDTVs, but… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch booth tour: Sharp, where Blu-ray Profile 1.1 and thin LCDs are kings

    Sharp always has one of the sleekest booths at CEDIA. Minimulistic cues abound, I wish I could pull of so much cool in my midwest pad. Anyway, Sharp is showing off their limited edition LCD, a bunch of standard LCDs, and of course, their ‘new’ Blu-ray players that Sharp hopes someone will buy.  Photo set after the jump. Enjoy. Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: eSommelier Wine Cellar Management

    I know, I know, but the eSommelier Wine Cellar system is actually really neat. The product scans a wine bottle, prints off a custom label, catalogs it, and can even provide live temperature and humidity conditions in your cellar. Software control comes from either a stationary touchscreen, or coming soon, a wireless touchpad. The whole system costs around $10k, so obviously, not everyone… Read More

  • No ChaChing For ChaCha Guides

    ChaCha used to be a ridiculous human powered web based search engine that’s best use appeared to be for killing time when bored. They raised a boatload of money from Jeff Bezos and others and eventually switched to an all-mobile interface. They also began offering their platform to third party marketers. But now there are indications that the company is having cash flow issues, even after… Read More

  • Everyone Needs To Calm Down

    I haven’t had a lot of time to jump into the fracas this weekend emerging about TechCrunch50 because the team has been busy organizing the conference, working with the Expert Panelists on scheduling issues and spending hours and hours working with the 52 startups that will be launching at the event to make sure their demos properly reflect what they’ve worked so hard to create. But… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Universal Remote's three new models

    Who doesn’t enjoy a high-end universal remote? After spending sometime with Universal Remote’s latest units, I can tell you that users will certainly enjoy these too. The MX-440 might retail for $249, but the solid build and a striking high-res LCD shouts quality. The big brother, MX-880, easily justifies the higher price of $499 with a bigger screen and better feel along with… Read More

  • Family Tree Wars Continue: MyHeritage Raises Big Round, Shows Impressive Growth

    It’s been just a few days after our post on Geni’s big growth numbers – and now big news from Israeli competitor MyHeritage. The site has grown from 180 million profiles a year ago to 260 million today, they say. Registered users have also grown, from 17 million to 25 million. Compare that to almost 2 million users for Geni. 230 million photos have been uploaded to the… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch: Inside Monster Cable's HDMI cable challenge

    Monster Cable setup a mobile test lab at CEDIA this year, challenging any cable manufacturer to a head-to-head battle. Only one attempted to enter, but didn’t see disclaimer that Monster wanted 4m cables or longer in the match up, and that particular maker didn’t have HDMI cables that long. I know what’s yelled whenever a Monster Cable HDMI story comes up… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch booth tour: Speakercraft – trying something a tad different

    The Speakercarft booth took a different approach than most others at CEDIA ’08. The focus seemed to be the company and building relationships, rather than products. The booth did feature a few of the speaker company’s wares out front, but inside was a bass-pounding good time thanks to Lucent Dossier performers. I don’t think there was another booth at this show that drew… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player

    Oppo has always been a driving force in the upscalling DVD scene. The company was one of the first, and the AV crowd still looks upon with respect, so when the BDP-83 dropped at the DVDO booth, they took notice. Rightfully so too as the BDP-83 is sporting the same killer video processor as the DVDO EDGE. No word on price or availability, but you can assume that the player supports BD… Read More

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