• Blockbuster OnDemand unboxed

    The BlockBuster OnDemand set-top streamer is now available and for those interested in the nitty gritty, here are some of the first screen caps and product shots by Dave Zatz. So far it seems like the set-top box is just your average, post-beta but not quite production ready device. The big surprise for me is that Blockbuster OnDemand is not purely a streaming service. Video can be played… Read More

  • More robot ocean-gliders taking to the seas

    We mentioned these ocean-heat-powered water gliders quite some time ago, and it seems they’ve become more popular in the mean time. These unmanned aquatic vehicles have proven to be a very efficient way of mapping and monitoring the oceans, and new types are being created by oceanographers to investigate this or that quantity or location. I saw one in motion on the BBC series Oceans, and… Read More

  • Scott E Vest does that Cyber Monday thing, too: Microfleece Pullover for $20 less

    Heads up, people who need a jacket with 4,500 discrete pockets. Scott E Vest, in honor of Cyber Monday, is extending its Thanksgiving sale through midnight tonight. That means you can grab the Microfleece Pullover for $40, which is a $20 savings. (You need to use the promo code SAVE20.) You can also get the Scott Jordan Signature System for $270 (when using the SAVE70 promo code), which is a… Read More

  • Reevoo hunkers down on staffing to burn slower for longer

    Following the news today that Trutap is dropping to a skeleton operation, another UK Web startup is hunkering down amid the turmoil of the economic crisis. Reevoo, a B2B customer reviews site, has told seven (7) of its 31 staff that their jobs are now technically “at risk”. Although no staff have actually been let go as yet, staff and management are in consultation about what… Read More

  • Help Key: Why, When, and Where should you buy a DSLR?

    With the launch of multiple DSLRs including today’s Nikon D3X, camera manufacturers are ready and waiting for you to buy their wares. But should you? Read More

  • 16-layer 400GB optical disc from Pioneer

    DigiTimes is reporting on Pioneer’s new layered optical disc. Each of the disc’s 16 layers holds 25GB, for a total storage capacity of 400GB. That’s 8x the storage on a double-layer Blu-Ray disc, which according to my CrunchGear companions holds an awful lot of porn. The new discs use a reflective layer, but should be compatible in existing Blu-Ray players, according to… Read More

  • Pownce Deadpooled, Team Moves To Six Apart

    Pownce, the media-rich Twitter competitor once labeled by the New York Times as “the hottest startup in Silicon Valley”, is headed to the deadpool after being acquired by Six Apart. The service, which was co-founded by Digg’s Kevin Rose along with Leah Culver and Daniel Burka, will be closing its doors on December 15. Users will be able to export their accounts to other… Read More

  • Update on the Wal-Mart Black Friday death: Police having hard time identifying those responsible

    No story has ever annoyed me as much as the Black Friday death that occurred at a Long Island Wal-Mart last week. What’s worse is that, right now, it doesn’t look like the police will be able to identify the perpetrators. They’ll walk away scot-free, content with having bought some piece of garbage widget for $5 less than they would have paid on any other day. That, and… Read More

  • Cyber Monday CrunchDeals Round-up

    I’ll be adding to this list all day, so keep checking back for more stuff. If you find any killer deals, feel free to drop them in the comments section and I’ll add them. Amazon Smartparts SP1100B 11.3-Inch Digital Photo Frame for $99.99 Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 for $24.99 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 for $69.99 Belkin N1 Wireless Router for… Read More

  • Trutap decimates headcount, keeps skeleton staff, looks for sale

    Trutap, a leading UK mobile startup, is to let go almost 80% of its staff after failing to hit its window for a second round of funding. The blow comes only a month after the launch of its latest software application for aggregating social networks on the mobile, the milestone of over 250,000 users and the launch of a revenue-raising advertising platform. Trutap is headed-up by co-founder, CEO… Read More

  • Making Galaxies fun again: An interview with the developers of the Star Wars Galaxies PreCU Emulation Project

    Flickr’d There’s a group of developers who are trying to resurrect the old, fun version Star Wars Galaxies with the Star Wars Galaxies PreCU Emulation Project. The “CU” stands for Combat Upgrade, a term Sony Online Entertainment, the game’s harebrained developers, concocted to described the game-breaking changes it made to the combat engine. Longtime players… Read More

  • My Mojo HD is gone

    What a bad day. Long story but to top it off, Mojo HD is gone. My TiVo just informed me that the station has been removed from my Comcast lineup. No more Zane Lamprey on the best, damn drinking TV show ever: Three Sheets. MojoHD, previously InHD, was a pioneer in the HD world with one of the first 100% HD lineup but now that almost every mainstream station has a high-def feed, the suits in… Read More

  • Renesas to unveil full HD video processor for cell phones

    The days for Japan’s mobile digital TV standard One-Seg may be counted Renesas, the world’s biggest manufacturer of microcontrollers, is planning to unveil a processor that will make it possible to view full HD video in 30fps on cell phones during the ISSCC 2009 (International Solid State Circuits Conference) that will take place in San Francisco from February 8 to 12… Read More

  • QiGi 6 offers Windows Mobile 6.1 or Android – but not both

    Looking to dabble with Android, but the T-Mobile G1’s wonky banana-chin just doesn’t fit the bill? Well, how about a random touchscreen handset from an obscure Chinese manufacturer, instead? As an added bonus, this one actually comes in two flavors: Android, or Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro. Unfortunately it’s a one-or-the-other setup – there’s no dual booting to be… Read More

  • FBI Using Widgets To Fight The World's Most Notorious Criminals

    The FBI emailed us today – never a good sign – to let us know about their updated top ten fugitives widget. It’s a big improvement on the eyesore that they released a year ago. Get it here. Read More

  • Outgoing FCC Chairman Wants to Rid The Wireless Web Of Porn. Good Luck With That.

    In the waning days of his leadership at the FCC, chairman Kevin J. Martin is trying to push through some striking initiatives in his last chance to leave his mark on the agency. On Election Day, for instance, the FCC approved unlicensed use for white-space TV spectrum (aka, WiFi 2.0) that is being freed up. Now Martin wants to rid the wireless Web of porn. One of the issues he plans to tackle… Read More

  • Is this Sony’s upcoming netbook?

    The above image may or may not be a netbook-type computer from Sony. According to some mysterious FCC documents (which, conveniently, I can’t find anywhere were found by charliex using something called “the Google”) there are two separate model numbers — the PCG-1P1L and the PCG-1P2L – and tests have been performed on Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G data connections… Read More

  • Video: O, Obama, what ever will you do without your BlackBerry?

    It seems people still watch the ABC network, specifically Good Morning America. I guess that’s why President-elect Obama agreed to a Barbara Walters interview. He addresses a whole bunch of “stuff,” but all we really care about is, What will he do without his BlackBerry? This short clip (fast forward to 1:15 for the BlackBerry part) explains Obama’s plan. Sounds like… Read More

  • Megaman's time of month

    megaman by ~eluted on deviantART Tools of the Trade: menstrual fluid, ink Read More

  • Verizon looks at what everyone else is selling, drops Omnia to $199

    Step one of pricing a product: look at what the competitors are getting for theirs. Now, let’s see here: AT&T has the iPhone 3G, which is blessed with the insta-hype generating Apple logo on the back, selling at $199. T-Mobile has the G1, an object of much desire to many a geek as the first Android handset to hit the market, for $179. So when Verizon was finally ready to push out… Read More

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