• Calling All Coders: Journalism Schools Want You To Save The News Industry

    As newspapers struggle for viability, and media managers attempt to shift presence to the web, a need has arisen for talent with the technical skills of a programmer and the creative skills of a journalist. Over at TechCrunch, we are fortunate to have talented developers who have poured their blood, sweat and tears into making the site what it is today. Northwestern University’s… Read More

  • Our Last Post About Twitter (Today — Maybe)

    If you’ve been reading some of the comments on TechCrunch recently, perhaps you’ve noticed some backlash against our coverage of Twitter. As is usually the case with comments, a small, but vocal minority get all worked up about something and air their grievances — over and over again. And that’s fine. More often than not, the comments are amusing, and sometimes… Read More

  • Layoffs Hit MySpace

    MySpace has let go of as many as 45 employees in the last week, we’ve confirmed. Sources close to the company say that the exact figure may be smaller, but that MySpace has definitely laid off a significant number of people. MySpace has refused to comment on the matter, so it isn’t clear if this was the result of a canceled project, general layoffs, or performance-based cuts. … Read More

  • Boeing told to stop developing high-tech Airborne Laser, Multiple Kill Vehicle

    Yup, we come to CrunchGear for the latest in Department of Defense news. Looks like the DoD (that’s fancy inside-the-beltway talk) is telling Boeing to stop researching its Airborne Laser and Multiple Kill Vehicle. The DoD would rather Boeing spend its time (and taxpayer money) on less Star Wars/Trek-like tech. In other words, build guns and bullets, sure, but try not to focus your… Read More

  • Carol Brady educates about the DTV switch

    Remember the DTV switch? Yeah, it got pushed back a few months but the new deadline of June 12, 2009 is quickly approaching. Have no fear Carol Brady is here! The perpetually positive mother on The Brady Bunch has some handy tips for aging baby boomers about the transition. One look at Florence Henderson and you can tell that she knows her DTV stuff. And she’s very excited to tell you… Read More

  • Rampant Piracy Will Be The Kindle DX’s Savior

    Earlier this week, we got our first glimpse of the Kindle DX, Amazon’s upcoming E-book reader that has taken the original Kindle’s nearly prohibitive $359 price tag and bumped it up to an even more exorbitant $489 for good measure. Granted, the DX has one major improvement: a bigger screen that makes it suitable for textbooks, professional journal articles, and even newspapers. Read More

  • Warning: Your SSD will slow down like a 3.5-inch floppy

    Did you know that solid state drives could suffer from fragmentation and slowdowns? SSDs are basically huge chunks of ultrafast flash memory designed for massive data storage. There are no moving parts but as you read and write to the disks, the quality and speed degrades over time. Read More

  • Voicemail is dead

    Farhad Manjoo at Slate makes a good point: voicemail, the clunky old process of “pressing 1 to play, 9 to delete,” is dead. Transcription services like Google Voice and Spinvox have made the process of getting messages from your phone in audio format obsolete. And good riddance. Read More

  • T-Mobile's CTO, Expect Android devices from 3 manufacturers this year

    T-Mobile is betting big on Android this year. Cole Brodman, T-Mobile’s CTO, We are looking to launch multiple Android-based devices in the second half of this year with three partners, Three he says? HTC and Samsung have already been confirmed by the leaked Android roadmap, but who is the third? Read More

  • Rampant Piracy Will Be The Kindle DX's Savior

    Earlier this week, we got our first glimpse of the Kindle DX, Amazon’s upcoming E-book reader that has taken the original Kindle’s nearly prohibitive $359 price tag and bumped it up to an even more exorbitant $489 for good measure. Granted, the DX has one major improvement: a bigger screen that makes it suitable for textbooks, professional journal articles, and even newspapers. Read More

  • Control your fish tank from your iPhone

    Do you need telemetric data from your fish tank? Do you even have a fish tank? Well, you’re in luck because TankedCAM is a fish tank monitoring and video system for iPhone that allows you to watch your fishy fishes as well as turn on their little fish toys. there’s even a flash demo for those who wish to open and close a dinosaur’s mouth. Read More

  • Animoto Gives Procrastinators A Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner and those of you who are on top of your game have probably already sent a card and arranged to give your mom a thoughtful gift of flowers, candy, or a gift certificate to a spa. For those of you out there who have done none of the above, Animoto, a startup that automatically generates high quality slideshow/music videos from a set of photos, offers… Read More

  • Sobees Latest Horse To Enter The Twitter / Facebook Desktop Client Race

    For a while now, we’ve been tracking a number of companies who are hard at work trying to build the ultimate social networking desktop app. We’ve talked about TweetDeck, Twhirl / Seesmic Desktop, AlertThingy, and there are many more especially if you also include the ones that focus only on Twitter (Tweetie, Nambu, Twitterific, etc.). Another horse in this race that barely gets… Read More

  • T-Mobile's CTO, Expect Android devices from 3 manufacturers this year

    T-Mobile is betting big on Android this year. Cole Brodman, T-Mobile’s CTO, We are looking to launch multiple Android-based devices in the second half of this year with three partners, Three he says? HTC and Samsung have already been confirmed by the leaked Android roadmap, but who is the third? Read More

  • Hackers Temporarily Seize Control Of Google Morocco Domain Name

    Google.co.ma, the domain name for Google Morocco’s search portal, was taken hostage by hackers earlier today reportedly for several hours before the problem got fixed (it’s working fine again now). We got a bunch of tips about it, and the situation lasted long enough for lots of people to take screenshots of the website the domain name briefly pointed to due to the hack. You can… Read More

  • Hand Shaking Is So Medieval. Let's End It.

    Every once in a while we go on a little rant here about something that bugs us. In the past we’ve done hit jobs on email, voicemail and business cards at various times. But there’s one thing that bugs me more than all of those things put together – the ubiquitous hand shake. I’m not just talking about the sweaty palms handshake, which sends shudders down my back. I… Read More

  • Notify.me Brings Instant RSS Updates To Yet Another Browser Toolbar

    Notify.me, a service that delivers instant notifications on your favorite topics the way you would like to receive them (i.e. by SMS, e-mail, IM, desktop app or on the web), is adding a new feature next week that should make its die-hard users primarily very happy. The rest of the world will probably care much less. It’s not that Notify.me at its core isn’t useful, albeit not… Read More

  • Weirdest game mods ever

    Mods are great. The best Tribes games were mods, the duct tape mod fixed Doom 3, and Half-Life was essentially a Quake 2 mod. Well, not really. But you get the idea. Not all mods, however, are level packs or hacked weapons and dialogue. Some are simply unexplainable. Cat-Life? Read More

  • Long exposure shows Roomba's path around your living room

    This is very interesting as well as being just a cool picture. By working out how long it took for a Roomba to go through a room, turning the lights out and figuring out the exposure settings, this photographer managed to catch the path of the sucker throughout the whole process. Read More

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