• Browser Showdown At The Churchill Club; IE 8 Release Candidate Coming This Month

    Representatives from Microsoft (Dean Hachamovitch), Opera (Christen Krogh), Mozilla (Mike Shaver) and Google (Sundar Pichal) met at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley tonight for a panel called “Browsers are Hot Again!”, moderated by Businessweek columnist Steve Wildstrom. The event is timely. There has never been such robust competition in the browser space. Google recently… Read More

  • My chat with Verizon about FIOS

    I’ve been eying FIOS for a few years now – I know Doug has it and likes it – and was just inspired by a commercial on cable to pop by the Verizon site to check on FIOS in Brooklyn. Almost immediately I was shunted into a chat with “Philip” who proceeded to offer me DSL. Phil then encouraged me to “check back” with some regularity, something that would… Read More

  • Nintendo sets industry records in 2008

    Folks may have been renting Xbox 360 titles like mad last year, but that didn’t do much for console sales. The NPD group announced sales figures for the Wii and DS earlier today and the numbers are astonishing. Read More

  • THX teams with Radiient for wireless surround sound

    The fine folks at THX have taken note of the current home theater landscape and deemed it sub-par when it comes to surround sound. That may or may not be true, but I’d like to think someone at THX thought that at some point. Developed in conjunction with Radiient, the THX Roomcaster system taps ultra-wideband wireless technology to unshackle your surround system from its wired overlords. Read More

  • LED watch tells time in a heartbeat

    Trying to find that perfect wristwatch that combines insane Japanese technology with poor fashion sense? Your prayers have been answered. Check out the new EIN Cyber Heartbeat LED. Since the instructions are in Japanese, it’s fairly hard for me to understand, however it appears you read the minutes through the EKG display, and the hours below. Read More

  • Age matters when it comes to web site navigation

    Shocking news, everyone! Age plays a factor in how we figure out web site navigation! According to a new study in the journal Psychology & Marketing, younger kids do better with maps and visual “learning clues” while older kids are better at scanning lists of content. Read More

  • My day with Windows 7

    Windows 7 and I went for a little spin today and I’m pleased to report the old girl is doing quite well. As hard as it is to beleive, I’m not actually a total anti-Windows douche and I was actually very excited to be able to try out a fresh new version of Windows free and much earlier than expected. Read More

  • Experience inauguration overload with DirecTV's Mix channel

    DirecTV has the ultimate inauguration station in case you were planning on watching Obama’s big night at home rather than at your local theater. The mosaic combines eight, high-def stations into one mix that lets you select which station you wanna watch in full screen, high definition. DirecTV has been doing this for a few years with sports but this is probably the first time a President… Read More

  • Congress wants $650 million to subsidize more digital TV converter boxes

    The FCC may not have done enough to promote next month’s transition to digital TV, but that doesn’t mean Your Government has given up on you! Congress has just asked for an additional $650 million to pay for more digital converter box vouchers. Read More

  • Windows 7 Tips and Tricks

    For those of you who have installed Windows 7 Beta, here are some tricks and tricks from lockergnome.com. Read More

  • Gigantic G1 extended battery more than doubles battery life

    Is that a phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me not have to recharge your G1 every two hours? Read More

  • One step closer to a real cloaking device

    Researchers at Duke University have hit another milestone in the creation of a so-called “cloaking” material which would bend electromagnetic radiation around whatever object it surrounds. Of course, this isn’t mad-scientist nonsense but real materials engineering, so they’re going step by step, not by eureka-style leaps and bounds. And like most real scientific… Read More

  • MSI really wants a spot in your living room with the dual-core D130 mini system

    MSI has announced the Wind NetTop D130, making it the first manufacturer to feature a dual-core Atom 330 CPU in a mini system. The company claims that the system will pay for itself within two years, too, based on how energy efficient it is. No reason not to buy one, right? Read More

  • New Mac Minis to use NVIDIA's Ion platform

    Everyone was expecting a Mini refresh at MacWorld, and although the 17-inch MBP is a sweet setup, the Mini has been one of Apple’s more neglected products and people thought it was time. Well, they were sort of right. The new Minis are going to be coming out a little later this year, and they’ll be sporting the NVIDIA Ion platform, which is a combination of the 9400M video… Read More

  • The vulture liquidators are circulating Circuit City's rotting carcass

    Circuit City is currently in process of taking bids on the retailer. Yup, the retailer is trying to sell the whole thing off. It seems that there are two plans in place. First, the company is taking bids on the sale of the entire retailer. If that doesn’t happen, they will turn to liquidators that will buy certain assets and sell it off in the name of [fake] liquidation sales. Is… Read More

  • Help Me Build A TechCrunch House Party Playlist With iLike And Google Friend Connect

    Today, iLike released a social playlist app that lets you create a music playlsit and embed it on any Website. Then through Friend Connect, anyone can sign in and change or add to the playlist. I’ve embedded one below seeded with five songs that I’ve called TechCrunch House Party. Go ahead and add to it, but only good songs, please. Or create your own. Read More

  • Flight 1549 lands in Hudson River, all safe

    From Flickr
    Now this is a feel-good story. All 135 people aboard US Airways flight 1549 are safe and sound after a soft water landing and escape into the frigid Hudson River on rafts. I’m not a very good flier and I read this story by Steven Johnson about the relative safety of air travel. The money shot: [MIT Professor Arnold] Barnett calculates that it’s more likely for a young… Read More

  • Is breathalyzer source code fair game?

    Kentucky-based CMI has come under fire on more than one occasion for not turning over the source code used in the breathalyzers that it sells to various law enforcement agencies, citing trade secrets as the reason for keeping the code under wraps. Well that hasn’t sat too well with people who have been pulled over and cited with DUIs, as some of them have claimed that the machines… Read More

  • Hulu Streams Bush's Goodbye And Obama's Hello

    Tonight Hulu will stream outgoing President George W. Bush’s farewell address live. The speech will begin at 5PM PST/8PM EST. On Tuesday, the site will also be streaming President-Elect Obama’s inauguration speech. Read More

  • More support robots headed for the military

    I like the idea of combat robots — not necessarily hunter-killer type robo-soldiers, but more along the lines of support bots like BigDog and these new developments from MIT. The idea, of course, is to reduce not just the number of humans at risk on the field, but to automate dangerous tasks like delivering supplies under fire; after all, the supply line is a weak spot in any army and… Read More

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