• The Evolution of Pre-Launch Gmail In Screenshots

    When visiting Google yesterday for the unveiling of Gmail Labs, product manager Keith Coleman took us on a tour of the Googleplex’s Building 47. Along the way, we saw Googlers hard at work on Gmail, Reader, Calendar, and other related projects. But the coolest part was a stop in a conference room where Coleman had laid out printed screenshots depicting the evolution of Gmail’s… Read More

  • POIfriend Mashes Up Facebook, Trip Advisor, Yelp and Crams It Onto Your GPS

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F975847%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf POIfriend (pronounced like boyfriend), which has nothing to do with the traditional Hawaiian dish of… Read More

  • Twitter Suffers Minor Period Of Uptime

    Twitter suffered a minor period of uptime last night between database failures. Everything seems back to normal now. Perhaps somebody returned that lost database to them. Please, Twitter, I beg you. Bring Blaine back. Read More

  • Aspiring DJ? How about a $24K reference turntable to get you started?

    “The best gets better!” “A triumph!” “Who shot JR?” All ways of introducing the Acutus Reference, a $24,000 turntable that’s more for Paul van Dyk than your little two-bit basement operation. And for $24K, “your records have never sounded this good before.” I should hope so! Oh, and “you might not make it to work the next… Read More

  • Amazon Down For An Hour And Counting (Updated)

    The Amazon outage, first noticed by Twitter users at as early as 10:24 am PST this morning (I’d link to Twitter except that it’s down), has gone on for an hour now. It’s not necessarily news when a startup has minor downtime, but Amazon loses big revenue for every minute they aren’t out there selling. My PR contacts there aren’t answering the phone, and a message… Read More

  • MPAA gives two printers take-down notices

    I knew that printers could copy documents but can they really copy Iron Man? Researchers at the University of Washington were doing some tests to suss out BitTorrent traffic on their local network when they found a way to spoof traffic from certain IP addresses. After spoofing two printers on their network, the printers received DMCA notices from the MPAA for sharing files like Iron Man and… Read More

  • Ballmer Tells the Washington Post That Print is Toast

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/player/wpniplayer_viral.swf?thisObj=fo254049&vid=060508-17v_title Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sat down for lunch with editors and reporters at the Washington Post and told them print will be dead in ten years: There will be no media consumption left in ten years that is not delivered over an IP network. There will be no newspapers, no… Read More

  • New Millenium Falcon toy in July, now 30% larger!

    Look at the size of this Millenium Falcon toy that’s coming out in July! It’s got some sweet audio clips from the movies built into it, cargo compartments, working loading dock, escape pod hatch, engine noises, glowing lights, weapons, and more. Apparently the original mold for the Millenium Falcon toys fell apart so Hasbro had to build another one, hence the new and improved… Read More

  • How to install Linux on the PS3, or you can win one

    The PS3 has been out for almost two years now, so it’s sorta odd to see a Popular Mechanics article explaining, in painful detail, how to install Linux on the system. But lo and behold, here we are. As you know by now, pretty much all you have to do to turn your PS3 into a fully functional computer—OpenOffice, Firefox, etc.—is download the PS3 version of Ubuntu, backup all… Read More

  • Meet Pekoppa, the plant which listens to your sorrows

    Today Sega Toys presented their newest invention, a plastic plant called Pekoppa [JP, PDF]. The plant will stay inactive until someone communicates with it. If you start speaking, the stem begins to bend. The movement is supposed to resemble a human being’s nod. An IC chip placed in the pot is able to identify rythms in human speech. A current is sent through the stem, which bends… Read More

  • CrunchGear unboxes the Samsung Instinct

    Unlike our delivery woes with the Flip Mino, the Samsung Instinct for Sprint arrived at the NYC CrunchGear office this morning as expected. I’ve been impressed with this phone from the first time I saw it under NDA many months ago. The packaging is nice, but I think all packaging is a waste of money and resources. The Instinct comes with a gaggle of accessories that include: the… Read More

  • Aussie resellers get super secret boxes from Apple

    Oh, whatever could be in this box that Apple resellers in Australia began receiving this morning? All signs indicate that it does not contain a Vegemite sandwich. It looks like Apple is nipping potential global shipping delays in the bud by sending the goods internationally a bit early. The seal on top is pretty clear: open this before June 10th (June 9th in the US, otherwise known as… Read More

  • Icahn Sends Yahoo Another Love Letter. Yahoo Says, Keep Dreaming.

    The letters keep flying back and forth between investor Carl Icahn and Yahoo. On Wednesday, Icahn called for Jerry Yang’s head and characterized its employee retention plan as a “poison pill” intended to kill the Microsoft deal. On Thursday, Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock responded, saying that Icahn was misrepresenting the facts. (He also denied that Yahoo ever turned down a $40… Read More

  • This DVD turns shy boys into Romeos (or not)

    Japan thinks that a video of a couple of women are looking you in the eye for 96 minutes will make you more confident. That’s the content of a DVD [JP] which has been released by Japanese entertainment powerhouse Avex a couple of days ago. The girl in the video is just one of 50 women of different ages and nationalities. So what is this about? The DVD is aimed at curing shyness… Read More

  • Super Mario Bros, Zelda make top 5 worst sequels list

    Ouch. MSNBC comes out swinging with Super Mario Bros. 2 and Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link making the site’s Top 5 worst video game sequels list. The three other games on the list are Driv3r, Twisted Metal III, and Bomberman: Act Zero. Maybe it’s just me, but I enjoyed Super Mario Bros. 2. Zelda 2 was okay, not great, but I wouldn’t put it in the top 5 worst sequels category. Read More

  • Chris DeWolfe, Sean Parker and Jeff Weiner Join TechCrunch50 Expert Panel

    We’re excited to announce Chris DeWolfe, Sean Parker and Jeff Weiner will be joining our lineup of TechCrunch50 expert panelists. They, along with Marc Andreessen, Roelof Botha, Ron Conway, Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg and Yossi Vardi will be judging and questioning the fifty startups selected to participate in TechCrunch50. TechCrunch50 is our annual conference where fifty new… Read More

  • Sony announces tiny-ass speakers, home theater

    Either that strawberry’s been genetically modified way beyond safe eating limits, or the speakers that come with Sony’s new HT-IS100 home theater system are pretty small. The 5.1 channel setup pushes 450 watts (RMS) of power, though, so don’t let the tiny fruit-sized tweeters fool you. The two back speakers can be placed without running wires, thanks to an optional wireless… Read More

  • POPrl Mixes Reddit With TinyURL, Gets Strange Result

    POPrl, a new site from the developers of uLiken, is trying to bring a new twist to the Digg/Reddit user-submitted story space. Instead of relying on a voting system that can be easily gamed, POPrl measures a story’s popularity by looking at its virality – the more people that click a link, the more popular a story is (makes sense, right?) Users submit their favorite stories to… Read More

  • Android: 50 questions, 50 answers

    As the Google I/O conference came to an end last week, the Android development team got up on stage and fielded questions from developers in the audience. It’s taken a few days for the full transcript to show up online, but ZDNet’s got it. Some of the highlights: Q. What if my app uses location api, and service provider shuts that off, can they?
    A. They can do that… it’s not… Read More

  • Microsoft wants to turn your phone off

    I’m really hoping that this is one of those patents where the inventor thought “Wow. This is the worst idea ever – I’m going to patent it and never use it, so nobody will ever have to deal with this.” Inventors do that all the time, right? Right? Microsoft has applied to patent something they’re calling “Device Manners Policy”, or DMP. Read More

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