• December update bans XBoxen

    The second Y number is six — for monthly subscription savings! I haven’t seen much mention of this but it seems that the December update officially bans hardware modded XBoxes, resulting in sad clowns up and down the Eastern Seaboard. This involves the DVD-burner firmware hack that came out when the XBox was still new and exciting and I’m not going to admit to any… Read More

  • E3 back in LA, still no booth babes

    What do you think of the sell-through rate on Madden titles versus Take 2’s urban sports series? Miss? E3 was once the promised land for game geeks. In a huge hall in LA you could get and play games, watch scantily clad women who were vying for your attention, and generally feel like you were a plugged in member of an elite gaming force. Now, however, it’s going to be a big… Read More

  • Details about Toshiba's upcoming Portege phones

    Toshiba will be rolling out a few of its own smartphones next year. Here’s some information about what’s coming. Read More

  • Google's Norvig Is Down On Natural Language Search

    Don’t expect to see natural-language search at Google anytime soon. Despite the buzz of startups like Powerset and, to a lesser degree, true knowledge, Google’s head of research Peter Norvig pooh-poohs the notion that people are clamoring to write full sentences in search boxes. In a Q&A with Technology Review, he says: We don’t think it’s a big advance to be able… Read More

  • iPhone in Japan: NTT DoCoMo?

    Rumors are a-flying that Steve met with NTT DoCoMo’s president, Masao Nakamura, about launching the iPhone in Japan. Although I was underwhelmed by Japan’s keitai offerings, I’m sure the iPhone will look like a charming anachronism to the average Tokyo-ite. He’s also talking to Softbank Corp., but I’d say it’s DoCoMo FTW in this one. Apple Meets With… Read More

  • An Interview with Neil Strauss of The Game: Foolproof pick-up gadgets

    For years, Rolling Stone writer Neil Strauss prowled concert halls, surrounded by women willing to do anything to get backstage, yet the only person who ever kissed him was Tommy Lee. He hung out with Motley Crue, toured with Marilyn Manson, and lived with Dave Navarro. He worked with Jenna Jameson. Hell, he appeared in one of her videos, but still couldn’t get a date.
    In 2003, he… Read More

  • Cut footage from Star Wars

    Maybe you’ve seen this and maybe you haven’t. I know the original trilogy (the new ones were even worse) was comprised of cheesy lines, but whoever that guy is that Luke is talking is like listening to nails on a chalkboard. Yikes. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Buy one HD DVD/Blu-ray, get one free at Best Buy

    It seems that a few of you have made the switch to HD or will be in a matter of days so you may want to hop on over to Best Buy and slowly build that collection of HD movies to go along with said HDTV and HD player. Both lists are rather impressive, but I may have to tip my hat to HD DVD because of Transformers, though I have a thing for vampire movies and Kate Beckinsale is not unattractive… Read More

  • EA's list of games for Rock Band snafu not so bad

    Because EA was unable to supply replacement guitars in a timely fashion they were generous enough to offer those poor saps a free game. I think it’s safe to assume that we all thought the game(s) being offered would suck much ass, but we were all wrong. The list of games is rather impressive and sort of makes me regret not picking up Rock Band. I’d get Tiger Woods, FIFA or skate, but… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #276

    Veronica Belmont confirmed for me that playing a Wii does not make me a gamer, so I think it’s probably right that I’m more excited about ZCam’s potential as an interface device for everyday computing than for it’s potential to replace the Wiimote. The Jabra BT3030 dogtag is almost the Bluetooth connection I’m looking for, but not entirely. Sony has a handheld… Read More

  • CG Holiday Recommendation: Once

    . BTW – On the hill, when she looks up at him and says something in Czech? She’s saying “I love you.” Product Page Read More

  • Who needs data cables?

    Sort of like this, but not. Who needs data cables to transfer files from your computer to your PMP when your body can do the same thing? You won’t have to worry about losing or packing that cable ever again. I have not lost my mind and this is a reality, folks. NTT, the Japanese telecom monster, has successfully transmitted MP3s through the human body. Now a handful of Korean… Read More

  • The Big Switch: 12 Signed Pre-Release Copies For TechCrunch Readers

    Author Nick Carr is someone I used to love to hate. He wrote blog posts that I strongly disagreed with – such as this one about the long tail of blogging, and another arguing that Web 2.0 had serious faults. We’ve had numerous direct disagreements as well – he’s called me smug and worse, and I’ve fought back. But over time I’ve grown to respect his writing… Read More

  • Holiday Contest: Tell us your holiday travel horror stories, win a Blackberry Curve with Telenav

    Over the river and through the woods indeed — the next few weeks are going to be some the nastiest travel weeks ever. Take snow, sleet, the flu, poor logistics, and a few million roadside assistance calls and you’ve got a nightmare waiting to happen. We want to make your holiday travel a little easier and, thanks to the good people at AT&T and Telenav, we have two Blackerry… Read More

  • UStream.TV Gets Some Cash And General Wesley Clark

    What does General Wesley Clark know about live Web video? Apparently enough to land him a seat on Ustream.TV’s board of advisors. Or maybe they just liked his shiny medals. The company also announced a funding round today from Band of Angels and Western Technology Investors, which specializes in debt financing for startups. The amount was not disclosed. Ustream.TV is a site for live… Read More

  • Is It Going To Be a Wii, or Why Can't I Get One, Christmas?

    If online shopping behavior is any indicator, it looks like the Wii is going to be the big winner in the videogame console wars this Christmas. That is, if people can actually buy the damn things, which are out of stock at many physical retail outlets. Data compiled by Compete about online shopping in the U.S. shows interest in the Wii soaring in November, well past the interest levels last… Read More

  • Land Lines Overcome by Mobile Phones in U.S.

    For the first time, U.S. households are expected to spend more money on cell phone services than on land line services. In 2006 an average of $524 was spend on cell phone bills as compared to $542 for land line and pay-phone services. But government and telecom analysts predict 2007 will see mobile phones surpassing land line numbers. “What we’re finding is there’s a huge move… Read More

  • Nanosolar Is Gunning For Coal.

    Renewable energy technologies will never get off the ground until they become cheaper than fossil fuels. Today, Nanosolar CEO Martin Roscheisen says his startup took a step in that direction by shipping its first thin-film solar panel after five years of development. In a blog post, Roscheisen claims his company has produced “the world’s lowest-cost solar panel – which… Read More

  • Zipit to Launch Text Message Plan in February

    Zipit Wireless announced today that it will launch a text-messaging plan for its Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 in February of next year. The Zipit 2 is a small device that allows users in a Wi-Fi hotspot to do free instant messaging with AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. Zipit users who register for the text-messaging plan will now be able to send and receive… Read More

  • Kango Announces $4 Million Round From Shasta Ventures

    Kango, a semantic search engine for travel, announced that it raised $4 million from Shasta Ventures earlier this year. The terms previously were not disclosed. Kango looks at travel reviews and other information across the Web and automatically generates tags so it can categorize results by how “kid friendly” or “romantic” they may be. I wrote about Kango… Read More

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