• Microsoft concerned with Apple's recent success: How to counter?

    Apple’s success with the iPod, iPhone and Mac is finally starting to worry Microsoft, according to the company’s recently filed 10-K form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. (10-K forms summarize a publicly traded corporation’s performance, as required by the SEC.) In the filing, Microsoft says the following about a certain vertically integrated rival: A… Read More

  • Aluminum skateboards from Corbusboards

    Corbusboards has created some unique skateboards fabricated out of aluminum. Corbus is calling them prototypes, but the Fishbone and Seahorse models are available to purchase. The company isn’t kidding themselves; they know these aren’t trick boards. Made for cruising, the design is a cross between a long-board and a short-board. Corbus does have plans to produce upcoming models… Read More

  • This week on MobileCrunch

    The most popular MobileCrunch stories from 7/27/08 – 8/2/08: US lawmakers permaban cell phones in flight iPhone 3G has a crack problem T-Mobile launching 3G in 27 markets on October 1st Carmack on iPhone: “More powerful than Nintendo DS, PSP combined T-mobile lets your parents control your phone Read More

  • Nokia unveils pricing for Files On Ovi

    Launched in July of this year, Files on Ovi is a service from Nokia which allows you to access files on your Windows-powered computer from your mobile handset (or any web browser, really.) While the application and base service are free, it requires your computer to stay on back at home. If it’s off (or your net connection dies), your files become inaccessible. For those special files… Read More

  • Meet The TechCrunch Summer Interns

    Summer is a great time at TechCrunch – a flood of smart, enthusiastic and, best of all, cheap labor flows into our office (my house in Atherton), and stuff just starts getting done. And since my house is overrun with these bright and cheery young faces who are just so ridiculously enthusiastic about everything, I bail for most of the summer to the San Juan islands in Washington. We… Read More

  • Holy rumor, Batman: iPhone nano to be released by Christmas

    The Daily Mail claims that Apple will release an iPhone nano of sorts in time for Christmas this year, priced at £150, or about $300. The Mail, which, frankly, isn’t exactly The Guardian, also says it’ll be available with pay-as-you-go plans. The idea here is that that iPhone 3G, while totally amazing, is far too expensive to be made available for pay-as-you-go plans. A… Read More

  • Proper Xbox 360 price cut in September: $199 Arcade SKU

    Expect a true, proper Xbox 360 price cut next month. (The current, “while supplies last” price cut on the old premium model doesn’t really qualify as a price cut, IMO.) This scan places the Arcade at $199 (down from $279), the Premium (with 60GB HDD) at $299 (down from $349), and the Elite (with 120GB HDD) at $399 (down from $449). Most of you (“gamers”) would do… Read More

  • First Final Fantasy XIII demo to be PS3 exclusive

    Were you one of the many PS3 owners who felt betrayed by Square Enix’s decision to port the game to the Xbox 360? Worry not, scorned gamer, because Squenix still has your back—kinda. The very first playable demo of Final Fantasy XIII will be packaged with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, which is a Blu-ray release. So, buy the movie, which wasn’t too bad, and get… Read More

  • Taking social networks abroad – Why MySpace and Facebook are failing in Japan

    Sized at an estimated $5.6 billion in 2007, Japan boasts one of the biggest online advertising markets in the world – a huge potential just waiting to be tapped by foreign social networks. The world’s two largest social networks, MySpace and Facebook, barely register in Japan. As the Google Trends for Websites chart above shows, local social network Mixi is outpacing both in Japan. Read More

  • How Close Were Glam And Revolution Health To Merging?

    Women’s focused advertising network Glam Media, which raised $85 million in a combined debt and equity financing in February 2008 (they have raised a total of $115 million since 2004), was rumored to be mulling over a $1.3 billion acquisition offer just a couple of months later in May. It’s a safe bet to assume that the merger discussions were leaked directly by CEO Samir Arora or… Read More

  • New Terminator screenshot: Aww, he don’t look so bad

    In May 2009, Terminator Salvation, directed by McG will hit theaters. Filming commenced in early May of this year. And now we start to see what we will see. That’s a Terminator up there, and no, it ain’t that politician guy. Roland Kickinger stars as the prototype T-800 sent to destroy humanity. via Gizmodo Read More

  • Video game intros that make us want to go back in time

    Ah, video game introduction sequences. Some times (all too many times) they are better than the game itself. Be that as it may be, Boing Boing rounded up 10 or 12 game intros they liked, and after spending entirely too much time watching them decided to pass along their collection. From the live action B-movie madness of Resident Evil, to the cheesy as hell Metal Combat intro, there’s… Read More

  • JCrew uploads two product images: one before photoshop, one after photoshop

    When you look at this JCrew product page, does anything stand out as peculiar? If you’re thinking “Holy crap! Lounge crinkle tissue pants for only $39.99, what a steal!”, take another look. More specifically, check out the product sample images. Roll over the first two a couple times. Yep. Likely as a result of a simple naming convention error during saving, two versions of… Read More

  • Water found on Yahoo!

    Ever since Microsoft’s failed bid for Yahoo, we’ve all been waiting for some sign of water on the dead planet. For months an away team led by Carl Icahn has kept alive the possibility that the second most popular search company and most aggressive acquirer of Silicon Valley startups might be concealing a clue. Now, in a conversation with The New York Times’ Miguel Helft… Read More

  • Two-ton VOTOMS Scopedog Mecha hangs out at Japanese conventions

    Really, is there any better way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Japanese Iron and Steel Federation than busting out a 4,000 pound model of a VOTOMS mech made entirely of iron? I sure as hell don’t think so. Well, okay – a bit of steel somewhere in the mix might have made it even more fitting. But, come on – it’s two friggin tons of iron shaped like a robot… Read More

  • WoW causes more woe for Glider bot-maker MDY

    Last month, Blizzard, the makers of World of Warcraft, won their case over MDY and Michael Donnelly, creator of grindbot software Glider. Now, Blizzard wants to make sure the code never sees the light of day. Blizzard won the case by arguing that since Glider was loaded into RAM, it could be considered a copyright violation. Blizzard also won in its summary judgment motion on grounds that… Read More

  • Nokia 5610 finally set to launch on T-Mobile, new color scheme spotted

    Almost a full year after the Nokia 5610 was announced, T-Mobile will finally be adding it to their line up on August 11th. So, why’d it take so long? According to Cell Phone Signal, reception issues are to blame. Those problems (hopefully) fixed, the phone will launch for $150 bucks before a 50 buck mail in rebate, dressed in red/black, blue/black, or a brand spankin’ new… Read More

  • BIOS fix for NVIDIA GPU problems may be other type of fix

    The NVIDIA faulty GPU fiasco is getting worse. In what was originally detailed as an isolated amount of faulty parts contained to some HP laptops, is starting to look like a much bigger problem. Now it is being said that all NVIDIA G84 AND G86 parts are bad, across multiple brand names, including, laptops, desktops and mobile devices. The thermal based problem reveals itself after going through… Read More

  • Hello Kitty mobile phone for The Fonz

    You know how Fonzie could control the jukebox by hitting it with his fist in just the right spot? The record would change and just what everybody wanted to hear would start playing. Well, this is the phone for him. Sporting Bluetooth, a 1 megapixel camera, and a touch screen, the Shake Music Free G68 bright pink and oh so very Hello Kitty. The Fonz is just about as cool as this phone which… Read More

  • Preventing Crime With Tech: The Newark Experiment

    When Cory Booker became Mayor of Newark, New Jersey in 2006 he made it a priority to fight crime in the city. Gang members took his pledge so seriously that they planned to assassinate him just before taking office. To show his dedication, Booker lived in some of Newark’s most dangerous neighborhoods, well before becoming mayor. He continues to live in a blighted neighborhood today. In… Read More

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