• Scribd Goes Straight, Bans Porn

    Scribd, the “YouTube for documents”, has announced that it will be removing all pornographic material from the site beginning May 21. Here’s the announcement from the site’s blog:
    Over the next month, we will be updating Scribd’s Terms of Service to prohibit pornographic documents and images. It’s become clear that adult content is limiting… Read More

  • Qype launches iPhone version, but it needs more

    Qype, the European reviews and ratings network in the UK, France and Germany, has launched an iPhone version unoriginally called “iQype”. If you’re reading this on a iPhone or iPod Touch it’s here. Now, iPhone users can browse the 6,000 cities Qype has listed and the 200,000 user-generated reviews of bars, restaurants, cafes etc. That’s nice. But this is a… Read More

  • iKey's new membrane keyboard helps keep things clean

    iKey recently announced a new industrial keyboard “built to withstand the harshest of environments”, making it perfect for work shops, the food industry, and doomsday machines. As the keyboard’s lack of crevices prevents nasty gunk from building up between the keys and its waterproof surface allows for easy cleaning, it’s also perfect for those that can’t be… Read More

  • Facebook's Friends Data Has Already Left the Barn

    How much are your friends worth? That is the question behind the big debate going on around social networks and data portability. In the last ten days, Facebook, Google, and MySpace have all announced ways to let people access their data (including friends lists) from other sites, except that what they are really trying to do is erect new walled gardens by positioning themselves as the… Read More

  • Video: 10 optical illusions and the Samsung Soul

    Wow, I have no idea what this commercial has to do with the Samsung Soul, but it sure as hell kept my attention for the full two minutes. Now it’s gonna be, “Oh, the Soul? Isn’t that the phone from that optical illusion video?” One would guess that’s exactly the reaction Samsung wanted. Read More

  • HP trying to fix Windows XP SP3 reboot problem

    Flickr’d HP is hard at work trying to fix that pesky reboot problem brought about by Windows XP SP3. It already has a step-by-step troubleshooter on its Web site, and it’s working on a patch to fix the problem full-stop. (Users can enter SP37394 in HP’s search engine, which will point to the patch once it’s released.) The preliminary reason for all these headaches? Read More

  • A logic probe made from an insulin syringe

    It looks like something out of the Matrix or the Dune movie – imagine this electric needle plunging into your flesh and injecting you with the Snow Crash virus. Or something. In any case, it’s more just a case of ingenuity as this guy needed a very sharp little probe to test some voltages out of a few very tiny pins. So he rigged up a medical-grade steel-tipped needle for… Read More

  • A rumor: Apple to release multitouch keyboard for Apple TV

    There’s a rumor currently making the rounds suggesting that Apple could release a multitouch keyboard for Apple TV. The Bluetooth keyboard, as the above mock-up shows, looks a lot like the company’s standard issue aluminum keyboard, but with an expanded area on the right side—the multitouch surface. The multitouch pad would be totally programmable, and would be able to… Read More

  • Is this WiMAX card destined for MacBooks?

    Intel doesn’t want you to know, but the FCC made this public anyway. That company they call Chipzilla is releasing a new Wi-fi/WiMAX combo card with the same form factor as the one in current MacBooks — you know, the ones due for a refresh soon. Coincidence? At the moment, these cards have no way of functioning in OSX because there are no compatible drivers. That can be fixed… Read More

  • Brainwave-monitor stuffed into a baseball hat

    Scientists in Taiwan, China have developed a electroencephalogram signal-monitoring device that fits inside a baseball hat. Hence, absolutely hilarious headlines like “A baseball cap that reads your mind.” They went to the trouble to develop the kit in order to make it easier to study people’s reactions in various situations. For example, to study people’s driving… Read More

  • Firefox 3 RC1 released: Now we play the waiting game

    Firefox 3 is now in the release candidate stage, with RC1 now available to download. The release notes can be found over at Mozilla, but the biggest new feature over FF2 (aside from the new default UI theme) is the address bar. It’s no longer simply an “address bar,” but has be re-christened the location bar. It searches URLs (including page titles) and bookmarks and… Read More

  • DIY pirate radio station

    Wired offers us a detailed description of how to set up a pirate radio station in your town and/or cellblock. By using a few basic tools, you can start broadcasting right now and sharing your rocktackular DJ skills. Sadly, this isn’t a one-stop shop for gear and suggestions, so maybe you guys know what we need to buy to create the “24-hour Wayne Newton Station” in… Read More

  • PS3 2008-2009 games list released

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/920715&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ Come and get it! The list of upcoming PS3 games has been released in time for E3 and we can expect all sorts of goodies from now until February. Read More

  • This week on MobileCrunch

    Android vs LiMo: What’s the difference? A look at TwitterFone’s accuracy (and we’re giving away beta keys!) Car vs iPhone: Who shall win? Schmap launches city guide web app for iPhone and iPod Touch Eye-Fi adds two new wireless memory cards to their product line-up South Koreans Save on Paper with their Cell Phones Talk about the world around you with GeoGraffiti Read More

  • Robot trained to pick up lamps, eggs

    Delicate movements by robots are fairly difficult. After all, most robots are made of milled metals and death-dealing neutronium, so you can’t really pick up “egg or an electric lamp.” Using ferromagnetic materials, however, the hands made by the Department of Electricity and Electronics and the Basque Country Faculty of Science and Technology can clutch more delicately… Read More

  • How To Structure a Yahoo-Google Search Deal: It's All About The Tail and the Torso

    Even as Carl Icahn rallies angry shareholders to try to force Yahoo back to the bargaining table with Microsoft, one of the “strategic alternatives” Yahoo may still be trying to work out in the background is a search advertising deal with Google. There is a 60 to 70 percent gap between what Google collects for search ads and what Yahoo collects, so simply handing over a portion of… Read More

  • Don't Screw Your Partners Over A Marketing Promotion

    Celebrities are starting to take notice of Seesmic, a “Twitter for video” service that lets people have asynchronous video conversations on the fly (see my disclosure, I am an investor). First was Deepak Chopra, who made a whole series of videos for this site. And yesterday things got even more exciting, when Steven Spielberg, Harisson Ford, George Lucas, Shia Laboeuf, Karen Allen… Read More

  • Spain arrests hackers after two-year spree

    When I was 14, I was busy reading Stephen King and, ummmm, touching myself. A team of five kids in Spain, however, have spent the last two years hacking 21,000 web pages. The youngest pair started at 14 and just got caught after police in Barcelona, Burgos, Malaga, and Valencia worked together to bring down this insolent ring of rapscallions. Why were they caught? The kids defaced the website… Read More

  • Soul Calibur hides the boobies

    Folks, when you’re going to get into a St. Stephen pose and show your tatas, let’s do it with some class. This is America, after all, and the Japanese cleavage shown on the left just won’t fly. For those not in the know, the left version is on the Japanese website for Namco Bandai and the right is on the American site. Incidentally, Puritans founded this nation over two… Read More

  • Helmet watches keep you safe while telling time

    Mechanical “digital” watches were all the rage just before the advent of the true, digitial LCD watch. This watch, complete with wee helmet, is the best of that hearty breed and is actually quite rare. Notice that the movement is built “up” and not flat and how the helmet fits the whole thing perfectly. That’s a sign that the designers were actually thinking… Read More

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