• Location Technologies Primer

    The rise of the mobile device is upon us, even if it’s arriving a little late to the U.S. The reason why mobile devices will become so important – they’ll help us (and our friends, and maybe everyone) know where we are at all times, driving social, advertising and other applications. Being location aware is the single most important feature in a mobile device that… Read More

  • Jackie Chan wants Segway to manufacture in China, Segway doesn't think so

    Did anyone know that Jackie Chan is the owner of a Segway dealership in Hong Kong? Me either. The action superstar is hoping that Segway will allow the scooters to be assembled in China to help drive down the costs, which would in turn drive sales. The Segway currently retails for $10,000 in China and that’s double what we here in the US would pay. However, Segway doesn’t want any… Read More

  • Seagate introduces new awesome 2.5-inch HDDs, but not for laptops

    The world of 2.5-inch HDDs is generally that of notebook computers, but sometimes they make sense in high-end servers. Sadly, that’s the case for Seagate’s latest 2.5-inch drives, which boast 320GB storage as well as a 10k RPM speed, meaning they are bloody fast. It’s called the Savvio, and is made for enterprise servers and storage devices. It’s not going into any… Read More

  • Bionic Body Shop (HQ version) – reminds me of Syndicate

    That’s what this bionic shopping center simulation reminded me of. Man, Bullfrog was way ahead of its time. This is a cool little flash demo showing some of the many cybernetic parts that are available or forthcoming to the human race. Bionic eyes, exoskeletons, robot arms, and all. There are links within the flash demo to more in-depth articles on teh subjects and IEEE Spectrum is a… Read More

  • Introducing A New TechCrunch Video Project: Elevator Pitches

    We get a ton of pitches at TechCrunch every single day. It is a deluge we can hardly keep up with. Some are amusing, some are horrible, and a select few rise to the level of deserving a post. The large majority, though, never see the light of day. We thought: Why not let startups connect directly with our audience, and let the audience decide which ideas are worthy and which ones are… Read More

  • MindBites Gets iPhone Friendly For How-To's On The Go

    MindBites, a paid-content instructional video site that launched earlier this year, has introduced a mobile version that allows users to stream guides to their iPhones. Users that access the standard site from their iPhones will automatically be redirected to the mobile version. MindBites differs from most of the other how-to sites because it requires viewers to pay to view a video (they… Read More

  • KidZui Persuaded by the Power of Free

    KidZui is a kid-safe browser made available in March for those willing to pay a monthly subscription fee ($5/mo to start and $10/mo thereafter). The exclusively subscription-based model (which did include a 30-day trial) was a bit unusual since most consumer products on the web are free nowadays, at least for a base level of service. SmugMug is one company that purports to profit quite nicely… Read More

  • Scribd Introduces Effortless Email Attachment Viewing

    Scribd is launching iPaper@Scribd today, a new feature that lets users convert outgoing email attachments to the company’s iPaper format. Documents in iPaper can be viewed in any browser that supports Flash, which should mitigate the inevitable headaches associated with getting email attachments to work properly. The system is remarkably simple: CC ipaper@scribd.com on your outgoing… Read More

  • Hynix Semiconductor shrinks solid-state memory by 1/3

    I don’t pretend to understand the subtleties of flash memory manufacturing. But I think what’s happened here is that Hynix has contrived a way to put three bits instead of two into each cell, increasing the data density of a chip by 50% – or reducing the size by 30%. Before now they could only do this on 16GB NAND modules, but now they’re doing it for 32GB ones. High… Read More

  • DIY tiny Hummer saves gas, pride

    So you want to drive a Hummer, but the $4 a gallon price of gas across the country now has you thinking twice. You could concede and get yourself a Kia. Or you could do as this Brit did and outfit a smaller, more gas-conserving car in a Hummer’s trademark skin. The fake Hummer — based on a Suzuki, among other parts — is tiny. It gets 60 miles to the gallon and can reach speeds… Read More

  • Zero Punctuation on Oblivion

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/global/media/movies/player/FlowPlayerDark.swf We need to hire this guy. What currency do they use in Australia? Wallaby eggs? Read More

  • Off-topic: Has anyone solved the new MS SQL injection hack?

    Quick question for all you programmers. I’m dealing with an MS SQL injection problem on a site running Windows 2000 and MS SQL 2003. Has anyone seen/solved this problem yet? Read More

  • Using cellphones to track people's movements, study human behavior

    What does your cellphone say about you? Not in the fashion sense—it says you’re a dork—, but what does it say about your behavior? It turns out, quite a lot. A recent study tracked people’s movements using their cellphone. You take your cellphone around with you everywhere, so what better way to track someone? And wouldn’t you know it, most people are… Read More

  • SteelSeries eBays its gaming gear for China charity

    SteelSeries, the across-the-pond pro gaming gear outfit, has set up an auction for a bunch of their stuff with the proceeds going to the Red Cross Society of China. I currently have most of the stuff they’re putting on the block, and I can for sure recommend the Ikari mouse and the gaming surfaces. Not all the items are up yet so check back for new stuff — they should have a… Read More

  • Rock Band heading to Japan

    Music games, like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, have been popular for awhile in Japan. And American rock has been popular in Japan as well, with the 80s bringing most American acts to Japanese audiences who ate it up. Thus it only seemed natural that Rock Band, the super-successful music game in the US, would find its way to the land of the rising sun. MTV will be porting the game to Japan later… Read More

  • T-Mobile rolls out unlimited family plans

    In what will almost unquestionably trigger another “Oh, oh, us too!” battle amongst the rest of the major carriers, T-Mobile has announced that they are rolling out unlimited plans for the whole family, available immediately. The first line is the standard $99.99 a month, with up to 4 additional lines addable at $49.99. A family of 5 ridiculously talkative people could talk as… Read More

  • MacBook Air Shield provides port access, costs $50

    Here is a protective apparatus from Agent 18 for your precious MacBook Air, called the MacBook Air Shield. It costs $50 and comes in white, black, or pink. Guess what else?! It allows you to plug stuff into the ports on the side of your MacBook Air and “features an opening for the notebook’s vents to prevent overheating,” which you can see in that U-shaped area of the… Read More

  • Metal Gear Solid 4 gets rare perfect score from Famitsu magazine

    See? Four 10s Metal Gear Solid 4 has received a perfect score from lauded Japanese gaming mag Famitsu. Yes, the game with the horribly long cutscenes got a 40/40, joining the ranks of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Vagrant Story. (Now there’s a great game, Vagrant Story. It was like literature.) But do reviews even matter these days? Look at GTA IV. The game got perfect scores… Read More

  • AT&T upgrades 3G network speeds, now up to 50% faster

    AT&T has upgraded its 3G data network, and the new speeds are something to behold. With the new upgrade, expected to be complete across the 3G network by the end of June, users of the LaptopConnect wireless Internet service will see speeds of up to 1.7Mbps, a 20% increase over the former downlink speed. Uplink speeds get a boost, too, up to 50% in some areas, which translates to 1.2Mbps. Read More

  • 10 things better than Wii Fit

    Our favorite former CrunchGearer, VV, now works for GearFuse and put together this semi-excellent video of things to do instead of looking like a moron on the Wii Fit. Warning! There’s some salty language in there. Oh, those kids. Read More

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