• Science brings us slower global warming, less driver guilt

    Scienticians have developed a way to scrub CO2 out of the air we breathe, meaning global warming from carbon emissions — like that produced from flying or driving — might be neutralized. It’s not a stand-alone solution to global warming, but if the technology goes into development we might well slow it down to a manageable pace. That doesn’t mean I’m going to go… Read More

  • Flashback: The Fall of Steve Jobs

    This is pretty awesome. The fine people at Notcot have dug up an old copy of Fortune magazine featuring a cover story of the fall of Steve Jobs. This was, of course, after Jobs was ousted by the Apple board and slowly began its decline into irrelevance. Things have changed, of course, with Jobs back in charge and Apple on top, but sometimes we fans need to remind ourselves that things… Read More

  • Windows 7 driver testing now mandatory for hardware makers

    Looks like Microsoft is serious about this Windows 7 thing. Starting Monday, hardware makers will have to make their drivers compatible with Windows 7 as well as Vista to get that coveted “Certified for Windows Vista” badge on their gear. Seems kind of unnecessary right now, since 7 won’t be out for another couple years, but I guess they don’t want a repeat of the… Read More

  • New Onkyo audio setup is close, but no cigar just yet


    We’re getting closer to the point where I’ll actually be convinced not to use my laptop as a media center. This Onkyo system has about half of what I’m looking for – it’s got a nice big LCD for displaying info it nabs from online, an 80GB hard drive, and a USB slot for loading stuff directly. It looks classy, and although the speakers are a bit anemic at 26W… Read More

  • Hitachi raises CinemaStar HDDs to 500GB

    There isn’t enough room on my DVR, not remotely. I don’t even watch that much TV, but my hard drive is small. Sure, there are ways to hack them to make them bigger but I like to do right by my TOS agreements, so I don’t. But now that Hitachi has released the 500GB CinemaStar 3.5-inch HDDs, I’m considering it. They’re made to run quiet, specifically for devices… Read More

  • BIOS modding strikes again: turn your Geforce 9600 into an 8800GTS


    Back in the day, the cool thing to do was to modify your lower-end Radeon 9800 into a 9800Pro, or at least something like it, by essentially drawing on it with a pencil. Well, here’s a sequel that might actually apply to you. If you have a certain kind of Geforce 9600 (like this one), all you have to do is flash the BIOS and it rejiggers the card to unlock the unused shader units and the… Read More

  • Fujitsu's new handset allows for underwater TV, if you're into that kinda thing

    Yesterday I had a moment of panic when I dropped my main mobile phone — Helio’s Ocean — into a mug of hot, steamy coffee. It got wet. Yes, there’s irony in the name, thanks. The phone freaked out. The Ocean’s a tank, it’s taken some abuse in its time, but I’ve always kept it dry. Eventually it dried out and now it’s working fine, but if I… Read More

  • Atom-based Eee on its way to you next week, $650


    TGDaily reports that the Atom-based Eee PC will be coming next week, but they seem rightly skeptical of the little guy. After all, at $650 it’s no longer that cheap (you could get a used MacBook for that price), and not only is the performance not really up to par but it’s a certainty that dual-core Atoms are forthcoming in just a few months so your investment in the chipset would… Read More

  • USB CD carousel doesn't do much

    This isn’t for me, but my parents might be into it. It’s a CD carousel that holds up to 150 CDs. It plugs into your PC via USB and plays via iTunes or the jukebox software of your choice. It doesn’t rip them, but instead acts as a jukebox with your PC as the interface. Interesting, but I don’t get it. We’re guessing the RIAA is sending these out as Xmas bonuses… Read More

  • Hey Twitter I Have A Few Questions Too

    Lately Twitter has been cleaning house, raising money, doing interviews and actually talking to users. In a blog post last week they did a Q&A session, directly answering questions about Twitter’s architecture. So I have a couple of questions, too, based on a couple of discussions I’ve had with people who say they’ve seen Twitter’s architecture. Is it true that… Read More

  • Gears of War 2 to drop for Thanksgiving?

    Many of you are waiting — patiently, I might add — to find out when exactly Gears of War 2 will be released. It’s likely going to be an Xmas release, but the exact date has been unknown. The guy who does the voice of Cole Train in the game, though, has let slip that November 16 would be a day we’d have a ship date, or could even be the ship date. That’s a week and… Read More

  • Do not mess with her: The No Contact Jacket has arrived

    I like the idea: a jacket that is wired to shock anyone who grabs it with electricity whilst keeping the wearer safe from harm, but isn’t it — practically speaking — kind of silly? I mean, we have other deterrents that are just as effective, such as pepper spray, kung fu, and bodyguards. Do we need this kind of active clothing? What if you’re in a crowded elevator and… Read More

  • Google To Launch Large Scale Geo-Services

    Our sister publication Techcrunch UK noticed that a Location services API had been added to Google Gears. The developers behind Gears have been plotting out future API additions for a while, and those plans have included having Geo-data available to mobile app developers (see the spec here). We found out today that Google is backing up their Location API with a large effort to map out… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: On the Green Edition

    Onkyo releases stereo system with HDD and featuring “floating technology”
    For seeding a single album, arrests made in OiNK BitTorrent tracker case: report
    Play golf at your desk with this new mouse and pad
    Scorpion logging machine will eventually kill us all
    Contest: Win History’s “Engineering Disasters” DVD set Read More

  • Google Outed As Anonymous Ebay Critic

    The Google Checkout/Ebay Paypal wars continue. Ebay Australia currently allows merchants to accept credit cards, direct debit, money orders and checks for purchases, but from June 17 they want to allow only PayPal or cash on delivery. When the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) asked for public comments on the proposal a lot of of people responded. But an anonymous 38… Read More

  • Most popular stories for Friday, May 30, 2008

    Today’s Top Posts: Contest: Win History’s “Engineering Disasters” DVD set Mobile Me the new name for .Mac? aTV Flash hack shut down Play golf at your desk with this new mouse and pad CrunchGear live podcast starts in an hour Bill Gates wants you to lose your mouse Onkyo releases stereo system with HDD and featuring “floating technology” Space beer heading… Read More

  • Comcast.com hackers just goofy stoners

    Bloops! Those hackers who took over comcast.com yesterday were outted by Wired today. It’s a pair of industrious fiends who go by Defiant and EBK. They took over the comcast.com DNS records, redirecting the cable giant’s traffic to their own site. As it turns out, they were able to take over Comcast’s account at Network Solutions. They then contacted Comcast’s… Read More

  • LaterLoop Joins The Pile of Bookmarking Apps With Google's Blessing

    Meet LaterLoop, a new bookmarking tool that was recently featured at Google’s I/O conference. LaterLoop’s core functionality is very similar to Instapaper, which we reviewed last January. After adding either a Firefox extension or a Bookmarket to their browser, users can click “Save For Later” whenever they come across an interesting site that they don’t have time… Read More

  • Acer's latest boasts full 1080p 16:9 display for Blu-ray playback

    Back in the day, a laptop’s resolution was a big deal. The transition from SVGA to XVGA screens was a big one, but now of course they come in all kinds of shapes and resolutions. And now that HD-DVD is dead and there’s a clear next-gen disk format standard you’ll be seeing a lot more Blu-ray enabled laptops this year. But what good is having an HD optical drive if your… Read More

  • RazorBook uses new mysterious processor, likely from the Dharma Initiative

    Heard of Ingenic Semiconductor? Us either, but they’ve apparently started shipping a new processor for UMPCs called the Jz4740. They’re appearing in 3K’s new RazorBook 400 series UMPCs and are apparently ultra low-cost and low-power. The $299 RazorBook 400 was discussed yesterday, but we didn’t have the detail we do now. The proc is new and could — in theory… Read More

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