Monthly Archives: September 2010

Xbox Live Fall 2010 Dashboard Update preview: ESPN, Netflix search, Kinect, and more! (Update)

Shortly before Kinect hits store shelves on November 4th, Microsoft plans on rolling out the Fall Update to Xbox Live — even sooner for those who signed up for the preview program. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, … Continue reading

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Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder

We have some tree-frog green Eagle Creek luggage that’s easy to find on the luggage carousel, but if your luggage is a bit hard to spot on the luggage-go-round, you might need an Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder from NAFTLI, Inc.  … Continue reading

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Samsung Will Launch Several Windows Phone 7 Phones This Year [Windows Phone 7]

We already knew Samsung had some WP7 phones in the pipeline because, err, they showed us, but in actual fact they’re going to be debuting “several” models this year. More » Kla-Tencor Koninklijke Kpn Lam Research Liberty Global

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Watch the World’s Fastest Lawnmower Hit a 96 MPH Clip [Video]

All Bobby Cleveland wanted was to drive the fastest lawnmower in the world. And last weekend, he took his easy rider all the way to 96 mph. Here’s the bastard child of John Deere and Speed Racer in action. More » … Continue reading

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Print Edit for Firefox lets you easily format Web pages for printing

Filed under: Mozilla, Browser Tips Some Web pages are easier to print than others. Some provide printer-friendly versions, or printer-friendly CSS, but what do you do when you need to print out a page that isn’t so friendly? What if … Continue reading

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Find Out Who’s Pulling Private Data From Your Phone With TaintDroid [Droidapps]

Many apps beam usage information—some of it enough to personally identify your phone—to marketers, behind your back. Programmers at Penn State cooked up TaintDroid (ew) to reveal the offenders and help you protect yourself from prying data miners. More » Nikon … Continue reading

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If Mark Zuckerberg Had Written, Directed, and Starred In The Social Network [Humor]

There are two sides to every story: the real side, and the web video parody side. This hilarious trailer for Zuckerberg is definitively the latter. More » Triquint Semiconductor Trimble Navigation Limited Trident Microsystems Transaction Systems Architects

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Motorola ES400S earns its keep on Sprint in October

You may not remember the Motorola ES400 announced back in June; it’s the first device to run Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Handheld platform, after all — an offshoot of WinMo 6.5.3 — and doesn’t have a whole lot of relevance to … Continue reading

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Panasonic announces 10-inch Let’s Note J9 laptop in Japan

Panasonic Japan has announced a new compact laptop, the Let’s Note J9 series. Specwise, this one’s got a 1366 × 768 resolution, 10.1-inch LCD, a 2.53 GHz Core i5 CPU, up to 6GB of DDR3 RAM (with 2GB coming standard), … Continue reading

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Angry Birds iPhone App Updated With Game Center Support, Retina Display Compatibility, And New Levels [IPhone Apps]

Oh yes! The ridiculously addictive Angry Birds iPhone app just got an update that gives it Game Center support, Retina Display compatibility, and 15 new levels. There goes my evening! More » Linear Technology . Lexmark International Level 3 Communications Lawson … Continue reading

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Dell launching 7-inch Android tablet in ‘next few weeks,’ 10-incher to follow a few months later

Good news, folks. It’s looking like the tablet pool will be enriched with another 7-inch contender, running Android, within only a few weeks. The Wall Street Journal cites Dell’s Greater China President Amit Midha as saying that the 7-inch slate … Continue reading

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The Commercial Radio Revolution Switched On 90 Years Ago Today [Techversaries]

The Joseph Horne department store in Pittsburgh closed 16 years ago. I’d never heard of it—the place is dead and gone. But before flickering away, it convinced a country of millions to buy into the radio tech revolution. More » Osi … Continue reading

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CrunchGear Week In Review: Dropped Frames Edition

TravelTeq Suitcase Doubles As A Chair, Speaker System A VHS Skin For Your Notebook, iPhone, & Blackberry Dell?s Convertible Netbook-Tablet Actually Looks Really Cool A Stocking Stuffer For The Wooden Robot Fan In Your Life Vivitar Tries To Sell Its … Continue reading

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‘Ask an Iraqi leader,’ courtesy of YouTube

Filed under: Internet, Google, web 2.0YouTube, often considered the ‘Wild West’ of Google’s operation, has launched a new series of interviews called ‘Iraq Looks Forward.’ Conducted by Arabic-language television network Al Arabiya, these interviews will draw from a pool of … Continue reading

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Apple TV Software Running Inside the iPod Touch [Video]

Apple TV runs on iOS, the operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This means two things: It can run apps and those devices can theoretically run the Apple TV core app, called Lowtide. Exactly like this. … Continue reading

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Modular and Portable ? ROADIE Speaker System

On October 1st, Franklin Electronics will release their new ROADIE portable speaker system. Portable speaker systems are nothing new, but the ROADIE is unique for several reasons. It uses any flat surface as the speaker to provide ample volume. It’s … Continue reading

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iOS 4.2 beta 2 now available for iPhone, iPad developers

Hey, would you look at that: if you’re a developer, you can download iOS 4.2 beta 2. We’re installing it right now, and we’ll let you know as soon as we see what’s new — but we’re hoping it fixes … Continue reading

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Hulu Plus coming to TiVo Premiere too

It looks like the Hulu overlords have finally seen the light, because Hulu Plus is coming to the living room in a big way — in addition to the cheap’n’easy Roku players, the service will hit TiVo Premiere DVRs sometime … Continue reading

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Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9 bundle for Mac and Windows released

Filed under: Photo, Utilities, Video, AdobeAt a rather awesome price of $149 (or $119 after mail-in rebate!!!), the latest cut-down versions of Photoshop and Premiere are now available for both Windows and Mac as a bundle. Individually, each app costs … Continue reading

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A grand tour of nanotechnology at Nokia Research Center, Cambridge

We’ve all seen what a bumpy ride Nokia’s had over the last few months — disappointing profits, the departure of a couple of old friends, and the slight delay of the forthcoming N8. Despite all that, Espoo seems to have … Continue reading

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Yammer Debuts A Facebook For The Enterprise

Yammer, which launched as the “Twitter for businesses” at TechCrunch 50 in 2008, is launching the next-gen version of its platform today. Aiming to be a full-fledged social network for the enterprise, Yammer 2.0 is being released today at TechCrunch … Continue reading

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iOS 4.2 Beta 2 Now Available to iPhone and iPad Developers [Apple]

Looks like iOS 4.2 Beta 2 is now available for download in the iOS Developer Center. We’ll be taking a look and letting you know what’s new since the last beta shortly. [Apple] More » Cdw China Mobile Cisco Systems Cognizant … Continue reading

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Chrome AdBlock dev pushes reassuring note to counter Chrome’s scary extension warnings

Filed under: Google, Browsers The fact that Google Chrome supports extensions is great, but there’s one thing I’d like tweaked: those somewhat-frightening messages Chrome displays about an extension’s API access. For example, there’s Typing Speed Monitor, which I recently posted. … Continue reading

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Stick Your Modernist Hen in The Nogg Coop [Chickens]

Chickens! It’s been a rough year for you. That salmonella outbreak wasn’t your fault, but you’re probably still frazzled. Besides, you should be making eggs in our yards, not giant farms. It’s safer, and with the Nogg coop, very pretty. … Continue reading

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Levytator claims to be the world’s first bendy escalator, has the patents to prove it (video)

You’ve seen conveyor belts before, most probably at your local airport ferrying beaten-up luggage in circles, but for some reason the same tech doesn’t seem to have been applied to people yet. Leave it to City University London prof Jack … Continue reading

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AOL Acquires TechCrunch [Techcrunch]

The rumors have proven true: AOL is snapping up Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch family of sites. The site will share a stable with AOL’s other major tech property, Engadget, along with TUAW, Switched, and DownloadSquad. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, … Continue reading

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Motorola’s wraparound S10-HD Bluetooth headphones: for the Usain Bolt in all of us

Clearly, introducing one Bluetooth headset in a single day just isn’t enough for Motorola. In addition to the Oasis, the outfit has also let loose the new S10-HD, a wraparound set that is marketed as Bluetooth headphones rather than a … Continue reading

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Wake Up On Time Or This Alarm Clock Will Fling Balls At Your Face [Concept]

I adore this concept design. It’s basically an alarm clock which flings a ball at your face before going off. In order to make the noise stop, you have to find the ball and put it back where it belongs. … Continue reading

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Amazon Debuts ?Kindle for the Web?, Which Is Pretty Much What It Sounds Like

Amazon.com today introduced the beta version of ?Kindle for the Web?, which enables people to read and share digital book samples in their browsers without the need to install or download anything. The company says it aims to lure bloggers … Continue reading

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Visible III is a challenging, confusing platformer – Time-Waster

Filed under: Fun, Games, Time-Wasters Look at the screenshot. Do you see how, on the top part, there’s a landmine to my right? I’m not very close to it, though, so I can still pick up a bit of speed … Continue reading

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Apple TV jailbreak confirmed, done via same exploit as other iOS 4.1 devices

The Shatter exploit that was discovered for iOS 4.1 devices has, predictably enough, been found to function on the latest Apple TV as well. Though a jailbreak fit for distribution is still brewing for all of Apple’s iOS wares, this … Continue reading

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The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet: 10 Things You Need to Know [Video]

The BlackBerry tablet is here, and it looks astoundingly nice. Nicer than anybody expected it to be. Here’s what you need to know about the PlayBook, in 10 easy steps. More » Tns Tibco Software Tibco Software Thq

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LG’s Xnote A510 3D laptop mocks your virility

Looking for a strategy to promote a 15-inch slab of drab plastic laptop? If you’re LG then you slap in some 3D gimmickry and roll on the scantily clad product waif. LG’s Xnote A510 comes packing a Full HD LED … Continue reading

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Nielsen: growth of digital music sales flat in 2010

It’s a bit early for the big music companies to start panicking, but it looks like the heyday of double-digit growth in digital music sales may now be behind us. That’s according to market research firm Nielsen, at least, which … Continue reading

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Typing Speed Monitor for Google Chrome keeps tabs on your keyboarding prowess

Filed under: Google, Browsers Ever finished firing off a lengthy email and wondered, “Dang, I wish I knew how many WPM that was”? No, me either. But still, as a guy who writes a lot and often gets asked by … Continue reading

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Internet Innovation Is Like The Auto Industry In The 1950s ? Big, Stagnant Companies Rule

“The Yelp for cellphones will be Yelp. The Google for cellphones will be Google.” That was Clarium Capital President Peter Thiel talking to our own Sarah Lacy on stage during TechCrunch Disrupt today. His point was that Internet innovation today … Continue reading

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Meet Grig. He?s Going To Help You Win A Samsung Galaxy S Phone

This is Grig (actually Greg looking like a total doofus at a wedding). He will appear hidden in posts and inside images for the next week. Your mission is to find all of the Grigs and then email us on … Continue reading

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AMD Radeon HD 6770 and 6750 spec sheets emerge, give NVIDIA cause for concern

Alright AMD, we still haven’t forgiven you for burying the glorious name that was ATI, but if your next GPU refresh is as mighty as these numbers indicate, we might at least let you in from the doghouse. A slide … Continue reading

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Rumor: Windows Phone 7 Launches in Europe On October 21 [Windows Phone 7]

The Windows Phone 7 release date buzz is going on in earnest these days, and while this latest rumor won’t solidify things just yet, they do serve to help us hone in on when the new mobile OS could launch. … Continue reading

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Deal of the Day ? HP TouchSmart 310 20? 1080p All-in-One Multi-Touch PC with Free 640GB Hard Drive Upgrade

The LogicBUY Deal for Thursday is a newly-released 20? HP TouchSmart 310 All-in-One pc .  This PC deal is brand new ? the updated TouchSmart 310z was just released.  This 1080p multi-touch screen is powered with ATI Radeon 4270 graphics and … Continue reading

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Canon’s X Mark I Mouse excites and exhilarates like few gadgets can (video)

If there’s one thing you don’t expect to find at Photokina, it’s a mouse. If there’s another, it’s a calculator. In some strange twist of fate, we found both in Canon’s press lounge, and we couldn’t possibly be more elated. … Continue reading

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WarLight is an addictive turn-based, Risk-style Time-Waster

Filed under: Fun, Games, Time-Wasters I don’t remember when I last posted a turn-based Time-Waster, but WarLight was so nice, I simply couldn’t skip it. It’s basically Risk; you get a world map, and you start off with a certain … Continue reading

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