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When my laptop was stolen, I was forced to rebuild a number of Virtual Machines since my new external hard disk had not come in yet for me to back them up. On my previous laptop, I was running VirtualBox 3.1.8 and my SharePoint 2010 images worked great. When I got my new laptop, I de...
This is part of an ongoing series of short industry trends and perspectives blog posts briefs. These short posts compliment other longer posts along with traditional industry trends and perspective white papers, research reports, solution brief content found at www.storageio.com/re...
With all the bad economic news coming out of Nevada, it is easy to miss a healthcare bright spot -- the emergence of virtual simulation training of future surgeons. The Virtual Skills Laboratory at University Medical Center (UMC) has been training residents since December 2008 with adv...
The number of apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch is nearing the 30,000 mark but hardly any application takes advantage of the network effects that lie within the Apple ecosystem. Most developers simply ignore the fact that all iPhones and iPod Touches are interconnected globally and roll o...
Christofer Hoff has proposed an interesting idea earlier today. He asked, "How many of the cloud providers (IaaS, PaaS) support IPv6 natively or support tunneling without breaking things like NAT and firewalls? As part of all this Infrastructure 2.0 chewy goodness, from a networking ...
Given the relatively dismal performance of Lively, Google's short lived browser-based virtual world, you'd think that smaller startups might be a little hesitant to jump into the space. But Canadian-based Leap In Entertainment thinks it can do what Google couldn't, and has just laun...
When it comes to educational software, the trick is to make kids think they're just playing a traditional escapist game, while they're really being surreptitiously fed facts and logic problems that put their brains to work. But while many games have done this for years, the techniq...
German startup Club Cooee has launched its 3D instant messaging service in private beta, and it doesn't disappoint. The service is a hybrid between traditional instant messengers like AIM and 3D social networks like Second Life, allowing users to converse in chat bubbles while using...
Larry Andreini thinks he can take on Pixar. The founder and CEO of Ridemakerz, a rapidly growing chain of stores where boys can custom-build their own toy cars, is building a virtual world for his 6-to-12-year-old customers and their cars. This virtual world is in closed beta right...
We at TechCrunch expect a rapid expansion of the market for mobile social networks. And with the iPhone's success as one of the main catalysts of the development, services like Facebook Mobile, MySpace Mobile, Loopt (which even offers a TechCrunch-branded version), aka-aki, and other...
Even Google is getting into the downsizing spirit. It just announced that it is killing Lively, its browser-baseed virtual worlds that could be embedded into other Websites. Lively launched just last July. Lively just never took off, and was extremely far afield for Google. We shou...
Metaplace, a startup that allows users to craft their own virtual worlds, has closed a $6.7 million funding round led by Charles River Ventures and Cresendo Ventures along with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. The round brings Metaplace's total funding to $9.4 million. Alongside t...
Can't afford a ticket to China to go visit the Forbidden City? Well, now all you need is your computer. IBM, which is a big believer in virtual worlds, and China's Palace Museum have created an exact replica of the 178-acre Forbidden City. After working meticulously for three year...
Powered by Ustream We'll be streaming TechCrunch50 here Monday through Wednesday so everyone can see the conference's demos for themselves as they happen. You can also find our written coverage of the conference here and coverage from other news outlets below. Update: Session 11: G...
We'll be streaming TechCrunch50 here Monday through Wednesday so everyone can see the conference's demos for themselves as they happen. You can also find our written coverage of the conference here and coverage from other news outlets below. Update: Lunch Break. Up next, Mobile st...
Jason Calacanis and Michael Arrington opened TechCrunch50 today saying they wanted to create the "Sundance Film Festival" for the internet industry where companies are judged on merit. Here are our notes on the companies who presented in the first session of the conference, which show...
We've gone through more than 1,000 companies to get down to the final 50 (okay, 52) that will present on stage at TechCrunch50 starting later this morning. We will be covering all of the companies as they present onstage or shortly after. But for now, here's a list of all the compani...
TechTicker's Sarah Lacy interviewed Jason Calacanis and Michael Arrington about the upcoming TechCrunch50 conference. The first two segments are up. In the first segment, Lacy talks to the two about the origins of the conference and why they are so determined to end payola in tech even...
Most of today's virtual worlds are set in mythical places, with landmarks that no newcomer would be familiar with. While this may suit most people just fine, it can be unsettling for those who have never been exposed to a virtual world. Today sees the launch of Journeys, a mashup t...
Veoh wins court suit regarding video uploads. Good news for Google in Viacom suit. Jobs given false obit. He’s still alive. Apple applying for touch screen Mac patent. Microsoft gets patent for the PageUp PageDown butons. nVidia SLI now runs on Intel motherboards. Dell ...
Last week we posted a video that presented LivePlace, a 3D world with an incredible amount of detail. The impressive technology behind it is called OTOY, a streaming platform that allows developers to generate movie-quality renders “in the cloud”, which can then be streame...
Gene Koo and Eric Gordon are giving a Tuesday lunch talk on "Hub2: Creating Deliberative Publics through Virtual Worlds." [I'm taking quick notes and will undoubtedly get some stuff wrong.] Hub2 is a partnership with Boston (Harvard is sponsoring the project) to enhance the community...
New technologies tend to follow different trajectories of hype, hope, and despair as they are discovered by different groups of people and finally adopted (or ignored) by consumers. Gartner actually goes ahead and charts this hype cycle for different technologies. Its latest hype cyc...
Recently, there’s been a growing wave of startups and products appearing that are bringing 3-D virtual worlds to the browser. These include Vivaty, Google’s Lively project, and the Electric Sheep Co.’s WebFlock. And I’ve seen a few stealth companies working the...