Tag Archives | Challenges

…TechCrunch is building a web tablet?

TechCrunch Tablet

When TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington put out a call for the creation of a sub-$200 net tablet that took the netbook idea, threw out the keyboard, and added a little Kindle flavor for good measure, I was excited by the idea, but humbled by the slim chance that this thing had to actually make it to market.

Well, six months and two prototypes later, there’s apparently a working model of what this device might become:

Using a Via Nano processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of flash memory, a touchscreen for onscreen keyboarding and Ubuntu, the unit boots, connects, and surfs just like you would want it to.

Unfortunately, it looks like the sub-$200 price point may have been too ambitious for the first go-round, but with a realistic target of $299 now set, it looks like this might actually see the light of day.

They did however add that:

The real question for us is whether this project has legs and should go forward towards production units, which is a very big step from a working prototype. That would require spinning the company off from the blog and building a team around Louis. It’s a decision we haven’t made yet.

Despite the challenges that this device still faces, I hope that someone picks it up and runs with it, because I wouldn’t mind kicking back on the couch with the Internet at my fingertips for a hair under $300.

[TechCrunch – Tablet Update: Prototype B]

…Doritos wants to send you on a quest?

The Quest

Doritos has released a mystery flavor that it calls simply “Quest”, and if you can guess the name of this mystery flavor, you may soon find yourself $100,000 richer.

By logging on to SnackStrongProductions.com, you can begin your quest by guessing the name of the mystery flavor. Once you solve that first mystery, you’ll unlock “the untold mysteries” where “great wealth awaits the bold and adventurous”. Apparently one of “the clever, swift and keen will rise to meet the challenges and compete for the golden ARTIFACT worth $100,000”.

The games are very Myst like, and it’s actually a pretty cool idea for a chip maker, so be sure to check out The Quest and see if you can figure out what the mysteries might be.

[SnackStrongProductions.com]

…Dare Junkies wants to be the next Jackass?

Dare Junkies

Dare Junkies mixes a little bit of the YouTube formula with a little bit of the Jackass formula and aims to find out what happens. “Challenges” are posted on the site, with everything from streaking to kissing strangers, and anyone can accept a challenge and video themselves doing what the challenge requires. Then, each month, the top ten videos, as voted upon by the users, will split up a cash prize of $5-10,000. Some of the examples posted already are mildly amusing, so it’ll be interesting to see what gets submitted over the course of time. Regardless of quality though, it should be good for at least a few laughs, so check it out.

[Dare Junkies]

[Via: Mashable]