4 years ago, a Verizon customer signed up for a plan. Said plan included 2 years of free data usage, which the customer did take advantage of, and use to tether his laptop. Then one day, disaster! → Read More
While cool, I dunno that I’d recommend wearing this very often. Particularly around law enforcement, since the bottle opener ring could definitely be mistaken for brass knuckles. → Read More
So this evening I’m going to take a shower and I grab my Zune HD to plug into my little shower speakers. Upon plugging it in, it begins playing immediately. I hit the screen on button and it alerts me of a low battery. I realized then that it had been playing continuously for the last 25 or 26 hours, since I unplugged the audio cord after I took a shower yesterday, expecting it to… → Read More
At long last, a way to write off that paintball gun you’ve always wanted as “art supplies.” → Read More
After her quick appearance yesterday, everybody’s favourite Korean vanilla Android QWERTY handset, the LG Ally, has made her public début in an Iron Man 2 themed commercial.
There’s explosions. Boom! There’s weapons! Bam! There’s some hot Iron Man action! (that came out wrong…)
Check it out, after the break. You’ll love it. → Read More
After acquiring Tweetie, so they can launch an official Twitter app for iPhone, and after working with RIM to make an official Twitter app for BlackBerry, Twitter have now released an official app for Android.
The app actually looks really good, both visually and… → Read More
This device works like a teleprompter to redirect the image from a webcam so you can maintain eye contact. Just the thing for Chatroulette. → Read More
Readers would be forgiven for not remembering the Odigo IDproject. This was an instant messaging service based in Israel, founded in 1998 by Avner Ronen. It was purchased by Comverse Technology in 2002, and then shut down in 2004. However, like a handful of startups that came after it, it allowed you to interact with your instant messenger friends who were surfing the same web page at the same… → Read More
Why backlight when you can just glow? Sure, it needs to be light first… self-defeating, you say? Your face is self-defeating! → Read More
Earlier today Twitter released its official Twitter app for Android — a move that’s been expected since CEO Ev Williams announced that it was coming during Twitter’s Chirp conference. In our post, we mentioned that this was only going to be available for Android 2.1, and as others have pointed out, that means we have another case of Android’s lingering fragmentation problem rearing its ugly… → Read More
We’ve been tracking super-simple publishing service Posterous for quite a while now, and for the most part they’ve turned us into big fans. Unfortunately, they’ve just committed a fairly serious blunder. In a post earlier today, one Posterous user stumbled across the fact that his site was automatically converting all of his links to affiliate links using VigLink. There isn’t anything sinister… → Read More
Today in the U.S. people are getting their hands on the 3G version of the iPad for the first time. The hardware is supposed to be exactly the same as the WiFi-only version except, of course, it has a cell chip in it to receive data over AT&T’s 3G network when you’re not connected to WiFi. Since the hardware is basically the same, all the apps should function the same, right? Wrong.
Reports… → Read More
Season one of Stargate Universe is wrapping up in the next few episodes. We’ve seen aliens, space battles, and more recently, huge eff’n spiders. Last week’s episode wasn’t too bad and tonight we’ll see if Eli, Matt, Chloe and Greer make it back to the ship. Up top is the trailer to get you pumped and below is a teaser trailer that shows a couple of plot twists if you’re into spoilers. → Read More
Been reading up on all the fun you can have with a jailbroken device, but were afraid your iPad 3G might be unhackable? Fear not. The “Spirit” jailbreak should work on the iPad 3G, just as soon as @comex releases a revision for the firmware shipping with the 3G. Just be sure to back up your blobs. That part seems to be very important. [via Gizmodo] → Read More
Roger Ebert. I love the guy, but love can be complicated. I respect and admire so much about him, from his honest take on movies to his courageous embrace of technology to replace his voice, that I feel obligated to give anything he says a fair shake. But his recent dismissal of games as art, and this attack on 3D cinema, demonstrate a curmudgeonly side of him that I wasn’t aware of… → Read More
There isn’t any info on how this was pulled off, but this looks like a great way to play a few old-school games on my G1. Presumably it’s a straightforward mechanical hack: the buttons just press down on keys he’s designated in the emulator to do this or that. Not the best option for texting, but for Mario, it can’t be beat. Hard keyboard forever! [via Reddit and Make] → Read More
Yup, you read that right. An aftermarket iPad dash mount is coming real soon and we have a video demo. → Read More
If you notice this screen, adding 3G a la carte to the iPad is all or nothing. Either your account will automatically debit itself monthly for 250MB – or unlimited – or you’ll have to cancel the account and re-enter your information. It’s a pretty dire choice.
If you have 30 minutes to burn this Friday — and I know you do — watch these three videos on the North Korean film industry. → Read More
The online advertising industry saw growth accelerate in the first quarter, with the combined advertising revenues of the four largest players (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL) jumping almost 15 percent to $8.8 billion. This compares to 10 percent annual growth in the fourth quarter, and negative growth the first two quarters of last year (aka, the Great Advertising Recession of 2009).
Overall… → Read More
My friendly neighborhood iPad 3G man just dropped off my 32GB model fresh from the factory. It still has that new Apple smell? Initial assments finds that the iPad 3G is just like the iPad with a plastic top for improved wireless connectivity. → Read More
One of my major gripes with the Android platform is a lack of apps that are on-par with the iPhone. Sure, the total number of apps is getting up there, but for the most part, in my opinion, they’re nowhere near as good. One area where this was evident was with Twitter clients. While the iPhone has a number of great ones (led by Tweetie, which Twitter just bought), Android’s options are pretty… → Read More
…is a hot robo-pig looking you in the face. → Read More
Earlier today, a number of publications (including us) ran with the story that the App Store was closing in on 5,000 apps, with 4,870. These numbers came from analytics startup Distimo, which generally has good data and insight into the various app stores. But, naturally, it’s always better to get your data from the source. And while Apple, unsurprisingly, isn’t talking, they don’t have to. → Read More
This oil slick is serious business. So serious, in fact, that I’m going to mention it right here. → Read More
To anyone who’s ever written a line of code, pre-canned/auto-generated apps are the scourge of the App Store world. For anyone who just wants to be able to say “Me? There’s an app for that! LOL!” without having to dedicate their lives to waging war against semi-colons and pouring through documentation, however, they’re a god send. Love’em or hate’em, Nokia… → Read More
You may have noticed that we’re putting on a new event – TechCrunch Disrupt – for two thousand or so of our closest friends in New York on May 24 – 26.
The event is all about innovation and disruption – lots of new companies will launch and battle it out to a top cash prize of $50,000 and a shower of press attention, and we’ve lined up some of the most interesting and powerful people in the media… → Read More
Are you one of the many that cried when you heard both the HP Slate and Microsoft Courier won’t make it to market? Fear not, friend. The Windows 7 Viliv S10 netbook / tablet is now shipping. → Read More
Justin.tv is finally kicking its mobile plans into high gear. Next week, the lifecasting company will release its Android app to beta users. Unlike its iPhone app (released last month), the Android offering will finally let users stream live video with a simple click and simultaneously chat as they shoot. It’s a simple interface, an image of your shot, a chat bar below and three buttons on the… → Read More
Japanese gaming company DeNA reported strong fourth quarter and 2009 yearly results today, thanks to the recent growth of social gaming in Japan. For the fiscal fourth quarter, DeNA reported revenues of $205 million, an increase of 81% compared to fourth quarter of 2008. Operating income increased by 136% to $105 million from the fourth quarter of 2008. For fiscal 2009, DeNA reported revenues of… → Read More