• Hands On With The Motorola ACTV

    Video: Hands-On With Motorola’s iPod Nano Challenger, The MOTO ACTV

    This morning, Motorola dropped a bit of a surprise with the MOTO ACTV, an iPod Nano-esque thimble of a device. Does the world need another tiny, crappy audio player? Probably not. But what about a tiny, Android-powered audio player that focuses on gauging exercise? Still, probably not — but hey, it’ll be fun to hack! Read More

  • Fantasy Shopper Gamifies Window Shopping. Addicts Beware.

    Fantasy Shopper Gamifies Window Shopping. Addicts Beware.

    A new venture backed by European Seed accelerator HackFWD has launched today. Fantasy Shopper is a new social shopping game where players discover and share the latest fashion from real-world online retailers. Look out shopping addicts this is seriously addictive. On Fantasy Shopper, users spend Fantasy Money to buy virtual clothing, create outfits and stock out their virtual wardrobe. Read More

  • Ben Horowitz: “Facebook Is The Best-Run Company In Technology”

    Ben Horowitz: “Facebook Is The Best-Run Company In Technology”

    Today, at the Web 2.0 Summit, Ben Horowitz, the former co-founder and CEO of Opsware and founding partner of well-known venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, took to the stage today to speak to John Heilemann of New York Magazine. Horowitz spoke to his history with his founding partner as well as what the two tech veterans look for in the companies they invest in and mentor. Interestingly… Read More

  • Jotly Parodies Our Mobile, Local, Social App Obsession

    Jotly Parodies Our Mobile, Local, Social App Obsession

    Forget about rating restaurants and bars – now you can rate everything! According to this website, Jotly is a new startup that lets you rate everything in your life and share it with everyone. The service is mobile, local and social, and even includes points and contests. Oh, and one more thing: it’s totally fake. That’s right, despite sounding suspiciously like a lot of… Read More

  • Foursquare CEO On Google And Facebook Closing In: “It Is Stressful.”

    Foursquare CEO On Google And Facebook Closing In: “It Is Stressful.”

    After talking scale and product at Web 2.0 Summit, moderator John Heilemann started asking CEO Dennis Crowley about the competitive landscape. “Has Groupon made your life difficult?” Then Heilemann turned to the Google and Facebook rip offs both Facebook and Google Places.”Does that scare the shit out of you?” Heilemann asked Crowley. “It’s one of the… Read More

  • Lollihop: It’s Like Birchbox, But For Healthy Snacks

    Lollihop: It’s Like Birchbox, But For Healthy Snacks

    I’m a Clif Bar fiend. Cool Mint Chocolate’s my current favorite, but mainstays like Chocolate Chip and Crunchy Peanut Butter suit me just fine. But sometimes as I bite into one of these super-efficient, energy-packed bundles of nutrition, I find myself asking: could there be an energy bar out there that’s even better than my beloved Clifs? One that sacrifices some sugar for a… Read More

  • Solaria Announces Partnership With Service Provider Meteocontrol

    Solaria Announces Partnership With Service Provider Meteocontrol

    Solar manufacturer Solaria and solar performance monitoring software and hardware provider meteocontrol have today announced a partnership that will see meteocontrol’s Virtual Control Room (VCOM) monitoring system added to Solaria’s projects. The system aims to help Solaria’s customers increase their solar yields through remote management. Read More

  • Street By 50 Over-The-Ear Headphones Pictured And Detailed

    Street By 50 Over-The-Ear Headphones Pictured And Detailed

    SMS Audio is gear up to launch 50 Cent’s headphone line. The top-tier wireless cans leaked (which eventually lead to their official release) but the company just released pics and technicial info on the wired versions. Price and exact release data is still missing, though. Read More

  • Bill Gross Explains What’s Different About Chime.in: “You Can Follow A Part Of A Person”

    Bill Gross Explains What’s Different About Chime.in: “You Can Follow A Part Of A Person”

    Bill Gross was just on stage to officially introduce UberMedia’s latest product, Chime.in. The app hit iTunes yesterday. It is an online mobile social network built around interests. We’ve been seeing a lot of companies trying to tackle the interest graph lately, and Chime.in is the latest. Chime.in does this by layering the interest graph on top of the social graph (the… Read More

  • Watch The 2011 Web 2.0 Summit Day Two Live

    Watch The 2011 Web 2.0 Summit Day Two Live

    We’re at the Palace Hotel for day two of for the 2011 Web 2.0 Summit, where the lineup for the next three days consists of almost everyone on the entire Internet. The. entire. Internet. In case you didn’t get to be a part of the in-person action, you and your friends at home can follow along from the Livestream above, starting at 1130 a.m. PST. Today’s speaker highlights… Read More

  • Michael Dell On His Infamous ‘I’d Shut Down Apple’ Quote: “My Answer Was Largely Misconstrued.”

    Michael Dell On His Infamous ‘I’d Shut Down Apple’ Quote: “My Answer Was Largely Misconstrued.”

    While onstage today at Web 2.0 Summit, I asked Michael Dell if he regretted saying that Apple should shut down the company and sell the stock back to shareholders 14 years ago when Apple was trading at $17, in light of the fact that the latter company is now trading at $420 a share at a ~$400 billion dollar market cap, among other things. His response? “My answer was misconstrued.” Read More

  • Hands-On With The Droid RAZR

    Hands-On With The Verizon Droid RAZR By Motorola

    After the hot mess that was the Droid Bionic Saga (Delay! Delay! Delay! Screw it, release garbage.), I didn’t think I could ever like another Motorola device again. Guess I was wrong. I just spent a bit of time with the just announced Droid RAZR, and, at least at first glance, it is… surprisingly great. Dive in for my first impressions, won’t you? Read More

  • Secret Escapes attracts new funding and a battle-hardened CEO

    Secret Escapes attracts new funding and a battle-hardened CEO

    Secret Escapes, the exclusive flash sales for luxury hotel rooms along the lines of Voyage Prive in France, is announcing a second funding round, although they are being coy about the level. Suffice to say this is a site which is pretty much ‘coining it’ amongst users, having attracted 750,000 active users since January this year and claims to be doubling turnover every three… Read More

  • Jeremy Rifkin on the Third Industrial Revolution

    Keen On… Why The Third Industrial Revolution Will Take Place in Europe Rather Than America (TCTV)

    We may be on the brink of a third industrial revolution, but it’s going to happen in Europe rather than America. That’s at least the view of Jeremy Rifkin, whose new book The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy and the World, argues that the internet will be a thousand times more powerful when merged with the renewable energy… Read More

  • More Record-Breaking Numbers Ahead? Apple Q4 Earnings Arrive Today

    More Record-Breaking Numbers Ahead? Apple Q4 Earnings Arrive Today

    Today, after the market closes, Apple will release its fourth quarter earnings – the first time the company will do so since the loss of Co-Founder and visionary leader Steve Jobs. It’s expected that the newly launched iPhone 4S will one day soon help to usher in another record-breaking quarter for Apple, given that the company already announced that the iPhone 4S’s… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz, CrunchFund, Tencent Back Intelligent Social Address Book Everyme

    Andreessen Horowitz, CrunchFund, Tencent Back Intelligent Social Address Book Everyme

    Everyme, a startup that plans to disrupt the address book, has announced $1.5 million in funding from an impressive group of backers including Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock, Michael Arrington’s CrunchFund, Chinese internet giant Tencent, SV Angel, Dave Morin, Joshua Schachter and Vivi Nevo. A graduate of Y Combinator’s Summer 20011 class, Everyme wants to reinvent the way you… Read More

  • WTF
    Timelines: Why We’re Suing Facebook (And Please Join Our Facebook Page)

    Timelines: Why We’re Suing Facebook (And Please Join Our Facebook Page)

    You may remember that we recently broke a story about a small company called Timelines Inc, which filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Facebook. According to the lawsuit documents, Timelines claims that Facebook’s recently announced Timeline feature could “quite possibly eliminate” its entire business. The lawsuit is still ongoing – although the U.S. Read More

  • A Demo of Motorola Droid Razr on Verizon

    Verizon Officially Unveils The World’s Thinnest Smartphone: The Motorola Droid RAZR

    If you remember from a teaser video posted a few days ago, today is a big day. Verizon and Motorola have finally announced the much-anticipated Droid RAZR, the next LTE beast to grace big red’s shelves. Here at the launch event in New York City, we’re hearing four words over and over again: faster, thinner, smarter, and stronger. And that’s exactly how we’d describe the… Read More

  • Motorola Challenges The iPod Nano With MotoACTV Smart Watch

    Motorola Challenges The iPod Nano With MotoACTV Smart Watch

    In a plot twist not many of us were expecting, Motorola took an opportunity at its NYC press event this morning (where we expect to see the Droid Spyder unveiling) to announce MotoACTV, a new smart watch. Read More

  • RIM Announces The BBX Platform, The Future Of BlackBerry

    RIM Announces The BBX Platform, The Future Of BlackBerry

    Mike Lazaridis, CEO of Research in Motion, “The whole company is aligning behind this single vision. It combines the best of QNX and Blackberry.” Meet BBX. BBX is the future of RIM. Dan Dodge, president of QNX, joined Mike Lazaridis and proudly co-announced BBX. This platform incorporates enterprise, NOC and cloud services into one system that can run on smartphones, tablets… Read More

  • RIM Announces 1 Billion App World Downloads

    RIM Announces 1 Billion App World Downloads

    Mike Lazaridis, the belegaured co-head of RIM, took the stage at DevCon Americas to announce some strong numbers. First, RIM has just announced 1 billion App World downloads, which amounts to about 5 million downloads per day. The service is on pace to hit 2 billion this year. Mike went on to proudly state that on average, a BlackBerry app is downloaded 43% more than its iOS or Android… Read More

  • Advise.me Team To Launch Its Own Startup, A Social App Called Chirpr

    Advise.me Team To Launch Its Own Startup, A Social App Called Chirpr

    Advise.me, the new and rapidly expanding startup accelerator and incubator, is working on its first startup. The company is still in stealth mode, and all we know about it is that it’s a social communication service of some sort, but definitely not another social network. It will, however, use existing social networks. And given the name and the landing page (chirping? mobile? the… Read More

  • The Era Of Attachment Is Over: SugarSync Adds “Share By Email”

    The Era Of Attachment Is Over: SugarSync Adds “Share By Email”

    As a fan of kitten videos, I’m often embarrassed by my inability to attach said videos to emails I’m trying to send the rest of my local chapter of American Society Of Kitten Video Lovers (ASKVL). While 50MB may seem small to some (and it’s a file barely big enough to hold a kitten video let alone a video of a kitten and and a baby monkey), it’s enormous for some… Read More

  • Archos 80 G9 Tablet Review: Fun But Ugly

    Archos 80 G9 Tablet Review: Fun But Ugly

    Short Version: The Archos 80 G9 tablet isn’t necessarily something I’d recommend for the hardcore tablet enthusiast, but it certainly gets the job done. Powered by pure Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the tab offers everything you’d expect out of Android and a nice variety of ports, albeit with a somewhat rough build-quality. Read More

  • Clear Channel And LivingSocial Team Up To Bring Daily Deals To Radio

    Clear Channel And LivingSocial Team Up To Bring Daily Deals To Radio

    Media company Clear Channel Radio and daily deals service LivingSocial are today announcing an agreement that names LivingSocial as the sole daily deal provider for over 500 Clear Channel-owned radio stations across 90 cities in the U.S. The agreement marks LivingSocial’s expansion from an online and mobile platform to one that now serves listeners, specifically the 80 million listeners… Read More

  • Actroid-F: Japan’s Super-Realistic Humanoid Gets A Brother (Video)

    Actroid-F: Japan’s Super-Realistic Humanoid Gets A Brother (Video)

    Do you remember Actroid-F, the super-realistic humanoid that we’ve shown you last year? Her makers, robot venture Kokoro and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), have apparently been working hard since then to create a “brother” for her. According to AIST, people kept asking the institute why it only manufactured a female… Read More

  • RIM’s Last Bullet

    RIM’s Last Bullet

    It hasn’t been an easy year for RIM. The Playbook came out half-baked, their handset line has taken a pummeling from its ambitious competitors, the businesses and governments of the world are alternately hassling and blaming them, and as if that wasn’t enough, they just had a catastrophic global network failure and their olive branch is unlikely to fend off lawsuits. Did someone at… Read More

  • Women 2.0: Number Of Women Founders Doubled Over Past Three Years

    Women 2.0: Number Of Women Founders Doubled Over Past Three Years

    Women 2.0, an organization whose goal is to increase the number of female founders in technology startups, is sharing some good news today: the number of women starting companies has doubled over the past three years. The new data comes from a survey of its own community, which includes everyone from actual founders and co-founders to aspiring entrepreneurs. Back in 2008, Women 2.0 ran the… Read More

  • There Will Be Cake: Here’s How To Motivate Your Start-Up

    There Will Be Cake: Here’s How To Motivate Your Start-Up

    Dexetra, a mobile start-up, impressed us all last night with their Siri clone, an Android app called Iris. The folks there were so thankful that their project hit the front page that they sent us a kind thank you as well as a picture of a cake that the founders gave the team in celebration of getting TechCruched [sic]. It’s heartwarming to see people who worked hard get rewarded for… Read More

  • I Heard You Liked 3DS Circle Pad So I Put A Circle Pad On Your Circle Pad

    I Heard You Liked 3DS Circle Pad So I Put A Circle Pad On Your Circle Pad

    Capcom has let slip that an official Nintendo 3DS add-on circlepad – the circular joystick on the left side of the console – will be available for purchase in February to coincide with the launch of Resident Evil: Revelations. The dual circlepads will allow for more accurate aiming in many titles and I can definitely see the value, even over the 3DS’s built-in gyroscopic sensors. Read More