• Debatewise launches public beta of dated model

    Debatewise, a UK-based startup for decision-making around any issue, has gone into public beta. They are aiming to be the “Wikipedia for debate”. This former entrant in September’s Seedcamp competition puts the for and against arguments alongside each-other in a vertical column and plans to sell the resulting debates as market research to consumer trends companies and… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: THQ Wireless gets you inside the Playboy Mansion Grotto

    Put on your creative thinking caps, fellas. Following the launch of Playboy Mobile last week, THQ announced “Playboy Games: Pool Party” for mobile phones that let you customize your own Playmates and have them compete in pool-related activities. The Playmate Editor allows you to be as pervy as you want so you can create a voluptuous playmate to compete in various challenges, which… Read More

  • Intel to release anti-theft technology in Q4

    Intel’s upcoming anti-theft technology will be released later this year and will be called “Intel Anti-Theft Technology”. Clever, no? There aren’t a whole lot of details beyond the mind-blowing name except that, according to a recent presentation (PDF) by Dadi Perlmutter, VP of Intel’s mobility group, it’ll “basically lock the system, lock the disk… Read More

  • Verizon femtocells AKA Wi-Fi routers coming to a house near you

    Verizon is planning to roll out personal femtocells to users this year, following T-Mobile Wi-Fi UMA and Sprint’s femotcell efforts to offer good reception in areas where it, to put it bluntly, sucks. While I’ve discussed this concept before with some rancor, it’s great for folks in dead zones and, interestingly, great for the carriers. After all, these are basically Wi-Fi… Read More

  • Can-Am Spyder Roadster: Poetry

    I saw two guys riding Spyder Roadsters last night — it was too dark to get pictures — and I was amazed. These are three-wheel motorcycles with two articulated wheels up front and a powered wheel in back. They were hitting about 60 MPH running alongside us and when they went to pass they literally looked like Storm Troopers on Speeder Bikes. The entire frame articulates slightly… Read More

  • EU green lights in-flight mobile phone use

    Someone pinch me and tell me this isn’t happening. The European Commission announced today that mobile phone use over European skies has been given the go ahead. An onboard network that’s connected to a ground network is being deployed that will allow travelers to babble on and message at their leisure. Pricing hasn’t been announced but many suspect that providers will… Read More

  • Mistsubishi brands Laser TV, LaserVue

    Remember the Laser TV from Mitsubishi that was unveiled at CES? Well, Mitsu finally dated and named the new fangled TV this morning. The LaserVue will launch Q3, but still no word on pricing. Along with news of the LaserVue, Mitsu announced a slew of new 1080p DLP HDTVs ranging in size from 60- to 73-inches dubbed Diamond. The Diamond series features 120Hz, something called Dark Detailer for… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: New Yorkers go for Guinness World Record this Thursday at Barcade

    Guinness World Records invites you, gamer, to Barcade in Brooklyn this Thursday, April 10, to try to break five world records. You’ll be shooting for a fastest time in Ms. Pac-Man; fastest time in Tapper; highest Out-Run score; highest Ghosts & Goblins (good luck with that, one of the hardest games I’ve ever played); and high Donkey Kong score without using a hammer. Truly… Read More

  • Bridging Desktop And Web Applications, Part 2

    The following, written by guest writer Matthew Gertner, is a follow up to his post Bridging Desktop And Web Applications – A Look At Mozilla Prism on March 22, 2008. Matthew was a co-founder and CTO of startup AllPeers before it shut down earlier this year. He’s now working with Mozilla on their Prism project, which was the subject of his first post. His blog can be found… Read More

  • Summer Interns needed

    CrunchGear needs some help. We’re all too slovenly to do all the great things we’re planning this summer so we’re looking for a summer intern to help out around the farm. Drop me a line at tips @ crunchgear dot com and include a resume and some writing clips along with your take on this post. Rewrite it in your own style and add whatever you see fit. Read More

  • Pubmatic Data Suggests Small Sites Command Higher Rates For Remnant Ads Than Large Sites.

    Online ad-optimizing service PubMatic is now publishing an AdPrice Index with the average rates collected for remnant ads by 3,000 Web publishers. These are the ads that sites place from the big ad networks when they cannot sell the inventory themselves at normally higher rates. Small sites (those with less than one million page views per month) command nearly three times as much per ad as… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Pix of the DualShock 3 PS3 controller in white [Update]

    Reader Jay J sent in these pics of his white PS3 DualShock 3 controller. My main pet peeve with the PS3 was the lack of controller feedback and I think this controller improves the equation considerably in my eyes. Jay is testing it out right now and will be back with us with a report. Update: Jay is telling us that he purchased the controller from a game store in lower Manhattan and that… Read More

  • 'N-Tune' keeps your guitar in tune, get it?

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=2428099895122454679&hl=en The Seattle Post-Intelligencer (I’m still not convinced that’s a real word) is running a bit on a new built-in guitar tuning doodad. New in the sense that it’s a new product but not new in the sense that foot pedal tuners or Gibson’s robot guitar have filled the tune-your-guitar-easily void for… Read More

  • Har har, cheap GPS

    Here’s a little early morning funny from XKCD for you kids. Why? Because we love you. Read More

  • Time.com Goes Trolling For Blog Links

    How does a big magazine site like Time.com get blogs to link to it? Put up a list of the Top 25 Blogs where readers can vote for their own favorites. Okay, we’ll take the linkbait. TechCrunch is on the list, but so far only 57 people have bothered to vote. That is completely unacceptable. So please go rate us up the list, loyal readers. You can also vote for other blogs including… Read More

  • Everex creates Mac Mini-like MySpace PC

    If you’re into MySpace enough that you’ve been pining for a PC made JUST for doing MySpace-type activities, Everex has the PC for you. Its what happens when you combine an award winning design with the power of Open Source.  The limited edition gPC mini (MyMiniPC) provides MySpace users with a customized platform to easily collaborate, modify and update webpages on the… Read More

  • SEM automator Kenshoo gets Arts Alliance funding

    UK-based VC firm Arts Alliance is investing in Kenshoo which automates search engine marketing automated technologies. AA joins US VC firm Sequoia Capital which invested in Kenshoo in December 2007 (terms were not disclosed then either). The deal is AA’s first into the SEO arena. The cash will see them market further into Europe. Kenshoo is an Israel-based company with an… Read More

  • Glu to Develop and Publish the Price Is Right and Family Feud Mobile Games

    Glu signed a deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) to bring two popular games shows your mobile phone. The agreement gives Glu a multi-year and exclusive rights contract to develop mobile games based on The Price Is Right and Family Feud franchise. The games will be released in North and Latin America. Drew Carey took over hosting The Price Is Right from Bob Barker recently. The Price… Read More

  • The Boring Ultimatum: Microsoft threatens Yahoo!

    Just an update for those of you keeping score in the Microsoft vs Yahoo! potential merger/buyout/hostile takeover — I’ll keep this as short as possible. Microsoft sent a letter to Yahoo! basically saying “We’ve repeatedly tried to buy your company. You have three weeks to sell. If you don’t, we’ll just buy a bunch of your stock.” Yahoo! sent a letter… Read More

  • EU Lifts Restrictions on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

    The European Union (EU) decided to lift restrictions on in-flight cell phone use today. Passengers flying over European airspace will be able to talk, text and send e-mails with their cell phones. In-flight service may be available this year on some airplanes using European GSM technology. Most other countries around the world prohibit in-flight mobile use because of the fear cell phones… Read More

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