• Breaking: Bungie spins off from Microsoft! [Update]

    You know that monster video game franchise, Halo? The one that works only on the Xbox series of game consoles? The one made by Microsoft’s Bungie? It still belongs to MS, but all other things Bungie no longer do. As of today, my friends who work for Bungie are no longer Microsoft employees, as Gates and company have allowed the department to spin off as an independent company. Read More

  • New Technorati CEO Has A Challenge Ahead

    Technorati today announced its search for a new CEO was over, with Richard Jalichandra being appointed to the role, some 6 weeks since Technorati’s founding CEO David Sifry stepped down and 5 months since it was publicly confirmed that Technorati was seeking a new CEO. Prior to joining Technorati, Jalichandra held roles at Exponential Interactive, Fox Interactive Media and IGN Entertainment. Read More

  • Pentax adds to Optio A, V lines

    Pentax continues to beef up its Optio A line with the 12-megapixel, 3x optical zoom A40. You may wonder what’s so special about this, right? How do three types of Shake Reduction sound? That’s right. They include mechanical, digital and movie for any situation to deliver crisp and clear shots. The mechanical SR on the A40 is equivalent to shutter speeds of approximately 2.5 to… Read More

  • Rumor: Vizio Set to Branch Out? DVR, Home Theater Set-ups Coming?

    OK, when I first got wind of this rumor a couple days ago, I dismissed it. It’s something that I chalked up to background chatter. The thing is, I got a second email today from another source who’s always been right, so now this thing is looking more like a real deal. Rumormonger One told me that Vizio, you know, the HDTV guys, were getting ready to build hard drives into their TVs. Read More

  • BlackBerry 8130 nows works on CDMA networks: Verizon or Sprint-bound

    The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 now works on CDMA networks, opening the door to Verizon Wireless and/or Sprint picking it up in the near future. It’s more or less the same Pearl that’s been around for a while now. CDMA users can look forward to a 2-megapixel camera, “normal” 3.5mm headphone jack (meaning you can plug in your regular headphones), built-in GPS, the works. In… Read More

  • Give It Up, For Computer Literacy

    Everyone likes to complain about the sorry state of education in this country, but when was the last time you actually did something about it? Well, here’s your chance. TechCrunch is participating in a blogger challenge to see who can raise the most money for DonorsChoose.org, a great non-profit that lets you specify which educational projects you want your money to go to. Teachers… Read More

  • T-Mobile Shadow pics surface: VGA screen?

    The only thing I love more than a good unboxing is a series of “spy” shots. El Boy Genius’ moles sent him shots of the HTC Shadow, which will be part of the T-Mobile family when it’s released. The screen could very well be of the VGA variety, since it’s “incredible.” Bold words. Just one more shot inside, so as not to steal the Genius’ thunder. Read More

  • Rum0r: $400, 40GB PS3 on November 16?

    AP image Could a $399, 40GB PS3 be on the way in time for the holidays? Well, sure it could, but now people are connecting the dots, citing internal sources and playing out scenes from the movie “All The President’s Men” in the process. Sony recently filed a patent that describes a new model of the PS3. Everything that makes the PS3 worth owning—Blu-ray, wireless… Read More

  • Joost Officially Launches

    This past July we reported that Joost, a company that has been working for two years to provide quality on-demand IPTV, would launch by the end of this year. Today, the company announces the availability of public Beta 1.0 on its blog. This would be a bigger deal if Joost had not already signed up over one million private beta users, 10,000 of which came directly from TechCrunch. If you… Read More

  • Boot Camp Beta 1.4 expiring soon

    I tried using Boot Camp on my MacBook once and didn’t like it, but that’s probably because I was running on 512MB of RAM, which barely ran OS X as is. Yeah, anyways, Mac users running Boot Camp beta 1.4 should heed Apple’s warning that the license will expire when Leopard becomes available this month. Boot Camp Beta 1.2 users should also know that the license for the… Read More

  • What you need to know about v1.1.1 software for the iPhone

    Oh hies, Apple fanboy. Did you know that your precious iPhone can now stream your music to a Bluetooth headset? That is, of course, you upgraded to version 1.1.1 and your iPhonez wasn’t h@ck3d, which by the way works fine now even if it was bricked. Learn how to downgrade from 1.1.1 to 1.0.2 here and then you can bring back your bricked iPhone to life. Read More

  • Sputnik's Dad Speaks Out

    One of the greatest achievements of man was the first space satellite, Sputnik. Launched by the Russians 50 years ago, Sputnik was the first man-made object to orbit the Earth. It didn’t do much; it was more proof-of-concept than anything, but it acted as a catalyst for the Space Age, igniting the Space Race that is now stalled. The thing is, Sputnik was a hack. The man behind the… Read More

  • Microsoft launches UK startup fund

    Microsoft chief exec Steve Ballmer’s was in London today to announce a new startup fund for the UK called the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Programme. The programme, which already exists in the US, is to encourage startups and in doing so to also promote Microsoft technologies to them such as Silverlight and Live Services. There are a handful of UK firms kicking it off, including… Read More

  • BenQ announces another point-and-shoot

    BenQ sure is churning out the digital point-and-shoots lately. The latest camera is the 7.2-megapixel DC-X735 featuring a 2.5-inch LCD, 3x zoom, SDHC slot with support up to 4GB, up to 6400 on the ISO and MPEG4 video recording. The X735 comes in two shades, midnight-black and vixen-red. It hits the streets next month. Product Page Read More

  • Lolcats + Halo = Halolcats

    Hell hath frozen over. I love my Lolcats, but this is taking it way too far. An actual press release after the jump. Read More

  • ChannelFlip cranks up Web TV shows

    ChannelFlip, a Web TV production company which makes shows for 18-35 men, is launching its beta service this week, with a fuller launch planned next week. ChannelFlip shows will typically be about things aimed at a ‘male’ demographic. Each episode is about five minutes, good for ‘snack TV’ typical of the Web. Shows can also be exported via RSS/podcast to iPod or… Read More

  • Old DVD-recorders increasing in value

    You may be able to get a DVR with your cable box, but nothing comes close to being able to record shows and burn them to a DVD. So it makes sense that years-old DVD-recorders are going for as much as $1800 on Amazon.com and eBay. Consumers aren’t able to find boxes that can both record and burn shows without a monthly fee in stores anymore, so they’re turning to the Internet in… Read More

  • Nokia purchasing NAVTEQ

    The world’s largest mobile device manufacturer has announced their intent to purchase the leading provider of comprehensive digital map information, NAVTEQ, for $8.1 billion. Nokia realizes the importance of location-based services and they’re taking the necessary steps to one-up the competition down the road. The deal should be all squared away by Q1 of 2008. Press Release Read More

  • Flash: New Radiohead album costs whatever you want it to

    Radiohead’s newest album will cost whatever you decide to pay for it. Want to give the band $10? Go ahead. $3? Sure, why not? $0? You got it. (Sorta, since you’ll need to pay credit card fees.) The album, In Rainbows, will be released on October 10 as a digital download on the band’s Web site. Since it’s no longer tied to a record label, the band can do whatever the hell… Read More

  • TechMeme Leaderboard Launches

    The TechMeme Leaderboard, which we wrote about last night, is now live. See it here. Founder Gabe Rivera’s announcement of the new site is here. The leaderboard shows the top 100 news sources, ranked by the number of headlines attributed to that blog on TechMeme over the previous thirty days. Archives of previous lists will be available, and an OPML file of all included sources can… Read More

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