• A&E Television Networks Launch Mobile Channels

    A&E Television Networks Launch Mobile Channels

    Whether you need to get your fill of Modern Marvels or are just a junkie for Dog The Bounty Hunter, you can tune in from a mobile handset. A&E Television Networks and MobiTV, Inc. have announced the launch of A&E Mobile and The History Channel Mobile. These made for mobile channels are available today on the MobiTV service via participating mobile carriers throughout the… Read More

  • BIO-key To Provide BART with Mobile Data Software

    BIO-key To Provide BART with Mobile Data Software

    Today BIO-key International Inc., a wireless public safety solutions provider, and its partner CYRUN, announced a contract award with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department for BIO-key’s mobile data software. Under this contract the MobileCop solution from BIO-key will be incorporated into CYRUN’s Alliance PD Central Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System. Read More

  • Chinese Mobile TV on the Rise

    Chinese Mobile TV on the Rise

    Let the games begin! Next summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing will likely be the catalyst of mobile TV service in the land of the Dragon. Juniper Research predicts that mobile TV will grown from about $36 million in 2007 to nearly $100 million during next summer’s Olympic Games. The study’s findings suggest that sports related content will be the prime attraction for mobile TV… Read More

  • Amp’d Mobile Offers Some Answers

    Amp’d Mobile Offers Some Answers

    We’ll be watching the Amp’d Mobile site very closely today. The MVNO has posted an FAQ page detailing its closure and offering some options for its current customers. What we do know is that the site might be shutting down tomorrow (July 24), and customer service will likely be hanging up later today. Amp’d Mobile FAQ Read More

  • Amp’d Shutting Down?

    Amp’d Shutting Down?

    This could be the final week for mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Amp’d Mobile, which had previously filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. Last week Verizon Wireless, the carrier that provides the network services for Amp’d, had petitioned a judge to allow it to cease services to the MVNO. Amp’d had been behind on the charges it owed to Verizon, and it is the… Read More

  • Memory Card Compatible Handsets on the Rise

    Memory Card Compatible Handsets on the Rise

    Israel-based mPortico has conducted a survey that shows the global penetration rates of handsets with mobile memory cards has increased dramatically in the past 24 months. The research is based on 990 phones currently available in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The initial data further confirms that mobile devices with MicroSD and MiniSD expansion-slots currently make up the largest share of… Read More

  • moblog:tech Seeks Funding

    moblog:tech Seeks Funding


    Last week moblog:tech announced that the company, which runs moblog.co.uk and bigartmob.com, is going into a funding acquisition round, and is seeking initial investment. The company currently offers mobile technology to let users take photos and videos with a camera phone and then post them to the Internet. To date the company is 100% management owned and debt free. [moblog:tech] Read More

  • Living in the 80’s!

    Living in the 80’s!

    Did you love the skinny ties, new wave music and the era of Ronald Reagan? If so then you might enjoy the Bodacious 80’s Challenge, a new trivia game that will come out in August from Time Lapse Mobile for major North American carriers including Sprint, T-Mobile, Cingular and Bell Mobility. The game features more than 1,500 questions and images from the 1980’s from more than 100… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Yo ho ho and a bottle of…fun??? Here are three great comments from the not so distant past. Paul G gets the ball rolling with a little quip about an iPhone made of sand: “He couldn’t get a real [girl], so this is the next best thing. Shortly after producing this work of art, an attractive woman in a bikini kicked him in the nuts.” Use your words, attractive woman. Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Smashy Smashy Edition

    CrunchGear Week in Review: Smashy Smashy Edition

    Fun With Frickin’ Lasers!
    Hand Gestures Eliminate TV Remote Control
    Bell & Ross BR 01 Phantom
    Soundwave: Behind the Music
    German Throws Computer Out Window, Escapes Fine
    Skateboard Like A MotoGP Racer
    CrunchGear Meetup Final Update: Budapest is Go! Read More

  • WiMax Versus Municipal Wireless

    WiMax Versus Municipal Wireless

    There’s a pretty good article written by Glenn Fleishman over on Wi-Fi Networking News about the benefits of municipal wireless versus WiMax. I happen to live in a city that offers solar-powered wireless access to its residents and when this service (known as ParkWiFi) was originally announced about a year ago, I assumed I’d be able to redistribute the $50 per month I was… Read More

  • Big Money For Tagged, Too

    Big Money For Tagged, Too

    Word about social network Hi5’s $20 million financing leaked earlier today. But that isn’t it for social networking funding news. We hear it from a good source, but without confirmation by the company, that Tagged has raised its own $15 million round, on a $102 million pre-money valuation. We do not know who made the investment. This is Tagged’s third round of financing. Read More

  • VC Investment Hits Highest Level Since 2001

    VC Investment Hits Highest Level Since 2001

    Data due to be released by Ernst & Young and Dow Jones VentureOne today shows that investment in information services companies, including Web 2.0 startups, hit $979 million in the second quarter of 2007. The figure is 52% up on the same period last year and the highest figure recorded since the 2001. In laymen’s terms, we are now officially in a boom; not that we’d probably… Read More

  • Robert Downey Jr. Wields His First Gauntlet

    Robert Downey Jr. Wields His First Gauntlet

    The recent onslaught of cartoon/comic book based movies have left me wondering whether I’ll even bother paying the $11 it costs to see the next adaptation of a favorite and I’m sure some of you will agree. Did anyone go and see Ghost Rider? I didn’t think so. Let’s hope Iron Man resurrects my faith in comic book movies. Comic-Con Preview: Making Con-tact… Read More

  • Amp'd Mobile Shutting Down July 24

    Amp'd Mobile Shutting Down July 24

    According to Amp’d’s Q&A section, “Amp’d is potentially suspending US operations on July 24th.” All customer support will cease and desist after July 23. I guess the good news is that you can take your phone to any other CDMA network, but you’re losing your status as the cool guy/gal. Oh well. Read More

  • 6G iPod UI Revealed? NOT!

    Did that look like the UI for the 6G iPod? It looks real enough doesn’t it? Apple did unleash its pack of rabid lawyers on MacRumors who pulled down the original video, so that would make one think it’s the real deal. The video makes it very clear that the UI is click-wheel based and that would be huge a disappointment and Apple fans will surely revolt. Does anyone really care that… Read More

  • Privacy Is The New Black

    Privacy Is The New Black

    After a week where Ask launched AskEraser, a product that allows users to erase their search history, and Google announced a reduction in retained data time from 2038 to 18 months, more privacy initiatives are on their way. According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will officially announce Monday “new policies and technologies to protect the privacy of users of its Live Search… Read More

  • Social Networking Site Hi5 Takes $20 million

    Social Networking Site Hi5 Takes $20 million

    San Francisco based social networking site Hi5 has raised $20 million in a new round of funding led by Mohr Davidow Ventures. Hi5 doesn’t get a lot of coverage (we last covered it in January), however whilst Facebook has been getting all the press, Hi5 has become a global success story. According to Alexa, Hi5 is now ranked as the 11th most popular site online above Facebook at 13th. Read More

  • The Facebook "Bug." Not Really.

    The Facebook "Bug." Not Really.

    Only heavy Facebook users will be interested in this post. Lots of bloggers are complaining about the fact that Facebook has removed the “skip this step” option when asked for how you know a person while accepting them as a new friend. The “bug” appeared over the weekend. First of all, it probably is a bug and will be fixed, but there is an easy way to sidestep it. Just… Read More

  • Time To DeadPool TailRank? You Decide.

    Three weeks ago we noted that blog news engine TailRank was looking like a ghost town: No new news was showing on the site, and people noted that the Technology section had been a blank for weeks. Founder Kevin Burton was outraged, said our post bordered on “complete journalistic incompetence,” demanded an “apology and a retraction” and promised big news within a… Read More