• Problems in Apple stock point to upcoming iPhone upgrade?


    Sadly, this is the only one left. Analysts are predicting that a new 3G iPhone will appear sooner than later based on supply problems at 20 Apple retail stores nationwide. Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster called a number of Apple stores and found that most had no iPhones in stock. Because the supply lead time for Apple is about seven days, this is highly unusual and either points to… Read More

  • Amazon launches SMS store

    Need something immediately? Want to check on a price? Text your search term to 262966 (“AMAZON”) and Amazon will hunt down a few items from its online store. Reply and Amazon will call you to confirm your order. The usage model is fairly compelling: you’re in a store, and you see something you want. You simply text Amazon to confirm that it’s cheaper online and then spit… Read More

  • iPhone users are young, smug, and rich


    A new study by Rubicon Consulting finds that most iPhone users are very satisfied with their purchase that the most popular application is e-mail. 75% of iPhone users claim to do more mobile web browsing and many are disappointed by the limitations of Mobile Safari. The study also found that 50% of iPhones replaced standard cellphones and that the iPhone was the first phone for 10% of users. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Hello Kitty Online expansion to launch next year, God save us all

    An extension to the massively multiplayer online game based on the frightening and sad world of Hello Kitty is well on its way to ensnaring our youth in its disgusting pink and white tentacles. The expansion pack finds our heroes trapped on an island in the South Pacific after crashing in Kitty Air flight 337. If this sounds familiar, it’s because you hallucinated it in one of your… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Grand Theft Auto IV will have 'undetailed' portrayals of sex acts (plus new gameplay video)


    Break out your telescope Unlike Manhunt 2 before it, Grand Theft Auto IV has passed that British censor board just fine. In so doing, however, we’re given a quick little play-by-play of what to expect from the game’s more “adult” moments. “During gameplay the character can pick up prostitutes… What follows is an un-detailed portrayal of masturbation… Read More

  • Surface to surface in AT&T stores

    And you thought the Surface was all hot air! Microsoft and AT&T have teamed up to place Surface computers in AT&T stores. By placing a phone on the machine, you can call up information and specifications for any phone in the store. We’re not yet sure if you can put your drinks on the Surface machines or order back rubs from store employees. These machines will have 30 inch… Read More

  • Craigslist scam really some kind of crazy cover-up for a minor burglary

    Remember the Craigslist scam in Southern Oregon where an unknown person or persons posted asking people to come clear out a house? Well, it was actually supposed to be a way to cover the tracks of two bumbling burglars. Amber and Brandon Herbert originally broke into the property’s garage and as a way to keep from getting caught a post of the Craig’s list ad encouraging folks to… Read More

  • Flash concept cellphone has built-in projector (for projecting images onto random people!)

    While Peter and Doug are at CTIA in Las Vegas bringing you the latest news and photos of quote-unquote real cellphones, I can do no less than point you in the direction of the Flash, a mighty fine concept brought to us by Peter Zsoit Koren. (I think Flash is the name, not too sure.) Like, what, all of the phones at this year’s CTIA, it’s got a touchscreen and sorta widescreen display. Read More

  • Aspire to your missionary position?

    New UK startup MyMission2 works like a dating site to get people who want to do things matched up with people who want to help them do it. The site launched this week. Former Jiglu CEO Nigel Cannings has left (profiled here) to join MyMission2. He retains a stake in Jiglu. Steve Hebditch, the original founder, re-enters the CEO chair of Jiglu. David Ashford is CEO MyMission2’s… Read More

  • Europe-Focused Blog Search Engine Twingly Goes Into Private Beta

    Twingly, the Europe-focused blog search engine that I wrote about in January, has just entered private beta. You can sign up for an invitation on the home page, or go here for an instant invitation (the first 2,000 get in). Twingly has a number of features that make it an attractive engine. First, they have a “no spam” search that only queries blogs that are known to Twingly to… Read More

  • Nearly Half of U.S. Consumers Don’t Know if they have Mobile TV

    QuickPlay Media released the results of a national survey that measured interest in mobile TV and video content. The survey found that 47% of consumers don’t know whether or not their carrier offers such services. It seems as though service providers aren’t getting the word out about the wonders of mobile TV and video. “Mobile operators have done an excellent job addressing… Read More

  • V-ENABLE and buzzd Partner to make you King or Queen of the Nightlife

    V-ENABLE, a local mobile search and directory assistance service is partnering with buzzd, a location-based mobile entertainment service that provides real-time information for bars, clubs and restaurants. This partnership will combine V-ENABLE’s local search with buzzd’s (see MobileCrunch post on buzzd) user generated content and all the best listings from CitySearch, Flavorpill… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: The Sound of One Hand Clapping Edition

    CrunchDeals: The Clapper for $19, shipped
    ClarityLife: A simple-yet-cool phone for the geriatric set
    Why is Iron Man at the LG booth?
    Toshiba’s ApriPoco helper robot looks innocent for a reason
    Radiohead ‘innovates’ again, releases latest single in separate tracks for fan remixes Read More

  • Amazon Launches SMS Buying Service

    Amazon has launched Amazon TextBuyIt, a service that allows Amazon customers to purchase items via mobile phone text message. To use the service, customers text the name of a product, its description, or its UPC or ISBN number to Amazon (262966). If Amazon stocks the item, the user will get the first two results sent to them. To purchase am item, users reply with 1 or 2 and are prompted for… Read More

  • Game Neverending Rises From The Dead

    Game Neverending, the first project from Ludicorp and the foundation for Flickr, has risen from the dead. The MMOG is a role playing game focused on social interaction and object manipulation. Game Neverending is said to be “lighthearted and humorous” with no way to win or no given definition of success. Objects “could be combined to create other objects, but any given… Read More

  • Book Authors Association Joins Sky Is Falling Brigade

    The Society of Authors, the UK Association representing professional book authors, has called chicken little on the book industry by suggesting that internet piracy will cause authors to stop writing. Tracy Chevalier, Chair of the Society of Authors and the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring told The Times that the current payment model for authors was dead and even suggested that content… Read More

  • Need A Job? Make $1.20/hour Tagging Photos

    New service TagCow caused a bit of a stir over the weekend. The product seemingly solves the problem of auto-categorization and tagging of photos, something that seems to still be beyond the processing power and software skills of most startups. Users upload photos – thousands of them if they like – and within a few minutes the photos are returned with stunningly accurate… Read More

  • Blinkx Dabbles in Broadband TV With Its Own Joost-Like Service

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Blinkx, the video search engine, is getting into video distribution. Today it will launch BBTV, a downloadable player that streams video from content partners using peer-to-peer technology. The initial content lineup is rather spare: forty-odd independent movies from Dogwoof Productions and other videos from existing partners such as Young… Read More

  • Microsoft Surface Coming To AT&T Stores

    Microsoft’s Surface computer will make its commercial debut April 17 in AT&T stores in New York City, Atlanta, San Antonio and San Francisco. Microsoft first unveiled the Surface back in May 2007; the coffee-table like computer allows touch screen interaction with various surfaces, can recognize objects places on it and even interact with things like mobile phones. AT&T said… Read More

  • YouTube Rape Victim Arrested

    The victim of an alleged rape that made worldwide headlines after footage was posted to YouTube, has been arrested on suspicion of underage sex and perverting the course of justice after it was discovered that the rape was fake. According to The Register, the 24-year-old mother was arrested on March 28 and released on bail. The alleged rapists, aged 14 and 16, are now unlikely to face… Read More

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