• PatrolBot brings you your beer, warns of intruders

    Robots are completely useless you train them to do you bidding, making Mobile Robots’ PatrolBot entirely useful. There’s three models to choose from: Jeeves, a robotic butler (a robotic table top essentially); BrewskiBot, a refrigerator for cold beverages; and Agent 007, a toy-like intruder detection system. The PatrolBot has some impressive technology under the hood. You’re… Read More

  • Tickle Me Elmo 2

    Not to be a nerd, but look at how fluidly this thing moves. Amazing work, especially on a toy. [Thanks, Orli!] Read More

  • Mac sales up, PCs are stupid and dumb


    Hot ladies love the Apple! Hey, stupid Windows users, look at us! Wheeee! We’re high on the hog! Livin’ off the fatta the land! We’re riding the peace train all the way to funky town because Apple sales are up 34 percent and many of those were sales to new Mac users. In your FACE Vista! WOOOOT! Although this won’t affect our lives in any way. It’s actually just… Read More

  • CNET reviews Rhapsody on TiVo

    As a current TiVo and former Rhapsody subscriber, the idea of putting the two together intrigues me. What doesn’t intrigue me is paying $17 a month for TiVo and another $13 a month to use Rhapsody on it. I like the services and all but $30 a month seems a little steep, especially on top of the extortion money that I have to shell out to Comcast every month to rent (against my will) a… Read More

  • With FriendCSV, Data Sneaks Out Facebook's Back Door

    As we’ve suggested before, there is an underlying problem with many proprietary systems – such as Facebook – because information inside of them tends to get trapped. Information flows in but not so easily back out. This can be very frustrating for users who wish that the highly personal data stored in social networks could be transferred to other applications for other uses. Read More

  • China and the lie of luxury

    This is a bit off-topic, but it has quite a bit to do with electronics and boutique home audio so let’s begin. Luxury items have always been status symbols and, increasingly, commodity products. This nasty mix creates a drive to sell more product at luxury prices, which is good for the companies but not so good for the consumer. Dana Thomas’ book, Deluxe claws at — but… Read More

  • Digging Into Apple's iPhone Numbers

    What can we glean about how the iPhone is doing from AT&T’s and Apple’s earnings calls? Last quarter, AT&T Wireless had a net gain of 2 million subscribers, its best quarter ever. Apple sold 1.1 million iPhones in the quarter (and 1.4 million cumulatively). Though some portion of those were already AT&T Wireless subscribers, it is safe to say the iPhone deal is… Read More

  • Police shut down OiNK BitTorrent site

    Police raided and shut down the OiNK BitTorrent site earlier today after a two-year investigation, shocking users across the BT community. Additionally, the 24-year-old man who ran the site was arrested. Good luck, bro. I really love this quote by one of the anti-piracy guys that make OiNK users sound like war criminals: OiNK was central to the illegal distribution of pre-release music online. Read More

  • Comcasts says it only 'delays' BitTorrent traffic, doesn't block it

    Comcast, in responding to last week’s AP investigation that found it blocks BitTorrent traffic, said today it only “delays” the traffic and doesn’t outright block it. You know, like picking up a phone and getting a busy signal. Right… Ladies and germs, if you believe that line of rubbish you should be ashamed of yourself. The Philly-based company said it has a… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. CrunchDeals: Damn that’s a cheap Zune Ryan $85
    $50
    $12
    still a zune Read More

  • Hisense to buy Qualcomm’s Innovative MEMS Mobile Phone Displays

    Hisense, a Chinese electronics manufacturer, and Qualcomm, a wireless products developer, announced today that Qualcomm MEMS displays will be put into Hisense phones in 2008. The Qualcomm MEMS displays are being touted as superior in viewing quality and lower in power consumption. Qualcomm has developed the first direct view MEMS display for mobile devices, an innovation that offers… Read More

  • Sohu.com Claims Exclusive Internet Advertising Rights For Beijing Olympics

    Chinese portal (and NASDAQ listed) Sohu.com is claiming exclusive internet advertising rights for the Beijing Olympics, resulting in a dispute between Chinese internet companies. Sohu.com paid $30 million in 2005 for the rights to host the games website for the Beijing Olympics and to use the logo of the event, however is now claiming the deal includes exclusive rights to host all advertising… Read More

  • Real-Time Videoconferencing for Today’s Mobile Phone

    KT-Tech, a small start-up company, has revealed its mobile phone videoconferencing application, KTvid. KTvid allows person-to-person videoconferencing in real-time over today’s mainstream cellular networks. The application doesn’t require the high-bandwidth of a 3G cellular network for quality two-way video and audio connectivity so its potential can be realized today. I… Read More

  • Stanford Wants Its Students To Be Healthy As Well As Rich

    Stanford University, the Valley’s startup creating and employee providing uberhub have unveiled BeWell@Stanford, an online community that aims to promote healthy living among the school’s 30,000 students, faculty, and staff. BeWell@Stanford is powered by Wellsphere and offers a central place where members can get personalized advice, discover wellness resources and activities… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Futuride Edition

    LavaGlow PS3 controller: Oh wow, man
    Segway dresses up as a Ferrari for Halloween
    Meet ClinchGear, a place for all your MMA apparel needs
    Atari founder hates on FPSes, calls game industry ‘race to bottom’
    The Zaku II-inspired mobile phone from Japan Read More

  • Zango Acquires Smart Shopper For $9 Million: Now More Evil

    Everyone’s favorite love-to-hate spyware company Zango has acquired browser based comparison shopping engine Smart Shopper for what we’ve been told by two people related to the company (but unconfirmed directly) for $9 million. Smart Shopper offers what on the surface appears to be a fairly non-threatening shopping assistant add on for Internet Explorer, however according to a… Read More

  • Has America's First Friend Been Lying About His Age?

    I can’t decide if this doesn’t matter at all, or if it matters a lot. A Wall Street Journal reporter named Julia Angwin has apparently been working on a tell all book about MySpace for some time, and she’s dug up a lot of sensationalist dirt on the company, its founders, and parent company News Corp. Among the gems – Tom Anderson, the co-founder of MySpace and the… Read More

  • Memeorandum Leaderboard Shows Mainstream Media Leading In Political Coverage

    Gabe Rivera’s latest leaderboard product Memeorandum Leaderboard is now live with some interesting results for the political blogosphere. According to the list, based on story headlines on Memeorandum the New York Times, Washington Post and AP control over 22.4% of political headlines. The Atlantic Online, The National Review and CNN (twice) also make the top ten, leaving slim pickings… Read More

  • XBox Arcade console officially available

    We all knew it was coming, but the $279.99 arcade edition is here and it’s fabulous. It comes with HDMI out and five games: “PAC-MAN Championship Edition” (NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.), “Uno” (Carbonated Games), “Luxor 2” (MumboJumbo), “Boom Boom Rocket” (Electronic Arts Inc.) and “Feeding Frenzy” (Sprout… Read More

  • ProQuo Will Kill Junk Mail

    This may be the most useful website you ever read about on TechCrunch. New La Jolla, California startup ProQuo launches this evening to help you battle all the evil that is being perpetually perpetrated against your personal information. Get countless credit card offers, catalogs and other junk in your mailbox everyday? ProQuo intends to do what the NoCall list did for telesales calls for all… Read More

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