• Wixi Gives Away 5,000 Invites to Our Readers

    Media-centric social network Wixi, which launched at TechCrunch40 a couple of weeks ago, is giving away 5,000 invitations to its private beta to TechCrunch readers. To claim yours, go here and enter “havefun” as the Wixi access pass. Once you sign up, you’ll be able to invite six of your friends. After these 5,000 invitations run out, users will be put on a waiting list… Read More

  • WiFi for UK iPod touch users

    Do you live in London like Pete Doherty and have an iPod Touch? Well then! Leave that pipe at home and head out into the streets baby, ’cause you’ve got yourself some WiFi for that iPod Touch thanks to The Cloud. A new plan called Cloud Unlimited Music will be available today for £3.99 or ~$8 and allows iPod Touch users to access the internet as much as they want. Basically… Read More

  • Nokia Maps

    Nokia is buying digital mapmaker Navteq for $8 billion. (See WSJ coverage here).  Navteq powers many in-car navigation services, but it is also one of the providers of mapping data used in Google Maps. Every mobile device should include mapping services. It’s a natural fit. But will Nokia try to charge extra for this or will every future Nokia phone come with free maps? You can… Read More

  • Skype: CEO Zennstrom Steps Down; Only 1/3 of Earnout Paid

    Skype (acquired by eBay in late 2005) announced today that co-founder and CEO Niklas Zennstrom will step down, retaining his role as chairman (which doesn’t mean much for a subsidiary of a public company). Andy Abramson says this is a sign that eBay isn’t happy with the way Skype has been run to date. He also speculates that it may be spun off at some point into a free standing… Read More

  • Bungie says Halo 3 not in true high-def, but for a reason

    AP image What’s more shocking to hear than “the Mets won’t be in the playoffs this year”? Oh, I don’t know, how about “Halo 3 doesn’t natively run in high definition.” Um, wtf? Halo‘s not in HD? ‘fraid not… Read More

  • Nintendo sells 50 millionth DS

    Since the very first Game Boy in the later 1980s, no other company has dethroned Nintendo from its spot as the portable gaming king. So it should come as no surprise to you that Nintendo has sold its 50 millionth Nintendo DS, making it one of the best selling consoles of all time. With its touch-screen, great games and solid fanbase, the DS is a wonderful console and I’m glad its getting… Read More

  • T-Mobile Samsung Beat, first hands-on

    Today marks the official unveiling of the Samsung Beat (SGH-t539) on the T-mobile network. The Beat is a pint-sized flip phone dressed in a black shell with a silver keypad and lime green accents. The latest T-mo handset has dedicated external music controls, a stereo speaker, stereo Bluetooth and comes packed with a 1GB microSD card that’s pre-loaded with two tracks from Anisha Nicole… Read More

  • Marc Ecko's Boba Fett hoodie

    What do you get when a ghetto fashion icon gets drunk one night, watches the entire Star Wars trilogy and stays up into the night designing a hoodie? Boba Fett done downright ugly. Some would say that this atrocious piece of clothing resembles the Star Wars bounty hunter. I say it resembles that of a homeless man’s attire. Ether way, you know you want it. Ecko is making other Star… Read More

  • Portable Western Digital hard drives now come in four super fantastic colors

    Do you care what color your portable hard drive is? Surely some of you do, since Western Digital now has its WD Passport Portable in four mind-blowing colors: vibrant green, glossy black, glossy white and metallic red. (I’d go with green, though we all know that it’s not easy being white…) Paint job aside, the USB-powered drives are as you’d expect from Western… Read More

  • Zannel: Twitter With Pictures And Video

    For those of you trying to keep up with all the new mobile social-networking services that are springing up (like MocoSpace, Mig33, Aka-Aki, MeetMoi, Mobiluck, Imity, Zyb, etc., etc.), here’s one more to add to the pile: Zannel. Launched quietly in August, it already has more than 500,000 mobile visitors a month, says founder and CTO Braxton Woodham. Formerly the CTO of Infospace Mobile… Read More

  • SonyDrive surprise is…

    This isn’t at all what I expected from Sony. Truth be told, I didn’t really think anything of it at the time, but the teaser from Sony has been revealed. It’s a 3mm OLED TV with a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. The SonyDrive XEL-1 packs a quite a bit for an 11-incher. A 960×450 resolution, HDMI, USB, Ethernet, 45W power consumption, 2x1W speakers, a terrestrial digital… Read More

  • Nokia ad pokes fun at a locked cellphone… but which one?

    Check out this classy Nokia ad that was spotted in New York at the weekend. I’ll give you one guess as to which cellphone Nokia is alluding to… Timely advertising; Nokia poster hot off the press… [Mac Rumors Forums] Read More

  • The Barbarians Are At The Gate, But Microsoft Moves To Protect Office Revenues

    The barbarians are at the gate, a new horde is on the way, but no one seems to be defending the castle. Instead, the Microsoft Office warriors are rebranding, repackaging and relaunching old products and calling them new. Not to be confused with the 2005 announcement of Office Live, Microsoft today announced Office Live Workspace and reiterated its position that client software is the future… Read More

  • More Adobe AIR Apps

    Lots of new Adobe AIR applications are launching today at the Adobe Max conference in Chicago. In addition to those in the previous post, they include: —A new Adobe Media Player that lets you watch shows in Flash either online or off and manage your shows in an iTunes-like application. Videos from CBS, PBS, Yahoo Video, Blip.tv, Revision3, and others are available. —A dedicated… Read More

  • Wikinvest Closes $2.5 Million For Investment Wiki

    Wikinvest has closed a $2.5 million series A led by DCM and including angels. Wikinvest is just as the name suggests, a wiki for investors. Wikinvest is meant to be a research portal where anyone can contribute information on company profiles, investment concepts, or chart analysis. The site is a competitor with financial profiles and news listed on Yahoo and Google Finance, as well as… Read More

  • Plug To Be Finally Pulled On Findory

    Personalized newspaper service Findory is finally closing, after remaining on life support since January when development ceased. Founder Greg Linden has now posted that the site will now be shut November 1. Linden took the opportunity to preach the gospel of personalized news, despite Findory’s failure: Some day, online newspapers will focus on your interests, building you your own… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Ghost Shooter Edition

    BenQ Announces Slim, Touch Screen, Point-and-Shoot
    Ghost Finder: induce skeptisism without any work
    The Juicer
    Nickelodeon’s NPower Lineup Of Electronics
    Furutech LP Flattener Revives Vinyl Read More

  • Playyoo Offers Peek Of Its YouTube For Mobile Games

    London, England based Playyoo will today announce the launch of its Playyoo Game Contest and give a sneak preview of its community-based platform for mobile casual games at the Adobe MAX event in Chicago. The Playyoo Game Contest is open to independent mobile game developers using Adobe Flash Lite; prizes include cash and promotional goods. Winners will be selected by Playyoo members based… Read More

  • Pentax Optio W30 review

    The summer may be officially over, but the temperatures are still warm enough to cook an egg on the sidewalk and there’s enough time to hit the beach and soak up the sun. I like to frolic in the ocean and often times I wish I had a waterproof digital point-and-shoot to capture all my shenanigans while surfing. I’ve tried the disposables and the surf-specific cameras, but… Read More

  • It's on! Holyfield to take on Foreman with new grill!

    Of all the gadgets I own, one I absolutely cannot live without is my George Foreman Lean Green Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine, aka the George Foreman Grill. It’s the butt of many jokes, sure, but ask anyone who’s got one, and they’ll agree that they love theirs. It’s been a huge success and made Foreman a ton of dough. One of Foreman’s old opponents is entering… Read More

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