• Best Buy to populate airports with gadget vending machines


    Everybody’s most loathed favorite electronics retailer is putting its already-sticky fingers into the airport pie to see if it can wring a little more cash out of uninformed gadget buyers. They’re installing gadget dispensers in airports across the country come September, probably a lot like the ones already there, but the Best Buy ones will also dispense injustice. Actually, to… Read More

  • Sanyo Katana Eclipse on the way, launches on Bell Mobility

    The Sanyo Katana was just one of those phones that just stayed on the shelves for way longer than anyone expected. But why? Sure, it had some pretty well-marketed TTY features, but that’s nothing unique. Oh – and it was Dr. Turk’s phone on Scrubs. Whatever the cause, it’s one of the few phones that Sprint might still pitch at you two years after launch. Well… Read More

  • Olympics: Fireworks faked during opening ceremony

    This isn’t soooo bad, I suppose, but apparently about 55 seconds of the opening ceremony for the Olympics this year was rendered as computer-generated imagery, or CGI as we like to call it 95% of the time. While I was all set to slam my broken-hearted fist down on my desk, screaming “How could you?!! You bastards!!!”, it turns out that the part that was computer generated… Read More

  • Video: Ken Vs. Rufus from Street Fighter IV

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=38125 Are you picking this up? Read More

  • Meet the new Lara Croft, gymnast Alison Carroll

    Aye-chee-wah-wah. Here’s the new Lara Croft; former gymnast Alison Carroll of Croydon, a borough of London. I can’t stand Angelina Jolie – can’t stand her – so it brings me great joy to see that she can retire and I can finally like Tomb Raider again. Granted, Miss Carroll won’t really be playing the role of Lara Croft in a movie anytime soon, but… Read More

  • Nokia Xpress Music 5610 available from T-Mobile


    Though we knew it was in the works, T-Mobile today officially announced the availability of Nokia’s Xpress Music 5610. The 5610 offers upgraded features from the previously announced Xpress Music 5310, including: a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, quick access to music function buttons, a microSD slot (with 1GB bundled in the box), stereo Bluetooth and a 2.2-inch… Read More

  • Those Kindle Estimates Keep Going Up.

    Ten days ago TechCrunch reported that Amazon has shipped 240,000 Kindles. At the time, I noted that Citi analyst Mark Mahaney’s estimates looked a little low by comparison. Those estimates, published in May, put sales of Kindles at 189,000 this year, 467,000 in 2009, and 2.2 million in 2010. “It might be time for him to revise those numbers upward,” I suggested. This… Read More

  • ‘Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People’ is here

    Better late than never, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People is now available to order via the Nintendo Wii’s WiiWare section. Fans of HomestarRunner.com will surely recognize (and likely purchase) the game. The rest of you might want to spend a few days over on HomestarRunner.com to get caught up. Either way, it should be a hoot. It’s a five-episode game series… Read More

  • Verizon's Voyager gets Visual Voicemail


    Its not just for the iPhone anymore, Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of Visual Voicemail for the Voyager by LG. For those who haven’t seen it, Visual Voice Mail provides a different way to access voicemail; a list of messages is displayed on the screen and users can choose the order in which they want to listen to messages. Users can also delete, reply and forward… Read More

  • Fable 2 launch date confirmed for October

    In case you missed it last week because I did, Microsoft Game Studios announced the US and European launch dates for Fable 2. Those of us in the United States of America will get dibs on the Xbox 360 exclusive on October 21 while those of you living on the continent of Europe will get it on October 24. If you pre-ordered you’re privy to “Fable 2” Pub Games on August 13… Read More

  • Researchers at Berkley create invisibility cloak

    There have been talks about a Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak for years and now a group of researchers at Berkley have constructed a material that can bend light around 3D objects. The disappearing act (light bending effect) is essentially the same effect (reversing refraction) that makes straws in water appear as though they are bent. The material, which doesn’t occur in nature… Read More

  • WWE Superstar Randy Orton wants to see *more* violence in video games

    WWE Superstar Randy Orton wants to see more violence in video games, arguing that movie violence is far more detrimental to young kids than something like Grand Theft Auto. Yup, the pro wrestler recently defended our favorite pastime in an interview with Eurogamer, saying: Violence sells. I want to see more violence in games – the more blood the better…. The violence [in… Read More

  • DEMO v. TechCrunch50 Takes A Nasty Turn With Charges Of Plagiarism

    We are heads down preparing for the upcoming TechCrunch50 Conference in San Francisco, where we’ll feature fifty newly launched startups and products to an audience of over 1,500 investors, press, entrepreneurs and others who are passionate about startups. Each of the launching startups attend the event for free and do not pay any fees at all to be on stage. We’ve been spending… Read More

  • T-Mobile planning an open app store?


    Word on the street it that T-Mobile USA is planning a more ‘open’ approach to applications; the carrier is said to be working on something similar to Apple’s app store for the iPhone, but for handsets across its line-up. That’s 31.5 million T-Mobile subscribers to the 10 million iPhone users Apple expects to have by year’s end. Read more Read More

  • VIA quitting the third-party motherboard business

    Looks like the motherboard business has lost its luster for VIA. Custom PC is reporting that VIA "sees no future in making chipsets for third parties such as Intel and AMD." A VIA rep said that one of the main reasons the company moved into the processor business was because it saw the third-party chipset business becoming less important against providing a complete all-in-one platform. Read More

  • T-Mobile planning an open app store?


    Word on the street it that T-Mobile USA is planning on taking a more ‘open’ approach to applications; the carrier is said to be working on something similar to Apple’s app store for the iPhone, but for handsets across its line-up. That’s 31.5 million T-Mobile USA subscribers to the 10 million iPhone users Apple expects to have by year’s end. Reported details of… Read More

  • Doug is on Cincinnati's 700WLW right now

    Doug is on Cincinnati’s 700WLW right now and streaming live. Listen to him talk. Read More

  • iPhone 3G unlocked? [UPDATED]

    http://qik.com/player2.swf?streamname=c89c603b836b45388abe59bfaeb7191d&vid=155737&playback=false&polling=false&user=patphelan&displayname=patphelan&safelink=patphelan&userlock=true&islive=&username=anonymous I’m getting the dirt on this right now but it seems that Pat Phelan of MaxRoam just unlocked his iPhone 3G and will be giving away the… Read More

  • Patent holding firm files suit against Apple, Palm, RIM


    WiAV Solutions, a patent holding firm that doesn’t actually make anything from its proprietary technology, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Apple, Palm and Research In Motion have violated as many as 10 patents relating to GSM technology. WiAV solutions only owns two of the ten patents in question and ‘exclusively’ licenses the other eight from Mindspeed; as part of its… Read More

  • German researchers develop "EmoGlove" to simplify software testing

    A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research in Germany developed a sensor glove that is supposed to help companies evaluate the quality of software applications. Bodo Urban, the head of the 25 researchers involved in the project, says his basic goal is to improve the relation between man and machine with the so-called EmoGlove. The technology helps to track… Read More

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