• The state of mobile OS openness

    Open operating systems, for most folks, means that the operating system is essentially free. The average computer user knows that Linux is free, as in beer, while Windows costs money. The case is the same for mobile OSes although, until very recently, the idea of purposely using an open OS has been a fairly nebulous concept. To be clear open mobile OSes have been around for years, starting… Read More

  • SproutCore: The New Javascript Rich Internet Platform

    Steve Gillmor and I met with Peter and Charles of SproutCore, the open source javascript framework for web application development. The platform has recently attracted a lot of attention as it was revealed that it powered the Apple Mobile Me web application demos from this years WWDC… Read More

  • Tokyo Toy Show coverage, part 3 (final): The coolest electronic toys on video

    The following videos I shot show some of the coolest electronic stuff (not including robots) I have come across at this year’s Tokyo Toy Show. Takara Tomy’s Aero Spider was especially impressive. The same company didn’t allow me to shoot a video of their awesome QFOs (mini UFOs attacking Tokyo). Sorry, but the pictures must do. More videos below… Read More

  • Is Google Ad Planner Getting Its Data From The Google Toolbar?

    The recent launch of Google Trends for Websites was just a dress rehearsal. The real product that it is based on is Google Ad Planner, which the company announced today. Google Ad Planner is built for ad buyers who want to decide where to place their ads. It provides general traffic and demographic information for Websites, including gender, age, education, and household income. One… Read More

  • Hoodeo Tries To Match You With Your Ideal Neighborhood

    Given the rise of real estate sites like Trulia and Redfin, it’s clear that the internet has become a primary resource for prospective home shoppers. But what should people do when they don’t know what city to live in, much less which home? Hoodeo, a new website that launched today, is looking to match people with their ideal neighborhoods. The site uses a brief questionnaire… Read More

  • Ricoh introduces new 12-megapixel digital camera

    Today Ricoh announced [JP] a new digital camera that goes on sale in Japan on July 4th. The GX200, the successor to the GX100 released last year, will set you back $740 in case you need the tilting VF-1 electronic viewfinder and $560 if not. The camera comes with the following features: – 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CCD
    – 25mm thick body
    – 24-72mm zoom lens
    – 2.7-inch HVGA… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Scary-ass robotic Elvis for $59.99

    Remember this thing? It used to cost adoring Elvis fans upwards of $350! Now even fence-sitters and hangers-on can get the WowWee Alive Singing Elvis robot for $59.99 with free shipping. This shoulders-up Elvis robot features a few main dispositions: Alive (taking care of business) mode, where Elvis watches your every move and “makes the occasional famous Elvis remark,” Song… Read More

  • Twitter Announces Their Funding, Calls Itself A Communication Utility

    Twitter has officially announced their third round of funding that we wrote about last month – new investors Spark Capital and Bezos Expeditions come on board. Spark partner Bijan Sabet has joined the Twitter board of directors. In the post, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone also talks about their aspirations to become a communications utility, and not to worry about the business model too… Read More

  • Smilebox's Media Presentation Tool Now For Macs

    Make a Smilebox postcard Smilebox released its desktop media client for Mac users today. The Flash-based tool can be used to compile digital slideshows, postcards, scrapbooks, and other arrangements for sharing photos and videos with friends and family. Playing with Smilebox is a bit like browsing the greeting card aisle at your local supermarket. The template designs are either tasteful… Read More

  • 3K Razorbook 400 Mini-Notebook quick look

    Got a chance to play with the 3K RazorBook, a tiny, Linux-powered laptop with teeny touchpad and keyboard. While this is little more than a mini-Internet device, it looks like it might be quite useful and, at $299, cheap experience. What do you guys want me to test during my review? Read More

  • American Airlines testing in-flight Wi-Fi tomorrow

    Hey, here’s a happy surprise for anyone who may happen to be flying from New York (JFK) and Los Angeles on American Airlines tomorrow. The company will be conducting “a dress rehearsal” of in-flight Wi-Fi service, called GoGo, provided by Aircell. American has a fleet of 15 767-200 airplanes that have the Wi-Fi connections installed and ready to go, so assuming the flight… Read More

  • Rumor: Dyson working on a stand alone air purifier

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-28441174614961743&hl=en&fs=true This is all based on conjecture, but I did ask a few of the engineers if they were working on an air purifier and they neither confirmed nor denied the claim. It only makes sense considering the fact that the Airblade actually sucks in the surrounding air and purifies 99.9 percent of it before spewing… Read More

  • Japan to build two mega solar power plants

    Today Sharp Japan [JP], the city of Sakai and Kansai Electric Power [JP] announced [JP] the so-called “Sakai City Waterfront Mega Solar Power Generation Plan”. Under the initiative, two mega solar power generation plants are to be built in Sakai (near Osaka) by 2010. One facility will have an output of 10,000 kW, while the second plant is planned to produce 28,000 kW. The complex… Read More

  • Video: History of Dyson's upright vacuums

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1025944%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf You may or may not have noticed, but I wasn’t around all that much last week and, no, I was not on… Read More

  • The State of Mobile OS Openness

    Open operating systems, for most folks, means that the operating system is essentially free. The average computer user knows that Linux is free, as in beer, while Windows costs money. The case is the same for mobile OSes although, until very recently, the idea of purposely using an open OS has been a fairly nebulous concept. To be clear open mobile OSes have been around for years, starting… Read More

  • ThinkPad SL series to include online backup, LoJack

    In the next few weeks, Lenovo is expected to formally announce its SL series of notebooks aimed at small-to-medium sized businesses. According to IDG News Service, the machines will be priced between $699 and $1,199 and will feature online backup services and LoJack anti-theft technology. The SL series also looks to loosen its necktie "with a more stylish look and multimedia features such… Read More

  • Nokia offers to buy Rest of Symbian and Give Away Software

    Nokia announced today that it is offering to buy the 52% of Symbian that it doesn’t already own for around $410 million. Software developed by Symbian is the most widely used on high-end mobile phones and Nokia plans to make the code available free to other manufactures. Nokia hopes to make Symbian software the industry standard worldwide. If the purchase is successful, Nokia will form… Read More

  • Sources: Microsoft And Yahoo Talks Back On

    We’ve got multiple sources at both Yahoo and Microsoft telling us that official talks are back on between the two companies. But we’re hearing something different than CNET – the talks are about a full buyout again, not a sweetened search-only deal. The information we have is thin, but what one source is saying that Microsoft is talking a price lower than the $33 they… Read More

  • Logitech's Mac-only QuickCam puzzles, does video

    For those of you who don’t know what that little dot is for on top of your MacBook, iMac, or MacBook Pro, Logitech has something for you. The QuickCam Vision Pro is a Mac-only 2.0-megapixel webcam that sells for $129.99 and it lets you “enjoy lifelike video on iChat or Skype,” provided that your life is two-dimensional. Why Mac-only? Who the heck knows. Maybe all the… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile offers enticing $79.99 unlimited plan

    Yama hama, look what Virgin Mobile just did. Starting July 1st you can get on the company’s new “Totally Unlimited” plan for $79.99 per month (no contract required), which includes unlimited voice minutes. For $10 more per month, you can get “Unlimited Text & Messaging, with texting, IM, email and picture messages.” If you’re a big talker and you… Read More

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