• Microsoft Introduces PlayReady DRM

    Microsoft Introduces PlayReady DRM

    We don’t need any more DRM at this point in time. We have way too much of it now and it seriously has to stop. There, I said it. But why do I bring it up? Microsoft decided that they need to implement yet another DRM system, this time for mobile phones and mobile devices. Dubbed “PlayReady”, this new DRM system is far more advanced than past Microsoft-designed systems. Now… Read More

  • SanDisk Turns It Up To 4GB

    SanDisk Turns It Up To 4GB

    No word on pricing here, but we do know that SanDisk has announced a 4GB microSDHC card in March. A huge improvement over previous capacities, some say that this card alone is posing a threat to the 4GB version of Apple’s iPhone. Utter rubbish, but a good try nonetheless. Don’t go rushing out to buy this card right away though, as most mobile phones that do take microSD can only handle… Read More

  • Turtle Beach Still Around, Making Wii Headphones

    Turtle Beach Still Around, Making Wii Headphones

    I haven’t heard from Turtle Beach since it stopped making early-1990s sound cards, but I suppose with the recent surge in Wii-popularity, now is a good time to hop on the bandwagon. Either way, these Ear Force W3 wireless headphones from Turtle Beach are “Ready for Wii” and come with an audio splitter cable. Powered by a single AAA battery, these ‘phones will set you back… Read More

  • Lock, Dock, and iPod

    Lock, Dock, and iPod

    Truth be told, I thought I had seen every last possible iPod accessory — until this lock came along. Seems Japanese company Elecom thought it’d be a good idea to make a three-number combination lock that plugs into the docking part of your iPod so that it won’t get stolen. First off, the cable used for the lock looks like I could cut it with a pair of scissors. Secondly… Read More

  • HP iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger: Surprising

    HP iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger: Surprising

    I’m honestly not sure what to make of the 514. On one hand it’s a WinMo 6 smartphone with WiFi, on the other hand it’s an iPAQ without a touchscreen. Essentially, HP made a phone, not a PDA with phone features. It’s about as big as an old school Nokia candybar and it looks OEM-tastic with a very odd trade dress that I haven’t seen in HP products before. Read More

  • Hands On With All the Samsung Ultras: Can You Say Ultra Purdy?

    Hands On With All the Samsung Ultras: Can You Say Ultra Purdy?

    I’m not wetting myself over these or anything, but they’re quite clever. All of Samsung’s new Ultra line is really quite impressive, especially the paper-thin 5.9. I can imagine, however, how Ultra Painful it is to get a shard of Samsung Ultra in your gluteus maximus when you sit down on it and it Ultra cracks in half. Read More

  • Coilgunosapien: Destroy All Humans

    Marcus of Evosapien has added a mini-railgun to his Robosapien — which already has a damn flamethrower on it — and can now complete the destruction of the Eastern seaboard using his robot army. Read More

  • On the Road With the Nokia 6110

    On the Road With the Nokia 6110

    Convergence is a hard nut to crack. I have yet to meet anyone who uses their cellphone as an MP3 player — although they’re out there — and now Nokia wants us to use their phones as GPS devices. Read More

  • The Prada Phone In Its Natural Habitat

    The Prada Phone In Its Natural Habitat

    There she is, friends. Hidden behind glass, guarded by beautiful women, ensconced in a leather box. I’m not sure which pre-libidinal fantasy they’re trying to inspire, but it certainly looks like something mommy doesn’t want us to touch. Read More

  • KeyTouch: Interesting Enough to Matter

    KeyTouch: Interesting Enough to Matter

    I stumbled upon KeyTouch while trying to tackle a pair of Ukrainians who wouldn’t stop talking about the LG Shine in their Kraken-howl language. It’s not particularly ground-breaking, but it’s a text entry system that uses the directional keys to pick characters after each keypress. Say, for example, you wanted to type AK 47. You would hit the 2 key and see a little compass with… Read More

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  • Toshiba G900: Meh

    Toshiba G900: Meh

    Took a look at the Toshiba WinMo 6 line today and I can’t say I was impressed. They’re pretty to look at but what you’re essentially seeing is anything and everything by HTC stuffed into a case marked “Toshiba.” Essentially this is a powerful smartphone with fingerprint recognition and a Sony-Ericisson-esque 2-megapixel camera. It’s got WiFi and 64MB internal… Read More

  • Polymer Vision Readius

    Polymer Vision Readius

    I finally found the Polymer Vision Readius nestled quite close to the press room. This is the rollable display everyone has been talking about and it’s actually quite cool. The device is about as big as a flashlight and has a 5-inch greyscale, 16 “color” screen that updates in about a second. This is more like the Sony Reader than anything else and it doesn’t appear to be… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Earnest Edition

    Daily Crunch: Earnest Edition

    Ginormous Lego Millennium Falcon Kicks the Most Ass Ever Toy Fair Doesn’t Mean Playtime Pop Goes the Soda Bot Round Sound Help Key: How to Set Up Surround Sound Speakers Read More

  • StumbleUpon Video Stumbles Upon Wii

    . The service provides an innovative way for users of the system to discover a wide array of video content without using additional hardware. StumbleUpon VP of Marketing, David Feller says: “Both the video game industry and online video have been experiencingexplosive growth. By customizing our Stumble Video platform, we’re giving Wii gamers another gateway to discover new and… Read More

  • FilmLoop Betrayed By Investors?

    When I added FilmLoop to the TechCrunch DeadPool last month based on rumors of mass layoffs, it was clear there was more to the story. The thirty person company had raised $11.5 million in capital and by any calculation should have still had at least $3 – $5 million left in the bank. They were trailing Slide, RockYou and Photobucket in their market, but had just launched a completely new… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Video Coming to the Wii

    I’m no gamer but I love StumbleUpon Video – so tonight’s announcement that the crowdsourced video discovery tool is going to be available on the TV via a customized version made for the Nintendo Wii sounds like great news to me.  If you’ve never seen StumbleUpon you should make sure to check it out; the company provides a browser toolbar that takes you to unexpected web… Read More

  • He's…..Back

    You may have noticed a few posts today written by retired TechCrunch writer Marshall Kirkpatrick, who recently left us to become Director of Content at Portland startup SplashCast. Marshall graciously agreed to come back and write for TechCrunch for the next week or so while I’m away in London to speak at the Future of Web Apps conference. It’s good to see him back in the TechCrunch… Read More

  • LiveOps Raises $28m More

    Distributed call-center outsourcing service LiveOps has announced the closure of a Series C round of funding for $28 Million.  The round was lead by Benchmark Capital, a new investor in the company and a fund that rarely makes later stage investments.  Benchmark’s investments in the consumer space, which more readers here may be familiar with, include Pageflakes, Bebo and Yelp among… Read More

  • Veoh Relaunches Powerful Video Sharing Service

    P2P and web video sharing service Veoh will relaunch Tuesday with some important new features and a new look.  Cynics looking for interesting video sites post-GooTube will find Veoh of real interest.  The company has Michael Eisner on its Board, content deals with companies like Us Magazine and United Talent Agency and most important – some very good looking technology.   Starting this… Read More

  • Ginormous Lego Millennium Falcon Kicks the Most Ass Ever

    If you don’t want this, you should seriously think about why you’re even at a website like this one. Made up of over 5000 individual bricks, the Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon is the magnificent point where obsessive Star Wars geekery and perfect Lego hobbyism meet. For $500 you get the largest Lego set ever assembled, dedicated to building the most lust-worthy starship… Read More