• Dell (??) to show Android phone (??) at MWC (??)

    We got a tip in last night regarding the possible, rumored launch of a super-secret Dell product that runs Android. First off, Dell makes Axim’s and that’s about it. Second off, Google isn’t even at MWC but I think Android is on the floor but is definitely not at any Dell location I can espy. Rumor and innuendo, I suspect. My brother is senior level management at dell and… Read More

  • Self-Help Site First30Days.com Launches With $5 Million from Hearst and Dick Parsons

    Self-help is big business—just look at all the Tony Robbins and Dummies books at your local Barnes & Noble. As with all media businesses, the self-help industry is moving online in a massive way. The latest Website to organize itself around self-help is First 30 Days, which took the covers off its private beta this weekend. The new site is designed to take people through the first… Read More

  • Apple might make a handheld game console AND/OR make a robotic monkey to fetch your colostomy bag

    Apple just trademarked some sort of weird logo for a hand-held gaming rig which everyone is speculating is actually some sort of very exciting Apple-branded handheld game system that will work with iTunes and be the best thing in the world. What I really think is going on here is that Apple is trademarking a logo for when some crazy Chinese pirate company starts making “Apple”… Read More

  • Interview with Dov Moran, founder of Modu

    http://flixwagon.com/flvPlayer.swf We just got out of an interview with Dov Moran, founder of Modu. As we suspected, the device is a module-based GSM system that includes a small, fully-functional phone and a set of “mates” or “jackets.” You can pop the phone in and out of different devices and add GSM functionality to almost anything, from GPS units to cameras. Read More

  • HTC: Updated Advantage, Origami Shift, HTC P3470 w/ TomTom

    The HTC Advantage, enhanced for your pleasure Not much new out of HTC this show. They updated the Shift to run Vista with the Origami Experience 2.0 (I saw these guys live at Red Rocks back in 1983 – great show) and an updated Advantage. They also launched the P3470 with TomTom Navigator in Europe. Nothing too earth-shattering but God do they do nice hardware. Read More

  • GPhone Prototype Debuts At Mobile World Congress

    The first official prototype of a phone running Google’s Android platform has debuted at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today. Upstaging the usually quick blog media, AP captured the first shot (above), left of picture we’ve blown up the phone for a closer look. Samsung said yesterday that it won’t debut an Android powered phone until 2009, and AP reports that the… Read More

  • Motorola's MWC sexy-time… not!

    Motorola just launched three phones, the W181, the W161, and the Z6w (the press page is missing so I added a placeholder). Do they excite you? Do you like them? With the introduction of the Wi-Fi enabled MOTO Z6w, Motorola is making it simple for consumers to enjoy seamless services on a single device. The GSM and Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN)-compatible handset extends the… Read More

  • Nokia 6210: Navigator phone

    Huh… the 6210 has an accelerometer and a built-in compass along with GPS. Now that’s something interesting. Perhaps this could be their next work-out phone? The 6210 supports Maps 2.0 and has local maps pre-loaded on the 1GB memory card. It also has A-GPS. You can download free maps at maps.nokia.com. It has a 3.2-megapixel camera and MP3 player and will cost about 300 euro ($325). Read More

  • Nokia 6220: GPS photo phone

    The 6220 has a 5-megapixel camera with flash and geotagging. It will cost about 325 euros ($375) and supports HSDPA along with Nokia’s new Maps 2.0 application. It has a music player, FM radio, and supports microSD. Interestingly, it supports something called “widgets” which looks like an “always-on-top” system for weather, stocks, and all the other little info… Read More

  • New Nokia N-Series: N96 and N78

    Here comes Nokia out of the gate with a set of two N-Series devices, the N96 and the N78. Both of these should be available in the U.S., so that’s the first plus, and they’re priced at a premium, so that’s the first minus. The N78 (350 euros or about $400) has a 3.2-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and support for microSD. It has A-GPS for geotagging and supports… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's two girls I'd go home with: the G700 and G900

    [photopress:G900_Dark_Brown_PP01.jpg,thumb,pp_image][photopress:G700_PP01_Silk_Bronze.jpg,thumb,pp_image] I’ve liked UIQ for years and, as we all know, I’m not a WinMo man. Therefore, I was most interested in the new G-series “soccer mom” phones, the G700 and G900. Sadly, as we noticed, these phones will come out in the next few months and not, unlike the X1, in… Read More

  • SEX1 (get it?) hands-on

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=sex1.flv It’s a little dark but you generally see how these little “workspaces” work. You click one and it pops up. Clearly the X1s they were showing last night were almost unusable — they were very slow and basically mock-ups to show off some of the features. Every time the guy pressed a window it would go to the… Read More

  • Ticket Scalpers Seatwave Take $25 Million Series C

    European ticket resellers Seatwave have taken $25 million Series C in a round led by Fidelity Ventures that included Atlas Venture, Mangrove Capital Partners and Adinvest. Total funding for Seatwave to date is $36 million. London based Seatwave, like StubHub (acquired by eBay for $310 million) and TicketsNow (acquired by Ticketmaster for $265 million) resells tickets to major events. The… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Space Meets West Edition

    Philadelphia’s Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit
    Inside Darth Vader’s helmet
    Epic Duel: Anakin vs. Obi-Wan
    Hello from sunny Barcelona
    Hands-on with the Samsung Soul Read More

  • New Nigerian Scam switches from riches to violence; we cite evolution

    [photopress:nigeria_419_shirt.gif,full,center] Oh. My. God. Nigerian spam is a punchline. It’s something we joke about when we email each other (which we do, Peter has a crush on me). But these guys have built a new level that’s just awesome. And stupid. And rad. And so joke-worthy it’s nuts. See, the Nigerian scammers have evolved from the carrot to the stick. It used to be… Read More

  • Nuconomy Emerges To Provide Next Generation Site Analytics

    Tel Aviv/San Francisco based Nuconomy (part of the recent Israeli Web Tour in California) is aiming to give publishers a lot more information about what’s happening on their sites than Google Analytics currently offers. CEO Shahar Nechmad says he wants to give people insights that are usually only available to sites that can pay thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars per month… Read More

  • Wikimedia's 2007 Financials Posted

    Wikimedia Foundation posted their audited 2007 financial statements (I’ve embedded the document below) last week. Their fiscal year actually ends June 30, so these are already almost eight months old, but they reveal some interesting information about the entity that controls Wikipedia nonetheless. Generally Wikimedia publishes these five months or so after the end of the year; this… Read More

  • Microsoft Upgrades Office Live Small Business

    Microsoft has announced a range of upgrades for its oddly named Office Live Small Business service (odd because it doesn’t offer an online office suite). The original Office Live was launched in February 2006 as a easy to use business focused hosting package that competes directly with Yahoo’s small business hosting service. The new features include: “Store Manager,”… Read More

  • Inside Darth Vader's helmet

    I remember watching a behind-the-scenes-type show on Star Wars years ago where they dissected and said what everything inside Vader’s helmet did, but this was the first time I’ve ever seen it in person. Looks like a complicated process, huh? I wish this had been an interactive display that showed what every gear and pulley does, but it was still a neat display. Read More

  • Wait. Yahoo and AOL? I Was Looking Forward To Something More…Fierce.

    I was so damned excited yesterday to see Yahoo preparing to put up a Mel Gibson style Braveheart fight against Microsoft, Google and anyone else that tried to screw with their freedom. But if the reports of Yahoo exploring a merger with AOL are true, this battle could sizzle out quickly and pathetically. AOL’s great, and I appreciate the effort they are putting into creating quality… Read More

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