• Sega introduces a planetarium for your bathroom

    Sega Toys officially announced its newest update to the Homestar (home planetarium) series, the Homestar Spa planetarium [JP, PDF].
    The water-resistant device, which is shaped like the planet Saturn, has 3 different modes for enhancing your bathing pleasure. The bath star mode will produce a simulation of a starry sky right in your bath room. Using the rose bath mode, the Homestar Spa is… Read More

  • Nokia E71, E66 on the real: Exchange, Gmail support and front-facing camera

    One week after “some other phone” was finally revealed, Nokia today took the wraps off two phones that had been clogging the rumor mill for quite some time. Yes, the S60-based E71 and E66 are now officially real, and are officially for middle management types. Two words: Microsoft Exchange. Put those MBAs to good use! The E71, above, is available in both black and white, like… Read More

  • Foldable 3-in-1 mouse from Canon

    Canon will start selling a new device [JP] that triples as a computer mouse, a calculator, and a numeric key pad starting late July. The LT-100TKM will be available in black or white for $32.
    When folded, the battery-powered device can be used as an optical mouse (1,000 dpi). When you open it, the LT-100KTM turns into a 10-key numeric keypad. It can also be used as a stand-alone pocket… Read More

  • Rumor: 60GB Xbox 360 to be announced at E3

    Flickr’d Trusted Reviews first piped up about a 60GB Xbox 360 back in March, but nothing came of it in recent months. And now TR claims that Microsoft will announce the 60GB version of the 360 at E3, which takes place in July from the 15-17 in LA, with a August street date. This is directly correlated with the price cuts we reported on last week. I’ll be at E3, so we’ll get… Read More

  • FCC chairman Kevin Martin now supports XM-Sirius merger!

    It looks like Kevin Martin of the FCC is now supporting the XM-Sirius merger. I think my brain just exploded a little bit. Yes, 16 months after initially proposing the merger (and three months after the Justice Department gave the green light), the FCC’s chairman has given it a thumbs-up. Said the chairman: I am recommending that, with the voluntary commitments they’ve offered… Read More

  • JVC announces three new high-definition Everio camcorders, one of which records 50 hours of video

    Good morning and happy Monday to everyone. My name is Doug and I’m here to tell you about three new hard drive-based camcorders coming from JVC. It’ll be fun! Okay, so we’ve got the Everio GZ-HD10, the Everio GZ-HD30, and the Everio GZ-HD40. All three of them do high definition, while the HD30 and HD40 can do dual-mode recording – either MPEG-2 format or AVCHD format. Read More

  • ISP reaction could spell death of Usenet

    Is this the beginning of the end for Usenet as we know it? Wouldn’t surprise me. It broke last week that New York’s attorney general had targeted Usenet because of the existence of child pornography. Fair enough, no one wants that. But the reaction by several ISPs could set a dangerous precedent, and could threaten the way Usenet works. Time Warner, my ISP (for the time being), will… Read More

  • Footbo.com: (Real) Football Social Network Kicks-Off

    For the benefit of TechCrunch’s American readers, let’s first set a basic ground rule for this post: Football = Soccer. You know, the game played 90 minutes that can end in a 0-0 draw but can still be regarded as an excellent match. With that out of the way… Second to the iPhone 2.0 announcement (and maybe the Yahoo-Google deal), what was the most important event of last week? Read More

  • Hands on: Samsung Omnia (i900)

    I’m over in Singapore, where Samsung has just pulled back the curtains on their Windows Mobile 6.1 touchscreen handset, the Omnia. I got to spend a bit of time with it — check out the full hands on over at MobileCrunch. Read More

  • Amnesty Hypercube Puts Web Widgets On Your Desktop

    The widgetsphere is roughly divided into two camps. There are desktop widgets like Apple Dashboard Widgets, Windows Gadgets, and Yahoo Widgets that act as standalone mini-apps that pull in data from the Web. And there are Web widgets like Google Gadgets or countless others that act as standalone mini-apps that you can add to Web pages such as iGoogle, Facebook, MySpace, blogs, etc. … Read More

  • TheFunded Goes From Criticizing VCs to Helping Members Court Them

    If startup CEOs want to anonymously rate, review, and criticize venture capitalists, they can still do that on TheFunded. But the site added a feature today called TheFunded Connect that lets members help each other with what they really want: introductions to those same VCs. CEOs looking for funding can put up brief pitches, solicit comments from other members to refine those pitches… Read More

  • Will 2008 Be Google's End Of Innocence?

    2008 may be the year that Google’s innocence ends, as media and governments start to cast a less forgiving eye at the behavior of the company that controls 60% of the search market and perhaps as much as half of all online advertising revenue. In 2007 the Federal Trade Commission opened an antitrust investigation into Google’s $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick. The deal… Read More

  • Hands on: Samsung Omnia (i900)

    A day before the doors to CommunicAsia open, Samsung has started the festivities off with a bang by unveiling the Samsung Omnia. I had the opportunity to put my greasy hands all over it — check out the hands on video below. More details and impressions coming soon. Read More

  • Here's What's Going To Happen To Apple's Rivals

    Business Week investigates what the iPhone’s impact is going to be on rival high-end phone makers like RIM, Palm, Nokia, etc. I’ll save you the read – the answer is summed up in the image to the right. It’s true, Apple only sold 6 million iPhones in its first year, out of a billion or so handsets sold worldwide. But remember that they are currently available in only… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Avengers' Bathroom Edition

    Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Captain America, Brad Pitt could be Thor
    Video: Hacked Wii balance board used in WoW
    High-tech bubble bath machine for dogs
    Dumbbell concept looks nice, but a little thing called physics ruins the fun
    Bierstick: Two beers in under two seconds Read More

  • Dead Simple Flash Based WebChat For MySpace

    MySpace IM is popular – as many as twenty percent of users on the site at any time are also logged in to their IM client. But it’s only available via a download for Windows machines, locking out everyone else. There is no official MySpace support for webchat or non-Windows clients. Pidgin, Trillian and eBuddy have announced support for MySpace IM via a reverse engineering of… Read More

  • Here's Our New Policy On A.P. stories: They're Banned

    The stories over the weekend were bad enough – the Associated Press, with a long history of suing over quotations from their articles, went after Drudge Retort for having the audacity to link to their stories along with short quotations via reader submissions. Drudge Retort is doing nothing different than what Digg, TechMeme, Mixx and dozens of other sites do, and frankly the fact that… Read More

  • Ebay Opens Up Seller Tools As A Platform

    eBay will unveil a new platform strategy called Project Echo tomorrow at their developer conference that is aimed at better servicing its seller community. Ebay has had a rich set of developer APIs for some time now that let third party developers bring eBay functions and features into their applications. Now they are expanding those APIs and asking Developers to build apps to appear within… Read More

  • Israel's LabPixies Offers Highly Awesome Widgets

    Tel Aviv, Israel based LabPixies, which was founded in March 2006, was one of the early players in the exploding widget space. They’ve stayed small and focused on building really useful or really entertaining widgets, and have mostly kept a low profile. And while you may not have heard of the company, you’ll probably have heard of at least one of the widgets they’ve built… Read More

  • Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Captain America, Brad Pitt could be Thor

    A few of us at CG (mainly me, Devin and Matt) have been pondering over who might play Captain America and Thor in the upcoming Marvel movies, but we haven’t come up with any prime candidates. According to Comicbookmovie, Marvel is looking at suiting up Leo as Cap’n America. It’s a rumor at this point, but an interesting one nonetheless. He’d have to hook up with… Read More

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