• Follow the TechCrunch40 Conference Online

    Couldn’t snag a ticket to this year’s TechCrunch40 conference? Head on over to techcrunch40.com to follow the action online. We’ve put together a fully-featured website for the event, which starts this morning and continues through Tuesday evening. Get the scoop on the 40 presenting companies, the 100 demo pit companies, our expert panelists, and our keynotes. As the… Read More

  • Dial Directions Expands Coverage, Provides Event Directions

    Dial Directions is a mobile directions service that delivers point to point directions to your mobile phone. To get directions to any location, you dial d-i-r-e-c-t-i-o-n-s (347-328-4667), say where you are, where you want to go, and get directions between the two points sent to your mobile phone via SMS. Their eventual plans for monetization include inserting small text ads into the SMS… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Dimension Edition

    The Ten Dimensions
    IdeaFestival 2007: Attack Of The Woz
    Play A Real Claw Machine Online
    Space Invaders Welcome Mat Deters Visitors
    Ice Cream Machine Gives More Ice Cream To Angry, Unhappy People Read More

  • Pink Garmin Nuvi, Updated C300 Series


    In this wonderful world of tech all you have to do to market a device at a certain group of people is change its color. Pink cellphones are OK, maybe even pink laptops. But really a pink GPS? Is that really necessary? There aren’t any details about this other than that it’s going to happen. But in all honesty we’d rather never see another pink gadget. Ever. At least this… Read More

  • Zwinky Cashes In On Virtual Ecomony

    IAC’s Zwinky has been carefully growing their pre-teen social networking service. It started out as an online avatar creation tool. They later created a virtual world where those avatars could socialize. Usage of the service has been growing, under heavy advertising, as well. They currently have over 9.5 million registered users with 4.6 million active users per month that spend an… Read More

  • Baidu Launches Video Advertising Program

    China’s largest search company Baidu has launched a new video advertising program as part of a program to strengthen its dominant position in the worlds second largest internet market (by users). “Baidu TV,” the result of a partnership between Baidu and Ads it! Media Corporation, will provide advertisers access to approximately 160,000 China based websites participating in… Read More

  • Freewebs Launches Pagii: Publishing For The MySpace Crowd

    Freewebs has launched a new “social publishing” site called Pagii, aimed at crafting highly stylized personal web pages. It’s termed social publishing because the service isn’t only for crafting user profiles, but also crafting layouts for any other content such as scrapbooks. Pages are designed with a very flexible AJAX page editor that lets users drag, drop, and… Read More

  • Nokia To Acquire Mobile Advertising Firm Enpocket

    Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Enpocket. Boston based Enpocket provides technology and services centered on mobile advertising. Enpocket’s platform delivers mobile advertising across multiple formats including SMS, MMS, mobile Internet advertising, and video. Nokia said in a statement that the acquisition will allow it to accelerate… Read More

  • How To: SSH On Your iPhone

    The guys at Gizmodo put together a simple guide on how to use your iPhone as an SSH server and client. The process consists of a few simple steps and isn’t really different from setting it up on a windows mobile based phone. SSH always comes in handy at one point or another and having it on a mobile device can be very convenient. Maybe this will eventually work on the touch? Oh well, a… Read More

  • Sunday Night Timewasters

    It’s that time again and you’ve got nothing to do. Sure you can be out socializing and meeting new people, or perhaps touring the outback, or anything generally constructive. But no you’re reading CrunchGear instead. It’s OK though because that’s what we’d rather you do. The outback is just a bunch of rocks and sand anyway. Here are a few cool flash games… Read More

  • CG on Twitter

    Joining our BIG FANCY FACEBOOK GROUP is a new Twitter page that I’m giving the entire team access to. If you like Twitter, go ahead and add us. It will be an easy way to talk about CG on a new platform and might make us more moble. That’s us. Always trying new things. Read More

  • Hacked: Awesome HDD Clock

    Sunday night usually means that the news has slowed to a crawl and this time it’s no different. At least we can still check out some of the cool gizmos that hackers around the internet are coming up with on a daily basis. The disk reading arm moves left and right to indicate minutes, and the platter spins to show hours. Pretty sweet. Hard drive clock (not a lame clock with a hd face)… Read More

  • iPod Touch Mistakes Itself For An iPhone

    Ugh. More iPod shenanigans. Apparently crooked screens, washed out colors, lack of Bluetooth, disabled Linux compatibility, and a fubar calendar (to name a few) wasn’t enough. If you’ve gotten your hands on a Touch try this out: lock it and then enter the wrong password. Lo’ and and behold your little media player has transformed into a phone. Or not. Update: Alright Apple… Read More

  • CG Exclusive: iPhone in France November 29, No 3G

    Our sister site, Techcrunch France, received some extremely juicy info about the European iPhone. The Francophone version will launch on September 29, 2007 at the Apple Expo in Paris. It will cost 300 Euros plus subscription and it will run on exclusively (*cough*) on Orange France. It is essentially the same as the U.S. version of the iPhone and here’s a bit of news that might sour… Read More

  • Slim PSP Improves On Load Times By A Long Shot

    http://www.gamebrink.com/gbtube/2794 There were other videos a while back comparing the performance of the aging fat PSP against the slim and sexy model however, the barely noticeable difference left us unimpressed. This time around the new iteration of the PSP took the gold with a sick drop in loading times. Maybe there is hope for the handheld after all. via [Gizmodo] Read More

  • CG Readers in San Francisco


    Howdy, guys. I’m in San Francisco for TC 40 and would love to meet up with some CG readers Monday or Tuesday. Drop me a line at john @ crunchgear.com or AIM me at johnbiggsny. We can grab a beer or swim to Alcatraz or whatever you guys do out here. Read More

  • The iPhone will be launched in France November 29th at 300 euros, first picture

    We just covered the news on TechCrunch France. The iPhone will be launched in France with Orange at the price of 300 euros. It will be on the market the 29th of November and announced on the 24th of September during the Apple Expo in Paris. There won’t be any unlimited data plan and against all rumours it won’t have 3G capabilities. Here is a first picture of the iPhone provided… Read More

  • reCAPTCHA: Using Captchas To Digitize Books

    Captchas are well known for keeping automated spammers out and letting humans in. However, ReCaptcha is a rather clever service using them to help digitize books scanned into the Internet Archive as well. It’s a project from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. The Internet Archive is home to over 200,000 scanned copies of classic books. Some of them are gorgeously… Read More

  • Creepy Boy Robot

    This is Zeno. He’s a robot modeled after Astro Boy, ya know, the old Japanese comic character. Apparently this little creepy robot can walk, talk, express emotions, make eye contact, recognize who you are and greet you by name. Zeno connects to a Windows PC via Wi-Fi for its intelligence. Weird. Amazing Zeno Robot Boy Video Hits YouTube [The Raw Feed] Read More

  • Work For Apple, Go To Mordor

    Did you know that hardware technicians from Apple are routinely sent from the Cupertino camp to China for a two week shift? I had no idea, but then again, I never really thought to ask or cared that much. Anyways, the tech folk head to the FoxConn factory in Shenzhen, China, which apparently is the size of a city and internally it’s known as ‘being sent to Mordor’. Weird… Read More

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