• Sure, why not? Ethical, fair trade USB devices

    A company in Belgium called United Pepper is behind a line of USB devices that are assembled in a fair trade-certified factory in Vietnam. The devices include a USB webcam called Lili (seen above) and a USB hub called Oscar (seen here). On top of being made in a factory with fair wages and working conditions, the devices themselves are made from environmentally-friendly materials and packaged… Read More

  • iTunes deleting SD copies of high-def TV shows? Not for me.

    Apple forums are churning right now with reports that when a user downloads a high-def TV show via iTunes 8, either the HD version or the free, SD version deletes itself upon completion due to a duplicate name. Since the reports are everywhere, I set out to replicate the self-deletion and report back to you with screenshots, only to find that it didn’t happen. Read More

  • Microsoft Improves Mediaroom IPTV

    Microsoft announced that it has improved its Mediaroom IPTV service to bring more show producers and IPTV networks to its platform. According to Microsoft, its plan for increasing the value of Mediaroom IPTV contains three parts: increase advertising opportunities, make it easier for IPTV networks to port shows to the platform, and make IPTV more interactive. The improved Mediaroom platform… Read More

  • As the dollar gets stronger, Acer and HP raise prices

    U.S. Dollar to British Pound Exchange Rate When I was in London in May, I paid $30 per day for internet access at my hotel, $4 for a large regular coffee at the Starbucks across the street, and $10 per pint at the pub around the corner. The dollar was weak, weak, weak – roughly half the value of the British pound. The dollar is a little stronger now at $1.75 per pound, which is good… Read More

  • Google Buys Foothold In Korea With Acquisition Of Blog Platform TNC

    Google has acquired TNC (Tatter and Company), a Korean blog platform company that compares itself to Automattic, the team behind WordPress. Although Google already owns its own blogging platform, Blogger, it is not particularly popular in Korea. (According to comScore, Blogger had 1.7 million unique Korean visitors in July). The acquisition is clearly a geographic expansion move for Google… Read More

  • iPhone 2.1 update now live: All sorts of bug fixes (hopefully)

    Connect your iPhone to your computer right now to start downloading the just-released 2.1 firmware. This is the big one that’s supposed to fix all sorts of bugs and performance issues. It’ll take a little bit to determine how effective it is, though. Apple lists the following improvements: • Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
    • Significantly better… Read More

  • BioShock demo to PS3 on October 2nd

    In case you hadn’t heard, BioShock is coming to PlayStation 3 in October. In case you also hadn’t heard, don’t play the game alone at night! It’s scary! Seriously. If you can’t wait for the October 21st release, the demo will hit the PlayStation Network on October 2nd. Download it and play it during the daytime with all the lights on. Read More

  • Sony launches two colorful Blu-Ray laptops

    Sony just launched two new notebooks, the VAIOen VGN-CS180J/R and VGN-NR485E/L. Both light laptops come in multiple sexy colors including, but not limited to pink and “nightfall blue.” The NS series, shown above, is a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo laptop with 15.4″ display. It has a 200GB hard drive and up to 4GB of memory. It costs about $600 Read More

  • Butcher's Bunch Podcast at TechCrunch 50

    The TechCrunch UK & Ireland Podcast heads to TechCrunch 50 in San Francisco Interviews:
    Loic Le Meur, Seesmic
    Ian Dodsworth, Tweetdeck
    Dave Sifry, Offbeat Guides
    Baksur Roy, Qik
    Stuart Smith, Connective Logic
    Ben Metcalfe, Consultant
    Pat Phelan, MaxRoam The Last 15 minutes of this episode we set up an impromptu Butcher’s Bunch light-hearted romp through TechCrunch 50… Read More

  • FIFA 09 demo now on PSN: Recreate England's historic victory over someone other than Andorra

    The demo for FIFA 09 is nowon the PS3’s PSN. Not a moment too soon, since we’re right in the midst of World Cup 2010 qualifiers. That up there is England, winning. Yes, truly shocking. Read More

  • August NPD numbers: Madden sells well (shocking!)

    The August NPD numbers are out, and to no one’s surprise Madden NFL ’09 was the biggest seller of the month, with EA moving some 2.3 million units. August is sorta a slow month for the video game industry, as folks enjoy the last throws of summer, spending less on hardware and software. That said, as far as hardware goes, the Nintendo DS saw the most sales (518,300). Following that… Read More

  • TC50 (Demo Pit): Ultimate Football Network Will Help You Manage Your Fantasy Football Leagues

    The Ultimate Football Network tries to harness the popularity of fantasy football and turn it into a worthwhile business. The only problem is that the company isn’t quite prepared to do that —yet. But it has a gameplan. As football season kicks into gear, millions of fantasy players from all over the United States are joining leagues and trying to find the right players each week. Read More

  • New iPhone App Will Make You A More-Informed Voter

    With the Presidential election right around the corner, a new iPhone app called Campaign from Gorloch Interactive tries to provide you with all the dirt on both candidates to make you a “more-informed” voter. The app is separated into three basic categories: news, polls, and candidates. Campaign collects the latest news from the campaign trail and claims it’s up-to-date… Read More

  • We have to ‘stay tuned’ for Skype on the iPhone

    Where in God’s name is Skype for the iPhone? The best Mr. Malik could get out of Skype CEO Josh Silverman was a “stayed tuned.” Great, thanks. Maybe while we’re waiting, while we’re staying tuned, one of them there indie developers creates an absolute hit of an iPhone VoIP app, leaving no reason for us to keep waiting for a Skype app. Then what, Skype? I do like… Read More

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1: Smallest Micro Four Thirds camera yet

    Is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 an SLR or a point-and-shoot? The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, as it often is. It’s actually Panasonic’s first Micro Four Thirds camera. (Four Thirds cameras let manufacturers create interoperable exchangeable lenses.) It’s also, as of this very moment, the smallest and lightest such camera. Knowing this industry, that record… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: This Fish Is Toast Edition

    PhoneSaber coming back to app store as Lightsaber Unleashed
    Internet-connected toaster burns news into bread
    Blue fish hand warmer mouse pad thing
    CTIA 08: The Round-up so far
    Mossberg explains the difference between Intel and AMD, sort of Read More

  • Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld Commercial #2: I Remain Confused

    I’m starting to feel bad for Microsoft PR, who’ve been tasked with defending these Microsoft ads featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld. I just didn’t connect with the first ad, which barely mentioned Microsoft and didn’t do much to tell me why I should like their products in a competitive market. The second ad, which aired tonight, was more of the same. The setting is… Read More

  • DIY: Netflix origami

    Rained in this weekend ’cause of Ike? How ’bout grabbing one of those Netflix envelopes laying around and fold yourself some paper. Nothing says love like a handmade heart made out of recycled paper. Read More

  • Chex Quest artist goes back and finishes abandoned Chex Quest 3 beta

    Oh, maaaan! Chex Quest. The game that introduced the FPS genre to an entire generation of children who’s parents wouldn’t let them play Doom. It’s one of the only games that managed to be nearly entirely driven by product placement (of cereal, no less) while somehow not sucking. At some point, the creators of Chex Quest 1 and 2 began work on a third installment. Somewhere… Read More

  • Evan Williams Gives Day After Notes On TechCrunch50 Companies

    Twitter cofounder Evan Williams (pictured right, with Tim O’Reilly) will certainly be invited back as an expert panelist at next year’s TechCrunch50 conference. in addition to taking a half day to judge nine of the launching startups, he wrote a long blog post today with his “day after” notes, saying “I find most of the implications of a product or company, if… Read More

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