• Turn Your Camera Phone Into a Digital Scanner

    There has already been talk about “digital shoplifting,” this is where a camera phone user snaps a photo of an image in a magazine for purposes of haircut styles, recipes, etc. Well now Qipit might make the process of “scanning” text on the go a little easier, not that digital shoplifting should be considered its own purpose. In fact there are times when you might… Read More

  • Mobile Advertisers Looking at Gaming


    Is the big convergence for Mobile 2.0 going to be with gaming and advertising? That’s a possibility say some experts, as the number of mobile users double to four billion over the next five years. For mobile marketing campaigns to be effect these need to be unobtrusive and relevant. So how do you do it? By making the marketing campaign part of a game. Sprint recently conducted a survey… Read More

  • YouTube: Now With Customizable Player

    YouTube has launched a new “custom player” feature that allows users to customize embedded YouTube videos. Users are able to customize player features including the name of the player, color theme, layout (a standard layout or one with related videos to the right), and content. The content feature allows users to include their own videos or other videos from a YouTube Favorites List… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Enigmatic Game Edition

    Nintendo Wii Fit Parody
    Fake Tattoos For The Macho Nerd
    Original Enigma Machine For Sale
    Next iPod or iPhone May Have Dynamic Lyrics Display
    Skateboard Like A MotoGP Racer Read More

  • EU Google Competitor Gets $165 million Kick Start

    Theseus, a German based project that is aiming to develop “the world’s most advanced multimedia search engine for the next-generation Internet.” will received a cash injection of $165 million from the German Government, under approval by the EU. According to an AP report, the German Government will initially fund Siemens AG, SAP AG, Deutsche Thomson oHG and EMPOLIS GmbH to… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up: Budapest and Warsaw

    The iPhone is here and it’s fabulous. I will be rolling into Budapest on Monday morning and we will be meeting at 19:00 at Maghaz, Rottenbiller u. 32 in Budapest on Monday, July 23, 2007. Please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or drop a note in the comments if you plan on attending. I look forward to meeting CG/TC readers. Special thanks to MobilPort.hu! Warsaw Readers… Read More

  • BazaarVoice Gets Walmart Deal

    Walmart finally added user comments and reviews to its website. Reuters covered the news today, which was picked up by major media. In those articles, Walmart CMO Cathy Halligan said reviews and comments were “the No. 1 customer-requested feature.” What this article didn’t mention is that Austin-based Bazaarvoice, a company I covered just over a year ago, is the technology… Read More

  • Could Facebook Become The Next Microsoft?

    Amongst all the noise today over Facebook‘s acquisition of Parakey, little has been said on what the acquisition means for Facebook in the broader sense. Robert Scoble says that Facebook is the new data black hole, noting that many of his favorite apps are now appearing on Facebook. Facebook is starting to become the one stop shop for content and interaction, be it through feeds… Read More

  • Fifty Oomas For Readers, Just Tell Us Why You Want It

    You read the story and you heard the podcast. Now you can try out Ooma yourself, way before they go on sale to the public in September. We have fifty to give away. This isn’t like most account giveaways – each of these packages will be sold for $399 retail in September and gives you free VOIP phone service on your normal phones for life (the life of you or the company, whichever… Read More

  • VibeAgent: TripAdvisor 2.0

    Any profitable sector of the internet is bound to draw the eyes of new startups. This is particularly the case for the $78.8 billion online travel industry. It’s spurred the development of over a dozen meta-search engines, trip trackers, and trip planning tools. The latest travel site, VibeAgent, should look familiar to you. It’s TripAdvisor with a social networking twist. Like… Read More

  • Velvet Puffin Finds Another Way to Bridge the Web and Desktop

    When the “always on” social network Velvet Puffin first launched, it seemed like a tough sell for users. They tied together the web, desktop, and mobile phone interfaces into one social network accessible anywhere, but you had to download a desktop and mobile application to do so. Velvet Puffin is back and has shed one of the desktop downloads while keeping a presence on the desktop. Read More

  • SocialText Looks For New CEO

    SocialText, a wiki startup based in Palo Alto, is looking for a new CEO. Founder and current CEO Ross Mayfield wrote a post on his personal blog today, saying the company is looking for a new leader to “take it to the next level.” I spoke to Ross for a few minutes this evening. He says he’s really good at the early stage and externally focused stuff – marketing… Read More

  • How Not to Lose at Video Games

    I love XBox live in every way possible. The idea of blowing someone away from across the country appeals to me. The idea of calling them names that would get you kicked out of a truck stop while they’re unable to physically harm you appeals to me even more. It’s an art. This kid, though, is not an artist. When it comes to smack-talking, he’s a hack. The audio from this video… Read More

  • LAPTOP Magazine's Joost Beta Review

    Laptop Magazine has a good read about everyone’s favorite disruptor, Joost. The editors start out with a battle of the sexes-style argument and then move into the review itself. I agree with both of them, for the most part. Joost is slick looking, I agree. Joost doesn’t have good enough programming to completely disrupt mainstream television, I agree. Live TV is overrated? Disagree. Read More

  • Toshiba Recalls 10,000 Sony-made Batteries

    About 5 years ago I was cruising along the information superhighway, minding my own business, when all of a sudden my monitor made a sharp popping sound and shot a small to medium-sized flame out the top. I was frightened, but unharmed. Reading these posts and articles about laptop batteries exploding makes me wonder about how I would have felt lo those many years ago if my monitor had been in… Read More

  • Skateboard Like A MotoGP Racer

    Garry Chang’s latest creation is a skateboard that oddly enough reminds me of a motorcycle. Huh? Wha?! The Curve Extreme Sport ditches two wheels and goes for a more streamlined approach that allows the skater to take turns at higher speeds thanks to the two wheels that are centrally located on the front and back. The wheels are essentially motorcycle/bicycle tires that are tapered at… Read More

  • iPhone Hacked to Work on Vodafone Network?

    Something very strange and wonderful is going on over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Apparently, one of their readers has managed to get the iPhone to work on Europe’s Vodafone network. Using an application called iASign and a prepaid AT&T card, he was able to get Vodafone to change his contract to recognize a special code tied to the AT&T sim card (called a USIM number) by… Read More

  • YouTube Is Now Pseudo-Widescreen

    Dear Readers, Welcome to another day of slow news! It very rarely happens on ‘Tech Thursday’, but today happens to be as slow as molasses, so we’ll try to make this as interesting as possible. A few nerds on the Interwebs have noticed that the YouTube thumbnails have gone widescreen and they’ve jumped to the conclusion that widescreen videos will now be incorporated. Read More

  • FaceBook's First Acquisition: Parakey

    Their first acquisition: Facebook has bought Parakey, the yet-to-launch “web operating system” created by Firefox co-founders Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt. The price isn’t being disclosed, but Facebook should be issuing a press release this afternoon. Parakey was founded in 2005 and raised a seed round of financing from Sequoia Capital (although this was never confirmed). There is… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Destroy Your Landline Contest

    OK. Another hard contest. You have exactly one week to do this one, so please bear with me. T-Mobile dropped me a line last week offering: A HotSpot-enabled phone (Nokia 6086 or Samsung t409), T-Mobile HotSpot @Home Wi-Fi router (D-Link or Linksys brands) and one year of free T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service that includes (per month) unlimited calls to your myFaves contacts, 2000 nationwide… Read More