• LG, now with surround sound

    LG announced plans to launch mobile phones that include Dolby’s Mobile audio platform, which according to the release, is built on “Dolby’s extensive portfolio of technologies,” and has been “optimized for mobile applications.” LG is the first handset maker to include Dolby Mobile in handsets designed for the worldwide market. Some Dolby Mobile features you… Read More

  • New York City not interested in municipal Wi-Fi

    New York City wants to provide its residents with affordable broadband Internet access, but doesn’t think a municipal Wi-Fi network is the way to go. (Those haven’t done too well, remember.) To that end it’s hired some fancy-sounding consultancy, Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, to help come up with an Internet plan. Companies being linked with the job include… Read More

  • Clickable Raises $14.5 Million More For Online Ad Management

    Clickable, the web advertising management company that launched at TechCrunch40, has closed a $14.5 Million Series B round led by Founders Fund, Union Square Ventures, and FirstMark Capital. The round brings Clickable’s total funding to $22.5 million, and comes only eight months after the company completed its $6 million two-part Series A round. Clickable offers users a web-based… Read More

  • PS3 firmware 2.42 released: Improves playback quality of some games

    Ladies and germs, Sony has released the 2.42 firmware for the PS3. According to the official US PlayStation blog, Pravda, it “improves the playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation format software.” Let’s hope we don’t have to download it all over again next week because of bugs. Image from Flickr via PS3 Scene Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Warp Speed Edition

    Overclock world record: Q6600 2.4GHz run at 5.1GHz
    Study: Cell phone users have troublesome kids
    Expanding on the Alcubierre warp drive by manipulating the 11th dimension
    Plankton wants to stick a nail in your USB drive
    Exclusive: Octane 120 video game cabinet – with beer tap Read More

  • MySpace Announces Five New Senior Execs (Four Of Them Have MySpace Pages)

    MySpace COO Amit Kapur apparently meant it when he told me earlier today that MySpace is continuing to hire despite letting 5% or so of staff go in the coming days. He introduced five new senior executives this evening via an email out to all staff, the text of which was forwarded to me and is copied below. The new execs are Manu Thapar, SVP of Engineering (formerly Yahoo VP Engineering)… Read More

  • Why True Knowledge pisses on Cuil – Those pictures in full

    Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. And the cool thing about Cuil (and when I say cool I mean “funny”), is that it keeps getting the pictures wrong. As The Register has pointed out (note: not suitable for work), Cuil’s attempts to associate pictures with search results are getting “cuiler” by the minute. Meanwhile, from the screen grabs… Read More

  • T-Mobile's Sidekick 2008: Yes, it kicks ass and yes you can have ours

    Good morning from CrunchGear. We have the new Sidekick 2008, a svelter, sexier version of everyone’s favorite messaging phone here in the office in a sexy shell from SidekickShells.com. The phone itself is $149 with a two year contract and shells are $14.99 for one and $20 for two. The shells are probably the coolest thing about the new phone, aside from the amazing size and weight. Read More

  • Starting the campaign for The Tech Hub

    I’ve long known about Dublin’s Digital Hub but seeing is believing, and when I was over there recently for our TechCrunch Meetup I visited the place and was mightily impressed. Here’s what it’s all about: The Digital Hub is a community of people – artists, researchers, educators, technologists, entrepreneurs and consumers, all working together to create innovative… Read More

  • Overclock world record: Q6600 2.4GHz run at 5.1GHz

    What a ridiculous project! But how awesome would it be to be the hardcore system building nerds they asked to do this? A couple months ago, a French Tom’s Hardware-related superteam got together to overclock an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz as far as it would go. They just put up the pictures and everything yesterday. They used liquid nitrogen cooling and a pretty serious-looking… Read More

  • iRiver's Spinn launching, looking gorgeous

    I’ve always liked iRiver’s stuff, and even though the iPod Touch gets all the love these days, iRiver is still mighty popular on the other side of the Pacific and I wish I had more chances to check out there gear here in the states. This Spinn has been lurking for some time (since CES) and just really dropped today; like most iRiver stuff it supports every format under the sun… Read More

  • Request for guest posts over the Summer

    Over the Summer I’m opening up TechCrunch UK & Ireland for some guest posts by people I think have something cool to say about startups here and in the wider European tech scene. It’s not much more complicated than that. I’m looking for posts which are well written, thought provoking or informative. Preferably all three. The posts will appear exclusively here on TCUK… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Tuesday, July 29

    Today’s Top Posts: Samsung OMNIA reviewed Hands-on: Kingston microSDHC 8GB Steelseries acquires Ideazon; bigger, better accessories forthcoming Palm CEO: “Hey, did you see the Centro? Guys? The Centro?” CrunchDeals: 19-inch LCD with HDMI for $139.99 Video: Trailer for Midnight Club: LA Nintendo sues makers of DS hacking hardware Video: X-men Origins: Wolverine trailer… Read More

  • Teen Social Network myYearbook Gets $13 Million

    myYearbook, a social network for teenagers that launched in 2005, has raised $13 million in a Series B funding round led by Norwest Venture Partners, US Venture Partners, and First Round Capital. The new round brings the company’s total funding to $18.6 million. myYearbook says it sees 10 million unique visitors monthly, and also makes the claim that it is the third largest social… Read More

  • Study: Cell phone users have troublesome kids

    From the “Third Variable” department:
    Researchers at my alma mater, UCLA, have conducted a study that shows a strong correllation between cell phone use by a parent (pre- and post-natal) and behavior problems in their kids. Their findings: Children with both prenatal and postnatal cell phone exposure were 80 percent more likely to have abnormal or borderline scores on tests… Read More

  • Intel's Atom vs VIA's Nano: apples vs oranges, but still

    We’re all hearing a lot about Intel’s Atom range of processors these days, likely because of the tiny laptop revolution (or whatever you want to call it). While VIA’s Nano is not competing directly with Atom as, say, GeForce does with Radeon, they are in the same ballpark and when it comes to low-power, general-purpose setups for things like tiny laptops or tablets, people… Read More

  • Spider-Man: Web of Shadows trailer doesn't suck

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=37639 You see, there’s this thing about Spider-Man games. They can either be surprisingly awesome, or they can be horrible, buttery crap. There really isn’t much middle ground. If the above trailer for Spider-Man: Web of Shadows from Comic Con ’08 is any indication, this one might just wind up the former. Its got the visuals. Read More

  • True Knowledge gets second round from original backers

    Well, maybe I was wrong. Instead of True Knowledge bagging a large amount of VC funding as I thought, it’s gone back to its existing investors Octopus Ventures and some angels to secure $4m further funding. However, it may be it just that it couldn’t agree terms with the VCs that were courting it. (I’ll update the post when I have done more digging). It brings the total raised… Read More

  • Expanding on the Alcubierre warp drive by manipulating the 11th dimension

    In what is known as the Alcubierre drive – which was first proposed in 1994 – a warp drive could be created by wrapping a ship in negative energy and then manipulating spacetime. By expanding spacetime behind the ship while contracting it in the front, a warp bubble (and ship) would travel along the wave. In theory, relativistic effects would not apply, as the ship would be… Read More

  • Plankton wants to stick a nail in your USB drive

    I thought I’d seen everything when I saw a website dedicated to selling shirts with bacon on them.
    However, I was proven wrong when I saw a website dedicated to selling a USB flash drive in the shape of a huge nail. The name of this USB flash drive is “Nailed” and you can learn all about it at Plankton Station. With a name like Plankton Station you’d think the site would… Read More

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