• The Entrenched Player Dilemma/Opportunity

    I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the signals NBC is giving to the market around their IPTV and social networking plans. Most of the other players have fallen into place – Fox with MySpace, CBS is in bed with YouTube, Viacom looks to be partnering with Tagworld, etc. Everyone except NBC is at least experimenting with online TV in other ways, too. NBC seems to be choking, frozen… Read More

  • Commercial Break For Our Sponsors

    Commercial Break For Our Sponsors

    It’s time for our occasional break to thank everyone for making TechCrunch what it is – our readers for reading and commenting, and our sponsors for keeping the lights on. Here they are: The Mystery Sponsor – An Internet startup who shall remain nameless is looking for a few good web developers and designers. They promise you will live like a king and work with some top 500… Read More

  • CES 2007: Dear Diary…Seagate's Hard Drives, iPod Accessories Galore And Exhaustion

    , but with more walking. This entry catalogs the companies I met with the first “half” of January 8, my first full day of the show. After waiting in a cab line for half an hour and then coughing up $20 to get from our hotel to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) I hit the show floor for my first meeting at 9:30 with Seagate. Last time I spoke with the company reps back at… Read More

  • Unboxed: Treo 750

    Unboxed: Treo 750

    Behold one of the fruits of my CES schmoozing: a Palm Treo 750. It arrived fresh at my doorstep this morning via a dubious looking FedEx guy (he wasn’t my regular courier, quite strange!). I will be conducting a full review over the next few days, but for now, allow me to whet your appetite with some hot-and-steamy Treo 750 porn. All angles exposed below! Read More

  • A Digital Photo Frame that Gets It Right

    The only reason digital photo frames haven’t totally taken off is because they tend to be fugly affairs, the tech manufacturers that market them being far more concerned with the technical specifications of the unit that its aesthetic appeal. That’s why we’re glad that makers like i-mate are bringing decent-looking frames to market. Looking like the monitor of a G4-era iMac, with… Read More

  • Sprint Goes Bi with Dual Network Handsets, Plans

    Though it’s been something available on the QT for awhile, Sprint today has officialized its CDMA + iDEN hardware, merging the wireless provider’s own network with forever-ago purchased Nextel. This means a Sprint phone can have all the CDMA features (cheap calling plans, for example) and get the iDEN’s Push To Talk with other Sprint and Nextel handsets. In addition to marrying… Read More

  • Fake iPhone on eBay

    Sadly, the actual auction has been canned by eBay, but the photo and idea remain, and that is of a “Phase 1 prototype iPhone from Apple – Phone AND iPod”. These spoofs are going to pop up everywhere, aren’t they? *sigh* (offline) Auction [eBay, via Core77] Read More

  • iCache Stores All Your Credit Cards

    From what I can gather from the iCache website it seems like a pretty simple process and device. After you receive the device you jump online and register your credit cards so you don’t have to carry all that plastic cash around as well as your finger print because the device boasts biometric security. The iCache digitally replicates all your credit card magnetic strip signatures and is… Read More

  • Sting Kim Jong Il And Save The World

    YNK Games in Korea has announced that in their new game ‘Sting’ you’ll be able to go on a secret mission and find the missing Kim Jong Il to prevent a nuclear disaster. It’s a big deal since South Korea’s “sunshine policy” of pacifying the crazy mofo’ up North generally prevents video game companies from touching on the subject of North-South… Read More

  • TagWorld Rumors: Viacom Investment and Partnership

    TagWorld, the social networking site that launched in late 2005, has been the subject of a lot of speculation lately. Valleywag speculated that the company was in trouble and pointed out that the management page (cache here) had been removed. Others have noted that TagWorld’s Comscore numbers have dropped significantly from earlier in 2006. At the very least, the company has made little… Read More

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  • Patent Monkey: More on Netflix Internet Movie Streaming

    . The Netflix goal “to get to every Internet-connected screen, from cell phones to PCs to plasma screens.” For now, they offer an applet with streaming video viewing in 10-15 seconds from starting up with higher quality based on the bandwidth of the consumer. Netflix’s long standing patent fued with Blockbuster may reach new levels. With a relatively small patent portfolio, they… Read More

  • Geni Launches

    Geni Launches

    David Sacks’ new startup Geni, which we wrote about last week, has gone live. The initial product is a very easy to use Flash tool to create a profile and a family tree – including siblings, spouses, cousins, aunts and uncles, and their families. When you add a relative, there is an option to add their email address and have the tree sent to them as well. They can add their own data… Read More

  • Sony VAIO VGX-TP1DT Roomba PC

    Sony VAIO VGX-TP1DT Roomba PC

    As Biggs and I roamed the floors of CES, we laid eyes on this peculiar looking PC from Sony being featured in some sort of webcast. We headed over to the Sony booth to try to locate it but were unsuccessful. Our queries to the booth monkeys yielded only looks of bewilderment. Distraught, we returned to the press room where we ripped on Vince for about an hour until it was time to leave. Read More

  • Wii Discs On The Verge Of Being…Backed Up For Legitimate Use

    Wii Discs On The Verge Of Being…Backed Up For Legitimate Use

    While surfing through the almighty Digg this morning, I stumbled upon a link to a Wii Disc Dumper. No, this isn’t a disgusting scat video of Mario with diarrhea, it’s a small program that, when combined with the proper DVD drive in a PC, can dump the raw contents of a Wii Game Disc to your hard drive. Seems you need an LG-8164b or LG-8163b DVD-ROM drive to make this work and the… Read More

  • New "Get A Mac" Ad Leaked

    http://www.spymac.com/hop?id=1795521 Spymac seems to have gotten its hands on a yet-to-be-published “Get a Mac” ad featuring none other than our friends Mac and PC. This time around, PC is getting a webcam peripheral added with some duct tape. Looks like PC wants to do a little “online chatting with his buddies”. Silly PC. Doesn’t he know all Macs obviously come with… Read More

  • The Venice Project Is Now Joost

    “Yesterday, we were The Venice Projectâ„¢. Today, we’re Joostâ„¢. Tomorrow, we’re yours! Imagine having infinite choice, and TV that is truly interactive. TV anywhere, anytime…” Umm OK… Joost Read More

  • Elekson Brings SideShow to Bags

    I’ve used Windows Vista. I hate Windows Vista. I believe it’s a bloated, copy-cat of an operating system that does more to impress Microsoft’s stock holders than it does to address the legitimate concerns and complaints of unfortunate Windows users. That being said, there is one part of Vista that I do rather like, an aspect that in fact fills me with the feature envy that we OSX… Read More

  • Nimbuzz Talk Launches, Connects Mobiles and PCs

    Nimbuzz Talk Launches, Connects Mobiles and PCs

    MobileCrunch has announced the beta release of Nimbuzz Talk, a mobile/PC app that connects cellphone and PC users. The application supports voice, presence, conference calls, and SMS messaging between mobile devices, PC’s, and mobile to PC or PC to mobile. It currently works with MSN, Google Talk, and their own Nimbuzz chat client. It reminds me of another mobile/PC release, Talkster. Read More

  • Dell's Latitude D620 ATG Rugged Laptop

    Dell's Latitude D620 ATG Rugged Laptop

    Seems Dell is the latest company to jump on the rugged-notebook bandwagon. Dell’s D620 ATG (All-Terrain Grade) laptop is a response to Panasonic’s infamous line of ToughBook computers that can take pretty much anything thrown at them (literally). The base model starts at $2500 and comes with a 14-inch widescreen display, up to 4GB of RAM, Core 2 Duo CPUs, port covers, shock-mounted… Read More

  • Rubberband Machine Gun of Death

    Rubberband Machine Gun of Death

    When I was a kid, my mom used to drag me to these arts and crafts fairs at the high school auditorium. It was horrible. Row upon row of potpourri and stupid frilly crap. There was, however, one beacon of hope. Read More