• Socialmedian Launches New 'Replize' Feature to Help Communication

    Just off its first major upgrade, socialmedian, a service that lets users find and share news from within their social networks, announced today that it’s offering a new feature called “replize,” which enables sociamedian users to interact with each other using @username short codes, much like Twitter. But according to the company, its @username functionality is one of the… Read More

  • SanDisk's slotMusic: microSD cards preloaded with music

    SanDisk and the RIAA sure do hope y’all aren’t “finished” with physical media-based music playback. If you are, then this whole slotMusic venture will end up being a waste of everyone’s time. SlotMusic, actually written slotMusic, is the name of Sandisk’s new line of music-filled microSD cards. The thinking behind slotMusic is that consumers, what with… Read More

  • Music On microSD: I Can't Believe The Labels Fell For This

    Forget buying an album on a USB stick, SanDisk just convinced the big labels to release (DRM free, thankfully) music on a 1 GB 15mm x 11mm x 1mm microSD card. And then they convinced Best Buy and Walmart to sell these things. Check out slotMusic for more. I wish wish wish I could see the power point presentation SanDisk used to pitch everyone on the idea. The New York Times says a source puts… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: A Light Ride Edition

    Do not ride a bike down 8 Mile with Joyrider LEDs; you will die
    Hammacher Schlemmer selling WowWee Rovio under the totally uncool name of Anywhere Home Sentry
    Never lose your car, or harvested deer, again thanks to the Bushnell BackTrack
    “Grapefruit” 360-degree video camera – wonderful or terrifying?
    DIY Lazertag game Read More

  • First hands-on with the Pentax K2000, K-m DSLR

    There it is, sports fans, the K2000 aka K-m. It’s a small, lightweight true entry-level DSLR from Pentax. A lot of folks over at dpreview and other forums weren’t so sure the K2000 was small enough or lightweight enough, but I can tell you that it’s significantly smaller and lighter (20.8 ounces) than the K200D (24.3 ounces). The controls are well placed and the camera can… Read More

  • Pentax announces DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED[IF] SDM, DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM, AF160FC Ring Flash, DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited lens and 1.4X Rear Converter SDM at Photokina


    Also announced at Photokina from Pentax are the following lenses, flash and other trinkets: DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED[IF] SDM, DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM, AF160FC Ring Flash, DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited lens and 1.4X Rear Converter SDM. The * lenses are dust and water resistant and also come with extra-low dispersion (ED) optical elements. They’ve also been treated with Pentax’s original… Read More

  • Pentax announces entry-level DSLR, K2000 aka K-m at Photokina

    The K-m was “leaked” several days ago and today at Photokina, Pentax officially announced the K-m aka K2000 (here in the US) DSLR. Most of the specs that were “leaked” are spot on and nothing much differs from the official announcement. What the leaks failed to mention was the bump in ISO to 3200, but a weaker AF with five points as opposed to the 11 you’ll find… Read More

  • Palingate? – Agents Swoop On A Tennessee College Dorm Linked To Palin Hacker's IP Address


    Hack into – and then publish – the email account of a major politician, especially one under Secret Service protection and currently running for Vice President, and you had better cover your tracks. Well. WBIR is among those reporting that FBI agents broke into a party at the Fort Sanders apartment of University of Tennessee student David Kernell early Sunday morning. A Department… Read More

  • Forget eBay. Use Swaptree.

    We’ve been covering Boston-based Swaptree since mid 2006. The company, which is creating a network of users who swap books, CDs, DVDs and video games, just raised a third round of financing – $3.3 million from Safeguard Scientifics. The total raised over three rounds is now $5.6 million. To create a trade the company finds up to four users who have and want items that form a match. Read More

  • LongJump Challenges Force.com With New Developer Suite

    When Salesforce rolled out its software development platform, Force.com, last year, we called it a “game ender” for several other startups helping people create and deploy applications as web services. Among these was LongJump, which has enabled businesses and individuals to create web applications using visual tools since early summer 2007. Today, LongJump strikes back at Force.com… Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk video – Investment Perspectives

    Video from the live video stream of TechCrunchTalk, a series of four panel discussions focusing on start-ups and the investment climate in the UK and Europe, recorded in London on 18 September, 3pm and 6pm GMT: Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk video – European Perspectives Part I

    Video from the live video stream of TechCrunchTalk, a series of four panel discussions focusing on start-ups and the investment climate in the UK and Europe, recorded in London on 18 September, 3pm and 6pm GMT: Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk video – European Perspectives Part II

    Video from the live video stream of TechCrunchTalk, a series of four panel discussions focusing on start-ups and the investment climate in the UK and Europe, recorded in London on 18 September, 3pm and 6pm GMT: (Second half has new startups discussion) Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk video – Startup Young Guns and Old Hands

    Video from the live video stream of TechCrunchTalk, a series of four panel discussions focusing on start-ups and the investment climate in the UK and Europe, recorded in London on 18 September, 3pm and 6pm GMT: Read More

  • T-Mobile's coverage maps now include 3G

    Just about every time we’ve mentioned T-Mobile’s 3G rollout, someone has stopped by to ask their fellow commenters for insight on what the coverage might be like in their specific city. Unfortunately, their inquiries generally went unanswered. Now that T-Mobile has gotten around to adding 3G signal to their coverage map, curious commenters now have a way to help themselves. If… Read More

  • Transformers 2 character, The Fallen revealed – maybe

    Images just surfaced which might feature Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen possible main antagonist – The Fallen. We’ll save you the Google’n and give you a little back-story on the evil Cybertronian Tank.  Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player for $199

    In case you are in the market for Sony’s last generation Blu-ray player, Amazon has the antiquated BDP-S300 on clearance for $199. You should know that the player is not BD-Live ready and therefore cannot utilize all the new Blu-ray goodies like PiP but the player does have a solid history. The sale is “while supplies last” so you might want to jump on it’ still… Read More

  • The ‘iYo’ concept aims to make charging gadgets fun

    Normally my gadgets run out of juice at the most inopportune times, so it’d be a bit agitating for me to have to play with a yo-yo in order to charge them up again. But if I were a yo-yo enthusiast to begin with, the iYo would almost certainly be fully charged. See, the iYo concept uses induction to charge a battery inside of the apparatus. You simply plug a USB-chargeable device into… Read More

  • More photos of HTC Touch HD, size comparison

    CNET Asia has some photos of the HTC Touch HD as compared to the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro handsets. While the Touch HD may look monstrous, keep in mind that the Diamond is almost deceptively small. Same for the Pro, except that its slide-out keyboard gives it a fair amount of extra thickness. Read More

  • The Ice Cream Truck

    If we look at the impact on technology investment in the aftermath (we think) of the Wall Street Meltdown, it would seem to be good news for Google, Microsoft, Oracle, and Intel. Silicon Valley, although certainly impacted by big customers such as Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch melting away or sold under duress, seems in better shape than many other sectors. With its own personal bubble… Read More

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