• Draper Fisher Jurvetson Enters Brazilian Market

    Draper Fisher Jurvetson Enters Brazilian Market

    Venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson has announced its entry into the Brazilian startup and investment market, joining with early stage Brazil focused venture capital firm FIR Capital Partners to form the DFJ FIR Brazil Fund. The new fund starts with $40 million, focused on funding Brazilian based entrepreneurs with a vision to build global new technology companies. The partnership is… Read More

  • Lenovo Launches Stronger, Quieter, Cooler ThinkPads

    Lenovo Launches Stronger, Quieter, Cooler ThinkPads


    Ususally when you hear about a manufacturer’s new laptop, it’s all about the latest processor or fancy screens. Lenovo’s taking a different route. Since notebook computers have become so hard to differentiate, the Len’s going back to basics with a pair of Intel Centrino-based laptops with innovations in more than just the architecture of the innards. The new ThinkPads… Read More

  • Alltel Prepping Itself for Dinner?

    Alltel Prepping Itself for Dinner?

    Alltel, you know, that other cellphone carrier, is now proactively positioning itself for a sale, according to Phone Scoop’s Ouija board. Three private equity groups are looking at snapping up the small-but-important carrier. No larger networks have shown interest, which isn’t that odd. As the Big Four (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) have coast-to-coast networks of their… Read More

  • Philips NX ProntoLite Remote Rules The Living Room

    Philips NX ProntoLite Remote Rules The Living Room

    Those of you with pricey home theater installations may want to check out the latest offering in remote controls from Philips. The NX ProntoLite is a touch-screen remote control that can control basically anything with an IR port. A huge VGA screen lets you easily pick channels, control room lighting, and even stream music via a built-in server. Should you need it, you can control an… Read More

  • Intel's Santa Rosa Explained in Excruciating Detail

    Intel's Santa Rosa Explained in Excruciating Detail

    You may have been reading CrunchGear today wondering what in God’s name is all this Santa Rosa business about. Luckily the crew at Computer Shopper has a giant feature that explains what Intel’s new chipset is and what it means to you. They also have a bunch of in-depth reviews of Santa Rosa laptops that I wouldn’t even have the patience to come up with. They look at… Read More

  • Yahoo Shutting Down Auctions – Second Service To DeadPool This Month

    Yahoo Shutting Down Auctions – Second Service To DeadPool This Month

    Reuters is reporting that Yahoo Auctions will shut down in the U.S. and Canada as of June 16, and new auctions will not be accepted after June 3. Auction sites in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan will stay live. This is the second service closing announced this month for Yahoo – last week it was confirmed that Yahoo Photos was closing as well. In the case of Yahoo Photos, users will… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Ericsson Multi-Layer Display Cell Phone

    Patent Monkey: Ericsson Multi-Layer Display Cell Phone

    After covering Motorola’s multi-layer LCD solar display, Ericsson’s recently issued patent adds a feature in yet another direction: a multiple layered display. Ericsson has thought up a number of applications to fit more onto that tiny screen by layering the information. Apple may be the company to do something like this justice, and after the jump you’ll see just how much… Read More

  • Pioneer Announces Four Elite A/V Receivers

    Pioneer Announces Four Elite A/V Receivers

    VSX-90TXV Pioneer isn’t being sheepish about their intentions to take over the home entertainment division with the announcement of four A/V receivers that deliver superb HD audio and video. The Elite receivers, VSX-90TXV, VSX-91TXH, VSX-92TXH and VSX-94TXH, will be the center of your home theater system because of the 1.3A HDMI (only 91-TXH, 92-TXH and 94-TXH) connectivity. The… Read More

  • 2TB RAID Array From Other World Computing: Enough Space For You?

    2TB RAID Array From Other World Computing: Enough Space For You?

    People who leave Azureus running all day long could benefit from this 2TB RAID array from Other World Computing, said to be the Largest Ever. It’s got a regal-sounding name, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual 2.0TB RAID solution, as well as a price that only kings you afford—laughing out loud!—$1,099. The 7200RPM drives connect to your rig using either a FireWire 800, 400 or… Read More

  • Jesus Has the Answers (Or At Least 20 Of Them)

    Jesus Has the Answers (Or At Least 20 Of Them)

    As a good Christian, I try to avoid playing with the Dark Forces of the Universe. Ouiji board? No thanks. Tarot cards? Not my thing. Magic 8-ball? I don’t think so. But what do I do when I need to divine my future? What crutch do I have to turn to when I can’t make decisions and think for myself? Jesus is the answer, friends. Working much like a magic 8-ball, the Answer Me Jesus! is… Read More

  • Moscow Getting WiFi Coin-Box Phones

    Moscow Getting WiFi Coin-Box Phones

    An interesting little tidbit of information here. Comstar UTS and Moscow’s City Telephone Network will be teaming up to deliver 200 WiFi-enabled coin-box telephones throughout the city. These phones will be placed in subways, airports, hotels, and other public places. Each phone will allow customers to pay via coins, pre-paid cards, sms-authorization, and MGTS phone cards. Apparently… Read More

  • Breaking: Odeo Acquired By SonicMountain

    Breaking: Odeo Acquired By SonicMountain

    Details are just coming out, but New York based SonicMountain, a new startup, has acquired Evan Williams’ Odeo. The announcement will come sometime tomorrow. The price is not being disclosed but is in excess of $1 million, and the deal was all cash. Odeo was publicly put on sale last February. The company was bought back from investors late last year. Twitter is no longer part of Odeo… Read More

  • Quick Tidbits: EA To Release Four New iPod Games

    Quick Tidbits: EA To Release Four New iPod Games

    Not a lot of info to work with here but iLounge/Seeking Alpha are reporting that Electronic Arts will be releasing four new iPod games this year. One of the new titles will be Sims Bowling while the other three remain a mystery. This was revealed during an EA’s quarterly earnings conference call and all we know is that the games will be released during 2007. Glad to see someone is… Read More

  • Really Hot Skype Software For Your Blackberry

    Really Hot Skype Software For Your Blackberry

    IM+ from SHAPE Services is about to make Blackberry owners cry out with pure glee. This client lets you IM and talk to Skype friends on the cheap. For $25 you get the ability to make calls not over WiFi, but over friggin’ GSM/3G/CDMA networks. Yeah, that’s right. Free voice calls to friends and cheap-as-hell SkypeOut calls without a WiFi network. Might as well lower your… Read More

  • Dell Latitudes, Too, Have Santa Rosa Fever

    Dell Latitudes, Too, Have Santa Rosa Fever

    Whether you like it or not, today is Santa Rosa Day, where all the king’s horses and all the king’s men pimp their new laptops that have Intel’s latest chipset. Dell is no exception and two of its business-centric laptops, the Latitude D830 and D630, stand on guard for thee. Since they’re intended for business customers they have (as build-to-order options, natch) a… Read More

  • Get That Noose Ready: Surge Of 3-D Films Coming Next Year

    Get That Noose Ready: Surge Of 3-D Films Coming Next Year

    Not all 3-D movies are terrible, but most are rehashed pre-teen jokes with adult innuendos and crappy voice overs. While waiting for Spiderman 3 to start, I had to sit through two previews for PG-rated 3-D animal flicks (yes, one included penguins). I thought that was bad, until I read this Reuters report. Apparently, next year and into 2009, almost every studio will be releasing multiple… Read More

  • JAJAH Lands $20 million Series C Funding From Intel

    JAJAH Lands $20 million Series C Funding From Intel

    VOIP provider JAJAH closes Series C funding of $20 million today, with the lead investment coming from Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel. Previous TechCrunch coverage here. As part of the deal Intel will provide JAJAH access to their community of product dealers, OEM customers and developers, as well as access to Intel’s range of VOIP patents. I spoke to JAJAH CEO Trevor… Read More

  • Sony Introduces VAIO FZ Series

    Sony Introduces VAIO FZ Series

    Going crazy for some Santa Rosa action? Sony delivers the goods today with the new VAIO FZ series of laptops. These new notebooks go on sale in the next week or so and will retail between $1400 and up. Equipped with Blu-Ray drives and sleek designs, the new FZ series looks to be one of the better looking VAIOs hitting the market recently. Read More

  • Pioneer Drops Cheapish PC Blu-ray Drive

    Pioneer Drops Cheapish PC Blu-ray Drive

    Blu-ray is winning and Pioneer agrees! The BDC-2202 PC drive was announced a few days ago, but here’s the real deal. The drive will playback Blu-ray discs as well as read and write to DVD and CD. The 2202 can read BD-ROM/BD-R/BD-RE at up to 5X and can read BD-ROM (DL) and BD-R/-RE (DL) at up to 2X speed. You can even create your own DVD movies and digital photo slideshows and the… Read More

  • CPC Strap: Potentially Better Than an Arab Strap

    CPC Strap: Potentially Better Than an Arab Strap

    Oh… my… God. We get stuff in our mailbox that causes us to pause, puke a little, and move on. But this, friends, will not allow us to move on. It screams at us from the depths — “POST ME! POST ME!” — and jibbers madly in our minds, filling our every waking moment with torment. What is it? It’s a strap for your phone. Read More