• From Across the Pond: Yabb, A Seesmic for VOIPmails

    [Update: The first 100 people to sign up here, will get into the beta]. A UK startup called Yabb launched today in closed private beta. It is a VOIP micro-blogging service that lets you publish voicemails on Skype. So instead of blogging you just speak your thoughts and your Skype contacts can subscribe. It is like Seesmic, without the video. TechCrunch UK has the details:
    Users import… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. This week Glu has offered to buy British mobile game company Superscape for $36 million. If the deal is accepted, Glu will come close to matching the U.S. leader of cell phone games, Electronic Arts. Superscape has about 5% of the U.S. market and sells games on carriers Verizon Wireless and Alltel. The… Read More

  • ConceptShare Melds With Corel Draw

    We earlier reported that the design collaboration service ConceptShare had landed a distribution deal with another Canadian company, Corel. It turns out the two companies’ integration is a bit tighter than earlier reported. ConceptShare will not only be available through a separate website, but directly from within Corel Draw X4. This is one of the first deals of seen with such close… Read More

  • Unlock your iPhone with some $30 sim card trickery

    Okay, so apparently you can attach this thing to the existing SIM card inside your iPhone and it’ll filter all the info that’s passed back and forth, effectively unlocking your iPhone somehow. According to the rough English on Brando’s website, these are the features; attached to your SIM card to unlock iPhone unlocking iPhone v1.1.2 firwmares So if you’re looking to… Read More

  • Yabb launches VOIP micro-blogging service

    London-based Cominded has launched its first product, named Yabb, after a year in development. Yabb reminds me of a community like Twitter (text-based microblogging) or Seesmic (video-based microblogging), but this time with voice calls made over Skype. So think ‘VOIP microblogging’. Users import their Skype contacts, then are asked to allow Yabb access to Skype. The idea is to find… Read More

  • Globally, Baidu Beats Microsoft in Search; Yandex Creeping Up On Ask

    While Google dominates the top slot in search both in the U.S. and worldwide, with a global search market share of 62 percent, there is still a lot of elbowing going on below, especially when you look beyond the U.S. In a comScore ranking of the top-10 global search engines as measured by number of searches during the month of December, 2007, Yahoo comes in at a distant No. 2 with only 13… Read More

  • You still suck at Photoshop (#4)

    http://www.mydamnchannel.com/xml/mdc_embed.swf?episode=379 Strap on your stupid., people. This week we learn about paths and masks. I once made a path, but now I have unfulfilled dreams, too. The description for this video is classic. Does anyone know how to cancel an eBay auction? Read More

  • Technical Difficulties, please stand by

    CrunchGear was moved to a bigger, faster server last night and things seem to be troublesome (the site’s taking a LONG time to load for some reason). We’ve got several messages in to our hosting provider and will hopefully be up and running quickly. Thanks for your patience and sorry for the hassle. Read More

  • Warner Music Sues Seeqpod

    Warner Music has filed suit against music search engine Seeqpod for copyright infringement. Seeqpod offers a music search engine that allows users to play music they find directly on the site. According to comScore the service had over 6 million page views in December 2007. Warner Music claims in its suit that Seeqpod infringes on their copyrighted works by “making on-demand and… Read More

  • Alchemist author cites piracy as a reason for his success

    [photopress:alchemist.jpg,full,center] Perhaps you’ve heard of Paulo Coelho, the Brazilian author of The Alchemist. Perhaps you’ve heard of him because you downloaded one of his books from his own “Pirate Coelho” Web site, which he says is responsible for boosting his yearly Russian sales numbers from around 1,000 to 100,000. He contributes that dramatic increase to his… Read More

  • Despite Bleak Outlook, Mobile Ad Startups Keep Getting Funded; Amobee Spurns $150 Million Buyout Offer From Yahoo

    In the previous post on the future of mobile technology, Michael notes the “bleak prospects for mobile advertising revenue” expressed by some mobile carrier CEOs and Fortune 500 executives at a panel at Davos. This dour assessment stands in stark contrast to all the early-stage money going into mobile-ad startups. This week alone, I’ve received several announcements of new… Read More

  • Wii Virtual Console to get Sega Master System games

    Remember turning on your Sega Master System? It’d go, “Booo-wip, Saaaay-gaaaah!” Ah, those were the days. A simpler time with games like Outrun, Astro Warrior, Shinobi, Alex Kidd, and Great Baseball. Oh how I long to be eight years old at my friend Jimmy’s house watching him beat Enduro Racer. Good times, except for the time he told his mom to shut up and she washed… Read More

  • Slack off all day with World Golf Tour

    If I still worked in an office instead of out of the home — where I’m mere feet from an Xbox 360 and a Nintendo Wii — I’d probably play this game all day long. Actually, who am I kidding? I’d have to get up and walk to the other room and turn on the TV and the consoles and load the games. This game is right in front of me, right now! It’s a simple… Read More

  • Super Panel At Davos: The Future Of Mobile Technology

    Fortune Senior Editor David Kirkpatrick led a power-packed session at Davos this afternoon called The Future of Mobile Technology. Panelists included Google CEO Eric Schmidt, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker, SK Telecom CEO Kim Shin-Bae and China Mobile CEO Wang Jianzhou. Kirkpatrick attempted to steer the conversation towards asian growth… Read More

  • Asus Nova P20: Mac Mini for PC people

    Kudos to CNET UK for referring to the Asus Nova P20 as a “Mac Mini mangler” instead of a “Mac Mini killer” but honestly, I don’t know why people are so hell bent on one type of device choking the last, sweet breaths out of another device. There’s plenty of room here for gadgets from all walks of life. I guess mangling’s better than killing… Read More

  • Nokia’s Mobile Growth Prediction may be too Optimistic

    Yesterday Nokia issued a prediction that in 2008 its mobile phone shipments will increase by 10% and that the company’s worldwide market share will increase beyond the 40% it claimed in the fourth quarter. But these numbers may be too optimistic. Analysts at IDC predict annual growth in mobile phone sales will drop below 10% this year, making Nokia’s growth projection look unrealistic. Read More

  • Realeyes3D Announces New Bar Code Scanning Technology

    Realeyes3D announced today that it is releasing a new technology that allows mobile phone cameras to read 1D barcodes. The 1D barcode is that mysterious strip of lines and numbers that appears on everything from a bag of potato chips to your cell phone battery. Standard 1D barcodes are everywhere, printed on billions of products worldwide and already linked to a vast number of both free… Read More

  • Global Digital Music Sales Up 40 Percent, But Overall Sales Down 10 Percent

    The sale of digital music globally hit $2.9 billion in 2007, up 40 percent from 2006. But, as we’ve seen in the U.S. alone, that was not enough to offset the 10 percent decline in overall music sales to 17.6 billion, according to a report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Digital sales now account for 15 percent of the global market. Compared to other… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: The Rocketeer Edition

    I’m a Rocket Man! Burning out his jetpack up here alone
    Yet another gorgeous lens I can’t possibly afford
    Batman set to perish in issue #676
    Lego wants your input for 10th anniversary Star Wars set
    Super Smash Bros. Brawl looks amazing, wish I could play Read More

  • Scoble Sells Out

    Robert Scoble, who has long been proud of the fact that his popular blog remains free of advertisements or sponsorships, will soon put ads on his site, he told me yesterday. The change comes as part of his move to Fast Company, who will sell the ads on his behalf and will also be redesigning the site. Scoble and Dave Winer have been the main proponents of advertising-free blogs over the… Read More

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