• Apple TV Hacked To Support USB Drives

    I dream about being a world-class hacker only because I’m vain and want to see my name be the first thing to pop up when I Google myself. Hackers do great things and it brings a smile to my face. I love it even more when Apple products gets hacked. If you’ve been wavering about Apple TV, Apple’s silent and brooding stepchild, then this may swing the vote because it’s… Read More

  • BuddyTV Takes $2.8 million Series A

    Seattle based BuddyTV (Advanced Media Research Group Inc.) has taken $2.8 million in Series A funding in a round led by Gemstar-TV Guide International. BuddyTV is a television focused content network with a team of dedicated entertainment writers producing content that is complemented by users. The service also provides broadcasting tools. See our previous coverage here on the space. NASDAQ… Read More

  • Now Facebook Fights Back At Online Predators

    Facebook is my white whale: I write about it seemingly every day even though I purport to want nothing to do with it. Be that as it may, it’s good to see the Web site handle its business with regard to keeping child predators away from unsuspecting minors. Just like MySpace before it, the social networking site has become something of an attraction for guys from “To Catch a… Read More

  • FCC To Vote On How To Handle Upcoming Spectrum Auction: Google vs. AT&T, Verizon

    Google doesn’t want to do any evil. Google, does, however, want to buy up a large swath of the public airwaves in order to A) become richer and B) prevent the likes of AT&T and Verizon from gouging us, the consumer, any further. The Federal Communications Commission will vote tomorrow, Tuesday, on how to handle the upcoming auction of unlicensed, unused spectrum. Google wants the… Read More

  • GameDaily: Bejeweled Arrives for iPhone

    Our friends at GameDaily have gotten the scoop on the arrival of PopCap Games new free Web version of Bejeweled for the Apple iPhone. This popular puzzle game is available via the Safari browser. This version of Bejeweled was developed for PopCap Games by Polish game creator Arkadiusz Mlynarczyk, one of the first coders to take advantage of the device’s gaming abilities with the… Read More

  • Hang on Snoopy, Snoopy Hang on Mobile

    Namco Networks announced today that Peanuts flying ace Snoopy will now soar onto mobile handsets. Woodstock’s nest has fall and he needs Snoopy’s help in Snoopy the Flying Ace, the latest mobile game from Namco Networks. The game will let Snoopy fly him Sopwith Camel fighter plane (which we’ll see as his dog house) deep into enemy territory to capture balloons and raise… Read More

  • Beowulf on the Third Screen

    At this past weekend’s Comic-Con in San Diego Paramount Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment offered a peak at the upcoming Beowulf movie to enthusiastic crowds. Now comes word that a mobile game will arrive in time for the November 16 movie release. Gameloft has announced that it will publish the mobile handset version of the game, which will coincide with the release of the Xbox… Read More

  • Gartner Predicts Mobile E-mail Will Overtake SMS by 2010

    By 2010 a fifth of all e-mail could be wireless. So says a study by analyst firm Gartner, which predicts that 20% of all e-mail will be accessed wirelessly. This rise will see e-mail take over from other messaging services including text messages and MMS, although it might be some time until mobile e-mail completely overtakes SMS. The key to this all, according to the Gartner study, is… Read More

  • Recycling of Mobile Devices Remains an Issue

    Here is a number we didn’t want to see… In Australia only three percent of discarded mobile phones ended up being recycled last year. And with 8.7 million phones being shipped to the land down under that’s a lot of handsets that could be ending up in landfills, as the average user is upgrading their phones every 18 months to two years. According to recently released figures from… Read More

  • Match.com Expands Mobile Dating Service

    Match.com will soon let you keep track of your dates from your mobile handsets with MatchMobile, which will be available to users in the United States, the U.K. and Canada later this summer, and then to nine additional countries by the end of the year. The service will provide subscribers with text messages to their phones when they receive an e-mail from other Match.com users. For an extra… Read More

  • Customize Your Streaming Content With Buzzwire

    Today Buzzwire, Inc. (formerly 4th Media) announced that its streaming mobile media service is available as a public beta. This upcoming service will let users create their own customized program lineup and access it on their mobile phones. A formal launch with select carriers is scheduled for the fall of 2007. “Consumers are living mobile lifestyles and should have their media… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile to Lose Mobile TV Offerings

    As we reported last week Virgin Mobile was pulling the plug on Movio, the under-performing Mobile TV branch that was launched through a partnership with BT using the DAB TV standard. Now with the partnership dissolved it seems that Virgin Mobile will likely discontinue sales and production of the Lobster 700TV mobile handset, which had been the carrier’s flagship mobile TV device. Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Goes Rural

    Today Verizon Wireless announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Rural Cellular Corporation to further enhance the Verizon Wireless’ network coverage in markets adjacent to its existing service areas, and increase coverage by 4.7 million, and customer base by more than 700,000. The terms of the deal would have Verizon Wireless acquire Rural Cellular for approximately… Read More

  • Next Gen Mobile Tech To Boost European Growth

    A new report from research firm Frost & Sullivan predicts that next generation mobile networks, customized multimedia content and user-generated content could drive growth in Europe’s saturated mobile communications market. According to the study’s findings mobile operators investing strongly in next generation mobile networks and deploying HSDPA networks across Europe. Read More

  • Cisco and Click.tv?

    I picked up a juicy rumor this weekend that Cisco may have acquired Click.tv, a video annotation and deep tagging service that launched in 2006 and then shut down last month. When Click.tv closed down last month they said in an email to users “While I regret this shutdown, I am very excited by the reason behind it. You’ll be seeing Click.TV technology very soon doing *much* bigger… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Phone Swarm Edition

    Toshiba Gigabeat U103: 24 Colors, Oh My
    WD Upgrades My Book Line To 2TB
    Soundwave MP3 Player Unboxed
    Nokia N75 Review
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  • AimBLADE Mousing Brace For Cyber Athletes

    The AimBLADE is a German doodad that attaches to your desk and cradles your forearm while you manipulate your favorite human interface device. If you already know that you have no use for this product, you’re lucky. Read More

  • NowPublic Gets $10.6 Million For Crowd Sourced News

    “Crowd sourced” news network NowPublic.com has closed a $10.6 milion series A round of financing led by Rho Ventures with seed investors Brightspark and the Working Opportunity Fund participating. Crowd sourcing is part of the widely expanding “citizen journalism” category, which encompasses all the new ways non-professionals can participate in the news reporting process. Read More

  • The U.S. May Get A Free Mobile Service Before Europe

    We don’t know much about Indiana-based Mosh Mobile yet, but it claims to be offering free, advertising based mobile service to U.S. customers after they purchase a phone. The news comes as Amp’d, a high profile U.S. MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) has ceased operations after blowing through $360 million in capital. Blyk, a much anticipated MVNO in Europe with a similar… Read More

  • More Information On That Secretive Twitter Financing

    When Twitter announced a round of financing last week they mentioned most of the investors – an A list crowd that includes Union Square Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Marc Andreessen, Dick Costolo, Ron Conway, and Naval Ravikant. But they didn’t disclose the amount raised, even though it is customary to do so. We sniffed around and heard that the the company held a special… Read More