• Mobile ad platform wins £2m funding

    Scotland -based Rapid Mobile Media, a startup mobile ad platform, has won £2 million ($4 million) in a second round of funding from US VC firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA). It was joined by Alliance Trust Equity Partners (ATEP) as new investors in the company, along with existing investors Pentech Ventures and Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Venture Fund. The money will be used to… Read More

  • BlinkBox overhauls site

    BlinkBox, a UK startup which allows users to overlay a video clip with a personalised message, has had a site overhaul and new UI ahead of a “full” launch in April. (Hell, it looks pretty launched to me?). The idea is that the video prompt the recipient to buy or rent the movie/show. All the content is pre-approved for use by the rights-holders and is heavily DRM’d. BlinkBox… Read More

  • Veiro, a wind-up mp3 player – why not?


    This makes a lot of sense, actually. It wouldn’t work with tape or CD players because they draw too much power and hand-winding wouldn’t last long. But the demands of a small solid-state-based mp3 player with no screen like the Shuffle are less, so apparently a minute of winding gives you 20 minutes of listening time. Not too bad, but in case you don’t feel like exercise… Read More

  • Fire Eagle launches – want an invite?

    UPDATE: The invites have now gone. I have four Fire Eagle invites to the first four commenters on this post. These are also one-time invitation codes and can’t be reused. No idea what I’m talking about? As you’ll note from Michael Arrington’s story and the longer review: It is a platform for controlling people’s location information. Tell it (directly or via a… Read More

  • Microsoft Mix Keynote Two, Live From Las Vegas

    2:09 times up, GK says SB really wants to use an Air. SB:thanks 2:07 last Q: what is Microsoft’s plans for Razorfish SB: we bought Aquantive, good tech. It’s pretty independent, makes financial progress 2:06: Apple has licensed Activesync for exchange on iPhones, pls comment SB: we license Activesync to lots of companies, it’s in Microsoft’s business interest to license… Read More

  • Mighty G-Shock wrist clock corrects itself with international RF


    The G-Shock brand, never one to lack a feature, has added to the GW-9200 the ability to correct the time displayed by listening to one of six international radio stations. This is, of course, in addition to the barometer histogram, laser tunneling tool, and half rack of ribs also featured on this enormous watch. The only thing it doesn’t do is tell time, because you won’t be able… Read More

  • Apple's SDK event today

    Tune in to TechCrunch today and on CrunchGear for live coverage of Apple’s iPhone SDK event at Apple HQ in Cupertino. The event starts at 10 am PST, or 6pm GMT. On offer is a possible idea of when the SDK will be available and “some exciting new enterprise features”. More rumors over at iLounge. Read More

  • Live Blogging Apple's iPhone SDK Event

    Michael Arrington of TechCrunch just finished liveblogging from Apple’s HQ in Cupertino. The event started 10am PT. A summary of the announcements can be found on TechCrunch. Read More

  • ECS 'G10IL' is a pretty Eee with 3G wireless built in

    Welcome to the tiny, inexpensive laptop game ECS. You’ve made an intriguing entry with your G10IL, although that name could use a little work. The keyboard looks pretty nice and the inclusion of 3G wireless (HSPDA 7.2) is a good idea. There’s also a built-in webcam, three USB ports, Ethernet, and even a 56K modem. Unfortunately, there’s not too much other information on… Read More

  • Video: Phorm CEO rejects allegations of 'big brother' tracking

    Yesterday I recorded a half hour video interview with Kent Ertugrul, the founder and CEO of Phorm, the AIM-listed ‘behavioural targeting’ company which will track users at an ISP level for the purposes of targeting advertising. ISPs signed up, but yet to launch with Phorm integration, include BT, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media. Publishers will include FT.com, iVillage, Universal… Read More

  • Kleiner Perkins Announces $100 million iFund for iPhone Applications

    John Doerr took the stage today at Apple’s announcement of its iPhone software developer kit and announced a $100 million fund to invest in startups that create apps for the iPhone. “”I can’t wait to see the great new companies that we build together,” he says. The fund will be led by Matt Murphy at Kleiner and will be called the iFund. From the the Kleiner… Read More

  • Internet Explorer 8 Beta download available

    http://on10.net/blogs/larry/21442/player/ There’s a beta version of Microsoft’s forthcoming Internet Explorer 8 web browser now available for download over on Microsoft.com if you’re interested. Most of the new stuff seems to center around right-click context menus. One such feature is called “Activities” which allows you to right-click on something to look up… Read More

  • Maglev joystick developed at Carnegie Mellon

    Force feedback plus six dimensions of movement — I like what I’m hearing so far. This yet-to-be-named device has been in the workings for 11+ years by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and uses a bowl-shaped apparatus connected to a joystick, all of which sits inside a larger bowl-shaped apparatus that magnetically levitates the smaller bowl. There are only ten such devices… Read More

  • LG secrets leaked to Chinese manufacturing company

    Apparently life’s NOT so good at LG nowadays (see how I did that?), as word’s come out that a former manager leaked almost 1,200 secret company files to a Chinese manufacturing company. The company, Changhong-Orion PDP-Chaihong, hired the 49-year old LG manager to give the company secret information in exchange for $300,000 a year, an apartment, and a car. He handed over… Read More

  • New Alienware rig makes my stomach hurt just thinking about how much it costs (it's cool, though)

    If you really sit down and think about it, do you NEED rent money, a car, and food? Would you even miss those things if you had the new Alienware Area-51 ALX CFX (starting at $5,149)? If you’ve got that much money to burn, you’ll get an Intel Core 2 Extreme processor that’s been overclocked to 4.0GHz and liquid cooled, 2GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory running at 1333MHz… Read More

  • Live Blogging of Apple iPhone SDK Event Begins Soon

    Head on over to CrunchGear to follow our live coverage of the Apple iPhone SDK event, which is being held at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino and will begin at 10am PT. Read More

  • Live Blogging (via iPhone) of Apple iPhone SDK Event

    Head on over to CrunchGear to follow our live coverage of the Apple iPhone SDK event, which is being held at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino and will begin at 10am PT. We’ll be sure to report back here about all the juicy details once things are all done, but CrunchGear is the place to follow the minute-by-minute action. Update: Here are some highlights as they come in. Read More

  • Gigabyte M700 UMPC unveiled at CeBIT

    Here’s the Gigabyte M700 UMPC. It’s got a 7-inch, 1024×600 display and comes with 2GB, standard. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz C7-M CPU from VIA and uses Vista Home Premium as the operating system, so that 2GB of RAM will surely come in handy. It’s pretty compact and weighs only 1.43 pounds and is said to have two webcams, GPS, and a WiMax-capable ExpressCard. Read More

  • InstantAction and Cafe.com: Browser-Based Games Growing Up, Becoming More Social

    I’ve recently had the chance to preview two new websites that promise to significantly advance the quality of social gaming as delivered through the browser. The first is a project led by GarageGames and backed by IAC called InstantAction that brings straight into the browser graphically complex games that appeal to competitive gamers. The second is a site called Cafe.com by an… Read More

  • Yahoo Maps Get More Local


    Yahoo released an update to Yahoo Maps with more data at the neighborhood level. The Yahoo Maps team added 12,000 new neighborhoods in 300 cities. The maps now denote neighborhood boundaries with subtle changes in the background color. And points of interest such as schools and subway stops are marked. Yahoo Maps has always had a different look than Google Maps, but these changes help… Read More

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