• Is Apple Manufacturing a First-Day iPhone Shortage?

    There’s nothing like scarcity to make you want something more. Apple understands this, which is why it tightly controls how many iPhones are available at any given time. Some anecdotal evidence is coming in that its partner AT&T is selling out of iPhones in some of its own stores before Apple stores. By noon ET today, for instance, at least ten AT&T stores in New York City… Read More

  • Zipcar gets people to go car-free for a month.

    Zipcar is running a promotion (unfortunately, they’re no longer accepting applications) called the Low-Car Diet that basically entails giving up your car for a month. In return, participants get free public transportation passes, a free Zipcar membership and driving credit, and other various perks. If you live in a populated area and you don’t own a car, I’d recommend the… Read More

  • Original flavor Eee PC for ¥100, no gaijin please


    If you’re in Japan and don’t have the scrilla to lay out for an Eee (really though, is it that much?), head over to a Kojima store and pick yourself up one for ¥100, and get a free 3G USB modem. That’s about 75 cents to us Americans. What’s the catch, apart from it only being available in Japan? Well, first of all it’s the original, 7-inch, 4GB Eee &mdash… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! – Mini wrap-up

    A quick explanation: I’m working on a fuller write-up about the first TechCrunch Pitch! event in London last night, which will appear on TechCrunch.com. In the meantime, please go and check out the photos and videos kindly recorded by Moblog on our TechCrunch UK account, set up specially for the event. Also check out the Flickr photos from Benjamin Ellis, and Steve Bowbrick and video… Read More

  • Senators fight to end unfair wireless taxes


    Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has taken up the crusade of cutting the taxes we pay on wireless phones and services, according to a press release issued by the Senator, the average U.S. tax rate for most goods is about 7% but after combining state, local and federal taxes on cell phones and service the average rate more than doubles. That’s more than taxes on tobacco and alcohol, Senator… Read More

  • Not iPhone: First concept art of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 spotted

    In other news, the first piece of concept art from Half-Life 2: Episode Three is currently floating around The Internet. It shows one of the advisors that are currently running wild all over the planet. As a relative newcomer to the Half-Life world, I don’t feel I’ve yet paid my dues enough to comment on the art direction. It looks neat, sure, but I wonder what longtime fans of… Read More

  • Nielsen: iPhone In Fourth Place Among Smartphones, First In Customer Satisfaction (Not For Long)

    Nielsen Online is publishing stats about the mobile industry in general and the iPhone in particular today. They note that Apple still trails HTC, RIM and Palm in the smartphone market (that’s likely to change rather suddenly over the next few months), but leads the pack when it comes to user satisfaction (they clearly didn’t poll users today). 2/3 of the 2.3 million US iPhone… Read More

  • 8 iPhone Apps Demo Their Wares Live On Ustream

    Beginning at 1:15 PST (in about five minutes), Ustream will give eight iPhone app developers a chance to demo their apps in a live broadcast. Ustream is a live video broadcasting site that launched in March 2007 and has been compared to justin.tv. Here’s the planned schedule: 1:15 – Enigmo and Cro-Mag Rally
    1:30 – Modality
    1:45 – Twitterrific
    2:00 – Trism
    Read More

  • Not iPhone: Samsung Instinct Haiku Contest

    Remember: Every week we’ll be giving away a cool Samsung phone culminating in the Samsung Instinct! We begin our contest this week gunning for the M520. The haiku should focus on hearing and must be tweeted to UseYourInstinct. We will close entries for this week at noon on Tuesday, July 15. What is a haiku? Here’s an example. It’s a short poem of three lines consiting of… Read More

  • CrunchGear Live Podcast, 1:00 Eastern

    You can chat with us during the show via AIM by pinging username “crunchtips” or call into the show at (646) 200-4163 should the mood strike you. Here’s the link for today’s show… Read More

  • Six million iBricks… and growing

    Well this is a fine kettle of fish. iPhone activations have essentially gone down and everyone – from folks updating their old phones to new 3G activators – are stuck with bricks until traffic dies off. Reader Brent reports: Hey Just a heads up…my iPhone, and looking at their forums, everyone else’s iPhones are bricks because the last step of their update process is… Read More

  • Hot new render of RED's Scarlet!


    So pretty. So chunky. And it’ll fit in the palm of your hand. That’s the lens on the left, where the focus ring will be; the cutaway right at right is either aperture or zoom, most likely aperture since it looks notched. It’s also possible it could be a multi-use wheel. Jannard says in the forum that there are still some surprises left (he cites “competition”… Read More

  • Not iPhone: German court says leaving Wi-Fi access point doesn't make owner liable for copyright infringement

    A German court has ruled that having an open, unsecured Wi-Fi access point isn’t tantamount to copyright infringement. Follow the logic for a minute: you’ve got a wide open WAP, and someone comes along and downloads a Metallica album off The Pirate Bay. Metallica’s record company finds the IP address, your IP address, and sends a letter to your ISP demanding retribution. You… Read More

  • 100 More Tickets for the 3rd Annual August Capital Meet-Up. Tell Us Why We Should Give You 2 Tickets . . .

    Our third annual August Capital Meet-Up is going a little crazy and we’re getting crushed with ticket requests. We’re releasing 100 more tickets today through EventBrite. Our ticket releases have been selling out in 5 minutes or less, so we recommend you register now if you plan on attending. The August Capital Meet-Up takes place on Friday, July 25, 2008, in Menlo Park, California. Read More

  • Not iPhone: Cardboard toilet doubles as a sturdy stool

    Here’s a cardboard toilet. It’s called the Shit Box. I’m happy that it appears to only be available in the UK, brought to you by The Brown Corporation (get it?). The outfit’s tagline is “a solid company” (get it?). Each box comes packed flat at 14-inches square and there are 10 “poo bags” included. It also doubles as a stool – a stool… Read More

  • CrunchGear’s John Biggs live from the iPhone line

    iPhone 3G? “No sweat!” says Biggs. Quick call-in with our intrepid editor. Use the link below to listen live at 11 Eastern… http://www.blogtalkradio.com/CrunchGear/2008/07/11/CrunchGear-Editor-John-Biggs-Live-from-the-iPhone-Line UPDATE: If you listened to the call-in, Biggs mentioned that the store was running out of iPhones. Just got e-mail confirmation from him that the… Read More

  • Not iPhone: New super-mobile robot for use in war, disaster and emergency situations

    http://blip.tv/play/ih_B21yJ5FQ
    (video from Diginfo, Inc. with special permission for crunchgear.com) Robots capable of supporting humans under extreme conditions are not really a new idea. However, now the so-called Kenaf Resuce Robot developed by the Japan’s International Rescue System Institute (IRS) seems to have risen the bar. The latest version of the robot – presented during… Read More

  • Not iPhone: Seagate introduces new 1.5TB desktop drive, two 500GB notebook drives

    Seagate has just given storage a bump across the board with the introduction of a 1.5-terabyte 3.5-inch hard drive – the Barracuda 7200.11 (running at 7,200 RPM) – and two 500-gigabyte 2.5-inch drives – the Momentus 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 (running at 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM, respectively). All three drives use the Serial ATA interface, the two 7,200 RPM drives sling… Read More

  • VoIP On My iPhone

    While most iPhone users are stuck with an iBrick this morning as Apple’ servers can’t complete the last step of the upgrade process, those of us smart enough to take the unofficial upgrade route 24 hours ago are happily trying out new App Store Apps. This morning I turned my iPhone into a VoIP phone by installing the new Truphone iPhone app (Truphone company profile). One of the… Read More

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