• Samsung Instinct launch date confirmed

    We just got official word that Samsung’s Instinct will hit the shelves at Sprint’s retail stores on June 20th. Itching for more about the device Samsungs pitching as a deadly iPhone competitor? Be sure to check all of our Instinct coverage.. Read More

  • Indiana Jones and the Rad Dork of Kirkland

    Look, I’m as excited to see the new Indiana Jones film as you are, maybe more so, as it’s my favorite series after the original Star Wars trilogy. And while it’s cool to have a hobby, sometimes you just take things too far.

    This local man, who works on Pokemon for a living, might have done just that with his Indiana Jones obsession. His wife wouldn’t let him name their… Read More

  • Virgin America rubbing salt in my wounds

    Heh. Not really. But I am bummed out because I missed Virgin America’s first “Superfly Wednesdays” from NYC to LA because I’m sick. As most of you know already, VA’s in-flight entertainment system, RED, allows seat-to-seat messaging and this would have been the perfect opportunity for me to send a little message to Jaslene Gonzalez, a previous winner of… Read More

  • Biomimetic sharktail wave-action harvester

    Now there are a few words you probably weren’t expecting to read today. I have to say I’m a little skeptical of this system; after all, sharks’ tails are part of a supremely aquadynamic design and are powered by enormous muscles, not the waves, though I’m sure the researchers are aware of that. The system is designed to oscillate in the current, driving against a… Read More

  • Alienware brings back Area-51 ALX desktops: Very powerful indeed

    Gabo, Gabo, Gabo! Friends! Alienware is bringing back the Area-51 ALX desktop, the top-of-the-line model that had many PC enthusiasts reaching for their credit cards not too long ago. This time, the Dell-owned brand has overclocked the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770—”the big one”—from 3.2GHz to 4.0Ghz. What on God’s Green Earth you need that many hertz for I… Read More

  • No squad control for Gears of War 2

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I never used the squad controls in the first GoW. Does anyone else care or not care that this feature is being axed for GoW2? Read More

  • Apple looking for WiMax, UWB engineer

    After the banners were unfurled at January’s Macworld with their “There’s something in the air” teaser, many hoped Apple would be announcing the addition of WiMax to their laptop line up. When it turned out that the “air” bit was referring to Apple’s Macbook Air, the Apple/WiMax rumor mill grinded to a halt, presumably because everyone was busy… Read More

  • James Cameron bets big on 3D, says you'll love it everywhere

    Director James Cameron, maker of such amazing films as Terminator and The Abyss, has spent years and millions developing 3D cinema technology, rumored to be a driving force behind the film Avatar he’s been working on since the beginning of time. But he wants you to know that it’s not just about movies, the technology could be used in many other ways. He points out that by using… Read More

  • Acer's 'Predator' gaming PCs get preliminary prices

    Yesterday was “Hey, look at the new Acer gaming PCs” day. Today is “Hey, we’ve got some early pricing and specs for you” day. TrustedReviews.com has some interesting information in that the Predator line of PCs won’t be customizable — the machines will just be sold off-the-shelf in stores. That’s good for people who don’t want to wait, but… Read More

  • Ex-eBay/Skype Execs Let You Share Stories With Tokoni

    Feel like sharing? Two ex-Ebay/Skype execs have created Tokoni, a social story sharing site that they hope will become the web’s virtual “front porch”. The site, which quietly launched last December, hopes to foster a warmer and better connected sharing environment than other similar communities on the web. Tokoni is essentially a community of connected blogs with a… Read More

  • Rogers bringing HTC Shift to Canada, GPS support coming

    Rogers Wireless announced today that they will be selling the HTC Shift in Canada, starting immediately. At $1,599 with a three year contract, it doesn’t come cheap, but this thing is a beast. You can check out a review of the GSM version’s CDMA brother over at Crunchgear. In an additional announcement that was oddly obscured within the availability announcement, HTC and Rogers… Read More

  • WTF are people lining up at NYC Apple stores?

    The other day I cruised over to my local deli on Greene Street in Soho to grab breakfast and noticed a contingent of Canal Street locals lining up at the Soho Apple store. I didn’t think anything of it at the time and I just got back from the post office and they were still there! A buddy of mine who works by Central Park just texted me asking if something was going on because he noticed… Read More

  • Now there's robotic Coca-Cola vending machines running around Tokyo

    Apparently there’s a Coca-Cola robot running wild through the streets of Tokyo, ostensibly promoting the sugar water drink at passers-by. The initial write-up has more than one quip that made me chuckle: “…lumbering around Tokyo pinching the heads of people who prefer a different brand.” What is it with Japan and vending machines? Read More

  • Light-emitting glass? Sure, why not?

    Do you pretend to care about the environment because it’s the trendy thing to do? Simultaneously, do you like to display strange, avant-garde art around your domicile? If so, then take a gander at Saazs’ newest endeavor, light-emitting glass. Yes, light-emitting glass, truly sterner stuff. The pictures more or less tell the whole story. Panes of glass with little light things give… Read More

  • Watch out! Here come the hackers with their PDOS!

    Remember back in the early days of the Internet people were worried that “hackers” could break into their computers and cause permanent hardware damage, and those of us in-the-know would be all, “pshaw! Can’t happen” about it? As it turns out, a new attack method called a PDOS (permanent denial-of-service) can do just that. It’s going to be demonstrated… Read More

  • New Samsung UMPC device coming early next year

    In an interview with UK site TechRadar.com, Samsung R&D engineer Jeongseon Euh said the following about his company’s plans for its third-generation UMPC… “We will refresh our design and upgrade our performance and specification. We will continue to invest in form factors. We will launch the 3rd generation of UMPC probably early Q1 next year.” Design and… Read More

  • Reminder: One More Day to Apply to Supernova's Mobile Connections Forum

    Quick reminder that tomorrow, Friday, May 23 is the deadline to submit ideas for the TechCrunch “Mobile Connections” forum that will be hosted at the upcoming Supernova Conference on June 16. The forum will discuss important themes to advance innovation in the mobile environment, and we’ve invited the TechCrunch community to submit your ideas to participate. How to participate
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  • CityMint launches with mobile food ordering for SF residents

    While I love having food delivered, I can’t stand the ordering process. If I somehow have the number handy, chances are I threw away misplaced the menu at some point. Even if I have the menu and ordering seems to go smoothly, I always wonder if the person on the other end actually wrote down my request to hold the mushrooms. (Mushrooms make me die, and no – they usually… Read More

  • Why Apple's industrial design puts others to shame

    “We’ll take the time to get the product right.” You wanna know why Apple’s designs are so lauded, why they make so many competitor’s products look like junk? It’s because of the mentality expressed in the above quote. Apple cares. More specifically, senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive cares. His works include the iMac and iPhone. You may… Read More

  • Skooba, Targus working on TSA-friendly gear bags

    Anyone that’s traveled with their laptop knows what a pain in the ass security is because you’re required to take out your laptop when going through the x-ray machine. I despise it and I travel quite often and it’s slowly becoming the bane of my existence. Maybe I’m being dramatic, but I think we can all agree that it’s an annoying process. Targus and Skooba… Read More

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