• Video streaming from mobile to Web the next killer app?

    Leading tech commentator Robert Scoble has gone mad for a new video streaming service for mobiles called Qik. It competes with Kyte and Seesmic but unlike those you do not have to wait for the video to be uploaded. Instead it streams the video straight into the site with a 5 second delay. To use it you download and install the client software – in Scoble’s case a Noka N95… Read More

  • Want to hop-up that DS of yours?

    I’m not really into portable gaming devices, but if I had to pick between the DS and PSP, I’d probably opt for the former. That’s not to say the PSP isn’t a great device. I just don’t need everything it offers and it’s kind of bulky. The DS is great tool for learning as well. But if I were to some day be into things like watching movies or listening to… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Buy three, get one free video game deal

    The last thing I want to do is tell you how to run your life, so I’m just saying this for your reference. I’m not trying to be a nag or tell you what to do but Toys backwards-R Us has a deal going on right now that allows you to purchase three video games and then take home a fourth one for free. I just wanted you to know that. You’re by no means under any obligation to… Read More

  • Portable Sirius Stilleto 10 receiver for $50 (and a merger update)

    If you’ve been thinking about making the satellite radio plunge (and have your heart set on Sirius), today’s the day to whip out your credit card. Today (and today only, according to an e-mail I received a little while ago) you can grab a Stiletto 10 for $50, a full $100 off the regular price, with the purchase of a subscription. The portable Stiletto 10 doesn’t have some of… Read More

  • Sony sells more PS2s than PS3s in November (and that's not as bad as you may think)

    Maybe people just really love the PS2? How else could you explain November’s sales numbers, which saw the PS2 sell 496,000 units vs. the PS3’s 466,000? (The Wii, despite the shortage, sold 981,000 and the 360 sold 770,000.) Actually, I wonder if Sony cares as much (that the PS2 outsold the PS3) as the inflammatory headlines you’re likely to see suggest. At this point… Read More

  • New Toshiba Qosmio with integrated HD DVD-RW drive

    I’m Norwegian so it’s only natural that I get all the Japanese press releases to translate. Thanks to my good friends at Babelfish, I’m pleased to tell you about the "worldwide beginning about the sale of the AV note PC ‘Qosmio’ which loads the HD DVD-RW correspondence drive and so on". Read More

  • Homer: picture a day for 39 years

    There comes a time in every person’s life when they’ve finally realized their dream of becoming a pop culture icon. That time has come for Noah Kalina and what better way to be immortalized then in an episode of The Simpsons? It was a simple enough idea that was executed perfectly and just over a year later this is the fruit of Noah’s labor. Who would have thunk it? Read More

  • Ribbit wants to introduce telephony to Facebook, other software apps

    How badly do you want to be able to call your friends directly from your Facebook profile, without actually picking up your phone? A new technology company by the name of Ribbit Corp. hopes your answer to that question was anything other than “not at all,” since it showed off out a service earlier today that does just that. The technology aims to embed telephony in the software you… Read More

  • Intel to embed solid-state drives on UMPC boards

    In a move that makes sense, perfect or otherwise, Intel has announced that it’ll soon be manufacturing UMPC-specific boards with embedded Z-P140 PATA solid-state drives. The drives will apparently be available in 2- and 4-gigabytes and up to four drives can be embedded on a board, giving you up to 16-gigabytes to work with. Look for the first wave of these devices in the first half of… Read More

  • Become a fan of TechCrunch

    If you are on Facebook, then why not become a “fan” of TechCrunch there at its new fan page. And while you’re at it, check out the new re-vamped CrunchGear. Read More

  • CrunchDeals/Woot: Kodak EasyShare V803, 5100 only $155

    Today on Woot is the Kodak V803, which is an 8-megapixel with 3x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD, ISO up to 1600, QT MPEG-4 movie mode and it has 32MB of internal storage plus an SD slot. The 5100 prints, scans and copies. They’re both brand new, too. That is all. Read More

  • Ads-Click Introduces MicroSocialAds In Beta. Now Get Paid to Spam Your Friends on Facebook.

    Why should Facebook, its advertising partners, and application developers be the only ones to be able to make money from spamming your friends with ads and come-ons? Today, Ads-Click launched a private beta called MicroSocialAds that will let you get in on the advertising frenzy by inserting targeted, contextual text ads into your Facebook page. (As if Beacon wasn’t bad enough). Every… Read More

  • List time: The top 15 tech disappointments of 2007 (or so says PC World)

    The year 2007 will soon draw to a close, meaning we’ll be seeing plenty of year-end retrospectives on every Web site in Creation. I don’t expect many of them to be worth the time of day, yet this one—the year’s top tech disappointments, as ranked by PC World —is more or less on point. I’m sure you’re familiar with all of them, not least of which… Read More

  • Leading Democratic Candidates SMS Supporters

    The three leading Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are trying to reach younger voters by sending SMS (short message service) updates to supporters. No Republican candidate has yet used this technology to whip up support. Political observers say that text messaging has been used in other countries to rally support for political causes. Text… Read More

  • Alltel Unrolls Voice2TXT

    Alltel’s new Voice2TXT service uses voice-recognition software that allows mobile phone customers to read their voicemail messages as text messages. Voice2TXT costs $4.99 a month and still has the option to listen to messages as usual. “It’ll appeal to a broad customer base … people who are in meetings quite regularly and can’t take a phone call —… Read More

  • Ribbit Pulls Back the Covers On Its Voice 2.0 Master Plan (And Raises $10 Million B Round)

    In case it isn’t abundantly clear by now, voice is just another application—bits that can be co-mingled with other data in unexpected ways. Ribbit, a startup that officially launches today and calls itself “Silicon Valley’s first phone company,” takes that concept as its basic premise. It wants to be the platform company for Voice 2.0 applications. If its… Read More

  • Qik streams live video from cell to Web

    Robert Scoble has gone wild for a new video streaming service for cellphones called Qik. It vaguely competes with Kyte, Seesmic and Ustream, but is perhaps closest to Kyte. Qik enables live video casting from a cell phone via any 3G/GPRS/Wi-fi Internet connection. Developed by Visivo Communications in Santa Clara, Qik has been in testing since November. Unlike sites where you have to wait for… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Bunny Chase Edition

    HTML Head-tag earrings get you formatted, indexed, married (to me, at least)
    Zune, Apple TV make Popular Mechanics’ worst-of-the-year list
    I dare you to take this clock through airport security
    The Pencil Bench office furniture: 1,600 pencils, 1 bench
    The Essential Blake Robinson Holiday Gift Guide Read More

  • A Few Thoughts On Google Knol

    News of Google most recent project, Knol, came out late last Thursday without, as far as I can tell, much in the way of press pre-briefings. All the major publications were late to the story. Blogs hit it fast, but had nothing to go on other than the brief blog post put up by Google’s Udi Manber announcing the project. Our initial story on Knol is here. From a product perspective, Knol… Read More

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