• iRiver D5 e-dictionary looks nice, wish it had Wi-Fi

    The thing about electronic dictionaries is that they’ve gotta have useable keyboards. The thing about portable internet devices is that, oftentimes, they don’t have useable keyboards. Alas, I wish these electronic dictionary manufacturers would all just start adding Wi-Fi and web browsers to these devices. Take the iRiver D5 “Diciple”, for instance. It’s got… Read More

  • A 'fireside chat' with Palm's CFO reveals zilch about the new OS

    I think we’re all pretty excited to see the new Palm OS. But no one at Palm seems to be willing to satisfy our curiosity by giving us even the smallest nugget of valuable information. Even in a relatively small question-and-answer webcast, Palm CFO Andy Brown dodges questions like they were eggs thrown at Steve Ballmer. What have we learned? That the OS has been in development for… Read More

  • Barcelona! TechCrunch meetup and Euro Tour Part Deux

    I’m trying to get around Europe this summer to meet startups. Tomorrow I am at Startup2.eu, a new competition for European tech startups. I’ll be on the jury during the day and in the evening we’re throwing a TechCrunch meetup on the cool terrace bar of local boutique hotel Granados 83. There are a growing number of startups in Barcelona, attracted by the lifestyle and the… Read More

  • T-mobile not looking to share iPhone distribution in Germany

    At the Reuters Technology, Media and Telecoms summit today, T-Mobile CEO Hamid Akhavan stated they expected their exclusive iPhone distribution in Germany “to remain as such.” As the 3G iPhone tip toes closer each day, more European carries are fightin’ to add it to their line-up. Just last week, T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom lost exclusivity in Austria… Read More

  • Twitter: Something Is Technically Wrong

    Their words, not mine. I’ve mostly stopped bothering to post when Twitter is down like it is now and like it was yesterday (honestly, it’s news when they keep the site live for 24 hours at this point). But, seriously, they need to get their act together. It’s past embarrassing. Rumor is they’ve closed their big round of funding and things are all high fives over there… Read More

  • If you don’t believe that Volkswagen knows what the people want, just ask this talking Beetle.

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F928353%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Volkswagen is on a quest to find out exactly what the people want, and they’re not afraid to use new… Read More

  • T-Mobile to launch 16 new devices by August?

    According to TmoNews, T-Mobile is working to crank out an impressive 16 new devices by August 1st. As the information comes from an internal memo, the date is completely tentative – in fact, it’s more than likely to change. While they were able to conjure up a list of 13 possible devices, 3 are still unknown. The list: Motorola Rokr E8 Motorola W450 Blackberry Bold Blackberry… Read More

  • Sony Japan releases limited edition Digital SLR camera α350

    If you are a camera fan with a penchant for exclusivity, here is your chance: Sony announced the release of a special version of its α350 digital SLR camera and DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 lens. Priced at $960, the kit is on sale in the Japanese Sony Style online store. The new camera is technically identical to the α350 in black which is available in Japan for two months now. This means you get… Read More

  • Wired magazine is not for geeks anymore

    After reading an article about Wired Magazine in the New York Times, I realized why I stopped reading it a few years ago. During the late 90’s new Geek and Tech Magazines were popping up like weeds in a garden. Then the dot com era came to an end, and so did most of the magazines. Magazines like The Industry Standard, Red Herring, Business 2.0, eCompany Now all went down the digital… Read More

  • Rumor: Nintendo DS Lite coming in shades of red, lime green

    The images being used on Games.es are pretty horrendous, but it appears that Nintendo will be releasing two new DS Lite colors next month. The lime green and fiery red editions of the popular handheld are slated for a June 13 announcement. Only time will tell and neither of these colors are doing it for me. [via Kotaku] Read More

  • Rural Cellular Association Files Petition with FCC

    The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) filed a petition today with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate and adopt rules to prohibit exclusivity arrangements between wireless carriers and cell phone manufactures. The RCA is claiming that exclusive agreements between carriers and mobile phone manufactures restrict consumer choice, decreases completion and violates the… Read More

  • BBC Natural History Collection heading to Blu-ray

    Want to show off your fancy new HDTV and Blu-ray player? Yes, you do! This summer will see the release of “The BBC High-Definition Natural History Collection,” a collection of some of the best high-def nature programming money can buy. The collection has a few episodes from series like “Planet Earth” (which is amazing, by the way), “Galapagos” and… Read More

  • Flexible silicone keyboard also features VOIP phone

    Well look at that. We’ve seen flexible keyboards and we’ve seen keyboards with VOIP phones attached to them, but here’s a flexible keyboard with a VOIP phone. Now that, my friends, is convergence. This product, like the USB air purifier from earlier today, is also from Brando, who says in broken English… USB Internet Phone Flexible Keyboard, which is strong, silent… Read More

  • TechMeme Finally Adds Search

    Tech news site TechMeme launched on September 12, 2005. It was an immediate hit and remains the most important blog news aggregator: Dan Farber wrote perhaps the best description of the site to date, back in 2007: “TechMeme provides a one-page, aggregated, filtered, archiveable summary in near real-time of what is new and generating conversation.” But right from the start people… Read More

  • Hulu Shares Usage Stats, Expands Distribution Network

    Hulu, the online joint video venture between NBC and News Corp that officially launched two months ago, is sharing some stats on its viewership. According to the Nielsen Net Ratings, Hulu led all network sites in total video streams and overall engagement time in April. Hulu users are streaming over 63 million videos and, on average, are watching over two hours of video per month each. Hulu is… Read More

  • Korea and Japan to get some iPhone love?

    Cell phones have always been one of those things that people remain convinced are just omg-so-much-better in Japan. They never know exactly what is better about them, of course – just that they’re in Japan, and as such do a bunch of ridiculous stuff US cell phones won’t be doing for years. While this held true throughout the 90s (and perhaps even the early 2000s), it’s… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Good luck finding a copy of Wii Fit

    Surprising no one, Wii Fit looks to be in short supply this launch week. Get a good one. The exercise “game,” which was released yesterday at the Nintendo World Store in New York amid much Internet confusion—but we thought that was the nationwide release date?—is now scheduled to come out tomorrow for the rest of the country. But good luck finding a copy, as online… Read More

  • BBC's Sound Index is good, but we won't get the data

    The BBC’s SoundIndex, currently in beta, lists the top 1,000 artists based on discussions crawled from Bebo, Last.fm, Google Groups, iTunes, MySpace and YouTube. The top five bands according to SoundIndex right now are Coldplay, Rihanna, The Ting Tings, Duffy and Mariah Carey, but the index is refreshed every six hours and you can also drill down to more long tail content by creating… Read More

  • America loves to use cellphones while driving!

    Some 80 percent of Americans use their cellphone while driving (100 percent of people on the 7 train do so as well), and you know why? Because “social etiquette” demands that people be in constant contact with each other, so people feel pressured to responds immediately to text messages and phone calls. That’s what a national insurance agency, Nationwide, found in taking a… Read More

  • USB-powered ionizer fan is perfect for polluted desks

    Is your cubicle located on top of a pile of garbage? If so, you might want this USB-powered air purifier. The product’s manufacturer, Brando, says “We are surrounded by polluted air every day. Wherever you may be, you will be breathing in the nasty polluted air.” Gee, that’s inspiring. So what should I do, Brando? Got any bright ideas? “This USB Ionizer Fan with… Read More

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