• TechCrunch UK & Ireland Jobs board officially open

    After a period involving a few technical issues, I’m happy to report that the TechCrunch UK & Ireland jobs board, otherwise known as CrunchBoard, is now open for business. As a special opening offer for all advertisers, it will cost just £20 per job for the first month of its operation. After that the price will revert to £50 per job posted, so feel free to get your jobs in at… Read More

  • 7digital's Warner deal for DRM-free tracks confirms it as the UK music startup to beat

    7digital has secured the first deal to exclusively sell Warner Music’s full catalogue in the rights-free format across Europe. Customers in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Spain can now download tracks from Warner artists in DRM-free MP3, firing a shot across the bow of Apple’s iTunes store, which utterly dominates the music downloads market. 7digital now stocks 3.5m tracks… Read More

  • XM Led Zeppelin going on a break for some of this year

    [photopress:xmbyeled.jpg,full,right] The Led Zeppelin channel on XM will go silent in two days. Once Friday, March 7 rolls around, XM channel 59 will go on hiatus until later in the year. XM doesn’t say why the channel is going away, but it sorta stinks because summer is right around the corner, meaning that your local classic rock station will ignore everything but… Read More

  • Apple buys British iPhone patent. Who knew?

    Did anyone else miss that Apple computers bought a patent for the iPhone from a British company? On 3rd March 2008, Apple Computers purchased USA patent 6,956,564 from British Telecom. This British patent covers sensing technology as used in the Apple iPhone and iTouch originally invented by Lyndsay Williams for BT in 1997, in a touch sensitive computer called SmartQuill (pictured). Williams… Read More

  • UnLtdWorld turns your passion into a business

    In all the fluffy, feel-good hype surrounding the formal launch of UnLtdWorld, a new social network for ‘social entrepreneurs’ to go forth and do good in the world, one thing may have been missed. It’s explained best by founder Alberto Nardelli: “We have developed a business model for UntdWorld around premium services, access to historical and comparative research… Read More

  • Employee claims Circuit City will let you exchange your HD DVD player for Blu-ray

    [photopress:ccitybr.jpg,full,center] A little birdie wearing the red of Circuit City whispered into Giz’s ear, saying that the electronics retailer will let consumers exchange their recently purchased HD DVD player for a shiny new Blu-ray one. Only players sold within the last three months qualify—Christmas shoppers would be right on the border of qualification—and Circuit… Read More

  • Blinkx re-launches NowThen as moblogging site

    Blinkx is re-launching it’s NowThen mobile picture upload social net, which has been languishing unloved for a while, into a moblogging site to compete with the likes of moblogUK. Initially developed for internal use (er, why?) NowThen will allow users to create create friend groups and assign privacy levels to them, not unlike Fickr It has 2,000 registered users and will be heavily… Read More

  • Microsoft Mix Keynote One, Live From Las Vegas

    11:56: That’s a rap. the rumors were wrong, yet still some very impressive demonstrations and info provided. To be fair I’m not sure it needed 2 1/2 hours, but still, some interesting tech. 11:54: Weatherbug says that they tried doing this on Flash Lite and it was too expensive and hard, where as it took them only 3 weeks on Silverlight 11:53: Weatherbug demo on a Nokia… Read More

  • Irish startups aim at movie downloads… via kiosk

    Here’s an interesting one. Ireland-based PortoMedia is setting up kiosks that will let consumers download movies to a flash memory key or portable hard drive. The kiosks will be packed with hard drives that can hold 350 to 5,000 titles. Users then plug in a memory device from the company, enter a PIN code, and buy or rent a movie. When consumers get home, they simply slide the memory… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 4GB Samsung P2 PMP for $150

    [photopress:p2150.jpg,full,center] The Samsung P2 portable media player usually retails for around $200 but Buy.com has it now for $150. The 4GB model, that is. The Windows-only pmp is constantly evolving. Samsung periodically updates its firmware, adding new features with each update. So if you buy it you’re not getting merely what’s in the box. (In fact, if I remember the… Read More

  • Olympus E-420 DSLR 'world's smallest and lightest'

    Olympus has announced a new entry level DSLR camera called the Evolt E-420. The price is right — starting at $499 in May — and it’ll weigh in at well under a pound (13.4 ounces). Other features include a 2.7-inch LCD screen, ISO levels of 100 to 1600, face detection, pop-up flash, and compatibility with CompactFlash (I and II), xD cards, and Microdrives. John and Peter… Read More

  • Tobii: Eye tracking system knows just how pervy John Biggs really is

    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%2F724686&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Swedish-based Tobii had their unique eye tracking system on display at CeBIT and I have to say that it’s probably one of the coolest… Read More

  • University of Bremen's Brain-Computer Interface: The future world is here

    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%2F724668&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf A closer look at the University of Bremen’s Brain-Computer Interface which uses pulsating lights to read activity in your brain and react… Read More

  • Cool PC cases of many lands

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1449.JPG,full,pp_image] I think my Hot Pockets are ready Most of us here are MacTards but I still have a soft spot in my heart for the many cool cases I’ll never be able to use with my beloved OS X. These cases run the gamut ultra-small to bigger than Peter Ha. Our special favorites show up near the end of the slide show and include the Top Gun and the… Read More

  • Psylock: Biometrics without the sensors

    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%2F724565&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Psylock Read More

  • Dick Tracy Never Cheated on an Exam

    The age of Dick Tracy may be here, but instead of fighting crime, a student in Thailand was caught cheating on university entrance exams with a mobile phone that is worn as a wrist watch. Education Ministry officials are banning exam takers from wearing watch phones and other wristwatches. Photographs of the phone watch will be sent to exam centers around the country and students will have to… Read More

  • Yahoo Is Still Looking For A White Knight—News Corp.'s Offer Does Not Pencil Out, Neither Does AOL's

    At this point, everybody and their mother has looked at ways to scuttle Microsoft’s hostile bid for Yahoo: News Corp., AOL, Google, hedge funds. Even Barry Diller sniffed around (according to two sources), as did British Telecom and Asian investors. Some have put offers on the table. but none of them pencil out. Sources tell us that News Corp.put a variety of offers on the table… Read More

  • CrouchGear @ CeBIT Day 2

    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%2F724500&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Another day, another breathy video from your loving correspondents. Yesterday we saw our name get butchered, baby phones, and lots of ASUS stuff. Read More

  • Open Source 3-D Printing from OpenMoko

    OpenMoko, a developer of open source mobile devices, is offering its phone case CAD files to the world. With these files and a 3-D printer, anyone can make plastic parts for their mobile phone. Users will be able to customize handsets to unique specifications. “We want people to create their own flesh for their phone,” said Steve Mosher, VP of marketing at OpenMoko. OpenMoko CAD… Read More

  • The CeBIT bubble-boy

    For just 50 cents a day — the price of a cup of coffee — you can help this poor man look less like Mr. Bean. Won’t you please help? Read More

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