• Sidekick LX getting A2DP

    I’m beginning to wonder whether or not I really want to switch back to the Sidekick after spending the last few months with the Curve. I can’t handle these tiny upgrades that should have been there to begin with. Nevertheless, Sidekick LX owners will be getting A2DP during the next OTA says Hiptop3. Read More

  • Urwerk's air-powered watch: Seriously, WTF

    I’m sad to report that uber-horology has jumped the shark. This example of a concept by Urwerk proves that watchmakers are basically putting slips of paper into a hat (“tourbillon,” “digital,” “goat-powered”) and picking out permutations to sell. In this case they picked a random number, say $200,000, and said their “wind-powered”… Read More

  • XNA Game Studio on the Zune could be sweet

    I’m hanging out at Microsoft with all the Zunatics here, and they’ve just made an interesting announcement regarding games on the Zune. If you’ll take a moment to look at your Zune, I think you’ll find there are, fact, no games at all. Well, they’re looking to change that – the guys here are creating a really robust game development suite that will have… Read More

  • Locking down laptops from the TSACustoms

    Thanks to the wisdom of Homeland Security and customs, travellers may now be asked to allow screeners access to your laptops when you fly. While this is pretty shitty for obvious reasons, CNET is offering some advice on how to stop the lads from finding all your homemade tentacle anime. 1. Before going on any international trip, back up all of your important and potentially… Read More

  • Allen & Co. Pitching LinkedIn At $1 Billion

    Allen & Co. Managing Director Dave Wehner is out pitching a LinkedIn venture capital round at a whopping $1 billion valuation, multiple sources say. This is a story we’ve been working on and isn’t fully baked yet, but VentureBeat started speculating about a potential buyout and so we’re going with what we have now. Wehner is one of the senior guys at Allen & Co. Read More

  • SI Teams With MIT Blackjack Ace to Make Facebook Apps

    You already know Jeff Ma’s story. He’s the guy who led a team of MIT students to fame and fortune by counting cards at some of Vegas’s biggest casinos (the movie 21 is based on him, as is the novel Bringing Down the House). Now, Ma’s company Citizen Sports has teamed up with Sports Illustrated to bring a set of feature-rich fantasy sports apps to Facebook that Ma… Read More

  • OH NOES! RoboCup not in China this year!

    RoboCup lovers better get on the phone with China Air because they canceled the RoboCup in July of this year and will be possibly changing the venue, although nothing is definite. They cited “Olympics related issues,” which I suspect is code for “chance of robocup participants waving flags saying ‘Free Tibet.'” Dear all, Due to the Olympic related issues, the… Read More

  • CrunchGear/TechCrunch Berlin Meet-up

    How’s this for some fun. We’re planning a CG/TC meet-up in Berlin to match the one we’re having in Prague and I’d like to get some tentative numbers for attendance. Head over to to Facebook or email john@crunchgear.com with the subject line “BERLIN ME” if you’re interested. We’d hold the event on Monday, June 9 at about 7pm at a location to… Read More

  • Sprint looking to rid itself of Nextel, DT waiting in the wings

    Oh boy. As if Sprint didn’t have enough on its plate. The WSJ is reporting that Sprint is looking to spin off or sell Nextel, which is a clear-cut sign that their $35 billion acquisition is a bona fide disaster. The Nextel network lost roughly 3.4 million subscribers from 2006 to 2007. Their current subscriber base is around 13.2 million, but those close to the matter believe that… Read More

  • CrunchGear/TechCrunch Meet-up: The Documentary

    The kind folks at Jumpoff.tv filmed our CG/TC event in New York last week and he just sent us the footage. If you were there and had a company, you’re probably mentioned so take a look. Thanks to the guys at JumpOff for the hook up. Their site is dedicated to hip hop, entertainment, and, presumably, pasty men in khakis. Read More

  • Real-life dolphin now swims majestically with artificial tail

    Apparently you can fit animals with all sorts of prosthetics these days. Take this dolphin, which got its tail caught in a crab trap two years ago. For two years the dolphin, Winter, couldn’t swim. Now, however! The artificial tail took several months to complete, but now Winter is almost good as new. Why do I bring this up? Because it’s science-related and everyone loves dolphins. Read More

  • Video: Preview of The Force Unleashed

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/x5ad6q This is a great preview video for the forthcoming Star Wars game The Force Unleashed. It shows that not only does the game look like it’s going to be awesome, it demonstrates the different capabilities that the different platforms it’s made for have. If you like Star Wars or games, watch it. Read More

  • Microsoft denies Blu-ray rumors, again

    Last week the ED was reporting that Pegatron had sealed a deal with Microsoft to build Xbox 360 units with Blu-ray drives and today Microsoft, once again, denied the rumors that they would introduce a BD-R Xbox 360. Will this ever end? “As we have stated, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-ray drive for Xbox 360,” said a Microsoft official in an email to GamePro on Monday. Read More

  • Sony demos tiny fuel cell with 14-hour charge

    I hate batteries, but I love fuel cells. At some point in the near future the technology will do as promised, giving us hours of clean energy for our portable gear. Sadly, they’re still too big to be practical, but Sony’s working on the problem, and has this nifty palm-sized fuel cell to show for it. It’s a methanol-based unit, and can provide up to 14 hours of charge for… Read More

  • New York law targets streetside pirates, not P2P ones

    New York state has set its sights on pirates. No, not the P2P kind like John and I, but the guys down on Canal Street selling bootleg movies hours after a film’s theatrical premiere. The patriotically named “Piracy Protection Act,” if passed, will slap up to a $1,000 fine on first-time offenders, who also risk a one-year jail sentence. That seems slightly excessive, I think. Read More

  • Jammed Shut: Google Is Worried What Verizon Might Have For Future Customers Behind Door No. 2

    During the FCC’s recent auctions of the 700MHz wireless spectrum, Google risked owing the government slightly more than $4.6 billion simply to ensure that the open access rules it fought for would be imposed on whoever won. Verizon won, and now it must allow allow any device and any application to run on the future wireless broadband network it will build on top of that spectrum. Or… Read More

  • Hotmail Users Can Now Improve the World Effortlessly

    Microsoft’s i’m Initiative, which launched in March 2007, has expanded to include Hotmail. The program donates a portion of the ad revenue generated through Hotmail and Messenger to any of ten worthwhile causes. I like the basic premise behind the i’m initiative – it’s an opt-in and fairly unintrusive service that just puts an extra i’m-specific… Read More

  • Rumor: Chinese text entry in iPhone on the way?

    Now this is pretty cool. Build 5A258f of the new iPhone firmware will include Chinese input methods using handwriting recognition. Sadly, this only works with Chinese and not Japanese or even English. Chinese iPhone soon? I’d bet on it. Read More

  • Bloops: No more free AT&T Wi-Fi in Starbucks

    MacRumors is reporting that the free AT&T Wi-Fi is now gone at locations that had been verified earlier. No one knows if this was intentional or not but someone pulled a plug somewhere. Maybe it’s planned as something to head off the 3G iPhone? Read More

  • Instinct vs. iPhone: FIGHT

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/886663&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ Sprint is getting ready for the fight of its life with the Samsung Instinct. While I actually like the Instinct, they’re trying to take Stevie head… Read More

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