• First kid to unlock iPhone unlocks it again

    George Hotz, aka Geohot, aka the kid that unlocked the iPhone way back when, aka the kid that traded an unlocked iPhone for three regular iPhones and a Nissan 350Z is at it again. This time instead of merely unlocking the iPhone, he’s unlocked the iPhone for the second time. For round two of iPhone Unlock Fest 07-08, Hotz found a very high vulnerable memory register and manhandled it… Read More

  • Spottt Reincarnates LinkExchange

    Spottt, which went into private beta at TechCrunch40, launches to the public today. The product is part of the Adbrite advertising network, but is being run as a separate brand. It is a reincarnation of sorts of LinkExchange, an advertising network that launched in the mid nineties and was later acquired by Microsoft in 1998 for $265 million. LinkExchange co-founder Tony Hsieh (also the CEO… Read More

  • iPhone getting Flash support soon?

    According to a Gear Live report, Apple iPhone users — and presumably iPod Touch users — will soon be able to enjoy Flash content on their respective devices. Gear Live speculates “that it would be pretty convenient for Flash support to be introduced alongside the iPhone SDK,” so that’s when we might expect to see it introduced. According to the article, Flash… Read More

  • The Point Organizes a $4.8 Million Series A For Itself

    After raising $2.5 million from angel investors last year, social activism and campaign-organizing site The Point has closed a $4.8 million series A financing from New Enterprise Associates. The idea behind the site is to create campaigns around social action—it could be donating to a political candidate, boycotting a company’s products, or simply organizing a meetup—but… Read More

  • Microsoft calls Yahoo! decision 'unfortunate'

    Ah, this sounds like when you were a kid and you did something so bad that your parents weren’t mad, they were just “really disappointed.” Looks like Microsoft is laying down a nice little guilt trip for Yahoo! in a recent press release, saying “It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies.” It also appears… Read More

  • JCB Toughphone

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=jcb.flv Need a phone for your next manure-picking-up job? Have we got one for you. It’s the JCB Toughphone. They’re selling it in the UK right now and there’s a 3 year warranty and IP54 rating for splash, shock, drop, and dust resistance. It has up to 4 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby. Fun Fact #1: I just realized… Read More

  • Yahoo Confirms Maven Networks Acquisition

    Yahoo has acquired video publishing platform Maven Networks for $160 million. We were the first to report the deal the day the papers were signed, on January 31. The next day, Microsoft announced its bombshell offer for Yahoo, which probably delayed the announcement of this smaller acquisition. Everyone at Yahoo has been a little bit preoccupied. Yahoo will use Maven’s technology to… Read More

  • Yet another outage hits BlackBerry: Smart to depend so heavily on RIM?

    [photopress:blackberryoutage.jpg,full,center] What’s up with RIM? What’s up with BlackBerry? And how wise is it to rely so much on the device? BlackBerry service went out yesterday for several hours, affecting both Canadian and American users across all sorts of carriers. Rogers Wireless, AT&T and Sprint all experience a BlackBerry failure, with no e-mails being processed by RIM. Read More

  • Another show, another set of Golla bags

    We see Golla at almost every show and they keep showing off nicely designed cases and bags for laptops and mobile gear. Now they have a new line of backpacks and some sleeves for different sized laptops — up to 17 inches. They don’t quite fit in with the little booths selling “unified mobile development platforms” but it’s nice to see a bit of color. Product Page Read More

  • Building a Killer Web App In 45 Minutes

    If you could gather together some of the smartest Web developers and ask them to brainstorm a killer app for you, what would you ask them to build? Oh, and they will only have 45 minutes to do it. That is the task set for me at the upcoming Future of Web Apps conference in Miami (Feb. 28 to March 1). I will be moderating a panel that will include Kevin Rose of Digg, Matt Mullenweg of… Read More

  • Solio Magnesium and Hybrid

    Fans of the solar powered Solio chargers will be pleased to note that the new Magnesium model will now power your laptops iPods and other low-power goodies and the Hybrid has a dual charging method which includes solar and wall power. The Magnesium costs $199 and the Hybrid costs $79.99. You may now go back to your granola-making… Read More

  • 3G iPhone within six months says subprime-ravaged Citibank

    [photopress:citiphone.jpg,full,center] Given the bank’s top notch performance during that whole subprime thing, would you trust Citibank’s opinion on anything these days? One of its fancy pants analysts has officially predicted that Apple will release a 3G iPhone sometime in the next six months, citing low inventory of the current model and high demand for a 3G phone in Europe. Read More

  • Nokia Plays Nice With Google In Mobile Search

    Nokia is partially embracing Google by agreeing to put Google’s mobile search on some of its phones. It already ships phones with mobile search from Yahoo and Microsoft, so this isn’t that big a deal. But it does show that as Nokia prepares to compete with Google-based Android phones, the cell phone leader will incorporate some basic Google functionality into its own phones as… Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up – UPDATE

    We will hold tomorrow’s TC/CG/MC meet-up at the Cafe del Sol, Av Paral.lel 182, right down the street from the Fira. I’ve received quite a few emails already but RSVP with the subject line “BCN MEET-UP” to john @ crunchgear.com so I can put together a head count. Apparently a bunch of strangers in a law office wasn’t quite a good idea so I moved it to a… Read More

  • VoiceOnTheGo: Do everything over your phone

    I’ll have to try this out when I get home but it seems like a fairly compelling solution. Basically it’s a text-to-voice system that translates all of your emails and some RSS feeds to voice. You call a number and it will start reading you your messages while you drive or are otherwise occupied and it supports most enterprise systems like Outlook and Domino. You can also reply… Read More

  • Hands on with LG's great big shining stars

    Here we have the KF700 and KF600 in all their haptic, touchscreen glory. Can we expect these stateside? Probably not, but it’s nice to know we can drool. Oh, and the “watch phone” was there for all to ogle and shoot. Both phones are very slick and very dark, a massive change from their “Shine” movement of a few years ago. Read More

  • The Ladies of MWC Caption Contest

    Friends, welcome to the MWC 2008 caption contest featuring the SeaBees of the conference floor. The picture is sadly a bit dark but I’m sure you can make out their jaunty uniforms and sassy smiles. What, then, should we caption this image. The best entry, left in comments and judged by the CG staff, gets an Jawbone Bluetooth headset. Start captioning! The contest closes tomorrow at noon EST. Read More

  • Readius in the wild: Well met, old friend

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1211.JPG,full,pp_image] It’s not quite vaporware, it’s not quite ready to ship, and it’s not quite first to market anymore. But don’t we all love the Readius, Polymer Vision’s foldable e-book? I saw the old girl again awaiting shipment “later this year.” She was even next to a bunch of shipping boxes, as if the Polymer Vision… Read More

  • GPhone mauling

    Another collection of photos from my mauling of the GPhone in the wild. It’s ugly, sure, and it doesn’t work. But isn’t it… Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up – UPDATE!!

    We will hold tomorrow’s TC/CG/MC meet-up at the Cafe del Sol, Av Paral.lel 182, right down the street from the Fira. I’ve received quite a few emails already but RSVP with the subject line “BCN MEET-UP” to john @ crunchgear.com so I can put together a head count. Apparently a bunch of strangers in a law office wasn’t quite a good idea. [Map] Read More

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