• Researchers at Berkley create invisibility cloak

    There have been talks about a Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak for years and now a group of researchers at Berkley have constructed a material that can bend light around 3D objects. The disappearing act (light bending effect) is essentially the same effect (reversing refraction) that makes straws in water appear as though they are bent. The material, which doesn’t occur in nature… Read More

  • WWE Superstar Randy Orton wants to see *more* violence in video games

    WWE Superstar Randy Orton wants to see more violence in video games, arguing that movie violence is far more detrimental to young kids than something like Grand Theft Auto. Yup, the pro wrestler recently defended our favorite pastime in an interview with Eurogamer, saying: Violence sells. I want to see more violence in games – the more blood the better…. The violence [in… Read More

  • DEMO v. TechCrunch50 Takes A Nasty Turn With Charges Of Plagiarism

    We are heads down preparing for the upcoming TechCrunch50 Conference in San Francisco, where we’ll feature fifty newly launched startups and products to an audience of over 1,500 investors, press, entrepreneurs and others who are passionate about startups. Each of the launching startups attend the event for free and do not pay any fees at all to be on stage. We’ve been spending… Read More

  • T-Mobile planning an open app store?

    Word on the street it that T-Mobile USA is planning a more ‘open’ approach to applications; the carrier is said to be working on something similar to Apple’s app store for the iPhone, but for handsets across its line-up. That’s 31.5 million T-Mobile subscribers to the 10 million iPhone users Apple expects to have by year’s end. Read more Read More

  • VIA quitting the third-party motherboard business

    Looks like the motherboard business has lost its luster for VIA. Custom PC is reporting that VIA "sees no future in making chipsets for third parties such as Intel and AMD." A VIA rep said that one of the main reasons the company moved into the processor business was because it saw the third-party chipset business becoming less important against providing a complete all-in-one platform. Read More

  • T-Mobile planning an open app store?

    Word on the street it that T-Mobile USA is planning on taking a more ‘open’ approach to applications; the carrier is said to be working on something similar to Apple’s app store for the iPhone, but for handsets across its line-up. That’s 31.5 million T-Mobile USA subscribers to the 10 million iPhone users Apple expects to have by year’s end. Reported details of… Read More

  • Doug is on Cincinnati's 700WLW right now

    Doug is on Cincinnati’s 700WLW right now and streaming live. Listen to him talk. Read More

  • iPhone 3G unlocked? [UPDATED]

    http://qik.com/player2.swf?streamname=c89c603b836b45388abe59bfaeb7191d&vid=155737&playback=false&polling=false&user=patphelan&displayname=patphelan&safelink=patphelan&userlock=true&islive=&username=anonymous I’m getting the dirt on this right now but it seems that Pat Phelan of MaxRoam just unlocked his iPhone 3G and will be giving away the… Read More

  • Patent holding firm files suit against Apple, Palm, RIM

    WiAV Solutions, a patent holding firm that doesn’t actually make anything from its proprietary technology, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Apple, Palm and Research In Motion have violated as many as 10 patents relating to GSM technology. WiAV solutions only owns two of the ten patents in question and ‘exclusively’ licenses the other eight from Mindspeed; as part of its… Read More

  • German researchers develop "EmoGlove" to simplify software testing

    A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research in Germany developed a sensor glove that is supposed to help companies evaluate the quality of software applications. Bodo Urban, the head of the 25 researchers involved in the project, says his basic goal is to improve the relation between man and machine with the so-called EmoGlove. The technology helps to track… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: AT&T Tilt for free with contract

    LetsTalk.com has a good deal on the AT&T Tilt — free! You’ll need to lock yourself into a two-year contract but if you do, you’ll save $324.99. There aren’t any mail-in rebates, either, it’s zero bucks out the door. You’ll also get a free 1GB MicroSD card and free shipping. The Tilt has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, GPS, Push-to-Talk, WinMo 6… Read More

  • Oh, a rumor: Apple to add dedicated Quicktime encoder/decoder ship to next Macs

    Sweet, juicy gossip from Silicon Alley Insider this morning. A “tipster” told the site that Apple is working on a dedicated hardware Quicktime encoder/decoder for future Macs. (Is that Apple’s big secret? Probably not, we guess.) Such a dedicated chip would take some of the load off the CPU. All that would mean to the average user is faster, smoother playback, especially of… Read More

  • AirBed And Breakfast Takes Pad Crashing To A Whole New Level

    Can’t find a hotel for TechCrunch50 or the next conference you are going to? If you don’t mind roughing it, try AirBed and Breakfast. Anyone with an airbed (or couch) can “post a room” and how much it costs. Thrifty travelers can make reservations on the site and pay for the stay. The site is spare but it does the job (it was pulled together for less than $20,000 in… Read More

  • New technology lets visually impaired people sing karaoke, too

    Two companies from the motherland of Karaoke, Japan, partnered up to develop a new Karaoke system that is tailor-made to meet the demands of the blind and visually impaired. Tokyo-based Nippon Telesoft and Xing from Nagoya will release the machine this fall. It’s Japan-only at this point but Nippon Telesoft has set up a dedicated English homepage for the product (which means a lot here… Read More

  • Startup in the sticks – Top 10 tips on how to be an isolated Entrepreneur in the UK

    The following is a guest post by Richard Marshall, founder and CTO of Rapid Mobile Media. London may be the sprawling heavyweight centre of the business universe, but not everybody wants to live there. There are sound economic factors for locating your business somewhere with lower costs and less pressure on staff. Yet the sad fact remains that most of your customers and best contacts will be… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Set Controls for the Heart of the Sun

    We begin our 10 Days of CrunchGear giveaway with the Solio Classic Charger, a super cool way to keep your gear charged on the go. Just stick this thing in the sun (Note: The bright ball in the sky) and charge your iPods, cellphones, and other gadgetry. Solio: Solio Classic Charger
    Plug into the Sun and never get stuck again without power!
    ·         Works with most mobile phones… Read More

  • Video: I Am Rich (and you can download it)

    Want to see I Am Rich in action? Sure, OK. You can download a cracked version here, being rich not required. Read More

  • Kyosho rolls out new indoor model chopper

    Kyosho is presenting a new model chopper for indoor use, which will go on sale in Japan at the beginning of September. The company is also present in the US (as Kyosho America). Their web site even features the Minium AD Caliber 120 Readyset already but price or availability for the US market are unknown at this point. The radio-controlled model plane (4-channel, 2.4 GHz) can be safely used… Read More

  • Video: Installing a game onto the Xbox 360 hard drive

    One of the many boring announcements made by Microsoft at E3 last month was that, with the next Dashboard update, users will be able to install games to the Xbox 360’s hard drive. This video shows someone doing just that, installing Grand Theft Auto IV to the console’s hard drive. You’ll note at the end how the Xbox still asks you to insert the game disc. That rules out… Read More

  • Next-gen Intel processors to be called Intel Core i7

    The next round of Intel processors have officially been named Intel Core. The very next round of processors, previously codenamed Nehalem, will go by the name Intel Core i7. As always, model numbers will be used to differentiate the different chips. Yes, there will still be an Extreme Edition, which is the one on the right up there. Useful, perhaps, for those of you trying to play Crysis at… Read More

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