• Best startups this year?

    I’m prepping a post about the best tech startups this year. I’ll be dividing it into three categories: UK, Irish and European (as in, continental Europe). The idea is to look at both web and mobile startups which are doing interesting things. As part of my research I thought I’d ask TechCrunch UK readers for your thoughts. Obviously I’m sure you’ll agree that… Read More

  • O'Neill ensures skiiers, snowboarders will never get lost

    The Europeans always get the cool gear before everyone else and it pisses me off. Take, for example, the O’Neill NavJacket. Not only does it include a GPS module to help you get back to that snow bunny, it also has an integrated display on the sleeve and audible instructions that are pumped through the hood. Pretty good, eh? Wanna know what else it can tell you? How about the speed… Read More

  • MAXRoam secures high-street distribution

    Irish telecoms startup Cubic Telecom, which launched the MAXroam SIM card aimed at roaming travellers, has struck a distribution deal for the UK and Ireland through the high street electronics chain Maplins. MAXroam uses local, in-country numbers, effectively making all global calls local calls. Customers are given a local number in their home country and another local number in the country… Read More

  • Palm drops monster update for Treo 680; IM, PTT, other acronyms added

    Regular readers will know that I’m a big supporter of the Palm Treo line of smartphones. They’re a good mix of form factor, usability, and price. They do all the things you need a smartphone to do, and they have lots of amazing games. And if you’re a user of a Treo 680 on AT&T, today is an early Xmas, as the much anticipated software upgrade just hit. And this… Read More

  • Author HD DVDs with your Xbox 360

    Microsoft has released a handy little program for people who don’t want to buy those multi-thousand dollar HD DVD authoring workstations. I don’t think there are too many people making HD DVDs who can’t afford them, but this is a useful little thing anyway. Basically, you hook up your 360 to your PC, and the HD DVD Emulator you just installed lets you test for conflicts… Read More

  • Bebo launches open apps platform

    Bebo is opening its site to outside programmers to encourage the development of third-party applications. It’s Open Application Platform launch last night coincided with the announcement of partnerships with more than 40 developers to date who have created applications from music and movies to gameplay and photo sharing. Among the many US partners are European startup success story Last.fm. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: NBA 08 (PS3 version) for $29.99

    Hey look! That’s a really good deal for a PlayStation 3 game, right? It’s NBA 08, featuring basketball! Never mind that GameSpot.com said that it’s "better than last year’s game, but it’s still not worth playing." That’s just a figure of speech for "it’d be worth buying if it was under $30" or something similar to that. Makes a… Read More

  • Mobile Browser Showdown: N95's Opera vs iPhone's Safari. Winner: Opera

    There has been some dispute over the speed of the browsers on these next-gen phones. N95 users say that the 3G connection makes all the difference, iPhone users say EDGE is just fine when you’ve got a great app like Safari. As it turns out, they seem to go at about the same speed in their natural habitats, but when you throw a 3rd-party browser into the mix, it’s all over. Opera… Read More

  • NVIDIA adds one more graphics card to your rig

    Sure, why not? NVIDIA’s just announced 3-way SLI and is now one step closer to having your entire case filled with video cards. According to the company, "Now hot, new, graphics-intensive titles, such as Call of Duty 4, Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, and Unreal Tournament 3, can be played at the highest resolution possible, with all the graphics… Read More

  • The Orientation: WiMAX

    Welcome to the first installment of CrunchGear’s The Orientation. This is a new weekly column where we take some of the gadgets, technologies, and concepts of the tech world and make it easily digestible to those who might find some of it to be over their heads. Most of us surf the Web over Wi-Fi on a DSL network or cable modem, and if you’re really unlucky then you’re still… Read More

  • Asus going green – or beige, whatever color bamboo is

    Asus is, I think, a good company – last week they revealed that they don’t care if you crack open their products, and now they’re revealing a new line of laptops in line with a more eco-friendly philosophy. They’re replacing the bulk of the case with bamboo instead of using PVC or other difficult-to-dispose-of materials. Other companies, like Dell and Apple, have pledged… Read More

  • Flickr Adds Stats To Photo Pro Accounts

    Flickr has provided an attractive place to show off your photos and get constructive feedback from the community. However, their advanced comment and tagging system leaves out the vast number of people that simply peruse the site. But today Flickr unlocked those stats for Pro users. Earlier this year Flickr whetted our appetite for stats when they released numbers on what kinds of cameras are… Read More

  • Google Answers Stirs Zombie-Like as Google Q&A

    One of the few triumphs Yahoo has had over Google in the past few years is Yahoo Answers, which is one of Yahoo’s fastest-growing properties. Meanwhile, the more academic (and lumbering) Google Answers was shut down in 2006 when Google figured out that nobody wants to pay “researchers” to do Google searches for them. Some of those researchers went on to start UClue. But now… Read More

  • Canadian man gets $85,000 phone bill

    Awwwwwwww dude. That sucks, man. Poor Piotr Staniaszek (not pictured left). He hooked his $10-per-month unlimited mobile browser phone up to his computer and used it for his Internet service and got a big fat bill for $85,000 in the mail. The worst part? Bell Mobility just let him keep racking up the charges. "The thing is, they’ve cut my phone off for being like $100 over. Read More

  • Activision being a punk, won't let you use Guitar Hero guitars with PS3 Rock Band

    Harmonix, who makes the Rock Band guitar controller, created a compatibility patch a couple weeks ago that would allow you to use 3rd party controllers, including Guitar Hero’s guitar, on the PS3 version of their game. Unfortunately, Activision “objected” to the patch and it’s been on ice for two weeks. I’m not sure what they’re getting out of blocking… Read More

  • Fünde Razor raises over $5K for Child's Play charity


    They raffled off these cube things. Some unappreciative jerk won them. Child’s Play, the children’s charity started by the guys over at Penny-Arcade, raised well over $5,000 at last night Fünde Razor events. Held in Denver and New York, Fünde Razor collected $10 per person, thus gaining said persons the right to rock out to Rock Band. I was at the New York event and while I… Read More

  • While You Are Reading About The Steroids Report, Here Are Some Related Products You Might Enjoy

    The problem with automated advertising on news sites has always been the placing of inappropriate ads next to serious news issues. Take today’s report on steroid use in baseball. For at least a brief period, the story on CNN.com was matched with these “Ads by Google” shown at right trying to sell you the very steroids that the baseball commission is so upset… Read More

  • Zune, Apple TV make Popular Mechanics' worst-of-the-year list

    What are some of the worst gadgets from this past year, according to Popular Mechanics? You’ll be delighted and/or outraged to know that the Zune and Apple TV made the list. The Pleo dinosaur thing also made the list even though it’s not out yet, along with the non-existent Palm Foleo, the creepy looking rabbit monster on the left there, and a myriad of home improvement tools… Read More

  • Simkl Keeps Record of Your IM Conversations Online

    A new service called Simkl History Saver, still in private beta, will keep a running log of all your instant messaging conversations and allow you to access that log via the service’s website wherever you go. Simkl currently only works with desktop IM clients (albeit many of them, such as AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and ICQ – see the full list on the homepage). Setup is fairly simple, although… Read More

  • John Biggs' Holiday Gift Guide: Bringing it all back home

    Come back with me to a simpler time. It was twenty years ago, I was about 12, and the coolest stuff I owned was a huge set of G.I. Joe figures and, as I recall, an NES. I was late to the video game party mostly because I used my Atari 800XL a lot at the time and I recall getting the Bridgelayer vehicle and, that year, a few NES games. I could spend hours setting up my guys in battle formation… Read More

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