• Plazes Regroups, Learns From Twitter


    Plazes, headquartered in Zurich and Berlin, is a social community that connects you and your friends to the places you spend your time. They’ve been around for a while (we profiled Plazes on the day TechCrunch launched in June 2005), and they recently raised €2.7 million in a venture round. Plazes lets users tell others where they are and what they are up to. Currently, users have… Read More

  • Video Game Sales Rise 20 Percent

    Last month video game sales jumped up 20 percent, a sharp increase over previous months. The reason for such a spike in the video game market? Nintendo. With the release of new Pokemon games and Wii sales still going strong, Nintendo took the lead for April, selling 360,000 Wii units to 14-year-olds around the country. Sony and Microsoft also contributed to the $839 million worth of hardware… Read More

  • Gnarly Alarm Clock Has Light Instead of Buzzer to Wake You Up

    It’s no Clocky, but this alarm clock innovates in a way that’s charming in and of itself. Rather than just having an annoying buzzer, not unlike the sound of creeping death to wake you up, it has a big, red, flashing light. Put it close enough to you and the pulsing redness is supposed to do enough to wake you, and only you, up. And yes, it also has an annoying buzzer. I like… Read More

  • Missing Girl Website Gets Millions Of Hits

    Poor Madeleine McCann has been missing since May 3, when she was taken from her hotel resort in Portugal. Since her abduction, supporters have set up a Web site, www.findmadeleine.com, in an effort to spread the news. Appeal posters and an e-mail chain letter are available from the site for people who want to help out. Normally, chain letters are usually ignored and do no good to helping… Read More

  • Mini Desktop Filing Cabinet Brings Back CES Woes

    Every trade show we attend, we’re swarmed by people in the industry throwing their cards at us like shurikens. After the first 50 or so, you start accumulating a little pile on your work desk and then 6 months down the road, your desk is littered by tons of cards from PR people, manufacturers, R&D guys, and those little cards people flick in your face in Vegas with hookers on them. Read More

  • Former Disney CEO Sees Minute and a Half Programming

    Can you spare about 90-seconds to watch something on mobile phone? If so former Disney CEO Michael Eisner might just have something to fill that minute and a half. mocoNews is reporting that Eisner’s new company Yuguru has plans to create a new series, titled Prom Queen, which would be delivered over some online video stores and via Verizon’s Vcast service. Speaking at Sign On… Read More

  • The Most Convenient Bank Offers Mobile Version

    Commerce Bank, which bills itself as America’s Most Convenient Bank, has launched a Virtual Private Bank reports Mobile Weblog, making it the first Web-based private banking platform. Commerce customers will be able to access their accounts from PDA smartphones such as a Blackberry or Treo, or the upcoming iPhone. According to the company’s press release, “this technology… Read More

  • The AudioFile: The Beat of a Different DRM


    Is the recording industry officially losing control over digital music? And more importantly, what new restrictions will it use to combat the rampant piracy that’s sure to follow? Also: Digital music still has one major drawback: no resale market. But imagine there was a way to capitalize on the potential for used MP3s…. Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson Prototyped Leaked

    A new Sony-Ericsson model has appeared on a Polish auction site and the phone is looking quite handsome. The seller lists the phone as a “Sony X123i”, which sounds to us like a prototype model or a completely made up name. Apparently, the phone is set to be the successor to the W850 and we like what we see. Specs on this orangey-red slider include a 16.7 million color LCD, 3G… Read More

  • AMD Preps Its Own Notebook Chipset, Due Mid-2008

    All the Santa Rosa news must have annoyed AMD and now it’s coming out a notebook chip platform of its own, code named Puma. The platform will consist of processors, GPUs and technologies, all of which are being configured to optimize battery and video performance. Puma’s still a ways away, with the first notebooks that use it coming out in mid-2008. Read More

  • Exclusive New Transformers Trailer Available

    We here at the CG are very excited for the upcoming Transformers film. Unfortunately, the past two trailers the studio has been showing are just not that great and really don’t give you a good feel for the movie. But now, thanks to Michael Bay and Yahoo!, an exclusive trailer has been put up on Yahoo! Movies in 480p, 720p, and frickin’ 1080p if you need to wake up your eyes a bit. Read More

  • 3jam Widget for Web to Mobile

    Need to send and receive text messages from the Web to SMS? Tyler let us know about a nifty little tool from 3jam. This new widget lets you exchange messages, but you don’t even have to give out your mobile number. By putting the free widget on your Web page you can send and receive messages to your mobile, which still remains completely masked. 3jam Launches a Web Widget! [via Tylersworld] Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Popfly: Mashup App Creator Built On Silverlight

    Microsoft will announce the private beta launch of Popfly this morning, a new Silverlight application that allows users to create mashups, widgets and other applications using a very cool and easy to use web-based graphical interface. We previously covered the launch of Yahoo Pipes and compared five different applications that let you mix data and build applications online. At the time we… Read More

  • Microsoft Pays $6 billion for aQuantive: Massive Ad Network Consolidation Is Occuring

    Breaking: Microsoft is acquiring advertising network aQuantive, the parent company to Avenue A | Razorfish, Atlas and DRIVEpm, for roughly $6 billion in an all-cash transaction, the company said this morning. aQuantive is a public company (AQNT) and had a market cap of just $2.8 billion as of yesterday. The acquisition price of $6 billion is a roughly 2x premium on yesterday’s closing… Read More

  • Lenovo Tablet PC with Santa Rosa

    The Lenovo ThinkPad X61 tablet PC was accidently leaked and the specs look pretty tempting. Not only does it have the latest Intel processor, Santa Rose, it also includes a few other things you might want in a tablet PC. An Intel GMA X3100 graphics card isn’t too shabby nor the 2GB of RAM, 160GB HDD, Bluetooth, Fingerprint scanner or the 802.11 a/b/g/n. Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC… Read More

  • TalentSpring Aims To Disrupt Resume Marketplace

    Seattle based TalentSpring launches today with a unique product that has the potential to disrupt the online resume marketplace. Headed by former Windows Live Development Leader Bryan Starbuck and Andrew Boardman, TalentSpring brings the ideals behind social voting sites such as Digg to the resume marketplace. But it would be unfair to compare the service to Digg and its army of clones… Read More

  • HP Shipping LCD and Plasmas on the Cheap

    The HP TVs we saw back at CES are finally shipping and it’s a good thing because I’m actually looking for a new HDTV and HP has a 1080p LCD TV in the line-up. Sweet. A nice mix of 720p and 1080p is being offered at reasonable prices and most come with three HDMI ports. You can’t really ask for much more at the prices they’re being sold for. Read More

  • HP LED Notebooks On The Way


    Move over Apple and you too, Dell. HP is coming out with a line of laptops with LEDs before all you suckers. AUP and CMO are to begin shipping 12.1-inch panels to HP for laptops that will begin shipping Q3. Sources say Dell is slated to begin manufacturing and shipping LED notebooks sometime after HP. So when is Apple jumping on board? Digi Times Read More

  • JVC Announces Three Second Generation HDTVs

    Earlier today JVC announced its second-generation Clear Motion Drive high-speed LCD HDTVs. Keep in mind that JVC was the first to introduce this technology with a 120Hz refresh rate last year. So, come Fall, the new sets will be kickin’ out the jams like nobody’s business. CMD II isn’t the only bump in performance you’ll notice with the second-generation sets. The HD… Read More

  • Microsoft Fights Back Against Xbox Hackers

    It’s a good thing my Xbox 360 isn’t connected to the interwebs or else I’d be getting the above message. I’m not lying when I say I’d cry…a lot. It was only a matter of time before Microsoft put their foot down and punished all the hackers/modders, but it sucks all the same. The next time your modded console connects to Live it will be automatically banned and… Read More