• Google Takes On Mechanical Turk With Translation Center

    Google does a decent job translating Web pages from other languages, but machine-based translation is still not good enough for when you need a truly accurate translation. A new service called the Google Translation Center looks like Google is making its machine-translation technologies available to human translators. If you have a document that needs translating, you can upload it and request… Read More

  • The Beijing Olympics are a trap

    The Beijing Olympics: Are They A Trap? We asked Peter Ha what this was all about and he smiled wryly and winked, inscrutably. Read More

  • Apple pulls BoxOffice app for S and G

    Another day, another capricious decision by Apple to pull a fairly innocuous application. This time it’s BoxOffice, a diabolical system for finding and displaying local movie times. Quoth the developers at Metasyntactic: Apple pulled the app yesterday without giving my any notification that they were doing it, or what their justification was for removing it. I’ve tried to contact… Read More

  • Nokia working with Remond on Zune phone?

    Word from Zunescene is that not only is Microsoft working on a Zune phone, but its getting some help from Nokia. Well, really the report says that that two are working to integrate Zune Marketplace content. But one thing could lead to another, right? Nokia doesn’t even make any Windows Mobile smartphones, so is Nokia working with Microsoft to integrate Zune’s music store with… Read More

  • German policewomen to be issued bullet-proof bras

    They have been secretly tested for 2 months and are now ready for delivery: bullet-resistant bras for 3,000 German police women who are in frontline duty. What may sound like a joke is in fact a serious safety precaution. If a female office is shot wearing just a bullet-proof vest, she can suffer from injuries sustained from metallic or plastic parts of ordinary underwear. The new bras… Read More

  • TechCrunch Event In Austin – 200 Tickets Now Available

    Update: The first batch of tickets has sold out. We will add more in the coming weeks. TechCrunch is heading South for a Meet-Up in Austin, Texas with the team from Austin Ventures. We are landing in town on Thursday, September 25 just in time for the Austin City Limits music festival. We’ll be holding a 500 person event on Thursday, similar in format to our other events around the… Read More

  • ASUS R710 HUD GPS: Who who ordered all these acronyms?

    It’s not quite Top Gun but NaviGadget takes a gander at the R710 projects a tiny read-out on your front windshield telling you general direction, speed, and distance to your next turn. The rest of the display appears on the device itself. More proof of concept than anything else, but it looks cool. Read More

  • Foxconn building 800,000 iPhones per week

    Michael at TC reports: Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics giant that produces the iPhone 3G for Apple, has ramped up production to 800,000 units per week, says a source close to Apple with direct knowledge of the numbers. This is “above current full capacity” and there may be some concerns with quality control. That adds up to about 40 million units a year, up from 6 million… Read More

  • PSA: BlackBerry e-mail service down?

    Is anyone receiving e-mails on their BlackBerry because I haven’t received an e-mail on mine since yesterday at 9:27PM EDT? Oh, I’m on T-Mobile. Read More

  • All It Takes To Inflate Your FeedBurner Numbers Is a Netvibes Account

    Feedburner hacked! from Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten on Vimeo. It is hardly surprising that FeedBurner’s subscriber numbers can be faked. What is surprising is how easy it is to do so. As the video above shows, all you need is a Netvibes account. The folks at the Next Web in Amsterdam took a blog with 43 subscribers and turned that into 2,500 overnight simply by creating an OPML file… Read More

  • Lenovo S10 unveiled, caught on video

    In the latest string of netbook offerings comes Lenovo with the S10. The LED-backlit 10.2-inch screen netbook is small, but doesn’t skimp on the features. The keyboard might be cramped for some because it’s been reduced in size by 15 percent, but what would a netbook be without a couple caveats. The S10 will come with Windows XP (for reals, Yay!), two USB ports, a 4-in-1… Read More

  • Bandai spices up (?) cult anime Ghost in the Shell, releases a new Blu-ray box

    Bandai Visual today announced [JP, PDF] that the new version of the 1995 cult anime Ghost in the Shell will be released on Blu-ray in Japan on December 19th. The MSRP for the so-called Ghost in the Shell 2.0 Blu-ray box is $210. Bandai Visual recently said [PDF] they plan to release more anime titles simultaneously in Japan and select international markets but there is no word on a US… Read More

  • 15 Year Old Entrepreneur Launches Teens In Tech

    Teenage entrepreneurs aren’t a new phenomenon in the valley – 17 year old Kristopher Tate founded Zooomr back in 2006, and Jessica Mah could call herself a serial entrepreneur by age 17. But it’s still pretty rare to see a startup founder get dropped off for work by his mother. At our August Capital event last week, I met 15 year old Daniel Brusilovsky for the first time. … Read More

  • WebVet, The "WebMD for Pets", Launches

    When you’re looking for reliable information about human medical conditions, you can always turn to health portals like WebMD, RightHealth, OrganizedWisdom or iMedix. But what if your cat has stopped eating or your dog has started losing its hair? You’d probably resort to Googling the symptoms in hope that you could save yourself a trip to the vet. WebVet is a content site… Read More

  • Study says music industry needs to embrace BitTorrent sites

    A new study says what we’ve been saying for God knows how long: [music] piracy is here to stay. It’s now up to the industry to figure out how to move forward. The study, by the MCPS-PRS Alliance (the record companies) and Big Champagne (they measure stuff online!), looked at piracy through the lens of Radiohead’s In Rainbows, the album that was released last fall as a… Read More

  • Germany's Telekom is developing a Kindle competitor

    Read&Go, an e-paper from France Telecom One of Europe’s biggest telecommunications companies, Deutsche Telekom, is developing a portable e-reader, apparently a competitor for Amazon’s Kindle. There are no pictures of the new device available at this point. The German powerhouse plans a test run with a few dozen prototypes in Berlin this fall. The project is code-named… Read More

  • Yahoo Boss Is So Open, It Runs on Google's App Engine

    In a demonstration of just how open Yahoo search can be, one of its senior engineers has created a simple search mashup that combines Yahoo’s BOSS framework and Google’s App Engine. Yahoo BOSS allows developers to create their own customized search apps based on Yahoo’s search engine, and the Google App Engine is a platform for hosting apps. Vik Singh, the engineer who… Read More

  • Apple Pulls Another Innocuous iPhone App

    Another day, another capricious decision by Apple to pull a fairly innocuous application. This time it’s BoxOffice, a diabolical system for finding and displaying local movie times. Quoth the developers at Metasyntactic: Apple pulled the app yesterday without giving my any notification that they were doing it, or what their justification was for removing it. I’ve tried to contact… Read More

  • There will be a James Bond edition Cyber-shot C902

    Sony Ericsson will release a James Bond edition Cyber-shot C902 to tie in the with release of the new, cursed Quantum of Solace movie. The phone will ship with a memory card with pre-loaded Bond content. Sounds a lot like The Dark Knight phone that just came out. Hopefully it’s not as gimmicky. As it stands, the C902 is a pretty decent phone (from what I’ve read—never used… Read More

  • Blu-ray not doing too well (except for PS3)

    Even after HD DVD’s demise, Blu-ray still isn’t catching on, the PS3 excepted. Maybe the real format war was between DVD and Blu-ray all along? A recent survey, carried out by ABI Research, found that more than half the respondents have no intention of buying a Blu-ray player. About a quarter said they had plans to buy one, but not till next year. And why are consumers so reluctant… Read More

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