• Synaptics: The Prada and the Scrawla

    Synaptics: The Prada and the Scrawla


    I popped by Synaptics today, just on a whim, and was lucky to catch the LG Prada in its native habitat: lying, unloved, on a table. All that was missing was a credit card and some blow and we’d have an image of the phone’s true future milieu. But I digress. Read More

  • Gemini eXplo: A Tiny, Little Phone-based Sim

    Gemini eXplo: A Tiny, Little Phone-based Sim


    What do you get when you meld Second Life with mobile ad serving with Japanese teenagers? eXplo.
    Read the rest at MobileCrunch… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Paint Job Edition

    Daily Crunch: Paint Job Edition

    Napster+AT&T=Free Music
    WiFi/RF-Blocking Paint To Hit Stores
    Build Your Own Car (If You’re Living In Japan)
    iRiver T50: 1GB of Cookie-Cutting
    Crumpler Geek Travel Contest Concludes Read More

  • Treo 750 to get WinMo 6

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=7772038415366662699&hl=en Palm will announce today that which we already knew: the Treo 750 will get a Windows Mobile 6 makeover slightly later this year. New versions of the device will ship with the mobile OS pre-installed and an update will be released for existing owners. Joe Fabris, director of wireless solutions at Palm, Inc. Read More

  • Web Services Coming To Twitter

    Web Services Coming To Twitter

    Earlier this year we talked about the usefulness of a simple command line to query multiple web services via a set syntax. Yubnub, one of the web services we discussed, does just that. Enter “Weather 90210″ into Yubnub and get the weather from Weather.com. Or query thousands of other services with that single command line. A subtle upcoming change to Twitter’s API will allow… Read More

  • Microsoft's ZenZui Launches Mobile Widget Browser

    Microsoft's ZenZui Launches Mobile Widget Browser

    TechCrunch has covered the release of a new mobile widget platform, ZenZui, who launched their mobile widget browser this morning. The browser has lets users search through a grid of 36 widget tiles by panning and zooming around the grid by touchscreen or keypad. Each of the widgets in the browser serves as a mobile optimized interface to a website like Zillow or Amazon. It’s essentially… Read More

  • ZenZui is All Sorts of Hotness

    Microsoft today announced the launch of ZenZui, a zooming interface for mobile devices. The software was financed by Redmond, but developed by an independent company with the ambition to “transform the way people engage, consume and interact with Web content through a revolutionary mobile user experience and information ecosystem.” As you can see in the video, it is indeed a… Read More

  • Microsoft Spins Off ZenZui, Mobile Browsing Via Widgets

    Microsoft Spins Off ZenZui, Mobile Browsing Via Widgets

    Microsoft-backed ZenZui launched this morning. It’s a new mobile browser that aims to make surfing the web on your mobile device easier through widgets. The application that lets you surf over a 6×6 grid of website widgets by panning and zooming around the grid. Each of the widgets is a mobile optimized version of a website you interact with by zooming into it. From the looks of… Read More

  • Kyocera: HOT SCOOPZ

    Kyocera: HOT SCOOPZ


    One stand-out device I saw this evening was the Kyocera E5000, an oddly shaped cellie with a fluid, sexy aesthetic. No real info yet, but really the draw is the design. Look at that odd hinge. Look at the chrome. Sex in a clamshell, correct? Best of all, we got the hot scoop on a new U.S. carrier, Carrier Logo. It seems Kyocera is making this phone just for them and we’ll hound them all… Read More

  • HTC Shift: Vista In Your Pants

    HTC Shift: Vista In Your Pants


    Didn’t get a good shot of this UMPC under glass but it was quite small and promising. I’ve pretty much given up on UMPCs as a mainstream set of devices, but bless HTC for making a go of it again. This wee one has wireless, a 7-inch touchscreen, and supports WAN like UMTS and GSM. We’ll grabs some better photos when they take it out of its cryogenic case. Read More

  • Samsung UpStage

    Samsung UpStage


    I was lucky to get my hands on the Samsung UpStage this evening and saw a mobile music phone with enough of a draw to warrant even, maybe, potentially, downloading from a mobile music store. Clearly the real draw here is the idea that you can literally turn the phone into a dedicated music player instead of relying on a half-assed piece of music playing software. In the flesh, the phone is… Read More

  • GrandCentral A Little Too "Beta" For Some

    New telephone management startup GrandCentral is off to a solid start. They showed a preview of the service at the DEMO conference last year, and we gave GrandCentral a solid review, as did Rafe Needleman and others. The idea is simple, and compelling for many people with lots of phone numbers. GrandCentral will issue you a new local phone number for free. You then connect your existing… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Elite Pics Leaked

    It looks as if the rumors of a black Xbox 360 codenamed Elite are true. These pics are straight from the factory in China and they’ll be equipped with the beefy 120GB HDD we’ve been dreaming about. No confirmation on HDMI, but this is better than nothing. Apparently, Xbox 360 fanboy had to invert the last picture to reveal the actual tagging on top of the HD since the pics had… Read More

  • The Efficient Crank Call Tool

    The Efficient Crank Call Tool

    We heard about a new “startup” yesterday. You type in a phone number and tell it how many times you would like the service to call it. The service will then call the phone that number of times. We’re not going to say the name of it, or link to it, because it has no practical use and can be used to crank call people incessantly. The entrepreneur argues that it is useful for… Read More

  • Gemini eXplo: Like Second Life for Your First Phone

    Gemini eXplo: Like Second Life for Your First Phone


    I’ve been scouring CTIA for MobileCrunch worthy material and I think I’ve found something. What do you get when you meld Second Life with mobile ad serving with Japanese teenagers? eXplo. EXplo is an odd 3D environment that runs on almost any handset and allows you to chat, share photos, and view video and stream music in a simulated world. The world I saw was fairly small &mdash… Read More

  • Xbox 360 120GB HDD Rumor #284756389


    Well, this one may not be a rumor, but let’s just say it is until something official comes along. This picture was taken from a GameStop promo poster advertising the rumored 120GB HDD that we’ve all been lusting over for months. Maybe it’s apart of the Elite package, but isn’t it supposed to be all black? It could just be the HD upgrade we’ve been looking for. Read More

  • BlackBerry Addiction To Hit All Time High

    BlackBerry addiction is about to reach another level and I, for one, am not looking forward to it…or am I? It’s bad enough that I play Sudoku on the train and ignore the world, but can you imagine what I’ll be like if I have Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones? I’ll probably miss my stop – repeatedly. Gameloft has announced they will be selling games for… Read More

  • Napster+AT&T=Free Music

    Starting April 1, AT&T customers will have access to over three million songs through Napster To Go for an entire year, free of charge. This service applies to wireless handset users with the right plan as well as customers who have home phone and broadband triple-pack bundle services. What makes the deal even sweeter than the year of free service is the ability to stream music to a handful… Read More

  • MarketWatch Adds Community Stock Predictor

    MarketWatch Adds Community Stock Predictor

    Financial news site MarketWatch added a number of new features to their site recently, including a single search box (you no longer need to look up stock symbols separately) and a new user-generated stock price predictor called MarketPerception. The predictor is a small widget included on every stock listing page (example). Users are asked whether the stock will move up or down on the next… Read More

  • Cellular e-Book Concept

    You know what? Screw you and your smartphone. You think you’re all worldly with your Web browsing and email, but you’re limited to that 3″ screen, tops. The new hotness comes from Polymer Vision and its new E-Ink cellbook. Using the flexible nature of electronic ink, the book opens from a size similar to a 5-year old cellphone to a UMPC-sized display, meaning you get real… Read More