• Chad Dickerson To Leave Yahoo For Etsy

    Chad Dickerson, a long time Yahoo exec and the head of their Brickhouse special projects group, is leaving the company to become the CTO of Etsy, a a website that allows users to buy and sell handmade items. Mike Folgner, the former GM of Yahoo Video, will take Dickerson’s place at the head of Brickhouse. We first covered Brooklyn-based Etsy, which has a cult-like following, back in 2005. Read More

  • Is this the PSP-3000?

    This appears to be the PSP-3000, an updated PSP with built-in mic and a thinner metal ring. While I don’t mind the PSP, I think these constant updates make Sony look a little desperate. While the DS and the DS Lite were quite different and the 1st generation hardware was clearly sub par, they pretty much nailed it on the PSP… not that that helped them sell games. Read More

  • Opera Mini rocks mobile browsing, according to Opera

    According to Opera’s monthly State of the Mobile Web report, smartphone users aren’t the only ones enjoying mobile browsing. Worldwide, six of most popular phones for browsing using Opera’s Mini are from Nokia, two are from Sony Ericsson, one is from RIM and one is from Samsung. Though in the U.S., nine of the top 10 phones using Opera Mini are BlackBerrys. The report can… Read More

  • Dr. Dre's Beats headphones here on July 25 for $349

    Dr. Dre and Monster (and Geffen’s Jimmy Iovine) will release THE MOST ADVANCED HEADPHONES EVER on July 25 at Apple retail stores (and online) and Best Buy (and its Web site). The headphones are called Beats, and have been in development for three years, which certainly sounds impressive. Beats are supposed accurately reproduce the entire spectrum of music, just like you would hear in a… Read More

  • Rumor: Apple coming out with 'MacBook Touch'


    So says MDN‘s source, Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured Multi-Touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion’s haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS. Pretty expensive to produce initially, but sold at “low” price that will reduce margins. Read More

  • Proporta SIM-card holding keychain with unique Anti-Loss System

    They say things differently in England. For example, a car windshield is called a “windscreen” and a hood is called a “bonnet.” They call ladies “birds” over there and kill and eat Spanish babies on “Boxing Day.” They also called the rings on keyrings “anti-loss systems” and sell them for $6.95. That’s right: this is a key-ring… Read More

  • Leaked screen shots of the S60 Touch UI


    As thrilling as leaked photos usually are, it looks like the screen shots of Nokia’s S60 Touch UI have so far failed to excite. Since the photos apparently weren’t taken from a device, but from the PC-based theme editor, its hard to say what revolution Touch will really bring to S60. But from here it looks like the new Touch UI will be pretty similar to the regular UI, only with a… Read More

  • Symbian ready to make mistakes


    Efficiency was the force behind the recent decision to take Symbian open source, and not concerns about competition from Google’s Andriod or mobile Linux, John Forsyth, vice president of strategy for Symbian, reportedly said at the Open Mobile Exchange conference in Portland, Ore. Forsyth said that despite Symbian’s 60% market share, lack of research and development efficiency… Read More

  • From now on, windowpanes will power your PCs and cell phones

    Tokyo-based Nihon Telecommunication System Inc. [JP] is offering windowpanes with built-in photovoltaic cells, mainly aimed at the residential housing market. According to the company, the electricity produced through the panes will be just enough to power a PC and recharge a cell phone. The electricity will be tapped via USB ports. On sunny days, the new windowpanes are supposed to generate up… Read More

  • Bathys releases two new models, new blog

    Bathys watches are some of my favorites. Created by a young man named John Patterson who lives in Hawai’i, they’re aimed at surfers and outdoorsy types who don’t want to look like Captain Digitalpants while wearing a big, wonky wrist computer. He just announced two new models, the Ti-Quartz Benthic (top) and the Lunar Wahine (above). The Ti-Quartz has a Ronda 7003.N… Read More

  • Are Facebook Ads Going to Zero? Lookery Lowers Its Guarantee to 7.5-Cent CPMs.

    Nobody can make money on social network ads. Even Google (which controls a lot of the inventory on MySpace) is having a hard time. How worthless are these ads? Lookery, an ad network for social apps on Facebook and elsewhere, is renewing a promotion, guaranteeing 15 cents per thousand page impressions to app developers who sign up. With two ads per page, that comes to 7.5 cents per thousand… Read More

  • Partech heads MBO as European VC scene shifts again

    The tectonic plates of Euopean venture capital are shifting once more as the France-based VC Partech International Partners (PIP) launches a management buyout from its Partech parent. The move looks like it was prompted by overtures from the US business, which the Eurepan team has taken advantage of. Some might say there are now “great expectations” of PIP. The buyout by… Read More

  • Engadget Chief Ryan Block Confirms Resignation, To Start New Company With Peter Rojas

    Ryan Block confirms our previous story that he’s stepping down from the top spot at gadget blog Engadget. He will be launching an as-yet-to-be-named startup with Peter Rojas, Engadget’s former editor-in-chief (pictured left, next to Block), focusing on the consumer electronics space. We’ve speculated that the new site may be called Devixe and may include forum and social… Read More

  • Three more Sony Ericsson Walkman cellphones heading your way

    The Sony Ericsson Walkman cellphones turn 3-years-old this year, so SE is releasing three more such phones, the W902, W595 and W302. They’re all, let’s face it, essentially the same music phone we’ve seen for God knows how long, but there are a few new features that you might enjoy. There’s TrackID, which attempts to recognize the name of a song “listening”… Read More

  • Shapeways: DIY rapid prototyping

    TCUK’s Mike Butcher writes: So first there was the online creation of pretty simple items like business cards and T-shirts – businesses which cut out the old middle-man way of doings things. Soon there will be a way to create and “print” objects in 3D on a mass scale, and the first of these is starting to arrive. Netherlands-based Shapeways is launching a private beta of… Read More

  • Canon pushes out 2 new HD camcorders

    Today Canon announced [JP] the release of 2 new AVCHD camcorders, the iVIS HF11 and the iVIS HG21. Available at the end of August, they will cost $1,300 each. The iVIS HF11 (pictured above) comes with the following specs: – Full HD recording
    – 12x optical zoom
    – 32 GB internal memory, holding 12 hours of video
    – support of SD and SDHC cards
    – weight: 380g… Read More

  • MySpace Confirms OpenID Support, Launches Data Availability On Flixster and Eventful

    MySpace is rolling out a couple of announcements this morning a day ahead of Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The first is confirmation of our story that they are supporting OpenID, although they aren’t releasing any details (It’s our belief that they will first issue OpenID IDs, and possibly become a relying party later). The company is also announcing the launch of two… Read More

  • CrunchGear's John Biggs is number 29 on some list!

    Better watch out, Drudge. John Biggs is right behind you! There’s a brand new list out there that ranks today’s most influential digital New Yorkers (something along those lines), and guess who comes in at a not-trying-too-hard-yet-not-slacking-off number 29? Yes, the man, the myth, the legend, our editor and friend to the stars, John Biggs. NowPublic takes today’s news… Read More

  • Kluster Launches Private Survey Manager

    Kluster, the crowd sourcing startup that launched earlier this year, has introduced support for new private Klusters designed to help groups manage decision making. Each Kluster offers users a chance to ask a group a question (say, “What features should go into the new TechCrunch tablet?”). Each participating member is then categorized from the administrator panel – in… Read More

  • Flash: The world is round, says new Vista ad campaign

    Vista is great, honest. Microsoft looks to be rolling out its “Vista isn’t so bad, see?” ad campaign, as this delightful little jpeg shows. You know how people used to think the world was flat, but then a bunch of explorers proved them wrong? Apparently Microsoft will try to demonstrate that Vista actually doesn’t stink on ice. Good luck with that. Somewhat less… Read More

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