• USB Superdock: ESATA, 2-port hub, card reader

    Here’s a new multi-function dock from Brando that handles SATA hard drives, has a built-in card reader (SD, MiniSD, CompactFlash, MicroSD, Memory Stick), and functions as a 2-port USB hub. It’s a little on the pricey side at $79.00, but that’s largely due to the $25 shipping charge since it’s coming from Hong Kong. Looks pretty good, especially if you need to swap out… Read More

  • NTT DoCoMo to roll out 19 new cell phones in Japan

    NTT DoCoMo today announced two new cell phone series (906i and 706i), which will be launched in Japan over the next months. The company will offer a total of 19 handsets coming in 64 different body colors. The 11 models of the 706i series feature extra-slim bodies. The P706iμ, for example, is just 9.8 mm thick (iPhone: 11.6 mm), making it the slimmest handset compatible to One-Seg-TV on… Read More

  • Red vs. Blue returns: Reconstructed series to run throughout the summer

    Red vs. Blue is back, and better than ever! Reconstructed, the latest installment of the award-winning machinima series pits red guys from Halo against blue guys from Halo. It’s terribly epic, both in scope and substance. New episodes will be released every Monday throughout the summer, the first of which is already online. It’s got all the slow motion pans, dramatic pauses and… Read More

  • Amazon Kindle back in stock, cheaper

    Amazon’s popular (?) Kindle is now back in stock with a 10 percent price drop. While I still think $359 is a bit steep for an eBook, the Kindle is the best of the bunch. I’ve also just noticed “See a Kindle in Your City“, which is both genius and ridiculous. I can’t recall whether or not I’ve seen anyone in Manhattan with a Kindle and I’m not so sure… Read More

  • Orgoo Launching Soon; 500 Invites Available Now

    Orgoo is an all-in-one communications hub for email, instant messaging, video chat, and SMS that we’ve been waiting quite a long time for. Mike first covered the USC-bred startup in May 2007 before you could get your AIM contacts into Gmail. And then the company “launched” at TechCrunch40 in the fall with a presentation that emphasized the importance of aggregating all your… Read More

  • Monster Cable sues Monster Mini-Golf in Monster lawsuit

    I’m not going to chime in on the big Monster Cable debate — I’ll leave that to the real audiophiles to fight out — but it’s nice to see Monster suing a mini-golf park into submission for riding on their amazing brand recognition. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name Monster Mini Golf of Warwick, Rhode Island. HDMI cables… Read More

  • More TC50 Expert Panelists: Ron Conway, Sheryl Sandberg, and Yossi Vardi

    We are thrilled to announce the next three expert panelists participating in TechCrunch50. Joining Marc Andreessen, Roelof Botha and Marissa Mayer as TechCrunch50 experts are Ron Conway, Sheryl Sandberg and Yossi Vardi. The experts will judge the fifty startups launching at the event, and then discuss each of the demos on stage as a group. More details on the conference are here. TechCrunch50… Read More

  • Lawsuit against AllofMp3.com dropped by RIAA

    Remember AllofMP3.com, the easy to use, consumer-friendly music downloading site based in Russia? It got shut down last July amidst threats that Russia wouldn’t be able to join the World Trade Organization. It’s a long story; read more here and here. Well, the RIAA brought a copyright infringement lawsuit against AllofMP3.com back in December of 2006, saying that the company made… Read More

  • AnswerOil: Lubricate your gadget purchases

    I’ve rarely thought about how to make online shopping better. I’ve kind of just gone to a website, done a few searches, and bought what looked like a good fit. Sadly, this doesn’t work for complex devices like cameras and laptops — anything with more than one or two identifying characteristics — and, as a result customers often have to go to brick and mortar stores… Read More

  • TipJoy's New API Lets Web Apps Share the Love (and Cash) With Their Contributors

    How do you get more people top leave tips on blogs? Try to make your tip jar app into a platform that spreads the wealth to more people. Y Combinator startup TipJoy is trying to do that with a new platform API for Web applications that will let them share tips with users who contribute content. The platform is launching today in closed beta (the first 200 Web developers who mention… Read More

  • iPhone coming to Baltic region

    Dow Jones is reporting that Stockholm-based TeliaSonera will being the iPhone to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. No word on if this is the 3G iphone or a 3.5G version with special herring-tracking software built-in. No official release date. Read More

  • Sega releases cheap photo frame for fickle, inscrutable Japanese youth

    The Japanese love them some photoframes but many photoframes are expensive (I’m paraphrasing from French so bear with me.) Most photoframes cost $200 or more while this new Sega photoframe costs about $44. It has a 1.5-inch screen and is light enough to placed in your bag. It is a photoframe. It is small. It is cheap. Questions? Read More

  • VIA launches "open source" notebook

    Do you own a small fabricating plant in Taiwan? Do you have an engineering team of ten PhDs? Do you want to make small laptops? Has VIA got a deal for you. The VIA OpenBook reference design is not actually a product — it’s more of an idea. Because it is ostensibly open (the CAD plans are available on the VIAOpenBook site) you simply buy the chips from VIA and use the plans to… Read More

  • Apple could use the magical powers of the sun to charge the next iPhone

    Could it be true? The next iPhone will run on solar power? And have two buttons over a circle? And use solar cells? Absolutely not, but a patent points to some ideas by the Cupertino giant that would embed solar panels behind the LCD screens on some devices. That said, it’s going to be a tough job to convince folks to charge their stuff by solar. Consider what the iPhone would look… Read More

  • AnswerOil Lubricates Your Gadget Purchases

    I’ve rarely thought about how to make online shopping better. I’ve kind of just gone to a website, done a few searches, and bought what looked like a good fit. Sadly, this doesn’t work for complex devices like cameras and laptops — anything with more than one or two identifying characteristics — and, as a result customers often have to go to brick and mortar stores… Read More

  • VIA launches "open source" notebook

    Do you own a small fabricating plant in Taiwan? Do you have an engineering team of ten PhDs? Do you want to make small laptops? Has VIA got a deal for you. The VIA OpenBook reference design is not actually a product — it’s more of an idea. Because it is ostensibly open (the CAD plans are available on the VIAOpenBook site) you simply buy the chips from VIA and use the plans to… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Dream Thrum Edition

    New high-tech anti-snoring pillow from Japan
    Video: Jumping locust robot
    Light-emitting glass? Sure, why not?
    Munny Figures: Because speakers are people, too
    Rejoice! Rolly now available at U.S. Sony stores Read More

  • It's Time To Rethink Copyright Law

    There was more posturing today in the big YouTube-Viacom copyright showdown that began around the time that Google acquired YouTube and started talking to big copyright holders about paying them to get their content legally onto the popular video site. It spun out of control from there until it became a billion dollar lawsuit. Normally I’m on the side of whoever’s against the… Read More

  • Monsoon Multimedia to announce HAVA player for S60 tomorrow

    Tomorrow at the S60 Summit in Barcelona, Monsoon Multimedia will be announcing and demonstrating an application that will allow S60 users to connect to HAVA units back home to view and control their home TVs from their mobile handsets. Wondering what the heck a HAVA is, or how to get access to the S60 beta client?
    Read the rest of this entry at MobileCrunch >> Read More

  • As iPhone Second Coming Approaches, Pelago Adds To Its War Chest

    Last November, we reviewed the first product from Seattle-based startup Pelago – a mobile mapping service called Whrrl meant for sharing reviews of places and events with friends. Whrrl feels very much like a dormant technology that, like other mobile apps, has the potential to explode after the new iPhone – both in terms of software and hardware – gets unleashed next… Read More

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