• Viewdle Promo Video

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf This is what the Viewdle guys were showing off during TC40. It all looks like some kind of crazy futuristic blockbuster thriller but it’s real and it works. Very cool tech. It basically lets you search inside of video. Say you’re looking for Brad Pitt. Viewdle will recognize faces within video and… Read More

  • iKan: Scan Your Groceries at Home

    I’ve seen a number of these “do your shopping from home” products over the last few years but iKan seemed to have some value. It’s a little white device that sits on your counter and connects to the network via Wi-Fi. The device has a barcode scanner that can scan almost any product — you could feasibly put this in your office as well and order pens and paper… Read More

  • Live Coverage from Apple Announcement in London Tomorrow

    TC writer Mike Butcher will be in London tomorrow liveblogging the Apple announcement as it happens. We will be using a new subdomain, live.crunchgear.com to livepost the news as it happens so check back early and often. It at 10am GMT, 2am PDT (Cali), 5am (New York) EDT, but we’ll be here, slaving away for you all. Read More

  • TripIt: Put All Your Trip Stuff Into One Place

    Cool little thing from TC40. There’s a new site, TripIt, that adds bookings to one central location. For example, you make multiple reservations for a trip — flights, car rentals, hotel reservations — and send them to TripIt. TripIt puts them onto one easily readable page and adds basic information like directions, weather, and special events. You can also send your streams… Read More

  • Facebook, Accel and Founders Fund Launch fbFund; To Give Grants To Facebook App Startups

    During his keynote conversation with Michael Arrington this afternoon at the TechCrunch40 conference, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company will be launching a new entity called fbFund with Accel and Founders Fund. The size of the fund will be $10 million (coming from Accel and Founders Fund) with anywhere between $25 to $250 thousand in grants available for… Read More

  • Admish: One Stop Shopping For Colleges

    We should have included this in our Back To School roundup, but Admish just launched today. What can you do? Anyhoo, I’m sure a lot of you, readers, have kids in HS or know someone that has a kid in HS. Preparing yourself for college is never an easy task. I had no idea what I wanted to study and my counselor was a complete twit. It’s hard to pick a school anyway you look at it… Read More

  • TC40 Keynote Conversation: Mark Zuckerberg

    Our live blogging coverage of the Keynote Conversation with Mark Zuckerberg: The boss (Michael Arrington) comes on stage to introduce Mark Zuckerberg. The conference space is packed: no matter what your views on Facebook, very few could argue that Zuckerberg has done simply amazing things, particularly for someone still so young. Huge round of applause as Michael hands over to… Read More

  • College Students Use Plenty Of Technology, Albeit Selectively

    College kids use technology. A lot of it. Back to school, hooray! Read More

  • Ponoko: A Funny Word That Will Make Your Dreams Come True

    Don’t ask me what Ponoko is, was, or isn’t, but I signed up to be a Beta user. Actually, I do know what it is, so I guess I’m obligated to tell you. The clip I posted to the right pretty much sums it up. Let’s say you have a great idea, but you have no means of producing it or making a prototype. Well, with Ponoko you send in said idea and they make it for you or make… Read More

  • TechCrunch 40 Session 4: Crowd Sourcing

    Session four as follows, including our live notes. Cake Financial Cake Financial is a social investment service that lets people track all their investment portfolios in one place. The service allows individual investors to track and analyze their historical performance up to ten years. Users can also view the real-time portfolios and performances of their friends, family and top investors… Read More

  • SiSi Technology Turns Speech Into Avatarian Sign Language

    You may have noticed, but I’m generally more pro technology that helps people than pro technology for technology’s sake (megahertz races, megapixel races, console wars, etc.). “Say it, sign it” helps people, I’m happy to say. Developed in the UK, it’s a technology—with a very Second Life-looking on-screen avatar—that interprets spoken English… Read More

  • AOL Launches BlueString

    AOL is launching a new collaborative multimedia story telling service called BlueString at TechCrunch 40. The site ,is a Flex application that lets you pull in all your image, video, and audio content from across the web and mix them together into a multimedia slide show presentation. The shows can be embedded, shared, and edited by your friends. There are dozens of user generated content… Read More

  • Yap: Voice-To-Text Translation On Your Cell

    This is pretty sweet, Yap lets you send text messages just by talking into your phone. We’ve seen services like this before but the speech interpretation aspect has been porked. No word on how well this works yet but we’re assuming it won’t be that bad. Call it faith. The software also allows you to query web services like Google, Wikipedia, or YouTube with nothing but… Read More

  • Take Your Desktop On The Go With Ceedo

    So let’s say having access to your documents and applications all the time is vital to your work. Carrying a laptop gets annoying and saving individual Word files won’t cut it. Ceedo offers an easy way to carry your apps and docs and use them on any computer with a USB port, best of all no traces of your work are left on the host computer. Which is a good way to hide that… Read More

  • Free Music Download Site 'SpiralFrog' Hops Out Of Beta

    Ad-supported music and video download site, SpiralFrog.com, has officially launched (as in, it’s out of Beta) today. Here’s a little more info about how the site is kept free. Read More

  • TechCrunch 40 Session 3: Community & Collaboration

    Session three as follows, including our live notes. Story Blender Story Blender is an online collaborative video production platform where people can work together to “blend” their content into a new multimedia show. StoryBlend’s online editing tool lets users create videos by “blending” images, sound, text, and video clips. When users have created new video… Read More

  • Cubic Mobile: Roaming at Skype Rates

    Cubic Mobile: Roaming for Skype Rates

    Cubic Mobile has just launched two new phones under the Cubic Mobile moniker. They use MaxRoam SIM cards which allow you to add local phone numbers to your personal account along with a “flat rate” calling plan wherever you are. Say, for example, you’re in the UK and you fly to San Francisco. You buy a local SF number and your friends… Read More

  • DRM-free Audiobooks Coming Soon From eMusic.com

    You may not know this, but eMusic.com is the second largest music downloading service. It’s got 10% of the market (to iTunes’ 71%) and "sells more than twice as many songs as competitors like Napster, Rhapsody, and Walmart.com" according to the New York Times. Songs are, at most, 33 cents apiece and all are DRM-free. The catalog is made up of mostly independent labels… Read More

  • Yahoo for Teachers: You Know, For Teachers

    http://us.i1.yimg.com/cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/player/media/swf/FLVVideoSolo.swf Yahoo for Teachers is a new product launching at Techcrunch40. It’s a social networking/tagging tool for teachers that let teachers build lesson plans and subject packages around Yahoo search results. The project lets you “gobble” pages using a program called the Gobbler (yeah, I know) and drag and… Read More

  • Technology Is Needed In Soccer, Pronto

    Soccer (football, blahblahblah) really needs to implement some sort of goal line technology. This is getting ridiculous. Peter has threatened to hunt me down if I give away the score of last Saturday’s Chelsea-Blackburn match, but let me assure you: the presence of technology would have altered the match’s result in one team’s favor. Note that I’m not a fan of either… Read More

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