• 'Hop-On' with a $10 pre-paid cell phone

    I’ll let you in on a boring little secret: I don’t own my own cell phone. Due to my job as reviews editor, I rely on using demo phone after demo phone and have a Grand Central number that I forward to whatever device I happen to be using at the time. The system’s worked out well so far, but I know there will come a point in time — a perfect storm, if you will —… Read More

  • FriendFeed Still Has a Lot of Killing to Do

    With Twitter down all the time, the super-early adopters are getting frustrated and looking to FriendFeed as their salvation. Duncan (over at Inquisitr now) argues that it is time for FriendFeed to kill Twitter. And Jason Kaneshiro at Webomatica already has FriendFeed Fever. He thinks it can not only replace Twitter, but also Facebook, Google Reader, and Digg! FriendFeed certainly has a lot… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: International Locust Pong Edition

    Video: Jumping locust robot
    Telectroscope ‘telescope’: From London, look at New York
    Infectious: Custom stickers for your car
    Video: Beer Pong for the Wii
    Hunt ghosts with the Baketan 2 cell phone fob Read More

  • Facebook Platform, One Year Later

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of the release of Facebook Platform. We figured it would be a fitting time to take a look at what the platform promised, what it’s delivered, and where it’s going in the future. The summary: Facebook Platform has been a victim of its own success, offering an unparalleled distribution platform that has appealed to both tens of thousands of… Read More

  • App-specific, Apple-specific, colorful keyboard skins


    These rubber skins fit snugly on your keyboard and have all the app-specific stuff printed right on. It’s questionable whether the things are that useful, although they most certainly are cool. After all, if you have already learned the shortcuts in Aperture or Photoshop that you use the most, you don’t need the skin. And if you haven’t learned them, then once you do… Read More

  • Mapping the blogosphere

    We make a lot of noise about things like the “blogosphere”, the ultra-intra-connected network of blogs around the globe that this blog is part of. And as blogging culture creates its own universe, somewhere between news, humor, and commentary, it becomes more and more intangible. That doesn’t mean that some enterprising young dataminers can’t make sense of it. Indeed… Read More

  • Phreadz – A Little Like Seesmic, But Trying To Do More

    On first look, Phreadz does appear to be aping Seesmic. Threaded video conversations and an invite-only Alpha are just two of the similarities. But you won’t find any of Seesmic’s code in this new UK-based “social multimedia conversation network,” reports TechCrunch UK. Firstly, it is going further than Seesmic by pushing the envelope on the concept by interweaving… Read More

  • Phreadz: A Seesmic clone? Or a lot more?


    Phreadz is a new UK-based social multimedia conversation network of video, audio and photo blogging created via the desktop or from mobile devices. Currently in closed, invite-only Alpha (or “alfalfa” as the site prefers to call it) Phreadz is similar to Seesmic, the video conversations platform, but with Phreadz you can also automatically cross-post the multimedia to your… Read More

  • LG displays two-sided LCD display

    LG is unveiling a new display in Asia this week that could have pretty obvious applications for mobile devices if it goes into production. It’s an un-backlit, transparent LCD display, more like a window than a screen. Imagine if your flip phone had the same display inside and out, literally. That’s the idea with this new technology. No word on when we’ll see it implemented, if… Read More

  • Akimbo Jumps Into Deadpool, Takes $56 Million With It

    Akimbo, the online video provider that never seemed to establish an identity, has closed its doors. The sudden move is surprising, given that the site raised $4 million in funding less than three months ago. Akimbo launched in 2002 as a hardware-based VOD company. Using a hard-drive equipped settop box, users could download a variety of shows from 200 content partners. In October 2005… Read More

  • TechCrunch Sponsors Are Great

    Thank you to our great group of sponsors who make reading TechCrunch possible. ScribeFire, Firefox extension for integrated blogging in your broswer Levelwing, Internet advertising agency BoonEx, community software Rackspace, hosting services RaiseCapital, connecting entrepreneurs and investors online e.factor, networking platform for entrepreneurs eBuddy, web-services meta instant… Read More

  • GigPark: Recommendations From Your Friends

    Yesterday at the Mesh conference in Toronto I met Noah Godfrey, one of the founders of GigPark. A social recommendation Website that launched last February, the site recently pushed out a major redesign. It’s like Yelp, but only with recommendations from people you know. The point of GigPark is to collect and share recommendations of local services with your friends. You import… Read More

  • Official: No XBL dashboard update this spring; crappy XBLA titles to be delisted

    Your Xbox Live update will have to wait, according to Marc Whitten of Microsoft. There’s no dashboard update scheduled for awhile. Not only that, certain Xbox Live Arcade games will be delisted if they’re unpopular enough, something many fans may not like. Of course, those games have been out awhile and users will get a three-month notice before they’re pulled. We’re… Read More

  • Mobissimo Has Raised 1/223 The Capital Of Kayak (And Out Executes Them)

    Connecticut startup Kayak has raised $223 million in venture capital and employs 58 people to build and grow its travel search site. Its chief competitor, San Francisco based Mobissimo, has raised $1 million and has just 15 employees. Mobissimo also became profitable last year, and the company doesn’t have to raise more money unless it’s to fuel faster growth or… Read More

  • Aussies to get fastest iPhone in the world?

    As we gear up for the WWDC in a couple weeks — and the likely launch of iPhone 2 — we get weird news that the Australian version, which should launch around the same time as the American version, will be the fastest in the world. According to a loudmouth at Telstra, Australia’s iPhone company, the Australian version could be up to 42mbs, which is over 5 megabytes per second. Read More

  • Intel thinks it's time to take SSD mainstream, bundles it with Centrinos


    SSDs are starting to make their big debut, and I for one welcome our new solid-state overlords. We’ve already seen these in a few high-end laptops and of course all those subnotebooks, but for the most part, mainstream laptops still rely on HDDs. It seems Intel is making a push this year to include SSDs in Centrino-based laptops, and although capacity and performance are becoming less of… Read More

  • Deskputer: why don't we all have these?


    Now this is a desktop computer. It seems like a pretty obvious idea, and nothing occurs to me off the top of my head that would make it impractical. A custom motherboard with rotated PCI slots, a few extender cables, and you’ve got a really great setup. There’s plenty of room for vents and heatsinks, a natural place for drives, ports, and so on — really, why aren’t… Read More

  • Zinio allowing iPhone users free access to Playboy, PC Mag, and other popular magazines

    Zinio partners up with a number of popular real world magazines to offer online, paperless versions for a few bucks a pop. They’ve got a fairly hefty selection, offering everything from Organic Gardening magazine to the slightly less work friendly Penthouse. They just started rolling out an iPhone optimized version of their service, currently covering 20 different magazines. The best part? Read More

  • Japanese thief uses GPS to track, steal rented cars

    Finally, GPS working for the thief, rather than against him. A Japanese car thief devised a clever little planto steal cars with the help of GPS. He had his two ex-wives (so you know he’s a gentleman) rent cars, often expensive ones. Then he’d plant a small GPS device inside the dashboard, after which he’d make a copy of the its key. Once the rental cars were returned, he… Read More

  • Icebar waterproof speakers for your Nano


    These waterproof speakers seem to hit a pretty good combination of price, looks, and functionality — assuming they sound good. The set can hang by a strap for the shower, or you can use the built-in stand to put it in the soap dish if you’re the bath type. It’s only for iPod Nanos, but there are plenty of you with those out there. The touch wheel area has a little membrane… Read More

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