• Smartphones Now: Linux Phones

    The average cell phone user probably can’t name the OS running on their phone. Millions of consumers couldn’t tell you what Symbian is, whether Windows Mobile is troubled by bloat, or even whether they’re excited about the possibilities of Android. However, the capabilities of regular mobiles are limited and the stresses put on them by their users even more so. When you… Read More

  • Definition Of A Successful PR Stunt

    Yesterday Meebo and SpeedDate teamed up with a number of bloggers to have a public speed dating session. The results speak for themselves – solid gold content. Somebody give the marketing team a big year end bonus. In my opinion, Wired’s Aaron Rowe stole the show. CrunchBase Information Meebo SpeedDate Information provided by CrunchBase Read More

  • Hop-On (who!?) launches GSM/CDMA smartphone (what!?) for gamblers (wtf!?)

    This is an odd duck out of left field, if you’ll allow me to mix metaphors like I mix a cocktail. The HOP2001 by Hop-On is a Windows Mobile 6-based smartphone with a Treo-like form factor that can be used for either AT&T or Verizon Wireless, due to it’s fairly unique dual-mode GSM or CDMA architecture. While GSM/CDMA Frankenphone’s are unheard of, Hop-On nearly is… Read More

  • NetSuite – All Grown Up, Worth Over $1 Billion

    So NetSuite’s IPO process is basically complete. They priced the stock today at $26, and barring any major market disruptions the company will begin trading Thursday morning under the symbol “N” on the New York Stock Exchange. A total of 6.2 – 7.1 million shares will be sold, raising the company around $165 million. And if the stock price holds, they’ll be worth… Read More

  • iPod Touch sports under-the-hood improvements over the iPhone

    The gadget-smashers at iSuppli have cracked open and indexed the iPod Touch’s parts, and found that it’s more than a crippled iPhone (some would say the iPhone was crippled already, but that’s another story.) The parts used are 90 percent the same, they say, but the iPod Touch has a more unified design. It uses a single PCB for one thing, and the touchscreen and a different… Read More

  • Neuros debuts nifty "unlocked" anti-DRM logo; we like!

    We’re fans of Neuros here at CrunchGear, not just for the cool hardware its developing but also for its anti-DRM themes. The idea of applying open source to open content is a no-brainer, and it makes it look easy. And cool. So when Neuros published its new logo for un-DRMed media, we figured we had to share it. And the logo itself is hoped to spread to cover all non-DRM media, and we… Read More

  • Study: 59% Of Teens Create Content Online

    Think that user generated content is still only the domain of a relatively small few? Well a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that the next generation at least is switched on and producing content. According to the study, 59% of all American teenagers engage in at least one form of online content creation. Of those 35% of all teen girls blog, compared with 20%… Read More

  • Google Talk does on-the-fly translations

    A couple years ago, I became a member of a crowdsourcing outfit called Cambrian House just as it was getting started. The premise of the site is basically that you submit an idea for some sort of web-based service and then other members of the site vote on your idea. The best ideas get funded and then you can work on certain projects and gain a percentage of whatever profit the idea makes based… Read More

  • Polarity hilarity: nerdy makeshift Christmas lights using an old CD-ROM drive

    <div class="center" Dear Santa, this year I would like:
    -A bunch of miscellaneous electrical junk
    -Nerdy friends who will not make fun of me for doing DIY electronics in a bar
    -No shame
    -Robotic dinosaur
    P.S. I have been a good boy. -Devin Boys, beers, and ‘boards at the Bohemian [Sethop’s Interesting Times] Read More

  • Treemo Becomes Mobile Media Distribution Platform with Widgets, Facebook Application

    Treemo is a site where you can upload all types of media (photos, videos, audio clips, and text) from your mobile phone or desktop computer and share them with either the general public or just your friends. Until now, the only way to get your Treemo-hosted content distributed elsewhere on the Internet was to use RSS feeds, but the company has just released a set of embeddable widgets and… Read More

  • Kyte Takes $15 Million Series B

    Online video service Kyte has taken $15 million Series B in a round that included Telefonica, Nokia, DoCoMo, Swisscom, Holtzbrinck and DFJ. The new round brings total funding for Kyte to $17.25 million. According to Kyte’s unofficial evangelist Robert Scoble, the announcement was streamed live on Kyte itself, which while demonstrating the product works perhaps compensates for the fact… Read More

  • VCs Push 3Guppies Into The Deadpool

    In a rather sad end to 2007, the venture firm behind mobile media startup 3Guppies, VantagePoint, has closed down the company. This is despite still having $8 million of an original $20 million (raised in April 2006) left to burn in the bank. VentureBeat reports that the company’s 40 employees were sent home last week, but will be paid through the end of the month. 3 Guppies was… Read More

  • Intel Takes Stake In Amazon S3 Competitor Nirvanix

    Intel Capital has taken a stake in San Diego based online storage provider and Amazon S3 competitor Nirvanix. Nirvanix’s selling points are a claim that its service is easier to integrate than S3 and they offer a service level agreement that guarantees 99.9% uptime (see our previous coverage here.) Nirvanix said the investment will be used to provide the company with… Read More

  • LittleRedRyanHood does some spam baiting

    Ryan over at BFF just posted an extensive conversation he’s having with a spammer. Hop over and give him some ideas! I am Wang Yan,a staff of Private Banking Services at the Bank of China (BOC) United Kingdom. I am contacting you concerning a deceased customer and his investment placedunder ourbanks Management 4 years ago. I wish to invest thesefunds in your country and I need… Read More

  • Google Poaching Beacon Partners For "Universal Activity Stream"

    Can Google succeed where Facebook fell flat on its face? It’s been chasing Facebook with OpenSocial, its own platform for social networking applications (which still has a long way to go). But now, we’ve learned, it might be trying to incorporate parts of Facebook’s controversial Beacon program into OpenSocial. Remember, that’s the one that Facebook CEO Mark… Read More

  • GodTube Launches A Virtual Prayer Wall. This Is Just What I Needed

    We first wrote about GodTube, a YouTube ripoff for Christians, back in April (note the banana video in that post – “the athiest’s nightmare”). Today they launched a really excellent virtual prayer wall to complement the main service. Users can go to the site and pray for those who’ve left previous messages, or leave their own prayer. Pictures and audio can also… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Visit the TerraPass store

    are $34.95. Even when things are in sleep mode or turned off they’re still using up juice and costing you cents every day so maybe the Smart Strip would do you some good. It says it will turn off your peripherals automatically and works with the sleep mode function on computers. If it can actually save up to 260 watts per hour then sign me up. Grab one for $32.95. If you want to know… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Not-so-smartphones

    Can anyone truly define what a smartphone is? It’s been something I’ve been asking everyone at CG and no one seems to know exactly what it is. Just about every phone on the market can be considered a smartphone if you believe it to be something that does anything other than making calls, but that’s obviously not it. It’s essentially any device that gives you the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Vudu free with Sharp AQUOS

    Know about Vudu? Curious to see how good it really is? In the market for a Sharp AQUOS 1080p TV that’s bigger than 42-inches? Do you see where I’m going with this? Well, for a limited time you can get yourself a Vudu box and $50 towards movies when you purchase a Sharp AQUOS that’s 1080p and bigger than 42-inches. Do it now while the offer is still good. Product Page Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Five simple Windows Mobile tricks

    The tricks contained within this post probably aren’t going to be revolutionary to most seasoned Windows Mobile users but if there’s one thing I can’t stand about the operating system, it’s how many steps and/or the amount of extra software it takes to do simple things sometimes. Here are five tricks that don’t require any extra software and should each take under… Read More

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