• Hearbeat Indicator Mouse: It Could Save Your Life If It Weren't Just a Concept

    The Heartbeat Indicator Mouse does more than help you navigate strange, unorthodox Web sites. There’s a built-in sensor that monitors various health signs, including heart rate and how long you’ve been working. Sitting at a desk all day long isn’t exactly healthy, you know. Should one of your vital sends head south, the system will notify a loved one or hospital, thus… Read More

  • Apple, Labels Giving Artists The Shaft

    A new class action lawsuit is upon us and yet again, Apple is the target. This time, independent music label Dawg Music is suing Apple, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music for selling its catalog without consent or compensation. The two major labels here have not only screwed Dawg Music out of royalty checks, they’ve also made illegal hard copies of music not owned by them. Read More

  • Turn Any Cellphone Into an E-Mail Checking, BlackBerry Wannabe

    The New York Times rightly recognizes that not everyone wants to look like a zero, whipping out a BlackBerry every 27 seconds to check their e-mail. That said, who wouldn’t want to periodically read some e-mail, so long as it doesn’t become obtrusive? Mr. Pogue looks at a few services and apps that lets ordinary cellphones, in one way or another, check e-mail. Woo~! Read More

  • Next-Gen Format Copying May Become Legal

    Though Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are readily available in a store near you, the cost for either format isn’t cheap. If I had to plunk down $30+ for a movie, I’d certainly want to be able to make legal backup copies of it. And according to a new licensing agreement, you may be able to do that very soon. The big studios need to get behind the push, but if all goes well, you should be allowed… Read More

  • Napster and Motorola Enter Agreement

    Are we seeing an effort from Motorola to take on the upcoming iPhone? The Napster on demand music subscription service will soon be heading to mobile phones according to PhoneContent.com. The site is reporting that Napster and Motorola have announced a marketing agreement that will provide easy access to Napster’s music library and other content through Motorola’s line of… Read More

  • Mobile Web Could See Better Pricing

    Advertising dollars aren’t flowing on the mobile Web in a significant way reports ClickZ News. And the reason could be the barriers put in place by US carriers. This was one of the opinions stressed at this week’s “Goin’ Mobile,” a Yahoo Summit Series event held in New York. European service provider Vodafone is embracing a “de-walled” strategy, and… Read More

  • Sequoia Leads Trulia's $10 Million Series C

    Real estate search engine Trulia joins an elite Silicon Valley Club today with the announcement of $10m Series C funding in a round headed by Sequoia Capital. Trulia moved out of beta earlier this month and launched a number of new features. Sequoia is joined in the funding round by previous investors Accel and Fayez Sarofim & Co. The $10m takes Trulia’s total funding to $17.7million. Read More

  • Buzznet Lands $6million

    Social media network Buzznet today announced the closure of a $6 million round of financing led by Redpoint Ventures and Anthem Venture Partners. Buzznet is the largest social network site you’ve possibly never heard of. The Sunset Boulevard based company was established in 2003 and was last covered by TechCrunch in June 2005. Buzznet has an extraordinary presence given it only returns… Read More

  • Sony Introduces Pint-Sized Home Theater System

    Sony unveiled a pint-sized 5.1-channel home theater system tonight in NYC. The satellites are about the size of an apple, but don’t let the size fool you. The tiny package puts out a total of 450 watts. The five satellites put out 50W each while the two-way subwoofer exerts 100W per channel. Not bad for such a small system, right? The DAV-IS10 is centered around a DVD/CD player that… Read More

  • Adsense For Video, Google Still Lagging

    Google has announced a closed beta test of Adsense for Video. According to the post on Inside Adsense, Adsense for Video consists of “in-stream” advertisements. Publishers define at what point the advertisements will appear for each video. It’s a change in the right direction for Google. The previously announced advertising trials for YouTube consisted entirely of text… Read More

  • Compete API Open For Business

    Web analytics startup Compete.com opened its API for public use today. Websites and applications can now access Compete’s data and incorporate it into their own products. This is timely for the company, which competes directly with Amazon’s Alexa. Recenty, Statsaholic has been in a very public dispute with Alexa over use of its data, with both sides looking bad. That dispute… Read More

  • Webjay Joins DeadPool, Yahoo Scores Hat Trick For May

    Music playlist sharing site Webjay, acquired by Yahoo in January 2006, will be closing June 30 according to a message that has appeared on the site. The announcement gives Yahoo a hat trick of closure announcements for May, Webjay joining Yahoo Photos and Yahoo Auctions in the TechCrunch DeadPool. Founded by Lucas Gonze, Webjay allowed users to publish music playlists on the web. Media… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Treo 680 for $39.99 (AR)

    MyTreo.net’s store is having a fantastic sale on Treo 680s for Cingular/AT&T for existing customers. You do have to wade through rebate hell, but when all’s said and done, you wind up with a brand new Treo 680 for $39.99. That is a very, very good deal. That’s for current customers. If you switch your service to AT&T, you can get the same Treo for free. This is how… Read More

  • Rumor: Nokia 8600 Drops May 25

    Some of you Nokia fetishists are drooling on your shirts in anticipation of the hottest entry-level phone the manufacturer has ever put out, the 8600. It’s stats are “meh”, but man it’s sexy. And it looks like you’ll be getting it on May 25. The Ring Nokia nerds got a leak from Carphone Warehouse stating that it will have exclusive selling rights to the 8600 for… Read More

  • GE Digital Cameras Find Retail Homes At Sears, Kmart

    General Imaging, “the worldwide exclusive licensee for GE-branded digital cameras”—that debuted at this year’s PMA convention—signed a contract with Sears and Kmart to be the first retailers to carry the digital cameras, hitting stores this holiday weekend. As a bonus, the stores will get the cameras in some exclusive colors. Yay colors. Both retailers are… Read More

  • Hiccups At Technorati

    All that new traffic from the relaunch, and the site goes down for the count. Or maybe it really is “scheduled maintenance,” in the middle of the day, at peak traffic times. :-) I love Technorati, even when they lie to me. Read More

  • Sonos Introduces Hot New Bundles, Gets Pandora

    Sonos today announced the availability of the $999 Bundle 130 (BU130). The bundle includes one Sonos ZonePlayer 80 (ZP80), one ZonePlayer 100 (ZP100) and one Controller 100 (CR100). The package will allow users to wirelessly stream music to two rooms and control it remotely using the awesome controller. Users can also opt to include a Loudspeaker 100, bringing the package total to $1,149. Read More

  • Yahoo! Go 2.0 Walkthrough

    I got the chance to play with the Symbian version of Yahoo Go, Yahoo’s standalone networked application that offers news, weather, traffic, and Yahoo! search from a handset. It’s fairly full-featured and even supports Yahoo mail. Read More

  • PS3 Gets 1.80 Firmwared

    Sony announced today details of it’s forthcoming 1.80 firmware for the PlayStation 3. The update will include: 1080p upscaling for DVDs, PS2 and PS1 games PSP remote Internet play DLNA media center connectivity Epson photo printing It is expected to be available around May 24. Firmware 1.80 [PS3 Fanboy] Read More

  • GPS + GSM = TXT MSG Fear

    While it’s called the “Freedom”, this GPS unit has the ability to curtail just that. By combining a standard GPS tracking unit with a tri-band GSM radio, the Freedom can send text messages to a specified phone number at the touch of a button. Or, theoretically, when a certain area is left. Stalkertastic! It’s still new and is being marketed as a lifesaving device, but… Read More

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