• Levi's Enters The Mobile Market

    Face it, you have a great ass. It’s fantastic. Formed to look like a perfect bubble, you demand only the tightest, hottest jeans money can afford. And because you’re a jeans fan, you need a phone that’s designed to fit in them. In comes Levi’s with its first mobile phone. Designed by a company called ModeLabs, this phone features a metallic steel finish and all the… Read More

  • EMI's DRM-free Sales Are Working

    Plenty of people looked disgusted with EMI’s decision to turn its catalog of music loose, free of DRM. Now it seems the tables have turned, as EMI’s DRM-free approach to selling digital music is working out quite well. According to reports, Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has seen a sales increase between 272 and 350 percent, while OK Go’s Oh No has increased 77 percent. Read More

  • The Sky is Falling! or Did Blockbuster Kill HD DVD?

    Talk about leaps of faith. We all know that Blockbuster has chosen to support Blu-ray over HD DVD, but how, exactly, is that affecting sales? Well, according to one guy who works at an “unnamed” retailer, Toshiba should throw in the towel now because HD DVD sales have all but died. Interesting theory. Apparently, this one guy who works at an “unnamed” retailer says… Read More

  • All The Super Mario 64 Death You Can Handle

    Die pasta boy The original Mario games were fun, but when Mario died, it was a static event. He always just jumped up in the air with a forlorn face and was whisked away off screen. When Super Mario 64 came out for Nintendo 64 however, we were able to witness the death of a plumber over and over again in multiple forms of torture. Whether it was fireballs, drowning, or falling off a cliff… Read More

  • YouTube Live On Apple TV, Coming Soon To iPhone

    You’ll be able to view similar Van Halen vids on the iPhone You knew YouTube was on its way to the Apple TV and now Apple has made it official. Users can download a software update that will add YouTube to the available list of programming. You’ll be able to view and browse YouTube videos and can login to your account to view your favorites. Also announced today, YouTube will be… Read More

  • Spore About To Become Vaporware

    ‘Tis a shame, but it’s nothing new in the software industry. Will Wright’s highly-anticipated Spore has now been postponed yet again and is looking like it’ll never be released to the awaiting world. Electronic Arts, the game’s publisher, says that game has now gone from fiscal year ’08 to fiscal year ’09, essentially meaning that the game has no… Read More

  • MAME Devs Decrypt CPS III, Street Fighter III Playable Soon

    The MAME guys cracked Capcom’s CPS III encryption about a week ago and have made a startling amount of progress since then. (In fact, I just grabbed a bunch of CPS III dumps from Usenet in preparation for the moment when a Mac OS X port is released.) CPS III was the hardware that all 600 versions of Street Fighter III ran on but wasn’t compatible with the MAME emulator until last week. Read More

  • Pimp My Guitar Case


    A couple of years ago, Nick Comer-Calder designed an insane electric guitar case using leather, carbon fiber (err… that’s fibre across the pond), and silk, not to mention a high-tech suspension system. Well it’s no longer just a concept–you can now actually buy them… for a mere £3000 plus VAT. He also makes a mean case for classical guitars (£3100), violins… Read More

  • Gmail Needs Foreign Character Filtering

    DownloadSquad brings up an excellent point regarding the filtering abilities found in Gmail. While Gmail does one of the best jobs of filtering junk and spam e-mail, a lot of the time spam littered with foreign characters gets through into our inboxes and we’re forced to sit there teaching Gmail to learn that Russian mail-order brides are indeed e-mails we don’t want to… Read More

  • AT&T To Close Stores For iPhone

    Though the title is a bit deceiving, it’s also very true. AT&T will be closing down every single one of its retail stores in preparation for the launch of Apple’s iPhone. To stay on track with the target 6pm launch, most stores are said to be closing around 4pm so that employees can get ready, prepare for the rush, and set up adverts in every inch of the store. The close also… Read More

  • Verizon Offers Mobile Payments

    If you’re one of those people who has deadbeat friends that never seems to have cash, you can ask for that $5 back if they’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber. As our sister site at Crunchgear is reporting Verizon is adding mobile payment options, which means that customers can use their handsets to send money to each other using a service from Obopay Inc. This service will be… Read More

  • Virtual Goods: the next big business model

    This guest post is written by Susan Wu, a Principal with Charles River Ventures, where she focuses on digital media, software, and infrastructure. Susan is coproducing the Virtual Goods Summit this Friday at Stanford University – most of the companies mentioned below will be presenting. People spend over $1.5 billion on virtual items every year. Pets, coins, avatars, and bling… Read More

  • $20 Million For Prosper: P2P Lending

    P2P lending site Prosper is doing well enough to swallow another $20 million in venture capital, the company is announcing today. The company has now raised $40 million in capital. The round was led by DAG Ventures and Meritech Capital Partners. Existing investors Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, Fidelity Ventures and Omidyar Network also participated. Prosper allows members to request loans… Read More

  • Thanko MP4-Playing Watch: Does a Lot, But Looks Awful

    Thanko has produced what could be the ugliest watch I’ve ever seen, but I’ll defer to the experts on that point. All that we here at CG care about is that the watch, the MP4 Watch, comes in both 2GB and 4GB flavors and plays back most popular digital media file formats like MP3, JPG and, presumably, MP4 video. The watch also records audio. It actually does quite a bit and, putting… Read More

  • Sonos and Best Buy Team Up

    Sonos is busy this week. After announcing Phil Abram as its new president and COO, the Santa Barbara based company has announced an arrangement to offer its wireless music boxes in Best Buy stores. The Sonos BU130 is available today in more than 440 stores and will be featured in more than 600 stores by the end of 2007. It will be showcased with a live, interactive multi-zone… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Franchise Favorites


    It’s easy with games to complain that there are few original ideas; everything just seems to be a rehash of the same old titles we’ve been playing for years. But then sometimes an old game re-envisioned for a new platform is more original than anything else out there. And sometimes a retelling of an old classic seems more innovative than everything else we’re seeing. While… Read More

  • Alltel and Mobile Complete Launch Virtual Testing Lab

    Today Alltel and Mobile Complete announced the launch of the Alltel Virtual Developer Lab, a new remote testing service, which gives developers Mobile Complete’s remote handset and access technology. This allows real-time access to phones on the Alltel CDMA network, and now the entire development community can interact with these devices just as if the phones were physically in their… Read More

  • JAJAH Introduces Free Global Calling That Isn’t Skype

    Could a Skype killer be on the horizon? Possibly, according to the developers at JAJAH. The company has announced its No Headset campaign, and Web site, with the slogan “You Liked Skype, You’ll Love JAJAH.” This campaign is being launched to increase public awareness for the JAJAH service, and users are being rewarded with official clothing if they “creatively dispose… Read More

  • KickApps: White Label Social Networking That Delivers

    KickApps has continued to grow in the face of strong competition from high profile startups such as Ning. TechCrunch first covered KickApps in July 2006. I had the opportunity to speak with CEO Alex Blum this week. Blum was previously President and COO of JumpTV and before that Vice President of Product Marketing for AOL. KickApps’ numbers aren’t as impressive as Nings. KickApps… Read More

  • EASA Approves Airbus In-flight Phone System


    Live in Europe? Like a quiet flight? Beware; the European Aircraft Safety Agency (EASA) recently approved a trial roll-out of AirBus’s on-board mobile phone systems. Luckily, the system can be set to a “quiet mode” of sorts, where only data transmissions could be sent and received. Still, the potential for a chatter-filled trip is there. And all you wanted was a nap. … Read More

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