• 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

  • iPhone Problems For Businesses

    The iPhone’s inability to sync with current corporate e-mail servers means trouble for the 9-to-5 crowd. Based on a report from the Wall Street Journal, the only known solutions to the problem at the moment requires changes that compromise the security of e-mail servers or expensive overhauls. A suggested step for Apple would be to provide software that would allow the iPhone to act as… Read More

  • SEVEN Pushes E-mail for Telefónica

    Push it, push it real good. That’s the word from SEVEN, a developer of push e-mail software. Today SEVEN announced the availability of push e-mail software for a variety of mobile phones and smartphones including the Nokia N95 to the Mail Movistar Empresas and Mail Movistar Profesional services, which are provided through the mobile unit of Telefónica in Spain. This will provide… Read More

  • Orange UK Partners with PhoneSpots

    Orange UK, a mobile provider of phone service and directory assistance, and PhoneSpots, a provider of mobile advertising technology for the local search market, have announced a partnership. Orange has selected PhoneSpots’ mobile advertising exchange to deliver enhanced listing information and targeted advertising to mobile phones that call the popular “118 000” directory. A… Read More

  • Google to Bring SMS Search to China

    Searching for anything in China can be a long and somewhat complicated process, but we’re hearing that mobile searches might just a bit easier, as Google has announced plans to add mobile messaging functions to its online search in China. The message service will likely be free, especially as Google is interested in building marketshare. With a billion people that could be a huge market… Read More

  • The Fast and The Furious Races to Third Screen

    The fourth title in The Fast and the Furious has just rolled onto the mobile platform. Since being launched in 2004 this franchise has been quite successful, pulling away with seven million paid downloads. And the latest title is available this week through an agreement with Universal Mobile Entertainment and I-Play. The Fast and the Furious: Fugitive is based on the time between the two… Read More

  • MSN Mobile Portal Redesigned

    This week Microsoft officially unveiled the new face for MSN Mobile, which features a completely redesigned look. The portal offers access to e-mail, news, sports, entertainment, local movie listings, maps and directions and other Windows Live services including Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Live Search and Windows Live Spaces. The content includes access to up-to-date content… Read More

  • 4INFO Closes Round of Funding

    Today 4INFO has announced that it has completed a $10 million Series D found of funding led by Gannet, Co. Inc. Since the carefree days of VC money flowing are a thing of the past, we’re certain 4INFO will put this funding to good use, and the company plans to use the money for product development and to expand its sales and distribution teams, while trying to grow into a profitable… Read More

  • Innaworks Introduces alcheMO

    Software development on mobile has been essentially divided among two camps including Java ME (Java Micro Edition) and BREW, and this has made development difficult as software creators had to basically make two versions. Innaworks hopes to reduce the effort a bit with their new alcheMo, an automated Java ME to BREW porting solution, which the company is showcasing this week at the BREW… Read More

  • Clippz.com Offers Free Device-Optimized Mobile Video Downloads

    Clippz.com hopes to use their “Cascade” technology to let users “sideload” optimized video clips from the Internet to a mobile device, thus bypassing mobile carriers. We like the sound of this, and Clippz.com could be one to watch. The site deploys their proprietary (but still patent-pending) tech to deliver the video to more than 150 specific mobile video players… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Beach Party Edition

    Sony Laptop Batteries Catching Fire, Again
    Duracell/Xantrex Power Devices
    The Zelda Series Walkthrough Blog: God Is Dead
    Video Games Hidden In LP Records
    Inkjet Printers Claim to be Out of Ink – Not Really Read More

  • Veoh Announces VeohTV, A Sort of Distributed Joost

    Veoh’s been busy. In addition to running its popular video sharing site, which is known for higher-quality streams (in terms of bitrate), they’ve announced VeohTV, which is best described as a distributed Joost. The service, which involves, like Joost and Babelgum, downloading new software which becomes a sort of “video browser.” But instead of doing deals with… Read More

  • Rumors Of The Decline Of MySpace Are Exaggerated

    The negotiations between News Corp and Yahoo that would see MySpace owned by Yahoo in exchange for 25% of Yahoo itself have bought out some interesting assessments of MySpace. Most commentary has been negative, Michael Arrington describes MySpace as a fading star and others have suggested that MySpace is struggling, that it has lost the battle based on the fact that Facebook gains far more… Read More

  • More Money For Wesabe

    Wesabe’s “online Quicken” product apparently caught the eye of Union Square Venture’s Fred Wilson, because he’s just written a check to lead a $4 million Series A round. This follows a seed round of $700,000 led by O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) just a couple of months ago. OATV also participated in this round. Brad Burnham from Union Square Ventures… Read More

  • Imeem Now Officially Legitimate

    Social network Imeem and Snocap have officially launched their previously announced partnership to prevent copyright infringement and pay artists for the songs that people upload and stream to themselves and others. The pair and over 5,000 independent labels, like Nettwerk and Orchard, will pay artists on Imeem a share of the advertising revenue generated from ads that run along with the music. Read More

  • MusicGiants: WMA Lossless Music, DRM-Free


    MusicGiants isn’t the most well-known online music download service out there, but they’ve been pumping out WMA Lossless files since 2005. Until a couple weeks ago, all of the super hi-res files were locked down with Windows Media DRM, but no more! Right now you can only get Paul McCartney’s Memory Almost Full DRM-free in truly bit-for-bit identical quality to a CD, but by… Read More

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