• T-Mobile launches Blackberry 8120

    Hot on the heels of the 8820 T-Mobile and RIM are pleased, if not really surprisingly overjoyed, to announce the 8120 with Hotspot@Home UMA support. Obviously you’re not going to get a QWERTY keyboard on the wee pearl but you do have VoIP calling and Wi-Fi browsing. Read More

  • Guitar Hero Mobile on Blackberry

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/796631&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ I wish this were an April Fool’s joke — in fact I’m praying it is — but someone out there apparently thinks it was a good idea to… Read More

  • Helio updates YouTube client, and it's good

    Helio today updated the YouTube client for its popular flagship phone, the Ocean. The update uses the same general interface, which is pretty good, and is rumored to be based on the new overall interface. The new client is faster, noticeably so, and it’s not just the interface; loading and buffering times are zippy indeed. It’s a free download for all Ocean users, and it the… Read More

  • Twinity metaverse wins new backers

    Berlin start-up Metaversum, the developer and operator of the virtual world Twinity, has won a new investor in the form of Balderton Capital. The exact amount has not been released but it’s understood to be in the ‘multi million Euro’ range. Metaversum is adding to investment from VC Grazia Equity. Balderton, better known in its previous incarnation as Benchmark Capital… Read More

  • Dolby and SIM2 announces high-dynamic-range LCD flat screen

    This is pretty darn weird. Dolby and SIM2 have created an HDR system for backlighting images using a backlight copy of the image to increase brightness where it needs it an reducing brightness in darker areas. Take a look at the image above. Rather than backlighting the entire image, SIM2 will only light some parts of it, thereby reducing washed out pictures associated with most projectors… Read More

  • Windows Live Search Mobile Adds New Mapping Features

    Microsoft will be adding new capabilities to its mobile search app, Windows Live Search Mobile, later this Spring. These will include the ability to map a contact, download custom maps from Virtual Earth onto your PC and any phone running Windows Mobile, and access integrated Web search and local weather (click on screen shots below). Blackberry users will be able to conduct searches by… Read More

  • CTIA 2008 Keynote Liveblog

    What happens when you get Richard Branson and FCC Chairman Kevin Martin into the same room? Absolute chemistry. CG is liveblogging the keynote right now without using any fancy blogging software. Drop in if you’d like to follow along. Read More

  • BenQ T60 slim cell

    And here I thought BenQ went belly-up. Apparently they’re still churning out phones, however, because here’s the slim T60 with SD card slot and 24MB of internal memory for audio and video. It also has a 3.2-megapixel camera and lasts for 3 hours of talk time. Boooring, Sidney, booring. Read More

  • Twatr.net: A social network for adults

    I saw this at MWC 2008 this year and just got around to posting it. TWATR.NET is a social network for adults. It’s very similar to Twitter but you can share photos, video streams, and audio along with the standard “What are you doing” fare. It’s based in Amsterdam and they’ve secured 2 million euro in funding so far from angel investors including some folks from… Read More

  • Liveblogging the CTIA 2008 Keynote

    CrunchGear is liveblogging the CTIA 2008 keynote as we speak. They’ll be covering the show from a gadget and service perspective and if you’d like to get in touch with the boys, drop them a line at tips @ crunchgear.com. Live from the CTIA Wireless 2008 Keynote Read More

  • Jana Consortium: CNET leadership has "presided over massive value destruction"

    The battle over the future of CNET continues. This morning the Jana consortium, which announced an attempt to take control of the CNET board of directors in January, published a website and white paper (embedded below) to support their effort. Jana and its co-investors now own 14.9% of CNET, plus another 8% in non-voting derivatives. Their primary goal is to get voting control of the board to… Read More

  • Toshiba's ApriPoco helper robot looks innocent for a reason

    First, this is not an April Fools joke post. Biggs does those, not me. This is ApriPoco, a small helper robot created by Toshiba. It can learn how to accomplish any number of tasks using its built-in infrared sensor, like turning on the TV, useful for the elderly (or lazy). There’s a reason why ApriPoco looks as childlike as it does. Its developers know how frustrated people can get when… Read More

  • Microsoft Stands Firm On Yahoo Offer: "There Is No Reason To Bid Against Ourselves."

    This morning, Microsoft signaled to Yahoo in a very public way that it won’t raise its bid on its proposed acquisition. Sources “close to the company” (possibly the investment bankers trying to orchestrate a deal) tell the Wall Street Journal that Microsoft is standing firm on its initial offer of $31 a share (which has now declined in value, in step with Microsoft’s… Read More

  • Sniff your friends' location on Facebook

    A new service, Sniffu, has developed a new cell service that gives people an electronic map showing the location of their friends, writes The Times of London. The Social Network Integrated Friend Finder (Sniff) can be accessed by Facebook or cell phone and is already popular in Scandinavia. Sniff is run by Useful Networks, which is owned by Liberty Media. Sniff says only consumers who give… Read More

  • Developing Continents Help Soften Mobile Sales Slowdown

    As the mobile phone market in Europe and North America slows down the slack is being picked up by Africa and Asia. Handset manufactures sold 238 million phones in the first quarter of this year, up 10% from a year ago, but down 15% from 2007’s fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter sales are usually up because of Christmas sales. Texas Instruments, a large chip maker for the mobile industry… Read More

  • Twinity metaverse wins Balderton backing

    Berlin start-up Metaversum, the developer and operator of the virtual world Twinity, has won a new investor in the form of Balderton Capital. The exact amount has not been released but it’s understood to be in the ‘multi million Euro’ range. Metaversum is adding to investment from VC Grazia Equity. Balderton, better known in its previous incarnation as Benchmark Capital… Read More

  • Build Your Very Own Google Airplane

    If you create a new document in Google Docs, you’ll see a number of options in the “File” pull down menu. One of those options, which as far as I can tell wasn’t there yesterday, is “New airplane.” It’s right there after “New document.” Choosing it opens a new file with folding instructions to build a paper airplane. Why? Dunno. This is… Read More

  • Fun at Vantrix’s Booth in Las Vegas

    If you are attending this year’s CTIA Wireless convention is Las Vegas this week, you may want to stop at booth #6935 and have a visit with Vantrix. The Weather Channel Interactive and Vantrix are hosting a set that lets you announce the weather in front of a camera with Jim Cantore. Your debut in broadcast storm tracking will be available on your mobile phone within minutes to share… Read More

  • Google Wake Up Kit

    I’m lumping Google Wake Up Kit in with the Gmail Custom Time – not super funny. More Google April Fools Craziness: Build Your Very Own Google Airplane Google And Virgin Team For Human Settlement On Mars YouTube RickRolls Users Gmail April Fools Not Very Funny. On the Upside, They Started A Wikipedia War Google Launches Future Search 2007 2006 Read More

  • One of our VCs is missing

    People join organisations, people leave organisations. But some leave and are then literally air-brushed out of history. Just take Trotsky. One minute you’re in the photo with Lenin. The next minute you’re not (and you’ve got an ice-pick in your head). So it is with companies. But are the rumours true that Sonali De Rycker, partner at Atlas Venture (backers of Zoopla, Moo… Read More

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