• Exclusive Look at Plazes for iPhone

    Today Plazes CEO Felix Petersen gave us a peek at iPlazer, the upcoming iPhone client for the geo-tagging social networking site. The app will be available when Apple’s official App Store launches in mid June. Plazes has been around for a while – it was one of the first companies to be covered on TechCrunch. Since then it has switched gears a couple of times, but it’s… Read More

  • Most popular stories for Thursday, May 15, 2008

    Today’s Top Posts: Android vs. LiMo: What’s the difference? From all of us at CG… Samsung F400 music phone: It’s good because it’s Bang & Olufsen T-Mobile officially adds text message blocking Daily Crunch: Flight of the Touchwall Edition Atari to sell Wii Fit clone Hackers will track conference attendees’ movements using RFID CrunchGear’s… Read More

  • Rumor: Google To Launch Hosted Site Search, Ditch Mini

    A source has informed us that Google plans to announce the replacement of its Mini Search Appliance with a new enterprise search solution called Hosted Site Search in the next few days. We hear it will be a for-pay product that, as the name suggests, will allow businesses to search their websites and other data stores in the cloud. In addition to moving this type of search off-premise (the… Read More

  • More proof: Bluetooth headsets make you a douche

    This is pretty funny. If you Google the term “Bluetooth” with “douche” using CrunchGear as the main site, you get a lot of hits. Why? Because we’ve been leading the charge against this stupid fad. Because if you wander around wearing a Bluetooth headset, you are a douche, it’s that simple. You might think you’re being futuristic, but you’re not. Read More

  • Comcast vans cause crash while street racing, 3-year-old in hospital

    There have been lots of stories of Comcast technicians screwing off, falling asleep, helping themselves to food, and other odd behavior, but this is just horrible. Two Comcast vans were street racing in Huntsvill, AL, when one lost control and wrecked, hitting a car. Inside the car was three-year-old girl who’s now in a coma, and may never come out. Comcast as thus far been mum on the… Read More

  • Jennifer Aniston Geeks Out, Let's Revise Those Kindle Estimates Upward

    One thing Citi analyst Kevin Mahaney didn’t know about earlier this week in his very optimistic sales estimates for the Kindle: Jennifer Aniston is apparently a fan. At least, that’s what it looks like in the picture above published by US Weekly (that is the first time and also the last time that publication will be mentioned here on TechCrunch, promise). Read More

  • Meet the TIV2: Built to drive right into a tornado

    What do you get when you take one guy with more balls than brains, an area known for crazy tornadoes, and a budget you wouldn’t believe? You’d get this insane armored vehicle made to be driven into a tornado. It’s called the TIV2 — Tornado Intercept Vehicle, second generation — and it weights 16,500 pounds, has bulletproof glass for the windows, and extra… Read More

  • Get the Lowdown on Cloud Computing at GigaOM's Structure 08

    Next month GigaOM will hold Structure 08, a conference centered on the changing face of computing infrastructure. The event will discuss the wave of cloud computing technology that has been driving a revolution in web applications and has started to overthrow the notion of conventional servers. Structure 08 will feature a workshop on Google App Engine, along with keynote presentations from… Read More

  • Video: The Big Fancy plays GTA IV for 24 hours straight, documents it for your viewing pleasure

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-3853596833191197669&hl=en Admit it, some of you did this, too. You just didn’t have the guts to make a video. Some language NSFW, so find your headphones. Read More

  • Dish Network Giveth, Dish Network taketh away

    Dish Network people were excited on Monday when it was announced that 22 new HD channels would be added to the HD package, bringing the total number of HD channels the satellite TV carrier offered up to 95, putting it on par with competitor DirectTV. What Dish forgot to mention was that just hours later it would be dropping 15 older HD channels, mostly Voom related, to leave it at 80… Read More

  • Army suit increases human strength by 20 times

    A U.S. Army contractor has developed an Iron Man-like suit that can amplify human strength by up to 20 times. (You’d almost be able to lift Biggs, then!) The suit, developed by Salt Late City-based robotics house Sarcos, is expected to go into trials next year. If all the bugs are worked out—the battery currently only lasts about 30 minutes per charge—the Army says it may one… Read More

  • Xbox 360 hits the 10,000,000 unit mark

    Coming in first to the 10 million sold mark for current generation game consoles is the Xbox 360, beating the PS3’s 4.1 million and the Wii’s 8.8 million. The PS3’s high price tag is likely to blame for its third place showing, and the Wii would likely have sold more if they were ever in stock. But that won’t keep Microsoft from gloating at the annual Console Makers… Read More

  • deviantART launches iPhone/iPod Touch Web App

    Launched in 2000, deviantART is an online artist community with over 7 million members. Anyone can sign up and upload (and potentially sell) whatever they deem as “Art”. Some of it is awesome. Some of it, er, isn’t. If you don’t mind filtering out a bit of poorly drawn anime and a few suggestively posed video game characters, it’s not hard to find some really… Read More

  • Geeky Star Wars wedding looks like it was a lot of fun

    I’m likely never going to get married. Not that I couldn’t, indeed I do OK for myself, but because I’m not an idiot. Sure, for some of you it works out, but I’m not the type. If I were, I’d do like this couple from the UK: They did it all Star Wars style. Themselves and the rest of the wedding party dressed up as characters from the film, and it looks like it… Read More

  • Poor Children Of The World No Longer Will Have To Struggle With Linux

    One Laptop Per Child will ship a special version of Windows on their low cost laptops for poor children, the two companies announced this afternoon. Previously the laptops, which to date have been tested in a number of countries, ran only Linux. Trials of the Windows version of the machines will begin in June in “key emerging markets.” OLPC is also working with third parties to… Read More

  • He Said, She Said In Google v. Facebook

    More details on Facebook’s banning of Google Friend Connect from the Facebook API earlier today. I spoke with Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly and Google’s Director of Engineering David Glazer about the banning to get a fuller picture of the conflict. Here’s an example of how Friend Connect (more details) works in practice. A third party site may want to add… Read More

  • Line for Boston Apple Store stretches four city blocks

    Oh, hello there. I’m patiently waiting for the new Boylston Street Apple Store to open here in Boston. Did I need to show up four hours early? Probably not, but I just can’t resist sitting in an outdoor food court while pigeons buzz within inches of my fragile body. Seems nobody told them about the food chain and how humans are atop said food chain. Anyhoo, you might be interested… Read More

  • Spellr.us Launches: Check Your Site For Spelling Erors

    Last month we ran a brief post introducing Spellr.us, a service that monitors websites for spelling errors. Little was known about the site at the time – all we had to go by was a teaser splash page. The site has finally entered a private beta, and it shows a lot of potential. For those looking to try it out for themselves, you can grab one of 150 invites here. Spellr.us monitors… Read More

  • OWC launches new portable hard drives that appear to rule

    I love bus-powered devices, especially external hard drives, but they tend to have fairly small capacities. I do like, those, these new Other World Computing Mercury On-The-Go portable drives. They’re compact, bus-powered, work with Firewire 400 or USB 2, and even look cool. What’s really great is they’re high-capacity and fairly affordable, topping out with a 200GB drive… Read More

  • Mystery solved: AT&T's iPhone Wi-Fi is coming, but not ready yet

    We received this internal memo to AT&T employees describing a failed launch today of AT&T’s WiFi service. From the memo: “The iPhone Wi-Fi offer that was scheduled to launch today has been canceled. Nothing has been announced by the company to our customers and will not impact existing customers. Additional communication will be provided if the status the project… Read More

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