• Rent The HAL-5 Exoskeleton For $590/mo

    Tired of carrying in those groceries for your elderly neighbor all the time? Need to change the flat tire on your 1981 IROC-Z Camaro in the driveway? Don’t bother exerting all your energy on these mundane tasks when you can just pay for a Japanese invention that makes it easier. The HAL-5 exoskeleton can now be rented for just $590 a month for the next year, basically allowing anyone who… Read More

  • Transmission 0.71 Released – Key Issues Fixed

    Mac OS X users have always gotten a bit of a shaft on decent Bit Torrent clients. There’s always Azureus, but it’s cluttered, slow, and a resource hog. And until the recent release of Bit Rocket, there wasn’t much else: except for Transmission. In the past, Transmission has been banned on almost every private Bit Torrent tracker on the net. Why’s that? Transmission used… Read More

  • Griffin AirDock iPod Dock: Now With Space Age "Remote-Controller"

    If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that the Griffin AirDock looks no better (nor any worse) than any of the 2.3 million iPod docks out there. In addition to syncing your iPod, charging the battery, and outputting all audio/video to an external device, the AirDock has an RF remote control. Did you hear that? A remote control, people! Through the magic of radio, the remote control… Read More

  • T-Mobile Launches USB Modem Reminiscent Of A Maxi-Pad

    T-Mobile has introduced the web’n’walk USB modem to rival that of Vodafone’s, but it’s way cheaper, says T-Mobile. The USB modem is PC and Mac compatible, and offers broadband like speeds of up to 1.8Mbps. If you’re in the UK you can purchase one for £29.99 with a monthly fee of £29 on an HSDPA connection. Product Page [via Tech Digest] Read More

  • Apple Releases iQuiz iPod Game On The Cheap

    So you’ve got a 5G iPod, you’re bored, and only have the change buried deep within your sofa? No fear! Apple has a remedy for your boredom and it comes in the form of a 99 cent iPod game called iQuiz. To top it all off, iQuiz isn’t just a game, it’s a collection of four mini-games that include entertainment trivia, music quizzes, and pop culture puzzles. But even after… Read More

  • CastTV Raises $3.1 Million, Battles Google And AOL In Video Search

    San Francisco-based CastTV, a video search service that is yet to launch, announced a $3.1 million round of financing from Draper Fisher Jurvetson this morning. We first wrote about the company, which is led by husband and wife team Edwin Ong and Alex Vikati, last October. See our post and screenshots here. AOL arguably has the best video search technology through their acquisition of Truveo… Read More

  • Bringing Back TechCrunch UK

    After a long winter hiatus, I’m pleased to announce that TechCrunch will be re-launching in the UK. We are aiming for a June 1 September re-launch. We do need your support to get re-energized. There are three ways you can help: We’re in the market for a great Editor, TechCrunch UK. Please see our job description on CrunchBoard. We want new ideas and new angles. Please share… Read More

  • HeadRoom Total BitHead Mobile Headphone Amp Hands On


    One of the greatest audio-related inventions of the last 20 years has been the portable headphone amp. If you’ve got butt-kickin’ headphones from companies like AKG, Grado, Etymotic, Sennheiser, Shure, or Ultimate Ears (to name a few), you should seriously listen up: HeadRoom’s Total BitHead (just reduced to $149!) beefs up the sound from any audio source in a way that used… Read More

  • Yapta Will Be Awesome For Heavy Travelers

    I don’t know what it is about Seattle and travel startups, but newcomer Yapta now joins Farecast and TripHub, two other startups we’ve been tracking from that cold, rainy place. I saw a pre-launch demo of the company yesterday from co-founder and CEO Tom Romary. The site, which should launch around May 15, helps users find deals on flights and (later this year) hotels. Yapta is… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Bug Invasion Edition

    MOW-AERATOR: Gopher Perforator
    BlinkyBugs: The Coolest DIY Project You’ll See Today
    Jellyfish Beer Bong
    SmartShopper USA SS-101 Hands On
    Wi-Fi Could Be Dangerous To Your Health (But What Isn’t?) Read More

  • PhotoBucket Back on MySpace (I Want To Know The Backstory)

    A simple blog post on Photobucket tells us that the war is over – PhotoBucket videos are now allowed on MySpace again after a two week ban. But the interesting part of this story is what I don’t know yet – who blinked first and why. I’ve asked Photobucket if they made any concessions to MySpace and got back a long but essentially content-free reply that boiled down… Read More

  • MySpace Launches Site For U.S. Spanish Speakers

    More than 28 million people who live in the U.S. speak Spanish as their first language (U.S. Census, 2000). They now have their very own version of MySpace at latino.myspace.com. Before today, Internet users in the U.S., the UK, Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Canada, New Zealand and Mexico had access to localized versions of MySpace. Users were redirected based on… Read More

  • Sidekick 3 Review: Are You There, God? It's Me, Austin

    Sorry we’re posting so many Sidekick videos, but I visited my own SK iD review and saw some related video along with some very pithy and cogent commentary (“do you have to activate it 2 use it”). This is one of the standouts, friends, and from now on all of CG video will be in this vein. We will bring you the shiniest, happiest gadgets fresh from the puppy fields of Boogie… Read More

  • JS-Kit: Web 2.0 For Lazy People

    We first covered JS-Kit last November when we talked about their quick embed code that lets you add comments to any site where JavaScript is accepted. Since then, JS-Kit has been creating more widgets making adding user interaction to any site dead simple (2 lines of code per widget). JS-Kit has also grown from a one-man-show into a full company after adding 5 of the 12 engineers from… Read More

  • Sidekick ID: Now Works in All 360 Degrees

    Dear Marketing Executives: Please don’t release viral video into the wild. You’ll eventually find it on YouTube where people will immediately realize it’s some sort of strange attempt at astroturfing and someone will be fired for failing to realize the model at the end of this video is holding the damn phone upside down. Thank you. Read More

  • Clip From Peter Jackson's "Crossing the Line" Online; Shot with Red One Prototypes

    Remember the WWI biplane dogchase film we told you we loved from Red’s booth at NAB? It’s called “Crossing the Line”, and a brief clip of the trenches scene is online now, ready for you to view at 1/4 resolution. It’s a large Quicktime movie, so you’ll need decent broadband connection to download it. The short is amazing, and was shot entirely with Boris… Read More

  • RAZR MAXX Ve Set to Drop Tomorrow?

    Verizon tomorrow is set to release the only phone from the RAZR line that we kinda like, the MAXX Ve. The MAXX is similar to other RAZRs in form factor, but adds a hefty 2MP auto-focus camera with true flash and an oversized external LCD. With the built-in EV-DO connectivity, this little clamshell is destined to flickr. It should hit at around $200 with a 2-year contract, and we’d expect… Read More

  • OpenDNS: The Ultimate In Short-Cut Coolness

    DNS is boring. Seriously. I’m yawning as I type this. However, OpenDNS is adding some very unusual features to their already speedy nameserver service. OpenDNS is a separate DNS nameserver system that offers a few interesting things. First, it speeds up your browsing time, subtracting a few seconds with each query. Second, it offers “search completion.” Whenever you mis-type… Read More

  • Podbridge Gets $8.5 Million Series B

    Podbridge, makers of a podcasting analytics package that tracks audience demographics, plays, and ad rotation, just closed an $8.5 million series B round. A new investor Sutter Hill Ventures led the round, with the original investors Mayfield and Worldview participating. We covered Podbridge in detail last March. Podbridge’s analytics tracker is an iTunes plug-in that gets downloaded… Read More

  • MOW-AERATOR: Gopher Perforator

    War creates all kinds of new weapons but this isn’t one of them — it’s just the scariest lawn care product I’ve ever seen. The MOW-AERATOR is a manly thing of beauty, strong 1/8 inch cold rolled steel made into sets of 1.5-inch spikes. It attaches to the rear tires of your lawn mover for great traction and aeration. Makes sense to me, I see how it would work but I… Read More