• Motorola to Cut 7,500 Jobs

    The big M is slimming down. While they had previously cut 4,000 jobs, Reuters is reporting that the employees at Motorola may be facing additional layoffs. The company could be cutting up to another 7,500 jobs. This was brought on by the second quarterly loss in a row, and severe price competition. As a result Motorola will up to 7,500 jobs, or about 11 percent of its workforce by the end of 2007. Read More

  • Samsung’s Transforming Game Phone

    What is keeping mobile from being the dominant game platform? Well, it isn’t numbers. Mobile phones have a larger install base than all the major consoles combined. But what they have in numbers mobile handsets lack in interface. Playing complex games, even puzzle games (or maybe more accurately especially puzzle games) with a keypad just doesn’t work. But apparently Samsung wants… Read More

  • Sony BMG Release Geometry Wars Exclusively on Verizon Wireless

    The popular arcade game Geometry Wars is now available for play on mobile handsets, but you’ll need to be a Verizon Wireless subscriber to get in the game. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has announced the exclusive release of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved Mobile for Verizon. The game was developed by Bizarre Creations, and is faithful to the original console version. The controls will… Read More

  • Study: iPhone Has Video Potential

    Well file this under information we probably already knew. A recent survey from media research firm Intererpret, LLC, suggests that the iPhone has the potential to deliver growth for mobile video usage. The studies finding show that 63 percent of iPhone owners have already used the widescreen-enabled device to watch video. “Apple has already made a name for itself as a top destination… Read More

  • DVB-H Gets Boost from HiWire Act

    The de facto mobile TV standard situation in America may have cleared up just a bit as HiWire has announced a 24-channel lineup using the DVB-H standard in Las Vegas. This content will include seven channels from Discovery Communications including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Kids and Discovery Mobile; along with six channels from MTV Networks with MTV, CMT, Comedy… Read More

  • SendMe Launches Online to Mobile Game

    Today SendMe, a provider of direct-to-consumer mobile entertainment, announced the launch of SoLow, an online to mobile game that has players compete to get down to the bottom. Users can place free bids for prizes, enter a sweepstakes, and in a unique twist the lowest unique bid wins. “The concept behind SoLow has exploded elsewhere in the world with hundreds of thousands of… Read More

  • Another Bad Break for T-Mobile at The Tour de France

    Yet another reason to post about the Tour de France on MobileCrunch this week: German state television channels ARD and ZDF have pulled race coverage following a positive drug test by German cyclist Patrick Sinkewitz, a rider for the T-Mobile sponsored team. The German Cycling Union, the BDR, said there were possible signs of abuse of the male hormone testosterone. The pulling of the race is… Read More

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  • TechCrunch Partners With SeedCamp Europe

    We’re pleased to announce that TechCrunch has partnered to support the launch of SeedCamp in Europe. Inspired by YCombinator and the OpenCoffeeClub, Seedcamp will be a week long event in London, September 3-7, for twenty young entrepreneurs to showcase their early-stage strategies and product concepts. The mission of Seedcamp is to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs in Europe… Read More

  • Fact: iPhone Camp Starts Next Week

    Apple’s notorious closed-platform, that some call the iPhone, is inching itself open, if only a bit. July 23 promises Apple developers a crash course on writing effective apps for the oh-so-hot handset, without giving up too much of Jobs’s control. While we’d rather see the actual open platform that it could be (the interface begs for one-touch app launches), it’s a step… Read More

  • The Jing Project: The 3 Legged Dog Of Screen Captures And Screencasting

    The Jing Project is a fairly new screen capture and screencasting tool from TechSmith. Jing aims to make screen capturing and screencasting easier by providing the one program for both. Usage wise it’s simple to use. The screencasting tool is as good as any I’ve used before; unlike Screencast-o-matic it’s a software based tool and the difference in quality shows. The Jing… Read More

  • Ooma to Land Tomorrow: Peer-to-Peer VoIP in a Pretty Package

    While we’re spending our time pushing our Destroy Your Landline Contest, wherein you the readers are implored to destroy your traditional landline phones, something comes up that makes us want to perhaps hold on to ours. Ooma is a new Vonage-like VoIP service that tweaks the formula just enough to perhaps survive where companies like SunRocket have failed. The VoIP ideal has been around… Read More

  • Ooma Launches Free Consumer Phone Service

    An ambitious and long awaited new consumer VOIP startup – Ooma – launches on Thursday morning. Much like Vonage and the ill-fated SunRocket, Ooma allows consumers to use their normal phones to make and receive telephone calls, but at drastically reduced prices. Vonage provides unlimited calling in the U.S. and Canada for a flat $25/month. Ooma, however, is using an innovative… Read More

  • Zattoo Is The Best Live P2P Television Platform Available Today

    With Microsoft getting into the Live P2P television game with Livestation, interest has been growing in the space. We covered a number of leading operators earlier this month. On that list was the European focused company Zattoo with a product that is currently only available in a number of European countries, and only then by invite. The folks at Zattoo were kind enough to offer me a 7-day… Read More

  • Free Consumer Phone Service from Ooma

    Thanks to mobile plans with thousands of free minutes, in-network calling options and even mobile VOIP options many consumers have ditched their traditional landlines. But Michael has posted over at sister site TechCrunch about VOIP startup Ooma and its new free consumer phone service. This service might just offer mobile phones a bit of competition. Ooma is using an innovative… Read More

  • Google Expands Print Ads Program, Non-Americans Not Wanted

    Google has announced the expansion of Google Print Ads. From today Google has expanded their newspaper advertising base from 50 papers to 225 newspapers representing 32 of the top 35 DMAs with a combined circulation of 30million readers. The lineup of newspaper companies participating is impressive; companies include E.W. Scripps, Freedom Communications, Hearst Newspapers, GateHouse Media… Read More

  • How to Get the Most Money Out of eBay Auctions

    eBay’s online marketplace raked in nearly $6 billion last year helping people sell nearly anything they’ve got, including a hocking a few iPhones. Savvy consumers often flock to the service, sniping for hard to get items or some deeper discounts than retail stores. Common sense says that markets prices goods appropriately, based on supply and demand. However some economists… Read More

  • Crunch it Over: Can Camphone Pics Equal Digital Theft?

    So here’s the debate: Now that cameraphones are quite literally everywhere, is it OK for people to use them as they see fit? In Japan, merchants are banding together to try and ban “digital shoplifting,” the act of using a camphone to snap a shot of content from a magazine or book. The offenders are apparently those who browse fashion magazines and take photos of hairstyles… Read More

  • Wii-Haters, You Have a Theme Song

    While the debate over which of the current game consoles is the best, the opinions of the masses make their way online, some more coherent than others. The Anti-Wii song is a good example of a well-thought-out argument with opinion and fact put to a catchy beat. If you’re part of the Wii Nation, we’ll be expecting your retorts. Nintendo Fanboys cover your ears – the… Read More

  • Scholastic Loses It Over Harry Potter/BitTorent Story

    It didn’t take long for Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books, to send us a takedown notice for our post “The Latest Harry Potter Book Hits BitTorrent.” In an email yesterday, Mark S. Seidenfeld, an attorney for Scholastic, demanded that we “act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the material or items claimed to be infringing” and… Read More

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