• Pre-order The Orange Box, Get Into Team Fortress 2 Beta

    In the late 1990s, there was a game called Half-Life that I bought. Aside from being the best FPS of all time, the game also included the popular mod Team Fortress Classic. TFC was just the kind of mindless violence you needed. Demolition men blowing shit up, Medics poisoning the other team, and those god damned snipers that used to chill out on 2fort. Conc jumping anyone? Now you can get… Read More

  • Robodance: Like Riverdance, Less Irish

    Robodance a system that lets you control WowWee robots over the Internet using your voice. At its core it is a piece of speech recognition software that can send messages via IR to the robot. Adding on a camera — this one attached using masking tape — allows potential Evil Masterminds to watch over their lair while at the dentist or church. It actually looks quite fun. Click… Read More

  • Mobile Game News 9-12-07

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. This Week’s Headlines:
    Gameloft Dealt In; Greystripe Allows Gamers to Get Hands-On Titles; Pandemonium at Eidos; I-play Plays It Casual, Glu Sticks To Inc 5000 Read More

  • Logitech's PS3-Specific Bluetooth Headset, Keyboard Are Ready To Party

    More Logitech stuff today, only this time I “get” what it’s all about. There’s two items and both for the much maligned PS3. You’ve got the Bluetooth Vantage Headset and MediaBoard Pro Bluetooth Keyboard. The headset is as you’d expect: the earpiece is wearable on either ear and the strap promises not to cut off the circulation to your head (Remember headsets… Read More

  • Hulu Makes First Acquisition; Chinese Video Startup To Form Backbone Of New Service

    We haven’t heard much about Bejing-based startup Mojiti before this week. They popped up in the TechCrunch Forums in January and are notable because the founder, Eric Feng, was previously at Microsoft Research Asia. Nothing other than that, and they do not appear to have many users. But they sure are in the spotlight now: a source with knowledge of the deal indicates that the $1 billion… Read More

  • The Wireless Association Unhappy with Last Night’s FCC Vote

    The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) last night adopted a Report and Order (Order) which clarifies that wireless carriers must meet the Enhanced 911 (E911), Phase II location accuracy requirements at the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) service-area level. To accomplish this, the Order requires carriers to meet interim, annual benchmarks over the next five years in order… Read More

  • Google To Invest $10 Million In Green Startups

    Google will be investing up to $10 million in “green” startups, the company said today. Specifically, they are looking to invest $500k – $2 million in multiple for-profit startups that are focusing on electric/hybrid transportation. Details are here. But startups don’t have much time to fine tune their pitches – proposals requesting funding must be submitted to… Read More

  • Motorola ROKR W5 Specs Leaked

    Fan of having your music on your phone, but hated Motorola’s original ROKR phone? The company seems to get the picture and is planning on launching the ROKR W5, a music phone that closely resembles the KRZR. This beautiful clamshell has an orange and black paint job, quad-band GSM, EDGE, Bluetooth, and miniUSB for transferring files to the microSD card slot. Unfortunately, the camera… Read More

  • Will Kosmix's Plan To Take Vertical Search Horizontal Go Flat?

    Kosmix is a vertical search engine that launched in 2006. They also raised a heap of cash – over $25 million from Accel, Lightspeed and Cambrian Ventures as well as private investors including Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com and Bill Miller of Legg Mason Funds. Although Kosmix founders Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan might have gone to school with Sergey Brin, their goal isn’t to… Read More

  • Mobile Art Museum

    The famous, and seldom attributed quote “I don’t know art, but I know what I like” probably holds true for most of us. I run into very few professional art critics in my daily grind, but everyone and their brother will tell me why opinion on art is wrong. But in fairness I’m more likely to head to the Arms and Armor Gallery at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art… Read More

  • AdMob Hired by ESPN’s Cricinfo

    ESPN’s Cricinfo, the world’s largest cricket content source, has hired the mobile advertising network AdMob to turn its Internet traffic into gold. Unlike the unsuccessful attempts by alchemists of old to make gold out of base metals, AdMob has a proven track record of turning Internet traffic into advertising money. AdMob will deliver ads globally for Cricinfo, while allowing… Read More

  • Veeker 2.0 In Beta

    We’re no stranger to Veeker, the mobile multimedia messaging technology. A new version of Veeker, fittingly called Veeker 2.0 is able to have a beta launch next Monday. Veeker 2.0 will enable users to create video, photo and TXT messages with their mobile phones, Web cams and digital cameras and almost instantly deliver these messages to friends’ phones or send via e-mail to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Glowworm 2 Edition

    Trio Of ‘phones From Acoustic Research
    Tron Sequel Officialized!
    Back to School 2007: Gadgets for Grade-schoolers
    New Netscape News Portal Dubbed Propeller
    Wii Zapper: $20 In Late November, Free Game Called ‘Link’s Crossbow Training’ Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

      Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Read More

  • Yahoo Lands Bebo Advertising Deal

    Good news for Yahoo, which until now didn’t have an advertising deal with any of the big social networks. They just announced that they will handle advertising for the UK and Ireland sites of Bebo, one of the large social networks (articles here and here). The deal will see Yahoo selling the majority of display and video advertising to an audience of 11.6 million members. Yahoo was… Read More

  • Tablefinder signs first deal

    Tablefinder, one of the six winners at the recent London SeedCamp,
    has come good with its intention to partner with one of the two main global restaurant booking systems, Livebookings Network. The startup remains in an invitation-only beta, however. Founded in 2006 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Tablefinder is a live search and reservation engine for restaurant tables which aggregates booking services… Read More

  • New Netscape News Portal Dubbed Propeller

    Looks like Netscape is going to take another crack at its completely original and un-Digg-like social news portal by slapping a new name on the project and moving it to its own site. After the move Netscape will become an “editorially driven” web portal. In other words, it is completely identical to AOL.com. Maybe this isn’t a complete waste of time and with a new site… Read More

  • OMFG: Free iPhone Unlock is Here


    It looks like our contest may be moot, friends. It looks like a number of the usual suspects — except GeoHot and some shady Russians — have cracked the iPhone wide open. The software is mirrored here and it’s just a zipfile that contains a command line app that looks to be compiled for the iPhone. I tried to run it from the command line in OS X and it wouldn’t take. Read More

  • Propeller Will Be The New Netscape Digg Clone

    AOL has announced that Propeller.com will be the new home for the Netscape social media experiment. What was once considered a possible Digg-killer is now relegated to the backwaters of AOL. In a statement, Tom Drapeau said that AOL was “working hard behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transition before we officially launch at this new destination,” which given the site… Read More

  • Wikia Gaming Launches With 250,000 Articles

    I love Wikia – CEO Gil Penchina, a former eBay executive, says he works harder than anyone in Silicon Valley at building his startup. I routinely point out to him that his startup doesn’t actually do anything – their wiki software is based on the open source MediaWiki project, Google, Looksmart and FM Publishing handle all the revenue via ad sales, and their users create… Read More

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