• The Futurist: The End of Name-Brand TVs or…. Why Your Next Set Will Be A Vizio

    The Futurist: The End of Name-Brand TVs or…. Why Your Next Set Will Be A Vizio


    While filling up on my five-hours-per-day tube habit, I spotted a commercial that utterly shocked me. This ad wasn’t particularly gory or raunchy — it was the advertiser that caught me off-guard. Vizio, one of those off-brand flat screen TV-makers whose native habitat is in the aisles of Sam’s Club and Costco, was actually advertising on TV. From everything I’ve seen… Read More

  • Hello Wii Video 9

    Wii Video 9 is a homebrew app for the Nintendo Wii that allows you to play videos on your console. The app converts video files like DivX and .avi into MPEGs, which you can then drop onto a SD Card, all you have to do after that is insert the card into your Wii, navigate to the content you want, and you’re ready to roll. You can download the app here, courtesy of Red Kawa. Watching videos… Read More

  • Track Your Adventures With Suunto X9i

    Track Your Adventures With Suunto X9i

    The Suunto X9i is a powerful wristwatch for anyone who likes to travel or participate in extreme sports. The X9i features a GPS system, barometer, compass, water resistance, an altimeter and a menu-based interface that will let you navigate through functions with ease. The X9i also connects to PCs via USB and comes with Suunto’s tracking software, so you can map out and email your route… Read More

  • More Scaling Problems With PS3

    While Sony sorted out its problems manufacturing enough PlayStation 3s to keep up with demand, it seems like it still hasn’t decided to clean things up for the early adopters of the PS3. It turns out PS2 and PSOne games aren’t scaled down correctly by the PS3, leaving artifacts and jagged edges in games that previously had clean graphics. The best example in the video is the footage… Read More

  • Glam Media Gets $18.5 Million And A CNET Chairman

    Glam Media Gets $18.5 Million And A CNET Chairman

    Glam Media, a fashion and lifestyle Web site, has a trifecta of news today. It has received $18 million in Series C funding, CNET chairman Jarl Mohn is joining the company as an investor and strategic adviser, and there is a new partnership with Hearst Magazines to bring articles from their popular magazines, starting with Marie Claire, to Glam.com. The funding was led by Duff Ackerman… Read More

  • Gaming Scarves For The Brrrrr Weather

    Gaming Scarves For The Brrrrr Weather

    We are well into December and the cold weather has just started to hit us over here in San Francisco, and that means one thing: Winter shopping time! These classic gaming scarves are made of 100% Merino wool and will do a great job of keeping your neck warm during the winter time. The best part of the scarves are the designs. I mean, you can either take a drive all the way to the local mall… Read More

  • USB-Powered Heated Cushion

    You don’t need us to make “hot ass” jokes, you just need to know that there’s a USB-powered ass-warmer, a cushion for your chair that keeps the back of your front toasty while you surf for porn write your blog entries in your undies. Not that we do that, we’re just sayin’. Anyway, combine it with the USB eye-warmer and save a bundle on your heating bill… Read More

  • Jaxtr Widget Lets Social Networkers Chat On Real Live Phones

    Jaxtr Widget Lets Social Networkers Chat On Real Live Phones

    A company called jaxtr, which launches in private beta today, allows users to connect their personal phone to their digital personality. Jaxr is a widget that users can put into their social networking sites or blogs. When someone has a jaxtr widget, it means you can call them in real-time. Jaxtr members assign a specific number to their widget. When a caller sees that widget, they can click… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Robots Attack! Edition

    Daily Crunch: Robots Attack! Edition

    Hunker Down with the Vector Tough Brite Storm Tracker
    Flickr Gets Into The Holidays
    Microsoft Raising Army of Killer Robots, With Your Help
    Defend Your Macbook with iSight
    Black Q: It’s What’s Inside That Counts Read More

  • Bill Gates On The Future Of DRM

    Microsoft convened a small group of bloggers today at their Redmond headquarters to discuss the upcoming Mix Conference in Las Vegas. Highlights of the day included: The receipt of a Zune as a gift (the third I’ve received from Microsoft – I now have all three colors) Seeing the look on Gates’ face when he walked into the room and every single one of us had a Mac open on… Read More

  • It's Time To Thank The Sponsors

    Every couple of weeks we take a moment to thank our sponsors for making TechCrunch possible. Now’s that time. Thank you to our sponsors and, as always, our loyal readers. TechCrunch Sponsors: Carbonite – Carbonite is a simple back-up solution that I have been using for the past couple of months. It allows you to automatically back-up files in the background while your computer… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Launches Video Referral Site, StumbleVideo

    StumbleUpon Launches Video Referral Site, StumbleVideo

    StumbleUpon’s social browsing application has been such a big hit that the company is launching a separate site for video referral called StumbleVideo. StumbleUpon is a browser toolbar that recommends Web sites based on viewing patterns of other people with similar user profiles. StumbleVideo will do the same type of recommending for video, only it is not a browser extension. It is a… Read More

  • M2 Convert Winners: Day 07

    M2 Convert Winners: Day 07


    Another day, another round of M2 Convert winners. I’ve scoured the edges of Tuesday’s posts and dredged up 10 new winners for you all. With only 30 copies left, we’re entering the final hump of the giveaway. But here are the winners for day seven: Read More

  • W531 Dual-Class Phone Makes Its Way to Sprint

    GSM is used by most of the world as a standard for cellular communications. Sprint and Verizon have traditionally poo-pooed the idea of being compatible. After all, the phones are locked to the provider’s network, so who cares? Sprint does, it seems. It’s prepping Samsung’s W531. It’s a CDMA phone with a GSM SIM slot, a dual-class badboy, like a half-mage/half-paladin. Read More

  • Black Q: It's What's Inside That Counts

    , but it’s come to our attention that this black Q actually has differences that are more than skin deep. Besides a rubberized exterior for a better grip, the new Q offers a software upgrade that includes improved power management for longer battery life and a unique (and, we think, useless) feature allowing the user to control the jog wheel with the volume buttons on a Bluetooth headset. Read More

  • Defend Your Macbook with iSight

    Defend Your Macbook with iSight


    If you’re the owner of Macbook, then I suggest you take a look at this authsight program that works in conjunction with iSightCapture. The concept is simple. Every time there is a failed login on your system, the iSight takes a snapshot of the person who punched in the erroneous info. And you can set it to automatically upload the images to an FTP so you can track the person on the… Read More

  • ACESS Announces ALP Delayed Till '07

    Palm OS and cell phone developers have been waiting patiently for ACCESS to release the development environment for ALP, or ACCESS Linux Platform, the company’s successor to the aging Palm OS. ACESS had told developers that it would release the package by the end of the year, however a statement on its Website today says that the deadline will not be met. Further, the statement notes that… Read More

  • Microsoft Raising Army of Killer Robots, With Your Help

    It was only a matter of time, really, until Microsoft started development on its army of robots to rule the Earth. In the guise of the Microsoft Robotics Studio, Redmond aims to dominate the world by 2012. The idea behind the robotics studio is that any hobbyist can build any robot from popular off-the-shelf robotics kits and control said mechanoids with the studio. One set of objects and… Read More

  • Ford Racing: 1, 2, 3, Bankruptcy

    Ford Racing: 1, 2, 3, Bankruptcy

    If you prefer a trip to the local arcade over playing video games at home, take a seat on Ford’s new twin-unit arcade racing machine. The $19,000 arcade machine features Ford Racing: Full Blown, which includes cars like the 68′ Mustang GT and the SVT Cobra. The arcade machine also gives you force feedback steering wheels, driving pedals, racing chairs and 12 tracks. The arcade… Read More

  • Siano Mobile TV ExpressCard

    Siano Mobile TV ExpressCard

    Since ExpressCard 34 appeared in Apple’s Macbook Pro, a few items for the new slot have popped up here and there – nothing of real value. In comes the SuwonExpress Card from Siano Mobile and Samsung. Shove the card into the side of your notebook and enjoy mobile TV on the go. The card is going to be bundled with some software from CyberLink, so it shouldn’t be too bad a package. Read More