• Voice Search comes to Google Maps for BlackBerry

    There are two hazards to owning a BlackBerry in Manhattan, at least for me. I ignore friends and potential ex’s by constantly being on BB Messenger, checking e-mails, being on Facebook or playing BrickBreaker. The other factor is doing all of those things while walking along the streets. It’s not safe. Not one bit. Well, Google has made life a tad bit simpler by adding voice search… Read More

  • 500 Errors: Yes, we know

    We’re getting some wonky 500 errors on the site. Please bear with us as we go through this troubling time – together. Read More

  • Nvidia's faulty laptop GPUs cause all sorts of headaches

    Nvidia will be making significantly less money this quarter thanks to defective GPUs. The company said yesterday that some of its laptop graphics processors have a tendency to overheat, and that it’s taking a $150-$200 million charge to cover the costs of repairs. Yes, I had to look up what “charge” means in this context. Nvidia says the problem is caused by weak materials. Read More

  • Google Talk on the iPhone: It's not what you think

    Google has announced an iPhone version of Google Talk which is simply an iPhone-ized browser-based version of the Google’s text chat application. This means you can’t talk over the Interwebs but you can tap out halting messages to your friends on the iPhone’s screen and, thanks to Safari’s tendency to clear pages randomly, you probably won’t enjoy a sustained… Read More

  • Japanese companies start anime and manga download service for the Nintendo DS

    Japanese interactive content providers am3 [JP] and DaiNippon Printing started DSvision [JP] today, a fee-based service bringing anime and manga to owners of the Nintendo DS. DSvision was announced last year but pushed back a couple of times since then. DSvision requires a hardware package for $38, which includes a 512mb microSD card, a DSvision card adapter for connection to the DS and a… Read More

  • Beer-bottle telephone

    Wouldn’t it be so totally funny to be like “Hi, mom, yeah, we’re just studying. I’ll be back at 9 o’clock.” and your mom would be like “Are you drunk?” and you’d be like “Noooo!” and the funny thing is you would be drunk and you’d be calling home on your buddy’s dad’s beer-bottle phone complete with last… Read More

  • Shell Japan to build big solar power panel factory

    The Japanese have a growing interest in solar power, it seems. Today Showa Shell Sekiyu, a Japanese subsidiary of Shell, said [JP] it will set up one of the world’s biggest plants for manufacturing solar power panels starting in 2011. Showa Shell Sekiyu is Japan’s fifth biggest oil distributor. The company said it is willing to invest $940 million into the factory, the location… Read More

  • Google Talk For the iPhone: Not What You Think

    Google has announced an iPhone version of Google Talk which is simply an iPhone-ized browser-formatted version of the Google’s text chat application. This means you can’t talk over the Interwebs but you can tap out halting messages to your friends on the iPhone’s screen and, thanks to Safari’s tendency to clear pages randomly, you probably won’t enjoy a… Read More

  • Play your Nintendo DS like a Jedi with a Lightsaber Stylus

    Nintendo and Lucas Arts are releasing Lightsaber Stylus for the DS at the end of July. Star Wars fans will be able to buy a two pack featuring light up lightsapbers ($16.99) or a three pack of boring non-light up lightsabers ($7.99). One of the major downfalls of the stylus is you can not put it in the holder on the DS. That means you are most likely going to lose these things after one day. Read More

  • Normal-sized business cards at last from Moo

    Just as The Governator tries to pursue green policies, like keeping Tesla’s electric production car local, you’ll now also be able to hand out full-sized “green” business cards with Flickr images, courtesy of the same guys who brought us those cool little mini-cards, Moo.com. They are launching full-sized business cards with a new partner, LinkedIn, which makes sense in… Read More

  • Flowgram Reinvents The Screencast (1,000 Beta Invites)

    http://beta.flowgram.com/widget/flexwidget.swf?id=130&hasLinks=false What you see above is not a video or a slide show, it is a Flowgram. If you click on it, you will be taken to a full-screen player with what appears to be a screencast with a voiceover. Except that you can control the pages by scrolling up and down, watching any videos that might be on the page, or clicking on the… Read More

  • PINs hacked from ATM transaction processing software

    According to a report by the Associated Press hackers were able to break into Citibank ATMs located in 7-Elevens and mine users PINs. The fraud ring is alleged to have stolen more than $2 million between October and March. While there are strict industry standards for protecting customers’ PINs, it appears not all ATM operators are putting enough protections in place. The report said… Read More

  • Judge Protects YouTube's Source Code, Throws Users To The Wolves

    The ongoing Google/YouTube-Viacom litigation has now officially spilled over to users with a court order requiring Google to turn over massive amounts of user data to Viacom. If the data is actually released, the consequences could be far more serious than the 2006 AOL Search debacle. Louis L. Stanton, the senior judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New… Read More

  • Blockbuster backs out of Circuit City buy

    Blockbuster has withdrawn its bid to acquire Circuit City. Jim Keyes, Blockbuster Chairman and CEO, said the company’s decision was based on market conditions and the completion of “initial due diligence,” but said that he hasn’t given up on the dream of “a consumer retail proposition” that would marry content and devices “under one brand.” Read More

  • Europe's Mobile 2.0 startups come together

    Europe is a hotbed of mobile startups right now, so appropriately enough the Mobile 2.0 event which started in San Francisco is putting on a one-day international event tomorrow in Barcelona which focuses on mobile startups, dubbed Mobile 2.0 Europe. I’ll be moderating a panel there, hosting a TechCrunch networking party and we now have the exclusive on the early stage start-ups selected… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Coming in from the Rain Edition

    Drobo’s got a posse – a developer posse
    Mr. Asahi reminds us we need a beer
    Eco Brolly: Someone is trying to improve the umbrella
    Nanowire storage system has a creamy crystalline center, stores 3 bits
    A little brain buzz might go a long way Read More

  • Combo Wants to be the Social Network Hub for Your iPhone

    Many of the startups we come across are “beta” in name only – they’re feature complete, with thousands of users and only a few (if any) bugs. Combo, a new startup that is looking to offer users a central hub for communication across their social networks, isn’t any of these things. Combo is a beta in the truest sense, and frankly, it needs work. Services update… Read More

  • Massively Me Working on Kiwi Heroes, A Socially Responsible Virtual World for Children

    Massively Me, a stealth gaming company, has announced the upcoming launch of it’s MMOG for kids and young teenagers, Kiwi Heroes. Scheduled for release later this year, Kiwi Heroes will be a Flash-based game that attempts to strike a balance between a virtual world and a traditional MMOG (like WOW). Massively Me claims that the intention behind Kiwi Heroes is to promote social awareness… Read More

  • Internet-enabled DVD player coming from Toshiba?

    Despite Blu-ray’s victory over HD, Toshiba does not seem to be accepting defeat and quietly adopting Blu-ray. The folks over at TG Daily speculate that instead Toshiba is working to enhance the image scaling capabilities of its DVD players and possibly launching an Internet-enabled players. Though no specifics have been nailed down, TG Daily based its report on the Toshiba-chaired… Read More

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    Today’s Top Posts: Blizzard Authenticator helps secure your World of Warcraft account VUDU continues to infiltrate Best Buy Windows Vista: Not that bad, really, try it Azeroth in World of Warcraft is the size of Newcastle, planet is flat MSI Wind mini-desktop confirmed in Asia and Europe RIM releasing iDEN BlackBerry Curve WALL-E: interstellar copyright scofflaw iPhone ranked No. 1… Read More

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