• Free incoming calls for mobiles might end in the European market

    [photopress:LG_balloon.jpg,full,center] For a brief time in the late 90’s, I recall AT&T Wireless granted customers two great benefits to their plans, the “six second” rule, and free incoming calls. Sadly, these were left to history, but in Europe, the free incoming call feature still rules. The problem is that some feel that this is not a good thing, that it slows… Read More

  • The random endorsement: Digital SLRs (or why point-and-shoots are a waste of time)

    [photopress:endorse030508.jpg,full,right] There wasn’t an endorsement last week—frowny face—because head whip cracker Biggs had me write that cute Usenet primer. As a result, one of you wants me thrown off the Internet for good, which I wouldn’t be altogether opposed to. But we’re back to basics today; another plain jane, vanilla otherredundantword endorsement… Read More

  • CeBIT highlights: Dunking the iPhone in Water with Skins Mobile

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F725759&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf I promise this is the last post on TC. Visit the site here if you dare. Watch the rest, including some strange hot tub action, on CrunchGear. Read More

  • Germany is so rich they have TWO laptops per child

    Actually, this is the Austrian OLPC group’s booth. Nothing to see here but it’s cool that the Germanics are taking an interest in this project. Read More

  • Ray Ozzie Hints At Mesh—Web Apps Across All Your Devices

    Today at Microsoft’s Mix conference for developers, which Duncan just finished liveblogging, chief software architect Ray Ozzie hinted at a new service Microsoft is about to preview that will be called Mesh. It sounds like cloud computing for the masses—an ambitious platform that will attempt to unite Web applications across all of your devices, from multiple PCs to cell phones. … Read More

  • Time To Pick A Political Fight At Facebook

    There is nothing like talking politics or religion as a sure fire way to pick a fight. But just saying you’re liberal or conservative isn’t really enough to get people going. That’s why it’s awesome that Facebook decided to let people add themselves to a named political party today on their profile. You can now choose from any of your country’s political parties via… Read More

  • And you thought the SSD upgrade for the MacBook Air was expensive

    Thinking of buying a MacBook Air, but don’t think it’s going to make enough of an impression as is? Feeling like trading that subtle design for a design that belongs on a Victorian-era fainting couch? This is the deal for you – as long as you have a spare 40 large lying around. Bling My Thing has encrusted an Air with gilt Swarovski crystals and is selling it for $40,000… Read More

  • If Facebook Music Really Launches, Will It Get Dissed By 50 Cent?

    Rumors surfaced again yesterday on Billboard and today in other media outlets that Facebook is in talks with the record labels to launch a music service that will include either free ad-supported music streams or paid downloads. Talk of such a service started last October, but what Facebook ended up launching was simply artist fan pages. MySpace is also preparing its own music service to… Read More

  • Adobe's Flash Not Good Enough for Steve Jobs

    This morning CNN reported that Steve Jobs has come out saying that Adobe’s Flash technology simply isn’t suitable for the iPhone. Jobs believes that the desktop version of Flash runs too slowly on the iPhone, the cellphone version of Flash isn’t functional enough, and “there’s this missing product in the middle” that would presumably run fast enough for… Read More

  • Yahoo's "Twitter For Location" Goes Into Private Beta With Near Zero Functionality

    I have big hopes for Yahoo’s new FireEagle platform announced in November 2007. They first described it to me as a Twitter for location. And it does stream your location information in a similar way that Twitter streams short messages. The service opened into private beta today. But it is also more than that. FireEagle has (well, will have) open APIs to send data in and get data out. Read More

  • 'Swiftpoint SLIDER' looks to replace your trackpad

    Though the Swiftpoint SLIDER shown in the above photo may look like a full-sized mousing apparatus, make no mistake; it’s tiny and it fits around your thumb. It can also be flipped up sideways and used somewhat like a pen. Read More

  • CeBIT Highlights: The Meizu Mini One

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F725429&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf This looks surprisingly familiar. Available in August. More pictures here. Read More

  • Los Angeles testing 'breaking news' billboards

    Digital billboards are nothing new, but Clear Channel Outdoor will be testing ‘breaking news’ billboards in the Los Angeles area, starting today. The headlines will be controlled by the Los Angeles Times via a custom-built interface controlled from the newspaper’s offices. Ten billboards in all will run a ten-week test campaign consisting of eight-second rotational headlines… Read More

  • Too Far: The impending arrival of Crocs phone holders

    I’ll unabashedly admit that I have a pair of Crocs that I wear around the house. Actually, they’re knock-off Crocs that I bought at Target for $10. I call them Croocs. What you’ll not see me sporting, however, is the Crocs cell phone holder — not even a knock-off version. They’ll be available in May for $15 and will come in the following magically delicious… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK & Ireland Jobs board officially open

    After a period involving a few technical issues, I’m happy to report that the TechCrunch UK & Ireland jobs board, otherwise known as CrunchBoard, is now open for business. As a special opening offer for all advertisers, it will cost just £20 per job for the first month of its operation. After that the price will revert to £50 per job posted, so feel free to get your jobs in at… Read More

  • 7digital's Warner deal for DRM-free tracks confirms it as the UK music startup to beat

    7digital has secured the first deal to exclusively sell Warner Music’s full catalogue in the rights-free format across Europe. Customers in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Spain can now download tracks from Warner artists in DRM-free MP3, firing a shot across the bow of Apple’s iTunes store, which utterly dominates the music downloads market. 7digital now stocks 3.5m tracks… Read More

  • XM Led Zeppelin going on a break for some of this year

    [photopress:xmbyeled.jpg,full,right] The Led Zeppelin channel on XM will go silent in two days. Once Friday, March 7 rolls around, XM channel 59 will go on hiatus until later in the year. XM doesn’t say why the channel is going away, but it sorta stinks because summer is right around the corner, meaning that your local classic rock station will ignore everything but… Read More

  • Apple buys British iPhone patent. Who knew?

    Did anyone else miss that Apple computers bought a patent for the iPhone from a British company? On 3rd March 2008, Apple Computers purchased USA patent 6,956,564 from British Telecom. This British patent covers sensing technology as used in the Apple iPhone and iTouch originally invented by Lyndsay Williams for BT in 1997, in a touch sensitive computer called SmartQuill (pictured). Williams… Read More

  • UnLtdWorld turns your passion into a business

    In all the fluffy, feel-good hype surrounding the formal launch of UnLtdWorld, a new social network for ‘social entrepreneurs’ to go forth and do good in the world, one thing may have been missed. It’s explained best by founder Alberto Nardelli: “We have developed a business model for UntdWorld around premium services, access to historical and comparative research… Read More

  • Employee claims Circuit City will let you exchange your HD DVD player for Blu-ray

    [photopress:ccitybr.jpg,full,center] A little birdie wearing the red of Circuit City whispered into Giz’s ear, saying that the electronics retailer will let consumers exchange their recently purchased HD DVD player for a shiny new Blu-ray one. Only players sold within the last three months qualify—Christmas shoppers would be right on the border of qualification—and Circuit… Read More

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