• Centrif Tries To Mix Bookmarking With Ask.com

    There are few things more satisfying than asking a search engine a question and immediately getting an answer. No weeding through Wikipedia entries. No sifting through spammy links. Just give me what I want to know. For years sites like Ask.com and Google have offered this feature, but only for purely factual information – things like “What is the longest river on Earth?”. Read More

  • Star Wars Lightsaber game coming to the Wii

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=35358 Oh boy. This holiday season will find the cross section of Wii owners and Star Wars fans flailing their arms about in a state of motion-sensed euphoria with the release of “Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels” by the same folks behind “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed,” Krome Studios (and LucasArts, of course). The game is… Read More

  • BBC Mashed winners

    Alas, I couldn’t make Mashed, the BBC hacker event over the weekend (largely due to wanting to see my wife and children in the breaks between my TechCrunch Euro Tour of European startups). However, the Guardian has done a great round-up of the projects presented during the competition. Alas, not many URLs are yet available to point to as yet. But the projects that won prizes and which… Read More

  • Can't license me love: Beatles tracks in games may be nixed by the band


    It is their music, after all. They’ve historically been pretty slow to take advantage of new avenues of distributing their music, probably because the world is already mostly saturated with it. But Beatles reps were in talks with both MTV Games and Activision, so you could be singing selections from their catalog in Guitar Hero or Rock Band some time soon. The thing is, it first has to… Read More

  • The TechCrunch BBC debate – Are you coming?

    If you are coming to the “The TechCrunch BBC Debate: A Common Platform” this Wednesday night (June 25) then please take note of these important details. Attendees should report to Broadcasting House reception for a prompt start by 7.00pm sharp.
    BBC Broadcasting House is in Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. Because this is a highly sensitive security area then only people who… Read More

  • TechCrunch Dublin Meetup this Thursday night

    Ireland gets a startup shot in the arm this Thursday, June 26, when three (count’em 3) startup events happen in Dublin on the same day: OpenCoffee Dublin, Silicon Ireland and the TechCrunch / TechLudd meetup, which we have humourously named “CrunchLudd”. So head over to OpenCoffee Dublin first for a morning coffee, then go to the day-long event at the City North Hotel to… Read More

  • Transformers on Blu-ray will have lossless audio, BD Live content

    Due for release on September 2, Transformers on Blu-ray will no doubt entertain those of you who think giant robots fighting other just-as-big robots is “cool.” Paramount has said that the Blu-ray version will feature, in some capacity, BD Live content. Better still, this version will have Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sounds; the HD DVD version only had Dolby Digital Plus. And that’s the… Read More

  • Complete ‘Guitar Hero: Aerosmith’ song list

    Various tracks from the upcoming “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith” game have been trickling out, but we finally have the definitive list of the 40+ tracks that’ll be included when the title ships on June 29th. Of the notable non-Aerosmith tunes: King of Rock by Run DMC, She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult, Hard to Handle by the Black Crowes, Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent, and Sex Type… Read More

  • Tokyo Toy Show coverage, part 2: Watch A.M.P., E.M.A. and other robots in action

    In this year’s Tokyo Toy Show, robots of all kinds and sizes were abundant, the majority of which I found to be very creepy. Especially Sega’s gigantic Golden Retriever is a genuinely scary “animal”. Below are some videos I shot of Sega robots during the show. Sega-Hasbro’s A.M.P music robot Sega’s kissing robot E.M.A. (it really can kiss people and… Read More

  • Diller Repackages IAC's Ad Network, Everyone Thinks It's Something New

    Barry Diller’s InterActiveCorp announced a minor enhancement to the demographic and behavioral ad targeting available across its sites today—something it is calling “Audience Cubes.” Advertisers can now run ads targeted at different demographic slices including 18 to 34-year olds, sports fans, homeowners, and parents on 26 IAC sites (Citysearch, Evite, Match.com… Read More

  • Sweeping Internet changes to be voted on this week: Non-Roman letter URLs, xxx top-level domain

    Who’s ready for http://www.CrunchGear.xxx? The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will vote later this week whether to “shake up,” as the Beeb puts it, the way the Internet works. Imagine an Internet with URLs in non-Roman letters, relaxed rules for those wanting a .com or .tv address, and, yes, the controversial .xxx top-level domain. ICANN had previously… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: SanDisk Sansa Shaker (1GB) for $14.99

    Looking for an inexpensive MP3 player to use for working out, showing off to tourists, and/or other general merriment? Buy.com has the SanDisk Sansa Shaker for the low, low price of $14.99, which includes free shipping. Being that it’s a SanDisk product, there’s an SD slot that you can use to expand upon the 1GB of storage that comes standard. The Shaker has a built-in speaker… Read More

  • Video: Call of Duty: World at War

    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%2F1022982%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf We’ll have to wait approximately 10 months a few months before the next installment of COD is released… Read More

  • Helio Ocean 2 in the wild

    It seems a video of the Ocean 2 was up last night, but that’s clearly not the case now since we can only provide a screen shot. Not a whole lot to glean from the Heliocity message board, but it appears the d-pad is touch sensitive and the “Helio” is backlit. Looking forward to this upgrade. Read More

  • Nokia kicks off the scramble for location

    Nokia’s acquisition of Plazes today, the Germany location startup, will do one or both of two things. It will mean other mobile startups with location as a feature will be looked at in a more favourable light. The main startup in the UK in this arena – currently – is Rummble, but there are an increasing number of others, such as WeGlu, Moblog and Buddyping. It may also mean… Read More

  • Robotic arm hustles air hockey players everywhere

    If you walk into a bar and see this robotic arm situated at one end of an air hockey table drinking a Miller High Life with a cigarette hanging from its lip yelling “Who’s got next?!", don’t, under any circumstances, play against it for money. It’ll beat you pretty badly. Politely offer to play a gentleman’s game and if the arm refuses, just walk away. Read More

  • Yes, Virginia, Adobe Photoshop ‘CS4’ will have new UI

    The next version of Adobe Photoshop, which may not be called CS4, and may not come out in October, will indeed have a new user interface, at least on the Mac version. The big change is this element called the application frame, as seen in the above screenshot. Reaction to the new UI element has been mixed, including early protestations by an Adobe gentleman, who has since been won over by the… Read More

  • Nokia's new direction in the entertainment business

    Meet the new Nokia, completely different from the old Nokia. Well, that’s what its executive vice president for entertainment and communities wants you to think. See, while Nokia is content creating genuinely good cellphones, some inside the company think it’s time to move in a different direction, namely entertainment. Hence, services like Ovi and deals with records labels. No… Read More

  • TechCrunching The Enterprise: TechCrunchIT

    We just launched TechCrunchIT, our newest property, with editors Steve Gillmor and Nik Cubrilovic. The site is focused on the enterprise tech space – all the software, technologies, standards, platforms, etc. that help companies do their thing, and form the building blocks of the products we feature on TechCrunch, MobileCrunch and our other blogs. TCIT will be a lot like TechCrunch… Read More

  • Unsubsidized iPhone 3G available in the UK for $685


    O2 has confirmed that unsubsidized iPhones will be available in Apple retail stores, O2 shops and Carphone warehouses for roughly £350 ($685) sans contract. Ouch. Read More

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