• You need to add data service to your cellphone today, Luddite

    Yesterday I mentioned my excitement to the prospect of Opera making a version of Opera Mini native to Android. Those of us who use our phones for more than texting and calling all find it interesting, but then after talking to friends, I find I’m in the minority. The fact is, most of you don’t use your cellphone’s Internet connection, and that’s sad. The promise at the… Read More

  • With Jiffle, Others Can Fill In Your Schedule For You

    Anyone who’s ever played phone tag knows just how tough it can be to schedule a meeting with someone. Jiffle aims to remove the fuss involved with coordinating availability by enabling users to create appointments on other people’s calendars. The program is already fully integrated with Outlook, and beginning next week it will be compatible with Google Calendar as well. Upon… Read More

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    The Back Burner: Things we didn't post this week

    A big thank you to everybody for filling our tips at crunchgear dot com inbox with wonderful, unique, and newsworthy items. Here are five that we just couldn’t get to this week. Investment Offer Attention: President/CEO I have a client from Jordan who is interested to invest  39 Million Dollars in your country under your supervision and directives. Exclusive details upon your… Read More

  • Craigslist Competitor OLX Raises $13.5M

    According to co-founder Fabrice Grinda, “OLX is probably the largest classified site no one has ever heard of.” And now it’s also the most funded classified site no one has ever heard of, having secured an additional $13.5M in Series B funding today from General Catalyst, Bessemer Venture Partners, Founders Fund, and DN Capital. The round brings OLX’s total funding up… Read More

  • Hacker News Bans Valleywag

    Hacker News, a small but influential digg/reddit-like tech news site hosted at Y Combinator, is asking its users if stories from Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag should be banned from the service. Y Combinator founder Paul Graham wrote “Several users have suggested we ban Valleywag, not for anything in particular that they write about, but because their articles are always such… Read More

  • Sweet arcade stick for the Wii – time to get your Samurai Shodown on!

    Having trouble with that →↓↘SHORYUKEN? We all have these problems now and again, usually because of the fact that almost every arcade game gets played with a joystick, then gets ported to your SNES or whatever and you have to use a weak little D-pad. Nobody every won a Street Fighter competition with a D-pad, and it’s so much easier to play stuff like Metal Slug in the arcade with… Read More

  • Latest iPhone SDK beta has interesting strings indeed

    Hacker and developer types are finding clues in the latest release of the iPhone SDK about the next version of Apple’s magically popular phone. Notable inclusions are threads referring to “A2DP” and “HeadphoneBT”, hints that Bluetooth wireless stereo headphones will be supported with the next version, mentions of remote controls, real GPS tracking, and YouTube… Read More

  • Video: Japanese ads are far better than American ads

    I know this isn’t that recent, but I was having a conversation with a friend last night about advertising and I realized I’ve never posted this. It’s an ad for a Canon camera in Japan, and it’s rad. Read More

  • T-Mobile rocks Webster Hall with Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot for the Grammys' 50th Anniversary Tour

    In honor of the Grammy’s 50th anniversary, T-Mobile Sidekick brought Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot to NYC. Both artists put on great shows and despite the Grammys’ PR folks being total asshats (T-Mo was the antithesis of asshat) to me and Nicholas, we had a great time. The T-Mo crew had Sidekick LXs on display and all the Sidekick users in the crowd made me miss mine. There are… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: GTA IV site updated, more radio stations (Opie and Anthony?) online

    As we approach the game’s April 29 release date, Rockstar keeps adding and adding content to the Grand Theft Auto IV Web site. A couple of new radio stations were added either last night or the night before (I try to check the site one a day, because I’m a dork), including Electro Choc (electronic/dance music) and Liberty City Hardcore (punk nonsense). There’s also a… Read More

  • FCC fining big boxes for selling old-fashioned tele-video-conveyors

    The FCC has announced that it has imposed fines on major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target for selling TVs that will not be functional once the switch from analog to digital television takes place next year. The companies were violating rules set up to prevent customers from unwillingly buying TVs that will not be compatible with the digital signals. The fines included $992,000 against… Read More

  • Microsoft's Live Map users revolt as it switches on Multimap

    Microsoft has switched its UK mapping from it’s in-house Live Maps product to Multimap, the 11-year-old UK online mapping company it bought last December for a rumoured $50 million. However, the switch is not going down well with users. On the Virtual Earth blog, former Live Map users are expressing themselves somewhat… well… shall we say… forcefully? Here are some of… Read More

  • MGS 4 edition PS3 here on June 12

    To celebrate the upcoming launch of Metal Gear Solid 4, Sony will release a special edition 80GB PlayStation 3 SKU based on the game. Come June 12, you’ll be able to grab a MGS-themed PS3 complete with a pack-in “very, very” limited edition of the game. Oh, and it’ll include the DualShock 3, too. Yowzers! There’s also going to be a plain ol’ limited edition… Read More

  • CEO: NVIDIA ready to "open a can of whoop ass" on Intel

    Intel and NVIDIA don’t usually get along. In fact, with Intel’s recent announcements that its entering the graphic processor market, NVIDIA’s on alert, but its not scared. In fact, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said in a conference call today that NVIDIA was read to “open a can of whoop ass,” which is awesome. But let’s face it, if Intel takes its GPU business seriously… Read More

  • Sega unveils Iron Man suits from new game

    With Iron Man just a few weeks away from hitting the big screen, there’s been some talk in the video game circles abut the game, and today Sega revealed all the powerful armors available to Iron Man in the new game, and they look pretty sweet. Not only are the suits from the movie represented, but a couple of comic book faves are here as well, including my favorite, the Classic… Read More

  • A few springtime rebates for AT&T customers

    Before my Internet connection decides to be a bitch again—you have no idea how annoyed I am right now—let me quickly mention this AT&T rebate. The wireless carrier is handing out $50 rebates with the purchase of a BlackBerry 8110 (and a qualifying plan!), which is just the Pearl but with built-in GPS. If you have access to the Hubble Telescope, you can examine the flyer, care… Read More

  • What is the future for tech VCs in Europe?

    At TechCrunch we’re usually at least as interested in the financial environment for funding startups as we are in the startups themselves. And we know it’s something of keen interest to any new internet or mobile company. So it is worth indulging for a moment to discuss what might be happening at the moment inside Europe’s venture scene. I am prompted to raise this issue… Read More

  • EchoStar Falls Once Again To Tivo, Says It Will Keep Fighting

    EchoStar (now known as DISH Network Corporation) was dealt yet another blow in its ongoing patent battle with Tivo as the U.S. Appeals Court ruled against them. The dispute involves EchoStar’s alleged infringement of Tivo’s TimeWarp patent, which allows users to record one program while watching another. Tivo applied for the patent in 1998, and it was granted in 2001. In 2004… Read More

  • It's about time: Duff and Flaming Moe energy drinks

    At Flaaay-ming Moe’s (let’s all go to Flaming Moe’s) — Hot damn, here’s a pair of Simpsons-themed energy drinks. One’s a Duff can, one’s a Flaming Moe’s can. The Duff can’s a full 12-ounces of power, while the Flaming Moe version comes in a Red Bull-esque 8.4-ounce can. Neither contains alcohol, though. Just pure jitter. They’re… Read More

  • Robo-spoons, G-Dogs, and jelly sensors at Tepia Technology's show in Tokyo

    I don’t want to spoil the surprise, there’s a ton of weird gadgets at this Tokyo tech showcase, from robot dogs to catheters with shape memory. The translation is completely off-the-charts inaccurate (not that I know Japanese), but you can tell that some of this is actually some cool industrial tech. I like the “OTOFOKASURENZUDEBAISU” which I believe is a fun… Read More

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