• Beema: Add freaky avatars to your video messages

    Poor Jason over at TC had to pretend to be an animated cat to try out a new video messaging platform, Beema. You log in, call a 1800 number, and leave a message. A short time later you get an SMS and an email containing your cellphone ready video. We gave it a go and were amused by the… Read More

  • T-Mo sues Starbucks for making its latte too frothy… wait…. for dumping them

    T-Mobile is crying “collusion” in response to Starbucks’ decision to take on AT&T Wi-Fi service in its stores. Reuters writes: T-Mobile is seeking unspecified damages against Starbucks for breach of its contract and unfair competition. According to a transition agreement reached in February, T-Mobile was given the exclusive right to “sell, market and promote… Read More

  • Creep out all your friends with Beema

    I tried to fight it. I really did. But everyone was doing it. I couldn’t resist any longer. I had to have a Beema of my own. The idea behind Beema: You sign up, call an 800 number, talk a bit, and they make a video of an animated avatar synced up with your voice. The avatar selection is pretty big – about 400, currently. Clever? Yep. Easy to use? Yep. Creepy? Absolutely. See… Read More

  • Inuk secures £9.5m second round for IPTV

    Welsh broadcaster S4C and Wesley Clover have put in £9.5million of second round investment into IPTV startup Inuk Networks’ freewiretv.com product. The money wil be used to further develop the platform and fund expansion in the UK, Ireland and North America. The move is not overly surprising. Wesley Clover is the venture vehicle of Wales-based Sir Terry Matthews, one of the… Read More

  • Goojet opens mobile service

    Goojet, a French startup which is best described as a new kind of platform for mobile widgets, has come out of stealth mode to launch a full-blown public version. The desktop portal allow users to configure the set of widgets they want to appear on their mobile phone. On the mobile side, a java-based application (which runs on over 300 handsets and the iPhone this summer) gives access to… Read More

  • More Moscone spy shots

    Our spy shots might be fake (we doubt it) but these Moscone shots surely aren’t. RoughlyDrafted has a bunch of pictures from the San Fran convention center including plenty of action shots of App store apps blowing around like beautiful leaves. Here’s hoping that there will be more than just XCode debuggers at the keynote. Read More

  • Windows Mobile, she is dying

    Microsoft Watch has a good examination of the slow improvement in market share for Windows Mobile. Their assessment? The interface is hampering sales. Duh! Symbian is, of course, the number one smartphone OS in the world simply because Nokia runs them exclusively and Nokia is doing pretty well (14 million Nokia phones shipped in Q1 2008 with 18.4 million Symbian phones shipped) while RIM is… Read More

  • The Story Behind Google's New Favicon

    Recently people have been noticing that the Google favicon, the small icon in your browser’s address bar when you visit a Google site, has changed from the familiar upper-case G to a lower-case one. Google has not changed this design in over eight years, so the change caused speculation that more design changes might be afoot. Well, it turns out that the new Favicon is part of a new… Read More

  • SanDisk Takes Fanfare, TakeTV To the Deadpool

    FanFare, SanDisk’s free, ad-supported content portal, has been shuttered along with their ill-fated TakeTV video solution. TakeTV was a little device that you plugged into your computer, filled up with media, and then carried to your TV. FanFare was supposed to supply exciting, free content for the player. Anyone who knows anything about the average consumer would tell you that… Read More

  • TakeTV, she is dead

    SanDisk’s TakeTV — the thing where you plugged a thing into your computer, dragged over movies, and then schlepped them to your TV — is dead along with its content site, FanFare. I probably could have told you that while the concept was solid there was one hole in the plan — that whole schlepping part. Imagine countless exchanges like this: Customer: So I put the movies… Read More

  • The Mouse That Roared

    Our visit the other day to the GooglePlex was extraordinary on a number of levels. At its simplest, the Gmail group opened its kimono to bloggers and what’s left of the mainstream media – full stop. We were asked not to live video the announcements of Gmail Labs, and to clear photographs with the team in case we accidentally revealed some strategic details. But the tour of the… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Unsolved Mysteries Edition

    Breaking: Exclusive leaked pics of the iPhone 2! Thinner design? Check! Different colors? Check! Video chatting? Check and check!
    ‘Lost’ Rubik’s Cube is all about the Dharma Initiative
    Are you nerdy enough to rock this DIY Iron Man arc reactor?
    2 new digital photo frames from Japan
    Meet Pekoppa, the plant which listens to your sorrows
    This DVD turns shy boys into Romeos (or not) Read More

  • Breaking: Apple to launch iChat for Windows on Monday!?

    Follow me here. There’s a lot of discussion on Digg and other blogs (Hi, Ryan!) saying that these photos of the iPhone 2 are fake, and the part about a Windows XP or Vista requirement is proof. But look again: The Windows stuff is a footnote. And what’s it a footnote to? Look at the images above. It’s talking about iChat, and says “Now available for iPhone —… Read More

  • Is This the New iPhone?

    A while ago, CG’s Matt Hickey got a packet of screenshots of a squat green iPod from an anonymous source. That same green iPod got us a C&D from Apple and was finally proven to be the iPod Nano. Well, Matt just got another packet of photos and aside from a few discrepancies with might just be looking at a mock-up of Apple’s marketing collateral for the new iPhone. What does… Read More

  • Breaking: Exclusive leaked pics of the iPhone 2! Thinner design? Check! Different colors? Check! Video chatting? Check and check!

    Update: Post-WWDC Keynote, it’s obvious these are not pictures of the (slightly disappointing) 3G iPhone. What can we say? It seemed like a good idea at the time. And Matt was drunk. It wasn’t long ago that my inbox was full of screen caps from an image editing program of a new iPod, it was a fat yet small iPod that we now know as the 3rd gen Nano. We posted the photos and were… Read More

  • Most popular stories for Friday, June 6, 2008

    Today’s Top Posts: Show us the tech in your car, win $200 in audiobooks from Simply Audiobooks iCraw formerly known as iCall switches iPhone calls to VoIP Microsoft is totally jealous of Apple Camera with Eye-Fi card uploads thieves pictures after theft CrunchWord Puzzle! Screw the Smart Car: The Polish Fiat 126p aka Maluch is 35 years old Qik goes WinMo: Our exclusive interview This… Read More

  • Zelda packin' heat in this Half-life 2 model mod

    Sure, you’ve seen Zelda smack people around in Smash Brothers — but have you ever seen her pack a gat? Half-Life 2 modder FluxMage has managed to rig up a Zelda model and put it in place of the Alyx model used in game. Even if you don’t want to sit through all 7 minutes of the video, check out the first minute or so: seeing Zelda slip a pistol into her dress and use a gravity… Read More

  • Photos of the iPhone 2 leaked

    Whooooooa. Images purported to be screen grabs of iPhone 2 materials have leaked. It appears there will be at least two color variations. One with a black back, the other red as part of the Product (RED) campaign. It also appears to be a good amount (22%?) thinner, with what seems to be stereo speakers on the back. Perhaps most excitingly, the photos give an outstanding view of a front… Read More

  • Amazon goes down: Metal Gear Solid 4/Playstation 3 bundle to blame?

    Amazon’s site has been down off and on today, completely out of service. The company’s been mum on the topic, but it went down shortly after the Playstation 3/Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle the fans have been drooling over went on sale. Gamers in the PS3 forums have been speculating that the demand for the bundle is at fault. It makes sense that the fanboys would be all trying to get… Read More

  • Hop-On announces a dirt cheap smartphone, 3G/GSM phones

    We’re still not too sure about Hop-On, but the announcements keep on coming. Hot on the tail of their “Anti-iPhone” handset announcement, they’ve announced plans to expand their line to include a smartphone, along with a handful of disposable 3G/GSM phones. The HOP 1801 smartphone will sell for $125 bucks – and that’s about all the press release says about it. Read More

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