• Blabnote: The Voice-Only Social Network. Say What?

    It seems a given that mobile social networking is going to be “the next big thing”, but squinting at tiny text is still a pain on today’s phones. To deal with this issue, Blabnote, a British startup that is currently in private beta, has created what may be the world’s first “vocal social network.” To login to the network, you simply call Blabnote from… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Helio Ocean, $99 after MIR

    If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a Helio Ocean — we know you’re out there — have we got a CrunchDeal for you. Helio’s got a special offer right now. A $199 Ocean with a $100 mail-in rebate with any qualifying plan. That’s the best deal we’ev ever seen on the Ocean, one of the CrunchGear staff’s favorite phones. We’ve blogged the… Read More

  • Glubble secures second $3m Angel round

    UK-based Glubble, a free parental-control add-on for Firefox, has secured a $3 million funding round from existing angel investors to continue the development of its product, which also allows a family circle to link up via Firefox to decide what they can see online. Morten Lund, one of the first investors in Skype, is one of those existing angels. Founded in 2006 by Ian Hayward, Glubble had… Read More

  • Live the excitement in AirFox Live, a live feed of a Fox-affiliate chopper

    If you want to live the excitement of flying aimlessly around Chicago until news breaks, pop over to AirFox Live. Chicago’s WFLD has outfitted its news chopper with GPS and its current position as well as what it’s filming appears in a Google Maps window next to the live video feet. Jason Kinkaid at TC says it’s riveting stuff but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Read More

  • Video: Another dancing transforming car, from Chevy

    Remember the awesome transforming and dancing Citroen video from a few months back? Yah, it was very cool, but Chevy’s making fun of it with the above video. It’s cheeky, but cleaver. Well done, Chevy. Read More

  • Friday Survey: Do You Own An iPhone?

    It’s coming up on a year since the iPhone was released, and the second version appears to be just around the corner. So it’s a good time to check in with our readers and see just how many of you actually use the device. Please take a second and let us know where you stand. TechCrunch iPhone Survey
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  • CrunchDeals: RIM offers BlackBerry owners $5 Starbucks gift card

    Attention BlackBerry owners with addictions to terrible coffee- For a limited time RIM is giving BlackBerry Owner’s Club members a $5 Starbucks gift card. It’s worth the few minutes it takes to sign up if you’re a n00b. Or, if you’re already a member, you can login and get yours now. [via Gear Diary] Read More

  • Cable companies salivating over digital TV switch

    Cable companies are excited about the impending switch to digital TV. It’s not just about broadcast, but also the elimination of analog signals via cable as well. That means the operators will require a set-top box for all customers, not just digital subscribers as it is now. This frees up much valuable bandwidth for more digital services, such as HD programming. Not only that, but… 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 a few that we missed.
    “Last weekend before holiday… Catch me while you can…I leave on Wednesday the 20th May When you are ready for the ultimate in upscale, exclusive female companionship give me a call. Your pleasure is my business…. Read More

  • CrunchGear Exclusive: First Samsung Glyde commercial

    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%2F919448%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf This TV spot for the Glyde doesn’t go live until Monday, but we thought we’d share it with you today. Read More

  • Battle Over Data Ownership on Gillmor Gang

    Epic Gillmor Gang today. Everyone went in with guns blazing over the data portability/ownership debate that has spilled out over the Facebook/Google scuffle. DataPortability founder Chris Saad was also on the call, but failed to take a leadership position in the debate (he did, however, weigh in with a blog post on the subject before the call). Their influence may be waning. As the podcast… Read More

  • Storyblender Brings a Goofy Side to Casual Animation

    Storyblender, which recently launched in private beta, is a new casual animation platform that will appeal to users who want customized movies in a hurry. The site was a presenter at TechCrunch 40. If you’d like to try it out, you can grab one of 500 invites here. The site is straightforward, which is a good thing because there doesn’t seem to be a tutorial yet. New users… Read More

  • Airwolf replica on eBay is awesome

    Holy crap, who’s got $38,000 I can borrow? See, there’s this replica of Airwolf on eBay that I’d really like to pick up. I mean, it doesn’t fly, but how badass would this look parked on the roof of my building? You could see it from Queen Anne! People would always wonder, is that where Jan Michael Vincent lives? Of course it’s not, but I could get an eye patch… Read More

  • This just in: Free ringtone spam might be a scam.

    If I’ve learned one thing from the internet, it’s that unsolicited offers of free stuff are, more often than not, bad news. Believe it or not, Nigerian princes do not actually want to give you 12 million dollars. Nor do any of those obnoxious advertisers actually want to give you a bunch of free stuff for your cell phone. Sure, you may get a free Flo-Rida ringtone, but chances are… Read More

  • Capcom's "We Love Golf" for Wii gets exclusive Western content


    Capcom’s upcoming summer golf title for the Wii is getting some exclusive content just for us Westerners. Isn’t that great? Of course it is. We Love Golf takes advantage of the Wii-mote and let’s you birdie for the win against friends near and far. Capcom decided to include two new characters and the ability to unlock Capcom themed outfits like: Apollo Justice, Arthur… Read More

  • 1983: Byte Magazine reviews the very first Compaq clone PC – 28 pounds and portable!


    I’ll let the article do the talking here. Who doesn’t love this vintage computing stuff? I hardly understand most of it since I grew up with DOS, Windows 3.1 and Mac OS 6 more than anything else, but it’s great to take a trip to the deeper past every once in a while. My favorite part: The Compaq computer is designed to be portable, and although it weighs 28 pounds, it… Read More

  • Uwe Boll doesn't very much like Stride gum's schemeing against him


    How could you hate him? That Uwe Boll doesn’t like being in the news, he loves it! This time, Popular Mechanics caught up with the outspoken director, and got his take on Stride gum’s crusade against him. Stride’s scheme to get people to sign the petition against him (which only applies to video game adaptations), Boll says, would be like Obama offering people $10 to vote… Read More

  • Lifewise using camphones to curb gun violence?


    Happy slapping is a stupid, stupid trend in the UK where idiot chavs walk up to strangers and smack them in the face whist their thuggy friends shoot the event with their cameraphones. It’s dumb. But in the UK some people called Lifewise are using the camphone trend to help stomp out gun crime. They’re using camphones and Skype, among other technologies, to create an… Read More

  • VIA's Isaiah chip set for slap fight with Intel and AMD

    Look out Intel and AMD, there’s a new kid on the block. He comes from the wrong side of the tracks, kicked out of his former school for staying out at recess long after the bell rang. His name’s Isaiah and he’s gunning for the both of you. Something like that, anyway. The Isaiah chip by VIA will be here later this month and will be aimed at regular notebooks and desktops. Read More

  • Fastmac announces first universal Mac battery charger, TruePower U-Charge

    Back at Macworld in January, my MacBook died in the middle of the keynote and it sucked really bad since I was in charge of pictures. If I were in possession of an extra battery we would have been fine, but I didn’t so I had to scramble around Moscone for an open outlet. Luckily for me, Fastmac hooked me up with an extra battery after the show so things like that wouldn’t happen again. Read More

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