• oDesk Announces $8M Funding from Benchmark

    oDesk Announces $8M Funding from Benchmark

    oDesk is a Menlo Park-based company that offers a marketplace for contract talent, primarily in the programming services field. We first wrote about oDesk only a few weeks ago, and since then they have experienced strong growth with a rise in the number of projects and suppliers. Today oDesk have announced an $8 Million Series B investment lead by Benchmark Capital, the respectable Silicon… Read More

  • Gaming Graphics On A Budget

    Usually, getting through a graphics card review on Tom’s Hardware leads to skipping through the nauseating number of benchmarks it does and going straight to the conclusion to see if the card is worth the cash. Well for the short-attention-spanned gamers out there, Tom’s went all budgety with the current crop of cards from ATI and Nvidia, with its top choices by price point and… Read More

  • New Chrysler Sebring Will Heat, Cool Your Drink

    New Chrysler Sebring Will Heat, Cool Your Drink

    It’s the simple pleasures of life that get me through the day. I happen to like hot tea–a lot. When I try to drink my hot tea in the car, it usually becomes lukewarm tea after a little while. Enter the 2007 model of the Chrysler Sebring. The cupholders in this vehicle heat your drinks for you. And with the flip of a switch, you can cool down your drinks, too. It’s an… Read More

  • BenQ FP241W LCD, Now With HDMI

    BenQ FP241W LCD, Now With HDMI

    BenQ is dropping a new 24″ widescreen LCD that includes HDMI support. It also promises a 100:1 contrast ratio, 6ms response time and a brightness level of 500cd/m2. In addition to HDMI, the display has inputs for D-sub, DVI-D, S-Video, composite and component. I got one of those Dell widescreens with the intention of replacing the TV in my room with it, but it never gelled, partly due to… Read More

  • Buffalo Releases Skype Keyboard

    Buffalo Releases Skype Keyboard

    Skype phones are popping up all over the place. In Sony MP3 players, in mice, and now–of course–in a keyboard. Buffalo is releasing this USB keyboard/handset for about $60. It doesn’t have speakerphone capability, but it does have 109 keys on it. It’s also named the BKBU-SKJ109/SV. Get yours in October. BKBU-SKJ109/SV [Impress via Engadget] Read More

  • T-Mobile UK Launches Two New Phones

    T-Mobile UK Launches Two New Phones

    T-Mobile announces today that it would be launching two new phones in the UK. First up is the Motorola KRZR. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this phone, it’s intended as the RAZR replacement. It’s 103 x 42 x 16mm and features, Bluetooth, a 2MP camera, microSD, MP3 playback, 20MB on-board memory and EDGE. We’re about to start seeing a lot of these phones here… Read More

  • Internet Peeps Dinner

    Internet Peeps Dinner

    There’s a real buzz beginning in the London start-up space, I’m not sure if there is elsewhere around the UK? In the last few weeks there have been some really good events and meetings. I was at Mashup, Beers & Innovation but sadly missed the most recent Geek Dinner and Ruby on Rails conference/party. Last night was the Internet Peeps dinner organised by Robert Loch at the… Read More

  • Panasonic to Sony: We Do eBook, Too

    At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, wasn’t the eBook something we were supposed to see about six years ago? Really, back when we all started using dial-up modems to connect to the Internet to access the World Wide Web, weren’t the dropping costs and rising resolutions of LCDs supposed to make these disposable, cheap, common-place toys? Whatever. They’re here, now. Earlier… Read More

  • CrunchGear this Week

    CrunchGear this Week

    While Marshall hits up DEMOFall, we’ve been treking around New York spotting the latest Nokia phones, the Sony Reader, and the latest in Internet tablets, the PepperPad 3. Need more? How about hybrid Blu-Ray/HD-DVDs, a music mug, and some hot rock and roll. Read More

  • We Now Bow to Our Microwave Emitting Overlords

    Holy cow, we’re now just one flying car away from being Jetsons! Lookee here, a microwave oven you can talk to! Not just for shut-ins or Blake Robinsons, the new Daewoo TV-dinner cooker is voice-activated, radiation-emitting, time-saving food machine, meaning you put your Spaghetti with Swedish Meatballs from Stouffer’s in it’s front, say “It’s Tuesday… Read More

  • Mobile TLD .mobi Open to Public Registrations

    Mobile TLD .mobi Open to Public Registrations

    You’ve been waiting, you’ve been patient, you’ve been getting by somehow with .biz and .info, but the time has come at last. You can now have our own .mobi domain name. As of today, registration of .mobi domains is open to the general public at $25 for two years. The debate as to whether or not we need another top level domain isn’t one that we can solve in the pages… Read More

  • Nokia 5300: This One's For the Music

    Nokia surprised us last night by launching a low-end music phone, the 5300, at a Gnarls Barkley concert they held at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. This lumpkin, called the 5300 ExpressMusic phone, is a triband slider with a 1.3-megapixel camera, music control buttons next to the screen, FM tuner. The lower-end 5200, has only one music access key and a lower resolution camera. Both run… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Simultaneously Elsewhere Edition

    Daily Crunch: Simultaneously Elsewhere Edition

    Some bewildering and interesting stories from yesterday: PepperPad 3 Pre-Happiness
    Epson’s EMP-1715 USB Projector
    The Japanese MusicMug: DAP Speaker In A Mug
    Blind Camera Takes Other Peoples Photos
    The Info Ring Knows Who You Are, Wants to Share Read More

  • What's Hot at Demo

    What's Hot at Demo

    The DEMO conference is underway here in San Diego and some clear trends are emerging among the 67 exclusively selected companies presenting. Many of the products are just launched and still less developed than they could be, but they are exciting none the less. The following are some of the most prominent themes of the conference and my favorite examples of companies working in these… Read More

  • Creative Prodikeys Is Rock-n-Roll

    Creative Prodikeys is a 37 touch-sensitive MIDI keyboard with a Multimedia PC keyboard. This is actually a pretty cool idea for MIDI users who have laptops and spend most of their time composing or making samples on the go. Prokideys also saves you some space if you’ve got a desktop by eliminating the keyboard altogether. It’s also a good product for schools that teach MIDI or… Read More

  • The Info Ring Knows Who You Are, Wants to Share

    Phones and PDAs have been able to exchange virtual business cards for a few years now, but nobody seems keen on taking up the feature. The problem is, lining your devices up, pairing them as trusted and finding your person on a crowded list of available devices. Meet the Info Ring. When you shake your new friend’s hand, your contact information is exchanged. You can then sync your ring… Read More

  • No Components For 1080p

    No Components For 1080p

    Last week, we posted about how the Xbox 360 will support 1080p, upscale DVDs and upscale your games. We’ve recently learned that copyright restrictions on HD DVD don’t allow 1080p over component cables. AACS over HD DVD format doesn’t allow them to use the component cables for better output than 1080i. VGA is classified as “authorized computer monitor output”. Read More

  • Thomson PMP2516: Almost Cool

    Thomson China brings us this svelte and iPod-ish little DAP, the PMP2516. It’s compatible with pretty much any format you want, MP3, Mpeg 1-4, Jpeg photos, WMA, ASF, WMV, and WAV. The 2.5-inch LCD screen is just the right size for viewing, and this little guy even sports TV-out connectivity, which is nifty indeed. The features are rounded out with USB 2.0 and 1GB storage. Thomson PMP2516… Read More

  • Next Gen Gaming Reaches India

    Next Gen Gaming Reaches India

    On September 23, Indian gamers were finally introduced to next generation gaming. Microsoft decided to bring the Xbox 360 to India, making it available in a total of 31 countries. India will be receiving 25 initial launch titles, and will then have 7-10 games added monthly. Codemasters also has given a hand in developing Yuvraj Singh International Cricket 2007, with Indian gamers to be… Read More