• Samsung and LG enter Mobile TV Competition

    As you know, after Feb. 17, 2009, all analog television broadcasts will end and the U.S. will go digital. Companies are competing with one another to set the standard for mobile TV, which will allow mobile phones to receive and display digital signals from local broadcast stations. Samsung Electronics and LG are joining the arena where only one standard comes out the winner. Video… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Nintendo sued, ordered to pay $21m over patent-infringing controllers

    Some lawsuit news for your enjoyment today. An itsy-bitsy Texas gaming company, Anascape Ltd., successfully sued Nintendo in federal court over patents relating to the Wavebird, GameCube and Wii Classic controllers. (None of the motion-sensing Wii controllers are involved in the suit.) Right now, Nintendo has been ordered to pay Anascape something to the tune of $21 million, a number that may… Read More

  • ShaveWorld: Like a razor of the month club, without the club part

    ShaveWorld.com is a subscription razor service that lets you order a year of shaver razors in advance, ensuring, presumably, you’ll never run out. They sell Gillette products right now and you can 4 packs once a month starting 9.99 euro a month ($15). Obviously this might be an embarrassment of riches once you get 5,000 blades sent to your house in a six month period and it’s a… Read More

  • Samsung P3: A haptic competitor to the iPod touch

    Samsung will release later in the year, maybe, the P3, a haptic, touchscreen portable media player in the vein of the iPod touch. There’s quite literally no other information about the player, which is why you’ll see comparisons to the Korea-based corp’s $700 W420 cellphone. Oh. I graduated yesterday. That is all. via PMP Today Read More

  • Atari to sell Wii Fit clone

    Hey, fat people? Can’t afford Wii Fit? Pick up Atari’s Family Trainer which appears to be a DDR pad attached to the Wii that allows you to run through haunted mansions and dangerous jungles while being chased by the nagging suspicion that trying to lose weight using a video game is like trying to put out a fire with hairspray. Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Selling Well in Germany

    Since its German launch last November, the iPhone has sold more than 100,000 units. T-Mobile, which is owned by Deutsche Telekom, has the exclusive contract to sell the popular device in Germany. Chief executive Rene Obermann, while speaking at an annual general meeting, said the iPhone is the most popular multimedia device sold by Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile cell phone… Read More

  • Umbro's Dynamis ball to debut at FA Cup Final: Faster, sleeker (but still no Europass Gloria)

    With every major tournament or cup competition, football (soccer) manufacturers roll out “advanced” balls that promise you the stars in order to get you to buy a replica. England’s FA Cup will be awarded on Saturday, and the likes of James, Kranjcar, and Fowler (injured?) will kick about Umbro’s Dynamis. Unlike most balls, which has 32 panels (those little square-y… Read More

  • Apple ranks second in gay-friendly companies

    A recent study of 2,259 people aged 18 to 64 (1,502 straight and 757 gay) found Apple to be the second most gay-friendly company behind the Bravo television network, according to MacNN. Apparently “23 percent of the general population and 39 percent of the gay/lesbian group [called] the company ‘strongly’ gay-friendly.” The survey was administered by an ad agency… Read More

  • CNET CEO: "This Is An Exciting Day For Us"

    CNET CEO Neil Ashe, who has been accused of “presiding over massive value destruction” will go down in history as the guy that was forced to sell CNET out to an old media dinosaur. But at least he’s given CNET’s stockholders back all of the losses they’ve sustained under his watch with the $1.8 billion sale to CBS. Ashe’s email to CNET staff this morning… Read More

  • New Jawbone more shinier, better than the old Jawbone

    Our own Devin Coldewey models the new Jawbone. Everyone is all a tizzy over the new Jawbone. It’s 50% smaller than the old version and uses NOISEASSASSIN technology to reduce noise even more than the original. Say that again, real quick. NOISEASSASSIN. I think I watched that movie on USA when I was a kid. Anyway… If you’ve used Jawbones in the past, you’ll understand… Read More

  • Dude, William Shatner Totally Loves TechCrunch

    Autograph sports and celebrity memorabilia is a $1 billion/year business in the U.S. alone. The problem is, up to 90% of it is counterfeit. Enter Los Angeles based LiveAutographs, a site that sells celebrity autographs that are guaranteed to be authentic – because they take a video of the celebrity writing the autograph and message and post it on their website. I am a huge William… Read More

  • Fujitsu U2010 Atom-based UMPC will cost $1,300

    Remember the original promise of the UMPC? We were told they’d be affordable, like in the $500 range. Then Intel’s Atom chipset was announced and we were told that it, too, would be affordable. Well, here comes one from Fujitsu for just shy of $1,300, available in Taiwan this July. It’s called the U2010. You’ll get a 5.6-inch rotating screen (I’d guess it’ll… Read More

  • Verizon, AT&T sign Homeland Security contracts

    AT&T and Verizon have won a $678.5 million contract over 10 years to supply data and voice security service and disaster communications systems for Homeland Security. No word on whether the HS guys will get the Venus or the Glyde and whether they’ll be able to download Jonas Brothers ringtones. AT&T got $292 to offer secondary network service. Read More

  • Sweater Friends Episode 4: Hop off?

    Tune in every Friday at 1PM EST to listen to CrunchGear Talk Radio. Subscribe to Sweater Friends via RSS: http://blip.tv/rss/bookmarks/161708 Subscribe via iTunes: itpc://blip.tv/bookmarks/rss/161708/itunes Read More

  • FlyTunes adds new channels, video and podcast support

    FlyTunes, a free radio streaming application for the iPhone/iPod touch, just got some upgrade love. They’ve added over 200 new channels to the list, bringing the number of available streams up to around 350. Not bad for free, when you consider that subscription satellite services like XM and Sirius only manage to offer about 70 channels each. They’ve also added support for video… Read More

  • Asus P560 set for European launch in June

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/x575ku Hi, Europe. Here’s a phone from Asus that you’ll be able to purchase in June, if you like. It’s called the P560. It’ll cost about 500 Euro and there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot else that seems groundbreaking except that It’ll have a SiRF Star III GPS receiver and maps of Europe loaded onto a 512MB memory card. Read More

  • PragueCrunch Meet-up Update

    We’re fast approaching our super fun CrunchNetwork Prague Meet-up and getting ready for the big night. We’re going to have some surprises coming up so watch this space but until then feel free to RSVP by email or on Facebook. Remember the event is on Friday, May 23, 2008 from 7pm until ?? at Restaurace Zvonařka. The program will be fairly basic but I’m planning an elevator… Read More

  • SlingModem officially announced

    Your friendly cable company may soon be carrying the SlingModem, a combination SlingBox and DOCSIS 2.0-certified cable modem. Basically, you’d only have to connect one coax cable to the box and you’d get your internet access, plus you’d be able to sling the cable signal right out of the gate. Sounds cool, I guess. SlingModem is one of Sling Media’s newest… Read More

  • Rogers bringing BlackBerry Bold to Canada

    Get excited, Canada, and give Rogers a hug because you’re getting yourselves the dopest BlackBerry to date. Forget all that noise about the Thunder. The Bold will soon be the BB of choice. Read More

  • Dear Yahoo: You're Fired

    Update: Yahoo Responds As expected, Carl Icahn presented an alternate slate of directors for the upcoming Yahoo shareholder meeting. The letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock says it all: Carl C. Icahn
    767 Fifth Avenue, 47th Floor
    New York, NY 10153 May 15… Read More

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