• crowdSPRING Enters Crowded Field Of Crowdsourcing with $5,000 Prize (Invites)

    Crowdsourcing sites need to make room for yet another entrant: crowdSPRING. The site is in private beta right now and is starting off with a $5,000 prize for the best design for its homepage. The first 500 TechCrunch readers to sign up here will get into the beta. (The public launch will be in April). CrowdSPRING is very similar to other crowdsourcing sites like Kluster, Cambrian House… Read More

  • Patent trolls kill Meizu Mini One, 50 others

    Sisvel, an Italian research company, apparently has some sort of patent that entitles it to shut down folks at CeBIT. The license, based around MP3 playback, shut down our beloved Meizu along with 50 other booths. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the raid go down. It would have been cool to see the paratroopers. Police raid CeBIT stands [Register] Read More

  • Video: Pico-projectors on the march!

    [photopress:pcio.jpg,full,center] You don’t need us to tell you how cool pico-projection is going to be in the near future. No, you need this epically cheesy video to do the work. There’s no way we could capture it this well. And the best part is there are four more scenarios being acted out with pico-projectors on the site. Don’t get my wrong, ultra-portable projection is… Read More

  • CeBIT Video: Good bye, Hannover!

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, good night,
    I hate to go and leave this pretty sight.
    So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, adieu,
    Adieu, adieu, to you and you and you. Read More

  • PS3 – Spider-Man 3 = Customer service mix-up

    [photopress:40GB_PS3_SpiderMan_Box.jpg,full,center] So how exactly is it that Sony can have better customer service than NewEgg, the bastion of happy buyers? Consumerist has it from a customer who bought a PS3 from NewEgg that was pictured as including a copy of Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray. When the package arrived, the movie was absent, and the packaging made no mention of the film being… Read More

  • Kodak, Vivitar not giving up on film; new SLR on the way

    Digital has almost completely replaced film in the casual set and is making inroads among professionals and artists, but that doesn’t mean film is being completely forgotten. Kodak and Vivitar have not forgotten their roots, and are creating a new film camera aimed at universities teaching “traditional photography.” They say it’ll be similar to the V3000.
    I’m… Read More

  • Norwegian teen wins contest to send MP3s into space

    In order to promote its Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the European Space Agency held a contest last summer. The rules were simple; send in a playlist of ten songs to load onto an MP3 player that the un-manned ATV would fly up to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Therese Miljeteig, a 14-year-old from Norway, won the competition with this playlist… Read More

  • Pogue shares tech support humor; We share Pogue

    [photopress:call_center.jpg,full,center] I had the misfortune of working tech support for a time, and I came away from the experience with the mindset that people should have to have some sort of license to operate technology, or at least be required to take an orientation. It’s not that people are dumb — though some are — it’s that they don’t know what… Read More

  • Ballmer wants to move on from HD-DVD, support Blu-Ray

    I guess he’s a pretty realistic guy. He acknowledges that “the world moves on,” and of course so have the manufacturers and buyers. He says they’ve already been working on driver support and the like, and his comments put weight behind expectations that Microsoft will release a Blu-Ray peripheral for the 360. MS and Sony are already in talks, so it seems like a sure… Read More

  • Playmobil's Security Checkpoint on Amazon makes your morning

    [photopress:41G9WA5NRDL._SS400_.jpg,full,center] I’m not saying it’s the greatest or funniest Amazon listing of all time, but the Playmobil Security Check Point playset is one of the silliest things I’ve seen in awhile. The toy itself is just goofy, ready for spoof, and I could go on it for hours. But I don’t have to. See, the user reviews are just amazing. All of them. Read More

  • Pick up some vino soon from Amazon's wine section?

    Nice. As a subscriber to Amazon.com’s $79-per-year “Amazon Prime” thing (free 2-day or $4 overnight shipping), I’m anxiously waiting for the day that I can literally buy everything from there and have it show up quickly. Next up? Wine. According to ComputerWorld, there’s a job posting somewhere on Amazon’s site for a “senior wine buyer for its… Read More

  • Ballmer on iPhone SDK: Who knows?

    Steve squeezes out a SBDlight. Steve Ballmer was surprisingly candid — yet still fairly quiet — about Microsoft’s plans to port Silverlight to the iPhone. He basically said “Yeah, maybe, if we want to.” As for ActiveSync, he also said “Yeah, maybe, if our partners want to.” As we all no, competitors rarely comment on others developments for fear… Read More

  • Monema's TamTam: Virtual PBX

    I’d been meaning to post about these guys a few weeks ago but my schedule didn’t allow it. However, this is an interested hosted PBX company that offers a drag and drop phone interface for larger companies. The entire system uses a web front end for building your office. You add numbers, message boxes, and response trees by clicking a few buttons and the entire system is… Read More

  • Chris Anderson and Michael Arrington: Back-to-Back on Charlie Rose

    Yesterday was Geek-Out Night on The Charlie Rose Show. Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson and our own Michael Arrington appeared on back-to-back interviews (30 minutes each, separate interviews). Anderson explains why everything on the Internet is free. http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-1951879923858017460:112000:1339000&hl=en Michael talks with Rose about the… Read More

  • HTC jumping on the MID bandwagon this year

    Word on the street is that HTC (makers of phones like the HTC Touch, the PPC-6xxx series devices, and more!) will be releasing Intel-powered MID devices this year. As you’ll recall from Intel’s recent Atom announcement, Mobile Internet Devices will play a key role in its strategy going forward. Read More

  • Calacanis Fires People Who Have A Life

    Mahalo founder and serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis has some interesting tips up today about how to squeeze every single last thing from your startup employees. Helpful advice includes (our interpretation): If you do meetings, have them over lunch, because you shouldn’t let your employees eat alone Don’t provide people with phones, they can always use their own cellphones, and… Read More

  • Sony sez: Microsoft in talks to offer Blu-Ray, player prices should fall this year

    Well, this is good news — for SONY. They’re now talking to Microsoft to offer Blu-Ray support on one of their well-known consoles — I think it’ll be the Famicom — and expects BRD players to drop to $299 by 2009, just in time for the holidays. Will this save the format? Sure, for a few years until studios get their heads out of their asses and start to offer HD… Read More

  • Rumors Gone Wild: Is Sprint looking to spin-off Nextel or is T-Mobile looking to buy Sprint? Or both?

    According to the “anonymous Wall Street professional” who writes Seeking Alpha’s Notable Calls blog, a rumor started late yesterday that Sprint “has hired Morgan Stanley and initiated director Ralph V. Whitworth’s plan to spin-off Nextel” and that we should expect the announcement in the next two to four weeks. I’m not really convinced that… Read More

  • Hanrim wireless power transmission: Satellite power by year 2108

    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%2F730084&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf We’ve been seeing lots of cool wireless power applications this year and Hanrim had a good demo of a prototype phone with a wirless charging… Read More

  • G-Fi: GPS to WTF converter

    Not sure about the specific useficality of this device, but it basically adds GPS functionality to Wi-Fi devices using software plug-ins. Yeah, I don’t get it either. The website consists of marketing speak and rendered pictures, so let’s hope we can get in touch with these guys to figure out what’s going on. UPDATE – Patent horror! GoMite are pursuing IP… Read More

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