• Fighting Open Source Competition May Be Foolish

    We wrote about Nuvvo, a brave startup taking on an open source competitor, last January. However, Nuvvo is now up for sale. And it may soon be entering the DeadPool, depsite what the founders wrote on the Nuvvo blog: This does not mean Nuvvo is shutting down. Our many thousands of users around the world are dear to us and we will keep the service going for the forseable future. For a summary… Read More

  • Pageflakes 2.0 To Launch

    Pageflakes 2.0 To Launch

    Pageflakes, an Ajax home page service that is headquartered in Germany, is preparing to launch a major user interface change in the next day or two. I interviewed co-founder and CEO Christoph Janz and head designer Jeremy Baines about the new launch – you can listen to the podcast at TalkCrunch. A big part of the launch will be promotion of Pageflake’s recently added… Read More

  • FilmLoop 2.0 Coming This Month, Improvements Mixed

    FilmLoop 2.0 Coming This Month, Improvements Mixed

    When photo slide show sharing service FilmLoop launched one year ago, Michael Arrington said it was going to be a winner. One year later the company will launch a new version this month that lets users add text, picture-in-picture and graphic “tattoos”. Filmloop began as a desktop application only, but last month added the ability to embed image slide shows in web pages and… Read More

  • Griffin's New disko Much Like Tara Reid: Plastic and Tacky

    Jonathan Ive and his design team at Apple set a watershed when they developed the clean, streamlined design of the iPod. Considered still to be the ultimate in form and function, there is little to improve upon. So why not go the other way and completely vivasect their diligent work with this new disko case from Griffin? Obviously designed by some executive’s stoned 13 year-old… Read More

  • Massive Magazine For MMOs

    Massive Magazine For MMOs

    If you’ve had a chance to experience the phenomenon that is World of Wacraft or have had end-on-end guild battles in Guild Wars, you know that the world of a MMO is its own reward. MMOs consume players into the depths of their mom’s basement, where they will never see the light of day again. In other words, these games are literally massive, taking players up to hundreds of hours… Read More

  • Mobileplay Hands On

    Mobileplay Hands On

    Mobileplay is an ad-supported service designed for users that want an enhanced web browsing experience. Mobileplay allows users to instantly display websites that are correctly formatted for their phone, bypass download times, browse with the touch of a button (eliminating typing in those long URLs) and more. Interested? Than you’ll be more than happy to know that MobilePlay is also… Read More

  • Zune Unboxing Hits the Web (via CBS News)

    We’re not sure what’s pissing us off more: the fact that Microsoft keeps scooping us on things like this Zune unboxing video and then try to pass off as “buzzworthy”, or that they feed it to goddam CBS News, who plays it in the middle of the day or during primetime, instead of to us, where there are readers who care. They’ve been doing a lot of this. Along with… Read More

  • Google Does The Mashup Dance

    Long famous for allowing employees to spend 20% of their time on experimental work, Google is experimenting in public with a number of projects that give a nod to the mashup ethic. It was a very busy summer for Google; from their Google Apps for Your Domain launch to the partnership with Intuit to the acquisition of biometric company Neven Vision. It doesn’t look like things are… Read More

  • Thank You Sponsors

    It’s time for our periodic note of thanks to the TechCrunch community for reading and commenting as well as the sponsors who make this blog possible. We are very lucky to be a part of such a great network. Yoono – Yoono is a Firefox and IE plugin that lets you discover, share, and exchange links with people across the web. All the links are easily accessable via sidebar or… Read More

  • izenMobile's Krma, a Windows Mobile Pocket PC in a Smartphone's Body

    izenMobile's Krma, a Windows Mobile Pocket PC in a Smartphone's Body

    The upcoming Krma from izenMobile is going to run Windows Mobile Pocket PC edition, but fits into a candybar shape with a standard dial-pad. That means there’s going to be a touchscreen, but unfortunately no QWERTY keyboard. Other features are a 2-megapixel camera, 2.2-inch LCD display, FM tuner, Bluetooth, tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900), and WiFi via its miniSD slot. Which also means… Read More

  • Nike+iPod Hands On

    Nike+iPod Hands On

    I know this is a bit late in the game for this device, but I got a chance to strap these things on recently and wanted to report on the general value of the Nike+iPod line. First off, this kit has one fatal flaw – they really only work with the Nike+ shoes which come in only one or two models. A buddy of mine cut a hole in his old shoes and stuffed the transmitter in there, shown here… Read More

  • Tom Tom Rider, Because Big Bad Bikers Need GPS, Bluetooth

    Hey, tough guy. You think you’re so badass with your Harley, your black leather jacket, and that tribal tattoo, but do you even know where you are? This isn’t Altimont, pal, you’re at a weekend shopping trip with your wife and daughter, just like most of today’s Harley-Davidson riders. Look, you’re at a Starbuck’s. If you had the new Tom Tom Rider… Read More

  • Vertu Constellation Reviewed

    Vertu Constellation Reviewed


    The fellows with the fancy-pants over at Sybarites got their hands on a Vertu Constellation for review. If you’re just joining us, the Vertu is a luxury line of phones made by the same people who make you Nokia’s phones…Nokia. So how does this phone stack up? Well, the Nokia S40 UI is similar to other Nokia Symbian OS phones, but is “far superior graphics wise.”… Read More

  • Because Bluetooth Is So 2005

    Because Bluetooth Is So 2005

    Nokia today announced that they’re working on a new short-range wireless system that they hope will replace Bluetooth. Wibree, as they call it, will be utilized for smaller accessories than just cell phones. It could be incorporated into watches and remote control toys because of its smaller size transmitter and low amount of power usage. The technology was developed by the Nokia… Read More

  • Apple and Google Adding Geotagging to iPhoto, Perhaps More

    If you dig through the code of iPhoto’s app bundle, you’ll find something rather new and telling: references to Google Maps, and a hidden “show” button. This means Apple is probably planning on a new tool for iPhoto that can take the GPS info from your photos exif data and auto-link it to Google Maps, perhaps even browsable from within iPhoto itself. That in-and-of… Read More

  • Nokia Launches WidSet Widgets For Mobiles

    Nokia Launches WidSet Widgets For Mobiles


    WidSets is a mobile widget platform available for Java MIDP 2.0 phones and is completely manufacturer and browser independent. Like widgets on a computer, WidSets provide immediate access to information for everything from RSS feeds to blog posts to photo-uploading sites. Nokia has filled the library with a rather large variety of options to add to your phone. Templates are available for… Read More

  • Pioneer Wants To Kill You

    Pioneer Wants To Kill You

    I’ve always thought that having a DVD player in your car dash was like having people talk to you while you’re walking a tightrope. It seems like you should only use it when you’re driving extremely long distances—or at extremely high speeds while piss dunk. Either that, or get it in the back seat for the kiddos. Well, Pioneer seems to disagree. In a big, big way. Read More

  • IMSafer Filters, Not Spies, on Kids

    Keeping children safe from predatory adults in online communication is a service in high demand, but in order for children to participate the parental control needs to be kept to a minimum. IMSafer is a service that launched today and promises to filter IM communication for conversation deemed potentially predatory. The company says it worked with law enforcement specialists to develop… Read More

  • Vertu Constellation Reviewed

    Vertu Constellation Reviewed

    The fellows with the fancy-pants over at Sybarites got their hands on a Vertu Constellation for review. If you’re just joining us, the Vertu is a luxury line of phones made by the same people who make you Nokia’s phones…Nokia. So how does this phone stack up? Well, the Nokia S40 UI is similar to other Nokia Symbian OS phones, but is “far superior graphics wise”. Read More

  • Turtle Beach Ear Force X1: Good Features, Bad Name


    Maybe it’s me, but the name “Ear Force” just doesn’t make me want to run out and buy these headsets. Or tell anyone I bought them, no matter how good they are—and this lightweight headset appears to be good. As you can see in the diagram, the X1’s are meant to be part of your gaming ecosystem. They are able to blend voice chat with game audio so both are… Read More