• iPod Saves a Soldier's Life in Iraq?

    An iPod saved a soldier’s life over in Iraq, or so the story goes. A picture of a destroyed iPod showed up on Flickr with a message saying that it was destroyed in a firefight between a U.S. soldier and some Iraqi miscreants. Supposedly an AK-47’s bullet tore through the soldier’s handy dandy iPod jacket pocket, where Apple’s little portable media player stopped the… Read More

  • Even Mossberg Can't Figure Out His PC

    This is a problem near and dear to my heart. I rarely test PCs and laptops anymore simply because it takes too long. Back when I worked at Laptop Magazine, the #3 best-selling tech magazine in the Honolulu airport, I had the pleasure of unboxing, starting up, and testing hundreds of models and every time I tried to run my tests I had to uninstall reams and reams of veritable crap. It was one… Read More

  • New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future

    There’s some sort of automotive trade show going on in New York right now and one of the highlights is an exhibition showcasing taxis of the future. It’s called Taxi 07 and includes various concepts and prototypes of what you might see on the streets of New York one day. Lots of the concepts focus on improving accessibility for the disabled, while others try to be as… Read More

  • Apple Files Patent For Multi-Sized Icons

    In an interesting move, Apple recently filed for a patent that would allow OS X users to have multi-sized icons on the screen at the same time. The system would allow users to make icons of files larger or smaller, based on importance. In fact, there’s a whole lot of sizing goin’ on here. Apple writes: “However, such difference in size does not indicate the relative… Read More

  • Technorati CEO Search Confirmed

    Technorati has retained New York-based James and Company to conduct a CEO search for the company. For the last few weeks, the firm has been reaching out to potential candidates in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to gauge their interest in leading the nearly four year old company. No word on whether founder and current CEO Dave Sifry will take a new position at the company or will move on to… Read More

  • MediaMaster: Access Your Music Library Online

    MediaMaster is a new web service that, like Faces and Oboe, let’s users upload music from their hard drive and listen to it online. The original service to experiment in this area was MP3.com’s My.MP3.com service. Then, users could “prove” ownership of music by placing a music CD into their computer. MP3.com would then give that user access to an online copy of the songs… Read More

  • The AudioFile: The DRM Dam Cracks


    If you saw my April Fool’s post about Apple getting rid of DRM in the iTunes Music Store, apparently the joke was on me. The very next day, Apple and EMI (one of the big five major labels) made a deal to sell EMI’s entire catalogue–minus the Beatles’ music–without copy protection for $1.29 each. But as I read the reports and analyses and talked to some… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Instruction Edition

    LG SV80: Enough With The Banana Comparisons Already
    The Futurist: Where All These Cell Phone Names Are Taking Us
    Stream Surround Sound Music With Sony’s TDM-NC1 Cube
    Yeah, It’s For Real
    MyGADs for Storing, Retrieving Factoids Read More

  • Early Prototype Of FireFox Coop Released

    Firefox’s exploration of bringing social networking features into the browser has moved forward a step. There is now a very rough prototype of “Coop” available as a Firefox Add-on that tries out some of the ideas discussed on the Firefox Labs wiki. The Add-on can be downloaded here. Only early adopters who want to see what Firefox is up to will be interested in trying this… Read More

  • Denon AH-C700 Canalphones Hands On

    Denon finally returned to the consumer headphone market, and they’ve made a big splash with their latest offerings. I spent some quality time with the AH-C700 (available in black or silver), and the upshot is that I’m not going to wait 2 days to call. They’re not cheap dates, though, at about $200. But they have such nice extension in both the bass and the treble that they… Read More

  • Domain Name Prices To Increase 7%; Verisign To Make $27 million More Per Year

    Verisign, the domain name registry that controls the .com domain (as well as .net and others), just notified its registrars (the companies that actually sell domain names to end users) that the wholesale price of .com domains will be raised 7%, from $6/year to $6.42/year. Expect registrars, particularly discount registrars with little margin to play with, to raise their prices by roughly the… Read More

  • Verizon Gets the BlackBerry 8830 World Phone


    Today isn’t a bad day to be a Verizon customer. It just announced that it would be carrying the new BlackBerry 8830 Cyclone. The new device features CDMA and GSM capabilities, making it functional in both the US and Europe. The phone features a QVGA screen, microSD and EV-DO. No camera, but don’t know many people who actually takes shots with their phones so that… Read More

  • A Thanks To Our Network

    We’d like to take a post to thank our readers and sponsors for supporting TechCrunch. We currently have six great sponsors. Here’s a bit on what’s happening with each: Plazes – Plazes tracks your physical location and shows you other Plazes users and places nearby. Plazes also integrates with Skype, has a widget to place on websites that shows your current location… Read More

  • Mobiode: Surveys Tailored for Mobile

    Now that people are finally accessing mobile content on their phones, it’s good that someone is putting metrics in place to judge how good that content is. Mobiode by Wirenode is a survey tool for mobile phones. Using the built-in WAP or WHML browsers on today’s handsets, site operators can ask user’s opinions on any range of topics, and get the results fast. In theory… Read More

  • MyGADs for Storing, Retrieving Factoids

    Those of you familiar to the old days of IRC might recall infobots, handy little scripts that live in IRC channels and spout out factoids when they see a certain trigger. For example, my favorite infobot on Slashnet is Zuul. If you ask Zuul about me, he’ll respond with “Matt Hickey is the brain that makes the underpinnings of the Web,” an obvious reference to my genius. But… Read More

  • LG SV80: Enough With The Banana Comparisons Already

    People have called the LG SV80 a banana phone — clearly they’ve never seen a real banana phone before. LG believes that the SV80’s shape make it more ergonomic. They’d better because the shape is the only thing that makes it interesting. The stats look like a cellphone from 2005: 1.3-megapixel camera and a paltry 142MB of built-in memory. It’s only for Korea right… Read More

  • Dvorak Sez iPhone Bat Dead in 40 Mins, Continues to Hit Magical Crack Pipe


    Alright so, I’ve made no secret of my complete disenchantment of the iPhone. My primary reason for distaste is also because I think the battery is going to be entirely worthless. Nevertheless, something weird is going on with Mr. John C. Dvorak. Last week he issued a proclamation saying that Apple should withdraw the iPhone (not a bad idea). He gave all sorts of reasons that… Read More

  • A Valuable Service To Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs (humor)

    GetThemLaid is a new site where you can post a description and pictures of your friends who really need to, well, have some real world social interaction. What really caught my eye is that one of the first few profiles on the site is Aaron Levie, the co-founder of Box.net. He’s described as “a sensitive soul” who “spends too much time with other dudes, sitting in front of… Read More

  • Microsoft Tries To Justify 120GB Xbox 360 Hard Drive's $180 Price

    The 120GB hard drive for the Xbox 360, purchased as a separate accessory, will cost $179.99 when it comes out later this month. I repeat, $180 for a 120GB hard drive. Isn’t that a bit much? Lots of folks on the Internets thought so, too, forcing Microsoft to respond to allegations of overcharging. Read More

  • Mobiode: Surveys Tailored for Mobile

    Now that people are finally accessing mobile content on their phones, it’s good that someone is putting metrics in place to judge how good that content is. Mobiode by Wirenode is a survey tool for mobile phones. Using the built-in WAP or WHML browsers on today’s handsets, site operators can ask user’s opinions on any range of topics, and get the results fast. In theory… Read More

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