• Get Video Onto Your iPod/PSP/Whatever on the Cheap

    to rip your DVDs and convert video for the video iPod, we received a bit of info from our spies in deepest Russia who suggest trying their program, Movavi, to automatically rip and convert video to your iPod. It works with Windows and is considerably easier than waiting around four hours while HandBrake or other programs work their magic. Because the Movavi folks like you all so much… Read More

  • Why You, The Reader, Need This 68 LED Flashlight

    You need this 68-bulb LED flashlight, because you need people to see your light from over a mile away. You need it because it’s waterproof, so you can blind fishes. You need it because it’s ruggedized and because it has low-power consumption, so you can stay outdoors for 100,000 hours, which is good for any gadget nerd. You need it because you like the best in your gear, and… Read More

  • Zune Will Not Pay You Back For Sharing After All


    Do you want to know something we hate? We hate it when there’s a really hot Internet rumor, the kind that gets our attention and makes you, our readers, stand up and take notice, and then it turns out to be total bullshit. Complete rubbish. Well, almost complete.

    We mentioned yesterday that we’ve been hearing buzz about Microsoft’s idea to compensate Zune owners for… Read More

  • Battle Test: Nokia E62 and BH-800


    The Nokia E62 is an interesting little beast. It looks like Motorola Q but it uses Symbian S60 platform rather than Windows Mobile 5. Additionally, the E62 is available on Cingular, so it utilizes EDGE “high speed internet” rather than EV-DO. So far so good. The E62 is not a bad phone. It performs quite while in many of the most important categories. Its reception is clear and it… Read More

  • GPS System With Tri-Band Phone Announced

    This little guy may look like a simple GPS, but do you see that little lit LED light in the top right corner? That’s to let you know that you have an incoming phone call. That’s right, this thing has GPRS 900/1000/1900 and it knows how to use it. The GPS01 by Sunlike International Electronic of Shenzhen also has that dazzling 4-inch TFT screen, a CF Type II card slot, a 28mm… Read More

  • Cingular Nokia N75 Self-Important Musicphone In the Wild

    That’s not just a Nokia N75 in this photo, that’s a Nokia N75 with Cingular branding. Word on the tubes is that Cingy will be getting this 3G clamshell sometime in November. The N75, spotted here in the wild, is a musicphone, one from the line Nokia insists on calling “multimedia computers”, to which we say “whatevs”. Sure, it runs Symbian, so you can load… Read More

  • Imation Wants You To Know Where Your Next-Gen HD Discs Come From


    So you say you’ve heard of these newfangled Blu-ray and HD DVD discs but don’t know what the hell they are or how they are made? Well the crack marketing team over at Imation, the only company in the Americas capable of manufacturing blue-laser recording media, walks you through the “unique manufacturing process, technology and consumer uses of high-definition media” in… Read More

  • CG Staffer Suffers from Sony's Hubris

    In some news earlier, we found out that Sony’s lawsuit against Lik-Sang caused the video game site to shut down completely, refunding its customers of any preorders they had placed. I was unpleasantly greeted with a cancellation of my PS3 preorder earlier today. Here’s the email: Lik-Sang.com
    to raj Dear valued customer, unfortunately, Lik Sang is forced to close its virtual… Read More

  • PS3 Is Good To Go

    Sony’s PlayStation 3 has now gotten the approval of the FCC and is now ready to go. For those of us who can afford the system, we should be expecting a great next gen console coming our way. I now PC fan boys are going to hate me for this, but the PS3 is doing a lot to push the barrier of what gaming consoles can do. When you start to think about it, paying $6,000 for a high-end… Read More

  • Rumor: EB Games Employees May Get Fired Over Ebay Auctions

    EB Games/Gamestop are said to be keeping an eye out on all employees who have the luxury of getting their hands on a Nintendo Wii or PlayStation 3. Apparently the employees are not allowed to sell a console they’ve received through the company on Ebay. I hope this is true — I’d be really disappointed knowing that employees were selling consoles that us gamers will have to… Read More

  • HP iPAQ hw6920 Shows Up Oct. 31 At Cingular


    No less than five wireless technologies are hosted within the bowels of HP’s latest iPAQ, the hw6920, and Cingular customers will be the first to use every last one of them. On October 31 you’ll be able to get them from Cingular Wireless’ B2B sales organization for a paltry $359.99 each for business customers with a two-year contract and qualifying voice and data plans. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Chicago Mob Edition

    Here are some highlights from yesterday’s posts: The Al Capone MacBook: Stylish Two Tone
    Oregon Scientific Action Helmet Camera
    Bottle-Top Camera Pod Keeps Your Camera Still So You Don’t Have To
    Samsung SCH-V900 Has a Sexy Red Dress
    MacBook Pro: Now Core 2 Duo-er Read More

  • Mike Butcher joins Techcrunch UK!

    I am really pleased to announce that Mike Butcher is joining me on TechCrunch UK & Ireland to be the new editor. For anyone who has read this blog for the last 10 weeks, you will know that I am an empassioned technologist and entrepreneur but I am not and never have been a professional journalist. Together I believe Mike and I will be able to better meet the demands of the TechCrunch… Read More

  • World Wide Web Consortium Releases First Version of GRDDL Specification

    The World Wide Web Consortium today announced they have forged an important link between the Semantic Web and the Microformats communities of which anyone reading this blog will know I have a great deal of interest. With “Gleaning Resource Descriptions from Dialects of Languages“, or GRDDL (pronounced “griddle”), software can automatically… Read More

  • Yahoo Bookmarks Enters 21st Century.

    Yahoo is unveiling an entirely new Bookmarks product this evening at new.bookmarks.yahoo.com – new interface, new back-end, the works. A screencast created by Yahoo developer Tom Chi is here which gives an excellent overview of the service (Chi also created the background music for the screencast). Compare that to the existing Bookmarks product (screenshot is here) and it’s clear… Read More

  • Digg Does The Acquisition Dance With News Corp.

    San Francisco-based startup Digg has been in recent acquisition discussions with a number of companies, including News Corp., according to multiple sources close to the negotiations. However, the company was unable to land an offer in the price range they’re looking for – at least $150 million – and will likely close a Series B round of financing instead. It appears that… Read More

  • iLike Brings Free Indy Music to iTunes Recommendations

    ILike is a new iTunes plug-in that will launch tomorrow and leverages free music from independent musicians at GarageBand.com to supplement its otherwise typical recommendations. ITunes plug-ins are becoming increasingly common but music recommendations are particularly frustrating if you have to either pay full price for a song or launch another application to get it. Integration of free… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK Event Calendar

    As promised I have taken on board the feedback from my last post on this subject and looked into the various ideas around maintaining a TechCrunch UK calendar of events. The easiest was to create a Wiki here on TechCrunch UK but it also meant everyone had to come to this site in order to update their information about their event which seemed a little drachonian to me. Of course people… Read More

  • Hey Seattle! Come See Band of Horses, Free Tonight, Courtesy Zune Insider

    live tonight at the Showbox downtown. There is a limited number of tickets, so the first 90 people who email yours truly at the address below with “Band of Horses” as the subject will be on the list. The show starts at 8:00 and is 21 and over, so please only email if you’re of age. One name per email, please. The deadline to sign up is 6:30 PST. It’s a great band and… Read More

  • The Al Capone MacBook: Stylish Two Tone

    What do you get when you combine a white MacBook and a black MacBook? Then Two Tone Al Capone MacBook. A Flickr user sreindl.net has a black MacBook that had a keyboard problem. His local Apple store removed the black keyboard, but didn’t have a black replacement in stock. So, in the spirit of usefulness, they replaced it with a white one as a loaner until a black one could arrive. Thus… Read More