• LongJump Launches Cloud Database Service

    LongJump, an SaaS offering that enables ordinary people to build and customize database-centric applications (for sales, marketing, IT, HR, finance, etc.), has launched a new offering dubbed “Database-as-a-Service (DaaS)” that allows the more technically literate to build applications with databases in the “cloud” (i.e. stored on LongJump’s servers). The company… Read More

  • Google Enabled Televisions Coming Soon

    Japanese manufacturer Matsushita (Panasonic) has signed a deal with Google that will see the company launch flat panel television sets that allow users to access YouTube and other Google services such as Picasa Web Albums. The deal is said to be non-exclusive with the first units set to be launched in the United States in Spring. The deal isn’t the first internet enabled television to… Read More

  • PubMatic Takes $7 Million Series A

    TechCrunch 40 finalist PubMatic has taken $7 Million Series A in a round led Nexus India Capital that included original investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Helion Ventures. PubMatic offers a meta ad server that sits between online publishers and online ad networks like Google AdSense, Yahoo Publisher Network and Value Click. Their service helps small and medium sized publishers manage… Read More

  • CES so far

    A selection of fine posts from our CG cellars. Please, drink responsibly. Contest: The saddest CES meatball/hush puppy in the world
    Exclusive Video: CrunchGear gets all hands-on with Surface; I get faced by Microsoft in a good way
    Hands-on with Garmin’s nu nüvi line of GPS gear
    Roomba’s misshapen cousin shows its face
    Alienware’s curved monitor: Dude, seriously?
    More… Read More

  • CG's CES Highlights: Hands on with the Surface

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Matt Hickey got a chance to sit down with the Microsoft Surface and discovered that it’s not just a bigass table. Read More

  • SoonR Raises $9.5M from Cisco, Bringing Total Funding to $15.5M

    SoonR, a backup service focused on enabling access to your files from mobile devices, has raised $9.5M from Cisco Systems in a Series B round of financing. This brings the total funding for this two-year-old company up to $15.5M. SoonR synchs your files to cloud storage via a downloadable client that runs in the background of both Macs and PCs. When you’re on the go, you can access… Read More

  • Memo To UK: No Pandora For You

    Pandora is to block users in the United Kingdom from January 15 after failing to obtain a reasonable licensing agreement. Pandora first started blocking users outside the United States in May 2007 due to licensing issues, but had continued streaming into the UK under the belief that they would be able to obtain an affordable license to continue doing so. UK Pandora users received an email… Read More

  • Wacom proves that size does matter, and pressure sensitivity too

    Wacom had this awesome big touchscreen with a big line to use it. I’m really not much of an artist and probably would have drawn something obscene anyway, so I resisted the temptation to hang around. Of course, Leonardo here was just starting some masterpiece so I probably wouldn’t have gotten a shot anyhow. The screen looked really nice and didn’t appear to have any lag… Read More

  • Sony does Surface-like photo transfers

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Hey, look at this doodad. It’s similar to a near-field technology feature that Microsoft showed off a while ago with its Surface technology except this is from Sony. You basically drop your camera on top of that cube, which is actually a media storage device. The cube senses that your camera is there… Read More

  • BigSight Aims to Become White Pages of Web, Pulls Data from Facebook

    While we’ve covered the people search sector, and Facebook’s entrance into that sector, we have yet to profile a nascent site called BigSight that seeks to become the go-to web destination for people profiles. BigSight differs from other people search sites like Wink and Spock by focusing on the creation of a centralized repository of profile information rather than crawling the web… Read More

  • Like being at a very, very tiny concert

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Follow me here. These little plastic figurines are hooked up to an AV player that plays specially-encoded discs. Whatever the real-life human musicians do on the screen gets replicated by the little plastic dudes. It’s like being at Chuck E. Cheese all over again except that the animatronic musicians… Read More

  • Contest: The saddest CES meatball/hush puppy in the world

    Doug and I spotted this forlorn hush puppy/meatball in the CES press room and thought it was the best thing we had seen all day. Granted, we haven’t been drinking and our Danny Gans tickets aren’t until Wednesday. Special bonus: tell us what we should name this thing in comments and one lucky commenter will win a Samsung MP3 player. Read More

  • Cowon has a tiny, touchable PMP for you

    I love these guys. They make good stuff. Their booth was pretty sparse, but the A3 and D2 were looking good in their little enclosures. The A3 (right) I’d seen before, and it was the D2 that caught my eye. It fit my hand well, the touchscreen was responsive, and the display was crisp and bright. It looks like the perfect thing to carry around a ton of standard def videos on —… Read More

  • Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1

    Product Name: Exilim Pro EX-F1
    Description: The EX-F1 is a hybrid DSLR with video cam that shoots 1,200 fps and does burst at 60 fps. A little weak with 6-megapixels but who can really tell the difference? It does 12x optical zoom and shoots in 1080p. Not janky 720p, but full-on HD.
    Price: $1,000
    In-store date:Spring
    Site: Casio
    Why it’s cool: A decent hybrid that won’t cost you a… Read More

  • Voodoo's vanity case is the shiniest of them all

    The Voodoo booth was an orgy of exposed PCB, flashy accessories, and some guy with dreds up in a topknot. And rotating in a glass case was this gold thing, which really just seems incredibly impractical, but still awesome. The Blackbird ran Unreal Tournament 3 beautifully, and I killed some fools who thought they could rumble with this. Now, if I were rich, I would buy these products, but I… Read More

  • Sony A200 DSLR: Classy

    Sony’s A200 just dropped last night and we got a quick look at it in the booth today. If you’r familiar with the Rebel or the D40 you’ll recognize the A200 as an able, lower cost DSLR for entry level folks. It has 9 point autofocus, a 10 megapixel sensor, and is compatible with the full line of Minolta accessories. They’ll be selling a lens/camera kit next month. Read More

  • Exclusive Video: CrunchGear gets all hands-on with Surface; I get faced by Microsoft in a good way

    Not to brag, but I just spent a half hour with Pete from Microsoft and his fantastic Surface device. I’ll be the first to admit that when Surface was first announced I kind of turned my nose up at it. A table with multitouch? Pshaw! But after having seen what it’s capable of, and especially having seen what’s in the video below, I’m more than impressed. Surface… Read More

  • CrunchGear's CES Meet-up: A quick sit-down at 9pm in Monte Carlo Pub and Brewery

    To all those who emailed asking about the meet up I’d like to invite you all to meet at about 9pm on Tuesday, January 8, at the Monte Carlo Pub and Brewery in the Monte Carlo. This place has good beer — it no longer brews its own, sadly — and has some standard grub for hungry CE folks. Look for the CG folks near the front at about 9pm. We’re all on AIM and email so… Read More

  • Hands-on with Garmin's nu nüvi line of GPS gear

    A few days ago you guys got the preview of Garmin’s nuvis. Well, I’d like to confirm that they are as slim and featureless as they seem in the heavily-optimized press shots they released. I fiddled around with them for a bit; the touchscreen is responsive but doesn’t really jump, and the display is nice and bright. The 5000 was great and felt really meaty. Garmin had… Read More

  • Anyone have an OLPC network password I can borrow?

    One of the fun things about expos like CES is seeing what kind of crazy Wi-Fi networks show up. Right now, we’re in the Blogger’s Lounge using one called “BLOGGERS” (yesterday it was “BLOOGERS”). Earlier, I found an OLPC mesh server, but sadly I didn’t have the password Read More

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