• Weekly Crunch: UK Clay Edition

    Mac Talk Pretty One Day: How to Make Speech Recognition Useful
    Nikon D40 Hands-on
    Crooks Nab $1.5m In Xbox 360s In The UK
    Dash Detox Contest Vote-Off 2.0 Update
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  • London Girl Geek Dinner 9

    I just updated the TechCrunch UK event listing and realised I missed off the Geek Girl Dinner number 9 which is this Wednesday with special guest stars Robert and Maryam Scoble along with Hugh MacLeod. Sadly the event appears to be full with a waiting list forming already. Apologies to the A-List bloggers but I think the most interesting speaker will be Nicholas Ampazis from Feeds 2.0 who… Read More

  • Nikon D40 Hands-on

    DSLRs take sharper stills, but their price, size and overflow of features tend to scare Average Joes back to the compacts. The 6-megapixel D40, Nikon’s training wheel DSLR, tries its best to cut back on the scare factor, hopefully easing people into a lifetime of dropping Benjamins on pricey lenses. It hits shelves in December, but we’ve been playing around with it for a few days. Read More

  • FeedCycle: Smarter Serialized Stories

    FeedCycle is a new tool that provides an interesting level of control to publishers of RSS feeds with a very simple interface. If you are telling a multi-part story, or communicating a segmented message over time, you should give FeedCycle a look. Publishers can use FeedCycle to create publication schedules and intervals; all subscribers then start by receiving the first item in a feed… Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson Looking To Take On Mobile And Broadband TV

    Sony-Ericsson is looking to move past the cellphone market and into new ground for them: mobile and broadband TV. The cellphone giant is now looking to help put content on consumers’ screens within the next two years. Ericsson’s Per Nordlof says he envisions about 30 percent of cellphone users watching programs on their phones and that “within two years”; a mass market… Read More

  • E-mail Turns 35, Viagra $2, Xanax $8 Anytime U Want

    Well looks like we had another occasion to celebrate this weekend other than watching football and eating turkey: E-mail’s birthday! E-mail turned 35 this weekend and to celebrate, we’re not going to clean out our SPAM folder for a day. How is e-mail 35 you ask? Back in 1971, a programmer named Ray Tomlinson was messing around with an idea and eventually sent the first e-mail message. Read More

  • Zune: Sucking Wind?

    cred. That said, the Windy City Roller Andy Ihnatko writes: After that, it’s nothing more than a bookmark for purchasing the track in the Zune Marketplace. It amounts to nothing more than free advertising. The Zune is a complete, humiliating failure. Toshiba’s Gigabeat player, for example, is far more versatile, it has none of the Zune’s limitations, and Amazon sells the… Read More

  • Giving Thanks Giveaway Winner

    Happy post-Turkey Day! Proporta makes cases and accessories for portable devices. They’ve been kind enough to offer a nice accessory package for one of our lucky readers and that lucky reader is Burt, late of Gmail way. Burt – check your email and spam box and drop us a line @ contest at crunchgear dot com. Again, thanks for entering and thanks to Proporta for hooking us… Read More

  • Forbes Video Interview With Digg CEO

    Michele Steele at Forbes Video Network interviewed Digg CEO Jay Adelson to discuss site usage and acquisition rumors. The video was posted on November 22, 2006. Steele asked Adelson about the size of the Digg audience (Digg has claimed 20 million uniques a month, v. 1.3 million that Comscore reports). He responded by saying that Digg sees about 1.5 million uniques per day when RSS readers… Read More

  • Helio Drift: Don't Call it a White Slider Phone from Samsung

    According to our special friends at Gizmodo, there are only ten white Drifts in all the land — but that doesn’t mean we and everyone else shouldn’t get a few as well. I’ve always been a MVNO-hater, but I really see the value in the Drift. This is a focused, software heavy phone with enough user-friendly features to be dangerous. Ignore all the MySpace claptrap… Read More

  • Wii Modded

    Here we see a young man hacking, nay, stealing from the makers of the Nintendo Wii. We cannot condone this behavior, but if anyone knows what they did to pull it off, please let us know. Read More

  • CrunchGear Spends Turkey Day with Treo 680

    With the exception of the Zune, few devices this holiday season have had as many rumors, conjecture, spy shots, leaked stats and hyperbole than the Palm Treo 680. What started out as a hand held known only as “Hollywood,” the 680 is today Cingular’s newest smartphone and Palm’s (and, some say, the industry’s) first attempt at making a full-featured smartphone… Read More

  • The Scoblizer is here in the UK

    Robert Scoble – author of the Naked Conversations – and now Podtech ScobleShow, is coming to the UK next week. He’ll be presenting at the Online Information 2006 conference with Adriana Cronin-Lukas. Robert says “I have my video camera and would love to meet up with anyone who has interesting technology to show me.” Robert and Hugh McLeod are also trying to organise… Read More

  • NW startup 2.0 in Manchester

    For the last few months I have been talking with Manoj Ranaweera and Ivan Pope of Snipperoo to create a series of entrepreneurial networking events outside of London. I am pleased to say that on Thursday night the first NW Startup 2.0 event took place in Manchester and over 30 people attended. I was going to write a post on this but one of my fellow speakers David Terrar of Twinfield and… Read More

  • ReelTime To Launch The Next Failed Movie Model

    Australia-based ReelTime.tv (not to be confused with Seattle-based ReelTime.com) will be launching a new movie download service this week called “RealTime DTO” (for download-to-own). The service, which is available to Australians only, is being called the first legal download service that allows DVD burning (which isn’t accurate – see below).

    James Bannan published… Read More

  • Boo.com Back in 2007, Maybe

    Boo.com, one of many poster-children for the dot-com boom of the nineties, has been threatening to re-launch for the last year or so. Mike Butcher at TechCrunch UK says that the site is now scheduled to debut in 2007, barring any further delays. Mike also gives some background on version 1.0 of Boo.com, which lasted all of six months: In 1999 Boo.com, a fashion retail site, burnt through… Read More

  • Interview with Trulia.com

    Here is an interview with Peter Flint, CEO Trulia.com which is a real-estate vertical search engine.
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  • Money Mondays: deadline today

    Today is the second week for our Money Mondays Showcase. As outlined before, here’s the format.
    a) It is not a live, real world event (yet)
    b) We will publish your URL, a handful of relevant sentences we have picked out of your submission (no more than 300 words please) and your contact email address.
    c) This initiative is mainly for very ‘early’ companies with either a beta or… Read More

  • Congress Allows Orgy Between T-Mo’s Zeta-Jones, Cingular’s Jack

    Those of you who use a GSM-based provider in the best goddamned country in the world (hint: U.S.A.) should rejoice, as Congress has ruled that it’s OK to get your cellphone unlocked so you can use it with a competing provider. Those of you with T-Mobile are probably yawning and going “Yeah yeah…T-Mobile has been letting us unlock our phones once every 90 days dude.”… Read More

  • LG Chocolate Becomes Red Licorice, Green Jello

    Damn LG, it must feel good to be a gangsta! After the success of LG’s popular Chocolate phone, it was released in white. Now, just in time for Christmas the holidays, comes the LG Chocolate in Red and Mint Green. The red looks decent but the green color is absolutely atrocious. All the features are exactly the same as the previous versions of the Chocolate, so don’t get your hopes… Read More

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