• Crumpler's Brazillion Dollar Home

    Crumpler USA, makers of some of the best bags available, is readying a new flagship pack. The Brazillion Dollar Home is probably the most ridiculously full-featured bag I’ve ever encountered. The pack is made from a brushed nylon water resistant 1000d shell with a 300d ripstop lining to protect all of its precocious goodies—and it can store a lot of them. Read More

  • An Interview With a Patent Attorney: The iPhone Case

    Mmmm… that’s good legalese! Mad4MobilePhones interviewed Eric Ramage of Alexander Ramage Associates on the legality of Ciscos suit against Apple. The gist is basically that Cisco will probably get a nice fat settlement, but the various tricks and tactics used by Apple, including creating a rumored front company called Ocean Telecom in Trinidad and Tobago, smack of bad John… Read More

  • Who Killed CES?

    When I touched down at JFK last Thursday I started thinking about why I felt so dissatisfied on this trip to CES. I put those dread thoughts into the back of my mind as I fought off a CES-induced stomach flu all weekend but now that I’m fresh and seemingly five pounds lighter I finally have some time to work things out. Read More

  • iMainGo Portable Speakers at CES: Really Loud

    Well, looks like we missed another hot booth. Portable Sound Labs was showing off the iMainGo, a unique mini-speaker system for iPod that runs on four AAA batteries. The speakers have an alarm function that can be set through the speakers themselves. In terms of audio quality, the reviewer was quite pleased and the speakers offered loud sound without distortion. How much does this kit cost? A… Read More

  • Primitive Zune Chat

    My friends and I have so little to say to each other that this would be perfect. ChikaZune is a collection of graphics files that can be sent back using Zune’s phot sharing system. Each image contains containing snippets of text — “Are you busy later?” “Dude!” “I’m pregnant.” You could feasibly create a very simple conversation and… Read More

  • Multi-Touch Technology And Where It's Going Next…Oh And Apple Didn't Invent It Either!

    Like everyone else who listened to Jobs’ keynote last week, I was tickled pink to see the touch screen iPod finally be released. And I almost wet myself and shrieked with glee like a little school girl when Stevie boy announced the touch-screen iPod combined with the highly rumored iPhone. Just ask my co-workers because they thought I was having some sort of seizure or joygasm. I was… Read More

  • WeatherBill Launches, Announces All Star Investors

    San Francisco based WeatherBill, the service which lets you bet on the weather (it can also be used for insurance), took down their landing page and launched today. We wrote about the company two weeks ago while it was in private beta. WeatherBill is combining an ecommerce site with a complicated weather forecasting algorithm to sell weather insurance policies to individuals and… Read More

  • AOL to Acquire TradeDoubler for $900 million

    We first heard about the AOL-TradeDoubler rumors in a comment to a blog post, and it looks like it’s happening. AOL is acquiring Sweden-based TradeDoubler, a performance marketing company, for €695 million in cash, or about US$900 million. TradeDoubler, which is strong in Europe, will complement AOL’s advertising.com, which has made little headway there. The company has about… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: J-Phone

    Post-Show Glow
    Philipp Goedicke Here I am, staring down an odd week in review [1, 2],
    And since the task is obvious, I’ll do what I must do.
    You know I cannot help myself, though some you may groan,
    I’ll drum up some excitement [3] for the Apple, inc. iPhone.
    The other brand new super-phones [4] are lambs led to the slaughter,
    Because we all have seen, this week, Steve Jobs [5]… Read More

  • Another PayPerPost Virus

    The blog payola virus is spreading yet again. In addition to PayPerPost, ReviewMe and CreamAid, a newcomer with the catchy name SponsoredReviews is preparing to launch. The Blog Herald got a good first look, and notes that it differs only in the details from the other services. Disclosure is required. Bloggers can choose to write a positive or negative review. And, in a business model change… Read More

  • Weebly Goes With YCombinator

    Weebly, the best of the Ajax site creator crowd, has taken funding from YCombinator and is opening up an API for outside developers, reports VentureBeat. YCombinator is best known for founding Reddit, A Digg-like site which was recently acquired by Condé Nast. This is a company that we initially passed on writing about in the late summer due to bugs, but we took another look in November and… Read More

  • MyPunchbowl Joins the eVite Gunners

    Just in time for the SuperBowl season, Boston-based MyPunchbowl is inviting everyone to check out their new eVite competitor. For a while eVite has been seen as a ripe target for competition as users continue to complain about constant reminder email turning the service into eSpam. There’s a list of services already lining up to take on the dot com veteran in all their Ajaxy glory. Read More

  • What Does a Deleted Blog Post Tell Us About NBC's Social Networking Strategy?

    We’ve said this before – it’s always the deleted blog posts that get the most attention. In this case it’s a blog post by Sab Kanaujia, VP of Digital Innovation at NBC Digital Media. On December 26, 2006 he wrote a long post on his blog outlining NBC’s vision for social networking. Sometime After January 9 the post was removed, although a cached version is here (and… Read More

  • Flikzor Could Get Viral In A Hurry

    Building a business on the back of MySpace is now a proven business model, and some MySpace parasites with traction (albeit no actual revenue model) are starting to raise big money. The key to success is creating a viral product, and slowly leaching traffic off to your own site. Flikzor, a new video comment product that Mashable found, does both well. It is currently in limited beta with a… Read More

  • Findory Put On Life Support

    The last time we wrote about Findory was over a year ago. Ironically, it was to note that they had turned cash flow positive. Today, founder Greg Linden said he’s going to stop development of the site and put it on “autopilot.” Findory is a personalized newspaper. It looks at stuff you tend to like to read, and compares that to others’ tastes, and presents customized… Read More

  • Steve Jobs Shows Off The Real iPhone

    We got tips from a reliable source that indeed, the 4GB version of the iPhone will hold “2 billion songs”. Read More

  • Imitation Is King: iPhone Skins Appear For WM 5.0, Palm OS

    Looks like people are already attempting to imitate the iPhone. A Windows Mobile skin that resembles the iPhone’s interface has been released but quickly taken down thanks to Apple’s crack team of lawyers. There’s also a version for the Palm OS that’s still up, but you better grab it quickly before it gets pulled. You can score it here. Apple Bullies Bloggers, Again… Read More

  • Napster Buys AOL Music: What's Next?

    Napster is one of the oddest companies. It is a deeply unprofitable startup trying to grow a business, and with a huge war chest of cash. We have the rare ability to see deep into its financial situation because it is publicly held. Napster sells music subscriptions and the odd DRM’d download. Pay $10 per month and listen to any of the music in their library. This is a tricky, low… Read More

  • Apple Bullies Bloggers, Again

    Apple has a history of using lawyers against bloggers. There was the now infamous Think Secret lawsuit, which may have had merit. But they also engage in clearly superfluous, bullying tactics as well. In August we received a letter from Apple’s lawyers demanding that we remove an embedded YouTube video showing features from OSX 10.5. We felt this was an extreme position to take –… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: AOL Online Music Sold to Napster

    In news yesterday, AOL shed more of its business by announcing that they are selling their online Music NOw business to Napster. Napster, surprisingly, has a few patents in their pocket, while our analysis of AOL shows that they had very little to offer other than customer accounts making the low-valuation of $43 per user as compared to Napster’s $328 logical. Yeah, but does Napster have… Read More

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