• Use Case: How Companies Can Use Photosharing Correctly

    We gearheads at CrunchGear are fairly skeptical when it comes to hardware manufacturers trying to tap the excitement of social networking/sharing sites — phone carriers and MySpace comes to mind — but here’s one that was actually quite nice. Nikon looked through Flickr, picked out a few great photographers, and sent them D80s, which is a really nice DSLR. They then used… Read More

  • Netflix Wants Your Advice

    Netflix announced today a $1 million bounty for any programmer who can improve its recommendation system. The contest is intended to help Netflix maintain its competitive edge over Blockbuster, while also strengthening community relations. The Netflix Prize seeks to substantially improve the accuracy of predictions about how much someone is going to love a movie based on their movie preferences. Read More

  • Caller ID on Your TV

    Need to see who’s calling without actually schlepping over to your 1986 landline phone that your wife won’t throw out because her mother gave it to you as your wedding present? Then grab this TV Messenger Caller ID, which displays the caller ID log on your TV directly on whatever you’re watching. The messenger holds 14 callers in its log, which displays the name, number… Read More

  • Fujitsu Turntable PC: No Microphone?

    This is a concept design by Fujitsu that popped up in Japan at CEATEC. While we don’t usually talk about concepts — they rarely come to fruition — it is important to look at it from a UI standpoint. Laptop makers are just now figuring out that there is a wealth of real estate on the laptop lid and adding little WiFi buttons and other claptrap. However, this media… Read More

  • Windows Funnies Up Their Vista

    Demetri Martin, famous for being funny on The Daily Show, is now also famous for being a little cartoon that insults speakers of Romance languages. In this short clip he discusses the word “Vista” and proceeds to make me laugh by going into some weird “Hey, Mario!” routine. Silly? Sure. Exclusive look at Windows Vista’s viral marketing: Clearification.com… Read More

  • Wii Getting Built Just Fine, Thank You

    So it looks like the Wii is going to be the winner right out of the gate. Apparently Nintendo has 2 million Wiis waiting for shipment for the launch and an expected 6 million units in March and an expected 11 million by the end of 2007. That means all of us, the biggest of us to the smallest of us, can enjoy a Wii. I never really wanted a Gamecube – although I did enjoy playing it at… Read More

  • PriceGrabber: Dual-Core CPU Prices Will Continue To Plummet

    We here at CG love dual-core processors. In fact, our office motto is “more cores, more better.” So we were happy to read PriceGrabber.com’s dual-core processor Market Trends data from Market Reporter, the company’s statistical database tracking consumer shopping behavior on the site, that predicts prices on AMD’s and Intel’s dual-core chips will drop… Read More

  • Philips Shows Off New Concepts

    Philips has been holding its annual concepts show this week at the ExCel Centre in London and there are a few things that came out of it that are really, really cool. There is a health monitor that sits in your bathroom and records your weight, body fat ratio, hydration levels, and body shape measurements. There are touch-sensitive light and sound adjusters that look like giant, glowing… Read More

  • The Gizmondo Story, In Words

    Wired is running a beautiful feature about the Gizmondo head Bo Stefan Eriksson and his constant and consistent scam-a-palooza that ended in the fiery explosion of a Ferrari Enzo. The Enzo has less than 6 inches of ground clearance, and at that speed, it took only a slight scrape under the front bumper to launch the vehicle. The airborne Ferrari landed in a skid that in a blink became a… Read More

  • Mark/Space Discontinues MissingSync for Hiptop

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/Space and now, like the Autumn leaves dragged down the storm drain, it is gone. Is it really that unpopular to use a SK3 with a Mac? What's going on here, people? Is it a corollary effect? The more potential Swavorski crystals on a device the less you actually want to use it for something useful? Oh well. Anything else… Read More

  • Nikon Gives Out D80s to Flickr Photogs: Wow, Nice

    Now this is how it’s done. Nikon handed out D80s to a bunch of prolific Flickr photographers and then collected their shots in one handy website and featured them in an ad campaign. They even made a Flash-rich webpage that is actually usable and included lots of their best shots. So what have we learned here, marketers? 1. Social networking/sharing sites are useful collectors of talent.
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  • Good Vibrations Dumped From PS3 For Cost Reasons

    The head of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), Kaz Hirai, said Sony dropped vibration feedback from the PS3 controllers because finding a way to combine it with the new tilt-motion sensors would have made the controllers too expensive for consumers. In a video interview he stated the “balancing act” that would have to take place in order to get the two technologies to… Read More

  • Mitsubishi Replaces Silly Shiny Surface With LCD

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/m2. Mitsubishi 7 inch Rear-View Camera Color LCD Display [I4U] Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Mini Driver Edition

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  • Internet "Peeps" Dinner with Robert Loch.

    Good news the next intimate Internet “Peeps” Dinner organised by Robert Loch is fast approaching. The last one was excellent. This dinner takes place on 16th October and starts at 7pm with the Q & A commencing promptly at 7.30pm. and the evening goes on until late.     There will be approximately 50 attendees who will be a mix of entrepreneurs and investors only. The theme… Read More

  • The Future of Web Apps Europe is coming.

    I had the pleasure of speaking with Ryan Carson today about the “Future of Web Apps 2007″, which is currently in the planning! Anyone who was lucky enough to go to the last one here in London or the recent one in San Francisco will tell you that they are simple top-notch and not to be missed. Ryan and I were discussing some of the speakers who will be speaking for certain at… Read More

  • Qype reviews a European expansion.

    QYPE, a fast-growing online local search and recommendation service, based in Hamburg, Germany, which combines user generated reviews with a social network, recently announced it has secured a multi million Euros Series ‘A’ investment round mainly from Advent Venture Partners and Partech International, in order to rapidly rollout its service across Europe. i.e UK & France. I… Read More

  • Completely Unsubstantiated Google/YouTube Rumor

    Update: The Wall Street Journal is now reporting this as well, saying “Google Inc. is in talks to acquire popular video-sharing site YouTube Inc. for roughly $1.6 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The discussions are still at a sensitive stage and could well break off, this person says.” More here. I got an email tonight about a possible Google acquisition… Read More

  • CAPS Takes "Wisdom of the Few" To Stock Picking

    We wrote about a distilled version of the Wisdom of the Crowds idea a couple of weeks ago when profiling PicksPal, a fantasy sports betting site. PicksPal’s new product takes the best fantasy sports pickers and (without them knowing) repackages their advice as a paid service to sports gamblers. It’s done remarkably well after the first couple of weeks. The idea is that if you can… Read More

  • BT Contact goes alpha.

    BT Retail’s Stephen Stokols, Vice-President of strategy and business development, recently was the keynote speaker at the “Digital LifeStyle Aggregators” Mashup event here in London. Stephen spoke passionately and honestly about how BT needs to change from its telecom-centric focus to become a more agile web communication services company i.e adapt or die. By way of an example… Read More