• The Twitter/FriendFeed Desktop Client Arms Race Continues

    A lot of people are addicted to Twitter (microblogging), and a lot of people are addicted to FriendFeed (friends’ activity streams). While both are web services, each offers an API that lets third parties build on top of them, including desktop applications. Twhirl, recently acquired by Seesmic, has emerged as the leading desktop client for Twitter, and Alert Thingy launched days ago on… Read More

  • Lonelygirl15 and KateModern Creators Raise $5 million, Form EQAL

    In June 2006, former medical student Miles Beckett and disgruntled lawyer Greg Goodfried teamed up with filmmaker Ramesh Flinders to launch Lonelygirl15, a fictional video journal series on YouTube that captured audiences and led them to believe that the female protagonist was actually broadcasting her real life. After the truth came out about the authenticity of the recordings… Read More

  • Parot's PARTY features NFC, too!

    The Parrot PARTY Black Edition claims to be the first commercially available Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled speaker system. The NFC technology will enable users to pair their device to the speaker simply by tapping them together. The Parrot PARTY Black Edition will be available in the summer 2008 for £79.00. Read More

  • Final Iron Man game trailer

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F839388&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf This is the final game trailer for Sega’s Iron Man and we should be getting a preview of it this weekend at the NY ComiCon. Nicholas and I… Read More

  • Nokia's 6212 supports NFC

    Nokia has announced the 6212, which features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The NFC technology is designed for simple and intuitive interaction between devices. In the case of the 6212, you can do things like tap two phones together to transfer contact information and other data, or make purchases by storing your personal data in the device and swiping it over a surface. Nokia… Read More

  • Central Desktop Takes $7 Million

    Central Desktop has taken a first round of $7 million from OpenView Venture Partners. Central Desktop offers a web-based SaaS collaboration platform that allows business teams of all sizes to work virtually and seamlessly online. Central Desktop is pitched as providing “the richest set-of-tools available for business users with ease-of-use at a price-point, leveling the playing field… Read More

  • Alexa Overhauls Ranking System

    Everyone’s favorite web statistics whipping boy Alexa has announced a major overhaul of how it compiles traffic figures. The biggest change is Alexa’s decision to drop exclusive reliance on the Alexa toolbar for traffic data, with Alexa now aggregating data from “multiple sources” to compile its statistics and web rankings. As part of the move, historical data from Alexa… Read More

  • Skype Reports 61% YOY Growth; All Quiet On Google Front

    eBay reported its first quarter results today with revenues of $2.19B, up $424M from the same quarter last year. Its GAAP net income was $460M, or $0.34 per diluted share. Skype revenues were $126M with 61% year-over-year growth (although revenue is decelerating rapidly). During the first part of this year, Skype added 33M registered users, bringing its total to 309M users. This makes the… Read More

  • MyPlayList Combines Flickr And Online Music

    MyPlayList, a bootstrapped startup from Agentbleu, a Englishman living in France, combines streamed music and Flickr for a free music service that delivers visual as well as musical abundance. MyPlayList uses the XSPF xml format to combine the images from the Flickr image sharing service, with music that is hosted across the internet, and similar to Seeqpod does not host or cache any of the… Read More

  • T-Mobile HotSpot connecting Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot camera finally revealed


    Remember that Panasonic Lumix we reported about in January that would have built-in Wi-Fi and link up to T-Mobile’s HotSpot service? Well, it’s finally here. The Lumix DMC-TZ50 is rigged to access T-Mobile HotSpot services to upload directly to Picasa Web. Feature-wise the TZ50 packs a 9.1-megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom 28mm wide-angle Leica lens, 3-inch LCD and records video… Read More

  • Last Call for CrunchNetwork Sponsorship Opportunity

    We’ve almost finalized our May 1 CrunchNetwork event and we’re looking for some hale and hearty sponsors, either cash or giveaways, to keep our readers drunk and happy. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about your product or service to a cool and plugged in group of people and you will be mentioned in every CG and TC post leading up to the event. Then e-mail me for… Read More

  • The random endorsement: Regular buttons (touch-based ones are dumb)

    Who here likes buttons? Like, honest-to-God buttons that you push and then something happens? I do. It’s one of the reasons why I’m fairly nonplussed by the iPhone. (All the pre-launch THIS WILL CHANGE THE WORLD nonsense also bothered me, too.) I’m not trying to be all “unreasonable” or anything, but I simply prefer the feeling I get when pushing a physical button. Read More

  • The world's smallest violin plays for NBC as it demands anti-piracy measures by Apple

    Pity the media conglomerate that tries to enforce copyright by demanding the modification of an extremely popular and user-friendly piece of hardware. NBC’s Chief Digital Officer George Kliavkoff says they’re wary of releasing its TV shows on iTunes due to the large amount of pirated content on iPods. And since people use iTunes to put stuff on their iPod, maybe pretty please… Read More

  • Review: DLO's VentMount for iPhone, iPod Touch

    The VentMount DLO is a company that makes its fortune manufacturing cool and useful accessories almost exclusively for Apple’s iPod. It makes every imaginable case, dock, cable, you name it. The VentMount is new. It’s a type of case for the iPhone and iPod Touch that clips into your car’s dashboard, allowing easy access to your device when you’re driving. Read More

  • Author of Psystar's key technology is all like "Nuh uhhh!"

    Netkas, the author of the efi vB emulator that basically allows you to run OS X on any PC is pissed. Psystar is claiming they use his software — and are selling computers embedded with it — which is in breach of his non-commercial license. Sadly, Netkas seems to be foreign and his grasp of English is fairly limited and he and his commenters (“I AGREE WITH YOU…. WATH ARE… Read More

  • Eneplug: Colorful 3-pack of USB chargers ships in May

    I absolutely love gadgets that charge via USB. I have sort of a “home base” where I write from, and there’s a powered USB hub where I can charge up my phone, iPod, whatever I need. GREENHOUSE has a new device called the Eneplug. It’s basically a small standard duplex power to USB power adapter in a small form factor in “fun” colors. I have similar adapters… Read More

  • Two measurements, one cup

    We love things like this adjustable measuring cup because they combine two of our favorite things: clever toys and food. These devices are exactly what they sound like, that being a single measuring cup (and a measuring spoon, to boot) that can adjust to the graduated size you need. The dishwasher safe kitchen gadgets also have a magnetic back, so you can stick it to the fridge or oven or… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: UBS's new game like Guitar Hero for Beethoven!

    When I was growing up there was a kid down the street named Daniel (not “Dan” or “Danny”, Daniel) who was my age but went to some fancy private school across town. We played with Daniel and he was nice enough, but his parents were the squarest people in the world. They were the kinds who wouldn’t let him play with toys that had guns, tied into movies or cartoons… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: (Call) Sony's PLAYSTATION Network's future so bright (Response) How bright is it?

    One of the marketing higher-ups at Sony just posted a manifesto of sorts on the company’s official blog. He stresses what more than a few people have theorized, that 2008 will be the breakout year for the PS3. The other way to look at that is that it was a total bust beforehand, but whatever. The highlights: — Lots of halfway decent, exclusive games this year, including MGS 4… Read More

  • Watch Out Salesforce. Intuit Opens Up QuickBase To Developers

    Intuit wants in on the race to become the platform for enterprise apps in the cloud. It is opening up QuickBase to developers who want to build new hosted Web applications and businesses on top of it. QuickBase has been around for eight years and has amassed 250,000 users. At its core is an online database around which companies can create their own customized enterprise apps for things… Read More

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