• Comic Creator Available on Verizon

    If you’re looking to send more than a mere text message, you’ll now have the ability to create your own comic on a mobile phone. Verizon Wireless has announced the availability of Comic Creator by AMA, a Get It Now application that will allow customers to create their own personalized comics, which can be sent to other mobile phones or e-mail addresses. Developed by Advanced… Read More

  • AbMob and Mywaves To Offer Mobile Video

    Mobile ad network AdMob and video company mywaves have teamed up to offer a user-initiated video ad format, which will appear on AdMob partner sites. The ad will appear as a banner unit on a mobile Web page, and it will lead to a landing page containing a mywaves-branded embedded played, which will offer video content selected by the advertiser. Coca-Cola is the first company to sign up for… Read More

  • Bookmark, Copy, Note and Share: SharedCopy.com

    Collaborative annotation of web pages is far from a new concept. We’ve covered the field previously; there is a variety of startups competing in this space all offering similar feature sets. Singapore based SharedCopy though looks like it might be the next step forward. It’s annotations on web pages, and more. Like Fleck, SharedCopy does not rely on a browser plugin. Annotation… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Vending Edition

    Healthy Vending Tries to Stop Kids From Getting Fat While in School
    Helio Ocean First Impressions
    Orignal Poker Chip Customizer: Liquor Up Front, Poker In The Rear
    Omelette 1.0 – The First Apple TV Game
    Game Boy XP PC Read More

  • Fidg't: Central Control of Social Networks

    Presenting at Innovate!Europe 2007 today is Santa Monica based PROTOMOBL with a product called Fidg’t, that aims to make social network management easier. The concept is simple: a centralized control point for social networks. Fidg’t brings together contacts from across multiple networks and platforms allowing for the easier leveraging of social networks from the one… Read More

  • Tagged Turns Profitable – May Be Fastest Growing Social Network

    Silicon Valley based Tagged was a young-teen focused social network that, like Piczo, focused on security of its users first. It is part of a vague second-tier of social networks that assemble under the MySpace/Facebook giants and includes Hi5 (which is fast becoming a first tier player), Bebo, Piczo, Orkut and Friendster. They’ve raised two rounds of financing – $1.5 from… Read More

  • Joost Announces $45 million Funding From Sequoia, Index, CBS & Viacom

    Internet TV startup Joost raised $45 million in a venture round of financing, the company will announce this evening. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Index Ventures, CBS Corporation, Viacom and Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing. The company has not previously disclosed any financings. Joost was started by Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström in 2006; presumably seed funding… Read More

  • Rough Ridin' Mac Mini for Mighty Mac Daddies

    We tried to come up with reasons why you’d need to ruggedize a Mac Mini, but we came up with none. Really, a MacBook Pro and a nice bag should be good enough, but apparently some people want to take their diminutive Macs on the road. And there is a case for them. Here it is, enjoy. Read More

  • telepark.contact: Tag Based Contact Management

    Munich, Germany based telepark has launched telepark.contact, a tag based online contact management platform, as part of their presentation at Innovate!Europe 2007. telepark is selling the new service as the “Flickr of Contact Management”, and although it’s easy to groan at the comparison, it didn’t stop me taking a look. telepark.contact allows users to easily define… Read More

  • TV Timer: For Moms who Hate Their Kids

    Dear Mums: As Mother’s Day approaches, we’ve been on your side here on CrunchGear. We’ve saddled our readers with contests aimed at winning prizes for you, their mothers. They could have been a little more responsive, but maybe it’s not them? Maybe it’s you? Read More

  • Alpine's $1,000 Do-All: Now Shipping

    Alpine aims to do to your dashboard what others have done for your living room. With its new IVA-W205 car deck, you can build a customized super-elaborate car stereo that does everything you could possibly want. Everything’s centered around a 6.5-inch QVGA touchscreen with tactile feedback, meaning when you touch the screen to make a selection, it moves to let you know that you’ve… Read More

  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson Enters Brazilian Market

    Venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson has announced its entry into the Brazilian startup and investment market, joining with early stage Brazil focused venture capital firm FIR Capital Partners to form the DFJ FIR Brazil Fund. The new fund starts with $40 million, focused on funding Brazilian based entrepreneurs with a vision to build global new technology companies. The partnership is… Read More

  • Lenovo Launches Stronger, Quieter, Cooler ThinkPads


    Ususally when you hear about a manufacturer’s new laptop, it’s all about the latest processor or fancy screens. Lenovo’s taking a different route. Since notebook computers have become so hard to differentiate, the Len’s going back to basics with a pair of Intel Centrino-based laptops with innovations in more than just the architecture of the innards. The new ThinkPads… Read More

  • Alltel Prepping Itself for Dinner?

    Alltel, you know, that other cellphone carrier, is now proactively positioning itself for a sale, according to Phone Scoop’s Ouija board. Three private equity groups are looking at snapping up the small-but-important carrier. No larger networks have shown interest, which isn’t that odd. As the Big Four (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) have coast-to-coast networks of their… Read More

  • Philips NX ProntoLite Remote Rules The Living Room

    Those of you with pricey home theater installations may want to check out the latest offering in remote controls from Philips. The NX ProntoLite is a touch-screen remote control that can control basically anything with an IR port. A huge VGA screen lets you easily pick channels, control room lighting, and even stream music via a built-in server. Should you need it, you can control an… Read More

  • Intel's Santa Rosa Explained in Excruciating Detail

    You may have been reading CrunchGear today wondering what in God’s name is all this Santa Rosa business about. Luckily the crew at Computer Shopper has a giant feature that explains what Intel’s new chipset is and what it means to you. They also have a bunch of in-depth reviews of Santa Rosa laptops that I wouldn’t even have the patience to come up with. They look at… Read More

  • Yahoo Shutting Down Auctions – Second Service To DeadPool This Month

    Reuters is reporting that Yahoo Auctions will shut down in the U.S. and Canada as of June 16, and new auctions will not be accepted after June 3. Auction sites in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan will stay live. This is the second service closing announced this month for Yahoo – last week it was confirmed that Yahoo Photos was closing as well. In the case of Yahoo Photos, users will… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Ericsson Multi-Layer Display Cell Phone

    After covering Motorola’s multi-layer LCD solar display, Ericsson’s recently issued patent adds a feature in yet another direction: a multiple layered display. Ericsson has thought up a number of applications to fit more onto that tiny screen by layering the information. Apple may be the company to do something like this justice, and after the jump you’ll see just how much… Read More

  • Pioneer Announces Four Elite A/V Receivers

    VSX-90TXV Pioneer isn’t being sheepish about their intentions to take over the home entertainment division with the announcement of four A/V receivers that deliver superb HD audio and video. The Elite receivers, VSX-90TXV, VSX-91TXH, VSX-92TXH and VSX-94TXH, will be the center of your home theater system because of the 1.3A HDMI (only 91-TXH, 92-TXH and 94-TXH) connectivity. The… Read More

  • 2TB RAID Array From Other World Computing: Enough Space For You?

    People who leave Azureus running all day long could benefit from this 2TB RAID array from Other World Computing, said to be the Largest Ever. It’s got a regal-sounding name, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual 2.0TB RAID solution, as well as a price that only kings you afford—laughing out loud!—$1,099. The 7200RPM drives connect to your rig using either a FireWire 800, 400 or… Read More

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