• Thank You Sponsors

    It’s time for our periodic note of thanks to the TechCrunch community for reading and commenting as well as the sponsors who make this blog possible. We are very lucky to be a part of such a great network. Yoono – Yoono is a Firefox and IE plugin that lets you discover, share, and exchange links with people across the web. All the links are easily accessable via sidebar or… Read More

  • izenMobile's Krma, a Windows Mobile Pocket PC in a Smartphone's Body

    The upcoming Krma from izenMobile is going to run Windows Mobile Pocket PC edition, but fits into a candybar shape with a standard dial-pad. That means there’s going to be a touchscreen, but unfortunately no QWERTY keyboard. Other features are a 2-megapixel camera, 2.2-inch LCD display, FM tuner, Bluetooth, tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900), and WiFi via its miniSD slot. Which also means… Read More

  • Nike+iPod Hands On

    I know this is a bit late in the game for this device, but I got a chance to strap these things on recently and wanted to report on the general value of the Nike+iPod line. First off, this kit has one fatal flaw – they really only work with the Nike+ shoes which come in only one or two models. A buddy of mine cut a hole in his old shoes and stuffed the transmitter in there, shown here… Read More

  • Tom Tom Rider, Because Big Bad Bikers Need GPS, Bluetooth

    Hey, tough guy. You think you’re so badass with your Harley, your black leather jacket, and that tribal tattoo, but do you even know where you are? This isn’t Altimont, pal, you’re at a weekend shopping trip with your wife and daughter, just like most of today’s Harley-Davidson riders. Look, you’re at a Starbuck’s. If you had the new Tom Tom Rider… Read More

  • Vertu Constellation Reviewed


    The fellows with the fancy-pants over at Sybarites got their hands on a Vertu Constellation for review. If you’re just joining us, the Vertu is a luxury line of phones made by the same people who make you Nokia’s phones…Nokia. So how does this phone stack up? Well, the Nokia S40 UI is similar to other Nokia Symbian OS phones, but is “far superior graphics wise.”… Read More

  • Because Bluetooth Is So 2005

    Nokia today announced that they’re working on a new short-range wireless system that they hope will replace Bluetooth. Wibree, as they call it, will be utilized for smaller accessories than just cell phones. It could be incorporated into watches and remote control toys because of its smaller size transmitter and low amount of power usage. The technology was developed by the Nokia… Read More

  • Apple and Google Adding Geotagging to iPhoto, Perhaps More

    If you dig through the code of iPhoto’s app bundle, you’ll find something rather new and telling: references to Google Maps, and a hidden “show” button. This means Apple is probably planning on a new tool for iPhoto that can take the GPS info from your photos exif data and auto-link it to Google Maps, perhaps even browsable from within iPhoto itself. That in-and-of… Read More

  • Nokia Launches WidSet Widgets For Mobiles


    WidSets is a mobile widget platform available for Java MIDP 2.0 phones and is completely manufacturer and browser independent. Like widgets on a computer, WidSets provide immediate access to information for everything from RSS feeds to blog posts to photo-uploading sites. Nokia has filled the library with a rather large variety of options to add to your phone. Templates are available for… Read More

  • Pioneer Wants To Kill You

    I’ve always thought that having a DVD player in your car dash was like having people talk to you while you’re walking a tightrope. It seems like you should only use it when you’re driving extremely long distances—or at extremely high speeds while piss dunk. Either that, or get it in the back seat for the kiddos. Well, Pioneer seems to disagree. In a big, big way. Read More

  • IMSafer Filters, Not Spies, on Kids

    Keeping children safe from predatory adults in online communication is a service in high demand, but in order for children to participate the parental control needs to be kept to a minimum. IMSafer is a service that launched today and promises to filter IM communication for conversation deemed potentially predatory. The company says it worked with law enforcement specialists to develop… Read More

  • Vertu Constellation Reviewed

    The fellows with the fancy-pants over at Sybarites got their hands on a Vertu Constellation for review. If you’re just joining us, the Vertu is a luxury line of phones made by the same people who make you Nokia’s phones…Nokia. So how does this phone stack up? Well, the Nokia S40 UI is similar to other Nokia Symbian OS phones, but is “far superior graphics wise”. Read More

  • Turtle Beach Ear Force X1: Good Features, Bad Name


    Maybe it’s me, but the name “Ear Force” just doesn’t make me want to run out and buy these headsets. Or tell anyone I bought them, no matter how good they are—and this lightweight headset appears to be good. As you can see in the diagram, the X1’s are meant to be part of your gaming ecosystem. They are able to blend voice chat with game audio so both are… Read More

  • Sony Knew of Battery Explosions Eleven Months Ago, Ignored Dangers?

    . It’s been sitting on the down-low for eleven months in hopes that there would be no trouble with non-Dell laptops. Sadly, that has not been the case. The Yamiuri goes on to state that had Sony addressed the issue correctly almost a year ago, when it discovered the flaw in the manufacturing process responsible for the explosions, they could have avoided the costly recall. As it is, Sony… Read More

  • Sony Drops Two Blu-ray Devices

    Sony announced at CEATEC 2006, two new Blu-ray recorders. Each recorder has an onboard hard drive that can record two digital shows simultaneously. Users can then backup programming on 25GB Blu-ray drives. The devices can also play AVCHD discs. The BDZ-V9 supports 1080p output, DLNA streaming to PCs and compatible devices. It can also convert to MPEG-4 for playback on a PSP. The unit includes… Read More

  • Road Angel Mobile Helps You Avoid Tickets Without Cleavage

    Cellphones with GPS functionality are becoming more and more commonplace. The role of GPS isn’t just to tell you where you are, but to help you automagically interact with your surrounding environment. Road Angel Mobile, out of the UK, is using cellphone GPS to help you avoid speeding tickets. With the software application loaded onto your Nokia handset, and that handset paired with… Read More

  • Sprint Releasing MOTOKRZR, MOTORAZR, MOTOSLVR By November

    Good news MOTO fans, as Sprint’s announcing the November availability of the KRZR, RAZR and SLVR phones. According to the release, all three phones will be EV-DO compatible, and have access to NFL Mobile, Sprint TVSM and Sprint Movies. Since there’s a month left until November, you have plenty of time to decide whether you want the candybar-shaped SLVR, the old wide-but-thin RAZR… Read More

  • Zip-Linq Road Warrior Kit is Handy Dandy

    Being a tech-toting nerd has its advantages, to be sure. When a pretty girl is wondering aloud about what time “Project Runway” comes on, it’s easy to impress her by looking it up on your Treo. But keeping all that gear connected can be problematic. Enter Zip-Linq’s Road Warrior Kit 2, your laptop’s version of a shaving kit. Boasting enough USB goodness to to keep… Read More

  • World's Smallest MiniSD Reader

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/s, depending on the miniSD card you use. The reader is USB 2.0 compatible and can work in Windows, OS X and most likely Linux. Heck, it's probably small enough to fit inside your cell phone itself, letting you carry around both the card and the reader simultaneously. Product Page [Alfa Media via Red Ferret] Read More

  • MSI Crystal 945 is a PC in an iMac's Body

    If you’ve been enamored with the iMac’s shape and size, but can’t bring yourself to use OS X, now there’s the MSI Crystal 945. It has the same general shape and style as an iMac – screen, base, speakers enclosed – but you can run Windows. Oh wait, so can an iMac. Nevertheless, the 945 has a Pentium 4 Prescott CPU, integrated graphics, PCI Express… Read More

  • Asus Guarantees 802.11n Final Compatibility Through Free Upgrades

    The major concern about buying draft 802.11n cards and routers is that they won’t be compatible with the final specification once that’s out in late 2007 or 2008. Asus puts your mind at rest with their new guarantee that their WL-500W and WL-100W “Intensi-fi” routers will be upgradeable to the final spec using Firmware or hardware upgrades. This means for any… Read More