• SkyTone USB Phone

    aka the RST102 is made by Radian Technologies and connects via USB to any laptop. Drop in a CD, turn on Skype, and away you go. In the mini review by Marc “The Sharc” Orchant we link below, it’s notable that a Skype handset “feels funny.” Think about it: we either use Skype with a headset or a webcam with microphone and speakers. We rarely hold something up to… Read More

  • Windows Vista Start-up Sound Sucks, Is Holy

    in defense of Big Bill, informing us that: Microsoft’s Steve Ball gave Robert Scoble some reasons for the startup sound, which as of current planning cannot be turned off: 1) “A spiritual side of the branding experience. A short, brief, positive confirmation that your machine is now conscious and ready to react”; 2) “The startup sound is designed to help you calibrate… Read More

  • Plextor Working on Wafer-thin DVD Burner

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/RWs at 24x. No pricing or availability and it seems like a bit of a niche product. It's powered by USB only, so there won't be an ugly wall wart to worry about. I have a Gateway ultralight , the NX100 with only one “spindle” – that’s marketing talk for any disk drive, which, in this case, is… Read More

  • BloomBox is a mint of an idea.

    About a six weeks ago I was kindly invited to attend an event here in London called UGTV06 by Andy Bell. It was a very good seminar talking about how mainstream media in the UK is embracing the “user generated content” age. It was the same evening that MTV UK announced the launch of their own UGC project Flux. Later that evening Tim Morgan previewed Bloombox a white-label web… Read More

  • TechCrunch Gets Chumy with Chumby

    TechCrunch got a chance this weekend to check out the Chumby, a device that is certain to make a huge impact next year. It is notable because of its complete hackability. What one does with it is essentially limited only be one’s imagination. Users can program this small handheld device to perform pretty much any desired function. It features a 266Mhz ARM controller, 32MB SDRAM, a 320 x… Read More

  • VideoJug enter a crowded market with a nice twist

    VideoJug, has just been launched, by Dan Thompson, David Tabizel and Danny Kelly, to host a range of video clips offering advice and demonstrations on topics such as how to clean windows or how to clean ketchup spills on a carpet. The current crop of videos are short, sharp and well presented by the Videojug management. Of course VideoJug hope other people will also upload their own, how… Read More

  • Chumby Devices Handed Out at Foo

    The founders of Chumby wanted to create a new device that begs to be hacked. Yesterday, they introduced a prototype of their new gadget to 100 or so attendees of Foo Camp in Sebastopol, California. I was lucky enough to get one. Chumby is a small, wifi enabled, touch screen information device. When you take it out of the box and plug it in it is essentially a glorified alarm clock. But when… Read More

  • Greenpeace Scores Electronics

    Greenpeace has announced the results of its first global exam on green electronics and the score card is somewhat surprising. As you can see above, companies like Nokia and Dell are inching toward the green, while others like Apple, Motorola and Lenovo are ranked way into the red,. The initiative was developed in order to help reduce the use of toxic chemicals and electronic wastes (e-wastes)… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Dead Skin and the Dirty Ground Edition

    Here is a selection of stories from yesterday’s news. Pioneer + Bluetooth + iPod Meetup Rumored
    Philips Lumalive
    OLPC Children’s Machine Inches Closer
    More Canon: LV7575PR Projector
    DSILO: Dead Skin In/Lint Out Read More

  • Life-Saving Webcams

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/minute. The Crime-Fighting, Life-Saving Webcam [ABC News] Read More

  • Announcing Yahoo (Open) Developer Hack Day

    A few months ago I was able to hang out at Yahoo Hack Day, and see first hand the energy that developers are willing to put in to their own projects and ideas. Yahoo is now taking the Hack Day idea one step further. On Friday, September 29, 2006, Yahoo will open up its Sunnyvale headquarters to all developers for a 24 hour Hack Day, followed by a really cool party on Saturday night. If you are… Read More

  • Digg sends C&D to DiggGames?

    We learned tonight from James Yu’s blog that Utah software engineer and professional genealogist Matt Misbach has posted a letter online that appears to be from an Indianapolis law firm representing Digg.com. The letter demands that Misbach immediately stop using the trademarked name Digg on his site DiggGames.com. Misbach used that site to highlight flash games he found on the front… Read More

  • Wink 2.0 to launch next week

    Social search engine Wink will launch version 2.0 of its service early next week with changes designed to make make search more social than ever. I’ve described below the information I was able to get out of them prelaunch, but I hope there’s more to come. Social search has a lot of potential and I do like Wink’s approach. Here’s the basics on Wink. It’s a… Read More

  • ZohoProjects challenges Basecamp on project management

    AdventNet’s online productivity suite Zoho has added a project management system to its already long list of offerings. ZohoProjects is now accepting new signups and there’s a demo account you can use from the front page. The Zoho team told me that if Basecamp targets “the less is more crowd,” ZohoProjects will be feature rich. It’s not there yet, but it… Read More

  • IE7 (RC1) might cause you problems …

    Microsoft announced today the release of IE7 RC1 and thankfully this time I don’t have to uninstall Microsoft Explorer myself. This time Microsoft do it for me as part of the install! I do sometimes wish I could stop the installation of IE7 right there but sadly Windows Update only works with IE. Currently I have IE7 Beta3 running on my desktop and I nearly pushed the button to upgrade… Read More

  • Pioneer + Bluetooth + iPod Meetup Rumored

    . It’s a trustworthy source and Bluetooth has basically gone stereo, so this is more likely than not going to be true. Nike + iPod was a great move for both companies, I think, and Pioneer needs this shot in the arm. Read More

  • The Children's Machine arrives

    One of my favourite technology projects has just announced its new name. The hundred dollar laptop spearheaded by Nicholas Negroponte formerly called the OLPC is now called the CM1, or The Children’s Machine. The 7.5-inch, 1,200 x 900 pixel configurable and mesh-networkable notebook, which runs a Fedora Linux distro powered by a 400MHz AMD Geode processor, is meant to supply kids… Read More

  • More Canon: LV7575PR Projector

    Canon has been bombarding us relentlessly with new products for the past couple of days. Today we get its new LV7575PR digital projector. It features a 1.3x Canon Optics lens that can be enhanced with four optional lenses, including one for ultra wide angles. This new projector is capable of displaying up to 1080i at 5500 ANSI lumens. One of the cooler features comes with the addition of… Read More

  • Geek In The Park

    Geek Party In The Park 27th August 2006 Jephson Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire If you live in the Midlands and not to far away from Royal Leamington Spa, then you might be interested in Geek in the Park a day-long get together, picnic, and discussion for anyone to do with the Internet (developers, designers, programmers‚Ķ ). This is a very informal affair so family and friends… Read More

  • Marantz SA-7S1 SACD Player

    Marantz, makers of many things expensive, has announced the SA-7S1, a super Super Audio CD player. It sports a built-in anti-vibration technology to provide shake free playback of your SACDs and CDs. This is a totally useful feature, because I’m sure you’re all well aware how much CD players vibrate. It will be available in Japan this October. The price tag is set at $6200 because… Read More