• New Adobe License for Mobile Phones

    Microsoft announced today that it has licensed Adobe’s software for viewing online videos and other files on cell phones. Microsoft will distribute Flash Lite and Reader programs from Adobe Systems to cell phone makers who use its Windows Mobile software. Flash allows users to interact with more Web sites. Many shopping sites use flash so users can view an item in different colors or try… Read More

  • $18 Million Raised by Thumbplay

    Thumbplay, a mobile entertainment company, announced today that it has raised $18 million in new capital. Thumbplay will use the seed money to expand its direct-to- consumer product offerings, in addition to further developing the tools it provides content owners, creators, publishers and brand marketers. The company plans to accelerate its strategic growth plans and to expand internationally… Read More

  • McCain Embraces Tech Executives For White House Push – TechCrunch Interviews Carly Fiorina

    Senator McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, has twice this month embraced technology leaders in his push to become president. On March 7 Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, joined the Republican National Committee as Victory Chairman. And this last weekend Meg Whitman, the outgoing CEO of Ebay, became McCain’s campaign co-chair. Frankly, he’ll need the help. Read More

  • Why Is Natali Del Conte Speaking Spanish?

    I’m pretty sure that’s former TechCrunch writer Natali Del Conte speaking Spanish. Yep, that’s definitely Spanish all right. Natali, who recently launched a new show on CNET TV called Loaded, is now creating Spanish versions of the show, covering product reviews in five popular categories including cell phones, MP3 players, televisions, computers, and digital cameras. The… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Milk Inspector Edition

    Smart Goggles ‘remember’ where you left your keys
    Video: Etch-A-Sketch powered clock
    MIT powers up in celebration of Smash Bros. release
    System alerts you when the milk has gone bad
    Colossal MP3 player: Coming soon to a hipster near you
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  • Surprise! The Bux.to Pyramid Scheme Is A Fraud

    If anyone needs yet more evidence that schemes that pay users cash to watch ads, and then pay more for any other users that you get to sign up (AKA Pyramid Schemes) are nonsense, just see Chris Pirillo’s twitter message, which I have helpfully posted above. The service in question is called Bux.to. They pay users $0.01 to watch an advertisement for thirty seconds. They also pay $0.01… Read More

  • Blogger & Podcaster Magazine To Launch Blog Advertising Network, Provide Health Care To Solo Bloggers

    Trade magazine Blogger & Podcaster Magazine is expanding into advertising with their own blog advertising network. The Blogger & Podcaster Network (BPN) will target “the B,C,D & E listers who have smaller and often more niche audiences.” Blogger & Podcaster have retained investment bank The Riderwood Group to obtain expansion funding for the network. Those signing… Read More

  • Streamed Gameshow PlayCafe Takes Funding

    Streamed live over the internet game show PlayCafe has taken funding from First Round Capital, although the figure has not been disclosed. PlayCafe offers a live daily streamed gameshow where viewers can call in and win prizes. According to NewTeeVee, PlayCafe is expanding from two to four hours next week, running 5 to 9 p.m. PT. The company boasts an average playing session of 86 minutes… Read More

  • GTA IV online multiplayer details leaked

    According to Spain’s official PlayStation magazine, PlayStation.RevistaOficial, GTA IV will support up to 16 players online and will include 15 different game modes. There will be team and solo game types within the single player game mode maps. The ability to tweak in-game options was also revealed that include weapons selection and traffic density. Known game types include the following: Read More

  • Gizmoz Raises $6.5M from Japan's DoCoMo; Integrates with AIM

    GizMoz, provider of fun technology that can turn your 2D image and recorded voice into a talking 3D character, is growing up and moving into the Asian market. The Israeli company, which we first covered in December 2006, has raised $6.5M in Series B financing from a round led by DoCoMo Capital, a subsidiary of the largest cell phone operator in Japan. The money and its budding relationship… Read More

  • Open source robots in homes by, like, next week

    Willow Garage makes “open source” robots and is hoping their work, in conjunction with some Cali universities, will soon appear in homes around the world. Their robots, called the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Robot Project (STAIR), have a standard operating system and all of the mechanics and software is open source, meaning you can modify your STAIR robot as you see fit. Now… Read More

  • RetailMeNot Adds Social Network

    Community coupon site RetailMeNot has today launched a social network on top of their coupon portal. RetailMeNot comes from Melbourne, Australia based Stateless Systems, who would be best known to TechCrunch readers as being the company behind bypass registrations page BugMeNot. I sat down with Guy King from Stateless Systems on Friday for a demo, video above. RetailMeNot is pushing through… Read More

  • 'Batman Begins' out on Blu-ray this summer

    Two versions of WB’s hit ‘Batman Begins’ will be rereleased this July on Blu-ray. The HD DVD version was released in October of 2006 and Warner held back a Blu-ray version because the format was unable to support the “In-Movie Experience” PIP feature. HD DVD never had that problem. Along with a standard Blu-ray version there will be a “Limited Edition… Read More

  • Houdini was the first to do what?

    Growing up I used to watch all the magic specials on CBS (I think) that seemed to run so rampant and I desperately wanted to become a world famous magician as well. So doing some fact checking and what not at the library revealed Harry Houdini as the original master and I think I did a report on him at one point. His death is still a mystery and there’s a newly minted book that I need… Read More

  • Halo 3: Legendary DLC this week

    [photopress:scorpion.jpg,full,pp_image] Just a quick note to the Halo 3 junkies in the audience. The Legendary DLC you’ve been waiting for comes out this Tuesday. More details to come in a couple days. The gallery reveals new paint jobs for vehicles and the Hornet’s gameplay has been altered. Wha?! Read More

  • Shoot your alarm clock with a Sega Phaser

    Phaser Blasted Alarm Clock! – video powered by Metacafe Another great project from Make. You basically use a phaser to shoot your alarm clock to make it snooze. Definitely not difficult and loads of fun — except for sleepover guests who think you’re crazy. Weekend Project: Phaser blasted alarm clock! Read More

  • Apple: Great or super great?

    If Apple is BMW, the everyone else is this. Dan Farber discusses Apple’s strategy and, all things being equal, comes away worried. While he cedes that Apple (namely Steve-o) is great at product design, their perceived exclusivity could hurt them in a market where Vista is and OK operating system and folks like Acer and Asus are making amazing strides in industrial design and features. Read More

  • The Perfect Pullup: Get ripped, fast!

    [photopress:perfectpullup.jpg,full,center] The Perfect Pullup (shown here with optional ab straps) promises to “get you ripped FAST!” It comes from the same guy(s) who created the Perfect Pushup, the twisty accessory that adds more movement to a regular pushup. The Pullup, which I recently saw advertised on late night TV (blogging is glamorous, to quote every other Gawker post)… Read More

  • WIMAX may interfere with satellite communications

    I doubt this will really effect us non-evil mastermind types, but WIMAX use frequencies that could interfere with satellite communications, rendering some services unusable. While I’m sure the WIMAX folks already have a fix for this, it’s important to become alarmed and post without thinking regarding the threat to our precious satellite connectivity. Long-range Wi-Fi threat to… Read More

  • Keep your iPhone/iPod standing on a tray table… without evil juju

    Well now this is a cute little trick. Ouriel of Le French TechCrunche was futzing around with his iPod when he found that a 1-to-2 prong airline adapter holds up his iPhone like a champ. PHa and I had a hell of a time trying to keep an iPod nano standing on the flight to Germany and this would have helped immensely. iPhone Hack to make it stand still (without touching it of course) [Ouriel] Read More

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