• Surface to surface in AT&T stores

    And you thought the Surface was all hot air! Microsoft and AT&T have teamed up to place Surface computers in AT&T stores. By placing a phone on the machine, you can call up information and specifications for any phone in the store. We’re not yet sure if you can put your drinks on the Surface machines or order back rubs from store employees. These machines will have 30 inch… Read More

  • Craigslist scam really some kind of crazy cover-up for a minor burglary

    Remember the Craigslist scam in Southern Oregon where an unknown person or persons posted asking people to come clear out a house? Well, it was actually supposed to be a way to cover the tracks of two bumbling burglars. Amber and Brandon Herbert originally broke into the property’s garage and as a way to keep from getting caught a post of the Craig’s list ad encouraging folks to… Read More

  • Flash concept cellphone has built-in projector (for projecting images onto random people!)

    While Peter and Doug are at CTIA in Las Vegas bringing you the latest news and photos of quote-unquote real cellphones, I can do no less than point you in the direction of the Flash, a mighty fine concept brought to us by Peter Zsoit Koren. (I think Flash is the name, not too sure.) Like, what, all of the phones at this year’s CTIA, it’s got a touchscreen and sorta widescreen display. Read More

  • Aspire to your missionary position?

    New UK startup MyMission2 works like a dating site to get people who want to do things matched up with people who want to help them do it. The site launched this week. Former Jiglu CEO Nigel Cannings has left (profiled here) to join MyMission2. He retains a stake in Jiglu. Steve Hebditch, the original founder, re-enters the CEO chair of Jiglu. David Ashford is CEO MyMission2’s… Read More

  • Europe-Focused Blog Search Engine Twingly Goes Into Private Beta

    Twingly, the Europe-focused blog search engine that I wrote about in January, has just entered private beta. You can sign up for an invitation on the home page, or go here for an instant invitation (the first 2,000 get in). Twingly has a number of features that make it an attractive engine. First, they have a “no spam” search that only queries blogs that are known to Twingly to… Read More

  • Nearly Half of U.S. Consumers Don’t Know if they have Mobile TV

    QuickPlay Media released the results of a national survey that measured interest in mobile TV and video content. The survey found that 47% of consumers don’t know whether or not their carrier offers such services. It seems as though service providers aren’t getting the word out about the wonders of mobile TV and video. “Mobile operators have done an excellent job addressing… Read More

  • V-ENABLE and buzzd Partner to make you King or Queen of the Nightlife

    V-ENABLE, a local mobile search and directory assistance service is partnering with buzzd, a location-based mobile entertainment service that provides real-time information for bars, clubs and restaurants. This partnership will combine V-ENABLE’s local search with buzzd’s (see MobileCrunch post on buzzd) user generated content and all the best listings from CitySearch, Flavorpill… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: The Sound of One Hand Clapping Edition

    CrunchDeals: The Clapper for $19, shipped
    ClarityLife: A simple-yet-cool phone for the geriatric set
    Why is Iron Man at the LG booth?
    Toshiba’s ApriPoco helper robot looks innocent for a reason
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  • Amazon Launches SMS Buying Service

    Amazon has launched Amazon TextBuyIt, a service that allows Amazon customers to purchase items via mobile phone text message. To use the service, customers text the name of a product, its description, or its UPC or ISBN number to Amazon (262966). If Amazon stocks the item, the user will get the first two results sent to them. To purchase am item, users reply with 1 or 2 and are prompted for… Read More

  • Game Neverending Rises From The Dead

    Game Neverending, the first project from Ludicorp and the foundation for Flickr, has risen from the dead. The MMOG is a role playing game focused on social interaction and object manipulation. Game Neverending is said to be “lighthearted and humorous” with no way to win or no given definition of success. Objects “could be combined to create other objects, but any given… Read More

  • Book Authors Association Joins Sky Is Falling Brigade

    The Society of Authors, the UK Association representing professional book authors, has called chicken little on the book industry by suggesting that internet piracy will cause authors to stop writing. Tracy Chevalier, Chair of the Society of Authors and the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring told The Times that the current payment model for authors was dead and even suggested that content… Read More

  • Need A Job? Make $1.20/hour Tagging Photos

    New service TagCow caused a bit of a stir over the weekend. The product seemingly solves the problem of auto-categorization and tagging of photos, something that seems to still be beyond the processing power and software skills of most startups. Users upload photos – thousands of them if they like – and within a few minutes the photos are returned with stunningly accurate… Read More

  • Blinkx Dabbles in Broadband TV With Its Own Joost-Like Service

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Blinkx, the video search engine, is getting into video distribution. Today it will launch BBTV, a downloadable player that streams video from content partners using peer-to-peer technology. The initial content lineup is rather spare: forty-odd independent movies from Dogwoof Productions and other videos from existing partners such as Young… Read More

  • Microsoft Surface Coming To AT&T Stores

    Microsoft’s Surface computer will make its commercial debut April 17 in AT&T stores in New York City, Atlanta, San Antonio and San Francisco. Microsoft first unveiled the Surface back in May 2007; the coffee-table like computer allows touch screen interaction with various surfaces, can recognize objects places on it and even interact with things like mobile phones. AT&T said… Read More

  • YouTube Rape Victim Arrested

    The victim of an alleged rape that made worldwide headlines after footage was posted to YouTube, has been arrested on suspicion of underage sex and perverting the course of justice after it was discovered that the rape was fake. According to The Register, the 24-year-old mother was arrested on March 28 and released on bail. The alleged rapists, aged 14 and 16, are now unlikely to face… Read More

  • Magnify Gives Birth to VidyUp: First Release Based on YouTube's New APIs

    A few weeks ago YouTube released a more powerful set of APIs that allow web developers to create services that upload, watch, search, and comment on videos remotely. Magnify, the video channel service recently focused on social networking, has been hustling to be the first to implement these APIs. What they’ve come up with is a widget called VidyUp (like gitty up, get it?). Site owners… Read More

  • Ride along with Intel inside a WiMAX-enabled vehicle

    Hey you guys. I have a bold statement. One that may shock and amaze the entire technology subculture made of blog readers, blog writers, and kids that surf our site looking for references to Miley Cyrus. And here it is. This WiMAX thing might just catch on. Yes, I said it. Can you believe it? It also might be “big” and whatever other buzzwords (like “big”) that the… Read More

  • Video: AT&T LG Vu running MediaFLO

    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%2F798182&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf I won’t lie. I’m not all that impressed with the LG Vu. It’s about as craptacular as the LG Voyager. It’s a little more… Read More

  • Why is Iron Man at the LG booth?

    Hmm…Maybe he’s guarding this! Read More

  • Nokia N810 WiMAX hands-on from 180 feet

    Got a chance to play around with the WiMAX-enabled Nokia N810 that’ll be coming out soon. It’s basically the same deal as the currently-available N810 with the added convenience of being able to glom on to WiMAX networks. Nokia had a “Sky Cafe” rigged up to a gigantic crane that hoisted what basically amounted to a metal platform with an island bar and seat-belted… Read More

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