• Why Does Sling Hate Palm, America So Much?

    Photographs, on their own, can be enticing and exciting, but then that’s also the fun. Take, for example, this photo we found on zatznotfunny. It shows the side a of SlingBox Tuner’s box. Our mystery deals with the badges of the different mobile platforms and operating systems that the Sling works with, which is fairly typical for electronics. What’s interesting is the Palm… Read More

  • BarCamp Ireland is a success

    This weekend was Ireland first BarCamp in Cork, with over 100 people attending. You can get an idea of the talks for yourself from this picture of the schedule. The main topics covered included microformats, OPML, funding, startups, Second Life and Tom Raftery gave talks on a new Data Centre being built in Cork and on the Web 2.0 controversy earlier this year. There are some pictures online… Read More

  • USBCell is just a great idea …

    Every now and then a really great idea comes along that makes you go “now why didn’t I think of that”. Probably the last innovation in this genre was the Windup Radio. USBCELL is a AA battery that simply plugs into any USB port to recharge. No longer do you need to throw away used batteries or lug the chargers or adpators for rechargeable batteries. With over 15… Read More

  • Singapore Welcomes Treo 750v From Vodafone

    Wait a minute. What? “V” doesn’t stand for Vodafone? Prolly not. Palm and Microsoft this weekend introduced the Treo 750v, formerly the sole domain of Vodafone and the must-have smartphone of the quarter, as its first Windows Mobile entry in the Asian market. Singapore’s M1, owned by Vodafone, will be rolling out the UMTS Treo in October. We’re still waiting… Read More

  • Swedish Beers & Innovation clash?

    In the next few weeks & months there are a lot of events happening across the UK & Ireland. I am contemplating either putting together a “socialtext” wiki to enable event organisers to list their own events here on TechCrunch or would you prefer me to use something like UpComing.org. The reason I ask is because once again we have a clash of events in London. There are… Read More

  • All Women Team Takes Yahoo Hack Day Top Prize

    Yahoo opened its corporate headquarters to hordes of hackers, press and others on Friday and Saturday for its open Hack Day. After 24 hours of hacking (with a break for a private Beck concert in the Yahoo courtyard the first evening), 54 projects were demo’d to the crowd of about 400 people. Over 3,000 pictures from the event (tagged “HackDay06″) are on Flickr here. A handful… Read More

  • New Look For Netvibes

    Netvibes quietly released an updated look and feel this evening. Read about the release on the Netvibes blog here and here. Key additions to the service include: Module search New web/blog /video search with results within netvibes Customization of look and feel MySpace module Netvibes says in their blog entry that the new release “will change the way you use and view the web”… Read More

  • Is T-Mobile Ready for Take-off?

    , which gives weight to the idea that T-Mobile is not just growing, but completely reinventing itself. And that is good. Why, you ask, is it good that the anemic T-Mobile is going to be reborn? Read More

  • Does Messagr have the presence of mind to find an investor?

    Messagr is a “new presence-based search engine” that helps you find other skype users with similar interests to yourself. To participate you simply register yourself on messagr with your skype details and then add some tags that describe the topics you might like to chat about.
    For example if you wanted to discuss music with someone right now, you could search for the term music… Read More

  • New FM Transmitter for Sony-Ericsson Phones

    Somehow, in the avalanche of new phones and accessories this week, we missed this dope new FM Transmitter for Sony-Ericsson phones. Seeing as how they’re aggressively going after the mobile music market, this little gadget makes perfect sense. It plugs into the bottom of your favorite SE phone and transmits your tunes to your car stereo. In addition, it turns your sound system into a… Read More

  • iBag Turntable: Plus iPod, Minus Turntable

    At first glance the iBag Turntable looked very cool, but that reaction wore off as soon as I realized that it doesn’t really use vinyl. What you really have here is a backpack that you can connect your iPod to. With four AA batteries you can also play your iPod through the backpack’s speakers. The backpack includes a FM radio, and retails for $60. I have yet to hear (or see)… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Solar Flare Edition

    Read these exciting stories before our planet is engulfed by the sun: The Elite Cuisine Multi-Function 3-in-1 Breakfast Center
    USB Roll-Up Keyboard
    High Tech Karaoke
    GPS Could Be Disabled By Solar Flares In 2011
    Japanese Power Suit Makes You Super Human Read More

  • LiveJournal pushes ad sponsored communities, features

    LiveJournal just announced that they will soon begin offering sponsored communities with benefits to participating users and sponsored features provided by companies other than LiveJournal. The SixApart owned social networking site has slowly rolled these plans out over recent months but just made the official announcement tonight. Early feedback from users is decidedly negative. Update… Read More

  • Shutterfly takes photo printing to the bank in IPO

    Online photo sharing and printing service Shutterfly raised $87 million in an IPO today, closing up 3.7% at $15.55 per share. VentureBeat points out that the price climbed as high as $16.73 at one point in the day. Born in 1999, Shutterfly is a survivor of the last bubble and crash. Now it’s an interesting case for considering other possible valuations. It also gives us a chance to look… Read More

  • Event: Second Chance Tuesday

    After what seems an age since the last successful event, Second Chance Tuesday the investor, startup “dating agency” organsied by Judith Clegg and Michael Smith, is back and with a bang! After several lengthy discussions it was felt that it would be of greater value to the potential start-up community [attending] to initially hear from an experienced Entrepreneur and/or Venture… Read More

  • Creative Bumps Zen V Plus to 8GB

    , Apple rolled out a second generation of the iPod Nano, bringing the high-end of their tiny player up to 8GB. It was widely assumed Creative would do the same, and today it has announced an 8GB version of their Zen V Plus, their direct Nano competitor. The Zen series is a very popular alternative to the iPod here in America, and the OLED screen looks fantastic. It’ll be available next… Read More

  • The Elite Cuisine Multi-Function 3-in-1 Breakfast Center

    I’m a bachelor. I have been now for 30 years. As such, I’ve learned to use my kitchen to best afford me single portions. I don’t shop at Costco, I don’t need a gallon of mayonnaise. This is the price I pay. Also, my kitchen is, not by coincidence, small. As such, I need to conserve space. That’s why I can’t believe I’ve never seen this device… Read More

  • Cute Little USB DAB Tuner

    We don’t have much DAB here in the States. Thanks to our various satellite radio providers, iPods, cellphones and everything else giving us more music than we really need. Other continents have it though, so we’re showing off this neat USB DAB tuner. Plug it in, install the DAB software on your PC, and you’ve got your radio, wherever you go. You don’t even need that… Read More

  • Grab A Wii, From Reggie

    Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, told ABC News today that he will be in New York on Nintendo Wii launch day and will hand out some of the first Wiis at a store. The store remains unnamed, but it’s rumored that he will be at Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Center. Nintendo claims to feel more connected to its gamers than other console manufacturers, and this is a great… Read More

  • WeeWorld forms a partnership with AOL?

    I am often challenged to name the UK’s few globally known start-ups and quiet often I forget that WeeWorld, the creators of the popular WeeMee avatars, is a “global” example of a successful UK company. The others being Bebo, DropSend and Last.fm. Basically WeeWorld lets users create a cartoon character that can act as an avatar for them on instant messengers, blogs and… Read More

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