• Splashcast Aims to Offer A Frictionless Web Media Player

    I got an early look last week at a media publishing tool being developed by Portland startup Splashcast and what I saw looked like something that anyone tired of overbranding and limited options in online media is sure to like. The product, which is still several months away from launch, is a clean, simple system for publishing channels of video, photos, audio and text via RSS feeds to a… Read More

  • Sanyo's New 42-Inch LCD Can Brave the Elements

    The Sanyo CE42LM4WPR is a 42-inch LCD display that bears at least one major difference from its brethren: it’s weatherproof. That’s right, the CE42LM4WPR has an IP56 weather-resistant certification, meaning it can withstand various outdoor hazards that typical electronics don’t find agreeable. Not only can it stand up to humidity, it can deal with blasts from “strong… Read More

  • How to Get Yourself Some Wii

    Wiiloaded takes a very, very close look at where you can potentially think about seeing a Wii before they are completely and unavoidably sold out. Gamestop and EB Games are right out, but Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R’ Us, and, interestingly, Costco/Sam’s Club are probably your best bet. If you intend to camp out then remember to bring a blankie, some money, and no self-respect. After… Read More

  • Spybot Search and Destroy Destroys Tablet PCs: Can You Blame It?

    , an anti-spyware application, that it is dealing with some hard core spyware. The resulting fix disables most of the tablet buttons and locks out the pen settings icon in the system tray. You can restore to a previous time after running SS&D, but why would you? Just buy a keyboard and mouse, prop the Tablet against the door, and pretend you own a very slim desktop PC. Spybot Search… Read More

  • Top Ten Things to Improve in OS X Leopard

    While most of these are fairly esoteric, TUAW has some good ideas for making OS X even better than the average bear. For example: Removing applications – and all their baggage: Deleting (or “uninstalling”) an app on Mac OS X is easy: you just move it to the trash. But what about all the extra data apps create when you use them (databases, media libraries, etc.)? Because… Read More

  • Windows 3.11 Is Alive

    This is a serious oldie, but it just appeared on the Diggdar, so we’ll give it a little airtime. Just look at 2006 Google showing up on 1989 Windows 3.11. Beautiful. A bit long, but go ahead and grab a Crystal Pepsi and rock out. Read More

  • Cingular 8525 Hands On

    If you read my 10 Things I Hate About Smartphones post last week, you’d discover that I hate Windows Mobile and that, even though they run Windows Mobile, I love HTC. So with that piece of cognitive dissonance in mind, I present my review of the Cingular 8525 aka the Hermes, a Windows Mobile Pocket PC smartphone with fold out QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen. It costs $399 with contract. Read More

  • Wii Inventory Locator

    If you’re like me, you skimped on preordering a Wii, but now you’re starting to feel doubt about whether or not you’ll be able to get a console in some agreeable time frame. Well, reader Chris Lambert wrote in to say that he’s developed a mashup based on the Wii inventory numbers Target released. The numbers are supposed to be relatively accurate, so check it out, it… Read More

  • Mashery API Management Service is Open For Business

    API management service Mashery has come out of stealth mode tonight and is now offering documentation support, community management and access control for companies wishing to offer public or private APIs. This is an exciting launch. An API, or Application Program Interface, is the interface that allows developers to leverage some one else’s data or functionality to create mashups. Read More

  • MediaTech 2.006: who is walking the walk?

    Thursday 30th November is Library House’s MediaTech 2.006 event at the Imax Theatre, London which aims to bring together some of the hottest startup companies and incumbent giants together in order to discuss the convergence of media, technology and communications all in one event. The event is sponsored by Microsoft and Intel Capital with contributions from top entrepreneurs such as… Read More

  • Weekly Crunch: Robot Survey Edition

    Here’s a recap of last week’s news: Survey!
    Lexar JumpDrive Mercury: Awesomest JumpDrive Mercury Ever
    All Your Base Are Belong To U-ROBO
    Asus W6 and S6 Leather Laptops
    Good Morning, Starshine: The Wake-Up Light Read More

  • This weeks up coming events.

    This week like most in London sees a number of very good events which I will be attending. i.e MomoLondon and Internet “Peeps” Dinner. 1. Tomorrow (6th of November) sees Mobile Monday London’s 1st anniversary event which will be hosted at Google. As always doors will open at 6pm and the event will start at 6.30pm and end at 8pm to give enough time for networking. The theme… Read More

  • Fox Interactive Launches Desktop/Website Widget Platform

    Fox Interactive Media will announce a new widget platform called SpringWidgets on Monday morning at the Widgets Live Conference in San Francisco. It is a unique offering in the increasingly complicated widget space, although the desktop portion of it only works on the Windows platform. Widget platforms today work on websites (see Google Gadgets and WidgetBox) or the desktop (see Yahoo Widgets). Read More

  • My Neighbourhood launches community networking.

    My Neighbourhoods (MN) is a new UK “community networking” site that has just launched with the aim to “improve communication and neighbourly behaviour in the thousands of communities throughout the UK”. as explained by Danny Bull the CEO On closer inspection the site is a mashup of local news & reviews plus local classified advertising combined with aspects of… Read More

  • Topix Raises $15m More for Local News Search

    News search engine Topix.net has announced that has taken $15 million in additional funding from three large media companies, Tribune, Gannett and McClatchy. The company raised a round about 18 months ago for an undisclosed sum that was only said to be under $5 million. That funding came from Tribune, Gannet and Knight-Ridder, who have since been acquired by McClatchy. Topix brings a long list… Read More

  • Web 2.0 gets the glossy magazine treatment

    The Guardian’s Weekend magazine has discovered Web 2.0 and features a number of the hot companies in the area, most of which are old-hat to aficionados of the space (Wikipedia, Flickr, etc). However, it’s nice to see the UK’s Last.FM featured in a largely US-focused piece. There are various interviews worth checking out, where people get to answer: What is Web 2.0? What is… Read More

  • FuckedCompany's Adbrite Spawn Goes 2.0

    In 2002, page views on Philip Kaplan’s infamous FuckedCompany website were going through the roof – and he needed an advertising platform to monetize those visitors. He couldn’t find the self-service product that he needed, so he built his own with co-founder Gidon Wise. That ad platform was eventually spun out of FC and turned into Adbrite. Today, it”s the 11th largest… Read More

  • Palm, Samsung to Drop Surprise QWERTY Fun for Xmas (With Cingular Rebates)!

    Cash back bonanza holy moly! We’ve got two scoops in one, all based on a flickr screen grab. Sometimes Cingular auto-tragically publishes stuff it don’t mean to. Oops, Cingular! We found this graphic on flickr. Cingular, the orange fan of all things with the words “Treo” and “GSM,” is set to launch not just the anticipated Treo 680 this winter, but also… Read More

  • Cingular Revamps Biz Site: Treo 680 Culprit?

    , we notice that Cingular’s website (at least the business end) keeps going down. Then up. Is this a ripple-effect of the imminent Treo Launch? Or something else altogether? We have no idea here at CrunchGear Central. We did, however, notice that a new marketing loop plays from time-to-time on the main business website, featuring highlighting of the word “now.” This falls in… Read More

  • White Chocolate Now Available via Verizon

    the white version of the popular LG Chocolate. The music-phone, which is a straight shot at the Apple iPod and the Sony-Ericsson Walkman phones from Cingular, is known for its light-up, touch-sensative buttons. Now, that’s a lot of hyphens so I hope you were paying attention, because this phone is cute. It’s a Nano-looking (edit: Hickey is hyphen-crazy) MP3 player that slides into… Read More

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