• Moto's CTIA line-up leaked (??)

    Moto is teaming up with Kodak? Releasing the MotoMing 2? Launching the Q10 with WinMo 6.1? Bestill my beating heart! Please, Moto, please: do well this quarter. We still need a primarily US-based handset maker and at the rate you’re going, I suppose I’d rather just look at a picture of Burt Reynolds. Major Handset announcements from Motorola at CTIA: Kodak phone, MotoMing 2, Rokr… Read More

  • Dropbox: The Online Storage Solution We’ve Been Waiting For?

    Dropbox was one of the most impressive startups I saw at Y Combinator’s demo day this past August, not because they’ve built anything terribly prescient or awe-inspiring, but because they’ve come up with an online storage product that I might actually use regularly. The idea behind Dropbox, which officially enters into private beta today (with 200 invitations available… Read More

  • Sony to discount PS3s in Europe?


    Following yesterday’s announcement that Microsoft would be cutting the price of Xbox 360 consoles, Sony may also be on the verge of dropping prices to keep their sales momentum going according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics. But others in the industry don’t see it happening until later this year. “Sony will be nervous that the PS3’s recent sales surge may fizzle… Read More

  • Odd Apple device showing up on secret iTunes Store pages

    Not sure how we missed this but last week iLounge found an odd Apple device — something between a touch and an eBook reader — on the private iTunes store for EF Education Tours. Obviously EF is a real organization and probably isn’t privy to Steve Jobs’ secret wet dreams, so I doubt this is anything to get excited about. However, we should probably get excited about… Read More

  • Strange Microsoft MySong product: Ghosts in the machine

    Need a happy song? A jazzy song? A saddy song? Get you some of this MySong stuff. It’s basically a note detector that builds music based on the “tune” you sing into the program. The system then adds chords and accompaniment using all the skills these morons should probably be learning if they intend to ever write real music. This will be great for Lindsay Lohan, however. via Giz Read More

  • The Star Wars Chubby: Not what you think

    While Leia was hot in that metal bikini, this isn’t that kind of chubby. It’s basically a tiny action figure with magnetic feet which represents the evolution of the character over time. They fit together like Russian nesting dolls and, as you can see, might not make great toddler toys. They have a few versions including Jango/Boba, Luke, the Ewoks, and George Lucas as he gets… Read More

  • SanDisk officially announces Sansa Fuze

    [photopress:FuzeFamilymicroSDHC8GBcardHiRes.jpg,full,pp_image] Following yesterday’s tiny snafu on Amazon, SanDisk has made official the tiny little Fuze MP3 player. It will be available in shades of pink, red, blue, black and silver. Storage capacity for the Fuze will be 2, 4, and 8GB with prices starting at $80 up to $130. Canada and Europe will get the Fuze in late Spring with the rest… Read More

  • Beatles on iTunes: Jacko's company says it ain't so

    If the Beatles were to show up on iTunes any time soon, it’d be news to Sony/ATV Music Publishing — the Sony + Michael Jackson joint venture that owns the publishing rights to most of the songs. Read More

  • 20% Of Valley Startups Can't Get To Their Cash

    The credit crisis is in full swing through most of the U.S. economy, but it has barely touched venture-fueled Silicon Valley. Until recently, that is. Up to 20% of venture backed startups may have been convinced by their financial advisors to put much of their spare cash into something called Auction Rate Securities, on the promise of money market-like liquidity with better returns. Now… Read More

  • Power strip with USB ports = Belkin knows the way to my heart

    If ever there were a tiny gadget that could take my breath away, it’s the Mini Surge protector with USB from Belkin. And I thought my Monster Outlet to Go was awesome. This has two USB ports (just for charging) and three AC outlets. I’m getting myself one immediately. It’s only $25. You should get one, too. Product Page Read More

  • Guy Kawasaki Formally Launches Alltop. Wow, It's Bad.

    Last year Guy Kawasaki launched Truemors on the cheap (he spent $13,000), which is at least pointing the right way on Compete.com. Today he follows up with a sequel, AllTop. It’s a…well, it’s a RSS reader I guess. We actually wrote about this a month ago, but now it’s formal (the Chris Shipley quote cracks me up). The home page lists a number of categories. Each links to… Read More

  • Bringing OpenID To The Masses: Clickpass

    OpenID, a way to sign on to multiple web sites with a single set of credentials, has incredible promise. Large companies have signed up. Thousands of website take OpenID sign-ins. All is good, right? Well, not exactly. First, those big companies only issue IDs, they don’t accept them yet. And the user experience with OpenID is just plain bad. Users have to remember their OpenID URL, and… Read More

  • Everex gPC line pulled from Wal-Mart shelves

    It seems that your local Wal-Mart is not, in fact, the best place to go to pick up an inexpensive Linux-powered desktop computer running gOS. The Everex gPC line — which our intrepid editor John Biggs called “the suck” with “a half-baked ‘Google’ OS” — will no longer be available for in-store purchase. Company spokesperson Melissa O’Brien… Read More

  • FriendFeedFeed "Launches"

    Ok, point taken. There are too many activity feed aggregators out there. So now we have FriendFeedFeed, to “Aggregate all your social networking aggregator feeds into one aggregated feed of aggregator activity feeds!” Awesome. Read More

  • The EU Approves Google's DoubleClick Deal. Yahoo Needs To Pick a Partner Fast.

    The last barrier to Google’s year-long quest to buy DoubleClick has been removed. The European Union’s antitrust regulator has approved the $3.1 billion deal “without conditions.” Word of the impending approval got out last week. Now Google can move seriously into the part of the online advertising business it doesn’t control: display ads. The vigorous… Read More

  • Grace Digital’s New XLink Cellular Gateway

    Grace Digital, a manufacturer of audio and telephony electronics, is now shipping its new line of XLink Cellular Gateway. This device allows consumers to integrate their cellular phone service with their home phones via a cell phone’s built in Bluetooth connection. Integrating your cell phone and home phone together will help you never miss a cell call while relaxing at home. If the… Read More

  • SearchMe Launches New Search Engine With Heavy Backing From Sequoia

    Mountain View based SearchMe has been around since 2005 and has raised $31 million from Sequoia, DAG Ventures and Lehman Brothers. But until last weekend when I met founders Randy Adams and John Holland I knew next to nothing about them. It now joins Mahalo as one of Sequoia’s big bets in search. I say “next to nothing” because I actually did write about them before. In… Read More

  • Evernote Launches Mac Client (2,000 More Invites)

    Evernote, the memory-extension software I reviewed last month, has just released a client for the Mac (in addition to its Windows and Web-based version). You should be able to download the Mac version here. The company is also expanding its private beta to the first 2,000 TechCrunch readers who sign up here. From my earlier review: In the words of CEO Phil Libin, “The main idea of… Read More

  • Bell Labs Device to help Analyze Cell Data Traffic

    The way wireless carriers handle data traffic in the future may change with a device Alcatel-Lucent announced yesterday. (Bell labs is owned by the French company). The 9900 Wireless Network Guardian measures how different kinds of traffic tax a wireless network. This may lead to new price structures for the various types of data that travel over networks in the future, or how that traffic… Read More

  • MyVox Lets You Add Voice Notes to Google Maps, RockYou Widgets And More

    Your phone is now a broadcasting implement. MyVox is opening up a new set of APIs today that will let Web developers add voice notes and audio advertising to any Web application. Instead of making people record their voice on their PC mic or upload an audio file, with MyVox, they use their phones as their mics instead. Website visitors can simply call a number on their regular phones and… Read More

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