• Sound ID SM100 Bluetooth Headset Review

    With so many Bluetooth headsets around, I could see where it would be easy to dismiss the Sound ID SM100. The company’s more than likely unfamiliar to you — unlike Nokia, Plantronics, Motorola and Sony Ericsson that are everywhere — and family and friends probably will not have heard of them either. Hell, I didn’t know about them till a couple months ago. Also… Read More

  • iPhone Activation and Credit Check Information

    The Boy Genius has gotten his grubby, child-like paws on an internal AT&T memo stating that employees must offer to pre-qualify customers’ credit before activating the iPhone. If your credit’s in the tank, you’ll have to pay a $250 security deposit. Trouble is, you can’t activate the iPhone in store and if you fail the credit check, you can’t pay the $250 over… Read More

  • Parrot PARTY Portable Boom Box: Cue "Ain't No Party" Jokes

    Bluetooth crazy Parrot showed off two new music playing widgets at the British Invasion-themed Pepcom trade show thing last night. Pictured above, the Parrot PARTY (yes, its name is in all caps; no, I don’t know why) is a small stereo boom box of sorts that hooks up to your A2DP-compatible cellphone or anything else that works with Bluetooth. Once paired with the device of your choosing… Read More

  • Hollywood Targets Cell Phones

    As the summer blockbuster season heats up, so too is Hollywood’s use of ads targeting mobile consumers. Users who click ads for Paramount’s Transformers, Universal’s Knocked Up, and Warner’s In the Land of Women go to a mobile Web page to select theater times and locations. “AdMob helped us deliver an innovative, cost-effective campaign to help us reach our… Read More

  • Pentax Announces Superfied K100D

    Pentax announced an update to their ever-popular K100D dSLR, which is a simple-to-use, entry-level model that even your mother could use. So what’s new with K100D Super? Building on rock solid features like the Shake Reduction system is a ground-breaking Dust Removal system commingling with SDM lenses. If that isn’t Super than I don’t know what is. Hmmm. How about the… Read More

  • Q&A With David Pogue on the iPhone

    Pogue answers just about every question you could have about the iPhone. Do you care? Do you want to buy one? Feel like watching his cheesy video, again? Yeah, you do. Often-Asked iPhone Questions [New York Times] Read More

  • Steve Jobs to Address Apple Employees Today on iPhone Launch

    Steve Jobs will give the whole Apple team a pep talk later today in preparation for the iPhone’s launch. Apple employees will gather at “Town Hall,” which reeks of Big Brotherness, where they will hear Jobs give his last speech before the big launch. Since the iPhone’s launch, right or wrong, is probably the biggest launch in electronics in quite some time, I imagine… Read More

  • Whaaaa??? Apple doesn't manufacture iPods?!

    “Who makes the Apple iPod? Here’s a hint: It is not Apple.” With those 12 words, University of California Berkeley-professor Hal Varian begins an excruciatingly detailed look at where each of the 451 parts that make up the iPod come from and how the countries that supply these parts figure into the United States’ trade deficit. I hate to ruin such a gripping plot line… Read More

  • Nielsen Now Tracks Your Cellphone Habits

    You may already be familiar with Nielsen, the company that tracks and monitors TV viewing habits. Only they don’t want to be known for just that anymore. No, they want a piece of that sweet, up and coming cellphone business. So it purchased a company—Telephia—in order to track and monitor cellphone use. With Telephia’s technology now its own, Nielsen will be able to… Read More

  • Five Nintendo Exclusives Coming From Midway

    I know the PS3 and Xbox 360 users are going to be crushed to find out that Midway will be making five of their hot hot upcoming games just for Nintendo systems. Two of the titles, Cruis’n and Game Party will be exclusive Wii titles, while Ultimate Mortal Kombat, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends: Imagination Invaders and The Bee Game are for the Nintendo DS. See? You’re… Read More

  • Apple Retail Stores Are Having A Sleepover

    Apple is beefing up security for ‘iDay’ by mandating that the store manager and one other poor bastard sleepover Thursday night. They’ll be napping between the stock room and Genius Bar. I sure as heck wouldn’t stand for that. I’d demand overtime and a nice expense account for the night. The Apple stores will open at 10 a.m. on Friday and all the madness can… Read More

  • Blu-ray Camp Cheats To Win The War

    It’s become perfectly clear how Blu-ray will squash HD DVD and win the ‘war.’ They’re going to be giving away five free movies as a promotion in Q3 when you purchase a Blu-ray player or PS3. I don’t think HD DVD can afford to let this one slide (though they ran a similar promotion a while back). They’ve got 60-90 days to turn things around or they’ll… Read More

  • TechCrunch Readers Can Join Swaptree Now

    I just posted on the Swaptree private beta and upcoming launch. You can actually join right now, and there are no limits on signups. Just go to swaptree.com/techcrunch.htm and follow the instructions. Let me know what you think. Read More

  • For Your Refreshment: "The Nothing to Do With iPhone" Tag

    Tired of iPhone coverage? Want a safe haven? Click here to read stories with nothing to do with the iPhone. CrunchGear: Always Thinking of You, Our Dearest, Cutest, Little Reader. Read More

  • IT Ads Throughout History (OK, Just the 1980s)

    ComputerWorld has rounded up a number of old-timey computer ads touting $12K 80MB disk systems and some sort of new thing called E-Mail. “Your mailbox is the terminal on your desk. Punch a key and today’s correspondence and messages are displayed instantly.” Wow-mazing! It’s been years since I’ve really enjoyed a technology ad — probably not since the Viao… Read More

  • Hands On: Nikon D2Xs

    CG got a brief hands on with Nikon’s new, high end, DSLR at Digital Experience yesterday. This bad boy is going to run you about $4,600. Here are some of the key features in case you haven’t read up on it yet. – Continuous shooting at 5fps at 12.4 megapixels, 8fps at 6.8 megapixels
    – Image sensor with 12.4 effective megapixels
    – 11-area auto focus system
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  • Verizon Knows Where You'll Be Friday Night

    Verizon: Come to our party or we’ll shoot this dog. You’ll be standing in line for the new LG VX 9400 multimedia and TV phone plus some kind of music kit with 2GB memory card for only $99, right? That’s why all of the New York area Verizon stores will be open late on Friday night in anticipation of the hordes who will be beating down their doors hunting for a phone that is… Read More

  • Microsoft Attempts Another Low-Cost PC Solution for India

    AMD and Microsoft, two great tastes that taste great together, are teaming up to sell a new PC, the IQ, in Bangalore and Pune, India for about $513. The PCs run Windows Vista Basic — no flying windows for you, kids — and Works along with some test prep and English learning programs as well as an MSN IQ Education Channel. The PCs will be distributed by Zenith… Read More

  • Logitech Introduces Carl Zeiss Webcams

    Logitech today announced two new webcams that each incorporate hot Carl Zeiss lenses. The QuickCam Pro 9000 (above) is true 2-megapixel cam intended for desktop use, while the QuickCam Pro for Notebooks incorporates the same features into compact and portable unit that includes a tripod. Both of the units carry a price point of $99 and should be available soon. I had the opportunity to look… Read More

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