• Starting the campaign for The Tech Hub

    I’ve long known about Dublin’s Digital Hub but seeing is believing, and when I was over there recently for our TechCrunch Meetup I visited the place and was mightily impressed. Here’s what it’s all about: The Digital Hub is a community of people – artists, researchers, educators, technologists, entrepreneurs and consumers, all working together to create innovative… Read More

  • Overclock world record: Q6600 2.4GHz run at 5.1GHz


    What a ridiculous project! But how awesome would it be to be the hardcore system building nerds they asked to do this? A couple months ago, a French Tom’s Hardware-related superteam got together to overclock an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz as far as it would go. They just put up the pictures and everything yesterday. They used liquid nitrogen cooling and a pretty serious-looking… Read More

  • iRiver's Spinn launching, looking gorgeous


    I’ve always liked iRiver’s stuff, and even though the iPod Touch gets all the love these days, iRiver is still mighty popular on the other side of the Pacific and I wish I had more chances to check out there gear here in the states. This Spinn has been lurking for some time (since CES) and just really dropped today; like most iRiver stuff it supports every format under the sun… Read More

  • Request for guest posts over the Summer

    Over the Summer I’m opening up TechCrunch UK & Ireland for some guest posts by people I think have something cool to say about startups here and in the wider European tech scene. It’s not much more complicated than that. I’m looking for posts which are well written, thought provoking or informative. Preferably all three. The posts will appear exclusively here on TCUK… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Tuesday, July 29

    Today’s Top Posts: Samsung OMNIA reviewed Hands-on: Kingston microSDHC 8GB Steelseries acquires Ideazon; bigger, better accessories forthcoming Palm CEO: “Hey, did you see the Centro? Guys? The Centro?” CrunchDeals: 19-inch LCD with HDMI for $139.99 Video: Trailer for Midnight Club: LA Nintendo sues makers of DS hacking hardware Video: X-men Origins: Wolverine trailer… Read More

  • Teen Social Network myYearbook Gets $13 Million

    myYearbook, a social network for teenagers that launched in 2005, has raised $13 million in a Series B funding round led by Norwest Venture Partners, US Venture Partners, and First Round Capital. The new round brings the company’s total funding to $18.6 million. myYearbook says it sees 10 million unique visitors monthly, and also makes the claim that it is the third largest social… Read More

  • Study: Cell phone users have troublesome kids


    From the “Third Variable” department:
    Researchers at my alma mater, UCLA, have conducted a study that shows a strong correllation between cell phone use by a parent (pre- and post-natal) and behavior problems in their kids. Their findings: Children with both prenatal and postnatal cell phone exposure were 80 percent more likely to have abnormal or borderline scores on tests… Read More

  • Intel's Atom vs VIA's Nano: apples vs oranges, but still


    We’re all hearing a lot about Intel’s Atom range of processors these days, likely because of the tiny laptop revolution (or whatever you want to call it). While VIA’s Nano is not competing directly with Atom as, say, GeForce does with Radeon, they are in the same ballpark and when it comes to low-power, general-purpose setups for things like tiny laptops or tablets, people… Read More

  • Spider-Man: Web of Shadows trailer doesn't suck

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=37639 You see, there’s this thing about Spider-Man games. They can either be surprisingly awesome, or they can be horrible, buttery crap. There really isn’t much middle ground. If the above trailer for Spider-Man: Web of Shadows from Comic Con ’08 is any indication, this one might just wind up the former. Its got the visuals. Read More

  • True Knowledge gets second round from original backers

    Well, maybe I was wrong. Instead of True Knowledge bagging a large amount of VC funding as I thought, it’s gone back to its existing investors Octopus Ventures and some angels to secure $4m further funding. However, it may be it just that it couldn’t agree terms with the VCs that were courting it. (I’ll update the post when I have done more digging). It brings the total raised… Read More

  • Expanding on the Alcubierre warp drive by manipulating the 11th dimension

    In what is known as the Alcubierre drive – which was first proposed in 1994 – a warp drive could be created by wrapping a ship in negative energy and then manipulating spacetime. By expanding spacetime behind the ship while contracting it in the front, a warp bubble (and ship) would travel along the wave. In theory, relativistic effects would not apply, as the ship would be… Read More

  • Plankton wants to stick a nail in your USB drive

    I thought I’d seen everything when I saw a website dedicated to selling shirts with bacon on them.
    However, I was proven wrong when I saw a website dedicated to selling a USB flash drive in the shape of a huge nail. The name of this USB flash drive is “Nailed” and you can learn all about it at Plankton Station. With a name like Plankton Station you’d think the site would… Read More

  • New Targus laptop case promises speedy trip through airport security

    Targus announced today a new line of laptop cases designed to speed travelers through airport security. The first installment is the Zip-Thru 15.4″ Corporate Traveler Laptop Case that speeds up the process by eliminating the need for removing your laptop from its case. Anybody who’s ever done that has surely felt some degree of separation anxiety as they have seen their laptop… Read More

  • HP, Intel and Yahoo jump into cloud test bed

    HP, Intel and Yahoo have teamed up to create the Cloud Computing Test Bed, creating a distributed computing platform for third-party research and application building. There will be six data centers spanning the globe, with the three other partners being, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Karlsruhe Institute of… Read More

  • Perspctv: An Election Mashup That Proves Nothing, But Looks Good Doing It

    With the election rapidly approaching, it’s getting hard to keep track of all of the political news swirling around the web. Perspctv, a new mashup from developer Vineet Choudhary, utilizes 14 web services to try to bring all of the news together in one place. To monitor current political news, the site searches for the terms “Obama” and “McCain” in Twitter… Read More

  • Is a LiFe battery going to power your electric car?


    Battery technology is a complicated and frustrating field, I’m sure. There are only a few sectors of technology where you’re limited by the actual physical characteristics of the elements you work with. But NiMH and Lithium Cobalt are not meeting power demands, to say nothing of the toxic and environmental effects of something like Cobalt being in all our electronics. An… Read More

  • Recycling: Inside Panasonic’s ‘Eco Technology Center’

    Panasonic’s “Eco Technology Center” sits in a little town outside of Osaka, Japan and is unique in that it’s one of the only recycling centers that has an on-site research and development lab and allows public tours. Check out the above video to see more. In Japan, the Home Appliance Recycling Law (HARL) was passed in 1998 and then fully enforced by 2001. The law calls… Read More

  • How To Lose Your Cuil 20 Seconds After Launch

    The hype cycle now lasts less than a day. Take yesterday’s over-hyped launch of stealth search startup Cuil, which was quickly followed by a backlash when everyone realized that it was selling a bill of goods. This was entirely the company’s own fault. It pre-briefed every blogger and tech journalist on the planet, but didn’t allow anyone to actually test the search… Read More

  • Microsoft's Surface Sphere looks cool, round

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1526070353 When I got to play around with the Surface back in June, I was excited about the possibilities of other shapes and applications, but Microsoft responded to questions on that front as they responded to almost every question: “There are many possibilities and we’re looking into things” or some analogue… Read More

  • Babbel secures funding for language learning

    Babbel, the Berlin-based language learning startup which we wrote about in January and which appeared at our London TechCrunch Pitch! event, has secured an undisclosed amount of funding from German investors Kizoo and and VC Fonds Berlin, although its understood to be less than a million euros. Members of Babbel teach each other via an Adobe Air Flash framework. The languages it covers so far… Read More

  • Ancient Chinese technology said to spark Renaissance

    According to a new book, it was a Chinese ambassador that sparked the Renaissance. Gavin Menzies, a British amateur historian, claims that a 1434 Chinese fleet voyage included encyclopedias of unknown technology to Italy. The material was presented to Pope Eugenius IV and the rest was history… on not. By comparing pre-1430 Chinese books with Leonardo da Vinci’s famous illustrations… Read More

  • IBM's "PENSIEVE" Project to Digitize Business Cards

    Take a look at the video above (which oddly reminds me of the early 90s) and you’ll see that IBM has taken a page from Evernote’s book. Its research labs have been working on a project codenamed “PENSIEVE” that promises to algorithmically construct digital address books from photographs of business cards and the people they represent. While not production ready for at… Read More

  • Nintendo sues makers of DS hacking hardware

    The modding issue has always been a touchy one. In case you’re not aware of it, there are available for almost every game console or handheld a number of hardware-based hacks that allow one to play pirated games and/or homebrew applications. These range from simple boot discs to soldering extra connectors to your console’s boards to simple flash drive-based frontends that take… Read More

  • 5% Layoffs Rumored At MySpace (Updated – MySpace Clarifies, Says Performance Driven)

    MySpace has starting laying people off, we’ve heard from a source close to the company. The final tally may be 5% or more of total staff, with engineering, sales and customer service taking the biggest hits. MySpace parent company Fox Interactive Media recently missed their revenue target for the last fiscal year and fired their chief revenue officer Michael Barrett. The layoffs may be… Read More

  • Instinct Haiku: And the winner is…

    AnnieBinns and her haunting touch haiku: Fingertips pushing
    the hard smooth surface as they
    explore the new world.
    Annie wins the Samsung Instinct! Special thanks to the team at Samsung for letting us run this great contest and thanks to all of you for putting up with experiments in new media so we could try a something new and different for this contest. Rest assured future contests… Read More

  • Where are the smartphones for seniors?

    A TC/CG reader Teresa asks we, the gadget-nation, a question: where are the good smartphones for seniors? Sure, they have ClarityLife and the Jitterbug but neither of those work as real smartphones. Teresa wants something with a little power. She writes: I am one of the 22% of seniors (39 million) that have a laptop, cell phone, etc.
    Most seniors are barely online and not often.  They… Read More

  • Moot – WiFi-based mobile social networking

    moot.no is a brand new mobile social service for Windows Mobile 6.0 mobiles and XP/Vista PCs. You can share content (text, video, pictres) with the network closest to you. Launching out of Oslo, Norway, it has financial backing from TeleVenture and has a five person team. Essentially what they do is connect people within the same wifi-network. Unlike Plazes, which is more about geotagging… Read More

  • Google's new head of PR is former Newsnight editor

    Guess who I’ll be speaking to when I next call Google’s press office? Peter Barron, Editor of Newsnight on BBC Two is leaving to join Google as Head of Communications and Public Affairs for the UK, Ireland and Benelux regions. The move follows Google’s European Head of Communications, Rachel Whetstone, departure for the role of Vice-President of Communications and Public… Read More

  • Video: X-men Origins: Wolverine trailer [Updated with new video]

    <div class="center"[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/ih_FjAWJ5FQ%5D Fret not, comic book nerds, for we have downloaded this video just in case it gets pulled. I haven’t watched it because I’m putting a moratorium on all comic book related movie trailers going forward, but feel free to let us know what you think. Read More

  • Palm CEO: "Hey, did you see the Centro? Guys? The Centro?"

    Do you have 17 minutes? Do you care about the Palm Centro? Well CNBC has a video for you. Thrill as Palm CEO Ed Colligan can basically say $99 and Centro for over 15 minutes straight while Jim Goldman of TechCheck throws him softballs. Palm sold 2 million Centros so far. To put that into perspective, Apple sold 4 million iPhones. Nokia sold 2 million phones last night to some guy in the back of… Read More

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