• CrunchDeals: Arrested Development series for $28.99

    Today only, Amazon.com is selling the complete three-season series of the Emmy Award-winning Arrested Development — one of the greatest, most underrated comedies of all time – for $28.99 with free shipping. With single seasons normally going for around $30, this might be a hard deal to pass up. Arrested Development – The Complete Series (Seasons 1, 2, 3) [Amazon.com] Read More

  • Gizmo Finally Introduces A Browser-Based Phone And Ringing Links

    Skype competitor Gizmo is rolling out a Flash version of its SIP phone client. GizmoCall works entirely in the browser, much like other Flash-based phones from Ribbit (which was acquired by BT), TringMe, and others. In fact, Gizmo’s in-browser phone comes about a year too late. (But it still beat Skype). Like Skype, you pay really low rates for calls to regular phones, while PC calls… Read More

  • Rumors everywhere! Macworld to bring netbook; updated Mac Mini

    This is more like it! Apple events always spur rumors, but the build-up to Macworld ’09 has been uncharacteristically quite – except for the iPhone Nano rumor from yesterday.  So here we go with some real Apple rumors. Read More

  • Image Metrics Scores $6.5 Million In Funding, Makes Digital Characters Look Really Real

    Image Metrics has raised a Series B round of funding to the tune of $6.5 million, led by Saffron Hill Ventures. The extra capital will be used to advance R&D on the company’s impressive facial animation solutions, which are primarily of interest for the film and gaming industry. You might remember Image Metrics from ‘The Emily Project‘, which went viral over the Summer… Read More

  • Omniture Brings Real-Time Analytics To iPhone Applications

    Omniture is extending its SiteCatalyst measurement tool to native iPhone applications, enabling developers and marketers to gain insight on how users are interacting with their iPhone apps, based on real-time information. This should allow them not only to improve the user experience based on analytics, but also make adjustement necessary to generate more revenue by enhancing ad clicks… Read More

  • Review: Iomega StorCenter ix2 Network Storage

    Reviewing a NAS is probably not at the top of my list of things to do, but the Iomega ix2 is a dead simple network storage solution that works well. The model I reviewed is the 2TB variety and I finally caved and started backing up my files. Even though I set it up RAID 1 style, 1TB was ample enough to handle all of my content with plenty of room to spare. I wouldn’t recommend this to… Read More

  • Aravo Raises $7 Million Series D Following World's Largest Single SAAS Deployment

    Despite the economic downturn, companies that solve real problems are still successfully raising money. Aravo, a SAAS supplier information management tool, announced today that they closed $7 million in Series D funding. Headaches with managing vendor information–think SalesForce.com for suppliers, rather than prospects–is a very real problem. Last summer, I worked in supply chain at… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Visualization Edition

    ‘GAMEROX’ chair aimed at fidgety, slouching kids
    Brad Pitt shoots pictures of naked girls in TV commercial
    MusicBox: a truly powerful visualization of your music library
    Know when it’s time to wake up, analog style
    What holiday TV show will you turn off? Answer and we’ll give you a TV-B-Gone
    Best of 2008: CrunchGear’s People’s Choice Awards voting is open! Read More

  • Clear2Pay Raises Another €6 Million For Payment Transaction Technology

    Clear2Pay, a provider of technology that powers advanced payment solutions used primarily by financial institutions, has raised a total of €6 million by its current investors AGF, IRIS Capital, Big Bang Ventures, GIMV, Trust Capital and management. Clear2Pay delivers globally applicable solutions for e-payments, facilitating banks and financial organizations in their provision of… Read More

  • Katamari on the iPhone? Oh no they didn't!


    Oh yes they did! And now I have to get a stupid iPhone just so I can roll up a katamari anywhere i go. At least, if I was dumb enough not to buy an iPod Touch 2G instead, since it’ll probably run way better on them. As it is, it slows down to nearly unplayable speeds when you get a lot of stuff stuck on your ball, which seems like something they would have addressed; after all, the… Read More

  • Leaked shots of long forgotten BlackBerry Application Suite for WinMo unveiled

    Waaaaay back in April of 2007, RIM announced that they’d be bringing a virtualized version of the BlackBerry OS to Windows Mobile handsets. In other words, it was pretty much the BlackBerry OS running as a Windows Mobile application, complete with support for BlackBerry services and applications. It would be made available “later this year” (again, this was 2007), said RIM. Read More

  • Twingly Debuts BlogRank, Guess Who Leads The Top 100

    Twingly, the social blog search engine that prides itself in being completely spam-free, has launched BlogRank as a way to identify the 100 most important blogs in 12 different languages based on a proprietary ranking system. It’s very similar to what Technorati has been trying to achieve with their authority ranking, i.e. creating a Google PageRank for blogs. The biggest difference is… Read More

  • Palm gets in on the app store game, launches Palm Software Store

    With Apple and Google’s on-device application stores already peddling the wares and RIM’s BlackBerry Application Center just around the corner, Palm’s making an effort to not get left behind. This evening, Palm launched an official on-device application store for both Windows Mobile and Palm OS powered handsets. With “App Store”, “Market”, and… Read More

  • Lots more macs being added to the workplace, but XP still reigns


    Although the enterprise environment is a place Apple has done almost nothing to woo, more and more companies are allowing or even encouraging a switch to OS X. The trend does not appear to be because of any kind of greater efficiency of macs at work, but rather it reflects Apple’s growing consumer market share and the understandable fact that people want to use their powerful home… Read More

  • Wall Street points out Apple's soft spots

    Apple’s shares took a little bit of a hit today, after a Wall Street analyst lowered his rating in the short term on their stock. The analyst said that while Apple is still strong, in the short term they may find it difficult to reach sales targets on the MacBook Pro, and the ever popular iPods. He also said that it’s appearing unlikely that Apple will release a new product at… Read More

  • Gaia Online Cuts 13% Of Staff Despite Claims Of Record Earnings

    Gaia Online, a social network/virtual world hybrid that includes one of the web’s most popular forums, has laid off 36 employees, or around 20% 13% of its staff. Of those laid off, 16 were full time and 20 were contractors. From what we’ve heard the layoffs were unexpected by most affected employees – the site raised $11 million in July, and has been hiring employees as… Read More

  • Leaked shots of long forgotten BlackBerry Application Suite for WinMo unveiled

    Waaaaay back in April of 2007, RIM announced that they’d be bringing a virtualized version of the BlackBerry OS to Windows Mobile handsets. In other words, it was pretty much the BlackBerry OS running as a Windows Mobile application, complete with support for BlackBerry services and applications. It would be made available “later this year” (again, this was 2007), said RIM. Read More

  • How much would you pay for an original lightsaber?


    Say you had to bid on an original lightsaber that Mark Hamill wielded in both Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Go ahead, pick a number. $1000? $5000? $50000? How about a quarter of a million dollars? Yes indeed, some fanboy laid down $240,000 for what is perhaps the holy grail of sci-fi memorabilia. I don’t know that I’d pay that much for a real lightsaber. For… Read More

  • Palm gets in on the app store game, launches Palm Software Store

    With Apple and Google’s on-device application stores already peddling the wares and RIM’s BlackBerry Application Center just around the corner, Palm’s making an effort to not get left behind. This evening, Palm launched an official on-device application store for both Windows Mobile and Palm OS powered handsets. With “App Store”, “Market”, and… Read More

  • Magnetic field used as micro-tweezers


    German and American scientists at the Max Plank Institute have discovered a way to use a magnetic field to assemble parts on lab-on-a-chip devices. This system uses coils that induce magnetic fields on little ferrous particles causing them to arrange themselves into tiny cogs and diamond shapes. The researchers then use the little shapes to move liquids around the chip, a technique they… Read More

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