• Speeding Up RSS

    I’m sorry, but RSS feeds are way too slow. I know this first-hand. As part of my job here at TechCrunch, I monitor a lot of RSS feeds for breaking news. We also produce our own feed and I can see how quickly it propagates to various feed readers and feed-powered news aggregation services. The lag time between posting a story and seeing it pop up in the RSS feed is usually a few… Read More

  • Samsung patents crazy pop-out keyboard

    “Because the keypad is arranged at both sides of the touch screen, key input can be easily performed while viewing an image displayed on the touch screen.” You see, kids, there comes a time when you’ll want to operate a touchscreen phone, but need to see the entirety of the touchscreen while you type. Nothing allows this like Samsung’s crazy newly patented keyboard… Read More

  • The Acer Aspire One 751h is here — anything you want me to check out?

    The netbook fairy (or a UPS driver named Karl) just dropped off the 11.6-inch Aspire One 751h. I’ll be putting the machine through its paces for the next week or two for a thorough review but I wanted to check with you guys to see if there was anything in particular you’d like me to test. Just drop your requests in the comments section and I’ll try to address some or all of… Read More

  • Google Finally Adds Creative Commons To Image Search

    As a blogger, I search Flickr and other photo sites for Creative Commons commercial licensed content on a daily basis. I like Google’s image search feature but the ability to search for Creative Commons and other licensed content was a missing. Today, Google is launching the ability to create and advanced search for images that you can use for free and that have been tagged with… Read More

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Data

    You don’t back up your data, do you? It’s okay, you can fess up. Here, I’ll make you feel better: I rarely back up my data. Now you say it. There, doesn’t it feel better to get that off your chest? For most of us, it’s no big deal if we lose all our data. For some, though, it’s a really, really big deal. My buddy Jeff, an independent contract artist, lost a… Read More

  • Getac announces the lightest and smallest rugged notebook, 9213

    Are rugged notebooks becoming a trend? Can anyone stand up to Panasonic and their Toughbook line? Getac thinks it can. Well, they’ve been doing this ‘rugged’ thing since 1989, so there’s that. Announced earlier today is the 9213, which Getac claim is the smallest and lightest business-rugged notebook. Encased in a full magnesium alloy chassis and case, the 9213 comes with… Read More

  • Zensify's new release irons out bugs – better, faster

    Zensify today releases an update to their social streams aggregation platform on the iPhone. I wrote about it at launch and raved about its ability to pull intelligent, trending topics from the streams of my Twitter, Facebook friends and other networks. But today a number of major improvements come to the beta which is now available on the iPhone Apps store. Here’s what’s new… Read More

  • SuperFan Combines Social Gaming With Fan Worship

    There has never been a better time to be a “fan” online. Whether it be via Facebook, MySpace, or even through fan-based social networks like TopFans, fandom on the web is taking off now that fans have more ways of expressing themselves. Just look at the recently deceased Michael Jackson, whose Facebook page now has close to 8 million fans, surpassing the fan count of Barack… Read More

  • Best Buy and TiVo get in bed, HDTVs with built-in TiVos are conceived

    Best Buy and TiVo have worked out a nice deal. Best Buy is going to heavily push the DVR in all its stores nationwide and TiVo will produce a special Best Buy DVR and embed its DVR platform in a few HDTVs. This isn’t official just yet, but it seems like the agreement should help both companies. Read More

  • Review: Rolando 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid

    Mario, Sonic, … Rolando?! Gaming purists: DON’T FREAK OUT. I’m not implying that HandCircus‘s phenomenal Rolando series is equivalent to the gaming franchise behemoths, Mario or Sonic. But, I will say that Rolando 2 is as compelling a reason to buy an iPhone as Super Mario 64 once was to buy the N64. Rolando 2: The Quest for the Golden Orchid (iTunes Link) is an… Read More

  • Nokia's 3720 Classic is ready for a beating

    The way I see it, there are really only 3 types of people who need rugged phones: Army folk Contractors and construction workers People who get angry when they drink Do any of those (#3) sound like you? The new Nokia 3720 Classic might be perfect for you. Launching later this summer at right around $175 bucks (€125), the 3720 Classic is spec’d to handle water, dust, vibration… Read More

  • Netflix is coming to Sony Bravia HDTVs

    Soon Netflix subs will be able to watch movies and TV shows instantly on Sony Bravia TVs. This will be enabled on all Internet Video-capable sets this Fall and in previous models via the Internet Video Link Module. Netflix was everywhere in 2008. It worked out deals with Microsoft for the Xbox 360, TiVo, Samsung, Lg, and many others, but today’s news is likely one of the most… Read More

  • OneRiot Real-Time Search API Now Open To All

    For some, it’s useful to go to OneRiot to search for links being tweeted or dugg in real-time. But for a lot of people it’s better if the sites and services they’re already using have the functionality built-in. That’s OneRiot’s intention in opening up its API to the public today. The site’s API, which has been in use with selected partners for several… Read More

  • Unboxing: T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 freed of its cardboard cage

    BREAKING NEWS: The Touch Pro 2 is coming to T-Mobile! Oh. Wait. We already knew that? Alright, lets try this again. BREAKING NEWS: The T-Mobile Touch Pro2 will come in a box! Bam. Go ahead – try and find that little detail on any other site. You can’t. For the sake of proving that the Touch Pro2 does indeed come in a box, TmoNews has taken the handset through the ceremonial box… Read More

  • Live from London: The Europas Awards

    The Europas, the tech startup awards from TechCrunch Europe, will be streamed live from this post from 6pm tonight London time/GMT (10am SF, 1pm NYC). We’ll kick off with a startup pitch competition, followed by a panel of some of the leading lights in tech consisting of: our own Sarah Lacy, Jolicloud founder Tariq Krim, MyDeco’s Brent Hoberman and Michael Birch, co-founder of Bebo. Read More

  • MG Has A Chrome Attack

    After Google dropped its Chrome OS bomb yesterday, the news that Google is working on a new operating system generated a media frenzy. Our own MG Siegler covered the news from all angles, and did a live interview on Attack of The Show (embedded above). As MG points out in the interview, this is just an entry point for Google (netbooks today, PCs tomorrow), and the announcement was expertly… Read More

  • Old and busted: Google Chrome OS; New hotness: Hanna Montana Linux!

    The Interwebs are abuzz today with the news of the fancy Google operating system, but I’m here to tell you that it’s dead in the water. Like the Palm Pre, and the electric car, it’s too little too late. Nothing will be able to stand up to the latest, greatest iteration of the Linux operating system: Hanna Montana Linux! Read More

  • Seido extended Pre battery packs more bang for your dimensional buck

    Lets face it: battery life on the Pre is pretty terrible. Unless Palm sends out an update with a note reading “Oh, damn, sorry guys – we forgot to turn off the ‘Battery destroyer’ toggle in the firmware before we shipped this thing”, we don’t see it getting anything but marginally better over time. If you’re struggling to make it through the work… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Tour specs and features

    The launch of the BlackBerry Tour on Verizon (and Sprint) will commence this coming Sunday, July 12. And to mark the occasion, Verizon has sent out a full “feature and spec” sheet for the Great White North device. Don’t ask me why, but they did. So, in case you were wondering about the Tour, please feel free to read on. Read More

  • Grilled Meat King: Bandai to sell BBQ simulator toy

    Just in time for summer, Japan gets a new toy that won’t require you to go out to get the BBQ experience anymore. This actually doesn’t make much sense, but Bandai has announced [JP] an-indoor BBQ simulator toy yesterday, the Yakiniki Ou (roughly: Grilled Meat King). Yakiniku is the name of a number of Japanese grilled meat dishes. Buyers of the Grilled Meat King get the grill, 14… Read More

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