• Nokia N900 unboxed at Maemo Summit '09

    300+ developers attending the Maemo Summit were given a (pre-production) Nokia N900 for a 6 month “trial” period. One of the lucky attendees was kind enough to share his unboxing video (above) with the world. See, kids. Dreams can come true. [via UMPCPortal] Read More

  • CTIA supports Micro-USB and 3.5mm for (future) industry-wide adoption

    As anyone who follows the mobile space knows, the CTIA, aka the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry, is holding its annual conference this week in San Diego. Besides serving as a stage for new wireless products and services, the CTIA Board has convened to discuss a variety of issues that affect the industry as a whole. Perhaps the most important news to come… Read More

  • Universal notebook adapter features retractable power cord, two USB ports

    The war against the tangled mess that’s created by most notebook power adapters has been moving forward lately, with Emerge Technologies’ ReTrak universal notebook adapter. Read More

  • Interview: Mike Paolucci, the founder of space-viewing service, Slooh

    In honor of the LCROSS impact we talked to Slooh.com founder Mike Paolucci about his telescope system and his mission to bring astronomical content to a wider audience. Slooh streamed the LCROSS impact live this morning. Tell me about Slooh.
    There was a time when the only option for star gazing was paying around $2000 for a backyard telescope. But, Slooh is offering an innovative way for… Read More

  • Thanko sells underwater mini USB camera

    Tokyo-based crap gadget maker Thanko is rolling out another USB device, but this time the gadget (kind of) makes sense. It’s a USB mini camera [JP] that can be used for a variety of activities, including shooting pictures and videos underwater. It’s water-proof up to a depth of 20m. Read More

  • Looks like it’s Splitsville for NVIDIA and Intel

    That NVIDIA and Intel haven’t been getting along lately isn’t big news but it looks like NVIDIA has finally gotten up from the dinner table and left the restaurant in a huff. The epicenter of the problem appears to be NVIDIA’s Ion chipset, which provides some much needed oomph to netbook and nettop platforms. Intel wants to keep a distinct separation between its low-power… Read More

  • Video: Motorola's MotoBlur ported to a HTC G1

    Hey, hey. This hack will probably make more than a few G1 owners giddy. Apparently someone got their hands on a leaked copy of a Motorola Cliq ROM, which just so happens to have all the stuff for Motorola’s custom Android build, MotoBlur, and has converted it for the G1. Don’t ask us where these files are or the install instructions for your G1. We don’t know. But what we do… Read More

  • Good news: NASA did not blow up the Moon with the LCROSS

    Just a few minutes ago at 7:13:19 AM EDT, NASA crashed a probe into the Moon at 5,600 MPH with the hope of finding water. BOOM!
    NASA broadcasted the entire thing live on its TV station and online, but if you missed our previous post and just learned about the event, you probably didn’t catch it. However, the NASA geeks are currently analyzing the LCROSS data and will hopefully… Read More

  • TechCrunch Munich, 20 October

    Quite some years ago I was a young journalist sent on assignment to Munich to cover a conference. As many conferences are, it was not exactly rich with stories. But there was an upside. The Oktoberfest was on and I managed to sneak out to enjoy the echoing halls of the festival, drinking beer, singing songs and eating fantastic food. Munich is a beautiful city, rich with history and surrounded… Read More

  • Sride to unrock: Chinese Palm Pre clones attack

    When your country can’t have a Palm Pre you might as well make your own. This is a “half-iPhone, half-Blackberry” device with slide out keyboard running the Ophone OS. The phone includes a slide-to-unlock feature along with analog TV and FM radio playback and “Java Application.” Read More

  • 700 euros burning a hole in your pocket? Here's an Armani-Samsung phone for you.

    You’re looking at the latest fashion phone that’s sure to find its way into celebrities’ gift bags at the end of fancy yacht parties. It’s the product of a collaboration between Armani, Samsung and Microsoft. That’s right: a €700 phone that runs WinMo 6.5. Oh, dear. Read More

  • Settling The Google Book Debate and Other Unicorn Fantasies

    Despite ongoing legal wranglings, Google is still on the offensive against critics of its book settlement. The latest salvo is an Op-Ed in the New York Times by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. He goes over much the same ground that he articulated at a meeting with reporters on Wednesday: Google has done the hard work of digitizing more than 10 million books, while its competitors who oppose… Read More

  • Numeric keyboard/touchpad combo for notebooks

    Japanese gadget maker Elecom has announced the TK-TCT005BK [JP], a combination of a numeric keyboard for notebooks and touchpad supporting gestures. You can switch between both functions by pressing the “Num” button on the top left of the device. Read More

  • Another Day, Another Lawsuit Against Facebook (Well, Two)

    It’s an inevitable fact of business life: if you get big, you get sued. Facebook is getting hit by that simple truth yet again: Phoenix Media/Communications, publisher of the Boston Phoenix newspaper among other publications, has fired a legal salvo at the popular social networking service for allegedly violating a patent related to setting up online personal profile pages. In addition… Read More

  • VentNation Offers A Place On The Web To Blow Off Some Steam

    Worked up about that traffic jam you had to endure before getting to work? Tired of your spouse’s emotional outbursts or simply annoyed with the rainy weather? Sure, you could head over to Twitter or Facebook to rant away, but you could also visit VentNation, a new place on the Web where you can vent your frustrations out loud using text, video, images or links. You can choose to do so in… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Educamacation Edition

    Piano stairs: I can’t think of a better way to make people fall to their deaths
    Giveaway: HP Envy 13
    Bill Nye, The Algebra Guy? Read More

  • Twitter Search Refines Trend Searches To Give You More Real-Time Results

    So yes, President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this morning, and Twitter (and the rest of the Web) immediately blew up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something become a trending topic on there ever since reports about the death of Michael Jackson started surfacing (I’m not sure which news item was more surprising). But when I went to Twitter Search… Read More

  • Microsoft Co-founder Sells Company He Started To "Help Him In His Own Songwriting"

    Sonoma Wire Works, makers of RiffWorks recording software and the FourTrack and InstantDrummer iPhone Apps, has acquired the entire Submersible Music product line, including the DrumCore and KitCore software and drum content. Yes, I didn’t know either one of those companies or products either. But I do know Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and founder of investment firm Vulcan… Read More

  • Hearst Takes A Stab At Semi-Automated Content With LMK

    The problem with magazines is that they are so very expensive to produce. All those writers, editors, photographers, and designers cost money. Even original news sites require a lot of resources to run. That is why Hearst is taking a different approach with a new site launching today called LMK (Let Me Know). It brings in a river of news and photos on 2.3 million people and topics from… Read More

  • Qualcomm's new 'mirasol' screens shows potential

    Qualcomm has been working on their FLO TV technology, but there is more to it then we originally thought. The new tech will be using a new type of display screen, a passive technology known as “mirasol”. Details are still sketchy at this time, but as you can see from the video, there’s more then a little potential there. Read More

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