• DIY continuous ink printer solution

    Printer ink cartridges, like razor blades, are a scam. Manufacturers practically give away printers, and then rob us blind again and again with exorbitant ink prices. Here’s your chance to stick it to The Man by creating a “continuous ink printer”. Never buy ink cartridges again! Read More

  • Location Now Built-In To Google Maps — In Chrome And Firefox

    With many of us using smartphones with GPS now, we’re starting to take for granted applications like Google Maps being able to pinpoint us. But using computer is a different story. Sure, there have been plugins, and things like Google Toolbar, but those are things that most people aren’t going to bother to install. But starting today, location is now built in to Google Maps in… Read More

  • The ZZZ Checker monitors and analyzes your sleeping behavior

    A Japanese company called Spec Computer is selling a cool new gadget that makes it possible for insomniacs to get behind the reason for their sleeplessness. The good thing about the so-called ZZZ Checker [JP] is that in contrast to similar devices, it doesn’t require you to wear anything on your body, for example a wrist band. Read More

  • Scorpion actor confirms third Mortal Kombat movie in the works

    Well this is a sentence I’ve been wanting to write for some time now. There will be a third Mortal Kombat movie. So confirmed the actor who played Scorpion in both Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. Read More

  • We hit the big time! Fake CrunchPads are coming out of China

    Now this is a jolly little happenstance. A Chinese manufacturer is selling what he says is a prototype CrunchPad “internet tablet” made by the inimitable Michael Arlington. Read More

  • 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

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