• Showing Its Twitter Envy, Facebook Gets Serious About SMS

    It appears that over the past few weeks, Facebook has widely activated a feature that allows you to text Facebook to update your status, message your friends, or send a poke on the go. You can opt to receive texts with status updates, messages, pokes, and wall posts from selective friends right when they happen. This is all part of a larger Mobile strategy that Facebook has begun to… Read More

  • Video: This is the Fallout 3: Broken Steel trailer

    Within lies the Fallout 3: Broken Steel trailer. The expansion comes out tomorrow on Xbox Live and Games For Windows Live. It’ll cost 800 Microsoft points. It raises the level cap from 20 to 30, and it somehow fiddles with the game’s ending. That is all. Read More

  • Google Apps Will Soon Play Friendly With BlackBerry Enterprise Server

    Getting Google Apps to work properly on a BlackBerry smartphone has never been the easiest process. Take Gmail, for example: you could use POP or IMAP, but it won’t sync the read status of each message. That’s no big deal, until you go absolutely insane from a status light that never, ever stops blinking. Now you’re stuck using the Gmail for BlackBerry app. Want your… Read More

  • Thanko sells "mid-air" PC mouse

    A lot of companies and shops in Japan are currently closed due to Golden Week (a national holiday period), but that doesn’t stop Tokyo-based gadget maker and USB specialist Thanko. First, they put scorpions and spiders into a PC mouse, and now they offering one that doesn’t need to be placed on a surface to function [JP]. It can also double as a simple remote control. Read More

  • Fortunate Son: Soundtrack selection points to Vietnam era Call of Duty

    That Activision is looking to license music from the 1960s—plus Cuban, African and Soviet Union hits—can only mean one thing: the next Call of Duty will take place during the Vietnam War. (And what a fun war it was! Perhaps there will be an Escape from Saigon on a Helicopter, tail between your legs, quick time event?) Treyarch, of Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty 3, and… Read More

  • Facebook: We're Doing It Live, Sort Of

    Back when Facebook first announced its new homepage redesign, it billed it as ‘real-time’, offering users their friends’ most recent activity updates as they happened. Unfortunately, the homepage wasn’t quite as real-time as many of us would have liked – while it did show the most recent updates, the page was static, and you’d have to refresh it if you… Read More

  • Bill Gates v. Warren Buffett On Competing With Google: Charge The Moat!

    Fox Business landed an interview with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet this morning. Near the end (skip to the 6:10 mark) Fox’s Liz Claman talks about Buffett’s love of Google, quoting him: “Their moat of competitiveness is so wide and what they do is so tough to compare and to compete with that in that moat are sharks and crocodiles that no one can get near.”… Read More

  • 1% of web users using Linux

    Linux users, rejoice! We’ve been a minority for a long time, but we’re slowing gaining more and more traction in the world. Word is that in the last twelve months, Linux use online has increased two thirds, up from 0.69% to 1.02% Sure, it’s still a trivially small number, but the continued growth of our favorite free software operating system has some pretty interesting… Read More

  • Recycle that old dumpster into a swimming pool

    Got a spare dumpster lying around? The economy’s down, so maybe the average family of four isn’t throwing as much trash away, filling only three American dumpsters per week instead of four. Whatever the case, you can turn that spare dumpster into a lot of gross/awesome stuff. Read More

  • Update on T-Mobile Sidekick LX pricing

    Folks, just wanted to keep you abreast on pricing for the 3G Sidekick LX (2009) from T-Mobile. It was originally slated to be $200 after a MIR, but that only applies to existing T-Mobile customers. New customers will have to fork over $250 for the new hotness. That is all. Read More

  • Nintendo DSiWare update

    If you’re prone to fits of rage triggered by lackluster updates from Nintendo then steer clear of this post, friend. I can’t be held responsible for you throwing your computer out the window or head-butting it. Today, Nintendo updated the DSiWare channel with Animal Crossing Calculator and Animal Crossing Clock. I don’t speak Animalese nor do I wish to speak Animalese. Just… Read More

  • Navigon soon to be navi-gone from North America

    Apparently Navigon is abruptly getting out of the hardware GPS game in North America, citing “the difficult economic environment” and “aggressive pricing” from competitors. Navigon CEO Egon Minar told GPS Business News, “We have decided to withdraw from the PND business in North America for the time being. We are however not closing down our Chicago office which… Read More

  • BlackBerry Partners Fund announces 2009 BlackBerry Developers Challenge

    The 2009 Wireless Enterprise Symposium for BlackBerry Users hasn’t even officially started yet, but news from the event has already started making its way out. The BlackBerry Partners Fund has just announced their second annual BlackBerry Developers Challenge, offering up a hefty cash prize to the developer who brings the best BlackBerry app and business plan to the table. Read More

  • Google Latitude Now Lets You Publish Your Location To Gmail Chat And Your Blog

    Google has released two nifty applications for Google Latitude, a feature launched through Google Mobile Maps that allows you to broadcast your location to select friends, family, and colleagues based on the coordinates of your cell phone (via GPS or otherwise). Google says that since Latitude’s launch, users expressed interest in sharing their location with people who are not their… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic Mothership Eve takes flight

    After testing delays last year, Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites successfully took to the skies with the Mothership Eve at the SC testing site in the Mojave. Wired.com has the exclusive video, which isn’t anything special, but it’s nice to see Virgin is puttering right along. Hit the jump to check out the video. Read More

  • Plurk Adds Real-Time Search. Doesn't Mention Twitter.

    Plurk, a micro-messaging service similar to Twitter, today added a nice new feature: Real-time conversation search. As you might expect, it allows you to search Plurk’s growing index of data to find out what people are saying about a topic right now. In its post on the matter, Plurk goes into how it thinks this is the next phase of search beyond the traditional search engines, and how… Read More

  • It's Awe.sm: Create A Powerful Custom URL Shortener For Your Own Domain

    You may have noticed over the last few weeks that TechCrunch links on Twitter have had a nifty custom URL, with links looking like tcrn.ch/1A’ instead of more generic codes from TinyURL or Bit.ly. This was due in no small part to the handiwork of our crack team of developers, but it was made possible by a new service launching today called Awe.sm. There are countless URL shortening… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Dell Inspiron 530s for $299

    Dell’s got a nicely-equipped Inspiron 530s (that’s the slim version) for $299 after $100 instant savings and free shipping. Features include a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel CPU, Vista Home Basic, 3GB of RAM, 320GB 7,200RPM hard drive, DVD burner, and 7.1-channel audio. Dell’s also dropped the starting prices on the Inspiron line to $269 for the 530 series and $289 for the 530s… Read More

  • While 23andMe Raises $11 Million, Mohr Davidow Sells Stake To Invest In Rival

    23andme, a company that helps consumers understand and decipher their genomes, has raised a partial $11 million out of a $24.26 million B round of funding, according to regulatory filings. 23andme, which was co-founded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife, Anne Wojcicki, raised $9 million in Series A funding from Google, Genentech, New Enterprise Associates, and Mohr Davidow Ventures… Read More

  • Once Again: 1981 Video Predicts The Death Of Print Newspapers

    There’s a lot of talk today about how the new big screen Kindle could help save the bleeding newspaper industry. As we laid out last night, that is complete BS. But I think it’s worth revisiting a video we posted a few months back about the topic. It’s from 1981 (incidentally, the year I was born), showing that newspapers seemed to have some idea about what the future of… Read More

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