• iPhone OS 3.1.2 now available

    (Yeah. My iPhone’s name is Sancho. So what. Wanna fight about it?) Alright, folks; it’s that time again. If you’re not a jailbreaker, get to hittin’ that update button in iTunes (if you are a jailbreaker, you probably want to wait to make sure this update is safe.) Apple just pushed version 3.1.2 of the iPhone OS down the pipes. It’s a minor update, but it fixes… Read More

  • Are The Pirate Bay's servers now stored in a nuclear bunker?

    I think we’ve all had our fill of The Pirate Bay stories, but here’s one more in the interest of killing five minutes. The site moved its servers from Sweden to Ukraine last week, and rather than have its servers being stored in some random server farm, they’re being stored in a former NATO nuclear bunker. So we think, at least. Read More

  • Startups 101: The Complete Mint Presentation

    Last night I posted the video of Mint CEO Aaron Patzer’s 45 minute presentation on building startups from the ground up. If you are an aspiring startup entrepreneur, you’ll want to watch that more than a few times. The candid disclosures and advice he gives is rarely seen in Silicon Valley. Some readers requested to see the presentation deck as well, so here it is. Patzer shows how… Read More

  • Rock Band for iPhone officially announced

    Seems like just yesterday when we started to get a funny feeling about an official Rock Band for iPhone release. Turns out, our very own Inspector Gadget, one Mr. Kumparak, was spot on with his sleuthing – Rock Band for the iPhone / iPod touch was officially announced by Electronic Arts earlier today. Read More

  • StumbleUpon Recasts Itself As A Social Search Engine "Between Google And Twitter."

    Ever since StumbleUpon spun itself off from eBay last April, it’s been reinventing itself at a rapid pace. In June, it launched Su.pr, its own URL shortening service, but that was just an interesting new product. Today, it is starting to roll out a major redesign that recasts the service as a social search engine “somewhere between a Twitter and Google,” says founder… Read More

  • Stuck In The Twitter Jam? Try This Hidden Route.

    So, I’m a late riser most days (I like to go to bed late, real late). And today when I awoke, I thought it was a Vanilla Sky dream situation — but rather than Tom Cruise being the last person on Earth, I thought I was. You see, like most mornings, the first thing I check is Twitter. The problem this morning is that the most recent tweet was from 3 hours ago. And that’s still… Read More

  • K: Y'all sent 740 billion text messages in the first half of 2009

    So CTIA does this little survey twice a year just to measure how well (or poor) the wireless industry is doing. The result of its latest survey just hit the wires, and what immediately jumped out at me was this stat: around 4.1 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) text messages per day (!) were sent in the first half of 2009. I wonder how many of those are the always useful… Read More

  • Trust issues? This tiny clock has a built-in video camera

    And now to finally get to the bottom of WHO DRANK MY LAST TAB?! This unassuming little clock tells the time and tells you who’s been breaking into your house at night to eat multiple peanut butter, lettuce, and pastrami sandwiches. It’s definitely not you sleepwalking. Read More

  • Pingg Now Adds Real-Time Twitter Conversations To Your Event Invitations

    Stylish online invitation site Pingg is launching a new feature today that makes the site whole lot more social. The pingg Event Stream lets hosts aggregate real-time Twitter conversations related to their event alongside other comments, photos, and videos on the event’s web page. The site lets hosts select a custom hashtag when creating event, which is included in the online invitation. Read More

  • Rumor: BlackBerry Onyx to be announced October 21?

    Well, well. What do we have here? Apparently, Engadget has it on “good authority” that the BlackBerry Bold successor, aka Bold 2 / Onyx (it’s not clear which name will hit the streets, but either way it’s the 9700), will be announced on October 21…for AT&T and T-Mobile. Read More

  • Portable gaming emulator costs $81, runs multiple systems

    Portable gaming emulators: Can there be too many on the market? I submit, “No.” The more the merrier, as they say. Here’s a new arrival from Chinavasion that looks like it might have a decent D-pad and well-placed buttons. The “Gemei x760+” is priced at $81 and comes with built-in support for Game Boy Advance, Neo Geo, and CAPCOM arcade systems with other… Read More

  • Foursquare – fun game or impending privacy nightmare?

    As we just reported today, Foursquare, the location based social game from Silicon Valley, launched today in London. I’ve duly signed up to check it out, and tweeted out my username to see who’s out there on the system that I know. First of all the site has no setting to stop receiving emails when someone requests to be your ‘friend’ on Foursquare. That’s not… Read More

  • Analyst: Android to become #2 mobile OS by 2012

    According to Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney, Google’s fledgling Android OS has the potential to become the number two mobile operating system (behind Symbian OS) by 2012. This certainly sounds like a bit of a stretch considering that currently Android is operating on less than 2% of the world’s smartphones. However, in a recent interview with Computerworld, Dulaney said that he… Read More

  • Japanese company sells Lego ear phones

    This is too sweet: Japan-based gadget maker Elecom will soon start selling the “Sundries PLAYBRICK”, Lego-shaped ear phones [JP]. This is the same company that brought us the “Soundblock”, ultra-cute mini speakers, just recently. Read More

  • Review: AOMEI Erotic Watch, a real eBay find

    I’m going to apologize in advance for this review. There are some who may be offended by its content in that I am discussing, in relative depth, an erotic watch of the type made popular by randy potentates in the 18th and 19th centuries along with one aspect that I find utterly vile and revolting. It is important to state that I do not condone this aspect of the watch and I find it… Read More

  • Virtual Mirror: augmented reality without glasses

    The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute — the same Fraunhofer that holds many of the patents on MP3 — have a booth at CEATEC exhibiting some of their research efforts, shopping them around for potential licensees. Their Virtual Mirror display is, I think, a great example of augmented reality done right. It uses a camera, a display, and their special software to dynamically alter… Read More

  • Mitsubishi's modular Diamond Vision OLED system demoed

    OLED has had issues gaining traction mainly because of the cost of manufacturing large screens. People like large screens. That’s the fact, jack. Anyway, Mitsubishi has developed a system that seems like it would help. It uses small, modular panels that can be combined to make a screen of nearly any size or shape. The system is intended for outdoor advertising, but if it matures enough… Read More

  • The Fight For Skype

    Don’t be fooled. Even though there hasn’t been any news on the various lawsuits around Skype’s intellectual property ownership, that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening behind the scenes. Negotiations continue, say multiple sources, between eBay, the new proposed Skype owner group, and the original founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, via their company… Read More

  • Amie Street Raises $3.9 Million For New Products

    <img src="https://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/amiestlogo.png" Online music startup Amie Street has raised $3.9 million in Series B funding led by Deep Fork Capital, which included the conversion of a bridge note issued previously by the investment firm. Three undisclosed investors also participated in the round. Amie Street raised an undisclosed amount of series… Read More

  • Ozzie FUSEs social media teams in Microsoft reorg

    For months now we’ve been wondering when Microsoft was going to start making moves in the social media space. Rumors of talks with Twitter have been swirling at all levels of the company, but now a subtle re-org may shed light on what Microsoft might do internally to shore up its presence in the RealTime Wave. Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie has announced the formation of Future… Read More

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