• Windows 7 beta available tomorrow: Only 2.5 million download slots available

    Better hurry up if you want to download the Windows 7 beta, since Microsoft is only allowing the first 2.5 million of you to try it out. Those of you with fancy TechNet and MSDN connections can grab it now; everyone else will have to wait till tomorrow, Friday, January 9 Read More

  • Microsoft Releases Tag, Its Second iPhone Application

    At CES, Microsoft has introduced its second iPhone app after dipping its toe with the release of Seadragon Mobile last month. The name of the application is Microsoft Tag, and it enables users to instantly access mobile content, videos, music, contact information, maps, social networks, promotions, etc. simply by pointing the device’s camera to a custom tag. If this makes you think about… Read More

  • Dutch Startup eFresh.com Raises $5.4 Million From Rabobank

    The Netherlands-based internet startup eFresh.com has secured €4.25 million (or roughly $5.4 million) in funding from one of the largest banks in the country, Rabobank. The company, which operates a B2B portal for the perishable industry, had previously raised an undisclosed amount of capital from private investors. With the funding, Rabobank acquired a stake in the startup’s… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Click Click Edition

    Pet collar cameras reveal the exciting lives of pets
    Wear your video camera
    WTF are up with all these super duper thin HDTVs?
    Bug Labs announces five new BUGmodules
    Sharper Image looks for a new image with cheap iPod docks Read More

  • Evernote's $4.5 Million New Year's Eve Round

    Evernote, which is up for a Crunchie award, rang in the New Year with an extra $4.5 million of cash from Russian investment firm Troika Dialog. A mid-December report had put the investment at $5 million, but the company did not actually close its B round until December 31. He is still trying to raise another $3.5 million tranche, but believes the current funding will hold the company… Read More

  • Joost Has A Heartbeat

    In October we wrote “Joost Turns On Its All-Flash Website. Is Anybody Watching?” It turns out that yes, it appears that they are. A year ago the online video site was a ghost town. Then in September, when the company moved away from the use of downloaded software to an all-browser video experience, viewership spiked. Compete says they had 550k U.S. visitors in November 2008. Read More

  • Cry havoc, and let loose the dogs of war – Yelp launches into UK local reviews battleground

    Well, the war of “local” sites which started last year is really on now. US local reviews giant Yelp, the model for many such sites globally, is to launch in the UK today, under Yelp.co.uk, and local competitors will be taking a keen interest in its launch. There is already a swathe of players fighting it out in the UK, most in the London hothouse. Qype is well-funded and leading… Read More

  • Fact: Halo Wars comes out on February 28

    Microsoft just announced at CES that Halo Wars, the RTS that’s bound to confuse more than a few longtime Halo fans—it’s not a shooter?!—will be released on February 28. A demo will be on Xbox Live on February 5. That is all. Read More

  • UK music industry owes an awful lot to digital downloads

    It wasn’t too long ago that the music industry was complaining all day long that digital downloads would ruin the music industry. Au contraire! The BPI (sorta like the UK’s RIAA) has just revealed that 2008 was the biggest ever year in Britain for singles. And yes, the industry has digital downloads to thank. Read More

  • Sony is going ECO

    Eco is the new buzzword and there is no escaping at CES this year. There isn’t a CE manufacturer out there that wants to be caught dumping toxic materials into consumers livingrooms; Sony is no different. Updated HCFL backlights helps drop LCD power consumption by almost 40%, an ambient light sensor adjusts the backlight appropriately and a motion sensor turns off the set after a period… Read More

  • The Sony Webbie – a colorfully HD shooter

    Sony has a little camcorder aimed at the Internet crowd. The Webbie captures HD MPEG-4 video and 5 MP photos. It has a 5x optical zoom and special software that makes uploads speedy. Content is recorded on Sony’s Memory Stick PRO Duo media. The MHS-CM1 Webbie will be available for order tomorrow for $200 and the vertically-styled MHS-PM1 will drop in April for $170. Read More

  • Sony updates its camcorder lineup

    CES brings big changes to Sony’s camcorder offerings. High-def camcorders are getting big HDDs and there are a bunch to choose from with ranging pricing. Non-HD camcorders are getting the same hard-drive treatment too and will start at attractive MSRPs. Don’t want a built-in HDD? Cool, Sony has new HD flash models too. Oh, and there are new DVD models too. Full details after the jump. Read More

  • Sony didn't get the memo on thin TVs, brought lots of OLEDs to CES

    Sony’s 2009 CES booth is showing off some sick, like sickly sick, thin sets. Primarily are these OLED Proof of Technology models that are dead sexy even to me. Chances are none of these will ever see a Euro snob loft. They are just concepts and there is nothing wrong with that. That thin TV, it’s .9 millimeter thick – or is that thin? Hmmm. Apparently Sony has more OLED news… Read More

  • Sony's new X-Series touchscreen Walkmen are lookin' kinda good

    Sony’s dropped a solid-looking touchscreen Walkman line with the X-Series. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the finish (looks a bit like the kitchen counter), but these tiny Sony players always make up for kind of standard looks with a really polished feel. It comes in 16GB and 32GB flavors, prices to be determined, and does what you’d expect regarding YouTube and that sort… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Sony VAIO P

    My, oh my. The Sony VAIO P is a popular netbook. After using some Peter Ha-taught ninja skills, I made my way through the crowd to this tiny netbook. Overall, the netbook feels Sony solid. The nub was a tad finicky but it works. The resolution though is astoundingly high on the small screen. I love small font but at the default setting it was too small for me. Thankfully the P Series does… Read More

  • Sony's P-series Vaios are sexy little things

    So these little P-series things are looking kind of weird, and kind of hot. I’m being pulled in two different directions. The screen aspect ratio is ridiculous: at 8″ and 1600×768 it’s just over 2:1, which is… pretty freakin wide. They may be tiny, but they’ve got guts: they’ll run Vista and they’ve got GPS built-in, but it looks like… Read More

  • Yahoo and Samsung getting Widgety together

    At the Samsung press conference earlier today at CES 2009, Yahoo’s involvement with Samsung’s new HDTV line was revealed to be an integrated system of Widgets, based on a new Konfabulator engine. They went through it very briefly, but Flickr, news, finance, and other Yahoo services are fully available and integrated into an on-screen display, for use during usual TV watching. They… Read More

  • JibJab Closes $7.5 Million Series C Round To Keep The Laughs Rolling

    JibJab, a site popular for its parody videos and irreverent eGreetings, has closed a $7.5 million Series C funding round with participation from new investors Overbrook Entertainment (a production company co-founded by Will Smith) and Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as existing investor Polaris Venture Partners. The company had previously raised around $9.4 million. The site generates… Read More

  • New Tom Bihn bags for the new Apple MacBook Pro

    Hot on the heels of the MacWorld announcement of the new unibody 17″ MacBook Pro comes word of new Tom Bihn bags to hold those unibody MacBook Pros. With names like Smart Alec, Empire Builder, and Super Ego, you know they’re good! Read More

  • Damn! Panasonic releases 1/3" thick HDTV

    Panasonic seemed to be just going through the motions at first, and I had decided that a certain covered-up thing thing was just a barrier to block over-eager photographers from spying their new portable Blu-Ray player. No! It was a one-third-of-an-inch-thin television. The guy unveiled it at the last second and gave pretty much no info at all. It was about 40 inches, and people kept wanging… Read More

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