• New Android browser 'Steel' hits the Market

    It was only a few weeks ago that Opera Mini 4.2 was unleashed on the Google Android platform, and yet another browser is now surfacing by small software company kolbysoft. Steel is based off the same open-source WebKit components that the default Android web browser is based upon, so there is similar functionality between the two. Read More

  • Watch out for fake Nintendos this Christmas

    Fake Nintendo DS and DS Lite game consoles are being seized by British customs. Potentially dangerous power adapters that do not meet stringent British power standards are cited as a potential source of serious injury. These products are being purchased from websites based in Asia at a 50 percent discount. So this holiday season if you are going to buy a DS and a website is offering it for a… Read More

  • An Interview with Ethan Lowry of Urbanspoon

    With iPhone app downloads having just blown through the 300 million mark, we jumped at the opportunity to talk to Ethan Lowry. As a founding member of the trio behind Urbanspoon, one of the most downloaded iPhone applications of 2008 , Ethan knows a thing or two about iPhone app downloads. Back in early November, Urbanspoon had just cracked 1 million downloads – 4 months after the… Read More

  • Grains of War will curb stomp your appetite

    http://www.g4tv.com/lv3/35316 Perhaps I’m a cynic, but I really expected this Gears of War parody spot, made by the folks on G4’s X-Play, to suck something fierce. Then Cole Train dumped cereal all over his face, and my worries drifted away. Read More

  • Canon Powershot SD790 best camera for moms, grandma

    Looking for a good camera to buy for the parents this year? Well, from the current batch of ultra-slim products coming out, it looks like you can’t top the Canon Powershot SD790. While it’s a little heftier then the other brand offerings, you can’t beat it on performance. Combining 10 megapixels with some nifty new image stabilization technology, if you’re shopping for… Read More

  • Acer smartphone to drop in 1Q09, no one knows where

    Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer, Acer, best known in the States for producing computers (especially after its 2007 acquisition of Gateway and Packard Bell) has clarified its plans to release an Acer-branded smartphone in the 1st quarter of 2009. After completing its acquisition of Taiwan smartphone maker E-Ten Information Systems in September, speculation continued to grow… Read More

  • Fashion meets technology: HP Vivienne Tam released

    For those who have been anxiously awaiting the launch of the HP Mini Vivienne Tam we told you about back in October, the “digital clutch” is now available to order over at HP’s online store for $699. It features vibrant peony blooms signifying good fortune and prosperity. A matching silk sleeve is included to secure this stylish fashion accessory. Weighing in at 2.45 lbs… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: GeForce 260 with Far Cry 2, $248 shipped

    Boy oh boy is this a sweet deal. This eVGA GeForce 260 is one of the newer ones, revised with more stream processors than the original, already a powerhouse. It should handle the included (register to get it, bleh) Far Cry 2 with ease. It’s a totally solid card and at $250 it’s a steal, even with AMD competitive right now. If you’re in the market, I’d jump on this… Read More

  • Facebook Introduces Embeddable Videos Only Your Friends Can See

    Video is not front and center on Facebook. It’s a tiny link in the sidebar of a member’s homepage that many hardly notice. They are probably more familiar with the random videos from friends that sort of pop up in their News feeds. Often those videos are from YouTube, but increasingly they are hosted on Facebook itself. In fact, since Facebook launched its own internal… Read More

  • Axiotron releases updated Modbook

    Axiotron announced yesterday that they are releasing an updated version of their tablet Mac solution, the Modbook. While the update mainly consists of some minor hardware changes, the really juicy bit is that you can now crack the thing open and void your warranty. Modders take note. And, in typical Mac fashion, they are priced almost twice as much as a tablet PC. Read More

  • Thank You TechCrunch Sponsors and Get a Free LeWeb Ticket

    Our friends at the LeWeb conference, in Paris on December 9th and 10th, are going to be giving away one ticket to the TechCrunch reader who leaves the best comment about why they want to go (and includes a contact e-mail address). We are also excited that LeWeb’s organizers are offering TechCrunch readers a 20% discount Thank You LeWeb Without our sponsors TechCrunch would not be possible. Read More

  • Moto Chaser for the iPhone modified to support TV-out as a proof of concept

    Last week, Ars Technica uncovered an undocumented class in the iPhone SDK which allows applications to push visuals to an external monitor rather than the device’s built in screen. Lightbulbs flicked on above the noggins of iPhone developers everywhere, all with the same idea: this could be used for games! Read the rest of this entry » Read More

  • DIY: Install a 3G modem on the HP Mini 1000

    Blah, blah, blah, “BIOS is locked”, blah, blah, blah, “HP is not so nice”, blah, blah, blah, “remember the switch”, blah, blah, blah. Read More

  • Youth-Oriented Media Company GoFish Raises $22.5 Million

    GoFish, a digital media company that focuses on content geared towards children, teenagers, and their parents, has raised a $22.5 million funding round led by Panorama Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, and Rembrandt Venture Partners. As part of the deal, Michael Jung, Mark Menell, and Richard Ling (from Panorama, Rustic Canyon, and Rembrandt respectively) will join the company’s board… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 20-50% off Home Theater Speakers At TheSpeakerCompany.com

    The Speaker Company is offering 20-50 percent off a selection of speaker sets. Their products are already a good value for budget minded folks and the discount is a great added bonus. Two good values are TSAT-1000 5 Speaker system and the TSBL-65 two-way bookshelf speakers. These sets are $100 off and $80 off respectively. We don’t know how long these deals will last though. They are… Read More

  • Is this Nokia's next top-secret touchscreen handset?

    After blatantly boasting about how well they’d managed to keep the N97 off the radar, you’d think that Nokia would be incredibly wary of letting on details of future handsets. That is, you wouldn’t think they’d slide a shot of an unannounced touchscreen handset into a presentation in New York yesterday. Well, if this thing turns out to be legit, that’s exactly… Read More

  • Verizon rolls out Storm OS update, still isn't going to help

    Bonnie Cha over at CNet has the scoop on the Storm OS update we’ve all been waiting patiently for over the last two weeks. If you actually bought this girnormous piece of poo then you can update using the Desktop Software Manager or wait for the OTA that’s said to be going out at 12:30 AM EDT. Regardless of what this update can do, I won’t be changing my review of the Storm. Read More

  • South Korea investing $200m in games industry

    Man, you’d think the government would have caught on sooner! South Korea has to be the biggest gaming nation on the planet, and yet we see so little Korean IP exported successfully to the US. Their culture and tourism minister wants to spur growth in the gaming sector and hit $3bn in exports within a couple years — a pretty ambitious goal. But if there’s as much talent… Read More

  • If Customizing Your Car With Infectious Is Too Big A Job, Start With Your iPhone Instead

    Infectious, a startup we covered earlier this year that creates tough vinyl stickers for people who want to customize their cars, now offers the same product for walls, laptops and iPhones. For $10 you can change your phone into a piece of art. Each of the designs are done by hand-picked artists who are paid for their work in exchange for granting exclusive licensing rights to print on vinyl. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 26-inch 720p LCD TV for $299

      Here’s the little brother of the TV deal we posted yesterday. Yes, it’s a Dynex and yes, former Geek Squad employee Alex commented in the previous post that he found the Dynex brand of TVs to not only be “GARBAGE!!!” but also “PURE GARBAGE!!” – all caps and five total exclamation points. However, both the 42-inch TV and this 26-inch TV have… Read More

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