• Full-sized travel keyboard for those who travel

    Atek just launched a $29.95 travel keyboard that has a full 99 key keyboard with numeric keys and a protective cover. It weighs 1.4 pounds and is great for those of us who simply must feel the click of a good IBM keyboard under our fingertips, even – or especially – in the darkest jungles of New Jersey. The keyboard has standard-sized keys and doesn’t fold like some other… Read More

  • Club Cooee Releases Slick 3D Messenger In Private Beta (Grab An Invite)

    German startup Club Cooee has launched its 3D instant messaging service in private beta, and it doesn’t disappoint. The service is a hybrid between traditional instant messengers like AIM and 3D social networks like Second Life, allowing users to converse in chat bubbles while using their 3D avatars to express emotions, and can also share photos and links visually. TechCrunch readers… Read More

  • Easter Egg hidden in Helio Connect press image

    When I clicked my way through to the image attached to this morning’s Helio Connect announcement, I couldn’t help but laugh. Not because I find social news site aggregators inherently funny, mind you – but because there’s a little Easter Egg hidden inside and, oddly enough, it’s somewhat related to yours truly. If you haven’t spotted it by now, take a glance… Read More

  • Oh No You Don't, Google! Facebook Connect Now Generally Available, Too

    Not an hour after Google announced the general availability of Friend Connect, Facebook is doing the same for its competing Facebook Connect service. Now any third party website that wants to pull personal data about visitors from Facebook – and send back activity reports to their news feeds – can do so by first filling out a self-service application. The general availability… Read More

  • SanDisk now fully supports OS X with the Cruzer Enterprise

    USB drives come pre-loaded with tons of security rubbish these days and if you’re a Mac user that want to utilize these options, the SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise is for you. Both the PC and Mac users can use the tools that includes a secure, encrypted storage area to hid all your little nasties protected by 256-bit AES encryption. The Cruzer Enterprise is available in 1-, 2-, 4-, and… Read More

  • Flickr Revamps Mobile Site, Adds Video Streaming Support

    Flickr has released a new version of its mobile site that affords several new features, most notably the ability to stream video clips up to 90-seconds in length. Video streaming will be initially available for only the iPhone and iPod Touch, with support for other handsets that use Webkit, Firefox Mobile, or Opera Mini to come. Previously, users could upload videos to Flickr from mobile… Read More

  • Google Friend Connect Now Open To All Websites

    Update: Facebook just opened up FB Connect as well in a self-serve fashion. It’s mano-a-mano. The battle over who will control access to your online identity is heating up. In the wake of more and more partners finally starting to take a shine to Facebook’s competing FB Connect (which we just implemented on Techcrunch), Google’s Friend Connect is now in an open beta. Before… Read More

  • Review: Kensington ShareCentral 1 USB switch

    Short Version: Kensington’s “ShareCentral 1” provides an easy, hassle-free way to share a USB device between two computers. At $39.99, it’s not too expensive, either. Read More

  • Virgin Mobile launches "Connect", a social networking dashboard for Helio

    (Disclosure: I’ve done consulting work for Helio, prior to their acquisition by Virgin Mobile) With the almost silly number of social networking applications available for the major smartphones, it’s easy to forget how much of a pain it can be to scratch that social itch on a feature phone. Sure, you can generally use a feature phone’s built-in browser to navigate to each… Read More

  • Firefox Goes Threadless With Crowdsourced T-Shirt Store

    Taking a page from Threadless, Mozilla is opening up its own online store featuring crowdsourced Firefox T-shirt designs. You can upload your own design, or pick from the gallery. The store is built on Zazzle‘s platform, which handles the printing, shipping, and billing. Zazzle is rolling out partner stores focused on other online communities as well, but this could turn out to be the… Read More

  • Fallout: Carlyle Group Cuts 10% Of Workforce, Closes Menlo Park Office

    Carlylye Group, the world’s second largest private equity fund, is laying off 10% of its worldwide workforce, or about 100 people. Carlyle has $91.5 billion in assets under management. They’re also closing their Menlo Park office outright. More here and here. Read More

  • Atari's Ghostbusters actually looks good

    Most folks in the gaming world have been a bit apprehensive about Atari’s Ghostbusters title and after the no-show at PAX this year, many wondered if it was even going to see the light of day. As a youth growing up in the 80s the Ghostbusters movies were a staple in my rotation of weekend movie watching. The other being the original Star Wars trilogy with a sprinkling of Saturday… Read More

  • eBuddy's Mobile Chat Continues To Thrive, Hits 10M Users

    eBuddy, the instant messenger startup that we’ve likened to a European meebo (though eBuddy has been around for much longer), has released the latest figures for its mobile instant messaging client, and it looks like business is booming. Since July, the mobile J2ME eBuddy client has been downloaded over 5 million times, and has seen 10 million total downloads since launching in summer… Read More

  • Lego Terrorist will slay the man-child in you

    Just in time to be horribly inappropriate, some folks have discovered BrickArms, a company that makes cute little Lego men with realistic weapons. Here we have the White Bandit (not, not a terrorist) who is very angry and carries a rifle, what looks like a Luger, and some grenades. Not offensive enough for you? Try the SS man. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Monster Cable deals at the Circuit City Outlet

    No one denies that Monster Cable makes quality products, it’s just the unnecessarily high price and shady business practices that kills their street rep. From time to time Circuit City pops a few outdated Monster Cable products into their outlet store and makes them a bargain. 6-foot Monster Cable Component cables for $13.96; nice. 6-Foot Monster Cable Component cables and… Read More

  • Replace the MSI Wind’s touchpad for $8

    Apparently MSI has recently swapped out the Synaptics touchpad on the MSI Wind with a touchpad from Sentellic. What’s the difference, you might ask? Well, that thing you’re able to do with Synaptics touchpads where you gently stroke your finger up and down the right-hand side of the pad to scroll up and down web pages and documents isn’t available on the Sentellic models… Read More

  • Psolenoid Launches Its Enhanced Trackback Service

    Psolenoid, a new startup launching today in public beta, is looking to help blogs connect with each other more effectively by offering an enhanced form of the popular trackback feature found on most blogs. The service generates attractive links that appear at the bottom of a post, each with a brief summary and thumbnail to help readers determine if the linked blog is worth reading. While… Read More

  • Meet Mamoru-Kun, the little robot that will get your misplaced glasses and slippers

    The Information and Robot Technology Research Initiative, a research body of the prestigious University of Tokyo, has developed a small desktop robot that assists elderly people in managing daily tasks. The robot was developed in cooperation with various Japanese companies such as Toyota and Fujitsu. Mamoru-Kun (“Little Protector”) is a robot that is able to tell his owner where… Read More

  • 2,500 3D U.S. theaters by April '09

    3D theaters are back, baby. Estimates put the current installation base around 1,500 but some chap, Jeffery Katzenberg, predicts that there will be 2,500 by April in time for DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs Aliens. The Dreamworks CEO is certain that consumers will spend an extra $5 to don cheap, plastic glasses to experience the movie in 3D and he might be right. 3D movies bring… Read More

  • Opera 10 Browser Now In Alpha

    For the adventurous out there (that’s you, developers), the Opera 10 browser has just been released in alpha. Opera has a 1 to 2 percent browser market share, depending on what statistics you look at, and will soon likely be surpassed by Google’s Chrome, if it hasn’t been already. But it does have its fans. Read More

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