• Pioneer gets serious about iPod sound docks

    Yeah, iPod docks are everywhere these days, but these two from Pioneer actually have some novel features. Plus they are Pioneer products so you know they are going to be a step above anyway. But for starters, the XW-NAS3 and XW-NAS5 sport a 2.1 speaker setup using a digital amp that powers two full-range speakers and a sub. Both also have composite and component outputs for the iPod and iPhone… Read More

  • Facebook Now Lets You Fax Your Photos. I Have No Idea Why Anyone Would Want To Do This

    Okay, so Facebook Punk’d us. This isn’t really going live for everyone — just for the lucky few members of the TechCrunch network. Wow, talk about a big day for Facebook. Hours after launching Facebook Lite, open-sourcing part of FriendFeed’s code, and launching @ tagging, the site has one more release in store for today: Fax This Photo, powered by efax.com. Now… Read More

  • Twitter Tweaks Terms Of Service, "Your Tweets Belong To You"

    Twitter co-founder Biz Stone just posted news on an update on changes to Twitter’s Terms of Service, “leaving the door open” for advertising opportunities, clearing the air on ownership of Tweets, and updating guidelines around Twitter’s API. Stone also mentioned that the new Terms of Service address spam and abusive behavior on Twitter. The privacy clause about Tweets… Read More

  • We talked to the Pirate Party of the United States: Here's what it's all about

    Let’s make one thing absolutely clear about the Pirate Party of the United States (PPUS): it has no interest in defending your ability to illegally download The Blueprint 3 from Waffles.fm. It just doesn’t. If you had the idea in your head that the PPUS would somehow work to legalize your bad habits, well, tough break, kid: it’s a legitimate political party whose goal is not… Read More

  • It's time for new Apple ads for the new iPods

    Hell, the music in the ad above – Capture Us – is more rock ‘n’ roll than Norah Jones was yesterday at the iPod event. The same goes for the iPod Touch 3g ad – Next Level Fun – after the break. But they aren’t the The Beatles either. Read More

  • Toshiba announces 1.8-inch HDD with 160GB capacity

    Just eight days have passed since Toshiba announced its new 2.5-inch HDD that boasts a 640 GB capacity, and today the same company announced another “record-breaking” HDD in Tokyo. Their new 1.8-inch PATA [press release in English] holds 160GB of data, which is the highest capacity in the industry. Read More

  • Cerego Raises $3.4 Million For Smart.fm, Launches Facebook Friend Quiz

    Japanese company Cerego, the brains behind the social learning platform iKnow!, has raised $3.4 million in a round of funding from NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s biggest mobile phone carrier. To date, Cerego has raised a total of $23.4 million in funding since its launch in 2000. Cerego originally launched iKnow as an online service for Japanese people to learn English and then expanded the platform… Read More

  • Le Zune HD, c'est seulement aux Etats-Unis cette année

    Zut! Oui, it’s true. The Zune HD we’re all pumped for will not be hitting Europe this year, if indeed it does at all. Microsoft France’s entertainment division director has said during and interview that “for now, we have no intention of marketing (it here)” or, to be precise, “pour le moment, nous n’avons aucune intention de le… Read More

  • Facebook Lite: How Will Twitter Respond? Twitter Lite!

    So, we now have Facebook Lite in the U.S., a slimmed down, sexier version of Facebook. It’s been said for a while that Facebook may have a long term problem with Twitter because it was too bloated, while Twitter was so light and simple — talk of that should die down now. So how will Twitter respond? I have a feeling we’re about to enter a war similar to the war razor… Read More

  • Japanese researchers use nanotechnology to fight fake money

    A group of researchers from Tokyo-based Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) and the University of Tokyo has developed a new technology [JP] that makes it harder for criminals to counterfeit paper money or other valuables made of paper, i.e. coupons or vouchers. It can also be used to make credit cards more secure, too. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: T-Mobile myTouch 3G for $99

    Oprah! Oprah! Oprah! Thanks to the queen of daytime television, you can get the Android-powered T-Mobile myTouch 3G for just $99 when you sign up for a two-year contract. This deal is good “for a very limited time,” so pull the trigger if you’ve got the itch. Promo code is KICKOFF24. You go girl. Save $100 on the T-Mobile myTouch 3G [T-Mobile via Engadget] Read More

  • A photo montage of the life and times of the Nintendo 64

    We eulogized the Sega Dreamcast yesterday, and even though today, September 10, isn’t really all that significant in the life of the Nintendo 64, we present to you a photo montage of the life and times of Nintendo’s little system. Read More

  • Kickin' It Old School: Facebook Lite Launches In The U.S. And India

    Well here it is. Just as we first discovered a few weeks ago, Facebook Lite has just been released for U.S. users to test out. Simply put, the site is SO much cleaner than Facebook regular, and much, much nicer to look at. Did I mention much, much faster? Originally intended to be used in countries where high speed Internet connections are sparse or non-existant, apparently Facebook has… Read More

  • VodSpot Gives Publishers Easy Custom Video Portals; Now Powering TechCrunch Video

    For many content publishers, managing video can be a tricky business, particularly when you’ve got clips spread across multiple services like YouTube and Blip.tv. Today video bookmarking startup VodPod is launching a new product called VodSpot that’s looking to help, by allowing publishers to create dynamically updated video portals that can aggregate your site’s video… Read More

  • Not Only Is Snow Leopard Trim, Its Update Cubs Are Tiny

    The first update to Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6.1 has just been released by Apple. It seems that it’s mostly bug fixes, which is hardly surprising considering that the OS was just released a couple weeks ago. But one odd thing about the update is just how small it is for some users: 9.8 MB, to be exact. Again, that is just for some users. Others are reporting it weighing in at a still small… Read More

  • LG announces Wi-Fi capable NAS

    It’s all about the home network storage these days. As more and more companies jump into the ring with their products, it’s all about the added features. It’s not enough just to build a basic device these days, everyone wants added features. LG is throwing their hat into the ring with the N2R1. Read More

  • Job Boards Are So Over. TalentSeekr Targets And Recruits Through Ads Instead.

    Even though unemployment is at the highest levels in a decade, companies are still finding it difficult to find the best qualified candidates to fill the positions that are available. The reason for that is because more often than not, the best qualified candidates are already employed and not necessarily looking for new jobs. Certainly not on job boards like Monster.com or HotJobs. So if… Read More

  • Samsung follows Toshiba with a 640GB 2.5-inch HDD

    Toshiba introduced a 2.5-inch HDD with 640 GB capacity just a few days ago, and now Samsung follows up with the Spinpoint, an internal HDD with the same capacity. Samsung says the new drive is specifically made for high-end laptops. Read More

  • Today is my last day with CrunchGear

    What the hell? It’s been three years since I first joined this motley crew? I guess so. I’m a man of few words so I’ll keep this short. This is my last day with CrunchGear and TechCrunch. Thanks to Mike, Heather and John for giving me the opportunity to do something that I’ve grown to love over the last few years. Read More

  • Seedcamp announces teams for the big week

    Seedcamp – the closest thing Europe has to a Ycombinator style startups model – has announced its list of the 21 teams that will be competing for funding during the Seedcamp Week in a fortnight’s time in London. They are: * Advertag – London, UK
    * Boxed Ice – Bromsgrove, UK
    * Brainient – Bucharest, Romania
    * Codility – Warsaw, Poland
    Read More

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