• Apple Boosts Stake In Imagination Technologies To 9.5%

    Apple is nearly tripling its stake in UK-based Imagination Technologies, boosting its interest to 9.5 percent with the purchase of 2.2 million new shares at £1.4275 ($2.35 million) each – the mid market close price on 25 June – and another 11.52 million shares. In total, Apple is spending £3.14 million (approx. $5.17 million) for the new shares, exactly the same amount it paid… Read More

  • More USB stuff from Thanko: Liquid Mouse and Silent Mouse

    Tokyo-based USB gadget specialist Thanko has been quite active in the last few days, having launched two PC mice in a row. One of these devices is silly, the other isn’t: You can now get a mouse with a built-in mini fish tank [JP] of sorts (Liquid Mouse) and one which hardly makes any noise [JP] (Silent Mouse EX). Read More

  • Netbook owners may be able to buy Windows 7 on a thumb drive

    Microsoft has an interesting problem on the horizon in trying to persuade netbook owners to upgrade to Windows 7 when said netbook owners’ netbooks don’t have optical drives. What’s a giant software company to do? Read More

  • Android Development Kit goes native

    When the iPhone SDK launched and the platform was opened to native applications, it was huge news. No longer limited to cruddy web apps, developers flocked to the platform and the App Store exploded. Last night, Google announced that developers were now free to develop native applications for the Android platform. Unfortunately, this move isn’t nearly as monumental. Unlike the… Read More

  • Farts v. Explosions: Which iPhone App was rejected from the App Store? You'd be surprised

    First, we present Fracture. You tap the iPhone to “crack” the screen and then you tap again to cause the apps to explode, triggering the rest of the apps to explode in rapid succession. Next, we find SkyFart. You press a little man and he farts. Then you press him again and he farts and again and flies into space. Then you press him again and he farts and flies. Then you press… Read More

  • Sony says PSPgo is expensive because it's new

    If you curled your lip and slowly shook your head when Sony announced that the PSPgo would cost $249, you weren’t alone. So it’s perhaps even more irksome when the head of Sony Europe just comes right out and says that you’re paying a premium price just because the PSPgo is new. What’s with all the honesty, Sony? Read More

  • Maybe that Guy Does Need to Get Laid After All

    We’ve all heard it before, whether you work in a Fortune500 company or waited tables at a restaurant.  There’s always an uptight guy or girl who’s defensive, paranoid, over-stressed and nitpicky. And someone– maybe you’re too polite– but someone says, “That guy (or girl) soooo needs to get laid.” (Note, I didn’t use the example… Read More

  • Video: Potato gatling gun

    A family that builds food-based weapons together stays together. Take the DeRose family — they issue themselves a “design challenge” every year around the holidays. This year’s challenge: build a potato gatling gun. [via MAKE] Read More

  • iPhone porn app not pulled by Apple, just "Sold Out," says developer

    The drama in iPhone porn world continues. Yesterday, Hottest Girls, the first app with nudity was accepted into the App Store. But early this morning it was made unavailable, and everyone presumed Apple was behind it. But apparently, the app has not been pulled from the App Store by Apple, but rather by the developers because of high demand. The guy team behind the app, Allen the Geek, writes… Read More

  • Videos: KDDI develops new "augmented reality" cell phone app

    Augmented reality (AR), the mixing of real-world data with computer-generated information, is currently a hot topic in the web world and is poised to play an even bigger role in the very near future. And cell phones in particular seem to be especially suitable as AR vehicles, meaning the devices will make it possible to impose graphical layers over real-world images while on the go. Read More

  • Catch The Second Wave Of Tickets To August Capital Summer Outing July 10 And Real Time Stream CrunchUp

    The second batch of 150 tickets to attend our 4th annual summer outing on July 10 at August Capital are available now, courtesy of Eventbrite. They’ll go fast so grab them now. Update: This batch is sold out. We are also selling tickets for our Real Time Stream CrunchUp earlier that day (a CrunchUp ticket includes entry to the party as well). The CrunchUp is a mini-conference… Read More

  • Glam Media Looking To Aggregate, Monetize Twitter Applications

    Glam Media, a distributed media network comprised of both its own properties and a publisher network of hundreds of lifestyle websites and blogs, is looking to build an advertising network powered by Twitter. We know this because a number of third-party Twitter app developers have received an e-mail this morning from Derek Houdyshell, Network Sales and Program Director for the California… Read More

  • Fujitsu to free us from AC adapters for notebooks by 2013

    Fujitsu Laboratories, the company’s R&D subsidiary, has announced the development [press release in English] of a transistor for the power supply units of servers that can help reduce electricity consumption of computer hardware and home electronics significantly. Read More

  • Cloudsourcing 101: LiveOps Launches Livework, Brings Crowdsourcing To Outsourcing

    Distributed call-center outsourcing service LiveOps has launched Livework, new venture that uses crowdsourcing to manage and implement a workforce in the cloud. Livework lets businesses outsource process work to distributed teams of experts and agents, all in a dynamic, on-demand environment in the cloud. Livework is basically a marketplace for outsourcing projects. Any client can advertise… Read More

  • Mainstream Media Still Has Eyes Wide Shut

    Michael Jackson’s unfortunate passing is a sad event on many levels, and a moment to reflect upon the man’s rich life and career as well as a time to pass support – silent or loud – onto his family, friends and everyone who needs it now that the King of Pop has ceased to be. For us here at TechCrunch, it’s also an opportunity to take a look at how media, old and… Read More

  • Internet-connected scale shares your shame with the world

    I’m not a svelte man anymore, I’ll admit. Two kids – I ate them both – and lots of beer have forced my metabolism to run, cowering, resulting in size changes that would swallow the average man. This product is what I need. The BodyTrace is a wireless scale that sends your shame to the Internet, allowing you to follow your slow decline – or incline – into our… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Parlor Edition

    The answer to the second question is “Yes:” The iPhone 3Gs unboxing
    Giveaway: The Domino A.L.C from CoolIT
    Blast from the Past: Robotic tattoo machine running Palm OS Read More

  • Facebook Click Fraud 101

    Our posts earlier this week about the alarming amount of click fraud at Facebook left more than a few unanswered questions. The problem is real and was confirmed by Facebook. But what wasn’t clear is exactly how or why it was happening. Now, after we’ve interviewed a number of advertisers and fraudsters, we know exactly how and why they are doing it. First the why. Click fraud… Read More

  • Apple Nearly Triples Stake In UK Chip Maker Imagination Technologies

    Apple is nearly tripling its stake in UK-based Imagination Technologies, boosting its interest to 9.5 percent with the purchase of 2.2 million new shares at £1.4275 ($2.35) each – the mid market close price on 25 June – and another 11.52 million shares. In total, Apple is spending £3.14 million (approx. $5.17 million) for the new shares, exactly the same amount it paid last… Read More

  • Who Exactly Is In Charge Of The App Store? Anyone?

    Okay, the situation surrounding the App Store and its approval process continues to get weirder and weirder. As you may have heard, an application featuring nudity first appeared in the App Store yesterday. Today, that app was removed, which everyone presumed was a move by Apple. But the developers said that the removal was its own doing because its servers were getting slammed with… Read More

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