• To heck with hybrid media on the iPad. Go read a Vook, Vooker!

    What is a Vook? It’s a virtual book created by Simon and Schuster to apparently allow you to no only read a book but play video inside of it, share it with our friends on FaceLinker, and even allows us to look at collections of small markings called letters and form them into words in our minds. Amazing! The service, Vook.com, allows you to buy books in PC-based Vook format or in an… Read More

  • You can win $5,000 in some sort of Newegg college student contest

    Fresh off its fancy IPO announcement, Newegg is running an equally fancy contest for American and Canadian college students. Provided you’re 18-year-old (or older) and are attending a U.S. or Canadian college or university, you could win up to $5,000 to spend on whatever the hell you want on the Web site. What do you have to do to win such riches???? Read More

  • TaxiMagic Launches Web Portal For Online Taxi Booking

    Nine months ago we wrote about Taxi Magic, a nifty service that hooks directly into local dispatch systems to let you book cabs from your smart phone. Since then the startup has been doing quite well — it now supports the iPhone, Blackberry, and SMS booking. It’s also grown from supporting 25 fully supported cities to 40. And tonight it’s launching a new feature that… Read More

  • Mercury ups its 2.5" external HDDs to 1TB

    If you feel like riding the wave (and are made of money), look no further than the newest configuration of Mercury On-The-Go Pro, which is the first that I know of to put a 2.5″ 1TB HDD in a bus-powered enclosure. Sure, there are 1TB units already available (for under a hundy, even), but they use 3.5″ drives, making them bulky and rarely bus-powered. These Mercury ones are the… Read More

  • Mamiya announces two new lines of DSLRs

    Mamiya, normally known for their large format cameras, just announced that they are going to be producing two new DSLR camera lines. The new cameras are aimed at professional level photographers, and use Mamiya’s existing lenses. Read More

  • CrunchGear Video Review: Four headsets enter, one leaves

    For those of you about to rock, I encourage you to pick out a nice pair of headphones. I tested four models at around $100. They are: Ultrasone Zino – $99 Philips Tapster – Price TBA Shure SE102MPA – $119 Klipsh S4i – $99 Which one did I love the most? While they were all special in their own way, there were two that really stood out in the round-up… but I… Read More

  • Au revoir @Bash and @Nero – it's been #awesome

    Today we say ‘au revoir’ to a couple of regular TechCrunch Europe writers who’ve been, well, awesome contributors. I met Basheera Khan first when she moved to London and threw herself enthusiastically into the tech scene here. “Bash” was the first person other than me to blog here since TCE’s re-launch in September 2007 . She took me and TCE completely on… Read More

  • Oh, Mom, you have so much to learn

    My lovely mother just got her first BlackBerry a few weeks ago and has since enjoyed texting me. I noticed something today. She always laughs out loud at the end of every text. So I asked her about it. Apparently LOL means “Lots Of Love.” Yup, I have the cutest mom in history. Update from Mom: Really! Oh well I didn’t know. If you don’t mind I’d like to use… Read More

  • Google Toolbar Now Translates Pages In Firefox

    Google has launched a new version of its Toolbar for Firefox that lets you translate any webpage with the click of a button without leaving the page. Google will also add web-site suggestions and sponsored links to the toolbar as you type in any query. The new toolbar is synced with Firefox version 3.5’s Private Browsing mode so that the tool bar will not record your searchbox history… Read More

  • NHL 10 predicts the Pittsburgh Penguins as Stanley Cup champs

    Hockey is often referred to as the sweet science, but that has nothing to do with this here post. Well, sorta. You know how every year you hear about how Video Game has predicted Team A will “the big game”? Add the Pittsburgh Penguins to that list. Read More

  • Happy Birthday, CDs

    The Compact Disc was quite a revolution when it came out. With a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz and a 16 bit rate, CDs marked the shift to digital music. Unfortunately, it seems to have fallen from being the playback medium of choice. These days, people either buy vinyl records because “they sound better” (especially when played on your vintage hipster record player you bought from… Read More

  • Spotify extends playing offline to desktop – Are you getting this Apple?

    BREAKING: Well, look out iTunes. We’ve said previously that Spotify didn’t look like it was going to compete with the Apple iTunes Store. It’s streaming, freemium music service after all, not a download store. It also recently launched an iPhone app that only subscribers can use. But perhaps the hint of their strategy lay in the fact that on that app you could save playlists… Read More

  • Nintendo will fix your Wii if the latest system update broke it

    Have you updated your Wii to version 4.2 yet? Because if you have, and you’re now having problems with your system, Nintendo will fix it for free. Read More

  • Confirmed: Twitter Has Begun Geolocation Rollout

    As we first reported last night, Twitter appeared to have turned on at least part of its new Geolocation API. Today, the company has confirmed the roll out on its API Announcement Google Group page. As Twitter API team member Raffi Krikorian writes today, “as some of you may have already noticed, we’ve started going through the first steps to get the geolocation API out our… Read More

  • DIY garage door sensor

    I don’t use my garage very often, but I am a pretty forgetful person. So it’s not uncommon for me to leave my garage door open all night, revealing its precious contents to passers-by. Thankfully I haven’t been burgled yet. And now, thanks to a new instructable, I can make my own “Hey dummy, you left your garage door open” reminder system! Read More

  • The $25 Million Demo. Yext Scores A Big Round From IVP After TechCrunch50 Debut.

    Howard Lerman can be a little intense. After the CEO of Yext finished his demo at this year’s Techcrunch50 (embedded below) he left one judge “speechless,” and during rehearsals Michael took him aside and asked him, “Are you on drugs?” He wasn’t. Lerman just has the heightened dopamine levels of an entrepreneur. And he hadn’t slept for 45… Read More

  • Twitter Lists Competitors Respond: We Can All Get Along

    It looked as if Twitter may have dropped a bomb on a number of Twitter-centric third-party apps yesterday by announcing its new Lists feature. It’s a feature that Twitter really should have implemented a while ago for better filtering if nothing else, but they didn’t, and that gave rise to services like TweepML and Wefollow. So are those guys now mad about Twitter’s latest move? Read More

  • Review: Jabra Halo Bluetooth stereo headphones

    I love wireless technology and will write-off a lot of its downfalls for the advantages. For instance, it doesn’t bother me that the audio quality of the Jabra Halo is sub-par, because they are wireless and very comfortable. Plus, I can deal with a lot of connection issues if I can eventually get it to connect, but the Jabra Halo headset failed me one too many times. Read More

  • After 55 years: Panasonic pulls the plug on tube TV production

    Kids, do you remember those big, clunky things in the living room we older people called tube TVs? They are dying off. One of the world’s biggest TV manufacturers, Panasonic, announced yesterday [JP] it will stop producing those TVs after 55 years. Read More

  • TXTBlocker allows parents to block kids from texting while driving

    Texting while driving is incredibly unsafe (and making calls, for that matter). Even more so than drinking and driving, which YOU SHOULD NEVER DO, EVER. California knows it. The Obama Administration knows it. And apparently, the folks responsible for TXTBlocker know it. What is TXTBlocker, you ask? It is a new service that “lets parents and employers customize cell phones to… Read More

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