• The BlackBerry Storm has issues – at least six of them, in fact

    With hype comes scrutiny. Build consumer interest in a device up to that which Verizon has built the BlackBerry Storm, and you’re bound to hear the complaints. The Storm has been on the shelves for less than a week, and forums around the web are already littered with word of reproach. A list of the issues that RIM has recognized as software flaws has been passed out to Verizon employees… Read More

  • As Holiday Sales Look Grim, Amazon and eBay Are On A Collision Course

    With economic recession in the air and layoffs everywhere, the outlook for online retail sales looks grim this holiday season. So far in November, online sales are 4 percent less than last year. Online retailers Amazon and eBay will be fighting for every last Christmas dollar. The two look more and more alike these days, as eBay seeks growth beyond the mom-and-pop auction sellers that… Read More

  • Contest: Get you some e-mail, win a Peek!

    Target sure loves CrunchGear and we love them for throwing down two Peek e-mail devices (review) for us to giveaway. Now don’t go scoffing about just because it’s not some hotsy-totsy-hotdoggin-showboatin gadget. Not everyone has access to e-mail on their phone and chances are you know some of them. Here’s your chance to hook them up for the upcoming holidays or feel free… Read More

  • Why Microsoft should make the ZunePhone

    The Zune phone rumor is rearing its nasty Steve Ballmer head again thanks to a CNBC report talking about a device codenamed, “Pink.” Instead of simply dismissing this old rumor again, it might have some truth to it as the mobile world has changed significantly since the last time a ZunePhone rumor circulated. The iPhone is the U.S.’s best selling mobile phone of all… Read More

  • Review: De Profundis

    Quick Version: Mail-based role-playing for those who love the sound of many-tentacled hellbeasts in the darkness. Read More

  • TechCrunch's New Search Engine: Powered by Yahoo BOSS

    About a week ago we soft-launched a new search engine for TechCrunch, the first to be built and deployed using Yahoo’s new BOSS Custom technology (otherwise known as “BOSS vertical lens”, as Yahoo called it in its announcement today). The new TechCrunch Search is considerably more powerful than WordPress’s default search capabilities. For one, you can now search across… Read More

  • Pixel Qi developing tech for longer mobile battery life

    While the world is still waiting for the $75 laptop, the same company is working on a raising cell phone and notebook battery life to 20-40 hours. We’re not dogging Pixel Qi for trying to develop killer tech, but all it seems the start-up is good at is writing press releases at this time. As for the laptop battery life, it’s extended due to a new screen technology that reduces… Read More

  • The Canon 5D Mark II stars in another movie


    PDNPulse found Vincent Laforets latest short flick shot with Canon’s latest HD camera. Again, the visuals are stunning and remember that this was captured on a DSLR, not a “true” video camera. Click the image above to watch the video. It’s a perfect marriage of style, artistry, and great glass. Read More

  • The Leipzig: An analog synth in a digital world


    This cool looking synth, call the Leipzig is completely analog all the way out to the MIDI out, creating odd noises using only the technology your dad would have used in his college band. You can tweak all of the sounds with the built-in knobs and slider and the keyboard lets you ad Moog-ification to almost any song. Read More

  • Shaun White contest winners!

    Sorry about the delay, folks. I’m in Korea this week and find myself with zero Wi-Fi access. Strange considering this is one of the most wired (‘wired’ being the operative word here) countries in the world. Anyway, without further ado the winners of the Target Limited Edition Shaun White Snowboarding for Xbox 360 winners are… Read More

  • Are you doorbusting this Black Friday?

    Most agree that this years Black Friday so-called deals kind of.. well.. suck. Sure, there are a few Blu-ray players around the $150 mark and Wal-Mart has an old Magnavox for $128. Every retailer has a $99 GPS along with a wide selection of cheap flash memory, but those are not worth sleep deprivation alone. Best Buy is trying to pawn off a 50-inch 720p plasma and Circuit City’s… Read More

  • SEC Outlines Its Reasoning For Shutting Down P2P Lender Prosper

    Last month, peer-to-peer lender Prosper stopped all new lending on its site because of scrutiny by the SEC. Prosper agreed to register under the Securities Act, a process which can take months. Yesterday, the SEC issued its formal cease-and-desist letter (embedded below or download PDF), outlining its reasoning for characterizing Prosper as a seller of investment, something prosper had… Read More

  • Japan chooses 2008's best robots (photo gallery)

    Last year’s Grand Prize winning robot There should be no doubt that Japan is the world’s leading nation when it comes to the production and promotion of robots of all kinds. Each year, Nippon’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) chooses a handful of robots it thinks are especially cool and gives them the so-called Robot Award [JP]. The ministry yesterday announced… Read More

  • TechCrunch/LeWeb Party: last tickets available

    TechCrunch will host a party closing LeWeb conference next December 10th in Paris. About 600 hundred people will enjoy an open bar and live music in a relaxed atmosphere after two days of intense conference (All details are here). This party will be also accessible to non participants to LeWeb. The last tickets for the party are available now (if you have a pass for LeWeb conference, you do… Read More

  • Hubbub launches FriendFeed desktop app

    This week a new UK startup, Hubbub (note the .me domain), launches a new kind of desktop application for the semantic web, built on top of FriendFeed. That’s an interesting diversion for the UK. Many services coming out of the UK and Europe have been built on top of Twitter, not FriendFeed, although the latter is being tipped for big things next year by key commentators such as… Read More

  • You're doing it wrong: Motorola astroturfs just about everyone

    Joel at BBG has found a bunch of threads from MGOODE08, apparently a shill for Motorola who posts comments to gadget sites about the Motorola Krave. I’m so glad my boss isn’t like that! I’m working with Motorola right now, and became a huge fan of the Krave (motorola.com/krave). I especially like the full touch screen display and html web browser. It’s awesome! And… Read More

  • Columbia Pictures ready to stream on Xbox 360

    Conspiracy or not, Sony-owned Columbia Pictures movies are mostly good to go from Netflix to the Xbox 360. Initially the studio claimed that licensing was to blame for the restricted access but apparently the proper papers have been pushed ’cause most Columbia flicks can now be played with the notable exceptions of Walk Hard and Bad Boys. Chances are those will be available soon. Read More

  • Hot lunch bag: Thanko now sells USB lunch box warmers

    More USB silliness from Japan-based gadget company Thanko. This time the company, which brought us things like heated USB keyboards and slippers, offers the so-called hot lunch bag [JP], a USB-powered device that’s designed like a bag and supposed to keep your food warm. It measures 140x200x90mm and will keep at 60 degrees Celsius all day. Hopefully Thanko will list this fantastic piece… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Drobo on the cheap

    Just in time for the economic downturn and holidays, Drobo has announced they’ve slashed prices on their 2TB and 4TB packages. Many thanks to Western Digital for providing the Drobo folks with 1TB GreenPower drives on the cheap. The price of the driveless Drobo remains the same, but the 2TB bundle is now $749 while the 4TB giant is $999. But, Drobo didn’t think that was good enough… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Peek now $80 at Target.com

    That little e-mailing doodad winning all sorts of awards lately is now $80 at Target.com (not sure about in-store) for a limited time. If the current economic conditions in America restrict you from parting with $80 then check back around 11 AM EDT for your chance to win one of two Peek e-mail devices. Aqua
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