• 85% of people: "Them phones is too hard to use!"

    A recent poll of 4000 people (which is probably enough) found that a majority of them felt that mobile phones these days are too hard to set up and too hard to use. I can see that, however I think the iPhone and G1 are doing things right. Even as someone immersed in tech 24/7, I was afraid to explore the capabilities of my old phones on Verizon. Read More

  • Video startups clamour for Obama traffic with live streams

    Tomorrow will be one heck of a day for social media as people live blog, Twitter and video the inauguration ceremony of US President-elect Barack Obama live from Washington. And any self-respecting startup will be trying to get their share of the “Obamania”. Among those will be mobile video streaming pioneer Qik which has partnered with the BBC. They are asking anyone going to… Read More

  • eBay: Time to let go of a lucrative past

    It’s about time for eBay to reveal its fourth quarter income, revenues and all that to investors, and no one is expecting anything but bad news. The company’s revenue, despite increasing competition from every angle, has grown for ten years straight, but it looks like that simply wasn’t sustainable lately, and they’re going to post a decline in income. eBay is… Read More

  • Coming soon: Elevator Pitch Fridays

    Starting this week I’ll be picking a video from our TechCrunch Elevator Pitches web site to feature here, every week. Your startup can be form anywhere in Europe. The best way to get featured is to create a video no longer than 60 seconds in length, as per these instructions. A technology startup’s CEO or founder should use that time to explain the company’s products and how… Read More

  • Tiny company accuses RIM, Nokia of violating patents, wants their products banned in the U.S.

    Some five-employee company you’ve never heard of is bullying the US International Trade Commission in order to ban the importation of certain devices from the likes of RIM and Nokia. Why, you ask? Because this company thinks these foreigners have violated one or more of its patents. Just who is this knave? Find out, after a few words from our sponsor. Read More

  • Techfluff.TV Episode 6 – Direct from… Hawaii?

    Techfluff.TV Episode 6 is now out with another look at the lighter side of the tech scene. This features the Yelp vs Qype saga, an ‘interesting’ take on the start-up pitch and venture investor Alex Hoye. [TechCrunch Europe is a proud media sponsor of Techfluff.TV]. You can now download the shows as a podcast, subscribe to it on Blip.tv and on iTunes. Read More

  • If you like the oud, you'll love the Tingalin iPhone app

    Hey, shqipe shiqoje ket! Have you ever wanted to play the ancient Albanian lute called the Çifteli and never got around to visiting Albania? No? Well, Arfrim Kacaj has an app for you. The Tingalin iPhone app simulates this two-stringed instrument with absolute fidelity, going as far as to recreate the wrist-based strumming technique of the ancient Çifteli masters. As if there were any other… Read More

  • GoodGuide And Geni Land New Funding

    PEHub has reported a handful of new unannounced funding rounds based on recent SEC filings. Included among them are ancestry site Geni, which raised $5 million in Series C funding with investors including Charles River Ventures and Founders Fund. Geni’s team, which includes former PayPal exec David Sacks, is also behind TechCrunch50 winner Yammer, a Twitter-like service for businesses. Read More

  • Twingly Launches Microblogging Search Engine

    One thing we need is better search for microblogging sites like Twitter, Friendfeed and their competitors. Swedish search engine Twingly is launching just that – a new microblogging search tool – today. Use it to search a variety of sites – Twitter, Jaiku, Identi.ca, Bleeper.de, Bloggy.se and Pownce archives (since the service is now dead). They’re calling it the… Read More

  • Lotusphere 2009: IBM Attempts The Tightrope Of Open Collaboration Within Large Enterprise

    I’m at Lotusphere 2009 today through Thursday. Main announcements this morning: IBM highlighted partnerships with LinkedIn, TripIt, Skype, and Salesforce.com. On the internal side, the Notes crew demo’d very functional Blackberry integration, voice chat integrated within Notes, and a very nice browser-based UI. The emphasis was clearly on social computing and… Read More

  • DIY tripod for taking panoramic photos

    When I went travelling for the first time with my Rebel, I only had the (excellent) 50mm f/1.8 lens, which translates to a mild 85mm telephoto on my cropped sensor. You can imagine that it was difficult to take pictures of the sweeping vistas in Luxembourg and the Cinque Terre, but I think I did okay. That’s not to say I couldn’t have used a little help from a tripod like this, though. Read More

  • RIM's BlackBerry Application Storefront now accepting submissions

    “Bring us your innovative genius,” says RIM. The BlackBerry App store is slated for a spring launch (exact date has not been confirmed) and RIM announced today that they’ve sent notice to their developers to begin submitting applications. Let’s just hope the devs haven’t flown the coop in anticipation for Palm’s webOS. Click to submit Read More

  • TCUK Job of the Week: Head of Data with Songkick

    This week’s TechCrunch UK Job of the Week is for the tantalising “Head of Data” with music events startup Songkick (recently funded). They are in London and have other jobs going. Remember, it costs only £20 to post *any* kind of advert on the CrunchBoard related to your startup/business, whether it be jobs, searches for office space or requests for new projects. Every week… Read More

  • Acer announces small form factor PC, 23-inch LCD

    Look out marketplace, here comes some more Acer stuff. The company has lifted the decorative kerchief that’s been draped over a large, mysterious box to reveal a new 23-inch 16:9 HD monitor and a small form factor PC known as the Aspire X1700. Read More

  • Quick Look: Gateway UC7807u

    The UPS man just dropped off the Gateway JM30, a compact media laptop with a fairly unique feature – a round touchpad. I’ve only ever seen this sort of touchpad on Toshibas and on a few laptops from Japan, so it’s a nice little tweak. The laptop itself is consistent with Gateways more upscale line with brushed metal surfaces and a nice glossy screen. It has HDMI out –… Read More

  • Credit-Crunch Startup: SpeedSell arrives to take the hassle out of selling second-hand

    Back during Seedcamp Week in London last year I sat in the audience and when SpeedSell presented I twittered something like “I love Speedsell, I may as well go home now”. That was a bit of an off-the-cuff remark and time proved that the VCs weren’t as enthusiastic about its model (VCs want things that “scale”) as it didn’t win the final investment. But… Read More

  • Spirit Airlines attempts to collect cancellation fees from Flight 1549 passengers

    Note to self: Do not fly on Spirit Airlines. It seems that the airline is only concerned with charging fees and enforcing them blindly. Case in point is the tale of two passengers that were trying to fly to Myrtle Beach but Spirit Airlines canceled the flight. So, being the friendly company it is, the airline booked the two on Flight 1549. Now, the airline is attempting to collect fees… Read More

  • Descent Into Dumb iPhone Apps: Now You Can Have Your Own iGirl

    It was inevitable that sooner or later someone would create a virtual girl that lonely men can download to their iPhones and call their own. Today, the iGirl app (iTunes link) from Resistor Productions debuted in the iTunes Store. After recently passing 15,000 apps and 500 million downloads, what’s left? The iGirl is a female avatar trapped in your iPhone. You can make her dance or… Read More

  • 85% of people: "Them phones is too hard to use!"

    A recent poll of 4000 people (which is probably enough) found that a majority of them felt that mobile phones these days are too hard to set up and too hard to use. I can see that, however I think the iPhone and G1 are doing things right. Even as someone immersed in tech 24/7, I was afraid to explore the capabilities of my old phones on Verizon. Firstly, the interface was always just god-awful… Read More

  • Fashionable(?) wristband charges your phone

    Get right outta town, I would actually use this. It’s a somewhat unassuming wristband (looks like it’s made of rubber) that serves double duty as an emergency charger for your small devices. Read More

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