• LG busts into the ultraslim DVD gala

    Samsung dropped the swanky BD-P4600 Blu-ray player at CES and now it has some company – and competition – from LG. While the DV4S and DV4M are not Blu-ray players like the Samsung counterpart, the two models still hold their own with different functions and features. Read More

  • Video demo: iControlPad iPhone gaming controller

    The iPhone is a killer mobile gaming platform – so says the hardware. Controlling some of the games with the touchscreen-only can be a test of your nerdism but the iControlPad aims to bring gaming on the iPhone to the masses. It’s not available for purchase just yet but at least we have a video demo showing what the little pad can do with the Quake4iPhone app. Impressive to say… Read More

  • iGoogle Gadgets Are Getting Social Smarts

    New social features are popping up in iGoogle gadgets, those apps you can add to your personalized Google homepage. For instance, the My Google Book Search Library gadget, which lets you search books and create a personal digital library, now asks people who have OpenSocial profiles if they want to allow the gadget to “know who I am and access my profile” and “post updates to… Read More

  • Navitell Raises €2 Million For Mobile StoryTeller Software

    Belgium-based Navitell just announced it has secured €2 million (or about $2,635,000) in funding from FPIM, an investment holding company operated by the federal government. Navitell develops the StoryTeller software suite, which can be used to enrich mobile phones and PDAs with multimedia content based on the respective locations and profiles of its users. On its website, Navitell fails… Read More

  • Ableton Live 8 featured at NAMM

    Live is a great piece of software. The latest version has a lot of new features, new instruments, better workflow and easy sharing of sets between users. Maybe this time the devs will make it sound good too. Read More

  • Attention European Startups: Registrations For Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 Now Open

    We’re getting closer to Plugg, the conference that provides an overview of how the web is changing from a European perspective, organized by one of our writers from across the pond, Robin Wauters. The event will take place on the 12th of March in Brussels, Belgium, and will feature a host of top speakers from the continent, a possible 2-hour lunch, and a competition that aims to weed out… Read More

  • Native Instruments on track with the Maschine

    Last week the APC40, now the Maschine! It seems that the big pro audio companies are starting to realize what musicians need. The Maschine is the combination of a groove box and a controller. Read More

  • Lotus Notes Soon To Become Even More LinkedIn

    LinkedIn has partnered with IBM to create a new plugin that integrates its professional social network into Lotus Notes, a popular business desktop client that includes Email, calendar, and IM functionality. The plugin is making its debut to the public at Lotusphere, with plans for its release in the first half of 2009. For users who spend much of their day ‘living’ in their… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Burger Chase Edition

    For the child who’s not spoiled enough, there’s the $530 Porsche sled
    Damn, this bed is making me hungry
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  • Juniper Research: There's Money In Mobile Dating Services

    Juniper Research has just released a new report that claims the value of the mobile dating and chatroom market will grow to nearly $1.4 billion by 2013, and also pegs the total UGC market to reach $7.3 billion by the same time. The estimate is up almost half from a report by the research agency that was presented in May 2008, which said revenues from mobile dating and chat services were… Read More

  • Unwrapp Tracks Your Favorite Web Apps So You Don't Have To

    Unwrapp is a brand new application that enables you to keep on top of all the web applications you use, by notifiying you when there are new versions, features or upgrades of the services in question. Of course, you need to proactively indicate which applications you use for the tool to be useful, but Unwrapp has made this remarkably easy by offering a comprehensive directory to pick… Read More

  • TechCrunch Tablet Update: Prototype B

    It’s time for an update on the progress we’ve made on the low cost touch screen tablet that I first wrote about in July 2008 when I asked for a dead simple touch screen web tablet that boots right to the browser. Here’s our first post on the tablet, which we’re now calling the CrunchPad internally. The idea is to get a new type of device into people’s hands for… Read More

  • ChaCha CEO Has Pretty Damn Sweet 8-Monitor Computer

    Scott Jones, the CEO of human powered voice/sms search engine ChaCha (our recent coverage), has one of the awesomest computer setups I’ve seen. It can be seen, along with everything else in his house, in this MTV Teen Cribs video (also embedded below) that focuses on his fifteen year old son. For the computer, jump to the 3:25 mark. They don’t say anything about the processor, but… Read More

  • Belkin replies to Mechanical Turk shilling

    Belkin responded to the Mechanical Turk Shilling Incident (as it’s now called around the office.) Their response? “We’re sorry, we didn’t know it was going on, and we’re doing something about it.” Read the full note from Belkin’s President Mark Reynoso below. Read More

  • The Canon G9: Better than a Leica?

    I’m always a sucker for a good camera story and this one was too good to pass up. Nick Devlin brought his Leica M8 to Japan to do a little shooting and a friend suggested he carry the Canon G9, a 12-megapixel point and shoot that costs about $4500 less than the Leica M8. Read More

  • Cherrypal launches netbook line, Bing

    A GreenMaraschino Bing netbook. Really? Are all the Cherrypal models (assuming they stay in business) going to carry names stemming from various cherries? Moving on. The Bing is powered by an N720 Intel Atom proc. Cherrypal claims that the Bing is the “fastest, most affordable and least power consuming Intel Atom N270 based netbook on the market.” The Bing comes in a Windows XP… Read More

  • Recession strikes PC sales

    The sales of new PCs — desktops and laptops and netbooks — has been on the rise every quarter since the second half of 2001. That’s a lot of quarters of continued growth, and the last five years have seen an average increase of 15%. But as we enter 2009 things are starting to slow down. Read More

  • Video: iPod Touch redsn0w demo from the Dev-Team

    My Verizon dongle seems to be chorking horrendously so I can’t comment on the redsn0w demo the Dev-Team dropped earlier. But feel free to let us know what you think in comments. The release of this video also makes me think that redsn0w is coming very soon. Read More

  • Video: Woz on Apple's product development future and Steve Jobs' health

    Steve Wozniak was on a Bay Area NBC station and provided some valuable insight about Apple’s future. This is a must watch video for bored Apple fanboys on a lazy Sunday afternoon. What else do you have going on? Seriously, click the “Read Post” link for the five minute video. Read More

  • CircuitCity.com morphs into an info page

    Circuit City is gone and so is the website – for now. Circuit City was one of the first major brick and mortar stores to have an online marketplace but that tidbit doesn’t matter anymore. It’s been changed into an FAQ page about the company’s future. Just in case, you know, you’re curious about the expensive extended warranty purchased a few months ago. The… Read More

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