• Verizon's EXILIM hits stores, but it'll cost you.

    It’s been spotted a few times before, but Verizon has chosen today to officially push their new EXILIM phone out the door. Technically dubbed the C721, Casio has managed to pack quite a bit into their latest swiveller: the 5.1 megapixel camera is prime among them, and hopefully it lives up to the EXILIM pedigree. We’re talking flash, auto focus, 3x optical zoom and video… Read More

  • Scripps Networks Interactive Seeking Buyer For Comparison Service uSwitch

    Scripps Networks Interactive is actively shopping around uSwitch, a UK-focused online price comparison and switching service for home services and personal finance products, which it acquired back in 2006 for a lofty $366 million in net cash. Scripps Networks Interactive, itself spun out off E.W. Scripps back in October 2007, has engaged investment banking firm Allen & Company to assist in… Read More

  • The Motorola Rival A455 is now available – that is, if anyone wants it


    Looking for a basic QWERTY slider? Well, there are about a million and a half candidates, but Verizon now has the latest: the Motorola Rival A455. We got a sneak peak at this guy a while ago in a spy shot, and it doesn’t seem anything has changed. Read More

  • Aurora Feint To Roll Out OpenFeint 2.0, A Social Gaming Platform For The iPhone

    Aurora Feint started out as a puzzle game developer for the iPhone platform but has since evolved into the maker of a comprehensive social gaming platform dubbed OpenFeint that continues to attract independent iPhone game developers to join its rapidly growing community. Tomorrow, the startup is set to announce the roll-out of the second iteration of the platform, conveniently baptized… Read More

  • Palm Pre coming to Verizon in January?

    According to the WSJ, Verizon Wireless will begin stocking store shelves with the Palm Pre in January of 2010. That is all. Read More

  • Juniper Research: Cheap Phones Are Big Business

    A new report from Juniper Research forecasts that by 2014, annual sales of low-budget mobile devices will rise to north of 700 million units, up 22% from this year. The report goes into the various schemes that have been implemented to help ‘connect the unconnected’, or the estimated 3 billion people on the planet that do not own mobile phones. Apparently, the key to be able to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Beach Bums Edition

    Beach Cocoon: A little bit of WTF after lunch
    Exclusive: MoGo Talk Bluetooth headset for iPhone folds down to 5mm thin — we’re giving 50 away, plus a 30% discount
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  • Kiva Brings Microlending Home To U.S. Entrepreneurs In Need

    The financial crisis has made a lasting impact on small businesses around the world and here at home in the United States. With the credit crunch creating a virtual standstill of lending, small businesses in the U.S. are facing an uphill battle to find funds, especially if their financial history isn’t stellar. Kiva.org, one of the web’s most interesting innovators in the… Read More

  • Live Video From Berlin: TechCrunch Berlin Meetup

    TechCrunch Europe is holding an afternoon of presentations, panels and pitches exploring the German tech scene today, from 3pm (Berlin time) onwards. Here you’ll find the live video stream provided by Sevenload and we’re holding it at the office of Zanox. Thanks also to Gründerszene, Dwight Cribb Personalberatung and Seedcamp for their support. See below for our schedule. Update… Read More

  • Google Translator Kit: Automated Translation Meets Crowdsourcing

    Only a handful of blogs picked up on Google’s fresh Translator Toolkit, which the company launched yesterday by means of a blog post, but this new service really deserves a second look, if only because Wikimedia apparently sees the tool as something that could “change the way Wikipedia grows in other languages”. You can read an extensive review of the product over at… Read More

  • GeeksOnAPlane: Learnings From Tokyo

    Over the last two and a half days – the short window of time within which the GeeksOnAPlane group has been staying in Tokyo – I’ve attended two industry events (Tokyo 2.0 and Startonomics Japan) and talked with those who live or do business here about how web technology in Japan differs from that in the US. And while this is enough time to gain only a superficial amount… Read More

  • Video: David Fincher's iPhone 3G S TV commercial

    Apple has hired David Fincher, director of movies such as Fight Club, Zodiac or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, to direct a TV commercial for the iPhone 3G S. The 30-second spot is supposed to push the phone’s video recording feature. Fight Club cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth took over the camera work for the commercial, which was released today. Commercial after the jump. Read More

  • Intel, Yahoo And HP Cloud Computing Collaboration Open Cirrus Expands Global Footprint

    Open Cirrus, the joint collaboration on cloud computing research formed by Yahoo, Intel and HP last year, has added three new international research organizations to join the open source test bed for cloud computing research. The new research organizations that are joining Open Cirrus, include the Russian Academy of Sciences, South Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research… Read More

  • Scanner-cam hack takes 130-megapixel pictures

    A Japanese photographer/hacker has put together an interesting camera hack, essentially pairing a regular SLR lens with an enormous digital back: a flatbed scanner. The scanning head moves across the exposure area, as far as i can tell, and gets the correct exposure, which much have been a pain to work out. Like many other mega-cameras, the exposure takes a long time to finish (though for… Read More

  • Computer-related injuries on the rise: Have you ever had a computer fall on you?

    The American Journal of Preventative Medicine, in a release that is sure to get onto daytime television news and talk shows for the rest of the month, published a study that found that computer-related injuries are on the rise. But these are not the traditional carpal tunnel/too much frozen yogurt problems. It seems people, mostly kids, are tripping, falling over gear, and getting smashed… Read More

  • Seeqpod Starts Shopping Domain Name, Acquisition Talks Nearing Close

    It’s been a tumultous few months for Seeqpod, the powerful music search engine that skimmed the web for music files hosted on other servers. In March the site finally cracked under the weight of multiple lawsuits brought on by the major record companies and filed for bankruptcy protection. Then came word that it may-or-may-not have been acquired by Microsoft, though the deal still has… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile USA offers Broadband2Go service with no contract

    Using Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A network, Virgin Mobile USA announced today the launch of their wireless broadband service, Broadband2Go. When the service goes live later this month you’ll be able to purchase a Novatel Ovation MC760 USB dongle for $150 sans contract. Pay-as-you-go VM Top-Up cards can be purchased in the following increments: 100MB, 250MB, 500MB and 1GB. Here’s where… Read More

  • "Mr. Watson – come here! The Roomba's broken:" Whole home intercoms with Arduino

    This cool system uses an Arduino board and home wiring to turn your local home telephone network into an intercom. When you take the phone off the hook it disconnects from the phone line and rings all of the phones with a different cadence. When you pick up the phone you get an open line so you can talk with loved ones and burglars who have broken in anywhere in the house. Read More

  • Quick Look: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 with Wii MotionPlus

    As a longtime fan of the Tiger Woods series of golf games from EA Sports, I was quite disappointed with last year’s effort. You can read the review and yell at me if you’re so inclined, but I stand by the review. I took issue with what I called an “atrocious” putting system, the lack of realistic motion sensing for half and three-quarter approach shots, and really bad… Read More

  • WD announces the My Book Studio Edition II, Mac-ready and up to 4TB

    Today, WD announced the My Book Studio Edition II in a 4TB variety. The RAID 0 configurable dual-drive storage system works with Apple’s Time Machine and has four interfaces: eSATA, FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0. WD is touting the 4TB behemoth as an eco-friendly product because of the GreenPower drives. Read More

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