• Mooon+ cellphone and its detachable Bluetooth earpiece

    [photopress:mooooon.jpg,full,center] Not to take anything away from today’s other big cellphone news, but you may want to sit down for this. This particular phone, the Mooon+, which is currently just a concept, one-ups the iPhone by having a built-in, detachable Bluetooth dongle. (Of course, the iPhone, in turn, one-ups the Mooon+ by being real.) To me, it sorta looks like a cross between… Read More

  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's car list finalized; is yours on there?

    Check out the fat, finalized list of cars available in GT5:Prologue. I can say with authority that I’m pretty awful at driving sims, but I’m formidable at Need For Speed. From this list, I’d say my favorites are:
    Domestic: 2005 Subaru WRX STI Spec C
    Exotic: Audi R8 4.2 (semi-exotic I guess)
    You’ll find the whole list after in the Read More or via the via. Gran Turismo… Read More

  • Samsung cancels dual HD-DVD/Blu-ray player

    [photopress:samsung_hd_dvd_blu_ray_players.jpg,full,center] If you’re like me, you love yourself some home theater setup, and Blu-ray is likely your next purchase, if you haven’t already bought a player. Samsung been playing both sides of the court and was set to release a duo HD-DVD/Blu-ray player, but now has wisely decided against it. Samsung has always been a backer of Blu-ray… Read More

  • RIM responds to Apple iPhone SDK announcement

    [photopress:apple_iphone_blackberry_pearl.jpg,full,center] We called up our contacts at RIM, makers of the Blackberry, to get an official response regarding today’s announcement that the iPhone is going enterprise. RIM had a lot to say about the unwelcome new competition, summing it up nicely: RIM typically does not comment on other companies’ products or announcement. Oh, OK. Read More

  • Bluetrek Blizz: A tiny, tiny Bluetooth headset for small-minded people

    [photopress:blizz.IMG_1619.JPG,full,pp_image] This tiny headset charges via your USB port and can hold a MicroSD card for storage, just like a USB key. It includes a little USB cable and a car charger. Bluetrek sells quite a bit of product in the US now and this should be arriving on our shores shortly once they sew up a distribution deal. The storage part of the device makes some sense… Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Radeon X1950 for $99

    Check it out: I saw this X1950, which was one of the last and best DirectX 9 cards, featured on Tom’s Hardware’s Best Gaming Cards for the Money feature. They said they had it at Newegg for $89, but Newegg has removed that deal. Fortunately, a relatively reputable dealer has a similar deal. This is a steal of a price, you would normally be paying around $175 for one of these things. Read More

  • Video: Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" is geeky, but dumb

    Where does a video like this come from? I’m sure it went down like this. Steve: Guys, we need an idea for Mariah’s next video. Mike: I’ve got it! We dress her up in sexy clothes, maybe in a nightclub, and she dances, we’ll get some guest dancers. Dave: Sure! Mike: Nope, we have to do better than that. Read More

  • Video: SuperTooth Voice, hands-free Bluetooth kit

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash&file=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash&brandlink=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2F%3Futm%5Fsource%3Dspbrandlink&brandname=blip%2Etv&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Product Page Read More

  • Cellphone now most irreplaceable item for most most Americans

    [photopress:pewcell.jpg,full,center] More Americans would have a hard time giving up their cellphone than giving up the Internet or TV. That’s what a Pew study found, at least. Six years ago, most people said that giving up a landline telephone would be the hardest technology to give up. The results show that 51 percent of Americans would have the toughest time giving up their… Read More

  • Cheers: Amazon To Enter Wine Business

    Amazon is to starting selling wine from its site to US customers. According to FT.com, Amazon is currently looking to recruit a senior wine buyer who will be responsible for “the acquisition of a massive new product selection.” Online alcohol sales have been a difficult market in the United States due to the multitude of laws in relation to online alcohol sales in different states. Read More

  • Video: Our reality is augmented

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F728082&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Biggs and I both thought this was some magical display, but we soon realized it wasn’t Harry Potter whipping up magical spells from somewhere. Read More

  • University replicates in Second Life. Lazy students rejoice.

    Ok, it’s not strictly news about startups, but it’s still interesting that Sussex University has built a replica of its campus in Second Life. Students can now fly around to visit the Library or attend online seminars inside the replica. Let’s hope their avatars don’t fall asleep in the lecture. At least they now need never leave their college room at all. But… Read More

  • iPhone SDK: What does this mean for jailbreakers, suits?

    Information, as they say, wants to be free. This was the driving force behind the effort to jailbreak and write software for the iPhone. It is my suspicion, but this has never been proven, that most of the jailbreak and homebrew efforts has been clandestinely supported by Apple developers, ensuring a strong base of code even before the SDK was a glimmer in Steve’s eye. After all, the… Read More

  • Video: Hands on with the Samsung G400

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F728059&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Biggs and I struggled with the external display’s touchscreen for a few seconds and almost gave up on it, but… Samsung G400 Read More

  • iPhone 2.0: Enterprise Ready. Developer Ready.

    Apple made a number of major announcements today around the iPhone. We live blogged the event if you want to see all of the details. But if you want a summary of the important parts, read on. Two things happened worth noting. First, the iPhone is no longer just a really fun phone/Internet device. It now supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, meaning it can hold its own against any other… Read More

  • Zopa to launch in Japan

    Social lending site Zopa is to launch in Japan, following its expansion to the US and Italy from its UK base. The site, three years old today, has attracted around £18 million of funding, including that from Benchmark Capital, which has also invested in US competitor Prosper. Zopa is an online marketplace where people meet to lend and borrow money. With no bank in the middle, both parties… Read More

  • Pikum secures £2.6m in funding

    Pikum, a UK-based online social gaming start-up, has secured a £2.6m investment from Virgin USA. Pikum is in stealth mode, building a platform for a new kind of betting game created and played between friends online. Competitors are likely to include Party Gaming, 888, Betfair and Tradesports. Users can choose to play for fun or money. Pikum is the brainchild of 28-year old American… Read More

  • Dailymotion hires ex-Googler as first UK MD

    Kate Burns, ex Google UK director (and Google’s first ever employee outside the US), has been hired as the first UK MD for Paris-based video upload site Dailymotion. The site is pushing for UK video and display ad inventory and attract advertisers via an agency, as well as extend its MotionMaker scheme for semi-pro producers. DailyMotion is after quality content, but then… Read More

  • Mobile ad platform wins £2m funding

    Scotland -based Rapid Mobile Media, a startup mobile ad platform, has won £2 million ($4 million) in a second round of funding from US VC firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA). It was joined by Alliance Trust Equity Partners (ATEP) as new investors in the company, along with existing investors Pentech Ventures and Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Venture Fund. The money will be used to… Read More

  • BlinkBox overhauls site

    BlinkBox, a UK startup which allows users to overlay a video clip with a personalised message, has had a site overhaul and new UI ahead of a “full” launch in April. (Hell, it looks pretty launched to me?). The idea is that the video prompt the recipient to buy or rent the movie/show. All the content is pre-approved for use by the rights-holders and is heavily DRM’d. BlinkBox… Read More

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