• New lighted Kindle folio lights up your e-books

    One of the biggest cons for the Kindle, and most e-ink devices for that matter, is the lack of backlighting. Some call it a feature but others, like me, find it annoying at best. There are numerous lighting solutions for e-book readers and Periscope has another to add to the fold. The company integrated a LED reading light into a folio complete with a notepad and pockets. Kind of handy for… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Nokia 500 GPS with Bluetooth for $99

    Buy.com has what I consider to be a very intriguing deal on an affordable GPS system from Nokia. Inexpensive is one thing, but the $99 Nokia 500 has two features that make it worth looking at: Bluetooth for using your phone hands-free and an FM transmitter for playing music files loaded on an SD card over your car’s stereo system. Read More

  • Comment of the Day: Nature-driven snuff films

    A unique standpoint comes from TheHoldSteady in reaction to our post on storm chasers: I live in Kansas in an older house with no storm shelter nor basement. My town was nearly hit by the same tornado that just about wiped Greensburg from the face of the earth. Given that, I despise these ’storm chasers’ who aren’t out there to warn people of danger, but are merely engaging… Read More

  • Apple says in a soft, soothing voice: Don't worry, Mac Mini lovers, all is well

    A concerned blog-reader emailed Apple’s hardware engineering chief Bob Mansfield about the Mac Mini, worried that the diminutive computer would be phased out by a cold, heartless Apple. The reply came loud and clear through Apple’s executive care saying there is no plans in the near term for an update but that the Mac Mini is not dead but just resting and updates should come soon. Read More

  • Samsung follows Sony in the development of curved OLED displays

    Sony’s razor-thin OLED display (thickness: 0.3mm) was one of the most spectacular products of the CEATEC 2008 exhibition that took place just outside of Tokyo last month. Now Samsung, after having the tech world impressed with its “flapping OLED display”, showcased a similar device during the FPD International 2008 in Tokyo. Samsung’s 15 million-color display boasts… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson gets official with the W705 Walkman phone and the MBS-900 Bluetooth speaker

    We kind of knew these two Sony Ericsson products were dropping today, and so, here are the Sony W705 Walkman phone and MBS-900 Bluetooth speaker. The quad-band W705 seems like an upgraded G705 with WiFi, YouTube access, 3.2 MP camera, and a FM radio with TrackID built-in. Plus, it has a large 2.4-inch screen along with an accelerometer for Shake Control. The whole thing is made out of a… Read More

  • Delicious: Tagging The Web For Five Years And Counting

    Delicious, the social bookmarking site that was largely responsible for making ‘tagging’ one of the defining elements in today’s web, has turned 5. The site launched back in 2003 and was one of the first companies to be profiled on TechCrunch. In December 2005 the site had its big payday when it was acquired by Yahoo, and has racked up 5.3 million users since launch. Read More

  • You can pre-order the BlackBerry Storm at Best Buy for $50

    Get thee to Best Buy as soon as possible if you want to pre-order a BlackBerry Storm, which, as we all know, is the first BlackBerry with a touchscreen. A crisp $50 bill and a smile is all that’s required to pre-order this, Verizon Wireless’ “we’re cool, too!” device. There’s the small issue of not knowing exactly what the final price will be when… Read More

  • Dual-lamp Sanyo LP-XTC50 projector announced

    The latest must-have spec in high-end projectors are dual lamps. They offer better brightness control, longer lamp life, but are somewhat hard to find. The latest from Sanyo does, however, sport the dual-lamp goodness and features the standard set of large venue projector features: 5,000 ANSI lumens, 1,100 contrast ratio, 1024 x 768 resolution, and because of the dual lamps, up to 6,000 hours… Read More

  • AT&T Bulks Up Its WiFi Coverage By Buying Wayport For $275 Million

    AT&T loves WiFi. And it knows that you love WiFi too. So it just bought up WiFi hotspot operator Wayport for $275 million in cash. The acquisition will add about 3,000 WiFi hotspots to AT&T’s network in the U.S., bringing the total to 20,000 hotspots (including those in Starbucks and McDonald’s). The company cites estimates that 300 million WiFi laptops, cell phones and… Read More

  • TEAC rolls out turntable, cassette recorder, CD recorder in retro digs

    If you happen to still have LPs laying around and have sometime to dub ’em onto a digital medium, this TEAC player might be for you. Or, if you happen to have grandparents that still enjoy their LPs and their turntable died on ’em, this TEAC player might be for your. Perhaps, you are piecing together a 1970’s-style smokers room and need an appropriate sound system to… Read More

  • xiao TIP-521: Tomy releases 5 megapixel camera with built-in printer

    Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy today unveiled a new digital camera that features a built-in printer [JP] and is ailmed at women in their 20s and 30s as well as families. The company says it will soon release more products that are based on the same technology. The so-called xiao TIP-521 comes with the following specs:
    – 5 megapixels
    – 4x digital zoom
    – 2.48-inch LCD screen
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  • Peter Thiel's Hedge Fund Enters Negative Territory In October

    Nearly every investor is hurting right now—even PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who manages the $5.2 billion Clarium Capital Management hedge fund. The fund has had a good record over the years, with a 27 percent annual return since it started in 2000. And up until June, Thiel managed to produce a 58 percent return for the year. But in the second half of the year, his bets turned sour… Read More

  • Leopard: Oki develops robot-powered office chair

    Oki has turned technology used in its leg-shaped robot “Robot Leg”, which was introduced in 2005, in a prototype office chair that is based on a human muscual mechanism. The so-called Leopard was jointly developed by Oki and Okamura, a Japanese furniture maker. The chair is supposed to help persons get out of the chair easily as well as sit and recline comfortably. The… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson gets official with the W705 Walkman phone and the MBS-900 Bluetooth speaker

    We kind of knew these two Sony Ericsson products were dropping today, and so, here are the Sony W705 Walkman phone and MBS-900 Bluetooth speaker. The quad-band W705 seems like an upgraded G705 with WiFi, YouTube access, 3.2 MP camera, and a FM radio with TrackID built-in. Plus, it has a large 2.4-inch screen along with an accelerometer for Shake Control. The whole thing is made out of a… Read More

  • Mogreet Grabs $5 Million For Mobile Video Messaging Platform

    Venice Beach, CA based Mogreet has raised a $5 million Series B funding from existing investor Draper Fisher Jurvetson Frontier and other venture capital firms such as Ascend Ventures, Black Diamond Ventures, and Spyglass Ventures. DFJ Frontier had already invested an undisclosed amount in an earlier round (estimated to be $1.2 million), and VentureBeat reported that the company… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Nighty Night Edition

    Brando retractable traffic cone
    Lull: The baby light that turns on and off as the day goes by
    Japanese university develops Ghost in the shell-like camouflage technology
    USB floppy thumb drive
    Windshield defroster with built-in timer Read More

  • European Language Startup Acquires Rival For Its Community

    Berlin-based language learning site Babbel, which won an undisclosed round of funding from German VCs KIZOO and VC-Fonds three months ago, has acquired FriendsAbroad, the older UK-based language community startup. The amount of the deal has not been disclosed but is understood to be for cash. Read More

  • Yahoo: Poor, Alone and Sad

    Six months ago Jerry Yang took the stage at the D Conference to talk about the state of his business. His painted a picture of a Yahoo that was spinning in circles with no clear future. Fast forward six months and nothing has changed. Except Yahoo has been left at the altar as Google walks away from their Yahoo search marketing deal. Except that Yahoo’s share price has eroded another… Read More

  • MySpace MyAds Product A $50 Million Business A Month After Launch

    MySpace’s self service display ad product, called MyAds, officially launched on October 12, less than a month ago. Advertisers can bypass the normal sales routine, use a Flash tool to create their own display ads, and run them on a cost-per-click basis. The minimum CPC rate is $0.25. Demand for the product was immediate and significant, we’ve heard from multiple sources close to… Read More

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