• The Media Bundle Is Dead, Long Live The News Aggregators

    Here we go again. The newspaper industry is blaming online news aggregators for its dwindling profits and inability to adapt to a world of links and truly-free flowing information. (They like it when information flows freely into their pages, but not so much when it flows out). On Thursday, paidContent ran an essay by media consultant Arnon Mishkin called “The Fallacy Of The Link… Read More

  • Our Mac Chromium Updater: Stay Up To Date On The Best Versions Of Chrome For Mac

    We’ve been gushing for weeks now about the latest Chromium builds for Mac. Every day, they seem to get better. The problem is that every day, several updates are released and you have to manually go to the site and scroll down a long list to find the newest version to download. So we’ve made an application that allows you to easily ensure that you have the latest version at all… Read More

  • Facebook 3.0 For iPhone Submitted. Now Let's Count The Days Until It's Available

    Facebook has submitted v. 3.0 of their iPhone application to Apple, Joe Hewitt says via Twitter: “Just uploaded Facebook for iPhone 3.0 to the App Store for review. :)” Hewitt also says he’ll post screen shots and more detais on this Facebook page for the iPhone app next week, and that he’s looking forward to getting started on v. 3.1 tomorrow. We’ve been tracking… Read More

  • NSFW: Two magicians, three cups and one lesson your boring product must learn from Penn and Teller

    “Are Penn and Teller really launching a product at TechCrunch 50?” As I typed the message to Arrington, I could barely contain my glee. For a few strange years, starting towards the end of my teens, I worked as a magician – making good money and impressing girls by turning card tricks at corporate dinners and in fancy restaurants. It’s a long story, but one strangely… Read More

  • The 35 Best iPhone Apps Of The Year (So Far)

    This guest post was written by Alex Ahlund, founder of AppVee. AppVee has been doing in-depth reviews of applications since the launch of the App Store and will soon celebrate our one-year anniversary with nearly 1,000 video reviews of the top applications. We’re often asked if we are overwhelmed with the number of applications currently released and the number we are capable of covering. Read More

  • Saturday iPod/iPad rumors, fresh like your mom's cookies

    Good afternoon and welcome to Chez Apple Rumors. Your first lunch course will be an iPod Touch with a camera followed by the accidental insertion of something called the IPAD into a survey for Borders Books. Can I get anyone anything to drink? So we begin this Eng video of the iPod Touch with camera that we talked about this week. It’s apparently a prototype model that was ground to bits… Read More

  • NSFW: Two magicians, three cups and one lesson your boring product must learn from Penn and Teller

    “Are Penn and Teller really launching a product at TechCrunch 50?” As I typed the message to Arrington, I could barely contain my glee. For a few strange years, starting towards the end of my teens, I worked as a magician – making good money and impressing girls by turning card tricks at corporate dinners and in fancy restaurants. It’s a long story, but one strangely… Read More

  • Coincidence? Three Interesting Things About 345 Spear Street, San Francisco

    It’s the location of Google’s San Francisco office (floors 2-4) It’s the location of the Secret Service’s San Francisco field office (floors 5-6) And someone who works there has a license plate that says “Drunk” Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to theorize how these three facts form the backbone of a massive worldwide conspiracy. Feel… Read More

  • Phil Schiller Is A Man On A Mission: To Save The App Store

    As Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, you’d have to imagine that Phil Schiller is a pretty busy guy. He’s also been moonlighting as Apple’s keynote speaker during Steve Jobs’ medical leave of absence. But now it’s really starting to look as if Schiller has taken on another task: App Store savior. We’ve already talked at… Read More

  • Gmail Nudges Past AOL Email In The U.S. To Take No. 3 Spot.

    Good thing Gmail is out of beta. It is now the third largest Web mail service in the U.S. In July, Gmail nudged past AOL Email with 37 million unique visitors compared to 36.4 million for AOL, according to comScore estimates. (Gmail is the orange line in the chart below). That puts Gmail within sight of the No. 2 player, Windows Live Hotmail, which has 47 million unique visitors. After… Read More

  • Leica à la carte lets you customize your M-series

    If the only thing keeping you from getting a Leica was the non-interactive buying process, then you’re in luck. Leica’s new “à la carte” service lets you configure a new Leica from scratch, changing everything from the paint finish to the viewfinder magnification. Of course, there’s no way to skimp and get a “bare bones” Leica for some special… Read More

  • Low cost synth has four analog voices

    So this is weird. This is a Dave Smith synth for $799 with four analog voices. The device, called the Tetra, lets you play straight through with a MIDI keyboard or use the synth via USB to program your own sound. Read More

  • iPod Touch camera re-re-re-re-confirmed

    I considered it a sure thing when we first wrote about it back in July, but in the Apple reporting spirit (that is, writing about things we have known for a long time), here are some pictures and video showing what appears to be an iPod Touch with a camera on the back. Shock!! Read More

  • Sega goes democratic: vote for the next Genesis port now!


    Having old-school games running perfectly on a console is one of the perks of this generation of gaming hardware. It wasn’t too long ago that the emulation scene was the only way to get 16-bit stuff running on your Dreamcast or whatever that thing was, Gamestation 2 or something. But now, not only do we get classic games for a few bucks, but we get to tell the companies which we want… Read More

  • Guess why the big ISPs have refused broadband stimulus money

    There’s two ways to look at the story that many of the country’s biggest ISPs have refused government stimulus money for broadband infrastructure investment. One, the ISPs patently don’t need the money, and are more than capable of delivering broadband to as many Americans as possible with their own capital. Two, the ISPs could use the money, but they’d prefer not to… Read More

  • Underwater iPhone case? Why not?

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    Too fun to pass up. This ridiculous review of a diving case for your iPhone or iPod touch mainly gets a pass because Joel from BBG watches Kings of Power 4 Billion % while underwater. It costs a mint, functions passably well, but in… Read More

  • Tapulous's Cash Cow Tap Tap Revenge 3 Is Almost Here

    It’s been a long time coming, but it’s almost here: Tapulous is putting the finishing touches on Tap Tap Revenge 3, the next installment of its wildly sucessful iPhone music game. The game, which is best described as a “Guitar Hero for the iPhone”, will feature in-game song purchases, which were finally enabled with the release of the iPhone 3.0 software update in June. Read More

  • Tiny Hummingbot can now stay in the air for a full 20 seconds

    Looks like the Robocalypse is going to have to wait on battery technology. The Hummingbot/Hunter-seeker we saw last month has improved somewhat, and is now capable of more than falling while flapping its wings. It can, in fact, hover in a controlled fashion for up to 20 seconds. If you’re quick, that’s enough time to get it through the ducts and assassinate the Kwisatz Haderach… Read More

  • North America-bound GSM Palm Pre spied and certified


    It’s been spotted on holiday in Vietnam, and companies from Spain and the United Kingdom have already snapped it up for local consumption, but the elusive GSM Palm Pre has been noticeably inconspicuous on its own home continent. Well, not so anymore: a gifted internet detective found telltale signs that the beloved Son of Sunnyvale is coming back home, draped in much-awaited GSM garb. Read More

  • Zune HD TV interface: slick as hell

    It looks like the Zune HD’s aspirations go beyond simply showing HD video on your TV. It is, in fact, a home theater PC in your pocket. I don’t to sound like I’m shilling here, but it really is a pretty serious advance in PMPs, unless (and this is certainly possible) there are ones already doing this equally well over in South Korea or Japan. It looks quick, sharp, and easy… Read More

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