• University of Tokyo unveils robot that does household chores, learns from mistakes

    In cooperation with Toyota, the Information and Robot Technology Research Initiative, a research body of prestigious University of Tokyo, has developed a robot that handles household chores [JP, PDF]. The humanoid was demonstrated to Japanese media last week and was able to clean up rooms, put away dishes from tables, open and close doors and do the laundry. The so-called “Home… Read More

  • Round-up: Top 5 of the cutest Japanese gadgets of the last 2 weeks

    Japan released a number of super-cute gadgets and electronic devices in the last days. Here are the top five. Top 5: Fragrance case for earphones Marubeni Infotech has announced the “Fragrance Case for Earphone” [JP], a small box made of aluminum tailor-made for the “Y” part of any given earphone. The box is filled with scented cotton that emits a nice smell while… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Gift Trax Edition

    New alarm clock shaped like a railroad crossing sign wakes you up with annoying signals
    Canon Japan sells super-cute Hello Kitty-branded Selphy photo printer
    Best. Gaming. Halloween. Costume. Ever.
    Q-Train: Takara Tomy sells super-cute, remote-controlled toy trains
    Floppy disk gift tags for tagging your boxes of gift floppies Read More

  • Google Earth Comes To The iPhone, And It's Awesome

    Color me impressed: Google has released a custom Google Earth application for the iPhone, and it’s stunning. The Google Earth geographical software has been altered to make maximum use of the iPhone’s screen and functionality. You’re able to tilt the device to adjust your view when browsing mountainous terrain, use the ‘Location’ feature to jump right to where you… Read More

  • Project Playlist Gets Tangled In MySpace Music CEO Search

    Project Playlist is one of the many online music services that have popped up over the last few years. It’s both a search engine and a playlist generator – users search for music that’s located on third party websites and then create playlists which can be embedded elsewhere. The legality of music search engines is far from clear, as we’ve written about earlier. The… Read More

  • PluggedIn Connects With iJustine For Online Music Show

    PluggedIn, a startup that we likened to a Hulu for music videos, has launched a new twice-weekly video program called “PluggedIn 5” featuring popular video blogger iJustine. The site, whose investors include actor Will Smith, is looking to capitalize on the lack of music content on television channels like MTV and will be presenting a handful of music videos based on a weekly… Read More

  • TuneCore Takes $7 Million To Help Artists With Digital Sales

    Despite our bumpy history with TuneCore, we’re big fans of their business model: they help artists get digital distribution of their music on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, napster, eMusic and other online music sites without the trouble of going through a distributor. A recent deal with iLike expands their footprint further. Basically, TuneCore is the place to go if you are unsigned but… Read More

  • Macs getting Netflix "Watch Instantly" with Silverlight


    Remember Silverlight? Well, Netflix is putting Microsoft’s video playback system to good use by offering “Watch Instantly” functionality under OS X “by the end of the year.” Since “Watch Instantly” was introduced about two years ago Macintosh and Linux users have been complaining bitterly about Netflix’s failure to offer the service on their… Read More

  • Guy proposes to his girlfriend with hacked Chrono Trigger ROM

    Oh man, this is deeply nerdy. This fellow Phill’s girlfriend was playing Chrono Trigger using an SNES emulator, and he hacked the ROM she was using, adding an entire new area (“Koma Kulshan,” an old name for Mt. Baker, I’m guessing this guy is from the NW like me) filled with NPCs acting out the couple’s favorite memories. At the end, there is apparently going to be… Read More

  • Qik Finally Brings Its Live Video Streaming To Blackberry

    Qik, a startup that allows you to stream live video to the web directly from your phone, has launched support for RIM’s incredibly popular Blackberry platform. The software is currently available in an alpha state (so don’t be surprised if you encounter bugs), and includes support for the Blackberry Bold and Pearl (other phones, like the Flip and Curve, will be available in a… Read More

  • MySpace Gives Up On The Netherlands

    According to several sources, MySpace has decided to throw in the towel with regards to its expansion in The Netherlands. The social networking site had opened up an Amsterdam office merely 9 months ago but has now announced it will shut it down and move the Benelux operations over to its Berlin office. In February 2008, shortly after its official launch in Holland, word got out that MySpace… Read More

  • Is Your Username Taken? Usernamecheck Will Tell You.

    Most people tend to register the same username when signing up for services, for obvious reasons. Your username is your personal identity and most people don’t need more than one. It’s also easier to remember. But one thing that is becoming increasingly difficult to remember, with so many new Web services sprouting up ever day, is which services you have signed up for… Read More

  • Sling.com To Launch On November 10

    SlingMedia’s ambitious new video portal, Sling.com, is set to launch on November 10, we’ve heard (the original launch date was November 3, but was pushed back for some reason). The site, which is currently in private beta, brings in videos from Hulu, CBS and other sites, providing a very comprehensive group of TV shows and films. And users can also access their own home… Read More

  • A Day in Our Life

    There’s a quickening in the air as some big players come to the table with broad initiatives. Last night at Neil Young’s Bridge concert, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff came back from a trip to Young’s dressing room and murmured something to the effect that something amazing was about to happen. He was right: Young’s set climaxed with a stunning version of the Beatles’… Read More

  • US Army discovers Twitter, sees terrorist ties, wonders why @JasonCalacanis won't follow it

    A report by US Army Intelligence points to Twitter, GPS devices, and voice changing software as potential “terrorist tools.” Friend of CG, Noah Shachtman, posted the report on Danger Room noting that intelligence services have said that everything from MMORPGs to garage door openers could be potentially dangerous to Americas precious bodily fluids. They note: “Twitter was… Read More

  • iPhone 3G baseband almost cracked, carrier independence imminent

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    3G Baseband Tool from iphonedev on Vimeo. The wizards at the iPhone-Dev Team have just about cracked the iPhone baseband which means carrier unlock is almost upon us. What does this mean? Sadly, not much. The iPhone is still physically… Read More

  • MySpace Tests Profile 2.0 With Drag And Drop Interface

    MySpace continues to clean up the look and feel of its site with the launch of a new profile and editor. It’s not ready for mainstream U.S. use yet, so they’ve unleashed it on Canadian users for testing (anyone can try it out though, see below). This is the next stage in their ongoing effort to make the site more usable for people who aren’t comfortable with a no-rules… Read More

  • More Android Video Reviews (Barcode Scanners, Skype Client, Drawing)

    Since most of you don’t have an Android G1 phone, we are featuring some video reviews from the AppVee crew to show you what you are missing (or not, depending on your point of view). You can watch the first ten video reviews in an earlier post. Below are five more, two of which are on my top ten (ShopSavvy and iSkoot for Skype). One of the most potentially useful set of apps on Android… Read More

  • A Missed Opportunity – Britney On Twitter

    Apparently it is true, Britney Spears is on Twitter, and while the transparency of her new media outreach has been questioned, having a celebrity of her magnitude using your service is undoubtedly a good thing. Only, it could have been so much more. You see, for Britney, Twitter is just another stop on the social media PR train — blog, MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, et. al. Twitter… Read More

  • LateCrunch – The TechCrunch Party For Euro Startups

    What’s a good strategy when about 1,000 developers and startups converge on one point? Throw a Techcrunch party of course. So it was with some relish that we threw an end of conference networking event for startups following the Web 2.0 Expo Europe O’Reilly conference in Berlin this week. We called it LateCrunch, opened up tickets and over 300 people turned up. But, there was method… Read More

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