• Financial Startups Demo Their Dashboards At Finovate

    The following guest post is written by Larry Chiang, a co-founder of Duck9 who also regularly blogs for BusinessWeek. Today he is reporting from the Finovate startup conference. At the FinovateStartup conference in New York City today, it is clear that financial startups are pushing forward regardless of funding woes or a lackluster economy Companies here at Finovate center around… Read More

  • Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos Joins Benchmark As Entrepreneur In Residence

    Mårten Gustaf Mickos, former CEO of MySQL, is Benchmark Capital‘s newest Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR). Mickos served as chief executive officer for the open source database company from January 2001 to February 2008, when Sun Microsystems acquired MySQL for $1 billion. Benchmark was a relatively early investor in the company; they participated in the $20 million Series B round… Read More

  • The Eigenharp: Yeah, I don't know what's going on here either

    So this is apparently an electronic instrument, handmade in England, that has been in the works for 7 years. It seems to be a cross between a piano and a harp with a set of keys and a strip controller for handling pitch bending. It seems there’s also a built-in arranger as well as a drum machine. You can also pitch-bend the keys as you play. You can sign up for the release info at… Read More

  • Ruby-On-Rails Startup FiveRuns Acquired By WorkThink

    Ruby-on-Rails startup FiveRuns has been acquired by WorkThink, according to FiveRuns’ site. FiveRuns provides a variety of monitoring products for Ruby on Rails and related open source and commercial systems. Built on Rails and delivered as a hosted service, FiveRuns’ products manage the complete Rails application lifecycle — from installation to production. Products… Read More

  • Dropbox Meets The iPhone; Access Files On The Go

    Dropbox, the easy to use file access manager which syncs your files across all your computers and the web, has introduced an iPhone application to make it even easier to access your files anywhere in the world. After almost 7 weeks of waiting, Apple has finally approved the application. With this new iPhone app, users will get access to all their Dropbox documents, PDF’s, pictures… Read More

  • FOTOBOX Plus promises dead simple photo slideshow creation

    Interesting. This little doodad is called FOTOBOX Plus. It’s an $80 USB apparatus that reads SD cards from your digital camera. The idea is that you take a bunch of photos on your digital camera and then pop the SD card into the FOTOBOX Plus, which goes into your computer’s USB port. At that point, built-in slideshow software builds an automatic slideshow from your photos. Read More

  • Apps For Everything: Apple Continues To Try To Improve App Discovery

    Apple today has rolled out a new series of pages on the iPhone section of its website called “Apps For Everything.” The idea here is to create an easy way for consumers to find apps based around certain categories that they may be interested in. The categories are: Read More

  • Video: Curb Your Enthusiam illustrates how hard it is to open a box in the year 2009

    My sincerest apologies for not putting this on here sooner, but I’ve been busying Warsong Gulch. Anyhow, here we have one of the funniest men on Planet Earth (along with Louis CK and Ron Bennington), Larry David, in the opening scene of this week’s episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, dealing with something that we’ve all had to deal with: opening that damn plastic shell that… Read More

  • With oDesk's iPhone App, Bosses Can Now Monitor Workers From The Beach

    Startup oDesk was voted as a TechCrunch50’s demopit winner thanks to the launch of a new iPhone application that allows project administrators to monitor the work stream of their team members while they’re on the go. Today, oDesk’s free app is available on the App Store. The stream features photos of your team’s workplace, keystroke events, and lets you know when… Read More

  • Epson Japan announces Dreamio projector with built-in DVD player

    Only very few home electronics companies dare selling projectors housing a DVD player. There’s a good reason for this: The things aren’t really a picnic for the eyes, as this example from last month shows. And even established brands like Epson fail to deliver well-designed hardware in this niche. Case in point: Their new dreamio EH-DM30 [JP]. Read More

  • Paperboy: The Movie is actually a better idea than Hollywood’s had in years

    With the Hollywood Creative Machine (TM) officially out of new movie ideas, we’ve had to sit through countless craptastic remakes of movies about toys from the 80’s. While the above trailer for “Paperboy: The Movie” will likely never go into full production, you never know which junior-level assistant to the assistant to the associate producer might actually pitch it… Read More

  • T-Mobile Moto CLIQ to cost $200 on a two-year contract

    Even after the pre-sale countdown for the Moto CLIQ began this morning, we were left with two burning questions: How much would it cost, and when would we get’em? Fortunately, T-Mobile didn’t leave us hanging for too long. According to the press release that just hit the wire, Moto’s Android-flavored, QWERTY-packin’ baby is going to set us back $200 bucks alongside a… Read More

  • The VC, The Professor, And The Valley Of Death

    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Vivek Wadhwa, an entrepreneur turned academic. He is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School and Executive in Residence at Duke University. Follow him on Twitter at @vwadhwa. Everyone seems to be waiting for the next great discovery which will change the world. But, believe it or not, the next Internet… Read More

  • Review: iStoragePro iT4UFER and a contest

    Storage is cheap, and just keeps getting cheaper. I remember buying my first 250 megabyte hard drive, and paying just under a dollar per meg. Now we’re approaching multi-terabyte drives at retail stores for extremely reasonable prices. The age old problem, though, is how to protect all that precious data. RAID solutions have been around for a long time, but the consumer-grade… Read More

  • Hanvon's Windows 7 tablet proves someone's been listening

    The general consensus online is that everyone want a tablet computer with a small footprint and simple design. Right? Well, Hanvon (who?) might be onto something. The 8.9-inch slate device is somewhat hot. It has a glossy black front screen while the rest is clad in aluminum. The Windows 7 install supports multi-touch gestures and seems responsive. Specific details about CPU type and battery… Read More

  • Mac Mini and iMacs to be in short supply, update coming soon?

    Apple has apparently told its direct-sales partners like the Apple Stores not to order new iMacs or Mac Minis and don’t expect any more shipments either. This can mean only one of two things: Apple is going bankrupt or there are new models coming real soon. Read More

  • VholdR ups its ContourHD action-cam up to 1080p

    It was only a couple months ago that you all thrilled to the reasonably fast and extremely loud video adventures of Mister Ha. VholdR decided that 720p wasn’t good enough for rattly rolls through Stuyvesant Town, so they’ve updated the ContourHD to go up to 1080p. Other than the resolution upgrade there doesn’t seem to be anything changed, but to hear Peter tell it… Read More

  • DoubleTwist Remakes Apple's Classic 1984 Ad With A New Dictator: Steve Jobs

    On January 22, 1984 during the third quarter of the SuperBowl, Apple broadcast one of the most famous television commercials of all time. Based on a dystopian future George Orwell described in his novel 1984, the ad features a procession of soulless drones trudging into a large room to listen to the unquestioned words of their dictator whose face is being projected on a large screen. … Read More

  • iPhone comes to Vodafone as well as Orange – App devs start your engines

    Boom! Orange will sell the iPhone 3G/3GS in the UK. Boom! Vodafone will sell the iPhone 3G/3GS in the UK. It’s a double whammy for Apple in a key European market, one which, under incumbent O2, has seen iPhone sales soar to a million handsets, while rivals have lost customers and revenue as people eat up all that data using iPhone apps and surfing the mobile web. O2’s monopoly is… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Nintendo Wii for $175 (plus an extra 15% cash back if you use Bing)

      No time for pleasantries here, as this is probably going to sell out quickly. First, Dell is selling the Wii for $175 with free next-day shipping. Second, if you search for Dell through Bing.com and use Bing’s cash back program, you can get 15% of your purchase back. People over on FatWallet are reporting getting the deal down to around $150 or so, although your mileage may… Read More

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