• Today on MobileCrunch

    Not reading MobileCrunch yet? Why the heck not? While a MobileCrunch post or two might make the jump over to CrunchGear each day, there’s a ton of good stuff each day that you’ll only see on that side of the fence. Here’s some stuff you may have missed on MobileCrunch today: Adobe working on Flash for iPhone, but the ball is in Apple’s court Samsung and Verizon… Read More

  • Windshield-mounted GPS units no longer outlawed in California

    [Pic Source: Marcin Wichary] Realizing that a little 6 inch obstruction on the windshield is probably a better solution than forcing people to take their eyes off the road, the State of California will once again allow windshield-mounted GPS units when the new year rolls through. Taking a break from solving economic crises and fighting crime, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put his penned blessing… Read More

  • Gnip 2.0 Launches, With A Business Model

    Gnip, the guys that are helping move data around from one social network to the next, launched v 2.0 of the service tonight. The new version of the service allows data consumers (services like Plaxo that take data from other services, like Twitter, Friendfeed, Digg, Delicious, etc.) to have data from requested users pushed to them. It’s no longer “Hey, TechCrunch just tweeted. Go… Read More

  • Penguin Ice mold makes penguins.. out of ice.

    I know, I know. The headline may be a bit repetitive. I just wanted to make sure that no one walked away from this story thinking that the Penguin Ice Box Buddy Ice Mold made kittens out of fire. Penguins out of ice, people. That’s it. I’ve never wanted something so useless so much. Look at that penguin. He’s too small to be an effective ice sculpture, but he’s too big… Read More

  • Adobe working on Flash for iPhone, but the ball is in Apple's court

    After a nearly endless stream of hearsay and rumors on the matter, Adobe has now gone on the record about Flash on the iPhone. During a presentation at the Flash on the Beach expo today in the UK, Adobe’s Senior Director of Engineering Paul Betlem mentioned that the Flash development team was actively working on a release for the iPhone, but due to the closed nature of the handset, the… Read More

  • Kind-of-wonky Nissan GT-R Transformer toys, transform and roll out!

    Toying with the fragile memories of our youth, Japanese toy maker Takara-Tomy is working on an alternative universe Transformers line of 1:32 toys called “Alternity”. In this crazy backwards universe, Optimus Prime (or Galaxy Convoy, as he’s known in Japan) masquerades as a Nissan GT-R rather than the oh-so-classic Big Rig we all know and love. As Autoblog points out, the new… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Set For Resurgence With Web Toolbar, Partner Program

    Recommendation engine StumbleUpon has been facing some tough times lately: earlier this month we reported that eBay was looking to sell the startup less than 18 months after acquiring it (the company refuses to comment). And its traffic has been showing signs of stagnation (though the number of registered users to steadily rise). But tonight, the site is launching a new feature that may… Read More

  • Sonoro crystal radio (Har har!)

    Why would Germans bling up a clock radio? We don’t know, but this $2,500 monstrosity can be yours provided you suffer from brain damage. Sonoro Audio, a German designer of high-end audio products, announced Tuesday that it is releasing a clock radio that’s decorated with about 4,000 black and white Swarovski crystallized stones. Yeah, guys. Sorry. There’s a global economic… Read More

  • The Nikon MX rumor gets a little more thick

    This Nikon ad apparently features a lens mount and camera grip that isn’t like any currently offered by Nikon. Could this be a the upcoming MX? Possibly, but it doesn’t match the last picture dug up. Or it could be a viral ad, photoshop’d by an agency to stir up buzz about the brand. Looks like it’s working. Read More

  • MPAA sues Real over RealDVD – the fools


    In yet another ridiculous and short-sighted move, “the nation’s top movie companies” have filed suit against RealNetworks due to the release of RealDVD. Oh my god. Every time I think these heads of industry can’t get any more stupid, they do something like this. What are they going to accomplish here? They’re telling consumers that they can’t back up their… Read More

  • Kim Cattrall adds her voice to TomTom, makes you hate driving

    Sorry Kim. I’m sure you’re a nice lady and all, but after being forced to sit through umpteen seasons of Sex and the City and the 3 hours of bonus drivel provided by the movie, I don’t think I could handle it. If anybody hopped in my car with your new voice pack installed on a TomTom, I would smash said TomTom with a brick. If you think you can bear your way through such… Read More

  • New ATI Radeon graphics cards do gaming on the cheap

    AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 4550 and 4350 graphics cards are a wet dream for gamers on a budget by delivering DirectX 10.1 graphics and an HDMI port with 7.1 channel audio while keeping the price low. The $55 HD 4550 is equipped with 512MB of DDR3 memory with a 96 GFLOPS of power. The smaller but still potent HD 4350 packs 256MB of memory for $39. ATI claims that this type of power has… Read More

  • MythBusters asking YouTube community for ideas

      There isn’t another website out there that serves up more modern day myths than YouTube and so MythBusters is reaching out to the YouTube community for their ideas. Adam and Jamie are asking that ideas are submitted either by replying to the video above or posting it in the MythBusters forum. I vote for the cell phone popcorn thing. My mom stopped using her cell phone ’cause of… Read More

  • Laptops to begin shipping with completely unnecessary "Mobile Broadband" badge

    Rehashing the idea set forth by all of those useless “Intel Inside” and “Designed for Windows XP” stickers that have been on laptops for years, 17 companies (including Asus, Dell, Microsoft, Lenovo, Toshiba, and 12 other heavy hitters) have banded together to bring out a new and equally useless “Mobile Broadband” sticker. What the hell is the point of… Read More

  • The Life Clock is not an appropriate retirement home timepiece

    This clock has been slowed down by 61,320 percent so each minute now represents approximately a year and the face, of course, has been renumbered for the new setting. Not a good grandparent’s birthday gift. swissmiss via designboom via onoffart Read More

  • Welcome To Bizarro World – Google Takes A Leap Back To 2001

    As part of its 10th birthday celebration, Google has opened the doors to an antiquated version of its search engine that dates back to 2001. The portal has all the trimmings from the old site, including the goofy logo (complete with exclamation point), a missing “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, and the not-so-modest claim of having indexed 1,326,920,000 web pages. It’s cool… Read More

  • Toshiba demos fast-charging battery: 90 percent in 10 minutes


    Thank you, lord. And by lord, I mean Toshiba. Now, if you believe everything you read, it appears that these new SCiB batteries last longer, charge faster, stay cooler, and survive more recharges. If I’m not mistaken, that’s an improvement on every single aspect I care about in a laptop battery. The one thing they don’t mention is price. And you can bet that if these things… Read More

  • Mac Pros allegedly causing leukemia

    According to a French newspaper, Mac Pro owners have a great risk of developing leukemia. They claim that the tower’s smell is the cause and in fact, contains a few toxins, including benzene. Several forum users have noted the smell as well (anyone notice it?), and the French AppleCare acknowledged the smell issue claiming that it should only effect computers built before 2008. Apple… Read More

  • For some reason, Dell and Paramount are preloading PCs with Iron Man

    So when you are configuring your next Dell Inspiron, Studio, or XPS system, there is going to be a $20 option to have Dell preload Iron Man on your machine. Yup. Great movie but a little strange business model. Word is that Dell is trying to get more and more studios signed on to expand the selection past this one movie. If Dell is to have their way, you should be able to purchase a slew of… Read More

  • Startups Best Positioned To Weather A Downturn

    Now that Congress has failed to bail out Wall Street, the country (and world, to a lesser extent) has begun bracing itself for nuclear winter. The technology sector is no exception, even if the Silicon Valley tends to fancy itself as immune to broader economic turmoil. As Fred Wilson points out, those startups backed by venture capitalists will fare the best during these hard times. So we… Read More

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