• Video: First look at the BlackBerry 9630

    If the Internet rumors are correct, and when are they not, the BlackBerry Niagara 9630 should be hitting VZW stores sometime this Spring. After the break is the first video we can find of the hardware in action. Word to the wise though, the OS is an early build and is a little buggy. In fact, it never starts up. But the hardware, oh the hardware. It looks great. Read More

  • BeeJive IM for iPhone to see an update "any time now"

    At $16 greenbacks, Beejive IM for iPhone is one of the App Store’s swankier offerings. Fortunately, Beejive makes up for the steep entry fee with regular updates, each with at least a few notable features. According to our friends at Beejive, one of these updates should be hitting Apple’s e-shelves at any time now. The update has just been submitted for approval, so it’ll… Read More

  • Video: Cut and Paste confirmed for iPhone 3.0, says Kevin Rose

    http://www.viddler.com/player/829ad9ef/ During the SXSW taping of Digg Nation, Internet darling Kevin Rose confirmed that cut and paste were coming in 3.0 and that everything the Pre can do, the iPhone will be able to do as well. However, there won’t be any background app action or video recording this go-around. But like Alex said, at least it has “something I wanted seven… Read More

  • boxee iPhone App now available

    Great news for boxee and iPhone users. The official boxee app was finally approved by Apple and is now available on the App Store. We hear the app is basic but it should be good enough for simple playback controls. It’s too bad that it took so fraking long for Apple’s stamp of approval. Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Mad Lab Edition

    Poken: Tiny RFID thingies that share all your personal data with others
    RCTiger.com: Real-time web-based tank warfare
    CrunchMayhem: how to open some keypad-secured doors Read More

  • Cloudera Raises $5 Million Series A Round For Hadoop Commercialization

    Cloudera is definitely a startup that will have many eyes fixed on it in the future. Backed by an impressive list of investors and advisors and run by a team of experienced technology veterans, it’s doing interesting things with equally interesting open-source software. The company is today announcing the general availability of its flagship product, Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop… Read More

  • Our SXSW experience, in comic form

    http://pixton.com/widget/1 Howdy, y’all. John and I are still at SXSW, taking in all the sights and sounds. One of the cooler companies here is Pixton, a site that lets you easily create comic strips. As a budding artist, I appreciate the site quite a bit. This comic, hopefully the first of many, pretty much summarizes our experience thus far. (I’m the funky guy, John is the chef… Read More

  • What happens to your online presence when you die in real life?

    So here’s a weird question for y’all: what happens when you die? More specifically, what happens to the “online version” of you? Will your World of Warcraft guild hold a funeral for you, one that’s promptly invaded by a bunch of rival faction jerks? Will there be a Facebook “We miss you, man” group? Does anyone in your life have the password to you… Read More

  • Blellow: Like Yammer meets LinkedIn Meets Twitter In A Way That Makes Sense

    To paraphrase Cracker, what the world needs now is another web-based Interactive micro-content production community like I need a hole in the head. But strangely enough, I think the world needs Blellow. Blellow is a fascinating collaboration tool a la Yammer but Blellow allows you to create groups based on projects – WordPress Devs can group with other WordPress Devs while freelance… Read More

  • Holy Cats! There is a DRM chip inside the iPod Shuffle earbuds! [Update]

    J&R over at BBG dissected the iPod Shuffle’s tiny headphone control system and found an unidentified chip, a 8A83E3 that appears to be some sort of proprietary physical control that prevents unauthorized transmission of commands to the Shuffle without an official Apple adapter. If this is true – and it seems old in-line adapters don’t work with the Shuffle, this is kind of… Read More

  • BestInClass Tries To Help Consumers Find The Perfect Digital Camera

    Startup BestInClass is trying to solve a problem many consumers face when trying to pick out a digital camera that best suits their needs and preferences. Most consumers spend hours on the internet looking at editorial and user reviews to figure out what digital camera to buy. The site has launched a digital camera recommendation service that helps consumers sort through all of this information… Read More

  • Poken: Tiny RFID thingies that share all your personal data with others

    I was on the SXSW Meatbus last night and I met a charming young lady from England, Renate, who introduced me to the Poken. Poken is a tiny USB key with an embedded RFID reader/transmitter. When you press a little button on the dongle and place it next to another Poken it passes all of your pertinent information to between Pokens – Pokenii? You then plug the Poken into a laptop and connect… Read More

  • Live From Paris: TechCrunchTalk – What Next For France 2.0?

    TechCrunch Europe recently hosted a Roundtable & Meetup in Paris. Despite issues getting a live video stream going, we recorded the event and have now been able to upload the videos. “TechCrunchTalk: What Next For France 2.0?” featured an afternoon of panel discussions with French startups and the investment community, and the kinds of things that were discussed were… Read More

  • UK's Playfish among first to integrate with Facebook on iPhone

    UK-based Playfish will be one of the first companies to make use of Facebook Connect on the iPhone. At SXSW COO Sebastien de Halleux today stood alongside Facebook’s Dave Morin to say that three of the top ten games on Facebook – made by Playfish – are now on the iPhone (Geo Challenge, Word Challenge, and Who Has The Biggest Brain). Tapuluous, the smash hit iPhone music… Read More

  • Hacked street signs come to New York

    Peter Ha just spotted this crazy street sign at Houston and Bowery. Someone will probably get nailed for this – NYC doesn’t take kindly to folks meddling with their infrastructure. It will be a silent killing, though – not all loosey goosey like the Boston LED-alien-flipping-the-bird scare. Read More

  • A very CrunchGear super-slow-mo reel using Casio's Exilim FC-100

    We’ve got one of Casio’s Exilim FC-100s for review right now, and of course the first thing we had to do was test out its vaunted super slow motion functionality. I was going to save this little reel for the review, but it was too fun not to share. Read More

  • SXSW panel: Don't worry, kids, the news business isn't going to die

    Even though we’re losing newspapers left and right in the U.S., people ought not be afraid for the future of news, journalism, etc. So says Steven Johnson, author of, among other things, The Invention of Air. Johnson, speaking at a panel at SXSWi, tried to allay the fears of every kid in journalism school—and those of us who recently graduated, lol!—by saying that people… Read More

  • Scoble's New Thing: Building 43

    A week ago we reported that blogger Robert Scoble is leaving his current job running FastCompany TV. Now he’s going to start talking about his new project – a new content and social networking community called Building 43, which he’s building in partnership with his new employer, Rackspace. More details will be announced on the Gillmor Gang at 3 p.m. Saturday (today… Read More

  • Video: TechCrunch Roundtable In Paris – Where Next For France 2.0?

    TechCrunch UK & Europe recently hosted a Roundtable & Meetup in Paris. Despite issues getting a live video stream and uploading the videos “TechCrunchTalk: What Next For France 2.0?” featured an afternoon of panel discussions with French startups and the investment community. The kinds of things that were discussed were pretty interesting, and something of a metaphor for… Read More

  • Why do users put up with terrible cellphone service?

    I can’t tell you how many iPhones I’ve seen in the past 24 hours here at SXSW Interactive. The best, though, is when you see these people cursing AT&T, saying things like, “Why would AT&T beef up its network in Austin when it knows 8 zillion iPhone users will be swarming the city for the next week?” This phenomenon—people being unhappy with the… Read More

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