• Energizer will debut fancy new Zinc Air Prismatic battery at CES 2009

    What’s the most annoying part of your favorite gadget, be it your laptop, your phone or your portable media player? In fact, what do they all have in common? Here’s one vote for terrible battery life. (I have a cheap-o Philips digital audio player whose battery lasts, I think, 27 seconds before dying.) So here’s hoping that Energizer’s new zinc air battery, to debut at… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Left 4 Dead for $39.98 (Xbox 360)

    Amazon.com has a double dead on Left 4 Dead, a favorite of some of the staffers here at CrunchGear. Xbox 360 owners can scoop it up for $39.98, which is a good $20 off the regular price. The PC version is going for $29.98 – also $20 off the regular price. For the uninitiated, Left 4 Dead is a co-operative shooter “set in a modern day survival-horror universe” from Valve… Read More

  • Japanese company sells iPhone battery with built-in solar panel

    Tokyo-based electronics company OTAS is selling a lithium-ion battery for the iPhone 3G that comes with an integrated mini solar panel [JP]. The so-called LC-1500 is housed in a leather case. OTAS says one charge with solar energy takes 13 hours whereas charging the battery via mini USB takes 3 hours. The device measures 125x64x25mm and weighs 100 grams. OTAS is selling it in Japan only… Read More

  • Google Introduces Mobile Ads For Android And The iPhone

    Google is now formatting AdWords text and image ads for Android and iPhone mobile browsers. The ads can include mobile-only calls to action, and can be created from standard Google ads run on the Web. The ads will also work on other phones with full HTML browsers in the future as they become available. (Both the iPhone and the Android G1 have full browsers based on Webkit). Vy sticking with… Read More

  • 120GB Zune now in red and black (at no additional cost!)

    Flickr’d Microsoft now has the 120GB Zune available in red and blue. That’s in addition to the standard issue black it’s been available in for a little while now. It’s the same price, $249, so there’s no color tax or anything. (Remember when Apple wanted $150 for the black MacBook?) Now, maybe if Microsoft whipped out its checkbook and hired a team to get Mac… Read More

  • eMusic Tries Out A New Recommendation Engine; Redesigns Homepage

    Indie music download subscription service eMusic is getting an overhaul. Individual artist an dalbum pages already have more of an AJaxy feel and incorporate YouTube videos and Flickr photos. On Friday, its homepage switched over to a new design centered around a new recommendation engine powered by MediaUnbound. Now, when you sign in as a member, you are presented with a grid of… Read More

  • Yahoo BOSS Reaches 10 Million Queries Per Day

    Yahoo Search BOSS, a search web service which launched just last July, is now serving an average of more than 10 million daily queries, or 100 queries per second, the company says. A couple of weeks ago we soft-launched a new search engine for TechCrunch, the first implementation of Yahoo’s new BOSS Custom technology (otherwise known as “BOSS Vertical Lens.” Read More

  • Semi-confirmed: Wal-Mart to sell the iPhone this month

    Wal-Mart iPhone rumors have been swirling for a while now, but the rumor is no more – hopefully. The gigantic, behemoth, monstrous, small-town killing retailer will sell the iPhone this month according to a Bloomberg and Reuters report. Exact details aren’t available like launch date, staffing, and if a 4GB model will be sold. Eh, we’ll find out all those details shortly. Read More

  • Takara Tomy uses pooping camera in TV commercial

    Takara Tomy’s digital camera with built-in Zink printer is out now in Japan (for $350) and having held the thing in my hand yesterday, I can say it’s very bulky. So be ready for a minor disappointment when the camera hits American stores (probably in April/May next year). Takara Tomy is brave enough to export the camera but they will not have the guts to air the Japanese commercial… Read More

  • Apple MacTablet / Netbook rumors spin back up

    Macworld is right around the corner and so the insufferable rumor mill is powering back up. Apple might launch some sort of tablet/netbook in a few weeks and according to a Computer World blog wrote by 9to5Mac editor, chances are it will be powered by ARM system. Apple has an internal PA Semi team working on future ARM chips for the iPhone/iPod Touch ARM chips cost an order of magnatude less… Read More

  • TiVo Netflix HD hands-on

    The TiVo Fall update that dropped yesterday had a little somethin-somthin hidden under the hood. Netflix is now up and ready; HD content included. So far I’m impressed. The interface is TiVo-familiar. High-def content queues up almost instantly verses the Xbox’s near-almost present lag. Picture quality is good- not great, but good. Three things though, TiVo. Read More

  • Wii Reigns Supreme On EBay 2008 Top Gadget List

    The Nintendo Wii took the #1 spot in eBay’s 2008 tech toys and gadgets top list, with over 2 million related items sold on the site. The Xbox360 was next at 1.3 million, followed by the Sony PSP and iPod touch. The full list is below. Read More

  • Blackbird Is A Custom Browser For African Americans Built On Top Of Mozilla

    Blackbird is a new browser built on top of Mozilla technology that is supposed to make it easier for African Americans to discover relevant content on the web and to interact with other members of the African American community online by sharing stories, news, comments and videos via the browser. The browser displays a pre-set news ticker on top, pulls in news content from Google News that… Read More

  • Bonjour, FriendFeed, Que Tal?

    As a European, I’m always happy to see web companies translate their interfaces in other languages besides English. It’s common business sense, since a lot of potential users simply won’t even take a look if the application is not available in their local tongue, and they certainly won’t stay long when all their local friends start trying out a competing service that is. Read More

  • Zotac unleashes mini-itx motherboard

    This thing has a GeForce 8200 integrated, Socket AM2, 5.1 audio, Wi-Fi and you can fill it up to 8GB DDR2 ram. The whole unit is 17×17 cm big. It’s spectacularly small compared to the Wi-Fi antenna. Or anything else. If you are still interested visit here.
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  • GPS for the ski nerd

    This weird looking thing here is a GPS for skiers. With the Flaik you can share your daily ski performance or race against total strangers without seeing each other. According to Flaik’s website the idea is to combine location-based services with social networking. Oh and it also sends an emergency signal if you happen to be under an avalanche. Read More

  • Redanyway Is Like MyBlogLog On Steroids (Invites)

    Redanyway is a young startup out of India that aims to provide an alternate way to manage your ‘centralized me’ where your personal website or blog is your profile page outside of any walled gardens. The founders dubbed the application a ‘distributed social network’, but I look at it more like MyBlogLog on steroids, since it’s basically a way to get to know… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Rented Room Edition

    Careful. These USB dinos might not be as cuddly as they look.
    Traveling to Switzerland? Stay in nuclear bunker. It’s cheap.
    Magical light to make you sleep well
    Sanyo Internet Radio: It can connect to the Internet
    VORP! TICK TOCK! Alarm clock slowly hovers upward Read More

  • Force.com + Google App Engine = Cloud Relationship Management

    Salesforce and Google have extended their strategic partnership with Force.com for Google App Engine, essentially bridging the two cloud-based application development environments.  App Engine applications, which are typically consumer apps, will be able to access enterprise data and services via the Force.com API. The integration consists of a Python library, example code, and testing… Read More

  • Two Months After Release, Brightcove Announces Nearly 100 API Partners

    Web video platform Brightcove has so many API partners just two months after the release of Brightcove 3 that it had to create an alliance to contain them all. Actually, the Brightcove Alliance is more of a marketing exercise to acknowledge and promote its API partners. Nevertheless, nearly 100 companies (including Yahoo, AOL, DoubleClick, Veoh, Metacafe, Slide, Meebo, Blinkx, Sprout… Read More

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