• Cellity Puts Your Mobile Address Book On Steroids

    German startup Cellity has unveiled its enhanced address book (called Addressbook 2.0) for mobile phones, now available in a private beta. The J2ME application allows users to aggregate data from across their Email boxes, social networks, and standard address books into a single intuitive application, bringing the functionality of a smartphone to the hundreds of more basic phones that support… Read More

  • Hands on: Novatel Ovation USB760 modem for Verizon Wireless

    Novatel’s latest USB modem, Ovation MC760 Micro, has arrived at the CrunchGear office and it sure is tiny. It will be available from Verizon Wireless starting December 1st. It’s been redubbed the USB760 Modem for VZW and promises an average of 600 kbps to 1.4 mbps down and 500-800kbps up. The price for this dandy is $100 after a MIR and two-year contract. Not sure if this has been… Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve 8900 simulator now available

    Jones’n for some sweet BlackBerry Curve 8900 action? I hear yah, so you might wanna check out the simulator on BlackBerry’s download site to satisfy your itch. Just don’t let your old 8300 see you’re cheating on it. It could get ugly. BlackBerry via CrackBerry Read More

  • Elevator Pitch Friday: Truevert, The Green Search Engine

    Getting someone to try a new search engine is not easy. In this Friday’s Elevator Pitch, Herbert Roitblat tries to entice you to try his new green search engine Truevert by asking, “Are you average?” Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Live, he contends, give you average results. Truevert gives you special results—everything comes back through green-colored glasses. So… Read More

  • And now your credit card has a built-in keypad

    I suppose this is a good idea, although shoppers are loathe to add yet another step to their transactions. The card has a built-in numeric keypad, and when you put in your PIN, it’ll display a security code like the one sites always ask you for now. That makes spending a lot of money with a stolen card significantly harder if not impossible online, and if retailers would just ask for… Read More

  • Apple hit with class action lawsuit over cracked iPhone 3G

    This probably won’t come as a surprise to many of you, but Apple (and AT&T) has been hit with a class action lawsuit because of the cracks that develop in the iPhone 3G’s casing. The lawsuit was filed in a Long Island court by a someone named Avi Koschitzki. The suit also alleges that, in so many words, AT&T’s 3G network is a piece of garbage. Dropped calls, spotty… Read More

  • Free Ticket to LeWeb and Thank You to TechCrunch Sponsors

    Every week leading up to LeWeb, in Paris on December 9th and 10th, the conference’s organizers are going to be giving away one ticket to the TechCrunch reader who leaves the best comment about why they want to go. We are also excited that LeWeb’s, organizers are offering TechCrunch readers a 20% discount Thank You LeWeb Without our sponsors TechCrunch would not be possible. Read More

  • Latin America is next on Sony's PlayStation radar

    Put yourself in Sony’s shoes for a moment. You’ve conquered the three biggest gaming markets out there in Japan, North America and Europe. (The slow start of the PS3, and the still perceived lack of “any” games for it doesn’t appear to lessen Sony’s chances of selling 10 million units by the end of its fiscal year.) Where do you go next? The answer, in… Read More

  • More wireless power: this one looks practical

    I’m not an experienced electrical engineer so I’m never sure about the feasibility of this sort of thing, but I’ve seen wireless power demonstrated before, and if you’re willing to work within certain restrictions, it seems to be a perfectly good option. I don’t really like the idea of, say, microwave based power being shot all over my room, so this magnetic… Read More

  • New Watchmen trailer

    http://l.yimg.com/cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/fop/embedflv/swf/fop.swf No words. Just watch. Read More

  • Kind of awesome: external HDD with a keypad for security

    Ahhh, this is very 24. I can see Jack Bauer pulling nuclear secrets off it after choking a terrorist to death with the USB cable. I don’t think that’s the image Lenovo is going for, though. In fact, its appearance is plain practically to the point of invisibility, looking more like a credit card reader than anything else. The passcode system allows for an administrator and up to… Read More

  • Punch-O-Meters Come to Both Android and the iPhone

    Today, I downloaded one of the dumbest, yet somehow most satisfying, apps to my Android phone. It is called the Punch-O-Meter. You grasp the phone (firmly) in your hand, tap the screen, and then give it your best shot. The app uses the phone’s accelerometer to measure how fast you can punch. After each punch, you get a score and a one-to-five-star rating. It is guaranteed to destroy… Read More

  • American Airlines introduces mobile boarding passes

    Though nearly the entire pre-flight process has been tweaked to make use of modern technologies, one outdated aspect still lingers: the tickets. Every single time I fly, I find myself checking the location where I put my tickets once every 3-4 minutes. Are they still there? Did I remember to zip up after I last checked? When I pulled my hand out, did the ticket sneak out? I’ve never lost… Read More

  • Apparently Somali pirates might ruin the holidays

    I’ll be honest; I can’t really tell how much of this recent Reuters article is pure, unabashed sensationalism and how much of it is something to seriously worry about. Apparently pirate activity (the yarrr kind, not the torrent kind) near Somalia has been picking up recently, with more frequent plundering against freight ships causing some companies to opt for alternative… Read More

  • Chief produces "World's Thinnest" tilting mount for the thin HDTVs of the world

    What’s the point of owning one of the ultra-thin TVs if it’s hung with a standard wall mount that’s two inches deep? None. There has been thin mounting solutions before but Chief has produced the thinest model with a tilting ability yet. It’s not self-powered or motorized, but it can support a flat-screen up to 100 lbs and collapses to a mere three-quarters of an… Read More

  • Best Buy in ‘The New Adventures of Your Old TV’

    Round of applause for Best Buy, which aims to educate you all about the upcoming digital TV transition. (Remember the big day: February 17, 2009.) The lastelectronics retailer left standing will hold a series of workshops at 25 of its stores to “educate consumers about the transition to digital television broadcasting and help them choose the best solution for their television… Read More

  • Contest: Nerdiest gamer wins a nerdy game

    So Penny Arcade just released the second episode of its well-liked Penny Arcade Adventures series. Well, we happen to have a very nice collector’s edition of the first episode sitting around and we thought it might be nice to give away a matching pair to a loyal reader. So what do you have to do to win? Read More

  • Xpod: Tiny speakers, presumably tiny sound

    These portable Xpod speakers are about the size of the iPod nano. As such, they couldn’t possibly sound any better than two wires connected to a dirty penny. The two-channel 770mW amp hardly belies that metaphor. Moving on. Any USB port can charge them, so, at the very least, you won’t be scrambling to find batteries when they die during the “good part” of that one… Read More

  • XO Laptop to be sold in Europe (for a lot more than $100)

    Those crazy Europeans will be able to buy an XO Laptop, too. Amazon’s Euro stores will sell the little guy for £263 (or €313 or $390). That’s strange, considering the One Laptop Per Child program was initially billed as the $100 laptop. What are you gonna do? The Guardian, home of the Football Weekly podcast, calls the whole program a “flop,” noting that it has… Read More

  • Obama To Post Fireside Chats On YouTube

    Barack Obama is already being called the YouTube President because of the 1,800 YouTube videos that help propel him to win the election and have been watched more than 110 million times. So it seems fitting that Obama will continue to use YouTube to get his message out once he takes office. The weekly radio address that every president has done since FDR will be videotaped and put onto… Read More

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