• TC50: Mixtt Hooks Up Groups for Dating, Other Activities

    Mixtt believes that social networks don’t do everything they should. Instead of focusing on just one person, Mixtt thinks that the best way for people to use social networks is to socialize outside the online world and do so in groups. Mixtt lets you sign up with your friends and give your group a name. Once complete, you can start adding events to your group calendar and find other… Read More

  • McFarlane Toys to produce Halo Wars action figures

    So begins the Halo Wars hype. McFarlane toys will produce a line of action figures based on the upcoming Halo Wars video games, a game that will either introduce real-time strategy games to the masses or fall flat. (That’s just my opinion.) The figures are scheduled for release next sprint, and will retail for around $10. At right, one of McFarlane’s Halo 3 action figures. Read More

  • Tune in live for the "Let's Rock" Apple Event – 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern

    Woop woop woop! CrunchGear is reporting live from the Yerba Buena Center (I called it the Buena Yerba Center last night. Boy was my face red!) at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. I’m headed over right now and I’ll report when I’m in place and on the case. LINK: View our live coverage here. Read More

  • Sony bows the Sony VAIO CS11

    Sony’s latest C series lappy’s feature the standard assortment of high-end mobile tech. The VAIO CS11 has an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 4GB of Ram, 320GB hard drive, 802.11a/b/g/Draft N, NVIDIA 9300M GS GPU, and a Blu-ray disc combo drive all powered by Windows Vista Home Premium. Sound like your next notebook? Might want to start swimming now ’cause it doesn’t look like… Read More

  • TC50: Popego Tailors the Social Graph to Your Interests

    Popego helps people find more meaning in their social graphs online. The Argentinean startup presented today during the Collaboration session of TechCrunch50 and has just launched its service into public beta. You can watch the video of Popego’s presentation here. Once signed up for Popego, you can add usernames from all of your social networks (passwords are not required). The service… Read More

  • 18.4-inch Sony VAIO AW series uses BRAVIA tech

    This, my friends, is a gargantuan laptop. The VAIO AW series features a massive 18.4-inch screen with 3LED backlighting, which “is a technical breakthrough found on high-end BRAVIA LCD TVs,” according to Sony. The 3LED technology uses three separate LEDs – red, green, and blue – for pure color reproduction, similar to how three-chip video cameras work. The screen itself… Read More

  • For free: Sprint will teach its customers how to use their phones

    Not everyone spends all day in front of gadget blogs and the HowardForums, learning the ins and outs of their cellphone. It’s for these “normal” people that Sprint is launching a renewed effort to teach consumers exactly what it is their cellphones can do. The program is called “Ready Now,” and will officially be announced sometime today, when everyone is… Read More

  • Apple Store is down, now taking bets on what’ll be announced

    As is our custom, here’s the arbitrary “The Apple Store is down!” post that gadget blogs the world over like to publish on the day that Apple announces something. So there you have it: the Apple Store is down. Now taking bets on what’ll be announced. Closest to the actual products (specs, price, size, etc.) wins bragging rights. Thanks to reader Steve Jabs for the tip. Read More

  • Toshiba Dynabook SS RX2 claims the world's lightest 12.1-inch laptop title

    Toshiba first showed off the Dynabook RX1 in June ’07 with a 64GB solid-state drive and the “lightest laptop with an optical drive” title. The latest gen, the SS RX2, retains the same claim to fame, but the lappy has been upgraded with 1.2GHz SU9300 ULV Core 2 Duo processor, 3 GB of Ram, built-in 3G wireless, all powered by a 12.5-hour battery. That’s right kiddies, a… Read More

  • Four years on, World of Warcraft continues to see growth

    Despite being some four years old, the userbase of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft continues to grow, if only at a so-so rate. One of the game’s lead designers said as much at the Games Convention, allaying fears (well, message board banter) that maybe, just maybe, interest in the game had peaked. The game had some 10 million subscribers as of last January. Now, that may not be… Read More

  • Day One Recap TechCrunch50

    What a day. 1,700 people streamed into the San Francisco Design Center at 9 am on Monday morning to help launch the first group of 52 startups at TechCrunch50. Dozens more startups were camped out in the demopit. First, the bad news. The internet was down completely for half the day, and never really worked that well even when it was up. We had dedicated access for the launching companies, so… Read More

  • HTC Touch successor, the Opal, leaks out

    The innovative HTC Touch is getting a bit long in the tooth and it looks like HTC has the successor already lined up. The documents ’bout the Opal look legit enough, and if we are to believe them, the Opal appears a lot like the previous generation with same 200MHz processor, WiFi, MicroSD, Bluetooth 2.0, and a 2.8-inch 240 x 320 touchscreen. So it seems that the only upgrade is… Read More

  • Sony A900 finally official, still not here until November

    The Sony Alpha A900 DSLR, which some people might feel like they’ve been waiting for forever, has finally been officially unveiled by Sony. Pre-orders for the $3,000 24.6-megapixel camera begin tomorrow, September 10th, but it won’t be shipping until sometime in November. Read More

  • Last minute Apple "Let's Rock" rumors

    With the Apple press conference mere hours away, the ‘ol rumor mill is work’n overtime. Quoting long time sources, AppleInsider claims that the iPod Shuffle is going to five color options and while the Classic is only going to be available in two. The real news is that the third-gen Nano is getting a whopping nine color palette and will… Read More

  • Samsung producing Atom-powered netbook

    Samsung is the latest runner in the Atom-powered netbook marathon. No word on any specific details just yet, but we do know that the sub-laptop is gong to sport a 10-inch screen, three USB ports, an audio in and out along with a VGA output. Expect the lil’ guy to hit the Korean market at the end of October for a yet to be announced price. Read More

  • Air Canada to use Gogo Wi-Fi for international flights

    Canadian travelers will soon be able to emulate their favorite CrunchGear blogger, Peter Ha, as they glom on to Aircell’s Gogo wireless internet service aboard their next international Air Canada flight. You’ll recall that Sweet Pete recently blogged from 37,000 feet using Gogo service aboard American Airlines. What fun we all had! You’ll have to wait until at least spring… Read More

  • TechCrunch50 Livestream: Day 2

    http://www.ustream.tv/flash/live/280032Powered by Ustream We’ll be streaming TechCrunch50 here all day so everyone can see the conference’s demos for themselves as they happen. You can also find our written coverage of the conference here and coverage from other news outlets below. Update:Done for the day. Come back tomorrow. Read More

  • Intel now shipping 80GB solid state drives

    Intel might as well just build entire computers. Make the whole thing one big system-on-a-chip, huh? The company recently announced some solid state drives; the 1.8-inch X18-M and the 2.5-inch X25-M. Both drives are currently available in 80GB capacities, with 160GB versions expected later this year. Intel claims that the multi-level cell drives are good for up to 250MB per second read speeds… Read More

  • Reminder: Apple "Let's Rock" Event Today at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern

    Take a break from TC50 – but not a long one – and head over to CrunchGear as we report live Yerba Buena Center (I called it the Buena Yerba Center last night. Boy was my face red!) at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. I’m headed over right now and I’ll report when I’m in place and on the case. Update – We have full details on all the new iPods on CrunchGear. Check… Read More

  • Google On the Run From the Privacy Cops

    Amid growing scrutiny from government regulators in the U.S and Europe, Google is amending its privacy practices and keeping the IP addresses of consumers who do searches on Google for a shorter period of time. The dominant search engine will keep server log data for only nine months now instead of 18 (which itself was a reduction put in place last year from an indefinite retention period). … Read More

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