• Sony unleashes a barrage of new headphones

    Nice, Sony. Five new snazzy sets of headphones? We’ll take ’em!  Details after the jump. Read More

  • Lighter doubles as an 8GB flash drive

    Here’s the perfect complement to the USB flash drive with built-in bottle opener we told you about a few weeks ago. It’s a Zippo-style lighter with 8GB of storage and a USB connection — because you can never have lighter fluid too close to your computer. It costs $60, which might seem a bit steep, but if you’re still smoking in this day and age, you’ve no… Read More

  • Facebook Recruits Street Troops To Grow in Germany

    Facebook may be the world’s largest and fastest growing social network, but apparently Germany remains a tough market to crack for the company. The site is just ranked 19th on Alexa’s Top 100 list for this country, 10 positions behind StudiVZ, its local clone. While Facebook currently has a German user base of an 800,000 (according to the site’s ad placement tool), StudiVZ… Read More

  • Texting while driving now banned in California

    To the girl who almost slammed into me as she was texting away on her phone while driving last week: regardless of the crazy face you made and the nasty words you mouthed through your windshield, that was your fault. California agrees with me. Just yesterday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation outlawing the reading or writing of text messages while driving. Read More

  • New research says VCs love ad platforms – Europe accounts for nearly half of all investment

    More than $580m was invested into online advertising companies in the first half of 2008, according to new research to be released today, obtained exclusively by TechCrunch UK. Europe accounted for $258m of this, or 45% of the total. The research has been put together by venture capital house Advent Ventures and will be revealed in a speech today by partner Paul Fisher in a speech at 2pm at… Read More

  • I Go Chop Your Dollar: The 419 anthem

    I was listening the This American Life podcast while drinking shade-grown decaf and clutching my NPR bag when I heard the best song in the world: I Go Chop Your Dollar. The song is essentially the 419 scammer anthem and has been around for quite a while. You know once an underworld has a musical genre – Nortenos, Gansta Rap – they’ve finally hit the big time. The intensity… Read More

  • Spin the Beer Wheel, win a prize (beer + knowledge)

    People who are really into wine get cool sounding titles like “Sommelier” and “wine enthusiast” while people who really love beer are often just called “fat” and/or “drunk”. Unfair though it may be, I happily plop myself into the latter category of beer lovers. So for the beer lover who’s got it all, here’s the $8.99 Beer Wheel —… Read More

  • Street Fighter IV box art revealed: Chun-Li, Ryu are ready for their close up

    Though still several months away, box art for the PS3 version of Street Fighter IV has been released. The US version feature Chun-Li, while the UK version has Ryu. The game is scheduled for release early next year for both the PS3 and Xbox 360. As a lifelong Ken player, I am Al-Sharpton-Outraged that dumb Ryu got a cover and not my guy. Who do I complain to? Read More

  • Art Lebedev Studio shows off Scartel WiMax handset concepts

    The design studio of Art Lebedev, perhaps most well known for their pocket-melting Optimus OLED keyboard, has been working on some WiMax handset concepts for Scartel, a Russian wireless carrier with plans to blanket Moscow and St Petersburg in WiMax coverage by the end of 2008. Though it’s likely little more than an idea at this point, the penned out concept specs are drool worthy. Read More

  • Why not, DIY edition: Turn your iPhone into a fishing lure

    The is the best use of the iPhone 3G I’ve seen yet. That is, other than using it as a communication device. Some guy, captain-ahab, dropped his phone in a river, rendering it useless. So, in the true spirit of something or other, he decided to turn his once head-turning phone into a fishing lure. A bit of revenge, if you will: that river took you from me, precious iPhone, now I’m… Read More

  • Bungie's countdown clicks to zero, new project teaser released

    After 12 hours of anticipation, the countdown that hit Bungie’s front page last night has finally clicked its way down to zero. Once finished, the standard front page was replaced, with a news item linking to “Teaser Trailer“. And man, does it tease. It begins by flashing through a series of what appear to be security camera (Superintendent) views of an earth city. (One of… Read More

  • Video: Exciting commercial for the missing in action BlackBerry Bold

    Drum roll! Or not! Presenting the commercial for the BlackBerry Bold, which aired during the season premiere of Heroes on Monday night, a show I can honestly say I’ve never seen. We don’t know what’s the hold up, either. Read More

  • Y Combinator's SocialBrowse Launches To The Public

    SocialBrowse, the link-sharing service that includes elements of web annotation, has launched its service to the public. When I first wrote about SocialBrowse as it entered private beta last June, I described it as a “Twitter for links”, but since then it has grown to become much more sophisticated, allowing users to leave in-line comments on articles across the web. The service… Read More

  • Fujifilm unveils world's first digital camera for 3D photos

    Another world first from Japan: Fujifilm announced yesterday [JP] it has developed the world’s first digital camera capable of producing three-dimensional photos. The camera can also be used to make conventional photos. Fujifilm’s prototype features two lenses and combines a set of pictures to display a 3D picture on the 3D screen instantly. All that users have to do is press… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Apple iPhone Dock $0.01 with $4.99 shipping

    Note: this dock will not work with the Apple iPhone 3G, only the original, flat-backed version. So if you happen to want another dock for your cube or gf’s house, $5 shipped isn’t a bad deal. It comes via Today’s Closeout, so just like Woot, this deal is only ’till they last or the clock strikes midnight. Read More

  • California outlaws text-messaging while driving

    Drivers in the great state of California will no longer be able to TXT while driving starting this January. This includes sending, reading and writing, folks. Those found conducting the soon to be illegal action will face a $20 fine the first time and a $50 for each recurring violation.  “Banning electronic text messaging while driving will keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and… Read More

  • Oracle launches "Database Machines," tweaked HP hardware to run Oracle

    This is the era of software incarnate. The Roku box makes Netflix incarnate and the Kindle makes Amazon incarnate. But did we really need Oracle incarnate? Isn’t Larry Ellison enough? Apparently not. The database giant is launching a partnership with HP to offer massive “Database Machines,” honking big servers tuned to run Oracle very well. While many of us barely… Read More

  • Chinese iPhone 3G: No 3G, no Wi-Fi, will make you hungry for another iPhone 30 minutes later

    This might as well be the Chinese iPhone
    According to the South China Morning Post, an analyst, Calvin Huang, is reporting that the iPhone 3G will ship in China without W-CDMA and Wi-Fi. The report states simply that both functions will be turned off, W-CDMA because the carrier will be using TD-SCDMA, a Chinas 3G standard and Wi-Fi because they want the phone to suck. I’d suggest… Read More

  • China's ZTE ships 100 millionth handset

    If I managed to ship 100 million anything, I’d call it a day and go lay around on a beach somewhere. I don’t care if it’s 100 million pasta noodles; once you break the 9 digit wall, you’ve done some good. ZTE, China’s largest telecoms equipment manufacturer, has leaped past that hurdle, announcing this morning that they’ve shipped their 100 millionth… Read More

  • Dell puts the 'P' in DLP with the ultra-portable M109S projector

    Dell’s latest DLP projector is tiny. Well, not that tiny, but it’s still small enough to fit into your wanna-be a corner office bigwig briefcase. The whole package measures in at 3.64″ x 4.12″ x 1.46″ and weighs less than a pound. You aren’t going to enjoy all of Blu-ray’s HD with the M109S, but it still shoots out a 858 x 600 SVGA picture with a… Read More

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