• Win a Kindle 2 from thriller author Andrew Gross

    Do you like thrillers? You like Kindles? Well you’re in luck. The good folks at Harper Collins are offering a fully articulated Kindle 2 including a copy of Andrew Gross’ new book, Don’t Look Twice or one of 5 autographed copies of the book in handsome “paper” format. Read More

  • How to use bright clouds to reduce global warming

    <img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/happy_clouds.jpg&quot; Weather control has long been a favorite topic of movies and television shows, usually where some evil scientist hopes to control the weather for his own financial gain. See Sean Connery’s character in The Avengers for an example. Or StarGate SG1, or even old episodes of the G.I. Joe cartoon. Read More

  • A.i.R PROJECT: Bandai's new piece of art, gadget and light

    Bandai Japan announced the A.i.R PROJECT yesterday [JP], a mix between a piece of art, a gadget and an interior light of a very special kind. Designed by a Japanese “media artist” called Taro Suzuki, the device is basically marketed as a lifestyle product, which is highly unusual for a toy maker like Bandai. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sigma DP1 for $399

    Amazon has the Sigma DP1 on sale for $399, today only. The DP1 is unique in that it’s got an SLR-sized sensor stuffed in a point and shoot-sized body. Other features include 14-megapixel photos, a 2.5-inch LCD, JPEG and RAW image recording, and SD(HC)/MMC card compatibility. Read More

  • Hey Geithner, Get Your Grubby Hands Off The Venture Capital Industry

    The venture capital industry is up in arms about U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s plans to include venture firms in his plan to increase regulatory oversight over private investment vehicles of all stripes. In a strongly worded op-ed today, the Wall Street Journal lays out the argument against lumping in venture capital with hedge funds and the whole Madoff crew on Wall… Read More

  • ConvoTrack: A Simple And Useful Conversation Tracker Built On Top Of BackType

    Here’s a sweet little hack that brings all the chatter about any website or article from across various social services right into a browser sidebar, eliminating the need to visit another web page in order to track conversations. ConvoTrack is the name of the tool, and what it does is leverage the BackType API to enable anyone to see what’s being said about e.g. a TechCrunch article… Read More

  • Tweetmeme Re-launches, Guns To Be Top Twitter Aggregator

    The new version of Tweetmeme, effectively a Techmeme-like aggregator for links Tweeted on Twitter, has just gone live. Sites like this recently started appearing to help people track what is linked to most on Twitter, which is where the real value lies, not in conversations about someone’s lunch. But so far the results have been mixed. TwitLinks has not solved the the problem and… Read More

  • Is your MacBook on crack? Take it back

    The bottom casing cracking issue that some folks have been experiencing in their 13-inch white MacBooks is real and Apple is willing to replace your MacBook if it happens to you, so sayeth the latest Apple service bulletin. This is similar to the iPhone cracking syndrome that was eventually accepted as truth but don’t try to take your MacBook back if you dropped it out the window. Read More

  • Amazon App for BlackBerry goes live

    The rate at which RIM updates BAW is horrendous. I get countless e-mails every day about new apps launching for the BlackBerry and they’re nowhere to be seen in the store. So it comes as no surprise that I had to go directly to Amazon to download their new app. God forbid it actually be available in BAW. Like the iPhone app before it, the BlackBerry version also does its voodoo magic… Read More

  • Party people in my Kia! Make some noise!

    Ooots ooots oots! Just FYI: Some new Kia cars are ready to rock the party. These Kia speakers have an odd feature – LEDs that pulse or flash in time to the music you’re playing, thereby ensuring you look like the biggest tool on the road. Sexy, no? Read More

  • Verizon to begin selling HTC Touch Diamond tomorrow

    It’s not like we didn’t expect this to happen, but it sure took long enough. Starting tomorrow, Verizon will begin offering the HTC Touch Diamond in all black for a whopping $300 after a $70 MIR. · Brilliant 2.76-inch touch screen display for navigating Web pages on the built-in Opera browser · 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera · microSD™ card slot that… Read More

  • More Blu-ray power: Sharp and Pioneer merge optical disc businesses

    The consolidation process in Japan’s tech industry isn’t stopping. Pioneer and Sharp said today in Tokyo they have reached a basic agreement to launch an optical disc joint venture [JP, PDF], a move that is supposed to give the companies a boost in the Blu-ray segment. Both companies said they are ready to completely transfer their optical disc businesses to the new entity. Read More

  • PragueCrunch 2: The Final Countdown

    And so, my friends, it’s time to Czech your worries at the door and enter into the warm embrace of PragueCrunch 2 which will start at 2pm on Saturday, to be held at the magnificent Hergetova Cihelna. We’ll have a few five-minute presentations from up-and-coming web services in CZ, tables for our sponsors, and plenty of beer and food. Come network, look for a job, or just drink on… Read More

  • Digital Music Streaming Startup tunesBag Releases Desktop Application

    I’ve been tracking the progress of Vienna, Austria-based music startup tunesBag for a while now. It’s essentially a social music player that can best be compared to the likes of Lala, imeem and Anywhere.fm in the sense that it allows you to upload your entire MP3 collection, stream it from anywhere over the Internet and share it with your friends. It’s completely free and… Read More

  • Barnes and Noble eReader coming soon? Could it be called the BNindle?

    TheStreet has a juicy rumor that Barnes & Noble, a store where physical “books” in “paper” form are sold to “customers” who stand in line to pay with “cash” or “forms of credit” is working on an eBook reader, possibly in partnership with Verizon. The rumor has all the makings of a real live product. They may offer book downloads… Read More

  • PragueCrunch 2: The Final Countdown

    And so, my friends, it’s time to Czech your worries at the door and enter into the warm embrace of PragueCrunch 2 which will start at 2pm on Saturday, April 11 to be held at the magnificent Hergetova Cihelna. We’ll have a few five-minute presentations from up-and-coming web services in CZ, tables for our sponsors, and plenty of beer and food. Come network, look for a job, or just… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Toddler-Proof Desktop Edition

    Bumptop: A better Windows desktop
    Facebank 2: The creepiest piggy bank ever?
    LightPot is a light and… a pot. For flowers. Read More

  • Zooming In On ClosR And Zoomorama

    To be perfectly honest, I’d never heard of Zoomorama until they commented on this post about the upcoming Web Trend Map from Information Architects. I was planning on doing a review of the web application soon, but now a new, similar online tool called ClosR landed in our inbox, giving me the perfect excuse to test both at the same time. Both ClosR and Zoomorama enable you to upload… Read More

  • Wii Sports Resort in June – that means MotionPlus in June


    According to this astonishingly brief article, Nintendo has announced that Wii Sports Resort is definitely coming out in June (in Japan at least, US in July) — which suggests the hotly anticipated MotionPlus accessory will be coming out too. That’s about what we expected; hopefully they’ve worked out the hiccups. To be honest, though, I couldn’t care less about the… Read More

  • Now what could Apple want with 100 million 8Gb NAND flash chips?

    So Apple’s just placed a huge order with Samsung. What could it mean? Well, NAND chips are like the basic unit of flash memory. If you have an iPod Touch, baby Zune or something like that, chances are it’s got a couple of them in there. 8Gb is handy for making 8, 16, and 32GB size devices, so it’s no surprise when Apple orders some — they go through a lot. But 100 million? Read More

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