• Yep, We Redesigned

    As many of our readers have noticed (and noted) already, we rolled out a new design for TechCrunch yesterday evening. And while we’re still making lots of small changes, we wanted to take a second to write a proper post explaining our intentions and soliciting your feedback. Read More

  • Microsoft campaigning the Zune at Democratic and Republican conventions

    Lets not read too much into this. Sure, Microsoft is pimping the Zune at both Democratic and Republican conventions. Maybe Microsoft is truly trying to help both members find new friends via the Zune’s social networking feature. Alternatively, perhaps the Zune has made an appearance hoping for one of those lucrative government contracts placing a Zune in every solders hands. Or… Read More

  • Panasonic Japan to introduce Plasma TVs with built-in 1 TB HDDs and YouTube support

    Panasonic announced today in Japan [JP] they will release three Viera PDP TVs in this country starting September 10. All models (42, 46 and 50 inches) of the new PZR900 series will house a 1TB HDD for recording terrestrial and digital TV programs, which can then be copied on DVDs or Blu-ray discs. From September 30, Japanese customers will also be able to view YouTube videos on their… Read More

  • Pixel Art: Game Boy de-makes

    Here are a few shots from a contest over on Pixelation. They’re from almost a year ago so if you’ve seen them, forgiveness please. I came across them via Geekologie today. Sometimes stuff hides on the internet for a while. Oh well. It’s still cool to see current games as they’d look on the original Gameboy. Read More

  • Free tetris clone Tris removed from App Store

    EA Games pushes out an iPhone port Tetris, and sells it for $9.99. An independent developer goes and makes his own Tetris clone (as has been done on just about every single electronic device ever created since the dawn of man) called Tris and offers it for the world for free. This is all going to go perfectly smooth, right? Of course not. Tris’ developer Noah Witherspoon has received… Read More

  • Security flaw in iPhone could expose your personal data (if you leave it unattended)

    Did you know that putting a password on your iPhone is completely useless, as someone can your phone’s data with a couple of taps? Giz has the scoop, along with chilling video, that describes a method whereby en Evildoer can bypass the iPhone’s lock screen by tapping the emergency call icon once, then tapping the home button twice. From there you’ll have access to the… Read More

  • Facebook and Dell meet in the clouds

    Dell tossed its hat into the cloud computing ring last night, or more precisely declared its having done so about 2 years ago with a group providing optimized storage, server, and data center solutions for its top 50 customers. At a press briefing high above San Francisco on the 52nd floor, Dell officials suggested they are moving to the cloud and places in the technology stack where customers… Read More

  • Tiny Linux Space Cube: Oh boy, more stuff to misplace

    The future! Look at the size of this tiny Linux PC, wouldja? It’s nary larger than a small apple. What’s crammed inside, you ask? A 300 MHz processor, 16MB of onboard flash memory, 64MB of SDRAM, and a 1GB CompactFlash card loaded with Red Hat Linux. On the outside, there’s a single USB port, VGA, Ethernet port, RS232 port, and mic and speaker plugs. The whole… Read More

  • ESPN Helps The Active Network Raise $80 Million More

    The Active Network, a network of sites focused on getting people involved in sports and other activities, has raised an additional $80 million in a Series F round led by ESPN and joined by Canaan Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, and Performance Equity Partners. Read More

  • Epson rolls out 4-inch high-res photo viewers

    Epson Imaging today announced the P-7000, a photo viewer with a 160-Gbyte HDD, which holds RAW data of about 9,000 shots from a 10 megapixel resolution digital camera. The low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) TFT LCD displays 16,770k colors (200 ppi), supports SD/CF (Type II) cards and is equipped with two USB 2.0 ports. Users will have to wait only for 1.5 seconds to see a 10 megapixel JPEG file… Read More

  • GamePark releasing new GP2X portable in October

    GP2X, fine purveyor of open source handheld gaming devices, will be releasing the GP2X Wiz on October 9th for around $180. The Wiz will replace the F-200 from about a year ago. You can pre-order the Wiz at Play-Asia if you’re the type that likes to cross stuff off the to-do list well in advance. The device features a 533MHz processor with 3D accelerator, Linux-based OS, an SDK… Read More

  • CrunchGear Featured Review: Palm Treo Pro

    Today CrunchGear reviews the $549 Palm Treo Pro, a Windows Mobile Smartphone with the good looks of the Blackberry Bold and the goodness of unlocked G.S.M. with 3G and G.P.S. support. Read More

  • Watch out, there's a computer virus (well, worm) aboard the International Space Station

    Remember that scene in Independence Day when Jeff Goldblum’s character suggests the U.S. upload a computer virus to the alien mothership in order to take it out? It’s one of Hollywood’s greatest moments, obviouslly. Well, it turns out that something along those lines has just happened, minus Will Smith, invading aliens, and exploding skyscrapers. There’s a computer… Read More

  • Garmin refreshes two GPS lineups

    Garmin makes more GPS units than I would care to count, but when the firm update two of their mainstream lineups, I take notice. Both the nüvi 2×5 and the 7×5 models were updated with the former of the two receiving lifetime NAVTEQ Traffic alerts and Bluetooth calling features. Pricing and availability for the 265T, 265WT and 275T should be out soon.   The higher-end… Read More

  • Rock Band 2: Song difficulty rankings

    IGN has an exhaustive list of the easiest-to-hardest Rock Band 2 songs, categorized by instrument. Here’s a quick look at the top and bottom of each category. Hit up the IGN piece for the full low-down. Vocals Easiest: L7 — “Pretend We’re Dead”
    Hardest: Bob Dylan — “Tangled Up in Blue” [Hint: Drink yourself to a medium slur and stuff a big… Read More

  • Acquia Announces Beta Launch of Commercial Drupal Distribution

    Today Acquia has announced the beta launch of a commercially supported distribution of Drupal. The release is essentially a hardened distribution of Drupal, complemented with technical support and network service offerings. Code named Carbon for now, the package includes a select set of community contributed modules alongside the Drupal core. Read More

  • New Microsoft Blue Track Mouse spotted on Amazon?

    Microsoft might just have a little surprise up their sleeve. First, Redmond teases, and entices, us on their hardware website with an upcoming announcement message. “9.9.08 – Say Goodbye to Lasers.” All right, oh creator of the first laser mouse, what are we going to say “Hello” to then. Then these images were spotted on Germany’s Amazon site showing a… Read More

  • Thanko now sell earphones that aren't really earphones

    It’s been a while but here is a new product from Thanko, Japan’s most innovative crap gadget vendor. Their “Sound Lives Stereo Earphone” isn’t exactly what you could expect: It features a small speaker for the outer ear that swivels (up to 90 degrees). Thanko says their product is ideal for people suffering from ear fatigue and that their earphones even makes… Read More

  • ITV brands Friends Reunited re-launch a success – but where are the missing 12 million?

    Perhaps the era when old media companies bought new social networks is now over? Why? Because an old media company has now re-made a social network on its own – and it appears to be working. After a fashion. The company in question is ITV, and the network is Friends Reunited. ITV says today that Friends Reunited has hit what it describes as “record numbers”, or 6.6m unique… Read More

  • Cisco Beefs Up WebEx With $215 Million Acquisition of Email Startup PostPath

    Cisco is getting into the Web e-mail game with a $215 million purchase of five-year-old PostPath. PostWho? The company sells a Linux-based e-mail service to enterprises somewhat like Zimbra (which Yahoo bought for $350 million last year). PostPath is a fully functional in-browser Ajax client, and on the back-end it is trying to take on Microsoft Exchange. Cisco will likely add… Read More

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