• Thanko strikes again, now sells USB cooler and heater keyboard

    We haven’t heard from crap gadget vendor Thanko in a while, but they are back: This time, the Tokyo-based company presents a keyboard with a built-in heater and cooler [JP]. That means the keyboard will not only keep your hands warm during those cold days in winter but it’s also useful during the summer. Amazing stuff. Obviously Thanko used all their engineering power to create… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: No Rider Edition

    The Myvu Crystal now works with your iPhone 3G
    Review: Good Nite Lite
    Reduce intra-brain pressure with amazing little nubbin
    Yamaha Japan presents new electric-hybrid bicycle (limited edition)
    Sony’s music robot Rolly can now be controlled via Bluetooth Read More

  • Project Playlist May Boast A New CEO, An Ex-Facebooker

    Rumor alert: Employees of Project Playlist, a very popular music search engine and embeddable playlist tool, have been telling people that the company has hired a new CEO to lead it to the next stage of development. And the new CEO, they’re saying, is an ex-Facebook employee. We haven’t been able to confirm this with the company, and we don’t know which ex-Facebook employee… Read More

  • Former AOL Exec Raises Funding For Sports Blogs Network

    Former AOL executive vice president of consumer and publisher services Jim Bankoff has secured a “mid-seven-figure sum” of venture capital for SB Nation, a startup network of sports blogs. The round of funding was led by Accel Partners, the Silicon Valley private equity firm best known for its backing of Facebook, and joined by Allen & Co as well as a number of digital… Read More

  • Logitech Coughs Up $30 Million To Acquire SightSpeed

    Switzerland-based Logitech, maker of personal computer peripherals, is entering the software market by acquiring internet video communications services provider SightSpeed for $30 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in early November. The acquisition of the 25-person company, born out of a Cornell University lab, is a result of Logitech looking to complement their hardware… Read More

  • TVeez Renamed To Odysii, Sets Sights On U.S. Market

    TVeez, a company that specializes in marketing and onsite digital advertising, has rebranded itself and will now be known as Odysii. In conjunction with the name change, the company has also confirmed reports that it has received $15 million in a round led by Benchmark Capital and Giza Ventures, as was reported back in April. Odysii says that the funding will be used to help expand into the U.S. Read More

  • Happy Birthday Hulu. I'm Glad You Guys Didn't Suck.

    Online tv/film site Hulu launched a year ago today, and boy did we have to eat crow. We provided nearly constant criticism of the site since it was announced in March 2007 (no name, billion dollar valuation, name translation issues, trademark absurdity, etc.). But despite a slightly bumpy launch, we had to admit that they did an outstanding job. And today I can safely say I spend more time… Read More

  • Review: The New Xbox Experience for Xbox 360

    A lot of things are riding on this UI redesign for Microsoft and the Xbox team, but more importantly it’s quelling the frustrations that many of us have had to deal with since the beginning of time. The blade interface was a good start, but it was frustrating at times and it certainly deterred me from perusing the Marketplace. Streaming via Netflix has been rumored for almost a year and… Read More

  • $150 Million BlackBerry Partners Fund Spreads The Wealth

    The BlackBerry Partners Fund, a $150 million VC fund co-managed by JLA Ventures and RBC Venture Partners, has announced its first three investments: The first is for buzzd, a geo-aware social network that also doubles as a location information guide. BlackBerry Partners Fund participated in a $3.2 million Series A Round, along with Greycroft Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, and Monitor… Read More

  • Psystar hopes Apple won't notice Blu-Ray desktops

    Psystar is still beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men aka Apple but now they’re shipping “OS X-compatible” machines with Blu-ray installed. Sadly, there is no built-in Blu-Ray support which means you’re stuck using Toast 9 to do anything at all. In our experience, Psystar is basically selling bare bones PCs with a little… Read More

  • LinkedIn Means Business With New Application Platform

    LinkedIn has launched its new OpenSocial-based application platform called InApps – an answer to the platforms found on social networks like Facebook and MySpace, but without the clutter and “junk” apps that plague those sites. Unlike most other social networks, LinkedIn apps must go through an approval process before they will go live on the store, and all apps must be… Read More

  • Android Speed Reviews: Twidroid, LOLcat Builder, SpellDial, BudgetDroid, Krystle II, CallerID, Santas War

    With the doors to the Android Market open to developers as of yesterday, the applications have begun pouring in. To celebrate, we decided to take a look at some of the notable applications lurking about in this first batch. Notable, mind you, doesn’t necessarily mean the best. A few were highlighted for their greatness. Some were noted because we just like the concept. And the others? Read More

  • Activision working to resolve Guitar Hero World Tour drum sensitivity issue

    User reviews of Guitar Hero World Tour aren’t so hot—it’s averaging a 5.8 on Metacritic (but nets an 87 based on “professional” reviews). One reason for the low score is this weird drum kit sensitivity issue that a bunch of people are reporting. Activision, the game’s publisher, says the problem only affects an early run of drums. Be that as it may… Read More

  • Blogger And Podcaster Media Network Looks To Turn Long Tail Blogging Into A Full-Time Job

    For all of the millions of blogs on the web, only an incredibly small fraction generate enough revenue to serve as full time jobs. Most people are happy enough with just sharing their thoughts with the public, even if they only see a few hundred hits a months with the very occasional comment. But what if there was a way for even these small-timers to generate enough money to put food on… Read More

  • Onkyo announces THX-certified 7.1-channel speaker system

    Today, the HT-S9100THX system was announced and it has its sights set on HD theater buffs across the country. The 7.1-channel system (130W/channel) includes THX’s Loudnes Plus technology and comes with four HDMI v1.3a ports. The more HDMI ports, the better, I say. Audyssey and Faroudja handle onboard audio and video processing. Faroudja’s DCDi Edge technology bumps all… Read More

  • Dragon covered Xbox 360 controller combo available at Wal*Mart

    In case any of my friends and family are reading this post then you should know that I’m in desperate need of an extra wireless 360 controller. The one you see above is exclusive to Wal*Mart and is covered with a dragon and what appears to be a female. It’s only $49.74. Again, I am in desperate need of an extra 360 controller, family and friends. Thank you. Product Page Read More

  • Netviewer Scores $9 Million From T-Online Venture And The Samwer Brothers

    T-Online Venture and the European Founders Fund (the investment vehicle of the infamous Samwer brothers who recently invested in Facebook) have invested a total of €7 million or nearly $9 million in Netviewer, a provider of web-based collaboration and communication software. Read More

  • Intern wanted for TechCrunch UK (maybe)

    This is not set on stone as it really depends on finding the right kind of person. If I don’t find them then there’s no vacancy. But anyway: I’m looking for an intern for TCUK. Someone curious (ok, very curious) about Web/Mobile tech startups, possibly (probably!) already blogging and willing to take direction. Ideally located in London. Also there is some database work to… Read More

  • Fallout 3 now available, ads pulled, don't even think about killing kids

    It’s been a ridiculously long time since Fallout 2 hit the scene (10 years ago) and available today is Bethesda’s much hyped and highly anticipated RPG Fallout 3. Thousands of retailers stayed open into the early morning last night to quench gamers thirsts for destruction and gore. Some folks in DC didn’t take too kindly to the ads because they depicted our nation’s… Read More

  • The FeedRoom Updates Enterprise Video Platform

    Fresh on the heels of being dropped as the premier video platform for The NYTimes.com in favor of Brightcove, The FeedRoom has unveiled the latest iteration of its enterprise video platform. The release of FeedRoom 4.0 Enterprise Video Platform (EVP) was announced at the 2008 Forrester Consumer Forum. The platform is built on two key components: FeedRoom ContentCore, which acts as a… Read More

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