• The Next Web Is Just Around The Corner (The Conference, That Is)

    The Next Web Conference 2009 in Amsterdam is quickly approaching, and it’s promising to be a good show again this year even if it won’t be Erick Schonfeld moderating the event this time. TechCrunch Europe’s Mike Butcher will be there though, and so will I, so hook up with us if you’re heading down to the conference too. In case you haven’t registered yet… Read More

  • Review: Nintendo DSi

    The question on everyone’s mind since October 2, 2008, has been whether it will be worth upgrading to the DSi from the DS Lite, right? We’ve all seen the countless videos coming out of Japan about the DSi’s new features and I’m sure most of you have already made up your mind by now, but if you’re on the fence then I hope this review helps. Read More

  • Video: New Microsoft commercial makes Giampaolo happy for $1,500

    I’m sensing a trend here. Microsoft is working with a formula for its new advertising campaign, dubbed Laptop Hunter. The gist: A good-looking yet accessible actor goes into a mall. They look around, decide Macs are too expensive/cool/exciting for their down-to-earth lifestyles, and then buy an HP, in this case an HP with bad battery life. While I’m totally down with attractive… Read More

  • AT&T upgrading its network in anticipation of new iPhone

    Looks like AT&T is working hard to upgrade its network in anticipation of the new iPhone. (Apparently it’s conventional wisdom that Apple will release a new iPhone this summer.) The primary benefit to you, the paying customer, is faster network speed—provided, of course, that you upgrade to the new iPhone. That’s how they get you. Read More

  • Actor Kevin Pollak Jumps Into Social Media, And Is Swimming Quite Well

    Actor Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men, Usual Suspects, etc.) met Mahalo’s Jason Calacanis at a poker game and learned all about Twitter – a few weeks later and he has over 160,000 followers (although he jokes “I just don’t know what that means”). Calacanis also talked him into hosting a video show as well, which is two weeks old and already has 1,000 or so people… Read More

  • Let's all quit our jobs and become iPhone App developers!

    If you and a friend could stitch together an iPhone application, one that brings in thousands of dollars of revenue per month, would you quit your job? (/me Raises hand, and I’d leave the country—hello, endless summer!.) That exact scenario occasionally happens, truth be told, as the Times points out today. Spend s few months coding an App, then you’re on Easy Street thereafter. Read More

  • The Google Ventures Cheat Sheet

    Earlier this week, Google finally announced the formation of a new venture arm called Google Ventures. It is where all smaller-scale venture investments from Google will now originate. The day of the announcement, I chatted on the phone with Bill Maris and Rich Miner, the two Google executives who are managing the fund to get a sense of what they are interested in and how the fund will… Read More

  • Israeli Entrepreneurs: Know What Game You Are Playing

    TEL AVIV– The other day I spoke at an Israeli event called Techonomy where six handpicked Israeli startups were demoing new products. The companies were impressive, the audience packed, it was sponsored by blue-chip tech names, and well-heeled experts were on stage offering feedback. In fact, it could have been just like a Silicon Valley event a la TechCrunch 50 in every way except… Read More

  • Why Did Sergey Brin Stop Blogging?

    Remember back in September 2008 when Google co-founder Sergey Brin started a personal blog? TechCrunch was the first to spot it, and it was interesting enough for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Times to pick up the story. Of course, it was the actual content of the second blog post (the one after the obligatory introduction one) that was the real story there. After all, an executive of… Read More

  • Italian Football Referees Banned From Using Social Media

    For your Saturday morning reading: Channel4 reports that the new President of the Referees’ Assocation in Italy wants to stop officials from participating in conversations on social networking sites and message boards, and refrain themselves from blogging. The President in question, Marcello Nicchi, was only elected to the position last month and one of his first moves was the release of… Read More

  • WiMAX for EVAR! or so says Clearwire chairman

    AT&T and Verizon might have the lion’s share of the mobile broadband market, but don’t count Sprint and Clearwire’s WiMAX out just yet. The chairman of Clearwire was nailed down for an interview at CTIA where he championed the high bandwidth wireless solution by talking about the low capacity of VZW’s and AT&T’s 3G network. And how WiMAX can even handle… Read More

  • Brit firm developing solar powered parking spots

    This comes from the, “well duh!” file. A UK firm is developing a canopy designed to be mounted over a parking spot with solar cells, so people driving all-electric vehicles can charge while parked. This sounds like a really great idea. Imagine being able to charge up your car while you’re at work. Read More

  • Surface app for doctors improves their bedside manner

    This isn’t exactly headline news, but along with the 56-inch monitor we saw yesterday, it looks like displays in hospitals are going to be getting pretty fancy over the next couple years. After all, they have the latest technology for just about everything else. Might as well go the whole hog. Wireless ruggedized tablets capable of withstanding an arterial spray, 4K displays for… Read More

  • Samsung Mondi given some video time

    .The upcoming Samsung Mondi broke a few days ago and was recently spotted at CTIA. The large MID sounds great on paper thanks to some killer specs, most notably being the WiMAX internet connectivity and a 4.3-inch touchscreen. However, the Windows Mobile 6.1 underpinnings with the TouchWIZ OS is somewhat of a turnoff. That being said, this basic video has certainly peeked our interest. This… Read More

  • Facebook's Newest Funding Source: You

    Facebook is testing a new virtual gifts product that allows users to give “credits” to other users. The idea is that you can give other users these credits in addition to or in lieu of commenting or liking a message or status. So if for example I say “out walking the dog,” other people can throw some credits my way. VentureBeat has an exclusive overview. Here’s… Read More

  • Mooch Takes Aim At GameStop With Video Game Swapping Market

    Mooch is a new video game trading site looking to help users trade games directly with each other, allowing them to bypass middleman stores like GameStop and save money in the process. Depending on how new and popular the games being traded are, members can expect to save as much as $30 per trade, and simply have to mail their games to each other after establishing a trade on the site. Mooch… Read More

  • Power Glove: Reloaded features accelerometer, Arduino chipset

    You know, I love the Power Glove. Obviously, because it’s so bad. Not rad bad, but bad bad. It never really worked right, and despite mods like this one over the years, it’s never really found a real audience outside of the ironic crowd (I own two). I really don’t know why Nintendo hasn’t released a Powii Glove yet, but if they make it like this thing, I’m… Read More

  • DIY: Tesla Coil Gun

    Obvious warning: Don’t let your kid play with this. Hell, you probably shouldn’t play with it. But this DIY project could make a great, but deadly, weekend project. Basically, it is comprised of a auto ignition coil, power relay and a broken power drill. The project might be a bit more than the average nerd can handle, but what the hell. What do you have to lose? It (probably)… Read More

  • Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime puts foot in mouth regarding used games

    This interview happened at the very end of GDC, but until this part was highlighted I had no idea of the extent of Reggie Fils-Aime’s… whatever it is. He regards the used game industry as a threat to Nintendo, understandably, but also to consumers. Wait, what? And just wait till you read the quote. Read More

  • Film camera "disguised" as enormous film canister

    These aren’t exactly for the super-spy in your life, but for the ironic enjoyer of all things meta and mash-up, they might be perfect. It’s hard to say how big these cameras really are, but if that cup and saucer is any indication, they ain’t small. Still, the classic shape and coloring of the film canister version is very appealing. You can tell people that’s where… Read More

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