• Leica's new F/0.95 lens, yes F/0.95

    Damn, Leica. I know you make awesome lenses and all, but a sub-F/1 production lens? When Kubrick had his f/0.7 lens made specially for Barry Lyndon, it appropriated NASA tech and the rear element was 4mm from the film plane (very dangerous). It was also hand-made and priceless. These Leica Noctiluxes are the next best thing: incredibly expensive. €8000 or over $11,000 will buy you one… Read More

  • Velocity Mobile 103 Windows Mobile device is now available

    Picture on the right It’s been five months since Velocity Mobile hit the scene and now they’ve announced that their first Windows Mobile device is finally available. The touchscreen 103 will ship by the end of the month for £334.99. Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
    Qualcomm Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM7201™ chipset
    GSM/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
    UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850… Read More

  • $179 Bluetooth speaker for biking and whatnot

    Is this the first Bluetooth speaker ever? No. Is it the world’s first Bluetooth sports speaker ever? Apparently, yes. See, all you have to do is add an extra word to your product and you, too, can have the world’s first something or other. Fancy wordsmithery aside, the Cy-Fi speaker weighs four ounces, is “slightly larger than a deck of cards,” is good for about six… Read More

  • TC50: Grockit, The Multiplayer Learning Game That's Better Than Any Practice Test

    Grockit, the mysterious online learning site that has been operating in stealth for the past year and has raised a total of over $10 million, has finally revealed itself to the public, and it doesn’t disappoint. The site calls itself a “Massively Multi Player Online Learning Game”, taking gaming concepts that have made World of Warcraft a massive hit and applying it to… Read More

  • HTC Touch HD uncovered

    No clue where this one came from, but posters at Modaco received images of the Windows Mobile 6.1 device. No word on price or carrier, but I’d say it’s coming to T-Mobile. Or it could be AT&T. The Touch HD rocks a 5-megapixel camera, microSD slot, stylus, GPS, WVGA screen and is said to be coming in time for the holidays.
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  • Will WebMD Lose Its Stranglehold Over Health Information?

    Rumors are back suggesting Revolution Health is looking to merge with another company. Only this time, it’s with another health information portal: Everyday Health. And together, the companies believe they can finally supplant WebMD as the most trafficked site in that space. According to the Washington Post, the companies are still engaging in negotiations and no firm plans have… Read More

  • The Shuttle from Virgin Mobile blasts off today

    In yesterday’s press release concerning the relaunching of Helio, there was a brief mention of a new handset dubbed the Shuttle but no details were included. Today we find out that the phone is really a 3G Virgin Mobile branded slider loaded with 1.3 megapixel camera, Facebook app, stereo Bluetooth and Helio’s software suite, including Buddy Beacon. The new phone could be yours… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: HP 64-Bit Pavilion loaded with Blu-ray & 500GB for $599

    Looking for a compact, but still loaded, HTPC? HP is offering $400 of a $999 s3500T series system (coupon code DT1158), allowing you to configure one nice system and seeing the price drop nearly in half.  Starting with the base configuration, I selected Vista Home Premium 64-bit (!), the Intel E4700 processor, 4GB of RAM, the 256MB Nvidia video card with HDMI, and the Blu-ray player. To inch… Read More

  • Everyone is drawn to the Apple Store, including a missing teacher

    Ever notice how your Apple Store is always busy? It could be in the dead of winter, when only old people and hockey moms wander out, and the Apple Store will be hopping. Anyway, back to the story at hand, a Harlem Spanish teach went missing on August 29th but was recently spotted at the 5th Ave Apple store where she was allegedly checking her email — or buying the new iPod Nano. Hannah… Read More

  • Belkin announces a bajillion new iPod cases

    New iPods mean new cases and boy, oh boy, does Belkin have some new cases. There are about 12 different types of cases, along with many different and varied color options and whatnot. They’ll be available in mid-September (so, like, next week) and will run for between $14.99 and $29.99. Hit the jump for a gallery of photos. Read More

  • New XBox Experience will be slooooow then quick

    But then it will get faster say some folks at Golem. Apparently games on the hard drive suffer from a seek problem that DVD based games don’t have. While the game is loading on DVD, for example, pertinent blocks are placed closer together to speed load times – and the PS3 writes those blocks a few times on the disk to make things even faster – while the HD drive spins… Read More

  • TC50: Fotonauts Is a Gorgeous Photopedia

    Jean-Marie Huillot wants to create “a Wikipedia of pictures,” a Photopedia, if you will. The former CTO of NeXT and Apple’s Applications Division launched Fotonauts today at TechCrunch50. Fotonauts helps photographers organize, upload, synchronize, and share their photos. But it does more than that. It adds data from Wikipedia, Google Maps, and other places to photo albums… Read More

  • TC50: Gazopa Searches for Images Similar To Other Images

    Image search engine Gazopa is the third TechCrunch50 company from Japan (following Opentrace and Sekai Camera). Michael Arrington introduced the Hitachi-backed service with a warning to judge Bradley Horowitz from Google, saying: “Brad, you’re gonna hate the next company, seriously” (a tongue-in-cheek statement since Horowitz got his PhD in graphics and image… Read More

  • TC50: Playce Lets You Play in Real Places

    Playce is a social gaming platform that actually lets you play games in real geographical locations with graphics quality that blows away most web-based games. Because the game is completely online, whenever you want to start playing you simply select a game and connect. There are no downloads and the geography and graphics are phenomenal. Read More

  • Large Hadron Collider picture set

    The eight billion dollar LHC didn’t destroy the world last night – that’s good – so here is a great photo set that shows off the fantastic 17-mile long collider. Read More

  • More Cowbell

    http://www.morecowbell.dj/swf/player.swf   Make your own at MoreCowbell.dj   As we all recall, Christopher Walken loves him some cowbell. This system, which is currently overloaded, will add cowbell to any song. Why? Because today is Wednesday. Read More

  • Rumor: T-Mobile announcing Android G1 on September 23

    Maybe our source was off by a month. We’re investigating now. “T-Mobile and Google will be making an announcement this month in New York City,” two people told Reuters on Wednesday, adding Sept 23 was a likely date for the announcement. Read More

  • Buffalo stuffs full HD resolution into a 22-inch LCD

    If you’ve researched LCD displays in the past, you’ll have likely come across the resolution gap between most 22- and 24-inch LCD monitors. Most 22-inch monitors seem to be at a pretty sweet price point right now, but the 1680×1050 resolution is short of most 24-inch monitors’ full HD (1920×1200) resolution. Well Buffalo has managed to cram full HD resolution into… Read More

  • TC50: Akoha Makes the World a Better Place

    Games for the Oprah crowd is how Akoha co-founder Austin Hill describes his online gaming system. The system uses “mission cards” that friends pass to each other along with a mission i.e. give someone a book or buy someone a meal. You then register that card and perform the mission. Using clever social networking tools you can see how your missions effect others, compete… Read More

  • Sony displaying wireless, organic EL TV

    The future is near! Soon the days of wireless, LCD technology will be gone and the era of wireless organic EL TV will be here. Sony is showing off the prototype at the companies dealer convention along with other non-wireless, organic EL TVs. The 3mm thick TV is simply a tech demo of what’s to come with Sony withholding pertinent information, such as battery life and range. We do… Read More

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