• Sun Jar: solar-powered lamp that looks like you caught a firefly

    This thing looks great! Solar-powered lamps are often pretty corny-looking, and the ones for outdoors are all so plasticky. The Sun Jar is basically just a couple low-power LEDs in a jar, attached to a solar charger, but it looks great. I always wanted to capture the sun in a jar. Have a couple of these around for emergencies or just for mood lighting. At £20 or ~$33, they fall under the… Read More

  • Rejoice, Mac gamers: Chronicles of Riddick is coming to you

    Don’t look now, I think the Apple platform might be approaching a half dozen games! Now in addition to Myst and World of Warcraft, Mac users can also play the not-really-acclaimed shooter Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena. I frankly have no idea why anyone is porting this game. I mean, it’s not especially good, or original. Maybe Vin Diesel is a Mac user? Read More

  • Is that a dead pixel on my Olympus E-P1?

    Yep. That 100 percent crop shows a dead pixel close to center on the Olympus E-P1. Read More

  • OLPC banned in many Ethiopia classrooms for being toylike

    While this is more a sociological issue than a technological one, it’s still interesting. Pilot programs in Ethiopia with the OLPC XO laptop have hit a major roadblock: teachers resent the device and consider it a toy. The reasons for this are complicated, but in essence it’s the nature of the educational system there. Imagine a school here in the US where the kids are learning… Read More

  • Animoto Is Already Cash-Flow Positive, Raises Another Round To Go To 11

    In a world where most startups choose gaining users over making money, Animoto is an odd exception: It’s doing both. Since launching in August 2007, the company has signed up some 750,000 users, and some 10% of those are paying customers. And that’s allowed the company to run cash-flow positive since December of last year, CEO Brad Jefferson tells us. And it could keep going on… Read More

  • Yahoo Is Now Resorting To Selling Killer Domain Names On The Cheap

    No sooner do we finish writing up Yahoo deadpooling yet another project, Gallery, do we get a tip that Yahoo apparently has another money saving/making plan: Selling off domains it owns. That’s exactly what it has done with contests.com, which sold during a live auction last night. What’s really odd though (aside from an Internet giant actually selling a domain rather than buying… Read More

  • Feet-on with the VholdR ContourHD

    Here it is, action sport stars, some real POV footage taken with the VholdR ContourHD instead of the garbage office tour I took earlier in the week. Turn down the volume on your speakers! I’ve included the video that’s currently live on VholdR’s site and YouTube for the full HD video. Read More

  • Hands-on with the Samsung Omnia 2

    Announced on Monday, the Samsung Omnia 2 is making its way onto Verizon very soon and we sat down with it for a little groping session. Read More

  • Exhibition Over: Yahoo Gallery Closing

    One thing Yahoo has been very good at over the past year is closing down services. Today brings news of another one shutting down: Yahoo Gallery. Come July 14, it will be no more. Yahoo Gallery was a project that never left beta testing. It was intended to showcase cool applications that were built using Yahoo’s various services and APIs. And while it was a decent idea as a way to show… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 750GB hard drive for $59

    The only thing better than hoarding everything digitally is doing it on the cheap. In that spirit, Amazon has a 750GB Western Digital Caviar hard drive for $58.58 with free shipping. That oughta take a weekend to fill up. Read More

  • Enable tethering in iPhone 3.0 – UPDATE

    Sorry, AT&T, but you can’t hide tethering from the very folks who taught you, long ago, what it meant to truly tether. First, download this carrier update and then type this into Terminal. Read More

  • Review: Gameloft's Rise of the Lost Empires charms and enchants


    If you want an action/adventure RPG worth its salt, look no further. Gameloft’s Rise of the Lost Empires has everything you need! I loved this game and played it so obsessively for the last few days that I developed a severe case of cell phone elbow. This game has awe-inspiring graphics and dazzling gameplay. Aside from some extremely minor performance issues, Rise of the Lost Empires… Read More

  • Heavy duty flashlight recharges in 90 seconds

    If you find yourself using a powerful flashlight on a regular basis, the above-pictured “Light for Life” lasts for 90 minutes on a single charge and recharges in an astonishing 90 seconds. Read More

  • Tinker Becomes A More Powerful Twitter Trends Discovery Engine

    Tinker, the recently launched microblogging topic tracker from Glam Media, will be rolling out several new features to upgrade its service. Tinker, which we covered in depth during its launch here, allows users to quickly browse through different real-time Twitter and Facebook searches relevant to various current events, trends and breaking news. Each event, trend or news item is associated… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: A sub-$100 Blu-ray player

    Disclaimer: This player is refurbished and it’s a Magnavox. However, it still plays Blu-ray discs and can be had for slightly less than a 100 bones. Read More

  • T-Mobile Dash 3G official and pictured

    A blurry little bird told us a few weeks back that the Dash 3G was incoming, probably for a July 1 release date. Everything in this fresh-out-of-the-oven press release seems to confirm that, so let’s all get together and have a tall glass of Dash this Independence Day. Here’s what T-Mo has to say about the device: The T-Mobile Dash 3G, designed by HTC and powered by… Read More

  • The Europas – How to enter and who's coming

    Preparations for The Europas – The TechCrunch Europe Awards 2009 – are coming together. I really hope you have July 9 booked in your diary, and you got your tickets and your hotel and flight booked (if needed). Remember also that you can check out, and book hotels through our hotel search partner HotelMap (which is a pretty cool rendering of hotels in London). The Europas will be… Read More

  • Anticlimax of the week: iPod stopwatch at 9999hr59m59s…

    What happens when the iPhone iPod stopwatch runs out of digits? This guy started his stopwatch 416 days ago and has let it run ever since (never turning off his phone or losing power once for over a year? Good lord). Predictably, the seconds turned into minutes, which turned into hours, which turned into 9999 hours at which point the digits seem to have nowhere to go — and then 59… Read More

  • A seven-page "first look" at the Omnia 2

    If you’re looking for a new WinMo smartphone, the Omnia 2 should definitely be on your list. I still think the cube thing is weird-looking, but apparently the phone works quite well and has a nice, polished touch interface. It’d be superfluous to list all the details they go over, but let’s just say that GSM Arena’s “first look” is more thorough than… Read More

  • Blast from the Past: Mad Dog McCree resurrected on the Wii

    Oh man, who remembers playing Mad Dog McCree? T’was a Duck Hunt-style shooter except instead of animated ducks, the game featured live-action mediocre actors. I had it on 3DO — 3DO! Read More

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