• Sony working on making a PSP-phone?

    I’m not sure I think this is such a good idea, Sony. A PSP crossed with one of Sony-Ericsson’s phones probably wouldn’t enjoy hybrid vigor, seeing as neither device is exactly best in breed. I mean, they’re both fine for what they are, but let’s be honest: they’re generally overpriced and only sport the most basic features. I’m afraid I don’t… Read More

  • Finally, affordable chainmail for the discerning desk knight

    If you’ve been holding off on purchasing your very own chainmail coif because you think chainmail prices have gotten out… of… control, you’ll be delighted to hear that ThinkGeek is selling chainmail coifs starting at $35. Read More

  • Apple App Store vs. Nokia Ovi Store – A Quick And Dirty Comparison

    When Nokia launched its Ovi Store for mobile applications a month ago, it was clear that – despite its less than stellar launch – it would be a mistake to simply dismiss the Finnish mobile juggernaut’s efforts as meaningless. The company may be struggling to stay relevant on the software and services side, but with a reach like Nokia’s on the handset distribution level… Read More

  • Aardvark Open For Business Via Facebook Connect

    Aardvark’s social search service has been allowing beta users to invite friends since March. But if you don’t already know someone on the service, you’ve had to wait in line. That wait ends today, though, at least for Facebook users. You can now create an account via Facebook Connect and start using the service. The service, which we described a couple of months ago, lets… Read More

  • 9-1-1 Should Never Give Me A Busy Signal

    This post is a bit different from the technology news that we generally cover here at TechCrunch. But it’s something that I think needs to be said. Last night I got word that my parents had witnessed a tragic accident while driving in Northern California. I won’t get into the details, but suffice to say one person was killed and others were left bleeding, in various states of… Read More

  • Apple App Store vs. Nokia Ovi Store – A Quick And Dirty Comparison

    When Nokia launched its Ovi Store for mobile applications a month ago, it was clear that – despite its less than stellar launch – it would be a mistake to simply dismiss the Finnish mobile juggernaut’s efforts as meaningless. The company may be struggling to stay relevant on the software and services side, but with a reach like Nokia’s on the handset distribution level… Read More

  • Can't choose? Search Bing and Google simultaneously

    While Bing might have been a hit at launch, plenty of us have gone back to using Google. But now a small new web service makes comparing the two far easier. Bing vs. Google lets you – obviously – search Bing and Google at the same time by providing a split screen interface. Both screens (frames) scroll at the same time and can be arranged either vertically or horizontally. One… Read More

  • Spanish start up Ticketea raises $280,000 for online ticketing

    Though the consolidation of Web 2.0 services in the last years has changed the way we use the Internet, some online services have remained almost unchanged for the last 5 or 10 years. Buying and selling tickets seems to be one of these areas. So far, US companies like Eventbrite or Ticketleap dominate this market, although Germany’s Amiando is giving them a run for their money and… Read More

  • The Top 100 Networked Venture Capitalists

    Do venture investors with the biggest and best networks end up producing the best returns? An academic paper from a few years ago by Yael Hochberg, Alexander Ljungqvist, and Yang Lu titled “Whom You Know Matters: Venture Capital Networks and Investment Performance” (embedded at the bottom of this post) suggests that is the case. They looked at historic venture returns and found… Read More

  • Confirmed: Glam Media Shares (Some) Details On Twitter Ad Network Plans

    Yesterday we posted about Glam Media contacting Twitter app developers concerning an upcoming ‘Twitter-powered ad network’, and requested more information from CEO Samir Arora as the e-mail we were forwarded by one of the developers was rather scarce on details. He came through earlier this morning to confirm the accuracy of the scoop, and also provided a statement from his team… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: All Good Things Edition

    I like my iPhones the way I like my marshmallows: golden brown
    Star Wars accessory for Wiimote – I’ll give you one guess
    A pony, for your Friday amusement Read More

  • Rumor: 16GB Zune HD to cost 10-20% less than comparable iPod


    An engineer at Microsoft has ballparked the cost of the 16GB ZuneHD at somewhere between $250 and $280 (for reference, a 16GB iPod Touch is $300). That’s a little bit higher than I’d have guessed, but considering OLED screens are still expensive, to say nothing of flash memory, it’s a solid estimate. Trouble is, where are they going to get people to take it for a spin? Read More

  • Unique Auction Site Swoopo Expands To Canada, Testing 'Buy It Now'

    It’s been a while since we last took a look at Swoopo, the “entertainment shopping” site that’s one part auction-house, one part virtual casino. Since launching in late 2008, the site has closed a $10 million funding round led by August Capital, and has grown to over 2 million members. Now, the site has quietly expanded to launch a Canadian portal, and is also… Read More

  • App Roundup: games, games and more games

    There are more than 10,000 games on the App Store, according to Apptism. That’s 20% of all apps released on the store: how the hell do you decide which one to buy? We can’t help you there, but we can keep serving you up reviews of recently released games so you can decide for yourself. We spent the week fumbling around with 5 of them: Tradewinds 2, Castle Of Magic, Archon… Read More

  • I like my iPhones the way I like my marshmallows: golden brown

    While a nice, toasted brown color signalizes a perfectly done marshmallow to yours truly, it’s a bit alarming when it’s streaked across the back of an iPhone 3GS. Now, we knew that the 3G could get pretty warm, and would even warn you when it was getting dangerous. But the 3GS appears to have a different strategy: let it get so hot that it burns the paint. Read More

  • Think about it. Do you really want a 720p camera in your phone?


    There’s some buzz right now about the iPhone 3G S and other phones being capable of 720p recording, or perhaps even 1080p if they use the newest sensors. Wow! The future is here! 720p video built right into your phone! But here’s the thing: would you rather have HD video recording implemented very badly, as it must be with the limitations of mobile phones, or would you rather not… Read More

  • Amazon becoming Apple becoming…

    It’s raining for perhaps the 900th day in a row here, so we might as we learn something while we’re all stuck inside all day illegally downloading Michael Jackson songs. The Amazon Kindle—I’m sure you’ve heard of it. What you might not know is that it represents perhaps the last piece of tech gadgetry that I actually enjoy. Well, would enjoy—at $350… Read More

  • Price drops this year for both 360 and PS3, says infallible source

    Apparently there is a single guy who is intimately acquainted with the internal doings of both Microsoft and Sony. Double agent? Contractor? Seducer? Nobody knows but Ars Technica, who enjoy exclusive access to his oracular expectorations. Er, his tech predictions. It looks like both the PS3 and 360 are due for a price drop, via the Tetris effect, which I have just now invented. It’s… Read More

  • Based in South Eastern Europe? Need seed funding? Check out Openfund

    In a terrific example of a self-organising industry, some of  OpenCoffee Greece’s founding members and a number of web entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have launched Openfund, offering seed capital for internet startups in Greece and South East Europe. The model draws inspiration from  YCombinator and Seedcamp, with plans to fund up to five startups per round. The startups… Read More

  • Video: Eh, a video of the PSP Go

    Well how do you like that? It seems Sony was in town here in New York showing off the PSP Go. (I refuse to use that dumb exclamation point anymore.) Of course, CrunchGear wasn’t invited to play with it, to my knowledge, but let’s not complain about that today, on this very sad day for us all. Anyway, Cnet got to play with the device, and put together this snazzy video. Read More

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