• Twitter map helps you avoid vacationing Brits

    During the freak UK snow conditions this year, enterprising developer Ben Marsh coded the #uksnow Twitter/Google maps mashup. You simply Tweeted the first half of your postcode and a score out of 10 for the local snow cover e.g.”#uksnow E1 4/10″ and the map showed where the snow was falling. Simple really. Now Vodafone have contracted Ben to do something similar, this time for their… Read More

  • Qype founder goes hunting

    What is on Stephan Uhrenbacher’s mind? The founder of Qype, which some describe as the European Yelp, has moved into a back-seat role and has new plans up his sleeves – but he’s playing hard to get. He was on a Techcrunch Berlin panel this week and conspirationally mentioned to me that he had three new business ideas. However, it remains to be seen what these ideas are. Read More

  • Don't laugh – Lycos plans a Euro relaunch. Hey, they have Google, OK?

    Lycos, the long forgotten search engine and portal (remember them?), has regained the rights to use the trademarked brand names “Lycos” and “Hotbot” inside Europe. Previously Lycos Europe was a Bertelsmann-Telefonica owned entitiy which operated under license in Europe. Lycos Europe paid $5.2 million in 2007 for this arrangement in fact. But at its AGM on May 31 it… Read More

  • Handlebar-mounted bike mp3 player sounds dumb but it's totally not

    At first glance, this little doodad seems like a straight-to-SkyMall throwaway gadget. But I think the Bikeman is actually quite a handy device. First, it’s got a light on the front, so your handlebars aren’t going to look like some sort of sensor array with all the junk on ’em. Second, it’s easily removable, so you can take it with you if you’re parking in the… Read More

  • Thing Labs: We Had Plinky, Now We Have The Brain — And It Uses Twitter

    Back in January, Jason Shellen, a former Googler known for his work on Blogger and Google Reader, launched Plinky, a new approach to blogging that wanted to give users a way to be more engaged in the process. The service got off to a fast start, but talk about it has dwindled in recent months. So now Shellen is ready to start something new. Something that utilizes yes, Twitter. While Plinky… Read More

  • Voltron camera: "And I'll form the lens!"

    There are a lot of cool cameras in Flickr user and camera collector John Kratz’s photostream — a lot of cool cameras — but I think this one takes the cake. While it doesn’t actually separate into robotic component lions, it does stand up. It’s its own tripod! Bipod, rather. Read More

  • Twitter Starts Verifying Accounts Without Actually Verifying Them

    It looks like Twitter has just rolled out its verified accounts. As you can seeing on Michael’s personal account, there’s a “Verified Account” logo right above his name. Twitter has previously announced that it was going to do this, but did so tonight without warning. What’s odd is that Michael never actually verified his account with anyone at Twitter. Read More

  • Super-umbrella contracts to avoid inadvertent umbrella-related homicide

    In Seattle, umbrella culture is vibrant — as you might imagine. People have big umbrellas, small umbrellas, black umbrellas, colored umbrellas, clear umbrellas, cane umbrellas, micro-umbrellas, and bumbershoots. You also have umbrella-haters who boycott umbrella use and simply dash from awning to dripping awning. So there’s a lot of umbrella etiquette on a rainy day downtown, and… Read More

  • Use an SD card as a boot disk in your new MacBook Pro

    It seems that the SD card slot in the new MacBook Pros does count as a bootable device; all you have to do is install OS X onto a card, set it as the default boot device, and you’re good to go. Why would you want to do this ridiculous thing? The idea is you could boot from it to address emergent hard drive failure, data corruption, or viral attack. Just kidding about that last one. I… Read More

  • Is this laptop stand really worth $70?

    Listen, I understand people will pay good money for quality and exclusive items, but is this really worth $70? Read More

  • Confirmed: Green Day coming to Rock Band exclusively

    That was quick. Just days after Billy Joe Armstrong told a radio station that the punk rock band was working on a Rock Band project, Harmonix and MTV Games confirmed that it’s true and they have the band exclusively. Wanna know the tracks that are coming? Read More

  • DIY spy van/mobile office

    I guess it’s only DIY if you can afford it, and this sweet surveillance van looks like it cost a pretty penny. Still, it’s not government issue, so that makes it DIY. Somehow the cherry red color doesn’t scream “inconspicuous” to me, though. The van is equipped with everything you’d need for a stakeout: roof-mounted remote camera, two high-powered… Read More

  • Exclusive: BBC leads the next wave of web experience with Hemlock

    The BBC is getting into truly real-time interactive web apps with a new open source framework called Hemlock, developed by London-based Mint Digital, and available as of today. The Beeb’s Children’s Department has licensed the technology to develop a peer-to-peer card trading game based on its hugely popular mixed reality show BAMZOOKi, which is sort of like Robot Wars meets… Read More

  • Review: Klipsch Image S4 headphones

    Several months ago, CrunchGear reviewed Klipsch’s X5 headphones, which I pronounced the best in-ear headphones I’d ever used. Unfortunately, they cost $250, which kind of puts them out of reach for most people (it would for me if I hadn’t been lucky enough to review them). But now Klipsch has expanded the Image line down to the sub-$100 level and I’ve been testing out… Read More

  • Scoble's Building 43 Launching Tonight With Practical Tips For Businesses Stuck In The 90's

    Tonight sees the launch of Robert Scoble’s newest project, Building43, an online community that he’s building in partnership with web-hosting provider Rackspace (we’re having them over to celebrate with us at our birthday party). When we first heard about the new site, Scoble described it as a “community that’s for people who are fanatical about the Internet”. Read More

  • Happy 4th Birthday, TechCrunch

    On June 11, 2005 I wrote a post titled Technorati Beta Profile, and TechCrunch was born. Today we turn four years old. Over the years I’ve written long posts marking the day with lots of stats. I’m not going to do that today though. All I’m going to do is say Thank You to the awesome people who I get to work with, and the awesome people who come here to read this blog. Thank… Read More

  • Someecards Have Ads I Actually Pay Attention To. And They're About To Do Video.

    Most online advertising is lame. Yes, the idea of a click-through ad is great, but let’s be honest, a lot of time that involves tricking people into clicking on your ad. Whatever happened to building brand awareness through compelling advertising? I think someecards is pretty damn good at that — and they’re going to get better. You probably know someecards as the startup… Read More

  • Top French court eliminates ‘three strikes and you're out’ clause from anti-piracy law

    It looks like, in France, men still are born and remain free and equal in rights. That anti-piracy law that we’ve been tracking, known in France as the Hadopi law, is now, for all intents and purposes, pretty much null and void, thanks to the intervention of a court there. Well, the court there, the Constitutional Council. It is the view of the court that “free access to public… Read More

  • Review: Jabra SP200 Bluetooth speakerphone

    Short version: The Jabra SP200 is huge Bluetooth speakerphone with extra large controls and extra loud volume. Read More

  • Sony takes the mercury out of alkaline batteries

    Sony, so far not known to be a particularly “green” tech company, has announced plans [JP] to commercialize a total of six different models of batteries that contain no mercury. The company said it’s the first that has found a way to mix absorbent raw material into the cathode, eliminating the need to use mercury in the button batteries. Read More

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