• Capacitor banks are not toys

    In the grand tradition of “let’s but this M80 into the toilet,” this video shows a group of miscreants firing a capacitor bank in a way that is both maniacal and dangerous. When capacitor banks are outlawed, only outlaws will have capacitor banks. Read More

  • Summizer v1.1 hits the App Store, price dropped

    When we mentioned Summizer, a Twitter search application for the iPhone, a few days back, I noted that the 1.1 version of the application I had been using for the review hadn’t yet made its way through the App store approval process. Sometime last night, said version was approved and made available (iTunes link). One of my only gripes with the application was that it cost $4.99. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Wii light gun for $8, free shipping

    When it comes to snap-in Wii accessories, you can’t pay too little. After all, it’s basically just a hunk of molded plastic. Paying over $10 is probably paying too much. So, here’s the Detachable Light Gun for Nintendo Wii for $8 with free shipping from Meritline. It’s normally $9.99 but until September 26th, you can use coupon code AC2470882OFF to knock another two… Read More

  • Dell now selling the monstrous M6400 Precision Mobile Workstation

      The powerhouse M6400 was announced last month and Dell is finally shipping the ‘laptop.’ This mobile workstation will put many desktop rigs to shame with a Core 2 Duo Quad Core Extreme, 16 GB of Ram, and up to 1TB of storage spread over two 500GB disks in a RAID setup. The 17-inch LED back-lit screen even features 100% of the RGB color gamut and potential buyers can configure… Read More

  • LG Xenon QWERTY Slider and 8 megapixel LG KC780 details leaked

    You just know a company isn’t having a good day when they’ve got two unrelated product leaks on the same day. On left is the LG Xenon, a QWERTY slider that looks to be borrowing some facial aesthetics from the LG Dare, though there doesn’t seem to be a touchscreen. It’s on its way to AT&T, and it’s got a 240×480 2.8″ LCD, 3 megapixel camera… Read More

  • By the power of Amun-Ra, chargeth thine iPhone!

    Someday I’ll tell my son about how we used to have to “plug” things in to the wall, at which point he’ll roll his eyes and speed off on his Back to the Future Part II hoverboard to go hang out with the creepy old Doc Brown. Oh the adventures those two will have! Ted, don’t forget to wind your watch! Wait, that’s not the right movie. Read More

  • SmartShopper digital list maker gets $50 price drop

    Back in July of 2007, some of you may recall that your good buddy Doug wrote a post about the $150 SmartShopper device titled SmartShopper Needs $147 Price Drop to be Competitive, wherein I compared the utility of a device that voice-records your shopping list to that of a $3 pad of paper from OfficeMax. My general position was that $150 was too much to pay for something that keeps a list… Read More

  • Skyfire mobile browser now open to everybody

    After months of private beta, Skyfire, a free mobile browser lauded for offering support for Flash, AJAX, and other goodies generally reserved for PC browsers, has opened its doors to the public. Just in time for the resulting stampede of new users, they’ve also introduced a fresh release of the browser for Windows Mobile complete with a handful of new features. (Update: Though… Read More

  • Dell going Green with the help of LEDs

    Environmentally friendly products are all the rage these days and Dell’s determined to help with LED back-lighting. Never mind that retooling production lines and importing the “green” material generally carries a higher carbon footprint than the current material, but still, it’s nice to feel like Captain Planet sometimes. Read More

  • Final 50 Tickets to the TechCrunch Austin Ventures Meet-Up are Available NOW

    We are releasing the final 50 tickets to the TechCrunch Austin Ventures Meet-Up today. If you act quickly, you will be able to join us this Thursday, September 25 at Pangaea to mix it up with local tech start-ups, TechCrunch editors and our fabulous sponsors. Details for this Austin event may be found here. This will follow my Web Starts At The Grassroots Roundtable, which is sold out. … Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 roundup

    We understand that your emotions were flying high yesterday with the G1 launch. So many questions that you had to have answered ’bout Google’s first foray into the mobile world and just in case you missed something, here is a rundown of our G1 coverage.  T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement G-day: Other September 23rds in history Confirmed: Amazon MP3 on the… Read More

  • Google Says It's Making Reader More Fun

    Google yesterday announced a few updates to Google Reader. The company tried to throw in some cool lingo to make the announcement sound better than it was, but let’s face it — how excited can you really get about putting your feeds in alphabetical order? According to the company, sharing is now available to friends across the globe. Prior to this announcement, it was only… Read More

  • Woot-off Alert!

    In case you didn’t notice yesterday, Woot is currently in full-tilt Woot-off mode. This is the place if you need a random Bluetooth headset, vacuum, or plasma TV on the cheap. Plus, it’s a great cubical time waster as you obsessively hit refresh waiting for the current item to sell out. Read More

  • Pitch your startup to TechCrunch at FOWA in London

    TechCrunch UK is going to run a “Techcrunch Pitch!” contest for startups at the upcoming Future of Web Apps conference in London, and you’re invited. There’ll be an “American Idol” style panel consisting of Mike Butcher (TechCrunch UK), Ryan Carson (Carsonified), Kevin Rose (Digg) and a mystery guest, yet to be announced. All you need to do is submit an… Read More

  • Panasonic develops the world's first 3D full HD plasma home theater system

    Today Panasonic in Japan announced [JP] it has created the world’s first full HD plasma home theater system capable of displaying 3D images. The company also said the technology will be showcased to the general public next week at the CEATEC 2008 exhibition. In a product demonstration for the Japanese press, Panasonic used their flagship 103-inch plasma TV, which is the biggest of its… Read More

  • NBC thinks it has finally figured out how to prevent unauthorized YouTubery

    The real Office Let’s all congratulate NBC for seemingly having figured out how to prevent its great content, like clips of Saturday Night Live, from appearing on the likes of YouTube and Dailymotion. Well done, chaps! NBC told CNET that it’s gotten to the point that unauthorized video clips (like from the Olympics or The Office) are removed so quickly that there’s hardly a… Read More

  • Sharp builds the world's first mobile phone with built-in car key

    Nissan‘s proprietary “Intelligent Key” technology will soon be built into a mobile phone, which is produced by Sharp and, at this point, unfortunately Japan-only. The Japanese car company’s key system is already used in over 950,000 vehicles but now, drivers can wirelessly enter, exit and start their Nissans with the (yet to be named) Sharp phone. Reportedly, the device… Read More

  • Apple App Store rejection letters now with non-disclosure agreement fun

    In a stunning turn of events, Apple has now started putting App Store rejection letters under non-disclosure agreements. That means if the developer whose app got rejected posts the rejection letter to his or her blog, Apple has the right to sue him or her out of existence. This has now prompted the tired and predictable Organized Freakout by much of the blogosphere. Apple’s playing… Read More

  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic promo shots spotted

    After months of leaks and a brief appearance in The Dark Knight, it looks like the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music handset may be just about ready to make its debut. Mobil.cz [Via Unwired View] has managed to scrounge up a rather official looking promo shot, which is generally a pretty strong indication of an impending announcement. Though nothing is set in stone, the current rumor pins October 2nd as… Read More

  • Little Seiko: Japanese company develops creepy kindergarten girl robot

    Tokyo-based electronics company Murata yesterday unveiled a small humanoid robot [JP] that can unicycle forward and backward and is also able to stop without falling over. And it looks creepy to me. The company introduced the female humanoid, which is supposed to resemble a kindergarten girl (!), as an alternative to their flag ship robot Murata Boy (the… Read More

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