• Most G1 Owners Love Apps — But Not All

    Some numbers we published yesterday showed that while iPhone owners (not surprisingly) love to download apps, owners of other smartphones do not. As we noted, the numbers seemed a bit incomplete since the Android platform wasn’t represented. We asked Compete, which took the survey, to send those our way. To be clear, the sample size is “very small,” but it’s… Read More

  • Is Lenovo working on a high-end ThinkPad netbook for business folk?

    Lenovo is “exploring” the possibility of a ThankPad-branded netbook. Such a netbook would, one guesses, be the first specifically aimed at the business crowd. Does this mean that we’re beginning to see the blurring of the line between netbooks and notebooks? One can dream, friends. One can dream. Read More

  • Etymotic now offering ACS custom molding on the hf2 earphones

    A prominent sound engineer once told me that Etymotic was one of three headphone manufacturers in existence today that actually produces high fidelity in-ear ‘phones worth buying. That’s a pretty bold statement, but an accurate one. Of all the Etymotic earphones that I’ve tried, I’ve never had issue with the tree tips since they provide more than adequate… Read More

  • Spy tie! In your Life!

    Can you pinhold camera? Is it penetrated into your Life? It costs $66. It is hidden in the TIE pattern! Check carefully and have a remote! Add to cart! 2GB memory for store video! Read More

  • Canon outs new firmware for 50D, XSi, and XS

    New firmware time, shutterbugs! It’s a big firmware for the 50D and addresses the vertical banding issues that have plagued the otherwise fantastic digicam. Plus, the new firmware updates all three cameras so they will support the AF assist beam feature of the new flash, Speedlite 270 EX, which is scheduled to be released sometime this month. Canon via PhotographyBay Read More

  • An $85 wooden iPhone case

    From one woodworker to another, huge props for this wooden iPhone case. I have been wanting to turn out a similar case for my BlackBerry Storm but I never envisioned the correct design; appareantly he did. These cases aren’t the cheapest at $84+ but they are certainly some of the best looking. The entire thing is constructed of wendge and finished with linseed oil. The shape of the… Read More

  • News Corp Pulls The Trigger: Owen Van Natta Now Runs The Circus. Err, MySpace

    They pulled the trigger: Owen Van Natta, who apparently is never pictured without a two day stubble, is now the CEO of MySpace and will report to Jonathan Miller, the new CEO of Digital Media for News Corp. Van Natta is a former Facebook and Amazon executive who, until today, was the CEO of a decidedly unstable music startup called Playlist. He’s got the resume to run MySpace, but as we… Read More

  • TechCrunch Comes to China

    As regular readers know, I’m working on a book about global entrepreneurship and taking TechCrunch readers along with me. By that I mean, I’ll be blogging about cool companies I find, not that I’m actually chartering a plane for all of you. Sorry, but, you know, it’s a recession. Up next: China. I’ll be in Shanghai and Bejing May 9-22. It’s my first trip… Read More

  • Project Playlist Fills CEO Void With MTV Co-Founder John Sykes

    Hot on the heels of the announcement that Owen Van Natta is unceremoniously leaving Project Playlist to run MySpace, Project Playlist has announced that John Sykes will be stepping in as CEO. Sykes is a co-founder of MTV, former president of VH1, and former president of Infinity Broadcasting, one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the US. Sykes has been a boardmember at Playlist… Read More

  • DIY: Control your Pleo with a Wii

    Got a boring weekend ahead? Nothing going on? No friends? Chances are you probably have a Pleo and a Wii then. If so, how about rigging up the Pleo for Wii control? The hack isn’t that simple but when you see the video after the jump, you’re going to want to try it. Plus, it’s not like you need to change dinner plans or anything. Read More

  • Microsoft revenue drops 6%

    For the first time in 23 years software-maker Microsoft has reported a loss in quarterly sales. The company said sales fell to $13.7 billion, missing a $14.1 billion estimate. MS blames the global PC and laptop market, which is fair enough. This, perhaps, is why the big push behind netbooks has been conveniently occurring this season: cheap notebooks still need Windows products, right? And… Read More

  • Downsize Different: Apple sheds 1,600 retail employeescuts employee hours

    Sucks to be an Apple retail employee. Apple has reduced the hours of of their be-t-shirted geniuses have been fired this quarter, down from 15,600 in Q1. They are also planning fewer retail locations this year and are ramping down the use of part-time employees. Read More

  • Czech Cloud Startup Good Data Raises Funding From Marc Andreessen And Others

    Good Data, a startup founded in the Czech Republic and with headquarters in San Francisco, has closed a second round of financing – $2.5 million from Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, OATV and General Catalyst. The company has now raised a total of around $4.5 million in capital. You don’t see a lot of startups coming out of Eastern Europe, and even fewer who receive Silicon… Read More

  • A secret look into the iPhone App Review Process: It's run by eight-year-olds

    Hot on the heels of the Great iPhone Baby-Shaking App Debacle of 2009 we have another example of the crack Apple iPhone App Review Team in action. Alkali Media, a little programming shop run by three college grads, decided to make a crude soundboard and entitled it, fittingly, CrudeBox. The app had a number of clever sounds including, but not limited to, farting, peeing, burping, and a… Read More

  • Twitter Eats World: Global Visitors Shoot Up To 19 Million

    Twitter’s march towards world domination continues apace. This morning comScore released its global numbers for March, 2009. Worldwide visitors to Twitter.com increased 95 percent in the month of March from 9.8 million to 19.1 million, according to its estimates. This compares to 9.3 million visitors in the U.S. alone. These numbers only count visitors to Twitter’s Website, which… Read More

  • Candino Swiss Watches: Where Quality Is Job 8

    Reader Arman bought a Candino C4372_5, a “Swiss-Made” quartz with a bit of a problem. Can you spot it? The model seems to be a few years old which clearly gives the company a bit of leeway in what kind of garbage it can sell its customers. Arman hasn’t heard back from Candino and I doubt he will. Read More

  • TC/CG Meet-up: Helsinki Update

    I’ll be in Helsinki next week and I’d like to plan a very informal meet-up on Tuesday, April 28 at about 7pm. All those Finns in favor, please email me at john@crunchgear.com with the subject line “RSVP HELSINKI.” We’ve decided to have the meet-up at A21 on Annankatu 21 [Google Map]. PLEASE RSVP ASAP so I can offer them a head count. N.B. If you have a start-up… Read More

  • AlertFox Launches Powerful Web Application Monitoring Tool (Freebies Here)

    Most web application developers have been there: your monitoring system shows nothing but green lights, yet the app is down or not functioning the way it should. Traditional web monitoring services often don’t dig deep enough to detect glitches in the application code, and database or find that problems arise with bugs in Ajax, Flash or Silverlight front-end applets. German startup iOpus… Read More

  • Video: Why the music industry sucks and how to fix it

    I may not listen to a lot of Zappa but his section in this excellent video essentially describes what’s wrong with the music industry these days: presumed familiarity with the market. When there was no feedback and no real understanding of demographics, you were able to experiment. Now, with the granularity available from modern data gathering techniques you have a set of executives who… Read More

  • Zero remains a popular app download count among non-iPhone owners

    Apps on the iPhone are huge. We know that. As if we needed more proof, Apple moved its billionth app earlier this afternoon. But some recent data from Compete suggests that smartphone owners who don’t have an iPhone, apparently don’t love apps. Or at least, don’t download them. If you look at the graph below, you’ll see that iPhone owners are very diversified in the… Read More

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