• Live Bloggin: AT&T Media Luncheon

    I’m at the AT&T media luncheon listening to the usual shpeal. Reiterating what we already know about AT&T, the US carrier is committed to openness and choice, which is what consumers want more than anything else. Right? I hadn’t anticipated this becoming a live blog so you’ll have to excuse the unruly nature in which this post has turned into. Read More

  • Firefox 3b5 released: No more OS X jfif bug

    Mozilla just released Firefox beta 5, the final beta beforr the browser’s expected June release date. There’s a new “thanks for helping test out Firefox” splash screen (pictued above). That weird Mac OS X jiff bug appears to have been fixed, too. As always, full release notes can be found on the Firefox Web site. Read More

  • CTIA 2008: Samsung demos Second Life client for cellphones; common decency gives up

    I have a friend who’s obsessed with Second Life. She doesn’t play it much, but she’s in love with the idea. And she’s in the market for a new cellphone. Perhaps I shouldn’t tell her about this new Second Life client Samsung is planning on making available for some of its handsets. Is it a good idea? We don’t know. Is it a good idea my easily obsessed… Read More

  • This blog is now in transit

    As I’m heading to Amsterdam to cover The Next Web conference on Thursday/Friday, this blog will be a little quiet for the few hours of catching taxis, going through security, removing shoes, spilling coffee on the plane, searching for Tram signs and checking into hotels. Both myself and TechCrunch’s co-editor, Erick Schonfeld will be at the conference (he’s chairing it). And… Read More

  • Canon lost digital SLR market share to Nikon in 2007, market as a whole grew

    Nikon has eaten into Canon’s lead the digital SLR space, according to numbers released by IDC, which were then turned into this pretty graph by CNET. Canon SLRs accounted for 42.7 of the market in 2007 compared with Nikon’s 40 percent. One year earlier, Canon enjoyed a healthier lead, with 46.7 percent of the market to Nikon’s 33 percent. Hard numbers, Canon sold 3.18… Read More

  • Magnetic USB Hub, just don't stick it to a floppy

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. While an anywhere-stickable USB hub is a cool idea, it would have to be a pretty serious magnet to withstand all the pushing and tugging that goes along with hubs. And then you’ve got a serious magnet stuck to the side of your computer. I realize we’re not running tape backups and there’s probably plenty of shielding for… Read More

  • Nexis search reveals little interest in Sprint Instinct compared to iPhone

    Hi-res version of ‘iphone’ results Sprint’s Instinct is supposed to be one of the better iPhone pretenders. Biggs lauded its user interface while simultaneously panning other n’er do wells for their haphazard use of haptic or multitouch-for-multitouch’s sake. So you would think the phone, which is, nearest I can tell, one of the standouts at this year’s… Read More

  • Hands on: Samsung Alias for Verizon

    In case anyone is wondering what the exact difference between the older u740 from Verizon and the new Alias is I decided to snap some photos of the two versions. Like I said before, the keyboard buttons are just different colors, but I really dig the new silver finish. Read More

  • Hands on: Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB dongle

    The USB dongle from Sierra that was announced last month is surprisingly sturdy contrary to the opinion of one CG reader. It was being demoed on the MacBook Air and it was really, really tiny. We now know it will be available with Sprint. Price and launch are still up in the air. Read More

  • Rock Band drum cozies!

    Dear downstairs neighbor, I know you loathe me for always having my obnoxious, beer-spilling, loser friends over to play Rock Band with late at night, and I’m sorry it’s so loud. I’ve tried padding the kick pedal and putting carpet under the drum kit, but you can still hear every whack of the sticks. I could blame Ogre and his bulging biceps, but it’s just a loud… Read More

  • Pandigital adds touch-interface to photo frame borders

    Digital photo frames are going more hi-tech. Last week we told you about the new Kodak frames with a touch-interface border, and now Pandigital has introduced its PanTouch line of frames with similar touch-sensitive borders for controls. On-screen feedback acts as a UI, and they come in 10-inch, 8-inch, or 7-inch models for between $120-$250, depending on the size. Read More

  • Hands on: LG enV2

    The latest incarnation of the enV is quite nice. The enV2‘s exterior number pad is rather funky, but functional. The QWERTY keyboard is standard and basically a shrunk down version of the Voyager. It’s a cute phone that will most likely appeal to the ladies. Read More

  • Video: Samsung Instinct Web browser demo

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F800017&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Yesterday we weren’t able to provide you with video of the Instinct’s Web browser due to an older model without a data plan, but we… Read More

  • Hands on: Special edition Iron Man LG Shine

    We managed to get our hands on the special edition Iron Man version of the LG Shine and, boy oh boy, is it pretty. The back plate is 18k gooooooooold. I tried to walk away with it, but security tackled me. It happens. Read More

  • Announcing The TechCrunch50 Conference: September 8-10, San Francisco

    Mark your calendars for the second annual TechCrunch launch conference, co-produced between TechCrunch and Jason Calacanis: TechCrunch50 at the San Francisco Design Center on September 8-10, 2008. Like last year at TechCrunch40 (except there will be ten more startup launches), fifty new startups and products will launch over three days. All finalists will be chosen solely on merit; they are… Read More

  • Aircell gets FAA approval for WiFi in airplanes

    Aircell, those guys who want to put WiFi on airplanes across the country, finally received the FAA certifications it needed to start building its equipment into airplanes proper. It recently finished its nationwide network of transponders that would bounce the signals up to the airplane, and with this last hurdle out of the way, we could conceivably start seeing WiFi-equipped aircraft this year. Read More

  • Chinese man builds world's largest cellphone for some reason

    We all have to have hobbies, it keeps our minds from going to mush. Mr. Tan of Songyuan City, China, has a pretty good one: He built the world’s largest cellphone, hoping for a world record. As phones are getting smaller and slimmer it’s a dubious record at best. Still, the phone itself is fully functional and looks to be based on a Nokia model. Hats off to you, Mr. Tan, for… Read More

  • Microsoft: No Blu-ray plans for Xbox, you guys are stupid poo-heads

    If you’re a next-gen video game console that’s soon to get the Blu-ray treatment, step forward. Not so fast, Xbox 360. Your boss says no way, at least not yet. Those rumors we’ve been following today from Digitimes are hogwash, or so says Big Redmond. That’s not to say Blu-ray won’t come to Xbox 360, it’s just not on its way yet, and anything else is… Read More

  • Rumor: Microsoft will introduce Blu-ray Xbox 360 selling at a loss

    Right now, the DVD-ROM drive in an Xbox 360 costs between $18-20 for Microsoft to include. Everyone wants the Xbox to get Blu-ray, but will they want to pay the price? The OEM costs for a Blu-ray drive for Microsoft would be around $95-100 a pop, effectively raising the price of an Xbox $80-$100 to cover it, making the console more expensive when Microsoft is trying to keep costs down to… Read More

  • Yahoo Loses Its Musical Soul

    Yahoo Music Vice President Ian Rogers has resigned to join a new stealth music startup called Topspin Media as CEO. This is a blow to Yahoo – Rogers is one of the few music industry insiders who have a clear vision for what the future of music should be. In 2007 he and former Yahoo Music GM Dave Goldberg told music insiders they must abandon DRM – a year later it was reality. Last… Read More

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