• New (and expensive) Panasonic point-and-shoots: FX37 and LX3


    Such descriptive names! These two nice little cameras are just out and have the following characteristics:
    FX37: 10.1 megapixels, 25mm Leica lens, 5x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, “intelligent auto mode” which implies other auto modes are stupid but doesn’t seem to include any particularly revolutionary features other than the always handy face detection… Read More

  • Using the sun to cool down those hot days

    Driven by the long reaching goals of the Montreal Protocol, drafted in 1987 and since signed by 191 countries, technology continues to achieve success for the ozone reducing accord. The worldwide reduction of CFC pollution has slowed the destruction of the ozone layer. Improvements continue as we head towards target dates of 2030 (2020 for developed nations) to cease the use of HCFCs… Read More

  • Fred Wilson – A VC in Europe (but just for this month)

    Last week I had a coffee with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures. Fred is perhaps best known as the blogger “A VC – Musings of a VC in NYC” but he is also an investor in Twitter among other startups. He was on a European “Tech Tour”, but this is not something he normally does. I asked him why a New York VC was suddenly doing a tour of European startups… Read More

  • Reminder: Samsung Instinct Haiku Contest

    To recap: Every week we’ll be giving away a cool Samsung phone culminating in the Samsung Instinct!

    We begin our contest this week gunning for the Samsung Ace. The haiku should focus on sight and must be tweeted to UseYourInstinct. We will close entries for this week at noon on Tuesday, July 22. If you entered the previous contest and didn’t win, feel free to re-enter. Here are… Read More

  • The Techcrunch Web Tablet Project

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    Digg This Today at Techcrunch we announced that we are building our own web tablet hardware device. This all stems back from a conversation a few weeks ago when we were discussing the ultimate web browsing/cloud computing client hardware. The iPhone is nice but too small, and most laptops are over-powered for the task. With applications on… Read More

  • We Want A Dead Simple Web Tablet For $200. Help Us Build It.

    I’m tired of waiting – I want a dead simple and dirt cheap touch screen web tablet to surf the web. Nothing fancy like the Dell latitude XT, which costs $2,500. Just a Macbook Air-thin touch screen machine that runs Firefox and possibly Skype on top of a Linux kernel. It doesn’t exist today, and as far as we can tell no one is creating one. So let’s design it, build a… Read More

  • Tube-like device in The Dark Knight is not real, says Nokia

    In the summer blockbuster, The Dark Knight, a Nokia device is prominently featured. We worked closely with the producers of The Dark Knight to develop an appropriate device that would suit the technology-savvy character of Batman. The Nokia device used in the film is not a commercial product – at this point. I still think it’s the Tube or whatever it’s being called. Read More

  • Favtape: Full Playback For Your Favorite Last.fm And Pandora Songs

    One of the most frustrating things about online music services like Last.fm and Pandora is that they don’t allow users to play back songs in their entirety on demand. The sites have made some progress in the last few months (Last.fm introduced full-song playback for some labels in January and iLike implemented it this morning), but for the most part these features are still limited by… Read More

  • Japanese carmakers try to declare Li-ion batteries winner for electric vehicles

    Toyota, Nissan and Matsushita have formed an alliance to attempt to create a worldwide standard for Li-ion batteries for automotive use. If they succeed in convincing the International Organization for Standardization that Li-ion batteries are the best way to charge the upcoming onslaught of commercial electric vehicles, the involved companies will certainly hold the advantage. Read More

  • Digital Mission deadline closes Wednesday

    Startups please take note: Get your entries in to Digital Mission by Wednesday this week for the chance to pursue business opportunities and make connections in the US. Winning firms will be on a trade mission organised by Chinwag for UK Trade & Investment both at Web 2.0 Expo in New York and SXSW Interactive. The advisory board comprises: Nic Brisbourne – Partner, DFJ Esprit
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  • Mystery surrounds pulled Bungie E3 trailer: New Halo?

    Quick, someone get Columbo on the phone, we’ve got ourselves a veritable mystery that needs solvin’. Well, that may be a bit of a stretch, but some folks are wildly speculating over the fact that Microsoft withheld a Bungie trailer that was supposed to end its press conference last week at E3. Now, the only way that could happen, the only sway Microsoft has over Bungie, is if… Read More

  • Using mobile phones for upskirts? Not as common in Japan as you might think


    Japanese sex offender busted by Japanese police and passengers in Tokyo (from Flickr) A number of blogs (this one, for example) picked up a posting of a Japanese journalist who reported that Apple added a specific function to the Japanese version of the iPhone: a shutter sound for the camera that is also active in silent mode. Shutter sounds in Japanese mobile phones (mostly a loud click or… Read More

  • Live Mesh Rolls Out P2P Storage

    The Live Mesh team at Microsoft announced today that P2P storage between Mesh nodes is now available in the latest client update. Previously storage on the Mesh worked by utilizing the 5GB allocated to each user on the central hosting platform at Microsoft. Users are now able to sync their files between connected nodes automatically. The new technology works by synching the files between… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless announces Motorola V750


    The V750 will save Motorola’s mobile phone unit from going under because it’s military-grade tough and resists shock, vibrations, drastic altitude changes, dust, high/low temps, and solar radiation. The push-to-talk clamshell features a 2.2-inch internal screen and 1.6-inch external. It also has a 2-megapixel camera and supports A2DP devices. Beat that iPhone! The V750 can be… Read More

  • Video: Quake Live teaser trailer, now featuring guns

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=37085 Action. Music. Guns. Free. The Quake Live teaser trailer. It’s like Quake III, but playable in your Web browser. Re-live 1999 all over again. Read More

  • Brando brings A2DP stereo Bluetooth functionality to the iPhone/iPod

    For $62 you can now stream music from your iPhone/iPod to your A2DP enabled headphones. Hmm. Me thinks you should save that money and put it towards a high quality set of over-the-ears or in-ear buds. Read More

  • Tweetmeme takes another bite at ranking Twitter links

    TweetMeme he spin-off site from the Favorit guys, has sputtered back into life since Twitter sorted out its search problems by buying Summize. The move means that third-party aggregregators like Tweetmeme, which acts like a TechMeme for Twitter, should have a new lease of life. Certainly checking in today reveals a much improved service – indicating just how many people are… Read More

  • Samsung updates BlackJack II with shades of pink and blue for AT&T

    Starting today you can pick up a Romantic Pink or Ocean Blue BlackJack II with a white face from AT&T. They’re both priced at $100. Read More

  • MySpace To Join OpenID, Bringing Total Enabled Accounts to Over A Half Billion

    MySpace will announce support for the OpenID single sign-on framework sometime this week, we’ve heard from multiple sources. This will be the second largest implementation ever and will bring the total number of OpenID-enabled accounts to over half a billion. MySpace’s 200 million user IDs join Yahoo’s 250 million or so accounts, plus accounts from a number of other large… Read More

  • Oyster card hack will be published


    The process to copy the Oyster smartcards used by transit systems in London and other cities can be published, said a Dutch court. The card was hacked by a team at Radboud University, Nijmegen. The hack revolves around the MiFare chip found in the smartcard. The researchers were prevented from publishing but, as Bruce Schneier, security expert, notes: “As bad as the damage is from… Read More

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