• Google and Nokia shack up after a few pints

    Looks like Google’s insistent caresses finally broke down Nokia’s defenses. And Google got some. Nokia’s been putting it off for a long time, but I think that Google’s just too much of a stud to refuse at this point. Nokia will be including Google search into a few select phones (the N96, N78, 6210 and 6220) before rolling it out to more. Probably a good idea since… Read More

  • Spore gets September 7 release date

    [photopress:spore.jpg,full,center]When it was first announced like 100 Internet years ago, Spore sounded exciting. A game with a revolutionary new form of AI that evolves as you play it looked to good to be true. And since it hasn’t ever made it to the buying public, many people have mentally relegated it to the vaporware bin. But now we have a launch date of September 7 to look forward… Read More

  • Yahoo's oneConnect: One Mobile App to Rule Them All

    Today at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, Yahoo announced a mobile app called oneConnect that will be available in the second quarter as part of the upcoming release of Yahoo Go 3.0. I have not seen a demo of this myself, but it sounds like a much-needed integration of messaging and social apps. OneConnect will pull together contacts from your mobile phone, Yahoo address book, and… Read More

  • Blom's oblique aerial navigation images: Like Doom for your GPS

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=blom.flv Saw a very cool demo of an upcoming technology by Blom. It’s basically oblique, rendered navigation in three dimensions. The company takes aerial pictures of an area and extrapolates the angles and shadows to make 3D buildings with all the features of the real buildings. It only works on PCs now, but their oblique photography is… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay does that European thing to the IFPI where you flick your two front teeth with your thumb

    The IFPI (basically the worldwide RIAA) must have been riding high when it got Denmark’s Tele2 ISP to block access to The Pirate Bay. However, according to the Pirate Bay blog, traffic is up about 12 percent in Denmark thanks to all the media hoopla surrounding the Tele2 fiasco. From the blog, So what has happened in Denmark now the past days? Actually, the number of visits from Denmark… Read More

  • Mobile Data Now: Google SMS for Businesses

    New Zealand startup Mobile Data Now is placing its bets on SMS, email, and IM as the preferred methods of retrieving information while on the go, at least until tolerable mobile web browsers become more ubiquitous. The company is using the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week to announce a product being described as Google SMS for businesses. With Google SMS, you can send Google a… Read More

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  • Name this SpinVox guy with a block for a head

    SpinVox gave me a doll with a block for a head that I will attempt to photograph in various compromising positions. I’d like the CG audience to name him. There will be no prize, but you can always caption our MWC sailing girls. For some insane reason, SpinVox made hundreds of these little guys and you can go to the website and sent a message and some interns will change the position of… Read More

  • Yahoo is to T-Mobile what Google is to Apple?

    Interesting that Yahoo and T-Mobile are linking up today (here’s the gist of their announcement at 3GSM): Yahoo! has today announced a partnership with T-Mobile to offer Yahoo!’s oneSearch to the operator’s European subscribers. Today’s announcement follows on from a deal in January this year to offer the Yahoo! mobile search tool to T-Mobile’s UK/European customers. Read More

  • Apple releases Aperture 2 with 100 features that should have been there before

    This news is slightly bittersweet for me, since I just switched to Adobe Lightroom last week, mainly due to the unbelievably sluggish performance of Aperture with even my modest library of images. Now, I don’t want to get into the usual debate over whether all of Apple’s “features” — of which there were 300 in Leopard and now 100 in just this one program &mdash… Read More

  • Whuh oh, here comes AOL's Open Mobile Platform

    Hmmm. AOL announced its Open Mobile Platform at the MWC in Barcelona and says it’ll be available this summer. It’ll provide developers “with ready access to the tools and source code they need to build and distribute applications across all major mobile device platforms and operating systems including BREW, Java, Linux, RIM, Symbian, and Windows Mobile.” The parts of… Read More

  • Google to be Integrated on Nokia Handsets

    The world’s largest handset maker, Nokia, announced today that it will integrate the Google search engine with the Nokia Search application. This plan was released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Google search will be available in more than 100 countries on a variety of handsets. The first Nokia products to be loaded with Google will be the Nokia N96, N78, 6210… Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up – UPDATE!

    We will hold tomorrow’s TC/CG/MC meet-up at the Cafe del Sol, Av Paral.lel 182, right down the street from the Fira. I’ve received quite a few emails already but RSVP with the subject line “BCN MEET-UP” to john @ crunchgear.com so I can put together a head count. Apparently a bunch of strangers in a law office wasn’t quite a good idea. Remember: this is TOMORROW… Read More

  • The $30 device to replace all my cookware

    Man-dinga would you look at all them hot dogs? The 4-in-1 Hotdog Maker leverages the wonderment of technology to not only cook what appears to be at least a few days’ worth of nutritious hot dogs, but also popcorn and hard-boiled eggs to boot. It’s a hot dog maker, steamer, egg boiler and popcorn maker in one! No fat or oil is required, so it’s a healthier way to cook. Read More

  • The sheer, craven stupidity of government regulation of online music

    The Times has today got a hold of a leaked government Green Paper on the “creative industries”. A draft copy, obtained by The Times, states: “We will move to legislate to require internet service providers to take action on illegal file-sharing.” A spokeswoman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has responded saying this is an early draft and “the… Read More

  • First kid to unlock iPhone unlocks it again

    George Hotz, aka Geohot, aka the kid that unlocked the iPhone way back when, aka the kid that traded an unlocked iPhone for three regular iPhones and a Nissan 350Z is at it again. This time instead of merely unlocking the iPhone, he’s unlocked the iPhone for the second time. For round two of iPhone Unlock Fest 07-08, Hotz found a very high vulnerable memory register and manhandled it… Read More

  • Spottt Reincarnates LinkExchange

    Spottt, which went into private beta at TechCrunch40, launches to the public today. The product is part of the Adbrite advertising network, but is being run as a separate brand. It is a reincarnation of sorts of LinkExchange, an advertising network that launched in the mid nineties and was later acquired by Microsoft in 1998 for $265 million. LinkExchange co-founder Tony Hsieh (also the CEO… Read More

  • iPhone getting Flash support soon?

    According to a Gear Live report, Apple iPhone users — and presumably iPod Touch users — will soon be able to enjoy Flash content on their respective devices. Gear Live speculates “that it would be pretty convenient for Flash support to be introduced alongside the iPhone SDK,” so that’s when we might expect to see it introduced. According to the article, Flash… Read More

  • The Point Organizes a $4.8 Million Series A For Itself

    After raising $2.5 million from angel investors last year, social activism and campaign-organizing site The Point has closed a $4.8 million series A financing from New Enterprise Associates. The idea behind the site is to create campaigns around social action—it could be donating to a political candidate, boycotting a company’s products, or simply organizing a meetup—but… Read More

  • Microsoft calls Yahoo! decision 'unfortunate'

    Ah, this sounds like when you were a kid and you did something so bad that your parents weren’t mad, they were just “really disappointed.” Looks like Microsoft is laying down a nice little guilt trip for Yahoo! in a recent press release, saying “It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies.” It also appears… Read More

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