• Free Fred Wilson

    Fred Wilson finds himself on two sides of the fundamental issue of our time: the user’s right to access data the way he or she wants to. On one side, that of the user, Wilson is an investor and board member of Boxee, a startup that translates web pages into a form more easily consumable on a TV screen. One site in particular, Hulu, just shut Boxee down at the insistence of the… Read More

  • Sony PSP firmware 5.05 is out, sort of

    There’s a new PSP firmware update lurking around and it remains to be seen if it will be pushed out to everyone. Read More

  • "Still Alive," bedroom electropop style

    An act of unparalleled nerddom. This talented fellow performs the gamer anthem “Still Alive” with the piano part on his keyboard, the other orchestration with a midi controller, and his own voice through a Rocktron Banshee Talkbox. Nicely done. Read More

  • Wii version of ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10’ to feature MotionPlus

    If you’re like me, you’ve been a longtime fan of the Tiger Woods games on the Wii but you were disappointed with Tiger Woods 09’s mere incremental upgrades and overly frustrating putting system. If you’re not like me, you probably yelled at me for being down on the game, accusing me of never playing golf in real life and wondering why-oh-why anyone would pay me to… Read More

  • Sprint locks down the Palm Pre for all of 2009

    Sprint may have lost $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter, but things are looking up, if only briefly. CNBC is reporting that Sprint has the exclusive rights to the Pre in the US for all of 2009. Read More

  • Next-gen Mac Mini spied in the wild?

    Chances are Apple is prepping the next version of the Mac Mini. It’s about time for a refresh and this pic might be the real deal. It’s got FireWire 800, Mini DVI along with a Mini DisplayPort, five USB ports and an aluminum-ish finish; everything we would imagine that would be on the next-gen Mac Mini. Now, if we only knew when it will be released. Read More

  • Sprint removes data tethering from Palm Pre feature list?

    Perhaps we shouldn’t read too far into this, but here’s what happened. The technical specifications on Sprint.com for the Palm Pre used to list “Phone as modem” with Bluetooth and USB tethering as a feature. Now, however, that feature is gone. You’ll recall that earlier this week, Sprint announced its Simply Everything Plan + Mobile Broadband for $150 per month. Read More

  • Now you can play that new Prince of Persia on your Mac (plus unrelated censorship anecdote)

    Is it still called “PC gaming” when it’s done on a Mac? I’d ask Ubisoft, which just announced that Prince of Persia and that Shaun White snowboarding game will be available on the Mac in March, but it seems my Internet connection is being censored by The Man right now. Censorship makes the Internet Jesus cry. Read More

  • New, more efficient Bluetooth standards coming next year

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group announced recently that they are working on a new protocol for Bluetooth devices. The new protocol is expected to be significantly more energy efficient, enabling Bluetooth to be used in devices that previously were incompatible. Read More

  • Amazon, Ning, Facebook, And Rackspace Join Our Cloud Roundtable

    Our roundtable on cloud computing is coming up next week. (Get tickets here via Eventbrite: $75 each based on availability). In addition to the previously announced speakers, I am happy to announce a few more very special participants: Amazon’s chief technology officer Werner Vogels, Ning CEO Gina Bianchini, Facebook VP of Engineering Mike Schroepfer, and Jon Engates, CTO of Rackspace. Read More

  • Hesse confirms Android coming to Sprint, Pre is humming right along

    In an interview with BI, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse confirmed that the number three carrier in the US was in talks with Google about an Android phone. Hesse wouldn’t divulge any other details like a launch date or handset manufacturer, but stated that it would not be tied into Clearwire. Is WiMAX still around? When asked about the Pre, Hesse said that Sprint has “high… Read More

  • Spain's Marca shows off Real Madrid stadium iPod dock

    If it were socially acceptable to roll on the floor laughing while in public I’d be doing just that right now. Spain’s Real Madrid, el campeón actual español, has licensed an iPod dock-like device that’s shaped like the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Nearest I can tell, the device performs the same functions that similar devices has performed since time immemorial. But… Read More

  • Huzzah! Garmin gives Forerunner 405 Mac support

    Garmin has just announced ANT Agent for Mac , an ANT driver for OS X along with a desktop mapping app Garmin Connect. Why is this important? Because the Garmin 405 kicks ass for runners and Mac support is like a cherry on an already delicious cake made of happiness and exercise. And chocolate. Read More

  • CrunchDeal: 52" Bravia LCD HDTV, $1450 shipped

    Looking for a sweet new LCD HDTV for the den? You’re not going to find a much better deal right now than this 52″ Sony. Its Bravia line is, of course, known for its quality, and $1450 is hundreds off of the “real” price. It’s got four HDMI inputs, it’s 1080p of course, and it supports 24p (thank god). Read More

  • Interview: Sir Richard Branson

    It’s not every day we get a chance to sit down with one of the world’s richest and most industrious men. Actually, Sir Richard is only the 236th richest person in the world according to Forbes. I thought he’d be higher. *shrug* Anyway, we had the esteemed pleasure of taking Sir Richard’s IM interview virginity last week as he was jetting back to his private island… Read More

  • Live From Barcelona: TechCrunchTalk – Mobile 2.0, Where Next?

    TechCrunchTalk in Barcelona: Panel on Mobile Disruption TechCrunchTalk Mobile 2.0 in Barcelona: Panel on Mobile Eco-System TechCrunchTalk Mobile 2.0 in Barcelona: Pitches by Livecliq & Mob4Hire TechCrunchTalk Mobile 2.0 in Barcelona: Pitches by Hiogi & Dubmenow Startup pitches: Yoose and Kalerion TechCrunch is hosting a Roundtable and Meetup at Mobile World Congress today. Read More

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a red Xbox 360 on the way

    Rumor smashed! Wait, no, the other one… confirmed. Sorry! Anyhow, Microsoft has inadvertently (?) revealed the existence of the red Xbox 360 that we mentioned the other day. It’s an Elite, and it will be exclusive to EB Games. Well, that’s what’s going to happen in New Zealand; what happens in god old USA, who knows. Read More

  • Sneak peek of Toshiba's TG01 prototype

    We recently discovered that Toshiba makes cell phones. Now you can check out a video of the TG01 prototype, where an enthusiastic Qualcomm representative demonstrates a 3D virtual world to show us the capabilities of the phone. The combination of the sleek design and the pretty touchscreen may appear irresistible, but the Windows Mobile OS will probably prevent it from being the highly… Read More

  • Welcome to the Internet, home of Apple flash memory rumors

    AppleInsider has some exciting news: Apple is shopping for RAM for the new iPhone. Apple has purchased all of Samsung’s available memory until April 2009, which totally means there will be a new iPhone! Maybe tomorrow! Read More

  • Review: Spotlight flashlight

    There’s not much you can do to improve the flashlight. You turn it on, point it at things, and turn it off. Maybe you make it smaller or brighter or more rugged, but you’re still just talking about a flashlight. That’s why I’m willing to say the Spotlight mini flashlight is worth a second look. Instead of being just a flashlight, it’s a flashlight that fits into… Read More

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