• Thanko now sell earphones that aren't really earphones

    It’s been a while but here is a new product from Thanko, Japan’s most innovative crap gadget vendor. Their “Sound Lives Stereo Earphone” isn’t exactly what you could expect: It features a small speaker for the outer ear that swivels (up to 90 degrees). Thanko says their product is ideal for people suffering from ear fatigue and that their earphones even makes… Read More

  • ITV brands Friends Reunited re-launch a success – but where are the missing 12 million?

    Perhaps the era when old media companies bought new social networks is now over? Why? Because an old media company has now re-made a social network on its own – and it appears to be working. After a fashion. The company in question is ITV, and the network is Friends Reunited. ITV says today that Friends Reunited has hit what it describes as “record numbers”, or 6.6m unique… Read More

  • Cisco Beefs Up WebEx With $215 Million Acquisition of Email Startup PostPath

    Cisco is getting into the Web e-mail game with a $215 million purchase of five-year-old PostPath. PostWho? The company sells a Linux-based e-mail service to enterprises somewhat like Zimbra (which Yahoo bought for $350 million last year). PostPath is a fully functional in-browser Ajax client, and on the back-end it is trying to take on Microsoft Exchange. Cisco will likely add… Read More

  • Zazzle starts printing custom skateboard decks

    Though I still skate no better than the day I started, I’ve spent quite a few summers bombing hills and racking up scars. I honestly can not count how many guys I’ve met over the years totally set on starting their own board company, only to lose the dream before it really began; they’d draft up a dozen designs, get all their friends pumped — and then have absolutely… Read More

  • Getting European Startups Together

    A big problem in Europe – and something I found out during my TechCrunch Euro Tour this Summer – is that startups have very few opportunities to meet and network. If a startup eco-system in Europe is ever really going to take off, startups need to get together more often. Berlin is centrally located for the rest of Europe (East and West) and has a thriving startups scene right now. Read More

  • Diary.com – Scrapbooking For The Twitter Generation?

    Guess what the URL Diary.com has been doing since 1996? Not much. But now the owner, a guy in London, is looking to re-imagine the concept of the diary for the Twitter generation. Diary.com has a clean interface, a little like like Twitter, but instead of 140 charcters you plug in 1000. Read More

  • Russia Is Rising In Internet Population

    For Web companies looking to expand abroad, Russia needs to be at the top of their list of markets to enter. Russia has the fastest growing Internet population in Europe, followed by France and Spain. In a comparison of 16 European Internet populations by country, comScore reports that Russia’s Internet audience for the month of June grew 27 percent year over year, compared to 21… Read More

  • Samurai Weapon: Awesome blog destroyer widget

    Video game publisher Koei has released a very cool "interactive" widget (see below) featuring a Samurai you don’t want to mess with. The site, where you can download the widget from, was launched to promote Koei’s "Kunitori Zunou Battle – Nobunaga no Yabou", a Nintendo DS game from the never-ending Nobunaga’s Ambition game series. Read More

  • How Google Earth Helped Win A Gold Medal

    Google Earth is getting a nice plug from Olympic Gold Medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong. When she did her time trials in December, 2007 in China, she took along her husband’s GPS unit to capture the elevation along the route. Then she used that data to find the best training route back home. In a guest post on the Google Lat-Long blog, she writes: After returning home to Boise, Idaho… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Heatstroke Edition

    Bowling for art: Characters painted on pins
    Solar necktie isn’t exactly chic
    Aerogel: Glass that is 99.8% air gets put through the paces
    Muxtape reborn, unofficially, as OpenTape
    Live from Philips Research Labs: ShapeWays: 3D printing for everyone Read More

  • Bungie: No, We're not adding bots to Halo 3.

    After Bungie’s acceptance video for an EDGE magazine award dropped ambiguous hints as to what they may have in the works, the Halo 3 community exploded with theories. While just about everyone had ideas of their own, one of the more popular beliefs was that Bungie was planning to add AI bots to the multiplayer aspect of the game. Not a chance, says Bungie. Luke Smith, Bungie’s… Read More

  • SanDisk releases 30MB/s SDHC cards

    To go with the Nikon D90 SanDisk is releasing 30MBps SDHC that can write 39 6MB frames at 4.5 frames per second without stopping to take a breath. These cards are 10MBps up from the former 20MBps cards offered earlier. SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 30MB/s Edition cards are expected to be available worldwide in September. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is U.S. $64.99 for the… Read More

  • Nikon D90 is real, not just a collection of spy shots

    Well slap my butt and call me Sally! The Nikon D90 is real and not just a collection of spy shots that essentially blew the Nikon wad prematurely over the past twenty days or so. It has a 12.3-megapixel sensor, ISO 6400 support, and live video view with HD video recording. The D90 has a .15-second start up with 11 point auto focus and 3D tracking, a cool feature that keeps your subject in focus… Read More

  • EQAL Shares Details On LonelyGirl15 Followup

    Earlier this month LonelyGirl15, one of the most successful examples of viral web marketing to date, aired its last episode. The series originally began as a joint project created by Miles Beckett, Greg Goodfried, and Ramesh Flinders, who produced a series of YouTube videos portraying the life of a fictional 16 year old girl named LonelyGirl15. The videos presented LonelyGirl15’s life… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Tuesday, August 26th

    Today’s Top Posts: Review: Aluratek Internet Radio Alarm Clock Canon officially drops 50D, new point-and-shoots CrunchDeals: Newegg’s end of summer sale, ahoy NTT commercializes aroma-emitting digital signage system NAVIGON launches the 7200T GPS Navigator Outdoor subwoofer & satellite system coming from Polk Audio Gears of War 2 bonus disc contents revealed They call… Read More

  • Bowling for art: Characters painted on pins

    Oh man, some of these are cool. Dax Norman has created an army of bowling pins painted like your favorite characters from movies and video games. There are even a few personalities thrown in there too. The list itself is impressive as this original bowling pin art has everybody from Skeletor to Mr.T. It looks like he’s been at this a while, judging form the army of pins up on Flickr page. Read More

  • New iPhone/iPod battery pack and chargers from Kensington

    Kensington announced the immediate availability for some new battery packs and chargers for use with either the iPhone 3G or the iPod. Also a couple of versions of a charger for use in the car are now on sale. First off, there are two new versions of the battery pack and charger. The Mini version costs 50 bucks and gives you three hours of talk time, 30 hours of music playback, or six hours… Read More

  • Image Metrics Emily Project brings photo-realism to facial animation

    Facial animation made big news at SIGGRAPH earlier this month, with Image Metrics showing off their Emily Project. The process is not motion capture, so it requires no markers or special cameras. The actor simply acts and then software analyzes the images to create the animation. Since this is achieved at the pixel level, the animation looks surprisingly realistic. Image Metrics is the… Read More

  • Collaboration web apps to beat the Credit Crunch

    With the promise of a credit crunch fast approaching, people are starting to tighten their belts. The tech industry can often be one of the first to experience budget cuts and project cancellations but with distributed teams able to work together it doesn’t have to be this way. None of the new collaborations applications cost a fortune and most are free to try/use. The following is a… Read More

  • Portal broken down, squished into a megabyte

    If you’re like our own Peter Ha, you are hopelessly outdated and are only now getting into Portal, and it is beating your ass. And by your ass, I mean your mind. Well, if you’re curious about the way those portals work, check out this illuminating little article at Gamasutra. There, they demystify the way the portals work (game physics and programming-wise, anyway) and there is even… Read More

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