• Yet another outage hits BlackBerry: Smart to depend so heavily on RIM?

    [photopress:blackberryoutage.jpg,full,center] What’s up with RIM? What’s up with BlackBerry? And how wise is it to rely so much on the device? BlackBerry service went out yesterday for several hours, affecting both Canadian and American users across all sorts of carriers. Rogers Wireless, AT&T and Sprint all experience a BlackBerry failure, with no e-mails being processed by RIM. Read More

  • Another show, another set of Golla bags

    We see Golla at almost every show and they keep showing off nicely designed cases and bags for laptops and mobile gear. Now they have a new line of backpacks and some sleeves for different sized laptops — up to 17 inches. They don’t quite fit in with the little booths selling “unified mobile development platforms” but it’s nice to see a bit of color. Product Page Read More

  • Building a Killer Web App In 45 Minutes

    If you could gather together some of the smartest Web developers and ask them to brainstorm a killer app for you, what would you ask them to build? Oh, and they will only have 45 minutes to do it. That is the task set for me at the upcoming Future of Web Apps conference in Miami (Feb. 28 to March 1). I will be moderating a panel that will include Kevin Rose of Digg, Matt Mullenweg of… Read More

  • Solio Magnesium and Hybrid

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    Fans of the solar powered Solio chargers will be pleased to note that the new Magnesium model will now power your laptops iPods and other low-power goodies and the Hybrid has a dual charging method which includes solar and wall power. The Magnesium costs $199 and the Hybrid costs $79.99. You may now go back to your granola-making… Read More

  • 3G iPhone within six months says subprime-ravaged Citibank

    [photopress:citiphone.jpg,full,center] Given the bank’s top notch performance during that whole subprime thing, would you trust Citibank’s opinion on anything these days? One of its fancy pants analysts has officially predicted that Apple will release a 3G iPhone sometime in the next six months, citing low inventory of the current model and high demand for a 3G phone in Europe. Read More

  • Nokia Plays Nice With Google In Mobile Search

    Nokia is partially embracing Google by agreeing to put Google’s mobile search on some of its phones. It already ships phones with mobile search from Yahoo and Microsoft, so this isn’t that big a deal. But it does show that as Nokia prepares to compete with Google-based Android phones, the cell phone leader will incorporate some basic Google functionality into its own phones as… 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 so I moved it to a… Read More

  • VoiceOnTheGo: Do everything over your phone

    I’ll have to try this out when I get home but it seems like a fairly compelling solution. Basically it’s a text-to-voice system that translates all of your emails and some RSS feeds to voice. You call a number and it will start reading you your messages while you drive or are otherwise occupied and it supports most enterprise systems like Outlook and Domino. You can also reply… Read More

  • Hands on with LG's great big shining stars

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    Here we have the KF700 and KF600 in all their haptic, touchscreen glory. Can we expect these stateside? Probably not, but it’s nice to know we can drool. Oh, and the “watch phone” was there for all to ogle and shoot. Both phones are very slick and very dark, a massive change from their “Shine” movement of a few years ago. Read More

  • The Ladies of MWC Caption Contest

    Friends, welcome to the MWC 2008 caption contest featuring the SeaBees of the conference floor. The picture is sadly a bit dark but I’m sure you can make out their jaunty uniforms and sassy smiles. What, then, should we caption this image. The best entry, left in comments and judged by the CG staff, gets an Jawbone Bluetooth headset. Start captioning! The contest closes tomorrow at noon EST. Read More

  • Readius in the wild: Well met, old friend

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1211.JPG,full,pp_image] It’s not quite vaporware, it’s not quite ready to ship, and it’s not quite first to market anymore. But don’t we all love the Readius, Polymer Vision’s foldable e-book? I saw the old girl again awaiting shipment “later this year.” She was even next to a bunch of shipping boxes, as if the Polymer Vision… Read More

  • GPhone mauling

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    Another collection of photos from my mauling of the GPhone in the wild. It’s ugly, sure, and it doesn’t work. But isn’t it… 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. [Map] Read More

  • GoHello: A Mobile Switchboard


    Setting up office PBX systems is hard. GoHello is easy. It’s basically a virtual telephone system with a dedicated receptionist’s application for taking notes, sending SMSes, forwarding calls, and taking voicemail. You can try it free for 30 days and you get a dedicated number — gold numbers (aesthetically pleasing numbers like 5551212 or 5556666) are also available &mdash… Read More

  • New Google Toolbar Beta Hijacks 404 Pages?


    According to reports at DigitalPoint forums, the latest beta release of Google Toolbar hijacks 404 pages as shown in the image above. It’s not clear from the reports as to whether this occurs only when no customized 404 page is available on a specific site, or with every 404 page. I also can’t test the theory, least the only beta version of Google Toolbar I could find was for… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Your Geek Edition

    Modu: Cool but flawed
    DLO lays an egg with new iPhone, iPod Touch speakers
    How to get around the Star Wars universe
    Up close and personal with the Millenium Falcon
    Help-Key: How to make a book into a sexy, nerdy gift box for Valentine’s Day Read More

  • UK Proposes Three Strikes And You're Out Illegal Downloading Law

    A “draft consultation Green Paper” to be released by the UK Government proposes a three strikes and you’re out law to combat illegal downloads. Under the proposal, UK internet users will be monitored by their ISP’s for illegal downloads, and those caught will receive an e-mail warning in the first instance, internet suspension the second time, and then termination of… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. dave on Call of Duty 4 may have triggered missing Marine’s PTSD? I have the utmost respect for our fighting men and women… my sister is currently deployed to the middle east and doesn’t return until summer at best… that… 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. [Map] Read More

  • Bootstrapping Event In San Francisco – Get The Last Five Tickets Here

    On the evening of March 6, 2008 I’ll be moderating a Churchill Club panel discussion in San Francisco on “Bootstrapping As A Start-Up.” Participants include Sean Byrnes (CEO Flurry), Craig Newmark (Founder Craigslist), Gabe Rivera (Founder TechMeme), and Stephen Weir (CEO MadeIt). The discussion will be around starting and growing a startup without outside funding. This is a… Read More

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