• Polling Startup SodaHead Raises $8.4 Million

    Polls are popular on the Web because they are interactive without requiring too much effort. They are also a good way to collect a lot of data from users across the Web. SodaHead, a startup founded by former MySpace executives Jason Feffer and Michael Glazer, announced an $8.4 million series B investment today. The round was led by Mission Ventures and Mohr Davidow. (The company… Read More

  • Facial expression recognition for robotic teachers

    Jacob Whitehill of UC San Diego’s computer science Ph. D program has developed software that recognizes common facial expressions and then translates those expressions into commands that either speed up or slow down the playback of certain video lectures.  According to Science Daily, “The proof-of-concept demonstration is part of a larger project to use automated facial… Read More

  • Intel delays dual-core Atom chips until September?

    About a month ago, we reported that Intel would begin production on a dual-core Atom chip in July. I said “Might as well just wait for the quad-core Atoms to come out in August, huh?” Nobody laughed at the joke and we all moved on. Now DigiTimes is reporting that production on these dual-core Atoms has been pushed back to September due to shortages of the single-core Atom chips. Read More

  • Better a dead Symbian than an open one

    Livin’ on the high end. TheRegister makes an interesting point: Symbian is dead. Once Nokia bought and decided to open-source it you can be certain that it will end up in low-end, developing market phones and not any of Nokia’s flagship models. It can’t simply because the OS and UI are twenty years old and far too klunky to offer any wow to a jaded populace. Read More

  • Sony launches two new stylish Vaio "Media Center PCs"

    Sony will update the TP1, their so-called “Media Center” PCs, with the VGX-TP1DQ/B and VGX-TP1D [JP], the company said today [JP]. The main difference between the two models is that the latter features a DVD drive, while the VGX-TP1DQ/B is equipped with a Blu-ray drive. In contrast to older versions, the new PCs come with a double digital TV tuner and improved “Giga… Read More

  • Nikon D700: Full body shot, new 24-120mm lens (maybe)

    This photo purports to show the as-yet unannounced Nikon D700 with a 24-120mm lens. The photo first appeared on a Chinese blog. Perhaps Nikon has already starting manufacturing it en masse in China? As a pretend photography hobbyist, I’m actually interested in this in more than a professional capacity. Where in Nikon’s lineup will this be? Will it replace a camera, or be an… Read More

  • BlackBerry Bold for AT&T delayed till August

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1027859%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf That iPhone 3G is starting to look a little more enticing right now. According to BGR‘s sources, the Bold… Read More

  • Anti-paparazzi sunglasses

    Anti-Paparazzi Sunglasses – For more amazing video clips, click here IR LEDs, some wire, and a pair of sunglasses are all you need to make yourself completely invisible to pesky paparazzi. Sadly, these can also be used for nefarious deeds, so keep this web page out of the hands of the youth. Read More

  • Chrsyler to offer in-car wireless Internet next model year, safety advocates freaking out

    Chrysler, the also-ran of the Big Three in Detroit, will offer in-car wireless Internet access beginning with 2009 model cars. The Los Angeles Times says it uses 3G, but doesn’t mention anything about those of us who live in areas without 3G coverage. The service, to be called UConnectWeb when it’s officially unveiled tomorrow, is aimed squarely at passengers—Chrysler… Read More

  • Structural Change Is Always a Good Theme to Invest In

    What are venture capitalists looking for? If you are a startup entrepreneur looking for funding, it’s always a good idea to know what investment themes a VC is interested and tailor your pitch to those themes. Yesterday morning, I saw presentations from three venture firms—Union Square Ventures, DFJ Gotham Ventures, and First Round Capital—at an event hosted by the… Read More

  • When does inexpensive mean cheap? ‘Sport In-Ear MP3 Player’

    A British shoppe is now hawking what it calls the “Sport In-Ear MP3 Player,” a do-as-you-like 1GB MP3 player you wear around your head. With styling straight out of 1997, the player does all sorts of unexpected things, like supporting, in addition to MP3, WMA and WAV. Its little battery charges over USB. No Mac support, it looks like, but who needs that! So it’s a little on… Read More

  • Piggy bank for RPG fans to be released in Japan

    Takara Tomy announced they will roll out a mixture between a savings box and an RPG in Japan on August 7th. The so-called “Bankquest” [JP] will cost $37. Players will be able to boost their character’s skills by placing any coin from 1 to 500 Yen into the lid of the box. Takara Tomy says the game will feature more than 160 items (weapons, healing drinks, armor etc.) you can buy. Read More

  • Tiny XP: Everything you want, you got it

    Tiny XP [Warning: Porn ads] is a stripped down yet simultaneously beefed up version of XP that includes almost all the drivers necessary to run on almost any hardware as well as a number of registry hacks that ensure that the install won’t bog things down. Is it legal? No, but it’s basically a sysadmin’s godsend. It even includes a tiny copy of Linux for boot-time… Read More

  • Multiply: The Social Network That Backs Up Your Media, Too

    Multiply, a media-heavy social network geared towards adults, has introduced a new backup system that will backup users’ videos and photos at full resolution. The premium service will cost users $20 per year for an unlimited amount of storage. As part of the new release, all users (even unpaid ones) will be given access to Multiply’s new media upload application that’s based… Read More

  • The State of Open Mobile OSes

    Open operating systems, for most folks, means that the operating system is essentially free. The average computer user knows that Linux is free, as in beer, while Windows costs money. The case is the same for mobile OSes although, until very recently, the idea of purposely using an open OS has been a fairly nebulous concept. To be clear open mobile OSes have been around for years, starting… Read More

  • Novint partnering with Valve to make freaky, awesome robo-peripheral useful

    A while ago I posted about how Novint, an innovative and ambitious peripheral company took their freaky-deaky Falcon controller straight to EA instead of standing around like some kind of techno-wallflower. Well, it worked out pretty well and they’re leveraging it into more deals: they’re teaming up with Valve to add Falcon support to a ton of their games. As befitting my… Read More

  • iSuppli Estimates new iPhone costs $173 to Manufacture

    Research firm iSuppli Corp. estimates that the 8 gigabyte version of the upcoming iPhone costs Apple around $173 to manufacture. The handset goes on sale in twenty-two worldwide markets on July 11, with the cheapest model selling for $199 in the United States. But Apple will make more money than the $26 difference between the sale price and manufacturing costs. The retail price of the iPhone… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Fish Tank Edition

    Tokyo Toy Show coverage, part 3 (final): The coolest electronic toys on video
    CrunchDeals: Scary-ass robotic Elvis for $59.99
    Japan to build two mega solar power plants
    Logitech’s Mac-only QuickCam puzzles, does video Read More

  • Mixx Gets Serious About Community Building

    Digg competitor Mixx just launched an extension to its groups feature that founder Chris McGill describes as “Ning for social media”. Users can now set up Mixx community sites on their own subdomains (see ours here). Administrators have the power to brand them visually, post editorial content, and even make some revenue off advertisements. Others can join as members and begin… Read More

  • Kosmix Goes Horizontal

    Kosmix, until now a vertical search engine for information about health, automobiles and travel, transformed itself into a universal search engine for all subjects earlier today during a general redesign. The move has been anticipated since at least last September, and was described by co-founder Anand Rajaraman in a Beet.tv interview posted less than a week ago. Now when users conduct… Read More

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