• Kenwood introduces a pair of very cool glass speakers

    Kenwood Japan today announced the SP0001 [JP], a pair of awesome-looking glass speakers that can be pimped with with either a blue LED stand (SP0011) or a white LED stand (SP0012). The speakers feature 8Ω output at 10W each (80Hz-25kHz). Read More

  • SACD still kick'n, new player coming from Pioneer

    The optical music market is still alive, folks. Pioneer is releasing a new high-end player for your listening pleasure. Not only does it support SACDs, but also sports a USB port for DAP or iPod connectivity along with Bluetooth audio streaming support. The circuity within is sure to improve the crappy MP3 audio file too, although it probably will come nowhere close to the pristine sound of a… Read More

  • People Who Switch To Macs Like To Dance, And Other Strange Hunches

    it’s been only three weeks since the launch of Q&A site Hunch, but already it’s amassed answers to 4.3 million questions. By taking visitors through a series of questions to get to know them better, Hunch can begin to make guesses about the right kinds of answers for each individual by making correlations across between people who answer similarly across different topics. Read More

  • Twitter Working On A New Tweet Feed, Testing It With FriendFeed

    If you’ve been a user of FriendFeed for the past few months, you’ve probably noticed how slow the importing of tweets has been. But something changed a couple days ago — tweets started showing up almost instaneously in feeds, after they were posted on Twitter. That’s because FriendFeed is testing a new type of backend feed that Twitter is developing. This new feed… Read More

  • Repossession going electronic with remote vehicle disablers

    Missing a payment on a leased car might get a whole lot dicier in the near future as more and more dealerships are equipping vehicles with devices capable of disabling vehicles remotely. Termed “electronic reposession,” drivers will be reminded to pay the car’s bill thanks to a non-stop series of annoying beeps if payment hasn’t been received within 24 hours of the… Read More

  • PogoPlug iPhone app released

    When I reviewed the PogoPlug USB NAS adapter last week, I mentioned that an iPhone app was in the works. That app just hit the Apple App Store, and is available for free now. The PogoPlug iPhone app allows users to stream music (or movies) that they don’t have room to store, back up photos as they’re taken, or read docs stored at home. That, my friends, is a pretty cool… Read More

  • TechCrunch Poll: How Much Did VC Investing Drop In The First Quarter?

    VCs are feeling the heat from the recession. Money, both outgoing and incoming, isn’t drying up completely, but the numbers keep going down. And now we are waiting to find out how much money VCs put into startups during the first quarter. Mind you that VC investing for the fourth quarter of 2008 already hit a low, with the total dollar amount invested in venture financings at $5.4… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: MoGo mouse for $30

    Remember the MoGo mouse? It’s a Bluetooth laptop mouse that rests and recharges in a PCMCIA slot until it’s needed. Buy.com is selling it for $30 while it’s priced at $55+ elsewhere. Perhaps the slow death of PCMCIA slots in laptops has something to do with the low price. Read More

  • Blu-ray sales double from last year during Q1

    Slip this one in the Captian Obvious file folder. It really shouldn’t come as a surpise that Blu-ray is selling more titles this year than previous; 9 million discs vs 4.5 million during the first quarter. The landscape has changed dramatically within the last year. Naturally, more consumers bought HDTVs and needed more HD content to show on it. The price of Blu-ray players have… Read More

  • Job cuts to happen at Sony Ericsson

    So maybe the company/venture isn’t OK as the previously released company statement indicated. Now, a few months later, word hits that 2,000 peeps are about to lose their jobs due to decline sales. Read More

  • Guilty: The Pirate Bay found guilty of copyright infringement

    We’ll probably do more with this as the day goes on, but quickly: The Pirate Bay guys were found guilty in their trial in Sweden, and will spend the next year in prison. They will also have to pay $4.5 million in damages, which one of the guys said he’d rather “burn everything [he] owned” than pay. Read More

  • As Court Prepares Shackles For The Pirate Bay, Other Torrent Sites Are Ready To Replace It

    Despite some early fumbling by the prosecution, a judge in Sweden handed down a guilty verdict today in the case against The Pirate Bay, the popular BitTorrent search site. The four founders, who still seem to think this is a big joke, each face one year of jail time and a $3.6 million fine. The site will continue to function for now as they appeal the decision. Even though the Pirate Bay… Read More

  • Um, Facebook. Your Developer Site Has Been Defaced

    It looks like the mobile page on Facebook’s developers wiki has been hacked. Take a look here. I guess that is the downside of putting your developer site on a wiki. The question is why hasn’t anybody changed it back? Update: Someone is paying attention. Site is now back to normal. Read More

  • My Name Is E potentially cracks the e-cards conundrum

    The Next Web conference in Amsterdam just announced the winner of their startup competition. The judges were unanimous in naming My Name is E, and the startup got the audience vote as well. E lets you share contacts via mobile like a super-charged electronic business card. The trick is that instead of just letting you share a VCF card, it also connects you to the other person’s… Read More

  • Big in Japan: Environmentally friendly bikinis made of plastic bottles

    Tokyo-based chemical company Asahi Kasei, a corporate giant with 25,000 employees, has announced an environmentally friendly product of the very special kind: swimsuits [JP]. The lovely ladies you can see on the picture (Ayumi Kura, 20, on the left and eighteen-year-old Shi Weng Lu on the right) are wearing bikinis made of polyethylene tephthalate. Polyethylene tephthalate (PET) is the stuff… Read More

  • Sony showcases 21-inch OLED with 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (video)

    Sony took part at the 5th International FPD Expo that ended today in Tokyo, showcasing for the first time in their home market of Japan a 21-inch OLED that almost doubles the size of the XEL-1 (11 inches). Unlike the XEL-1, however, the 21-incher is still in prototype stage. Video after the jump. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Beetle Attack Edition

    Video: Amazing “Toy Soldiers” DLC trailer for F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
    Still own cassettes? Digitize them with this new gadget
    Japanese geek builds awesome giant beetle robot for some reason (video) Read More

  • Kutcher Plays His Pied Piper Flute And Gets A Million Twitter Followers

    The first man in space. The first man on the moon. The first man with a million Twitter followers. Yes, this is one of those great achievements in human history. Congratulations Ashton Kutcher. His upbringing on Twitter was a humble one. The hugely popular actor started with just a handful of followers when he signed up a few months ago. But soon, he and his famous actress wife, Demi Moore… Read More

  • Exclusive Sneak Peek: Tweetie For The Mac

    The Mac is finally getting some seriously awesome, native clients. Say what you want about TweetDeck or Seesmic Desktop – these are all based on Adobe’s AIR platform, which is notorious for eating up memory and CPU cycles, along with weird window placement quirks. Earlier this month Nambu got a huge upgrade, and has quickly become my Twitter client of choice. But that might… Read More

  • Snow Day, Employee Arrest At Fox/MySpace

    Los Angeles tech companies may not be able to stand up to their northern California neighbors when it comes to technology clout, but they sure do seem to have a more interesting and varied work life. While Silicon Valley based Facebook is busy getting users to vote on new terms of use (wake me up when it’s over), cross-state rival MySpace employees learn of an employee arrest over… Read More

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