• Video: The first trailer for Grand Theft Auto: Lost and Damned

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=43632 This is the trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV: Lost and the Damned. It debuted last night at the laughable Spike TV Video Games Awards—I’m sure we’ll post the winners at some point today—and it looks, I don’t know, quite aggressive. Loud music, bikers, the colors brown and gray, etc. The trailer only mentions… Read More

  • iPhone Nano rumor restarted with a case mockup

    Macworld is mere weeks and there really hasn’t been any substantial rumors besides this one involving a iPhone Nano. Ever since the original iPhone launched, Mac fanboys have been dreaming of a complete iPod-ish lineup that includes a small, nano version. It is widely known, and the source of many leaks, that iPhone/iPod case manufacturers receive basic specs and dimensions of upcoming… Read More

  • What The Twitter/Google Announcement Means

    Google’s got a new partner at Friend Connect, their service to let users log in to third party websites with their user credentials from social networks. Last week at Le Web conference MySpace was doing all the heavy lifting to promote Google Friend Connect. But it turns out Twitter is the first third party service after Plaxo to actually integrate with Google’s new service. What… Read More

  • PlayStation Home hacked: You can now have your own posters, videos

    PlayStation Home has been hacked. It’s a fairly benign hack, one that lets you upload your own posters (to decorate your “apartment”) and videos. Sony doesn’t permit the uploading of third-party content to Home since it could leave them liable to some type of lawsuit. That, or Sony is made up of a bunch of jerks. Take your pick. The hack involves installing apache… Read More

  • Garmin Nuvifone gets FCC greenlight, reminding everyone that it still exists

    Oh, Garmen Nuvifone; how relevant you would have been when you were announced back in January. A handful of bug-filled demonstrations at trade shows and nearly a full year later, we’ve sort of stopped caring. Fortunately, the FCC still cares. Sure, it’s their job to care – but as long as someone’s listening, why sweat the technicalities? They’ve now given the… Read More

  • Now You Can Sign Into Friend Connect Sites With Your Twitter ID

    Google’s universal sign-in system, Friend Connect, which just opened to all Websites two weeks ago, now accepts Twitter IDs as a sign-in option. That means when you visit a participating Website that accepts Friend Connect as a log-in option, you can sign in using your Twitter account. If any of the people you follow on Twitter are also members of the third-party site, they will… Read More

  • $1000 digital picture frame at Amazon

    Available at Amazon for the low, low price of $1,000, the Kodak OLED 7.6-Inch Wireless Digital Frame sports a widescreen 800×480 resolution, 2GB of internal storage, and WiFi connectivity to Flickr or Kodak’s Gallery service. Just the thing you need to show off pictures of your dog! Read More

  • Palm to show "Nova" OS at CES 2009

    Peter Burrows at BizWeek has some hot news about Palm’s new OS, Nova. The company hopes to fit their new system in the gap between the BlackBerry and the iPhone (good luck – Microsoft has been trying to do that all year) and they are looking to grab 2% of the middle-range market shere, the range that Google/Android is also gunning for. “If they can’t show me a large… Read More

  • Gresso "Skeleton" phone: You're doing it wrong

    Once again we welcome into the world a bit of conspicuous consumption so ham-handed that you actually get compassionate flop sweat for these people. The Gresso Avantgarde Skeleton is a “skeleton” phone with a display back. What does that mean? There’s a hole in the back so you can see the circuitry. This idea is so crazy that I wonder how much coke the creators did just to… Read More

  • Fujitsu Biblo Loox R announced

    If you ever wanted a small and powerful (and expensive) laptop that is not a Mac, here is your chance to get one. The Biblo Loox R has a 12.1″ screen, Intel Core 2 Duo processor with low energy consumption, 128GB SSD, 2GB RAM, Bluetooth, Ethernet, Wi-Fi  and an optical drive. Oh and I almost forgot: 12 hours of battery life. The little power horse costs $3000 and can only be purchased… Read More

  • Inevitably, Twitter Profile Pics Turned Into HotOrNot Game

    Twit Or Fit launches today – effectively an idea borne of combining Twitter with a site like Hot Or Not, where you rate the appearance of people displayed. HotOrNot was recently sold for a rumored $20 million, but since TwitOrFit relies on Twitter and therefore has little inherent intellectual property, I somehow doubt it will attract a similar valuation. However, it is already doing a… Read More

  • Skip The Double-Talk: Zapproved Turns Decisions Into ‘Yes’ Or ‘No’ Questions

    In most offices, coming to a consensus on a decision can be a time wasting and often futile process – thoughts are often shared in convoluted Email threads, some voices go unheard, and responses are often wishy-washy to the point of being totally useless. Portland-based startup Zapproved has created a decision system that removes this ambiguity by forcing users to make up their minds. … Read More

  • OpenX Shows Impressive Growth, Ramps Up Revenue Streams

    OpenX (which used to be called Openads), provider of an open-source ad serving solution for web publishers – we use it at TechCrunch -, is growing like weed under the leadership of former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller, who is the company’s chairman, and ex-Yahoo executive Tim Cadogan who is CEO. According to the company, they’re serving well over 300 billion ad impressions through… Read More

  • Stickam API Lets You Build Your Own Live Video Site

    Stickam, a live video streaming service that competes with the likes of Justin.tv and Ustream.tv, is releasing a new API that effectively allows anyone to build their own streaming video startup with a minimal amount of effort. The service is normally pay-as-you-go, but the first 100 users to sign up will be able to try it out for free. StickamAPI allows developers to leverage… Read More

  • Google Starts Blending Web And Shopping Search Results Again

    Looks like Google is rolling out more tests with integrating results from its Shopping / Product Search engine (former Froogle) in traditional web search queries, right before the start of the holiday period. This isn’t necessarily new (see this WebMasterWorld forum entry from November 2007), but it does appear to be more widespread now. Our tipster says he’s had 5 of his friends… Read More

  • YouTube Wants To Bring You To The World Economic Forum In Davos

    Last year YouTube scored big at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. They had the best space at the conference, with world leaders and celebrities wandering through on the way to the press area (I, on the other hand, flailed). Attendees and everyone else were asked to create a video and answer the question “What one thing do you think that countries, companies or individuals… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Happy Characters Edition

    Review: Samsung CLP-315 color laser printer
    New MIMOBOT drives
    Photty = cool key holder + mini photo frame from Japan
    Thanko sells USB-powered and teddy bear-shaped gloves
    Compulsory Savings: Tetris and Breakout piggy banks
    Nintendo just found a boatload of money and it’s called Dragon Quest X Read More

  • Q: What Do You Get When You Add Karate Belts To a Q&A Service? Mahalo Answers.

    Mahalo is now answering your questions. The human-curated search engine/ condensed wiki guide is adding a Q&A service called Mahalo Answers to its mix. It is a combination of Yahoo Answers and the long-defunct Google Answers, with some cute avatars and virtual currency thrown in. (Disclosure: Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis is our partner in the TechCrunch50 conference). Like Yahoo… Read More

  • Review: Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

    For months now, I have been trying to play .MKV and other video files on my living room front projector. At first I tried to connect a laptop directly to the TV. But this didn’t always work, the audio was crappy, and it was awkward to have a laptop connected to the projector. I started using my XBOX 360 to play video files. At first I wanted to stream the files across my network. This… Read More

  • North Korea gets 3G network tomorrow

    Wikipedia Good news for those of you in North Korea! (That must be, like, zero of you. I can’t imagine the North Koreans allowing our silly, subversive site to be easily readable.) You’ll have a 3G network up and running tomorrow, thanks to Egypt’s Orascom Telecom‘s $400 million investment. The network will initially cover Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, and… Read More

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