• Palm tweaked our browser

    More from the cheeky Inquirer, this time with some finger pointing from Japanese software firm Access, which makes the Netfront Mobile browser and bought PalmSource back in 2005. While the firm lists Garnet OS (Palm’s OS) as a compatible system for its Netfront mobile browser version 3.5, the company told the Inquirer that if Palm wants it to make the new browser available for… Read More

  • Round up: Mini notebooks

    Here’s a quick look at six mini-notebooks whose main appeals are size, price and mobility.
    The recently launched Eee PC 1000 is available with either a 40 GB or 80 GB hard drive. Both have 2 GB of RAM and run a 1.6 GHz processor. Keyboard is sized at 92% of full size. WiFi, Ethernet, and Bluetooth enabled.
    Recent price: $549 Read More

  • More on the state of the mobile web

    Webmonkey has posted a nice pro/con list of the ever-evolving mobile Web experience. While we all agree using the Web on mobile phones (from the iPhone to the Instinct) has come a long way, its still not good enough to chuck the laptop. So despite the handiness of quick reference sites, mobile e-mail and GPS directions, getting real work done on tiny screens isn’t very practical… Read More

  • Homemade total isolation gaming pod, not nerdy at all

    It’s because of awesome things like this that gamers are unfairly slandered as anti-social, solitary, and obsessive. The thing looks to be about 3’x5’x8′ and offers complete isolation from that bothersome outside world (read: the guy’s children). Is it day? Is it night? Who can tell when you’re in your pod? And who cares anyway? I’d need a little… Read More

  • Mass Reorg at Microsoft Platforms & Services Division

    Microsoft has just announced a major reorganization of its Platforms & Services Division. It will now be split into two groups (Windows/Windows Live and Online Services) which will both report to Steve Ballmer. That’s right. Steve Ballmer will now personally be running Windows. Kevin Johnson, who used to head the Platforms & Services Division, will soon be leaving the company… Read More

  • Apple Seeing Red For iPhone Holiday Sales

    Rumors have been propagating through several popular Mac blogs that Apple will be releasing a red iPhone 3G model for the holiday season. The release will be well-timed, considering the initial iPhone hype will start to slow, and people will be opening up their wallets more for the holiday season. (Photo via MacBlogz) The red iPhone will presumably be sold as part of the (PRODUCT) RED… Read More

  • Sony first to ship Centrino 2

    While Lenovo, Fujitsu, Toshiba and other PC manufacturers have been making a fuss about launching the first PCs to include Intel’s new Centrino 2 chipsets, Sony it seems actually shipped the first Centrino 2 products. The Inquirer reported Sony’s claim to being first, with Sony saying that Intel’s embargo lifted at 8:00pm on Monday the 15th and that the company started… Read More

  • Really, really flat-packed furniture

    Designer Joost van Bleiswijk makes everything flat. He designs components on a computer and then essentially laser cuts them out and folds them together into full-sized candelabras, clocks, and even this insane fireplace thing. Everything is made of stainless steel. It kind of reminds me of Ponoko but clearly this guy has taken it to a whole other level. There’s an altar in that… Read More

  • A motor powered by light

    How awesome! — assuming this isn’t some sort of hoax. It doesn’t sound like one, though; the photoreactive properties of dies like azobenzene are well-documented. I think I used some of the stuff myself in college for a lab and considered sprinkling some in my abominable roommate’s bed (damn him). Anyhow, the actual machine, built by researchers in Japan, relies on… Read More

  • iPhone launching in 20 mystery countries by Aug. 22

    Hurray! Now more people around the globe get to experience the excitement of hearing “Sorry, we don’t have any left!” During the quarterly conference call with COO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Apple announced that the iPhone 3G would be makin’ its way to 20 more countries by August 22nd. Which countries? Nobody knows – it wasn’t mentioned in the call. Read More

  • OH NOES Zune guy covering up his tattoo!

    I happen to think the Zune has a long, happy life ahead of it as long as it has no illusions about market share. I like mine, but apparently the Zune tattoo guy has had enough. He feels the Zune has been neglected and the reworking of the Xbox 360’s interface with no Zune love has put him over the edge. Unless he gets something like I’ve pictured above to cover up the infamous… Read More

  • Facebook Connect Coming To iPhone This Fall

    Today at the f8 conference Benjamin Ling revealed that Facebook will be releasing a Cocoa framework for the iPhone that will allow application developers to integrate with Facebook Connect. The framework is expected to be released sometime in the fall, and will take the form of an SDK that can be used by developers of iPhone applications. Facebook Connect allows applications to integrate… Read More

  • SSD I/O speeds: they're bigger in Texas

    It’s that time again. Time to break records in rapid succession! The plainly named Texas Memory has created a monster of epic performance. The RamSan-440 uses DDR RAM in RAID configuration to reach speeds completely unheard of — even in semi-enterprise solutions like the Memoright MR25. With the capability to sustain 600,000 inputs/outputs per second, a max datarate of 4500MB/s, and… Read More

  • XM-Sirius merger approval now down to single vote

    Today was a big day vis-à-vis the XM-Sirius merger, as Johnathan Adelstein, the FCC commissioner who wanted to place all those restrictions on the merger in exchange for his support, has officially withdrawn his proposal, voting against the merger in the process. That leaves us all tied up for votes for and against the merger with one single, solitary vote pending. Deborah Taylor Tate (right)… Read More

  • Japanese Wii users get to download digital manga, Western users don't

    Following the launch of a similar service for the DS, Japanese Wii users are now able to download digital comics to their Wii consoles offered by a total of 5 companies. In April, Japanese publishing powerhouses Kadokawa Group Publishing [JP], Shueisha [JP], Shogakukan, Kodansha, and game maker Tose partnered up to establish Librica [JP]. The new company launched the manga service last… Read More

  • Storm goes all ceramic on us

    Storm makes some fairly cool watches at fairly low prices. Originally popular in the UK, you can find them over here now and again. It seems they’re taking a page from the Chanel playbook and launching a line of ceramic watches including a cool hidden-face model with a crystal cover that blends into the band. Ceramic is fast replacing titanium in watch cases, especially fashion models. Read More

  • Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry now available

    Back in May, Microsoft and RIM announced a partnership to bring Windows Live services to the BlackBerry platform “sometime this summer”. The first goods from that partnership are on the table, with the release of Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry. All of back-and-forth communication works through BlackBerry’s push technology, so chat lag should be minimal. The client has… Read More

  • Cyber Clean keyboard cleaning spooge

    This gummy stuff will clean your keyboard and even disinfect it with one fell plop. At about $20 it’s not cheap – and not available in the U.S. but I definitely could use some on my groddy, greasy keboard. It looks like I’ve been eating chocolate and beef jerky over this thing. Seriously. Read More

  • Liveblogging the Facebook Developer Conference

    The TechCrunch team is on site at the Facebook Developer conference, and we’ll be live blogging the news. Mark Zuckerberg’s Keynote starts at 1:30 pm PST. Facebook’s press release is here. Live Coverage In a press briefing after the keynote, Zuckerberg stated “I wish I knew” when asked when the anticipated payments system would launch. He also hinted that Facebook… Read More

  • Facebook Launches Preferred App Program, Translation Services

    Facebook just issued the press release for today’s F8 conference. The release is below, with the most important points bolded.: SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Facebook f8 Conference, July 23, 2008 – Facebook today introduced the latest advancements to Facebook Platform during its annual f8 developer conference, calling on its more than 400,000 developers to connect their Websites… Read More

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