• More info about MobileEdge TSA-friendly laptop cases

    Here are some actual product shots of the TSA-friendly MobileEdge cases that we covered about a week ago. I’m still not 100% convinced that TSA bags, in general, can live up to the promise of substantially increasing airport security lines. It’ll only take one screening agent to throw a fit when someone hasn’t removed their laptop, only to find out that it was in a… Read More

  • Battle Over: Twitter Opens Up To Gnip

    Since launching TechcrunchIT we have been pounding away about open standards and data availability. One of the biggest victims of this focus recently has been Twitter, who went from being a leading light in the field, to closing everything up and now finally today have gone back to being open again. Gnip has announced this morning that they now have access to the Twitter XMPP feed, and that… Read More

  • In-car video camera with GPS, Google Earth playback

    I don’t have any children but from what I’ve heard, they’re quite a nuisance. If you have kids that are just starting to drive a car, why not purchase this dash-mounted camera with built-in GPS logger and Google Earth compatibility? You’ll be able to playback video of recent trips complete with a nice little GPS overlay on the right-hand side of the screen. Aside… Read More

  • Twitter Plays Nice: XMPP Firehose Data Feed To Gnip

    Twitter is living up to its promise to open up its data stream as much as possible to developers. While I was negotiating with Twitter cofounder Evan Williams to sit down and do a video interview at Foo Camp last weekend, Gnip founder Eric Marcoullier was hitting him up to give Gnip, and therefore everyone, Twitter’s XMPP “firehose.” Williams was obviously in a good mood… Read More

  • New mobile ‘Guitar Hero III: Backstage Pass’ game

    Guitar Hero addicts now have another title to tame the shakes in “Guitar Hero III: Backstage Pass” for mobile phones. The game is similar to past mobile GH offerings except that this time, “there is an added element of working to get gigs and seeing what it’s really like for an artist to work their way to the top," said Niccolo de Masi, President of Hands-On Mobile. Read More

  • Reminder: Samsung Use Your Instinct Contest

    To recap: Every week we’ll be giving away a cool Samsung phone culminating in the Samsung Instinct!

    We begin our contest this week gunning for the Samsung Ace. The haiku should focus on sight and must be tweeted to UseYourInstinct. We will close entries for this week at noon on Tuesday, July 22. If you entered the previous contest and didn’t win, feel free to re-enter. Here are… Read More

  • What Will Facebook Announce at Its F8 Developer Conference Next Week? Let the Speculation Begin.

    Next Wednesday is Facebook’s F8 developer conference, and speculation is swirling about what Facebok might announce at the event. Last year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the Facebook Platform for Web app developers, which is now its own mini-industry. So what will Facebook announce this year? We’ve suggested that Facebook might take the opportunity to expand its open source… Read More

  • Next Year's Headline: Microsoft fails to do anything significant with Powerset

    There is one glaring detail that everyone who reported on the Microsoft-Powerset acquisition has failed to mention: Powerset is a Unix based company. All of its core components – its applications, its packaging system, and its continuous integration system – were designed and written to run on a Unix platform. As a large software company, Microsoft is a big supporter of its own… Read More

  • Anonymous source leaks details of the LG Voyager update

    The fine forks from MobileRoar are reporting that they got some hot details on a LG Voyager update from a “reliable” source. LG is calling this update the Voyager Refresh and it’s basically a firmware update free to all Voyager owners. The hardware has supposedly been improved too and you should be able to notice some cosmetic differences. People buying a Voyager for the… Read More

  • AT&T finalizes free Wi-Fi goodness

    All of AT&T’s 17,000 hotspots are currently open and ready for business, including most Starbucks stores less the ones the close because we are entering the second Great Depression. Hotspots are free to AT&T iPhone subscribers. All of the spots are free, so just roll on up and give them a go. If you’re at a Starbucks today, try it out and show us what it looks like. Read More

  • Sweater Friends Episode 9: Get off my lawn!

    Tune in every Friday at 1PM, Eastern to listen to CrunchGear Talk Radio. Subscribe to Sweater Friends via RSS: http://blip.tv/rss/bookmarks/161708 Subscribe via iTunes: itpc://blip.tv/bookmarks/rss/161708/itunes Read More

  • CrunchGear's Official iPhone 3G Review

    Hype, hype, hype. Now that the iPhone 3G launch has blown over and I’ve been able to integrate the phone into my daily routine, I think we’re ready for an official CrunchGear review. Our advice? Wait. With 60% certainty I predict a minor hardware or, more likely, software update in the next month or so to improve the 3G’s thus far abysmal battery life. The iPhone 3G is… Read More

  • Fighting For Its Life, Yahoo Uses Its Homepage To Battle Carl Icahn

    Yahoo is pulling out its biggest gun in the showdown with Carl Icahn: the Yahoo homepage itself. Right now on Yahoo.com, the single most-visited page on the Web (with 304 million unique visitors worldwide in May, according to comScore), there is a big purple button the third box down aimed squarely at Yahoo shareholders. The button takes people to this page where Yahoo outlines its… Read More

  • MTS’s Annual Review Available Online

    Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, published its 2007 Annual Review online today. Together with its subsidiaries, MTS has nearly 87 million subscribers. It provides service in Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, giving MTS a population base of more than 230 million. The Annual Review describes the operational… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct Haiku Contest Continues

    To recap: Every week we’ll be giving away a cool Samsung phone culminating in the Samsung Instinct! This week gunning for the Samsung Ace. The haiku should focus on sight and must be tweeted to UseYourInstinct. We will close entries for this week at noon on Tuesday, July 22. If you entered the previous contest and didn’t win, feel free to re-enter. Visit CG for full rules. Read More

  • Sales of Nokia’s low-cost Phones Increasing

    With developed countries reaching the saturation point, mobile phone manufactures have to look to developing countries for increased sales. Nokia is selling more and more single-chip mobile phones in these nations. Sales numbers should reach into the tens of millions. Single-chip phones are inexpensive to manufacture and are highly desired in developing nations, which often have a poor… Read More

  • StumbleAudio is Pandora For Indie Music

    With the highly successful launch seen by Pandora’s iPhone app, streaming digital radio seems ready to finally go mainstream. Unfortunately, as great as Pandora is, its music recommendations can shy towards music you already know – you may like the song that gets recommended, but there’s a good chance you’ve heard it before. For listeners looking for something… Read More

  • Google Buys Russian Contextual Ads Service for $140m

    BREAKING NOW: Google is buying Russian contextual advertising company ZAO Begun for $140 million from UK-registered Rambler Media (many Russian firms now base themselves in the UK). Rambler owns 50.1 percent of Begun, so to secure the deal it is buying the remaining 49.9 percent stake from owner Bannatyne Limited and then selling the entire firm to Google. Rambler says it expects to net about… Read More

  • You Have Three Days To Check Out Wuala's 'Social Grid' Storage

    Wuala, the innovative P2P social grid storage coming out of Switzerland, is doing a sneak preview of its public beta from now until Monday evening, after which it will close until the full launch on August 14. It’s worth checking this out before the window closes as I’m betting Wuala is pretty much unlike any online storage service you’ve seen. The public beta in August… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Sing For Your Supper Edition

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    Try these Karaoke pills in case you suck at singing
    Police arrests couple for selling radioactive cell phone lanyards
    USB Fidgets are finally here
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