• Put your iPod Touch on the juice

    If you’ve been thinking that your iPod Touch is looking a little skinny, and needs more battery life, mophie has been looking for you. Following up on the version they came out with for the iPhone back in October. And while the version we reviewed back in January didn’t meet our expectations, hopefully they’ve worked out their manufacturing issues. Read More

  • Google Ventures Almost Ready To Launch, But It Is A Bad Idea

    Yes, the rumors are true. Google’s Rich Miner is moving from the Android team to a new venture arm called Google Ventures. Miner recently appeared at a conference identified with a Google Ventures name tag, which reignited rumors from last summer about Google’s venture investing plans. A source confirms that Miner is part of that team and expects a formal announcement in a… Read More

  • Palm: yeah, so we lost $100m – who cares, here comes the Pre!

    Palm’s third quarter earnings have been reported, and they’re as bad as anyone might have expected. But with the Pre just around the corner and everything on track, according to CEO Ed Collligan, nobody should be worrying about that. It’s a fair assessment, really: it’s like a boxing match where you know your fighter’s got a win in him. He’s battered… Read More

  • GE Uses Digital Hologram To Advertize Windmills

    GE Energy has come out with a unique online ad, to promote its Smart Grid windmill technology. A video of how the ad works (via Today’s Big Thing) is after the jump. When you log onto GE’s site, you can do this yourself pretty easily. Basically, you print out a special marker that looks like a solar panel, activate your computer’s webcam, and then point the marker so it… Read More

  • DIY: Big sponge turned camcorder dashboard mount

    Here’s a good how-to involving a car washing sponge firmly yet gently caressing a camcorder for some all-American in-vehicle video footage. The whole thing can probably be put together for under $10 and it doesn’t look like it’d take too much time, either. Read More

  • Are we headed into an era of "dumb tech?"

    Cisco bought Flip Video. The Peek e-mail device is outselling some smartphones and launching a new version. The wi-fi-enabled media player is fighting it out with the TV for precedence in the living room and netbooks are beating down desktops at school and in the den. Are we entering an era of simple, cheap, and cool? Read More

  • Rumor: iPhone with video recording coming later this year?

    Disappointed that the iPhone OS 3.0 announcement didn’t bring video recording? Sure – you’re not alone. With jailbreak-only applications like Cycorder having been recording videos for months now, many iPhone users are having a hard time understanding why Apple has yet to make it official – or why they haven’t allowed video recording applications in the App… Read More

  • What movies would you want to ‘feel’ while wearing this Philips jacket?

    Oh the things engineers do when they’re bored and forced to look busy. Philips will debut, at a conference in Salt Lake City (of all places), a jacket with built-in vibration motors. The point is to study how people physically react to watching movies. Suggested first movie: Caligula. Read More

  • Welcome To The Team, Sarah Lacy

    I’d like to welcome Sarah Lacy to Team TechCrunch as a permanent addition to our editorial and writing team. Lacy, who was kind enough to write part time for us in February during my vacation, will continue to write Valley Girl, a biweekly column for BusinessWeek. She will also continue to co-host Tech Ticker on Yahoo Finance. You can read Sarah’s previous posts on TechCrunch here. Read More

  • BlackBerry 9630 groped, declared best ever

    The BGR is probably one of the biggest BlackBerry fanboys of all time, so when he says the 9630 aka Niagara is the best. Ever. Then I believe him. Well, he doesn’t say it’s the best BlackBerry of all time, but he might as well have after you read his short but concise first impressions of the latest BlackBerry from RIM. Read More

  • Facebook Goof Cripples Controversial Homepage Poll

    ‘New Layout Vote‘, a Facebook application that is polling users on their response to the new Facebook homepage, is taking the social network by storm. The application is growing incredibly quickly, with 2,168,639 monthly active users, over one million votes and 560,000+ comments, the vast majority of which are overwhelmingly negative. Granted, there is a strong selection bias… Read More

  • Review: Locavore for the iPhone

    The term Locavore is one that I’m not very familiar with – and to be honest, I was under the impression that throwing out a blanket term like “eating organic” was good enough. The whole organic movement hit the mainstream as I was making an exodus from the west coast, so concrete and constant car honking have muddled my green/hippie roots. The thought of going to a… Read More

  • Ballmer says change coming to Xbox, Zune

    MS CEO Steve Ballmer was in town (NYC) this week for the McGraw-Hill media conference and the large, sweaty and angry man from Redmond revealed some interesting news about his companies most profitable and least profitable hardware offerings. It’s unclear what Ballmer means when he said there’s a real opportunity for the Xbox to be “more than a console” but something… Read More

  • The Nikon D400 supposedly leaked: 15.3-megapixel CMOS, Full HD video mode

    Gather ye ’round for what could be the first almost-photo of the Nikon D400, first spotted on Nikon’s German Web site. This almost-photo—there’s no photo of the camera itself, but rather the telltale question mark of an imagine that didn’t properly load in a Web browser—does list the key specs, however. How does 15.3-megapixel CMOS sensor sound to you? Or an… Read More

  • Concord C1 QuantumGravity goes OMG all over the Internet

    WatchLuxus went all BLORP on the C1 QuantumGravity press release and sent us some huge pictures of this amazing and strange watch. While the release itself is pure jibberish (“An aerial bi-axial tourbillon mechanism. A vertical power reserve. Individualist seconds. A stripped-down dial and spectacular volumes: the latest specimen from the C Lab Series defies all theories.”) the… Read More

  • Medicated Morty is considerably calmer in the wake of the Circuit City liquidation

    Now that there’s little hope of finding a bricks and mortar deal any more, Crazy Morty has become a bit more responsible in regards to his mental heath and is seeing a professional. He has a number of things to offer at very reasonable prices and he hopes you will join him in his journey back to wellness. Read More

  • Worio Taps Into Social Search With Facebook Connect

    Two big trends in search right now are semantic and social search. Worio, a startup in Vancouver, BC, is combining the two approaches today by tapping its semantic search engine into Facebook Connect. The fundamental technology behind Worio is a semantic tagging system that analyzes the content of indexed Web pages and categorizes them automatically based on what it can glean about the… Read More

  • Should we expect a Nintendo DSi App Store this year?

    Apps, Apple’s or otherwise, make the world go ’round, and now Nintendo wants some of the action. Allegedly. Apparently there was a super-secret Nintendo developer conference in London last week, and the company told its developers, in so many words, “Please make other, general purpose applications for our upcoming DSi App Store.” So goes the rumor, at least. Read More

  • Hey Twitter, Here's A Way To Call Jason's Bluff And Maybe Fight Breast Cancer

    We love Jason Calacanis here at TechCrunch, which is why we partner with him on our TechCrunch50 startup event. Not only is he a proven entrepreneur (he sold Weblogs Inc. to AOL, and is now running Sequoia-funded Mahalo), but he’s one of the best self promoters on the Internet. He famously shut down his blog, but somehow he’s now running it again with thousands more followers… Read More

  • Banged in the Olufsen: Tough times call for a $136,220 plasma TV

    If you have a lot of disposable income or you work for AIG and need a way to spend that sweet, sweet bonus check for all your hard work, might I suggest the 103-inch BeoVision 4-103 plasma TV from Bang & Olufsen at just under $140,000? Read More

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