• Comeks mobile comics

    Comeks mobile comics

    Comeks is a great Series-60 application that lets you take camera phone images and enhance them with comic-book like artwork, speech bubbles and other effects. You can then assemble these images into a comic strip which can be MMS’d (or saved back into phone memory for upload to your favourite photo-sharing site). I first saw Comeks in action when one of its creators demo’d it to me… Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation: Houston, Problem

    If you’re having a problem emailing me your photos, please post them somewhere – Photobucket, your own site, etc. – and email a link to john at crunchgear dot com or AIM me the link at johnbiggsny if you’re still having trouble. Thanks, guys. Read More

  • Skype 2.6 Beta available

    Skype 2.6 Beta available

    Skype has just released version 2.6 of its web phone software as a public beta. So what’s new?  The new version makes a big deal of Skypecasts which I have not really taken too so far. The new ‘Live’ tab lists imminent events about to start, which could be anything from language lessons to dating services. Hopefully I can also filter the skypecasts or turn it off… Read More

  • MySpace driving more retail traffic than MSN search

    New Hitwise findings indicate that MySpace sent more US traffic to online retail sites last week than MSN search, the third largest search engine on the web. That’s big news, as it’s tangible evidence that youth oriented online social networking is a market driver of serious proportions. The Hitwise report puts Yahoo! as the source of 4.69 percent of traffic to online retail… Read More

  • On the Nth Day of Christmas, There Shall Be 360s

    On the Nth Day of Christmas, There Shall Be 360s

    Eurogamer TV had an opportunity to talk with Microsoft Europe boss Chris Lewis at the Leipzig Game Conference last week, and apparently, Lewis had some great news to tell all of our moms. After the disaster that was the 360 launch (I found myself at 3 different Target stores before 9 AM), this year’s holidays seem to be under control. When asked if Microsoft would be ready for this… Read More

  • Flickr has taken the #1 slot in the UK

    Flickr has taken the #1 slot in the UK

    Hitwise UK is a great site for keeping track of global as well as UK web trends.  They have just posted about Yahoo! Flickr once again becoming #1 website, in the Hitwise Photography category, based on share of UK visits. It seems softporn search queries has something to do with the sudden rise in Flickr traffic? “In the past three months, whilst Flickr’s market share of… Read More

  • Two New BenQ Cameras Hit the Streets

    . Both cameras have advanced digicam features like automatic exposure control and shake-correction. They can also output in 16:9 mode, which is cool in that “well, OK” kind of way. Throw in 3X optical zooms and 2.5-inch LCDs and the cameras start to look pretty enticing. The ISO 1000 mode will be sufficient enough for those photos you take in the bushes outside of her house… Read More

  • Wii Madden '07 Video Surfaces

    Wii Madden '07 Video Surfaces

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve been excited about playing Madden 2007 (and all the other sports games) on the Wii since I first saw the controller. So, when I saw this video on YouTube, I kinda came close to wetting myself (alright that’s not funny, I have an incontinence problem. Yes I’m on medication. Just drop it OK?). I’ve heard a lot of rumblings about… Read More

  • The iRocker Chair

    The iRocker Chair

    Just when you thought that iPod accessories couldn’t get any more ridiculous, furniture-maker Adonis announces a line of iRocker chairs. These “interactive sound chairs” carry an onboard iPod dock, along with speakers sets that vary depending on which chair you buy. The iRocker chairs range from $99-$600, depending on what suits your price range. The higher-end models come with… Read More

  • Gravel In Pocket?

    Gravel In Pocket?

    With what might be the worst product name ever, Commodore will demonstrate tomorrow at IFA its new personal media player the Gravel In Pocket. Despite its unfortunate naming, this PMP seems to be a relatively valid device. It will sport a 2.8-inch screen, 1GB or 2GB of storage and WiFi. The GIP is capable of playing DivX, Xvid, WMV, MP3 and WAV files. It also features an SD slot. It will… Read More

  • The little Browzar that hides everything?

    The little Browzar that hides everything?

    The Yorkshire Post has a story about Freeserve founder Ajaz Ahmed’s latest venture browzar, “a new internet browser which allows users to surf the web without leaving a history of websites visited and protects against leaving personal details on computers.” I did wonder why someone would create such a browser, considering the dangerous times we live in with paedophiles… Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation Contest: Almost Over

    Get those entries in, kids. We’ll hold the floodgates open until 6pm PST. Read More

  • Syringe Shaped USB Thumb Drive


    USB flash drives are a dime a dozen, meaning companies need to spice up their offerings to get any kind of recognition from consumers. One way is to make it huge, like Toshiba’s 16GB drives. Another is to mold yours in the shape of a syringe. Yeah, I think we all know which one we’d want. The syringe drive is USB 2.0 compliant and has up to 1GB of space, plus it makes airport… Read More

  • OriginalSignal: Gadget Sites Galore

    OriginalSignal: Gadget Sites Galore

    I spoke with Tako Steinz of Stillpoint Media who just launched Gadgets.OriginalSignal, a beta aggregator for gadget websites. Right now it trolls fifteen major sites – including Crunchgear – and reports when new items appear every time you visit the page. Think of it as a NASA “big-board” style system that isn’t NetVibes. Tako and his 5-person team wanted a very… Read More

  • Lego Mindstorms NXT – Fun For Big Kids Too

    The next generation Lego Mindstorms improve on the original 1998 model of do-it-yourself robotics with a “32-bit NXT control brick, ultrasonic sensors, a revamped set of pieces, a new piece of visual programming software, and Bluetooth support.” Not at all like the legos we played with as a child, these Mindstorms sensors register touch, sound, light and distance to keep your… Read More

  • HTC TyTN (XDA Trion) 3G Windows Mobile PDA Phone Available Now

    HTC TyTN (XDA Trion) 3G Windows Mobile PDA Phone Available Now

    Both models of HTC’s smartphone—the HTC TyTN or the re-badged XDA Trion—are available for purchase now on Dynamism’s website. Both are available for $899, which means it’s no throwaway phone. The XDA Trion has a QWERTZ keyboard, common in Europe, where the HTC TyTN has a QWERTY keyboard, which is more suited for the States. To refresh, the phones are Quad-Band… Read More

  • Sprint Treo 700wx Manual Online Already

    Sprint Treo 700wx Manual Online Already


    All 436 pages of Sprint’s user manual for the Treo 700wx is online, leaked for your consumption. Seriously, 436 pages? Isn’t that a little complicated for the average user? Well, you Treo fans know what you’re getting into. And if you want to pore over the notes and see what Sprint’s got in store for you in September, be our guest. Treo Manual (PDF) [Mobility Today] … Read More

  • SynapseLife bundles lots of little tools

    SynapseLife is a suite of integrated online applications for managing various parts of your life. The company is currently accepting email addresses for beta release notification on the first of October. SynapseLife is the first consumer play of Synapse Corporate Solutions, a four person Seattle team founded by Daniel Rust and Mark Michael. The basic applications will be free with… Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation Contest: An Hour Left

    Ok. It’s Crunch time. We’re closing our contest at 12 noon, PST and we’ve got one entry so far. If I were in this contest, I’d definitely like those odds – that means one person, as of right now, will get both a Moto Q and a Kodak v603… unless I start seeing some entries! Read on for full rules. Read More

  • Apple Doesn't Want People Knowing About Leopard


    Remember our video post last week about Leopard and how its Expose + Spaces was supposed to work? Yeah, Apple doesn’t quite like it, and told us as much in the form of a NastyGram. Apparently, because the only version out of Leopard is a developer’s version, it’s not quite “public”, and a video of the OS is a big no-no in Apple’s book. Hope you saw that… Read More

  • Rolling Robot iPod Dock

    The Miuro is a ball-shaped iPod dock that rolls around on its “wheels”, while simultaneously protecting your iPod dock in its soft robot center. To what effect this “rolling” has on your music, we don’t know. At least it has a remote for you to use to change the songs, saving you the trouble of chasing after a rogue iPod robot when it decides to roll away and… Read More

  • Real Extate search engine makes extensive use of tags but not hListing.

    Real Extate search engine makes extensive use of tags but not hListing.

    Extate.com is a nationwide property search engine developed BytePlay Ltd, a privately funded London based technology startup. Extate works by crawling all of the largest national estate agents websites every 24 hours to provide home buyers with up-to-date search results. It uses a natural language search query function to make it easy for anyone to find the right property. i.e “Cookham… Read More

  • Pretec 8GB SDHC

    Pretec 8GB SDHC

    It looks like 8GB SD cards will be hitting the market soon. Pretec claims it has developed the first of these cards. The card supports SD 2.0 and is not backward compatible. Users can currently order one card for sampling purposes. The company has also created a 16GB flash drive which is claims is the biggest of its kind, but that is clearly false since drives exist well beyond 16GB. At any… Read More

  • Samsung's 4G Is Faster Than WiMAX

    We’re just starting to get 3G up and working on most of our providers here in the US, but elsewhere in the world the epic battle between 4G and WiMAX is already heating up. The potential winner? 4G. Samsung’s taken a demo bus out into the wild, trucking along at all of 60 kph (37 mph) to demonstrate 4G’s speeds and ability to hand off calls between cells. Thankfully the… Read More

  • ZEN Vision W Video

    Hardware Zone has a a nice video of the ZEN Vision W up on YouTube in which they proclaim it to be the best video display they have seen. No real new info here, but it’s definitely the best look at this new DAP yet to emerge. I wonder if this is going to be the big player this holiday season. Wide is Good [Hardware Zone] Read More

  • YouTube pulls a Facebook move, circa 2004

    YouTube has opened a new section of its site called Colleges on YouTube. Students, staff and alumni of 30 universities can access video from their school community by using a .edu email address and other users can’t access those pages. Users are encouraged to suggest that their school be added to the list. This strategy has clearly been successful for Facebook, probably the 2nd… Read More

  • Sony's Lightsaber-esque Walkman


    The test tube/rod/phallus-shaped Walkman NW-S200 from Sony comes complete with a strap on for your arm, allowing you to use it for exercise as well as entertainment. How does this help you exercise? Well, it’s got a Music Pacer feature that matches up the tunes with the pace of your run, a sweat and water resistant body, a shuffle song feature activated by shaking, and a built-in… Read More

  • Nokia N80 Snuggles The Internets

    Nokia N80 Snuggles The Internets

    When I’m walking down the Magnificant Mile, and I’m looking for a good way to blow some time (which seems to be more and more often), I usually stop in at the Nokia flagship store and see what kind of new way-too-expensive-for-me phones they have to play with. There’s usually just about 30 of the underwhelming 8801, and a couple of the 7370 and 7380 for the… Read More

  • Forbes' Most Wired Cities

    Forbes' Most Wired Cities

    Forbes Magazine release today a list of the 30 most connected cities in the United States. They’ve surprisingly selected Atlanta as the most wired US city. I’m not really seeing it. Sure, as Forbes points out, the ATL is home to Bellsouth, Cox and Earthlink, and it might have more people with broadband per capita than any other city, but it just doesn’t feel right. Read More

  • World's First Wireless Ultra Wideband Hub

    World's First Wireless Ultra Wideband Hub

    The age of Aquarius is finally over and now it’s time for the age of ubiquitous wireless. Y-E Data Inc., a Japanese company, is launching one of the first wireless UWB hubs in the world that turns any formerly wired device into a wireless USB device. The hub has four standard USB ports and uses a dongle to connect to the hub. The estimated speed is about 100Mbps, which should fall… Read More