• Zune bug explained in detail

    Earlier today, the sound of thousands of Zune owners crying out in terror made ripples across the blogosphere. The response from Microsoft is to wait until tomorrow and all will be well. You’re probably wondering, what kind of bug fixes itself? Well, I’ve got the code here and it’s very simple, really; if you’ve taken an introductory programming class, you’ll see… Read More

  • Girly guitar controller for PS2

    If you are a girly girl, or if for some reason you love someone with an obsession with hearts and the color pink, then you may be interested in this pink heart-shaped wireless guitar for the PS2. Read More

  • Pilots can now spy on you at night, look creepy

    Want to live out your “Blue Thunder” fantasy? Now you can legally get military-spec night vision goggles for when you are flying your helicopter. In the past, there were no FAA approved night vision goggles for civilian use — you were taking your chances when you were flying at night, and typically doing instrument based flying. Now you can use night vision, assuming you buy… Read More

  • My Prosthetic Lung

    Welsh company Haemair’s prosthetic lung just won UK Institution of Chemical Engineers’ Stopford Projects Award for Bioprocess Innovation. Normally, when a patient’s lungs don’t function, the patient is put on an ECMO system, an external machine that functions like a lung. The problem with these machines is that they are pretty bulky. Haemair has made a system that is… Read More

  • Twin Draft Guard = Stoner's BFF

    Image courtesy of Nataliedee I just saw this infomercial so forgive me if you’ve already seen it but I immediately thought of my days living in the dorms as a freshman. My roommate Justin and I would conjure up various ways to keep in our dope smoke without alerting the RA of our nefarious ways. Maybe it’s the booze talking but I thought I’d share. Read More

  • New Rock Band mic and portable drums

    Mad Catz has released two new accessories for Rock Band. One is the M.I.C., a microphone with integrated controller. The other is a portable drum kit. Mad, indeed! Read More

  • China licensing Western 3G standards

    Because of numerous delays, China has had trouble rolling out 3G on its TD-SCDMA cellular standard. Now they are allowing construction of CDMA 2000 and WCDMA networks, North American 3G and European/Asian 3G respectively. Read More

  • Oregon governor takes crazy pill, wants to tax using a GPS

    Because Oregon doesn’t have enough taxes (like personal income tax and really high property taxes), the governor is proposing a mileage tax, based off of a GPS unit installed in your car. Read More

  • Amazon isn't the only one smiling over holiday sales

    Amazon may have had their best ever Christmas, but they weren’t the only ones who witnessed record holiday sales over the past month. One of Amazon’s competitors, LightInTheBox.com, is a China-based global online distribution company that tripled its fourth-quarter sales over last year. Read More

  • CES: A primer

    In exactly one week, the CrunchGear team will be descending on CES for your benefit. Why should we be going? Because it’s the biggest consumer electronics show in the world? Why are we going? Because we’re dumb suckers. CES, if you’ll recall, is huge. It takes over Las Vegas for most of a week and the products announced there will grace shelves over the next year. However… Read More

  • Start your own internet business for $399

    If you’re bored or out of a job in these difficult times, or if you’ve always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, then this Internet Entrepreneur Starter Kit will not help may be for you. Read More

  • The Day the Zunes Stood Still: Update

    As you guys well know, there are zillions of Zunes out there stricken with a mysterious malady. According to a new statement from the devs, it is (as we all suspected) a bug having to do with the internal clock and how it deals with leap years. The “fix” is less than elegant: let the Zune run out of battery and the clock bug will essentially fix itself as the date switches over… Read More

  • A Look At Some Of The Best iPhone Apps Of 2008

    The iPhone and iPod Touch have taken the world by storm. In just a little over six months time we’ve witnessed the doors of the iTunes App Store opening to the 10,000 app marker being crossed. In between that time we’ve see the $999 I’m Rich make several people poor, fart joke apps earning over $25K in one day, and Apple still looking the other way when users mention copy… Read More

  • Kissing USB octohippo shocker: A-Data ripped off the Octorok!

    I knew these things looked familiar! They’re trying to cash in on that “nearly-forgotten cute many-legged land-dwelling octopods from Zelda games” market. I think someone owes Nintendo an apology! Read More

  • Rumor: Quad-core MacBook Pro at MacWorld

    I’d say this irresponsible and inflammatory rumor is half-true. With Snow Leopard likely being shown off at MacWorld (by Schiller, alas), Apple will want something to make the OS pop a bit. Since Intel’s new budget quad-core processor is just starting to make its rounds, it’s not totally out of the question that Apple will want to include it in the comparatively old… Read More

  • Audiolizer Puts Your iTunes Library In The Cloud, But Lala Does It Better

    Audiolizer is a new music streaming service that lets you put your iTunes library in the cloud. After uploading your iTunes Library database file, the site will automatically compile a list of links to every song, allowing you to access your favorite music when you’re away from your home computer. Users can also manually search for individual songs. As with a number of streaming… Read More

  • Interview: Pytey of the iPhone Dev Team

    Have you ever jailbroken an iPhone? Ever used a software solution to “unlock” the iPhone’s SIM slot, freeing it from the shackles of its original carrier? Chances are, the iPhone Dev Team had something to do with it. This group, made up of some of the iPhone development scene’s finest minds, spends countless hours tearing apart the iPhone to make it do all of the… Read More

  • Active Park Assist demo'd on video

    Info ’bout Ford’s Active Park Assist parallel parking wizardry recently broke cover and now the Blue Oval released a video demo of the system. It seems to work well in the company-made video but excuse me while I hold judgement until a real hands on emerges. Video after the break. Read More

  • Survey says: U.S. consumers don't trust mobile banking security

    A new report entitled “2008 Mobile Banking Security Standards” by Javelin Strategy & Research finds that less than 10% of U.S. consumers use mobile banking tools.  47% of those surveyed do not use mobile banking due to security concerns and 73% are afraid that hackers will remotely compromise their handsets. Consumers are also worried about losing private banking information… Read More

  • Whoa, dude: Yoshimoto Cube

    Whoa, dude. Slow down. It is actually a transformation of two stellated rhombic dodecahedrons. I drank Stella once. It was good. Whoa. Read More

  • RIM doing well at #2

    In a wide-ranging interview, CNet talks with Research in Motion about all things Blackberry. Trailing only Nokia in terms of sales volume, RIM has a lot reasons to feel good. According to Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO “[t]he cell phone market in the US declined by 5 percent compounded per annum in the past five years, but the smart phone market grew 58 percent.” Mike Lazaridis, President… Read More

  • Government to allow private firms to monitor every move we make. I'm moving to China.

    It will cost £12 billion, be run by private companies and track every move you make on the internet, every call, text message and every transaction. Yes, this is the UK government proposal to manage and run a communications database that will make Chinese attempts to control and monitor its citizens look like “light touch” regulation. The only difference with one-party states… Read More

  • CrunchBoard: Work as a community manager, managing editor, or freelance developer (from anywhere)

    Want to work as the community manager of a fully-funded company that hasn’t launched yet? Or an “Information Repository Specialist“? Maybe work as a managing editor at CBS Interactive? (Here at TechCrunch, we’re still looking for a Rails Developer.) Other CrunchBoard jobs after the jump. Read More

  • Stereoscopic 3D Graphics on the iPhone

    SpatialView has announced the Wazabee 3DeeShell, a protective casing that includes a removable lens to displays 3D stereoscopic images on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch without those dorky glasses. SpatialView also offers software to create your own 3D images using the iPod camera! Read More

  • Scribd Had A Blowout Year, And So Did the Web Document

    The biggest surprise fro me in the social media rankings that I posted earlier today was the appearance of document sharing service Scribd in the top 20. According to the comScore numbers, it has more unique visitors worldwide than imeem and almost as many as Bebo, with 23.5 million visitors in November, 2008. (In the U.S., it had about 4 million visitors). This is a serious accomplishment for… Read More

  • Rumor: Mac Mini getting a makeover next week

    Time to throw away your old Mac Minis, friends, because new ones are coming next week. TUAW has on good authority (read “some guy told them”) that the new minis will have SATA optical drives that can be replaced with hard drives and that they will look more like the MacBooks with sexier styling and black and aluminum accents. Read More

  • Apple’s Washington D.C. store facing opposition or part of a mass conspiracy?

    So Apple is facing opposition to putting up one of its gigantic glass-everywhere stores in one of Washington D.C.’s historic neighborhoods, the complaint being that it’d be too big and too modern to fit in with all the other quaint, cute buildings in the area (see our artist’s rendition above). I propose, however, that the complaint is a cover-up for a much more massive… Read More

  • Phenom GSM watch phones drop, give Dick Tracy a lot more options

    Watch out LG, looks like you’re not the only touch screen watch phone maker with an announcement this week.  Phenom Communications has released an entire line of timepieces-turned-mobiles, (creatively named) the Phenom Watch Phone(s). These unlocked GSM, MP3/MP4 playin’ watch phones sport a 1.3 TFT touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, speakerphone, digital still/video… Read More

  • Remote Control Beer Pager

    Okay. We have all lost a beer. It happens. You set it down for a moment, only to lose it seconds later. It’s frustrating early in the night, but infuriating around 2:00AM. Enter the Remote Control Beer Pager. Read More

  • iPhone Dev Team posts cryptic message – what are they up to?

    Update: The Dev Team has released an image with further confirms our original suspicion. Check it out after the jump. On the eve of the iPhone 3G software unlock, the following text just went up on the iPhone Dev Team blog: 01110110 01110100 01100001 01100010 01100101 01110010 00100000 00110110 00110001 00110000 00110110 00110000 00110001 00110111 00110100 00100000 Now, any self-respecting… Read More

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