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  • SXSW 2007: Phil Torrone Keynote


    I’m sitting at Phil’s keynote, crazy rave music is playing, people are dancing with glow sticks (not really). We’re just sitting here waiting for it to start. Keep checking out going to live blog this one. Read More

  • Nikon Coolpix P5000 Quick Look

    Nikon Senior Technical Manager Lindsay Silverman shows off some of the finer features on the new P5000. The camera straddles the line between dSLR and consumer point-and-shoot and looks cool doing it. Read More

  • SXSW 2007: All Hail Central Texas


    Anyone care to hypothesize what’s happening here? Send emails to contest at crunchgear dot com by Monday for fabulous prizes
    Well boys and girls, I’m now planted firmly in Austin for this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW). My trip to GDC 2007 reared a few interesting items like Emotiv’s Project Epoc and a nice case of laryngitis. The voice is is a hoarse wisp of my… Read More

  • Blackberry 8300: Big Letdown IMO

    The Boy Genius has once again been privy enough to get his hands on the newest Blackberry, the 8300, that I’ve been drooling over for the last two weeks. To be honest the initial reports just seemed to good to be true. There is no video recording capability and no WiFi, very sad and disheartening. Did I mention it has AT&T branding? Ok, I’ll stop bashing on it because it does… Read More

  • Olympus SP-550 UZ: Compensate For Your Wee…Zoom


    The Olympus SP-550 UZ is definitely cock of the walk in the long-zoom-camera category at PMA 2007. The ultra-zoom (UZ) wide-angle (28-504mm in 35mm photography) lens carries an optical zoom up to 18X. That’s a lot of zoom for as compact as it is and beats newer long-zoom models from Fujifilm, Kodak and Panasonic by as much as 8X. With a suggested retail price of $499, you’re… Read More

  • Samsung L74: World Trip Planner

    The Samsung L74 Wide has a Tour Guide function that gives you travel information covering 4,500 regions in 30 countries, so you can plan trips while you’re on the road. It also has 450MB of internal memory. Read More

  • Samsung NV11

    Samsung’s NV11 features a 10.1-megapixel sensor, 5X optical zoom Schneider lens, a 2.7-inch display and face recognition. But its innovative menu interface is what really makes it a compact camera worth checking out. Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Verizon Bills Vonage $58 Million for Infringement

    Bubbly, nationally advertised Vonage may lose the right to offer VOIP services at the hand of Verizon. On Friday, Verizon won its patent infringement case against upstart Vonage by being awarded a 5.5% royalty for use of patented technologies with $58 million in past damages due. Specifically, Verizon holds a series of patents, including US 6430275 covering a means for tracking customer… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Security Edition

    Sockphones: Destroy Your Childhood Friend For Personal Gain
    Real Life Star Trek Tricorder Developed
    Electronic USB Wind Instrument: Go Ahead, Pretend You’re a Real Musician
    The Mii Generation
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8: $350 Of Long-zoom Action Read More

  • Sony's New WiFi-Enabled Cybershot DSC-G1

    WiFi. Photosharing. MP3 playback. Overkill? Maybe. Read More

  • muveeNow Up Close

    We take a gander at muveeNow, muvee’s new photo editing software. Muvee Now Read More

  • Olympus Stylus 770 SW: You Too Can Drop, Freeze, Soak, Step On This Camera


    There’s not too much to say about the Olympus Stylus 770 SW. Well, except for the fact that it can survive 5-foot drops, be taken down 33 feet underwater, withstand 220 pounds of pressure and still operate down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit — hence the block of ice. There’s also a new manometer built in letting you gauge your altitude or depth. It’s otherwise a normal… Read More

  • Fujifilm FinePix S700: Entry-level long-zoom?


    Priced at a low $249, the Fujifilm FinePix S700 heads near budget territory on pricing, but in features comes close to other newly announced long-zoom models. The 7.1-megapixel camera has a 10x optical zoom with image stabilization and one of the finest LCDs we saw on the PMA floor (it was trumped only by the 3.5-inch beauty on the Sony G1, which we’ll have full video of posted soon). Read More

  • The Mii Generation


    Who needs actors when Nintendo has millions of Mii characters to do the work for them? Beginning next week Nintendo of America will be rolling out a new round of Wii commercials featuring the popular caricatures that now are part of games such as Wii Sports and Wii Play. The new ads will feature a set a family in their living room, as well as another that takes place in a corporate board… Read More

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8: $350 Of Long-zoom Action


    The Leica DC lens is the star of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 with its 11 elements in eight groups, including 3 aspherical lenses. The 12X optical zoom lens is carried over from last year’s DMC-FZ7, but is now backed with a 7.2-megapixel sensor and a newly enhanced Venus III processor. A RAW mode has been added as well. Read More

  • Cringely: Apple to Add H.264 Encoding/Decoding Chips?

    site, you may have been disappointed not in the quality of the video, but the playback experience. Apple uses the H.264 codec for all of its HiDef video, as it makes sharp pictures with smooth motion while maintaining reasonable file sizes and throughputs. The problem is, the heavy compression needed to get the quality you see takes an enormous amount of processing power to decompress. Read More

  • Solar Powered Talking Bible: Portable, Instant Deliverance

    For the righteous and pure of heart comes a solar powered, electronic talking Bible. God’s warriors can listen to both the Old and New Testament, switching between chapters and verses with the push of a button. (My favorites include Leviticus 18:22 and Austin 3:16.) Becoming a member of the flock in the 21st century costs $100, but your soul will be eternally virtuous. Product Page… Read More

  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III Raspberry

    When an older gentlemen in a suit giggles like a schoolboy, you know something either made a fart noise or something cool happened. In this video, we witness both of those things. The Canon EOS-1D Mark III can apparently take 5 million pictures a second and sounds like a poot. PMA 07: Canon EOS-1D Mark III Snapping Off Frames Like a House Afire [The Giz] Read More

  • AT&T, Yahoo Partnership in Peril

    Ruh-Roh, iPhone! The partnership that was supposed to make email on the iPhone sweeter than a kiss from a small Jack Russell puppy covered in sugar is now in jeopardy as the company-soon- to-be-known- as-the-company-formerly-known-as-Cingular and its parent company pare down the partnerships. The news is pretty tepid, but it was enough to drive down Yahoo stock and make us wonder if the… Read More

  • Apple Store Spotted in Second Life

    Some do-gooder constructed a frighteningly accurate model of Apple’s 5th Avenue store in Second Life. This video shows hip, Apple chic Second Life avatars walking around the store, playing the keyboard, harassing the geniuses at the bar and dancing all wily nilly to Wolfmother. If I didn’t have such powerful hatred for all thing Second Life I’d probably be more impressed. As… Read More