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  • Motorla Q Pro to Vodafone, Plus Hungarian Photo Goodness

    If you’re an avid CrunchGear reader, and we know you are, then you’ll recall a few weeks ago we brought you news that Motorola has plans for its popular Q smartphone that include a second, upgraded model called the “Q Pro.” We told you about the differences between the Q and the Q Pro (mostly involving BlackBerry-like enterprise support), but now we find news (from the… Read More

  • Microsoft Beds Universal

    Microsoft has announced that it has struck a deal to deliver to its Zune store music from the Universal Music Group. The deal will give Universal a cut of every Zune player sold. This arrangement is a departure from the Apple standard that only pays studios per song sold, with the studios getting no cut of the electronics. Universal is expected to receive roughly $1 per $250 player sold. It… Read More

  • Amp'd Mobile to Launch Smartphones, Starting with Motorola Q?

    We just received an anonymous tip on Amp’d Mobile, claiming the youth-oriented network is planning on leveraging its hybrid pricing plans to become the first MVNO to offer smartphones. While this sounds like bullpucky at first, the tipster included these photos (that appear to be real) of what looks like an Amp’d-branded Motorola Q. That got our attention. While it’s known… Read More

  • Instant Power: Just Add Water


    Usually when a lone inventor claims that his or her invention will revolutionize how we do, well, anything, we take it with a whole damned shaker of salt. Susumu Suzuki, however, requires just half that dosage, mostly because he’s the respected president of Tokyo-based building-material maker Total System Conductor. Suzuki claims he has invented a AA battery prototype that doesn’t… Read More

  • Fox Movies in Talks with Apple on iTunes Downloads

    . This is another studio Apple needs to make iTunes a real alternative to DVD, which is apparently the company’s focus for the next year. Fox has been a hold out, much as it was with accepting the DVD format it now loves. This move is yet another step closer to the studio becoming 21st Century Fox (See what we did there? We’re so clever). Hopefully within the next few months… Read More

  • Philips amBX Blows You

    Strangely enough, this is the first chance I’ve gotten to see Philips amBX system, an add-on that creates ambient environments for PC gaming. It consists of three lights, two on the side and one “splash light” on the back of the laptop/PC. Then there are two fans and a rumble strip on the keyboard. The result is a refreshing blast of fresh air when you’re flying around… Read More

  • Samsung GX-10 DSLR Hands On

    Got a chance to fondle Samsung’s latest DSLR, the GX-10. This hefty camera uses D-XENON lenses and it’s about the size and shape of the Canon Digital Rebel XTi. The body is quite heavy but this unit wasn’t taking pictures so I couldn’t get a good handle on its capabilities. We do know it has a 10-megapixel monster 2.5″ LCD and more. Read More

  • Cell Phone Detox Contest: Day 02


    As many of you read yesterday, Biggs has taken an assignment requiring him to live without a cell phone for a month. In his own words, “Day one was nearly impossible.” I don’t think the DTs have kicked in completely, because the cell phone isn’t yet completely out of his system. I’ve noticed him a bit on edge, mumbling to himself more than usual and beating on… Read More

  • SOYO GoVideo Dual LCD Monitor Line Will Change Your Life


    Okay, so maybe it won’t change your life, but it can at least make your work a little easier for not too much money. The displays feature either two 17- or 19-inch panels, have high native resolutions of 2,560 x 1,024 with 8ms response times and support up to 16.7 million display colors. And they have integrated GoVideo stereo speakers, which is good ’cause these’ll take… Read More

  • Yahoo! Testing Mobile Banner Ads


    If you’re on your phone and see something along the lines of “Punch K-Fed to win an iPod!,” with an animated GIF of the mook, you can blame Yahoo!. The geniuses at the Y have decided that your mobile phone screen is a prime place to show “graphical advertisements,” which sounds a lot like banner ads to these ears. If you’re on a metered data plan (most… Read More

  • SAGEM my700X With MegaSIM Can Pack Up To 3GB Of Flash


    For mobiles to really take off as combo music players and phones two things need to happen: battery life must improve and storage capacities must get larger. The SAGEM my700X, which has been creeping around the Web since earlier this year, is at least tackling one of these by using msystems’ MegaSIM. The slot/card can pack up to 1GB of secure, in-phone storage and can be accompanied by… Read More

  • Mad Catz Hearts Gears of War


    Apparently to play Gears of War (GoW) you need a big, $60 case to put your crap in. Mad Catz has an exclusive two-year licensing agreement with the game’s creators, Epic Games, and is taking full advantage by launching some accessories for the game, such as the limited edition GoW console case for Xbox 360 pictured here. Unfortunately none of the products promote better game play. Mad… Read More

  • Treo 750 Gets FCC Certified, Still Doesn't Exist

    , we don’t really need one, do we? No. Leaked rebate forms and FCC filings are all we need. Look for this high-end Treo, running Windows Mobile 5: Phone Edition, and its 240×240 touchscreen, 1.3 Megapixel camera, and 3G data to hit sometime before Xmas, or I’ll eat my hat. At least a cake my girlfriend will make shaped like a hat. It will have espresso frosting.
    Treo 750… Read More

  • TAC Guitars Do Not Work With Guitar Hero 2

    Just in case you were planning on buyingTAC’s Wireless V controller for Guitar Hero 2, you may want to look into purchasing an official Red Octane Guitar Hero controller instead. Reports have been coming in that The Ant Commandos’ controllers are not able to function on GH2 because of a block put on the game by Red Octane. We’re not sure if it has anything to do with the… Read More

  • SIXAXIS PS3 Ad: Start Making Sense

    Ah yes, it’s about time Sony put out a commercial for PlayStation 3 that makes some kind of sense [EDIT - to hippie punks from San Francisco - JB]. This new commercial revolves around SIXAXIS’ wireless and motion sensing capabilities. The creepy baby we saw in the same room is no more (thank you Sony). As for the black crows coming out of the eggs, I like them, but you know, I… Read More

  • Black Friday Ads Leaked

    With the holiday season approaching, we turn our unblinking eye to Black Friday. There’s nothing more enjoyable on getting a deal on a 50-inch Plasma screen TV that you’re getting for “your kids.” Well, BlackFriday.info has posted up leaked ads from a few big box retailers so you know what you’ll be getting into the day after Thanksgiving. One of the bigger chains… Read More

  • Helio Adds Drift To Lineup


    Helio has dropped another phone for its MySpace-centric subscribers, named the Drift. The Drift is a Samsung slider in white or black and features location-based services (poor man’s GPS) that include turn-by-turn driving directions and a friend-finding feature similar to the Loopt service offered by Boost, all via its EV-DO. And with its stereo Bluetooth, 2-megapixel camera, 320 x… Read More

  • Hollywood Hearts PS3


    I’m apologizing in advance for posting this, but I find it extraordinarily silly. Sony sent out a press release this morning announcing last night’s unveiling of the PS3 to “Hollywood’s elite.”
    At the invite-only event, David Arquette and Nick Cannon witnessed a new era of gaming, playing PS3 launch titles such as Resistance: Fall of Man, Genji: Days of the Blade… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Detox Edition

    Take a look at some of Wednesday’s interesting stories: TrackStick Pro: GPS Snoop/Tracker
    Tiny Living Xmas Tree for Your Desk
    PlugKing Innovates Powerstrip
    Time’s Gadget Of The Year: Nintendo DS In The Lead
    Cell Phone Detox Contest Read More

  • Battle Test: Belkin SportsCommand


    I first encountered the Belkin SportsCommand at Digital Life about a month ago and I was intrigued by its design. There are a lot of Bluetooth iPod controllers out there, but none that can stand up to the demands of serious athletics. I do a lot of cross country mountain biking, and over the years I’ve searched for a product of precisely this caliber.After using the SportsCommand for… Read More