The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Samsung NV11

    It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the NV series. I’ve been using an NV3 as my pocket camera for a bunch of months now and I’m every bit as enthralled by it as I was when it first arrived. The series is a marvelous blend of style and functionality. Samsung today announced the fourth camera in its NV line, the new flagship NV11. The 10-megapixel rig features a Schneider… Read More

  • YouTube Plans on Rewarding Uploaders

    If you’re a budding Lucas, Jackson, or Spielberg, plugging away at YouTube in hopes of being discovered, chances are it ain’t gonna happen, pal. Sorry. But that doesn’t mean your work has been in vain. The Google-owned online video site has plans for 2007 that include video advertising bumpers before videos, with the proceeds for said ads being shared with the… Read More

  • Microsoft Renames Windows Mobile 6 to Standard, Professional, Classic

    The horror that is Windows Mobile 5 currently comes in three flavors: Pocket PC edition (for non-smartphone handhelds), Phone edition (for smartphones with touchscreens), and Smartphone edition (for phones without touchscreens). This is all very confusing, because on top of all the features your phone might support, you must determine which flavor of the OS it’s running to make sure… Read More

  • Verizon Ditching V-Cast for PlaysForSure for Musicphones?

    . According to the manual, the new high-end RAZR utilizes Windows Media 11 and PlaysForSure, meaning your Yahoo! music subscription will work with the phone. The idea of carriers opening up their hardware to music from other services isn’t new, Cingular started the trend way back when with its super-sleek, sexy, slender, desirable ROKR, an iTunes-compatible musicphone. The thing was a… Read More

  • Lenovo Rolls Out Vista Mini PCs

    Lenovo, Chinese makers of the suh-wheat Thinkpads, is expanding its desktop line with the A55 SFF desktop PCs. The Mac Mini-ish boxes are full power, though, with enough muscle to run Vista with dual-monitors out of the box. That’s decent. The boxes are centered around Core 2 Duo chips, and starting tomorrow they’ll be available pre-loaded with Vista, like just about everything… Read More

  • Zune Goes Discount, Contributes to $289 Million Loss for Microsoft

    here at the Gear, and there are good reasons for that. When the largest technology company in the country (world?) decides to go head-to-head with the de facto variant of the MP3 player, we have to report on that. When said company utilizes innovations (no matter how emasculated) like built-in WiFi, we report on that, too. We like the Zune—especially Blake, but you all know he’s a… Read More

  • The iPhone You Should Lust Over

    I will once again admit that I was enamored by the iPhone when it first came out but then I learned of all the dirty little secrets that little apple from Silicon Valley held. I began to raise my nose and give the stinkeye at anyone who mentioned it. Sure it has the full screen touchpad and all that jazz but it lacks 3G capability and with a launch on that orange guys (AT&T/Cingular)… Read More

  • Six Good Reasons Not To Upgrade To Vista

    I use computers running on Mac OS X and Windows XP. I fully intend on upgrading to Leopard when it launches, however, I’m staying away from Vista for the time being. I was planning on going into a full-on diatribe of why, but Computerworld/PC World managed to pinpoint all of the reasons I do not plan to buy and upgrade to the new Windows OS. Writer Mike Elgan nails everything that… Read More

  • LG Jabra Geeks Out

    Walking around most big cities you’ll see tons of people with their Bluetooth headsets yapping away. This is all well and good. But anyone who has their headset in while they’re not actually talking makes me think evil thoughts. Which is why I’m up in the air about this new LG headset. Designed with Jabra, this odd Bluetooth headset, BT135, isn’t the smallest or… Read More

  • You're My Fave! Contest Update

    we can with your support. And it’s not as if that support will go unrewarded. To enter, all you have to do is head over to Technorati, log in or create an account (make a fake one for all we care), favorite us and take a screenshot. Send the screenshot to contest at crunchgear dotter com with the subject line “YOU’RE MY FAVE” and enter to win a drawing for a Samsung… Read More

  • Blackberry Pearl + TeleNav GPS = Hearts

    I have before me a Blackberry Pearl from Cingular and a TeleNav GPS Receiver. Individually, the Pearl is one of the most desirable phones on the market. Packed within its ultra-svelte casing are some genuinely dynamic features. Although it’s small and attractive, it maintains Blackberry’s acclaimed productivity suite. I’ve used plenty of smartphones and I continue to find… Read More

  • Intel's Draft-N Plays Nicely With Buffalo, Others

    . Products labeled with the Intel “Connect with Centrino” Identifier, such as Buffalo’s new AirStation Wireless–N Nfiniti Dual Band Router and AP (WZR-AG300NH), are thoroughly tested by Intel for product compatibility, performance, range, co-existence with 802.11b/g clients and elimination of dead spots. Other certified access points include models from ASUS… Read More

  • Samsung i7 Not So Frankensteinish

    The i7 from Samsung may not be as freakish as it’s bigger brother the i70 but it does include some pretty nifty doodads. Samsung has nicely converged an MP3 player, a rotating 3-inch LCD screen, and simulated SRS 3D sound. The specs? A 7.2 megapixel 3x optical zoom Samsung NV lens, Advanced Shake Reduction technology, an ISO 1600 setting and the ability to record SVGA quality MPEG-4 video. Read More

  • TomTom GO 910 Plagued By Virii

    If you bought a TomTom GO 910, you may be looking for more than just directions. Turns out a small batch of the devices contain two different, non-lethal Trojans that can be detected by your anti-virus program when you hook the 910 up to a PC. TomTom has been slow to admit that its devices do indeed have issues, but says that this is no biggie and that if you have an infected unit, to… Read More

  • CallWave Mobile Widget: My New Best Friend

    I dislike listening to my voice-mail almost as much as I dislike answering my cell phone in the first place. CallWave Mobile allows me to monitor my messages via e-mail, and now thanks to a Widget for Mac OS X Dashboard, I don’t even have to check my e-mail to see who’s called. CallWave Mobile is a free “visual voice-mail” service letting you see, sort, listen and… Read More

  • Verizon G'zOne Gets Reviewed (Verdict: Toasty!)

    If you haven’t heard much about Verizon’s oddly named G’zOne phone, then you rugged outdoorsmen are missing out big time. Made to be compliant with military standards and general ass-kickings, the G’zOne is supposed to be able to take a lot of punishment without failing on the user. Some dude named Andy got his hands on one and really put it to the test. The phone… Read More

  • LG LC-3200: Meh

    Just announced out of LG’s HQ in SK is the LC-3200. Nothing overly exciting from LG’s newest LCD slider: a 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 player, electronic dictionary, mobile banking, and 5 built in games including football and golf. But the LC-3200 does boast the ability to seamlessly roam to six other regions with no problem at all via the dual band coverage over 1800 and 800… Read More

  • Get Your Game Boy Fix

    All of us know that the Game Boy is the king of portable handheld consoles. No other handheld console, no matter how popular, gives us that little lump in our pants that the original Game Boy gives us. Hardest Boss has released a nice little list of rare and weird Game Boys. They range from the Tommy Hilfiger edition (weird) to the clear-case original Game Boy (rare). Peep the list and… Read More

  • GizmoCall: Make Calls From the Browser, My Friend

    Gizmo, a VOIP service, is now available through your browser using a tiny Flash plugin. It requires a quick install and some configuration, but after that you can make video and voice calls to Gizmo users and some POTS phones. Looks like you need a login to taste the magic, so head over to to get it and then give it a go. Gizmo, now making browser based phone calls [GigaOm] Read More

  • BBC Tetris Documentary: Amazing Digg just found this great 60 minute documentary on Tetris. I’d suggest saving this link and heading home for a good viewing because it’s really an amazing documentary. They literally make the story of a simple Russian puzzle game into a fascinating thriller. Way to go, loyal subjects of the Queen. Read More