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  • Battle Test: Trolltech Qtopia Greenphone


    Earlier this year, Trolltech announced it’d be releasing a cell phone to the public that would assist developers writing software for its Qtopia platform. Dubbed the “Greenphone,” this phone is more like a PDA that can make calls on the side. Equipped with Qtopia Phone Edition and running a Linux kernel at the base of everything, this is a powerful phone really marketed… Read More

  • Sprint Gets Slim While We Get Fat

    After turkey, booze, and uncle Doug’s Prez Bush impressions, our favorite part of thnksgvng is by far the mammoth stack of Black Friday ads that accompany the daily paper of your choice. If you were eagle-eyed enough, you may have noticed some retailers offering a new phone from Sprint that might make you forget gluttony for a few moments. Sprint is billing it as the thinnest flip phone… Read More

  • Crooks Nab $1.5m In Xbox 360s In The UK

    Nothing like a good ol’ heist in the UK just in time for the holidays. It appears that a couple of men have robbed a trailer with about $1.5 million in Xbox 360s somewhere in Staffordshire, UK. That just adds insult to injury after another trailer was robbed of about $500,000 in units earlier in the week. Not only did the robbers jack the truck, they beat the ass of the dude driving… Read More

  • Amazon Goes Down Right Before $100 360 Becomes Available

    So everybody and their Mother today was either heading to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving or sitting in front of a computer refreshing Amazon.com for that $100 Xbox 360 deal. Around 1:56pm (EST) today as I was refreshing, the site went down. After that, several friends and I had absolutely no luck trying to connect to the Amazon.com page. Then around 2:06pm, Blake told me his friend… Read More

  • GPS + GSM = Twig Discovery

    We’re all about convergence, and the Twig’s melding of GSM and GPS doesn’t just sound cool, it’s functional. Twig, a maker of specialty handsets, has introduced its Discovery device. It’s half GSM phone, meaning add your SIM and you’re good to go, including GPRS web browsing. Its phone features are rather limited, sadly, but that’s to make way for… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Night Photography Edition

    “Healing Moon” for Hippy Shut-Ins
    Xbox 360 Core For $100? Find Out Today
    Arriva Headphones Have Arriva’ed
    UnZoone Removes Flawed Zune Software
    Flickr Camera Finder Read More

  • Wii Gobbles Up Your Photos

    Over at the Nintendo Wii forums, users are stating their Nintendo Wii systems have started to automatically sync with their cell phones via Bluetooth, and transfers photos onto an SD card inserted into the Wii. Here’s what one of the users claims: I just went in my photo channel just to look at the opening menu (I had no pictures on the SD card, or so I thought) when I clicked on the… Read More

  • "Healing Moon" for Hippy Shut-Ins

    If your apartment is anything like our apartment, meaning small, cramped, and with token “windows,” then you might benefit from this “Healing Moon” by Brando. We’re not sure if it actually heals anything, but it does make a half-way decent artificial moon, if that’s your thing, mimicking the 12-phases on cue via an IR remote. The real point of this thing is… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Core For $100? Find Out Today


    So the first week/round of Amazon’s cool Customers Vote promotion ended yesterday, or at least the voting closed. The winner will be announced today at 2pm ET/11am PT and then you have a whole freaking day to sit in front of your computers until the Xbox 360 winner goes on sale. Amazon has a page of tips set up to tell you how best to attempt to lockdown a unit. PS~ To all those… Read More

  • Turkey Stuffing Time

    We here at CrunchGear are taking tomorrow off and are closing up shop early today and Friday. We’re still running our Giving Thanks Giveaway, so keep those entries coming, otherwise, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday. Don’t eat to much. We also want to thank you all, our loyal readers, for your loyal readership. Seriously: We started this thing almost four months ago and… Read More

  • Flickr Camera Finder


    If you’ve lately found yourself lying awake in the hard hours of the night, wondering what cameras are used by most Flickr users, then rejoice: Flickr has released camera statistics. Nothing too surprising here, though. Canon is by far the most represented manufacturer on the list, taking three of five spots among the prosumer models and entirely dominating the point-and-shoot category. Read More

  • Another PS3 Black Friday Tip

    Mark writes: I hear that JellyFish.com’s Black Friday sale dubbed “Smack Friday” will have some PS3’s for sale. Their Smack Friday will begin at 6am EST and run for 24hrs. I’m not sure what time they will be selling them, but I best they will go fast. Sale Page More coverage… Read More

  • Dash Detox Contest Vote-Off 2.0 Update

    We’re closing the polls in an hour, so vote away! The Dash Detox Contest is officially over and here are our six entries made by five entrants. Here’s how we’ll do this. You will vote on each entrant, not their specific entries. Judge on humor, creativity, and usefulness. Who, in this case, is your favorite director. Gaming the system is prohibited, but if you want to get… Read More

  • Mac Talk Pretty One Day: How to Make Speech Recognition Useful

    Lifehacker has an excellent how-to on creating custom voice commands for OS X. I’ve always wanted to use my Mac’s voice recognition but saying “open Word” wasn’t my idea of a red-hot time. In this article, we learn how to make cute little Applescripts to do tiny little things like change brushes in Photoshop. I should make a bunch to write blog posts: tell… Read More

  • Arriva Headphones Have Arriva'ed


    I love it when companies I’ve never heard of say they have the “world’s best” whatever. It just takes me that much less time to prove them wrong. In this case it’s the Arriva headphone “system,” which the company claims is the “world’s best headphone platform on which to build the wireless headphone communications system.” Bad… Read More

  • Xbox Marketplace Video Rentals Go Live


    Are you ready for “some of the most intense fights from Ultimate Fighting Championship?” I certainly am. Today you can start renting and buying movies on your Xbox 360. Let the era of on-demand digital content finally begin. Bring out the drums, the fifes, and the dancing ladies. HD TV shows will cost 240 MS points, a currency pegged to the Euro, while SD shows will cost 160. Read More

  • O2's Awe-Inspiring Smartphone is King of the Hill

    Occasionally, a phone hits the networks across the sea that’s so badass that none of our pop-culture references or childish hyperbole can do it justice of any kind. One such device is the Flame from Germany’s O2 network. We like the BlackJack, we like the Treos, we like smartphones, but this sucker belongs in its own category. Geniusphone, perhaps, as there is nothing this… Read More

  • Get A PlayStation 3 On Black Friday

    The PlayStation 3 has been getting pummeled this week. Personally, I really don’t feel it’s that bad of a console. When Xbox 360 first launched, it really only had one good game: Perfect Dark Zero. PlayStation 3 faces the same predicament with Resistance: Fall of Man. Sure, there are problems with the interface and with Buy-Ray playback, but the console hasn’t even been out for… Read More

  • Zelda Peripherals For Wii?

    We’re not quite sure how legitimate these accessories for Nintendo Wii’s Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess are, but we’re trying real hard to find out. You’ll find more the a few discrepancies indicating that Link’s sword and shield add-on might be fake. The first is where the Wiimote says “Nintendo” at the bottom, the actual Wiimote says… Read More

  • UnZoone Removes Flawed Zune Software

    We came across a cute little website today. This website has a piece of software called UnZoone on it. UnZoone is a piece of software designed for removing Zune software and all the bugs that come with it. Though a small tool (128kb in size), UnZoone is powerful. It deletes everything from registry entries to those pesky DLL files that get leftover even when you use an uninstall tool (one… Read More