• Spore Developer Bashes Nintendo

    Spore Developer Bashes Nintendo

    Since Blake is apparently taking a cat nap and watching COLT flicks at GDC, I’d like to bring something to your attention. They had a round of talks at GDC called “Burning Mad – A Game Publisher’s Rant.” Basically, a select number of publishers and developers got to scream about whatever they hate. When Chris Hecker of the Spore team got his turn, he went on a crazy… Read More

  • Cingular Is Gonna Lay The Smackdown On Ya Brother!

    Cingular Is Gonna Lay The Smackdown On Ya Brother!

    Well, sans Hulk at least. Cingular has partnered with the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) to create premium content available for wrestling fans. Everything from wallpapers to ringtones to videos will be available. However, getting your fix of Macho Man Randy Savage will cost you a pretty penny. Some videos will be included as part of Cingular’s media service plan while others will… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Microsoft Stakes DRM Patent Claims

    across devices and were curious about how much effort they have put into DRM. In early 2001, Apple made a dynamic move signing major labels to deliver legitimate music downloads, albeit with a good amount of restrictions FairPlay. Fair enough, a number of folks at the time thought that DRM was a good way to get the digital party legally started. While iPods sold and Microsoft worked on… Read More

  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-G1 Is Company's First to Include WiFi

    Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-G1 Is Company's First to Include WiFi

    Sony’s finally adding Wi-Fi to one of its cameras. The six-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-G1 is able to tap into 802.11 b/g networks so that users can instantly upload their photos to the Internet, be it Flickr, Facebook or their completely unread personal blog. Better still, the camera can link up with other Digital Living Network Alliance (an industry group that strives to forge common standards… Read More

  • Dork At Stanford Raps About UNIX Commands

    Not even a minute into this video and I was cracking up. It’s not even because he’s rapping (poorly) about UNIX-commands, it’s that this is the biggest display of geekism ever. The beats are not fresh, the bassist has a frickin’ music stand to read notes off of, and the keyboardist is wearing the most unfashionable glasses to date. Oh, and last time I checked, unless… Read More

  • Zenum Organum Portable Media Player: Looks are Everything

    Zenum Organum Portable Media Player: Looks are Everything

    The Zenum Organum portable media player player makes up for its underwhelming stats and features with its overall aesthetic. In other words, it looks really good. Might you call it iPhone-inspired?. Those features? Try 2GB of storage, 1.8-inch screen and support MP3, ASF, WMA and WAV. Pretty basic stuff, which is why Zenum had to go out of its way to make it all shiny and pretty. It should be here… Read More

  • iScape: Viral Douchery

    iScape: Viral Douchery

    I was about to go snarkstorm on this product, which is some sort of video player. Now that I look at it, however, it’s abundantly clear that it’s a bit of viral frippery. The real value, I think, is the video which involves a set of dirty, ugly hippies getting all coked up and pressing buttons. Don’t go watch it, however, because, as I’ll explain, that’s exactly what… Read More

  • Free Scramby, Porn

    Free Scramby, Porn

    Made you look! The folks at Scramby offered us three free copies of Scramby as well as its suite of audio applications. The first three people who email me at contest at crunchgear dot com with the subject “SCRAMBY” get the download key. Previously: Let Out The Voices In Your Head With Scramby UPDATE – All three are gone. Thanks for entering! Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Domestic Duties Edition

    Daily Crunch: Domestic Duties Edition

    Reebok: Voltron Edition Blink Shot Saves Photos from Chronic Blinkers Vacuums that Really Suck! GDC 2007 — The Keynote: Sony Gets Its Groove On Alarm Clock, Piggy Bank Hybrid Read More

  • New AOL Email Beta Cannot Compete With Google, Yahoo

    A friend of mine at AOL emailed today to suggest I take a look at the new AOL email beta, called Cayman. An overview of the new features was published in late February on the AOL email blog, and the product itself was released last Friday. New and existing users can sign up for the beta at beta.webmail.aol.com. Cayman is admittedly a huge step up from the previous (effectively unusable) AOL… Read More

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  • CoRank Launches Twist on Social Bookmarking

    CoRank launches out of private beta this evening. It’s best described as a cross between Digg and Bluedot. It has a Digg-like user interface where users view stories, but by default you are only shown stories bookmarked by other users you’ve added as friends. To see the whole feature list, watch the tour, here. I like keeping track of stories bookmarked by my friends (which is why I… Read More

  • Skype Rolls Out Skype Prime: Charge For Calls

    Skype Rolls Out Skype Prime: Charge For Calls

    Skype rolled out Skype Prime this evening, a new service that lets people charge for Skype voice and video calls. Users set the fees they want to charge, on a per-minute or per-call basis. Skype charges the paying side via their Skype credit, and then pays the money out, minus a 30% fee, via paypal (Skype’s sister company). Like Ether, which launched last year (and charges just 15% or the… Read More

  • Digg Hits 1 Million Registered Users

    Digg Hits 1 Million Registered Users

    Congratulations to Digg, which announced that they’ve had a million accounts registered at at the site (at least ten of which are mine :-) ). This is a 5x increase year over year – In March 2006 they had just 200,000 registered users. In March 2005, less than 50,000. Read More

  • Federated Media Raising More Money, Looking to Sell

    There’s a ton of interesting data included in a new MergerMarket interview with Federated Media Publishing COO Jason Weisberger. The report itself is proprietary research, although a copy was forwarded to us. The company, which sells advertising for a number of blogs and other websites (including TechCrunch), had revenues of $4.5 million in 2006, its first year in operation. Projections for… Read More

  • Winerack Wisecracks: Booze + Boobs = Sharing Genius

    Some of you girls out there wish you had larger boobs. We know this, we’ve dated somewhere around 84 of you. Some of you also like to drink booze, even places you aren’t supposed to. We’ve dated you, too. If you’re a little of column A and a little of column B, we have the Winerack. It’s a black bra with sewn-in bladders for wine, beer, vodka, Jager, you name it… Read More

  • Alarm Clock, Piggy Bank Hybrid

    I can’t get up in the morning to save my life and I’m terrible at keeping my spare change in one place. This, then, is the greatest alarm clock hybrid gadget my weary eyes have ever seen. The Banclock lacks the snooze button I’ve grown fond of, which actually leads to my demise in the morning. The only way to turn the alarm off is to feed it some change. So all you need to do is… Read More

  • Harman Kardon Does Home Theater

    Harman Kardon Does Home Theater

    Home theater in a box systems are a dime a dozen and most lack the flexibility of a good component system, but for the price the newly announced HS 500 and HS 300 integrated home theater systems from Harman Kardon might be worth a look… and a listen. Available later this spring for $1,199 and $999 respectively, these systems feature a 5.1-channel receiver/DVD-Audio/Video player, five sleek… Read More

  • Playstation Home Video Teaser

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=17559 Here’s a clip of Playstation Home in action, just for you. This is either the most amazing thing in the world or another misstep. I hope to the God of War that Sony gets this right and doesn’t make Second Life 1.5. [via Matt Hickey's Genius via Kotaku] Read More

  • OCZ Releases Water-Cooled RAM

    Heatsinks and spreaders are things of the past; OCZ has released memory modules with water-cooling. The core design element of OCZ’s Flex XLC Edition memory modules is the option of water-cooling. The water-cooled DDR2 PC2-6400 CL 3 FlexXLC Edition 2GB memory kits are geared towards maximum efficiency at lower speeds. These 800MHz modules run at CAS 3-4-4 automatically if your motherboard is… Read More

  • AllPeers Goes Open Source

    AllPeers launched with a bang but then struggled along with a whimper. That’s why today’s news that they are taking their source code open source (a popular move lately) is both a surrender as well as a glimmer of hope for the struggling startup. AllPeers is a great idea in theory. Users can create private P2P file sharing networks, away from the prying eyes of the RIAA and MPAA… Read More