• 10 Days of CrunchGear: The Iceman Processeth

    VIA has been so kind as to give us one red-hot Iceman PC. What is an Iceman? Fanless and ventless, the VIA iceman excels in harsh environments where others fail. Engineered to be dust, rain and splash resistant, the iceman is suitable for both indoor and outdoor locations. Fulfilling all your media needs through integrated hardware MPEG-2 decoding acceleration, the iceman serves an almost… Read More

  • Wearable, Tron-ish motorcycle concept, looks nice and safe

    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1735797252 There’s a reason the “wearable vehicle” concept has only taken off in games and insane stunts. It’s probably that part where there’s heavy machinery attached to your body and if you take a turn wrong, it’ll tear your limbs off. Let’s hear what the creator has to say about the death machine… Read More

  • Skyfire gets Silverlight support

    If you’re one of the small pack of people that found their way into the Skyfire browser beta, pop open your copy – they’ve just added support for Microsoft’s response to Flash, Silverlight. Only a handful of sites are making use of Silverlight at the moment, but more support should be on the way. Netflix has demoed Silverlight versions of their “Watch… Read More

  • Business ultraportables coming from HP next month

    HP officially announced three new ultraportables today. The Elitebook 2530p will feature the steel wool-proof aluminum casing that Peter saw back in June along with a 3.19-pound frame, 12.1-inch widescreen display, and your choice of a 1.8-inch hard drive plus optical drive or a higher capacity 2.5-inch hard drive without an optical drive. Then there’s the Elitebook 2730p convertible… Read More

  • In Anticipation Of An Actual Phone, Android Releases A New SDK

    Now that the first Android phone has been approved by the FCC, Google figured it might be a good time to update the software development kit for the mobile OS. There were hints that this would happen earlier today, but now it is official. According to the Android Developer’s Blog, here is what is new: * First and most obviously, the new Home screen is included, along with a ton of… Read More

  • Thirty Helens Agree: Xbox Live gaming should be free

    I, along with 30 Helens, agree with Don Reisinger on the subject of Xbox Live. Xbox Live Gold memberships should be free. I actually can’t speak for the aforementioned Helens, so let’s just say that Don and I are in complete concurrence. Read More

  • Are You Ready to Drop Kick Your 3G iPhone?

    Reports of dropped calls are coming in from around the world. It seems as though there is a serious flaw with the new iPhone that is causing connection failures during calls. A loss of connection occurs when the iPhone attempts to move from a 3G network to a non-3G network. USA Today is reporting that the problem may be with the 3G chipset manufactured by Infineon Technologies. AT&T and… Read More

  • Amazing Olympic scenes – this time with playing cards

    Forget LEGO’s. Real pimps use playing cards to build Olympic scenes. via Gizmodo Read More

  • Miles Flint Joins Sharpcard’s Board

    Sharpcards announced today that Miles Flint has been appointed to its board as a non executive director. Sharpcards is a mobile messaging provider that is known for its entertaining greetings. The company also develops screensavers, themes, videos and personalization applications. Mr. Flint worked as President of Sony Ericsson Mobile from 2004 to 2007. Before that he spent 13 years at Sony… Read More

  • Japan's Kao Chekki (Face Check) Proves That Vanity Apps Know No Boundaries

    On Facebook, there is no shortage of apps that tell you what celebrity you look like based on your photo (FaceDouble is the most popular), but in Japan we like our vanity apps on our mobile phones. After all, the camera is built in. Take the case of Kao Chekki (Face Check) by J-Magic, a web company that was totally unknown until the end of April 2007, when it caused a Japan-wide frenzy with… Read More

  • Old watch-like navigation gadget from 1920

    Way, way, way, way, way before the days of the Global Positioning System, people had to navigate using devices like the Plus Fours Routefinder, shown above. It’s from back in 1920 and consisted of a collection of small scrolling maps that you’d “load” into the watch-like device before your trip. As you progressed along your route, you’d scroll the map forward… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Day 5 and 6 Winners

    Whew. Here we go. Only three more days to go. Stay tuned. This is going to get interesting. USB Charger – Thomas Ho
    Vuzix AV920 – John
    Agent 18 cases – Dwalk, furiouscookie
    mStation – Jeremy
    RCA Small Wonders – Rithe, Alireza
    HTC Touch Dual – Jonny U, Kyle Read More

  • James Perse gadgetless beach cruiser bike

    Forgive us. This post won’t highlight something made out of carbon fiber or have LED lights. No micro-processor or iPhone crap. Nope. Just a classic vintage-style beach cruiser. We don’t know the price, and we don’t care. Just look at the bike. Classy. Single speed. Semi-clunky. Gorgeous. Just steel, rubber, and leather make up the beach cruiser. The James Perse Cruiser… Read More

  • Because your mouse pad might as well do something

    Here’s the Zone ZUP8020 Multifunctional Mouse Pad. That’s a long name! It’s fitting, though, because the ZZMMP (as I’ll now call it) does so many things beyond supporting the undercarriage of your human interface device. It’s got a four-port USB (2.0) hub, a drive-through style microphone, not one, but two (two!) speakers, and an audio input and output in case… Read More

  • Nicholas' new MO: Pretending to be a DJ

    Learn how to hack at 5min.com By looking sufficiently urban, bedraggled, and clueless, you can essentially show up anywhere, say you’re a DJ, and get past tight security. Since our own Nicholas Deleon displays all three of those characteristics, look for him in the streets of Barcelona wandering up to clubs carrying his TechCrunch bag and a Zune… Read More

  • Japanese company offers "green", inexpensive digital camera

    Tokyo-based Plaza Create started selling a recycable digital camera [JP, PDF] this weekend (Japan-only at this point). And considering its low price ($18), the camera doesn’t seem to be too bad. The so-called “Eco digi mode” measures 120×53×71mm (weight: 245g), is waterproof (up to 3m depth) and can be used for 50 pictures. After these are used up, the cameras can be… Read More

  • Whoa, lots of Fallout 3 screenshots have leaked

    Well look at that, a bunch of screenshots of Fallout 3 have leaked. The game, which is the prequel to Fallout 4, apparently stole the show at this year’s E3, showing that no matter how many times you re-create Doom you’re guaranteed a receptive audience. That is, of course, your name is Daikatana. Yikes. These particular screenshots come to us by way of Japan, where a recent… Read More

  • Yet another iPhone 3G case

    iPhone owners. Tired of jealous nerds peeking over your shoulder for a glimpse at your Jesus-phone? We hear ya. We have showcased iPhone cases with cell phone boosters, Oakley ‘style.‘ leather, and even solar powered units but none with mirror-like screen protectors. It sounds like the it will give iPhone users a bit of privacy.  Details are sketchy, but for a whopping… Read More

  • Where Are We In The Hype Cycle?

    New technologies tend to follow different trajectories of hype, hope, and despair as they are discovered by different groups of people and finally adopted (or ignored) by consumers. Gartner actually goes ahead and charts this hype cycle for different technologies. Its latest hype cycle for 2008, shown above, is making the rounds. (It was released in July, but is just now reaching the… Read More

  • Sony Japan presents stand-alone DVD writer/recorder for Handycam owners

    Sony Japan today unveiled a new DVD writer [JP] for the living room, which makes it possible to record and view video from camcorders on 12cm DVDs without using a PC. The VDR-MC10 will hit Japanese stores October 10th and is expected to cost $410. The device is Nippon-only at this point. However, given it’s tailor-made for use with Sony’s Handycam brand (which spread all over… Read More

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