• Using Second Life and a Wiimote For Job Training

    Using Second Life and a Wiimote For Job Training


    They’re training to be Power Rangers Not a week goes by that there’s not a Second Life story to hate on. This Friday edition of “Second Life is really, really, really stupid” brings us news that an MIT researcher is using the “game” and the Wiimote to create training simulators for various companies. (Incidentally, the researcher, one David E. Stone, called… Read More

  • BBC iPlayer: Cheerio Pip Pip Bob's Yer Uncle, Right?

    BBC iPlayer: Cheerio Pip Pip Bob's Yer Uncle, Right?


    Care for a spot of tea? BBC, that stalwart of UK television AKA telly, is now offering a peer-to-peer video player called the iPlayer what will offer a selection of “programmes” from the past “weeke” and offer “livee” “programmeing” as it happens. Apparently the program has been circulating for a few weeks but they’ve finally gotten it… Read More

  • AOL Survey: Mobile Lets Users Check E-Mail at All Times

    AOL Survey: Mobile Lets Users Check E-Mail at All Times

    Do you feel the need to stay in constant touch with colleagues and friends? Do you check your e-mail at all times of the day? Well, you’re not alone. According to a new AOL service, the average e-mail user checks his or her mail and estimated five times per day, and 59 percent of mobile users check every time a new message arrives. Washington, DC according to the survey is the most… Read More

  • CDMA Gains Share

    CDMA Gains Share

    CDMA2000 dominates the North American 3G wireless telecommunications market. That’s the official word form the CDMA Development Group (CDG), which announced that there are more than 135 million 3G subscribers in North America, and more than 22 percent of those use EV-DO mobile broadband devices. “CDMA2000’s strong growth in North America validates the technology’s… Read More

  • The AudioFile: The iPhone Is Eyeing Your Living Room

    The AudioFile: The iPhone Is Eyeing Your Living Room

    This week: Computers, set-top boxes (like AppleTV), and AV
    receivers are battling to be your household hub, streaming music and
    movies back and forth across your pad until you become sterile and
    glow in the dark. All this gear is versatile, but it’s hard to know
    which one to pick — especially when hefty sums of money are involved.
    Sonos and now Denon seem to have the most… Read More

  • Apple iMac Keyboard: Bull or Just Fake?

    Apple iMac Keyboard: Bull or Just Fake?


    Apple Introduces the iCarpalTunnelSyndrome Engadget has some pictures of a purported Apple iMac “slimline” keyboard that looks like some Taiwanese factory prototype got run over by a truck. This keyboard is supposed to be the “brushed aluminum” model that will be available as early as August 7. I’m calling bullshit on this, but go ahead and stare at it for a… Read More

  • State of Mobile Solutions for Enterprise: MobileAware’s Brian Kinane Offers Insight

    State of Mobile Solutions for Enterprise: MobileAware’s Brian Kinane Offers Insight

    Even before there were mobile devices a portion of the workforce was mobile, meaning they traveled frequently and relied on a variety of tools to stay in touch with home base. And today’s mobile workforce is relying on mobile applications more than road warriors of just a few years ago. So what do the mobile applications of today (and tomorrow) mean for those who are mobilizing their… Read More

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told… On Mobile

    The Greatest Story Ever Told… On Mobile

    Most text messages max out at 160 characters, and can you imagine wanting to type much beyond that length? A man in Italy used the T9 predictive-text input on his Nokia 6630 to type “Compagni di Viaggo,” or “Fellow Travelers” for the English version. The sci-fi novel clocks in at 384 pages when in the form of a bound book. Author Robert Bernocco typed his novel in… Read More

  • Comic-Con Preview: Heroes Coming to Mobile

    Comic-Con Preview: Heroes Coming to Mobile

    Save the handset, save the world. IGN is reporting that Heroes: The Mobile Game will make its debut at Comic-Com in San Diego this week. Based on the hit series from NBC, the mobile title will be published by Gameloft and players will get to experience the thrill of having superhuman abilities. Or at least experience what it is like to have superhuman abilities on a small mobile screen. The… Read More

  • Your Phone Is NOT Killing You Says Study

    Your Phone Is NOT Killing You Says Study

    Using that mobile handset is not an early ticket to the grave! Whew! That’s good news for power talkers like me. A new report from the University of Essex suggests that mobile phone transmissions cause no immediate health problems. Wait… no “immediate.” So should I worry? Well, for every study that says this stuff is bad, there is going to be a study that says it… Read More

  • Oasys Mobile Unveils MVP

    Oasys Mobile Unveils MVP

    This week Oasys Mobile announced the launch of AROD MVP Baseball Challenge, a mobile baseball title that features Yankee Alex Rodriguez, for Verizon Wireless. The arcade style game focuses on hitting a series of targets, including various stadium characters. This quick style of gameplay is based on batting and pitching and features music, crowd noises and even umpire calls and the crack of… Read More

  • Ringtone Maker From Phone Sherpa

    Ringtone Maker From Phone Sherpa

    While the service won’t carry your phone up a mountain, but Phone Sherpa has a load of new mobile apps, which the company shared with us. Phone Sherpa Ringtone Maker is a service that will let you create your own user-generated content, including ringtones, while the Phone Sherpa Mobile Store enables the deployment of secure, dynamic and localized mobile content stores integrated with… Read More

  • Dvorak Uses a Mac, Frogs Fall From the Sky Over Indiana, End of World Nigh

    Dvorak Uses a Mac, Frogs Fall From the Sky Over Indiana, End of World Nigh

    John C. Dvorak is tech commentator from when I was still running around in diapers. The man has literally been “blogging” in print since before most of use knew how to type “10 PRINT ‘HELLO WORLD'” Trust me. The guy’s a legend. But he doesn’t like Apple’s hype. So when he finally admitted yesterday that he actually uses and likes Macs, my… Read More

  • Senators Propose Internet Filtering Legislation

    Senators Propose Internet Filtering Legislation

    Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Ted “The Tube” Stevens (R-Alaska) have proposed a bipartisan bill to add Internet filtering and monitoring to the… ummm… Internet? While the plan is all but impossible, their goal is simple: to think of the children. To that end, Msrs. Stevens and Inouye will each stand at one end of the Internet tube and keep bad stuff from going in and… Read More

  • What's Really Going On With Podtech?

    Update: See here. There have been a number of reports that silicon valley based Podtech is literally falling apart. I spoke to Podtech CEO John Furrier and asked him how many of the rumors are true. While he certainly fed me a certain amount of spin, the company has at least a few signs of life. Podtech raised what was at the time a large series A round of funding – $5.5 million in… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up: Poland

    CrunchGear Meet-up: Poland


    The Polish iPhone Come on, Polska! I got about 80 replies and only a about 20 folks came by — not a bad turn-out, I guess. The folks that came were part of Spinacz.pl and a few other local start-ups and they were all — in theory — pretty excited to see the iPhone. Oh well. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Easy Bake Mario Edition

    Daily Crunch: Easy Bake Mario Edition

    Shoe Pure 100 Looks Like An Dinosaur Egg
    The Futurist: One (or Two) Sentence Reviews Of 18 Wii Games
    Make Cakes in Your Computer! EZ-Bake Drive
    Presenting the BSOD Tattoo
    Sennheiser MX550 Headphones Review Read More

  • Now We're Not Talking: Telstra Bans Facebook

    Now We're Not Talking: Telstra Bans Facebook

    Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, has banned its approximately 49,000 employees from using Facebook. As Cameron Reilly at G’Day World puts it, “This would be a retarded move for ANY company, let alone a company that is trying to position itself as a company that “gets” online.” The move is strange given the growing worldwide popularity… Read More

  • Four States In Need Of AppleCare Reform

    Four States In Need Of AppleCare Reform

    Oh Alabama, Connecticut, Nevada, and Wyoming — why can’t you be more like the other states? If you live in one of the aforementioned places, don’t bother buying AppleCare for your new iPhone. It won’t work there due to a protective bubble of ardent consumer protection that’s been enacted for some reason or another. You might have better luck trying to get some sort… Read More

  • Balmer, Microsoft Hell-Bent On Not Sucking At Ad Game

    Balmer, Microsoft Hell-Bent On Not Sucking At Ad Game

    Some would argue that coming after Google’s online advertising crown might be an exercise in futility. Yet that’s what Microsoft’s gunning for, according to mild-mannered Steve Ballmer. And don’t think that Microsoft is trying to simply slice itself the tiniest sliver of the pie like your typical type-A friend that eats vicariously through everyone else, no sir. Read More