• New Harry Potter DVD to include digital files for PC and portable devices

    All you crazy Harry Potter fans who like their content to go are in luck. Warner Bros. will be including iPod-friendly (or Zune-friendly) versions of Order of the Phoenix with the standard DVD when it’s released in early December. This is notable as it means the movie business is cluing in to how people enjoy their legally-purchased content. Superman Returns featured a similar idea… Read More

  • Sony's 4X Blu-Ray Burner


    The BWU-200S is a 4x BD-R/16xDVD+/-R burner for the average Joe. At about $600 it essentially democratizes the BD burning process to an impressive degree, enabling us all to create our own “backup disk” of media, movies, and amateur goat porn without having trek down to Ye Olde Blu-Ray Disk Burning Shoppe. The disks can hold up to 50GB of data or 230 minutes of 1080i vide. It… Read More

  • Mom gives Microsoft CEO a stern lecture about Vista

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Unless, of course, that woman is also a mother. Then the fury the likes of which hell hath no (?) is actually a bit worse. Such was the case today at a conference in Orlando when supermom/analyst Yvonne Genovese let Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer know what she thinks about Vista. Her reasons for disliking Vista are pretty much the same as every other… Read More

  • Samsung updates its Blu-ray players, should fix copy protection playback problems

    A “couple” of weeks translates to this Friday. Samsung will make available updated firmware for its BD-P1000 and BD-P1200 Blu-ray players. The new firmware should fix the playback problems caused by the BD+ copy protection found on discs like “The Day After Tomorrow.” You’ll be able to update your player’s firmware by downloading it from Samsung’s Web… Read More

  • Dreamcade 2.0: 145 arcade hits, legally, for less than $2K

    I can think of no better way to spend $1,900 than on this home arcade machine, Dreamcade 2.0. With “over” 145 built-in games from Asteroids to Street Fighter II CE, the “cocktail arcade” would be a fine way to go back to your childhood, when your biggest concern was finding a few quarters to dump into the Dig Dug machine. Yes, you could always put together your own… Read More

  • Bluetooth-enabled VTech 5.8GHz cordless phone handles landline and mobile calls

    Thanks to built-in Bluetooth support, the $150 VTech LS5145 cordless phone is able to basically act as a wireless headset for your mobile phone, in addition to being able to make and receive standard landline and/or VOIP calls. It works on the new 5.8GHz Digital Spread Spectrum and is expandable up to 12 total handsets. There’s also a 65K color display, built-in answering machine and… Read More

  • Netflixers

    Not that this statistic is any indication of the how the format war is going, but it’s staggering nonetheless. Netflixers browse Blu-ray titles 1.8 times more than HD DVD, but the HD DVD browsers are 4.4 times more likely to make that their default. The actual figures equate to 2.4:1 in favor of HD DVD then Blu-ray. Except this doesn’t mean a whole lot considering the fact that of… Read More

  • Rolex will never do a phone, LG or otherwise


    I may not be a smart man, but I do know watch companies and there is no way Rolex and LG are teaming up to make a phone. It appears that TechDigest got to see a “Rolex” mock-up at an LG design facility with a real Rolex watch embedded in the phone face. Rolex has too much time, money, and goodwill invested in its brand to even consider trying something like this — let Armani… Read More

  • "Cheaper" Blu-ray drive now available on laptops

    Need big storage but want to keep it optical? Maybe you have 45GB of porno that you want all on one disc? Take a gander at Optiarc’s BC-5500A – a Blu-ray drive that’ll fit in most laptops. You can snag it for only $335 and it can also burn dual-layer DVDs, single-layer DVDs, and good ol’ regular CD-Rs. It’ll be available this week at most online retailers. Better… Read More

  • Who the heck is Jasper and why is he in my Xbox?

    No sooner had we realized that the Falcon had landed, we’re hearing mumblings around the Web that Jasper will soon invade the Xbox 360 console. Jasper will eventually replace Falcon with a 65nm graphics chip from ATI. The latest batch of 360s is rolling with 90nm graphics chips and 65nm CPUs. So why does any of this matter? Well, I don’t know if you heard, but the Redmond… Read More

  • How to Jailbreak but not activate/un-simlock your 1.1.1 iPhone

    The DevTeam so close to a fully-working 1.1.1 iPhone that I can taste here in my Brooklyn basement. Good on ‘em. Thus far they’ve Jailbroken the firmware and now have read/write access to the file system and can install AppTapp, which is absolutely great. That doesn’t mean you should try this on your non-AT&T iPhone, however, because they haven’t been able to… Read More

  • BlackBerry Pearl 8130 coming to Sprint next month

    The baby BlackBerry, the Pearl, was already announced for Verizon last week and now it’s creeping into bed with Sprint. The CDMA 8130 brings it with built-in GPS that complements Sprint’s 3D maps over the Navigation service as well as voice-guided driving directions. You also get the music store, live TV or VOD and OnDemand services that bring you the latest news, sports and weather… Read More

  • HD DVD notebooks to fall below $1000 by year's end?

    Toshiba VP Carl Pinto says that by Christmas time, "you’ll be able to buy notebook computers at retail stores for under $1000," in reference to HD DVD-equipped notebooks. It’s not all that surprising of a revelation, seeing that Toshiba is one of the major proponents of the HD DVD standard, but steadily falling prices on HD DVD hardware is a good way to get that… Read More

  • Urban Fidelity 'Planet' sound-dispersing speakers

    Sure they’re expensive — starting at $1295 — but can you really put a price on metallic planet-shaped balls that "disperse sound in a perfect 360-degree soundfield"? Read More

  • AT&T rolls out Samsung a517

    Stop the presses! AT&T has unveiled the Samsung SGH-a517 and it’s only $49.99 with the usual two-year contract. Is it wicked exciting? Probably not. It seems like your average flip phone. ::shrug:: I didn’t think we needed another one. Does this look any different from the others? Read More

  • Other UK bands to copy Radiohead

    Not musically, but how they’ll go about selling their upcoming albums. Brit rockers Oasis and funkadelic party-machine Jamiroquai are slated to release their forthcoming albums directly to their fans on a “pay as you wish” system. The move comes after fellow UK musicians Radiohead used the same tactic to sell “In Rainbows”, which was released today, to fans. As… Read More

  • Happy 1st Anniversary YouTube and Google; Now Move Over a Bit

    Time for another roundup, and this one coincides with a notable first-year anniversary: that of Google’s $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube, confirmed on October 9th, 2006. Since then, the name “YouTube” has become virtually synonymous with “online video sharing”. According to Comscore, the website maintains a sizable lead over competitors with 205,593,000… Read More

  • MacBook Pro battery adapter crap out on you?

    What’s that smell? Oh yeah, that’s just someone’s MagSafe adapter burning up on their MacBook Pro, but don’t worry Apple has pulled the 85W power supplies from retail stores. But fear not. Apple is working vigorously to rectify the situation. A freshly redesigned adapter is in the works and should be coming soon. The Apple Store indicates that MagSafe adapters are 2 to… Read More

  • Accel Pours $8M into Israeli RayV

    Globes is reporting that RayV has raised $8M in Series B from Accel Partners. While the company has been in stealth mode, and its site offers little information, sources have confirmed that RayV is developing a P2P live broadcasting offering. Evidentially, users will be able to create and broadcast video playlists at “high video quality”. Similar to Joost, RayV will require the… Read More

  • One for the real geeks


    Quite possibly the SQL joke of this century We try to keep a broad spectrum of coverage here at CrunchGear, but ultimately, we’re all geeks inside. For those of you who program or are dorks in the true sense of the word, I present to you an xkcd comic with a hell of a SQL joke. If you don’t get it, read this tidbit of information. Should help. xkcd Read More

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