• Floods in U.K. Force Vodafone to Evacuate HQ

    Floods in U.K. Force Vodafone to Evacuate HQ

    It hasn’t been a good summer for Northern and Central England, where weeks of rain have caused massive flooding. The rain picked up again last week, and we’ve heard that it was so bad in the Newbury, Berkshire region that Vodafone had to evacuate the company’s global headquarters. An ornamental lake that runs through the center of the complex turned into a torrent. Power was… Read More

  • Amp’d Not Down Yet

    Amp’d Not Down Yet

    Amp’d Mobile customers had gotten a reprieve yesterday, and the company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 1, said service will continue until at least July 31. As of Tuesday the youth-oriented service, which leases its network from Verizon Wireless to which it owes more than $30 million, posted on its Web site that will potentially suspend service in the U.S. on July… Read More

  • T-Mobile May Drop Tour Sponsorship

    T-Mobile May Drop Tour Sponsorship

    The biggest sponsor of the Tour de France could be pulling out, and it could be happening as soon as the conclusion of the race this weekend. The T-Mobile Team will learn on Sunday if the mobile phone carrier will withdraw its sponsorship. “We will consider things and make a decision at the end of this year’s race,” said T-Mobile’s communications director Christian… Read More

  • LicketyShip Now Making Speedy Deliveries All Over California

    LicketyShip Now Making Speedy Deliveries All Over California

    Same day delivery service LicketyShip (previous coverage) is expanding out across the state from their initial beta in San Francisco and the Bay Area, joined by some new partners. LicketyShip has moved away from serving as a delivery service for online stores (like Kozmo), to servicing local door to door deliveries. You can use it for local business deliveries or last minute packages that need… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: How To Fix E3

    CrunchArcade: How To Fix E3


    July is almost a wrap, and it’s been two weeks since E3, and this will be the last post about the show. But we’ve had some time to think about what can be done to improve (dare we say save) the annual video game event. Let’s face it; the electronic entertainment industry needs a trade show. We in the press need to see the games, retail buyers need to see the games and… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up Report: Budapest

    CrunchGear Meet-up Report: Budapest

    Just posted some images of the CG Meet-up in Budapest. Special thanks to Matt for helping find the spot. Remember — the Warsaw Meet-up is tomorrow at 7pm at Lolek. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Beach Find Edition

    Daily Crunch: Beach Find Edition

    Toshiba Gigabeat U103: 24 Colors, Oh My
    The Horror! The Horror! Vibram’s Fivefingers of Suck
    Stop What You’re Doing and Soak In This Amazing God of War PSP Mod
    PSP Firmware Hits 3.52, Better PSone Support
    WD Upgrades My Book Line To 2TB Read More

  • Former Allofmp3.com Owner Faces Jail Time

    Former Allofmp3.com Owner Faces Jail Time

    From a consumer standpoint, Allofmp3.com was pretty close to the perfect music service — dirt cheap, easy to use, and the choice of how you wanted your music encoded. Oh, and no DRM. But mix in the RIAA, the WTO, and a couple major world governments, and you’ve got a recipe that ends up hurting consumers and potentially landing a man in jail. Read More

  • Verizon Hates Amp'd Customers, You

    Verizon Hates Amp'd Customers, You

    On my way home from dinner I decided to stop by the Verizon store below my apartment to ask about an Amp’d Motorola Q in my possession. I just wanted to know if I could port an existing Verizon number to the Q. Amp’d does piggyback on Verizon’s network, so I figured I’d get a yes. The Q&A section of Amp’d’s site states that I can take my phone to… Read More

  • Grockit Raises Cash, Prepares "Massive Multiplayer Online Learning" Product.

    Grockit Raises Cash, Prepares "Massive Multiplayer Online Learning" Product.

    When we last wrote about San Francisco based Grockit, in late 2006, they were unfunded. Their business idea of holding low-cost GMAT prep courses over Webex was just getting off the ground. Now they are funded – $2.7 million total ($2.3 million from Benchmark, $400k from angel investors Mark Pincus, Rob Lord, Reid Hoffman Thomas Ryan and others) in a Series A round was closed last month. Read More

  • Verizon Pioneers MMS Uploading…NOT!!!

    Verizon Pioneers MMS Uploading…NOT!!!

    Verizon may be able to call themselves the most reliable voice and data network in the country, but they’re certainly not the first to allow users to upload videos to YouTube via MMS. The fact that they’re releasing a press release touting such a feat is pretty ridiculous and embarrassing. Verizon, pay close attention to what I’m about to say. Helio was the first provider in… Read More

  • Sony Announces Three Premium Receivers

    Sony Announces Three Premium Receivers

    Sony is launching three A/V receivers today as part of its “Elevated Standard” (ES) line of premium gear. All three models feature iPod integration and Sony’s Digital Media Port, which allows for the addition of optional accessories like a Bluetooth receiver, a Wi-Fi adapter, or an audio dock for use with Sony’s Network Walkman line. Blu-ray compatibility is present and… Read More

  • The Story Of A Girl And Her Gaming Systems

    We’re in a fight, dear readers. I know you’re cheating on me, but just tell me what I did wrong. Are you seeing someone else? Could I have done something different to have prevented this? Fine! Whatever, you dirty whore. Be that way. Leave. See if I care!!! No. Don’t go. I can change, I promise. Just give me one more chance. Karen, call me. Read More

  • No Vista SP1 Until 2009?

    No Vista SP1 Until 2009?

    Say it ain’t so, Microsoft. Lest Vista become a waterslide away from me that takes me further every day. Say it ain’t so. Rumors are currently flying about that Vista’s first service pack (SP1) won’t be available until 2009. That’s impossible…or is it? Valleywag reports that “Microsoft has apparently told executives at one of the world’s largest… Read More

  • Sent from my iPhone—You Suck!

    Sent from my iPhone—You Suck!

    A couple days ago, our own John Biggs got an iPhone and immediately started forwarding e-mails to the rest of us from the device. John’s not known for writing much in his e-mails in general, so when the forwarded mail started arriving with the signature “Sent from my iPhone” it was all the more noticeable. And for some reason I got angry at the sight of those four… Read More

  • Toshiba Gigabeat U103: 24 Colors, Oh My

    Toshiba Gigabeat U103: 24 Colors, Oh My

    I can’t imagine needing 24 different colors for a simple DAP, but apparently Toshiba thinks otherwise. Its Gigabeat U103, which comes out today in some place called Japan, is more or less the same as last year’s model: 1GB, tiny 1.1-inch OLED display, FM radio/transmitter, etc. Standard DAP, but in 24 bold and exciting colors like red and… blue! Well, at least it’s… Read More

  • MySpace Had 4 Times the Sex Offenders Originally Reported

    MySpace Had 4 Times the Sex Offenders Originally Reported

    MySpace.com has found and deleted profiles of 29,000 convicted sex offenders, more than four times the initial 7,000 profiles they claimed in May. The numbers were discovered after MySpace turned over info detailing the offenders they had removed from the service. MySpace turned over the records after states filed a formal legal request. Carrying out such a large scale cross checking for… Read More

  • The Horror! The Horror! Vibram's Fivefingers of Suck

    The Horror! The Horror! Vibram's Fivefingers of Suck

    Sometimes when you see something, you immediately wish you could un-see it. That is where I stand with the Vibram Fivefingers sports sandals. These “shoes” are like ruggedized toe socks, with individual toes. There is no excuse for this, and by god the first person I see wearing these gets a punch to the head. Really, I’ll suffer having to see your toes as you wear flip-flops… Read More

  • New Panasonic Lumix Cameras In September

    New Panasonic Lumix Cameras In September

    Panasonic will be adding two new cameras to its Lumix line. The DMC-FX55 and DMC-FX33 will be available in September for $349.95 and $299.95, respectively, and will both include a “new Intelligent Auto Mode” comprised of a face detection system, continuous auto-focus, and an intelligent scene selector. These new cameras will also be able to shoot images at up to ISO 6400, which… Read More

  • AT&T Says Only 146,000 iPhone Activated First Weekend: Wall Street Sorta Worried

    AT&T Says Only 146,000 iPhone Activated First Weekend: Wall Street Sorta Worried

    No, this isn’t a case of Henny Penny, but AT&T’s official numbers for its second fiscal quarter didn’t exactly impress Wall Street, most notably how many iPhones were activated. AT&T says around 146,000 iPhones were activated in the two days following its introduction. Compared to reports we had read suggesting that as many as 500,000 iPhones were sold during that… Read More