• Sir Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90

    [photopress:sir_arthur_clarke_by_shahidul_alam.jpg,full,left]This is another sad day here at the CrunchGear offices. Arthur C. Clarke, arguably the greatest sci-fi author of all time, has reportedly passed away. He had just turned 90 years old. There aren’t many details — indeed, the AP article is one sentence long — but it’s something fans had seen coming for… Read More

  • Comcast testing technology to watch you watch it watching you

    [photopress:130_126big_brother_is_watching_you_posters.jpg,full,center] Not to frighten everyone, but word is Comcast is going to put cameras on its set-top cable boxes to know who in your house is watching what. It’s on the surface not much of a Big Brother fright but more of a personalization tool. The idea is that the camera would be attached to software that can detect who’s in… Read More

  • Dr. Science says we're mentally ill

    [photopress:internet_addiction.jpg,full,left]Even on days when I’m not blogging I spend a helluva lot of time online. I like to track rumors, email pretty girls, and check on the Seattle Mariners. Most of these activities cause me to cry into my pillow, but I keep it up. According to Dr. Jerald Block, I might have a mental illness. In an editorial in this month’s American Journal… Read More

  • The march of the RoBeasts continues: Technics Robot Crab


    I’ve just downloaded an inexplicably large video (120mb for 30 seconds? It’s called YouTube, guys) of this crab doing its thing. It’s certainly not as cool as the BigDog robot from yesterday, but it’s also not a multi-million-dollar DARPA-funded military all-terrain bioroid. It’s for scrambling around on sea floors and taking samples or pictures. Like the… Read More

  • PSP to get firmware v3.93 sometime this week

    It was supposed to drop today, but it’s been delayed. There’s a smidgen bit of good news and that’s limited to “support for PlayStation Network titles” but those of you using the free Internet radio channels will be thrilled with the addition of 20 more channels. PS Blog Read More

  • First-time startups start to feel a chill wind

    “Funding business plans from first time entrepreneurs just won’t happen anymore!”
    So says Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group, the investment vehicle he heads which has invested in (deep breath) Astley Clarke, Buildersite, Daylife, DH Gate, Digivate, Dopplr, Extate, Fizzback, Glasses Direct, Imagini, Kindo, Koodos, Kublax, Lookery, LoveFilm, Mashery, Mind Candy, Moo… Read More

  • Kyocera KR2 router now shipping


    I had the KR1 router from Kyocera for a number of months when I was issued a PCMCIA card at my old job. It was a decent router and basically the only one that would work so I didn’t have much of a choice at the time. I wasn’t even aware of the KR2 until now. Now that I upgraded to a MBP I needn’t worry about getting a router, but I know many of you road warriors could… Read More

  • Sprint opens Openwave across product line

    [photopress:logo_openwave.gif,full,left]Sprint is upgrading its cellphones to the Openwave platform for Web browsing. Openwave is a combination of the Openwave proxy server that makes pages more mobile-friendly, and the OpenWeb browser, which is a full-HTML browser that renders pages nicely. The big picture is it gives Sprint phones the ability to browse the whole Web in a useful way, not just… Read More

  • Corsair 1GB Flash Voyager USB drive gets modded like never before

    All this because the keychain broke. I suppose I’d try the same thing if I had the means. What won’t mechanical engineers do? Good on ya, Russell. [photopress:usb_armor11.jpg,thumb,pp_image][photopress:usb_armor10.jpg,thumb,pp_image] RJ3 Labs [via Enthusiast] Read More

  • Google Launches Non-Profit Portal

    Google has launched a dedicated portal of Google services for non-profit organizations. Google for Non-Profits offers “a one-stop shop for tools to help advance your organization’s mission in a smart, cost-efficient way.” This site includes ideas and tutorials on ways Google tools can be used to promote non-profits, raise money and operate more efficiently. Features… Read More

  • BracketBrains Giving Sports Bettors An Edge

    It may not be sexy but BracketBrains could improve your chances of winning that office pool for this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. The site, developed by three Stanford grads (one math, one computer science, and one industrial engineering), analyzes data collected from over 10 years of game results to predict who might win the possible face-offs during March Madness. It’s… Read More

  • Ron Jeremy lashes out at streaming porn sites

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    Yes, I have my very own photo of Ron Jeremy Ron Jeremy, Thespian, doesn’t like that sites such as YouPorn are sucking the adult entertainment industry dry. It seems Mr. Jeremy, known for his roles in such works of art as Afro Erotica 12 and Aunt Peg Goes to Hollywood, thinks such Web sites are destroying the industry and ought to be shut down. Read More

  • Vale Arthur C. Clarke 1917-2008

    Arthur C. Clarke has died at his Sri Lankan home, aged 90. Clarke is best known as the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but his reach stretched beyond Science Fiction. In 1945 he accurately predicted the use of Satellites as a communications tool, and later joined Walter Cronkite in covering the Apollo space launches. Clarke was knighted in 2000 and the 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter was named in… Read More

  • Inside the Eye-Fi card

    Ever wonder what was inside your Eye-Fi card? No? Well, Ikontools opened one up to tell you. It basically contains the Atheros radio-on-chip, some Samsung flash, and a whole lot of suck because you can’t take pictures of any quality and be sure they’ll ever upload automatically over Wi-Fi, one of the things the Eye-Fi was supposed to do seamlessly. Honestly, I had high hopes for… Read More

  • Notebook flash drives found to have high failure rates

    According to an analyst’s recent visit to Asia, a certain unnamed computer manufacturer is seeing a 10-20% failure rate of notebooks with solid state drives. CNET’s Michael Kanellos posits that it’s probably Dell, since it’s “so far the manufacturer that has promoted flash drives in notebooks the most.” Apparently Samsung’s got a solid state drive in… Read More

  • Review: Geeks.com 2GB MP4 player

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1668.JPG,full,pp_image] China — country of mystery, of intrigue, of wholesale intellectual property theft. Her majestic mountains and sprawling cities inspire us. Her cheap electronics make us puke a little in our mouths. Feast your eyes, friends, on the latest product from her shores: this 2GB, $69 MP3/MP4 player sold by Geeks.com. It is utter and total garbage. Read More

  • Intel develops method to transmit Wi-Fi 60 miles

    [photopress:rcpwifi_1.jpg,full,right] Intel has developed a way to transmit a standard Wi-Fi signal some 60 miles. Created for rural areas and the developing world, the technology, called rural connectivity platform, or RCP, works its magic primarily in software. An Intel manager said that while regular Wi-Fi access points are coded to time out if a signal isn’t received within a… Read More

  • Video: Electrolux's new smart oven takes guesswork out of ruining dinner

    I love living here in 2008, The Future, where we actually have smart ovens. Take the Electrolux Inpiro, an “intellegent auto-focus cooking oven” for example. You tell it how you want to cook your food, and it uses sensors and other sorcery to figure out what your cooking and uses the data to cook it precisely the way it should be. I enjoy the trial-and-error aspect of cooking, it… Read More

  • F1 making an appearance in GT5

    Today is like therapy for me. First, I admit that the iPhone is sort of great and that I want one and now I’m admitting that I want a PS3. Yikes. Well, it certainly helps when Sony has the exclusive rights to Gran Turismo and GT5 is about to drop. Ugh. Leaving tradition behind in the dust, Polyphony Digital is including an F1 Ferrari car for you to purchase for 2 million credits. You can… Read More

  • Are you as smart as a chimp?

    I sat down with Mike Scanlon, Co-Founder of Lumos Labs, recently and got a full demo of Lumosity. It quickly revealed how lethargic and slow I’ve become since I started working at home. I know we’ve all said we need to do brain exercises to keep our wits about us and to stay sharp, but have we really done that? I know I haven’t. It really only takes a few minutes a day to… Read More