• CrunchDeals: Creepy WowWee Alive Elvis for $99

    Who is going to buy one now that $250 have been knocked off? TOP 10 RANDOM (UNSUGGESTED) ALIVE ELVIS USES: 1. Ward of burglars with Elvis’ infrared sensors
    2. Take the HOV lane to work with Elvis as your passenger
    3. Forget beauty school, all you need is a comb and hairspray to practice
    4. His leather coat makes a nice shrug or bolero jacket
    5. No need to go stag at your next high… Read More

  • Rollei updates MiniDigi

    Original Rolleiflex twin lens reflex cameras are one of the neatest gadgets I’ve ever encountered in person. Luckily for me, my brother has one and I get to tinker with it when he’s not looking. Rollei introduced a replica back in 2006 that was pretty popular so they’ve come out with the MiniDigi AF 5.0 with a 3-megapixel CMOS sensor, AF (duh), and a 1.1-inch monitor that sits… Read More

  • Exclusive Video of Facebook Chat Demo

    Earlier today Facebook held a press conference to talk about new privacy controls and to confirm that they are launching a web chat product in the coming weeks. Our real time notes from the event are here. The video above is a demo Facebook Chat that was shown at the event. The presenter is Peter Deng, the product manager for Facebook Chat, who made it clear that this is a preliminary version… Read More

  • Couple meets because of Xbox Live, later has baby

    [photopress:xblbaby.jpg,full,center] You’re looking at the first baby conceived because of Xbox Live. The baby girl’s parents met while playing Rainbow Six Lockdown, the daddy in the Bronx and the mommy in Georgia. The story is that the two would-be parents didn’t initially see eye to eye—you sunk my battleship! or somesuch—but then decided to meet each other in… Read More

  • CG and Proporta's Hot or Not Entrants

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/759807&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ It was great seeing some of you IRL. Thanks for humoring me and thanks to for supplying some cool prizes. Read More

  • Disqus Picks Up A Half-Million Dollars From Fred Wilson And Angels

    The blog commenting system Disqus picked up $500,000 in a series A by Union Square Ventures (Fred Wilson), Naval Ravikant, Howard Lindzon, Aydin Senkut. Union Square’s investment isn’t all too surprising considering how Fred Wilson has raved about the service. Including Wilson’s own blog, Disqus is currently used on over 4,000 blogs with nearly 60,000 commenters. The… Read More

  • Review: Trimble Outdoors GPS Pack

    Most GPS devices are car-centric. They assume their owners will be glued to a steering wheel for hours a day, requiring turn-by-turn directions to new destinations at a moment’s notice. Apparently their ideal consumer is a mafia hit man or traveling salesman because their products are geared towards going from point A to the New Jersey marshlands via highways and byways and not over… Read More

  • RTcom's HDMI switcher makes your home theater HD on the cheap

    RTcom’s HDS-41Rv13 HDMI Switcher is now available and don’t worry, it’s 1.3 compliant. It’s chock full of features like the ability to support, 36-bit Deep Color, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Blu-ray compatible, backwards compatible with all DVI devices and a slew of others. You know the drill by now. Unfamiliar with HDMI? Then check this out. RTcom’s… Read More

  • Fixya Raises $6 Million B Round for Crowdsourced Tech-Support

    Companies hate providing good tech support for their products because it is expensive. And consumers hate calling up tech support when they can’t get a gadget to work properly because they usually get the run-around. The idea for Fixya is quite simple: Let consumers help fix each other’s gadgets. The startup, which was in the DemoPit at TechCrunch40, announced a $6 million B… Read More

  • Last call on Hot or Not contest…


    Closing the contest at 1pm EST, in about fifteen minutes. I’ll pick twenty winners at random and thanks to all those who submitted pictures. It was fun seeing faces instead of anonymous hits to a constantly running web server. Send an email with or without a picture to contest @ crunchgear dot com with the subject line “HOT OR NOT” and you’ll most probably get a… Read More

  • COD 4 patch coming this week for PS3

    It could even be today. It’s coming sometime this week according to FourZeroTwo, the community manager for COD 4 and Infinity Ward. That’s right… just received word from Sony that they are on the final stages of certifying the PS3 Feature patch and will be definitely be seeing it go live to users this week and I may be getting an update as soon as tonight as to the exact time… Read More

  • Airlines inching closer to paperless boarding passes

    In another huge victory for paperless enthusiasts everywhere, it appears that using your cell phone as a boarding pass is on the horizon. Since December, Continental has been testing a paperless option for flights out of Houston. The boarding pass “is an image of an encrypted bar code displayed on the phone’s screen, which can be scanned by gate agents and security… Read More

  • Vista SP1 now available at Microsoft Download Center

    It’s here. Head on over to the Microsoft Download Center to grab the first service pack for Windows Vista. It’s only available as a manual 434.5 MB download at this time — otherwise it’ll show up in about a month if you have automatic updates enabled. Microsoft Download Center [Microsoft.com] Read More

  • Facebook To Launch New Privacy Controls; Confirms Chat Is Coming

    Facebook announced new privacy controls at a press event at their downtown Palo Alto headquarters today, and also demoed their new chat application – called Facebook Chat – that has been rumored since last week. Our real time notes and pictures from the event are here. See CNET for more. New Privacy Controls The new privacy controls, which will launch on Wednesday morning, allow… Read More

  • Mitsubishi Blu-ray players to do AVC to DVD burning

    These two Blu-ray players from Mitsubishi will only be available in Japan but they’ll feature MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 recording directly to blank DVDs instead of more-expensive Blu-ray discs. So the idea is that you’ll get a high-definition recording but you’ll be able to use standard blank DVDs — perhaps a feature we’ll see more and more. There’s also a cool… Read More

  • Save the MacBook Air or the face? Charlie Rose decides

    This is a cute story straight out of the geek files. Charlie Rose, a TV interviewer who once interviewed our overseer, Michael Arrington, fell into a pothole on 59th Street in Manhattan while holding his brand new MacBook Air. Instead of falling on the Air, Rose took pavement to the face rather than risk breaking his sweet new laptop. Good man. via TC Read More

  • These could be photos of the Intel Netbook

    [photopress:inetbook2.jpg,full,center] These could be photos of Intel’s upcoming Netbook, the corp’s answer to do-good computers like the XO Laptop and the Asus Eee(eeee) PC. There’s conflicting information as to whether it’s powered by Intel’s just-announced Atom processor or a Celeron, which, in turn, leads to questions about its price: $250-$350 using Atom or… Read More

  • Chinese OEM to manufacture Xbox 360 and PS3

    Two spinoffs from Asustek have reportedly landed deals to manufacture Xbox 360 consoles. Unihan and Pegatron’s initial shipments should total 500k units which may help Microsoft quell the ongoing shortage of 360s that have led to the PS3 being numero uno the last few months. Coincidentally the two Chinese OEMs are also in works to contract deals with Sony to manufacture PS3… Read More

  • Facebook Press Event: Our (Almost) Live Notes

    Facebook held a fairly large press event today around privacy and other new products at 10am PT at their Palo Alto headquarters. There were a number of announcements made, although live blogging of the event was not permitted. These are my raw notes from the event, which I am posting immediately afterwards. A wrapup post will be posted shortly. We’ll also update this post with… Read More

  • PSA: Users of VLC at risk

    I’ve been using VLC for years now and it’s the best player available today. But it appears that users are at risk due to a harmful string of code lurking subtitle files. VLC has a buffer overflow flaw and hackers are taking advantage of that. A new version of VLC came out late last month, but apparently the flaw wasn’t fixed then. Uh oh. Security Advisory [via Info World… Read More

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