• iPhone Field Test Mode Explored

    iPhone Field Test Mode Explored

    Want to be just like that cool guy in the truck who gets to walk around testing cellular reception? Just enter “*3001#12345#*” into your iPhone — you can even do it during a call. This key combination opens the iPhone’s field test mode which is basically a little set or readouts that report on current cellular conditions, firmware information, and all the good stuff… Read More

  • Q-Bean: Go to the Website, Trust Me

    Q-Bean: Go to the Website, Trust Me

    The Q-Bean is some sort of wireless audio transmiting device that consists of a Windows/Linux/Mac compatible dongle and a little bean-shaped thing. How does it work? You plug in the dongle, it starts to transmit to the bean, and you can even use it as a microphone. You listen to the audio through a headset attached to the bean. According to the website, the Q-Bean is cool and you can clip it… Read More

  • The iPhone Made People Switch To AT&T

    The iPhone Made People Switch To AT&T

    One of the biggest concerns from other carriers regarding the iPhone was that customers would be jumping ship to go with AT&T. Sure, maybe a handful of iPhone buyers would switch, but how big of an impact could it possible make? Try a huge one. Turns out that 25 percent of iPhone buyers switched to AT&T from another carrier according to reports from American Technology Research. Even… Read More

  • New SIXAXIS Design Leaked?

    New SIXAXIS Design Leaked?

    If you mosey on over to the Official Star Wars: Force Unleashed website, you’ll see a tidbit about info and a picture of the gamebox for the PS3 and Xbox 360. You can make out two things from this image: 1. It will be Xbox Live compatible
    2. Is that a re-designed SIXAXIS controller? The one with rumble features? It could be. The biggest giveaway is the swap the d-pad had with the… Read More

  • 60GB PS3 Being Removed From North America

    60GB PS3 Being Removed From North America

    Uh oh! Remember how the other day I was talking about the Emotion Engine and how the 80GB won’t have it? Well it essentially now means you won’t be finding the Emotion Engine anywhere except a PS2. Sony is no longer carrying the 60GB model in the US and will be only carrying the 80GB version without the EE chip once 60GB models sell out. Confirmed by SCEE President Dave Reeves… Read More

  • As our sister site at CrunchGear is already reporting, the iPhone has given AT&T a huge boost since the arrival of the new Apple handset last month. About 25% of iPhone buyers actually made the switch from another service. The iPhone isn’t the only handset to have this sort of impact however; as analysts have pointed out that the Motorola RAZR drew a large number of users as well. But… Read More

  • Ron Conway, Sarah Lacy and Loic Le Meur Join TechCrunch20 Expert Panel

    More good news around the upcoming TechCrunch20 Conference in San Francisco this September: Ron Conway, Loic Le Meur and Sarah Lacy have agreed to join the Expert Panel, bringing the total number of experts who’ve agreed to participate to 16. The full list of experts is here. The deadline to submit applications to launch a startup at the event ended last week – and we had over… Read More

  • Smokey the Burninating MacBook Power Adapter

    Justin Stangel, one of the writers for David Letterman, took a nice video of his MacBook adapter initiating its self-destruct sequence and smoking like a 60-year-old spinster on Bingo night. via Giz Read More

  • Steve Jobs Is Like A Rolling Stone

    Steve Jobs Is Like A Rolling Stone

    Or at least according to The Inquirer’s list of things that link Steve Jobs and Bob Dylan together he is. The list mentions some great comparisons, such as bootlegs. After all, there are a ton of Dylan bootlegs and Mac OS X can be found on pretty much any torrent site mdash; makes sense. Dylan was also featured in an iTunes ad and had an internal Apple programming language named after him. Read More

  • Professor Owns Student Trying To Own

    Professor Owns Student Trying To Own

    There’s a terrific story over at IT Toolbox that tells of a professor and one of his childish teenage students. Nicknamed “Pima” (for being a pain in his ass), the student would goof off and pretend to be uber-l337 by changing the root password, arguing points in class – you know, that sort of thing. Since all the students’ PCs are netbooted from a central computer… Read More

  • JVC Announces Noise Canceling Headphones

    JVC Announces Noise Canceling Headphones


    With a box straight outta’ 1983, you can’t go wrong It’s Super Friday! You know what that means, folks. Time for really exciting gadgets! Today we have the JVC HA-NC250 headphones with “state-of-the-art” noise canceling features. How does JVC accomplish this feat?:
    The HA-NC250’s noise cancellation circuitry includes feedback technology that… Read More

  • CrunchGear Budapest Meet-up Update


    As much as I’d like to supply some confirmation or good news right now, I’m sad to say that I can’t confirm the date, location, or time of our upcoming meet-up. It WILL happen. I just can’t say when. Why? Because the postal service sucks. In order to save a few bucks — so I could maybe buy some beers for you guys — I had Matt send the iPhone 3-5 Day… Read More

  • CTIA Calls for Veto of ITC Chip Ban

    CTIA Calls for Veto of ITC Chip Ban

    Today the CTIA-The Wireless Association president and CEO Steve Largent has issued a statement in response to a new report by The Brattle Group. The report indicates that the International Trade Commission (ITC) order banning the importation of new broadband wireless devices will cause up to $21.1 billion in economic harm to American consumers and product producers. Steve Largent’s… Read More

  • Add Your Own Ringtone to the iPhone

    Add Your Own Ringtone to the iPhone

    While this functionality should soon be available in some sort of cool open source UI package, the folks at HacktheiPhone have broken down the process into 23 easy to follow steps that involve downloading the iPhone restore files, hacking the crap out of them, putting your own ringtone into a folder, and uploading it. I’m going to put on an MP3 of my mom telling me how good I am. And… Read More

  • James Wagner Au to Second Life Marketers: Don't Be Stupid

    James Wagner Au to Second Life Marketers: Don't Be Stupid

    Everyone’s favorite games writer (after Peter Suciu), James Wagner Au, went about debunking five major myths about Second Life. The myths he debunks — that it has a population of 5 billion or 5 lonely weirds, that it is full of porn, penises, and dancing vulvas, etc. — are aimed at marketers who might be thinking of advertising in the world and are put off by dancing… Read More

  • JVC GZ-HD3 Hard Drive High Definition Videocam

    JVC GZ-HD3 Hard Drive High Definition Videocam

    Word is going around about a new 60GB video camera from JVC, the GZ-HD3. The teeny cam will support 1440 x 1080 resolution and include an SDHC slot. No real official announcements, and when CamcorderInfo talked to the folks at the big Vic they said they had no official announcements, so I guess we’ll have to sit on our hands and wait. JVC Shows Off New High Definition Everio GZ-HD3… Read More

  • Motorola PEBL: Can We Try This Again?

    Motorola PEBL: Can We Try This Again?

    The Motorola PEBL was actually quite cool. In a year of angular, flat, and unappealing cellphones, the orotund and organic PEBL felt like something you might have placed on your back at an exclusive spa. Instead, it’s UI was an insipid as the RAZR’s and it just wasn’t angular, flat, and unappealing enough for the free-phone desiring masses. And so we come to the ROKR U9… Read More

  • Helicor StressEraser Biofeedback Device Review

    Helicor StressEraser Biofeedback Device Review

    Yoga masters and scientists know it, but if you find it difficult to breathe easy, you may need to ease your breathing. It turns out that by moderating your breathing patterns so that your exhalations are long and regular, you can activate the part of your nervous system (the parasympathetic nervous system, it’s called) that allows you to stay calm, relaxed, and… Read More

  • AdSense for Mobile

    AdSense for Mobile

    We’re hearing a lot about AdSense for Mobile this week. Basically this new service allows publishers to place adsense contextual advertising on WAP sites to help form a revenue stream for the traffic. The service, which is currently in beta, is being aimed at publishers looking to take advantage of the fast-growing mobile advertising market with targeted Google ads. So what does this mean? Read More

  • NextWave to Acquire IP Mobile

    NextWave to Acquire IP Mobile

    U.S. telco startup NextWave Wireless Inc., a technology and equipment provider, has announced that it will purchase a 69.23 percent equity stake in IP Mobile. This would make it the first foreign mobile phone carrier in Japan after the pull out by Britain’s Vodafone Group last year. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is expected to approve this acquisition. If… Read More