• Microsoft donating Xbox 360s to children's hospitals

    Well, this is certainly a good thing. But I hope they can find a hospital that isn’t already filled to capacity from the efforts of Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity drive. They’re setting up 360 kiosks with cameras, headsets, and a variety of games suitable for youngsters. They can even play online. Now, how to turn this around into something evil? Oh, I know… Read More

  • Renault + Nokia = Nokia Car for Brazil

    Renault, a car maker from France that nobody in America cares about, is partnering with Nokia for a special Nokia-branded Renault car for Brazil, where Nokia is quite popular. The car will feature built-in Nokia communication gear as well as GPS and other technology. They’re a special edition, only 1000 will be made, and will retail for about $27,810. Read More

  • USB hub uses two ports but no external power

    This is sort of different, I guess. It’s a $12 USB hub from Brando that doesn’t exactly look like your run-of-the-mill USB hub and, more importantly, doesn’t require any external power. However, you’ll need to give up two of your existing USB ports in order to get three new ones plus a mini-USB connection. So this device will appeal to some people but not others. Read More

  • Microsoft partnering with Peter Jackson for new Halo game; Bungie's not welcome to help

    There’s another game coming in the Halo series, but it isn’t coming from Bungie, it’s coming from Microsoft and Peter Jackson. Yes, that Peter Jackson. We’ve known for awhile now that Jackson was involved in a Halo project, most likely a game, as the movie is dead in the water right now. What’s notable is that the job postings are on Microsoft’s game… Read More

  • LG has a Secret


    Earlier today in London, LG officially launched the third installment to their popular Black Label Series. The Secret, yes, that’s the name, features a 5-megapixel camera that can also playback video at 120fps. Carbon fiber paneling makes the handset extremely light and durable. Tempered glass keeps the LCD shiny and safe. Neon touch navigation buttons light up in a lavish blue when… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Amazon offering all AT&T devices for one penny except iPhone


    How does this even work? Every single AT&T sans iPhone is one cent on Amazon right now. You can even make up to $150 if you choose wisely. Yeah, you’ll have to sign up for a 2-year contract, but if you’re in the market for a new phone like the BlackBerry Curve, Samsung Blackjack II or even the HTC Tilt, it’s not a bad way to go. Strike while the iron is hot, good friends. Read More

  • Sharper Image up for sale

    While it’s no Ionic Breeze air purifier (“Now with more cancer!”), Sharper Image is up for sale after going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It’s shares recently closed at 23 cents. That’s right: the sellers of the RoboRaptor are in penny stock territory. “Given the present retail climate and specialty nature of the company, as well as the limited… Read More

  • CrunchGear/TechCrunch Meet-up in Prague, May 23


    Just a note to say that there will be a CrunchGear/TechCrunch Meet-up in Prague on May 23 with some giveaways and lots of good Czech pivo. I’m organizing this with Czech entrepreneur Jack DeNeut along with his site Nelso.com. We expect to hold it at Restaurace Zvonaƙka but we haven’t finalized the location. You can sign up on Facebook and watch TC and CG for more updates. I… Read More

  • T-Mobile pushing out Android handset in Q4


    Could the event in London for HTC be T-Mobile’s first Android handset? I think it is and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the Dream. What else could it possibly be? Other than that bit of conjecture, T-Mobile’s vice president and general manager of broadband and new business division, Joe Sims, had this to say about Android and their upcoming line up of… Read More

  • Zero Punk: Super Smash Bros Brawl

    http://update.videoegg.com/flash/proxy.swf?jsver=1.4 “10 cunt gargling hours. Fuck Solid Snake, they should let you unlock Bill Murray.” I didn’t say it. He did. Read More

  • ReviewGist.com Collates and Snips Reviews

    Sites like ReviewGist are great for consumers but not so great for gadget bloggers. By collecting a number of reviews and adding on meta-date like price and features, they automatically create collections of data what are actually quite useful when shopping and, unlike something like Amazon.com, offer more in-depth information than standard user-generated reviews. ReviewGist is similar to… Read More

  • Samsung Pebble, S3 MP3 players show great promise

    Not to be confused with the PEBL, the Samsung Pebble music player is about the size of the iPod Shuffle and features the same basic button layout although this model has a few EQ presets for the EQ inclined. The players have 1GB of on-board memory and play back MP3, WMA, and OGG. I really have no problems with this thing. It’s almost perfect: small, compact, colorful, and probably cheap. Read More

  • Ubuntu Hardy Heron released

    The fine folks at Ubuntu have released version 8.04 (also known as Hardy Heron) of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system. New features include… GNOME 2.22, Linux kernel 2.6.24, PolicyKit, PulseAudio, Xorg 7.3, Firefox 3 Beta 5, Brasero, Transmission, World Clock Applet, Vinagre, Uncomplicated Firewall, Totem, Inkscape, ActiveDirectory integration, iSCSI support, Memory… Read More

  • Sweater Friends Episode 2: The Fall of Facebook, Oink, and Virgin Mobile

    In an effort to appear as animals as often as possible, the Sweater Friends will be shown weekly recapping our Friday podcasts. This week’s episode: Virgin Mobile, Nicholas Kills Oink, Matt’s Package, and Facebook Follies. Listen to us weekly on the CrunchGear Live Podcast, Fridays at 1:00 PM EST. Read More

  • NextWave to Sell Spectrum Holdings

    NextWave Wireless is planning to sell its holdings of U.S. airwaves. It is estimated that the licenses held by NextWave are worth billions of dollars. The money raised from the sales will be used by NextWave to pay off debt and invest in the company’s products. NextWave makes telecommunications equipment. Among other things, it makes chips for WiMax, a next-generation wireless standard… Read More

  • Double bass drum mod for Rock Band, nothing is real but pain now

    Want to get that heavy, crunchy “I’m a paralyzed helicopter pilot” sound on Rock Band? IMakeProjects shows you how to mod your bass kicker to add another switch, enabling superfast drumming for some reason. (via Make via AOL) Read More

  • Zoho Launches In China With Baihui

    This is an obvious move for Zoho, which has created a suite of online office applications: Chinese versions of their products. The Office piracy rate in China is 90+% according to Microsoft, and that market will be even more willing to use online versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. than the U.S. and European markets have been. The applications are being delivered via a partnership… Read More

  • Buzzd Secures Series A Funding

    Buzzd, a location-based city guide and social network for mobile phones, announced that it has completed Series A funding, led by Greycroft Partners and Monitor Ventures. The money will be used for product development and distribution. Monitor’s Fern Mandelbaum will join Buzzd’s Board of Directors, along with company Co-Founders Nihal Mehta and Deepen Shah. “Monitor and… Read More

  • Iomega ScreenPlay HD is big, relatively cheap

    Iomega has an interesting new product called the ScreenPlay HD — interesting in that there’s an included 500GB of storage for just over $200 and interesting in that there’s no Ethernet port or wireless connection (although wireless would certainly add to the price — Ethernet, not nearly as much). If you don’t mind shuffling the ScreenPlay back and forth betwixt… Read More

  • Motorola's Loss Is Apple's Gain: That $2.1 Billion Sucking Sound Is Coming From The iPhone

    Razr anyone? Motorola can’t even give those things away anymore. The once-proud company reported horrible earnings today, with sales down 21 percent and a net loss of $194 million. But the big takeaway was the 39 percent collapse in its mobile phone business. Mobile device revenues in the quarter dropped $2.1 billion compared to last year. Coincidentally enough, that is almost exactly… Read More

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