• Microsoft getting into user-created games for Xbox

    Not content to let initiatives like Nintendo’s WiiWare and Sony’s PlayStation Network hog all the user-created glory, Microsoft has recently unveiled its “Community Games” project for Xbox Live, currently in closed beta, according to GamesIndustry.biz. Microsoft’s David Edery says that this project will “leapfrog” WiiWare and PSN, although it… Read More

  • Jake Gyllenhaal to play the Prince of Persia

    We knew there was a movie based on the Prince of Persia game, but we didn’t know they’d pick someone so douche-y to play Dastan. At least they picked a relatively not unattractive actress to play Tamina and she happens to be the newest Bond girl as well. So, the title of the film will be “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time” and the plot goes a little something like… Read More

  • ESPN's $299 'Ultimate Remote' does Wi-Fi, live stats

    At first glance, I thought “Oh, hey, a gimmicky remote with an ESPN logo” but after I started reading about it, it dawned on me that this thing is perfect for sports addicts. It’s basically a universal remote that controls all your A/V stuff, sure, but it also has built-in Wi-Fi and can update real-time scores and stats on the 2.2-inch QVGA screen. The ESPN Ultimate Remote is… Read More

  • Nokia Aeon is (slightly) more than just a concept image

    About a year and a half ago, concept shots for the Aeon showed up on Nokia’s Research and Development pages, and heads around the gadget loving world proceeded to explode. With its two-part full-face touch screen and incredibly sleek design, many clamored for more. Unfortunately, as with many concept images, thats where news of development ended. Looks like development at least went… Read More

  • Hitachi Japan presents two new Blu-ray products

    Hitachi plans to sell two new Blu-ray devices in Japan. Both the DV-BH250 Blu-ray recorder and the DZ-WR90 Blu-ray burner will be in stores in July. The DZ-BH250 is the first Blu-rayer recorder from Hitachi. It comes with a 250GB HDD and a BR-RE, BR-R and DVD multi-drive. Hitachi says it is possible to record up to 93 hours of video in full HD on the hard disc. The MSRP for the recorder… Read More

  • Dior phone to woo Chinese, Russians, damn fools

    Christian Dior SA has teamed up with ModeLabs to create a beauoooootiful cellphone/speakerphone kit that will cost about $5,000. Why are they so expensive? Because people who buy things like this are stupid. While I could see, perhaps, purchasing a Dior dress to wear to a loved one’s murder trial I definitely couldn’t see someone like Naomi Campbell doing much damage with this… Read More

  • Apple… and CBS?… sued over Mighty Mouse

    Apple and CBS are being sued over the name “Mighty Mouse” &mash; but not in the way you think. A company called Man and Machine created a chemical resistant mouse called Mighty Mouse in 2004. Then Apple licensed the name “Mighty Mouse” from CBS and began selling their own model. Man and Machine believes that CBS had no right to license the trademark to Apple as… Read More

  • Tokyoflash Infection

    While this watch won’t turning you into fast-moving blood zombie with a maniacal thirst for human flesh, it will turn you into someone who wears a really cool watch. The new Infection features sassy little protoplasms that you decipher by color and the odd band evokes the harsh, biotoxic skin of a bloated, mutated cow. Great for parties! It costs $139 and comes in silver with a… Read More

  • OLPC 2.0: What the world needs now is more books

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/930327&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ I’m glad that the second generation OLPC is more of an ebook than a laptop. While the “laptop,” as a designed object, is an excellent… Read More

  • OLPC 2.0: A Striking eBook and a Step In the Right Direction

    Here is the the next-generation OLPC. It will consist of dual touchscreens on a single spine and include keyboard, face-to-face, and ebook functionality. The touchscreens will be built by a start-up by former OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen. These screens will be readable in direct sunlight, just like the OLPC. I’m glad that the second generation OLPC is more of an ebook than a laptop. While… Read More

  • FlipTrack Changes Name, Takes Flash Objects Mobile

    When we last wrote about FlipTrack in March 2007, it had created a niche for itself by making slideshows that were synced to background music. Since then, the company has reinvented itself: It is now Moblyng, a site dedicated to bringing the embedded flash widgets on social networks to mobile devices. Today, the company has launched a beta of its product, and has announced the closure of a… Read More

  • Play music on wireless speakers from your cell phone

    With everyone gearing up for summer, it doesn’t surprise me that Logitech announced today the Logitech Pure-Fi Mobile speaker system. Everyone knows you can’t have a beach party without jams, and this product will make sure music is always flowing. If you have a phone with Bluetooth and Advanced Audio Distribution, you will be able to stream your music to the speakers wirelessly. Read More

  • Sales of Blu-ray recorders pick up steam in Japan

    Following several price cuts, the introduction of new models and the victory over HD-DVD, Blu-ray recorders finally seem to get a foothold in the Japanese market. According to research company Gfk Marketing Services, the market share of Blu-ray recorders in this country jumped from 18% in November last year to 29% for April 2008. Between April 28th to May 18th, the figure even rose to 32%. In… Read More

  • Sony Japan releases second sound system with golf-ball-sized speakers

    The Japanese are known to be masters of miniaturization. Now Sony is trying to live up to this reputation by releasing a second sound system equipped with golf ball size speakers. Their first model, the the DAV-IS10, was a home theatre in a box set-up. The company today announced their 5.1 sound system HT-IS 100 comes with four speakers as small as 43×43 mm, just a little bigger than… Read More

  • NISHI-KI Keyboard: The perfect keyboard to feel happy and witty

    I don’t know what they mean by handmade, but this $153 keyboard looks like a game of mahjong gone horrible wrong. The keys are painted in little flower scenes and I believe I’ve seen and used this type of keyboard before: it’s more like a tiny keyboard you use in a server room than a regular, full-sized model. After all, it’s only about a foot long. If you’re… Read More

  • Meet the men behind Microsoft's ad revival

    We don’t tend to talk about advertising here unless it’s kind of funny or relentlessly horrible. One thing that we’ve consistently talke about, however, are Apple ads. They’re short, funny, and to-the-point and they ensure that you know there’s a war on and Apple is winning it. They have changed Microsoft from “a company that makes computer software”… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Unknowable Experiment Edition

    Rejoice! Rolly now available at U.S. Sony stores
    Bluetooth cassette adapter!
    Wireless RC car with wireless camera is wirelessly creepy
    Twitter: Now as powerful as the Clapper
    Flexible silicone keyboard also features VOIP phone
    A ‘fireside chat’ with Palm’s CFO reveals zilch about the new OS Read More

  • T-Mobile getting the Nokia XpressMusic 5310 next week

    Check one off the list of 16 devices rumored to be coming to T-Mobile by August. Today, T-Mobile announced the availability of Nokia’s new music playin’ candy bar, the XpressMusic 5310. The specs: 2 inch screen, QVGA resolution (240×320) 2.0 megapixel camera FM Radio Comes with 1GB MicroSD, supports up to 4GB Real 3.5 mm headphone jack – none of that dongle adapter… Read More

  • When exactly will mobile IM take over SMS?

    Some people out there are under the impression that they’re the only ones using text messages in the US. Turns out it’s become more popular than you might think, with 301 billion texts forecasted total for 2008. But the SMS’s time in the sun might be over before the zenith, as mobile IM is set to overtake it, or so the analysts say. I don’t think that’s going… Read More

  • Microsoft To Offer Cash Back To Search Engine Users In Effort To Fight Google

    Update: Live stream of Bill Gates keynote and Live Search Cashback press release is here. Update 2: Our complete analysis of Live Search Cashback is here. Microsoft will announce a new search advertising model tomorrow at the Advance08 Conference in Redmond, Washington – some parts of the site are already live on Microsoft now (see screen shots below). The core of the new service will be… Read More

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