• Microsoft Hires Michael Gartenberg as New Evangelist

    Microsoft Hires Michael Gartenberg as New Evangelist

    The Vista marketing challenge saw an interesting new development today with the announcement that Microsoft has hired Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg as Enthusiast Evangelist.  Gartenberg says in a blog post on his move that he will “find, engage and work with enthusiasts and other influencers and show them all the cool stuff that Microsoft is doing. In short, it’s our… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Yahoo Ready to Smash Up the Mash Ups

    Patent Monkey: Yahoo Ready to Smash Up the Mash Ups

    and is the focus of our IP-Review… Read More

  • Gears Of War PC Edition?

    Gears Of War PC Edition?

    Rumor round the watercooler is that Gears of War will not stay an Xbox 360 exclusive. Mark Rein of Epic is saying that Gears of War will “eventually come to the PC.” ’Til there’s something else. (chuckles) People ask me, “Are you going to do it [Gears of War] on PC?” Yeah, eventually…I don’t think that’s any great secret that we would like to do it… Read More

  • Four Versions Of Super Mario Bros. Compared

    Four Versions Of Super Mario Bros. Compared

    Top-left, clockwise: NES, Generation NEX System, FC Twin System, Wii (VC) The guys over at Ars Technica must have some free time. Seems Ben Kuchera took time out of his day to hook up an NES, two NES clones, and a Wii (Virtual Console) and tested the original Super Mario Bros. game for quality. Sure enough, like all good fanboys would, the Wii was chosen as the best looking console. Gee… Read More

  • Stormtrooper LAN Party

    Stormtrooper LAN Party This is one of the craziest effin’ things I’ve ever seen. Since simply attending a LAN party isn’t nerdy enough, these guys threw it into overdrive and dressed up as characters from the ultimate nerd movies: Star Wars. I’ve been to a lot of LANs in my day, but, for the record, I’ve never dressed up like a storm trooper—I always went as… Read More

  • Acer's Low-Cost, Vista-Equipped TravelMate Laptop

    Acer's Low-Cost, Vista-Equipped TravelMate Laptop

    Vista may cost a lot for what it is, but Acer’s TravelMate 2480-2779 laptop is quite the bargain. For around $540, you’ll nab a 14-inch widescreen display along with Vista Home Basic and specs like a 1.6GHz Celeron M CPU, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, a DVD/CD-RW combo drive and a 5-in-1 card reader. Wait, you get all that and Vista for under $550? Now that’s a deal. Shoot on… Read More

  • CyberLock: Uncomprimising Security

    CyberLock: Uncomprimising Security

    The lock is the primary safeguard to the conduit of your home. So you better be sure it’s secure enough to deflect would-be intruders from your valuables, whatever it/they may be. CyberLock promises to protect that conduit a little bit more. Using specialized electronic cylinders, it can convert existing locks into high-tech, high-security home guardians. The electronic cylinder contains a… Read More

  • Crazy MIT Student Whips Up Superbelt

    MIT just keeps crankin’ out cool products. Post-ceding Clocky and the Disco Dance Floor is a battery-powered rope ascender called ATLAS. The genius of one Nathan Ball, this 25-pound belt lifts people weighing up to 250-pounds off the ground up to 50 feet in the air for a few seconds. Ball has since gone on to form Atlas LLC to manufacture and sell the product, which is targeted at emergency… Read More

  • OpenMoko's Open-Source Mobile Platform

    Sean Moss-Pultz is trying to change the mobile phone/device industry this year. He wants consumers to care about what operating system is on their phone as much as they care about what’s on their desktop or laptop computers. OpenMoko and FIC’s Neo1973 smartphone is where that change starts. The Linux-based mobile platform is completely open source. And unlike Symbian, Microsoft and the… Read More

  • Find Yourself with TeleNav Update

    Find Yourself with TeleNav Update

    Our Find Yourself with TeleNav contest is drawing to a close. Just one day left. There have been some great entries so far, and I know there are a bunch more out there, so keep them coming. To enter, send an email to contest at crunchgear dot com explaining your best stories of directional retardation (use the subject: “getting lost”). The contest run from today until Friday at noon… Read More

  • The Futurist: Making Products Better or… CrunchGear Original Concept Designs

    The Futurist: Making Products Better or… CrunchGear Original Concept Designs

    We live in an ergonomically-challenged world. It really is amazing how much our appliances and gadgets rely on archaic designs that are almost senselessly stress-inducing So we got to thinking—what are some simple ways we could improve the appliances around us to be more people-friendly? So I called up the best product design expert I know: human factors design consultant Eric Porges, who… Read More

  • Get Your Paws On A Kingston 1GB microSD Card For $5.95!

    Get Your Paws On A Kingston 1GB microSD Card For $5.95!

    If you’ve been wanting a microSD card for your cellphone, now is your chance to get one on the cheap. MobilePlanet.com is selling the Kingston 1GB microSD card for $15.95 with a $10 mail-in-rebate. That brings the total price down to $5.95! A winner is you! Better hurry though, because as of this writing, only 42 were left in stock. Product Page [via BGR] Read More

  • HTC Hints at Merger with Sony-Ericsson; We Call BS

    While our Swedish is quite rusty, we live in the future, which means web-based translators are readily available. From what we can tell, Peter Chou, CEO of faves HTC, said in an interview that he thinks a merger between HTC and Sony-Ericsson would be a good fit. Also, he says OJ killed Anna Nicole, but that could just be a metaphor. Why? The benefits are obvious: HTC does a very good job making… Read More

  • Is a 15.4-Inch MacBook Model Forthcoming?

    : they’re well put-together, slender, get-the-job-done machines. But there is a gap in the product matrix between the 13.3-inch black MacBook at the 15.4-inch prosumer MacBoo Pro. But according to circulating rumors, as well as DigiTimes from Taiwan, Apple has a 15.4-inch MacBook in the works. The non-Pro laptop is likely replace the black high-end MacBook, bridging the two product families. Read More

  • RSS Problems

    RSS Problems

    Many of you may have noticed that we’re currently experiencing RSS issues. Rest assured that the A-Team is currently on the case. Hopefully Hannibal and his boys can resolve the issue on the quick with as few casualties, and explosions, as possible. Read More

  • Completely Waterproofed iPod Shuffle From SwimMan

    Completely Waterproofed iPod Shuffle From SwimMan

    From time to time we’ll post about some new waterproof case for an iPod or device from companies like Otterbox. The problem with all these cases though, is that no matter what, they always run the risk of a leak. Basically unheard of company SwimMan wants to change the way we waterproof our gadgets by waterproofing from the inside out. Take for instance, SwimMan’s completely waterproof… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Yahoo Ready to Smash Up the Mash Ups

    Patent Monkey: Yahoo Ready to Smash Up the Mash Ups

    CrunchGear reports that Yahoo recently received a ‘Dynamic Page Generator’ patent that has the potential to impact business development, and the futures, of many similarly featured companies including Google, Netvibes, Rojo and many other Web 2.0 companies. More… Patent Monkey Read More

  • Locca Keeps Your Home Safe

    Locca Keeps Your Home Safe

    With a name that reminds us of something an Italian gentleman would say, you really can’t go wrong with Locca. Locca is a digital, wireless lock opener that works from up to 50-meters away. You just click the button and viola, your door is open—perfect for when you have your hands full. If Locca fails, you’ll be able to use your regular key as an override, so don’t worry… Read More

  • Alpine's Monster iPod Car Deck Hits the Road

    I have an iPod-compatible Alpine deck in my Kia, and I couldn’t live without it. That being said, I’m seriously considering trading up to the iDA-X001, Alpine’s latest offering, and the first deck by Alpine or anyone else designed with input from Apple’s iPod team. Not only can the deck connect to your iPod via its dock port, but it can control it as well. Information from… Read More

  • Plasma Light: Way Cool Tesla Device for a Lamp

    If we had one of these as a kid, we would have had an easier time staying in school and off the hard drugs. It’s the Plasma Light Bulb, a scaled-down version of that freaky sci-fi plasma globe that your rich, smarter friend’s dad had in his den. You know, the room you guys weren’t allowed into with the liquor and porn. And plasma globes. We’re guessing these things… Read More