• Amazon Flexible Payments Service Launches

    As predicted, Amazon launched a new payments web service today called Amazon Flexible Payments Service, or FPS. It will compete with Paypal and Google Checkout. FPS, Amazon says, “is the first payments service designed from the ground up specifically for developers” and “unmatched flexibility in how they can structure payment instructions.” Payments can be made by… Read More

  • Vonage's New Gateway Displays Caller ID, Voicemail

    I have a love/hate relationship with Vonage. I love that I don’t use Vonage anymore and I hated being a Vonage user. If you’re not like me, though, you might be interested to learn that Vonage is readying a VOIP gateway with an LCD screen that displays caller ID and voicemail status notifications. Read More

  • We Love the Idea of Opera Mini on Helio's Ocean

    We love it when a device has an enthusiastic following. We love it more when that following comes up with badass ways to hack said device. And we love it when said enthusiastic following hacks said favored device and the results are fantastic. We love the Ocean by Helio, one of the most amazing and overlooked handsets on the market. If you haven’t seriously looked at this thing yet… Read More

  • Take Out A Loan: Ultimate Ears 11 Pro Earphones Cost $1,150

    OK Mister I-spend-over-$1K-on-headphones, here’s a fancy pair to rub in your poor friends’ faces. The Ultimate Ears 11 Pro—the company’s “best custom monitors yet”—have four (!) individual speakers inside each bud, in addition to a dual-driver subwoofer and magic pixie dust. Like most UE earphones, the UE 11s can be custom made to fit the exact shape… Read More

  • AVerMedia Announces Hybrid TV Tuner Expresscard

    AVerMedia has released a Hybrid TV tuner ExpressCard that relays HD and analog content to your laptop. The AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Expresscard (could it get any longer?) allows you to watch OTA, coax Analog or OTA HD (1080i) TV on your laptop. Doesn’t that sound exhilarating? The only downside, for me, is that it’s certified for Windows XP and Vista, but no Mac support. This can all… Read More

  • Five Megapixels For Korean Cell Phones

    If you live in Korea, you can get a cell phone with a 5-megapixel camera. If you don’t live in Korea, you can’t. That’s just the way it is. Some things will never change. I have one of the old school Casio EXILIM cameras and I still use it to this day even though I bought it about 5 years ago. The EXILIMs have traditionally gotten dinged for having so-so photo quality but… Read More

  • Samsung i570 Rocks Symbian OS

    The latest Samsung slider to appear on the Web will make any WinMo naysayer happy as a clam. Do we really know if clams are happy? Anyways, the SGH-i570 is a full QWERTY slider running Symbian 9.1. Some of its wonderful features make me wonder if it will see the light of day here in the States. Video calls don’t exactly exist here so the VGA camera on the front won’t necessarily be… Read More

  • The Futurist: Why Isn't Bluetooth Standard On MP3 Players?


    Over the course of a couple of years, Bluetooth on cell phones went from a foreign fantasy to a crippled luxury to a standard (if still often crippled) feature on virtually every new cell phone. Putting aside the fashion merits of wearing a headset in public (an accessory that seems to be favored by an odd combination of middle manager-type office workers and guys’ whose raison… Read More

  • Bear Stearns: Yahoo Must Form A Social Networking Strategy

    There is a bit of buzz around the presentation Bear Stearns Internet analyst Robert Peck gave a couple of days ago. It recommends a broad strategy for Yahoo to get their act together in the social networking space, and recommends a near term acquisition of one of the big players. I’ve embedded the full presentation below. It is a broad overview of social networking in general, which… Read More

  • Staple Design Turns 10, Special Edition Zune Appears


    Lupe Fiasco Staple Design celebrated their 10th birthday last night in NYC at The XChange and CrunchGear was there to soak it all up. If you’re unfamiliar with Staple Designs then I’ll give you the quick and dirty. Designer Jeff Ng accidentally started Staple Clothing in ’97 when he and a friend would sneak into the silk screening lab at Parsons School of Design and print up… Read More

  • Manhunt 2 No Longer Part Of Take Two's Release Schedule

    Last we heard of Manhunt 2, the game was effectively banned for sale in the UK and given an AO rating here. But did anyone expect Take Two, the game’s publisher, to throw in the towel so easily, and so quickly? IGN noticed that the game has completely fallen off Take Two’s release schedule, all the way into fiscal 2008. Extrapolating a little, we can assume that Take Two has… Read More

  • Girl Charged With Piracy Over Brief Transformers Taping

    Jhannet Sejas is a struggling immigrant trying to put herself through college (we’ve all been there, not the struggling immigrant part, but the whole college thing) and to celebrate her 19th birthday she caught a showing of Transformers with her boyfriend. Now she faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for filming 20 seconds of the coolest movie ever made. The pimply-faced… Read More

  • Fisher Price Easy Internet Launch Pad: Get Your Kid Addicted To The Internet At An Early Age

    The first time I used the Internet was Christmas 1996, two months shy of my 11th birthday. Nowadays kids are checking their Facebook accounts right after escaping the womb. Sensing a “new and burgeoning” market, Fisher has come out with the Easy Internet Launch Pad. Essentially a kids toy, the device lets soon-to-be Internet addicts view Web pages of familiar characters like Elmo. Read More

  • Reconfirmation: Flickr To Add Video

    In May Flickr cofounder Stewart Butterfield casually mentioned to me that they would be allowing users to upload video “soon” (see last sentence in this post). Yesterday Yahoo Video GM Mike Folgner reconfirmed this: “Yahoo’s Flickr photo-sharing site will also be adding video,” he said. It was another throw away statement that was part of a larger article on… Read More

  • Trailer For The Upcoming Season of Futurama

    This video clip really no introduction. We told you about Futurama making a comeback in 2008 and now the trailer that was shown at ComiCon has been leaked to the Interwebs. Watch and enjoy. You deserve it after a long, hard week. Read More

  • First TechStars Company Launches: MadKast

    The first batch of Techstars (a Y Combinator like incubator) startups are launching. MadKast is the first out the door. They’ve made a dead simple way to increase distribution for your blog with one line of javascript or one click for Blogger and TypePad. With the widget, you can easily let visitors share your entire blog posts via email, mobile MMS, or through any of the social… Read More

  • Nokia N800 Gets Kinetic Scrolling

    Kenneth Christiansen has gone and done it. Done what? He’s given N800 owners one more piece of code to give their Internet tablets an iPhone-like feature, kinetic scrolling. This has nothing to do with envy or iPhone fanboyism. The iPhone has finally given developers and manufacturers the kick in the pants they’ve needed to create some worthwhile apps and hardware (this… Read More

  • Rush to Get Chris Tucker Mouth Off

    Time to “rush” out and get Chris Tucker mouthing off, as only Chris Tucker can of course. In anticipation of the August 10 release of Rush Hour 3, PlayPhone.com is releasing “truetone” ringers that are recorded lines form the movie. These are available now for download for nearly all U.S. mobile handsets. And if that’s not enough for you Chris Tucker fans, you… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Bluetooth To Bite Less

    Next year, portable wireless audio is finally going to stop sucking. With the advent of the next generation of Bluetooth and improvements in miniaturization techniques, not to mention ever-increasing efficiency in power consumption, we’re going to see some pretty hot ear candy in ’08. Finally, Bluetooth audio will relinquish its crown as the world’s most annoying sound to… Read More

  • Buxfer Adds Payments; Now Perfect For Settling Your Bar Tab

    Social payment service Buxfer has added peer to peer payments to its money management system. The payment system is supported through Amazon’s new Flexible Payments web service we reported on earlier. Buxfer is one of the first companies on the service’s private beta along with Jungle Disk, Freshbooks, and Beetlabs. Buxfer will be footing the bill for the 1-2% transaction fees till… Read More