• Latest System Update for MacBooks Includes 3G Drivers for Novatel

    Apple today released a system update for MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops that includes drivers for popular Novatel 3G WWAN adapters, including the current ExpressCard offerings from Cingular and ExpressCard and USB modems from Sprint and Verizon. The updates are installed automagically with via Software Update. When cellular carriers started rolling out their 3G networks, many Mac users feared… Read More

  • Top Five Vista Annoyances, Courtesy PC World

    Regular readers by now know that I bag on Vista from time to time. It’s true, I do. But I’m the kind of guy who’s main irritation comes from things that could be better, but aren’t. When things (or people) don’t live up to their potential, I get frustrated. Thus my displeasure with Vista. There are some great things in the OS, but overall it wasn’t well… Read More

  • LCD + BB Gun = Art

    http://flash.revver.com/player/1.0/player.swf As much as we love the gear we cover, we still like to see it get abused sometimes. Who hasn’t taken their busted-ass phone and thrown it from a parking garage to see the plastic splash pattern it leaves behind? Yah, we know you have. It has something to do with the pre-teen urge to blow up your G.I. Joes with firecrackers, we think. We… Read More

  • Cnet on Windows Mobile 6: Better, but Not Yet Great

    We make fun of Windows Mobile here at CrunchGear HQ all the time. The clunky, ill-thought-out OS is just not what a mobile OS should be: simple. That being said, Windows Mobile 6, aka Crossbow, is showing itself to be a conscious, formulated upgrade rather than a slap-dash of bug fixes, which is a start. The good folks at CNet put WinMo 6 through its paces and have given it a positive review… Read More

  • Bill and Steve's Excellent Adventure

    You remember that party you had a few months ago, where your buddy and his ex-girlfriend both showed up? You know, the ones that don’t ever get along, but they pretended to for your benefit? That’s what May 30 might look like, as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates take the stage together at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital conference. But they won’t be discussing a joint… Read More

  • Rumor: Confabb To Be Acquired By End Of Month

    Rumor: Confabb To Be Acquired By End Of Month

    We’re seeing some smart people create very targeted web applications and flipping them just a couple of months after launching. First was MyBlogLog, which launched in October 2006 and was acquired by Yahoo just three months later for a reported $10 million. Confabb may on an almost identical path. The company, which has created a social network around conferences, launched just three months… Read More

  • IReader Uses Semantic Analysis to Summarize Linked Pages

    IReader Uses Semantic Analysis to Summarize Linked Pages

    IReader 2.0 is a semantic analysis and link preview tool that launched today. Syntactica, the company behind iReader, hopes the browser plug-in will bring its technology back to life after a previous incarnation as a search engine was allegedly shut down by Google. If you’ve seen CoolIris, Browster or Snap then you’re familiar with the idea of a browser plug-in that provides a preview… Read More

  • Treo 700wx Comes to Verizon, Finally

    , including support for DUN, a 1.3-Megapixel camera, 128MB of internal RAM (though you can only use 60), and support for full-sized SD cards. We still think that Palm was a little nuts for switching half their lineup to Windows Mobile, but it does have its fans, and in the end it’s partially responsible for keeping the company afloat. In addition, the enhancements Palm made to the OS on its… Read More

  • Microsoft's VPC Goes Free

    If you’re looking to run a virtual computer on your computer, Microsoft is doing something unusual for itself: it’s hooking you up free. As of today, Virtual PC is free, but only for Windows users. This is in keeping with Microsoft’s virtualization scheme, which positions software like Virtual PC as test environments and ways to run virtual secure servers within one machine… Read More

  • Wiitube: Social Networking for the Nunchuck Set

    , so you know it’s got to be good. What’s it all about? What are the two best things in the world of technology today? Obviously it is the Nintendo Wii and Uploading Videos. So why not combine them? Oh, we did, and we got Wiitube! Clearly, niches must be filled, people. Niches must be filled! Site Read More

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  • The Full XM+Sirius Announcement Call

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=2086083982842883267&hl=en Here is the entire XM+Sirius earnings call that went out yesterday along with all of the slides. Great stuff. Why does Mel Karmazin love “best-of-breed” so much? Thanks, EarningsCast! Read More

  • The Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge

    The Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge

    Happy Mardi Gras everybody. I’ve pried myself away from our drunken debauchery for a moment to give you an update on our Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge. First of all, let me make some clarifications. Only original workspace pictures will be accepted. With that in mind, please submit more than one picture of your workspace. Multiple shots will help to ensure authenticity and to give us a… Read More

  • Crook Uses Wiimote As A Weapon

    Crook Uses Wiimote As A Weapon

    A crook in Nagoya, Japan was caught stealing an extra Wiimote in a Bic Camera store and was faced with two security guards blocking his escape route. Rather than drop the goods, throw his hands up, and surrender peacefully, the robber pulled a Wii Sports and smacked up the two guards with the Wiimote. The guards suffered broken bones and chest injuries, but that’s nothing compared to the… Read More

  • Sling Media Developing Networking Equipment

    Sling Media Developing Networking Equipment

    It seems that Sling Media is looking to break into the networking business. According to a recent forum post, Sling is working on an 85Mbps powerline networking adaptor called SlingLink Turbo. The device will be used in conjunction with Sling’s current line of Slingboxes and is set to be unveiled on February 27th. A bridge and switch combo is also being worked on by Sling and is expected to… Read More

  • Ding Dong Ding Dong Ding, Bananaphone

    Ding Dong Ding Dong Ding, Bananaphone

    Mad4MobilePhones has a cute little article on some unique vintage cellphone kits that include a rotary phone, a banana, and a Zack Morris phone. Take the Bananaphone (pictured above) for instance. This plastic, yet realistic, fruit called Banokia hooks up to a cellphone as a hands free set so you can act extremely serious whilst walking down the street with a banana held up to your ear. The Zack… Read More

  • SMS to be $67bn Industry by 2012

    A report from Portio Research is forecasting SMS revenues to reach $67 billion. The increase is mostly attributed to an expected increase in mobile subscriber base from 2.61 to 4.81 billion, sending 3.7 trillion messages. The Asian markets are expected to grow the fastest, comprising 50% of the subscriber base by 2008. SMS accounts for approximately 75-80% of carrier’s non-voice plan… Read More

  • Those Chinese Love Them Some Texting

    Those Chinese Love Them Some Texting

    If you thought your high school girlfriend sent a lot of SMSs, wait ’till you see what China is predicting. The Xinhua news agency said Monday that it expects over 14 billion text messages to be sent during the Lunar New Year. Keep in mind, this is just during one week! China Unicom and China Mobile have both adjusted their networks to compensate for the increase in traffic. Plus, with over… Read More

  • Running Over the Nokia N76 With a Limo

    The boys at MobileBurn ran over a Nokia N76 just to see what would happen. The result? Not a scratch and nary a crack. Pretty cool. Read More

  • TXTDrop.com: Free SMS

    TXTDrop.com: Free SMS

    In the spirit of AllCallsForFree or whatever that latest Iowa free international number is, TXTDrop is offering free SMS calls. No catch, just a little added tag at the end of the message advertising the service. There’s even an OS X widget and the mandatory Web 2.0 logo. Give it a go — while its still free. Web Page Read More

  • Union Square Ventures funds Adaptive Blue

    Union Square Ventures funds Adaptive Blue

    Semantic web Firefox plug-in provider Adaptive Blue announced today that the company has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Union Square Ventures.  The company’s product, called Blue Organizer, is a tagging and search tool with an incredible array of features and a focus on parsing the semantic meaning of web pages it interacts with.  Union Square Ventures is most well known… Read More