• CrunchArcade: How To Fix E3

    CrunchArcade: How To Fix E3


    July is almost a wrap, and it’s been two weeks since E3, and this will be the last post about the show. But we’ve had some time to think about what can be done to improve (dare we say save) the annual video game event. Let’s face it; the electronic entertainment industry needs a trade show. We in the press need to see the games, retail buyers need to see the games and… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up Report: Budapest

    CrunchGear Meet-up Report: Budapest

    Just posted some images of the CG Meet-up in Budapest. Special thanks to Matt for helping find the spot. Remember — the Warsaw Meet-up is tomorrow at 7pm at Lolek. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Beach Find Edition

    Daily Crunch: Beach Find Edition

    Toshiba Gigabeat U103: 24 Colors, Oh My
    The Horror! The Horror! Vibram’s Fivefingers of Suck
    Stop What You’re Doing and Soak In This Amazing God of War PSP Mod
    PSP Firmware Hits 3.52, Better PSone Support
    WD Upgrades My Book Line To 2TB Read More

  • Former Allofmp3.com Owner Faces Jail Time

    Former Allofmp3.com Owner Faces Jail Time

    From a consumer standpoint, Allofmp3.com was pretty close to the perfect music service — dirt cheap, easy to use, and the choice of how you wanted your music encoded. Oh, and no DRM. But mix in the RIAA, the WTO, and a couple major world governments, and you’ve got a recipe that ends up hurting consumers and potentially landing a man in jail. Read More

  • Verizon Hates Amp'd Customers, You

    Verizon Hates Amp'd Customers, You

    On my way home from dinner I decided to stop by the Verizon store below my apartment to ask about an Amp’d Motorola Q in my possession. I just wanted to know if I could port an existing Verizon number to the Q. Amp’d does piggyback on Verizon’s network, so I figured I’d get a yes. The Q&A section of Amp’d’s site states that I can take my phone to… Read More

  • Grockit Raises Cash, Prepares "Massive Multiplayer Online Learning" Product.

    Grockit Raises Cash, Prepares "Massive Multiplayer Online Learning" Product.

    When we last wrote about San Francisco based Grockit, in late 2006, they were unfunded. Their business idea of holding low-cost GMAT prep courses over Webex was just getting off the ground. Now they are funded – $2.7 million total ($2.3 million from Benchmark, $400k from angel investors Mark Pincus, Rob Lord, Reid Hoffman Thomas Ryan and others) in a Series A round was closed last month. Read More

  • Verizon Pioneers MMS Uploading…NOT!!!

    Verizon Pioneers MMS Uploading…NOT!!!

    Verizon may be able to call themselves the most reliable voice and data network in the country, but they’re certainly not the first to allow users to upload videos to YouTube via MMS. The fact that they’re releasing a press release touting such a feat is pretty ridiculous and embarrassing. Verizon, pay close attention to what I’m about to say. Helio was the first provider in… Read More

  • Sony Announces Three Premium Receivers

    Sony Announces Three Premium Receivers

    Sony is launching three A/V receivers today as part of its “Elevated Standard” (ES) line of premium gear. All three models feature iPod integration and Sony’s Digital Media Port, which allows for the addition of optional accessories like a Bluetooth receiver, a Wi-Fi adapter, or an audio dock for use with Sony’s Network Walkman line. Blu-ray compatibility is present and… Read More

  • The Story Of A Girl And Her Gaming Systems

    We’re in a fight, dear readers. I know you’re cheating on me, but just tell me what I did wrong. Are you seeing someone else? Could I have done something different to have prevented this? Fine! Whatever, you dirty whore. Be that way. Leave. See if I care!!! No. Don’t go. I can change, I promise. Just give me one more chance. Karen, call me. Read More

  • No Vista SP1 Until 2009?

    No Vista SP1 Until 2009?

    Say it ain’t so, Microsoft. Lest Vista become a waterslide away from me that takes me further every day. Say it ain’t so. Rumors are currently flying about that Vista’s first service pack (SP1) won’t be available until 2009. That’s impossible…or is it? Valleywag reports that “Microsoft has apparently told executives at one of the world’s largest… Read More

  • Sent from my iPhone—You Suck!

    Sent from my iPhone—You Suck!

    A couple days ago, our own John Biggs got an iPhone and immediately started forwarding e-mails to the rest of us from the device. John’s not known for writing much in his e-mails in general, so when the forwarded mail started arriving with the signature “Sent from my iPhone” it was all the more noticeable. And for some reason I got angry at the sight of those four… Read More

  • Toshiba Gigabeat U103: 24 Colors, Oh My

    Toshiba Gigabeat U103: 24 Colors, Oh My

    I can’t imagine needing 24 different colors for a simple DAP, but apparently Toshiba thinks otherwise. Its Gigabeat U103, which comes out today in some place called Japan, is more or less the same as last year’s model: 1GB, tiny 1.1-inch OLED display, FM radio/transmitter, etc. Standard DAP, but in 24 bold and exciting colors like red and… blue! Well, at least it’s… Read More

  • MySpace Had 4 Times the Sex Offenders Originally Reported

    MySpace Had 4 Times the Sex Offenders Originally Reported

    MySpace.com has found and deleted profiles of 29,000 convicted sex offenders, more than four times the initial 7,000 profiles they claimed in May. The numbers were discovered after MySpace turned over info detailing the offenders they had removed from the service. MySpace turned over the records after states filed a formal legal request. Carrying out such a large scale cross checking for… Read More

  • The Horror! The Horror! Vibram's Fivefingers of Suck

    The Horror! The Horror! Vibram's Fivefingers of Suck

    Sometimes when you see something, you immediately wish you could un-see it. That is where I stand with the Vibram Fivefingers sports sandals. These “shoes” are like ruggedized toe socks, with individual toes. There is no excuse for this, and by god the first person I see wearing these gets a punch to the head. Really, I’ll suffer having to see your toes as you wear flip-flops… Read More

  • New Panasonic Lumix Cameras In September

    New Panasonic Lumix Cameras In September

    Panasonic will be adding two new cameras to its Lumix line. The DMC-FX55 and DMC-FX33 will be available in September for $349.95 and $299.95, respectively, and will both include a “new Intelligent Auto Mode” comprised of a face detection system, continuous auto-focus, and an intelligent scene selector. These new cameras will also be able to shoot images at up to ISO 6400, which… Read More

  • AT&T Says Only 146,000 iPhone Activated First Weekend: Wall Street Sorta Worried

    AT&T Says Only 146,000 iPhone Activated First Weekend: Wall Street Sorta Worried

    No, this isn’t a case of Henny Penny, but AT&T’s official numbers for its second fiscal quarter didn’t exactly impress Wall Street, most notably how many iPhones were activated. AT&T says around 146,000 iPhones were activated in the two days following its introduction. Compared to reports we had read suggesting that as many as 500,000 iPhones were sold during that… Read More

  • Key Sites Offline Today; Major SF Power Outage May Be To Blame

    What Do Netflix, Technorati, Craigslist, Typepad, Vox and LiveJournal all have in common? They’re offline today, that’s what. A power outage in San Francisco has left at least 20,000 customers without electricity and might be partially to blame. These datacenters are supposed to have redundant power sources, so it may not be the entire story. If you have more info, please comment… Read More

  • Samsung, Armani Set To Produce Luxury Line

    Samsung, Armani Set To Produce Luxury Line


    The rivalry between Samsung and LG is heating up once again. LG brought out the big guns by partnering with Prada for the pinnacle in luxury phones and now Samsung is said to be in talks with Armani to produce a line of luxury goods. Market sources have confirmed that the Korean CE manufacturer and Italian designer have been in cohorts since the beginning of the year and they’re… Read More

  • The UK Says No to Over 50 Year Music Copyright

    The UK Says No to Over 50 Year Music Copyright

    The British government turned down a request by the UK music industry to extend copyright for sound recordings beyond 50 years to 70. Artists are now particularly concerned with copyright as demand for their back catalog and accompanying royalties grow. Such an extension would retain the ownership rights and royalties for artists like Cliff Richard, Paul McCartney, and their publishers. Read More

  • High-Def GPU Showdown: nVidia or ATI/AMD?

    High-Def GPU Showdown: nVidia or ATI/AMD?

    Now that GPU manufacturers are touting their ability to tackle high-def content, it’s a good idea to investigate exactly which GPUs you should spend your money on. The two main camps, nVidia and ATI/AMD, both have several GPUs on the market, at several different price points, so choosing one is quite a hassle. Thankfully, AnandTech put several GPUs to the test, seeing how they fared… Read More