• So Long CableCARD, Here Comes DTCP-IP

    What if you could plug your klunky, rented Comcast DVR box into your home network and stream its recorded and on-demand content to the computer in the other room? Well you’ll soon be able to do that thanks to a new standard called DTCP-IP. It’s hardly a revolutionary idea, but better late than never. Read More

  • Kiplinger: "Yo, yo, yo, the iPhone is State of the Art, Son"


    Note: Fish is not real Kiplinger, the personal finance magazine, just dropped a red-hot review of the Apple “iPhone,” a new phone from an up-and-coming hardware company. It might be Asia-only, but they pulled a Fat Joe on this thing, saying it’s the best phone money can buy. Read More

  • Creative Travelsound i50: When You Shuffle Isn't Big Enough

    The TravelSound iS0 is an odd Shuffle speaker dock that basically makes the Shuffle into a something as big as an iPod. Why? I don’t know but does seem to offer us a nice tall glass of WTF. It’s Asia-only right now — about $69 — and probably won’t hit our shores for a long, long time, if ever. Creative Travelsound i50 speaker for the iPod Shuffle [Newlaunches] Read More

  • Sony Comments on Low PS3 Sales, Laughs a Little, Cries a Little


    Matt Richtel wrote a quick piece on Sony’s crowing — then cowering — this week as the NPD sales numbers placed the PS3 far below 360 and Wii. Dave Karraker, the Sony spokesman who predicted the PS3 would overtake the 360, told me that: (1) He was only wrong by a bit, and (2) NPD doesn’t provide an exact count but estimates some portions of the market and (3) No, he… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: The Final Countdown

    Just because 10 Days of CrunchGear is over doesn’t mean we don’t want you to win something great. Your goal is create a cake wishing CG a happy first birthday. I don’t care if it’s a Twinkie with a candle in it — it has to say “Happy Birthday, CG” on it. Heck, throw a little party and take pictures. We love seeing you all in action. You’ll… Read More

  • Wooden 4GB Zen Stone: If Shop Class Had Been Cool

    Alright people — Siecinski, sit down in back there — people this is a drill press. All the bits are over here in this box — dammit, Siecinski, sit down — goggles are a must. I want you guys to run a few pieces through and then we’re going to work on building giant Creative Zen Stones with 4 gigabytes of flash memory which we’ll make ourselves next week. Read More

  • War and Peace or iPhone Bill

    Prodigious iPhone users have been receiving itemized bills from AT&T that can number hundreds of pages long. And every thing is itemized. Even a small 1K text message shows up. Some bills are so large they had to be sent in boxes. The size of the bills have enraged some customers, and not just because of their cost. Paper producing trees take years to grow and if this trend continues… Read More

  • GPhone To Launch in India, Start Lining Up Now!

    In what appears to be an amalgam of rumor, innuendo, and just making shit up, Rediff India Abroad is saying that Google will launch something sometime — perhaps a fortnight from now? — in India and is in talks with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar, two of India’s most popular carriers. In what sounds like Nigerian phishing scam, it appears that Google may or may not be provide… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Audio Quality Cheapskates

    Last week I got a 16GB Creative Zen V Plus, the first flash-based MP3 player to move past the 8GB mark (aside from players with microSD card slots). And we’ll be seeing a 16GB iPod nano before the holidays. Aside from simply holding more songs, more flash means those tiny players can hold bigger and better-sounding digital files, which is right on time for the glut of DRM-free… Read More

  • Mobile Web Buyers Better than SMS Buyers?

    New research from Bango shows that consumers who buy content on the mobile web buy more content, and require less support and fewer refunds than users who buy content through Premium SMS. The mobile web also has three times as many add-on sales. This gives marketers a greater return for advertising costs. “The mobile web gives consumers a payment experience they are already familiar with… Read More

  • 84% of Americans to have Mobile Phone by 2017

    SNL Kagan, a company that provides revenue projections for various communication outlets, predicts that in the next 10 years 84% of Americans will have a mobile phone. Mobile subscriptions are supposed to grow at a rate of 3% despite the fact that the American population is only projected to grow at a modest 1% rate. This growth rate is attributed to an increase in mobile data use, including… Read More

  • MocoSpace Has Strong Growth; Race To Be MySpace For Mobile

    Forget watching the big social networks slug it out for market share. People want to take their social networks with them when they step away from the computer. That means applications have to be mobile friendly. Most of the big networks have mobile versions of their site, with stripped down functionality. Facebook has, hands down, the best mobile application if you happen to own an iPhone. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Stars of Track and Field Edition

    Sony’s Sugar Fuel Cell: Tasty, Big Electricity
    Reebok Wants You To Get Ready For The Fit, Ride Of Your Life
    Scientists Find Way To Trigger Out-of-Body Experiences
    The Futurist: Why Vizio Is Now The #1 Flat Panel Maker In The US
    VIA Announces New 1-Watt, 500MHz Processor Read More

  • Is Orkut A Social Networking Heavyweight? Comscore Says Yes.

    The upcoming Orkut redesign prompted us to check out Orkut’s page view numbers according to Comscore. U.S. Comscore data shows, as expected, barely a blip from Orkut (Facebook shown for comparison). Orkut has 425 million monthly page views compared to 15 billion for Facebook: But, wow, take a look at the worldwide Comscore numbers – Facebook doubles to 31 billion monthly page… Read More

  • Could The GPhone Be Nigh?

    Todays completely unsubstantiated rumor comes from Rediff News, a usually well respected source of news based in India. Rediff is reporting that the Google Phone is set to be launched in 2 weeks time! The GPhone is said to simultaneously launch in both Europe and the United States, with the only thing standing in Google’s way being US regulatory approval. The report goes on to claim… Read More

  • Google Teases Us, Promises A New Orkut

    We rarely mention Google’s three year old social network Orkut these days. Except to point out down time or flawed Alexa stats that suggest it is bigger than MySpace. But now some real news. Take a good look at that screen shot because Google is promising an “updated look” for the site. They are staging this to users in batches, so it may take a while to make its way to… Read More

  • Thumbalizr: A Really Good Idea, If It Worked

    Thumbalizr is a newish online image tool that allows users to take screen shots of web pages. Users can customize the dimensions of each screenshot taken, from standard sizes through to a custom option. Screen shots can consist of an entire page, or just a standard screen shot. To use Thumbalizr, users simply type the URL of the site they require a screenshot of, and hit the “thumb… Read More

  • Hitachi Hits One Terabyte: New Deskstar Hard Drive

    Holy Toledo, that’s a lot of storage for a desktop hard drive. Hitachi’s new Serial-ATA Desktar 7K1000 offers up a full terabyte of disk space (actually 931GB after some standard binary conversion trickery), 300MB/s transfer rate, 7200RPM spindle speed, and a monstrous 32MB cache. It’s not all that expensive, either — available… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

      Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Read More

  • Stat Gaming Services Come To YouTube

    The creation of automated friends and general profile gaming has been a part of MySpace for a long time now. The general idea is that by creating more friends and more data you are more likely to gain traffic for what ever it is you are ultimately trying to sell. YouTube has been fairly immune from widespread gaming to date. YouTube Friend Adders have been around for a while, but given the… Read More

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