• Top 50 Copyrighted Videos Google is Pirating

    Top 50 Copyrighted Videos Google is Pirating

    It’s no secret that the net is a multi-headed hydra of piracy. When a video gets taken down place, it often pops up somewhere else. P2P applications, torrenting, and news groups have long served up copyrighted content to those in the know. Sometimes DMCA notices are respected, other times companies get sued into oblivion (e.g Napster). However, new web sites are making it even easier… Read More

  • Gears of War PC Edition Coming Home for the Holidays

    Gears of War PC Edition Coming Home for the Holidays

    Previously reported with a launch date of “eventually”, Gears of War for the PC has been tagged with a somewhat less murky launch date of “sometime holiday season 2007″ and a street price of $50. Lest you think that this will be a straight-up Xbox 360 port, the Windows version will offer five new campaigns, three new multiplayer maps, and an extra multiplayer game scenario. Read More

  • Wii Mario Kart Comes Out in Forever Plus Infinity

    Wii Mario Kart Comes Out in Forever Plus Infinity

    For those of us who have been impatiently waiting for Mario Kart to be released on the Wii, that wait is finally over. Almost. Actually, not almost. Not even close. Nintendo announced today that Mario Kart would hit the shelves sometime in the first quarter of 2008. What?! That’s in, like, a billion years. I’ll be old and grizzled by then. By 2008, I’ll probably have my… Read More

  • SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: Bern, The Only Helmet You'll Ever Need

    SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: Bern, The Only Helmet You'll Ever Need

    Bern is a small time outfit doing big, big things in the helmet world and CrunchGear always roots for the little guy. Bern made a name for themselves at the Torino Olympics when team rider Seth Wescott won the Olympic Gold in Snowboardcross. Umm, OK? He was sporting a Bern lid that had a baseball-cap-like bill that is so damn cool. What’s great about Bern is that you only need to get… Read More

  • Nintendo's New Zapper: Hotness

    Nintendo's New Zapper: Hotness

    Nintendo today at E3 dropped a couple new hardware accessories for the popular Wii, including a steering wheel for Mario Cart, and a new Zapper. For those who might be too young to recall, the original NES Action System shipped with the original Zapper, which you used for Duck Hunt, and that’s about it. But Duck Hunt was great fun, and the Zapper became iconic. We’re hoping that… Read More

  • TVtrip's Multimedia Hotel Directory Gets $4.8 Million

    TVtrip's Multimedia Hotel Directory Gets $4.8 Million

    A month after launch, TVtrip has secured another round of financing from Benchmark’s European Branch, Balderton, and Partech, which will be announced tomorrow. Along with the financing they’ve also expanded their directory of hotel videos and added some more travel executives to their board. Their directory has moved beyond London and Paris, now including Germany, Italy, and Spain. Read More

  • SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: Hands On With Orage

    SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: Hands On With Orage

    I took a few minutes to talk to the folks at Orage and I’m glad that I did. The gear coming out of the Canadian Ski outfit is cutting edge and stylish. Team Rider TJ Schiller’s custom jacket is decked out with some neat features that let you stash your goods instead of lugging around a pack or renting out a locker. There’s enough room in the front zip for just about… Read More

  • PSP 2: First Images Emerge

    PSP 2: First Images Emerge

    The lucky dogs over at MaxConsole somehow got their dirty, dirty hands on some leaked pics of the forthcoming PSP 2 (that’s not it pictured above), and man is it a looker! Hit the jump to see for yourself! Read More

  • New Rubik's Cube Tinier and Easier than Nicole Ritchie

    New Rubik's Cube Tinier and Easier than Nicole Ritchie

    When I was a kid, we didn’t have a lot of money. As a consequence of this, when there was a highly popular ’80s toy I wanted, I would get the cheap discount store knock off. I have fond memories of my Megatorn and Optimas Prame action figures, not to mention Ha-Men and Skullater. I also had the not-quite-Rubik’s cubes. My favorite was a pyramid that wasn’t so much a… Read More

  • SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: Spyder's Liquid Armor Suit

    SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: Spyder's Liquid Armor Suit

    Spyder, as they usually do, had some pretty wicked stuff on display, but I was drawn to the d3o ‘liquid armor’ suit. I know the technology isn’t new, but it’s still cool to see it being integrated into performance clothing like the ladies d3o Freeryde armored suit, picture after the jump. If you’re a racer then the d3o suits could save your forearms from nasty… Read More

  • SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: RECCO, Avalanche Rescue System

    SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: RECCO, Avalanche Rescue System

    RECCO is an avalanche rescue system that’s used by more than 500 rescue organizations around the world. The RECCO reflector, pictured above, is fully integrated into the latest snow/ski gear, and in the unfortunate case you’re trapped under an avalanche you’ll e rescued a lot sooner. The RECCO system utilizes harmonic radar between the detector and reflector, which gives… Read More

  • Belkin N1 Vision Router Available Later This Month

    Belkin N1 Vision Router Available Later This Month

    Belkin’s N1 Vision wireless router has recently been announced and if you’re the type of supergeek who likes speedometers, bandwidth usage meters, and other various readables, you’re gonna love this router. That is, of course, if you can stomach the $199 it’ll take to buy this thing when it comes out later this month. If you can, you’ll enjoy some drafty… Read More

  • DemystifyingDigital: New & Easy Camcorders

    DemystifyingDigital: New & Easy Camcorders

    DemystifyingDigital is a new feature written by Dan Havlik, editor of DemystifyingDigital.com If you’ve ever seen the return rate on digital camcorders at Best Buy you’d know that they are some of the most frustratingly difficult gadgets to use. That’s all beginning to change though with the growing popularity of new recording formats including DVD-based camcorders and… Read More

  • Versionate's Wiki End Run Around Google Docs

    Y Combinator’s second company of the summer season, Versionate, launches today. It is a document-driven wiki product – upload just about any kind of file (office docs, images, whatever) and Versionate will create an editable, wiki-like page with version and access controls. Versionate is a distant cousin to another Y Combinator company, Scribd, which allows users to upload and… Read More

  • SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: Hands On With OGIO

    SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: Hands On With OGIO

    The SIA show is something I’ve been looking forward to for a few months, while it isn’t the Surf Expo, the Summer Snowdown will quench my outdoorsy action sport needs. There was a ton of cool stuff that I’ll be throwing down as quickly as my phalanges will let me, so stay tuned because there’s something for everyone ranging from gear bags to liquid armored… Read More

  • Rumor: Taiwan's Wintek to Supply iPod Touchscreens

    Rumor: Taiwan's Wintek to Supply iPod Touchscreens

    Although declining to comment, Taiwanese electonics manufacturer Wintek has allegedly been chosen to supply the touchscreens for the still-rumored new video iPods shipping this fall. This information comes from sources along Wintek’s supply chain and the fact that Wintek cited customer confidentiality as the reason for not commenting on the matter might be a good sign that it’s… Read More

  • Philadelphia Reader Meetup & Blogging Conference

    Philadelphia Reader Meetup & Blogging Conference

    Tomorrow is Thursday, which marks the start of the two-day BlogPhiladelphia conference in Philadelphia, PA. I’ll be speaking tomorrow at 9:30am on a panel and it should be a lot of good, clean fun. Afterwards, anyone in NJ, DE, or PA who wants to meet up is more than welcome to. I figured we could all meet at a bar and have some drinks, talk tech, etc. If you’re interested, shoot me… Read More

  • New Face-Recognizing Cameras in August

    New Face-Recognizing Cameras in August

    Samsung has just announced two upcoming digital cameras dubbed the L730 and L830. The cameras will be 7-megapixels and 8-megapixels, respectively, and will feature Samsung’s Intelligent Face Recognition — a new type of technology that automagically identifies and focuses in on people’s faces. Video capture mode will operate in four different quality settings ranging from 320… Read More

  • The Tastiest Video Game You'll See All Day

    The Tastiest Video Game You'll See All Day

    Meet Mario. He’s a plumber who picks up random coins he finds and sits around all day taking mushrooms and picking fights with some dude named Bowser. That Mario can be sort of a deadbeat. This Mario can be very delicious. You see, he’s a Mario made out of individual cupcake squares with flavored frosting. He is delicious (and certainly not nutritious), just the way we like… Read More

  • Kenwood Introduces Two Standalone SACD Players

    Kenwood Introduces Two Standalone SACD Players

    Though SACD isn’t the most popular format, it certainly has its fans. And that’s pretty much all you need to sell a product. The product and people who want to buy your product – it’s all quite simple. Kenwood’s X-Z7 and X-Z9 SACD players pack updated features and a lot of power. Both players feature WMA and MP3 compatibility, meaning you can just burn a CD full… Read More