• Attack of the Clones: Garrison Carida of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion

    The Garrison Carida members of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion are a dedicated and crazy bunch, but in a good way. Aside from their normal appearances at events like this one at the FI, they also do a ton of community service around the area like handing out toys during the holidays and visiting sick little kids at local hospitals. It’s a tight knit group that makes all their own costumes… Read More

  • 'Building Communities and Augmented Reality' Star Wars exhibit

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf This was a rather interesting section of the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. From our press materials; “Visitors build a spaceport, moisture farm community and walled Jawa town. Placing cards on a table – the physical landscape –… Read More

  • Meteorite chunk about 300 pounds, 5 billion years old

    Here’s a large, dense chunk of the meteor that hit near present-day Flagstaff, Arizona roughly 50,000 years ago. It’s on display at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and, according to Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, is older than Earth itself. It’s not a gadget, sure, but in the hopes that some of our readers’ interests cross over into the space and astronomy… Read More

  • Epic Duel: Anakin vs. Obi-Wan

    I know you can watch the video of the fight, but I thought I’d include the photos as well. These guys were really, really good and I could have sworn that the character actor playing Anakin was Hayden Chistensen. Enjoy the gallery. Be sure to stop by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and check out the exhibit for yourself. It runs until May 4th. Want to know why it ends that day? Read More

  • SE unveils Xperia brand with X1

    Launched at MWC is the Xperia line and with it comes the X1. A Windows Mobile device that isn’t fully WinMo with a 3-inch display, QWERTY keyboard, 3.2-megapixel camera with AF, optical joystick navigation, aGPS, Wi-Fi and Xperia panels. From what I can glean from the press release, it appears that the Xperia panels are much like Expose on a Mac or Flip3D on Vista. Biggs will have… Read More

  • TipJoy – A Better Tip Jar For Content

    The idea of a “tip jar” on blogs and other content sites to help bring in a few extra dollars has been around for years. Donations and payouts are generally made through PayPal, and there are a number of plugins for various blogging platforms to make the process easier. New Y Combinator startup TipJoy is designed to make it even easier to get people to click that tip button. Read More

  • Two new bags from Crumpler

    Crumpler bags are often better known for their fun Aussie looks; confoundingly silly names; and playfully obtuse catalogue descriptions; than they are for their pure functionality to photographers. While that doesn’t change a lot with their latest offerings from PMA 2008, they’re still fun bags (hee-hee) nonetheless and that’s important too, ya know? On the one hand… Read More

  • SE Z770: wicked fast clamshell

    The Z770 clamshell features a 2-megapixel camera with 2.5x digital zoom, video viewing, stereo Bluetooth, UMTS/HSDPA/GSM/GPRS connectivity, FM radio and the ability to tether to your laptop. It boasts 8.5 hours of talktime and works with Exchange ActiveSync for push e-mail from work. Seems like a standard clamshell with a 2.2-inch screen and Google Maps for Mobile built-in. No word on when it… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson officially announces W980 aka Alona

    Today at MWC Sony Ericsson officially announced the Alona, which will be sold under the W980 moniker. The latest Walkman phone brings 8GB of internal storage, superior sound quality, which is supposed to be true to the original recording. Also built-in is an FM transmitter that allows you to send whatever you’re listening to to any other device that has an FM receiver. That’s a… Read More

  • Liveblogging the Sony Ericsson announcement

    Going to try to Cover the Sony Ericsson press conference Live today for all you Sunday morning S-E lovers. Stay tuned.
    CoverItLive died. Click the jump for text liveblogging. Read More

  • Ex-CNETer Launches Iminta

    San Francisco Iminta launches into private beta on Tuesday. Like a number of other startups, you tell the service the various social networks where you have accounts (delicious, flickr, YouTube, Lastfm, etc.) and the service creates a master list of everything you are up to on those sites. Your friends can then subscribe to your master feed, and/or you to theirs. There are other services that… Read More

  • CrunchGear Live: Sony Ericsson Press Conference

    For you Sunday-morning gadget hounds out there, CrunchGear is liveblogging the Sony Ericsson announcement at Mobile World Congress 2008. See it Live Read More

  • The Futility of Fighting Media "Pirates"—How MediaDefender Got Hacked

    As if we needed yet more evidence that trying to fight piracy is a futile exercise, just look at the case of a company called MediaDefender. The company acts on behalf of media companies to monitor and sabotage the sharing of movies, music, and video games on peer-to-peer networks. It seeds BitTorrent, for instance, with fake files to try to make P2P file-sharing a hassle and annoyance. … Read More

  • MAXRoam: It's what's for dinner

    Just a quick note to mention that MAXRoam.com is a really great service. Essentially it’s a reduced rate pre-paid SIM card that lets you add multiple numbers to the same SIM. For example, I now have a SIM card with four international numbers in Spain, Poland, Germany, and the US and they all work seamlessly in almost any phone. It basically lets locals call you at local rates and you… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Samsung Soul

    [photopress:IMG_1116.JPG,full,pp_image] Got a moment to play with the Samsung Soul and I’m really please with the initial screens — everything works very well through the haptic directional pad and the screen is very crisp and bright. It has a 5-megapixel camera and will be coming out on Vodafone in Europe, no word yet about a US launch. Obviously this is “just another… Read More

  • Palm's advertising plan in Europe: Kinda mean

    I’m all for a little snark in advertising. Heck, if it weren’t for snark I’d be out of a job. But I saw this on a sign here at MWC last night and I kind of think it’s really mean. It says: I know it’s last minute, but my other friends have blown me out and I’m so desperate that, as a last resort, I thought I’d see what you losers ;) were up to Who is… Read More

  • Hello from sunny Barcelona

    Hola from charming Espana. I’m here at the Mobile World Congress and just got out of a quick meeting with Samsung. Look for more goodies tonight from Sony-Ericsson and ShowStoppers along with a picture of my distended intestines, brought low by tapas and Estrella beer. I’m currently in and out of Wi-Fi and phone range so if you need to contact me SMS me at +972543563127. Merci! Read More

  • uTest Now Open for Business: Get Paid to Find Software Bugs

    It’s open bug hunting season over at uTest which is rolling out its QA marketplace and community. The startup is trying a crowdsourcing approach to testing software bugs. Anyone can sign up to test software and make some cash. uTest estimates that its testers will be able to rake in anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per month, depending on tester-expertise and… Read More

  • On the ground at MWC 2008

    Just got onto the Mobile World Congress grounds and will be posting here — on the service side — and on CrunchGear [RSS] for gadgets and phones. I’ll try do lots of cross-posting but expect some juicy Mobile 2.0 news soon. If you need to contact me, SMS me at +972543563127 or email john@crunchgear dot com. The meet-up is still on Wednesday at 6pm, location TBD. Merci! Read More

  • MAXRoam: Easy international roaming with a SIM card

    Just a quick note to mention that MAXRoam.com is a really great service. Essentially it’s a reduced rate pre-paid SIM card that lets you add multiple numbers to the same SIM. For example, I now have a SIM card with four international numbers in Spain, Poland, Germany, and the US and they all work seamlessly in almost any phone. It basically lets locals call you at local rates and you… Read More

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