• China’s Handset Shipment Growth to slow this Year

    Handset shipments from manufacturers based in China grew greatly in 2007, moving 229 million units for the year. This growth is 76% over the 2006 numbers of 130 million handsets shipped. According to iSuppli Corp this growth rate will slow down dramatically in 2008. It is predicted that around 274 million units will reach the market from China, which means a growth of nearly 20%. These… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $100 credit with the purchase of a Playstation 3

    Seems pretty straight forward. A Blu-ray player that will never get dated and a console that will likely stay on store shelves for years to come. Might as well. Click here Read More

  • Microsoft wants Windows Mobile on Nokia phones

    [photopress:n95wm.jpg,full,right] From what I understand, Nokia cellphones are among the best out there and Windows Mobile is among the worst mobile OS’s out there. So it totally makes sense for Microsoft to put pressure on the Finnish corp to release Windows Mobile phones. Microsoft wants Nokia to move in order to extend “synergies.” And for no reason, here’s the… Read More

  • Activision makes tons of loot in '07, 2008 looks even better

    It was a good year for Activision thanks to strong sales of Guitar Hero III and Call of Duty 4 through the holiday months, which helped rake in $1.48 billion dollars. As their fiscal year comes to a close next month, what can we expect from Activision Blizzard? For one thing, the Tony Hawk line is getting a major overhaul because they now have a legitimate contender from EA’s Skate. Read More

  • Samsung finds some Soul with latest Ultra Edition handset

    Joining Samsung’s ever popular Ultra Edition series is the Soul, which is an abbreviation of “The Spirit of Ultra.” Everyone wants to appeal to the fashion forward or style-conscious consumer these days and admittedly the phones are getting much prettier, but do you really have to say that’s who you’re targeting? Hate to tell you, but the Soul will only be… Read More

  • Online ad rates in the UK are plummeting. This model is broken

    According to a recent opinion piece on E-Consultancy, the online marketing community, with vast amounts of online advertising inventory available due to the rise of broadband, increased competition, dropping response rates and a limitless supply page impressions, many online media owners – and that includes web startups trying to sell advertising – are seeing their display… Read More

  • Motorola attempts to blow minds with new WiMAX hardware and a poor man's Keanu Reeves

    Hell yeah. This guy knows the score. He’s standing in the middle of a busy metropolitan street as debris blows around behind him. Debris uprooted by Motorola’s super-fast WiMax devices, no doubt. How very green of you, Moto. Thrill to the speed of the “CPEi 750″ WiMax router with data and VOIP ports, run wild with the “200” PC card for notebooks, and sit… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Timbuk2 'Commute' bag for $40 at REI

    Hey-o. Looking for a new computer bag? This Timbuk2 number is $60 off. It’s available in black or “moss” from REI for $39.83, down from $100. These are popular bags so I’d not expect to see them last long at this price. Timbuk2 Commute Computer Bag [REI] via dealnews Read More

  • Microsoft To Acquire Ustream.tv For $50 Million?

    Ustream.tv is said to be in advanced talks with Microsoft to be acquired for $50 million, according to a report from Valleywag. Given it’s very early morning as the post goes live we are unable to put calls in to confirm the deal, but might have more later. Ustream.tv is one of the first wave of live streaming service providers that includes companies such as Justin.tv, Blogtv and Mogulus. Read More

  • Internet Cables And Sharks With Laser Beams On Their Heads

    In case you missed the news, internet cables serving the Middle East have had a rough week, with anywhere up to five major cables being cut over the last week. CrunchGear has been following the whole story, but we’ve not covered it until now because internet cables being cut isn’t as an irregular occurrence as you might think. Many of the companies behind these cables are… Read More

  • Court Finds That Trolls Can Remain Anonymous

    A California court has found that trolls are protected by the first amendment and are entitled to anonymity. The ruling comes despite previous cases where trolls have been arrested (be it once they have been disclosed) and hearings in other courts. The court reversed a previous decision that would have allowed Lisa Krinsky, COO of a Florida based drug service SFBC, to subpoena 10 anonymous… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Trail of Hot Dogs Edition

    Guitar Rising: Like Guitar Hero but for real guitars
    Seamour Sheep: Um, a USB sheep lamp. Right.
    What is Buzz My Goat?
    Competitive eating, coming to a console near you
    Rainbow Six Vegas PS3 Casemod: Tactical Pandora Diorama Theory 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. Jay Garmon on Tech Republic: Giant robots are stupid. CrunchGear: STFU I stand by my smack talk, gear nerds. You and your anime-spewin’, Asimo-tossin’ Japanese techpeddlers don’t scare me. Also, love the site, and thanks… Read More

  • Farecast Now Offers International Flight Price Predictions

    Seattle based Farecast, a service that predicts and guarantees airline prices, has expanded its reach outside of the United States, with international coverage in key markets. Farecast, which launched in May 2006, tries to predict flight price changes for consumers so they know whether to buy now or wait. In late 2006 they added guarantees, effectively allowing consumers to buy insurance… Read More

  • Ballmer Confirms Yahoo Brand Will Live On, MSN The Likely Casualty

    We’ve speculated previously that Microsoft would retain the Yahoo brand, but until now its been a well educated guess. In a BusinessWeek article, Steve Ballmer now confirms it, saying simply that “Yahoo, the brand, will live.” It’s a decision that will come at a cost, because it leaves Microsoft with three brands where it should only really have one, but can at… Read More

  • Nokia N96 details surface from German webmaster

    Rather than dribble on, let’s take a look at the specs for the upcoming N96. Sound good? Read More

  • Yahoo Board To Determine Fate Of Company Today

    Sources have indicated to us that Yahoo has scheduled a special board of directors meeting on Friday to determine, effectively, the fate of the company. After a week of hectic negotiating, it’s clear that no one is going to step in with a competing acquisition offer to what Microsoft put on the table last Friday – $31 per share. Softbank, the last real chance for a competing bid… Read More

  • The Orientation: Digital Light Processing

    This week’s Orientation will be focused on digital light processing aka DLP. The technology has been around for 21 years, but it hasn’t hit the mainstream until the last couple years. It’s a trademark owned by Texas Instruments. Its main purpose, in the beginning, was a way to project images from a monitor onto a large screen, which doesn’t stray too far from what we use… Read More

  • Yahoo Live Fails To Scale


    Yahoo launched its live streaming service Yahoo Live today, the first major internet company to enter the live streaming space against startups like Justin.tv, Blogtv, Mogulus and others, and the results can be seen in the screenshot above. If we were putting together a report card on Yahoo Live, day one would simply read FAIL. The idea of Yahoo getting into live streaming isn’t a bad one. Read More

  • Toshiba's tiny 8GB mp3 player is GyaO-tiful


    I’m not sure what’s up with the name, but this is a cool-looking little gadget. It’s from Toshiba (like this other little guy with a digital TV tuner inside) and it costs about $300. It costs the same as an 8GB iPod Touch, but it’s a little smaller (for good or ill) and obviously doesn’t sport the same touchy interface. It’s got wi-fi, runs a version of… Read More

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