• Universal Will Still Supply Apple With Music

    Universal Will Still Supply Apple With Music

    The other day, people started getting freaky because Universal Music Group stated it was not renewing its iTunes contract with Apple. Everyone, myself included, took it as a sign that UMG would be pulling out of iTunes altogether and that millions of available songs would be lost forever. Luckily, that’s not the case. After realizing the public flipped out about the statement… Read More

  • 8GB iPhone Costs Apple $265.83

    8GB iPhone Costs Apple $265.83


    According to iSuppli Corp, who are experts at figuring out exactly how much consumer electronics cost companies to build, the bill for the components that make up Apple’s 8GB iPhone comes to $265.83–a profit margin of about 55 percent. Of course, that doesn’t include important things like marketing and advertising costs, R&D costs, royalties, and licensing fees, all of… Read More

  • My Weekend With iPhone: It Kicks Ass, With Room To Kick More Later

    My Weekend With iPhone: It Kicks Ass, With Room To Kick More Later

    There is an irony to the fact that there are companies who make their living turning out crappy phones model after model, and then someone like Apple comes in and shows them how it’s done. The iPhone just might live up to the hype, but it’s not perfect. Yet. I’ve been using the iPhone for the better part of a day. It arrived here at CrunchGear HQ at 9:41 AM. I’m the kind… Read More

  • Contra 4 Poster Appears In Magazine

    Contra 4 Poster Appears In Magazine

    I’m pretty sure there are more people reading Cat Anus Weekly than Nintendo Power, though I could be wrong on that one. However, this month’s Power revealed an awesome, gigantic Contra 4 poster complete with Bill and Lance ready to kick some mutant ass. However, Konami’s penchant for buff dudes from 1980s films is seriously getting out of control. Look at the dude on the… Read More

  • FCC Approves HP Compaq 2710p Tablet PC

    FCC Approves HP Compaq 2710p Tablet PC

    The HP Compaq 2710p aka Optimator, not to be confused with Optimus Prime, tablet has finally been approved by the FCC after months of speculation. The ultra-thin tablet includes the following specs: Read More

  • AIRcable Extends Bluetooth Range To 20 Miles

    AIRcable Extends Bluetooth Range To 20 Miles


    Supposedly this $129 dongle will bump the average 30 foot range of Bluetooth to an astonishing 20 miles. Although the included hardware will do just fine at about half a mile, it looks like you are going to need a pretty serious external antenna to reach the advertised range. With ten times the transmission power of a regular Bluetooth transmitter, the possibilities are endless. Use on… Read More

  • HOW TO: Use Your iPhone Without Activation

    Hickey’s video of the iPhone I use T-Mobile, though I can leave anytime I want. But because of this, I’ve been debating heavily about the iPhone for months. Is it worth it? There’s no way I can even use it or try it out unless it’s activated? These questions have plagued me and now thanks to TUAW, I can put them to rest. Seems a workaround has been discovered that… Read More

  • LG, YouTube to Make a Crazy Cellphone Together

    LG, YouTube to Make a Crazy Cellphone Together

    LG and YouTube have JOINED FORCES to bring to a wanting world a cellphone that works natively with the video-sharing Web site. To be unveiled in the second half of the year in Europe (maybe something is blocking the phone’s release here in America?), the phone will let users record, upload and view videos right from the handset. You know, it’s bad enough sitting at home and… Read More

  • BSA Offers $1 million Reward for Pirates, New CG Contest Announced!

    BSA Offers $1 million Reward for Pirates, New CG Contest Announced!


    While we here at CG don’t condone piracy, we’re always trying to find new and interesting businesses and individuals who might pirate video games and applications. To that end, we’re offering a special CrunchGear Medal of Piracy Honor, available to any and all companies or individuals who make their living by pirating software or use pirated software within their organizations. Read More

  • Forza 2 Car Painting Feature Abuse: Some People Have Too Much Freedom

    Forza 2 Car Painting Feature Abuse: Some People Have Too Much Freedom


    Forza 2 is a 360 game that lets you build and paint your own cars and race them within the game. Fair enough. Unfortunately, some gamers have taken it upon themselves to create Nazi-themed roadsters and other patently racist crap. While everyone has a right to free speech, stuff like this just ruins the 360 experience and breeds ignorance and contempt. I don’t think they should censor… Read More

  • AT&T Says It's Fixed All iPhone Activation Glitches

    AT&T Says It's Fixed All iPhone Activation Glitches

    As you know, several people ran into problems activating their iPhone over the weekend, including our very own Matt Hickey. AT&T now says that it’s fixed the problem, one that affected approximately 2 percent of all iPhone buyers. (Or, doing a little math, about 10,000 customers.) AT&T attributed the activation problems to the large volume of people trying to simultaneously… Read More

  • Amie Street Celebrates First Birthday: Free Music For TechCrunch Readers

    Amie Street, one of our favorite new music distribution services (SellABand is up there, too), turns one year old today – we first wrote about them last year a couple of weeks after launching. Amie Street’s business model is dead simple – Artists upload their music for download on the site. Users download songs, with the starting price at free. When downloads pick up for… Read More

  • LG to Get YouTube

    LG to Get YouTube

    Later this year, select LG phones will allow users to shoot and upload video directly to YouTube. Of course we all know that video shot on cell phones spells quality. Did I say ‘quality’? I meant ‘empowerment.’ LG has also come to terms with both Google and Yahoo for their email services plus Google Maps and Yahoo Messenger. Check with your carrier to find out which… Read More

  • Google Makes FeedBurner Services Free

    Google Makes FeedBurner Services Free

    FeedBurner has ceased charging for two premium features following their acquisition by Google in May. FeedBurner Stats PRO, a service that provides detailed statistics including subscriber numbers, item clickthrough tracking, podcast downloads and aggregate item uses amongst other features, becomes free. FeedBurner MyBrand, a service that allows users to control the URL of feeds is now free… Read More

  • iPhone Vulnerabilities: The Password is "Dottie"

    iPhone Vulnerabilities: The Password is "Dottie"

    Hackers and security researchers have already found a nice collection of vulnerabilities in the iPhone, including an overflow issue in Safari that could allow unsigned code to infect the phone. The best vulnerabilities, however, are the two passwords found in the firmware that let applications run as root: Among the advances made to date, hackers have discovered the password the iPhone requires… Read More

  • A Way To Improve Digg's Data

    A Way To Improve Digg's Data

    Richard MacManus writes about one of his frustrations with Digg – poorly created links that don’t give do a story justice. Once a particular link is added to Digg, there is no way for the submitter or anyone else to edit and improve it. Sometimes this is done negligently or in a desire to post first; sometimes it is done maliciously to effectively block a story on Digg. Either way… Read More

  • GrandCentral Acquired By Google: Please Don't Take Away My Free Really Good Voicemail!

    GrandCentral Acquired By Google: Please Don't Take Away My Free Really Good Voicemail!

    My family is a GrandCentral family. We’re all like “Hey, honey, GrandCentral me!” and my wife is all like “I just GrandCentralled your mother. And your son just GrandCentralled in his diaper.” That’s how we roll. We love the service, which is part secretary, part answering machine, and part forwarding service. Check it out. When I signed up, they were giving… Read More

  • PatentMonkey: Local.com Proudly Announces Patent for "Enhanced Directory Assistance"

    PatentMonkey: Local.com Proudly Announces Patent for "Enhanced Directory Assistance"

    Local.com (NASDAQ: LOCM) announced today the issuance of a patented technology for paid search results provided in response to a request for directory assistance. The company hopes to tap into mobile and voice application paid search market using a pay per referral model. Local.com says this complements its recently received location based search technology. Details, and a bit of commentary… Read More

  • MobilePet myPhone: Virtual Pets For the iPhone

    MobilePet myPhone: Virtual Pets For the iPhone

    Mobile gaming portal Cellufun has launched its newest game, “MobilePet myPhone”, a virtual pet game for the iPhone and other mobile phone users. MobilePet myPhone allows users to care for, play with and feed a virtual pet. Users must keep the virtual pet from getting sick, from feeling neglected and must “avoid visits to the virtual computer store for repair”. Read More

  • LG To Develop YouTube Phone

    LG To Develop YouTube Phone

    Korean electronics giant LG has signed an agreement with Google to develop a YouTube focused mobile phone. LG said the model would allow users to upload, view and share video clips without the need to use a computer. The 3G phone will be offered first in Europe in the second half of this year. Apple received a lot of attention earlier this year when they announced a deal with Google to… Read More