• The Tax Man Cometh to Second Life (in Korea)

    The Tax Man Cometh to Second Life (in Korea)

    Virtual worlds like Second Life are strange creatures. The people who participate in them won’t admit to it, but they’re huge dorks. Bar none. They got picked on in school or couldn’t cut it in the Real World. So they hop online, armed only with an avatar and their keyboard. Perhaps some sort of fat-based snack as well. But online they’re kings, demigods among virtual… Read More

  • Dismantled: Inside the iPhone

    Dismantled: Inside the iPhone


    Smashy smashy! Besides the YouTube video making the “check this out!” email rounds Monday morning in which some dudes use the highly precise hammer and nail technique, others were not as lucky in their quest to make Apple fanboys cry. The folks at Smash Some Stuff missed launch date. They’re still $375 behind on their goal. Meanwhile, Smash My iPhone has only raised a… Read More

  • Frank Sinatra To Host Sirius Show

    Frank Sinatra To Host Sirius Show

    Looks like Frankie is being raised from the dead. Sirius is debuting a new weekly program called “The Chairman’s Hour” that will be hosted by Old Blue Eyes himself. Producers have meticulously collected tons of clips of Sinatra speaking and will produce a show in which Frank plays some of his tunes and talks about his work as a musician. Through the use of… Read More

  • 500,000 iPhone units sold

    500,000 iPhone units sold

    What do I do after posting about how iPhone has gotten too much coverage? I post more iPhone coverage. According to Reuters, half of Apple stores on the U.S. West Coast sold out as Apple purportedly sold 500,000 units of its trendy high-end gadget. According to TechCrunch, that amounts to $250 to $300 million in revenue. Unsurprisingly, Apple shares were up a percent before Monday’s… Read More

  • That $599 iPhone Costs $220 To Make

    That $599 iPhone Costs $220 To Make

    As a follow up on our earlier post about Apple’s $300 million iPhone weekend – January estimates guessed that Apple was making 20-50% margins on the iPhone (probably closer to 20%). New estimates, based on a tear down of a unit by Austin-based Portelligent, put the cost of components at a mere $220. This does not include the cost of final assembly. The most expensive part is the… Read More

  • Palm OS II Delayed Until 2008

    Palm OS II Delayed Until 2008

    Palm’s new Linux-based mobile operating system has just been delayed to 2008. When the system was announced in May of this year Palm claimed that devices on “OS II” would be in consumer hands by years end. Recently however, Palm’s CEO Ed Colligan was quoted saying that “Products based on the new Linux-based platform that we’re working on, that won’t… Read More

  • Over 500,000 iPhones Sold

    Over 500,000 iPhones Sold


    Tools Consumers line up at the Apple SoHo store There’s this gadget that came out this past weekend called the iPhone, right? And apparently it’s doing pretty decent in terms of sales. Mixed reports are coming in stating that either 500,000 or 525,000 have been sold. And just like the Playstation 3, most people in major cities went for the high-end 8GB model over the cheaper… Read More

  • AT&T Buys Dobson Communications

    AT&T Buys Dobson Communications

    During the extravaganzafest known as the iPhone launch, we somehow overlooked this AT&T purchase. Seems AT&T is hell-bent on becoming an absolute telecom behemoth. Now with the purchase of Dobson, which cost a whopping $5.1 billion, AT&T has now scooped up all of Cellular One’s customers. Seems the number of GSM options for consumers is quickly shrinking. To be honest though… Read More

  • iPhone Madness Decoded: It's All Very Freudian

    iPhone Madness Decoded: It's All Very Freudian

    Like many of you, I was reading lots of iPhone coverage over the weekend and I hoped for death. However, if you’d like to see the truth behind the coverage, feel free to use our Freudian Decoder to figure out what the reviewers/writers/pundits/Macbois are really saying. Yes, friends, sometimes a cigar isn’t just a cigar. iPhone Decoder Read More

  • Yahoo Launches Smart Ads

    Yahoo Launches Smart Ads

    Yahoo has announced the launch of Yahoo SmartAds, a new advertising platform that delivers tailored display ads to highly targeted audiences. The new service automatically converts creative campaign elements and offerings into highly customized and relevant display ads by delivering ads according to the Web surfer’s age, gender, location and online activities. An example given by Yahoo… Read More

  • New Laptops From Toshiba

    New Laptops From Toshiba

    Toshiba really seems to have stepped up to the plate when it comes to notebooks on both ends of the market: ultra-portable and gaming. The Portege R500 is Toshiba’s newest addition to the mobile front. Surprisingly this two pound notebook comes with an optical drive which is touted as the worlds thinnest at an impressive 7mm. Click on for more pics and specs… Read More

  • NetSuite Just Filed To Go Public

    Here’s a story that we’ve been tracking since last year – Salesforce and SAP competitor NetSuite just filed its S1 registration statement with the SEC, the first formal step in the IPO process. We previously reported that NetSuite had selected Credit Suisse as their sole banker on the IPO. It turns out they’ve added WR Hambrecht to the deal as well. We had an… Read More

  • Lindsay Lohan Has an iPhone

    Lindsay Lohan Has an iPhone

    Your obsession has been justified. Hot, potentially drunk women like the iPhone. Please use this information to your advantage.
    [Thanks, Aric!] via Perez Hilton Read More

  • Nokia N76 Review

    Nokia N76 Review


    It used to be that you could get Nokia phones in any color as long as it was dark blue. Now, however, Nokia has decided to add a little color to their staid line-up with the N76, an odd little clamshell with a beautiful 2.4-inch screen and dedicated music controls. Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Water Sports Gear For Geeks

    Great Outdoors: Water Sports Gear For Geeks

    Summer is finally here and you know what that means don’t you? What do you mean you don’t know? Don’t you think about going to the beach on a hot summer day or wakeboarding on the river or even jet skiing at the lake? It could just be me, but that’s all I think about during the winter when I’m at work and read my surf mags during lunch. Growing up in Portland… Read More

  • The Great Outdoors: A Bright, Scary Place

    It’s been three days since iDay and it’s time we all got some sun. Whether you’re ensconced in soggy, hyper-humid climes or settled comfortably in a Global Warming heat wave, we encourage you to slap on some sunscreen, read some of our outdoor gadget features, and then try to enter the great outdoors yourself. This week we’ll talk about watery fun, campingy fun, and… Read More

  • Universal Music To Apple: Adieu Perhaps?

    Universal Music To Apple: Adieu Perhaps?

    Universal Music Group (UMG) has turned down an offer to renew its contract with Apple for 2 years, instead moving to a month-to-month sales basis with Universal allegedly moving to end it’s music sales on iTunes all together. Figures published June 22 had iTunes as the 3rd largest music retailer in the United States at 9.8%. If iTunes was a bricks-and-mortar operation Universal Music… Read More

  • Tailrank Goes Blank, But Nobody Notices

    Tailrank, a news aggregator that competes with TechMeme, has been having trouble keeping up to date with the news lately. For the last few weeks at least the technology section of the site has had no news whatsoever, a complete blank. Sometime yesterday the rest of the site went blank, too. The header and footer were there but there was no news showing at all in any category. I emailed… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Whodunnit Edition

    CrunchGear Week in Review: Whodunnit Edition

    Weiner Dog Accent Lamp
    MizPee: What It Sounds Like
    iRiver Mplayer: The Mickey Mouse DAP
    Baja Motorsports 70cc Dirt Bike Review
    Parrot PARTY Portable Boom Box: Cue “Ain’t No Party” Jokes Read More

  • iPhone has a $250 – $300 Million Opening Weekend

    iPhone has a $250 – $300 Million Opening Weekend


    Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster is estimating Apple sold half a million iPhones from 6 p.m. Friday through the close of business on Sunday. With the devices going for $500 to $600, that’s around $250 to $300 million in cash changing hands, depending on the mix of 4GB and 8GB units sold. With margins on the device in the 20-50% range (probably closer to the lower end), that leaves… Read More