• Future N-Gage Platform to Feature I-play Games

    Nokia’s new N-Gage platform, which launches this fall, will feature game entertainment from the fun people at I-Play. The first available games from I-play will be, World Rally Championship, and Super Mah Jong. As the importance and profitability of games gets realized in the mobile industry, more device launches are bound to be tied with entertainment software. “I-play brings… Read More

  • Rumor: iPod Nano Gets Redesign, New Colors

    Well, it’s been 11 months since we’ve seen a new nano and there’s a bit of news, albeit from the rumor mill, about the new nano that is set to drop some time before the end of the year, possibly at the Apple Expo in Paris. The above chop photoshop job from 9 to 5 Mac is obviously not the real thing, but the new redesign will entail a screen that takes up half of its facade. Read More

  • Wireless Contracts Ironclad but Starting to Rust

    The Washington Post reported that Corey Taylor of Chicago was sick of his wireless provider’s poor service. He didn’t want to pay the $175 early termination fee so Taylor’s sickness became terminal. With the help of a friend, his mobile phone provider received a forged death certificate. “I thought, ‘What have I got to lose, besides a cell phone I… Read More

  • Google Takes Stake In Tianya.cn

    Google has acquired a stake in Chinese social portal Tianya.cn. Tianya.cn offers a variety of services including user blogs, classifieds, photo hosting, news, sports news and University information. The site is ranked as the 63rd most popular website in China according to Alexa. As reported August 17, Google stated its intention to acquire 1 or 2 China focused internet companies and invest in… Read More

  • GrandCentral's "One Number For Life" Not Really

    So much for GrandCentral’s “one number for life” promise. The company is turning off customer phone numbers and giving them new ones following their acquisition by Google last month. Troy Schneider received such a notice, advising him that in 8 days his GrandCentral number would be canceled and that he would be required to immediately start using a new number allocated to him. Read More

  • Windows Users Caused Skype Outage

    Skype has finally explained the reasons behind the 36+ hour outage of their popular P2P VOIP service last week: Windows Users. According to Skype the outage was caused by “a massive restart of our user’s computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine software update” which The Register points out was Microsoft’s… Read More

  • British Text for Pizza

    Domino’s Pizza has made it simple for the British to order pizza from the 470 outlets in the country: text it. There is no need to search for the nearest Domino’s in a directory. By texting your order, the nearest Domino’s will find you. Before this service is available, a customer has to register with Domino’s Pizza online and set up a “favorite (favourite)… Read More

  • Betting On Second Life Stock Exchanges

    After the recent ban on gambling, Second Life residents have had reduced opportunities on where spend their hard earned (or bought) Lindens (the Second Life in-world currency). The world of share trading, regarded by some to be actually worse than gambling, has started to make its presence felt in Second Life. I went undercover (see picture) to see if good money could be made. First… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Pizza Delivery Edition

    THE Helio Fin Review
    Telescoping Fork: What Yogi Uses During Football Season
    OMG, Text 4 Ur Pizza? LMAO!
    Mix Tape USB: Totally Retro Awesome
    Dragon’s Lair for HD DVD Now Available Read More

  • Zivity: Silicon Valley Elite Dabble in Adult Content

    Porn is big business, and the industry has been quick to adapt by copying successful features of new consumer Internet sites. But one thing we haven’t seen until now: respected Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors taking a direct interest in funding or running these sites. The potential payoff from a successful adult site is clearly too high for Silicon Valley to continue to ignore… Read More

  • What Ever Happened To GDrive?

    Google Blogscoped points to a Google video created by a Google employee (now private) that shows the Gdrive Platypus icon overlaid with the lyrics, “I’ve been ready to launch my product since 2002 … At least round here 5 years ain’t so long overdue.” Philipp Lenssen suggests that perhaps Google’s online storage solution might have been canceled, but not… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Last Call for Birthday Fun

    Just a reminder: our red hot Red Sky party is still on. We’ll be meeting on the 20th at 7pm and we’ll have some great giveaways. If you’ve sent an RSVP to either party@crunchgear.com or on the Facebook group, then you and all your guests are accounted on the list and you’ll be entered in the giveaway drawings. Click through to read the specifics. IF YOU RECEIVED AN… Read More

  • Amazon Leaks Canon 40D Specs

    Looks like Amazon pulled another blooper with the Canon EOS 40D. Eagle-eyed shoppers found a page stating that the camera would drop September 20th for $1,299 (body only). It still has a 10-megapixel sensor but they’ve also found out that it will have a 3-inch display and a new 802.11b/g transmitter add-on called the WFT-E3A. Full specs after the jump. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Pinnacle PCTV To Go Wireless


    It’s down to the wire now and we still how some red-hot prize to give away. It’s a Sunday, so lets drop a quick Pinnacle PCTV To Go Wireless on y’all and call it a day. What is it? Simply plug Pinnacle PCTV To Go into your video, satellite or digital cable TV source—run the set-up wizard and you are ready to watch your favorite TV shows, sporting events, movies, news… Read More

  • Nokia in Trade Dispute with Chip Maker Qualcomm

    The world’s largest mobile phone maker, Nokia, has asked the United States to ban imports of chipsets made by Qualcomm Inc., along with phones and other products made with those chipsets. Nokia has told the International Trade Commission that the San Diego based company Qualcomm has not properly compensated Nokia for its technology. As the mobile phone industry grows and provides… Read More

  • Some People Benefited From the Skype Outage

    Alexa stats up to August 17 show a massive rise in traffic to Skype competitor Gizmo Project and a more modest rise for Grand Central at the peak of this weeks 36 hour Skype outage. The SIPphone owned Gizmo Project offers a nearly identical package to Skype, but with added features including built in recording, and cross platform compatibility. Gizmo’s traffic tripled in the space of… Read More

  • MyProgress Lets You Track Your Progress

    Vancouver based MyProgress offers a service that provides progress monitoring features (generally used in computer role playing games) for life tracking. MyProgress allows users to track their personal finances, skills, “knowledges”, wealth and health dynamics. The site tracks every piece of information users enter, from a new purchase, capital gains, an hour of photographic or… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Sony ICF-C1iP Clock Radio

    Wake Up Wake Up/On a saturday night/Could be New York/Maybe Hollywood and Vine/London, Paris maybe Tokyo/There’s something going on anywhere I go Read More

  • Telescoping Fork: What Yogi Uses During Football Season

    Have you ever gotten to the point where you’re so lazy or tired that you can’t get yourself to move from the couch to the table to get another chicken wing? Football is starting back up and I’m sure many of us will find ourselves in said situations. Well, the freeloader fork with a telescoping handle will make life much fatter easier with its 25-inch reach. You can even use it… Read More

  • IBM Releases Lotus Notes, Domino Version 8

    I very rarely use Lotus Notes and Domino because I’ve only ever used MS Outlook in an office, but I’m sure plenty of you do, so you’ll be excited, I think, to know that Version 8 has finally been released. It’s been two years in the making, but the latest version was built on the open source Eclipse platform, which means mashups can link older apps with newer apps. … Read More

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