• Apple's upcoming sub-notebook to cost around $1,500?

    Two things here. First, it’s being reported on CNBC that Apple’s sub-notebook that’s supposed to be launched at Macworld next month "is expected to be priced aggressively at approximately $1500," according to AppleInsider. The device will be 50% thinner than the MacBook Pro, use NAND flash memory instead of a hard drive, and "it will definitively arrive at… Read More

  • AT&T supports any cellphone in the world, is amazing, cures cancer

    Huzzah! After years of keeping its shining light under a bushel, AT&T has finally come out as the biggest, hottest multi-sexual phone carrier in all the world! Have a phone! Use it on AT&T! ConAir! Motorola! GE! An old rotary phone from Grandma’s! Hook it up to AT&Ts wireless network and get calls from Jesus and dead loved ones! That is, if you believe this hype-filled lump… Read More

  • Slacker Portable delayed, delayed again

    Aaaaaaand, I’m done. That’s enough for me, thank you. I give up. First it was the end of summer, then it was mid-December, now it’s the end of January when the Slacker Portable is supposed to ship. I have no faith that it’ll ship on that date. Sorry. I’d been waiting to buy this thing since the moment it was announced. I had custom searches and RSS feeds set up… Read More

  • CrunchGear Exclusive: Grand Opening of the W14th Street New York Apple Store


    The Grand Glass Staircase Here they are, folks: great shots from the brand new Apple store on 14th Street in Manhattan. There’s no floating apple in a big cube, but there is one of the sexiest staircases this side of the Prada store. Feast your eyes after the jump. Read More

  • OpenSocial Still "Not Open for Business"

    It’s only been about a month since Google launched OpenSocial, its development platform for social networking applications. But already developers are frustrated with how half-baked the whole thing is. Russ Whitman, the founder of MediaPops, a startup that launched at TechCrunch 40, reports to us in an e-mail: While we were initially very excited, we have learned the hard way just… Read More

  • Hands on with the Sprint Novatel Wireless Ovation U727 dongle

    Besides the AT&T Duo, I received the latest USB dongle from Novatel for Sprint’s wicked fast EV-DO Rev A. network. The U727’s most notable features are the microSD slot and GPS. Once I get this up and running I’ll have a full review. If all goes well and I hope it does, the U727 will be my workhorse for CES next month. Read More

  • DemystifyingDigital: New & Easy Printers

    DemystifyingDigital is a feature written by Dan Havlik, editor of DemystifyingDigital.com If you’re scrambling to buy a holiday gift for any of your friends with a digital camera, you can’t go wrong with a portable printer. While in the past these portables were long on cuteness but short on features and print quality, the latest models from Canon, HP, and Epson rival desktop… Read More

  • Sidekick Slide back in the saddle again at T-mo's site

    After some initial — ahem — setbacks, the Sidekick Slide is back up on T-Mobile’s web site for $199 after rebates and discounts. The major problem was caused by poor battery contacts, which seems like a simple enough fix. It’ll be interesting to see how well this device does now that it’s been pulled and then put back up for sale, though. Any current or former… Read More

  • Sprint's Wimax initiative could mean death of 'regular' cellphone service

    Since when did Sprint become part of the technological avant garde? Its investment in WiMax, what it’s branding Xohm, is beginning to pay off, with the company rolling out the wireless broadband service in D.C., Baltimore and Chicago in the coming weeks. Speeds of 2-5mbps are expected, which is more or less the typical home broadband speed, but the expected range for the signal is now… Read More

  • Post-fall update, Xbox 360 still isn't great a DVD player

    Tuesday came and went, along with it the fall update for the Xbox 360. (I would have downloaded it, but my stubborn younger brother refuses to give me my 360 back.) Microsoft lists “improved deinterlacer support for video playback,” but does this do anything to remedy the 360’s generally shoddy DVD playback? In a word, no. No it doesn’t. ExtremeTech points out that the… Read More

  • Hands on with the Pantech Duo

    After a dreadful day of sitting on the couch, sleeping on the couch and playing Assassin’s Creed from the couch since I was under the weather yesterday, I return to the CrunchGear/TechCrunch office to find a UPS box waiting for me. What could it be?! Yeah, I know you already know since it’s blatantly obvious in the headlines but bear with me. So what I have here is the Duo, which… Read More

  • Windows XP being ported to XO Laptop


    Photo from this guy’s Flickr. Microsoft is hard at work porting Windows XP for the XO Laptop. That’s good news for any number of reasons, not least of which because it gives an air of legitimacy to the laptop. (Reports have suggested that some governments are weary of the XO because it runs Linux. For better or worse, the perception is that you need to run Windows.) It’s… Read More

  • Freewebs Drops The "Free" And Launches It's Own Facebook Gaming Network

    Freewebs is taking a step back from its personal website network and expanding into a social media portfolio company under the name Webs.com. The domain will serve as a hub for its new web properties, including recently launched social publishing site Pagii and Freewebs. The site will also include a new property, the “Social Gaming Network” (SGN). SGN is a game developer that… Read More

  • Samsung dual player still dropping this month, even cheaper

    There’s a lot of confusion going around about Samsung’s dual player, BD-UP5000, and when it may actually hit retailers. Amazon says it won’t be here till next month, but Samsung is on record saying the player is shipping now and that we’ll see it before the end of the year. Well, you better get a move on, Samsung. The gift giving day is fast approaching and people… Read More

  • French "claim" iPhone "to gain voice recording," "disk mode," "glass of nice Bordeaux" in next update

    iPhon.fr claims that firmware 1.1.3 will offer a voice recorder and disk mode in the next iPhone update. The news is fairly nebulous and there is no second-hand confirmation of this in any of the major Mac sites, so let’s give this a 45% chance of happening at all and a 25% chance of this happening before Christmas. iPhone 1.1.3: Quid of the functionalities? [Babelfish translation] Read More

  • TechCrunch networking event tonight in Brighton

    Widgety Goodness, the first European conference on web widgets and applications, kicks off on Thursday December 6th at the Corn Exchange, Brighton. TechCrunch UK is media partner. After the conference TechCrunch UK will be hosting a FREE networking party for technology startups in the Brighton area. You need to grab a free ticket here. **Any tech person in Brighton is invited to attend… Read More

  • College Tonight Teams Up with Jangl, Hints at Upcoming Mobile Features

    College Tonight, the new social network for college students that recently went public through a reverse merger, has started to reveal the mobile features intended to make its service more “social” than Facebook and other traditional social networks. The company has announced a deal with click-to-call widget provider, and phone number obfuscater, Jangl that will 1) enable students… Read More

  • I Was Just Waving At My Phone

    As the phone becomes a data device, figuring out a better way to input data and interact with the phone will become crucial. Tiny keyboards are sub-optimal. Touch screens smudge up. Voice commands? Please. What about waving to your phone? That’s what Sony Ericsson is suggesting in a patent application filed today. It would use the phone’s camera to capture hand gestures… Read More

  • Tune in at 11am EST to talk about RapidRepair's Kindle disassembly – CANCELLED

    At 11am we’ll be talking to Aaron Vronko, co-founder of RapidRepair.com, a device repair shop. We’ll talk about his Kindle disassembly, what goes into this slim e-reader, and how easy it is to lose screws and parts when taking apart and putting back together electronic devices. My guess? Really easy. See you then! UPDATE: Operator11 (“The Web 2.0 Video Service that Sucks… Read More

  • Porn penalties skyrocket for internet service providers

    Two bills passed in the House yesterday concerning ISPs’ responsibilities for reporting child pornography. The first bill dictates that "ISPs would have to inform the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of the Internet identity and geographic location of suspected sex offenders and the time child pornography was downloaded." Read More

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