• John Gruber on Blackberry vs iPhone

    With just around a month to go before the iPhone 2.0 software hits, does RIM have reason to sweat? Apple pundit extraordinaire and co-creator of the Markdown syntax, John Gruber, thinks they might. Read the rest of this entry » PHOTO CREDIT: presta Read More

  • John Gruber on Blackberry vs iPhone

    With just around a month to go before the iPhone 2.0 software hits, does RIM have reason to sweat? Apple pundit extraordinaire and co-creator of the Markdown syntax, John Gruber, thinks they might. He brings up a pretty big point: once the iPhone gains its enterprise wings, won’t it do just about everything Blackberry users call for? Push email? Check. Remote wipe? Check. Calendar… Read More

  • Women Entrepreneurs Pitch Their Companies at Stanford

    Women 2.0 held its second pitch event today on the kempt grounds of the Stanford Golf Course Grill. It was a chance for five private tech companies with at least 50% female ownership to compete for a prize suite of business services collectively worth $15,000, plus a chance to meet with Esther Dyson. The five finalists – Koollage, Gaiagy, Skillshop, Webvet, and Passive Devices –… Read More

  • O-FONE offers SIP VoIP client for Symbian S60, claims to be the first

    Switzerland-based O-FONE (not to be confused with Microsoft’s oPhone) has released a SIP VoIP client for Symbian’s S60 platform. Perhaps more interesting than the client itself is their claim that they’re the first to bring SIP support to S60 devices. From this page: “Download the first Symbian mobile SIP client in world” [sic] Unless they mean the first… Read More

  • The iFund Has Competition: $150 Million Blackberry Fund To Be Announced Soon

    The platform wars are going mobile. Whether it’s the iPhone, Blackberry, Android or Windows Mobile, the mobile platform that will win in the end will be the one with the best and broadest collection of applications. To give developers a little extra financial motivation, funds are being set up to invest in them. Google announced a $10 million Android challenge back in November… Read More

  • Video: Gears of War 2 gameplay footage

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=33781 Simply amazing. Read More

  • Memoright's solid state drives annihilate every hard drive out there

    Solid state drives have always excelled in power economy and heat levels, but have faltered in the price-to-performance ratio, and even lagged behind in sheer performance by some measures. That last complaint is valid no longer. Memoright’s high-speed drives operate at far higher speeds than other SSDs on the market, and show nearly double the performance of the closest competitors in… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, John Biggs!

    Hey CrunchGear readers! Let’s give a shout out to our Fearless Leader, who’s celebrating his 33rd birthday today. John is the rubber cement that keeps CrunchGear going. He’s the cheese to our macaroni. He’s the glowstick to our sweaty, high-on-ecstasy raver. He’s the Dre to our Snoop. He’s the Hawaiian Punch in our lunchboxes. The Wayne to our Garth. The fire… Read More

  • Rad: World's tallest Lego tower

    Sure it’s got guy-wires keeping it from toppling and killing little Lego men, but this very tall tower is just neat. It’s nearly 100 feet tall, making it by far the tallest Lego tower ever made. It’s in England, and it has something to do with Vikings, and it’s all colorful, and it’s tall. Maybe this signals a new trend: Legos for World Records. I’m into… Read More

  • Hard drive from space shuttle Columbia salvaged with data intact

    This is insane. The hard drive crashed to earth with the rest of the wreckage, and at first they couldn’t even tell it was a drive at all. Data recovery expert Jon Edwards took a shot at it and due to a combination of technical skill and luck, he was able to recover the data on the drive, which was information on an experiment written up here. I say luck because whatever was writing to… Read More

  • Windows XP's SP3 causing more problems with some AMD-based computers

    This is getting silly on Microsoft’s part. Those SP3 updates we’ve been talking about for Windows XP might do some more harm than good. Some users have reported that the update causes their computers to endlessly reboot, something a few updates for Windows 95 did over a decade ago. Intel users appear to be in the clear, the problem affects computers with AMD chipsets primarily. Read More

  • Powerset's Dilemma: Go For It, Or Sell

    San Francisco based search startup Powerset will be launching shortly. For now, Powerset will query only Wikipedia and Freebase. But as I said when the product was demo’d to me a few weeks ago, it is compelling nonetheless: “When I tested the service I had something very similar to the “Aha!” feeling that ran through me the first time I ever used Google. In short, it is… Read More

  • Facebook Raises Another $100 Million

    Facebook is raising $100 million in debt, reports VentureBeat and Business Week. bringing their total capital raised to nearly half a billion dollars. This most recent round will be used to scale the service via another 50,000 or so servers. Facebook now has over 70 million active users and around 109 milliion monthly visitors, and the site is at times very slow. Compare that to Google… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Impending Crunch Edition

    Giant working NES controller coffee table
    Video: Meet IBM’s Newton
    Order this beer pong table NOW!!!
    Video: Sub-Zero vs Batman
    Look-alike Transformers iPod dock: Because you need another such dock Read More

  • Tell twins apart with a biometric face scanner

    The Japanese firm, Sagawa Advance, has created a face scanner that can supposedly tell identical twins apart. It works by analyzing 40,000 data point on the face, and then comparing it with a database of faces it knows. The company plans to sell the technology to power plants, medical factories, and anyone else who needs tight security. It will retail for about $60,000 and they’re looking… Read More

  • VW will have a 235mpg car by 2010

    Volkswagen says they are planning to produce a 1-Liter car, ready for sale by early 2010. The body of the car will be made of plastic and magnesium. A one-cylinder engine with a top speed of about 74 mph will power the gas sipping car. With the rising price of fuel, the main selling point for this car is that it will get 235 mpg (hippies are going to love this thing). That might sound like… Read More

  • Three's Company Or Three's A Crowd? Google To Launch "Friend Connect" On Monday

    Don’t they say good things come in threes? Well, regardless, we’ve heard from multiple sources that Google will launch a new product on Monday called “Friend Connect,” which will be a set of APIs for Open Social participants to pull profile information from social networks into third party websites. MySpace launched Data Availability on Thursday, a competing product. Read More

  • Stream WFMU Radio to your iPhone via web app

    New Jersey’s WFMU (arguably one of the best radio stations in the country) is now streaming to iPhones and iPod Touches via a web app. As it’s a web app and not a full blown application, it’s available to everyone – including all twelve people who still haven’t jailbroken their iPhones. The stream comes in two flavors: 128k for streaming over a WiFi connection… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Friday, May 9

    Today’s Top Posts: Live Podcast Now Look-alike Transformers iPod dock: Because you need another such dock Cablevision to roll out Wi-Fi broadband in NY area Uh-ohs! SP3 crippling HP AMD machines AT&T pulls offer of free Wi-Fi for iPhone users, again Zune gets clocked Hell yes: Gore Verbinski to direct Bioshock movie Sue-happy Canadians get $45 from Apple Problems with XP SP3 and… Read More

  • Video: Meet IBM's Newton

    This is a promotional video for a “home robot”, and it is awesome. You must watch this all the way through, and then you must comment below. Has anyone ever seen one of these? As always, you’re very welcome. Read More

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