• Tailrank 2.5 Launches. It Still Falls Short

    Tailrank founder Kevin Burton notified us that version 2.5 of his news aggregation site has launched, as well as a new version of the engine behind it called Spinn3r. We’ve taken a look at the new site, and in our opinion it still falls short of being a useful application. We’ve been a bit harsh on Tailrank over the last few months, even suggesting that it may be time to deadpool it. Read More

  • Bad News: RIAA wins its first court case

    This is the kind of story I don’t like to write, but sometimes you have to do things like this. It’s my sad duty to inform you that our birdy in Duluth just msged me to say that the verdict is in on the RIAA vs. Jammie Thomas trial. Regular readers note that we’ve been following this trial, as it’s the first suit by the RIAA to make it to the trial phase. The judge… Read More

  • Contest: E-mail me and win today's free Starbucks-iTunes song [Update]

    Who wants to win today’s free Starbucks-iTunes song, “Night of the Iguana” by Joni Mitchell? It’ll save you a trip to your local Starbucks and the $14.80 it costs for a small coffee. Very easy—first person to e-mail me at nicholas at crunchgear dot com (I don’t want spam lol!) gets the secret download code. I go to Starbucks pretty much every day around 7 or… Read More

  • Zune 30 for $100, thanks Woot!

    With the announcement of the new fleet of Zune’s the price of the aged version begins to fall. A lot. The player is still great and will receive all the fancy new functionality in the form of a software update that includes syncing via Wi-Fi. Woot just released a special hush-hush deal in which they are selling a limited number of factory refurbished units for only $100, that means you… Read More

  • Candle-like USB drive holder design, more than meets the eye

    I’m sure you have like two or thee USB drives at this point (“perhaps more than that, Nicholas”) and rather than throw them in a drawer somewhere, why not plug them into this imaginary holder? Yes, if it ever were to materialize, you’d be able to plug up to five USB drives into this holder. It’s also fairly decorative: once a drive is plugged in, that candle… Read More

  • Social Video Company, Mesmo.TV, Raises $900,000 of Series A Funding

    Private Equity HUB today uncovered that Mesmo.TV, a social video bookmarking service and provider of a very popular Facebook application, has secured over half of a $900,000 round of Series A financing. Mesmo.TV’s Davin Miyoshi informed us that Aydin Senkut’s Felicis Ventures, Mike Maples’ Maples Investments, Naval Ravikant’s The Hit Forge, and Georges Harik participated… Read More

  • Gears of War heads to PC on November 6: Not your father's port

    Gears of War will be released for the PC, including Vista, on November 6. It turns out the game isn’t merely a port. In fact, the Gears guy with the highlights in his hair—CliffyB to message boarders—says the game was pretty heavily reworked for the PC. You know, a tremendously modified engine, support for mice, keyboards, 360 controllers, light sabers, etc. Basically, take… Read More

  • Zipidee Wants To Be THE Marketplace For Digital Goods

    In 1995 eBay sold a laser pointer online and kicked off the online marketplace for selling physical goods. As networks improved in the intervening years, the idea of what can be bought and sold online has grown to include digital goods, such as music, e-books, and videos as well. Zipidee wants to be a market for those digital goods, and is expected to launch some time in the next… Read More

  • Apple Fairy: high-def AppleTV content coming soon

    According to the Apple Fairy, close relative of the Fat Nano Fairy, there’s gonna be a pretty substantial update to iTunes sometime this month that’ll help to bring AppleTV back from the teetering edge of extinction. Apple has apparently placed a gargantuan order for more AppleTV units in anticipation for the upcoming “iTunes HD” or whatever it’ll be called. The… Read More

  • Nokia Mosh: What the feck is it?

    We were the first to drop the ball on Nokia Mosh a few weeks back and I didn’t pay too much attention to it because I figured it to be another social networking site. I picked up on it because they were poking fun at Apple and attempting to lure folks burned by the price cut to check it out. Well, I’ve spent a bit of time tinkering with the site and sat down with George… Read More

  • Gateway's new 30-inch monitor does 1600p

    1600p? That’s a lot of progressively-scanned picture elements, my friends. Gateway’s new XHD3000 Quad HD display has a 30-inch, 2560×1600 resolution and costs about $1700. While 1600p video content might be a bit tricky to find, the flat-panel will upscale 1080p video. You’ll also get six different inputs including HDMI, DVI (single- and dual-link), S-video, composite… Read More

  • Shampoo? Check. Conditioner? Check. iPod? Check.

    I’m not a huge listen-to-music-in-the-shower person but I’ve had bathroom speakers rigged up in various ways over the years, just in case the mood hits. This new doodad looks cool and it’s certainly an interesting take on waterproof music but it might be more trouble than it’s worth unless you plan on leaving your iPod inside the tube permanently. It’s made by… Read More

  • Does Chess Need to be Crowdsourced?

    A new site that just launched today called CrowdChess aims to answer that question. You log on and sign up for a game. Each side is made up of teams of dozens, hundreds or even thousands of people. Anyone on a team can suggest the next move, and the move that gets the most votes is the one that is played out. (Here are the rules. If anyone reading this ends up playing, please report back… Read More

  • BT buys into the FON WiFi network

    The UK’s top fixed-line telco, British Telecom, has partnered with with Wi-Fi startup FON which will allow its three million UK broadband customers to roam across eachother’s WiFi hotspots, and those of FON users across the planet. As part of the deal BT has also taken a stake in FON, which already counts Google, eBay, Sequoia Capital and Index Ventures among its investors, in a bid… Read More

  • SEGA Winter Wonderland Event

    Yesterday, I managed to muster enough strength to drag myself to SEGA’s Winter Wonderland event at the Royalton Hotel in Manhattan. Upon arriving at the Penthouse floor, I saw a few LCD screens setup, all with Xbox 360s or Nintendo Wiis – not one PS3. There were only seven to 10 games total to see and all the coolest ones were under embargo, so the event was pretty lame. Read More

  • Microsoft to offer DRM-free music this November

    Microsoft is planning a revamp of the Zune Marketplace this November which will include about a million DRM-free music tracks out of it’s 3-million track catalogue. That’s a good sign because it’s hopefully showing that the tide is shifting, albeit slowly, away from digital rights management altogether. It’s unknown whether Microsoft will charge a premium for the… Read More

  • Samsung 940UX USB-expandable monitor now available

    That title looks weird, doesn’t it? I’m basically trying to say that the Samsung 940UX is now available and that it’s a 19-inch flat panel monitor that can hook up to five other 940UX monitors via USB. The first monitor hooks into a standard VGA or DVI port and then you can daisy chain the others into each one’s built-in USB connection. Were you to hook up six of these… Read More

  • Leopard to be released on October 26, says someone

    October has arrived, so where is Leopard? Rumblings inside Apple indicate that the company will make several big announcements between October 22 and 27. Even better, word on the street is that Apple will release Leopard on October 26. Mark your calendars. Even though Leopard hasn’t gone gold yet, all but one of the bugs have been worked out. Don’t worry, I’ll be cruising… Read More

  • Philips SHD9100 wireless headphones look dandy

    Wireless headphones. Yeah, I’ve never had the best experience with them in the past either. Granted, this is like 1992 we’re talking about when I was trying to watch “Thundercats” without waking my parents, who expressly forbade me from watching shows staring talking cats. *Anyway*, Philips has what looks to be a good++ pair for around $350, the SHD9100. It works on… Read More

  • Apple updates refurb website

    Anyone looking for a great deal on refurbished Apple equipment should look no further than Apple’s own site. Sporting a fresh new design, you can now browse by categories like Mac, iPod and Special offers. Aside from great deals, you’ll find that Apple is being more open about its pre-owned hardware. The home page of the refurb website states: Guaranteed Apple quality. Before we put… Read More

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