• Wrist-mounted Shuffle Case Cooler Than You'd Think

    We know clever when we see it, and this wristwatch strap for the iPod Shuffle is just that. Not only is your unused wrist a great place to keep your little friend, but the unabashed Swatch-ness of these holders make us go retro goo-goo-ga-ga. In a good way. And at only $10 each, it’s a great way to accessorize. Guys do accessorize, now, by the way. Oh, and Apple? You should have built… Read More

  • Microsoft Tafiti Is Beautiful, But Will Anyone Use it?

    We’re pretty big fans of Microsoft’s new Silverlight platform. And just about everyone will agree that Tafiti, a new Microsoft search site built on Silverlight, is pretty darn easy on the eyes. They even got the Jackson Fish Market team (they are creating new visually stunning products) to help out on the project. But will many people use it? It still uses Microsoft search, which in… Read More

  • Happy Neuron Keeps The Noggin Free Of Cobwebs

    Getting old sucks, doesn’t it? One of the downfalls is that your brain isn’t quite as sharp as it was five, 10 or 25 years ago. It’s important to exercise the brain to try and combat the effects of old age and hopefully deter diseases linked to growing older such as Alzheimer’s. This is where Happy Neuron’s 25 brain fitness games can keep the five major… Read More

  • SMC Adds New Draft 802.11n Devices

    Irvine, California-based network hardware company SMC recently added a new Draft 802.11n router, access point, and USB adapter to its lineup. The SMCWGBR14-N router includes a 4-port 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit LAN switch, draft 802.11n wireless, hardware firewall, WPA/WPA2 encryption, and a USB2.0 print server. It retails for $174.99. You can connect to the router with the SMCWEB-N access point… Read More

  • Targus Radius Line

    MacBook sales have been skyrocketing since they launched, so it’s no wonder the accessory market for the little Apple is so vast and chock-full of crap that you could be blowing your cash on something that will inevitably disappoint you. That’s where Targus comes in and clears away some of the clutter. The latest line, Radius, encases both MacBooks and MacBook Pros in durable… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless to Battle iTunes

    As our sister site Crunchgear is reporting Verizon Wireless has gathered some powerful allies in its war with iTunes. MTV and RealNetworks have joined forces with Verizon in a formation called “Rhapsody America.” The idea is to create an integrated digital music service that users can access by way of their PC, portable music device and mobile phone. Former Urge subscribers and… Read More

  • iPhone Unlocked, For Reals

    There you have it, folks. The iPhone has been unlocked via hardware modification. Details on the hack are being withheld until next week where the ‘group’ believes they’ll have a software work around. Dare I say it? Should I purchase an iPhone now? The price did just drop and I don’t mind refurbs. Hmm. FULL HARDWARE UNLOCK OF IPHONE DONE [iPhone jtag] Read More

  • CrunchExclusive: HTC Juno Hitting AT&T

    We here at the Gear have many secrets we don’t always divulge to you, dear readers, but once in a while we like to let a few things leak. This happens to be one of them and we’re sure you’ll like it. We have it from an inside source that HTC is bringing out a mid-level smart phone that’s sort of a GSM variant of the CDMA Fusion aka Libra. Details are scant and our… Read More

  • Buzzwords Aplenty: The New 'Rhapsody America'

    Look out iTunes! MTV, RealNetworks, and Verizon Wireless are coming after you like a tornado made of arms, teeth, and fingernails. The companies “announced they are teaming to create a single, integrated digital music experience that consumers can access via their PC, portable music device or mobile phone.” Read More

  • Yahoo and Actionality

    Mobile Entertainment reported this morning that Yahoo has acquired Actionality. Actionality is a company devoted to mobile phone marketing technologies and solutions. The company is based in Munich Germany and is considered to be a pioneer in the field of ad-funded mobile content. Actionality specializes in putting ads in mobile games at the point of download. To date, this rumor hasn’t… Read More

  • Smile Or Your Sony Camera Won't Work

    Sony’s latest Cyber-shot has all the features you might expect such as an 8-megapixel sensor, 3.5-inch wide touchscreen, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x optical zoom lens, HD output, and just about everything else you would need or want. But it does have a strange feature that makes me smile. That’s a bit ironic considering the T200 won’t snap your pictures unless everyone… Read More

  • Stupidity of the RIAA's Assertations to be Tried in Court

    We know you hate the RIAA. Everyone hates the RIAA (except, of course, for the RIAA). Somehow, it’s about the only thing I can think of less popular than the Prez that still gets to continue to function. The RIAA is like a pack of untrained dogs: It sees someone it can clobber, then it does just that. It tackles and rips apart and gnaws and revels in the chaos and destruction… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: The Final Prizes Until the Final Countdown


    OK. Just got a chance to go through all the entries and here are the winners of the final prizes. Special thanks to ALL of the sponsors and extra special love and kisses to Blast Media for sponsoring our party. Great fun was had by all and sundry. For more coverage take a look at TheSocial on CNET. Anyone else post about the event? Remember: the main event is still going on. We require a… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: TV Games… Oh Why Can’t They Ever be Good?


    Two weeks ago we posted about games we’d like to see based on properties from the BBC, notably Doctor Who. But then we spent some time to think about it, and most games based on TV shows are actually less enjoyable than being stuck with basic cable during a long rainy weekend. TV is in a new golden age with some great shows on premium cable channels including HBO and Showtime, as well… Read More

  • Some People Talk Too Much

    The BubbleTALK service from Bubble Motion has some devoted users. The most talkative sent 3201 messages last month. The top five BubbleTALKers averaged 67 messages a day. I don’t know if these prodigious yackers said anything intelligent in their scramble to rank number one in BubbleTALK’s hall of fame, but I doubt it. BubbleTALK is touted as a “Voice SMS.” Voice SMS is… Read More

  • Flash Video Player Soon To Do High Definition

    Adobe is getting set to support the H.264 high-definition standard, the same standard used in Blu-ray and HD-DVD players and set-top cable and satellite boxes. Most popular video sites on the Internet use the Flash video format and as more and more videos get published in this new format, we can expect to see the visual quality of web video improve exponentially. Read More

  • eBuddy Adds MySpace Instant Messaging

    European web chat startup eBuddy, which is in a fight-to-the-death struggle with Silicon Valley based Meebo, just added support for MySpace instant messaging tor their product. eBuddy now supports MySpace IM, AOL, ICQ, GoogleTalk, MSN and Yahoo. Log in to some of all of these services from the eBuddy home page. MySpace says they now have over 18.5 million users of the service, which soft… Read More

  • Yarrr: Franz Ferdinand Tells Fans To Pirate Away

    Thumbs up to Franz Ferdinand. If every band in the world felt the same way that singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos does, the world might be a slightly better place (musically). When asked about illegally downloading music, he said… “I like the idea that, because of downloading, people are going to buy songs only if they are good. I think that’s a positive thing. It means lazy… Read More

  • Zyb, The Mobile Social Network

    The idea of taking an address book application and turning it into a social network isn’t new – Plaxo just did it two weeks ago. Now ZYB, a Danish startup, is using the mobile phone contact list as the center of the network, and the company doesn’t have the emotional baggage that still lingers with Plaxo and makes many users hesitant to trust them (I, for one, forgave them… Read More

  • Google Reverses Position On Video Refunds; Good For Them

    We criticized Google last week when they shut down their video marketplace and told users they would receive refunds only through a Google Checkout credit. We called it a “mistake” and suggested that users might be hesitant to try out for-pay Google products in the future. Today, though, Google admits the error, says they will give users a full refund via a credit card, and allow… Read More

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