• New York law targets streetside pirates, not P2P ones

    New York state has set its sights on pirates. No, not the P2P kind like John and I, but the guys down on Canal Street selling bootleg movies hours after a film’s theatrical premiere. The patriotically named “Piracy Protection Act,” if passed, will slap up to a $1,000 fine on first-time offenders, who also risk a one-year jail sentence. That seems slightly excessive, I think. Read More

  • Jammed Shut: Google Is Worried What Verizon Might Have For Future Customers Behind Door No. 2

    During the FCC’s recent auctions of the 700MHz wireless spectrum, Google risked owing the government slightly more than $4.6 billion simply to ensure that the open access rules it fought for would be imposed on whoever won. Verizon won, and now it must allow allow any device and any application to run on the future wireless broadband network it will build on top of that spectrum. Or… Read More

  • Hotmail Users Can Now Improve the World Effortlessly

    Microsoft’s i’m Initiative, which launched in March 2007, has expanded to include Hotmail. The program donates a portion of the ad revenue generated through Hotmail and Messenger to any of ten worthwhile causes. I like the basic premise behind the i’m initiative – it’s an opt-in and fairly unintrusive service that just puts an extra i’m-specific… Read More

  • Rumor: Chinese text entry in iPhone on the way?

    Now this is pretty cool. Build 5A258f of the new iPhone firmware will include Chinese input methods using handwriting recognition. Sadly, this only works with Chinese and not Japanese or even English. Chinese iPhone soon? I’d bet on it. Read More

  • Bloops: No more free AT&T Wi-Fi in Starbucks

    MacRumors is reporting that the free AT&T Wi-Fi is now gone at locations that had been verified earlier. No one knows if this was intentional or not but someone pulled a plug somewhere. Maybe it’s planned as something to head off the 3G iPhone? Read More

  • Instinct vs. iPhone: FIGHT

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/886663&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ Sprint is getting ready for the fight of its life with the Samsung Instinct. While I actually like the Instinct, they’re trying to take Stevie head… Read More

  • Project Origin: scariest game I hope to never play, not really

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=25252 I never played F.E.A.R. so I don’t understand what the hubbub is surrounding Project Origin, the sequel to F.E.A.R., but Alma scares the crap out of me. I’ve compiled all the trailers that have been released by Warner Interactive for your viewing pleasure. Watch the one with Alma and tell me you’re not scurred. I dare you. Read More

  • Optimus Prime transforms into a USB hub?

    It’s been my experience that the vast majority of tie-in products for the Transformers movie from last summer just blow. The jury’s still out on this Optimus Prime head USB hub. Not only does it supply juice and connectivity for up to four USB peripherals, it also has phrases from the movie! Ok, not so much. We’re not even sure if it’s Peter Cullen’s voice… Read More

  • Get NiN for free

    Get ye over to NiN’s site and get you a copy of The Slip. All you have to do is give Trent your email address, which is just fine by me. The album is available in a variety of different formats, including V0 MP3, lossless M4A, FLAC and 24/96 Wave, which is better than CD quality. Or, you can wait till June for the CD to make its way into stores. Read More

  • Creative clones the Flip?

    Gadget Lab seems to think so based on the product page of the Vado listed on JR.com. The specs and description do reveal striking similarities to the popular Flip. A 2-inch screen is an improvement over the Flip’s 1.5-inch screen, but VGA quality, one-touch recording and up to 2-hours of recording per charge are carbon copies of what the Flip can do. Is there really a need for two… Read More

  • Fly like an eagle… with a cybernetic beak

    Oh noes! This sad eagle named Beauty had her beak shot off a few years ago which left it almost impossible for her to eat in the wild. Volunteers fed and took care of her but now she’s getting a robo-beak courtesty of a raptor recovery center in St. Maries, Idaho. The eagle seems to understand that it is being helped because it stayed, unrestrained, on a table for two hours while… Read More

  • Iron Man a strong start to overall cinematic Marvel universe

    Do you know what I did this last weekend? Besides attending the awesome CrunchGear reader meet-up in New York, my co-bloggers Peter and Devin and I attended a screening of Iron Man, and it was awesome. For reals, the movie is just great. Marvel is setting up a Marvel Universe on film. It was rumored that Samuel L. Jackson would make an appearance as Nick Fury in Iron Man, as he does in the… Read More

  • Target taking advantage of GTA IV to push Mother's Day sales

    Brian over at Kotaku found this little ad by Target and I have to admit it’s pretty ingenious, but then again it’s pretty stupid. If I already owned GTA IV, what the hell would I be doing cruising around on Target’s site for? Nice try, Target. Read More

  • T-Mobile officially rolls out UMTS/HSDPA network

    Not like we didn’t already know, but now it’s official. NYC has first dibs on T-Mobile’s UMTS/HSDPA network. HSDPA?! Too bad we’ll have to wait until later this year to test it out, but those of you with a 3G T-Mobile device can reap the benefits of UMTS. Oh wait, I’m pretty sure all those 3G devices aren’t data-centric. Read More

  • Citi's Mahaney Says Microsoft/Yahoo Merger Still 15% Likely

    Citigroup Internet Analyst Mark Mahaney (our interview from last week is here) updated his Yahoo guidance today based on the Microsoft bid withdrawal over the weekend. He sees Yahoo’s stock going to $22 if they continue with “business as usual” and don’t find a partner. This is 45% likely, he says. He gives a 40% chance that Yahoo pursues a major strategic alternative… Read More

  • Techmeme: Where the A-Listers Party With the Long Tail.

    One of the favorite bitchmeme’s on Techmeme, the popular blog and news headline site that keeps track of the most talked-about tech stories on the Web, is that it is dominated by A-list blogs and news sites with full-time writing staffs. Because of this professionalization of the blogosphere, the argument goes, lone bloggers are being pushed out of the conversation. TechCrunch is… Read More

  • AP launches iPhone-targeted news service

    It’s like a newspaper in your phone. I like the idea of location-targeted news from the Associated Press coming straight to my iPhone (and probably iPod Touch); it’s like the local page from your newspaper, but without the cow-tipping updates. A lot of the big news corporations are on board, which means you won’t be getting locked out of good local content. There will, of… Read More

  • T-Mobile Sidekick getting video capability, finally

    Hey Danger/T-Mobile- It’s nice to finally see you bringing video playback and capture capabilities to the Sidekick LX. That only took 6-million years to do, but as the cliché goes, better late than never. According to Hiptop3, it’s unclear which video format the LX will support. So it could be H.264 or H.263. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be H.263, though. Don’t… Read More

  • TC/CG Meet-up: The Documentary

    The kind folks at Jumpoff.tv filmed our CG/TC event in New York [more pics added, incidentally, so take a look] last week and he just sent us the footage. If you were there and had a company, you’re probably mentioned so take a look. Thanks to the guys at JumpOff for the hook up. Their site is dedicated to hip hop, entertainment, and, presumably, pasty men in khakis. Read More

  • WoW gaze interaction: Necessary? Probably not. Cool? Yes.

    We tested some eye-tracking software like this at CeBIT this year but this takes the concept to a whole other level. It’s basically a system for tracking your gaze that has been retrofitted to work with WoW. Why? I guess it could let the handicapped or, sadly, the catastrophically lazy, play the game without having to touch a keyboard. My money is on the former. Eye-gaze systems… Read More

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