• Google Spending $250k/month On Outdoor Ads In Russia

    Will bus stop and subway advertising to the tune of an estimated $250,000 per month help Google gain search market share against Russia’s home grown leader Yandex? The company is launching “”Moscow 2.0,” which includes over 5,000 outdoor advertisements across Moscow. Yandex, with nearly 50% market share, is preparing a Nasdaq IPO. Google has around 31% market… Read More

  • Hop-On announces $125 smartphone, dirt cheap 3G phone and GSM phones

    Hop-On, makers of uber cheap throwaway cell phones, are expanding their line to include uber cheap smartphones and 3g phones. The HOP 1801 smartphone will sell for $125 bucks. Details in the press release are limited, but a bit of URL tinkering on Hop-On’s site leads to the above image and the following specs (screenshot): * OS: Smart NX Mobile (Linux)
    * Platform: AP… Read More

  • Klipsch launches new line of high-end, attractive home theater speakers

    Klipsch’s new speakers look fantastic, and probably sound as good. Known for high-end sound with high end looks. It just announced these new home theater speakers that are put together in high-grain, furniture-quality wood. But like me, they’re not just beautiful on the outside, they’re also quality inside. The speakers use new horn tech to fit big sound into slim cabinets. Read More

  • Seedcamp Paris – notes from our Gallic cousins

    I popped over to Paris today to get a taster of the startup scene in France, and to draw some comparisons with the UK startup scene. No doubt there are lessons to be learned (on both sides) in terms of the differing experiences a British or French company has in starting up locally country and, perhaps, trying to think internationally. (And on that note, I have a cheeky idea of getting UK… Read More

  • Are you nerdy enough to rock this DIY Iron Man arc reactor?

    I triple-dog-dare you to wear this out to a nice bar one night. I guarantee it’ll get you ladies. Hey, it worked for Tony Stark. It helps if you grow a goatee too, like this joker. Hey, he looks like a nice guy, I’m not going to mock him, but really this is some seriously nerdy stuff here. It ain’t easy, either — you have to wire up your own LEDs and mold the plastic… Read More

  • Palm's new Treo 800w shot in the wild and looking good

    The Treo 800w’s launch date of June 22 is getting closer, and the phone has once again been spotted in the wild. The Windows Mobile smartphone featuring the new Treo form factor is making Palm’s business users excited. Treo users are known as being loyal, but the fact that Palm hasn’t update the device’s look — short of killing the antenna — in quite awhile… Read More

  • ACTA anti-piracy treaty leaked: P2P 'threatens' lives

    That New World Order-sounding anti-copyright infringement treaty that we mentioned a few days ago has been leaked. The proposal, at least. And yes, it looks just as frightening as the original reports made it out to be. How does this grab you? The consequences of such IPR [intellectual property infringement] include (1) depriving legitimate businesses and their workers of income; (2)… Read More

  • LG Dare snapped in the wild

    I was never a huge fan of the LG Prada, mainly because I think slapping fashion brands onto phones is a stupid way to add a few hundred (or thousand) bucks to the price tag. That said, I’m liking the look of the Prada-esque LG Dare. They’ve rounded out the rough edges, and overhauled the UI. Under the Dare’s 240×400 touchscreen, LG will be packin’ in a 3.5mm… Read More

  • My new shirt

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  • CrunchGear live podcast

    You can chat with us during the show via AIM by pinging username “crunchtips” or call into the show at (646) 200-4163 should the mood strike you. Here’s the link for today’s show… Read More

  • Western Digital: Screw it, we're going to 20,000RPM

    We’re still very much in a storage transitionary period here, what with platter-based HDDs being so big and affordable and SSDs creeping up on them both in size and performance-wise. Western Digital isn’t giving up on the HDD yet — they think there’s still a little bite left in that old hound. But they’re giving it a boost. WD is hard at work on a freaky new… Read More

  • Motorola selling unlocked, 3G-less Q9e online

    What do you get when you take a fairly solid product, strip it down, and sell it for an outlandish price? Fired, typically. At Motorola, you’ve just come up with their new online store item: the Motorola Q9e. The Q9e is just a Q9h, stripped off the good stuff. Same Windows Mobile 6.0, same 2 megapixel camera, without the 3G. If you’ve been wanting a Q9 but just can’t vibe… Read More

  • 2 new digital photo frames from Japan

    Today Transcend Japan unveiled a new 7-inch digital photo frame [JP], which will hit Japanese shores in the middle of May. The T.photo 710C (219×28×156mm) will cost $170. The frame accepts CF and SDHC/SD memory cards as well as memory sticks. The T.photo 710C is equipped with a USB port and 1 GB of internal memory. The TFT screen has a resolution of 480×234. It can display JPEG… Read More

  • Body scanners that can see through clothing to be installed in 10 U.S. airports soon

    Body scanners that can “see” underneath clothing will be installed in 10 of the country’s biggest airports within the next few weeks. Airline passengers in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. can look forward to scenes like the kind depicted in this photo here. How they’ll be used: The scanners bounce harmless “millimeter waves” off… Read More

  • LG's Dare gets photographed

    The Dare, LG’s version of the Prada phone for Verizon, has been spotted in the wild, and it’s a good looking phone. The iPhone-like Dare has a full frontal touchscreen, LG’s fancy new UI, a decent camera at 3.2-Megapixels wtih a flash, a good browser, and other fun stuff. Those on Verizon wanting some more touchscreen love — if phones like the Voyager aren’t… Read More

  • The Evolution of Pre-Launch Gmail In Screenshots

    When visiting Google yesterday for the unveiling of Gmail Labs, product manager Keith Coleman took us on a tour of the Googleplex’s Building 47. Along the way, we saw Googlers hard at work on Gmail, Reader, Calendar, and other related projects. But the coolest part was a stop in a conference room where Coleman had laid out printed screenshots depicting the evolution of Gmail’s… Read More

  • POIfriend Mashes Up Facebook, Trip Advisor, Yelp and Crams It Onto Your GPS

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F975847%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf POIfriend (pronounced like boyfriend), which has nothing to do with the traditional Hawaiian dish of… Read More

  • Twitter Suffers Minor Period Of Uptime

    Twitter suffered a minor period of uptime last night between database failures. Everything seems back to normal now. Perhaps somebody returned that lost database to them. Please, Twitter, I beg you. Bring Blaine back. Read More

  • Aspiring DJ? How about a $24K reference turntable to get you started?

    “The best gets better!” “A triumph!” “Who shot JR?” All ways of introducing the Acutus Reference, a $24,000 turntable that’s more for Paul van Dyk than your little two-bit basement operation. And for $24K, “your records have never sounded this good before.” I should hope so! Oh, and “you might not make it to work the next… Read More

  • Amazon Down For An Hour And Counting (Updated)

    The Amazon outage, first noticed by Twitter users at as early as 10:24 am PST this morning (I’d link to Twitter except that it’s down), has gone on for an hour now. It’s not necessarily news when a startup has minor downtime, but Amazon loses big revenue for every minute they aren’t out there selling. My PR contacts there aren’t answering the phone, and a message… Read More

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