• With Wii shortage, Nintendo risks alienating potential customers

    How long until the shortage of the Wii starts to negatively affect Nintendo? That’s the idea of this one Times piece, which does the usual interviewing people who want a Wii but just can’t find one. Grown adults, snot-nosed kids, you know the drill—the Wii crosses demographic lines unlike any other video game console (or toy, for that matter) before it. Too bad no one can… Read More

  • Google Pushes YouTube As An "Alternative" Way To Search for Video

    Go to Google’s home page and at the top left you are given a number of options for refining your search: “Web, Images, Maps,” etc. At the end is a link for “more.” Click on that and at the bottom of the list, right after “Video,” you will find a new option: “YouTube.” Enter a search term and you are taken straight to YouTube’s… Read More

  • Streaming Internet radio coming soon to PSP

    With the update to firmware 3.80, the Sony PSP becomes a streaming Internet radio device. Screen shots of the software, which is “powered by Shoutcast,” are currently floating around the Internet and only provide the smallest of details, like better OPML and image handling in RSS. The “fun” details, like when we can expect a U.S. release or just what the relation is… Read More

  • Path Intelligence Monitors Foot Traffic in Retail Stores By Pinging People's Phones

    Analytics have turned shopping sites into finely tuned machines, enabling publishers to efficiently direct the flow of traffic around a site. However, the same can’t be said for their real-world counterparts. Aside from running tests using video tapes and infrared counters, there’s no comprehensive way for businesses to monitor how customers are flowing through their space. That… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Creepy Gift Edition

    Behold the decline and fall of the technical age: the scrolling LED tree ornament
    Chip Clips: Stocking Stuffer for your geeky girlfriend
    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Crumpler’s Brazillion Dollar Home
    Zune, Apple TV make Popular Mechanics’ worst-of-the-year list
    CG Holldays 2007 Recommendation: ACE Grooming Gear Read More

  • Ordnance Survey releases data, but stops short of radical change

    The UK’s Ordnance Survey mapping agency has (almost) come to its senses and announced that it will allow non-profit making organisations and individual developers to display their own data on OS maps for free. The OpenSpace product makes maps available from the 1:1m outline of Great Britain, up to street level (1:10,000). It provides all the necessary functionality to interact with a… Read More

  • Google Knol: A Step Too Far?

    News broke late yesterday that Google was preparing to launch a new site call Knol that will combine parts of Wikipedia and Squidoo to create a new user generated authoritative online knowledgebase of everything. All the details aren’t fully clear yet. What we do know is that Google will offer a revenue share from each page: “If an author chooses to include ads, Google will provide… Read More

  • Google Preparing To Launch Game Changing Wikipedia Meets Squidoo Project

    When it comes to Google, nothing should surprise us any more. Last month it was Digg style social voting on search results, this month its a new project called “Knol” (which apparently stands for a unit of knowledge), a user generated knowledge project that combines parts of Wikipedia and Squidoo (and to a lesser extent Mahalo) into what could easily turn out to game changer in… Read More

  • Behold the decline and fall of the technical age: the scrolling LED tree ornament

    It’s official in my book: technology has become so cheap that it can’t help but be tacky. You may take this art deco scrolling LED ornament as an example of this. It has a matrix of LEDs around the outside and scrolls wishes of Xmas cheer to boost your Yuletide spirit. And get this: it’s called “Seasons Readings”. Get it!? If this isn’t an excuse for a… Read More

  • Chip Clips: Stocking Stuffer for your geeky girlfriend

    Attention, ladies of Seattle: If you’re walking around wearing these, and I see you, we’re getting married right then and right there. Computer chip hair clips! [Etsy, via 7 Gadgets, via Shiny Shiny] Read More

  • Rumors say Best Buy is sitting on tons of Wiis, playing keep away

    We think people who camp out overnight for electronics (even the iPhone) are dumbasses in general, but Best Buy is looking to force them to do just that, it would seem. Word is the biggest of the big box retailers is sitting on a glut of Wiis, keeping them from the shelves, and is planning on a few door buster sales in the coming weeks. Why they’re doing this we’re not sure… Read More

  • Assassin's Creed selling like hotcakes

    Ubisoft makes killer games and there’s no doubt about that so is it any wonder that Assassin’s Creed is boosting the French publisher’s sales outlook for 2007-08? It’s sold more than 2.5 million copies in under four weeks and Ubi expects to sell at least five million, which is two more than they expected. Really, Ubi? You didn’t think it was going to sell that well? Read More

  • Cisco completing purchase of WiMax provider

    We’ve been talking quite a bit about WiMax lately, and that’s because there’s been a lot of movement in that technology lately. Cisco’s in on the act, finalizing its acquisition of Navini, a WiMax network operator, which it hopes to leverage in developing countries. Almost every bit of information on the Internet comes to you across Cisco hardware at some point, so it… Read More

  • Intel Crams WiFi, WiMAX and DVB-H Into One Chip

    Intel announced today that it had developed a single chip to handle signals for WiFi, WiMAX and DVB-H. The chip measures just 24-millimeters^2 and consumes only 79mW. While DVB-H is more or less irrelevant in the States, this chip could still be significant. And considering the capability to stick three radio receivers onto one die, Intel could feasibly rip DVB-H out and add some wireless… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Maxtor OneTouch external drives

    turned me onto the Maxtor OneTouch 4, and I must say it’s the most excellent external drive I’ve ever owned. Though there are drives with much higher capacities than mine’s 120GB, the OneTouch is great for mobile users as it uses USB bus power to work, no stupid power cables to schlep around. In a perfect world, everything would have bus power, it’s cheaper, and easier… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Crumpler's Brazillion Dollar Home

    <img src="http://old.crunchgear.com/wp-content/pbucket/20. Isn't that what they always say? Yeah, it irritates the feck out of me, too. I was in the market for a camera bag a little while back and I figured I'd just grab one of Crumpler's 'buckets' and drop it into my Barney Rustle Blanket. It was perfect, I didn't have to spend a whole lot of money on a… Read More

  • Apple prepping new Cinema Displays as an early Xmas present?

    If something disappears from the Apple store, it’s usually because there’s an upgrade right around the corner, and so we’re guessing it will go with Apple’s cinema displays, which have disappeared from the Apple store’s main page. You can still browse to them, but they’re no longer on the virtual end cap as they were before, a clue signifying an upgrade… Read More

  • Rummble opens slowly, with Facebook app first

    Mobile social network startup Rummble launched a Facebook application today. People still can’t sign up direct from the main site as it remains in closed beta, but by adding the FaceBook application they can. Beta testers can signup when they load the app. This allows them to share their favourite places with friends. The mobile site is at http://m.rummble.com. Why is Rummble doing is… Read More

  • Helio Player hits the street

    With all the hoopla swirling around the new YouTube client for the Helio Ocean, we forgot to mention that the new Helio Player for the Fin, Heat, Drift, and especially the Ocean. The player is an iTunes-esque media management program for PCs that allows you to more easily sync up music, videos, and photos with your Helio phone. It also features an iTunes like music store, though the selection… Read More

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