• Aircell gets FAA approval for WiFi in airplanes

    Aircell, those guys who want to put WiFi on airplanes across the country, finally received the FAA certifications it needed to start building its equipment into airplanes proper. It recently finished its nationwide network of transponders that would bounce the signals up to the airplane, and with this last hurdle out of the way, we could conceivably start seeing WiFi-equipped aircraft this year. Read More

  • Chinese man builds world's largest cellphone for some reason

    We all have to have hobbies, it keeps our minds from going to mush. Mr. Tan of Songyuan City, China, has a pretty good one: He built the world’s largest cellphone, hoping for a world record. As phones are getting smaller and slimmer it’s a dubious record at best. Still, the phone itself is fully functional and looks to be based on a Nokia model. Hats off to you, Mr. Tan, for… Read More

  • Microsoft: No Blu-ray plans for Xbox, you guys are stupid poo-heads

    If you’re a next-gen video game console that’s soon to get the Blu-ray treatment, step forward. Not so fast, Xbox 360. Your boss says no way, at least not yet. Those rumors we’ve been following today from Digitimes are hogwash, or so says Big Redmond. That’s not to say Blu-ray won’t come to Xbox 360, it’s just not on its way yet, and anything else is… Read More

  • Rumor: Microsoft will introduce Blu-ray Xbox 360 selling at a loss

    Right now, the DVD-ROM drive in an Xbox 360 costs between $18-20 for Microsoft to include. Everyone wants the Xbox to get Blu-ray, but will they want to pay the price? The OEM costs for a Blu-ray drive for Microsoft would be around $95-100 a pop, effectively raising the price of an Xbox $80-$100 to cover it, making the console more expensive when Microsoft is trying to keep costs down to… Read More

  • Yahoo Loses Its Musical Soul

    Yahoo Music Vice President Ian Rogers has resigned to join a new stealth music startup called Topspin Media as CEO. This is a blow to Yahoo – Rogers is one of the few music industry insiders who have a clear vision for what the future of music should be. In 2007 he and former Yahoo Music GM Dave Goldberg told music insiders they must abandon DRM – a year later it was reality. Last… Read More

  • Atom Apples? Why Cupertino will spring for Intel's new processor line

    The evidence is compelling. The Atom processor is a great opportunity for many engineers and developers: its low power requirements and relatively high performance make it perfect for a range of small and medium-sized devices. Lots of companies are already on board, and Apple almost certainly will be soon. Why, you ask? Well, it’s the perfect match for a fantasy line of Apple… Read More

  • Books are going way of Dodo says some lady in the UK

    Lordess Tracy Chevalier Esq., an authoress and head of the UK Society of Authors believes that the Internet will destroy books as we know them. As we all know, book piracy is rampant online and off, with book piracy rings popping up as fast as authorities can ask them politely to pack up their things and move elsewhere. Books by J.K Rowling, Jamie Oliver, and Salman Rushdie are appearing on… Read More

  • Current News: An Even Easier Way For Web Audiences To Get On TV

    As Al Gore’s Current Media gets ready for its IPO, the cable channel is drawing more on its Website audience for TV content. Today, it is launching Current News, a three-minute wrap-up culled from audience submissions on the Web that will play every hour on Current TV. As such, the site now has a new look, with the audience contributions front and center. Each one can be voted up… Read More

  • Motorola closes Singapore plant

    Former cell phone giant Motorola is closing its Singapore plant, leading to a loss of about 700 jobs. The business headquarters for the Asia-Pacific region will remain in Singapore while manufacturing will move elsewhere. This is in line with the upcoming Motorola split as well as cost reduction measures put in place to keep the company from sucking so much. Read More

  • Crunchgear trivia

    Since we installed WordPress 2.5 It, the dashboard is offered considerably more information than any of us remember including this crazy “Right Now” section describing our work so far. Granted, all of this information used to be in the lower right corner now it’s up top for us look at everyday. We’ve been running CrunchGear and for almost a year and a half and… Read More

  • JVC launches new in-ear headphones

    JVC just announced a pair of $80 headphones, the HA-SX500. They use the companies Bi-METAL technology and have a 16mm driver unit or more sensitivity. They should be available in April. Read More

  • Sampa Redesigns User Interface, Gets Injection of Cash

    Sampa, the personal homepage creator for families, has raised $1M in Series A financing from a group of individuals including Geoff Entress and former executives from Microsoft, Netscape, and Lightsurf. The Redmond-based company has also rebuilt its user interface so that it’s more intuitive for soccer moms who don’t know any of the concepts behind making websites. The new design… Read More

  • Problems in Apple stock point to upcoming iPhone upgrade?

    Sadly, this is the only one left. Analysts are predicting that a new 3G iPhone will appear sooner than later based on supply problems at 20 Apple retail stores nationwide. Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster called a number of Apple stores and found that most had no iPhones in stock. Because the supply lead time for Apple is about seven days, this is highly unusual and either points to… Read More

  • Amazon launches SMS store

    Need something immediately? Want to check on a price? Text your search term to 262966 (“AMAZON”) and Amazon will hunt down a few items from its online store. Reply and Amazon will call you to confirm your order. The usage model is fairly compelling: you’re in a store, and you see something you want. You simply text Amazon to confirm that it’s cheaper online and then spit… Read More

  • iPhone users are young, smug, and rich

    A new study by Rubicon Consulting finds that most iPhone users are very satisfied with their purchase that the most popular application is e-mail. 75% of iPhone users claim to do more mobile web browsing and many are disappointed by the limitations of Mobile Safari. The study also found that 50% of iPhones replaced standard cellphones and that the iPhone was the first phone for 10% of users. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Hello Kitty Online expansion to launch next year, God save us all

    An extension to the massively multiplayer online game based on the frightening and sad world of Hello Kitty is well on its way to ensnaring our youth in its disgusting pink and white tentacles. The expansion pack finds our heroes trapped on an island in the South Pacific after crashing in Kitty Air flight 337. If this sounds familiar, it’s because you hallucinated it in one of your… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Grand Theft Auto IV will have 'undetailed' portrayals of sex acts (plus new gameplay video)

    Break out your telescope Unlike Manhunt 2 before it, Grand Theft Auto IV has passed that British censor board just fine. In so doing, however, we’re given a quick little play-by-play of what to expect from the game’s more “adult” moments. “During gameplay the character can pick up prostitutes… What follows is an un-detailed portrayal of masturbation… Read More

  • Surface to surface in AT&T stores

    And you thought the Surface was all hot air! Microsoft and AT&T have teamed up to place Surface computers in AT&T stores. By placing a phone on the machine, you can call up information and specifications for any phone in the store. We’re not yet sure if you can put your drinks on the Surface machines or order back rubs from store employees. These machines will have 30 inch… Read More

  • Craigslist scam really some kind of crazy cover-up for a minor burglary

    Remember the Craigslist scam in Southern Oregon where an unknown person or persons posted asking people to come clear out a house? Well, it was actually supposed to be a way to cover the tracks of two bumbling burglars. Amber and Brandon Herbert originally broke into the property’s garage and as a way to keep from getting caught a post of the Craig’s list ad encouraging folks to… Read More

  • Flash concept cellphone has built-in projector (for projecting images onto random people!)

    While Peter and Doug are at CTIA in Las Vegas bringing you the latest news and photos of quote-unquote real cellphones, I can do no less than point you in the direction of the Flash, a mighty fine concept brought to us by Peter Zsoit Koren. (I think Flash is the name, not too sure.) Like, what, all of the phones at this year’s CTIA, it’s got a touchscreen and sorta widescreen display. Read More

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