• Amazon To Open DRM-free Music Store

    Amazon To Open DRM-free Music Store

    Oh boy. Apple and Amazon are about to have a huge showdown. Bezos and Crew are set to debut an MP3 downloading store that will feature DRM-free tracks. No word yet on what bit-rate songs will be encoded in, but if it’s anything less than 256kbps, Amazon stands no chance against Apple. As you might have suspected, EMI is backing up Amazon on this move and will be offering millions of… Read More

  • Club Penguin In Acquisition Talks With Sony For $500+ million

    It’s been rumored for a while that Montgomery & Co. is representing virtual world Club Penguin in a sale transaction. It looks like the company is locked in talks, possibly exclusive, with Sony, and the price is “at least half a billion” says a source close to the deal. We mentioned Club Penguin last month when a competitor launched from IAC called Zwinktopia. The company… Read More

  • Cowon D2 Review

    Cowon D2 Review


    The new Cowon D2 is a pretty geeky-looking PMP that fits squarely (ok, rectangularly) in the palm of your hand, ready to play 30-fps video, photos, and music at the touch of a virtual button. With up to 4GB of internal flash storage plus an SD card slot–and a 50-hour battery life–the D2 can keep you mindlessly occupied for hours on end. That doesn’t include the time… Read More

  • Interview With A Warez Scene Releaser

    Interview With A Warez Scene Releaser

    Earlier in the week, I let you know a thing or two about piracy. If you became intrigued, I highly recommend checking out TorrentFreak’s interview with a releaser who does Warez scene releases. In case you forgot or didn’t know, Warez is slang for pirated and cracked software available on the Internet. Some fantastic questions are asked, including questions asked by visitors of… Read More

  • Searchology Event At Google Today: Tons of Announcements

    Searchology Event At Google Today: Tons of Announcements

    Update: There are a couple of fairly significant announcements in the notes section below. I’m starting to turn these into posts. Lots coming. At least half of silicon valley’s tech writers and major bloggers are at Google HQ today at the invite-only Searchology, where we are watching a series of presentations by Google executives. There may or may not be announcements of note… Read More

  • Lightascope Makes Your Plasma Look Pretty

    Lightascope Makes Your Plasma Look Pretty

    Now that flat-screen TVs are popping up everywhere, it makes sense to take advantage of them to the fullest. After all, you might not be watching that much television, but you did plunk down three grand for the set. Might as well put it to good use. With Lightascope, you can turn your high-def plasma or LCD TV into tripped out visuals for parties a beautiful work of art. It slides over the… Read More

  • Next Firefox Version Will Look More Mac-like, Less Crap-like

    Next Firefox Version Will Look More Mac-like, Less Crap-like

    How many of you use Firefox on the Mac but hate how it looks like a Windows 3.1 application? The guys at Mozilla know this, have heard your complaints and are now doing something about it. If all goes according to plan, Firefox 3.0 will feature a much more Mac-like interface. In the meantime, one of the main developers of the new Mac build has released a preview version on his Weblog…… Read More

  • TI Navigator Adds Wireless Connectivity To Calculators

    TI Navigator Adds Wireless Connectivity To Calculators

    I’ll admit, when I first saw the TI Navigator, I couldn’t help but think why someone would need wireless connectivity on a calculator. According to Texas Instruments, the TI Navigator is more of a device for the classroom than the individual student. It allows the teacher or professor to view the student’s calculator in real-time so they can see where people are getting stuck… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Puzzles on the Portables

    CrunchArcade: Puzzles on the Portables


    Big things do indeed come in small packages, and this is notably true of the some of the latest puzzle games for the Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable. These offerings might not be overly complex, but don’t call them simplistic. They’re the types of games that are easy to learn, hard to master and even harder to put down. More importantly puzzle games are also the kind… Read More

  • Halo 3 Zune Up For Pre-Order at Gamestop

    Halo 3 Zune Up For Pre-Order at Gamestop

    The Halo 3 edition of the ever popular Zune is now available for pre-order at Gamestop. It will be available June 15 for only $249. The special edition will be jam packed with advertisements for Halo 3, a Halo 2 theatrical trailer, three Halo 3 ‘making of’ documentaries, the first six episodes of Red vs. Blue Season 1 and a custom episode for the Zune. Better get in line because… Read More

  • Sprint Launches Two Low-End Phones, Monsieurs M510 and M300

    Sprint Launches Two Low-End Phones, Monsieurs M510 and M300

    2007 is the year of the smooth phone. Case in point: the two newly released clamshells from Sprint/Samsung. The M300 is a basic phone with a clever mirror finish on the front and it supports Bluetooth and Spring Vision. VGA camera, yadda yadda. It’s 3.6 inches long and offers 3.2 hours of talk time. There’s an external 96×96 pixel color screen and an internal 128×160… Read More

  • Halo 3 Release Date Announced

    Halo 3 Release Date Announced

    For those of you psyched about Halo 3 and its sub-par graphics, you now have an official launch date: September 25th. That’s right. Come the end up September, you can line up outside Target or Best Buy with your Halo 3 Zune, listening to all the Slipknot you so desire. Then when midnight hits and you rush inside to score a copy, you’ll have to decide whether that Legendary… Read More

  • Sex Offenders Complain About Removed PCs

    Sex Offenders Complain About Removed PCs

    Over in Minnesota, a group of imprisoned sex offenders are pissed off because guards confiscated PCs they were using in their cells/rooms. So like any American, they took it to a court of appeals, only to have it shot down by a judge with half a brain. I’m guessing the court appearance went something like this: Judge: Why should I let a group of sex offenders keep their PCs? Inmates: So… Read More

  • New Tropical iPod Ad Looks Just Like CrunchGear HQ

    Hot new iPod ad just hit the Tubes last night, featuring the song “Mi Swing es Tropical” by Nickodemus & Quantic featuring Tempo. That’s pretty much what we do all day at CruchGear: rattle maracas and play keepy uppy against a stylized background. Try it sometime. Here’s a janky YouTube version. Head over to Apple to grab the higher quality jawns. High def o… Read More

  • There Is A God: Killzone Beta Coming Soon

    There Is A God: Killzone Beta Coming Soon

    Though a lot of the FPS hype lately has been centered around the upcoming Halo 3 multiplayer beta, one other tidbit of news has just been announced that could rival that of the Master Chief and the Xbox 360. Seb Downie from Guerilla Games, the team responsible for the Killzone series, has posted on the official Killzone.com forums, saying that a public beta will happen for sure. “Of… Read More

  • ESPN Mobile Application For Verizon

    ESPN Mobile Application For Verizon

    Now that ESPN Mobile is long gone and dead as a doorknob (or Babe Ruth), the company can now focus all its energy into the new mobile application that’s launching for Verizon. Verizon users who pay the $15 a month for the VPak service will be able to download the ESPN application at no additional cost. The software will feature sports scores, live updates, sports video, trivia, etc. Read More

  • Sling Media to Boost Your Net Connection Speed, Show Ads While Slinging

    Sling Media to Boost Your Net Connection Speed, Show Ads While Slinging

    Yup, perhaps in a move to allay content providers’ fears or perhaps in a move to make more money, Sling Media also announced that it’s considering showing ads on its upcoming Clip and Sling service. (Clip and Sling lets you take clips of TV shows and sling ‘em to your compatible devices.) I wonder how showing ads will affect Sling Media’s relationship with the… Read More

  • Another Break In The Wall: Amazon.com to Sell DRM-Free Music

    Another Break In The Wall: Amazon.com to Sell DRM-Free Music

    Amazon.com have announced that they will be launching a digital music store later this year with one particular feature that is sure to bring a smile to many: the store will only sell DRM-free MP3 music files. As with Apple in April, EMI Music’s digital catalog will be key to the new Amazon DRM-Free offering. It’s a great step forward for consumers. Having every song and album… Read More

  • AOL Acquires ADTECH

    AOL Acquires ADTECH

    AOL have announced the purchase of a controlling interest in ADTECH AG, a German based online ad-serving company. The acquisition gives AOL an ad-serving platform that features a variety of ad management and delivery applications that allow publishers to manage their online campaigns. ADTECH will operate as an independent subsidiary of AOL’s Advertising.com. AOL CEO Randy Falco said in… Read More

  • T-Mobile and Google Web’n’Walk

    T-Mobile and Google Web’n’Walk

    T-Mobile, the largest mobile operator in Hungary, will now rely on Google’s search engine technology to power their web’n’walk portal. Previously the domestic Hungarian OK.hu search engine was used for mobile search, but now both T-Online and T-Mobile have made the switch to Google. T-Online and T-Mobile are also using Google as search engine (05/15/07) [Verizon Press Release] Read More