• Amazon Wii and PS3 Lottery Results

    Amazon Wii and PS3 Lottery Results

    Last night I checked the odds that I’d be able to purchase a Wii—28 to 1. I had thought that was a pretty solid chance. Odds like that are hard to come by in any lottery system. So I logged into Amazon this morning and was greeted by the screen above. Luck was on my side. I was going to get a Wii. I had all my accessories planned out; all the games I’d get. Envisioned playing it… Read More

  • Coby MP3 Micro System…huh?

    Coby Korea plans to launch its new portable MP3 micro system, MP-C341, next month in Korea. It’ll be available with 512MB/1GB of built-in memory, has a USB port to download MP3 files, an alarm function to wake you up with your favorite tunes and lyrics on the display (a Clay Aiken song for Blake I’m sure), FM recording, SD/MMC slot and even has an auxiliary jack to connect your other… Read More

  • Opera "Trial" for Wii Hitting Wii Shop Friday

    Opera "Trial" for Wii Hitting Wii Shop Friday

    Beginning Friday, you’ll be able to catch up on CrunchGear posts between rounds of WiiSports. Opera just announced that the “trial” version of Opera for Wii will hit the Wii shop this Friday. Best part: It’s free, at least for now (the word “trial” tends to mean price spikes could come at any minute.) So scoop it up while the scoopin’s free. Opera Edit… Read More

  • Blackjack Battery Update

    Blackjack Battery Update

    Rejoice! Our pal David Ciccone wrote in to tell us that Samsung has dropped a new and improved battery for the Blackjack. It ups the power from 1200mAh to 1800mAh. If you’ll recall, the battery was the only real drawback I could find with the Blackjack. Samsung includes two battery and an external charger with the device, but it’s a bit of a hassle. The new battery adds some meat to… Read More

  • Zune Software Update Coming Today

    Zune Software Update Coming Today

    Harvey at Zunerama sends word that the Zune software will be updated later today. It will enable support for Windows Vista and fix many issues that users, like Biggs and Goldman, have had installing their Zunes. The update will be 22MB. It will be available through Microsoft auto-update and at Zune.net. Zune Compatible with Vista: Today [Zune Insider] Read More

  • NetSuite's Going Public, Looking for $1 Billion Valuation

    NetSuite, the fraternal twin of SalesForce (both companies CEOs came out of Oracle and have similar business models), is preparing to go public next year based on 2006 revenues of about $70 million. The good news is that this could crack open the IPO window for startups again, which was firmly shut in the wake of GoDaddy’s abrupt withdrawl of its registration statement in August. Investment… Read More

  • Time Calls PS3 a Bust, Names You Person of the Year

    Time Calls PS3 a Bust, Names You Person of the Year

    According to the ineffable authority that is Time Magazine, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is a bust. Its verdict: The big story in computer games this year was HOW TO BLOW A HUGE LEAD, by Sony. Its PlayStation 2 was the champ in the last round of the console wars. This time Sony bet on a chip called the Cell and a disc format called Blu-ray. They’re probably awesome, but how would anybody know? Read More

  • Lenmar Bat Paks Will Change The Way You Charge

    Lenmar makes all manner of rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and accessories for consumer electronics. It recently added these here Bat Paks to its lineup. The Bat Paks are two-in-one universal battery packs that are compact and portable, functioning as a charger to recharge portable electronics in addition to being a full-on battery pack. There are three models available for powering… Read More

  • Snap Image Search

    Snap Image Search

    Search engine Snap launched an image search feature today. The results are no better than that offered by the big guys, but Snap’s unique two column interface is something that some users find to be really cool. The problem with the lack of available photo meta data to assist with queries continues to plague all search engines, of course, leading to less than great results. It will be… Read More

  • Secret Agent Man

    Here’s some more goodness from the homeland, Sunyang DNT has just released the Volvox (you don’t know how hard it is for me not to laugh out loud right now). This clever little USB memory stick supports a VoIP camera feature in the mother country’s market. With a USB cable you can adjust the viewing angle and apparently you can even make movies with a few camera adjustments. It… Read More

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  • Our Own Seth Porges on the Wii

    Our Own Seth Porges on the Wii

    Seth took an interview with 610 WIOD in southern Florida where he discusses the Wii with some early morning drive-time folks. The exchange is priceless and well worth the two minutes of your life to hear little Seth explain the source of the word “wii.” Podcast [WIOD, scroll down a bit] Read More

  • Samsung Vista LCD

    While I’m not a fan of Windows, let’s give it up to Samsung for introducing their two new widescreen monitors with Windows Vista certification. Yes that’s right I said Windows Vista certification. These beauties come in 20 and 22 inch models (CX206BW and CX226BW) with a sassy black high-gloss piano finish to rev up there new Syncmaster LCD series. Details are skimp but we do know… Read More

  • Optical Joystick You Say?

    Samsung brings us some mobile goodness, they’ve launched the first mobile phone with an optical joystick. The SCH-V960 which hits stores in Korea this month is outfitted with a 2-megapixel camera, GPS, documents viewer, microSD slot and Bluetooth. What’s great about this phone is the optical joystick and the ease of use through the interface it allows users. It’s pretty much like… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Death Watch Edition

    Daily Crunch: Death Watch Edition

    At Home with the Push Button Manor Killer Clowns From USB Heaven Badassery: Gerber Hinderer Rescue Knife iPod Death Watch Release Your Inner Peeping Tom With A Cellphone Telescope Read More

  • First Big Partner for Zudeo: BBC

    Zudeo, the new “100% legal” content sharing site launched by popular BitTorrent company Azureus two weeks ago, just nailed a distribution deal with the BBC. That just took them from a theoretically cool product to a player in the online video space. Under the agreement, BBC will license a number of television shows to U.S. users, including Red Dwarf, Strange and Invasion Earth, Little… Read More

  • Polar Rose: Europe's Entrant Into Facial Recognition

    Polar Rose: Europe's Entrant Into Facial Recognition

    Malmö, Sweden based Polar Rose is having its coming out party today and pre-announcing a product release slated for early next year. CEO Nikolaj Nyholm gave me demo of what’s coming last weekend. Polar Rose is trying to solve the increasingly important problem of making sense out of photos. Without semantic data, a photo isn’t much use to a computer trying to convert a keyword query… Read More

  • Digg Has Hiccups – Site Down for Nearly Two Hours

    Digg Has Hiccups – Site Down for Nearly Two Hours

    The changes at Digg today must have put a strain on the ol’ servers. The site has been down for nearly two hours as of 2 am PST. In the meantime, the Digg staff recommends a number of links to keep readers busy. We’ll keep reporting these outages until they add TechCrunch to the list. Digg this story. (oh wait, you can’t) Read More

  • Peerflix Swaps One Problem For Another

    After a year long beta period and another year of operation, Peerflix is ditching its barter model of swapping DVDs. Until today, users swapped DVDs in the Peerflix marketplace, and the company took a $.99 transaction fee for the exchange. Any DVD was as good as any other, and the result was that people only put the stuff they really didn’t want on the site, hoping to swap it for a new… Read More

  • Holiday Buyer's Guide 2006: Great Tech For The Clueless

    With so much tech goodness available, it’s all too easy to forget that some of the best products are the ones that don’t require a Comp Sci degree to master. After all, just because you’re a genius and can figure out how to work the latest cell phone, computer, TV or digital camera, doesn’t mean your friends and family can. To that end we’ve put together a brief list… Read More

  • Microsoft Zune Zips Along

    Microsoft Zune Zips Along

    If you’ve got a Microsoft Zune and have a few minutes, get over to your PC, plug in your Zune, log onto to Zune marketplace and grab the new 1.2 firmware update. Microsoft hasn’t let out any details of what the update does, but it did give the following statement: This required update will help enhance stability and performance. For devices being upgraded from Zune firmware version… Read More