• Project: Double-barrelled elevated composter

    It’s Earth Day, if you hadn’t yet noticed, and as we gear up for CrunchGear’s Green Week we find a how-to on making a neat two-level, double-barrelled composter. If you have a few power tools and the space, it appears to be a fairly straight forward Make that raises your compost heap up off the ground to keep it away from the likes or raccoons and other scavengers. If… Read More

  • Smartphones out of stock across the country as new models get ready to launch

    If you’re in the market for a smartphone, you might want to snatch one up today if you can, but then you might not even be able to find one. RIM, Palm, and Apple are short on supply of their handsets, and many retailers are feeling the effects of the empty shelves. We’d heard rumors that one such smartphone, the Sprint 755p from Palm, had been brought to end of life and there would… Read More

  • Microsoft to close MSN DRM servers at end of August; customers have choices to make

    If you’ve bought your music from MSN’s music store, you have until August 31st to enjoy it before Microsoft turns off its DRM servers. You’ll have to make sure you have license files for all your songs on the computer and devices you want to play them on, because without the servers, you can’t authorize your content. What really sucks is that you’re only allowed up… Read More

  • EcoCho Apparently Not Green Enough For Google

    Google terminates advertising partnerships regularly based on fraud or consumer protection issues, or just because. They never comment publicly on any particular instance, but it’s usually pretty easy to guess. The most recent example is EcoCho a new search engine that says they donate part of revenue to carbon offsets. I made fun of them last week when they launched, since the exact… Read More

  • Keyboard pants with built-in mouse, NERD ALERT

    Wow, you’d have to be really nerdy to wear these keypants/keyboard trousers. I do a lot of nerdy things but wearing these pants is kind of beyond the pale. That said, how awesome are they? and the built-in mouse? Check out the close-up. Did you notice there are speakers built into the knees? Great way to pick up girls at a LAN party. Update: I’d like to call your attention to… Read More

  • Leopard getting an update very soon?

    We got a tip from a young man today claiming that OSX was due for a fairly minor but important upgrade sometime before the end of April, bringing it up to 10.5.3. The update is fairly technical in nature but fixes many minor and some major bugs in the OS. Will your nitpick be resolved? Hit the jump for a full list of what the update does. Read More

  • Archos launches GPS unit, live portable TV, and Flash 9 support for media players

    Archos sent out a fairly lengthy press release today updating us to a few new things its doing with its WiFi-equipped media players, including adding live TV and GPS capabilities. With the new In-Car Holder (that’s its name), the Archos 605 WiFi media player becomes a full-fledged GPS for autos. The holder has GPS functionality, and works with maps stored on the player. It’s a… Read More

  • Mind-reading hat could keep you from being an idiot

    They say if you knew what people were thinking about you at all times that you’d sink into a deep depression and eventually probably take your own life. I don’t know who exactly says that or the exact terminology, so you can just quote me for the time being. At any rate, this mind-reading hat that I’m about to tell you about only reads your mind, not other people’s… Read More

  • MP3tunes.com being sued by EMI, asks users for help

    Seems nobody wants to let Michael Robertson help people back up their music online. First it was My.MP3.com which, as you may or may not remember, was a very cool service where you placed one of your CDs in your computer’s CD-ROM drive, the MP3.com software scanned the disc, and a few seconds later all the tracks from that disc were available for you to stream from any… Read More

  • Mea Culpa: The ClearBoost case does something

    Peter and I just did a little test with the Griffin ClearBoost case on an unadulterated AT&T iPhone. The results, while far from conclusive, showed that with the case on and your hand over the antenna, near the bottom of the unit, the ClearBoost case allowed the phone to maintain a fairly strong signal. This does not mean you’ll have better call quality or faster Internet, per se… Read More

  • The Importance of a Good Name: Ditching SimulScribe For PhoneTag

    Too often in the rush of trying to launch something new, entrepreneurs pay too little attention to coming up with a good name for their product or company. It might start off as a part-time project and they just want to get it up and running. So they pick the first name that comes to mind—often something awful—and then they are stuck with it. That is what happened to SimulScribe… Read More

  • Nokia's 'Comes With Music' signs another major label

    First it was Universal, then EMI expressed interest, and now Sony BMG has hopped aboard Nokia’s “Comes With Music” bandwagon. The basic idea is that certain Nokia devices will include unlimited music downloads for a year. At the end of the year, you’ll apparently be able to keep everything you’ve downloaded and transfer it to your computer and new Nokia… Read More

  • Sony Buys Gracenote for $260M

    Sony has agreed to acquire Gracenote for about $260M. Gracenote provides a range of music-related solutions including MusicID, which detects which song is currently being played by an application and loads track information for the user (such as artist and album names). MusicID leverages a database of over 6M CDs and 80M tracks. Its technology has been in development since 1995 (previously… Read More

  • Miyamoto: Wii fit great for us fatties, hasn't killed anyone yet

    Shigeru Miyamoto told MTV News that there have been very few incidents of people being hurt by the Wii Fit and that the platform will help stem the rising tide of obesity in the United States. Har har. Actually, Miyamoto is pretty defeatist, saying that he knows the Fit won’t keep anyone slim: I think what’s more important, though, is that rather than trying to have people try… Read More

  • Honda creates warning system for cars entering "crime hotspots" (this won't end well)

    I picture myself driving my Honda through the Central District of Seattle on my way to work. It’s a nice day, my windows are down. I stop at a red light. As people cross in front of me, my robo-car chirps "Caution! This area is dangerous!" to me and those around me, then loudly locks the doors. Trouble, people. T-R-O-U-B-L-E. It will, of course, only be available in Japan for… Read More

  • New business laptops starting at $699 from Toshiba

    Five new laptops from Toshiba today. I know the above photo only shows four and I want you to know that we’re doing everything we can to find the fifth one. I speak for the rest of the CrunchGear staff when I tell you that we won’t sleep until we find the — oh, I guess the third one from the left has two different configurations; one with Intel processors and one with AMD… Read More

  • Psystar shipping $399 Mac clones; Apple still mum

    According to its website, Psystar has started shipping the first of its $399 Open computers, which they will pre-install with Leopard for an additional $155. They also note that they have a new location and signs in the windows, further showing that they might be real, but until I see an Open running Leopard myself, I’m a skeptic. Still no word from Apple on what action, if any, the… Read More

  • More rumors of unlocked iPhones

    First we had Italy and now Belgium. Folks from alstel.be are reporting that a 3G, unlocked iPone will be available in May/June and will work on any of the Belgian carriers. Because of “monopoly” issues Apple faced in Germany, the Belgians believe that Apple has given up and will let everyone with a SIM card in on the fun. Doubtful, but stranger things have happened. After all… Read More

  • LG's new KF700 is sexy, Korean

    LG’s got a new phone in South Korea that we’d like to see here. The LG-KF700 has a 3-inch touchscreen, T9/text keypad, and a jog dial for input. It’s supposed to make things easier, but it sounds more confusing to us, but it’s good to have options. Besides the copious input methods, the phone has a 3-megapixel camera, Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube support built-in. Read More

  • Nokia's 5320 and 5220 are some hot-looking media candybars

    Nokia has dropped some phones. The pictures above are the 5220 – the 5320 isn’t as cool-looking, but sports 3G and "Web 2.0 access," of which I am inexpressibly skeptical. It’s expandable to 8GB of room for music, and also can be used in landscape mode for games, though I fail to see how that works, as there are no buttons by the screen. Both are of the… Read More

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