• High Definition Video Coming to Hulu, Samples Available

    Hulu, the joint online video venture between NBC and News Corp, has given private beta testers a sneak peak at the high definition video that should soon be available on the net more ubiquitously now that Flash supports the H.264 video codec. Hulu currently provides only nine trailers in high definition as a sampler, including ones for Jumper, 27 Dresses, Hitman, American Gangster, and… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Konami arcade game for $320 with code

    Is it just me or has Linens ‘n Things really been getting aggressive with gadgets and whatnot? I mean aggressive in a good way, too. Take this "full size" Konami arcade game, for instance. Why not forgo the car payment this month and pick this thing up instead? I put "full size" in quotes because the cabinet stands at just over five feet tall and the size of that… Read More

  • I-Doser: How does this thing work? I want to float!

    On What.cd? yesterday, a freeleech torrent was uploaded containing a bunch of I-Doser FLACs. Now, call me ignorant or whatever, but how do I get these things to work reliably? I tried following the directions as best as I could—turn the lights out, relax, have a good pair of headphones, etc.—but I simply couldn’t get anything to happen. I tried the Lucid Dream and Hand of God… Read More

  • Report: Apple bought a truckload of LED backlights, to be used in sub-notebook?

    There’s a story in today’s Digitimes that claims Apple has placed an order for 13.3-inch LED backligt units, known on the street as BLUs. What could Apple be doing with a bunch BLUs, say, maybe, putting the finishing touches on a Damn Small notebook? (That’s what I’m hoping for. I’ve been without a notebook for seven months now… I missing going into… Read More

  • Microsoft keyboards' secret radio codes deciphered

    Some fellas over at Dreamlab took it upon themselves to apply a packet sniffer to one of Microsoft’s RF-based wireless keyboards, the Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 and 2000. They found that unlike bluetooth devices, which have pretty strong encryption, the only thing they ran into with the RF keyboard was “a simple XOR mechanism with a single byte of random data” – and… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Kodak EasyShare V1253

    The promise of the Kodak’s EasyShare V1253 is immense. As the world’s first compact cam with a video capture function that can pull high-def (that’s 720p, and no I’m not counting those Sanyo products), this could represent a rare case of digital convergence that carves out an entirely new niche. Read more… Read More

  • Reviewing the Unknown Contest: Congratulations to BFFs LittleRedRyanHood and jaxim

    Whether it’s a detailed and intelligent alaysis of the Zune or a liveblog of Lindsey Lohan in The Parent Trap, our CG BFFs are providing great content every day. Guys – email me at john @ crunchgear.com with your preference of iPod Classic or Zune 2. First come first served, so get cracking. Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Xbox 360 Elite, HD DVD player

    As if you didn’t see this one coming, folks. For the holidays I’m recommending the Xbox 360 Elite and the HD DVD player add-on. The Xbox 360 is hands down the best on the market. The titles are all there and a 120GB drive ensures you’ll have plenty of room for extra content. The matte black finish alone is worth the extra dough. And the PS3 stinks! Well, not really, but I have… Read More

  • Forrester Research finds some consumers like the green

    Like all things, any "green" product will enjoy success when it costs less yet does more than its competition. I’m all for using products that consume less electricity but that’s more because I hate paying my electric bill and wish it was lower each month. One of the great promises of green products is that they save people money over time. Not all of them do, though. Read More

  • Exclusive: Technorati Relaunches To Focus On Core Blogging Audience

    Technorati has a brand new CEO, and he’s been busy in his short time with the company. Today Technorati is relaunching, with a new core focus on bloggers. Last week I saw a demo of the new products, which CEO Richard Jalichandra and VP Engineering Dorion Carroll say reflect the company’s re-dedication to their core audience: bloggers and advertisers. Technorati Front Page The… Read More

  • Big surprise: Germans can now sell locked iPhones

    Mein gott in himmel! The T-Mobile can now sell locked iPhones to their Swabian customers without worrying that Vodafone will iochen Sie sie in den Testikeln. T-Mobile can sell iPhone with contract-German court [Reuters] Read More

  • T-Mobile BIS is still down

    So I’ve been attempting to access the Internet e-mail setup service from my Curve since last night and every time it fails to access the site. I’ve tried it from my desktop with the same result. I’m getting my e-mails, which is all I really care about, but is T-mo down because of the record rains in Washington? I’m thinking so. Our Seattle crew seems to be off-line as well. Read More

  • Somewhere, somehow, only 10 of these Zunes will be made

    OK. Once, like, I was on the stupid 7 train heading home, right, and I saw some kid with a Zune. I was like, no, I don’t remember doing any DMT before getting on, so I’m probably not seeing things. But them I’m like, but it’s a Zune, nobody has a Zune lol! Um… only 10 of these special edition Zunes will be made. I don’t know how you can get them, but… Read More

  • Visible Path Sees Its Way To An Acquisition

    Corporate social networking application Visible Path is set for an acquisition soon. The term sheet has been signed and the acquirer, says the company, is a “multi-billion dollar international company with established sales and technology operations.” No word on the terms of the deal, but a worthwhile exit price would be high considering the $22.7 million already invested in… Read More

  • GameSpot defends itself, says advertiser pressure didn't cause editor's firing

    Tell me if you believe this yarn, said by CNET Networks Entertainment vice president of programming Greg Brannan: Neither CNET Networks nor GameSpot has ever allowed its advertising business to affect its editorial content. The accusations in the media that it has done so are unsubstantiated and untrue. Jeff’s departure stemmed from internal reasons unrelated to any buyer of advertising… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #268

    A PR agency contacted me and offered to send some products from a gadget company they represent. All of the gadgets are fun USB toys, so I thought it would make a great stocking stuffer show. If you’re going to stuff a stocking with a USB gadget, I think you have to stick some kind of iPod in it. My recomendation this year is the Nano. On this brief, I also talk about Brando’s… Read More

  • Windows Vista now trusts you to be a good person

    When SP1 drops for Windows Vista, gone will be the WGA kill switch that turns off your PC if you don’t have a genuine copy of Vista. Beginning with the final, released version of SP1 next year (the modified WGA code will be missing from all but the most exclusive of SP1 betas), Microsoft plans to roll back WGA to its original format as a series of notifications that nudge and nag but… Read More

  • MySpace Unplugged

    Today, MySpace launched a new part of its Website called Transmissions that will feature candid session videos and recordings of musicians. The only thing on the page right now are a few session recordings from James Blunt and a video interview of him sitting at a piano. The page has a bunch of sliders like on a stereo equalizer that you can move around, but don’t seem to actually… Read More

  • IE more secure than Firefox (according to MS)

    Look, a chart! A chart with numbers on it! There’s a division of Microsoft known as the "Trustworthy Computing Group". That sounds nice. The head of the aforementioned group is Jeff Jones. He says that Internet Explorer has historically needed fewer security fixes than the competition and, as such, IE is the more secure browser. Jones says that Mozilla has had to fix almost… Read More

  • Format wars: Come together or die

    As I’ve said before, the so-called format war won’t be coming to an end anytime this year or next. It’s not really even a war amongst the two formats. Each camp must convince the consumers to upgrade their old tubes to HD before the war can even begin. So what we have here is the Chinese finger trap. Now, we all know the only way to get out of said trap is to come together or… Read More

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