• No squad control for Gears of War 2

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I never used the squad controls in the first GoW. Does anyone else care or not care that this feature is being axed for GoW2? Read More

  • Apple looking for WiMax, UWB engineer

    After the banners were unfurled at January’s Macworld with their “There’s something in the air” teaser, many hoped Apple would be announcing the addition of WiMax to their laptop line up. When it turned out that the “air” bit was referring to Apple’s Macbook Air, the Apple/WiMax rumor mill grinded to a halt, presumably because everyone was busy… Read More

  • James Cameron bets big on 3D, says you'll love it everywhere

    Director James Cameron, maker of such amazing films as Terminator and The Abyss, has spent years and millions developing 3D cinema technology, rumored to be a driving force behind the film Avatar he’s been working on since the beginning of time. But he wants you to know that it’s not just about movies, the technology could be used in many other ways. He points out that by using… Read More

  • Acer's 'Predator' gaming PCs get preliminary prices

    Yesterday was “Hey, look at the new Acer gaming PCs” day. Today is “Hey, we’ve got some early pricing and specs for you” day. TrustedReviews.com has some interesting information in that the Predator line of PCs won’t be customizable — the machines will just be sold off-the-shelf in stores. That’s good for people who don’t want to wait, but… Read More

  • Ex-eBay/Skype Execs Let You Share Stories With Tokoni

    Feel like sharing? Two ex-Ebay/Skype execs have created Tokoni, a social story sharing site that they hope will become the web’s virtual “front porch”. The site, which quietly launched last December, hopes to foster a warmer and better connected sharing environment than other similar communities on the web. Tokoni is essentially a community of connected blogs with a… Read More

  • Rogers bringing HTC Shift to Canada, GPS support coming

    Rogers Wireless announced today that they will be selling the HTC Shift in Canada, starting immediately. At $1,599 with a three year contract, it doesn’t come cheap, but this thing is a beast. You can check out a review of the GSM version’s CDMA brother over at Crunchgear. In an additional announcement that was oddly obscured within the availability announcement, HTC and Rogers… Read More

  • WTF are people lining up at NYC Apple stores?

    The other day I cruised over to my local deli on Greene Street in Soho to grab breakfast and noticed a contingent of Canal Street locals lining up at the Soho Apple store. I didn’t think anything of it at the time and I just got back from the post office and they were still there! A buddy of mine who works by Central Park just texted me asking if something was going on because he noticed… Read More

  • Now there's robotic Coca-Cola vending machines running around Tokyo

    Apparently there’s a Coca-Cola robot running wild through the streets of Tokyo, ostensibly promoting the sugar water drink at passers-by. The initial write-up has more than one quip that made me chuckle: “…lumbering around Tokyo pinching the heads of people who prefer a different brand.” What is it with Japan and vending machines? Read More

  • Light-emitting glass? Sure, why not?

    Do you pretend to care about the environment because it’s the trendy thing to do? Simultaneously, do you like to display strange, avant-garde art around your domicile? If so, then take a gander at Saazs’ newest endeavor, light-emitting glass. Yes, light-emitting glass, truly sterner stuff. The pictures more or less tell the whole story. Panes of glass with little light things give… Read More

  • Watch out! Here come the hackers with their PDOS!

    Remember back in the early days of the Internet people were worried that “hackers” could break into their computers and cause permanent hardware damage, and those of us in-the-know would be all, “pshaw! Can’t happen” about it? As it turns out, a new attack method called a PDOS (permanent denial-of-service) can do just that. It’s going to be demonstrated… Read More

  • New Samsung UMPC device coming early next year

    In an interview with UK site TechRadar.com, Samsung R&D engineer Jeongseon Euh said the following about his company’s plans for its third-generation UMPC… “We will refresh our design and upgrade our performance and specification. We will continue to invest in form factors. We will launch the 3rd generation of UMPC probably early Q1 next year.” Design and… Read More

  • Reminder: One More Day to Apply to Supernova's Mobile Connections Forum

    Quick reminder that tomorrow, Friday, May 23 is the deadline to submit ideas for the TechCrunch “Mobile Connections” forum that will be hosted at the upcoming Supernova Conference on June 16. The forum will discuss important themes to advance innovation in the mobile environment, and we’ve invited the TechCrunch community to submit your ideas to participate. How to participate
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  • CityMint launches with mobile food ordering for SF residents

    While I love having food delivered, I can’t stand the ordering process. If I somehow have the number handy, chances are I threw away misplaced the menu at some point. Even if I have the menu and ordering seems to go smoothly, I always wonder if the person on the other end actually wrote down my request to hold the mushrooms. (Mushrooms make me die, and no – they usually… Read More

  • Why Apple's industrial design puts others to shame

    “We’ll take the time to get the product right.” You wanna know why Apple’s designs are so lauded, why they make so many competitor’s products look like junk? It’s because of the mentality expressed in the above quote. Apple cares. More specifically, senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive cares. His works include the iMac and iPhone. You may… Read More

  • Skooba, Targus working on TSA-friendly gear bags

    Anyone that’s traveled with their laptop knows what a pain in the ass security is because you’re required to take out your laptop when going through the x-ray machine. I despise it and I travel quite often and it’s slowly becoming the bane of my existence. Maybe I’m being dramatic, but I think we can all agree that it’s an annoying process. Targus and Skooba… Read More

  • Sweater Friends Episode 5: The Return of Juber Duber

    Tune in every Friday at 1PM, Eastern to listen to CrunchGear Talk Radio. Subscribe to Sweater Friends via RSS: http://blip.tv/rss/bookmarks/161708 Subscribe via iTunes: itpc://blip.tv/bookmarks/rss/161708/itunes Read More

  • When exactly will mobile IM take over SMS?

    Some people out there are under the impression that they’re the only ones using text messages in the US. Turns out it’s become more popular than you might think, with 301 billion texts forecasted total for 2008. But the SMS’s time in the sun might be over before the zenith, as mobile IM is set to overtake it, or so the analysts say. I don’t think that’s going… Read More

  • Casio announces a cornucopia of G-Shocks

    Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the G-Shock watch. We’ve all been around long enough to recognize the ruggedness and durability of these watches. They’re built like tanks and last a long time. I’ve got a handful in my stable of time pieces that I’ve collected over the years and I’ll continue to collect them in the coming years. Rather than pointing out… Read More

  • Sharp announces tiny 5-megapixel CMOS camera

    Unless that coin-looking object is actually a manhole cover on 500th Street, the new CMOS camera module on its left is pretty tiny — the world’s smallest, in fact. Ah, indeed it is, according to SlashPhone. “The camera module has a size of only 9.5 x 9.5 x 6.6mm and support auto focus for better image quality. Sharp will start sending out the sample unit next week and start… Read More

  • UK to apply ratings to downloadable videos, games

    Don’t be alarmed, but video game and movie downloads will soon carry age ratings in the UK. The Cousins, worried that such downloads are completely unregulated and unlabeled, will apply the new ratings to video-on-demand and other network services. The ratings will be handled by the British Board of Film Classification, the same organization that banned Manhunt 2 last year. The scheme… Read More

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