• Wiffiti's Messaging Widget Is Fun

    http://wiffiti.com/e/tUNvuC We’ve been playing around with Wiffiti all afternoon. The service has been around for a while, but if you haven’t heard of it you may want to give it a look. Anyone can post a message – just text “@crunch [message]” to 25622 and it will appear on the screen. The real use for something like this is projecting the widget up on a big screen… Read More

  • Pistols at Dawn: Ryan Block Now on TechCrunch20 Panel of Experts

    Engadget’s Ryan Block will represent the gadget and gizmo folks at the TechCrunch20, a supercool symposium of all things Web 2.0 hosted by our own Michael Arrington and the illustrious Jason “The Animal” Calacanis. Michael told me that I couldn’t be on the panel in the interest of preserving impartiality, but we all know it’s because Ryan and Pete Rojas… Read More

  • Engadget Editor In Chief Ryan Block Joins TechCrunch20 Panel Of Experts

    More good news about the upcoming TechCrunch20 Conference in September: Ryan Block, the Editor in Chief of Engadget, has joined our advisory board and will help us review the many gadget startups that have applied to launch at the event. See Ryan’s post about joining the panel on Engadget, here. The current list of experts is here. We will continue to announce new experts in the… Read More

  • Sidekick Zante, LX and LE Release Date Revealed

    The crew at Hiptop3 has the scoop on a leaked document that reveals the release dates for the Zante aka Slide aka Motorola Q700 as well as the LE and LX editions. We’re still unsure what the LX and LE models are, but the focus is on the RAZResque device, which is slated for a Q3 launch. Upon closer inspection of the document I’d go out on a limb and say that it’s fake. Read More

  • Declick Your Clicks With The Declicker From ELP


    If you’re gonna digitize a large vinyl record collection, you might maybe wanna check out the declicker. Built by the same people that make that $9,900 LT-1LRC Laser Turntable, the ELP declicker, um, removes the clicks and background noise (but you’re stuck with the hiss) from a record in real-time without the need to manually clean tracks up on a computer. It also transfers… Read More

  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

    “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” is a film sure to interest most of you. It follows Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe, the two most notable “Donkey Kong” players ever, in their ongoing quest to dominate one another. It is a real-life tale of shady characters, heartbreak and deceit. Oh, and video games. Enjoy the trailer. Read More

  • WWDC Leopard Beta Leaked Onto BitTorrent Site

    It looks like the WWDC beta of Leopard was leaked onto the Oink BitTorrent Web site. (I’m not about to download it, though, that’s for sure.) Here’s a screen shot. And another. And another. That last one made me laugh. Oops! Nobody’s completely downloaded the 6GB file yet, but the site’s forum is red hot with activity and the file already has 205 comments. Read More

  • Rumor: MacBooks Slim Down In October


    So you held off on buying a MacBook till after WWDC juuuuuuuust in case a new model was announced. Well friends, do you think you can wait just a little bit longer? CG recently spoke to a “trusted source” that has given us “reliable” intel in the past, and he/she/it says to expect new MacBook models around September October for back-to-school time. He/she/it says… Read More

  • Alto Stands, Live, On Video

    http://admin.brightcove.com/destination/player/player.swf What do you get when you mix two fellows in white button-down shirts, a laptop stand, and a video camera? Family fun for all ages, silly. Logitech Alto Express and Alto Connect Notebook Stands (video) [Notebooks] Read More

  • Blackberry: Fin!


    Le gouvernement français a officiellement interdit des dispositifs de Blackberry de RIM et ne leur permettra pas de prendre l’email par des comptes fédéraux. Le Monde rapporte que les services de sécurité de la France croient que des Blackberrys pourraient être compromises par les porcs étrangers. “Ils ont essayé de nous offrir autre chose pour remplacer nos Blackberrys… Read More

  • The One Millionth Happy FiOS Customer, Up From 17

    http://admin.brightcove.com/destination/player/player.swf We at CrunchGear have been mean to FiOS because we’re dumb and don’t understand that fiber is the future. Just to rub it in, Verizon sent us this video of the Bayer family out in Longuyland saying that fiber is supergreat. I’m kind of a futurist when it comes to connectivity — I’ve seen too much cool… Read More

  • Verizon To Offer Mobile Payments

    Slowly, mobile payments are starting to creep their way into the US. Though foreign countries tend to use the service more, the US will eventually catch on when we all realize that paying your bills while out and about can be easy. Verizon has now announced that it will be using Obopay’s service to allow customers to send mobile payments to each other and stores by using their… Read More

  • Yahoo! in Talk to Buy MySpace: Is That a Good Idea Nowadays?

    Well this is big. Apparently, Yahoo! has discussed buying MySpace from News Corp in a bid to save itself from irrelevance. In return, News Corp. would get 30 percent of the newly combined Yahoo!+MySpace. Or, in dollar amounts, News Corp would cash in to the tune of $11.1 billion. Considering Murdoch and Co. bought MySpace for $650 million, I’d say that’s a deal and a half. Too… Read More

  • Samsung's Sexy Hybrid Hard Drive

    No, this hybrid hard drive isn’t actually sexy (though it is topless) and it is difficult to get excited about hard drives in general. But, since Samsung’s still an underdog in the category, the company’s doing its best to innovate the space instead of just cranking out larger sizes (though it did that, too). The 2.5-inch MH80 notebook hard drives feature 256MB of… Read More

  • Vivendi Games Mobile Announces Second-Half ’07 Game Titles


    The major players in the electronic entertainment industry are bringing out the big guns when it comes to mobile games. With a mobile phone in nearly everyone’s pocket that’s a bigger market than the current generation of consoles combined! Vivendi Games Mobile has announced their second half line up, and it is an impressive one. This includes titles that are original properties… Read More

  • When Godzilla Needs A Margarita…

    I’d like you to meet Don. Don is Sara’s uncle and he’s a bit of a kooky tinkerer and enjoys building things. Don has a passion for Jimmy Buffet and margaritas, so he built the world’s fastest margarita machine. It sits on a trailer with a small car engine that powers a six-gallon mixer. It seems it was designed with the intention of getting half of Rhode Island… Read More

  • Halo 3 Clix

    Someone is certainly making a small fortune in licensing fees from the Halo franchise. After yesterday’s announcement that McFarlane will be producing action figures, we’re hearing that WizKids plans on producing more than 80 miniatures from the Halo universe, including vehicle packs. The Halo ActionClix CMG (Collectable Miniatures Game) is one of the latest of such tabletop games… Read More

  • Logitech Drops a Bunch of Notebook Gear


    Logitech is beginning to drop a barrage of gear. The first set of gear up is aimed at the notebook market. By far the most interesting product from this array is the Alto Connect (pictured above). In addition to providing a better angle on which to pound away on your computer, it also offers a four port USB hub and cable management. It’ll retail for $80 — but that’s not all! Read More

  • LG Fusic II: We Have a Picture of It Now

    Do I have a treat for you. It’s a picture of the upcoming LG Fusic II. Unfortunately, we know more about Vince McMahon’s death than we do about what this phone can do. Yes, we know it has a 1.3-megapixel camera, but so do every other cellphone on Earth at this point. Oh, and it supports EV-DO. We know that, too. The rest? Not a damn thing. No release date, no nothing. If you ask me… Read More

  • Levi's Enters The Mobile Market

    Face it, you have a great ass. It’s fantastic. Formed to look like a perfect bubble, you demand only the tightest, hottest jeans money can afford. And because you’re a jeans fan, you need a phone that’s designed to fit in them. In comes Levi’s with its first mobile phone. Designed by a company called ModeLabs, this phone features a metallic steel finish and all the… Read More