• Banana Zune coming [Updated]

    Holy bonkers! The flash Zune will soon add a 16GB model that’s yellow! Yes, you read that correctly. It’s going to be 16GB of banana-colored goodness. Ok, not really, we’ll see 16GB, but not yellow. I thought the Social was over? You make it you, right? Updated: One of CG’s faithful, Brian R., just sent this in saying he’s seen a yellow Zune in a tv spot: I… Read More

  • The Back Burner: Things we didn't post this week

    A big thank you to everybody for filling our tips at crunchgear dot com inbox with wonderful, unique, and newsworthy items. Here are five that we just couldn’t get to this week. Read More

  • Cellphones can kill you

    Part of being a gadget owner is being responsible. You should know your cellphone etiquette, like not talking while driving wihtout a handsfree kit, remembering to mute the ringer in a theater, and keeping your voice low when in public. These Dear, Abby hints can keep you from personal injury at the hands of the pissed off rest of the planet. Another to add to you personal collection would… Read More

  • Zune 2 sells out across the Web. Wait, what?

    What’s the hardest to find and most sought-after portable MP3 player on the market? Is it the fantastic iPod Touch? The new fat Nano? Nope. It’s the Zune. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Quake 4 for $9.99 shipped

    If you’re looking for another FPS to round out your software collection, you can drop everything and head over to Newegg to pick up Quake 4 for under $10, which includes free 3-day shipping. It’s unfortunately back-ordered at the moment but you can still purchase it and wait patiently. Quake 4 PC Game Activision [Newegg.com] via FatWallet Read More

  • NBC to broadcast Internet-based ‘Quarterlife’ on TV

    In the face of the ongoing writers’ strike, NBC has struck a deal with online show Quarterlife and will likely start airing episodes in February. The show’s creator, Marshall Herskovitz, wouldn’t reveal the exact details of the deal except to say that NBC is paying a licensing fee and it’s not nearly as much as what’s normally paid out for regular TV… Read More

  • Singapore lifts 'Mass Effect' ban

    Reuters is reporting that the Singaporean government lifted its recent ban on the Xbox 360 game Mass Effect that we told you about this week (twice). The game will now carry an "M18" label so that only people of legal age can bear witness to a scene containing an alien female and a human female expressing their strong feelings for one another by doing grown-up things like… Read More

  • Wirelessinfo.com picks best cell phones of 2007

    Ah, all the "Best of 2007" articles should be coming out left and right in the very near future. Wirelessinfo.com has gotten their list of the best cell phones of the year all wrapped up. Something called the iPhone took a couple of awards along with efforts from Palm, LG, BlackBerry, and Nokia. Awards have been broken down by carrier as well as other categories like Best Media… Read More

  • Update On AdultFriendFinder Acquisition – Penthouse May Be The Buyer

    More on the acquisition rumor from yesterday – another source now says they were acquired by Penthouse Media Group, and the price was closer to $500 million. Whether or not a transaction has occured is still somewhat vague, but it seems clear from multiple sources now that Various, Inc., the parent company to Adult FriendFinder and other sites, has at least been trying to sell itself… Read More

  • $5 Million For Synthasite

    Well I guess Synthasite wasn’t all that desperate after all. The South African company has raised a $5 million round of financing to support their easy-to-use web page builder from Compagnie Financière Richemont’s subsidiary, Swiss-based Columbus Venture Capital. We first covered the company in late 2006. CrunchBase Information Synthasite Information provided by CrunchBase Read More

  • Nokia's Viral Web 2.0 Video

    Well, the song is catchy, I’ll give them that. Thanks for the tip Orli. Read More

  • Mobile Gaming Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Developer id Software and Fountainhead Entertainment announced this week that the two companies have joined forces to create a new division of id Software, id Mobile. This new division will develop games for cell phones, the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable. The two software developers have worked in… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Rescue Bean Edition

    Jolly Vader: Star Wars Xmas ornaments look awesome
    The Matrix is eight years old and so are the moves
    For non-chefs: Jennie-O turkies are cooked in a bag, no thawing required
    Show off your insecurities aggressively with this remote
    The Volitan Flying Fish: Badassery on the high seas Read More

  • 23andme: Evil Or The Way Of The Future?

    23andMe, the genetics company founded by Sergey Brin’s wife Anne Wojcicki will launch Monday with a service that will bring science fiction into reality. 23andMe will offer a genetic screening service for $999. The short story is that 23andMe will administer a test (presumably a swab or saliva test) that will take your DNA and screen it. In return you will be told your genetic… Read More

  • Whoa: AdultFriendFinder May Have Been Acquired For $1 Billion+

    Update: Penthouse Media Group may be the buyer. The world’s basest online dating site may have had a major liquidity event. Palo Alto based Various, Inc., which owns AdultFriendFinder and scores of other sites, has been acquired, says a source with knowledge of the deal. This is a single source rumor, but the quality of the source suggests, as it has in the past, that the rumor is… Read More

  • eBay Not Afraid To Promote Unlocked iPhones Outside iPhone Territories

    Since the first time Apple’s iPhone was unlocked there has been a thriving market internationally for unlocked iPhones. The practice itself is legal in many countries, but it’s a practice Apple will not be pleased about, and may well try to argue is a breach of their terms and conditions in some way or another. eBay has long been the best place for anyone outside of the United… Read More

  • Slide problems real says T-mo

    So the Sidekick Slide problem – shutting off for no reason – is real and it’s fabulous. T-mobile has suspended sales until further notice. Moto is working to fix the problem but Slide owners should visit T-mo stores for a fix. UPDATE: According to BGR, those of you with problematic Slides will be able to get upgraded to the LX at no additional cost. Nice! “We received… Read More

  • NBC Picks Up Made For MySpace Show QuarterLife

    Quarterlife, a made for MySpace TV show that “follows the lives of six twenty-somethings and charts the sometimes excruciating, sometimes comic, often emotional experiences that comprise coming of age as a part of the digital generation” has been picked up by NBC. The deal is the first time a made for internet program has been picked up by a television network in the United… Read More

  • PayPerPost Bloggers Get Slammed By Google

    If participating in PayPerPost wasn’t questionable enough morally before, today it’s now a poisoned chalice as Google has commenced punishing PayPerPost bloggers by completely removing their page rank. IZEA (the new holding company for PayPerPost) CEO Ted Murphy is not surprisingly calling foul on the move, claiming that it’s part of some sort of censorship conspiracy by Google. Read More

  • ProductWiki: Your guide to gear works great with CrunchGear

    There are a lot of gadgets and consumer electronics we’ve talked about here. In fact, we’re getting close to our 16,500th post. That’s a lot of blogging, but more importantly it’s a lot of gear. We’re fetishists, so we’re able to keep most of it straight in our heads, but what about you, the non-obsessives? Meet ProductWiki, a new user-organized and… Read More

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