• AT&T, Yahoo Partnership in Peril

    AT&T, Yahoo Partnership in Peril

    Ruh-Roh, iPhone! The partnership that was supposed to make email on the iPhone sweeter than a kiss from a small Jack Russell puppy covered in sugar is now in jeopardy as the company-soon- to-be-known- as-the-company-formerly-known-as-Cingular and its parent company pare down the partnerships. The news is pretty tepid, but it was enough to drive down Yahoo stock and make us wonder if the… Read More

  • Apple Store Spotted in Second Life

    Some do-gooder constructed a frighteningly accurate model of Apple’s 5th Avenue store in Second Life. This video shows hip, Apple chic Second Life avatars walking around the store, playing the keyboard, harassing the geniuses at the bar and dancing all wily nilly to Wolfmother. If I didn’t have such powerful hatred for all thing Second Life I’d probably be more impressed. As… Read More

  • Neuromancer Graphic Novel Online

    Neuromancer Graphic Novel Online


    Speaking of florid cyberpunkian prose, how about a great way to spend a Friday? I saw this graphic novel in a comic books shop (Monkey’s Retreat in Columbus, Ohio) back in high school. I haven’t been able to find it until BoingBoing dug it up. I’m kind of afraid of reading because, as far as I remember, it was so cool that I had to go get some cash and come back for it but… Read More

  • Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men? The GooglePhone Knows

    Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men? The GooglePhone Knows

    A patent attributed to Google describes a phone application that pre-emptively hunts down what you’re looking for. The phone or device will take into consideration your past habits and patterns and make suggestions and prepare maps based on your current location, predilections, and the decisions about the past searches. The result is a phone that knows you like Chinese food, will send you… Read More

  • AT&T Piles on Yahoo

    AT&T turned the Wall Street Journal (behind paywall – see Gigaom as well)) into a marketing tool today, planting a story that it’s long and successful DSL partnership with Yahoo is in jeopardy. Yahoo needed this like they needed a hole in their head, as CEO Terry Semel is still reeling from a recent stockholder action calling for his immediate dismissal. At stake is $250… Read More

  • Future Samsung DLPs Can Handle "Mind-Blowing" 3D

    Future Samsung DLPs Can Handle "Mind-Blowing" 3D

    This year’s CES featured a super-secret demo (read: no media) of a tech that just might save DLP: 3D. According to our source, the 2007 Samsung Slim DLP HDTVs will be capable of handing “future 3D games, movies, and other programming via compatible glasses and hardware.” That’s fine, but not if it’s no better than playing Rad Racer on the NES with those awful… Read More

  • BlackBerry 8800 Quick Look

    BlackBerry 8800 Quick Look


    The postman rang once today, and he came bearing that oh-so-sweet-sounding BlackBerry 8800 (aka… the Pearl with a full-QWERTY keyboard.) Even though the Pearl’s SureType has improved drastically over previous generations, there was still a very loud group of ‘berry addicts who were screaming for a super-thin QWERTY to make their thumbs happy. And, as announced… Read More

  • Electronic USB Wind Instrument: Go Ahead, Pretend You're a Real Musician

    Electronic USB Wind Instrument: Go Ahead, Pretend You're a Real Musician

    The electronic wind instrument USB is a testament to the human inventive spirit. It looks to be a cross between a flute and a clarinet and plugs into your PC’s USB port. There, software instruments let you “rock out” (with a flute?), creating musical pieces that I’m sure Mozart would be envious of. All of the keys on the flute are touch-sensitive, so you won’t have… Read More

  • Give Us Your Apple Horror Stories

    Give Us Your Apple Horror Stories


    I had no sooner thrown up a story referencing a fictional article on the “Top Ten Apple-Related Customer Service Horror Stories”, when I realized that such a story might be kind of fun. So give us your best and worst Apple-related horror stories — customer service or otherwise. Either throw them in “comments” or shoot me an email at seth (at) crunchgear.com . If… Read More

  • Waxxi Podcast With Jimmy Wales

    Waxxi, an interactive podcast where people can call in and join the discussion, has just announced that they’ll be talking with Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales on April 5. If you want to be a part of it, register now. Only the first hundred or so people can participate. Read More

  • WTF? ISO 8000 on Kodak's EasyShare Z885


    When megapixels stopped wooing consumers to cameras, the manufacturers apparently switched to hyping another spec: ISO. The letters stand for the International Organization for Standardization and back in the film days the number that followed ISO referred to the film speed or the amount of light needed to expose the film. There’s math involved that we won’t go into here but… Read More

  • Fujifilm A820, A900: 8 or 9 Megapixels, Less Than $200


    Everyone seems to be downplaying the importance of megapixels lately, and while we don’t disagree they shouldn’t be wholly ignored because it’s still a reflection on image quality. Case in point, Fujifilm’s newest compact budget shooters, the A820 and A900, which offer the company’s 8- and 9-megapixel Super CCD HR image sensors, respectively. The A820 carries a… Read More

  • CrunchGear: Anytime, All The Time


    Can’t get enough CrunchGear? Always on the move and wish you could read our rants and raves? Then take your RSS/Atom feeds with you wherever you go. iFeedPod is a great program from Carnglass that syncs your favorite RSS or Atom feeds to your iPod. Version 1.12 is Universal Binary and works with Intel based Macs and PowerPC Macs, Windows PCs need not apply. You’ll be able to read… Read More

  • Bose Media System Pimps Out That Dashboard Of Yours

    Bose Media System Pimps Out That Dashboard Of Yours

    If I asked you what company will have it’s in-dash navigation/media system in a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, you would probably say Alpine, right? Nope! Bose is making a huge dent on the market with its new Media System, an in-dash navigation device that can do pretty much anything your mind can dream of. Included are FM and XM Radio, CD player, a 30GB hard drive that can hold MP3s… Read More

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3: 10X Zoom, Small Package


    Looking for a nice travel companion to go globe-trotting with? The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 looks to be a top choice. The 7.2-megapixel camera features a wide-angle (28mm) Leica lens capable of smooth optical zooming up to 10X. Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's Touchscreen Smartphone: What, Apple Worry?

    Sony Ericsson's Touchscreen Smartphone: What, Apple Worry?

    Sony Ericsson will come out with a touchscreen smartphone of its own, signaling the entrance of yet another such device following Apple’s massive wad-blowing event two months ago. Now, the source of this “information” is some shady Chinese Web site, which means we have to rely on machine translation to decipher the information, not that there is any. Just some blurry shots… Read More

  • Bose In-ear Headphones Hands On

    Bose In-ear Headphones Hands On

    Let’s make this perfectly clear right from the beginning: Bose’s new $99 in-ear headphones do not cancel noise nor do they isolate your ears from the sounds of the outside world. They’re not intended to block the sounds of crying babies while on a cross-country flight nor are they intended to cut you off from the din of the office. Rather, Bose designed a pair of in-ear… Read More

  • Palm Hires iPod/Finder Programmer

    Palm Hires iPod/Finder Programmer


    High on a desert plateau, Apple’s headquarters bristles with sensors and weapons systems. They let scientists in but they don’t let them out. Turner is a mercenary, a corporate extraction specialist who was recently put back together after getting hit by a slamhound. His memory is intact, but he’s a different person – cold, mechanical, and in it only for the… Read More

  • Sockphones: Destroy Your Childhood Friend For Personal Gain

    Sockphones: Destroy Your Childhood Friend For Personal Gain

    Those of you comfortable with the continuing genocide of thousands of innocent sock-puppets, keep reading. Some crafty DIYer created a set of headphones out of a telephone handset and a pair of socks. Though comfortable, these things apparently suck when it comes to sound quality. Gee, who would have thought? A pair of speakers from a telephone with some socks I’m sure beats out Grado… Read More

  • Relaunching The CrunchBoard Job Board

    There’s a new version of the CrunchBoard job board – we’ve ripped out our custom code and replaced it with the new Edgeio marketplaces product. Edgeio is a company that I co-founded, and I spent a lot of time with them working on the product features to make sure it was perfect for us and other sites that want to have their own classifieds site. They’ll customize the… Read More