• Microsoft says it doesn't fear iPhone 3G, won't release Zune phone

    First person to understand and explain why I’m using this pic gets an invite to What.cd or Waffles.fm Don’t laugh, but Microsoft says that, as far as 3G phones are concerned, it’s got the iPhone 3G (and BlackBerry) beat. I said don’t laugh, silly! Yup, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, the head of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices… Read More

  • Washing machine uses one cup of water, plastic chips

    Get right the hell out of here. What would you say if I told you that there’s a company in the UK that’s trying to get a washing machine to market in 2009 that uses only one cup of water per load and doesn’t need a dryer? The washing machine is called the Xeros and it “uses thousands of reusable plastic chips to remove and absorb dirt,” according to MetaEfficient. Read More

  • AOL Radio Relaunches, Now Powered By CBS: Going After Local Ads

    Even on the Web, radio is local. People still tune into their favorite college or hometown radio station from hundreds of miles away. Today’s relaunch of AOL Radio (in beta) embraces that aspect of radio in many ways. First and foremost is its partnership with CBS Radio, which is replacing XM Satellite as the provider of music for 150 radio stations on AOL Radio (AOL itself continues… Read More

  • Are airline passengers a market for disposable DVDs?

    Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny! recently took a disposable Flexplay DVD for a spin and, although he’s “publicly poo-pooed the idea of disposable DVDs,” Zatz found that disposable DVDs might be able to gain favor with frequent travelers. He grabbed a copy of Disturbia for $6 before boarding a recent flight and was actually able to use the DVD past its 48-hour expiration limit… Read More

  • Sprint set to overhaul plan pricing next week

    As with just about any carrier, Sprint’s plan selection page is a bit of a mess. If you don’t just go with the “Simply Everything” plan, you’ve got a good amount of reading to do before you’ll know which plan fits your needs. According to a little birdy on PhoneArena’s shoulder, Sprint is planning to make things a bit less complex starting June 15th.

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  • iPhone vs iPhone 3G (rubber version) size comparison

    Being that I’m of Norwegian ancestry, I’m the obvious candidate here at CrunchGear.com for translating web pages written in Chinese, right? Well believe it or not, I don’t understand Chinese, LOL! Luckily a picture’s worth a thousand symbols (that I don’t otherwise recognize), and Hong Kong’s iPhone User Group has a few photos of what appears to be a… Read More

  • Much better shots of the Nokia 7610 Supernova found

    Last time we saw the Nokia 7610, the best shot we could dig up was an itsy bitsy little product marker image. While it showed off the device’s slider form factor, that’s about all you could see. Fortunately, someone over at the Mobile-Review forum has managed to find an image that doesn’t require as much squinting. The 7610 will be quadband GSM, and weigh around 99 grams with… Read More

  • Attention music pirates: Viva la Vida is out, for real!

    Hey. music pirates! You know that band “Coldplay”? Well proper rips of Viva La Vida (the Japanese retail) are now appearing on the private torrent sites likes What.cd and Waffles.fm; they should migrate over to the likes of the Pirate Bay soon enough. I just grabbed a V0 and and everything sounds fine. Hop on the torrent early and watch your ratio balloon! Also, good eye, Peter Ha! Read More

  • Iomega DVR Expander adds 500 extra gigs to your DVR

    Iomega wants to make sure you never run out of DVR space with its just announced DVR Expander Drive, a 500 gigabyte external hard drive that plugs right into your DVR, thus expanding your storage. Compatible with eSATA Scientific Atlanta DVRs, the drive should be of use to people with Comcast, Time Warner, Cablevision, Rogers and Cox. The 500 drive can store some 300 hours of standard def… Read More

  • HP EliteBook packs Blu-ray, magnesium alloy cover

    The HP EliteBook was just demoed and some German TV personality just attacked the cover with steel wool. Guess that magnesium alloy cover really works. The 14.1-inch (WXGA) screen laptop weighs in at 4.7 lbs and is military grade, believe it or not. It passes the MIL-STD 810F for high temperature, altitude, humidity, dust and vibration. The EliteBook 6930p is powered by a 45nm Intel Centrino… Read More

  • Hitwise: Google Up, Yahoo Down in Search for May, 2008

    This morning, Hitwise came out with its search market share numbers for May, 2008. In the U.S., Google was up slightly to 68.3 percent percent versus 20 percent for Yahoo and 5.9 percent for Microsoft. All the fighting over the fate of Yahoo cannot be helping matters. In the month of May, Google gained 0.39 points from April, while Yahoo was down 0.33 points and Microsoft was down 0.37… Read More

  • Something that sucks about the MacBook Pro

    I have done zero research into this problem, so you’ll have to forgive me if it’s an easy fix. The issue I’ve been having with my MBP is that once I plug in my headphones, the volume jumps to 100 percent and I forget about it every single time, which perpetuates my already horrendous hearing. This was not a problem with my MacBook, though. If I recall correctly, the… Read More

  • O2 confirms free iPhone deal and more

    I’m short of time today – covering the Being Digital conference – but my story of last night has been confirmed by O2’s release, pasted below: O2 to Launch iPhone 3G in the UK on July 11 O2 today announced that the innovative iPhone 3G will be available in the UK on July 11 for free on selected O2 consumer and business tariffs and that it will also be available for… Read More

  • I Am A Member Of The Cult Of iPhone

    I’ve been to enough Steve Jobs keynotes now to know that the man is able to take a crowd and bend it to his will. Every time, I’ve been a willing subject – sometimes (but not every time) to find myself in a hangover-like state a day later when I try to remember exactly why I thought that whatever he was pitching would change my life forever. Steve Jobs is masterful and… Read More

  • Paltalk Brings Its Massive Multiperson Video Chat To the Web

    This morning, New York City-based chat company Paltalk is releasing a version of its multi-person video chat service on the Web in beta. Called Paltalk Express, it is a Flash version of the company’s download client. While the front end is Flash/Flex, the back end is built on Paltalk’s proprietary technology, which allows up to thousands of people to participate in a video… Read More

  • Canon EOS Rebel XS launched: An entry-level upgrade

    The Canon EOS Rebel XS replaces the XT and XTi with a 10-megapixel sensor, live view to watch the action on the 2.5-inch LCD, and a 7 point auto-focus system. It comes bundled with the EF-S 18-55m f/3.5-3.6 IS with image stabilization and should sell in the XTi price range (about $700). It’s only available in Japan now but expect it to hit the US in July. via PCMag Read More

  • An Apple palate cleanser

    I just noticed that our last twenty posts were Apple-related. To that end, I’ve decided to offer this little aperitif to cleanse your minds of the iPhone 3G (“Now with more 3G!”) and the rest of the WWDC folderal. Rinse and spit. Read More

  • Strands Introduces Amazon-like Recommendation Engine

    The recommendation engine Strands has released a new “Plug-and Play” product recommendation service that will allow online retailers to generate Amazon-like recommendations. eCommerce providers can implement the service through either the site’s API or with a widget plug-in, and Strands says that setup should take as little as 30 minutes. Earlier this month Strands launched… Read More

  • HP's TouchSmart all-in-one PC [Update 3: More video]

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F985820%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf HP’s new TouchSmart 2 is an all-in-one with a full touchscreen that is completely portable and includes a… Read More

  • Drop.io Adds Scribd's iPaper For Smoother File Browsing

    Drop.io, a file storage and sharing service, has partnered with Scribd to bring streamlined document viewing to the site. From now on all supported documents that have been uploaded to Drop.io will be viewable in Scribd’s Flash-based iPaper viewer. Drop.io’s “drop box” storage isn’t exactly unique, but it has a nice interface and a few key features that help… Read More

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