• LG Prada II specs maybe leaked

    Oh, look! LG Prada 2.0! (No pics of the actual phone yet.) Highlights include 3G (HSDPA), a 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and a full QWERTY keyboard. Or, in toto: • Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900). WCDMA 900/2100, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA connectivity
    • 3″ WQVGA 400×240 px TFT touchscreen
    • 5 megapixel camera
    • front camera for video calls
    • Wi-Fi b/g connectivity
    • USB… Read More

  • Terrible economy affecting your tech spending?

    Consumer confidence recently hit a 26-year low, with the Reuters/University of Michigan index currently at 62.6. Consumer expectations for six months from now (October) is even worse at 53.3. In other words, lots of Americans will now be a little more choosey where and what they spend they money on. How has your tech/gadget addiction been affected by the terrible economy? Holding off on… Read More

  • Patent application shows new Nike+iPod features

    There’s some Monday morning quarterback analysis of a recent Nike patent application filing, which could, just maybe, hint at new features for Nike+iPod. The patent details some sort feedback system, that is, Nike+iPod will modify your workout selection based on your selections. iLounge speculates this fun scenario: For instance, the system would be able to know if a user sped up or… Read More

  • Louis Vuitton cracking down on bloated babies carrying Swap Meet Louis

    Nadia Plesner made a T-shirt that she’s selling to raise money for kids in Darfur. Her shirt includes an image of a malnourished child carrying a sexy purse that looks like something out of the Louis Vuitton Desiccated Trophy Wife line so popular with the ladies a few years back. Note that it doesn’t have the LV logo, just a bunch of squiggles, and it bears a passing resemblance to… Read More

  • GTA IV gameplay in aache dee

    GTA 4 Video (720p) – www.cgaming.com from Someone on Vimeo. I’m really wondering what happened that let R*’s crown jewel out so early. Folks have been playing this game since last Wednesday and it doesn’t launch until the 29th, a strange bit of highly professional piracy indeed. Oh well. R*’s loss is our gain as we watch hundreds of hours of HD encoded GTA in… Read More

  • Widgets: The Marketer's Recession Survival Tool

    This guest post about the widget economy was written by Michael Jones, an angel investor, the CEO of Userplane and a Senior Vice President of AOL. Userplane, which was acquired by AOL in August 2006, is a communications widget provider (add chat and other services to sites) and a large advertising network. Mike Jones’ personal blog is here. Companies facing a slowing economy are… Read More

  • You Didn't Realize It, But You Really Want Those Twitter Messages In Your Calendar

    Belgium-based Twistory launched into private beta today at MobileWebCamp. It’s a very simple tool, built by Tijs Vrolix to show off his coding and design skills: Subscribe to messages from any Twitter user in any popular desktop or online calendaring application (iCal, Google Calendar, etc.). Those messages are then automatically added to the calendar, at the appropriate day and… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Do the Scan Scan Edition

    Steampunk watches from Japan
    Face scanning at airports will upset the easily offended
    Review: Tokyoflash Star Performer and Zero-G watches
    Going Green: Should you convert to Biodiesel? How does it work?
    Review: VYE S37 Read More

  • Going Green: Should you convert to Biodiesel? How does it work?

    Every once in a while you might see a car go by with a sticker proclaiming “Powered by soybeans” or “I run biodiesel! Ask me how!” or some such message. No doubt you’re curious, as I was. What are these mysterious frybrids, and do you want one? Your curiousity will be satisfied after the link. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Bionic Commando remake multiplayer footage

    http://www.gamevideos.com//swf/gamevideos11.swf?embedded=1&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&src=http://www.gamevideos.com/video/videoListXML%3Fid%3D18565%26ordinal%3D%26adPlay%3Dfalse I think I’ll let the bionic arms do the talkin’ here. This highly-anticipated XBLA game is looking to be an unbelievable bargain: the full single-player remake of Bionic Commando from the NES… Read More

  • CBS SportsLine Founder to Launch OPEN Sports Network

    CBS SportsLine founder Mike Levy is preparing to announce his newest venture, OPEN Sports Network. The company’s website is still being built out but based on their description, it aspires to be a sports-oriented social network featuring betting-enabled fantasy sports games, rich news content, and perhaps most importantly, a game platform with open APIs. Fantasy sports leagues are… Read More

  • Toshiba takes 95% loss in profits due to HD DVD failure

    The fallout from the now-over Blu-ray vs. HD DVD war is still coming, with Toshiba suffering a 95% loss in profits this quarter, most of it attributed to the failure of HD DVD as the format of choice for next-gen disc players. Samsung, meanwhile, is showing a 37% increase in profits, mostly from mobile phones and LCDs. For Toshiba, it wasn’t just the licensing, but the loss of HD… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    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. E-mail Subject: The size has huge value! Hey man, ok I had to send you this site, I ordered a V yr P gb X qp L and these things work amazingly! For real, I’ve tried a bunch of other ones but they… Read More

  • 3G iPhone secretly out and it's glossy fabu

    Some super secret iPhone testers have seen the next generation iPhone and they’re reporting real GPS, 3G, and a big thicker design. The back of the phone is gloss black and the volume buttons are chrome and the headphone socket isn’t recessed. Should you buy an iPhone right now, in any case? I’d say no. Looks like the 3G version is coming as early as July. Read More

  • Qwest to see how many suckers live in Minneapolis

    Looking to put a nail in its own coffin, Qwest is now offering 20Mbps DSL service in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area for $119.99 per month ($109.99 per month for the first year) in order to compete with Comcast‘s high speed internet service, which offers speeds of up to 12, 16, or 50Mbps for $42.95, $52.95, or $152.95, respectively. Read More

  • Twitter Reportedly Putting More Gas In The Tank

    Silicon Alley Insider reports that Twitter is looking to raise a Series C round. They’re hearing that the company wants $15M at a $60M valuation, probably from former investors Union Square Ventures and Charles River Ventures, and perhaps from Spark Capital as well. Twitter raised over $5M in funding last July. Digital Garage also invested in the company this past January as part of… Read More

  • WebMission – That's a wrap!

    I’m going to have to apologise for the lack of updates on the Web Mission trip of 20 startups to San Francisco and Silicon Valley this week. What with being located in a different hotel to the group, having to run and jump on a bus somewhere every morning, getting WiFi in dribs and drabs, and then racing back to hotels only to go out again, the blogging has somewhat suffered! However… Read More

  • Killing RFID tags

    Aim well, my friend Instructables has a detailed discussion on how to disable an RFID tag in a passport or other radio-enabled item. The bottom line? Smash the bugger with a hammer. -The last (and most covert) method for destroying a RFID tag is to hit it with a hammer. Just pick up any ordinary hammer and give the chip a few swift hard whacks. This will destroy the chip, and leave no… Read More

  • Genius jailed for trying to jack $500 HDTV with $3 barcode

    This trick never works, yet people still keep trying it. I’m sure when they come up with the cunning plan they’re very proud of themselves, but they always end up in the pokey in the end. Reginald Newman was at a Wal-Mart and found a 26-inch HDTV that he wanted. You and I, we’d check our bank account and see if we had enough to pay for it. But not crafty Reggie. No, he took… Read More

  • Review: Tokyoflash Star Performer and Zero-G watches

    Katana and Watchizaki
    You must have heard of Tokyoflash. They’ve got the coolest watches on both this and that side of Japan, and also make the best of those binary-time watches that puzzle you whenever you see them. I have two specimens of Tokyoflash gear right here with me — are they as solid as they look on the site? Read More

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