• Netvibes Launches Universe: Customized Public Pages

    Netvibes Launches Universe: Customized Public Pages

    This afternoon Netvibes will announce the launch of Netvibes Universe, allowing users to create highly customized versions of Netvibes and publish them for public access. Netvibes has created 100 or so branded versions for the launch – users will be able to create these in about six weeks. In addition to making the page public, publishers can also highly customize their Universe page… Read More

  • Microsoft Silverlight: Like Flash Only Microsoftier

    Microsoft Silverlight: Like Flash Only Microsoftier


    Think on this, people: Macromedia introduced true video embedding in Flash a little more than a year ago and it spawned a billion-dollar company and made another billion-dollar company quake in its boots. So now we have Silverlight, a streaming solution from MS that runs on Windows and Mac and can deliver HD-quality video with a few clicks. Read More

  • Music-Playing Cellphones Threaten iPod's Dominance

    Music-Playing Cellphones Threaten iPod's Dominance

    Perhaps Apple shouldn’t get too excited about the launch of its iPhone, now just about two months away. The Times of London just published a piece that examines the rapid growth of music-playing cellphones and how this growth threatens not only the iPhone, but Apple’s main cash cow, the iPod. While Apple may have just sold its 100 millionth iPod last week, Sony Ericsson, for… Read More

  • You Work it Girl: Women's Fitness

    You Work it Girl: Women's Fitness


    Let’s face it: Almost all fitness gear, from free weights to running shoes, is designed with men in mind. When companies make a “women’s version,” it’s usually clad in pink plastic. Well, today we’re taking back the gym and saying “No!” to Hello Kitty-themed treadmills. Here are some great women’s fitness gadgets to keep you running… Read More

  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 Ships Today: Keep Children Away From New Mascot

    Adobe Photoshop CS3 Ships Today: Keep Children Away From New Mascot

    Just a few weeks after its New York event, Adobe has finally started shipping Photoshop CS3. The suite’s new mascot is unofficially called Creep-o the Clown, but that shouldn’t deter you from enjoying all the new Universal Binary goodness. Yes, if you haven’t already heard, all CS3 products for the Mac now natively support Intel processors. No more running like… Read More

  • The Future Of The 6G iPod

    The Future Of The 6G iPod

    Those kooky dudes over at CNet have drank a few magical Kool-Aids and are now predicting the future of the 6G iPod. Among the new features predicted? Try a 100GB hard drive (very possibly), a widescreen display (very possible), UK movies downloads (possible), and WiFi for downloading movies and music over the air. Hmmm, that last one seems a bit far-fetched considering there’s no way… Read More

  • PodZinger Thinks It Can Solve Web Video Piracy With Search Algorithms

    PodZinger Thinks It Can Solve Web Video Piracy With Search Algorithms

    Nobody likes piracy. Well, we do, sure, but content providers aren’t as cool with it as we are. Enter PodZinger, a start-up whose main widget—true video search—could finally save YouTube and the like from constantly being sued by the Viacoms of the world for copyright violations. With its video search technology, users are able to pinpoint, with a 70 percent accuracy so… Read More

  • CrunchLunch: Chocolate Gadget Goodness

    CrunchLunch: Chocolate Gadget Goodness

    We all love getting the latest, greatest electronic. I mean who doesn’t love unboxing a brand new Blackberry 8800 or HDTV? It’s almost as if the only way these objects could get any sweeter would be if you turned them into…chocolate! Yes, thanks to “Corporate Gift Showcase” and its lovely line of custom chocolate molds, you can now be eating a solid… Read More

  • The Essential Collection Of Windows Splash Screens

    The Essential Collection Of Windows Splash Screens

    ZDNet must have a severe case of XP nostalgia because they’ve abandoned Vista and are now rowing backwards through the river of time. A recent pictorial shows all the Microsoft Windows start-up (splash) screens all the way from Windows 1.01 to Windows Vista. Quite the evolution Microsoft has made. Take a look at Windows For Workgroups and Windows ME. Failure? Anyone? Anyway, the slideshow… Read More

  • Toshiba Announces Six New Laptops

    Toshiba Announces Six New Laptops

    As I woke up this morning and rubbed the gunk out of my eyes, I saw a startling press release from Toshiba stating that six new notebooks had been announced. Since there’s a lot to cover, I’m gonna skip the witty humor and dive right into the good stuff: specs. Hit the jump for the full list. Read More

  • Nokia Releases 8800 Sirocco In Gold

    Nokia Releases 8800 Sirocco In Gold

    If you thought the gold D&G RAZR was a hit, get a load of what Nokia is trying pull off. The new 8800 Sirocco Gold edition is heading to a store near you — that’s assuming you live in Europe. This phone is completely over the top. Featuring 18-carat gold plating, the 8800 Sirocco Gold features scratch-resistant glass, sapphire-coating, and white gold accents. Sounds like a… Read More

  • Fitness By CrunchGear 2007

    Fitness By CrunchGear 2007

    Summer is around the corner and, although it may not look like it outside, you might soon want to walk on the beach with your shirt off and not have Greenpeace try to roll you back into the surf. That’s why CG is running a full set of fitness features — round-ups, advice, and great tech tips — to help you prepare for warmer weather. Let’s face it. The CG crew consists of… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007: The End

    And so it goes… SkypeWillMakeYaJump was the final secret subject line and it didn’t appear in an image — but did appear in a movie, a semantic difference that may create a firestorm of controversy that will last through the ages. And the final winner is: Kitty! Special thanks to Skype and SMC for their great products and look for more contests from your friends at CG this year. Read More

  • Atree UJ10 Portable Media Player: Yet Another Quality Korea-Only Toy

    Atree UJ10 Portable Media Player: Yet Another Quality Korea-Only Toy

    Over in the mythical land of Korea, Atree’s got a rather suave-looking portable media player—the UJ10—that lets its design do the talking. That’s because the feature set is fairly basic: it plays the big audio formats like MP3; MPEG-4 and WMV9 videos; JPEGs and other picture formats; FM radio and DMB-TV. That last one means that it’s Korea-only. Boo. The… Read More

  • Samsung (?) Concept PCs: The Future of Computers Looks Lame

    Samsung (?) Concept PCs: The Future of Computers Looks Lame

    Allegedly these PC conceptualizations are from Samsung, though I have my doubts—if they’re not, then someone else deserves credit for the least attractive concepts I’ve seen in a while. Shame, too, since we had so many decent ones lately. No specs, details or anything else one might consider “information,” but I can say that the one right after this here jump is… Read More

  • Final Cut Studio 2 Unveiled

    Final Cut Studio 2 Unveiled

    Video professionals rejoiced — rejoiced, we tell you — on Sunday as Apple unveiled Final Cut Studio 2. Due out in May, this behemoth of a package comes with all the necessary tools to, ah, you know, create a movie. Improvements include Apple’s new ProRes 422 format for uncompressed HD, Motion 3 with a new UI, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3 for batch encoding, DVD Studio Pro… Read More

  • Coghead Announces 17,000 Developers Building Applications Visually

    Coghead Announces 17,000 Developers Building Applications Visually

    Silicon Valley based Coghead is making a bit of a splash today at the Web 2.0 Expo. They’re officially launching, although it’s largely ceremonial: they’ve been open to the public since October 2006. I wrote in detail about Coghead last year. The company competes in the “online access” space (a reference to Microsoft Access). We’ve written about Coghead… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Disaster Exploitation Edition

    CrunchGear Week in Review: Disaster Exploitation Edition

    Titanic Bad Karma: Watches Made from Famous Shipwreck
    Lego’s Solar-Powered Helicopter Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation
    iRobot Plunges Into the Depths (of Your Backyard Pool)
    Lacoste Gets Jiggy With The Second Life Crowd
    History of Spy-Cam Watches Read More

  • Desktop Tower Defense Should Be Banned

    Desktop Tower Defense illustrates that you don’t need fancy graphics or big budgets to build highly addictive online games. In Desktop Tower Defence, all of the main graphics are hand drawn. I first discovered this on Jeremy Zawodny’s blog, where he warned “The lack of posting here in the second half of this week (especially to my linkblog) has been a direct result of… Read More

  • CrunchGear at NAB 2007

    CrunchGear at NAB 2007

    We’re in the pit known as Vegas for a couple days to bring you some goodies live from the floor of NAB, the National Association of Broadcaster’s convention, and Carrot Top is in town. Awesome. :( We’ll bring you stuff from Red, Apple, Sony, and anyone else who catches our eye. Feel free to comment with any requests if there’s something special you’d like to see… Read More