• The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 4

    The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 4


    Another day, another Great Skype contest. This time Brad B. won the prize for discovering that Skype is even better than a nice slice of chipped ham. Remember: the secret Skype subject lines will be hidden somewhere in one or many posts, so read and read some more. Confused? Click here. Read More

  • Can PhotoBucket Survive Without MySpace?

    There was a lot of fingerpointing, denials, and “he said, she said” going on today as everyone digested the news that MySpace had blocked PhotoBucket’s 40 million members from embedding videos into their MySpace pages. From my perspective this looks like MySpace just found an excuse to send a big middle finger to the largest independent widget company in the hope of… Read More

  • Use Rogers? Your Torrents Might Be Useless

    Use Rogers? Your Torrents Might Be Useless

    Since I’m not Canadian, I’m a little out of the loop on what Rogers has been up to. According to TorrentFreak, the ISP banned BitTorrent traffic due to excessive bandwidth consumption. Enter encryption and for the next year, everyone is safe. Now in an effort to curb encrypted Bit Torrent traffic, Rogers has started to throttle all encrypted transfers. That means your secure… Read More

  • Juke Tower In-Shower MP3 Player: Bring Your Own Memory

    Juke Tower In-Shower MP3 Player: Bring Your Own Memory

    Add the Juke Tower digital audio player to the long list of weird Japanese gadgets. It’s a no-frills DAP, but one that’s designed for use in the shower. Its designer wanted to make it resemble a bottle of shampoo, and they sure look to have succeeded. The speaker is rated at 0.5 watts and is pointed downward so the audio bounces off the floor. Being that it’s designed for use… Read More

  • Stanford Conducts Internet Research

    Stanford Conducts Internet Research

    Stanford University recently conducted a research study to see what people do on the Internet. According to their website with a 1996-based layout, E-mail still reigns king as the most popular activity with 90% of users sending e-mails. And get this: Chat rooms are for the young and anonymous, as if you didn’t already know tons of pervs chill in them all day long. Stanford also describes… Read More

  • Sony's OLED TV Available This Year

    Sony's OLED TV Available This Year

    Sony will roll out its fancy OLED TV this year, producing as many as 1,000 units per month. The first models will be 11 inches wide and 0.12 inches thick and will be within “a few times” the price of current flat panels. The future may be grand, but it sure seems like it’ll be expensive. If Sony does in fact release the OLED TV this year, it’ll become the first… Read More

  • Samsung SCH-i760 Gets FCC Approval

    Samsung SCH-i760 Gets FCC Approval

    Those of you with Verizon should stop, take a moment, and gander at the next phone you might be getting: the Samsung SCH-i760. With a design that looks like an HTC phone had sex with a Blackjack and features like Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, WiFi, and a touchscreen, most of you will be happy that a decent phone is coming your way. The i760 will also run Windows Mobile 6.0 and will… Read More

  • Apple Has Two New Ads

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-4095510680049097476&hl=en Two new ads have surfaced from Apple’s “I’m a Mac — and I’m a PC” campaign. The flashback ad above actually isn’t terrible. Not the best, but not the worst (the one below) either. Read More

  • Dude Says Apple Really Considering Subscription iTunes

    Dude Says Apple Really Considering Subscription iTunes

    Another day, and as always, another Apple rumor. This time it involves the iTunes Music Store and Apple opening up a subscription-based service. If Les Ottolenghi, CEO of Intent Media Works or something, has his way, he believes Apple is literally “on the verge” of announcing a subscription service for iTunes. This guy means business too. He’s serious! “I think Apple… Read More

  • Alesis iMultiMix 8 USB Records Right To iPod

    Alesis iMultiMix 8 USB Records Right To iPod

    Home recording certainly has come a long way. From old tape-based machines to hard disk to CD to SD cards, I thought the industry had run out of storage methods. Then in comes Alesis with its iMultiMix 8 USB Pro iPod Recorder. Basically, it’s just a nice-looking 8-track that will record to your iPod’s hard drive. You can also integrate music from your iPod into one of your… Read More

  • USB Tape Dispenser: Just What it Sounds Like

    USB Tape Dispenser: Just What it Sounds Like

    I sit at a desk. I am a messy guy. I, like many of you, require more USB ports than I currently have. When I find something that solves many problems at one time, I get happy. This tape dispenser has a built-in USB hub, and it belongs on my desk. I can never find my tape, you see, but if it were tethered to my G5 and my mouse, I would know right where to find it. That is important to us slobs. Read More

  • Palm Starts Blogging, Future Looking Bright

    Palm Starts Blogging, Future Looking Bright

    For the last couple weeks Palm has really been aggressive at getting its message across. Well, not sure if “aggressive” is the word, maybe “proactive” is more appropriate, as we’ve seen leaks of a new CDMA 3G smartphone, an annoucement regarding a new platform, and now a blog. We’re guessing the blog is an attempt by the Treo maker to keep itself on the… Read More

  • Sansa Connect by SanDisk

    Sansa Connect by SanDisk

    The Sansa Connect is the newest MP3 player to appear on the SanDisk roster of DAPs. The device stirred quite a bit of clamor at this year’s CES due to its innovative use of WiFi and affordable pricing.It’s been three full months since the device was first announced, but I now have one in my possession and have had an opportunity to test it out amply. So was it worth the wait? Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    CrunchGear This Week

    Trade show season is over — finally — and the CG team is deeply ensconced in their respective basements, clattering away at the news. This week we review the Sansa Connect, spill the beans on the SK ID, and discover that Apple may be considering a subscription service. We’re also giving away a Skype phone kit — there are still two left, so head on over. Don’t need… Read More

  • PS3 Makes Horrible, Awful Noise When Playing Games?

    PS3 Makes Horrible, Awful Noise When Playing Games?

    Users are complaining that a number of PS3s are making an annoying, high pitched noise while playing games. They’ve narrowed down the problematic PS3s to those with serial numbers CE133212XXX or CE133190XXX. (Remember how the PSone always overheated during extended gaming sessions, or the “dirty disc error” that the PS2 throws at you all the time? I see a pattern of… Read More

  • Preview of Pageflakes "Flurry" Release

    Personalized home page startup Pageflakes is under new management. The Benchmark-funded startup opened an office in Silicon Valley and brought on Dan Cohen, who previously led the teams working on Google IG and then My Yahoo, as CEO. He’s made some noticeable changes already. Last month they quietly launched a video widget that pulls videos from major video sharing sites based on a keyword. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Toothbrush Escapade Edition

    Daily Crunch: Toothbrush Escapade Edition

    Ultreo Super Toothbrush
    Picard’s Solar Bag Charges Your Junk (So You Don’t Have To?)
    Jack In The Box – Because You Love To Pirate
    Build Your Own Simon
    Lego’s Solar-Powered Helicopter Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation Read More

  • $10 Million Spent To Date On oDesk OutSourcing Projects

    $10 Million Spent To Date On oDesk OutSourcing Projects

    Silicon Valley based oDesk, which is a marketplace for developers and companies looking for outsourced developer help, seems to be sailing along nicely. Next week they’ll announce that $10 million has been spent on outsourced projects to date, and they have 750,000 or so total billed hours. That’s up 50% from last November, when we reported that they had reached 500,000 billed hours. Read More

  • Korean Man Retaliates Poor Cell Service

    Korean Man Retaliates Poor Cell Service

    Disenchanted with his cellular service, a Korean man decided to take an interesting and unconventional approach to retribution. After trying unsuccessfully to get SK Telecom to fix his device he decided to drive over to SK offices. The problem is, when he got there, he just kept driving — right through the front of the building. Actually, that’s not entirely true. First he parked… Read More

  • RIP Kurt Vonnegut

    RIP Kurt Vonnegut


    Sad news this evening. Literary icon Kurt Vonnegut has died due to head trauma resulting from a fall a few weeks ago. He was the author of 14 novels including Slaughter House 5, Breakfast of Champions and Cat’s Cradle. He was 84. Kurt Vonnegut, Novelist Who Caught the Imagination of His Age, Is Dead [NY Times] Read More