• A CrunchGear Investigation: The Trouble With Tasers – What The Manufacturer Doesn't Want You To Know

    A CrunchGear Investigation: The Trouble With Tasers – What The Manufacturer Doesn't Want You To Know


    To the more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies who use them, Taser-style stun guns probably seem like a godsend — a quick jolt of electricity and even the brawniest and most berserk criminal can be brought to the ground. No guns, no deaths and no permanent damage. Or so Taser International, the weapon’s manufacturer, would have you believe. However, a CrunchGear investigation… Read More

  • Let Out The Voices In Your Head With Scramby

    could more accurately represent your on-screen persona? Well with just $17.90, Scramby can make that wish come true. (I know, pretty cheap for wish fulfillment like this, right?) Scramby is a Vocoder add-on for VoIP (Voice-over-IP) services like Skype, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk, but works with MMOG or MMORPG games as well, letting you distort your voice with a variety of effects. Want… Read More

  • Nokia Phone Updater Released: Bring on the Bricks!

    Nokia Phone Updater Released: Bring on the Bricks!

    Nokia’s been working on a program for about a year that lets consumers update their own cellphones without having to visit the local authorized Nokia store. It’s now finally ready to download. The Windows-based program (beat it, Mac users) works only on certain Nokia cellphones, but if yours is on the list, the process seems to be painless. Just plug a USB cable into the phone and… Read More

  • Amazon Unbox Now Live on TiVo

    Amazon Unbox Now Live on TiVo

    Amazon’s Unbox downloadable video service now works on TiVo. The video library leaves a lot to be desired right now. (The Illusionist and Prison Break? Yeah, no thanks.) You’ll get no deal on the prices, either: $9.99 to buy a movie and $1.99 per one-month rental, though you should expect to pay more for “hits.” For example, that feel-good dark comedy Little Miss… Read More

  • Seven Ways To Fight Back at Cingular

    Seven Ways To Fight Back at Cingular

    The Consumerist, that 21st century version of The Jungle, has come up with seven ways to stick it to Cingular. Many of them are benign (“make the brick and mortar store compete against the Web site in order to get a better deal”), but one tip looks to be fairly pretty substantial: buying a $20 mediaMAX data plan will get you unlimited Internet access, regardless of what type of… Read More

  • Reebok: Voltron Edition

    I initially thought these were Reebok’s answer to the Nike Tranformers, but sadly I was mistaken. I thought it inappropriate to post these since they have nothing to do with technology or gadgetry, but I know our readers remember and love Voltron. Regardless, just take a moment and imagine what it would be like to have these fly kicks come together and form Voltron Force?! The five… Read More

  • Vulcan FlipStart In The Wild

    James Kendrick from jkOnTheRun gives a thorough review of the soon to be launched FlipStart. The unit James had was equipped with a Pentium M 1.1 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM, a 30 GB hard drive, Windows XP SP2, integrated EV-DO, and a web cam. The FlipStart, for those not in the know, is essentially a mini PC that costs $2,000 and will be launched next month. The FlipStart is definitely not… Read More

  • Blackberry Daytona Caught On Tape

    I present to you dear readers, the Blackberry Daytona, live and in your face! Watch closely because it says “8800 Series” and previous reports slated it as an 8300. Daytona [via New Launches] Read More

  • Verizon And Sprint: Making Our Lives Better Part Deux

    In a less than surprising move, Verizon and Sprint are following AT&T’s lead and announced plans to allow customers to control their DVRs via mobile phone. Launching next week, Verizon customers will be able to program their TiVo sets for a monthly charge of $1.99 a month, which will work on more than a dozen models. Keep in mind TiVo customers can already program shows they want… Read More

  • Hang Timer Times Your Hang Time, Playa

    There was a kid in my high school who thought he was good at basketball. He was not. What he was good at was making the “Jordan Face” when he’d go for a lay-up, tongue out and everything. But no matter how much we told him that he sucked, he was convinced he was just like Mike. We didn’t have the Hang Timer in 1991, instead, sadly, we had Hammer Time. But if we had… Read More

  • Yahoo! Go for WinMo

    Yahoo! Go for WinMo


    Yahoo! Go for Mobile is now available — in gamma version — for Windows Mobile devices. This version includes everything the Symbian folks are already crowing about including email, oneSearch (Yahoo’s mobile search product), photo sharing, and RSS/news ticker-type feeds. Check Yahoo’s mobile site for more information on compatibility but if it runs WinMo, it probably… Read More

  • Sprint EX720: My New BFF

    Sprint EX720: My New BFF


    My intention was to review the Sprint EX720 EV-DO Rev A ExpressCard as a comparison with the Merlin XU870 HSDPA ExpressCard. Both cards are manufactured by Novatel, so the playing field is leveled. Couple that with the fact that I’m traveling all over the States for the next several weeks, and I think we’ll have the purest comparison possible. I still intend to do that, but… Read More

  • This Week in CrunchGear

    This Week in CrunchGear

    Even with our team scattered to the four winds, CrunchGear is still pumping out the hits. Have a busted iPod? Matt Hickey has the cure. Want OS X Leopard? It’s on its way. Want to know what happens when you’re Tasered? Our Seth Porges offers a fascinating look at the litigious — and dangerous — world of stun guns. Finally, want to make yourself sound like Mickey Mouse… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Rampage Edition

    Daily Crunch: Rampage Edition

    iGo Desk For Snooty Apple Folk
    ImageExpo Mega Phone: Man-Sized Phone, Man-Sized Fun
    Anti-Terrorism Weapon Doesn’t Kill, Makes You Puke
    South Park’s Good Times in HD
    Home Theater Watch: Where a 1.5-inch Screen Means “Theater”
    Verizon Sales Rep Dishes on Contracts Read More

  • Sharpcast Expands Sync Platform With Photos v1.0

    Sharpcast Expands Sync Platform With Photos v1.0

    If you work or play from multiple computing devices – laptops, desktops and/or mobile phones, Sharpcast can be a killer productivity tool and an excellent way of keeping all kinds of files syncronized. In a very basic sense, it’s like IMAP for all your files. Sharpcast came out of beta and released a 1.0 version of their photo synchronization application today. Sharpcast Photos… Read More

  • Apple iLaunch (humor)

    In a jab at Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ ability to capture the world’s attention every time he announces a new product, the Onion reports the introduction of the new Apple iLaunch in an article titled “Apple Unveils New Product-Unveiling Product.” The iLaunch is a product that will “revolutionize the process of unveiling new products throughout the world.” This is… Read More

  • Google Desktop 5 Released: Search Improved

    The beta release of Google Desktop 5 was just announced on the main Google blog as well as the Desktop blog. A complete overview of the new and existing Desktop features is here. The most important change is that users now have the ability to preview files in search results directly in the application or browser, which is a time saver. They’ve also upgraded security and redesigned the… Read More

  • The Much Needed Beer Calculator

    The Much Needed Beer Calculator

    If you want to know exactly how many kegs of beer, pounds of ice and number of cups you need to get everyone at your party hammered, give Kegulator a whirl. Tell it how many guests you are having, use their Ajax slider to set how drunk everyone will get, and the site will spit out the supplies necessary to achieve your goal. If you’re Canadian, use Beer Hunter afterwards to figure out… Read More

  • Google Answers to Rise From Dead?

    Google Answers to Rise From Dead?

    Yahoo Answers is the undisputed leader in the Q&A space, vanquishing Google Answers to the DeadPool late in 2006. But now, a number of researchers who previously worked on Google Answers have started their own new service: Uclue. The team has also posted on the TechCrunch Forums looking for people to help out with the project. Like Google Answers, people asking questions are charged. The… Read More

  • Treo 680: Now Featuring More Boring

    or Motorola, we also get news that the popular Treo 680 is now available sans camera. Why would anybody want a Treo without a camera? Because it’s safer in some corporate environments, that’s why. In many corporate settings, like, say, the RIAA, the ability to surreptitiously snap and send photos is a nightmare that keeps security-minded types up at night. But with the modern… Read More