• RIYL: Tiny Robotic Science Stuff

    RIYL: Tiny Robotic Science Stuff

    What you’re looking at is the world’s smallest robotic hand in action. Small enough, and with a delicate enough touch, to grasp a single fish egg without squeezing it to drippy bits. It was developed by Yen-Wen Lu and Chang-Jin Kim of UCLA’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The hand is made of silicon segments connected by polymer-balloon joints. Inflating and… Read More

  • How the iPod Was Born

    How the iPod Was Born

    Wired News takes a close look at how the the iPod was born, shifting through all the rumor, innuendo, and misconstrued “facts” nobody’s bothered to correct over the years. For example, the iPod was conceived because Jobs wanted to help spur sales of Macs and wanted something to make people buy more computers. Instead of basing the player on a cheap flash memory chip which could… Read More

  • Motorola's Rumored E9 Candybar

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/g WiFi, 50MB of internal memory, microSD expansion slot, and 2.4-inch QVGA display. This could either be a render from some wishful thinker, or an actual leaked render from somewhere in the bowels of Motorola HQ. We're thinking it's the former, since the render isn't even all that good. And if it really is from… Read More

  • Old and Busted: Bottled Water—New Hotness: Bling H2O

    Old and Busted: Bottled Water—New Hotness: Bling H2O

    For all you Crunchies who have been searching for a way to liven your bottled water experience, I believe I have a solution for you. Bling H20 comes to you from some undisclosed spring (probably a tap water faucet in the Bronx), but who cares about water purity when the 750ml frosted bottle is bejeweled with Swarovski crystals? It’ll set you back $56 per bottle, though I’d argue that… Read More

  • Touchscreen iPod: The Saga Continues

    I’m really starting to hate all the Apple product guessing that goes on these days. Here is a familiar old favorite, the infamous touchscreen iPod, which is apparently definitely (for reals, yo – Blake) due for release in December of this year. This tidbit comes courtesy of Trusted Reviews (can’t argue with a site with “trusted” in its name) saying it talked to an… Read More

  • Iran Bans Broadband Interweb

    Iran Bans Broadband Interweb

    Going to Iran for a romantic getaway in the future? Well, I hope you don’t need to work over the Internet. If you do, you’ll be bound to that 128k glory that the United States enjoyed, oh, five years ago? It seems that Western music and other forms of filth have become such a problem that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has seen it fit to ban high-speed Internet throughout the country. Read More

  • New Samsung Slim Mouse

    New Samsung Slim Mouse

    I never really liked laptop-specific mice. They’re always feel small and flimsy. They usually look pretty stupid, too. Thankfully, Samsung’s got my back with its new mouse for laptops and UMPCs—that holy glowing ring is actually a horizontal scroll wheel. The mouse is 8mm and Samsung has managed to cram five buttons into it. It will be released in black and pink. Y’know… Read More

  • Come to Korea, Where People Can Actually Try Phones Before Buying Them

    Katie from Shiny Shiny appears to be on the same Korean junket as our own John Biggs. Along with a picture of an AnyCall/Samsung 7-megapixel camera phone with a 3x optical zoom, she took some video of a T-World Zone phone shop in Seoul that lets customers test the phones and their features. A far step from the locked-down and cabled dummy phones we find here in the shops in the States. Read More

  • Sony Playstation 3 Gets FireFox

    Sony Playstation 3 Gets FireFox

    Terra Soft recently announced that they have developed Yellow Dog Linux v.50, a next generation linux operating system that will support the Playstation 3. Owen Stampflee, Lead Software Engineer of Terra Soft Solutions stated, From the days of the Commodore 64 to modern overclocked and water cooled home computers, a battle has raged between dedicated game boxes and home computers for highest… Read More

  • Cortex HDC-1000 Review

    Cortex HDC-1000 Review

    The Cortex HDC-1000 is a dual digital music controller that allows DJs to transport their entire musical collection without carrying a laptop, CDs, turntables or vinyl. If you want to refresh your memory a little bit, click here. The first thing I have to say about Cortex’s sweet looking music controller is that it is great at being exactly what it is, nothing more. Cortex actually had me… Read More

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  • LG Brings The Heat With Shine Slider

    We’ve been showing you a bit of the tech love Samsung’s been cranking out recently via John Biggs on location reporting in South Korea. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t let you in on something that other SK company is cooking up: the LG Shine slider phone aka SV420/LV4200/KV4200. Specs include a 2-megapixel camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach, 1GB of storage and an expansion… Read More

  • CrunchGear in Korea: OMG C00l! L33T Phonez and Computerz!

    CrunchGear in Korea: OMG C00l! L33T Phonez and Computerz!

    Oh, South Korea, why do you taunt us so. Here are some highlights from today’s trip to Samsung HQ and the tech mart in downtown Seoul. Not much to say except that I want a CE-looking Media Center PC mit der blinkenlights running MCE for my own home like the Samsung Magic Station, above. I’m late, said the White Rabbit. The YP-W3L MP3-player pocket watch. Another MCE monster with Viiv. Read More

  • Wii Box Pictures

    Wii Box Pictures

    Here are a couple pictures of the back of the Nintendo Wii box. Nothing too spiffy, except the dissapointing fact that Wii Sports may not be included with the Nintendo Wii after all. There are already rumors flying about questioning what the Wii startup disc is all about. Anyone got any ideas? I have to agree with the comments, a startup disc for the Wii OS would really be a drag. Wii Box Pictures… Read More

  • LimeWire Counter Sues RIAA

    LimeWire Counter Sues RIAA

    [The RIAA’s] goal was simple: to destroy any online music distribution service they did not own or control, or force such services to do business with them on exclusive and/or other anticompetitive terms so as to limit and ultimately control the distribution and pricing of digital music, all to the detriment of consumers. In August, the RIAA sued LimeWire for not complying with the September… Read More

  • Microsoft's Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive Connects To PCs Via USB

    Microsoft's Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive Connects To PCs Via USB

    Here’s some news about the HD DVD drive coming for the Xbox 360 that may justify that $200 price tag a little bit: It can connect to your PC via USB, allowing you to have an external HD DVD drive that can connect to your computer. That’s the good news. Now for the bad – Microsoft isn’t providing any kind of driver for the HD DVD drive, so you won’t be able to watch… Read More

  • Sony Talks Playstation 3 And Blu-Ray

    Sony Talks Playstation 3 And Blu-Ray

    “Already, at our launch titles, we’re getting up close to the 25GB limit that we have on our Blu-Ray discs this year,” he claimed. “Next year we’ll raise that to 50GB, and I’d expect that we’ll be getting close to that in the fairly near future as well.” Sony’s worldwide studio boss Phil Harrison has finally stepped up to the plate to answer… Read More

  • Samsung D900 aka Black Carbon Hands On

    Samsung D900 aka Black Carbon Hands On

    is another Ultra model – the D900 is an extremely slim slider with 3-megapixel camera and a unique UI designed in conjunction with Adobe. The Samsung folks didn’t mention a timeframe, but it should be hitting our shores very soon for about $350-400. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Sneak Peek Edition

    Daily Crunch: Sneak Peek Edition

    Take a gander at these highlights from recent posts: Ultimate Hoody; No Glare, No Prying-Eyes, No Sex Sony Bravia Ad: Paint-tastic TokyoFlash Presents Retsu The Robots Are Working Together CrunchGear in Korea: Hello from Sunny Seoul Read More

  • Microsoft and Yahoo Prepare to Battle Google

    Google’s momentum was echoed publicly by both Microsoft and Yahoo today. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, stated that Google is making it difficult for them to recruit top talent. Also, in a move to likely earmark more dollars towards acquisitions, Microsoft increased their research and development budget for 2007 to $7.5 billion, which is $1.3 billion more than they stated in May. Update… Read More

  • Google: Security Mishaps and User Trust

    Update: Danny Sullivan disagrees with some of my points, and adds a few other security incidents to the list. Google is pushing full steam ahead with their office strategy, and their hope is to convince a lot of individuals and businesses to trust Google enough to store their documents on Google’s servers instead of their own computers, or servers under their control. The fact that… Read More