• Palm Treo 750v Finds Its Way To The US

    comes in. What’s very good is that these unlocked Treos claim to keep support for UMTS intact, which means if your SIM says Cingular on it, it’s FAST. We couldn’t find anyone who’s actually tried one of these, so before plunking down your $765, you might want to call your provider and see what it has to say. Product Page [CTI Miami] Read More

  • CD/DVD/USB?

    CD/DVD/USB?

    I was under the impression that we had a good thing going with a separate functionality between USB-connected devices and media which you placed in an optical drive. Apparently, I was wrong. American-Israeli company Aladdin has filed a patent for a product which they’re calling the “XCD.” The CD/DVD could still be used in a conventional disk drive, but it also includes a… Read More

  • Jobs to Newsweek on Zune: "What, Me Worry?"

    Steve Jobs, the closest thing to Santa Claus we still believe in, sat down with Newsweek for a little chat, in which he gives his opinion on the Zune from Microsoft. When asked if he was worried about the upstart WiFi-enabled MP3 and video player, he responded, “In a word, no.” He goes on to say the wireless capabilities of Zune aren’t impressive and that the song sharing… Read More

  • GlowSkin, The Skin That Glows

    Electroluminescent (EL) lighting technology is not new. It’s been used for some time now in the dashboard displays of automobiles as well as in cell phone screens. However, SafeLites’ GlowSkin uses unique, flexible EL lamps and can be made to any size or shape. The EL lamps are activated using special electronics, an inverter to control voltage and frequency and a power source, which… Read More

  • All iPod Games Reviewed, Graded

    a couple of weeks ago, and introduced movies to iTunes, it also gave the world cellphone-style games to play on the music machines. A distraction at best, the games are just as we like them: fun and cheap, like our Homecoming date was. Our pals over at iLounge have put together a collection of reviews about all the games Apple offers for iPod, so we don’t have to. We personally recommend… Read More

  • CrunchGear in Korea

    CrunchGear in Korea

    Just days out of Digital Life and CrunchGear is jetting off to South Korea to explore all the new happening at Samsung. John Biggs will be reporting from Seoul for the coming week, so expect to see all sorts of electronics that we won’t be able to get here in the States until 2025. So whenever you see the miniature version of the above image, know that it’s raced through the Internets… Read More

  • McDonald's MP3 Players Come With Malware

    McDonald’s recently launched a promo in Japan that gave away 10,000 McMP3 Players loaded with 10 pre-loaded songs. What else was pre-loaded? Why, only a little Trojan horse, the QQPass Trojan horse, to be exact. QQPass grabs your passwords and other personal information and then emails the details to the author of the program. Awesome. McDonald’s says only a “portion” of… Read More

  • Verizon Going MAXX With Big, Fat RAZR

    ubiquitous RAZR phone, out now for almost two years, is getting long in the tooth? Do you retire it, hoping people will love its successor, the KRZR? No, you take the slim phone, known for being svelte, and make it fatter. Verizon apparently thinks there’s enough life left in the RAZR brand to bring yet another variant to us, the RAZR MAXX. And, like its name implies, this is the high-end of… Read More

  • Motorola Q Pro, Back in Black

    The Motorola Q was the brief-but-exciting sweetheart of the Windows Mobile world but a few months ago. Affordable, with a slick Treo-meets-RAZR form factor, it made smartphones sexy for the first time in awhile. But it’s been lamented for being stale, with other contenders improving on Moto’s design while Moto just stands there. But the Motorola people are upgrading the Q. The “Q… Read More

  • Pure Digital Camcorder Does Direct Uploads

    Pure Digital has upgraded its inexpensive corner-store camcorder to let you capture video and get it up on the web in three steps. Now before you get all excited, the uploading experience is not as direct as you may think. The Pure Digital Point & Shoot Camcorder (30 minutes, $129; 60 minutes, $169) now has software that lets you get the video off the camera via USB connection to your Windows… Read More

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  • MobiBLU Goes 2.0, Adds Video, Photo Viewing

    MobiBLU is back with the Cube2, an update to the absolutely tiny DAH-1500i Cube MP3 player. The PlayForSure-certified Cube2 adds a full color OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display that can be used to view digital images and watch video clips, proving that you can still have a full selection of controls and multimedia playback options without sacrificing a screen. The Cube2 is first and… Read More

  • Grouper Targets the Corner Store: Remember That $65m Video Acquisition?

    Grouper, the video sharing site Sony bought in August for $65 million, is announcing a partnership this morning with mass market video camera company Pure Digital. Starting in November, Pure Digital camcorders will ship with software to enable automatic video upload to Grouper or two-step upload to Google Video. This is one of a number of new distribution partnerships that constitute an important… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Web Edition

    Daily Crunch: Web Edition

    Some of the items that caught our attention last week: Creepy Crawly Remote Controlled Tarantulas Remote Control Lantern for Lazy, Shiftless Campers It’s a White (Chocolate) Xmas for Verizon Apple’s iPod Nano Turns Red LED Rat Throwie Read More

  • MySpace Makes Subtle Shifts to Emphasize Video

    We wrote earlier about News Corp’s unease with the Google-YouTube acquisition. For the last few weeks News Corp has been engaging in a one-sided PR war with YouTube – from News Corp. COO Peter Chernin’s recent comments that 60-70% of YouTube traffic comes from MySpace (YouTube says this is incorrect and that MySpace only refers about 5% of total video traffic to YouTube) to Wall… Read More

  • Movie Downloads: iTunes v. The Rest

    Movie Downloads: iTunes v. The Rest

    We started testing the various movie download services earlier this summer when rumors of Apple’s new movie download store first heated up. We’re now regular customers of three of the services. Michael Arrington is an iTunes junkie because he likes having movies and music videos on his iPod, Nik Cubrilovic likes Movielink and I’m hooked on Guba’s very low prices. For those… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up: The Aftermath

    CrunchGear Meet-up: The Aftermath

    About 100 CrunchGeeks descended on Under the Volcano Friday night for the first ever CrunchGear meet-up. There was lots of booze and prizes and there was much rejoicing by all who attended. Thanks for coming out guys, we’re glad to have met you and look forward toward future gatherings. Perhaps something to coincide with CES. If anyone else took pictures, please send them to our tips at… Read More

  • Creepy Crawly Remote Controlled Tarantulas

    Since it’s getting close to All Hallow’s Eve (that’s Halloween to you, bub), we thought it would be nice to show you the bestest gadget we’ve seen so far this year for scaring the skirts off of your friends. These little remote controlled tarantulas are scary-looking just standing there, but imagine the fright on the faces of your friends and foes as these ferocious plastic… Read More

  • Tiny 3-Port USB Hub: Small, Slick

    The more gear we get, the more USB ports we need to support them. In a day when most computers sport four or fewer ports of the Universal Serial Bus-type, a good USB hub is a must. We find ourselves liking this neat little critter from the geniuses over at Elecom in Japan we found on EverythingUSB. It transforms your measly one USB port into 3, with the top and bottom ports angled so that your… Read More

  • Remote Control Lantern for Lazy, Shiftless Campers

    We remember reading a Popular Science from the late sixties we found at our grandparent’s place that dealt with “camping in the future”. Most of their predictions have not come true: sure, we have self-assembling tents, but we don’t take “food pills” instead of trail mix, and my Ultra-Sonic Bear Repelling Rocket Swiss Army Belt must have been lost in the mail. Read More

  • The Friendster Tell-All Story

    Gary Rivlin at the New York Times finally wrote the Friendster “tell all” piece that everyone’s been threatening to do for some time (me included). It’s not pretty. I get the sense the most people mentioned in the article are not going to be very happy with the way it turned out. Many of them have actively been trying to stop an article like this from being written. Read More