• Update: Body Armor—Not iPod—Saves Soldier's Life in Iraq

    Update: Body Armor—Not iPod—Saves Soldier's Life in Iraq

    So it turns out that an iPod didn’t save Kevin Garrad’s life in Iraq, but that his body armor did. That’s a little less interesting (from a gadget blog perspective), but good news nonetheless. The rest of the meme holds true: the soldier got into a firefight with a bad guy and was shot, unbeknownst to him. When he got back to his barracks intending to listen to his iPod and… Read More

  • Yahoo! And Sandisk Partner For WiFi Device

    Yahoo! And Sandisk Partner For WiFi Device

    Yahoo! just announced a partnership with Sandisk on the Sansa Connect. This device is a media player with built-in WiFi which syncs with your Flickr account and comes with ready-to-listen-to Yahoo! Music content. The Sansa Connect will contain 4GB of storage, Internet radio, a 2.2-inch screen, and comes with a reasonable $250 price tag to boot. Those of you willing to shell out the $15… Read More

  • Toshiba Unveils Inexpensive Notebook With Expensive Features

    Toshiba Unveils Inexpensive Notebook With Expensive Features

    Toshiba has its ups and downs with notebooks, but the Satellite A135-S4527 looks
    like a pretty solid deal overall. Expected to hit retail stores this week for under $800 total, the A135 comes with some impressive features like a dual-core 1.73GHz Intel Core Duo T2060 CPU, 1GB of RAM (bravo Toshiba!), DVD burner, 120GB hard disk, and Vista Home Premium to boot. Yes, all this for under $800. How… Read More

  • Windows Live Messenger (MSN) Hits Xbox Live Next Month

    Windows Live Messenger (MSN) Hits Xbox Live Next Month

    Starting next month Xbox Live users will be able to instant message each other and all their Windows Live Messenger (MSN) buddies, be they on a PC, Windows mobile device or the 360 itself. You’ll be able to type using an on-screen keyboard or any ol’ USB keyboard you have laying around. The Spring update to Xbox Live brings not only Windows Live Messenger to the online service… Read More

  • Japanese Telecom Provider Coming To US

    Japanese Telecom Provider Coming To US

    Seeing items from Japan like TVs and cars all over the US is nothing but commonplace these days. But in a rather interesting move, Japanese-based cell provider KDDI will be launching a new MVNO in the US. It will leech off of Sprint’s network, so expect lots of media and 3G features to be a part of the upcoming network. A newspaper in Japan reports that KDDI is already stepping into gear… Read More

  • $600 Swarovski-encrusted Nintendo DS Lites

    $600 Swarovski-encrusted Nintendo DS Lites

    Throw some Swarovski crystals on damn near anything and you’ll generate buzz. Today’s belle of the ball is these Swarovski-encrusted Nintendo DS Lites, found in the Nintendo World Store in New York. It’s the same DS we know and love, just rice’d out like a high school senior’s 12-year-old Honda Civic. They’re even on sale: only $600 separates you from… Read More

  • Cambridge SoundWorks Radio 820HD: HD Radio In All Its Splendor

    Cambridge SoundWorks Radio 820HD: HD Radio In All Its Splendor

    HD Radio. Yeah, I’ve never listened to it either, but Cambridge SoundWorks apparently still has faith in it, what with its new Radio 820HD and all. It looks remarkably similar to its iPod dock’d radio from a few days ago, but you’ll find no such compatibility here (aside from the aux inputs). It does, however, let you listen to regular radio, CDs and the aforementioned HD… Read More

  • Sony Laptop Sold For $10,099 On eBay

    Sony Laptop Sold For $10,099 On eBay

    Either this Sony Vaio had a Virgin Mary burnt into its casing or this bidder is just plain dumb. I’m going to go with the latter, since this eBay auction for a Sony Vaio VGN-0FJ270/B ended bidding at a whopping $10099! Nothing was special about it either and the seller wasn’t being deceptive. In fact, all the description read was: “You are bidding on an EXCELLENT CONDITION… Read More

  • Xbox 360 QWERTY Pad Is For Real

    Xbox 360 QWERTY Pad Is For Real

    Years ago, when the 360 first made its debut, you remember a rumor about a 360-controller attachment that would add a small QWERTY keypad for easy typing on XBL. Well, it’s real and it’s fabulous. Sources say that the new keypad will plug into the headphone jack on the bottom of the controller and comes with new headset to plug into the keypad. It will also be backlit, have MSN… Read More

  • Gigya To Ease Widget Publishing On Social Networks

    Getting a widget onto a website, whether its a blog or a MySpace page or anything else, is a bit of a pain. Users generally have to copy an embed code, log into their website, and paste it into the appropriate place. While that hasn’t proven to be an insurmountable obstacle, widget startups that have found ways to make it easier for users to add widgets to their sites have seen… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Planes, Pigs, and Automobiles Edition

    CrunchGear Week in Review: Planes, Pigs, and Automobiles Edition

    Mario on Apple TV
    It’s a Spoon with Airplane Wings for Babies
    LG SV80: Enough With The Banana Comparisons Already
    Hey, Pig: Porcine USB Card Reader
    New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future Read More

  • Product Reviews: Everyone Wants A Piece Of The Market, But PowerReviews May Get It

    Product Reviews are pure gold – people want to see what others say about a product before buying (Forrester Research says 71% of online shoppers seek out product reviews). If you control the reviews, you have a very qualified lead that you can then try to sell something to, or pass off to someone else for a fee. Today, product reviews are largely concentrated at big hubs like Amazon… Read More

  • Microsoft Adds Instant Messaging To Xbox

    Microsoft announced this evening that they will be integrating Live Messenger into the Xbox platform on May 7, linking 260 million Live Messenger users with 6 million Xbox Live users. Xbox Live users will be able to chat with up to six contacts simultaneously by plugging a USB keyboard into the Xbox. Gamers will love this. The video below shows some of the new features (taken from Kotaku). Read More

  • Yahoo's New YPod: SanDisk Sansa Connect

    Yahoo's New YPod: SanDisk Sansa Connect

    Yahoo just announced the release of the new SanDisk Sansa Connect WiFi media player, which comes preloaded with Yahoo Music. The device costs $250, comes with 4 GB of memory and a 2.2 inch screen. It supports Yahoo’s personalized radio, sharing playlist suggestions over Yahoo messenger, Flickr photos, and unlimited downloads on Yahoo Music for $12/month. Readers interested in Mobile… Read More

  • Mario on Apple TV

    This is so cool. It’s great to see the Apple TV is a full-bore mini-PC with some amazing power under the hood. If I didn’t love my the Apple TV on its own so much I’d tear it down and make it a Nintendo 64 in a second. via Giz Read More

  • Yahoo's New Media Device

    Yahoo has just announced a cool new wifi device, called the SanDisk Sansa Connect, that comes ready to listen to Yahoo Music (see Yahoo Music overview here along with competitors) and it also syncs up with your Flickr account. This gives them something to promote as Apple spreads its iPod empire and Microsoft markets its Zune music (and soon, phone) device. The Sansa Connect is $250 and comes… Read More

  • Leaked 360 Dashboard Updates

    Apparently GameSpot posted — and yanked — a video of the 360 Dashboard updates coming May 7. Good stuff includes: - Releases May 7th.
    – Add up to 600 Windows Live Messenger contacts to your Friends List.
    – Text chat with up to 6 Live Messenger contacts at once during games or movies.
    – The Marketplace will be getting its own Dashboard Blade.
    – The… Read More

  • Screen Caps for Transformers: The Movie: The Game

    Screen Caps for Transformers: The Movie: The Game

    We are totally stoked on the upcoming Transformers movie. You shouldn’t have to ask why, it’s elementary. For many of us, our gadget obsessions began with Transformers. They were little hand-held devices that served a purpose, were sophisticated (some, anyway. Sorry, Gears), and were capable of assigning status within a grade school. We also like video games. So, after the film… Read More

  • It's a Spoon with Airplane Wings for Babies

    It seems sometimes as if I’m the only person I know right now who doesn’t have some sort of baby either on the way or recently birthed. I am thankful for this. That does not mean I don’t like babies (I do) or am sterile (though I try). That also does not mean I dont’ keep my eyes out for fun baby stuff for the young offspring of my friends/co-workers/bartenders/cab… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Happy Spring Edition

    Daily Crunch: Happy Spring Edition

    iPod Saves a Soldier’s Life in Iraq?
    New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future
    Even Mossberg Can’t Figure Out His PC
    Happy Spring Read More