• MovieTally: Netflix's Missing Features

    The New York Times reports today that Netflix is holding a contest to improve their recommendation engine. Anyone who can improve the service’s recommendation function by a mysterious 10% will win a $1 million prize. One easy way to start would be to look at MovieTally, a tag-based movie recommendation site built by a 15 year old from New York named Hayden (he asked that his last name not be… Read More

  • CrunchGear New York/Digital Life Reader Meet-up

    CrunchGear New York/Digital Life Reader Meet-up

    Join us for our first reader meet-up! The event will coincide with Digital Life in New York and we’re planning giveaways, an open bar, and the chance to meet and abuse CrunchGear editors John, Blake and Josh. When? October 13, 2006 – 7pm Where? Under the Volcano12 E 36TH St (Cross Street: 5th Avenue) Add your name to MollyGuard to reserve a spot. We’d like to get a headcount… Read More

  • Audio of 1990s Hackery/Phreakery

    , for example – Wintermute, Cara, Outrun, Crowfly, Neurotic Nemesis, Dr. Doom. You can almost hear them not getting laid in high school. Telephone Conferences: Phreaky Boys Collection [Textfiles.com via BoingBoing] Read More

  • New Phones Feature: Airborne Pathogen and Bio-Threat Warning System

    If you’re like Blake, then you’re concerned about germs, bio-terrorism, standard terrorism, bird flu, SARS, hippies, dust mites and anything that ends with the word “Pox.” He is going to love the technology in this new phone from Gentag if it ever makes its way into production. As it’s a concept, it has no real spec list, but it appears to be a fairly standard… Read More

  • Hitachi Releases RFID Nametags

    Hitachi Releases RFID Nametags

    Hitachi today announced AirLocation II Tag-w. This RFID-enabled device is a simple way for employers to keep tabs on their employees while they’re at work, hopefully working. When you get to the office in the morning, you’ll walk through the door with its sensor which will activate you for the day. Then the guys in charge will know where you are all day (assuming you have the nametag… Read More

  • Nintendo Fusion Tour – Find Out How To Play The Wii Early

    Nintendo Fusion Tour – Find Out How To Play The Wii Early

    If you’re like me and you love music and video games, Nintendo has got something right up your alley. The Nintendo Fusion Tour is a U.S. tour that started on September 27 and will continue through November 11. The tour features artists such as Hawthorne Heights, Relient K, Emery, Plain White T’s and The Sleeping. Well, there goes my vote. For everyone else whose girlfriend is dragging… Read More

  • Alltel Gets KRZR

    Well that didn’t take long. After Verizon had the KRZR K1m for less than a week, Alltel has announced it would be carrying the soon-to-be-ubiquitous phone. No spec changes or anything like that, but if you’re on Alltel, you can now be cool—along with other millions of people who get the phone. Alltel Read More

  • Toshiba Shows Off HD DVD Burners For Laptops

    . Toshiba says sample drives will be available to vendors by the end of 2006, so we can look for them to turn up in systems sometime in the first half of 2007. A single-sided HD DVD-R can store 15GB of data, which is 10GB less than Sony’s competing Blu-ray discs. However, Sony and its partners have been sluggish to say the least getting product to consumers. Here’s hoping Toshiba can… Read More

  • Sony NW-S706 Walkman MP3 Player With 4GB Flash

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/S hybrid has 4GB of memory, noise cancellation, 50 hours of battery life, FM tuner, three colors, and even line-in recording. It's even better than the iPod Shuffle (because this has a screen), and stores 4GB in a small package that can fit easily in any pocket you can think of – even that coin pocket that you never… Read More

  • Limited Edition Sidekick 3 Surfaces

    This “Irish” version of the happy-go-lucky Sidekick 3 has surfaced courtesy of the November issue of XXL Magazine. It’s a green version of the Sidekick 3 from Lifted Research, and should be out sometime before Christmas. No pricing information on the mag, but it should be a bit more expensive compared to the regular Sidekick 3′s. As far as we can see from the outside, no… Read More

  • PS3 Monolith

    PS3 Monolith

    We were kind of expecting a bunch of monkeys to circle this thing and then start to kill each other, but it’s actually just an in-store PS3 stand in its full, darkling glory. A lot is riding on this hulking hunk of plastic, friends, and rest assured Sony has put evil mutant plant spores in there that will explode and reproduce if we don’t all go out and buy a PS3 as soon as we’re… Read More

  • HP Puts WiFi in Your TV

    HP to Apple: iTV is for suckers. Why, wouldn’t it be easier to build WiFi and a media browser into a TV than require a stand-alone set-top box? Sure, sure, the DVR functionality that may or may not exist might be a sticking point, but if you’re planning on downloading and playing back video from your PC to your TV, why not cut out the middleman? That’s the promise behind the new… Read More

  • Nodus Psyclone PSP Speaker Dock

    Nodus Psyclone PSP Speaker Dock

    For those of you who own a PSP and want a mini home theater system with you on the go, the Psyclone PSP speaker dock is another PSP accessory to add to your list. The Psyclone features Sonic Impact’s Class T Amp Technology, which fills the room with extreme clarity at all frequencies. All the standards are also here: Remote control, built-in charger and TV-Out. It would be really cool if… Read More

  • Sirius Stiletto 100 In The Wild

    In case you wanted to know what the Stiletto looks under normal lighting, as opposed to product shot lighting, here you go. There’s also a video of how the UI works, showing you what browsing and listening to Howard will look like. The UI zoom-ins and zoom-outs are pretty decent looking, but the “extended” battery that protrudes from the back really uglies up the design of the… Read More

  • T-Mobile myFaves Officially Released

    we told you about last week has been finally released. If you don’t remember, it offers unlimited “any-network calling” to five numbers of your choice. You can select your contacts directly from your phone (any supported phone works) or online if your phone is not supported. On most phones, there’s a myFaves UI with five icons representing your five contacts. You can… Read More

  • Ceatec Opens Tomorrow

    Ceatec Opens Tomorrow

    If you’re going to be in Japan this week, I suggest that you head over to Chiba to visit this year’s Ceatec. Ceatec is Japan’s largest electronics show and this year should be a pretty exciting event. Sony is set to open the show with some sort of new Blu-ray product that they’re not telling anybody about. Toshiba and Canon are both going to show off new SED screens. HD… Read More

  • HP's Two-Megapixel Webcam

    HP's Two-Megapixel Webcam

    Unfortunately this two-megapixel webcam only does two-megapixels for stills, and not for video, and can’t be designated an HD webcam. Nevertheless, a 1600×1200 image from a webcam isn’t too bad, and it can still capture 800×600 videos at 30FPS, which is way more than you need for Skype or any other kind of web conferencing. Unless of course you’re a sexy female and… Read More

  • Seagate Gets Definitive With The Maxtor Brand

    Sorry, guess it’s a hard-drive morning. Seagate Technology this morning specified exactly how it’ll position the Maxtor-brand internal hard drives it picked up when the company purchased Maxtor earlier this year. In short, Maxtor will be the mainstream label, Seagate will be the premium label. You’ll be able to grab DiamondMax drives in capacities up to 320GB and they’ll… Read More

  • Costumzee: the Halloween Wisdom of Crowds

    Vertical metasearch engine Costumzee relaunched late this summer to offer costume search with all the Web 2.0 trimmings. (You could say it came back from the dead, just in time for Halloween.) Costumzee got a write up over at Search Engine Watch this morning. Search by tag, see related costumes, review costumes, give costume ideas ratings by stars, build your profile – it’s a little… Read More

  • Anlong MP4 Video Watch

    We’re unhealthily in love with watches here at CrunchGear, especially ones that can do things a bit more complicated than tell time. In this case, the MP4 watch from Shenzhen Adragon Digitek Co. Ltd. (gotta catch them all!). The watch, like its name implies, can play back MP4 videos and has a water-proof case. There’s also a microphone port, line-in, USB 2.0 compatibility, and a 9 hour… Read More