• What's Worse: Windows Vista or Paris Hilton?

    I always say that what makes two people friends is what they have in common, but I think it’s not about having similar likes, it’s about having similar dislikes. What you hate says a lot more about you than what you love. In that spirit, I bring you the first CrunchGear What’s Worse?, where we take something vile from the technology world and something dreadful from the rest… Read More

  • Court orders Bush Administration to divulge communications with telecoms that gave away your private data

    There’s nothing particularly cavalier about hating the telecoms—we essentially get paid for it here—but there’s something almost noble in hating them for kowtowing to the Bush Administration, handing over private data for the good of the War on Terror. We may not have to hate much longer, since the Electronic Frontier Federation yesterday won a court ruling mandating… Read More

  • Official: Facebook Flips On Beacon

    Reports surfaced yesterday, and now we have the official word from Facebook. Users will now have to opt-in to share purchases via Beacon: Stories about actions users take on external websites will continue to be presented to users at the top of their News Feed the next time they return to Facebook. These stories will now always be expanded on their home page so they can see and read… Read More

  • PopSnap: Sarah Meyers' Live Online TV Show

    I first met Sarah Meyers when she crashed our 2006 party at August Capital. She was booted, but got enough video footage to make this video. This year she was back at the party, but as an invitee – see one of her videos here. Meyers now lives in New York, and has been working on a new live daily tech show. It hasn’t officially launched, but her first shows started streaming… Read More

  • Warner CEO makes much of music-making's meager margins

    Apparently EMI isn’t the only major label in trouble. Warner’s CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. tried to remain upbeat during a conference call recently despite Warner only making $5million on $869million worth of sales, translating into a healthy profit margin of a little more than half a percent. Considering the scale of their earnings, it’s not surprising that Warner may also be… Read More

  • EMI no longer fighting the future?

    Reuters reports that the British music industry biggie, EMI, is looking for ways to substantially reduce the amount of cash it hands out to those vicious child-suing trade groups known as the RIAA and IFPI. Times are tight, they say, and there is talk of saving and efficiency – and the so-called “copyright mafia” have been ineffective in curbing piracy. I guess they think… Read More

  • MarketWatch Revamps Stocks Portfolio Tool, Makes Good Use of Ajax

    Dow Jones’ MarketWatch may not display stock information about particular companies as well as its competitors, such as Google Finance, newly redesigned AOL Money & Finance, or even Yahoo Finance, but it has taken the initiative to develop a new portfolio tool that tops them all. Whereas the others’ portfolio tools are still stuck with clunky interfaces that provide… Read More

  • Stephen Hawking sex tape (Sorta SFW, but not)

    That was weird now get your ‘stank skank ass out’. Read More

  • Credit card sized video players or gigantic hand model?

    These tiny video players are available at ThinkGeek.com for $100 each. One’s got a 2.8-inch display and one has a 2.4-inch display. How do you like that? They’ve each got 2GB of memory and can handle AVI and MPEG videos as well as MP3 audio. They also have a built-in FM tuner, a speaker, text viewer, picture viewer, and games. How’d they do that?! Battery life lasts 3-4 hours… Read More

  • Comics: You have died of Dysentery

    We like Diesel Sweeties, the daily online comic strip by the handsome R Stevens. It’s pixelated in a nice way, and is about love, life, and music in the Internet-connected age. And some of the fake girls are totally doable. When Stevens runs a strip with a gadgety theme, you’ll find it here on CrunchGear as well. Newspapers have a comics page, now blogs do, too. Diesel Sweeties [Fun!] Read More

  • LG Venus review

    I must warn you that this will be the shortest review of a phone we’ve ever done at CrunchGear. Why you may ask? Because we’ve already covered it extensively and filled you in on the specs. So I’m really only going to cover the touch interface and voice quality. That’s all there really is to write about. No need to get into the Verizon features as they haven’t… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Call of Duty 3 for Wii, $29.99 shipped

    Amazon.com has the Nintendo Wii version of Call of Duty 3 for just under $30, which includes free shipping. As a Wii owner and FPS enthusiast, I can tell you that this game is the least disappointing of the first person shooters that I’ve tried and one of the least disappointing games I’ve played on the Wii. It’s a fun, albeit short romp through the battlefields of World War… Read More

  • Miomi arrives to map your timeline

    Miomi, a digital lifestyle aggregator (DLA) I talked about back in October, is officially unveiling itself to the world now. Incorporating content from Encarta and Wikipedia, you can plot your own historical progress through time by uploading your personal take on events be it through words, pictures or video. You can choose to share this the world or just with your friends on the site. So… Read More

  • Boot Camp Beta dead to Apple starting 2008

    We all knew it was coming. The announcement that Apple would stop supporting the Boot Camp beta some time after Leopard came out was not well received, but once people figured out it didn’t mean their partition was going to self-destruct, they seemed okay with it. Well, the time has come. December 31st will the last day of support for the long-running beta, after which time the… Read More

  • AT&T yanks $28 iPhone data-only plan for the deaf

    AT&T has reportedly pulled a $27.99-per-month data-only iPhone plan that had previously been offered to the hard of hearing and deaf. I remember seeing a lady with a Sidekick WAY back when they first came out and when I excitedly stopped her to high-five about being Sidekick owners, she replied that she used one because she works with the deaf. The iPhone would tend to be a similarly… Read More

  • True Knowledge looks for API beta testers

    Search startup True Knowledge, reviewed here, is seeking beta testers for its API service. The UK startup, which recently won Angel funding, has developed an application which (deep breath) represents facts as entities within a broad knowledge-base that computers can understand and process. It answers question through deduction and cross-referencing to produce what looks, to all intents… Read More

  • PayPerPost Users Freaking Out Over Google PageRank Nuke

    It’s been less than two weeks since Google penalized PayPerPost bloggers in the most devastating way possible – by resetting all of their PageRanks to zero and effectively removing them from the Internet. PayPerpost, now called IZEA, is in the process of launching RealRank, an alternative way to rank blogs. But their advertisers are still looking for blogs with an actual PageRank… Read More

  • Hey, kids! Increase your BitTorrent speed by 500% for $17!

    I’m going to start a site that offers a 1000% increase in Internet speed by suggesting purchasers order a T1 line. Seriously. After all, you can make money by telling fools the obvious and charging them for it. Apparently there’s a site called HighSpeedTorrent that includes testimonials from kids who are able to download porn at blazing speeds after following “exact… Read More

  • M-Audio Microtrack-II does everything I wish I needed it to do

    I’m not much of a musician. But if you are, or a sound guy, or journalist, or anything really, a reliable and simple system for getting sound waves from the world to your computer is essential. I had a nice little minidisc recorder a while back, but after a while the digital/analog confusion started to bug me. What I really needed was something like this. It records directly to… Read More

  • Cellfish sends videos to your phone, helps you slack off

    http://cellfish.com/static/swf/player8.swf?Id=241751 This looks like it’s easy to use. Plus, the video is both funny AND informative. It basically allows you to send videos to your phone via text message. Available videos are on Cellfish’s own web site but developers can play around with the API or use the "Add-to-Phone" widget to offer content from their own sites. You… Read More

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