• Liquid lenses work like your eyes, but don't cut out your eyes yet

    Itochu and Holochip — yeah, I know. Never heard of them either. — have teamed up to make liquid lenses that will offer optical zoom and image manipulation without the mess of digital extrapolation. A tiny motor and squishy lens will work in tandem to deform the optics to zoom in and out without physically moving the lens forward or backwards. This means thinner, better optical… Read More

  • Robots for the railways

    Now that Russia is officially part of the Technocracy, their robot rulers are taking over more and more of the everyday maintenance. Apparently the Russian rail system (Motto: “If it worked in the 1950s, it will still work today.”) has hired robots to do most of the track maintenance and give presentations about the Great Bear’s delightfully archaic railways. Best of all… Read More

  • Mozilla Expands Its Universe With Weave

    Mozilla is expanding its universe today, moving beyond desktop software products like Firefox (browser) and Thunderbird (email) and into cloud territory – web services. The initiative, Weave, is a new project that will store user information – like bookmarks, passwords, history, preferences and customizations, and sync it to your Firefox account. Users can then access that… Read More

  • Asus U2 laptop is something like taking a bubble bath

    Looking to "take luxury computing to a whole new level"? I don’t know what that means either. If you’re already into luxury computing but you can’t help but wonder how to take it to the next level, you may very well never be satisfied no matter how many levels there are. Read More

  • RIAA tries its hand at producing local news segments

    Don’t be surprised to tune into your local news (with Brock Cockwell on sports, meteorologist Gust Hasner’s weather-on-the-eights, and Jasmine DeLaFontaine filling in for Clay Maxwell) to find a hard-hitting segment about music piracy, people getting arrested for music piracy, and how to spot and avoid pirated music. It’s all courtesy of our friends at the RIAA who may or… Read More

  • Tech President Endorsement On Local Fox Affiliate

    On Thursday we announced that we are holding a “primary” that includes each 2008 presidential candidate. We are asking readers to vote based on the candidate’s positions on ten key technology related issues. I talked with CBS news on Wednesday (clip is here) to announce the project. On Thursday morning, I spoke with Ross McGowan from the San Francisco Fox affiliate station… Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: iGoogle Google's Homegrown Star Performer This Year

    2007 was another big year for Google with the company growing to become America’s fifth largest listed stock (by market cap) whilst continuing its march towards world domination. According to figures from comScore Google traffic increased 22.42% this year across its main web properties (excluding non-US sites and acquired sites such as YouTube). The star performer for the year was… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. A little news has leaked out about the upcoming mobile game Final Fantasy IV: Return to the Moon. The game is a direct sequel of Final Fantasy IV. But you could probably guess that from the title. The DNA results are in and it is confirmed that Theodore is Cecil’s and Rosa’s son. The… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Near Miss Edition

    Mario Christmas stocking, Kuribo’s Shoe edition
    Super Smash Bros. Brawl intro video
    Wii “rain check” is just a receipt
    Popular Mechanics takes Aptera electric car for a spin
    Prisoners, meet the body orifice security scanner Read More

  • Helio's Mysto gets the CrunchGear treatment

    The Mysto has landed, and it is pretty hot. The slim slider is one of the best sliding phones I’ve seen yet. Samsung really knows what it’s doing with this form factor, and, with Helio, has made a pretty terrific mid-range phone that has high-end features. My first impressions of the phone came not just in how it looked — it’s Heigl-style attractive — but in how… Read More

  • The Crunchies: Finalists Are Up, Vote For the Winners

    The nomination process for the Crunchies, a joint effort between us, Read/Write Web, VentureBeat and GigaOm, is now complete. 82,000 nominations were made for thousands of individual startups. The top startups in each of twenty categories have made it to the final vote. Starting now, you can vote for the startups you think are most worthy in each of twenty categories – from… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: The State of the Smartphone Union

    It’s been a boring year for smartphones, sadly enough. Nothing evolutionary happened — the iPhone? It’s not a smartphone… yet — and the same old gang circled around the same old group of business users angling to get a sale or two in before the economy tanked. But wait? What’s that noise? It’s the sound of millions of cellphone users who are… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: The BlackBerry

    An anecdote. Two years ago, my dumb school made me take an art class. Awful, yes. There were several classes that fulfilled the credit requirement, but for whatever reason I decided to take a film class. Actually, no. I know exactly why I took it: I figured it would be easy to skip so I could watch the Champions League group stage. Worse comes to worse, I figured, I’d just go to… Read More

  • PayPerPost Suspends Zookoda, Deadpool Looking Likely

    IZEA (PayPerPost) have suspended Zookoda, the blog to email service they acquired in April. According to CEO Ted Murphy, the service has been suspended due to “elevated levels of abuse on Zookoda.com” and goes on to explain that the service is being used by spammers. For those that think that PayPerPost pollutes the blogosphere with spam content, the following from Murphy is rich… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: "Blade Runner: Final Cut"

    Check the calendar, last-minute Christmas shopper. You’ve only four days (if you count today) till D-Day, so here’s a gift that should be easy to find at pretty much any retailer: “Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector’s Edition).” This is the final, that’s-all-she-wrote version of the cult classic starring Harrison Ford. Director Ridley Scott and some… Read More

  • T-t-t-talking 'bout my copyright morality generation gap

    Columnist David Pogue relates an entertaining anecdote today in the NY Times about an encounter with drug-sniffing dogs in an airport bathroom. Actually, on closer reading, it’s more about how the baby boomers have a fundamentally different outlook on file-sharing and copyright law than their kids. Apparently while describing the various shades of copyright “violation”… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    The Back Burner: Things we didn't post this week

    A big thank you to everybody for filling our tips at crunchgear dot com inbox with wonderful, unique, and newsworthy items. Here are five that we just couldn’t get to this week. Subject: Hy friend I ‘m tony a live in Brazil. I show oportunty make money. Not need invest acess: http://www.sendearnings.com/?r=antoniobr This second opportunity pay to you $10, 00 when your friend joins… Read More

  • Want to know how Santa really feels?

    Then call this number: 413-241-2498 Thanks to CG reader Joe’s sister, Michele, for the good laugh. I really needed it today. Read More

  • Wii Opera SDK released to the public; time to customize your Nin-ternet

    Now’s your chance, amateur coders, to create a piece of software that can run in Opera’s rich browser environment on the Wii, or make some cool use of the wiimotes. Gestures, graphical web interfaces, sharing, it’s a whole Wiib 2.0 party with Java and all. The SDK and more info can be found through the hyperlinked text below. Wii Opera SDK [via Go Nintendo] Read More

  • Pantech Duo Review

    What would a week of “Smartphones Now” be without a review of a smartphone? A terrible one, I’m sure. So what are we going to look at today? The Duo from Pantech for AT&T. Not exactly the hottest smartphone on the market, but it does have a few qualities that are quite endearing. I’m also jaded and hate all phones to begin with. Heh. That’s not entirely true. Read More

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