• YouTube Folds, Turkey Lifts Ban

    YouTube Folds, Turkey Lifts Ban

    YouTube has removed all of the offending videos that led a Turkish court to order that YouTube be banned from the country earlier this week, and the ban has been lifted. This sets a terrible precedent for YouTube, who should have stood their ground. The original videos were sophomoric jabs at Turkey from Greeks, none of which should have led to a ban in the first place. For YouTube to agree… Read More

  • Sony's New WiFi-Enabled Cybershot DSC-G1

    WiFi. Photosharing. MP3 playback. Overkill? Maybe. Read More

  • muveeNow Up Close

    We take a gander at muveeNow, muvee’s new photo editing software. Muvee Now Read More

  • Olympus Stylus 770 SW: You Too Can Drop, Freeze, Soak, Step On This Camera


    There’s not too much to say about the Olympus Stylus 770 SW. Well, except for the fact that it can survive 5-foot drops, be taken down 33 feet underwater, withstand 220 pounds of pressure and still operate down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit — hence the block of ice. There’s also a new manometer built in letting you gauge your altitude or depth. It’s otherwise a normal… Read More

  • Fujifilm FinePix S700: Entry-level long-zoom?


    Priced at a low $249, the Fujifilm FinePix S700 heads near budget territory on pricing, but in features comes close to other newly announced long-zoom models. The 7.1-megapixel camera has a 10x optical zoom with image stabilization and one of the finest LCDs we saw on the PMA floor (it was trumped only by the 3.5-inch beauty on the Sony G1, which we’ll have full video of posted soon). Read More

  • The Mii Generation

    The Mii Generation


    Who needs actors when Nintendo has millions of Mii characters to do the work for them? Beginning next week Nintendo of America will be rolling out a new round of Wii commercials featuring the popular caricatures that now are part of games such as Wii Sports and Wii Play. The new ads will feature a set a family in their living room, as well as another that takes place in a corporate board… Read More

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8: $350 Of Long-zoom Action


    The Leica DC lens is the star of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 with its 11 elements in eight groups, including 3 aspherical lenses. The 12X optical zoom lens is carried over from last year’s DMC-FZ7, but is now backed with a 7.2-megapixel sensor and a newly enhanced Venus III processor. A RAW mode has been added as well. Read More

  • Cringely: Apple to Add H.264 Encoding/Decoding Chips?

    site, you may have been disappointed not in the quality of the video, but the playback experience. Apple uses the H.264 codec for all of its HiDef video, as it makes sharp pictures with smooth motion while maintaining reasonable file sizes and throughputs. The problem is, the heavy compression needed to get the quality you see takes an enormous amount of processing power to decompress. Read More

  • Solar Powered Talking Bible: Portable, Instant Deliverance

    Solar Powered Talking Bible: Portable, Instant Deliverance

    For the righteous and pure of heart comes a solar powered, electronic talking Bible. God’s warriors can listen to both the Old and New Testament, switching between chapters and verses with the push of a button. (My favorites include Leviticus 18:22 and Austin 3:16.) Becoming a member of the flock in the 21st century costs $100, but your soul will be eternally virtuous. Product Page… Read More

  • Career Advice: Don't Spend Half Your Work Day On Facebook And Then Brag About It

    Career Advice: Don't Spend Half Your Work Day On Facebook And Then Brag About It

    A Goldman Sachs trader in the UK named “Charlie” was warned by his employer that his visits to Facebook on company time were to stop. He spent, apparently, over 500 hours on Facebook in a six month period. That works out to about 4 hours per day. Unwisely, perhaps, Charlie posted the warning email on his Facebook account, saying “It’s a measure of how warped… Read More

  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III Raspberry

    When an older gentlemen in a suit giggles like a schoolboy, you know something either made a fart noise or something cool happened. In this video, we witness both of those things. The Canon EOS-1D Mark III can apparently take 5 million pictures a second and sounds like a poot. PMA 07: Canon EOS-1D Mark III Snapping Off Frames Like a House Afire [The Giz] Read More

  • AT&T, Yahoo Partnership in Peril

    AT&T, Yahoo Partnership in Peril

    Ruh-Roh, iPhone! The partnership that was supposed to make email on the iPhone sweeter than a kiss from a small Jack Russell puppy covered in sugar is now in jeopardy as the company-soon- to-be-known- as-the-company-formerly-known-as-Cingular and its parent company pare down the partnerships. The news is pretty tepid, but it was enough to drive down Yahoo stock and make us wonder if the… Read More

  • Apple Store Spotted in Second Life

    Some do-gooder constructed a frighteningly accurate model of Apple’s 5th Avenue store in Second Life. This video shows hip, Apple chic Second Life avatars walking around the store, playing the keyboard, harassing the geniuses at the bar and dancing all wily nilly to Wolfmother. If I didn’t have such powerful hatred for all thing Second Life I’d probably be more impressed. As… Read More

  • Neuromancer Graphic Novel Online

    Neuromancer Graphic Novel Online


    Speaking of florid cyberpunkian prose, how about a great way to spend a Friday? I saw this graphic novel in a comic books shop (Monkey’s Retreat in Columbus, Ohio) back in high school. I haven’t been able to find it until BoingBoing dug it up. I’m kind of afraid of reading because, as far as I remember, it was so cool that I had to go get some cash and come back for it but… Read More

  • Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men? The GooglePhone Knows

    Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men? The GooglePhone Knows

    A patent attributed to Google describes a phone application that pre-emptively hunts down what you’re looking for. The phone or device will take into consideration your past habits and patterns and make suggestions and prepare maps based on your current location, predilections, and the decisions about the past searches. The result is a phone that knows you like Chinese food, will send you… Read More

  • AT&T Piles on Yahoo

    AT&T turned the Wall Street Journal (behind paywall – see Gigaom as well)) into a marketing tool today, planting a story that it’s long and successful DSL partnership with Yahoo is in jeopardy. Yahoo needed this like they needed a hole in their head, as CEO Terry Semel is still reeling from a recent stockholder action calling for his immediate dismissal. At stake is $250… Read More

  • Future Samsung DLPs Can Handle "Mind-Blowing" 3D

    Future Samsung DLPs Can Handle "Mind-Blowing" 3D

    This year’s CES featured a super-secret demo (read: no media) of a tech that just might save DLP: 3D. According to our source, the 2007 Samsung Slim DLP HDTVs will be capable of handing “future 3D games, movies, and other programming via compatible glasses and hardware.” That’s fine, but not if it’s no better than playing Rad Racer on the NES with those awful… Read More

  • BlackBerry 8800 Quick Look

    BlackBerry 8800 Quick Look


    The postman rang once today, and he came bearing that oh-so-sweet-sounding BlackBerry 8800 (aka… the Pearl with a full-QWERTY keyboard.) Even though the Pearl’s SureType has improved drastically over previous generations, there was still a very loud group of ‘berry addicts who were screaming for a super-thin QWERTY to make their thumbs happy. And, as announced… Read More

  • Electronic USB Wind Instrument: Go Ahead, Pretend You're a Real Musician

    Electronic USB Wind Instrument: Go Ahead, Pretend You're a Real Musician

    The electronic wind instrument USB is a testament to the human inventive spirit. It looks to be a cross between a flute and a clarinet and plugs into your PC’s USB port. There, software instruments let you “rock out” (with a flute?), creating musical pieces that I’m sure Mozart would be envious of. All of the keys on the flute are touch-sensitive, so you won’t have… Read More

  • Give Us Your Apple Horror Stories

    Give Us Your Apple Horror Stories


    I had no sooner thrown up a story referencing a fictional article on the “Top Ten Apple-Related Customer Service Horror Stories”, when I realized that such a story might be kind of fun. So give us your best and worst Apple-related horror stories — customer service or otherwise. Either throw them in “comments” or shoot me an email at seth (at) crunchgear.com . If… Read More