• Toshiba Ready To Fight Back In The HD Format Wars

    Toshiba isn’t too happy about Sony claiming victory in the HD format wars. Deputy General Manager of HD DVD at Toshiba, Olivier Van Wynendaele, has stated the claims made by Blu-Ray backers are “propaganda”. Wynendaele has picked apart each claim and makes a sound argument for each point. The Blu-Ray Disc Association stated last week that their format was outselling HD 3:1… Read More

  • YouTube Creating Awards Show

    This video should win “most inspirational” for sure.
    Get ready people. Any random jackass (myself included) is going to have a shot at winning an award now that YouTube has created its own awards show. The first YouTube Video Awards will showcase user-content created back in 2006 and will be broken down to the following categories: most creative, most inspirational, best series… Read More

  • The Ultimate Geek Go Bag

    The Ultimate Geek Go Bag

    Last year, I built a mobile audio lab so I could do audio testing, recording, and writing on the go, but it quickly evolved into the geek’s ultimate travel pack. My particular setup is still slanted towards audio, but you can always adapt it to your specific needs. This is all stuff that can be kept in a small backpack, ready to go at a moment’s notice. Read More

  • LG Kompressor Vacuum Sucks Blocks

    LG Kompressor Vacuum Sucks Blocks

    Some of us love design and have to have top of the line everything. With that said, for those of you sick of your Dyson, you might want to check out LG’s new Kompressor vacuum cleaner. Small and compact, this thing looks pretty easy to stow away should company come over. The device features a unique cleaning system that turns everything sucked up into a massive block. It also comes with… Read More

  • National CrunchGear's Vacation: Travel for Geeks

    National CrunchGear's Vacation: Travel for Geeks

    This week we’ll be running a series of articles on travel for geeks. Whether you’re headed to Fiji for some R&R or to Singapore to supervise a team of ADA programmers, geeks are on the go. With that in mind, we’ll be talking about packing, booking tickets, buying foreign gadgetry, and surviving jetlag and X’s Revenge where X={Montezuma, That Weird Thing on a Stick… Read More

  • Help Key: Home Recording, Part II

    Help Key: Home Recording, Part II

    I live in a neighborhood of burgeoning artists and musicians, and an endless stream of people ask me, “How do I set up a cheap, quick, and easy home recording studio?” I’ve actually got it down to a science at this point, so here it is. Keep in mind that your favorite indie rock band has probably used a less sophisticated setup. I recently spoke with Sam Endicott of The… Read More

  • NYC's Helio Flagship Store Coming Soon

    Helio’s newest flagship store has been spotted in NYC’s uber-trendy Soho. I’ve been watching the progression of this storefront for the last few months and it wasn’t until about three weeks ago that the ‘shed’ came up. For quite some time it was just a normal storefront that had been covered from the inside with just a Helio sticker logo. I’ve poked… Read More

  • Matchbox Concept Cellphone is Creator's Revenge Against Boring Phone Design

    Matchbox Concept Cellphone is Creator's Revenge Against Boring Phone Design

    The designer of this matchbox concept cellphone hates “hi-tech, hi-solution, colorful, sleek, pretty…” cellphones, but admits that he can’t just not use a cellphone. So, rather than complain until he’s blue in the face, he threw together this odd looking cellphone. Its name derives from the way it opens: rather than flip open like so many others, it slides open… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: In 3-D!

    CrunchGear Week in Review: In 3-D!

    Patent Monkey: Digital 3D Photography Preparing for Internet Viewing
    Mickey Mouse iPod nano
    TMNT on XBox Live
    Samsung Coming Out With Robot Gun To Protect Its South Korean Homeland Read More

  • Kiko Guys Back As Reality TV Stars

    Kiko Guys Back As Reality TV Stars

    Two years ago Y Combinator invested in Justin Kan and Emmett Shear’s calendaring company, Kiko, which eventually folded after Google Calendar launched in 2006. The Kiko guys have returned to the startup scene since their acquisition on eBay with two new partners and a new quirky live blogging startup, Justin.TV, also funded by Y Combinator. Justin.TV is a website entirely devoted to… Read More

  • Craigslist For The Military

    Mark this one down as a fairly obvious opportunity, and I’m surprised it’s taken this long for someone to build it. Sammy Villarreal, an active duty U.S. Marine for the last 11 years, has seen his share of foreign deployments. He’s been to Iraq, Okinawa and the Philippines. He missed Craigslist back home during these times away, and thought it would make sense to create… Read More

  • Adobe Apollo Launched, So Go Build Something

    Adobe just announced that it’s much anticipated Apollo platform is now available for developers. The software developers kit can be downloaded at adobe.com/go/apollo. Although this is the official release of the SDK, many developers have been working with Apollo for quite some time. Ryan Stewart recently covered the some of the better Apollo demos from an event they put on last month. Read More

  • Managing Voicemail With GotVoice

    Managing Voicemail With GotVoice

    When I first reviewed GotVoice in June 2005, I thought it was an awesome, if rough-around-the-edges, application. Gotvoice’s goal is to bring sanity to your voicemail inbox, and it does that well. Tonight they are relaunching with a much cooler interface and a whole bunch of new functionality. Previously GotVoice was a simple service that used your voicemail credentials and turned… Read More

  • Portable Speakers Play Your Theme Song

    Portable Speakers Play Your Theme Song

    Still in the concept stage, these portable speakers from Yanko Design feature an elastic fabric sock and nylon hanging/carrying strap tucked away in the bottom half of the device. Volume is controlled by twisting the two halves of the sphere, and the speakers are meant to be hung on various things like backpacks or tents The designer, Jacob Palmborg, said that the speakers will make it… Read More

  • GadgetTrak Relaunched as Paid Service

    GadgetTrak Relaunched as Paid Service

    GadgetTrak has relaunched as a paid subscription service that gives users the ability to track down stolen gadgets using social-engineering software installed on the gadget’s memory. The service, which I posted about last month, involves installing a piece of software on the device’s memory that, when plugged in and accessed, secretly reports the location, IP address, computer name… Read More

  • Be a Tutor, Find a Tutor: TutorLinker

    Be a Tutor, Find a Tutor: TutorLinker

    Los Angeles based TutorLinker just relaunched with a new design and functionality. They’ve created a marketplace to find tutors based on geography (including a Google maps mashup), subject matter and pricing. This is the kind of site that I really like to review. The creators are two UCLA college students. No venture financing or big team of developers. Just two guys creating the kind… Read More

  • Samsung Q1 Ultra Walk Through

    I was avoiding the Samsung Q1 this week simply because I think the form-factor is a failure. However, Vincent at SlashGear offers up this easy-to-digest video so we’ll have at it. via SlashGear Read More

  • Welcome To TechCrunch, Heather

    I have the pleasure of confirming the rumors: Heather Harde, currently the SVP of Mergers and Acquisitions at Fox Interactive Media, will start her new job as the CEO of the TechCrunch Network (and my boss) by the end of the month. This isn’t the way I hoped to announce this news, but Om Malik broke the story after an internal Fox email got out. It was tough to talk Heather into leaving… Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Reminder

    Laptop Horror Stories Reminder

    Hello, kiddies… welcome to the Crypt of Laptop Horror Stories (TM). You have until next Monday, 12pm EST, to send me your worst laptop horror stories — how your laptop fell into a toilet, how your Gateway exploded on your granny’s lap — and you could win one of three beautiful prizes. Koss Cobalt Bluetooth Headphones One of two RhinoSkin 13″ MacBook Cases in Black… Read More

  • Cute Kid Makes PSP Play Wii

    A great video of a kid making his PSP play Wii games using Sony’s Location Free player. Sure, it’s a cheap hack, but this kid is quite charming in his efforts. He’s got a 6 second delay on this, which is quite annoying, and but he’s humble. And he calls himself Obiwan22, for Christ’s sake. How much cuter can you get? Kid takes PSP and makes it play Wii [Engadget] Read More