• A CrunchGear Valentine's Day: What To Get Your Lady

    A CrunchGear Valentine's Day: What To Get Your Lady

    I know that Valentine’s Day is a big pain in the ass and that getting a gift for your lady is the most boring waste of time ever. This year though, get her something the both of you can enjoy as a dorky couple. I guarantee you will find something to get her out of these next five items or I’ll call you cheap and berate you about it. Now, onto the goods! Read More

  • Find Yourself with TeleNav Update

    Find Yourself with TeleNav Update

    We’re entering day three of our Find Yourself with TeleNav contest. There have been some great entries so far, and I know there are a bunch more out there, so keep them coming. To enter, send an email to contest at crunchgear dot com explaining your best stories of directional retardation (use the subject: “getting lost”). The contest run from today until Friday at noon ET. Read More

  • Hummer Launching Mobile Brand

    Hummer Launching Mobile Brand

    Nothing gets more American than driving a Hummer with some McDonalds in your lap and some Steve Miller Band on the stereo. And since we Americans love our cellphones, it makes total sense that Hummer is starting a mobile brand with Modelabs Group. The two companies are partnering to design, produce, and market a line of mobile phones and accessories, as well as “on-device”… Read More

  • VoIP On The Rise: 100 WiFi Phones Certified

    VoIP On The Rise: 100 WiFi Phones Certified

    Seems that VoIP is gaining more and more popularity as every new month approaches. The WiFi Alliance has certified 82-dual mode and 10-WiFi-only handsets that are ideal for VoIP use. The group checks phones for interoperability and performance, as well as interference, to make sure they’re up to standards. The Alliance is now out to promote WMM (Wireless Multimedia) and extending… Read More

  • NPR Says Wii Is Bad For Children

    NPR Says Wii Is Bad For Children

    NPR hates you and it hates the Wii you bought for your kid. Kelly McBride, a parent, went on the air the other day to attack other parents for buying their kids Nintendo Wiis. McBride says that although the Wii gets your kid off the couch and his arms moving around, it gives a child “a false sense of what it’s like to compete in the world.” Ouch! Could she say anything worse? Read More

  • BubblePly Upgrades Fun Video Annotation

    Israeli company BubblePly has significantly upgraded its service for overlaying images and text on video.  Launched in December, the service now allows live links, full control over fonts and extensive use of images.  It’s a much more useful service now than it was before. Users can work with videos added by URL from almost any video site on the web.  Copyright concerns are believed… Read More

  • Do You Have A Quiet Drive Xbox 360?

    Blake recently informed you about the new quieter DVD drives coming to Xbox 360s and the boys at Xbox-Scene tell us what drives we have in our obnoxiously loud consoles. In case you missed it, all Xbox 360s manufactured after November of 2006 are equipped with drives from BenQ-LiteON-Phillips. Be sure you didn’t get screwed if you recently purchased a 360. Xbox-Scene Read More

  • Barablu: Free VoIP on WiFi Phones

    Barablu: Free VoIP on WiFi Phones

    Today is the day of weird little companies, apparently. Barablu is a downloadable desktop and mobile product that allows you to send and receive VoIP calls, chat, and create conferences of up to 49 people. It’s available for Pocket PC and a number of smartphones and works in concert with a desktop application that basically does the same thing. It’s different than Skype in that… Read More

  • Nokia Video Center Hands On

    So this is what YouTube on a Nokia looks like. It’s more of a video RSS feed, but it’s still pretty cool. There are only Reuters and YouTube up there right now, it seems, but it allows you to add channels and browse video thumbnails. Coolness. Read More

  • Motorola Ming Hands On

    Here’s a quick look at the Moto Ming. It’s not very exciting, just a tiny little Linux phone, but it’s got an odd UI and looks nothing like anything else at their booth. Read More

  • CryptoGraf: SMS in Secret

    CryptoGraf: SMS in Secret

    CryptoGraf is a tiny company that is basically selling RSA/ARS encrypting SMS software. You can try a free trial at CryptoGraff.com and it works with Symbian Series 60 phones but it doesn’t work with any of Nokia’s N-Series phones. Why am I telling you this? Well, maybe you have to send secrets to your mom or something. The website is gimp-tastic but it looks like a useful… Read More

  • Meizu M8 Enters The Witness Protection Program

    I realize that we’re all sick of ‘iPhone clones’ and I swear this is the last I’ll post until launch. To be perfectly honest, this is the ONLY iPhone clone in the works. The LG Prada and Samsung F700 are NOT iPhone clones. I may have said they were before, but clones they are not. The Meizu M8 is now the miniOne and is set to launch Q4. The previously leaked pics… Read More

  • The State of Mobile Content

    The State of Mobile Content

    Just came in from Hall 7 where 3GSM is hosting mobile content providers. I’m not quite sure what they are thinking over there — or even if they are thinking at all — but that was one sorry bunch of companies. Let me offer a window into the mind of a mobile content provider. Everything is either porn or puppies, as this image shows. In fact, some companies are selling porn… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Home Office Edition

    Daily Crunch: Home Office Edition

    Milk Desk
    Golla Laptop Bags: GOOOOOLLLLAAAAA
    Coilgunosapien: Destroy All Humans
    The Best Of 3GSM
    Find Yourself with TeleNav Update Read More

  • Aniboom Raises $4.5 Million For Cartoons

    Israeli Startup Aniboom has raise $4.5 million in an initial round of financing. At least that’s what TechCrunch France writer Ouriel Ohayon tells me this page says. The round was led by Israeli venture firm Evergreen. The site has very good user generated animated videos presented in a Flash player and embeddable in other websites. My favorite Aniboom video is embedded at the end of… Read More

  • Google's Valentine's Logo Sure Looks Like "Googe"

    Google's Valentine's Logo Sure Looks Like "Googe"

    A reader wrote in to suggest we take a good look at Google’s Valentine’s Day logo, which appears to have dropped the “L” and simply reads “Googe.” The strawberry stem arguably is the missing letter, but this sure reads like Googe to me. See all of Google’s past holiday logos here. Update: Google discusses this on their blog. Dennis Hwang says there is… Read More

  • Technorati Loses Key Developer to Google

    A key Technorati developer, Kevin Marks, has left the company and is now at Google, according to his blog. Just a month and a half ago Google took the lead as the top blog search engine from Technorait, and the loss of Marks to them is a further blow. Technorati releases very little information to the public about itself, leaving us to mostly speculate on their financial health. This move could… Read More

  • USBCell For All Your Gadgets

    The makers of the ever popular USBCell batteries have taken the next step by infiltrating the mobile device market. I’m a big fan of having extra batteries on hand because, like most geeks, my mobile phone (a Sidekick3), helps keep me connected when I’m on the go. I can deal with my SK3 crapping out because I usually have my Blackberry, but don’t even get me started on… Read More

  • Time Warner Cable Goes Public

    Time Warner Cable Goes Public

    Time Warner today announced that Time Warner Cable is becoming a public company. It expects shares to be traded as a Class A common stock on the New York Stock Exchange with the “TWC” symbol. Shares could begin trading as early as March 1. The move comes as a result of Time Warner Cable purchasing assets from Adelphia when it filed Chapter 11. In exchange for the assets, TWC coughed… Read More

  • Tinbag Launches, Soon To Enter DeadPool

    A new startup called Tinbag launched last week. They’ve entered the very crowded Q&A market, dominated by Yahoo Answers. Tinbag’s business model, oddly, is to charge people asking questions and deliver part of the fee to the person answering the question. This is a model that flat out failed at Google, which pushed their own version of a for-pay Q&A site for 4+ years… Read More