• Sony Slashes Price on Blu-ray Player

    Oh boy. Sony is upping the ante in the next-gen format wars with a surprising move that sees the BDP-S300 $100 cheaper than previously announced. If you were in the camp with a mindset that the PS3 was the cheapest way to get your Blu-ray fix then you’ll be happy to hear this news. It’s rather interesting because Sony’s first Blu-ray player cost a cool $999 when it was… Read More

  • Review: Osprey Meridian and Aura Packs

    While I haven’t been traveling as much as some of the other CrunchGear writers in the past few months, I’ve done enough to put a set of Osprey packs — Meridian 28-inch and Aura 65 — through the ringer. They’ve been to Italy, South Korea, Puerto Rico and numerous places around the NYC area. I’m happy to say they passed with flying colors. Read More

  • Thomson EH308 DAP: Shiny, Tiny, Bo-biny

    Thomson’s a fairly small player in the DAP world (and who isn’t compared to Apple and Microsoft?), but its shiny new EH308 could draw some eyeballs if it plays its cards right. It’s a tiny little guy with a 1.8-inch OLED display. Despite its diminutive size, and owing much to that OLED display, battery life is comparable to some of the bigger guys at around 15 hours. The 8GB… Read More

  • Yahoo Opens Panama Gates With API Program

    Yahoo today announced the Yahoo Search Marketing Commercial API Program that will provide businesses and developers free and open access to the Panama search marketing application program interfaces (APIs). The program will give advertisers, developers, ad agencies and technology providers the ability to build upon Yahoo’s core search marketing technologies to enhance their existing… Read More

  • Microsoft Expands Anyone But Red Hat Linux Partnerships to Xandros: Includes IP Protection

    Microsoft has announced a new deal with Linux outfit Xandros that is similar to the Microsoft-Novell tie-up of last year coming complete with Intellectual property assurance. The “broad collaboration agreement” covers a range of technical, business, marketing and intellectual property commitments. Microsoft said that the commitments will provide customers with enhanced… Read More

  • Sticky Entry-Level Services Could Mobile

    Research analyst firm Berg Insight’s recent study suggests that the rise of Web 2.0 is fusing the fixed and mobile Internet into a single entity. The findings report that the wireless Internet will likely evolve just as the wired online world, and that moving forward the mobile communications sector should not be treated as a separate business. Entry-level sticky services, such as… Read More

  • AT&T Going All Out With iPhone

    AT&T will pulling out all the stops later this month when Apple’s iPhone makes it debut. And while Apple will be making an aggressive launch of the product, AT&T is taking the phone’s arrival very seriously. Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s new CEO, told Reuters this weekend, “We are putting a lot of money behind the launch as well, to drive traffic to the Apple… Read More

  • Pirates Go After Mobile

    You won’t need an “E Ticket” to experience the latest version of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, the latest installment of the Walt Disney Pictures franchise. mDisney, the mobile publishing unit of the “mouse house” announced last week a launch of a suite of mobile content based on the hit film. This includes a movie-based game titles (aptly… Read More

  • Roger’s Hearing Voices

    File this one under the “There I said it” category. Or more accurately the “Roger said it” category. Finally someone has spoken up about the direction that this next generation of handsets is taking, and I couldn’t agree more. Do we really need touch screen phones such as the Prada or the iPhone? What’s happening on the voice centric side asks Roger? Good point. Read More

  • AT&T Wireless Goes International With SMS

    Text messaging might just be the way to stay in touch with friends and relatives in far off lands. And while U.S. carriers have lagged behind Europe and Asia in SMS services that could be changing. Telecommunications Industry News is reporting that AT&T has announced America’s first widely available international text messaging plan. For as little as 10 cents a message users will be… Read More

  • Salesforce Is Acquisition Bait

    Salesforce has scheduled a press conference tomorrow to announce a strategic partnership with a “leading Internet company based in the Bay Area.” CEO Marc Benioff and a “special guest” will make the announcement together. The smart money is betting that the partner is Google, and that the announcement itself won’t be much to write home about. Most likely it will… Read More

  • Try The New RealPlayer: We Have Twenty Beta Accounts

    Update: The accounts are long gone. Real Networks announced their new RealPlayer last week at the D Conference in San Diego. There was great coverage from a number of blogs and major news sites: see Beet.TV, Robert Scoble and the Wall Street Journal for more. The new player effectively lets users bookmark and download video clips that they find on the web. Those clips can then be viewed… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Jester Edition

    Bonfire Skull Crusher Beanie Review
    When CD Players and Phonographs Collide
    Top Ten Cool Potential Surface Gadgets
    Google Maps Zoom Magic Uncovered
    iPod Bible 3.0 Read More

  • Microsoft: Silicon Valley Team Building Stealth Search Engine

    Microsoft has gathered a team of twenty or more “rock star” developers who’ve been tasked at building their next generation search engine, a source has told us. The team, which supposedly came together recently, is based at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View. We have few details on their approach to the product, other than hearing that it is… Read More

  • T-Shirts Meet SMS: Reactee

    Reactee has announced the launch of a line of interactive t-shirts that combine fashion, SMS and activism through “shirts that text back”. Reactee allows users to create t-shirts that include a personalized message such “Stop Global Whaling” or “Andrew Keen is a Luddite” that is then complimented by a unique keyword such as SUSHI or MORON on the shirt. Read More

  • Videoguide For Hotels: Trivop.com

    Trivop.com is an online hotel review portal billed as the as the first videoguide for hotels. The site comes from Paris, France based VideoAgency and made the final five at the European Startup 2.0 conference in May. Although it didn’t win we’ve had a number of people contact TechCrunch telling us that Trivop was a site worth taking a deeper look at. We all know what it’s… Read More

  • EU Gets No Love, Zune Not Coming in 2007

    Looks like the folks on the other side of the pond won’t be seeing Zune’s in time for Christmas after all. Steve Ballmer has made it clear that the Zune won’t be shipping over seas until sometime in 2008. So why the adamant statement? It’s pretty simple, really, MS is still losing money on the Zune and it doesn’t make much sense spending more money when they… Read More

  • LG Combo Display Hopes To Eliminate Your TV

    There will come a day when you won’t need both a TV and computer monitor. OK, that might not be true for quite some time, but LG is definitely making its case with the latest addition to the FLATRON Wide Format Series, M228WA. The 22-inch wide body display boasts 2ms response time, 3000:1 DFC (Digital Fine Contrast) ratio, 1,680 x 1,050 resolution and a pair of stereo speakers that pump… Read More

  • iPhone Release Date Confirmed, June 29

    Well, it’s now official, folks. The rumors were true and the iPhone will be hitting the streets June 29. We can all finally get some rest now. iPhone launch date rumors and coverage are now over. Check out all three ads after the jump or hop on over to Apple for the HD videos. Read More

  • WhosOff: Easy Workplace Leave Management

    WhosOff is an online workplace leave management service that makes organizing time off easy. The service is directed at administrators, company owners and managers who deal directly with managing time off, from keeping a record of leave taken to balancing the demands of future leave requests. WhosOff is not simply an administrator controlled database where information is gathered. WhosOff… Read More

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