• Napster Launches Over The Air Music Downloads For Cellphones in Japan

    Napster is rolling out its over-the-air (OTA) music service on Japan’s NTT Docomo. The service lets Napster To Go subscribers download music onto compatible cellphones (so far, the 904i series). All songs downloaded onto cellphones can then be transferred to compatible music players and PCs. Can iTunes do that? This is fun and all, and something many people wish the iPhone would be able… Read More

  • Clear Channel Testing Out Commercial Free FM Radio

    You might not need that XM subscription for much longer. Tyrannical media-corporation Clear Channel is testing out commercial free FM radio in Texas. The plan is that stations will no longer run commercials, but rather DJs will advertise companies and sponsors during radio shows, talk programs, and intermissions. Increasing competition from satellite radio and the iPod is causing big media… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Evening Entertainment Edition

    The Life Acquatic: Swimming with Sound
    Subtitling Glasses Put the Text Where It Belongs
    Plasma Lift: Hey Honey! What TV?
    Wine That Loves: No More Guessing What Wine Goes With What Food
    Fitness by Crunchgear 2007 Read More

  • Kyte Launches: More Rich Media Streaming Presence

    Keeping everyone aware of what you are up to every fleeting, uninteresting moment of your life is a hot area for startups right now. Newly launched Kyte seems to fall somewhere between Twitter and Ustream, two services that let users send a constant stream of data about themselves to interested friends (albeit in very different ways). Kyte is at its core a media player. Users create an account… Read More

  • WashingtonWatch Now A Wiki. This Should Be Good.

    WashingtonWatch, a site we wrote about last year, breaks down the costs behind proposed U.S. federal legislation and regulation, and then asks your direct feedback in the form of comments and a simple yes/no poll. I find it fascinating to see the average cost per family of some of the proposed legislation. The site previously solicited user feedback from straw polls and comments. They’ve… Read More

  • Fitness and the Power of the Internet


    I’ll be the first to admit that I spend more time online than is probably healthy. Although I try to compensate by working out frequently, it never seems to reach a state of equilibrium. I always sit around too much and exercise too little. But being online doesn’t have to be a completely unhealthy endeavor. There are currently many opportunities available to netizens who wish to… Read More

  • The Life Acquatic: Swimming with Sound

    Swimming is one of the best workouts one can get. Although running does burn calories a bit quicker, there is at least one distinct advantage to swimming: it produces virtually no impact. That makes it an appealing choice for those of us who don’t want to be crippled and arthritic by the time we’re middle-aged. As a techie, however, I’m faced with a slight dilemma whenever I… Read More

  • Amazon/Statsaholic Dispute Just Got A Lot More Complicated

    The Amazon/Statsaholic dispute went from a simple UDRP domain name dispute to a full blown lawsuit last week (pdf of lawsuit is here). Statsaholic, formerly called Alexaholic, offered Alexa traffic data graphs to users with a much better interface than Alexa did themselves. Despite the fact that Amazon complimented the service early on, they eventually moved to shut it down based on… Read More

  • M-Audio IE-10 In-Ear Headphones Hands On


    Musical hardware manufacturer M-Audio’s partnership with headphone maker Ultimate Ears has yielded what appears to be a more-expensive clone of UE’s super.fi headphone line. The entry-level M-Audio IE-10 is a carbon copy of the UE super.fi 3 Studio, which are formidable in-ear headphones. Direct competitors include Creative’s Zen Aurvana, Shure’s E2c, and… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: LCD + Solar Cell = Smart

    Cell phone battery life has been one of the top problems since its inception. Motorola was there at the beginning, and is at least exploring smart solutions. Motorola recently received a patent for combining an LCD screen and a solar cell on a wireless device. While the cost of such a concept makes the iPhone seem like a bargain, the concept of having a display that also can have a dual purpose… Read More

  • Middio: Music Video Search Engine For YouTube

    Middio is a new site, still in private beta, that’s indexing music videos from YouTube and tagging them properly with the artist and song name. The search interface is good; finding a music video for a given artist takes just a moment and there’s none of the non-relevant content you see with YouTube searches. Videos are also embedded in the Middio site. What Middio doesn’t… Read More

  • Subtitling Glasses Put the Text Where It Belongs

    I prefer watching imported movies in their native language with subtitles. It would suck to give a passionate performance only to have some hack voice actor dubbed over your lines, don’t you think? Subtitles on the screen, though, are distracting. I like the idea behind the subtitle glasses. Using a Universal Soldier-esque optics, the subtitle feed from your TV or DVD player is… Read More

  • Plasma Lift: Hey Honey! What TV?

    Let’s say you go drop $1,200 on a new flat-panel TV, but you don’t want Sweetie to know you’ve spent the rent. What do you do? Return it to the store in recognition that you messed up, meaning you cave to your signif’s common sense? Or find a clever, gadgety way to hide your toy from his or her scrutinizing eyes? Good answer. The Plasma Lift is a fairly gaudy looking… Read More

  • Moto's KRZR Gets Pinked

    You think you’re sooooo cool with your RAZR. I’ll bet you also wear flip-flops in public, pooka-shells, and perhaps that dress-over-jeans thing, too, dontcha? You’re what we call a “fashion victim.” And we’re here to help. If you like your RAZR but don’t want to be stuck in 2004, we recommend getting yourself a KRZR, Motorola’s follow-up to the RAZR. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Dweebs in the Garage Edition

    Make the Cute iPod Cuter
    Ontario to Ban Edison’s Folly
    Downloaded Star Trek Off iTMS? Claim Your $25
    GPS Fitness
    Colored Barcodes Hitting DVDs And Video Games Read More

  • Push Ringtones, Reason to Give Up on This Merry-Go-Round Called "Life" on Horizon

    I can think of a few things I could spend $7.7 million on that would be less annoying and potentially misanthropic as Push Ringers. The idea isn’t new — some folks call them Ring Backs. When I call you, it plays the song I’ve picked. This is the worst thing ever. Sure, people like me would use it for good. I hope you like “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. But… Read More

  • Wine That Loves: No More Guessing What Wine Goes With What Food

    Biggs, the bossman here, knows his wine, so he knows what wine goes with what foods. I, on the other hand, am ignorant of this magical magic. Wine That Loves should eliminate this problem by placing a label of what type of food the wine goes with right on the front. There’s five different wines in the collection, each of which goes with a different food: pasta, roasted chicken, pizaa… Read More

  • Vista Service Pack Coming in Fall

    Holding off buying a Vista PC or waiting to roll Vista out in your enterprise solution? According to Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, a Vista Service Pack should launch in October or November, letting slip one of Microsoft’s most closely guarded secrets. See, folks don’t like to buy new software. Just ask the folks who are waiting patiently for Windows XP to really get rock solid… Read More

  • Digital Drumsticks for DAPs

    Remember Hit Stix? Sure you do. It was a poorly-executed good idea in the early days of motion-sensing toys. It was a pair of plastic drumsticks connected to a belt-holstered speaker. You moved the stick, and an actuator inside would make contact to a lead, sending a short “snap!” of static to the speaker. That was Hit Stix. The iPod Digital Drumsticks are the updated version of… Read More

  • Make the Cute iPod Cuter

    There are a gazillion tons (metric) of iPod cases, and they’re pretty generic for the most part. A case has to have something special for us to even put our drink down long enough to give it a look. That being said, we like these Cut & Paste Boomwave creature skins for the Nano. Not only does it protect your DAP, but it also turns it into an adorable thing of some sort, we’re… Read More