• Happy Easter from all of us at CG

    From all of us at CG to all of you, have a happy holiday. Eat some peeps for us and thanks for reading. The CG staff Read More

  • Sony will not charge for VAIO Fresh Start

    We just got this in from Sony regarding the Fresh Start program. “Starting March 22, Sony will offer Fresh Start free of charge. We want VAIO users to have the best experience possible with our PCs, and we believe Fresh Start will help ensure that happens right out-of-the-box.” Read More

  • Startups Battle Over Who Invented Risk-Like War Game First

    Many college students (but few others) will recognize the Risk-like game known as Turf that pits thousands of students against each other in a weeks-long online wargame that is similar to the board game Risk, but uses the college campus as the map. What started off as a for-fun experiment by Yale student Gabe Smedresman in January 2007 resulted in a game that went on for over a month and… Read More

  • CrunchBoard This Week

    Here are some of the jobs posted to CrunchBoard over the past week: VP Operations and Finance
    Zivity, San Francisco CA Director, Product Management
    Fox Interactive Media, Beverly Hills CA Technical Product Manager
    Brightcove, Cambridge MA Senior Product Manager
    Photobucket, San Francisco CA Senior Developers (PHP/MySQL)
    Playlist.com, Palo Alto CA Senior Web Engineer
    MyStrands, New York City… Read More

  • For AT&T, $1.33B due in 10 days for spectrum win

    [photopress:attpayment.jpg,full,center] Just how does AT&T plan to pay for the swarth of spectrum (public airwaves, anyone?) it won yesterday? Creatively! Reuters reports that everyone’s favorite iPhone provider will use a “combination of funds from operations and debt” to pay the bill, which totals around $6.64 billion. It’s got 10 days to pay the down payment of… Read More

  • Two new Blackberries hitting T-Mobile for Spring

    [photopress:Tmobile_8120_8820.jpg,full,center] Two Wi-Fi-endabled new Blackberries are coming to T-Mobile in the near future, and they’re pretty awesome. T-Mo’s got a thing for Wi-Fi, mostly for their home service that lets your cellular phone become your home phone. We know people who’ve used the service and love it to death. The 8820 is of the same family as the Curve in… Read More

  • Asus getting into the sound card game, Creative starts to sweat

    Asus, who has been doing so much stuff right lately, has begun dipping its toes into the sound card game. I understand the onboard audio on their motherboards is supposed to be the best, but as with onboard video, that’s not saying much. So Asus has separated their sound unit and beefed it up, making it a PCI-e interface card. It’s a full-featured, high-quality card now… Read More

  • Time Waster: Test Your Stock Trading Chops On Inspectd

    Think you are good at trading stocks? Here’s a good Friday afternoon time waster for those of you who prefer more grown-up games than you can find on Mytopia. Test your trading skills at Inspectd. The site, which has been around for a while, shows you a historical stock chart with nothing more than the price and the moving average. You are given $100,000 in fake money and you have… Read More

  • Emirates becomes first airline to allow cellphone calls while in flight

    [photopress:emiratescell.jpg,full,center] Arsenal FC sponsor Emirates became the first airline to allow cellphone calls while in the air. The Dubai-based airline uses an AeroMobile technology that prevents cellphones from interfering with an airplane’s electronics. Right now, the service is limited to regular cellphone calls and text messages, with BlackBerry and other data services… Read More

  • Nyko's FrontMan for Wii now available

    [photopress:41fS_JQmd5L._SS400_.jpg,full,center] The FrontMan wireless Guitar Hero controller for Wii is now available at your local wireless Guitar Hero controller for Wii retailers for about $50. Read More

  • They call this case the Tempest for a reason

    If you’re running SLI GeForce 8800GTs, you have 4 7200RPM HDDs, plus sound and possibly physics cards all going on a 1000W PSU, you’re generating a ton of heat and even 4 standard fans are going to be unable to keep it cool. I guess that’s why the NZXT Tempest has six case fans. Two on the top, two on the front, one in the back and one on the side. Sounds like my usual… Read More

  • Martha Stewart loves her some MacBook Air

    Oh, Martha, is there anything you can’t do? You crochet doileys, make butter cake, and fire custom dildos for your friends in your outdoor kiln — all before 5am! Now you have a MacBook Air and you just love it! And you love Windows to! What is a woman to do? Run Paralells! And you even know what that is! But you don’t want to because you want to be well-versed in Windows! OK! Read More

  • And they say sports and nerds don't mix

    [photopress:1195833812_SPLASH.jpg,full,center] Denver’s Tim Kaebisch has been using his spare time recently to build a scale replica of Miller Park out of Legos, complete with working retractable roof. It’s a labor of love for Kaebisch, he’s been working on this project in one respect or another for seven years. I used to make X-Wing fighters and Transformers, he builds a… Read More

  • Video Review: Jasman's Halo 3 Plasma Pistol and Rifle

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/767986&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ It’s so rare to actually have actual child-like fun with the gadgets we get in that I had to put together this silly video. The Jasman toys are… Read More

  • Review: Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB flash drive

    Flash drives have become so ubiquitous that people don’t really question them any more. I know I didn’t until I got this Kingston DT. I have a handful of thumbdrives of various sizes and qualities, and I just sort of accepted that there wasn’t much variation between them aside from build quality and capacity. I never asked myself what would happen if you put high-end… Read More

  • World's smallest car gets great mileage, made in 1963

    Behold the Peel P50 in all its glory. It’s got a 4.5 horsepower engine, 35 MPH top speed, and 100 MPG fuel efficiency. It was manufactured in the Isle of Man back in 1963 and originally sold for 198 GBP (about $400). It’s so small that the BBC’s Jeremy Clarkson can actually wheel it around from place to place — like up to his office. Good thing, too, because… Read More

  • 'Defend Your Castle' to WiiWare May 12, new trailer

    Here’s a trailer for Defend Your Castle, which will be one of the first WiiWare games available for download (not to be confused with the Virtual Console games). It was originally available as a Flash game but it’s taken on an overhauled look, 4-player multiplayer, and enhanced physics and particle effects. The developer, XGen Studios, says “Defend Your Castle has been… Read More

  • Tips for left-eyed photographers

    Joe McNally gives some tips for folks who focus with their left-eye. It’s a little lengthy, but if you’re keen on improving your image sharpness at slower shutter speeds then maybe you should watch. The rest of us can pass on this, but it never hurts because you might pick up a tip or two. via PB Read More

  • At Launch, Mytopia Shows Social Networks How To Play Nicely Together

    There is a new casual gaming network in town that’s got some serious cross-platform chops. Don’t be fooled by the cutesy graphics. Today, Mytopia is simultaneously launching across Facebook, Bebo, MySpace (currently pending approval) and its own Website with eight games (Chess, Backgammon, Sudoku, Dominoes, Bingo, Spades, Hearts, Video Poker). On Monday, it will release the… Read More

  • 3.5G BlackBerry out in the wild, somewhere

    The FT recently interviewed RIM’s president and co-chief executive, Mike Lazaridis. It’s a pretty boring interview, but he does reveal that a prototype 3.5G BB is his new toy. One of our prototypes – a 3.5G BlackBerry. It’s very fast over third-generation networks that have HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access). Technophile: A life run by BlackBerry [FT] Read More

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