• Comcast in Seattle getting six more High-Definition channels in March

    [photopress:hdcomcast.jpg,full,center]Rarely do I give Comcast praise, but today I feel I must. The cable company monopoly will be adding six new HD channels to its catalog in March, just in time for my birthday, and they’re good ones! Well, most of them. Those of you who are still using standard definition need to seriously think about your futures. You’re holding the rest of us… Read More

  • BGR gets an early AT&T Centro, then unboxes the hell out of it

    [photopress:ATTPalmCentro1.jpg,full,center] We like what we’ve seen of the Centro smartphones so far, and we know that a GSM flavor is coming to AT&T very soon, so soon in fact that the guys at BGR scored an early unit and have a sexy, sexy unboxing for your friday pleasure. Also: when will my spellcheck start recognizing “smartphone” and “unboxing” as… Read More

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    The Back Burner: Things we didn't post this week

    A big thank you to everybody for filling our tips at crunchgear dot com inbox with wonderful, unique, and newsworthy items. Here are five that we just couldn’t get to this week. Your Favorite Horse!! Have you been looking for products of a horse? Well, we have Galupy, the galloping Horse; just click the link to see all of his products. … Read More

  • stickK Allows You To Put A Contract On Yourself

    stickK is designed to promote a healthier lifestyle by allowing users to create “Commitment Contracts” that oblige them to follow through with commitments such as exercise and quitting smoking. stickK was developed by Yale University economists Dean Karlan and Ian Ayres who tested the effectiveness of Commitment Contracts through extensive field research. Economic and… Read More

  • What's up with game companies ignoring South America?

    [photopress:southam.jpg,full,center] Why do video game companies ignore South America? Next Generation asks just such a question today, wondering out loud why the hardware companies (Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo) ignore the continent; with no hardware, how can there be software? Ten points are explored as to why this happens, and why it’s a silly policy. Piracy is cited, both in the… Read More

  • Palms shares jump on hot new "buy" rating by JPMorgan; Centro selling very well for Sprint

    [photopress:070928_Centro.jpg,full,center] I’ve been talking quite a bit about how much I love the Centro smartphones by Palm, and why I think it’s going to be a sleeper hit, and now someone finally agrees with me. That someone is JPMorgan, who upgraded Palm’s stock to “buy” on the strength of the Centro and it’s impending launch on AT&T sometime… Read More

  • Game system sales are up, PS3 still solidly in 2nd place

    [photopress:albagame.jpg,full,center] Video Games are on the up, contrary to what the experts said they woul be, which was down. In fact, they’re up 11% across the board, with the PS3 firmly in 2nd place behind the Wii, with Xbox 360 at third. This is interesting because a new PS3 is rumored to be on the way any day, meaning that if the price is right, PS3 might bump Nintendo and get… Read More

  • Butterfingers? No problem. Butterface? Your call.

    As a Wii owner, I’ve been using the Wii-mote sans wrist strap since the thing snapped within a week of using it. Since then, never have I ever had a problem with accidentally hurtling it into my TV. However, that might be because after reading all the horror stories of Wii-punctured flat panels, I picked up a couple rubberized battery covers for some extra traction. The total out of… Read More

  • Web-Based Translation Service Lingtastic Launches in Closed Beta (Invites)

    A new startup called Lingtastic is coming out of stealth today that wants to lower the cost of professional translation services. Using a distributed team of freelance translators around the world, customers will be able to call in, and the translator with the lowest bid will take the call. Instead of $100 an hour or more, CEO Chas Watkins expects the hourly rate to be as low as $18. … Read More

  • Warcraft PVP contest has $75,000 grand prize

    Flickr’d And who said World of Warcraft was a waste of time? Turns out you can win a couple of ducats if you’re good enough. Starting in April, Blizzard will start a contest where players will compete for a grad prize of $75,000. It’ll be a 3v3 Arena contest where players will try to out-PVP each other. To make things intersting, the… Read More

  • Another reason why a MacBook Pro refresh is coming soon

    Have you tried picking up a 15-inch MBP from your local Best Buy only to find that it’s completely sold out? Wait time for one is at a week to two weeks if they ever get shipped at all. Other retailers are reporting that they’ve noticed a decline in the number of units being shipped to them. Half as much compared to shipments they received in December for some. So when do you think… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Activation fee waived by T-mo

    Starting today until the 18th, T-mobile has waived the $35 activation fee for new customers. That’s all. Nothing else to see here. T-Mobile Read More

  • CrunchGear/TechCrunch/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up report

    Proof: It was not a total sausage party. There was sausage, obviously, but it was chorizo. It has been said that there is no party like a CrunchGear party because a CrunchGear party never comes to an end. This, friends, was true about our strange little meet-up in a weird paella place near the Fira last Wednesday where I got to meet some cool… Read More

  • Next motherboard revisions of Xbox 360 will have 65 nm CPU, GPU

    [photopress:opus.jpg,full,center] The next two Xbox 360 motherboard revisions will be called Opus and Valhalla. Quick, somebody call CNN! Wanton speculation points to Valhalla being the final motherboard revision for the Xbox 360, though that depends on the further success of the console and what Microsoft has in store for the next generation Xbox. (Keep in mind the Xbox 360 will be three… Read More

  • Facebook Group Wants to Draft Lessig For Congress

    With the death of California Representative Tom Lantos on Monday, a special election will be held in April to fill his seat in Congress. Will Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig run? Already on Facebook, a “Draft Lessig for Congress” group has formed (with 554 members as of this posting). Lessig, who has long been a champion of Free Culture as a lecturer, intellectual… Read More

  • 'Elmo Live' at Toy Fair 2008

    Here’s a video from Toy Fair 2008 sent to us from Fisher Price. It includes footage of the new “Elmo Live” doll that’ll undoubtedly be making kids go absolutely ape until their parents buy one for them. It’s surprisingly lifelike, although in real life we’ve never seen whatever the hell it is that Elmo’s supposed to be, so it’s a bit hard to… Read More

  • New video and voice chat features coming to PS3?

    Hark! Someone over at NeoGAF.com spotted the above image on the official PlayStation website, hinting at the possibility of in-game XMB (Cross Media Bar) messaging. The text says, “Talk to others during game play, say hello anytime you’re online, or have a video chat with an Eye camera, USB Camera, or headset.” The image was pulled off the server rather quickly. So long… Read More

  • AT&T Tilt getting ROM update today? [Update]

    Not sure how reliable this is, but it’s rumored that AT&T will be releasing a ROM update today for the HTC Tilt. I liked the Tilt when I had one despite it running Windows Mobile. Below are a list of things that 1.61.502.0 are supposed to fix. * Device freezing during unlock process when a password is enabled on the device.
    * Pocket Outlook unresponsive when launched while on… Read More

  • Olympus e-430 specs leaked: 12MP, less bulky, Live View

    [photopress:olympus_e_430_1.JPG,full,center] Looks like details of the Olympus e-430 have leaked to a Russian Web site. That’s where all the best leaks occur. The 3-430 has a 12-megapixel image sensor and Live View, which turns the LCD in the back into more of a point-and-shoot screen. You look at the LCD instead of through the viewfinder, just like a point-and-shoot. (I think Olympus… Read More

  • Wal*Mart kicks HD DVD to the curb

    If I weren’t hungover you’d see a Wal*Mart logo on the truck with some HD DVD logos sticking out of the pile. Just imagine that. K? THX. Things couldn’t possibly get any worse for the HD DVD group today, but they did. A buyer for Wal*Mart is reporting that the giant retailer is kicking the format to the curb and will be Blu-ray exclusive by June. Enough about my family and on… Read More

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