• Electronic USB Wind Instrument: Go Ahead, Pretend You're a Real Musician

    The electronic wind instrument USB is a testament to the human inventive spirit. It looks to be a cross between a flute and a clarinet and plugs into your PC’s USB port. There, software instruments let you “rock out” (with a flute?), creating musical pieces that I’m sure Mozart would be envious of. All of the keys on the flute are touch-sensitive, so you won’t have… Read More

  • Give Us Your Apple Horror Stories


    I had no sooner thrown up a story referencing a fictional article on the “Top Ten Apple-Related Customer Service Horror Stories”, when I realized that such a story might be kind of fun. So give us your best and worst Apple-related horror stories — customer service or otherwise. Either throw them in “comments” or shoot me an email at seth (at) crunchgear.com . If… Read More

  • Waxxi Podcast With Jimmy Wales

    Waxxi, an interactive podcast where people can call in and join the discussion, has just announced that they’ll be talking with Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales on April 5. If you want to be a part of it, register now. Only the first hundred or so people can participate. Read More

  • WTF? ISO 8000 on Kodak's EasyShare Z885


    When megapixels stopped wooing consumers to cameras, the manufacturers apparently switched to hyping another spec: ISO. The letters stand for the International Organization for Standardization and back in the film days the number that followed ISO referred to the film speed or the amount of light needed to expose the film. There’s math involved that we won’t go into here but… Read More

  • Fujifilm A820, A900: 8 or 9 Megapixels, Less Than $200


    Everyone seems to be downplaying the importance of megapixels lately, and while we don’t disagree they shouldn’t be wholly ignored because it’s still a reflection on image quality. Case in point, Fujifilm’s newest compact budget shooters, the A820 and A900, which offer the company’s 8- and 9-megapixel Super CCD HR image sensors, respectively. The A820 carries a… Read More

  • CrunchGear: Anytime, All The Time


    Can’t get enough CrunchGear? Always on the move and wish you could read our rants and raves? Then take your RSS/Atom feeds with you wherever you go. iFeedPod is a great program from Carnglass that syncs your favorite RSS or Atom feeds to your iPod. Version 1.12 is Universal Binary and works with Intel based Macs and PowerPC Macs, Windows PCs need not apply. You’ll be able to read… Read More

  • Bose Media System Pimps Out That Dashboard Of Yours

    If I asked you what company will have it’s in-dash navigation/media system in a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, you would probably say Alpine, right? Nope! Bose is making a huge dent on the market with its new Media System, an in-dash navigation device that can do pretty much anything your mind can dream of. Included are FM and XM Radio, CD player, a 30GB hard drive that can hold MP3s… Read More

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3: 10X Zoom, Small Package


    Looking for a nice travel companion to go globe-trotting with? The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 looks to be a top choice. The 7.2-megapixel camera features a wide-angle (28mm) Leica lens capable of smooth optical zooming up to 10X. Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's Touchscreen Smartphone: What, Apple Worry?

    Sony Ericsson will come out with a touchscreen smartphone of its own, signaling the entrance of yet another such device following Apple’s massive wad-blowing event two months ago. Now, the source of this “information” is some shady Chinese Web site, which means we have to rely on machine translation to decipher the information, not that there is any. Just some blurry shots… Read More

  • Bose In-ear Headphones Hands On

    Let’s make this perfectly clear right from the beginning: Bose’s new $99 in-ear headphones do not cancel noise nor do they isolate your ears from the sounds of the outside world. They’re not intended to block the sounds of crying babies while on a cross-country flight nor are they intended to cut you off from the din of the office. Rather, Bose designed a pair of in-ear… Read More

  • Palm Hires iPod/Finder Programmer


    High on a desert plateau, Apple’s headquarters bristles with sensors and weapons systems. They let scientists in but they don’t let them out. Turner is a mercenary, a corporate extraction specialist who was recently put back together after getting hit by a slamhound. His memory is intact, but he’s a different person – cold, mechanical, and in it only for the… Read More

  • Sockphones: Destroy Your Childhood Friend For Personal Gain

    Those of you comfortable with the continuing genocide of thousands of innocent sock-puppets, keep reading. Some crafty DIYer created a set of headphones out of a telephone handset and a pair of socks. Though comfortable, these things apparently suck when it comes to sound quality. Gee, who would have thought? A pair of speakers from a telephone with some socks I’m sure beats out Grado… Read More

  • Relaunching The CrunchBoard Job Board

    There’s a new version of the CrunchBoard job board – we’ve ripped out our custom code and replaced it with the new Edgeio marketplaces product. Edgeio is a company that I co-founded, and I spent a lot of time with them working on the product features to make sure it was perfect for us and other sites that want to have their own classifieds site. They’ll customize the… Read More

  • "Wee for a Wii" Contest Returns, Blame Opie and Anthony

    Remember the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest? It’s coming back, sort of, thanks to Opie and Anthony. Right now, we only know that it’ll involve lots of water and the winning of a still hard to find Wii. This story is developing as we speak (that is, they just announced it on their FreeFM show), so be gentle if the information is still a little raw. But kudos to the… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Bad Things Happen To Good Players

    I spend a good amount of time at my officelocal neighborhood pub, Harefield Road, where I’ve gotten a reputation for fixing iPods, among other things. One of the pub’s owners, Peter “C.J.” Egan, has brought his 4th generation iPod to the pub a couple of times with some odd problems, and I’ve managed to have great success in fixing it with unorthodox methods. Read More

  • Amber Alert USB Drive

    Concerned parents can now store all of their child’s biographical information and stats on a Kensington USB thumb drive, the Amber Alert Child ID Kit. This $30 512MB USB drive is password protected but stores info for only one kid per drive. The included software, which judging by the screenshots only works on Windows, organizes things like medical info and the contact information of… Read More

  • U.S. To Lose The PS2 Inside The PS3?

    Word on the wire is that folks in the good ol’ USA may be getting PS3s without the PS2 Emotion Engine chip. Europeans and those using the PAL version of the PS3 already have gotten the shaft. Not having that Emotion Engine chip means the PS3 is forced to emulate a PS2 through a software-based method. Because this is the same way Microsoft is doing Xbox-support on the 360, only a… Read More

  • T-Mobile Tips: Unlock Your Phone


    Well, we have the quadfecta, friends. A T-Mobile rep just spilled the beans on the inside secrets. One of the most interesting tricks to asking for a rebate both at the store and online. The T-Mo system is apparently not up to the tracking task and will accept both attempts as legitimate. Another tip: “T-Mobile has a policy that they do not advertise that is called a price match guarantee. Read More

  • Real Life Star Trek Tricorder Developed

    Star Trek fans (sorry, I’m not one of ‘em) should thank Purdue University researchers for developing a real life tricorder, the famous little device that analyzed and identified unknown substances. The device identifies substances based on their mass with the use of something called an ion tap. After putting the object inside, the device lets an item’s ions out one by one… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Killer Mario Killer Edition

    Shock Ball: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Funner
    GPS Sniper Rifle Tracks Terrorists, Pizza Delivery Guy
    Super Paper Mario: OMG
    Super Mario Doom 64
    How To Be a Fanboy
    Spore Developer Bashes Nintendo Read More