• Barenaked Ladies: New Album. Free. No DRM. Now.

    I’ve been writing about the Amie Street music site since their launch last July. Their model has the potential to disrupt the music industry from the bottom up: Bands and labels upload music, which is downloadable in DRM-free MP3 format. The price always starts at free, and as more people download the song, the price starts to rise, eventually hitting $.98. Higher priced songs are by… Read More

  • Latest iTunes, 7.1, Out Now with Apple TV Support

    If you’re waiting for Apple TV, it’s looking like your wait might almost (finally) be over. Apple today has released Quicktime 7.1.5 as well as iTunes 7.1, bringing Apple TV compatibility to iTunes. This is a harbinger to the release of the Apple TV, which should now stand at just days away. From the Software Update listing: You can now enjoy your favorite iTunes movies, TV… Read More

  • Larry Probst Says Sony Is Losing Its Marbles


    As if we didn’t already know, Sony’s iron clad grip on the gaming console market is showing signs of arthritis and EA’s CEO, Larry Probst, is calling them out. The PS2 once owned 60% of the gaming console market share, but delay after delay of the PS3 and the launch of the Xbox 360 a year prior has proven to be Sony’s demise. The revamped Gamecube (aka the Wii)… Read More

  • More Information On RockYou Financing

    More details on the RockYou financing are leaking, although we still can’t get confirmation from the company or previous investors. A source close to the company says they raised $11 million in this second round at a $50 million post money valuation, most or all from European investor Partech. The company had previously raised $1.5 million from Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture… Read More

  • NVIDIA GoForce 5500: The More You Know


    Did you know that the NVIDIA GoForce 5500 mobile GPU is capable of running Quake 3 at full specs on a cell phone? I didn’t and it kind of weirds me out. I remember back when Quake 3 first came out. The system requirements were so demanding that I had to do a full overhaul of my computer. Now it can run on a cell phone with all of its features enabled. Crazy talk. Read More

  • Leopard in Print: Latest Screen Porn for Apple Fans

    We keep waiting for the special airdropped surprise announcement that Leopard is hitting the streets, but it’s not happening. It feels a lot like waiting for an episode of Lost where something happens: Each time we look, we expect to see it, only to instead get another damned flashback. While we can’t help you in figuring out why the bird said “Hurley” that one time, we… Read More

  • Amp'd Moto Q User Guide Leaked

    A recently leaked document all but confirms the imminent launch of the Moto Q under Amp’d Mobile’s moniker. The user guide is copyrighted 2007 so the launch could be very soon. Unfortunately, the guide doesn’t give us any more details than we already know, but Amp’d Live will offer up some tasty mobile entertainment. You’ll be able to watch your favorite shows… Read More

  • Help Key: How-To Fix an iPod that Won't Boot

    There’s a conspiracy theory that Steve Jobs wants you to buy a new iPod every 12 months. That may or may not be the case, but if your iPod is hosed, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to put it out to pasture. Most iPods are user-fixable and you don’t need to be a total geek to make it work. An iPod, no matter which version you have, is basically a self-contained… Read More

  • Sunsei Solar Chargers For Just About Everything

    Growing up in the Northwest I was surrounded by trees, mountains, rivers (the non-toxic kind) and a lawn to mow every week. You could call me a treehugger or just a proponent for a greener planet and I’d smile from ear to ear. It always makes me smile when I see eco-friendly products. Sunsei has an assortment of solar panels that are diminutive in size compared to most of the solar… Read More

  • Game Developers' Conference 2007


    I set foot in the beautiful Moscone Center here in sunny San Francisco about 20 minutes ago. After devouring a bagel, I feel my blood sugar is high enough to risk exerting the energy to update you all on the happenings here. I’ll be roving the scene evading mouth-breathers and looking for all things interesting at this year’s GDC. There are a lot of crazy gaming technologies on… Read More

  • MC4 Music Cocoon: Frankenstein's Rejected Spawn?

    The Roth Music Cocoon MC4 is the oddest looking iPod dock I’ve ever laid my eyes upon; it looks like it’s straight out of Frankenstein. What exactly are those tubes surrounding your iPod? Those are vacuum tubes that guarantee your music will be heard on levels you’ve never experienced before. If you enjoy listening to music with all the subtle nuances that seem to get left… Read More

  • Wii Mod-Chip: It Works


    I have a confirmation that the CycloWiz — a Wii mod-chip that allows for backup, import, and DVD-/+R compatibility as well as enhanced GameCube compatibility — is real and its fabulous. A close friend of the CG team installed his CycloWiz this weekend and is currently enjoying the fruits of his soldering job. He said the upgrade was quite easy and he only had an issue cracking… Read More

  • The All-Time Five Greatest In-Movie Video Games

    Hollywood and video games have an interesting history. Long before it became standard procedure to turn every movie into a video game and every video game into a movie, the game’s place in film was more of an object of mystery, fear, and curiosity then a mere marketing tie-in. In film, the ability to control pixels tapped into our fears of a machine-dominated future and our dreams of… Read More

  • Olympus E-510: How Much Is Image Stabilization Worth to You?

    The Olympus E 510 differs in one major way from the earlier discussed E 410: it has a built-in mechanical image stabilizer. Now, who’s willing to pay $100 more for image stabilization? (Yes, the E 510 will set you back an extra $100 compared to the E 410.) Sure, you’ll still get all the relatively impressive features of the E 410, like a 10-megapixel image sensor and the Live View… Read More

  • Olympus Stylus 780: Basic 7.1-megapixel Point-and-Shoot


    Olympus’ latest point-and-shoot digital camera, the “all weather” Stylus 780, keeps many of the same basic features from last fall’s Stylus 750 (7.1-megapixel image sensor, 2.5-inch LCD and 5X optical zoom) while adding a few that are intended to squeeze every last drop of goodness out of the camera. It incorporates the TruePic III image sensor (just like its more… Read More

  • Gadget Spotter: Whodunnit Edition


    1) The folks at Flickr are going to freak when they see these photos. Because of the speed in which the questions were answered last week, this week’s screen caps are going to be a bit harder (Don’t worry, I’ll post some clues later). Also, I’ve decided that it’s impossible to watch so much TV in one week, so while I’ll try to take caps from episodes that… Read More

  • AMEX Digital Skype Phone And Keyboard: Look Ma No Keys

    AMEX Digital must really hate keys because they’ve launched a new wireless Skype phone and keyboard with Touch Sense keys. Maybe I’m old school, but I like the feedback I get from regular buttons. Don’t get me wrong: the idea of everything being touch sensitive is really neat, but what if you have chubby fingers? The TSP-VS501 is a dual-mode phone for both Skype and landline use. Read More

  • Upcoming: PMA and GDC, CTIA and CeBIT

    The crack CrunchGear team is on the ground and headed all over the world to grab the latest and greatest for you, our kind readers. Blake is at the GDC and Josh is at PMA this week then we’ve got Blake and I at CTIA in sunny Orlando, Florida. Finally, we’ve got a stringer rocking CeBIT in sunny Germany where we expect big things out of the strudel industry. That said, things might… Read More

  • Vista Falls on Own Sword, Hacked To Bits

    Haxors have discovered how to trick Vista into thinking its running on an OEM machine and bypassing the activation and validity check entirely. The hack involves adding a BIOS certificate specific to a certain OEM which Vista then accepts as legitimate. After the brute-force keygen — which seems to be hoax — and the things like this hack its abundantly clear that Vista activation is… Read More

  • Octopart: A Million Little Pieces

    I recently tore apart a 40GB iPod photo to discovered, much to my chagrin, that I had ripped the headphone connector in my haste. Unfortunately I didn’t know about Octopart a few days ago but I did find what I needed at iFixIt, much to my relief. Octopart is a web electronics aggregator that finds all sorts of components for the geek in all of us. You type in what you’re looking… Read More