• What Did You Receive For Hanukkah?

    What Did You Receive For Hanukkah?

    Shabbat shalom my fellow Jewish CrunchGear readers! Since there are so many Xmas posts asking what you got and wishing you a happy holiday, I figured I’d do one for us Jews (I converted, hence the Italian last name). I hope you all had eight great nights of hanukkah and enjoyed the pounds of gelt you got! So my fellow Jewish readers, what did you receive or give for Hanukkah? I gave my… Read More

  • Hey!Watch Is A Seriously Cool Online Video Converter

    Hey!Watch Is A Seriously Cool Online Video Converter

    Tools to convert file types, particularly audio and video files, are among the last to move from the desktop to the browser. Part of the problem is CPU usage during the conversion (it’s expensive to do this online) and part of the problem is the upload time for the user. We’ve written about a couple of products that do online file conversion, Zamzar and Media Convert. But… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Post-Frenzy Regret Edition

    Daily Crunch: Post-Frenzy Regret Edition

    Python XM Bianco Laptop Bag Looks Good, Can Play Rough
    Trading PS3s for Wiis: What All the Kids are Doing
    The Most Beautiful Women Bloggers in the Whole Wide World Ever
    What Did You Get for Christmas?
    Reader Response: Holiday SPECTACULAR Days 01/02 Read More

  • Interesting Timing: TailRank Launches Video Today Too

    TailRank and competitor Megite are fighting for second place behind blog news leader, TechMeme. It’s not surprising that both companies are expanding into ranking popular videos, too. But it’s surprising that both companies launched their products on the same day. We covered Megite earlier, and then received an email from TailRank founder Kevin Burton that they have just launched… Read More

  • News At Seven Brilliant, and Probably Useless

    News At Seven is a brilliant piece of technology. The problem is that it is a useless product in its current form. And they used tax dollars to create it. In an entirely automated process, News At Seven gathers news items from around the web and presents a newscast from an avatar: News at Seven is an automatic system that crafts daily news shows. It finds the news you are interested in; edits… Read More

  • Megite's Alternative Way to Rank Popular Videos

    Megite's Alternative Way to Rank Popular Videos

    Megite, a blog aggregation news service (see here for a comparison of Megite to its competitors) has launched a videos vertical that tracks popular videos in an interesting way. Unlike the Digg video channel, which ranks videos based solely on user voting, Megite’s ranking is based on what vidoes blogs are linking to or embedding into their sites (the same way Megite tracks other news). Read More

  • Reader Response: Holiday SPECTACULAR Days 01/02

    Reader Response: Holiday SPECTACULAR Days 01/02


    So I totally intended to post an ifrogz winner yesterday, but it just didn’t happen. Bit too much Maker’s and too many distractions. In fact, I’m still hung over. I’ve been gorging myself on leftovers all day hoping to make myself feel better, but it seems to be having the opposite effect so far. That does, however, mean that today I owe you two winners. The comments… Read More

  • AT&T Acquires InFreeDA, Gets Into Free 411 Business

    AT&T Acquires InFreeDA, Gets Into Free 411 Business

    The massive success of Jingle’s 800-Free-411 service, which allows people to get 411 information without the outrageous fees charged by cell phone carriers and other telephone companies (up to $3.50 per call), has finally caught the attention of at least one of the big guys. AT&T acquired InFreeDA, a competitor to Jingle and operator of the 800-411-Metro service, for an… Read More

  • Python XM Bianco Laptop Bag Looks Good, Can Play Rough

    Python XM Bianco Laptop Bag Looks Good, Can Play Rough

    Behold one of the coolest laptop backpacks we’ve seen in awhile: The Python XM Bianco form Booqbags. Although extremely pricey at $179.99, this bag has tons of pockets, holders, and can protect your laptop in extreme conditions. The website says it can hold a Macbook, 15-inch Powerbook, 17-inch Powerbook, Macbook Pro, and a 17-inch Macbook Pro.We’re pretty sure it’ll hold… Read More

  • NYC Traffic Cams Watched By Public

    NYC Traffic Cams Watched By Public

    You could call it an invasion of privacy or you could call it hours of drunken fun. Either way, apparently you can tune into some of NYC’s traffic cameras to view what’s going on around town mdash; and by town I mean Manhattan. Only 10 cameras will stream in real time but there’s still an additional 35 cameras that do stills. Worth checking out if you’re a terrorist… Read More

  • A Glossy White PS3 Appears On eBay

    A Glossy White PS3 Appears On eBay

    Now this is a sweet looking PS3! Michal Birecki’s dad owns a body shop. So aside from being a loan shark, he can also paint cars and objects beautifully and with exquisite detail. This white, glossy PS3 took over 14 hours to professionally complete and is going for over $1000. Don’t expect help from Sony though when it breaks though mdash; the case was tampered with so the warranty. Read More

  • Boot The iPod Into Diagnostic Mode

    Boot The iPod Into Diagnostic Mode

    No lie. One time my cat was playing around with my iPod and when I picked it up, it had a funky debug-looking menu screen on it. I flipped out and thought that my new iPod 5G was totally busted. Well I eventually got it back to its normal mode, but what I didn’t know is that there was a diagnostic menu for testing purposes. In case you want to skip the video, hold the middle button… Read More

  • Trading PS3s for Wiis: What All the Kids are Doing

    Trading PS3s for Wiis: What All the Kids are Doing

    As of last Friday, PS3 owners are trading their consoles for Wiis at a considerable loss. Gigagamerz found that 48 traders were offering up their PS3s in San Francisco alone offering to trade plus the cash difference or offer to trade outright at a considerable loss. One reasonable explanation could be that these traders simply bought multiple consoles and are now trying to get a Wii using… Read More

  • Why iPods Sell for $250, No Matter What

    Why iPods Sell for $250, No Matter What

    Even while everything else falls in price — TVs, DVD players, etc — why is it that a few specific items always stay hover around one price point? Slate disects the concept of Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) which is what companies like Apple use to prevent stores from undercutting each other — and their own retail stores. Use of MAP in some form is fairly common in the… Read More

  • Vista Developers Sing Holiday Song About Vista Shipping, Being Full of Holes

    Vista Developers Sing Holiday Song About Vista Shipping, Being Full of Holes

    We all do what we must to get through the night. Vista programmers write little songs about their product. Special Holiday Episode IV: Don Box and Chris Anderson [MSDN] Read More

  • Rumored Apple Cinema Display: HDMI, iSight (??)

    Rumored Apple Cinema Display: HDMI, iSight (??)


    The Apple Cinema displays haven’t been updated since 2004, leading Apple wonks to believe that the company will upgrade their monitor line with iSight cameras, HDMI for protected content playback and some sort of Front Row integration with a remote. Will any of this happen? Who knows. Steve wouldn’t return our calls and the cookie basket we sent him was returned with a spattering… Read More

  • Vista Already Has Flaws Including "Inability to Commit" and "Refusal to Put Down Toilet Seat"

    Vista Already Has Flaws Including "Inability to Commit" and "Refusal to Put Down Toilet Seat"

    A Russian hacker and a California-based security team, Determina, have already found a user privilege enhancing hack as well as a number of IE 7 problems in the current version of Vista. The flaw allows users to increase security levels on any account and run code as an administrator. “I don’t think people should become complacent,” said Nand Mulchandani, a vice president… Read More

  • The Most Beautiful Women Bloggers in the Whole Wide World Ever

    The Most Beautiful Women Bloggers in the Whole Wide World Ever

    While Vince may be a runner up in the beautiful blogger contest, we here at Crunchgear know that members of the fairer sex are usually much more attractive than a 5-foot-3 Faulkner-esque man-child in a Quix t-shirt. Sure, this is a horrible example of digg-baiting and writer Amit Agarwal should be ashamed of himself, but it’s not every day you get to see all the hotties of blogging on… Read More

  • What Did You Get for Christmas?

    What Did You Get for Christmas?

    Now that things have settled down a bit, let us know what you got from Sandy Claus. I didn’t get much — I picked up a Mac Pro and a new Longines watch a little earlier this month — but I did get new pajamas from the lady wife. I’ll take some pictures. Mmmm… man ham in sweatpants! Otherwise I’m here in Warsaw with the wife’s fam and enjoying… Read More

  • Why Yahoo's Panama Project Is Important

    Why Yahoo's Panama Project Is Important

    Business week has a long article about Yahoo’s Panama project and why it may not have the positive financial impact the company is hoping for. Yahoo’s goal for Panama is to make their pay-per-click advertising program more efficient at extracting dollars from advertisers. The details aren’t important, but the basic idea is that the highest bid on a keyword doesn’t… Read More