• Help Key: Burning Discs, Not Coasters

    As I was thinking about this week’s Help Key topic, I tried to remember a few things that really made me angry when I first started using computers and when I first started using a Mac. My biggest pet peeve? Dead DVDs and CDs that littered my home office like so many belly-up roaches. Optical disks are, at this point in the game, mostly being used to store media and, in a pinch… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: How to Cook for Forty Humans

    Take The Grill on the Road
    X-Ray Business Cards
    BlinkyBugs: The Coolest DIY Project You’ll See Today
    Jellyfish Beer Bong
    Slouchpod Endorses Laziness: We Get Fatter Read More

  • Panama Not Enough To Battle Google: Yahoo Acquires RightMedia

    Yahoo announced today that it will acquire the 80% of advertising network RightMedia that it doesn’t already own for $680 million in cash and Yahoo stock. (Yahoo already owned 20 percent of the company, putting the total valuation at $850 million). Yahoo previously bought 20% of the company in a $45 million Series B round of funding announced in October 2006. The company has raised over… Read More

  • IAC Launches Zwinktopia At Peak of Virtual World Hype

    The timing couldn’t be much better for InterActiveCorp to launch Zwinktopia, a new virtual world for young teens. Other virtual worlds, such as Gaia, Habbo Hotel, Cyworld, Neopets, Club Penguin, Webkinz and others, are exploding in terms of unique monthly visitors and total time spent at the sites. Until today, IAC’s Zwinky was a site to make customized avatars, choosing from… Read More

  • Were These Photos Taken With An iPhone?

    Some people need to get a new hobby, but then again, it saves me from sitting here for hours Googling for pictures “taken with an apple iphone.” The Mobile Guerilla did his homework and finally found some pics on Flickr that are supposedly taken with an iPhone. I call BS, but the pictures are no longer up, so these could be the real deal. Hit the jump for EXIF data for the… Read More

  • Apple Issues Battery Update For Macbook and MBP Notebooks

    Apple has addressed the Macbook and Macbook Pro notebook performance issues, but Apple says you don’t need to worry about exploding batteries. If you purchased either notebook or an extra battery between February 2007 and April 2007 then download the latest patch. How do I identify an affected battery? Affected batteries will have one or more of the following symptoms: * Battery is… Read More

  • O2 Xda Terra is First WinMo 6 Smartphone

    The German WinMo fanboys are raising their steins following the announcement that O2 are shipping the first WinMo 6 smartphone, Xda Terra. Apparently the Xda “referenced” the HTC Herald in every way possible. Those unfamiliar with the Herald features needn’t worry because I’ve got you covered. The WinMo 6 smartphone sports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, W-Lan, Bluetooth… Read More

  • Australian Press Prank On Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales

    update: The video of this is now available. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales spoke at a education.au conference in Sydney, Australia last week. After his talk he took questions. As reported by the Brisbane Times, Andrew Hansen raised his hand as a member of the press and was selected to ask a question. What Wales didn’t know is that Hansen is part of the cast of a wildly popular public… Read More

  • WinMo 6 for T-Mo Dash Leaked

    ATTN T-Mo Dash Owners: WinMo 6 is finally here! Oh and don’t worry because this isn’t a Beta version. It’s the real deal holyfield. According to the folks on Howard Forums they haven’t had any problems upgrading so feel free to download and see what all the hoopla is about. But be warned that you will need to download to your computer and upgrade via USB so be sure to… Read More

  • Apple Store to Take Up Full NY Block

    I’m not quite sure who Apple is going after here — skinny models? roughnecks? — but the NY Post just announced that they are installing a new store at 9th Avenue and 14th Street, way out in the Meatpacking District. It is an odd but fitting choice of location for a new 32,000 square foot Apple store. The Post is reporting that the store will take up three stories in an… Read More

  • Fatsecret: For Fat People Who Want To Be Less So

    There’s a new Australia-based social network called FatSecret – it’s designed to help overweight people leverage a network of friends and online resources to lose weight. Like Traineo, which we wrote about last year, Fatsecret focuses on building a support network around you to monitor your progress. Users first state their current and goal weights, and are urged to report… Read More

  • Mother's Day Zune Contest: Come On!


    Come on, guys! Free Zunes? For your moms? That’s like free ice cream for kittens! Please send in those entries or your moms will be very unhappy. We’re calling them all right now. Seriously… hear the ringing? Read on for how your mom can win. Read More

  • Wikipedia: Special Treatment for Wikia and some other Wikis

    There was a lot of controversy recently when Wikipedia announced that all outbound links from the online encyclopedia would include the nofollow tag. The nofollow tag on a link is said to prevent link spamming since some search engines (Google among them) do not count links containing the tag towards any weighing of the destination page. What this means is that a link from Wikipedia will no… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: I'm Sensitive Edition

    Electrically Sensitive People Reach Out, Tell Us to Cut Back on the Wi-Fi, Cellphones
    DreamAuthentics’ Katana: The Desktop Arcade Machine You Always Wanted
    Tiger R-Zone: Worst Console Ever, or Just Misunderstood?
    Slouchpod Endorses Laziness: We Get Fatter
    Video: flickrblockrs Keep Your Identity Safe Read More

  • MacLockPick Extracts Mac Passwords


    SubRosaSoft.com has developed a device that it claims can extract passwords from OS X 10.3 or later Macs. The unit consists of a single flash drive that is capable of pulling passwords from the Apple Keychain and system settings. It also compiles a database of the system it’s installed on. There is one catch though, to purchase one, you have to be an investigator or a law… Read More

  • Feature: Ten Lamest Fake Movie Gadgets Ever

    One of the staples in any good geek-tastic film is unusual gadgets. How many of us lust after lightsabers? You know you’d love to have a real one, so would I. But not everything that screenwriters, producers and directors come up with for films carry the same cachet. In fact, some fake gadgets are so lame that they become legendary. This list is not complete, far from it. I encourage… Read More

  • CrunchGear HiFi Reader Response Extended


    Because I’ve been traveling and thus out of the loop, I’ve decided that it’s only fair to extend our HiFi contest and features by another week. We’ll be giving away two little devices that many of you are eager to get your greasy paws on: the Sansa Connect from SanDisk. Make the jump for full details: Read More

  • Electrically Sensitive People Reach Out, Tell Us to Cut Back on the Wi-Fi, Cellphones

    The proliferation of cellphones, Wi-Fi networks and other devices that emit electromagnetic radiation is causing some people to become very, very sick. Take this woman, Sarah, who for the last several years has been electrically sensitive (self-diagnosed, mind you). She says all of the radiation generated from the myriad devices out there cause her to be sick, nauseous, lose hair, have high… Read More

  • Vista Not a Flop After All, Actually Doing Better Than XP Did

    Conventional wisdom on the Internet says that, so far, Windows Vista has been a flop. But you know what they say about conventional wisdom. In its recently released quarterly earnings report (which we alluded to earlier), Microsoft says the company division where Vista resides saw a 67 percent increase in sales over the previous year. Of those who bought Vista, a full 71 percent opted for… Read More

  • Video: flickrblockrs Keep Your Identity Safe

    The Web 2.0 monster continues to drive the evolution of the Web, but it’s also setting up neat little cottage industry. Take, for example, flickrblockrs. They’re essentially sunglasses that provide that bar-across-the-eyes effect, making you anonymous. In the day when everybody has a digital camera, it’s the only way to protect yourself. Well, that and flame throwers. As… Read More

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