• Trouble in Wii World? Virtual Console Sales Slowing

    So this might be a bit of a stretch, but the highly respected Wired pontificates that sales on Nintendo’s Virtual Console aren’t as good as they should be. Some 3.3 million games have been sold on the VC since its launch, which is actually up from 1.5 million back in January. The problem, Virginia, is that sales haven’t grown fast enough. With the Wii still damn near… Read More

  • Breaking: Sony Will Investigate Promotional Dead Goat Event

    You may have read about Sony’s recent use of a decapitated goat during a God of War II press event and how people, generally, are anti-decapitated goat used for marketing purposes. Sony now says the event was of “unsuitable nature,”—corporate speak for “we done messed up”—and that the company will investigate what went wrong and how it happened. In… Read More

  • V12's Brionvega Alpha TV Retro Concept Makes Me Glad I Didn't Live in the 1950s

    It was bound to happen: a concept piece of electronics that I don’t like. (Compare that sentiment with previous ones, sirs.) This Alpha TV, designed by V12 Design, reeks of Brionvega, an Italian TV manufacturer from the Old Days. First, the color of the Alpha TV is just atrocious—it reminds of the SNICK couch and its metallic accents just look 1950s malt shoppe tacky. I understand… Read More

  • Schools Use DDR to Cure Fat Kids

    Kids are fat these days. Kids also like to play video games more than they like to play regular teams sports like basketball or football. Light bulb! By getting kids to play Dance Dance Revolution at schools across the country, physical education teachers are helping the younglings lose weight. More than 1,500 schools are poised to have installed the game before the end of the decade… Read More

  • eBay Launches "ToGo" Widgets For Any Listing

    As you can see with the embedded Flash widget above, eBay is now letting users embed information about any listing or group of listings directly into a website. Their hope is to encourage bloggers and social network users who discuss famous listings to embed the information right into the page. The service will be available at togo.ebay.com this morning. There are three types of widgets. Read More

  • Vudu: Set-Top Box for Movies

    Vudu is a small company that is tackling an age-old problem: how to get movies onto your TV without stuttering, buffering, or forcing you to walk to the mailbox. The solution? P2P. The Vudu box will store the beginnings of movies you might enjoy watching and then methodically — and quickly — download bits of the movie from peers on the Vudu network. “But wait,” you… Read More

  • SplashCast Expands Media Player

    SplashCast, an embeddable Flash media player, is improving its product today. They are now allowing publishers to turn any RSS feed with a media enclosure, such as a podcast or videocast, into a channel on their player. Previously SplashCast only allowed RSS feeds from YouTube and Flickr. Now, any feed can be added. The best way to understand SplashCast is just to look at the player, which… Read More

  • LG + Cirque de Soleil = Quidam

    This has to be the strangest partnership I’ve ever read about. LG is so enamored by Cirque de Soleil that they’ve named the newest XCanvas model after those high-flying Canadians. The Quidam is meant to showcase the TV’s blend of art and technology says LG. The latest XCanvas TV comes in six varieties with a feature that adjusts picture brightness based on the amount of light… Read More

  • WTF was Sony Thinking?! NSFW

    The picture after the jump isn’t CrunchGear’s holiday party. That was Sony’s idea of a good time for the launch of God Of War II. The body of a dead goat was packed with guts that guests were invited to enjoy. Seriously, what moron was in charge of this party? Playstation Magazine was set to run the entire spread until they finally came to their senses and realized what a… Read More

  • 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

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