• Secret Agent Man


    Here’s some more goodness from the homeland, Sunyang DNT has just released the Volvox (you don’t know how hard it is for me not to laugh out loud right now). This clever little USB memory stick supports a VoIP camera feature in the mother country’s market. With a USB cable you can adjust the viewing angle and apparently you can even make movies with a few camera adjustments.
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  • Our Own Seth Porges on the Wii

    Our Own Seth Porges on the Wii


    Seth took an interview with 610 WIOD in southern Florida where he discusses the Wii with some early morning drive-time folks. The exchange is priceless and well worth the two minutes of your life to hear little Seth explain the source of the word “wii.” Podcast [WIOD, scroll down a bit] Read More

  • Samsung Vista LCD


    While I’m not a fan of Windows, let’s give it up to Samsung for introducing their two new widescreen monitors with Windows Vista certification. Yes that’s right I said Windows Vista certification. These beauties come in 20 and 22 inch models (CX206BW and CX226BW) with a sassy black high-gloss piano finish to rev up there new Syncmaster LCD series. Details are skimp but we… Read More

  • Optical Joystick You Say?

    Samsung brings us some mobile goodness, they’ve launched the first mobile phone with an optical joystick. The SCH-V960 which hits stores in Korea this month is outfitted with a 2-megapixel camera, GPS, documents viewer, microSD slot and Bluetooth. What’s great about this phone is the optical joystick and the ease of use through the interface it allows users. It’s pretty much… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Death Watch Edition

    Daily Crunch: Death Watch Edition

    At Home with the Push Button Manor
    Killer Clowns From USB Heaven
    Badassery: Gerber Hinderer Rescue Knife
    iPod Death Watch
    Release Your Inner Peeping Tom With A Cellphone Telescope Read More

  • First Big Partner for Zudeo: BBC

    Zudeo, the new “100% legal” content sharing site launched by popular BitTorrent company Azureus two weeks ago, just nailed a distribution deal with the BBC. That just took them from a theoretically cool product to a player in the online video space. Under the agreement, BBC will license a number of television shows to U.S. users, including Red Dwarf, Strange and Invasion Earth… Read More

  • Polar Rose: Europe's Entrant Into Facial Recognition

    Polar Rose: Europe's Entrant Into Facial Recognition

    Malmö, Sweden based Polar Rose is having its coming out party today and pre-announcing a product release slated for early next year. CEO Nikolaj Nyholm gave me demo of what’s coming last weekend. Polar Rose is trying to solve the increasingly important problem of making sense out of photos. Without semantic data, a photo isn’t much use to a computer trying to convert a keyword… Read More

  • Digg Has Hiccups – Site Down for Nearly Two Hours

    Digg Has Hiccups – Site Down for Nearly Two Hours

    The changes at Digg today must have put a strain on the ol’ servers. The site has been down for nearly two hours as of 2 am PST. In the meantime, the Digg staff recommends a number of links to keep readers busy. We’ll keep reporting these outages until they add TechCrunch to the list. Digg this story. (oh wait, you can’t) Read More

  • Peerflix Swaps One Problem For Another

    After a year long beta period and another year of operation, Peerflix is ditching its barter model of swapping DVDs. Until today, users swapped DVDs in the Peerflix marketplace, and the company took a $.99 transaction fee for the exchange. Any DVD was as good as any other, and the result was that people only put the stuff they really didn’t want on the site, hoping to swap it for a… Read More

  • Holiday Buyer's Guide 2006: Great Tech For The Clueless


    With so much tech goodness available, it’s all too easy to forget that some of the best products are the ones that don’t require a Comp Sci degree to master. After all, just because you’re a genius and can figure out how to work the latest cell phone, computer, TV or digital camera, doesn’t mean your friends and family can. To that end we’ve put together a brief… Read More

  • Microsoft Zune Zips Along

    Microsoft Zune Zips Along

    If you’ve got a Microsoft Zune and have a few minutes, get over to your PC, plug in your Zune, log onto to Zune marketplace and grab the new 1.2 firmware update. Microsoft hasn’t let out any details of what the update does, but it did give the following statement: This required update will help enhance stability and performance. For devices being upgraded from Zune firmware… Read More

  • Google Audio Ads Snag

    Google’s ambitious foray into radio advertisements may be significantly delayed, says RBC Capital Markets analyst Jordan Rohan. The problem? Google may not have access to enough radio airtime for advertisers to test the product. We first wrote about Google Audio ads a week ago when competitor Voices.com was saying flat out that Google copied part of their product. Google plans to… Read More

  • Voxtel's Latest Camera (with Smartphone Built-In!)

    . The W740 from Voxtel, however, is a potential contender. Sporting a 240×320 touchscreen, 4-megapixel camera (!?), and Bluetooth, the slim, understated smartphone is exactly what a smartphone should be for most people: simple. No WiFi, but I’m guessing it supports UMTS/HSDPA, so that’s not really an issue. If the handset is as good as it looks, I’m tempted. Fortunately… Read More

  • Reader Response: Festivus Week – Day 1

    Reader Response: Festivus Week – Day 1


    To think we started CrunchGear just a little over five months ago. Its growth has been quick, and looking across the posts there is a comment on almost every entry. It kind of makes me sentimental when I think of how fast our little site is growing up. Pretty soon it’ll start growing hair in inconvenient places and thinking about other blogs in new ways. I’m preparing myself for… Read More

  • At Home with the Push Button Manor

    . But we still like to keep it old school. The Push Button Manor in Jackson, Michigan is about as old school as the concept can get. The modern (for the time) house was equipped with analog mechanics of the “future”, things like windows that close automatically during rain, remote control drapes, and automated dressing table lighting. What’s great is that the home’s… Read More

  • Killer Clowns From USB Heaven


    I’ve always wanted one these things yet I never knew they ever existed. I sit in my little cube everyday and wish I had a launcher of some sort to point at my boss and imagine his reaction when he sees what’s coming to him. Well this USB powered cannon will suffice for now, it launches wee little circus figurines with the push of a button. Just aim right between the eyes and BAM… Read More

  • Maxell Announces New Portable Speakers

    Maxell Announces New Portable Speakers

    The MXSP-100P is a tiny stereo speaker system that connects to portable devices like MP3 players, cell phones and handheld gaming consoles. The portable speakers are small enough to fit in your pocket and are powered by 4 AA batteries, giving you about 20 hours of playback. I have a few friends back in my hometown who feel the need to play music off their cell phones (using their cell… Read More

  • Flippid Matches Gear With Geeks, Free

    . Flippid is a different take on online person-to-person sales, utilizing both the instant-gratification of Craigslist and the navigation and searching of eBay, and adding a little Web 2.0 tagging action to boot. Sellers simply post an item they’re offering and how much they want for it. If a buyer likes the product and price, he/she can buy it right there. If not, the… Read More

  • Google Acquires Euro Mapping Company

    Google announced the acquisition of part of a business called Endoxon, an Internet mapping company located in Switzerland. This deal looks like it’s part technology and part team. The Google blog says Endoxon has developed “compelling technology that will enhance our Google geo products worldwide,” as well as “we’re also excited about having a dedicated team… Read More

  • On Demand Catches Up to DVD Releases

    On Demand Catches Up to DVD Releases


    Comcast has begun an initiative to bring films to On Demand the same day they’re released on DVD. It is an attempt to increase sales of it’s pay per view service. The experiment is currently running in Pittsburgh and Denver. It allows viewers to watch movies for $4 a piece. This kind of service is a bit of a no-brainer, but I’m glad to see Comcast starting it. Considering… Read More