• Coghead Announces 17,000 Developers Building Applications Visually

    Silicon Valley based Coghead is making a bit of a splash today at the Web 2.0 Expo. They’re officially launching, although it’s largely ceremonial: they’ve been open to the public since October 2006. I wrote in detail about Coghead last year. The company competes in the “online access” space (a reference to Microsoft Access). We’ve written about Coghead… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Disaster Exploitation Edition

    Titanic Bad Karma: Watches Made from Famous Shipwreck
    Lego’s Solar-Powered Helicopter Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation
    iRobot Plunges Into the Depths (of Your Backyard Pool)
    Lacoste Gets Jiggy With The Second Life Crowd
    History of Spy-Cam Watches Read More

  • Desktop Tower Defense Should Be Banned

    Desktop Tower Defense illustrates that you don’t need fancy graphics or big budgets to build highly addictive online games. In Desktop Tower Defence, all of the main graphics are hand drawn. I first discovered this on Jeremy Zawodny’s blog, where he warned “The lack of posting here in the second half of this week (especially to my linkblog) has been a direct result of… Read More

  • CrunchGear at NAB 2007

    We’re in the pit known as Vegas for a couple days to bring you some goodies live from the floor of NAB, the National Association of Broadcaster’s convention, and Carrot Top is in town. Awesome. :( We’ll bring you stuff from Red, Apple, Sony, and anyone else who catches our eye. Feel free to comment with any requests if there’s something special you’d like to see… Read More

  • Fotowoosh Will Turn Any Picture Into A 3D Image

    Fotowoosh, a new service from Maryland-based startup Freewebs, will turn any image (preferably an outdoor image) into a 3D model. They went live on Friday. Examples of what the service can do are above (along with the original 2D images. A video is here which shows more examples. The 3D image is constructed in Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) format, meaning you currently need a… Read More

  • Conduit Toolbar Product Enhancement

    Conduit (Disclosure: They are a current TechCrunch sponsor), which has created a white label browser toolbar, released a new product tonight called myConduit. I’m writing about it because it’s a good solution to the problem of toolbar overload. Instead of having each toolbar you’ve downloaded appear in the browser window, which takes up a lot of screen realestate, Conduit… Read More

  • CrunchTheft: Selling Links to CrunchGear on eBay is No Good

    One weekly feature we have here on CrunchGear is our Help-Keys. Every Monday, we show you, the reader, how to do something you might not have known that you could do. It’s a free service, because we like you. Not long ago, I wrote a Help-Key on how to fix an iPod that won’t boot. There are dozens and dozens of comments on the post from people who’ve tried my fix and found… Read More

  • Can LeapTag Capture The Magic Of StumbleUpon?

    San Jose based LeapTag is part bookmarking (like del.icio.us) and part discovery (like StumbleUpon). It’s a good way to keep track of websites that you like using tags, and it’s also useful for serendipitous discovery of new sites you might like, based on the things you’ve already bookmarked. Usage occurs through the browser via an IE or Firefox plugin There’s a… Read More

  • Titanic Bad Karma: Watches Made from Famous Shipwreck

    The Titanic was the one-time largest boat in the world, and is now a metaphor for things going wrong despite all the odds. You’ll want to keep that in mind when you purchase one of these luxury watches from Romain Jerome, as they’re made partially out of parts salvaged from the sunken oceanliner. Sure, there’s the novelty of having part of one of the most romantically… Read More

  • New Leopard Screenshots Leaked

    Pssst, Mac Fanboy, do you want to see the latest screenshots of Leopard? Yah, you do. Hit the link to see the new grouped Spotlight, a real advancement, and the lack of the “brushed metal” look we’ve all gotten used to. It’s pretty. Screenshots [tomwrote, via Mac Rumors] Read More

  • Prime Time: Transformers Movie Merch Preview

    We’re still a couple of months out from the premiere of what will perhaps be the most gadgetastic movie of all time: Transformers. And while we’re covering the events up till it hits the screens, it’s the movie-themed marketing gear that’s intersting to CrunchGear readers. Like this Optimus Prime Head Projection Alarm Clock. It’s Op’s head with a… Read More

  • Scienticians Debate Creating New Internet, Shutting Down Current Internet

    The privatization and monetization of the Internet is arguably the most important and world-changing development in business, human relations, and pop culture of the last 20 years. It was good while it lasted. Researchers from a cadre of Universities are toying with the idea of destroying the current Internet and re-deploying a newer, shinier, faster, more secure and robust Internet. The… Read More

  • New Mac Ad: Porky PCs, Thin Mint Macs


    Another day, another Mac ad. Here, John Hodgman, the PC character, is the morbidly obese embodiment of the trial software OEM manufactures such as Dell and HP ship with their PCs. However, Justin Long, the Mac character, remains thin and crapware free. Apple is rather cheeky with this advertisement insinuating that every Windows machine on the market comes with preloaded trial software… Read More

  • New Blog At GigaOm, Focusing on Growing A Startup

    Found+Read, GigaOm’s newest blog, will be a must-subscribe to resource for many web entrepreneurs. It is edited by Carleen Hawn and will have on guest entrepreneurs and other experts come on and share their experiences in building companies. Malik says he is starting this becasue he’s gone through growing pains building his own business over the last year, and realized that most of… Read More

  • Leopard Gets Its Spots in October

    Mac users have been waiting on Leopard for several decades, if you’ll forgive my hyperbole, and they’re going to have to wait a bit longer. Originally, Leopard (OS X 10.5) was slated to hit the shelves and Macs this Summer. The iPhone, however, has gummed the works. According to an email sent to key developers and vendors: iPhone has already passed several of its required… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Crossed Wires Edition

    Cingular and Verizon Drop Kiddie Phones
    Sony Patents 3D Virtual Reality Controller For The PS3
    Konami Characters And Their 1980s Counterparts
    The AudioFile: Apple and the Long (Mc)Fly Ball
    The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 5 Read More

  • Breaking: Google Spends $3.1 Billion To Acquire DoubleClick

    About 20 minutes ago Google announced that they have agreed to acquired DoubleClick for $3.1 billion in cash (nearly double the size of their YouTube Acquisition). Microsoft was reportedly in a bidding war with Google for the company. Google gets access to DoubleClick’s advertising software and, perhaps more importantly, their customers and network. DoubleClick was founded in 1996. Read More

  • Cingular and Verizon Drop Kiddie Phones

    I can’t see this having much effect on anyone but the manufacturers of the phones, but Verizon today announced that it has stopped selling the LG Migo, a phone made for kids. Meanwhile, Cingular also announced that it would no longer sell the Firefly phone in its retail stores. The main feature of both of these devices is that they lack 10-digit keypads. Mom and dad can program in a… Read More

  • Shannon Terry Is Pissed Off, Threatens Lawsuit Against TechCrunch

    I just received the letter below by email, in reference to my previous post on Shannon Terry and Rivals.com. I’m not going to make a statement on this just yet – our lawyers are involved and have advised me to keep quiet for now. I’ll say this much, though. Rivals is no longer my favorite sports news site. Update (11:42 pm PST 4/13/08): I am still not prepared to respond… Read More

  • Philips Electronics Buys Accessory-maker DLO

    Royal Philips Electronics today announced that it will acquire US-based Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO), which designs, markets and distributes a gazillion-and-one accessories namely for Apple’s iPods. This includes docking stations, FM transmitters, cables and cases. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2007, upon which DLO will become part of the… Read More

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