• Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Hey readers. How are you? We love what you did with your hair. You smell nice, would you like a hug? All you beautiful people should shoot us an email at commenter at crunchgear dot com with your name, password, and email address in the subject line so that we can set you up with your very own commenting account. Yes, yes, the responsibility is great but we think you’re up to… Read More

  • Buzznet Hits The Road

    Music focused social networking destination Buzznet, a service that we noted May 24 as being the biggest social network many may never have heard of, is taking their message and brand on the road. Buzznet has hired 21 year-old blogger Audrey Kitching, “a fashion trendsetter, model and e-scene queen” as a traveling reporter to cover the 9 week, 45 city Vans Warped Tour… Read More

  • Rumor: New Santa Rosa-Based iMacs Set for August Launch

    Those iMacs set to drop next month we told you about back in June appear to be on track. Think Secret’s sources put them at an August release, which lines up nicely with what our own sources are saying, so barring some unforeseen shipping or manufacturing problem, look for them in a little over a month. The new iMacs will share a similar general shape as the current line, but will lose… Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Gear for the Summer Rental

    Finally, summer is here and it’s your chance to bolt for vacation. You’ve rented a summer place and it’s a beautiful thing. We could talk about video game systems and air conditioners, but screw that! You’re off the leash and you know what? This is your life, and you’re going to have fun playing outdoors all summer long. Since summer rentals only last about 3… Read More

  • Blackberry OS and WinMo 6 Go Toe-To-Toe

    The folks at LAPTOP Mag must be really bored because they’ve put forth some effort for a Friday. As the picture implies, the winner is very clear and WinMo still bites it hard no matter what version it is. Multimedia is the only area which I will concede that WinMo is better than the Blackberry OS, but that’s all based on carrier. So it’s a moot point IMO. WinMo 6 may have… Read More

  • LiveStation: Microsoft's New Live TV Initiative

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    Video: LiveStation Demo
    Microsoft LiveStation is kind of a Joost-meets-Orb except that it’s live TV (unlike Joost) only and it requires broadcasters to participate (unlike Orb). The guy in the video refers to LiveStation as “Slingbox without the box.” Sort of, but Slingbox doesn’t require broadcaster participation. Read More

  • Yahoo Bill Pay To Shut

    Yahoo has announced that Yahoo Bill Pay will close between September and October this year. Yahoo Bill Pay launched in September 1999 and was promoted as giving Yahoo users the ability “to securely pay bills from any computer connected to the Internet”. The service is to be shut in two stages. September 14 will be the last day bills can be paid using the service. Read More

  • Futuristic Energy Source Still Futuristic

    Forget the battery problems plaguing electronics. Steorn, and Irish technology startup, has a better idea: free energy. They claim to have created a device, called the Orbo, that can generate electricity from the ambient atmosphere around it. This would be a perpetual motion machine, and would violate the standard laws of physics. Steorn wants to blow your mind, baby. The problem is, the… Read More

  • RIM Enters Forbidden City

    Persistence seems to be key when dealing with communist states and RIM knows this very well. After all, it’s been 8 years since they first began courting China and the Red State has finally opened up its gates. That’s far too long to wait around to get into someone’s pants, but I guess China was worth it. By the end of August, RIM will be hawking the 8700g for about $700. Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Geek Grilling Tips

    <div class="center"Editor’s Note: Jonny from SteakFeed here is guest writing this piece specifically for CrunchGear. When it comes to the topic, he’s more of an expert than we are. Enjoy. Esteemed CrunchGear gadget guru, Matt “Effing” Hickey asked me to write a summer outdoor gadget roundup for the CrunchGear on account of my experience writing for a… Read More

  • Apple Patent Shows Simple Nano-like iPhone

    A disgusting and insulting reality is that some people don’t want to carry the Internet around in their pocket. These same people do, however, tend to like listening to music and talking on the phone. What better way to kill two birds with one stone than a phone that plays music? This is not a new idea at all. I remember being the first and last person to buy the Samsung Uproar back in… Read More

  • Video Ads: Every Startup Has A Different Solution

    It may seem weird, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when I see ads in my viral video. eMarketer expects online video advertising to nearly double in 2008 to $1.3 billion, but no one’s really nailed a scalable ad platform for video. However, Google’s been quietly testing their own system and there are a bunch of other startups tackling it as well. There are a couple… Read More

  • Nokia Internet Tablet OS Gets Upgraded

    Nokia may not have a multi-touch screen, but they do have a few things up their sleeve that Apple doesn’t. The N800 isn’t a phone per se, but the Wi-Fi feature coupled with the latest upgrade makes the tablet a force to be reckoned with. The latest build, 4.2007.26-8, includes Skype, Adobe Flash 9, memory card support up to 8GB (potential support up to 16GB) and improvements to… Read More

  • The Reason For Owning A PS3: Turok 3


    Hell Yes Way back in the day, the Nintendo 64 once has a brief series called Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. What many don’t understand is that Turok was one of the best first-person shooters in the history of gaming. Between the big head cheat codes, vast levels, and excellent graphics, you also got to kill dinosaurs. That’s about as good as it gets I’d say. That was the past… Read More

  • New Camera Lenses Capture Every Nook and Cranny

    Once summer’s over and you have to return to the harsh realities of work, family, and prayer, how are you going to keep in touch with your distant loved-ones and secret/imaginary girlfriends? Sure, you could call them on the phone or maybe fax them a funny doodle, but why not show them how messy your room is from every imaginable angle? Olympus has just unveiled a new lens that… Read More

  • One Laptop Per Child Laptop to Cost Only $50 in Less Than Two Years

    You know those $100 laptops part of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program? You know, the ones that are supposed to generate clean water and optimal living conditions with the turn of a crank? In less that two years they’ll only cost $50, according to the initiative’s CTO. Good news, everyone. I’m not even going to pretend to know anything about non-profits. So I will sit… Read More

  • Frets on Fire: Like Guitar Hero Except It's Free

    Guitar Hero and its ilk have transformed our nation’s garage band-playing youth into PS2-playing zombies. In researching this phenomenon I came across a freeware, open source game for PC, Mac OS X and Linux called Frets on Fire. It’s a complete, 100 percent rip-off of Guitar Hero only you can import your own songs into the game. (A good tutorial for that is here.) You control… Read More

  • Steorn: Too Hot Today For Free Energy, Please Come Back Later

    So much for the much hyped Steorn demo – after getting the world all jazzed up for a quick rewrite of the laws of physics the other day (they promised to break the fundamental law of conservation of energy by creating new energy from nothing), the public demo was cancelled. The reason, Steorn says, is that “excessive heat from the lighting in the main display area” caused… Read More

  • Congrats To CrunchGear, A Top 100 Blog

    Congratulations to CrunchGear, our sister site covering gadgets and gear that launched last year. They just slipped into the top 100 list at Technorati, at no. 100. Given their growth rate driven by lots of good original content, my guess is they’ll be bigger than TechCrunch by this time next year. Great job, guys. I’m proud to be working with you. See the whole team here, led… Read More

  • Great Outdoors: In Car Diversions

    We all spend too much time in our cars and a summer drive can turn into a nightmare with the right mix of traffic, heat, and gas prices. There are industries built around making our in-car time more productive and enjoyable. The degree to which they’ve been successful is debatable. There is something to the argument that every solution creates another problem. For example’ we all… Read More

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