• Facebook has a new role – fighting crime in Manchester

    When Facebook was created I daresay the last thing on Mark Zuckerburg’s mind was the idea that one day it would be used to fight crime. But that’s what’s happening, at least in Manchester, UK. It seems Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has twigged to the idea that Facebook is as much a distribution platform as breaking items on the evening news. So their new Facebook… Read More

  • What.cd's Gazelle released: Beta brings the thunder

    Hi-res BitTorrent tracker What.cd launched Gazelle last night (beta), effecting a complete re-launch of sorta. There’s a new site design (though still with the familiar wood theme) and some new features. One of them, Paranoia, lets users set how much info is available to other users of the site. Things like recently snatched torrents, current seeding/leeching and other stats can now… Read More

  • Video: Rockstar releases GTA IV TV commercial in the UK

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?umid=203940 I’m not watching it so there’s no comment from me on this one, but feel free to leave yours. Read More

  • Shane Kim, VP Microsoft Game Studios, still

    In an interview with Game Daily, Shane Kim professes his love for HD DVD, what MS is doing to ensure the next gen Xbox doesn’t have RROD issues, DRM issues and why they’re not in the market to swoop up Take-Two. While it is unfortunate that HD DVD was discontinued, there is still enjoyment to be had from your Xbox 360 HD DVD Player. You can take this as an opportunity to build… Read More

  • Universal announces first slate of Blu-ray only content

    One of my favorite TV shows, “Heroes”, will be the first global release on Blu-ray for the studio when “Heroes: Season Two” debuts August 26. Universal has an interesting line-up for the rest of the year that includes the new “The Incredible Hulk”, Angelina Jolie’s “Wanted” and “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.” Full release after… Read More

  • EA amends offer for Take-Two

    Image ganked from Kotaku.
    EA has extended their offer to May 16, but they’ve dropped their offer to $25.74 per share. That’s it for now. Read More

  • AT&T to Cut Wireline Jobs but add Wireless Jobs

    The largest telecommunications company in the United States announced today that it will cut 4,600 jobs to facilitate a shift to growing sectors of its business. Most of the layoffs will be among managers in the wireline operation, which includes local phone service and service for large corporate customers. Jobs in finance will also be cut. ”Even with the reductions announced today… Read More

  • Decorum: Using cellphones on public transportation?

    All in favor of banning, outright, the use of cellphones on buses and trains and airplanes raise your hand. You hand better be raised. Mine is touching the sky. The AP has a short piece describing the backlash against people using cellphones in public places like trains and busses. It discusses attempts to ban their use in several European countries, which had only limited success. It seems… Read More

  • CrunchWord Puzzle!

    Here’s the latest CrunchGear-themed crossword puzzle. You can find the answers to the clues spread throughout this week’s posts. Enjoy! CrunchWord Puzzle for Friday, April 18th Read More

  • Dell 'Crystal' display reviewed, save your money

    Maximum PC took a look at Dell’s new 22-inch “Crystal” display and found it to be a bit lacking. It carries a $1,200 price tag, which is apparently “more marketing hype than functionality” and there’s some pretty serious glare, like the reviewers being able to see their reflections during any dark movie scenes, which was pretty distracting. Finally, the… Read More

  • Classmate 2 reviewed

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fbbcnewstechnology%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F840830&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf%3Cbr%20%2F%3E Intel’s Classmate 2 has been manhandled and it seems as sturdy and innocuous as a Fairfax, Virginia office… Read More

  • Yahoo Tweaks Its (Advertising) Algorithm

    Did Yahoo just raise its prices for search ads? Yesterday, Yahoo made a significant change to its advertising bidding system by removing the minimum bid for sponsored search keywords. The minimum bid used to be $0.10 per keyword. Now, the minimum bid will be set more dynamically based on two factors: the quality of the advertiser and the value of the keyword. In theory, advertisers whose ads… Read More

  • Midway continues to infuriate with Noob.com

    I suspect this will just be a social network for gamers, but Midway’s Noob.com just released another clue: a coded message and a blurry picture. I’m trying to crack this with a substitution cipher using the filename RAIN as the key, but I doubt it will work. More info shortly. UPDATE – Tried a simple substitution. No dice. Read More

  • Zune will tear us apart: Joy Division Zune coming soon

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/843161&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ Ian Curtis and the Sunshine Band will get their own Zune-gasmic treatment with a new, Joy Division-stuffed player featuring art from the album Unknown Pleasures. Read More

  • Nintendo takes console sales… again

    Fine. The Wii is great. I concede that the Wii is the best platform out there because a) the 360 is too old and b) the PSP and PS3 have no good games. The NPD numbers: Nintendo Wii: 721,000 units
    Xbox 360: 262,000
    PlayStation 3: 257,000
    PlayStation 2: 216,000 This month the Wii was given a big Super Smash Brothers boost, which it definitely won’t hold next month once GTA IV hits stores. Read More

  • Apple fixes Windows installer to make Safari "new software" and not "OMG LIFE-THREATENING UPDATE TO WINDOWS CLICK NOW!"

    Apple has improved its update system to mark Safari as new software and not an update to iTunes. This comes after many complained of having to install Safari after updating iTunes. This also comes because some people are cry-babies. Read More

  • TAG Heuer MERIDIIST Phone revealed

    This man loves merde Don’t ask me what a MERIDIIST is — it sounds like a French corprophiliac — but this is TAG’s new “hand assembled” phone. You’ll notice they mention the number of components below. This is a Swiss trick to convince you that their crap is fancier than your crap, so take it with a grain of salt. I’d have to see this thing up… Read More

  • Pageflakes Acquisition Confirmed

    The personalized start page is dead. Long live the personalized start page. Pageflakes, a nice-looking but perennial also-ran in the world of start-page startups, has been officially acquired by Brad Greenspan’s Live Universe, a deal we reported earlier this week. Terms were not disclosed, but it was a combination of cash and stock. Pageflakes CEO Dan Cohen will remain in charge of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Graphic Devolution Edition

    Massage pants seem to be exactly what they sound like
    Why turn everyone in your mom’s 1968 high school yearbook into cartoons? Because it’s there, man
    Chill Stick beer quiver holds a six pack, my heart
    Ghostbusters Ecto-1 car looks phenomenal
    New site contains complete works of Charles Darwin Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Comment on Don’t shoot the messenger: Microsoft internal promo video about Windows Vista is hard to watch by Vero Pepperrell Wow. Dread to think what the conversation was like in the boardroom. “Right guys, we need to make a… Read More

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