• Archos launches GPS unit, live portable TV, and Flash 9 support for media players

    Archos sent out a fairly lengthy press release today updating us to a few new things its doing with its WiFi-equipped media players, including adding live TV and GPS capabilities. With the new In-Car Holder (that’s its name), the Archos 605 WiFi media player becomes a full-fledged GPS for autos. The holder has GPS functionality, and works with maps stored on the player. It’s a… Read More

  • Mind-reading hat could keep you from being an idiot

    They say if you knew what people were thinking about you at all times that you’d sink into a deep depression and eventually probably take your own life. I don’t know who exactly says that or the exact terminology, so you can just quote me for the time being. At any rate, this mind-reading hat that I’m about to tell you about only reads your mind, not other people’s… Read More

  • MP3tunes.com being sued by EMI, asks users for help

    Seems nobody wants to let Michael Robertson help people back up their music online. First it was My.MP3.com which, as you may or may not remember, was a very cool service where you placed one of your CDs in your computer’s CD-ROM drive, the MP3.com software scanned the disc, and a few seconds later all the tracks from that disc were available for you to stream from any… Read More

  • Mea Culpa: The ClearBoost case does something


    Peter and I just did a little test with the Griffin ClearBoost case on an unadulterated AT&T iPhone. The results, while far from conclusive, showed that with the case on and your hand over the antenna, near the bottom of the unit, the ClearBoost case allowed the phone to maintain a fairly strong signal. This does not mean you’ll have better call quality or faster Internet, per se… Read More

  • The Importance of a Good Name: Ditching SimulScribe For PhoneTag

    Too often in the rush of trying to launch something new, entrepreneurs pay too little attention to coming up with a good name for their product or company. It might start off as a part-time project and they just want to get it up and running. So they pick the first name that comes to mind—often something awful—and then they are stuck with it. That is what happened to SimulScribe… Read More

  • Nokia's 'Comes With Music' signs another major label

    First it was Universal, then EMI expressed interest, and now Sony BMG has hopped aboard Nokia’s “Comes With Music” bandwagon. The basic idea is that certain Nokia devices will include unlimited music downloads for a year. At the end of the year, you’ll apparently be able to keep everything you’ve downloaded and transfer it to your computer and new Nokia… Read More

  • Sony Buys Gracenote for $260M

    Sony has agreed to acquire Gracenote for about $260M. Gracenote provides a range of music-related solutions including MusicID, which detects which song is currently being played by an application and loads track information for the user (such as artist and album names). MusicID leverages a database of over 6M CDs and 80M tracks. Its technology has been in development since 1995 (previously… Read More

  • Miyamoto: Wii fit great for us fatties, hasn't killed anyone yet

    Shigeru Miyamoto told MTV News that there have been very few incidents of people being hurt by the Wii Fit and that the platform will help stem the rising tide of obesity in the United States. Har har. Actually, Miyamoto is pretty defeatist, saying that he knows the Fit won’t keep anyone slim: I think what’s more important, though, is that rather than trying to have people try… Read More

  • Honda creates warning system for cars entering "crime hotspots" (this won't end well)

    I picture myself driving my Honda through the Central District of Seattle on my way to work. It’s a nice day, my windows are down. I stop at a red light. As people cross in front of me, my robo-car chirps "Caution! This area is dangerous!" to me and those around me, then loudly locks the doors. Trouble, people. T-R-O-U-B-L-E. It will, of course, only be available in Japan for… Read More

  • New business laptops starting at $699 from Toshiba

    Five new laptops from Toshiba today. I know the above photo only shows four and I want you to know that we’re doing everything we can to find the fifth one. I speak for the rest of the CrunchGear staff when I tell you that we won’t sleep until we find the — oh, I guess the third one from the left has two different configurations; one with Intel processors and one with AMD… Read More

  • Psystar shipping $399 Mac clones; Apple still mum

    According to its website, Psystar has started shipping the first of its $399 Open computers, which they will pre-install with Leopard for an additional $155. They also note that they have a new location and signs in the windows, further showing that they might be real, but until I see an Open running Leopard myself, I’m a skeptic. Still no word from Apple on what action, if any, the… Read More

  • More rumors of unlocked iPhones

    First we had Italy and now Belgium. Folks from alstel.be are reporting that a 3G, unlocked iPone will be available in May/June and will work on any of the Belgian carriers. Because of “monopoly” issues Apple faced in Germany, the Belgians believe that Apple has given up and will let everyone with a SIM card in on the fun. Doubtful, but stranger things have happened. After all… Read More

  • LG's new KF700 is sexy, Korean

    LG’s got a new phone in South Korea that we’d like to see here. The LG-KF700 has a 3-inch touchscreen, T9/text keypad, and a jog dial for input. It’s supposed to make things easier, but it sounds more confusing to us, but it’s good to have options. Besides the copious input methods, the phone has a 3-megapixel camera, Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube support built-in. Read More

  • Nokia's 5320 and 5220 are some hot-looking media candybars

    Nokia has dropped some phones. The pictures above are the 5220 – the 5320 isn’t as cool-looking, but sports 3G and "Web 2.0 access," of which I am inexpressibly skeptical. It’s expandable to 8GB of room for music, and also can be used in landscape mode for games, though I fail to see how that works, as there are no buttons by the screen. Both are of the… Read More

  • Liveblogging Yahoo Q1 Do-Or-Die Earnings Call

    http://static.slideshare.net/swf/ssplayer2.swf?doc=1q08earningspresentationfinal-1208897035829834-9 | View | Upload your own Yahoo’s first-quarter earnings are out. The conference call is about to start. 5:03 ET: Boiler plate risks, blah, blah, blah 5:05 ET: Jerry Yang. We are very proud fop our Q1 results. Q1 revenue and cash flow in the upper half of our guidance, and… Read More

  • Real examples of Iron Man-like power suits

    Iron Man comes to us next week, and we are stoked bloggers. Sure, this isn’t a movie site, but we’ve moved beyond just gear into the CrunchLifestyle, and that includes all things awesome like Iron Man himself. Live Science has put together a neat little gallery and run-down of real-life Iron Man-type power suits that actually exist, including the HAL and Sarcos XOS… Read More

  • Shady 360 controller mod enables programmable actions

    Macros and scripts have been a part of gaming since Doom, at the very latest Quake (probably waaay earlier, I’m pretty ignorant), when the console and "bind" commands made their debut. For the best examples of scripts, see the insane game wizards at Quake Done Quick. Now imagine those types of lightning-quick actions applied to a game of Halo or Gears. This mod allows for that… Read More

  • Yahoo Q1 Earnings Released, Revenues and Earnings Above Expectations

    Update: Erick is live blogging the earnings call. Yahoo released Q1 financials moments ago, and blew through expectations. Total revenue for the quarter was $1.8 billion, net revenues were $1.35 billion. Net Income was $542 million, or $0.37 per share. That includes a one time non-cash gain related to Alibaba’s IPO. Net of that, EPS are $0.11. Analysts were expecting Q1 net revenues… Read More

  • Widgetbox Unveils New iPhone Widget Gallery

    Widgetbox is jumping on the iPhone bandwagon by releasing a special gallery of widgets tailored to the popular device’s screen. There are 16 widgets available to start, including an RSS output of The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs and a BART QuickPlanner tool for finding mass transport rides around the Bay Area. A tutorial is being provided for developers to create their own… Read More

  • New Service Will Monitor Your Site For Typos

    Automatic spell check has been built into many browsers for years, but typos continue to plague even the most reputable websites (and print media, for that matter). Recognizing this fact, a number of services have emerged that will continuously monitor your site for spelling errors. Spellr.us, currently in a registration-required beta, plans to offer hourly, daily, and weekly sweeps of your… Read More

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