• TheBizmo music store widget launches in UK

    TheBizmo is a new ‘online music store in a widget’ which is being launched by UK firm UGC Ltd in partnership with London-based investment and advisory firm Ariadne Capital. Essentially it is an embeddable Flash media player (or widget) complete with a store. Since it does not operate a full-blown portal, the store is effectively wherever the widget is, allowing fans and bands to… Read More

  • Back to Widget Basics: Hyplet Creates Embeddable Business Cards and Flyers

    We’re not exactly sure how long it’s been around (it appears to have launched late this Fall), but we recently came across a simple widget service with no press coverage to date called Hyplet that helps you create digital business cards and flyers. You can spread them around the web by embedding in blogs, social networks, websites, and emails. Hyplet’s end product is… Read More

  • And we're off: CES 2008 Meet-up

    The whole team is gearing up for CES next week and we’re ready to walk the halls, drink the whiskey, and eat the bad food so you don’t have to. If anyone in Las Vegas wants to meet up with the CG crew for wings, beer, and shop talk, drop us a line at tips @ crunchgear.com and we’ll try to plan an impromptu evening meet-up on Tuesday night. More info as we get it, but as you… Read More

  • Skype coming to PSP

    It’s been long rumored that Skype would be coming to the PSP and it appears we’ll see/hear something official at CES. This is a bit of surprising move because it has to make one wonder why Sony would be releasing another Mylo that’s had this functionality since the first one. I’m all for it either way. Just makes me scratch my head and wonder if the PSP group talks to… Read More

  • The Apple Keynote Index Fund

    Ever wish your parents invested in IBM way back when it was still hot? Well here’s a way to make some quick and easy money in tech without having to rent out your body. If you buy Apple stock (MSFT… OK… APPL) the day before the MacWorld keynote (this year it’s on January 15th at 9am) and sell it 48 hours later, you’re almost guaranteed a small win. This… Read More

  • Freemusiczilla: Best Music Downloader I've Tested

    Freemusiczilla is desktop based software that basically lets you download any song you can stream on the Internet. There are lots of services like it, but none are as easy to use, or work as well, as Freemusiczilla did in my testing. The software is Windows only. One you’ve downloaded it, any song that plays on a site (MySpace, imeem, Pandora, Last.fm, Skreemr, Seeqpod, etc.) is noted by… Read More

  • Xbox Live downtime could lead to recompense

    Gamers who tried to log onto Xbox Live last week faced a problem: they couldn’t. That’s a hell of a problem, since the only major difference between Gold and Silver membership is the ability to play multiplayer games online. Now Microsoft is hinting that it’s going to do “something” to make it up to Gold members. Quoth the PR rep: we will definitely be doing… Read More

  • CLAIM: Metal Gear Solid 4 will come out for the Xbox 360 says Konami rep

    Metal Gear Solid 4 will come out for the Xbox 360 12-14 months after its PS3 debut (which is currently scheduled for Q2 of this year). That’s a bold claim from the team at XboxFamily, but they’re swearing by their sources on this one. We’ll see. A Konami representative allegedly told the site that the game has been in production for the 360 since early 2007. For its part… Read More

  • CrunchBoard Jobs

    Here are some of the Latest Jobs on CrunchBoard. Business Systems Analyst at MRU Holdings in New York, NY. Web Design Specialist at George Fox University in Newberg, OR. MySQL DBA at Piczo in San Francisco, CA. Java Programmer at Sun Run Generation in San Francisco, CA. Senior Software Design Engineer at NOZA Inc. in Santa Barbara, CA. Senior Javascript/Ajax/PHP Developer at… Read More

  • Microsoft Office 2008 for OS X: Looks good

    First previews of Office 2008 are sneaking out of Redmond today with some great looking screenshots of everyone’s favorite office suite — after the ink pen and notebook, obviously. I’ve tried a number of competing suites, including Pages and Numbers from Apple, and I keep coming back to Word and Excel. It seems they’ve pulled out the Visual Basic scripting and stuck in… Read More

  • Are digital albums the future?

    Not so fast says Thom Yorke. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 Yorke said releasing an album in only digital format would have been “mad.” The Radiohead front man explained: We didn’t want it to be a big announcement about ‘everything’s over except the internet, the internet’s the future’, ’cause that’s utter rubbish. And it’s… Read More

  • New rules limit the number of spare batteries you can bring on a flight

    Junior executives on-the-go should take a few minutes to head over to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Web site. It seems the DOT has implemented some new rules for 2008 as it relates to lithium batteries. Simply, you’re not allowed to put spare, unconnected batteries in your checked luggage anymore and you can only bring eight grams of lithium battery on-board with you. Read More

  • JPMorgan Predicts 2008 Will Be "Nothing But Net"

    JPMorgan’s Internet analyst Imran Khan and his team released a massive 312-page report this morning titled Nothing But Net that paints a bullish picture for the major Internet stocks (Google, Amazon, Yahoo, eBay, Expedia, Salesforce.com, Ominiture, ValueClick, Monster.com, Orbitz, Priceline, CNET, etc.). Some key takeaways: —Noting that, in 2007, Internet stocks delivered a… Read More

  • Rumor: Gates to announce next Xbox at CES

    This will truly be a sad and momentous CES for many. I’m not looking forward to my excursion in the desert and this will be my first CES. I may throw my glamorous career and life in the trash if nothing groundbreaking is announced or unveiled. Failing that, I may end up in a ditch or roaming the desert hopped up on peyote. I haven’t decided yet. It’s also Bill Gates’… Read More

  • Asus joining forces with Intel, Sprint to bring WiMax to its Eee PC

    Image via Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia With CES next week, expect this week to be filled with lots of “Item A to debut @ Show, could be bad or good.” The first such rumor I’ve seen is that a revamped Asus Eee PC will be at CES with an 8.9-inch display (the current Eee PC has a 7-inch display). No, that’s not really exciting. But WiMax, that’s a different… Read More

  • 2008 Bloggies: Nominate Us!

    I never really wanted us to enter the Bloggies earlier because it’s a popularity contest and there were other folks out there with a bigger and more rabid fan base. But now I trust that CG fans are legion and that they will come with us to the very gates of Hell itself, which is why I’m imploring you to nominate us for the 2008 Bloggies. Incidentally, if we win, we get to have Peter… Read More

  • Nokia Siemens to buy Apertio

    Nokia Siemens Networks will buy British network management firm Apertio for 140 million euros ($205 million) the companies announced today. The buyout is expected to take place in May of this year. Apertio is a company that specializes in network management applications for telecommunications operators. Software allows operators to authenticate and deliver applications to users, shut off… Read More

  • New Apple notebook spotted, we told you so

    The above photo may be the work of a PS junkie or it may just be the real thing. In any case, the rumor mill is abuzz surrounding Macworld. This time around it’s all coming back to the purported multi-touch trackpad we told you about during the summer. Sure our sources duped us by saying it’d be out in October, but it’s better late then never. There’s also some talk… Read More

  • Naked DSL from AT&T now available

    When AT&T took over Bell South we were promised a ‘naked’ DSL package, but AT&T figured the longer they took to roll it out that it would fade from our memories. Good job, AT&T, because I sure as heck did. A DSL only package is obviously something many consumers are looking for. I may or may not be in the majority here, but I haven’t had a landline in over a decade. Read More

  • Cooking.com Takes Out A $7 Million Loan

    Is it me, or are we seeing a lot more venture finance deals these days? Web 1.0 holdover Cooking.com is the latest to jump on this bandwagon. It just took out a $7 million loan from ORIX Venture Finance. The ten-year-old dotcom—which is basically a shopping portal for cookware—is one of the early Idealab companies that is still around. Whenever I see a venture debt deal, I… Read More

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