• Charge Your iPod with a AA Battery (If It's an Emergency)

    What’s notable about the iTurbo iPod charger isn’t that it quickly charges your iPod with one AA battery, or that it looks like a stocking stuffer for a raver. What’s notable is that the product’s Flashcrapular website mentions that it’s the one gadget that’s “great for power outages and other emergencies,” because when your home is destroyed by… Read More

  • Samsung WiMax Mobile Phone (Don't Call It a Cell)

    We are sick and frickin’ tired of the Koreans getting all the rad mobile phonage. Take, for example, this feature-packed slim Samsung found at the WiBro (WiMax to us yanks) summit that we’ll never see here in America. Why won’t we see it? Because it doesn’t use the CDMA or GSM flavors that standard cell networks use. No, it has to get all swanky and uses WiMax for… Read More

  • Play Guitar On Your Nintendo DS

    http://www.gamebrink.com/video/417 Though Nintendo isn’t following the same road to next gen its competitors have, it’s truly constantly reinventing the way people play video games. The video above is footage of a Nintendo DS game called M-06, which turns the DS into a guitar simulator. Like most of Nintendo’s upcoming titles, M-06 is meant to be intuitive, and playable by… Read More

  • Jabra BT-Series Headsets: The BT Stands for Bluetooth Quality

    Jabra BT-Series Headsets: The BT Stands for Bluetooth Quality

    Here we present the BT8010, a stereo Bluetooth headset that streams audio from a cellphone and or an MP3 player alongside the BT 325s and the 320s. All of them connect to Bluetooth phones and all offer stereo audio from either a Bluetooth enabled MP3 player or a headphone jack. The 8010 actually consists of a “mono” headset that turns into a stereo headset by connecting the two… Read More

  • On Universal Music Group's Zune Tax

    The New York Times reported late last night and the press release has just gone out about a deal between Universal Music Group and Microsoft concerning the Zune. Microsoft will pay Universal more than $1 for every $250 Zune that is sold. (Or is that $251?) Universal says half of the money will go to Universal artists. I don’t think it’s a big deal. Not at all. Some people… Read More

  • HitTail: The Long Tail As Muse

    HitTail: The Long Tail As Muse

    Bloggers interested in building search traffic should check out New York based HitTail, a deceptively simple tool that makes suggestions for words to use in blog post titles or topics to write about based on the search terms that are already bringing people to your site. It’s based on the theory of the Long Tail, in this case the idea that the most high profile sources of traffic to… Read More

  • David Pogue Hates on Zune, Then Loves, Then Hates

    You don’t need us wags here at CrunchGear to tell you that Microsoft may have pissed off its PlaysForSure partners by locking them out of Zune. No, you need David Pogue of the New York Times to tell you. Pogue, who loves everything Apple’s ever done but hates everything else, including Democracy and soduku, respects the Zune as a true PMP, including its slick interface… Read More

  • ASUS Cools Things Off With Massive Copper Cooler


    I like a good processor heatsink/fan as much as the next person. Especially ones like this ASUS Silent Knight that’s definitely meant to be seen and not heard. The all-copper assembly—fins, base and heat pipes—is divided in half by a fan. So it pulls air through the first section of fins and blows it out through the second and, with any luck, right out the back of your desktop. Read More

  • Motorla Q Pro to Vodafone, Plus Hungarian Photo Goodness

    If you’re an avid CrunchGear reader, and we know you are, then you’ll recall a few weeks ago we brought you news that Motorola has plans for its popular Q smartphone that include a second, upgraded model called the “Q Pro.” We told you about the differences between the Q and the Q Pro (mostly involving BlackBerry-like enterprise support), but now we find news (from the… Read More

  • Microsoft Beds Universal

    Microsoft Beds Universal

    Microsoft has announced that it has struck a deal to deliver to its Zune store music from the Universal Music Group. The deal will give Universal a cut of every Zune player sold. This arrangement is a departure from the Apple standard that only pays studios per song sold, with the studios getting no cut of the electronics. Universal is expected to receive roughly $1 per $250 player sold. It… Read More

  • Amp'd Mobile to Launch Smartphones, Starting with Motorola Q?

    We just received an anonymous tip on Amp’d Mobile, claiming the youth-oriented network is planning on leveraging its hybrid pricing plans to become the first MVNO to offer smartphones. While this sounds like bullpucky at first, the tipster included these photos (that appear to be real) of what looks like an Amp’d-branded Motorola Q. That got our attention. While it’s known… Read More

  • Instant Power: Just Add Water


    Usually when a lone inventor claims that his or her invention will revolutionize how we do, well, anything, we take it with a whole damned shaker of salt. Susumu Suzuki, however, requires just half that dosage, mostly because he’s the respected president of Tokyo-based building-material maker Total System Conductor. Suzuki claims he has invented a AA battery prototype that doesn’t… Read More

  • Fox Movies in Talks with Apple on iTunes Downloads

    . This is another studio Apple needs to make iTunes a real alternative to DVD, which is apparently the company’s focus for the next year. Fox has been a hold out, much as it was with accepting the DVD format it now loves. This move is yet another step closer to the studio becoming 21st Century Fox (See what we did there? We’re so clever). Hopefully within the next few months… Read More

  • Philips amBX Blows You

    Philips amBX Blows You

    Strangely enough, this is the first chance I’ve gotten to see Philips amBX system, an add-on that creates ambient environments for PC gaming. It consists of three lights, two on the side and one “splash light” on the back of the laptop/PC. Then there are two fans and a rumble strip on the keyboard. The result is a refreshing blast of fresh air when you’re flying around… Read More

  • Samsung GX-10 DSLR Hands On

    Samsung GX-10 DSLR Hands On

    Got a chance to fondle Samsung’s latest DSLR, the GX-10. This hefty camera uses D-XENON lenses and it’s about the size and shape of the Canon Digital Rebel XTi. The body is quite heavy but this unit wasn’t taking pictures so I couldn’t get a good handle on its capabilities. We do know it has a 10-megapixel monster 2.5″ LCD and more. Read More

  • Cell Phone Detox Contest: Day 02

    Cell Phone Detox Contest: Day 02


    As many of you read yesterday, Biggs has taken an assignment requiring him to live without a cell phone for a month. In his own words, “Day one was nearly impossible.” I don’t think the DTs have kicked in completely, because the cell phone isn’t yet completely out of his system. I’ve noticed him a bit on edge, mumbling to himself more than usual and beating on… Read More

  • Single Ajax Interface For Yahoo Mail & IM Coming

    Single Ajax Interface For Yahoo Mail & IM Coming

    This morning Yahoo will announce that they will integrate an Ajax version of Yahoo Instant Messaging directly into the new Yahoo Mail beta. Unlike Google’s integration of Google Talk with Gmail earlier this year, Yahoo is combining the products into a single interface. Yahoo says the new features will launch in the next two months. I saw a beta of the product earlier today at the Web… Read More

  • SOYO GoVideo Dual LCD Monitor Line Will Change Your Life


    Okay, so maybe it won’t change your life, but it can at least make your work a little easier for not too much money. The displays feature either two 17- or 19-inch panels, have high native resolutions of 2,560 x 1,024 with 8ms response times and support up to 16.7 million display colors. And they have integrated GoVideo stereo speakers, which is good ’cause these’ll take… Read More

  • Yahoo! Testing Mobile Banner Ads


    If you’re on your phone and see something along the lines of “Punch K-Fed to win an iPod!,” with an animated GIF of the mook, you can blame Yahoo!. The geniuses at the Y have decided that your mobile phone screen is a prime place to show “graphical advertisements,” which sounds a lot like banner ads to these ears. If you’re on a metered data plan (most… Read More

  • SAGEM my700X With MegaSIM Can Pack Up To 3GB Of Flash


    For mobiles to really take off as combo music players and phones two things need to happen: battery life must improve and storage capacities must get larger. The SAGEM my700X, which has been creeping around the Web since earlier this year, is at least tackling one of these by using msystems’ MegaSIM. The slot/card can pack up to 1GB of secure, in-phone storage and can be accompanied by… Read More