• Patent Monkey: Mobile Social Networking Patent Sells for $2.6 Million

    At the Ocean Tomo live auction last week, US Patent 6618593 sold for $2.6 million to an anonymous buyer making it a record for the purchase of a patent in a live auction. Billed as a patent to bridge the online into the real world, the patent’s main claim covers the use of mobile location information in conjunction with online information. This is a broad application which provide a… Read More

  • HTC Advantage Video Unboxing Is Mindblowingly Amazing

    Look, I don’t know who Tracy and Matt are, but I’m sure they’re nice guys. They’re so nice, in fact, that they’ve shot a video of them unboxing the HTC Advantage. There’s some stunning analysis in this piece, too: “It has some stuff inside,” “there must be some stuff underneath here,” etc. Unboxing: just another one of… Read More

  • Grand Theft Auto 6 On Its Way!

    PLAY Magazine UK must have the ULTIMATE hook-up at Rockstar. The magazine has just revealed that popular GTA series will be getting its sixth installment very soon. Amazing that details have already leaked out considering GTA IV isn’t even yet out and is still highly anticipated. Rumor has it that the game will feature a recently-fired designer from a game mag. going on a… Read More

  • Samsung R55 HDD Laptop

    Those on the prowl for a new notebook may want to consider the R55 laptop from Samsung. Inside you’ll find an Intel Centrino Core Duo T2300E CPU, which aside from having one long-ass name contains 1.66GHz of power just for you! A decent 1GB of RAM is included, along with 100GB of storage, a dual-layer DVD burner that’ll handle most formats, and a sweet 15.4-inch WXGA Widescreen… Read More

  • Sony Says It May Allow Indie Developers For The PS3

    Taking a cue from Microsoft’s XNA Game Studios, Sony’s Phil Harrison recently said in an interview that Sony would be willing to open up the PS3 to independent developers. (Yes, we know, the Net Yaroze did this years ago, but nobody cared back then. Plus, the homebrew community today is able to produce software that’s better than what a lot of commercial entities come up… Read More

  • OpenDNS Adds Short-Cut Service

    DNS is boring, but OpenDNS has added a new Shortcut feature that lets you visit URLs without all that nasty typing. Shortcuts are short, multi-letter abbreviations for your favorite sites. Instead of typing “www.nytimes.com,” you can just type “NYT.” You can also create short-cuts for popular search sites (“g monkeys” to search Google for Monkeys, for… Read More

  • RIM Bringing BAS To Windows Mobile

    Holy Toledo! In a surprise move, RIM today announced that it will be bringing the Blackberry application suite to Windows Mobile 6.0. Basically, it means your T-Mobile Dash, HTC Libra, and Motorola Q won’t suck as much anymore. You’ll be able to run all your favorite Blackberry apps, including file browser, e-mail, and web browser – basically the whole Blackberry OS running… Read More

  • SmartShopper USA SS-101 Hands On

    For years, we have all dreamed of kitchen appliances we could talk to. “Stove, make me some chicken. Microwave, popcorn please.” But what about a tiny device that keeps the whole family on their toes by offering a central message pad and shopping list for the whole gang? The SmartShopper SS-101 helps you create a shopping list that’s completely error proof. In the simplest… Read More

  • Forget The Post Office Line! Pay Those Taxes With Your Cellie

    Before you get all excited about paying your taxes with your cellphone so you can get back to eating Cheese Doodles and watching World Series Poker, note that this is only happening in the Philippines currently. The country’s Internal Revenue Bureau has struck a deal with major telecom and banking groups that will allow personal income taxes to be paid via SMS. Unfortunately, this new… Read More

  • Napster Launches Over The Air Music Downloads For Cellphones in Japan

    Napster is rolling out its over-the-air (OTA) music service on Japan’s NTT Docomo. The service lets Napster To Go subscribers download music onto compatible cellphones (so far, the 904i series). All songs downloaded onto cellphones can then be transferred to compatible music players and PCs. Can iTunes do that? This is fun and all, and something many people wish the iPhone would be able… Read More

  • Clear Channel Testing Out Commercial Free FM Radio

    You might not need that XM subscription for much longer. Tyrannical media-corporation Clear Channel is testing out commercial free FM radio in Texas. The plan is that stations will no longer run commercials, but rather DJs will advertise companies and sponsors during radio shows, talk programs, and intermissions. Increasing competition from satellite radio and the iPod is causing big media… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Evening Entertainment Edition

    The Life Acquatic: Swimming with Sound
    Subtitling Glasses Put the Text Where It Belongs
    Plasma Lift: Hey Honey! What TV?
    Wine That Loves: No More Guessing What Wine Goes With What Food
    Fitness by Crunchgear 2007 Read More

  • Kyte Launches: More Rich Media Streaming Presence

    Keeping everyone aware of what you are up to every fleeting, uninteresting moment of your life is a hot area for startups right now. Newly launched Kyte seems to fall somewhere between Twitter and Ustream, two services that let users send a constant stream of data about themselves to interested friends (albeit in very different ways). Kyte is at its core a media player. Users create an account… Read More

  • WashingtonWatch Now A Wiki. This Should Be Good.

    WashingtonWatch, a site we wrote about last year, breaks down the costs behind proposed U.S. federal legislation and regulation, and then asks your direct feedback in the form of comments and a simple yes/no poll. I find it fascinating to see the average cost per family of some of the proposed legislation. The site previously solicited user feedback from straw polls and comments. They’ve… Read More

  • Fitness and the Power of the Internet


    I’ll be the first to admit that I spend more time online than is probably healthy. Although I try to compensate by working out frequently, it never seems to reach a state of equilibrium. I always sit around too much and exercise too little. But being online doesn’t have to be a completely unhealthy endeavor. There are currently many opportunities available to netizens who wish to… Read More

  • The Life Acquatic: Swimming with Sound

    Swimming is one of the best workouts one can get. Although running does burn calories a bit quicker, there is at least one distinct advantage to swimming: it produces virtually no impact. That makes it an appealing choice for those of us who don’t want to be crippled and arthritic by the time we’re middle-aged. As a techie, however, I’m faced with a slight dilemma whenever I… Read More

  • Amazon/Statsaholic Dispute Just Got A Lot More Complicated

    The Amazon/Statsaholic dispute went from a simple UDRP domain name dispute to a full blown lawsuit last week (pdf of lawsuit is here). Statsaholic, formerly called Alexaholic, offered Alexa traffic data graphs to users with a much better interface than Alexa did themselves. Despite the fact that Amazon complimented the service early on, they eventually moved to shut it down based on… Read More

  • M-Audio IE-10 In-Ear Headphones Hands On


    Musical hardware manufacturer M-Audio’s partnership with headphone maker Ultimate Ears has yielded what appears to be a more-expensive clone of UE’s super.fi headphone line. The entry-level M-Audio IE-10 is a carbon copy of the UE super.fi 3 Studio, which are formidable in-ear headphones. Direct competitors include Creative’s Zen Aurvana, Shure’s E2c, and… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: LCD + Solar Cell = Smart

    Cell phone battery life has been one of the top problems since its inception. Motorola was there at the beginning, and is at least exploring smart solutions. Motorola recently received a patent for combining an LCD screen and a solar cell on a wireless device. While the cost of such a concept makes the iPhone seem like a bargain, the concept of having a display that also can have a dual purpose… Read More

  • Middio: Music Video Search Engine For YouTube

    Middio is a new site, still in private beta, that’s indexing music videos from YouTube and tagging them properly with the artist and song name. The search interface is good; finding a music video for a given artist takes just a moment and there’s none of the non-relevant content you see with YouTube searches. Videos are also embedded in the Middio site. What Middio doesn’t… Read More

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