• Two brave senators ask Customs to stop searching laptops willy nilly

    Did you know that it’s perfectly legal for U.S. customs agents to search your laptop, cellphone and other electronic doodad without your consent, and without any suspicion of wrongdoing? That hardly seems American, or even French, but it’s true. For the time being, that is, for two do-good senators have called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to knock it off with he… Read More

  • Six-person, round-table ping pong? If it ain’t broke…

    Just one man’s opinion, but I’ve never had any beef with traditional ping pong. If you, however, find yourself longing to play on, say, a round table with five other people (perhaps all wearing mesh jerseys), then this modular ping pong table is for you. Read More

  • Yahoo ReOrg Is Official

    Yahoo has announced its anticipated reorganization. As expected executives Hilary Schneider and Ash Patel are consolidating power under president Sue Decker. All product development will come under the responsibility of Patel, a Yahoo veteran and Yang loyalist. Schneider will take over all the advertising sales teams across the company. A third “Insights Strategy” team has… Read More

  • LG Dare available today from Verizon Wireless

    Available today online and in stores on July 3 is the LG Dare. The latest device from LG has a 3-inch touchscreen with handwriting recognition, a 3.2-megapixel camera with face detection and LED flash. To be honest, those seem to be the major highlights for this device. Full specs after the jump. Oh, it’s priced at $199 after a $50 MIR and two-year contract. Read More

  • Peace on Earth: ConnectU, Facebook suit settled; Facebook isn't worth $15B

    Flickr’d Oh man, the Last Man Standing match, the nail-biting drama that is the ConnectU v. Facebook showdown is over, and Facebook won! Let freedom ring! Right. Well, the highly publicized legal brouhaha between ConnectU and Facebook—the former accused the later of ripping it off (hoo hoo, Robin!)—should be done and done. A Federal judge in California yesterday enforced… Read More

  • Google Gets Its CFO. He Gets His Payday.

    After looking for a nearly a year, Google has finally found a new chief financial officer to replace outgoing CFO George Reyes. So who’s job will it be to count all of Google’s cash? The lucky winner of what must have been one of the most intense executive searches of the year is Patrick Pichette, the president of operations at Bell Canada. Google went with a relative unknown… Read More

  • Video: Leaked footage of Gears of War 2

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1032514%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf There are very few things that I’m looking forward to this year in regards to gadgets, games and gear. Read More

  • Japanese researchers develop a 42GB super DVD

    A research team from the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials of prestigious Tohoku University in Northern Japan announced [JP, PDF] it has found a way to multiply the amount of data that can be stored on a DVD or CD by a factor of 9. It is claimed the result was achieved by shaping the pits on a DVD’s surface, which are usually flat, like “V”s. Read More

  • Carbon fiber used in wings of new Airbus A400M

    Owners of super-light laptops can appreciate the miracle of carbon fiber, a strong but light material being used more and more in high-end notebooks. Airbus is now using the same carbon fiber material in the wings of its new A400M military aircraft. The reduced weight of the wings “cuts the fuel consumption by at least 20%," said Dave Phipps, head of the Airbus carbon fiber… Read More

  • ‘Image Fulgurator’ ruins photos with hilarious results

    Skip ahead to about the two minute mark in the above video to see an example of what the Image Fulgurator actually does. It’s basically a device that projects your favorite messages onto various surfaces when it detects flashes from nearby cameras. No tourist would be safe from your hilarious “Down with Pants!” message splashed across all their photos from the Basilica di… Read More

  • On July 7 the Motorola Rokr E8 music phone could be yours

    The cellphone companies (other than Apple; it’s perfect in every way imaginable) are still trying their hardest to make a decent MP3-playing cellphone. T-Mobile latest attempt is the Motorola Rokr E8, which will be available on July 7, the same date that Real Madrid want to announce the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo. The phone, which debuted at January’s CES, appears to be more… Read More

  • Aniboom Believed to Raise $10 Million from DFJ

    Update 6/27/08: The round is now confirmed. Additional investors include DFJ Tamir Fishman Ventures and Evergreen Venture Partners Israeli-based animation site aniBoom is about to announce a $10 million B round, a source tells us. We believe the round was led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, although the company won’t confirm this. An announcement is expected on Monday. The company… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Two free tacos after gassing up your rig

    Something about this deal just sounds kind of “off” to me. Today, for one day only, you can get two free tacos at Jack in the Box if you bring in a gas receipt. So go pump some gas and get that petroleum stink all over your hands before you dig into two hot, beefy summertime tacos from the same restaurant where I gained thirty pounds in one month during college. via dealnews Read More

  • iPhone 2.0 will have secure erase function

    If you sell/give away your iPhone, all of your personal data is still stored in unallocated areas of the built-in memory. This means an intrepid hacker could, in theory, read your Wesley Crusher fan-fic. Not to worry, however, because 2.0 will have a secure wipe feature that will take “about an hour (!!)” to completely clear off your sexy iPhone. Read More

  • Nearly half of all Chinese embrace Mobile Phones

    China, the world’s most populous country, is a nation of 1.3 billion. Nearly half, 592 million, use mobile phones according to Ministry of Information Industry figures. As mobile subscriptions have risen, land-line use has dropped. Mobile subscriptions in China are up 9% over last year’s numbers. According to the Xinhua news agency, the main factor behind growth was a trend for… Read More

  • Sweater Friends Episode 8: Round begins, BOOM

    I love Doug’s nipples. Tune on tomorrow at 1pm eastern to chat live with the CG team. Read More

  • Call of Duty: World at War coming from Glu Mobile

    The mobile game publishing company Glu will extend its exclusive, worldwide partnership with Activision to bring Call of Duty: World at War to mobile platforms. It shouldn’t be long before thumb thumpers around the globe enlist to fight Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. “We’re excited to extend our partnership with Activision and bring Call of Duty: World at War to mobile… Read More

  • MySpace Opens Up The Data Pipe With Full Launch Of Data Availability

    MySpace was the first of the Big Three to announce tools for third party sites to integrate MySpace user data into their services (called, collectively, Data Availability). A day later Facebook announced Facebook Connect, then came Google Friend Connect three days after that. Today MySpace is fully launching Data Availability (look for it this afternoon at developer.myspace.com), and any… Read More

  • Moto ROKR M8 comes to T-Mobile

    The cellphone companies (other than Apple; it’s perfect in every way imaginable) are still trying their hardest to make a decent MP3-playing cellphone. T-Mobile latest attempt is the Motorola Rokr E8, which will be available on July 7, the same date that Real Madrid want to announce the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo. The phone, which debuted at January’s CES, appears to be more… Read More

  • Jerry's Back! And So Is Microsoft

    Last week Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang literally dropped off the grid for a couple of days, leaving his top execs (other than, presumably, President Sue Decker) in the dark. As I wrote on Saturday, no one could locate Yang, and, given the sheer number of high level departures and looming reorganization, those remaining in their jobs were basically freaking out. As the weekend progressed it seemed… Read More

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