• Dorktastic Wedding Cakes

    Merciless Cake of the Gladiator The miracle of time known as Digg gives us yet another reason to laugh at our peers. This time, it’s wedding cakes that feature extremely geeky themes. From Homestar Runner to C++ code to THE FRICKIN’ ALLIANCE CREST from World of Warcraft, these cakes couldn’t possibly embarrass you any more than your wedding already did. Hit the jump for… Read More

  • Windows Vista SP1 Gets Officially Announced

    Microsoft recently made some postings over at the official Windows Vista Blog concerning Windows Vista Service Pack 1. A beta has now been announced and once SP1 Beta is completed, it will be released so that everyone who has a grudge against Vista can now have less of a grudge. Enough with that chatter though, you want to know what’s going to be included in the release… Read More

  • Samsung's New Printers From IFA

    Classy and elegant printing
    Because John prefers his corned beef sandwiches on rye and not just plan ol’ white bread, we’re not covering IFA as hardcore as other sites. But lucky for you, Giz has some sweet info on upcoming Samsung printers that use a radical new design. This piano black model is the ML1630, an 11-cm thick monochrome laser printer. It has buttonless sensors… Read More

  • Nikon Coolpix P5100 Stands Atop Company's Point-And-Shoot Lineup

    One week after the D3 first saw the light of day, Nikon now shows us the Coolpix P5100 (also with Expeed, natch), a point-and-shoot with some of the same features found on its entry level dSLRs. You’ll find 12.1 effective megapixels and an ISO speed up to 3200, which, for a point-and-shoot, is pretty damn good. As far as sharing some of the same features as Nikon’s entry level… Read More

  • Apple and Volkswagen Working On iCar

    Hell, why stop with a phone? According to rumors somebody’s second cousin made up, Volkswagen and Apple are apparently having secret talks about an iCar. The car will be so technologically advanced, that etc. etc….blah blah. You know the deal with these Apple rumors. Several tie-ins with Apple products…draw in the consumer…etc. Thankfully, we here at CrunchGear know… Read More

  • Check your Social Heart with Bluepulse

    Bluepulse, a social networking application that was started in Australia, has entered the U.S. market with the help of $6 million from VantagePoint Venture Partners. Bluepulse enables users to communicate and meet new people through one-to-one and broadcast messaging, profiles, picture and video sharing, chat and a wide range of mobile widgets. In its beta phase, it already has over 2… Read More

  • Gamers And Sports Fans Should Think Long And Hard Before Buying An HDTV

    Halo and football. What more could you want? I don’t know, maybe the New York Times‘ readers aren’t “hip” to technology. That would explain why the paper published an article that holds its readers’ hands, demystifying HDTV terms like “refresh rate” and “ghosting.” The crux of the article is that not all HDTV sets are created… Read More

  • Handmark Grabs I-play’s Mobile Games

    Handmark, a global distributor of mobile media has teamed up with I-play, a leader in mobile entertainment. Handmark now has the rights to distribute many of I-play’s most successful game titles worldwide for BlackBerry devices, through Handmark’s global distribution channels. Handmark will handle distribution of such popular titles as The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo, which has… Read More

  • Sony Walkman NWZ-A810, NWZ-S610: No Gimmicks, Just Good Players

    I was so tempted to use “Nano Killer?” in the headline, but A) I hate that sh*t and 2) realistically Apple is the only one capable of killing the iPod in any of its incarnations. That said, awhile back I got a chance to play around with preproduction models of the NWZ-A810 (after the jump) and NWZ-S610 (right) and they are pretty solid competition against offerings from Apple… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Early Flight Edition

    Roxio Releases Popcorn 3 For OS X
    Chicago No Longer Getting Citywide WiFi Network
    TechTravels: Virgin America
    DHL Is Decadent and Depraved
    Nokia: Go Play Recap Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Enterprise Group Chat Company Parlano

    Microsoft has announced that it has agreed to acquire Chicago-based Parlano, the maker of the enterprise group chat platform MindAlign. Microsoft said that it would use Parlano’s group chat functionality to improve Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Office Communicator. Parlano’s platform provides group chat technology “that enables people to carry on… Read More

  • If A Car Launches In Second Life, Will Anyone Notice It?

    Scion, a division of Toyota that sells “trendy” cars targeted at Gen Y in the United States, was one of the earliest companies touting its wares in Second Life. In 2006, Scion became the first car maker with a Second Life presence, offering residents customizable versions of the Scion xB. Fast forward nearly 12 months and many of the great and much hyped corporate outposts in… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

      Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Read More

  • Jaiku Adds Instant Messaging

    Microblogging platform Jaiku has added Jabber-based instant messaging capabilities to its service. The new feature will allow Jaiku users using Jaiku’s Web, iPhone, and Nokia Series 60 smart phone clients to communicate with users on Jabber-based IM networks including Google Talk. Functionality includes the ability to instantly add and read new posts, comments, channel messages, and… Read More

  • SayNow Lands $7.5 Million Series A

    SayNow, a service that enables “celebrities to connect to their audience over the phone” will announce $7.5 million Series A funding September 12, in a round led by Shasta Partners. Tugboat Ventures’ Dave Whorton, a SayNow advisor since early 2006, also participated in the round as did Costella Kirsch. Rob Coneybeer, MD of Shasta Ventures will join the SayNow board of… Read More

  • Crunchyroll Pushes the Envelope On Video Copyright

    Crunchyroll is a San Francisco based startup that is a sort of YouTube for anime and other mostly Asian video content. The three founders, who asked to remain anonymous, are all employees of HotOrNot and the company operates out of HotOrNot’s San Francisco offices (although HotOrNot has no financial interest in the company, according to the founders). The site launched in the summer of… Read More

  • The Aftermath, Nokia: Go Play After Party

    Well, Nokia sure knows how to throw a party. If you’re into Maroon 5 then you would have enjoyed the after party at the Ministry of Sound. I know I missed it earlier, but I try not to disappoint all of you. Hit the jump for pics of everything after hours including the BLACK 5700 XpressMusic. Read More

  • BrightSpot.tv: Another Twist On The Get Paid To Watch Advertising Model

    BrightSpot.tv offers a newish twist on the get paid to watch advertising model. The concept is nearly as old as the internet. Users must watch advertising in some form or another and then receive compensation for their time. BrightSpot.tv model involves users viewing video advertising, often with the occasional question thrown in to make sure that the user is actually watching the ad, then… Read More

  • Coming Soon: Hulu Branded Panty Hose. Oh, And they Lifted Their Mission Statement From Google

    Hulu finally announced its name today after a five month wait. Unfortunately, the name, which has some translation issues, may not have been researched properly before the final decision was made. Now a quick perusal of the company’s trademark application shows very aggressive and somewhat ridiculous merchandising plans. And the Hulu mission statement is eerily similar to… Read More

  • Honeywell Introduces Signal-Correcting HDMI Cables

    I never thought I’d be blogging about a cable, but here I am doing it, and it’s a doozy. Honeywell has introduced what I’m coining as a Smart-Cable, a standard HDMI cable with error-correcting built-in. That is so cool. The cable’s “brain” looks for corrupted HDCP and EDID data and fixes it on the fly, meaning your picture’s sharper and… Read More

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