• T-Mobile: for you my friend, a special deal: no-contract iPhone $1,500

    Well, boppers, you can now get your iPhone fix (in the old country, at least) without signing up for that stifling 24-month contract. Of course, it took Vodafone suing them to make it happen, and then there’s the catch: they’re selling it for 999 Euros, or about 1,500 of our Yankee “dollars.” You’ll be able to use other SIM cards, but T-Mobile warns that not all… Read More

  • ProductWiki's Formula For Unbiased Reviews

    Can product reviews be done in a wiki? And can they be done better than the regular way of each reviewer having his or her own say? One of the entrepreneurs I spoke with at our Boston MeetUp, Omar Ismail, thinks they can. He is a founder of ProductWiki, based in Waterloo, Ontario. The idea behind ProductWiki is to create collaborative product reviews that boil all the judgments about a… Read More

  • Olympus reveals 360-degree HD Camera

    Sure, they’ve been shooting panoramas since the days of sepia-tone, but it’s never been so easy, and it’s never been so def. Hi-def, that is. This new Olympus gadget shoots full circle within a vertical plane of 50°. The company explains that by optimizing the axisymmetric free-form-surface lens, which apparently is the cylindrical lens element, they were able to achieve… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Noise canceling headphones, $15 shipped

    Buy.com started offering its holiday savings early and one of the good deals is this pair of RCA HPNC250 noise canceling headphones. They carry a list price of $59.99 but you can get them for $14.99 with free shipping. If you’re a first-time Google Checkout user, you can get another $10 off. It’s quite possible that these aren’t the greatest headphones in the history of… Read More

  • ThirstyLight! Tells you when to wet your wysteria's whistle

    I’m not sure why you wouldn’t just use your built-in all-purpose moisture indicator (tongue) to tell whether your plant’s soil is dry, but this thing is cool anyway. It tests for wetness each second and blinks as your dirt dries out. They’re battery powered, and supposedly will last a year before you have to get a new power source. Ah, imagine a nighttime scene, just… Read More

  • This post has nothing to do with Leopard, Kindle, iPhone or anything

    We will not be writing a post on Facebook dropping the word “is” from its status messages. It’s just silly. Facebook drops the word “is” from the status message; tech blogs go bonkers [tech.blorge.com] Read More

  • Get Cash For All Your Electronic Junk At BuyMyTronics

    We’ve previously covered BuyMyBrokenIpod here and on CrunchGear. They paid reasonable amounts of cash for working or broken iPods, no questions asked. In our post, we checked their prices to eBay’s and they compared favorably, without the hassle of going through the auction process. Today the site has changed its name to BuyMyTronics, and they’ve increased the range of… Read More

  • Leopard upgrade freezing some portables' keyboards

    If your Intel-based Apple portable is having keyboard problems after the Leopard upgrade, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re alongside legions of other users. The bug comes and goes intermittently, causing the keyboard to freeze for a random amount of time. Usually a restart will solve it, but often an extra and PITA step of a PRAM reset is needed. The latest software update… Read More

  • Old school PlayStation shoes on eBay

    Well look at these humdingers. They’re up for auction on eBay right now with a current bid of $1000 and there’s still three and a half days to go. They come with some pretty loud purple laces that you can’t see in this photograph, but why not just click on through and see what all the hubbub’s about? Man, these are size 13. I wear size 13. Should I buy them? I… Read More

  • Why the Sidekick Slide is dying

    I’ve had one issue with my Slide shutting down and now we know what the problem is with the random power cycling. I’m glad Motorola has found the problem and is working to resolve it, but I think my days with the Sidekick are coming to an end. UPDATED T-Mobile USA Statement on Sidekick Slide Motorola has determined that the intermittent power cycling on some T-Mobile Sidekick… Read More

  • DRM hurts retailers sez nice British lady

    Kim Bayley, director-general of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), is warning that DRM is “stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Wait a sec, Kim. Say that again. “DRM is stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Come on over here. Give us a little kiss. Amen, sister. Basically she’s saying what we’re… Read More

  • Daddy, what is a BSOD?

    Hello, children. Sit down please. There are three of you who didn’t get permission slips signed so you will have quiet study in the cafeteria. We’ll split you up into boys and girls and the boys will go in with Father Trenor and we’ll stay here, ladies. OK. Thank you. You’re all in junior high now and old enough to be asking a number of questions. This is a time when we… Read More

  • UpNext: Wicked 3D Maps of NYC on Facebook

    When it comes to online maps, there is a gap between the 2-D maps and pictures you see on Google Maps, Live Maps, and Yahoo Maps, and the more fully-immersive, fly-through experiences of Google Earth and Virtual Earth. A small four-person startup in New York City called UpNext is trying to bridge that gap, by bringing extremely detailed, 3-D maps to the browser. UpNext only maps Manhattan… Read More

  • Cabela's 'Monster Bass' now available for PS2

    As the only CrunchGear writer born and raised in Minnesota, I’m pretty sure I got assigned to write this under the assumption that I enjoy bass fishing. Well, I don’t. I don’t really enjoy any type of fishing. I find the smell, the hand-slicing gills, and the lack of reliable internet access or power sources on the open water to be somewhat of an annoyance. Plenty of people… Read More

  • LG Voyager review

    As you may recall, I was a bit harsh on the Voyager a while back and I really hate when I have to take things I say back. The Voyager has come a long way since the VX9800 and improves over the enV thanks to the touchscreen. I could go on and bash the Verizon UI, but I’m tired, have no idea what time zone I’m in and it’s just not worth it. Is the Voyager a good phone? Yes. Is… Read More

  • The random endorsement: e-books (and anyone who disagrees is an imbecile)

    This endorsement is by no means random. It is a direct challenge to one of the many well thought out theses put forward by Peter Ha in his terrific Kindle review: I’ll be the first to admit that e-books suck. They’re great in theory, but they’ll never catch on. There’s nothing that screams dork more than an e-book. I, like many others, enjoy the real thing. Read More

  • Iraq war veteran catches Wii-fe touching Wii-Wiis with another man… through the Wii!

    An Iraq war veteran came home in April 2007 and suspect his wife of cheating on him with another guy. A few months later, he ran through the collection of Miis on the Wii and found an odd — and familiar — face. It turns out wifey and the other guy played Mii bowling on multiple occasions and by tracking play time on the Wii calendar was able to see when they were playing together. Read More

  • Ladybug bots clean Japanese toilets, induce stage fright

    That’s…um…adorable? You might see one of these the next time you’re at a Japanese highway rest stop. The Lady Bird "is equipped with water tanks, brushes and other tools needed for heavy-duty scrubbing. Obstacle detection sensors allow the robot to safely perform its duties without running into people." It’s also got a built-in microphone and speech… Read More

  • Will social networking be hit by the identity crisis?

    As I write this, daytime TV chat shows normally given over to house decorating and the latest reality TV gossip are literally up in arms about how two computer disks containing the identity details of 25 million people in the UK – many of them children – could go missing in the postal system. Suddenly the issue of identity and personal information is at the forefront of… Read More

  • A Plea for Help and Turkey Day Wishes


    So I ran a marathon last year. Hurt my foot, got a blood blister under my big toe, and generally tuned into Orson Welles thanks to carbo-loading “problems” aka IMMA GONNA EAT EVERYTHING NOM NOM NOM! So now I’m going to do it again, I’m going to try to do it a bit more sanely, and I need your help to raise $2,600 for Team In Training, the organization I’m… Read More

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