• Another 'Windows XP is better than Windows Vista' post

    I won’t bore you with all the details of a recent XP-vs-Vista benchmarking test except to say that it involved Office 2007 productivity tasks, XP with Service Pack 3 Beta, and Vista with Service Pack 1 Beta. XP whipped through the test in 35 seconds, while Vista took 80 seconds. Both tests were run on a Dell 2GHz Core 2 Duo with 1GB of RAM. I will tell you what Microsoft representatives… Read More

  • British Board says there's no link between violence and violent video games (right now)

    In defending Manunt 2 over in the UK, Rockstar presented research showing that there’s no causal link between violent video games and violent behavior. The British Board of Film Classification, the body preventing the game’s release there, agreed to a point: “The research certainly achieves the objective of establishing that research does not demonstrate that there is a… Read More

  • Verizon to Open Network Next Year

    CrunchGear reports: By the end of 2008, you’ll be able to BYO device to Verizon’s high speed wireless network, according to a press release issued today. Verizon “will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company.” This could be seen as a reaction to upcoming Android… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Opens Up Its Network. Who's Next?

    Update: Verizon may end up creating a two-tiered network instead of an open one. Read more here. In what is either a response to Google’s Android mobile operating system or an attempt to butter up the FCC for the upcoming 700 Mhz spectrum auctions or just a smart business move, Verizon Wireless is opening up its cellular network to any device or application that meets the… Read More

  • Report: Google to launch online storage service, raising privacy concerns

    Google is close to launching an online storage service, something that could be ready for public consumption in as soon as a few weeks. So says today’s WSJ, at least. The service, which doesn’t have a final name (though the very Windows-sounding “My Stuff” as well as “GDrive” were thrown around), would offer users the ability to store all their… Read More

  • Want To Punch A Presidential Hopeful In The Face?

    Mobile entertainment site Cellufun has launched “The Mobile Ring,” a free mobile phone boxing game that puts Presidential candidates in the ring. The idea isn’t completely new; boxing games featuring presidential candidates first surfaced in 2004, but the new game claims to take the genre to the next level by weighing the chance of success of each contender based on… Read More

  • Wireless Cutting into European Landlines

    A report by the EU statistical office Eurostat reported today that almost one in five EU households have gone fully wireless, cutting off landline subscriptions that dominated the telecommunications market for over one hundred years. In 2005, out of every 100 habitants, 95 had a mobile phone. In 1996 only 8 out of 100 could go mobile. New comers to the European Union tend to have more… Read More

  • Strong Cellphone Sales Predicted in Fourth Quarter

    Research firm Gartner announced today that this year’s fourth quarter will see an increase in cellphone sales worldwide. In the third quarter vendors combined to sell over 289 million handsets, with strong demand in Asia and Africa lifting sales 15% from a year ago. These numbers are predicted to continue, with holiday sales in Europe and North America helping to boost… Read More

  • British TV Rivals Team Up For Joint Online TV On-Demand Service

    British TV networks the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 will launch a new joint online TV on-demand service that will provide a one-stop shop of content from all channels. The new service, as yet unnamed will be launched in 2008 and will include free downloads, streaming, show rental and purchase via the internet, with possible future expansion onto other platforms. Shows available will include… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Colorblind Edition

    World’s strongest beer
    Staggering genius: the beer pager
    Asteroids crashing into XBLA this Wednesday
    LC HDTV for the colorblind among us
    Giant NES controller houses normal working NES Read More

  • Crunch Network


    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. CrunchGear Exclusive: OS X through the Ages! Linux is great too! Anton Yeah yeah, Digg is full of retards and those pinheads from the Freaks movie. We get it. Isn’t there real news?
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  • Screenshots And Details On Upcoming MySpace "News Feeds"

    A Reuters article earlier today gave a few details on MySpace’s upcoming “new feeds” product (which is what Facebook calls their similar product launched a year ago. We spoke to MySpace and got a much deeper look at the product, as well as screenshots of how it will look. The new product, to be called “Friends Updates,” will begin to roll out to users this… Read More

  • DRM-Free Classical Music: Deutsche Grammophon Launches Online MP3 Store

    Apparently Universal Music Group – which has been dipping its toes into DRM-free waters this year – is none too worried about music pirates getting into classical music. Deutsche Grammophon, a German classical music company founded in 1898 and owned by Universal, will be launching on Wednesday an online store for MP3s called DG Web Shop. The store will offer 24,000 albums and box… Read More

  • GDrive: The Platypus Awakes; Maybe

    Google’s long rumored but never delivered online storage product GDrive (code name Platypus) may finally be on its way, according to the Wall Street Journal. The continued no-show of the fabled Google online storage product was best parodied in an internal Google video that leaked in August, where a Google employee wrote of the service “I’ve been ready to launch my product… Read More

  • News snippets

    • On 3 December Second Chance Tuesday, the London networking event is holding its next shindig on gaming (such as massively multi-player online games, in-game advertising, virtual worlds etc). Gaming guru Alice Taylor will be leading the discussions with a panel of industry experts including Toby Rowland (CEO of King.com), Klass Kersting (CEO of gameforge.de) and Michel Cassius (COO Imagini). Read More

  • Breaking: Some third party vendors already have iPhone, iPod Touch SDKs!?

    Hot on the proverbial heels of the news that Apple will use digital signatures to ensure quality and security in the forthcoming iPhone and iPod Touch SDKs, we get word that Apple is leaking pre-release versions of the SDK to certain third party vendors far in advance of the official launch. Electronista gets credit for the scoop, though there’s no word on which companies this might be. Read More

  • World's strongest beer

    Thanksgiving is over and some may still be recovering from our annual day of gluttony in which the food was plenty and damn good, but, I ask, were the libations up to snuff? Yes, this has nothing to do with our usual meanderings of gadgetry, but we all enjoy a glass or two of some form of alcohol so I deem it fit for the ole Crunch. This here is the world’s strongest beer. In a recent… Read More

  • Guitar + Laptop = Badass casemod

    Your guitar is old and busted. Do you repaint it? Get a new guitar? Or figure out a way to cram your old laptop into it, making a guitar with an ever-changing face? If you’re a true nerd, you don’t even have to ask the question. This is considered a case mod, we guess, but we call it a guitar mod; since it’s still a usable guitar, and not so much a laptop, it’s a… Read More

  • Verizon positioning another CDMA/GSM gender bender

    Phone Scoop has it that Verizon is loading up another CDMA/GSM hybrid phone. The RIZR-esque Motorola has a CDMA radio for domestic, Verizon Wireless yakking, and an unlocked GSM side for international roaming. Go to Spain, get a local SIM, pop it in, you’re golden. If you’re local, you get EV-DO, and no matter what flavor of voice you like you get a 2-Megapixel cam and microSD. No… Read More

  • OLPC extends purchase program to the end of the year

    Whatever the reason — lackluster sales or a true "outpouring of support from the public," according to Nicholas Negroponte — the One Laptop Per Child project will be extending its Give One, Get One program until the end of the year. For $400, you can buy two OLPC machines. You get one, and a deserving child in a far away land gets one. I think it would make sense to just… Read More

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