• Trading PS3s for Wiis: What All the Kids are Doing

    Trading PS3s for Wiis: What All the Kids are Doing

    As of last Friday, PS3 owners are trading their consoles for Wiis at a considerable loss. Gigagamerz found that 48 traders were offering up their PS3s in San Francisco alone offering to trade plus the cash difference or offer to trade outright at a considerable loss. One reasonable explanation could be that these traders simply bought multiple consoles and are now trying to get a Wii using… Read More

  • Why iPods Sell for $250, No Matter What

    Why iPods Sell for $250, No Matter What

    Even while everything else falls in price — TVs, DVD players, etc — why is it that a few specific items always stay hover around one price point? Slate disects the concept of Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) which is what companies like Apple use to prevent stores from undercutting each other — and their own retail stores. Use of MAP in some form is fairly common in the… Read More

  • Vista Developers Sing Holiday Song About Vista Shipping, Being Full of Holes

    Vista Developers Sing Holiday Song About Vista Shipping, Being Full of Holes

    We all do what we must to get through the night. Vista programmers write little songs about their product. Special Holiday Episode IV: Don Box and Chris Anderson [MSDN] Read More

  • Rumored Apple Cinema Display: HDMI, iSight (??)

    Rumored Apple Cinema Display: HDMI, iSight (??)


    The Apple Cinema displays haven’t been updated since 2004, leading Apple wonks to believe that the company will upgrade their monitor line with iSight cameras, HDMI for protected content playback and some sort of Front Row integration with a remote. Will any of this happen? Who knows. Steve wouldn’t return our calls and the cookie basket we sent him was returned with a spattering… Read More

  • Vista Already Has Flaws Including "Inability to Commit" and "Refusal to Put Down Toilet Seat"

    Vista Already Has Flaws Including "Inability to Commit" and "Refusal to Put Down Toilet Seat"

    A Russian hacker and a California-based security team, Determina, have already found a user privilege enhancing hack as well as a number of IE 7 problems in the current version of Vista. The flaw allows users to increase security levels on any account and run code as an administrator. “I don’t think people should become complacent,” said Nand Mulchandani, a vice president… Read More

  • The Most Beautiful Women Bloggers in the Whole Wide World Ever

    The Most Beautiful Women Bloggers in the Whole Wide World Ever

    While Vince may be a runner up in the beautiful blogger contest, we here at Crunchgear know that members of the fairer sex are usually much more attractive than a 5-foot-3 Faulkner-esque man-child in a Quix t-shirt. Sure, this is a horrible example of digg-baiting and writer Amit Agarwal should be ashamed of himself, but it’s not every day you get to see all the hotties of blogging on… Read More

  • What Did You Get for Christmas?

    What Did You Get for Christmas?

    Now that things have settled down a bit, let us know what you got from Sandy Claus. I didn’t get much — I picked up a Mac Pro and a new Longines watch a little earlier this month — but I did get new pajamas from the lady wife. I’ll take some pictures. Mmmm… man ham in sweatpants! Otherwise I’m here in Warsaw with the wife’s fam and enjoying… Read More

  • Why Yahoo's Panama Project Is Important

    Why Yahoo's Panama Project Is Important

    Business week has a long article about Yahoo’s Panama project and why it may not have the positive financial impact the company is hoping for. Yahoo’s goal for Panama is to make their pay-per-click advertising program more efficient at extracting dollars from advertisers. The details aren’t important, but the basic idea is that the highest bid on a keyword doesn’t… Read More

  • Something Funny is Going On At Pageflakes

    There’s an odd story developing that involves Pageflakes, a customizable Ajax home page product, and FeedBurner. BoingBoing was first to report this after noticing that their RSS feed count went up substantially from Pageflakes. Over 2 million RSS readers were counted from that service alone. It appears that someone may have set up some sort of bot to create Pageflakes pages with… Read More

  • The Wikisearch Screenshot Isn't Wikiasari, So What Is It?

    The Wikisearch Screenshot Isn't Wikiasari, So What Is It?

    A couple of days ago I posted a screenshot of what I believed to be an early version of the new Wikiasari search engine that Jimmy Wales has been talking about. Our source was good, and I went with it. But Wales is saying that the screenshot has nothing to do with the project, in a comment to that post and also on the Wikiasari page on Wikia (since taken down, but screenshot is here). The… Read More

  • In Search of the Valley

    In Search of the Valley is a documentary about Silicon Valley that was released last month, and I highly recommend anyone interested in valley culture get a copy. It tracks three Brits (Steve O’Hear, Fleeta Siegel and Selwyn George) on their visit to Silicon Valley in September 2004, where they visited historical startup sites and interviewed a ton of people (Steve Wozniak, John Warnock… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Christmas Sonnet

    CrunchGear Week in Review: Christmas Sonnet

    Game Systems, By Hook or By Crook
    Philipp Goedicke Want games that unused gift cards [1] cannot buy?
    Since lotteries don’t work [2], give this a try:
    This week impressed us with an old-school heist [3].
    So go to Flippid [4] for a spy device [5],
    A tiny camera [6], a cell-phone-scope [7],
    A Gerber knife [8] in case you lose all hope.
    A solar charger [9] might do you a favor.
    For longer… Read More

  • Marketing Posing as Video Games: A Look Back

    Marketing Posing as Video Games: A Look Back

    The news that the mega-cheap Burger King-sponsored 360 games just matched the sales mega-seller Gears of War brought up memories of marketing-disguised-as-games of years past. In this special X-Mas story, we’ll take a look at a pair of my favorite ghosts of agenda-filled games for ye olde NES, so you can get searching on eBay now. Click the jump to see them… Read More

  • Ways PR Agents Piss Off Journalists, and a Few Companies That Do It Right

    Ways PR Agents Piss Off Journalists, and a Few Companies That Do It Right


    In a perfect world, the best products would get lots of press coverage, and the crappy ones would be lucky to find a spot in Sky Mall. Unfortunately, the product placement dance is a bit more complex than that, and companies hire PR staff for a reason. I’ve been in the tech writing business for years, and have booked or placed products in magazines, on network TV, blogs, and dozens… Read More

  • Clocky The Rolling Alarm Clock Throws Tantrums To Get What It Wants

    Clocky The Rolling Alarm Clock Throws Tantrums To Get What It Wants


    As if all the screaming kids at every store with some sort of retail product this holiday season weren’t enough, Clocky the rolling alarm clock (wasn’t that the name of a Capt. Beefheart album?) gives you one chance… ONE CHANCE… to get out of bed. Fail, and it literally zips across the room to some Cheney-esque undisclosed location and squeals until you get up and find it. Read More

  • Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas!

    I hope you’re all having a great Christmas morning and I hope you got all the stuff you asked Santa for. After an all-day cleaning binge yesterday, I think my place is finally ready to accommodate the throngs of guests I’ll have later. What did you all get? Comment with details! Anyway, I won’t ramble. Merry Christmas and all that fun stuff. Read More

  • A Year Later: The Companies I Wanted To Profile (but didn't exist)

    It’s Christmas today, and there is very little actual startup or technology news happening. So I took a look back at a post I wrote a year ago titled “Companies I’d like to Profile (but don’t exist)” to see how many of the ideas turned into actual startups or products. It turns out many of them are now out there in the world, standing the test of users. Others, not… Read More

  • Reader Response: Holiday SPECTACULAR

    Reader Response: Holiday SPECTACULAR


    Oh sleepy day. I’ve been cleaning my house half-awake, listening to downtempo. I hope you all are more prepared for the holiday onslaught than myself. So before everything hits, I wanted to take advantage of the Christmas Eve lull to formally announce the next installment of Reader Response, our Holiday SPECTACULAR edition. We’ve got a lot of good stuff for you all this week. Read More

  • ComicVine, A Place For Superheroes

    ComicVine, A Place For Superheroes

    If StyleDiary ain’t your thing, my guess is ComicVine could be right up your alley. The site is from the same CNET veterans that created the car social network, Boompa, which we profiled back in June. ComicVine has a very similar interface as the very well designed Boompa. ComicVine is user generated, wiki-like content. Every superhero has his or her own page, with basic bio information… Read More

  • Wikia To Launch Search Engine: Exclusive Screenshot

    Wikia To Launch Search Engine: Exclusive Screenshot

    Update 12/25/06: Jimmy Wales says this isn’t a Wikiasari screen shot. So what is it? The Times reported earlier today that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is planning to launch a new search engine next year, to be called Wikiasari. He’s clearly aiming for Google. He says: “Google is very good at many types of search, but in many instances it produces nothing but spam and… Read More