• Verizon Wireless Partners with Firethorn to provide Mobile Banking Services

    Verizon Wireless announced today that it will partner up with Firethorn Holdings so that Verizon customers can use Firethorn’s mobile financial services application. Verizon customers will be able to view and interact with their accounts while on-the-go in a secure environment. Verizon senior vice president of consumer products Jim Straight said, “After carefully researching… Read More

  • Nokia’s N95 8GB Device Ships Today

    Nokia’s N95 series got a memory boost with today’s shipping of the N95 8GB, which is being touted as a handheld multimedia computer. The 8 GBs of memory allows the user to save 20 hours of video or up to 6000 songs. The handset includes a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, built-in A-GPS, WLAN, HSDPA and a two-way slide. The N95 8GB also has a luminous 2.8” (230 x… Read More

  • Hands on with the Samsung i550

    The Samsung i550 is the first GPS-enabled device from the Korean giant and it’s a great start. The quad band HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE S60 device features a 3.2-megapixel camera (AF w/ image & video editor), 150MB of internal memory, charging via microUSB, 2.6-inch screen, 128MB of RAM, dedicated hot keys, and a trackball ala Sidekick/BlackBerry. Something is going on with Google on this one… Read More

  • Hands on with the Samsung i450

    Remember when I said I had my eye on the i450? Yeah, well, my mind hasn’t changed one bit. See the red scroll-wheel dealie on the left side? It doesn’t move, rather, it’s a touch sensitive ridge. When you get where you want to go (if you wanted to see all the artists or albums), you simply press down in the center of the arc and it jumps to that particular screen. The OS… Read More

  • Hands on with the B&O, Samsung Serenata

    Here we have the lovechild of Samsung and Bang & Olufsen. It’s a quirky looking phone that most would think is upside down. We typically see scroll-wheels set at the bottom of the handset rather than the top. Sound quality on the Serenata is superb. It definitely improves on the Serene. The UI is all done from the scroll-wheel or on the touch screen, which is limited to firing up… Read More

  • Hands on with the Samsung Armani

    The Armani phone from Samsung was revealed weeks ago, but today we had a chance for some hands on and I’m very impressed. It’s small form factor, 3.44×2.14×0.41-inch, and touch screen UI are quite intuitive and easy to use. The 2.6-inch QVGA touch screen has haptic feedback for everything, but it shuts off when you’re dialing a number, which is something I found… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Home Entertainment Edition

    Mr. Clock Radio: Why not wake up next to an absolute creep?
    Myvu Universal Edition review
    Light-y punch-y bag-y deal-y concept-y
    Sky Spies: Advanced bugs invading politics?
    Glowing Mountain Dew
    Some posts write themselves: Tape Tape Dispenser 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. Will Facebook’s older users drive away all the young kids? Charlie Big modern dilemma: what to do when your parents try to add you as a friend. Read More

  • TokBox Gets Some NYTimes Love

    TokBox, a cool new startup we covered in August that lets you set up video chat on the fly with no software downloads at all, gets a nice writeup by Brad Stone in the New York Times this evening. Note the comments in our original post – it got rave reviews from readers, which is rare. Not a lot of new information in the article, except for the fact that Sequoia Capital has apparently put… Read More

  • Discovery Acquires How Stuff Works For $250 Million

    Discovery Networks have acquired How Stuff Works for $250 million. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Discovery plans to use the site “as the cornerstone of an effort to bring its vast library of video content to the Web.” Discovery previously acquired environmentally focused blog TreeHugger.com for $10 million in August. How Stuff Works is a long standing provider of… Read More

  • The Declining US Dollar: Winners And Losers

    Many within the United States might not have noticed the trend yet, but the rest of the world has: the US dollar is in serious decline. Americans have long made fun of their friends North of the border, but today the Canadian dollar buys $1.02 US dollars making it worth more than the Greenback. It wasn’t that long ago that the US Dollar was at parity with the Euro (December 02), but today… Read More

  • Introducing Digg-Like Voting To Celebrity Gossip Aficionados

    While Digg seems hard pressed to break out of its geek-infested niche, other sites are using Digg-like voting mechanisms to attack a much larger and much less tech savvy crowd: celebrity gossip aficionados. This evening the newest, Showhype, launches, joining a number of existing sites. More on each below: Lipstick: A Conde Naste site powered by Reddit, which Conde Naste acquired in late… Read More

  • Greetings from Seoul

    Hello from Seoul, South Korea. Well, I landed in Seoul’s Incheon airport last night and throughout this week I’ll be bringing you some exclusive Samsung news as well as everything else the motherland has to offer. Bet you didn’t know Samsung made cars. If you’re in or around Seoul then feel free to shoot me an e-mail, peterha at crunch gear dot com. Stay tuned for… Read More

  • Bubble Activity? Dot.mobi Names Sold For 6 Figures

    The latest Moniker domain auction was held last week, and along with the usual multi-million dollar domain buys that we’ve come to expect from these domain auctions (computer.com went for $2.2 million), another domain many people might not have heard of, let alone used saw six figure sales. Dot.mobi domains we released for sale in September 2006 and are aimed at providing mobile… Read More

  • Greenpeace: iPhone Not Good For The Environment

    International environmental group Greenpeace has launched an attack on Steve Jobs’ claims that Apple is a company with green credentials by releasing an analysis of the iPhone that finds toxic chemicals that have or are in the process of being eliminated by other mobile phone manufacturers. According to Greenpeace, the iPhone contains toxic brominated compounds (indicating the prescence… Read More

  • Will Facebook's older users drive away all the young kids?

    Now that old people have discovered Facebook, will The Kids still like it? An important question to be sure, especially now that companies like Microsoft are prepared to throw $lots Zuckerberg’s way for that hoard of information. What was once the exclusive domain of college kids poking each other back and forth has seen an uptick in… how shall I put this… old and… Read More

  • Woz goes D-List!

    Damn son! Who knew Woz was such a player? Girlfriend and celebrity Kathy Griffin took him to the opening of Diablo’s Cantina in Las Vegas on Saturday and showed off the goods. He looks pretty good in that all black ensemble! She Needs To Marry This One! [Perez Hilton] Read More

  • Top Blogs On Google Reader

    So Google recently made it fairly easy to determine the number of Google Reader subscribers around a particular blog. Gabe Rivera at Techmeme did a little work on excel and came up with an unofficial list of the top blogs and the number of subscribers each blog has on Google Reader. He sent the list around to people for comments – with his permission we’ve published it… Read More

  • Black Palm Centro on Sprint.com, red one coming soon

    Just a heads up that Palm’s new Centro phone is now available for purchase on Sprint’s website for $99 with a new contract, $399 without. The black version is the only one available for now, but the red version will be available on November 4th. Sprint.com via Brighthand Read More

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