• Korean Man Retaliates Poor Cell Service

    Disenchanted with his cellular service, a Korean man decided to take an interesting and unconventional approach to retribution. After trying unsuccessfully to get SK Telecom to fix his device he decided to drive over to SK offices. The problem is, when he got there, he just kept driving — right through the front of the building. Actually, that’s not entirely true. First he parked… Read More

  • RIP Kurt Vonnegut


    Sad news this evening. Literary icon Kurt Vonnegut has died due to head trauma resulting from a fall a few weeks ago. He was the author of 14 novels including Slaughter House 5, Breakfast of Champions and Cat’s Cradle. He was 84. Kurt Vonnegut, Novelist Who Caught the Imagination of His Age, Is Dead [NY Times] Read More

  • Box.net Releases Two-Way Storage Widget

    We wrote about Box.net a long time ago when we did a wrapup of online storage startups, and again in October 2006 when they raised a venture round from Draper Fisher Jurvetson. They’ve been keeping busy. Box.net now has 820,000 registered users and transfers 600,000 files per day. Today they launched a new widget product. It’s effectively a public folder that can be customized… Read More

  • $200+ Million For Fandango

    We’re triangulating information from a couple of sources who have information about the size of the Comcast/Fandango deal. It sounds like Comcast paid $200 million, or perhaps a bit more. We’re also hearing Fandango revenue is in the $50m/year range, split roughly evenly between ticket sales and advertising. This isn’t firm yet – our sources are in the same ballpark… Read More

  • Apple Tells Vloggers: "Fix Your Videos"

    Apple is giving vloggers a few hints on how to optimize their videos for iTunes so that a single format will look ok on both an iPod as well as the new Apple TV, which is probably connected to a large screen HDTV. An email went out today to content creators who already work with iTunes, pointing them to this spec page. In the email they also make a few specific recommendations: Encode at… Read More

  • Comcast To Buy Movie Site Fandango

    Update: We’re hearing the price was around $200 million. This afternoon Comcast announced that it will acquire movie site Fandango. The price isn’t being disclosed, but we’re working on it. Fandango generates revenue from the sale of movie tickets online, and via advertising on its site. February Comscore statistics puts Fandango at 3.8 million unique visitors generating… Read More

  • Sony's $20 Million Ad Campaign

    Sony has launched an new ad campaign for its electronics that is quite a good deal more transparent than its much criticized PS3 ads. I actually kind of like it and not just because I like to see grown men bathing in sinks (but honestly, who doesn’t?). Brian Lam over at the Gizzer has noted an interesting correlation between this ad and a spoof video by the Pogue about a Sony AV… Read More

  • Ultreo Super Toothbrush

    Ultreo has launched what it claims to be the first major technological innovation in electric toothbrushing since the release Sonicare 15 years ago. Using a combination of “waveguide technology and sonic bristle action” the Ultreo can remove hard-to-reach plaque that bristles alone tend to miss. Read More

  • Skype For Mac 2.6 with Mac-Exclusive Feature

    Skype for Mac 2.6 was released today and includes a number of “catch up” features previously available only for Windows Skype users. Among them are a chat type indicator (knowing when your contacts are writing messages), Skype Prime integration and automatic updates. But the coolest feature is Mac-only at this point, Call Transfer. When you are on a Skype call, you can transfer it… Read More

  • RhinoSkin Apple MacBook Hardcase: Likes, Dislikes, & the Wha?

    with free shipping and volume discounts should you need more than two. A typical soft-sided laptop case is not ideal for keeping your 13-inch MacBook free from dings and scratches in the great outdoors. The tough ABS plastic RhinoSkin used for the case’s body is, though. Plus, there’s cushy neoprene padding inside to prevent scratches and keep the notebook from shifting inside… Read More

  • SimpleTech 500GB External Hard Drive Hands On

    Good hard drives come in all shapes and sizes, from the practical, boxy models popular with IT folks to the fancy-pants portable units that artistes and poets use to store their highfalutin’ work. The SimpleTech 500GB is an amalgam of those two: small and unobtrusive enough to be ignored but with styling that screams “I take part in Critical Mass rides and might go to Burning Man… Read More

  • Official PlayStation Magazine UK Will Pack Blu-ray Discs in Upcoming Issues

    Readers of the UK’s Official PlayStation Magazine can now look forward to getting a shiny Blu-ray disc with every issue. From now on the Sony-blessed mag will include a Blu-ray disc that has first- and third-party demos and lots and lots of other multimedia “content,” possibly including the user-generated kind. I guess this is just another feather in the cap of PS3 supporters. Read More

  • Mio C220 In-Car GPS Receiver: Everyman Cheap

    Mio’s got a low cost, entry level GPS receiver with your name on it. It’s the C220 and has a 3.5-inch LCD and doles out turn-by-turn directions (in English, Spanish or French) thanks to its SiRFstarIII receiver. Supposedly this receiver is the best one out there, so, theoretically, you shouldn’t run into the same GPS problems that I did trying to get a signal in the canyons… Read More

  • Verizon Offering Unlimited Messaging Plan

    Those of you who avoid texting (I know quite a few of you) because Verizon beats you on the charges can stop shivering in fear. According to initial reports, come April 15th, Verizon customers will be able to add on a $20 plan for single lines that will give the user unlimited texts, pix messages, flix messages, and free VCAST. Those with family plans will be able to shell out $100 for an… Read More

  • The Top 7 Nintendo Mistakes

    When 2007 rolled around, we seemed to hear about the “woes” of Sony and Microsoft quite a bit while Nintendo sat back and enjoyed the spotlight with the Wii. GamesRadar has a fantastic piece on the Top 7 mistakes Nintendo has made. Now Nintendo gets to take a few hits and the first on the list at #7 is the Wii itself. The case brought up against the system is a good one and the… Read More

  • Picard's Solar Bag Charges Your Junk (So You Don't Have To?)

    German fashionistas Picard have a spring and summer bag that’s laden with solar panels to charge your many gadgets, be they laptops, DAPs or other fun and exciting things. Um, it’s black, may or may not match your dancin’ shoes and costs a whopping $670. Wouldn’t it be cheaper just to get a knockoff bag and keep your gadgets charged on your own? Go ahead, people… Read More

  • Jack In The Box – Because You Love To Pirate

    I would absolutely love one of these to keep my, ah, “home movie” collection on. Jack In The Box MZK-NAS02 is essentially a NAS with two SATA bays plus a dedicated Bit Torrent client built-in. Using a web-based interface, you can control the Bit Torrent and NAS functions easily, allowing you to pirate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any location in the world. Jack is capable of… Read More

  • Build Your Own Simon

    The team over at MAKE are always whipping up exciting new projects that most of us will never even dream of doing. But if you’ve got a soldering iron and a bit of free time (not to mention cash), you can be on your way to programming and building your first electronic game. MAKE’s new “Build Your Own Electronic Game Kit” comes with everything you need to re-create… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 3


    Day 2 has come and gone and only a few folks found the “IAmaSkypeNinja” secret subject line. Lucky reader Scott F. won yesterday’s prize. Will you win today’s? Here’s how to win: look for our secret subject line and email us at contest@crunchgear.com. The subject line is in CamelCase, with embedded capital letters, and it wasn’t “project… Read More

  • Lego's Solar-Powered Helicopter Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation

    Lego plans to teach kids about the importance of energy conservation (to help stop “global warming” I’m sure) with its solar-powered helicopter. There’s literally no information on the device, but we can make wild, haphazard guesses. It would be wonderful if the blades rotated when exposed to the mighty power of the sun, but that might not even be the case. here, so… Read More

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