• Wii-like Skateboard: Is The Term 'Sidewalk Surfer' Still Used?

    Somehow I just don’t see the Nintendo Wii-skateboard connection, but Black Market does. Unofficially, that is. This upcoming skateboard deck—I think that’s what you call them; my Tony Hawk days are long gone—looks a hell of a lot like the Wii remote control. It also doesn’t seem to have Nintendo’s blessing, which means we can expect a lawsuit in 4.2… Read More

  • Sony Walkman NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610

    Though Sony has ditched ATRAC and its music store, it doesn’t mean it’s going to stop putting out digital audio players. The ATRAC-less NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 are all about supporting AAC, WMA, MP3, AVC, and MP4 formats and support PlaysForSure audio. Both are supposed to get extremely good battery life around the 33 hour mark despite the 1.8-inch QVGA screen being lit up all… Read More

  • Sony Ditches Music Store, ATRAC Audio Format

    Over the past three to four years, I’ve always kept an eye on Sony’s MP3 Walkmen players. Though they look cool at times and have some features I’d enjoy (like FM Radio), the fact that they are not OS X-compatible and use the ATRAC file format is what kept myself and possibly you from purchasing one. So it looks like it only took about half a lifetime for Sony to wise up… Read More

  • HP Virtus Revealed, No Specs Yet

    HP hasn’t made anything in ages that’s tickled my fancy, but this new Virtus desktop might do the trick. Aside from the huge, ornate design on the front, it looks like it’ll have plenty of ports, a built-in card reader, lots of cooling, and probably speed to match. Unfortunately, the only information available at this time comes in the form of leaked photos. Sorry! Read More

  • Daewoo Unveils Its First Blu-ray Player

    During IFA, Daewoo, maker of all things cheap and imported, announced it would be dipping its feet into the waters of the Blu-ray market with its first player, the DBP-1000. Sleek blue looks aside, the player is slim and supports full BD-R specifications. It can access live content, output in 1080p via HDMI, upscale DVDs and photos to full-rez, and can playback DivX files. The DBP-1000 can… Read More

  • Mobile Phone Propaganda

    If you are interested in propaganda, you may already be following Propaganda III, a world art tour of the best poster propaganda art there is. The tour accepts entries from all over and doesn’t discriminate as to content. Some exhibits are anti-war, left bent or virally anti-Semitic. The artist can be fascists, communist, or somewhere in between. All entries are based on their merit… Read More

  • Family Guy Hits Xbox Live This Monday

    Who doesn’t love Family Guy? (Well, me, but that’s irrelevant right now.) Starting on Monday, users of Microsoft’s Xbox Live will be able to download episodes from the first two seasons of the schizophrenic cartoon. Notable for having been resurrected following impressive DVD sales, Family Guy represents something of a feather in Microsoft’s cap, as the show isn’t… Read More

  • Dorktastic Wedding Cakes


    Merciless Cake of the Gladiator The miracle of time known as Digg gives us yet another reason to laugh at our peers. This time, it’s wedding cakes that feature extremely geeky themes. From Homestar Runner to C++ code to THE FRICKIN’ ALLIANCE CREST from World of Warcraft, these cakes couldn’t possibly embarrass you any more than your wedding already did. Hit the jump for… Read More

  • Windows Vista SP1 Gets Officially Announced

    Microsoft recently made some postings over at the official Windows Vista Blog concerning Windows Vista Service Pack 1. A beta has now been announced and once SP1 Beta is completed, it will be released so that everyone who has a grudge against Vista can now have less of a grudge. Enough with that chatter though, you want to know what’s going to be included in the release… Read More

  • Samsung's New Printers From IFA


    Classy and elegant printing
    Because John prefers his corned beef sandwiches on rye and not just plan ol’ white bread, we’re not covering IFA as hardcore as other sites. But lucky for you, Giz has some sweet info on upcoming Samsung printers that use a radical new design. This piano black model is the ML1630, an 11-cm thick monochrome laser printer. It has buttonless sensors… Read More

  • Nikon Coolpix P5100 Stands Atop Company's Point-And-Shoot Lineup

    One week after the D3 first saw the light of day, Nikon now shows us the Coolpix P5100 (also with Expeed, natch), a point-and-shoot with some of the same features found on its entry level dSLRs. You’ll find 12.1 effective megapixels and an ISO speed up to 3200, which, for a point-and-shoot, is pretty damn good. As far as sharing some of the same features as Nikon’s entry level… Read More

  • Apple and Volkswagen Working On iCar


    Hell, why stop with a phone? According to rumors somebody’s second cousin made up, Volkswagen and Apple are apparently having secret talks about an iCar. The car will be so technologically advanced, that etc. etc….blah blah. You know the deal with these Apple rumors. Several tie-ins with Apple products…draw in the consumer…etc. Thankfully, we here at CrunchGear know… Read More

  • Check your Social Heart with Bluepulse

    Bluepulse, a social networking application that was started in Australia, has entered the U.S. market with the help of $6 million from VantagePoint Venture Partners. Bluepulse enables users to communicate and meet new people through one-to-one and broadcast messaging, profiles, picture and video sharing, chat and a wide range of mobile widgets. In its beta phase, it already has over 2… Read More

  • Gamers And Sports Fans Should Think Long And Hard Before Buying An HDTV


    Halo and football. What more could you want? I don’t know, maybe the New York Times‘ readers aren’t “hip” to technology. That would explain why the paper published an article that holds its readers’ hands, demystifying HDTV terms like “refresh rate” and “ghosting.” The crux of the article is that not all HDTV sets are created… Read More

  • Handmark Grabs I-play’s Mobile Games

    Handmark, a global distributor of mobile media has teamed up with I-play, a leader in mobile entertainment. Handmark now has the rights to distribute many of I-play’s most successful game titles worldwide for BlackBerry devices, through Handmark’s global distribution channels. Handmark will handle distribution of such popular titles as The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo, which has… Read More

  • Sony Walkman NWZ-A810, NWZ-S610: No Gimmicks, Just Good Players

    I was so tempted to use “Nano Killer?” in the headline, but A) I hate that sh*t and 2) realistically Apple is the only one capable of killing the iPod in any of its incarnations. That said, awhile back I got a chance to play around with preproduction models of the NWZ-A810 (after the jump) and NWZ-S610 (right) and they are pretty solid competition against offerings from Apple… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Early Flight Edition

    Roxio Releases Popcorn 3 For OS X
    Chicago No Longer Getting Citywide WiFi Network
    TechTravels: Virgin America
    DHL Is Decadent and Depraved
    Nokia: Go Play Recap Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Enterprise Group Chat Company Parlano

    Microsoft has announced that it has agreed to acquire Chicago-based Parlano, the maker of the enterprise group chat platform MindAlign. Microsoft said that it would use Parlano’s group chat functionality to improve Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Office Communicator. Parlano’s platform provides group chat technology “that enables people to carry on… Read More

  • If A Car Launches In Second Life, Will Anyone Notice It?

    Scion, a division of Toyota that sells “trendy” cars targeted at Gen Y in the United States, was one of the earliest companies touting its wares in Second Life. In 2006, Scion became the first car maker with a Second Life presence, offering residents customizable versions of the Scion xB. Fast forward nearly 12 months and many of the great and much hyped corporate outposts in… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

      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. Read More

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