• Vonage May Skirt Patent Horrors

    Another day, another Vonage store. It seems that there are some workarounds that Vonage is planning on using to let users call landlines over VoIP. For those not in the know, Verizon has been hounding Vonage for infringing on a number of patents dealing with VoIP call transfers. The updates/improvements should be software based and sufficiently obtuse enough to ensure that judges become… Read More

  • Intellectual Property Day: MySpace Anti-Piracy, DRM Name Change, Apple C&D

    Lots of Intellectual Property-related news today: MySpace has announced their implementation of copy protection, aptly named “Take Down and Stay Down”, that promises to knock out user generated piracy like a prize fighter. Now identified copyrighted audio and video content will be taken from the site, fingerprinted, and blocked from reposting. The service will also feature a tool… Read More

  • Reverse Paper Shredder Reveals Your Corporate Secrets

    Paranoid types are going to have to start burning their documents if this thing catches on. Researchers in Germany have developed a software program to undo paper shredding. The project was undertaken to reassemble about 45 million shredded pages of police documents torn to some 600 million scraps 18 years ago. As Bertram Nickolay of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and… Read More

  • Garmin's 530HCx and 520HCx Two-Way Radios

    Garmin’s built up a lot of good will with its walkie-talkies over the years, and today sees the launch of two more, the Rino 520HCx and 530HCx (that-a-one). Like past Garmin goodies (oh look, alliteration), these two have built-in GPS and enough maps to prevent you and your tribe from spending 40 years wandering around in the desert. Compared to previous models, these two have faster… Read More

  • But Sleep Won't Come the Whole Night Through/Your GPS Will Tell On You

    It’s about time that movie GPS technology has finally hit the mainstream. This odd little device uses 2 AAA batteries and captures GPS tracking data for up to 8 weeks on one charge. The device is great for catching cheating spouses, kids who say they’re going to the library when they’re really going to the malt shop, and Will Smith when government agents steal his identity. Read More

  • G5 Coolant Leak Destroys Mac

    Over on the Mactalk forums, user macdave posted a picture of his G5’s coolant leak. The results are not pretty. His logicboard, power supply, coolant system, and processors were all destroyed and now he is sans a G5 tower. He warns that any of the G5 towers that used liquid cooling could be at risk 18 to 24 months after purchase. Affected models include the G5 2.5GHz Dual CPU, G5 2.7GHz… Read More

  • Recreate the Frozen Han Solo With Chocolate

    It’s what you’ve been waiting for ever since you saw Han Solo frozen in carbonite: a step-by-step procedure on how to make you very own chocolate bar mold of him. You’ll need an action figure of Han Solo, cooking chocolate, and the ability to decipher the clear as mud directions. This, perhaps more than anything else I’ve seen lately, is an example of why sound grammar… Read More

  • Apple Market Share Increases

    In the past, Apple has never been a big-enough player to top market share lists. But the past few years for the fruit straight outta Cupertino have been good ones. So good, that this year Apple got onto NDP’s top manufacturers list. Since Dell and manufacturers who sell direct aren’t included, the list is a bit off, but don’t let that spoil your excitement. Read More

  • Electronic Cigarettes: All the Nicotine You Can Handle, None of the Cancer

    I’m no smoker because my parents raised me right, but there are millions of you out there who love your Lucky Strikes. Too bad that, you know, they cause cancer and everything. Realizing this, a Chinese company has developed electronic cigarettes, which fully replicate the act of smoking, complete with a physical cigarette, vapor and the satisfying, um, smoking part. Users of the eCig… Read More

  • The AudioFile (Mothers Day Edition): Help Mom Rock Out


    This Sunday is Mothers Day. (Sorry if I just made you snarf your coffee.) As usual, I’ve left it till the last minute to get my mom something. And naturally, now that she finally understands what it is I do, she’s slowly getting more interested in portable audio. So I think this is the year I splurge and get her some solid, simple, affordable audio gear, but I’ve got to do… Read More

  • HeadRoom Desktop Balanced Amp Review


    Hardcore audiophiles are generally immune to sticker shock for high-end audio gear like $50,000 speaker-based rigs. But now you can get the same level of sound for a lot less if you build a sound system around headphones. The Desktop Balanced Amp is the flagship model in HeadRoom’s compact Desktop line. It ain’t cheap, but it gives you truly face-melting sound when paired with a… Read More

  • The Wii Is Really Just A GameCube 1.5

    We all know the Nintendo Wii is the least-powerful next-gen console, but Microsoft’s Robbie Bach won’t have any of that. He’s hellbent on tearing the Wii up and claims that the Wii itself is just a glorified GameCube. Says Bach: “…the video graphics on it aren’t very strong; the box itself is kind of underpowered; it doesn’t play DVDs; there are a lot… Read More

  • WSJ Reporters Complain About Speaker Buzz Caused By Cellphones, World Listens

    BZZZZZZ. That’s the sound that speakers spit out whenever a cellphone or smartphone is about to ring, receive a text message or, for you BlackBerry users, receive an e-mail. And the noise is annoying people, let me tell you. The soon to be Murdoch-owned WSJ looks at the problem in-depth, getting the opinion of every Tom, Dick and Harry. Many people say they’re embarrassed to hear… Read More

  • AllTell Launches JumpMusic to Transfer Music to Phones

    Jump Music is a piece of software designed by super-ninja design house frog design for AllTell phones. It’s essentially an iTunes alike and speeds up the transfer of music from your desktop to your “LG AX8600, MOTOKRZR K1m and MOTORAZR V3m, and the Samsung u520 as well as The Wafer by Samsung.” It has direct compatibility with eMusic, which is kind of cool. All of this… Read More

  • Trulia Out of Beta with New Features and Widgets

    Real estate listing and search engine Trulia is out of beta, featuring some usability upgrades, a new answers service, and website widgets. Trulia’s front page and search feature have had some usability tweaks. The new front page more clearly highlights the four different ways to search Trulia’s data and displays live data feeds. Trulia’s search page features an easier… Read More

  • Feed Broken (??)


    I just got an email from a reader who is having problems with our RSS feed in Google Reader. Anyone else having issues? Our feeds are http://feeds.feedburner.com/crunchgear and http://feeds.feedburner.com/crunchgear/HOT. She says that all of the stories come at once and when I tried Google reader with the feed it was missing a few more recent stories. Read More

  • Hitachi's Travelstar 7K200 is World's Fastest Notebook Hard Drive: 22 Percent Faster Than Next Best

    Hitachi’s Travelstar 7K200 hard drive is said to be the world’s fastest notebook hard drive, with a transfer speed that’s supposedly 22 percent faster than its closest competitor. The 2.5-inch drive comes in 80, 100, 120, 160 and 200GB flavors, which isn’t too shabby for a drive that size. The drive even has built-in file encryption, a feature that’s becoming more… Read More

  • Nintendo Worldwide Wii Sales So Bright You Gotta Wear Shades

    The Nintendo Wii and DS are selling so well that Nintendo isn’t even bothering to make sales predictions anymore. There’s now 5.84 million Wiis out there and 40 million DSs, numbers that Nintendo really didn’t anticipate. Sales are so strong that the company is complaining that it has to keep reassessing its sales targets. So if you didn’t believe it before, believe it… Read More

  • Bruce Sterling on Design

    BoingBoing is rocking the found content today. They found a good interview with SF superstar Bruce Sterling talking about Sci Fi and design. Watch through to about 1:30 where he starts talking about payphones, things he calls “little fortresses.” He gets kind of weird after that, but his point is clear: design has a narrative and sometimes that narrative is hostile. Good… Read More

  • SendPhotos From Mobile

    Users of SendPhotos 5, which enables users to synchronize their photo albums across multiple PCs, will soon be able to share their camera phone photos. Avanquest has announced the upcoming release of SendPhotos Mobile, which will allow users to automatically upload photos taken with a camera phone to the an “online locker,” giving the subscriber direct access to images. These can… Read More

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