• Second Life Speaks

    Second Life has had music, but has otherwise been rather mute. That’s all soon to change when Linden Lab rolls out a beta test for person-to-person speech. Like a lot of other in-game speech systems, you’ll need a headset, but Second Life will provide a different peer-to-peer chat experience than those World of Warcraft conversational gems. The new system will mimic speech in the… Read More

  • USBCell Rechargeable Batteries Hands-On


    USBCell was kind enough to send over some rechargeable AA batteries for CrunchGear to test out and they couldn’t have arrived any sooner. My unhealthy addiction to Xbox 360 (and its wireless controllers) has been draining the ol’ wallet for a couple weeks now. UPDATE:USBCell was commended last week as a finalist for the Design Week Award for best consumer product of 2006. The… Read More

  • Able Planet Clear Harmony Noise Canceling Headphones Hands-On


    Able Planet’s Clear Harmony Noise Canceling Headphones have received a ton of rave reviews the last few months and for good reason. They offer superior sound quality and protect your hearing so you can continue to rock out well into your golden years. No wonder they won the Innovations Design and Engineering award at this year’s CES. I’ve had the headphones for a couple… Read More

  • Etymotic Gamers' E.D.G.E.


    Etymotic Research announced today that it would be launching a new division called E.D.G.E. Acoustics. The goal of the new division is to produce enhanced definition gaming earphones. The E.D.G.E. line is said to represent the pinnacle in gaming earphones by applying sound isolation and audio accuracy to harness various audio components heard in games. The product line will be launched at… Read More

  • Jesus on a Cell Tower: Believers Sign-Up for Service, Have Faith They'll Get Reception

    Many religious people see mystical images of Christianity in everyday items. To believers, that’s not just a potato chip, that’s the image of the Virgin Mary. But it wasn’t food imagery that excited the Ugandan town of Gulu, but the image of Jesus atop a cellphone tower. According to Eric Odongo, he “…saw clouds on top of the mast and that Jesus appeared to be… Read More

  • Sagem's Bluetooth Headset is World's Smallest, Still Won't Make You Cool

    It’s no secret: walking around with a Bluetooth headset on just to walk around with a Bluetooth headset on means that you’re a douche. No, really. If you take offense to this, look in a mirror. See the Bluetooth thing on your head? Yeah, see, you’re a douche. At the very least a tool. Now then, does that mean that if you wear this uber-tiny Sagem Bluetooth headset that… Read More

  • Sprint Offering Unlimited Plans To Compete With MVNOs

    Facing tough competition from MVNOs like Amp’d Mobile and Helio, both of which offer unlimited calling/data plans, Sprint will be testing out unlimited access plans in the San Francisco Bay area. One plan will offer unlimited voice calling, messaging, and phone-based Web browsing for $120 a month, while another plan will consist of the aforementioned plus unlimited PC data access for $150… Read More

  • Video Of Vista Gadgets Running On Windows Mobile

    Watch out iPhone! It looks like you’re not the only device in town running widgets. In this video, we see Windows Vista gadgets running on a Windows Mobile based phone thanks to Windows Mobile Developer Mel Sampat. Pretty sweet, though I don’t really see this becoming available to anyone other than Mel anytime soon. Also, who cares? Most of the things widgets do are available… Read More

  • Clipmarks: A Highlighter for the Web


    The NY-based team at Clipmarks just launched 2.0 of their product, a unique web clipping system that allows you to take just the paragraphs, sentences, or multimedia you want from a page while maintaining a link to the original document. Their CEO, Eric Goldstein, was a lawyer who was fed up with cutting and pasting citations into a Word file only to discover that the 100 page mess… Read More

  • T-Mobile Not Cool With Your Downloaded Apps

    Looks like not all is going well in the land of T-Mobile. The company has changed its policies and have told customers with Java-enabled phones (read: almost every handset) and data plans that they’re not allowed to install third-party network applications. Why the harsh change in policy? T-Mobile claims security issues but we all know it’s a load of crap designed to prevent… Read More

  • Traveler's Concierge Goes Mobile

    Concierge Mobile is now online, giving the popular website branch of Conde Nast’s Traveler magazine added Mobile 2.0 functionality. The service itself is ingenious in its simplicity; if you find a listing you’re interested in, and feel like taking it to go for later, you click the small cellphone icon above the title. A txt message is sent to your phone containing the URL to a… Read More

  • Guitar Shaped Like Old School Famicom

    Can someone give this guy a hand for craftsmanship? Not only did a Japanese guy take the time to recreate a Nintendo Famicom (aka NES) out of wood, but he turned it into a guitar, complete with a gamepad headstock. Some of the tiny details include a cartridge right behind the bridge, real, wood buttons on the headstock, and a second controller below the high E string. I’d love to kick… Read More

  • Meet the New Boss, Same As the Old Boss

    Hello MobileCrunch readers. The guys at CrunchGear have been tasked to update and moderate MobileCrunch and we will soon be ramping up with a new lead reporter focusing on Mobile 2.0. Before we begin, however, I’d like to get your input on what you’d like to see here. We will definitely be running M2.0 profiles, just as the Oliver did, but we’d also like to bring some of… Read More

  • StarTAC III: Back on the Streets

    Remember StarTAC? You might not, it’s been a good decade since the popular Moto hit the scene back in the days of analog phone service, but at the time, it was a big deal. It was the first “clamshell” cellphone to hit the US market, as well as the first to feature a “vibrate” function, and was so small and light that you could actually carry it in your pocket… Read More

  • Ning Demo Video

    http://www.podtech.net/player/podtech-player.swf?bc=3F34K2L1 If you haven’t taken the time to try out the new Ning today, Robert Scoble has filmed an excellent demo of the product (basically the same demo I saw yesterday) from CEO Gina Bianchini. There’s a lot of coverage from other bloggers as well. Read More

  • Sony Internet Video Link


    Image courtesy of Gizmodo With Apple TV almost out, Sony knew it needed a competitor that was overpriced and flawed – just like plenty of other Sony products. Sony’s Internet Video Link aims to be just that, costing $300 and basically possessing the streaming media functions from a PS3. As far as content goes, there’s partnerships with AOL, Group, Yahoo!, and others. Read More

  • Sony's Three New Bravias

    Are you lame? Do you always like to be one step behind the pack? An underachiever? Then we’ve got some TVs designed with you in mind. Sony has announced some thin, rear projection HDTVs that are supposed to be 22% smaller than your standard rear projection set. Lined up is the 50-inch KDF-50E3000, the 46-inch KDF-46E3000, and the 37-inch 37H1000. The first two drop in July, with the… Read More

  • Sony Cooks Up Stylish T-Series Cyber-Shots

    Sony today has introduced a new line of its digital Cyber-Shot cameras in the T-series, launching with a pair of decent-on-paper, slim point-n-shoots. Coming in black, silver, or red (pictured), the T100 is a mighty picture taking machine, with 8-Megapixels of resolution, a 3-inch LCD, and 5x optical zoom (of the Carl Zeiss variety, of course). The T20 is a slightly more pedestrian version of… Read More

  • Goldman Sachs Says 14 Million iPhones Sold By 2009

    Truthfully, I didn’t expect Apple to sell 14 million iPhones by the end of 2008, but who am I to back up a claim like that? The investment firm Goldman Sachs is saying that by the end of 2008, Apple will sell more than 14 million iPhones total. Although 14 million is impressive, the firm predicts that only 4 million will be sold in 2007 alone. 2008 is where it picks up, with a total of… Read More

  • Sony Rear-Projections: Uber-thin

    I was talking to some folks who knew people who worked at Sony and they are pissed. Essentially the marketing budget gets eaten up by things like this — a 1080p 3LCD TV with a slim-line design — and the rest of the company gets the shaft. This model, the KDF-46E3000, is a thin rear-projection that comes in 37-, 46-, and 50-inch models. Say what you want about Sony TVs, but this… Read More

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