• Vista is Ready to Roll. Really?

    The word around the blogosphere is that tomorrow, November 8, 2006, will be the day that the retail and OEM versions of Vista will finally start marching down the assembly lines, but ZD-Net asks a fairly poignant question: just because Vista has “gone gold”, does that mean it’s ready for prime time? The November 8 start of manufacture will ensure the ship window of… Read More

  • Sprint Adds Three More Cities to EV-DO Party

    as the first cities in North America with access to the true CDMA-flavored 3G speeds that EV-DO Rev A offers, with downlinks up to 850kbps and uplink up to 400kbps. Now those are the official numbers, but users have reported getting as fast as 1.5Mbps down, that’s real mobile broadband. So if you’re in one of these cities, and if you’re Sprint-inclined, you can pick up a PC… Read More

  • Skype 3.0 Beta Released


    Skype got an extreme makeover and is now available in Windows beta for those so inclined. New features include direct access to SkypeCasts, which are cool if, um, useless at this juncture as well as some UI tweaks and file sharing extras. You can also creat public chats and invite the world to talk with/at you about any topic. It comes with banning services for trolls. No word on a Mac… Read More

  • Zune File Transfer in Action

    Gizmodo has some hot video video of one Zune sending another Zune a song. It takes about 30 seconds for a 2 minute song, which isn’t bad at all. Too bad it’s three play/three day DRM nonsense, folks, or else this would be Zune’s iPod-killing feature. MS says they’ll be improving on this in time, so we’ll see. Zune File Transfer Race [Gizmodo] Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    We’re leading this post with news of our latest contest, a T-Mobile Dash giveaway in conjunction with T-Mo’s Dash-a-Day Giveaway. How do you enter? Create a 1 minute video of you giving advice to someone who is trying to give up cellphones for 30 days. Simple, huh? Read on for the full scoop and enter early and often. In other news, we got some face time with the Zune, the Wii… Read More

  • Cell Phone Detox Contest

    OK. Advice time. I’ve taken an assignment with Time Out NY (I know! Fancy!) and will have to go through cellphone detox for thirty days. This means, ideally, that after 30 days I won’t use a cellphone at all when I’m out and about and that I will have stopped waking up at 3am to check my AIMs and emails on the Sidekick. Therefore, in order to keep me motivated, I need 30 days… Read More

  • Tiny Living Xmas Tree for Your Desk

    For less than $10, you can tell that person in your office who whines about getting an office Xmas tree to STFU. And this little guy isn’t some plastic fakey tree, but a real growing organic lifeform. You’ve heard of them, now you can get your own. The best part is that this diminutive Tannenbaum comes with something called “magic feeding fluid”, which, if I had had that… Read More

  • CrunchGear for the Holidays

    Welcome to our first annual Holiday Buying Guide series chock full of fun gear and gizmos for the geeks and non-geeks in your life. We’ll be posting Holiday Guides for the next two months and flag a few interesting items with the “Holiday Guide 2006″ tag for your perusal. Enjoy! PR folks take note: if you’d like to be featured in your guide, please send an email to tips… Read More

  • TrackStick Pro: GPS Snoop/Tracker

    Here’s a great way for pizza shop managers to make sure their young delivery boys are smoking the doobage on the job. The TrackStick is a mountable GPS device that records location as well as temperature at intervals as long as 60 minutes. The oldest history gets pushed out by newer data. You can then place the device in a cradle and create a Google Earth overlay of that… Read More

  • MacBooks Now with Core 2 Duo at Apple

    that seemed to all but confirm that Apple would be bumping the high-end MacBook (sans Pro) from a Core Duo processor base to the more awesomer Core 2 Duo, and today it has. In addition, the Mac maker bumped the processors across the line, including its entry level MacBook at $1099. That’s something of a surprise, but a welcome one to be sure. Though the Apple store is down right now… Read More

  • You know where to Stikkit ;)

    Later today, at O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 conference, Portland-based Values of n will be launching the beta of Stikkit, the company’s inaugural service. I’ve been following the progress of the company since Spring this year, largely due to curiosity as to what the former CTO of O’Reilly, Rael Dornfest, had planned for his latest venture. Indeed, the team has an… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Sunny Days Are Over Edition

    Enjoy these stories from yesterday: Buzzkilling Digital Piggy Bank
    Play Guitar Hero 2 With Elmo
    Muji Wall-Mounted CD Player Hangs On Wall, Plays CDs
    LED Guitar Picks
    Bostitch Nails PopSci Innovation Of The Year Read More

  • Riya's Like.com Is First True Visual Image Search

    Silicon Valley startup Riya, currently a photo search company focusing on facial recognition, is making a significant strategic and product shift this morning. Riya will continue as is, but the company is leveraging the core technology to launch a new image search engine called Like.com (see our previous coverage of Riya here). Like.com is image search. There are lots of other image search… Read More

  • The LaunchPad 13 at Web 2.0 Summit

    The annual Web 2.0 Summit kicked off today at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The conference Summit, which has been sold out for months, is noticeably larger than last year and hundreds of people are milling about, seeing and being seen. The highlight of last year’s conference for me was LaunchPad, where thirteen young startups showed their stuff to the audience. See our coverage… Read More

  • Nintendo Fusion


    So I’m gonna be that guy who points out typos on retailers’ websites. For your examination, I give you Specimen A: In the Circuit City current weekly ad it erroneously dubbed the Wii the Nintendo “Fusion.” I see what happened here though, the Nintendo Fusion Tour is a Nintendo sponsored music tour featuring some crap pop band called Hawthorne Heights (emo… Read More

  • London 2.0 – the start of something…?

    I went to the “London 2.0” event last night, which has been going for about a year. It started out as an event for Ruby on Rails developers, but when people using Ajax and other things started turning up the organisers (in the main, Sam Newman) held up their hands and changed the name of the event. Essentially it is a free event for developers to get together and talk about some… Read More

  • Zune-Gasm: Hands On With the Zune

    I know we’re a bit late to the trough, but I got the chance to play with the Zune today and can safely say it is a solid product — it feels good, it’s small, and the screen is beautiful. It’s very slim, has a great hand-feel, it will sell and you will like it. I have some video of the Zune I’ll post tomorrow but until then feast your eyes on her skinny… Read More

  • Best Buy Cancels Online PlayStation 3 Preorders

    If you were lucky enough to grab a Sony PlayStation 3 preorder from Best Buy’s website, sorry to say but you’re order will be canceled (if it hasn’t been already). Best Buy has been sending out emails to all its customers with preordered PS3s, telling them that their preorder will be canceled. Not only that, but Best Buy also stated that its online website was not made to… Read More

  • New Wristband for Lazy and Overbearing Parents Ruins Children's Lives

    Right now, your youngsters are experimenting with the marijuana and having unsafe, premarital sex with toothless prostitutes they met at that diner your friends Steve says is,”always a place to find a good time.” Or maybe they’re not. But how are you to know one way or the other? You could start by outfitting your promiscuous offspring with the ionKids location-aware Wristag. Read More

  • DailyStrength: Online Support Groups and Aggregate Treatment Info

    DailyStrength is a new social network that provides a space for people with a wide variety of medical, psychological and life conditions to discuss their struggles and the treatments they are undergoing. While any number of wannabe social networks are likely to spring up in coming years seeking to cash in on medical activity online, this isn’t one of those. DailyStrength has the… Read More