• Universal Embraces Internet, DRM

    Well it was bound to happen, the big labels are starting to see the light. Universal announced plans today to offer its entire catalog of music for free through a startup service called SpiralFrog. The project is supported entirely by ads. Users of SpiralFrog will be able to load its proprietary software and play Universal songs in Windows Media Player and on two portable devices, the iPod is… Read More

  • Apple snuggles up to Google with Schmidt joining BOD

    In a move that could lead to some fascinating collaboration, Apple just announced that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has joined its board of director. As the battle heats up between Google and Microsoft for online services and between Apple and Microsoft for media (not to mention computing) this is an important move that signals an alliance between the companies. Schmidt is now the eighth member… Read More

  • Fujitsu Drops Four New Laptops

    Fujitsu Drops Four New Laptops

    I don’t mean they literally dropped four laptops, that’d be bad. Actually though I wonder how many laptops are dropped and destroyed in productions and distribution. Anyone have a figure? Ah crap, I’m digressing. Fujitsu announced today the release of four new laptops to its Biblio and LOOX lines. Surprisingly none of these systems feature a Merom, but one of them does sport… Read More

  • Yardbarker wants to be sports news 2.0

    Yardbarker is a social news site focused on sports. You could call it a Digg clone, but there’s more here than that. Even if it is a Digg clone, it’s a particularly good one – and there’s no reason why the basic premise of socially moderated news shouldn’t be built on and targeted towards niche audiences. In fact, I think it’s a good idea and this site… Read More

  • Louisiana Judge Shoots Down Violent Game Ban

    Louisiana Judge Shoots Down Violent Game Ban

    A district judge in Lousiana threw out a bill today that would ban the sales of violent video games to minors. U.S. District Judge, James Brady, said the state had no right to stop any distribution of games because they contained violence. Brady dubbed the law an “invasion of First Amendment rights” of producers, retailers and kiddies who play the games. He said that depictions… Read More

  • Sprint Treo 700wx to Launch for Real September 3

    about the as-of-yet-unannounced Treo 700wx, it’s not even fun anymore. It’s EV-DO, with Windows Mobile 5, GPS, 1.3MP camera, 240×240 screen, and 128 built-in RAM. And now we know even more, like that it launches September 3rd, will retail for $399 after applicable rebates, and goes public at the same time as the sexy Samsung 900M, which is the latest not-a-RAZR, also with EV-DO… Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation: It's On Like A Chicken Bone

    OK. I got all kinds of hate mail from people who were getting pictures to me. I actually didn’t realize we had such a rabid following. If you are taking part, please comment after this post so we can see who/what is entering. Thanks! Sorry for the confusion. We’re equally confused. Read on for full rules. Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation Contest at CrunchGear.com

    Six Degrees of Crunchation Contest at CrunchGear.com

    Sorry to horn in like this, but we have a little contest going on over at CrunchGear.com that you might enjoy. Here are the rules. The concept is pretty simple: take your picture holding up a sign with your own name or a sassy saying and then pass that sign to a friend and have them take their own picture THEN have that friend pass it on to one of their friends, ideally someone YOU… Read More

  • Web filtering: computer says no?

    Web filtering: computer says no?

    Instead of focusing on the job at hand, have you been checking the football results while at work, getting in a bit of online shopping or just simply chatting to your friends on IM? Well if its not related to your job, then some employees may soon be trying to put a stop to it by using web filtering technologies to block your access to websites or applications they deem… Read More

  • T-Mobile and Nikon Join Forces For WiFi Photo Uploading

    cameras to upload photos to T-Mobile’s servers directly from the camera. Owners can upload 50MB of images to T-Mobile, where they’re stored and slowly leered at by bored T-Mobile IT employees for two weeks, after which they’re deleted and end up in their personal archives. People who buy the Nikon Coolpix S7C get 1 year free, after which you’re going to have to either… Read More

  • Flickr supports "Geo" Microformat

    Flickr supports "Geo" Microformat

    There is a lot of coverage on the web today about Yahoo! bringing together a bunch of its properties — Flickr, Yahoo! Maps, Upcoming, and Yahoo! Local and finally adding in support for “Geo Tagging” in Flickr. Back in June, at the Content 2.0 event here in London, SVP of Yahoo! Bradley Horowitz mentioned they would “soon provide geo tagging support“.  But… Read More

  • Xantrex PowerSource Mobile 100 Portable Charger

    Xantrex PowerSource Mobile 100 Portable Charger

    This PowerSource Mobile 100 from Xantrex weighs about as much as a mobile laptop battery, works with “multiple electronic products at different voltage and power levels”, and costs $129.99. Why would you use this thing? Because when plugged in the AC outlet on this portable charger, laptops get 2 hours more power, Sony PSPs get 12 hours more power, and iPod Nanos get 72 hours more. Read More

  • Cingular Gets Samsung SGH-ZX20 HSDPA Phone

    The Samsung SGH-ZX20 is Cingular’s second HSDPA phone on their network, the first being the LG CU500. This flip-phone from Samsung allows you to be on a voice call and check your email, browse the web, or download ringtones simultaneously. The phone has a 1.3 megapixel camera, a micro SD slot, quad-band GSM, and of course, the high speed HSDPA network. Cingular’s HSDPA network… Read More

  • Built NY Electric Laptop Sleeves

    Built NY Electric Laptop Sleeves

    These laptop sleeves and gadget bags aren’t quite electric, but the stuff that goes inside them definitely is. Designed by Built NY, the Laptop sleeves come in 12″,15″ and 17″ models and cost about $39.99. The Pockets are little sacks that let you keep your gear close to your heart or hanging off of your other bags like a luggage tag. They cost about… Read More

  • Windows Live QnA open for use

    After four months of private beta, Windows Live QnA (Question and Answer) opens to the public today. There is no shortage of question and answer services online, it’s almost becoming a requirement for portals. If the number of users is important in such a service, though, then the Live offering may be particularly appealing as it ramps up. The service is a whole lot like the popular Yahoo! Read More

  • Samsung Z610 iPod-esque Cell Shows Up On FCC

    The Samsung Z610 takes a bit of its styling cues from the iPod, as seen from the white body, rounded borders and smooth plastic shell. It also plays MP3/WMA/AAC files, has a 2.0 megapixel camera, a micro SD expansion slot, and even a secondary camera in the front for video calls. So does that mean this supports 3G? You bet your arse it does! No idea which service is going to get this phone… Read More

  • Research Suggests $4.4 Billion Online Market In 2010

    Research Suggests $4.4 Billion Online Market In 2010

    Research firm Parks Associates has announced that it will be releasing research details at the Austin Game Conference suggesting that the online game market in North America will grow from $1.1 billion in 2004 to $4.4 billion in 2010. Research shows that PC gamers in North America currently spend an average of 18.5 hours playing games each week, 4.9 hours more than console gamers, and 9.6… Read More

  • Vertu Aerius Bluetooth Headset

    Not content with just overcharging for cell phones, Vertu is expanding into overcharging for Bluetooth headsets as well. Designed by Jacob Jensen, this headset has a push-button answering and calling system, noise reduction, ear hook and leather pouch. No doubt these will work fine with Vertu phones, but they have no problems with regular cell phones that support Bluetooth headsets too. Read More

  • Xbox 360 External HD DVD? Not in Asia.

    Xbox 360 External HD DVD? Not in Asia.

    According to DigiTimes, the forthcoming Xbox 360 external HD DVD will not be made available in Asia. Microsoft Asia has claimed that due to a lack of HD DVD movies on the continent, the external drive will not be made available in Asia, at least for now. I thought HD DVD was being added mainly to expand gaming functionality, not just to add the support of HD DVD movie playback. This seems a… Read More

  • TrendNet ClearSky Bluetooth Skype Handset

    This TrendNet ClearSky Skype handset comes with a Bluetooth dongle that plugs into your computer. How does that help you? Well, the included software hooks into Skype, which then relays the audio to the handset over Bluetooth. How does it perform? Well, the sound quality were “reasonably free of lag”, but you HAVE to use the included Bluetooth dongle since the software is tied… Read More