• RhinoSkin Apple MacBook Hardcase: Likes, Dislikes, & the Wha?

    with free shipping and volume discounts should you need more than two. A typical soft-sided laptop case is not ideal for keeping your 13-inch MacBook free from dings and scratches in the great outdoors. The tough ABS plastic RhinoSkin used for the case’s body is, though. Plus, there’s cushy neoprene padding inside to prevent scratches and keep the notebook from shifting inside… Read More

  • SimpleTech 500GB External Hard Drive Hands On

    Good hard drives come in all shapes and sizes, from the practical, boxy models popular with IT folks to the fancy-pants portable units that artistes and poets use to store their highfalutin’ work. The SimpleTech 500GB is an amalgam of those two: small and unobtrusive enough to be ignored but with styling that screams “I take part in Critical Mass rides and might go to Burning Man… Read More

  • Official PlayStation Magazine UK Will Pack Blu-ray Discs in Upcoming Issues

    Readers of the UK’s Official PlayStation Magazine can now look forward to getting a shiny Blu-ray disc with every issue. From now on the Sony-blessed mag will include a Blu-ray disc that has first- and third-party demos and lots and lots of other multimedia “content,” possibly including the user-generated kind. I guess this is just another feather in the cap of PS3 supporters. Read More

  • Mio C220 In-Car GPS Receiver: Everyman Cheap

    Mio’s got a low cost, entry level GPS receiver with your name on it. It’s the C220 and has a 3.5-inch LCD and doles out turn-by-turn directions (in English, Spanish or French) thanks to its SiRFstarIII receiver. Supposedly this receiver is the best one out there, so, theoretically, you shouldn’t run into the same GPS problems that I did trying to get a signal in the canyons… Read More

  • Verizon Offering Unlimited Messaging Plan

    Those of you who avoid texting (I know quite a few of you) because Verizon beats you on the charges can stop shivering in fear. According to initial reports, come April 15th, Verizon customers will be able to add on a $20 plan for single lines that will give the user unlimited texts, pix messages, flix messages, and free VCAST. Those with family plans will be able to shell out $100 for an… Read More

  • The Top 7 Nintendo Mistakes

    When 2007 rolled around, we seemed to hear about the “woes” of Sony and Microsoft quite a bit while Nintendo sat back and enjoyed the spotlight with the Wii. GamesRadar has a fantastic piece on the Top 7 mistakes Nintendo has made. Now Nintendo gets to take a few hits and the first on the list at #7 is the Wii itself. The case brought up against the system is a good one and the… Read More

  • Picard's Solar Bag Charges Your Junk (So You Don't Have To?)

    German fashionistas Picard have a spring and summer bag that’s laden with solar panels to charge your many gadgets, be they laptops, DAPs or other fun and exciting things. Um, it’s black, may or may not match your dancin’ shoes and costs a whopping $670. Wouldn’t it be cheaper just to get a knockoff bag and keep your gadgets charged on your own? Go ahead, people… Read More

  • Jack In The Box – Because You Love To Pirate

    I would absolutely love one of these to keep my, ah, “home movie” collection on. Jack In The Box MZK-NAS02 is essentially a NAS with two SATA bays plus a dedicated Bit Torrent client built-in. Using a web-based interface, you can control the Bit Torrent and NAS functions easily, allowing you to pirate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any location in the world. Jack is capable of… Read More

  • Build Your Own Simon

    The team over at MAKE are always whipping up exciting new projects that most of us will never even dream of doing. But if you’ve got a soldering iron and a bit of free time (not to mention cash), you can be on your way to programming and building your first electronic game. MAKE’s new “Build Your Own Electronic Game Kit” comes with everything you need to re-create… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 3


    Day 2 has come and gone and only a few folks found the “IAmaSkypeNinja” secret subject line. Lucky reader Scott F. won yesterday’s prize. Will you win today’s? Here’s how to win: look for our secret subject line and email us at contest@crunchgear.com. The subject line is in CamelCase, with embedded capital letters, and it wasn’t “project… Read More

  • Lego's Solar-Powered Helicopter Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation

    Lego plans to teach kids about the importance of energy conservation (to help stop “global warming” I’m sure) with its solar-powered helicopter. There’s literally no information on the device, but we can make wild, haphazard guesses. It would be wonderful if the blades rotated when exposed to the mighty power of the sun, but that might not even be the case. here, so… Read More

  • Guitar Halo (Exactly What You're Thinking)

    In what looks like a college dorm room, we see a gentleman playing Halo 2 on his TV. But wait! What’s that? He’s going to hook up his Guitar Hero controller and play Halo by shredding? Amazing! Watch as this kid explains which buttons are which and proceeds to actually somehow play the game decently. Enjoy the video, although after the first minute it becomes pretty… Read More

  • Microsoft Changes Stance On "Vista Capable" Stickers

    Last week, we told you about Dianne and how she was absolutely sick of Microsoft lying about PCs being “Vista Capable” when they really weren’t. Again, just because that $300 eMachines computer has a “Vista Capable” sticker doesn’t mean it’s going to run the OS smoothly or with any cool features like Aero Glass. Well Dianne’s class-action… Read More

  • Sony E Series Walkman DAPs: Like USB Drives That Play Music

    Sony’s got a new line of diminutive Walkman-branded DAPs coming out later this month in Japan. Looking like mere USB drives, these E-Series DAPs max out at 4GB, with models also coming in at 2GB and 1GB. They’re all available in a variety of hip, groovy colors like “black” and “pink” and “blue.” Capable of playing MP3, AAC, WMA and ATRAC… Read More

  • MGM, United Artists Movies Now on iTunes

    Movies from MGM and United Artists are now on the iTunes Store. Apple quietly updated the store last night, adding movies from the studios including Foxy Brown, Mad Max, Rocky, Ronin and my personal favorite, Agent Cody Banks. They’re all still $9.99 and would look terrific streamed from the PC in your basement to your living room’s 60-inch DLP using Apple TV. Maybe now that Apple… Read More

  • An Intervention: It Would Rule If You Didn't Do This to Your Cell Provider, Okay?

    Dear Verizon Wireless and former Cingular customers: While we often share your frustrations and feel your pain, two wrongs do not ever make a right. Yes, you suffer from sub-par customer service with your cell phone provider. No, they don’t seem to care. Yes, there is more they could do about it. No, we don’t think they will. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Underwater Spy Edition

    Donkey Kong – Post-It Note Edition
    iRobot Plunges Into the Depths (of Your Backyard Pool)
    History of Spy-Cam Watches
    DiscEraser: One Swipe For Total CD/DVD Data Destruction
    Patent Monkey: Olympus Wearable Displays for Real Life Gaming Read More

  • Exclusive Screenshots: Spock's New People Engine

    It’s not often we hear about a startup’s venture financing before we see the product, but that is the case with yet-to-launch Spock, located in Silicon Valley. Rumors about their $7 million Series A round of financing from Clearstone Venture Partners and Opus Capital Ventures circulated last December, months before the beta service was planned to launch. I met with founders… Read More

  • PhotoBucket Videos Blocked on MySpace

    Sometime around 10:30 pm PST tonight, MySpace began blocking videos embedded on MySpace pages that originate from Photobucket. This is a major blackout, affecting millions of embedded videos. Photobucket images and slideshows are not affected. Videos from competitors like YouTube are still working fine. As with previous outages, embedded videos work fine until the user makes any edit to… Read More

  • Zune Details Leaked


    Zune Scene is currently running a piece on Zune 2 and the Flash Zune that are supposed to be released later this year. The story goes that a Zune employee was encountered on a business trip and spilled a bunch of details on the forthcoming products that we’ve yet to confirm. If the information is accurate, however, we can expect at least two new products from the Zune lineup sometime soon. Read More

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