• Guitar Hero pedal used for one-handed gameplay

    Here’s Ben Heckendorn’s latest invention. It’s a pedal for Guitar Hero (and presumably Rock Band) that controls the strumming and whammy bar functions, so people with only one good arm (and presumably chronic masturbators) can rock out like everyone else. Heckendorn built the pedal for the Games for Health conference. These replace the strum and whammy bar from a standard… Read More

  • Hands on with the Lenovo U110

    We’ve been “thinking” about the Lenovo IdeaPads since CES but now that they’re actually launching we’re actually pretty exciting. The models I saw last night were quite striking, a massive departure from the standard Lenovo/ThinkPad fare and they had a special gimmick: face recognition. This sits on top of the standard Vista login and works quite well if… Read More

  • Facebook To Lift 5,000 Friends Limit

    Facebook will soon remove a limitation that restricts users to no more than 5,000 friend connections, someone close to the company told us this week. There are stories around why the limitation exists at all. The official reason is that Facebook wants to make sure that people only add “real” friends to their account, and the restriction is on the high end of the number of friends… Read More

  • Tag the World With GeoGraffiti

    Now in public beta, GeoGraffiti is a free “Verbal Bulletin Board” that allows you to record and share location-specific voice notes, or “Voice Marks”, whether you’re on the go or in front of your computer. Find a new coffee shop that you love? Call up GeoGraffiti, and leave a Voice Mark to let the world know. The uses are pretty interesting: traffic cam warnings… Read More

  • Meet Greg Kumparak, the new MobileCrunch editor

    Introducing yourself is always kind of awkward, isn’t it? It’s tough to try to explain who you are without coming off as cocky or arrogant. I usually tend to go straight from my name to how incredible I am at skee-ball, which for some reason turns people away. My name’s Greg Kumparak, and I’m the new editor for MobileCrunch. I hail from San Luis Obispo, land of… Read More

  • Meet Greg Kumparak, the New MobileCrunch Editor

    Introducing yourself is always kind of awkward, isn’t it? It’s tough to try to explain who you are without coming off as cocky or arrogant. I usually tend to go straight from my name to how incredible I am at skee-ball, which for some reason turns people away. My name is Greg Kumparak, and I’m the new editor for MobileCrunch. I hail from San Luis Obispo, land of tri-tip… Read More

  • BlackBerry 9000 to be officially announced on Monday

    Word on the street is that RIM’s new BlackBerry 9000 will be officially announced at the WES conference in Orlando next Monday, May 12th. It’s 100% confirmed, according to BGR. RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis will apparently take the stage and announce it himself. Afterwards, conference-goers will be able to try the device out at the various booths. No word on whether or not refreshments… Read More

  • Giant working NES controller coffee table

    Yama hama. For my friends and family out there who have complained that I’m impossible to shop for, the above video contains an example of the type of gift that I’d really, truly enjoy. All you’d have to do is craft a giant NES controller out of medium density fiberboard (MDF) and wire the corresponding buttons up as they’re connected inside a standard controller. Is… Read More

  • CrunchWord Puzzle!

    Here’s the latest CrunchGear-themed crossword puzzle. You can find the answers to the clues spread throughout this week’s posts. Enjoy! CrunchWord Puzzle for Friday, May 9th Read More

  • Search Startup Surf Canyon Raises a Seed Round

    It’s hard to compete in the search engine market, but one approach taken by several startups is to sit on top of the big search engines and try to improve their results or interface. Why reinvent the wheel when you can simply add new spokes? Surf Canyon, a bootstrapped startup I wrote about last February, re-orders results on Google, Yahoo, and Windows Live Search through a browser add-on. Read More

  • Update: Mowser Assets Find a home at dotMobi

    It’s always a good idea to kill your startup in public. Russell Beattie did that last month with Mowser, a service that converts regular Web addresses into mobile-friendly ones, because he said didn’t “believe in the ‘Mobile Web’ anymore.” Luckily for him, some people disagreed with him (and not just Mike). Mowser’s intellectual property and the… Read More

  • Yahoo! Go 3.0 now available for Windows Mobile

    While Yahoo! Go 3.0 has been available for most popular smartphone platforms for a few months now, Windows Mobile support has been sorely lacking. Fear not, WinMo users – your days of Yahoo! Go 3.0 fun time are here. Windows Mobile phones have been added to Yahoo! Go’s big ol’ list of supported devices. If you haven’t already, be sure to check it out. It comes with… Read More

  • Meet Greg Kumparak, the new MobileCrunch editor

    Introducing yourself is always kind of awkward, isn’t it? It’s tough to try to explain who you are without coming off as cocky or arrogant. I usually tend to go straight from my name to how incredible I am at skee-ball, which for some reason turns people away. My name’s Greg Kumparak, and I’m the new editor for MobileCrunch. I hail from San Luis Obispo, land of… Read More

  • Doko: Tween Social Networking With A Twist

    Today sees the launch of Doko, a social networking game aimed at the tween market which claims to be “The World’s First Global Trading Game”. The game revolves around metal discs about the size of poker chips that are emblazoned with unique identifying tags. Friends are encouraged to trade discs with each other, which accrue virtual points on the Doko website (these in turn… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Collision Course Edition

    Pleo destroyed by a Combot
    BBQ tools for Zorro, other swashbucklers is, well, something
    Magic Wheel is like a broken bike skateboard thing
    It’s a mat, it’s a bag, it’s a sack that holds wet stuff
    Meet Jason Mosley, intern-at-large Read More

  • Yahoo's Answer to Google's Universal Search is Glue (Coming Soon to America)

    Sometimes the only way to get new products out the door at a big company like Yahoo is to launch it far away from HQ. That’s what happened with Yahoo Glue, a new way to present search results more visually that Yahoo is experimenting with on its Yahoo India site. Much like Google’s Universal Search that brings in results from images, videos, maps, news, or other sources as… Read More

  • Share Your Links With Mento; We've Got 500 Invites

    The tagging and link-sharing market has no shortage of competition, but that doesn’t seem to be deterring many developers. Mento, which has just launched in an invite-only beta, is the latest to arrive on the scene, sporting a very well designed site and a number of options that make sharing links a breeze. Beyond the features typically found on tagging sites, Mento strives to… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Thursday, May 8

    Todays Top Posts: Verizon announces Samsung Glyde Review: Samsung Glyde Daily Crunch: Tool Battle Edition Gun-mounted cameras coming soon to DC police? MPAA sends a big, fat bill to The Pirate Bay Microsoft is not planning to filter content on your Zune, so chill out iPhone to get .Mac push email iPhone no longer on sale at O2… but why? Kid gets real Mario Party… awwwww Some guy… Read More

  • Samsung's "high bright" LCDs are the opposite of Pioneer's "absolute black"


    Yesterday we reported on some Pioneer TVs and monitors called KUROs, the goal of which was to provide the blackest blacksyet available on a display. Samsung is going the other direction, creating a panel 3 times brighter than a typical LCD display. They also have an insanely wide viewing angle (178 degrees, I dare say that is the maximum) and are intended for signage, wall displays, and… Read More

  • Schonfeld Talks About Clearwire/Sprint On Fox Business

    Erick appeared on Fox Business last night to talk about the recent $3.2 billion WiMax deal between Sprint Nextel and Clearwire that’s expected to go through. He tries to discuss the questionableness of the deal from a business standpoint despite the promises of WiMax as a technology. However, there’s clearly some frustration that Cavuto would rather talk about the future of… Read More

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