• Nokia Reveals Three New Handset Models

    Nokia, the world’s biggest cell phone manufacturer, revealed three new handset models today. The new models were designed to compete in the very active market of mid-priced phones. This market is highly competitive. Nokia will start shipping the new models in the third-quarter of this year. The new mid-priced phones include the Nokia 6600 Fold, the Nokia 6600 Slide and the Nokia 3600 Slide. Read More

  • Akoha Raises $1.9 Million Angel Round To Build Online/Offline Game

    Akoha, a startup working on a “new type of multiplayer online/offline social game”, has raised $1.9 Million in funding from angel investors. The company won’t release details about the exact nature of their game until this Fall, but they have stated that it was inspired by “elements of social entrepreneurship, massively multiplayer and reality-based games.” As far… Read More

  • Twitturly Cracks The TwitterMeme Nut

    People who hang out on Twitter a lot know that quite often big news breaks there first. A recent example – when Chinese hackers took down SportsNetwork, the news was on Twitter well before we covered it. But so far, unless you’re lucky enough to be following the right people, and online when the news breaks, you aren’t going to necessarily see the breaking news. Services… Read More

  • With Nile Guide, You Can Whittle Down Your Travel Options

    Usually when people decide it’s time for a vacation, they don’t start from absolute scratch. They have ideas as to what types of experiences they’d like to have, even if they have no clue as to where and how they’ll have them. Nile Guide is a travel planning website launching today with an appreciation for that fact. It has aggregated travel data from over 10… Read More

  • Will The Microsoft Hammer Fall This Week?

    “If we have not concluded an agreement within the next three weeks, we will be compelled to take our case directly to your shareholders, including the initiation of a proxy contest to elect an alternative slate of directors for the Yahoo! board.”
    – Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer on April 5, 2008 That three week deadline expired on Saturday. So what happens… Read More

  • Reminder: May 1 CrunchNetwork Meet-up is GO

    Are you excited to be able to spend quality time with your favorite Crunchies? Want to get PHa drunk and give him a swirly? Require beer to keep from turning into a wolf? All of those things will be possible this Thursday at Red Sky at 47 E. 29th Street between Park and Madison. We’d like to thank our sponsors again and we’ll be going through the wait list names on a FIFO basis. Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Junk Driver Edition

    Brando’s A-Theme Series Disney Flash Drive
    Steampunk watches from Japan
    EcoCabs: Environmental friendliness at 7.5 MPH
    One to Three for Five (Seconds): Two chairs, one table
    CNN’s hackable headline T-shirt web app
    Going Green Read More

  • Google Experiments With Next Generation Image Search

    Two Google scientists presented a paper (pdf embedded below) at the World Wide Web Conference in Beijing last week that outlines their vision for the future of image search. Notably, the new image search technology doesn’t just index text associated with an image in determining what’s in it. Google is now talking about using computers to analyze the stuff in photos, and using that… Read More

  • Microsoft Says Yes With Mesh

    Back in the good old days, big software companies did big things. Little companies tiptoed around in the shadow of the platform makers, gaining enough speed to liftoff and attract enough attention to survive long enough to be acquired. Like the old movie studios of the 30’s and 40’s, the technology studios of the 80’s and 90’s built stars and played them off until… Read More

  • Portable cellphone… booth

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F%3Freferrer%3Dcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf MAKE found this charming art project that discusses the alienation of modern man through the advent of mobile technology. This doesn’t change the fact… Read More

  • Starcade!!!! On the Interwebs!!

    Holy shmokes! My childhood obsession — Starcade — is now online. Every single episode is there in all its 8-bit glory! For the infants among you, Starcade was a video game show that pitted two sassy arcade gamers against each other on a collection of the 1984’s best technology. Think about it: you could be 11 years old and on TV playing games. As they say: “This is… Read More

  • Wear a pie-plate on your wrist with Haffstreuner

    If you’re looking to join the crazy-huge-sexy crowd and don’t mind quartz, head over to the Haffstreuner store for MONSTER WATCHES for about $250. These beasts are made by the same folks who brought us Tauchmeister, a well-known eBay brand that I reviewed a while back and I’ll give them a 5 out of 10 for quality and a 10 out of 10 for wildness. Strangely enough I actually dig… Read More

  • Rumor Mill, please stop: Apple, Immersion met to discuss haptic for iPhone

    Apple and Immersion met twice last week to discuss the possibility of incorporating haptic technology into future versions of the iPhone. How do we know? Well, we don’t, duh, but what else can be gleamed from the purported meetings? Immersion and Samsung worked together to bring haptic to the Sprint Instinct. As the great comedian Louis CK once ranted, not everyone is enthralled with… Read More

  • One more thing: The Apple "i"

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1811646&fullscreen=1 See more funny videos at CollegeHumor The Apple “i” is Steve Jobs’ latest creation, following in the footsteps of Che Guevara and the printing press. Read More

  • Metallica thinking about jumping on the online distribution bandwagon

    They used to be good. Metallica gave hints in an interview with Rolling Stone that it will follow the Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead model of Internet-based music distribution. (You can already download live show MP3s and FLACs, for the record.) Says Lars Ulrich: We’ve been observing Radiohead and Trent Reznor and in twenty-seven years or however long it takes for the next record… Read More

  • Phantom Lapboard reviewed

    http://www.slideflickr.com/slide/5X9M4z5M Some men spend their lives tending to the lame and halt. Some men run businesses that span the globe. Other men, namely me, follow Phantom Labs with the intensity of a twelve-year-old girl following the Jonas Brothers. For those of you too young to remember, Infinium Labs promised an Internet enabled console in the days of the PS2 and XBox. People… Read More

  • High-end GPS sales hitting the end of the road

    GPS sales have been booming. Last January’s CES saw just about every manufacturer under the sun dumping out unit after unit, some with millions of points-of-interest and whatever else they can dream up to differentiate themselves in a crowded market. Alas, the party is over and everyone who wanted a GPS now has one, resulting in a slowdown in sales. GPS devices are like 20-inch rims… Read More

  • Review: VYE S41

    It’s either feast or famine when it comes to laptops. If you need something small and light, you’re stuck without an optical drive and poor performance. If you need something for gaming or high end apps, you’re stuck with something that you need a truck to lift. That’s why I’m pleased with the VYE S41 from Kohjinsha, a Japan-only — but available at… Read More

  • That glossy iPhone photo? Yeah, that's just a case, thanks.

    Just a clarification on that photo that shows a glossy black iPhone. While the original rumor suggested that the new iPhone will indeed have a glossy black finish, the photo in question more than likely is just a case. So while the next iPhone may well have a glossy black finish, that particular image ain’t it. Happy trails. via MacRumors Read More

  • Should RIM bother to target BlackBerry at consumers?

    RIM may have a bit of a problem on its hands, says today’s New York Times. The BlackBerry manufacturer, it seems, doesn’t know which segment of the smartphone market to cater to: the Wall Street crowd or the everyday consumer, both of which have very different demands from each other. While the typical business executive couldn’t give a damn if his or her BlackBerry comes… Read More

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