• iLike Growing Quickly, Still Massively Trailing Last.fm

    Later today music social network iLike will report that they’ve reached half a million registered users in the first four months since launching. What won’t be disclosed, but I’m hearing from insiders, is that around 20,000 new users are joining daily. The company, along with MOG, will present at the Digital Music Forum East conference in New York tomorrow. Together the… Read More

  • First ZunePhone Ad Surfaces, Featuring Steve Ballmer

    We’ve been dragging the ponds and dive bars of greater Seattle looking for more rumors and tips about the forthcoming ZunePhone, but things are quiet. We don’t like quiet. Here, then, is the first commercial for the ZunePhone, probably in response to the iPhone ad we saw at the Oscars. Enjoy! Read More

  • Live From Vegas: Sony Gets A Bluetooth Boombox

    Sony’s new ZS-BT1 ghettoblaster is anything but — sporting Bluetooth for easy access to the seven songs you have on your Walkman phone. It’ll be about 150 bucks when it hits around August, and should keep your grandpa happy with its FM radio and front-loading CD. It also helps that it’s got an audio-in channel for the input of your choice. Read More

  • Live From Vegas: New Sony Cyber-shot Camera Line Detects Faces

    Sony pulled the curtain back from a gaggle of digital cameras today. The big feature is the new face-detection tech: Which they claim automatically focuses in on up to eight (count’em: EIGHT) faces. Plus, if they move or you move, the focus follows (which is good, because getting eight people to stand still ain’t easy, as anybody in a ska band can tell you.) Also of note: All… Read More

  • Live From Las Vegas: Sony Announces New "Budget" Blu-Ray Player

    Sony made the BDP-S300 official today. Which, for about $600, makes it the cheapest non-PS3 way to watch Little Man in high-def. It also upscales your regular-ol’ DVDs to 1080p, features component video output to 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i, and pumps out 8 channels of uncompressed audio. It’ll hit in the Summer, and won’t make a lick of sense as a purchase, since PS3s… Read More

  • Vaja Balance Wraps Your Blackjack In Leather

    David Ciccone at Mobility Today got his grubby paws on the new Vaja Balance fitted case for the Samsung Blackjack. Vaja is known for their customizable cases so you can pretty much get them in any color you want. I’m not a big fan of cases for phones, but this one doesn’t seem to be too bad. If I had a Blackjack I might be tempted to get one. Prices start out at $65. Product Page… Read More

  • Sony's Complete Spring/Summer TV Line

    Sony showed off a bunch of new TVs today. The big feature is the across-the-board inclusion of Bravia Internet Video Link–which lets you tune into all those Web-bound videos of people getting hit in the head that crave so much. And, as I said before, the name Bravia is no longer just for LCDs–micro-displays and front-projectors now get to share the honor. Click the jump for the… Read More

  • Live From Vegas: Sony 2007 Products Showcase

    I’m reporting live here from the Paris Hotel in beautiful Las Vegas, where Sony is showing off to dealers and the media a crapload of new announcements. It’s sort of like CES 1983 here — all Sony, all the time. Our Tokyo friends announced and showed off a whopping 33 new products today–in virtually every category. Over the course of the next couple of posts… Read More

  • Hammacher Schlemmer iPod Speakers Go Swimming

    Just in time for summer and pool weather, Hammacher Schlemmer has released wireless water-resistant iPod speakers. While you can’t really take them swimming, you can keep them poolside and not stress about splashing water on them. The iPod and dock can be kept away from the pool to ensure your tiny investment won’t go under. In fact, you can keep them 150 feet away and… Read More

  • CG Secret Agent Edition: GSM Table Lamps

    These harmless looking table lamps will make any secret agent think their room is safe enough to divulge secret plans. They’re sadly mistaken. GSM room monitors are crammed into the lamps and the microphones have a range of about 20 meters. All you would need to do is simply dial in and you listen to everything everyone is saying in the room. You’ll need a secret agent’s… Read More

  • Outside.in Gets Cash for Geocoding the Blogosphere

    After developing their product on their own for six months, New York based Outside.in received financing from angels and three venture firms: Union Square Ventures, Milestone Venture Partners, and Village Ventures. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures discusses the financing here. Outside.in aims to aggregate posts from local bloggers (placebloggers) into one tagged and searchable directory. Read More

  • Excalibur Delivers Line of “Joke Man” Products: Inner Clown Dies

    Humor is subjective. One man’s comic genius is another man’s lame a-hole. But even the most hardcore fan of Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling might be hard pressed to find the laughter in the new line of products from Excalibur Electronic. These talking devices are the sorts of thing only a product whore like Krusty the Klown might produce. We’re talking items… Read More

  • Talking Apollo with Kevin Lynch at Adobe Engage

    I’m at the Adobe Engage event with a bunch of other bloggers including David Berlind, Tim O’Reilly, Robert Scoble and James Governor. We’re getting demos from Adobe customers (and in some cases products the company is working on) which I’m covering over on my ZDNet blog, The Universal Desktop. The big highlight so far has been Adobe senior vice president and chief… Read More

  • Second Life Speaks

    Second Life has had music, but has otherwise been rather mute. That’s all soon to change when Linden Lab rolls out a beta test for person-to-person speech. Like a lot of other in-game speech systems, you’ll need a headset, but Second Life will provide a different peer-to-peer chat experience than those World of Warcraft conversational gems. The new system will mimic speech in the… Read More

  • USBCell Rechargeable Batteries Hands-On

    USBCell was kind enough to send over some rechargeable AA batteries for CrunchGear to test out and they couldn’t have arrived any sooner. My unhealthy addiction to Xbox 360 (and its wireless controllers) has been draining the ol’ wallet for a couple weeks now. UPDATE:USBCell was commended last week as a finalist for the Design Week Award for best consumer product of 2006. The… Read More

  • Able Planet Clear Harmony Noise Canceling Headphones Hands-On

    Able Planet’s Clear Harmony Noise Canceling Headphones have received a ton of rave reviews the last few months and for good reason. They offer superior sound quality and protect your hearing so you can continue to rock out well into your golden years. No wonder they won the Innovations Design and Engineering award at this year’s CES. I’ve had the headphones for a couple… Read More

  • Etymotic Gamers' E.D.G.E.

    Etymotic Research announced today that it would be launching a new division called E.D.G.E. Acoustics. The goal of the new division is to produce enhanced definition gaming earphones. The E.D.G.E. line is said to represent the pinnacle in gaming earphones by applying sound isolation and audio accuracy to harness various audio components heard in games. The product line will be launched at… Read More

  • Jesus on a Cell Tower: Believers Sign-Up for Service, Have Faith They'll Get Reception

    Many religious people see mystical images of Christianity in everyday items. To believers, that’s not just a potato chip, that’s the image of the Virgin Mary. But it wasn’t food imagery that excited the Ugandan town of Gulu, but the image of Jesus atop a cellphone tower. According to Eric Odongo, he “…saw clouds on top of the mast and that Jesus appeared to be… Read More

  • Sagem's Bluetooth Headset is World's Smallest, Still Won't Make You Cool

    It’s no secret: walking around with a Bluetooth headset on just to walk around with a Bluetooth headset on means that you’re a douche. No, really. If you take offense to this, look in a mirror. See the Bluetooth thing on your head? Yeah, see, you’re a douche. At the very least a tool. Now then, does that mean that if you wear this uber-tiny Sagem Bluetooth headset that… Read More

  • Sprint Offering Unlimited Plans To Compete With MVNOs

    Facing tough competition from MVNOs like Amp’d Mobile and Helio, both of which offer unlimited calling/data plans, Sprint will be testing out unlimited access plans in the San Francisco Bay area. One plan will offer unlimited voice calling, messaging, and phone-based Web browsing for $120 a month, while another plan will consist of the aforementioned plus unlimited PC data access for $150… Read More

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