• Final Sound 300i Speakers

    So these speakers got announced last month, but we’re just hearing about them. From Final Sound comes the 300i series speakers. What sets these speakers apart are their surprising dimensions. Measure 4-feet tall and just 1-inch thick, the speakers take up hardly any space at all. They’re not available yet, but the speakers are being highlighted at CES this January. We’ll be… Read More

  • Reflections on MediaTech

    At the risk of repeating anything Sam may have already said about MediaTech last week, here’s my take on it. With the perspective of a few days under my belt, I can see that the MediaTech 2.006: Where Media And Technology Collide event last Thursday was a pretty damn good event. Rarely do venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and media companies get together in one space and talk the same… Read More

  • Comedy Central Shows Appear On IFilm

    If you were disappointed about Comedy Central demanding YouTube pull all clips of “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” from its site, rejoice. Viacom-owned iFilm.com (a recent acquisition) is now posting three-minute clips of the shows, totaling up to most if not all of the entire show that aired. And it’s posting them the day after the episodes originally air. Read More

  • The week when London partied … Paris next.

    Last week was a great week for catching up with a few people. Wednesday I caught up with Euan Semple, until then I had resisted Twitter but sadly I have been drawn into this backchannel web craze. Thursday was Media Tech 2006. Congratulations to Richard Youngman from Library House for his hard work in getting the event together. One of the highlights for me was the VC panel session with… Read More

  • Belkin Finally Dumps Cable-Free USB Hub On The Market

    Though I won’t believe it until it’s sitting in front of me on my desk (I’ve seen prototypes of it for a long time now), Belkin has announced that its wireless USB hub will be available for purchase by mid-December in the US. The $199 four-port hub uses Ultra-Wideband (UWB) via a Wisair chipset to wirelessly send data from your computer to your peripherals at up to USB… Read More

  • Wii Multiplayer In Q2 2007

    Nintendo of America’s top guy Reggie Fils-Aime stated in an interview that online Wii gaming won’t be available until Q2 2007. He implied that the first of the multiplayer enabled games will start to drop in March and that there should be something of an onslaught following that. I’m not really sure how I feel about this. Six months after launch seems like a particularly… Read More

  • Reader Response Update

    Greetings all, I just wanted to take a moment away from our regularly scheduled programming to give you all an update on our Reader Response Contest. Our grand prize this week is a brand new Samsung Blackjack. That’s not all though. Over the next 10 weekdays, we’ll be giving away 100 copies (10 per day) of M2 Convert for either iPod or PSP. To be eligible, all you have to do… Read More

  • TiVoToGo Gets Cracked, DRM Stripped. TV Actually Set Free?

    I’m not sure what TiVo’s excuse is for not providing non-Windows users, including myself, access to TiVoToGo features. Probably the same one I get from every other company that doesn’t provide Mac/Linux support: There just aren’t enough users. But it’s that kind of attitude that drives people to do things like break DRM. PVRWire has a report of a project… Read More

  • Razr V3xx Passes FCC Gauntlet

    Well if you’re the one person out there who hasn’t yet begun to find the Motorola’s Razr a lackluster device, then you’re in luck. The V3xx has been approved by the FCC for Cingular. It is a quad-band GSM/EDGE phone with 850/1900 WCDMA. The V3xx also includes a 1.3-megapixel camera, MicroSD, stereo Bluetooth and support for streaming audio and video. Nothing to see… Read More

  • Klever Kutter: An End to Wrap Rage?

    If you’ve ever found yourself with bloody fingers clenching scissors and a package that refuses to open, then take a look at the Klever Kutter. It uses non-exposed razor blades and slice unwilling packages any way you want. They’re 1.99 each, but if you buy 500+ you can get them for $1.59 a piece. Whatta deal! Product Page [via Gizmodo] Read More

  • Keyspan's Color iPod Remote, TuneView, Ships

    This is the first time I’ve seen an iPod dock combined with a remote with a color screen that gives you full access over your iPod’s library. Which is cool, especially if you’ve connected this little wonder to your TV/home-entertainment system. And it’s now shipping so you can pick one up for the holidays. Keyspan’s TuneView dock and remote communicate via a… Read More

  • Favorites and Lemons of the Year?

    The Holiday Season (TM) is upon us and we’re getting our workshop ready for your perusal. However, you can help us out by sending in some of your favorite/least favorite gear of the year. Email us at tips at crunchgear dot com with the subject “HOLIDAYS” and we’ll enter you into a top secret holiday drawing. Read More

  • Yahoo Wants Free Reporting

    Yahoo wants you to work for their news site. But you might not get paid. The company announced on Monday that they would partner with Reuters to solicit public contributions to their news service. The new submission page is live but not yet accepting submissions. CNN has been accepting public picture and video submissions for quite a while now but it doesn’t seem to be a significant part… Read More

  • iPhone Patent Application: Ceramic Sasquatch Revealed

    gets hopped on ale and goofballs and spills the beans, bloggers have found the secret iPhone patent complete with the constipated phrasing that makes these such a joy to read. What do we learn from this massive document? 1. A portable computing device capable of wireless communications, the portable computing device comprising: an enclosure that surrounds and protects the internal… Read More

  • Holiday Buyers Guide 2006: Console Gaming

    Don’t you miss the old days when all you had to do was walk into an electronics store, find that one good game and go home happy? With so many consoles on the market, and even more games to choose from, choosing the right console and right games can become a difficult task. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 give you cutting edge high definition graphics, the Nintendo Wii gives you… Read More

  • Bluepulse 2.0 Does Not Disappoint

    Mobile phone application company bluepulse released version 2.0 today to rave reviews on our sister site, MobileCrunch. Blogger Oliver Starr could not say enough about the new platform. “I’ve seen quite a number of mobile applications in the last twelve months and many have been very comprehensive but I do not believe that I’ve seen a single platform that had as many… Read More

  • Weekly Crunch: Desert Oasis Edition

    Honda Embraces Solar Power, Listens to Grateful Dead, Smells of Patchouli
    Japanese Develop Umbrella With Flickr And Youtube Integration
    Meet the Antikythera Mechanism
    Commenter Appreciation Begins Read More

  • Another Crazy Music Model

    eListeningPost is a new music service that allows artists to distribute their songs via a link on a website or by email. The file can be listened to up to five times on any one computer – meaning it can be forwarded to others and they can listen to it five times, too. There are no restrictions on the number of times a file can be forwarded, and if someone likes the song, they can… Read More

  • AskCity Launches. It's Cool.

    We’ve previously named Yahoo Maps the top maps application on the Internet. Tonight we’re not so sure. The new AskCity product, which combines Ask.com’s existing maps product (overhauled last February) with deep local content (information, reviews, etc.) and very good search, will make it our go to source for maps and local business information. Ask CEO Jim Lanzone gave us… Read More

  • Has The Exodus From Yahoo Begun?

    The Garlinghouse Memo last month signaled that change was coming at Yahoo. No senior execs have yet been shown the door, but some people just below those ranks are starting to leave. Michael Marquez, Yahoo’s Director of Corporate Development (shown with Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake) left Yahoo last Friday. He’ll be heading up Digital Strategy, Investments and Acquisitions, under… Read More

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