• Capazoo Wants To Pay You For Your Social Networking Time

    Canadian social networking and entertainment site Capazoo wants to pay users for the time they spend interacting on the site, sort of. Capazoo comes with the usual variety of social networking functions, including blogging, photo and video uploads, profile pages etc etc. Where Capazoo differs is its offer to compensate its users for the time spent on the site and the activities they undertake. Read More

  • Stupid anorexic USB toy tells you how slowly you type, loser

    I’m a little frightened of this toy. It’s a USB words-per-minute display that’s also a plastic mouse on an exercise bike. The more words you type per minute, the faster this little guy goes, never mind the fact that this anorexic rodent looks like he needs a sandwich more than cardio. It features a monochrome display to tell you how you’re doing, but unless you’re… Read More

  • TiVo's future isn't the box, it's what goes in the box

    It would be tempting to come up with a snarky headline for this story, such as “TiVo changing channels”, but we’ll spare you. In fact, we’re going to make a general summarization: TiVo is doing better than analysts thought it would, and that’s because it’s concentrating on working with content providers, not just using what they create. NBC, for example… Read More

  • Peter's gift guide for the holidays

    We’re not too keen on gift guides here at CrunchGear and it’s probably more painful and tedious than writing up the latest Hello Kitty contraption. Alas, we don’t have much of a choice so here’s my gift guide where I’ll cover the be all and end all of gear bags, a variety of phones from all the major carriers, a few gaming recommendations and my choice of DSLRs. Read More

  • New Garmin GPS unit to support topo, aerial photo data

    It won’t be the first to the party, or even the second or third, but the trusted Garmin brand will soon have a unit that support that will include aerial maps and topographic data pre-loaded. You can also enhance its built-in stuff with SD cards with sweet cartographic centers. It’s waterproof, it’s got temp and altitude monitors, and it’s navigated by what they call… Read More

  • AC Gears open up shop in NYC

    Over the weekend I made my way up to 8th street and Broadway for the opening party of the AC Gears store. I really had no idea what it was about or what to expect. I just saw the notice of in my Thrillist e-mail. What I found was a wall of headphones, random toys/gadgets from Japan and some of those uber cool Tokyo Flash watches we randomly post about. There wasn’t much that caught my… Read More

  • Tryphone lets you try phones, duh

    Now here’s an interesting idea for those of you who aren’t leaving Mom’s basement no matter what, even to demo the latest phones. It’s called TryPhone, and it’s a Website that essentially lets you virtually demo the latest phones without having to leave your AD&D game. I’d like to see more phones, but it’s a new site, so we’ll give it time… Read More

  • Funding News: Smilebox Raises $7M, Bahu Gets $1M

    Smilebox, a site where you can create a variety of media presentations (such slideshows, ecards, scrapbooks, photobooks, and postcards) by loading your own amateur photos and videos into designer templates, has raised $7M in Series B financing. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners and joined by Frazier Technology Ventures. The company says that it has garnered 1.8M users since its… Read More

  • Scheme to Destroy Your Competition with RivalMap

    In December 2006, we reviewed a product called Competitious that helps businesses keep track of competitors by aggregating website traffic data and blog posts about them. Today, the same company behind Competitious has released a new on-demand service called RivalMap that means to take the tracking and management of competitors to the next level. RivalMap reminds me of BaseCamp in part… Read More

  • Skimbit announces beta and first customer

    Skimbit, described as a social decision-making tool, launches it’s formal beta trial this week. The free service is designed to let you manage the results of web searches, say for a holiday, wedding or shopping trip, and aggregates the feedback from friends and family to make it easier to come to a group decision. Notionally Skimbit is meeting a need, since about 88% of adults conduct… Read More

  • Rumor: VOIP software working on iPod Touch?

    This story is still developing, but apparently someone has gotten the "Nintendo DS-based SIP app" running on the iPod Touch. Such software could use a microphone dock connector (pictured left) to send and receive voice calls. This is promising news but, again, it’s still early so we’ll wait to find out more. VoIP confirmed!!! [iPod Touch Mods] via TUAW Read More

  • Subhub close to investment

    SubHub, a startup which has been around for a couple of years now, is flipping its high-cost service for subscription content web sites to a more “Web 2.0” model of a low cost, low entry point. The upshot is that just about anyone will be able to afford to create a content-based web site with subscription and e-commerce facilities baked-in. The move comes as the site is looking… Read More

  • Keep hope alive: Manhunt 2 might see UK release after all

    Manhunt 2 may yet go on sale in the UK, saints be praised! Rockstar, the game’s publisher, had appealed a British certification board’s rejection to rate the game (which effectively banned its sale)… and won! Yes, R*’s appeal was successful, meaning that the certification board has to review the game again. If the board takes no action this time around, you’ll be… Read More

  • Tiny VIA ARTiGO contains mobo, case, and processor

    Well look at this little peanut. It’s the ARTiGO kit from VIA. It’ll set you back $300 and includes a VIA C7 1GHz processor, 4 USB 2.0 ports, integrated audio and video with VGA output, support for up to 1GB of DDR2 memory and 2.5-inch hard drive, and weighs 1.14 pounds. You’ll have to bring your own operating system (not compatible with Vista), RAM, hard drive, keyboard… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Free shipping from Apple, today only

    It appears as if Apple has taken the concept of “Cyber Monday” and has extrapolated it to “Cyber Mondays”, plural. Proof of this idea is on the Apple store today, as you find a big red banner advertising free shipping on anything you buy at the Apple store all day today. No word on if this will continue on Mondays throughout the holiday season, but if it does, expect it… Read More

  • Toshiba M700 series tablets feature touch screen LEDs

    Toshiba has two new tablet notebooks up for sale starting today. Both belonging to the Portégé M700 series, they are the "company’s first Tablet PC to incorporate a touch screen LED backlit display." The two newly-available models both feature an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor, 160GB SATA hard drive, 12.1-inch widescreen LED backlit display, integrated dual-layer… Read More

  • Your favorite Halo rumors gently crushed in Bungie chat

    The forums have been, as ever, abuzz with the most ridiculous of Halo rumors. In a recent chat-style interview, some of these speculations were brought under the scrutiny of two Bungie guys. Among the highlights:
    -The Halo Movie is on “pause,” which is probably a nice way of saying “stalled.”
    -Nothing Marathon-related in the works. What, Halo isn’t Marathon related? Read More

  • Panasonic HDTVs + Panasonic Blu-ray players = Hot holiday bundles

    If you’re in the market for some serious home theater action, Panasonic, of all companies, has just announced a bundle worth looking into. Starting next week, retailers will be selling Panasonic plasma HDTVs bundled with Panasonic Blu-ray players at a discounted cost. If you’re in the Blu-ray camp, this might be the time to take the plunge. Of course, if you’re not married… Read More

  • Electric car prototype can sell power back to utilities

    Faculty members at the University of Delaware have built an electric car that’s capable of selling back excess stored energy to utility companies depending on the demands of the electrical grid. "A car sitting there with a tank of gasoline in it, that’s useless. If it’s a battery storing a lot of electricity and a big plug that allows moving power back and forth… Read More

  • Rumor: Call of Duty 5 takes place in…

    Rumors are trickling in about Treyarch’s next installment to the Call of Duty series will jump back to WWII, but it will set place somewhere in the Pacific. I don’t quite remember the happenings of the Pacific during WWII, but I’m sure whatever Treyarch has in mind will be off the charts. Well, at least I hope it is. COD 4 is pretty badass as well as previous versions so… Read More

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