• KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm

    Because a study said that 19 out of 20 kids under the age of 16 can sleep through a fire alarm at 120 decibels – yeah right, my kids wake up if I even breathe too loudly – KidSmart came up with an innovative smoke alarm that promises to wake at least a few of those 19 kids up if there’s a fire. Instead of a shrill beep, the alarm records a parent’s voice and plays it… Read More

  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-N2 10-megapixel Shooter

    pictures? Good news, the 10 megapixel point-and-shoot has just been released officially. The camera has a 3x optical zoom, 3-inch LCD that’s also touch-screen, and a 1/1.8-inch CCD sensor. It makes good use of its large screen with the built-in photo album that holds up to 500 pictures. Sony’s camera has 56MB of internal storage, supports 4GB Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO… Read More

  • Ubisoft Wii-eel To Ship With GT Pro Series

    Ubisoft Wii-eel To Ship With GT Pro Series

    This is a couple of days old, but it’s still a big deal. What you see before you is Ubisoft’s Wii driving game accessory. It’s made by Thrustmaster, and is a peculiar design in concept. Plug the Wii-mote into the Wii-eel, kick back in your Lazy Boy and race to your heart’s content. But I forsee few issues with this cool-ish idea. First and foremost, I’m a weak hippie. Read More

  • Cingular Gets Samsung SGH i607

    Cingular Gets Samsung SGH i607

    It looks like I might have found my next phone. Cingular will be offering the Samsung SGH i607 in Q3. This UMTS/HSDPA equipped handset runs Windows Mobile 5 OS and it is said to be particularly capable of handling xCSS and enhanced-xHTML. It also features a standard 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a 64k TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 240. In addition to all of that, it… Read More

  • iBreath Could Save You from DUI Ruination

    iBreath Could Save You from DUI Ruination

    Another day, another seemingly useless iPod accessory. This thing serves 2 functions, FM transmitter and, more interestingly, breathalyser. The guys selling the iBreath are saying you should use it before you drive to find out if you’re actually sober enough to drive, but I have a feeling this is going to be used a lot more when your buddies are sitting around the apartment and… Read More

  • Samsung's New NAND

    Samsung's New NAND

    Samsung has developed a new form of NAND memory with greatly improved capacity and performance. It’s dubbed Phase-change Random Access Memory (PRAM) and it currently only exists in prototype form, but Samsung intends to bring it to market by 2008. The memory achieves significantly higher speeds due to its Charge Trap Flash (CTF) architecture, which reduces inter-cell noise levels and… Read More

  • Nintendo DS 40GB Hard Drive Mod

    Nintendo DS 40GB Hard Drive Mod

    So you bought a Nintendo DS, and now you’re wishing you had a PSP. The DS just doesn’t have the storage capacity to watch those illegally downloaded midget porns, or listen to that new Yanni record that everybody’s talking about. Well, one of our Canadian neighbors has come up with a solution that might appeal to you. Take the thing apart, take all the IDE connections from… Read More

  • The 360 Case Mod Microsoft Would Rather You Not See

    The 360 Case Mod Microsoft Would Rather You Not See

    Ben Heckendorn is not your average case modder. This guy is “El Numero Uno,” as they say in the small Latin village I was raised in. Somebody with a lot of money told Ben they wanted an Xbox 360 that they could carry around with them and use wherever he liked. So Ben put the thing into a 2.8-inch, 14-pound box that only has one cable coming out of the back for power. Not content… Read More

  • Toshiba Develops Three Layer DVD

    Toshiba Develops Three Layer DVD

    This could be a big, big advantage for HD DVD. Toshiba announced that it has developed a three layer DVD that contains two HD DVD layers and one standard DVD layer. So DVDs utilizing this feature could contain one 4.78GB layer and a 30GB double layer HD DVD or two 8.57GB DVD layers with one 15GB HD DVD layer. If studios decide to embrace this technology, it could do more to help proliferate HD… Read More

  • Apple Rumor Roundup

    Apple is hosting a special press event in San Francisco tomorrow with the tagline “It’s Showtime”. Press has been segmented into those invited and those not invited. For some reason I have not been able to bribe, demand or beg my way in, but the CrunchGear guys will be there blogging live. We already know that Apple is almost certainly going to announce a new movie… Read More

  • New iPod Could be Near Afterall

    New iPod Could be Near Afterall

    A week ago, we would joke around the CrunchGear lunch mess, “What’s 16:9, touchscreen, and probably not going to be announced September 12th by Apple?” The answer was, of course, the “true” Video iPod. The one with the touch-screen goodness and virtual click-wheelization. Now it’s looking like we might have egg on our collective face. Though people have… Read More

  • Sybase buys Mobile365 in an all cash transaction

    Sybase buys Mobile365 in an all cash transaction

    Sybase┬árecently signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mobile 365, a mobile messaging and content delivery service provider, in an all cash transaction worth $425m. Following the closing of the transaction, Mobile 365 will operate as Sybase Mobile 365, a wholly-owned subsidiary. The new subsidiary will be led by Marty Beard, Sybase’s senior vice president of corporate development… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Wedding Gift Edition

    Daily Crunch: Wedding Gift Edition

    Highlights from the past week: Teclast TL-T29 Video MP3 Player
    BenQ DC C1000 10-Megapixel Point and Shoot
    Plug and Play Atari Keychains
    Sonicare e9500 Hands-On
    Seeing Red: Ultra High-Def
    CrunchGear and the Race to 2000 Read More

  • Ramblings on ThisNext

    A handful of startups are groping around in the “social shopping” area, talking about making money from the 80% of online shopping time that is spent researching products rather than buying them. The king of this space is CNET reviews, which combines editor reviews with lots of pictures and structured data with direct user reviews as well. In May Yahoo launched Yahoo Tech… Read More

  • Terapad goes beyond blogging

    Terapad goes beyond blogging

    I first started blogging in November 2002, using Dave’ Winer’s Radio Userland. The blog was called Second Thoughts and it covered topics such as web services, DRM, open source, start-ups, Microsoft and Google. Oddly looking back at some of the posts, nothing seems to have really changed, other than the fact I moved my personal blog to Six Apart’s Typepad in July 2003 and… Read More

  • Top social media users getting paid; is the balance shifting?

    Jason Calacanis says in an AOL memo he’s posted that his model for Netscape has been vindicated by the recent conflagration at Digg and rapid growth of page views at Netscape. He says recent events are proving that top contributors to social media sites need recognition and approval, if not payment, in order to continue doing the hard work required to make a social site vibrant. … Read More

  • Leaked Pics of Motorola Linux E690 PDA

    Leaked Pics of Motorola Linux E690 PDA

    Motorola hasn’t announced it yet, but it looks like they’re working on a new RAZR-esque touchscreen PDA phone that will notably feature Linux. This thing has a big, bright 262K QVGA TFT touchscreen interface, a 2MP digital camera with flash, and, of course, video recording and conferencing. It can also play MP3, WMA, RealAudio, MIDI, WAV, AAC, AMR, RealVideo, MPEG-4 and H.263… Read More

  • Rub Your Belly Three Times to Pre-Order The Wii

    Rub Your Belly Three Times to Pre-Order The Wii

    I’m goint to say this is basically a way for Lik-sang to drive some traffic, but it looks like they’re letting you pre-order the Wii. Feel free to send me your address as well – Lik-sang isn’t requiring a credit card, so I won’t either – and maybe I’ll send you a Wii, as well. Or maybe I’ll just get eveyone excited over nothing. Wiiii! Pre-Order… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Desktop Feed Reader

    Microsoft has added a desktop feed reader to its Max photo viewing and sharing software. To use Max you must be on a Windows machine running the new Windows .NET Framework 3.0 RC1 (it will self install if you are on a previous version). Additional requirements are here. We downloaded the 54 MB file and installed it on a newish Windows machine. The best way to describe the interface (see… Read More

  • Check out Blogmusik Before It's Pulled off the Internet

    Blogmusik.net is a site that lets users search for songs and play them (streaming) immediately via a Flash player that looks like an iPod. Use does not require registration. However, if you create an account you can also save songs and create playlists. The library is quite extensive – I was listening to Eminem, R.E.M., Metallica and Frank Sinatra earlier this evening and it seemed to… Read More