• Terrorist Blows Up Internet Cafe In Morocco

    I suppose I can somewhat understand the tactic of blowing one’s self up in a place like Iraq, but an Internet cafe in Morocco? Some nutball terrorist was trying to enter a web cafe in Morocco so he could check out the latest and hottest terrorist sites (I personally recommend “Barely Legal Marxists”). When the cafe owner’s son didn’t let him in, the dude blew… Read More

  • BlackBerry Pearl Gets AT&T Branding, Red Coat of Paint (So Does The Treo 680)

    Cingular—oh excuse me, I mean AT&T—just announced red editions of the BlackBerry Pearl and the Treo 680. (The Treo is officially “crimson.”) Both are available immediately. That in and of itself shouldn’t grab any headlines, but the Pearl is the first device that’s been given the full AT&T branding, dumb all lowercase logo and all. That, on the… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Shock Edition

    Super Paper Mario: OMG
    Samsung Fridge Puts Rachael Ray On Ice
    Shock Ball: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Funner
    MC4 Music Cocoon: Frankenstein’s Rejected Spawn?
    PMA 2007 Read More

  • PicksPal Is Beating Vegas Sports Betting Odds

    Last year I wrote about PicksPal, a fantasy sports betting site where well over 100,000 members bet their friends and coworkers on the outcome of sporting events (and they just launched a nifty March Madness site as well). No money changes hands, but top users can win various prizes. It’s all for fun, but the company started selling the top picks of its best users in October. For $10… Read More

  • March Madness Office Pool, Web 2.0 Style

    PicksPal, a fantasy sports betting site, is launching a March Madness game this morning. Picks are made via an Ajax interface by clicking on the winners through to the Final Four. Once you’ve selected winners for all of the games, you can invite friends to participate as well, and create a widget showing your picks to put on a blog or social networking site. Users can also set up… Read More

  • Google Testing TV Ads in California

    The WSJ is reporting (behind paywall) that Google is conducting a small scale test of television advertisements in the Northern California town of Concord (east of San Francsicso), and there are additional rumors that Google is close to signing a deal with Dish Network, a satellite television provider, to supply advertising to its television subscribers. The article also notes that the total… Read More

  • Feeling Up The Slim Samsung L77


    Say hello to the recently announced 7.1-megapixel Samsung L77. We said say “Hello!” It is the slimmest (fractionally thinner than the $399 Casio Exilim EX-V7R) 7X optical zoom camera currently available. It’s start up time was fast, too, with the lens being entirely internal. Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6 Pics on a Treo 750v

    As Windows Mobile 6 (aka “Crossbow”) makes its way around the mobile marketplace, the question on my Windows-based smartphone owners is “will it work on my phone?” The answer is increasingly looking like a “yes”, as these new photos of WinMo 6/Crossbow running on a Treo 750v demonstrate. The OS has been distributed to phone makers and service providers… Read More

  • SXSW 2007: Phil Torrone Keynote


    I’m sitting at Phil’s keynote, crazy rave music is playing, people are dancing with glow sticks (not really). We’re just sitting here waiting for it to start. Keep checking out going to live blog this one. Read More

  • Nikon Coolpix P5000 Quick Look

    Nikon Senior Technical Manager Lindsay Silverman shows off some of the finer features on the new P5000. The camera straddles the line between dSLR and consumer point-and-shoot and looks cool doing it. Read More

  • Spotback Launches Their "Rate Everything" Widget

    News site Spotback has created a new widget that lets blogs and other sites gather user ratings on each piece of content. The product has launched on a few test sites, and will be available for anyone who wants to use it soon. The original Spotback, like the ill fated Findory, is a customized news site that pushes stories to you based on what you’ve clicked on (and rated) previously. Read More

  • SXSW 2007: All Hail Central Texas


    Anyone care to hypothesize what’s happening here? Send emails to contest at crunchgear dot com by Monday for fabulous prizes
    Well boys and girls, I’m now planted firmly in Austin for this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW). My trip to GDC 2007 reared a few interesting items like Emotiv’s Project Epoc and a nice case of laryngitis. The voice is is a hoarse wisp of my… Read More

  • Blackberry 8300: Big Letdown IMO

    The Boy Genius has once again been privy enough to get his hands on the newest Blackberry, the 8300, that I’ve been drooling over for the last two weeks. To be honest the initial reports just seemed to good to be true. There is no video recording capability and no WiFi, very sad and disheartening. Did I mention it has AT&T branding? Ok, I’ll stop bashing on it because it does… Read More

  • Olympus SP-550 UZ: Compensate For Your Wee…Zoom


    The Olympus SP-550 UZ is definitely cock of the walk in the long-zoom-camera category at PMA 2007. The ultra-zoom (UZ) wide-angle (28-504mm in 35mm photography) lens carries an optical zoom up to 18X. That’s a lot of zoom for as compact as it is and beats newer long-zoom models from Fujifilm, Kodak and Panasonic by as much as 8X. With a suggested retail price of $499, you’re… Read More

  • Consumating Goes Open Source

    I’m at SXSW and Ben Brown, co-founder of CNET-owned Consumating, just announced that they will be releasing “every single line of code” for Consumating within the next month. Consumating is a dating and social networking website for “geeks” that CNET acquired back in December 2005. Ben said that the community is the true value of Consumating and that the community… Read More

  • Samsung L74: World Trip Planner

    The Samsung L74 Wide has a Tour Guide function that gives you travel information covering 4,500 regions in 30 countries, so you can plan trips while you’re on the road. It also has 450MB of internal memory. Read More

  • Samsung NV11

    Samsung’s NV11 features a 10.1-megapixel sensor, 5X optical zoom Schneider lens, a 2.7-inch display and face recognition. But its innovative menu interface is what really makes it a compact camera worth checking out. Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Verizon Bills Vonage $58 Million for Infringement

    Bubbly, nationally advertised Vonage may lose the right to offer VOIP services at the hand of Verizon. On Friday, Verizon won its patent infringement case against upstart Vonage by being awarded a 5.5% royalty for use of patented technologies with $58 million in past damages due. Specifically, Verizon holds a series of patents, including US 6430275 covering a means for tracking customer… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Security Edition

    Sockphones: Destroy Your Childhood Friend For Personal Gain
    Real Life Star Trek Tricorder Developed
    Electronic USB Wind Instrument: Go Ahead, Pretend You’re a Real Musician
    The Mii Generation
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8: $350 Of Long-zoom Action Read More

  • YouTube Folds, Turkey Lifts Ban

    YouTube has removed all of the offending videos that led a Turkish court to order that YouTube be banned from the country earlier this week, and the ban has been lifted. This sets a terrible precedent for YouTube, who should have stood their ground. The original videos were sophomoric jabs at Turkey from Greeks, none of which should have led to a ban in the first place. For YouTube to agree… Read More

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