• Sellaband to crowdsource free music

    German startup Sellaband.com is hoping to leverage the wisdom, and cash, of the crowd to produce high quality independent music for free download on their site. It’s a fascinating prospect even if it seems unlikely to succeed. The way it works is this: bands upload sample music to Sellaband.com, promote the heck out of their profile page and ask fans to chip in $10 per share of a… Read More

  • New Pics of Palm's Antenna-less Treo


    Here are some more Sean Connery 007 (not Daniel Craig 007) style spy pictures of the upcoming Treo. The phone’s running Windows Mobile 5, and the top of the phone where the provider’s logo should be is blacked out, so you can’t see what service this is on. Could it be Cingular? More Pictures of Palm’s New Antennae-less Treo [Slashgear] Read More

  • Windows Live testing video search

    Windows Live.com is working on some interesting new features in their beta search service, most notably video search. It’s not on the front page yet, but on the section of the site ironically missing the word beta on its logo: beta.search.live.com. Video search is hot right now: Google gave its video search a promotion to the front page two weeks ago, AOL’s new video site is big… Read More

  • Gateway Heads Fiery Batteries Off At Pass

    , Gateway has announced that their laptop batteries are fine, thank you for asking, and that they won’t be exploding in your face any time soon. A quote, straight from the Gateway’s mouth: Gateway has extensive measures in place to ensure product safety. Based on available information and our suppliers’ input, we do not believe our systems are at risk for the same… Read More

  • Radiomann Kit


    The Radiomann Kit is a German radio set that is complete with vacuum tubes, coils, antenna, capacitors and other components, allowing you to build your own little covert radio. The Radiomann, when complete, will be able to produce and receive medium and shortwave broadcasts and allow the user to conduct more than 30 radio experiments such as Morse code reception, feedback manipulation… Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation Contest

    This is a complex one, but this is a great pair of prizes so please bear with me.
    This, our final contest for August, involves creating chains of users. Up for grabs is an Motorola Q and a Kodak Easyshare V603. Here’s how to play… Read More

  • Diamond BizView BV300 and BV200

    The Diamond BizView BV300 is a dual-monitor GPU designed for 2D workstation applications like AutoCAD, Adobe Suite and GIS software. It features Unified and WHQL-Certified drivers, DirectX 9.0, Shader Model 3.0, and Open GL. The card itself is 256MB GDDR2 and also provides HDTV support. The BV200 is just a scaled down version of the BV300, but it loses some key features in the downgrade. For a… Read More

  • AOL to offer video from all the big guys

    AOL announced today that it has finalized deals to offer download to own deals with 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group through Video.AOL.com. AOL will now distribute content from all 6 the corporations owning major studios in the US, either through download to own or online. Downloads will cost between $10 and… Read More

  • Bose Upgrades Flagship Products

    I should have rocked these yesterday, but I didn’t see the embargo date of – oh… yesterday. I got to see the latest Bose gear firsthand here in New York and was relatively impressed. First, there’s the Acoustic Wave Music System II, which is a digital version of the earlier systems with some interesting signal processing that can smooth out audio as its pumped… Read More

  • Nintendo: DS Lite is Great and Is Great in Two New Colors

    It’s a bit flak-tastic, but Nintendo issued a release discussing the magic of the DS lite (“The battery is great! It’s, like, selling 1 million units! It’s great!”) and the two new colors, Onyx and Coral Pink. The new colors will launch on September 13, much to fanboy delight, and that’s about it. We love us some hyperbole! NINTENDO LAUNCHES NEW DS LITE… Read More

  • Ricky Gervais' Faux Microsoft Video

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=9076288729387457440&hl=en Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, of the UK version The Office, are in a faux Microsoft that surfaced on YouTube and some other video sites and it’s stirring up quite a bit of trouble. The pair agreed to produce some internal Microsoft training videos a few years back on the condition that they never be… Read More

  • Apple Recalls 1.8 Million Batteries

    We kept this under wraps because it sounded like an obvious stock dump ploy, but it seems that Apple is recalling about 1.8 million batteries due to overheating problems with the cells. Obviously this will make for quite a few finanical problems for Cupertino Steve and his band of misfits, but them’s the flaming laptop blues. This is all conjecture until we can confirm it, but… Read More

  • When Verizon Chatbots Attack


    A close friend of CrunchGear sent us this charming exchange he had with Verizon regarding his decision to pick up a nice new phone. Did he get many answers? No, but he did get frustrated enough to send me the chat log. All names have be redacted to protect the cyborgian. Read More

  • Commodore 64 Emulator in Flash 9

    This is pretty damn cool. It’s a full C64 emulator built in Flash 9 and downloadable or runnable via the browsers. You can program in BASIC (Try:
    10 PRINT "BOOBS!";
    20 GOTO 10
    ) and there appear to be some game ROMS available as well. I have to download a Flash update to play with it, but it’s amazing that we’ve gotten to the point where the masturbatory haze of my teen… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches More Gear Not For Noobs

    and, potentially a crash helmet. Then you have the Wireless Headset which will cut that dinky cable that connects to your controller for good. That’s $60. Finally, if you want to use any of this junk you’d better get the Wireless Gaming Receiver for $20. Consider it a tariff for using Microsoft’s airwaves. Microsoft Offers More Ways to Play Games for Windows and Xbox 360… Read More

  • CrunchedGear Contest Over: You're All Winners!

    , so you’re all winners. If you entered and I didn’t contact you about your prize, please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com. Stay tuned for the next hot contest. Read More

  • Yahoo! inches Flickr into search

    Apparently for the first time, limited photos from Flickr are now appearing in Yahoo! Search results. User driven indexing for search is part of what made Flickr exciting all along, I know it’s the first place I go to find images of plants (try searching by Latin names), places and events. Lingxian Ding wrote on the Yahoo! Search blog today that the integration is starting with searches… Read More

  • Canon Fires Cameras

    Alright I’m really sick of writing about Canon this morning. To add to the immense exodus of products from the Canon camp, the company also announced this morning the release of three new cameras to its Powershot line. They should space these releases out or something. Read More

  • Sony Promises 27 Playable PS3 Games by TGS

    Sony has announced that the PS3 will have 27 playable titles by Tokyo Game Show, which takes place on September 22-24, in Tokyo, Japan. A majority of the playable games at E3 will be showing their pretty little faces again, along with a fresh list of new titles including Capcom’s Devil May Cry 4 and Namco Bandai’s Ridge Racer 7. Sony will also be showing its own playable games… Read More

  • Apple, Dell, Lenovo Hold Battery Summit

    It’s not every day that you see three heavy-hitters get together to discuss something as mundane – and important – as laptop batteries. The three companies will hold a summit in San Jose next month to discuss the problem of batteries exploding on YouTube. The companies, which are part of OEM Critical Components Committee of the IPC-Association Connecting Electronics… Read More