• English lady columnist calls video games 'crack cocaine'

    [photopress:vcross.jpg,full,right] This lady rules. Janice Turner of The Times—they have a decent football podcast—goes into the familiar “new technology is scary and stupid and I wish the Old Days were here again when I didn’t have to know what a Web site was and how to dial a mattress” crutch in a recent column entitled “Xbox is crack for kids”… Read More

  • Rumor: Canon to introduce mid-pro "3D" camera and 5D replacement?


    Apparently some Canon reps technicians have loose lips and while jawing about how unpredictable their bosses were about announcing things, may have leaked a few specs for a phantom camera set to fit in between the 1D Mark III and the 5D. He also mentioned some possible upgrade specs for the 5D — maybe now is your chance to buy a used 5D on the cheap as all the pros ditch for the new… Read More

  • 23andMe Now Available In Europe, Canada

    23andMe, the consumer genetics testing company founded by Sergey Brin’s wife Anne Wojcicki, is now available in Europe and Canada. The service, which launched in November enables customers to search and discover whether their genes make them more predisposed to certain outcomes, such as cancer or other illnesses. Michael signed up for a 23andme kit in December. You can read his… Read More

  • Velociraptoricide!

    Off-Road Velociraptor Safari from Matthew Wegner on Vimeo. So this game lets you be a velociraptor who can mow down other velociraptors in a jeep using a big chain and the front of the jeep. It should be on the web soon enough or you can just take a bunch of Robitussin and fall asleep on the couch and you can dream this game before burp/puking up a lot of cough syrup. Besides — it’s… Read More

  • More Olympus point and shoots – here come the Styluses. Styli?


    Olympus has unveiled its new higher-end point and shoots, starting at $250. More megapixelage and better lenses, but slightly heavier if you’re watching those ounces. More pics and specs after the link. Read More

  • Rumor Smashed: Lenovo not outsourcing to Taiwan

    This is not happening according to my Lenovo rep. No… the press reports that note Lenovo is moving ThinkPad production from China to Taiwan are incorrect. There are no plans to change ThinkPad production. Read More

  • 20x, wide-angle zoom Oly makes me feel funny

    I don’t know how they do it, but the Oly SP-570UZ boasts ultra zoom with a 10-megapixel sensor, dual image stabilization, face detection, shadow adjustment and perfect shot preview, which I’ll discuss later. The 570 is sort of like an SLR, but not. It has a rather large LCD at 2.7-inches and a f2.8-4.5 lens with an equivalent of 26-520mm focal length. I guess the inclusion of… Read More

  • Sony to release Ceramic White PS3 in the US

    [photopress:whiteps3.jpg,full,center] Given that 2008 is predicted to be the PS3’s year, it’s no surprise that Sony will want to keep momentum on its side. Sony will release the Ceramic White PS3 in North America, several years after white-colored electronics have gone from fashionable to dated. (See: the just-released pink iPod nano.) In Japan, the Ceramic White model comes with… Read More

  • Olympus loves to release cameras! Here's the FE-3xx series


    Olympus, who made my first and favorite CD player, is releasing a metric ton of cameras at the PMA convention. Hit the link for the important specs, pics, and my pick. Read More

  • Olympus announces two waterproof, crushproof point-and-shoots

    Olympus is announcing two shockproof, dustproof, waterproof and freezeproof models to the SW collection. The 1030 has a slight advantage over the 850 by claiming that it’s crushproof. How crushproof? It can supposedly handle up to 220 pounds of crushing pressure. It also features a 10-megapixel CCD sensor, 3.6x optical zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD, xD card slot and 14.7MB of internal storage. Read More

  • Do you use Web 2.0 apps – like a lot?

    Drop me a line @ john at crunchgear dot com if you really, really like web 2.0 apps as in “I erased Office so I could use Google Docs.” Read More

  • Boston: Comcast's TiVo boxes already having trouble?

    Comcast is busy installing TiVo-equipped boxes here in the Boston area today. I’ve been waiting patiently since 11:30. It’s now a little after 1:30 and this screen’s been up for the past hour with no end in sight. Come on, TiVo! You can do it, buddy! Read More

  • Boobik=sexy Twitter?

    You know what’s not Web 2.0 enough? Porn. That’s right. Where’s my porno social network? Where’s my Porno Pownce? Where’s my porno Facebook? Well, here’s a porno Twitter that just might make Mike rethink the Crunchies winners. I’m going to Poke NurseMika [NSFW] all afternoon, I suspect. Boobik [NSFW] Read More

  • Stealth Job Site NotchUp Makes Companies Pay To Interview You

    The problem with most job sites is that the people companies really want to hire don’t put their resumes on them because they are happy in their current positions. If you are a star manager, chances are your employer knows it and is treating you well so that you don’t even think about leaving. Who wants to bother looking for a job anyway if you don’t have to? … Read More

  • Reddit Adds Ability to Create Your Own "Reddits"

    According to a company blog post, social news site Reddit has launched, in closed beta, the ability for users to create their own “reddits”. The new feature will eventually allow all users to create their own social news lists for chosen topics. These customized reddits will come in three flavors: public, restricted, and private. If you set up a public reddit, every Reddit user will… Read More

  • TeleNav makes its way across the pond

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    One of our favorite mobile phone GPS providers, TeleNav, is bringing its unlimited 3D moving maps with voice and on-screen turn-by-turn driving directions to Europe. All the good stuff you’ve been wanting is now in the palm of your hands, Europe. If you own one of the following BlackBerries: the Curve, Pearl, 7130… Read More

  • Aircell rigs up first American Airlines Boeing 767-200


    Aircell air-to-ground antenna being installed on the Boeing in KC. Last week Aircell successfully installed their Internet Broadband Connectivity Solution at AA’s Kansas City maintenance facility. The Boeing 767-200 will begin beta testing over the next few weeks pending FAA certifications. The air-to-ground broadband system will provide you with hours of enjoyment provided you take a… Read More

  • Windows 7 to replace Vista by next year already?

    Windows 7 is apparently going to be released by mid-2009, just about the time that Vista gets all the bugs worked out and people get used to using it. Wonderful. As a disclaimer, I use Windows Vista on a Sony VAIO notebook so I’m not cutting down Vista for the sake of cutting down Vista. I use it every day and I’m not happy with it. There’s reportedly already an early… Read More

  • SimulScribe settles in "Visual Voicemail" lawsuit

    The whole trail is kind of convoluted but it seems there is a company, Klausner Technologies, with a patent for the same concept as SimulSays, SimulScribes visual voicemail solution for RIM and WinMo as well as Apple’s Visual Voicemail. It seems SimulScribe has settled and licensed the Klausner’s patents (here and here) while Apple, Vonage, AT&T, and AOL are still in litigation. Read More

  • Vishing AKA voice-phishing: Tell your Mom, tell your Dad

    Again with the phishing! The FBI is warning of “new” attacks, called vishing, that are encouraging email recipients to call toll-free numbers which ultimately lead down a VoIP hole to an south Asian sweatshop where a young man will answer and read a real-sounding script asking for PINs, SSNs, and your tumescent girth. Urban legend or no, it’s something to warn your… Read More

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