• Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8: $350 Of Long-zoom Action


    The Leica DC lens is the star of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 with its 11 elements in eight groups, including 3 aspherical lenses. The 12X optical zoom lens is carried over from last year’s DMC-FZ7, but is now backed with a 7.2-megapixel sensor and a newly enhanced Venus III processor. A RAW mode has been added as well. Read More

  • Cringely: Apple to Add H.264 Encoding/Decoding Chips?

    site, you may have been disappointed not in the quality of the video, but the playback experience. Apple uses the H.264 codec for all of its HiDef video, as it makes sharp pictures with smooth motion while maintaining reasonable file sizes and throughputs. The problem is, the heavy compression needed to get the quality you see takes an enormous amount of processing power to decompress. Read More

  • Solar Powered Talking Bible: Portable, Instant Deliverance

    For the righteous and pure of heart comes a solar powered, electronic talking Bible. God’s warriors can listen to both the Old and New Testament, switching between chapters and verses with the push of a button. (My favorites include Leviticus 18:22 and Austin 3:16.) Becoming a member of the flock in the 21st century costs $100, but your soul will be eternally virtuous. Product Page… Read More

  • Career Advice: Don't Spend Half Your Work Day On Facebook And Then Brag About It

    A Goldman Sachs trader in the UK named “Charlie” was warned by his employer that his visits to Facebook on company time were to stop. He spent, apparently, over 500 hours on Facebook in a six month period. That works out to about 4 hours per day. Unwisely, perhaps, Charlie posted the warning email on his Facebook account, saying “It’s a measure of how warped… Read More

  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III Raspberry

    When an older gentlemen in a suit giggles like a schoolboy, you know something either made a fart noise or something cool happened. In this video, we witness both of those things. The Canon EOS-1D Mark III can apparently take 5 million pictures a second and sounds like a poot. PMA 07: Canon EOS-1D Mark III Snapping Off Frames Like a House Afire [The Giz] Read More

  • AT&T, Yahoo Partnership in Peril

    Ruh-Roh, iPhone! The partnership that was supposed to make email on the iPhone sweeter than a kiss from a small Jack Russell puppy covered in sugar is now in jeopardy as the company-soon- to-be-known- as-the-company-formerly-known-as-Cingular and its parent company pare down the partnerships. The news is pretty tepid, but it was enough to drive down Yahoo stock and make us wonder if the… Read More

  • Apple Store Spotted in Second Life

    Some do-gooder constructed a frighteningly accurate model of Apple’s 5th Avenue store in Second Life. This video shows hip, Apple chic Second Life avatars walking around the store, playing the keyboard, harassing the geniuses at the bar and dancing all wily nilly to Wolfmother. If I didn’t have such powerful hatred for all thing Second Life I’d probably be more impressed. As… Read More

  • Neuromancer Graphic Novel Online


    Speaking of florid cyberpunkian prose, how about a great way to spend a Friday? I saw this graphic novel in a comic books shop (Monkey’s Retreat in Columbus, Ohio) back in high school. I haven’t been able to find it until BoingBoing dug it up. I’m kind of afraid of reading because, as far as I remember, it was so cool that I had to go get some cash and come back for it but… Read More

  • Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men? The GooglePhone Knows

    A patent attributed to Google describes a phone application that pre-emptively hunts down what you’re looking for. The phone or device will take into consideration your past habits and patterns and make suggestions and prepare maps based on your current location, predilections, and the decisions about the past searches. The result is a phone that knows you like Chinese food, will send you… Read More

  • AT&T Piles on Yahoo

    AT&T turned the Wall Street Journal (behind paywall – see Gigaom as well)) into a marketing tool today, planting a story that it’s long and successful DSL partnership with Yahoo is in jeopardy. Yahoo needed this like they needed a hole in their head, as CEO Terry Semel is still reeling from a recent stockholder action calling for his immediate dismissal. At stake is $250… Read More

  • Future Samsung DLPs Can Handle "Mind-Blowing" 3D

    This year’s CES featured a super-secret demo (read: no media) of a tech that just might save DLP: 3D. According to our source, the 2007 Samsung Slim DLP HDTVs will be capable of handing “future 3D games, movies, and other programming via compatible glasses and hardware.” That’s fine, but not if it’s no better than playing Rad Racer on the NES with those awful… Read More

  • BlackBerry 8800 Quick Look


    The postman rang once today, and he came bearing that oh-so-sweet-sounding BlackBerry 8800 (aka… the Pearl with a full-QWERTY keyboard.) Even though the Pearl’s SureType has improved drastically over previous generations, there was still a very loud group of ‘berry addicts who were screaming for a super-thin QWERTY to make their thumbs happy. And, as announced… Read More

  • Electronic USB Wind Instrument: Go Ahead, Pretend You're a Real Musician

    The electronic wind instrument USB is a testament to the human inventive spirit. It looks to be a cross between a flute and a clarinet and plugs into your PC’s USB port. There, software instruments let you “rock out” (with a flute?), creating musical pieces that I’m sure Mozart would be envious of. All of the keys on the flute are touch-sensitive, so you won’t have… Read More

  • Give Us Your Apple Horror Stories


    I had no sooner thrown up a story referencing a fictional article on the “Top Ten Apple-Related Customer Service Horror Stories”, when I realized that such a story might be kind of fun. So give us your best and worst Apple-related horror stories — customer service or otherwise. Either throw them in “comments” or shoot me an email at seth (at) crunchgear.com . If… Read More

  • Waxxi Podcast With Jimmy Wales

    Waxxi, an interactive podcast where people can call in and join the discussion, has just announced that they’ll be talking with Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales on April 5. If you want to be a part of it, register now. Only the first hundred or so people can participate. Read More

  • WTF? ISO 8000 on Kodak's EasyShare Z885


    When megapixels stopped wooing consumers to cameras, the manufacturers apparently switched to hyping another spec: ISO. The letters stand for the International Organization for Standardization and back in the film days the number that followed ISO referred to the film speed or the amount of light needed to expose the film. There’s math involved that we won’t go into here but… Read More

  • Fujifilm A820, A900: 8 or 9 Megapixels, Less Than $200


    Everyone seems to be downplaying the importance of megapixels lately, and while we don’t disagree they shouldn’t be wholly ignored because it’s still a reflection on image quality. Case in point, Fujifilm’s newest compact budget shooters, the A820 and A900, which offer the company’s 8- and 9-megapixel Super CCD HR image sensors, respectively. The A820 carries a… Read More

  • CrunchGear: Anytime, All The Time


    Can’t get enough CrunchGear? Always on the move and wish you could read our rants and raves? Then take your RSS/Atom feeds with you wherever you go. iFeedPod is a great program from Carnglass that syncs your favorite RSS or Atom feeds to your iPod. Version 1.12 is Universal Binary and works with Intel based Macs and PowerPC Macs, Windows PCs need not apply. You’ll be able to read… Read More

  • Bose Media System Pimps Out That Dashboard Of Yours

    If I asked you what company will have it’s in-dash navigation/media system in a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, you would probably say Alpine, right? Nope! Bose is making a huge dent on the market with its new Media System, an in-dash navigation device that can do pretty much anything your mind can dream of. Included are FM and XM Radio, CD player, a 30GB hard drive that can hold MP3s… Read More

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3: 10X Zoom, Small Package


    Looking for a nice travel companion to go globe-trotting with? The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 looks to be a top choice. The 7.2-megapixel camera features a wide-angle (28mm) Leica lens capable of smooth optical zooming up to 10X. Read More

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