• Apple Releases 24" iMac

    We reported yesterday that Apple would likely release a 24″ iMac at the “It’s Showtime” event, but it looks like they just couldn’t wait until September 12. Apple jumped the gun a bit and today added the new 24″ size to its store. The new system features: 24-inch widescreen LCD 1920×1200 resolution 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor1 4MB shared L2… Read More

  • Mac Ads Feature Giselle, Therapy

    Nick Starr has a very nice write up about the latest Mac ads featuring, in order, Giselle Bundchen, the PC gagging on something, and the two systems in therapy. The Giselle one, seen here, should be pretty hi-larious considering that John “PC” Hodgman’s girlfriend seems to be a guy I went to college with – yes, he wore a dress all the time, then, as well. With Nokia… Read More

  • Intel Restructures

    Last week we reported about a rumor circulating regarding Intel’s plan to restructure its organization, a process featuring mass layoffs–today it’s been quantified. The chip maker released a statement saying: Intel today announced plans for restructuring following an analysis of the company’s structure and efficiency. As a result of the restructuring, the company expects… Read More

  • CrunchGear this Week

    The Six Degrees of Crunchation Contest is over and we gave away a Motorola Q and a Kodak V603 to two lucky winners. Drop in to see some of the entries. In upcoming news, Apple has announced that they’ll be holding a super-secret press conference on September 12 and CrunchGear will be there, liveblogging like fiends. Finally, two CrunchGear editors will be at CTIA next week so drop them… Read More

  • Mobango is coming to the UK

    Italian based Mobango, a social network for mobile internet users, is soon to launch in the UK. Mobango enables users to publish, convert or share with friends their user generated media and content either via the web or via a mobile device. The Mobango web site is a collection of free mobile content such as videos, ringtones, pictures and wallpapers, all easy to download and… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Luxury Living Edition

    Enjoy a selection from yesterday’s news: Guitar Mania Freedom V Wireless Guitar Controller
    Japanese Wine-Identifying Robot
    Teclast TL-T29 Video MP3 Player
    IGN Wii Preview
    Molecular Identification, Coming Soon Read More

  • Facebook Users Revolt, Facebook Replies

    There has been an overwhelmingly negative public response to Facebook’s launch of two new products yesterday. The products, called News Feed and Mini Feed, allow users to get a quick view of what their friends are up to, including relationship changes, groups joined, pictures uploaded, etc., in a streaming news format. Many tens of thousands of Facebook users are not happy with the changes. Read More

  • Google Archives 200 Years of News

    Google News has broken free from its temporal chains; no longer content to display search results from a measly month of prior news, the service has signed with a number of partners to offer news search extending back into early last century. According to PaidContent’s summary of the NYT coverage, sources include the Wall Street Journal, New York Times (to 1981), Washington Post, Time… Read More

  • More (mostly) free music: EMI to partner with SpiralFrog

    EMI Music Publishing is announcing tonight that they are partnering with New York startup SpiralFrog to distribute music for free download. SpiralFrog hit the news late last month with their groundbreaking partnership with Universal to distribute music for free (see our coverage for more details). Universal appears set to buy BMG (the non Sony half of Sony-BMG) for roughly $2 billion in the… Read More

  • Carson Systems launches Amigo newsletter advertising

    Almost two thousand subscribers watched the UK email newsletter advertising app Amigo launch today after the team of well known developers documented the seven month process on their blog BareNakedApp.com. Carson Systems, the company behind the file delivery tool DropSend and the developers’ resource site Vitamin, developed a loyal following as they blogged about Amigo’s… Read More

  • Pantech Launches Satellite DMB Phone, U.S. Not Invited

    It’s always nice to see what we can’t have sometimes. Take this little DMB phone for example. It flips open like a Sidekick so you can watch DMB video through satellite connections and maybe do a little long form texting. While we’ll never see this here, it’s a pretty cool – if derivative – design. The LCD display is designed to pop up automatically at a… Read More

  • HP Beats Down Boardroom Leaker

    , to hire an outside electronic security firm to “mine” HP’s phone records to figure out who on her board made or received calls to CNET reporters. They found the culprit, but the resulting brouhaha will probably make tomorrow’s front page and there are probably going to be some heads rolling in Palo Alto come morning. We’ll keep you updated. Phone-Records Scandal… Read More

  • Another Day, Another iPhone Rumor

    I’ve been trying not to answer my phone if it’s another iPhone rumor, but it keeps ringing. I feel like every analyst on the planet is drunk dialing me at the same time. Eventually, you have to pick it up and allow them to ramble. This week is no different. The on-again-off-again rumors of Steve and company phoning home come from Shaw Wu, an analyst at American Technology Research. Read More

  • Guitar Mania Freedom V Wireless Guitar Controller

    The Ant Commandos (TAC) have announced the launch of the Freedom V Wireless Guitar Controller and the Shredder Guitar Controller for the Playstation 2, finally ending the demand for a wireless guitar controller. There are few things quite so frustrating as getting tangled up in your chord while trying to raise the axe for star power in those crucial solo moments. The Freedom V features the body… Read More

  • Litebook Kisses SAD Goodbye

    Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs when a season changes and an individual gets, well, sad (pun intended). Exposure to certain types of bright lights can trick circadian rhythm mechanism and suppress the melatonin that gives an individual a feeling of sadness. The Litebook features 24 bright white LEDs, a stand, and a clip. The device has been clinically proven and is 100% portable, allowing… Read More

  • Nokia New York Store Sneak Peek

    I usually don’t like the “stores” some companies open which are essentially advertising spaces that flog one brand or another. The Nokia store, strangely enough, is very different and very refreshing. First off, you can actually buy stuff there. All of the phones are available and there’s even a fancy Vertu lounge where Finnish podiatrists massage your instep while… Read More

  • MingleNow to make top users VIPs in real life

    MingleNow is a place-centered social networking site that will offer real world incentives for online activity. Incubated by advertising company BlueLithium, MingleNow will launch a limited beta early next week and open to the public at the end of this month. I’ve been waiting for this to come to fruition for some time and I’ll be interested to see if it’s well received. … Read More

  • Tzero Tech and Analog Devices Announce Wireless HDMI

    Tzero Technologies and Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) have introduced wireless HDMI suitable for any devices with HDMI compatibility. Pretty good timing if you ask me, the demand for HD and HD accessories is climbing very quickly. So how does the interface work? According to Gizmodo, the HDMI interface compresses data using JPEG 2000, an image compression standard with nearly unnoticeable artifacts. Read More

  • Microsoft MEDX

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a nice article about Microsoft’s ‘MEDX’ team. The team is responisble for looking at ways Microsoft can influence hardware manufacturing and finding what is “fun” in the computer market. The team name comes from the name of the new office that they’re working in, the “Mobile and Embedded Devices Experience design… Read More