• Google Launches Free 411 Service

    Google threw a new product called Goog-411 into Google Labs today – a free telephone based information service that could replace toll 411 calls. About 2.6 billion 411 calls are made in the U.S. each year, and it is a $7 billion/year market. Goog-411 can be accessed by dialing 1-800-GOOG-411. The product is completely automated and there is no way to talk to a human for additional or… Read More

  • Comcast Boots Off Its Users For Downloading Too Much

    Comcast is threatening to cut off Internet access to so-called bandwidth hogs, only they’re not exactly specifying what constitutes bandwidth “hogging.” (If you can decipher what downloading “100 times the average national Comcast bandwidth usage” means you deserve a treat.) One banned user created a Weblog to vent his frustrations. His situation is even more… Read More

  • Happy Spring

    We’re taking a half-day today out of deference to religious tradition and simply because we’re all really sleepy and cold here in the northeast. Have a great long weekend and blessed whatever you celebrate. Read More

  • Linux iPod Proof-of-Concept Virus in the Wild

    There’s an iPod virus. Before you encase your Nano in lucite, however, please understand that this virus is merely a proof-of-concept that runs only on iPodLinux and requires manual intervention to begin infecting .ELF files. Let’s just say that there are no iPod viruses, currently, but there are apparently homebrew apps that could be exploited in nasty ways. ‘Nuf… Read More

  • Butterfly Cellphone, As Designed By a 15-Year-Old

    Again, cellphone concepts usually outclass actual cellphones all the time, but this one—the Butterfly—was designed by a 15-year-old Canadian kid. It’s part cellphone and part social networking device and has built-in Wi-Fi to surf the Web. All well and good to be sure, but the design itself is what’s so keen here. It opens at a 30-degree angle to reveal a 3.4-inch… Read More

  • Nokia N95 Preview

    http://s86.photobucket.com/remix/player.swf?videoURL=http%3A%2F%2Fvid86.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fk90%2Fcrunchgear%2FApril%25202007%2F266b1f22.pbr&hostname=stream86.photobucket.com Nokia knows intelligent design. Not unlike God, who apparently formed bananas to fit gracefully into the human hand, Nokia pays close attention to its product life cycle. While many of the N-series phones… Read More

  • Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080: 100-inches of Pleasure


    Viewing pleasure that is! The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 was announced at the end of March, but Epson recently gave us a demo of the projector, which delivers picture resolutions up to 1080p at up to 120 inches in size at a price point of $2,999. And for the money, the high-def picture quality is impressive. This PowerLite actually uses 1,920×1,080 pixels on each of the… Read More

  • Apple TV Free-for-All

    I’ve been following the supposed Apple firmware anti-hack updates and I’m glad to say my refusal to post fifteen things about how Apple is against the hax0rs was validated by Engadget and a few other folks. In short, Apple doesn’t care what you do with your Apple TV — or any device, for that matter — but don’t come whining to the Genius Bar if you brick… Read More

  • iPod Saves a Soldier's Life in Iraq?

    An iPod saved a soldier’s life over in Iraq, or so the story goes. A picture of a destroyed iPod showed up on Flickr with a message saying that it was destroyed in a firefight between a U.S. soldier and some Iraqi miscreants. Supposedly an AK-47’s bullet tore through the soldier’s handy dandy iPod jacket pocket, where Apple’s little portable media player stopped the… Read More

  • Even Mossberg Can't Figure Out His PC

    This is a problem near and dear to my heart. I rarely test PCs and laptops anymore simply because it takes too long. Back when I worked at Laptop Magazine, the #3 best-selling tech magazine in the Honolulu airport, I had the pleasure of unboxing, starting up, and testing hundreds of models and every time I tried to run my tests I had to uninstall reams and reams of veritable crap. It was one… Read More

  • New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future

    There’s some sort of automotive trade show going on in New York right now and one of the highlights is an exhibition showcasing taxis of the future. It’s called Taxi 07 and includes various concepts and prototypes of what you might see on the streets of New York one day. Lots of the concepts focus on improving accessibility for the disabled, while others try to be as… Read More

  • Apple Files Patent For Multi-Sized Icons

    In an interesting move, Apple recently filed for a patent that would allow OS X users to have multi-sized icons on the screen at the same time. The system would allow users to make icons of files larger or smaller, based on importance. In fact, there’s a whole lot of sizing goin’ on here. Apple writes: “However, such difference in size does not indicate the relative… Read More

  • Technorati CEO Search Confirmed

    Technorati has retained New York-based James and Company to conduct a CEO search for the company. For the last few weeks, the firm has been reaching out to potential candidates in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to gauge their interest in leading the nearly four year old company. No word on whether founder and current CEO Dave Sifry will take a new position at the company or will move on to… Read More

  • MediaMaster: Access Your Music Library Online

    MediaMaster is a new web service that, like Faces and Oboe, let’s users upload music from their hard drive and listen to it online. The original service to experiment in this area was MP3.com’s My.MP3.com service. Then, users could “prove” ownership of music by placing a music CD into their computer. MP3.com would then give that user access to an online copy of the songs… Read More

  • The AudioFile: The DRM Dam Cracks


    If you saw my April Fool’s post about Apple getting rid of DRM in the iTunes Music Store, apparently the joke was on me. The very next day, Apple and EMI (one of the big five major labels) made a deal to sell EMI’s entire catalogue–minus the Beatles’ music–without copy protection for $1.29 each. But as I read the reports and analyses and talked to some… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Instruction Edition

    LG SV80: Enough With The Banana Comparisons Already
    The Futurist: Where All These Cell Phone Names Are Taking Us
    Stream Surround Sound Music With Sony’s TDM-NC1 Cube
    Yeah, It’s For Real
    MyGADs for Storing, Retrieving Factoids Read More

  • Early Prototype Of FireFox Coop Released

    Firefox’s exploration of bringing social networking features into the browser has moved forward a step. There is now a very rough prototype of “Coop” available as a Firefox Add-on that tries out some of the ideas discussed on the Firefox Labs wiki. The Add-on can be downloaded here. Only early adopters who want to see what Firefox is up to will be interested in trying this… Read More

  • Denon AH-C700 Canalphones Hands On

    Denon finally returned to the consumer headphone market, and they’ve made a big splash with their latest offerings. I spent some quality time with the AH-C700 (available in black or silver), and the upshot is that I’m not going to wait 2 days to call. They’re not cheap dates, though, at about $200. But they have such nice extension in both the bass and the treble that they… Read More

  • Domain Name Prices To Increase 7%; Verisign To Make $27 million More Per Year

    Verisign, the domain name registry that controls the .com domain (as well as .net and others), just notified its registrars (the companies that actually sell domain names to end users) that the wholesale price of .com domains will be raised 7%, from $6/year to $6.42/year. Expect registrars, particularly discount registrars with little margin to play with, to raise their prices by roughly the… Read More

  • Verizon Gets the BlackBerry 8830 World Phone


    Today isn’t a bad day to be a Verizon customer. It just announced that it would be carrying the new BlackBerry 8830 Cyclone. The new device features CDMA and GSM capabilities, making it functional in both the US and Europe. The phone features a QVGA screen, microSD and EV-DO. No camera, but don’t know many people who actually takes shots with their phones so that… Read More

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