• Swarmteams: communicate like animals by SMS

    Swarmteams is a service for group communication that integrates multi-recipient SMS, IM, RSS and VOIP. While there are many companies launching that focus entirely on group SMS alone, Swarmteams is the most ambitious system I’ve seen yet for rapid multi-person communication. The company says it’s tried to mirror the natural swarming behavior of animals in designing the system. Read More

  • The Escopetarras

    These instruments are known as“Escopetarras”, a fusion of gun and guitar, created by Cesar Lopez. Lopez got the inspiration for the invention while standing outside a bombed Bogotá club and noticing the similarities between his guitar and a soldier’s rifle (whaaa?). Partnering up with musical instrument craftsman, Luis Alberto Paredes, he has been creating the instruments… Read More

  • Welcome Flockers!

    We were lucky enough to be added to the default news feeds in Flock today, which makes us very, very happy. If you haven’t used it lately, give it a try. Thanks again for reading and welcome to CrunchGear. Flock Maintenance [Flock] Read More

  • Twenty-Inch Laptop Hits the Streets of Manhatten

    <img class="left" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/laptop hybrid. At 18.5 pounds, it's not really intended for the roadwarrior. But what if it were? The good people at Laptop Magazine took their demo model for a stroll about town, and made record of the reactions from the common man. They ranged from incredulous to disgusted, but the machine made… Read More

  • 24-inch iMac First Look

    Paul Stamatiou has on his blog a rundown of the new 24-inch iMac. Overall he likes its functionality per value–at $1999, he equates it to an affordable exotic car. Stamatiou takes some issue with its limited upgradeability, but stops short of bemoaning the dilemma. Anyway, you can read what he has to say in depth over at his page. First Impressions: 24-inch iMac Read More

  • Sprint to Add Samsung A900M

    Sprint announced today forthcoming availability of the Samsung A900M, an updated version of the Blade. The new phone is compatible with Sprint Power Vision, Sprint Music Store and Sprint TV. It can also stream music from Sirius and Rhapsody. On the tech side, it has EVDO for wireless broadband speeds. It also features a 1.3MP camera that supports PictBridge for some direct to printer action. Read More

  • Gyration GyroTransport Hands-on

    We already did a nice video on the GyroTransport last weekend, so we’ll just comment on this a bit more and leave it at that. I’ve rarely used presentation remotes because, thus far, they’ve been fairly innacurate and bulky. Luckily, the $199 GyroTransport is neither. It works with Macs and PCs seamlessly and includes 1GB of memory built-in to the wireless dongle. Read More

  • Google Video could be headed to Apple's iTV

    Google is reportedly in talks with Apple to allow users of the forthcoming Apple iTV set top box to view files from Google Video on their televisions. The iTV was announced at Apple’s “It’s Showtime” event last week. Set for release in the first quarter of 2007 it will deliver iTunes and iPhoto content from PCs and Macs by wifi to the TV. Though the name is likely… Read More

  • iPod Touchscreen? Rumors Recirculating

    It hasn’t even been a week since Apple’s latest product unveiling and already the rumors of new products are beginning to spin once again. This one is a familiar old tune, remember that touchscreen iPod? Yea, well apparently we’re going to see it by year’s end. On the other hand, there were legions who swore we’d have it several other times this year, so keep… Read More

  • Pioneer Launches Two PDP High-Definition Plasmas

    Pioneer has released two more PDP high definition plasmas in Japan. The two new models include the PDP-607HX (pictured here) and the PDP-427HXD. The plasmas use a new technology Pioneer has labeled “New P.U.R.E. Black Panel” and “New P.U.R.E. Drive II”. The black panel can recreate industry-leading levels of color and the Drive II has a new digital signal processor… Read More

  • Motorola KRZR K1 Unboxed

    Engadget Mobile got to unbox the new Motorola KRZR K1, excited? You should be! The new KRZR K1 has gotten some upgrades including an easier to use key pad (no longer sticking out), light green LEDs for a better visual experience and improvements on the phone’s speaker. Nothing too big, but it’s quite flashy. KRZR K1 [Engadget Mobile] Read More

  • Nintendo Wii Region-Locked

    Nintendo UK General Manager David Yarnton has stated that Nintendo of America was wrong for telling us that the console would be region-free, and that the Nintendo Wii will in fact, be region-locked. Too bad, it really would’ve been great to get Japanese imports the legitimate way. Looks like users are going to have to old school it with the Wii and mod their consoles to be able to… Read More

  • Panasonic Toughbook Video Interview from CTIA

    This is a bit long, but Vincenct from Slashgear was nice enough to film me talking with the folks at Panasonic Toughbooks. Check out my double chin! Read More

  • RSS: It's dead Jim or can we ping it back to life?

    Thursday night I was in Soho, London for the monthly Beers and Innovation event organised by NMK’s Deirdre Molloy. The topic of the debate was “the future of RSS”. On the distinguished panel were Richard Edwards of MyZebra, Peter Nixey from Webkitchen along with Ivan Pope from Snipperoo. In summation, all the speakers unanimously agreed that RSS is great, as did most of… Read More

  • Cable Turtles Wind and Protect Your Cables

    If you’re anything like us gear heads, your workstation is filled with almost a half a mile worth of cables, in one big pile, waiting to help you reenact scenes from the firefighter show on FX. But for just a few bucks, you can grab some Cable Turtles which is a flexible rubber shell around a center spindle, all designed to protect your various ethernet, phone, power, and USB cables… Read More

  • Evergreen NAS is Mac Mini-ish

    devices, Evergreen of Japan has made a NAS with a Mac Mini form factor. The white and silver Mac Mini stylings will enclose an IDE or SATA hard drive – desktop, not laptop – and will have USB 2.0 in addition to ethernet connectivity. This actually looks pretty great for a home NAS that you want to blend in with the rest of your components, especially a certain small computer… Read More

  • The Zune Battery Life: Average

    Compared to the Apple iPod, which got a recent battery bump to 14 hours audio and 4 hours video, the Microsoft Zune’s 12 hours audio and 3.5 hours video just seems inadequate. Perhaps it’s the large, bright screen that’s holding back the juice? Or perhaps it’s the WiFi, or the FM receiver? Either way, the Zune having less battery life than the iPod despite having a… Read More

  • Sony Vaio LA-Series Media Center PCs

    We won’t say this PC looks, or copies, the iMac, because that wasn’t really unique either. All we can say is this all-in-one PC looks pretty slick and should be suitable for a Media Center solution. The screen is 19-inches, which sits in front of the guts of the machine: an Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB of RAM, 300GB hard drive, WiFi, and web cam. It also ships with WIndows XP Media… Read More

  • NES Controller Alarm Clock

    I can’t remember the last time I put my hands on an original NES controller. Hell, I can’t even remember the last game I played on my NES! Just thinking about it reminds me of long nights roaming the cities in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game. /sigh… The NES Controller Alarm Clock is a limited edition import item from Japan that is modeled to look like the… Read More

  • HP Media Vault – Another NAS For the SoHo

    HP’s entering in the low-end NAS market with its Media Vault, a 300 or 500GB RAID affair. The unit will have gigabit Ethernet, 1.2TB of maximum storage, three USB ports (to achieve that maximum), and a NASA-like front design. The back, however, looks like the back of a Dell PC. Which is great if you’re looking for uniformity in PC-asses, but boring otherwise. Speaking of NAS… Read More