• Game Developers' Conference 2007


    I set foot in the beautiful Moscone Center here in sunny San Francisco about 20 minutes ago. After devouring a bagel, I feel my blood sugar is high enough to risk exerting the energy to update you all on the happenings here. I’ll be roving the scene evading mouth-breathers and looking for all things interesting at this year’s GDC. There are a lot of crazy gaming technologies on… Read More

  • MC4 Music Cocoon: Frankenstein's Rejected Spawn?

    The Roth Music Cocoon MC4 is the oddest looking iPod dock I’ve ever laid my eyes upon; it looks like it’s straight out of Frankenstein. What exactly are those tubes surrounding your iPod? Those are vacuum tubes that guarantee your music will be heard on levels you’ve never experienced before. If you enjoy listening to music with all the subtle nuances that seem to get left… Read More

  • Wii Mod-Chip: It Works


    I have a confirmation that the CycloWiz — a Wii mod-chip that allows for backup, import, and DVD-/+R compatibility as well as enhanced GameCube compatibility — is real and its fabulous. A close friend of the CG team installed his CycloWiz this weekend and is currently enjoying the fruits of his soldering job. He said the upgrade was quite easy and he only had an issue cracking… Read More

  • The All-Time Five Greatest In-Movie Video Games

    Hollywood and video games have an interesting history. Long before it became standard procedure to turn every movie into a video game and every video game into a movie, the game’s place in film was more of an object of mystery, fear, and curiosity then a mere marketing tie-in. In film, the ability to control pixels tapped into our fears of a machine-dominated future and our dreams of… Read More

  • Olympus E-510: How Much Is Image Stabilization Worth to You?

    The Olympus E 510 differs in one major way from the earlier discussed E 410: it has a built-in mechanical image stabilizer. Now, who’s willing to pay $100 more for image stabilization? (Yes, the E 510 will set you back an extra $100 compared to the E 410.) Sure, you’ll still get all the relatively impressive features of the E 410, like a 10-megapixel image sensor and the Live View… Read More

  • Olympus Stylus 780: Basic 7.1-megapixel Point-and-Shoot


    Olympus’ latest point-and-shoot digital camera, the “all weather” Stylus 780, keeps many of the same basic features from last fall’s Stylus 750 (7.1-megapixel image sensor, 2.5-inch LCD and 5X optical zoom) while adding a few that are intended to squeeze every last drop of goodness out of the camera. It incorporates the TruePic III image sensor (just like its more… Read More

  • Gadget Spotter: Whodunnit Edition


    1) The folks at Flickr are going to freak when they see these photos. Because of the speed in which the questions were answered last week, this week’s screen caps are going to be a bit harder (Don’t worry, I’ll post some clues later). Also, I’ve decided that it’s impossible to watch so much TV in one week, so while I’ll try to take caps from episodes that… Read More

  • AMEX Digital Skype Phone And Keyboard: Look Ma No Keys

    AMEX Digital must really hate keys because they’ve launched a new wireless Skype phone and keyboard with Touch Sense keys. Maybe I’m old school, but I like the feedback I get from regular buttons. Don’t get me wrong: the idea of everything being touch sensitive is really neat, but what if you have chubby fingers? The TSP-VS501 is a dual-mode phone for both Skype and landline use. Read More

  • Upcoming: PMA and GDC, CTIA and CeBIT

    The crack CrunchGear team is on the ground and headed all over the world to grab the latest and greatest for you, our kind readers. Blake is at the GDC and Josh is at PMA this week then we’ve got Blake and I at CTIA in sunny Orlando, Florida. Finally, we’ve got a stringer rocking CeBIT in sunny Germany where we expect big things out of the strudel industry. That said, things might… Read More

  • Vista Falls on Own Sword, Hacked To Bits

    Haxors have discovered how to trick Vista into thinking its running on an OEM machine and bypassing the activation and validity check entirely. The hack involves adding a BIOS certificate specific to a certain OEM which Vista then accepts as legitimate. After the brute-force keygen — which seems to be hoax — and the things like this hack its abundantly clear that Vista activation is… Read More

  • Octopart: A Million Little Pieces

    I recently tore apart a 40GB iPod photo to discovered, much to my chagrin, that I had ripped the headphone connector in my haste. Unfortunately I didn’t know about Octopart a few days ago but I did find what I needed at iFixIt, much to my relief. Octopart is a web electronics aggregator that finds all sorts of components for the geek in all of us. You type in what you’re looking… Read More

  • WurlyBird – Stupid Name, Fun Times


    Totally Wicked Brahhh! Though the name sounds like something you’d pay $10 to a hooker for, the WurlyBird is actually designed with kids in mind. It’s basically an indoor fair ride that spins you round and round until you either puke or get off. Kids aged 3-10 can get in on this action and have themselves a little fun for once while breaking all the china in the living… Read More

  • RIAA: Thanks and Pirate Again!


    Those scamps! The RIAA is asking kids to settle online and when they fork over a good $3,500 they get a jolly message from Fat Mitch thanking them for their business. Maybe those selfsame kids need to start using more secure sharing protocols, ensuring that the RIAA will be chasing straw men for the rest of their short, ignoble careers? RIAA Likes Piracy [ReviewLister] Read More

  • Olympus E-410 Digital SLR: For Pros and Joes

    Olympus’ E-410 10-megapixel digital SLR is aimed at both photography beginners and professionals, with a few unique features that separate it from the rest of the crowd. Beginners will appreciate the 176-dgeree viewing angle Live View LCD. The logic here is that people who’ve never used a digital SLR before won’t be comfortable using an optical viewfinder, so Olympus has… Read More

  • Nokia 5700 XpressMusic In The Works

    An advert has appeared all over the web featuring a picture of the Nokia 5700 XpressMusic and the words “5700 XpressMusic”. The device itself looks a hell of a lot like the Nokia 3250 with some of the better features that come on the 5300. Not much else is known about this phone, other than the fact that it will be running Symbian S60 3rd-edition with Feature Pack 1 installed. As… Read More

  • 512MB Xbox 360 Memory Unit Being Launched For Poor People

    Truth be told, you shouldn’t have bought that Xbox 360 unless you can afford a hard drive for it. But for all the poor people up in the CrunchGear, we feel you and so does Microsoft. That’s why the software giant will be releasing a 512MB memory unit in early April. For $49.99, you’ll be able to snag a 512MB unit with “Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved” preloaded… Read More

  • CrunchGear on the Road

    When we’re not spotting gadgets or watching Tron, the guys at CrunchGear like to travel. We will be at four shows this month and would love to get in touch with folks who are attending/like beer. Here’s the low-down: Blake is at GDC 2007. Contact him at blake at crunchgear dot com. Josh is at PMA 2007. Contact him at josh at crunchgear dot com. John and Blake are at CTIA 2007. Get… Read More

  • More Sony Blu-Ray Price Cuts Coming


    The HD wars are from over, but Sony could be putting the nail in the coffin by the end of the year. Sales of Blu-Ray discs have surpassed HD-DVD sales with the help of the Sony PS3. According to Nielsen VideoScan ratings Blu-Ray owns 65% of the market share, which is a reversal from last November when HD-DVD owned 63% the market. Blu-Ray titles averaged a sales rank of 246 on Amazon where… Read More

  • Blackberry 8300 Daytona Leaked

    The newest Blackberry device has been leaked and this is what RIM fanboys have been waiting for. The Daytona/8300 boasts a set of features we expected from the 8800, which were not present, but we did hear rumors of other new RIM devices being released later on this year. The Daytona comes armed with Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash and GPS. Other noteworthy facts are the improved… Read More

  • Sony NW-A800 Caught On Tape

    Sony must have been under a rock for the last 2 years, but I suppose it’s better late than never. To wit: Sony has finally entered the video media player market. The NW-A800 series Walkman will be hitting shelves in Europe in April, but we won’t see them for quite some time. Read More

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