• New Gadgets Drain Even More Power than Old Gadgets, Bears Defecate In Woods

    The Energy Saving Trust, the UK’s answer to NAMBLA, published a report entitled “The Ampere Strikes Back” which states that modern gadgets are sucking down massive amounts of electricity and by 2020 TVs will use 1.4% of domestic electricity. Clearly, this isn’t big news, but it does remind us that electricity is essentially a scarce resource — until we… Read More

  • iPhone vs. Treo: Bum-fight!

    Palm’s Multi-touch Interface: Place Hand On Keyboard, Press
    PalmInfoCenter (new motto: “Hey, Guys, Over Here, Treos. Who Wants a Treo? Guys?”) ran a detailed review comparing the Treo to the iPhone. As we all expected, the Treo came out ahead in almost all categories except “Ability to get you laid.” Essentially, the reviewer pointed out that the Treo is a… Read More

  • The Futurist: In The End, Everything Is A Commodity

    Awhile back, I read a story in The New Yorker about luxury ketchup. If the idea of “luxury ketchup” makes you guffaw, you aren’t alone. While customers have been knife-fed high-end mustard products for years, even the fanciest restaurants still stock Heinz. The fact is, while some products are increasingly being defined by their high-end premium offerings, there are still a… Read More

  • NBBC Joins The Deadpool

    NBBC, a video aggregation service launched by NBC last September has joined the TechCrunch Deadpool. The remains of NBBC will be merged into the NBC/ News Corp joint venture first announced in March. The new service, dubbed Clown Co by some has long been discussed but to date is yet to appear. Strangely, News Corp recently launched MySpace TV, a YouTube competitor in its own right that… Read More

  • New DS Camera, Face Training Software, You Like to Train Your Face! Okay! Mario!

    Clearly the world has run out of game ideas. Why? Because Nintendo is launching a new game and camera for the DS that lets you… train your face. The game, called Otona No DS Kao Training, offers “facening” exercises to keep your lips and cheeks tight and limber. Dude. Don’t ask me. I just report on this stuff. Rumor has it that Nintendo will also come out with a… Read More

  • Central European Meet-up?

    Howdy, Central Europeaners. I’m currently in Warsaw, Poland and I wanted to see if any of our readers in nearby cities — Krakow, Gdansk, Vienna, Lodz, Wroclaw, Budapest, or Prague — would like to meet up and talk tech in the next few weeks. If you live in or around these cities, drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or enter the poll below and I’ll tally the… Read More

  • Best Commenter Accounts Evar

    We have a great number of really cool folks commenting fairly regularly so I’d like to invite you to email us requesting a commenter account. These accounts will eventually let you do cool stuff. Promise. Send an email to commenter @ crunchgear dot com with your requested commenter name, password, and email address in the subject line (“joesmith, pookie, joe@joesmith.com”). Read More

  • iPhone Coming To The UK, Exclusive To O2

    UK phone operator O2 is said to be close to securing the rights to sell the iPhone in the United Kingdom. A BBC report states that O2 is set to sign an exclusive contract shortly and should have the iPhone on sale in the UK in time for Christmas. The iPhone is expected to retail in the UK for around £300. There was no indication as to whether the iPhone sold in the UK would be the same model… Read More

  • MPAA Caught Red-Handed in Sting: Durn Them Duke Boys!

    I know this spread like wildfire last night, but it’s pretty funny. The MPAA hired a company, MediaDefender, to stop piracy. How did they do it? Through a fake video download site called MiiVi, a red hot download site full of red hot videos. The catch? It makes you download spyware that reports back on stolen video found on your computer. What a treat! How did the world find out about… Read More

  • Mozilla And eBay Launch Firefox eBay Edition And Addon

    Mozilla and eBay have launched Firefox eBay Edition, an eBay focused version of the popular Firefox browser, along with an official eBay addon for existing Firefox users. Firefox eBay Edition and the alternative addon works for European eBay sites including the UK, France and Germany. Functions include
    – An eBay sidebar that provides quick access and real-time updates on items users have… Read More

  • iPhone Coming To Vodafone and T-Mobile

    The geeky just get geekier. If you were bored and fumbling through the iPhone firmware that was cracked earlier then you just might have seen a few hidden gems revealing other carriers for the iPhone. There is no official announcement on an overseas carrier for the iPhone, but the files tell the tale plain as day. Vodafone and T-Mobile will champion the iPhone for Europe and, as usual… Read More

  • Apple Announces iPhone Battery Replacement Program

    If you blew your load on the iPhone and were prepared to pay for the next two years of service then you better take a loan out. The battery will eventually deteriorate and your precious eight hours of talk time will cease to exist. We all know that and we’ve accepted it and Apple knows that as well. When this does happen you should be prepared to pony up $79 plus $6.95 for shipping. Read More

  • Nokia Announces First Ever Speakerphone

    Nokia has announced their very first speakerphone and the detachable Bluetooth unit makes talking in the car a breeze. The battery powered HF-300 boasts a speaker, microphone, 20 hours of talk time and Digital Signal Processing, which cancels out excessive clink and clatter while chatting in the car. It also knows when to turn off to conserve battery power as it shuts down after five minutes… Read More

  • Q&A: Ojas Rege on Yahoo! Mobile

    Mobile Crunch chatted with Ojas Rege, Yahoo’s vice president of global mobile products to talk about mobile content, advertising and the significance of the iPhone (for which Yahoo provides Yahoo Mail, a push email service, OneSearch and financial and weather applications). Mobile Crunch: What impact, if any, will Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Welcome once more to your daily dose of reader response. The comments were a bit thin today what with the whole independence thing and all. All of the comments today were good but we picked out three which stood out above the rest. Also, another winner of the infamous CrunchDunce. Jim pointed out that the “Zante” thing looked pretty fake. The keyboard layouts definitely… Read More

  • Trendmill: Clothes Darling, Clothes!

    Keeping with this weeks evolving theme of niche social networking sites comes Trendmill, a social networking destination for lovers of clothes. Trendmill allows users to upload images of their own clothes or clothes they wish they owned. Members are able to “tip people off” on what they think is hot, vote on other people’s clothes and collaboratively “give a general… Read More

  • iPhone Activation Round-up

    So you bought that pretty little glass rectangle without realizing that it needs to be activated to access any of the features, and now you don’t want to spend $60 a month just for the iPod and WiFi. Well you’re in luck, because a few smart people have invented ways for you to enjoy your “best iPod ever” without selling your soul to AT&T. Here’s how to… Read More

  • Ultimate High-Tech Picnic

    Everyone loves a good picnic in the summertime: Gourmet sandwiches, wine, cheese, and the great outdoors can go a long way toward relieving 9 to 5 office drudgery. But there are a few ways you can take it up a notch with a bit of high-tech help, whether you’re trying to impress your latest squeeze or you’re just goofy for gadgets. Feast your eyes on these ideas for geeking up… Read More

  • PatentMonkey: Samsung's One-Push Cellular GPS Directions

    Getting home, to a hotel or to a friend’s house in the wee hours may get easier thanks to Samsung’s new patented technology covering a means for transmitting directions from where you are to a desired destination location using your cell phone at the push of a button. Let’s just say this feature is as smart as Facebook opening up a developer API platform. Some potential… Read More

  • Laws of Physics Apparently Being Rewritten Today

    Update: They blew it. No reason U.S. independence day should slow the news down in Europe. Look for the long awaited demo from London of Steorn’s new Orbo device today, which supposedly creates a steady stream of energy from magnetic fields: Orbo produces free, clean and constant energy – that is our claim. By free we mean that the energy produced is done so without recourse to… Read More

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