• Linksys announces Wireless Home Audio System, another wireless audio toy for rich people

    Unless you’re down to hobble your own crazy homebrew set-up, tinkering with wireless audio systems is a damned expensive hobby. Everytime I read about these products, I imagine some rich old dude tango’ing himself around his mansion with a rose in his teeth and an air-partner in his arms. Linksys’ just announced “Wireless Home Audio System” is an obvious attempt at… Read More

  • CES 2009 Prep: The Things We'll Carry

    CES can be a lot of fun, but it’s a whole friggin’ lot of work, too. Meetings, press announcements, booth tours, darting back and forth from hall to hall, show floor to hotel, and a whole lot of trekking around the show floor in search of diamonds in the rough. Media attendees probably walk more in the four days of CES than most people walk in a month – all while wearing… Read More

  • D-Link expands ‘Network Video Recorder’ offering

    D-Link announced two new products today, something they are calling a “networked video recorder,” or NVR, system. This is intended mainly for small business surveillance, however I’m sure there would be some crossover to the home market. Read More

  • Is CES even necessary anymore?

    This is dedicated to my friends (and enemies!) who’ll be spending this week, know colloquially as Hell Week, in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES. While I feel for y’all—I was scheduled to attend until three weeks ago, when an angel descended from Heaven and told me, sweetly, I didn’t have to go—I can’t help but feel that the show is largely… Read More

  • Corporate rumor mongering: Sony denies looking into further restructuring

    Rough times for Sony. Even though it revealed a corporate gutting last month, a new report in the (UK) Times today says that even more could be on the way, ones that could see the abolishment of “several major divisions.” Sony has denied these allegations, as is its wont. Read More

  • Ballmer's CES Keynote Promises To Be A Snoozer (Non-Announcements Revealed!)

    The annual Consumer Electronics Show is going to be so boring this year that even Bill Gates is not showing up. He gave his farewell keynote (and his 13th) last year. This year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will try to rouse the crowd. Ballmer is a high-energy guy who can be entertaining to watch, but Microsoft just doesn’t have anything exciting to announce this year. (Who does, right?). Read More

  • Personality goes a long way: On keynotes, trade shows, and Steve Jobs

    I’m not going to CES this year nor am I going to MacWorld. I’m not doing this in protest or in a misguided attempt to seem “above it all” – we just had a new baby and I don’t want to subject my wife to two monsters of yawp during CES/Macworld week – but I’m extremely pleased with my decision. I’ve been covering trade shows in some form… Read More

  • Yet another 3D sporting event: The BCS Championship game

    3D sporting events are becoming more and more commonplace but that doesn’t take away from their appeal. This year’s BCS Championship game is going to get the same treatment as the NFL game and the NBA All-Star game. The game is going to be shown, not only at CES ’09 to a select group of 1,200 geeks, but also to sports fans in 35 states. (check for your local showings) The… Read More

  • Palm looking to "bridge the gap" with Nova OS and device(s)

    Looking to revive the once-mighty Palm smartphone brand, the struggling company turned to Jon Rubenstein in mid-2007, a former Apple SVP who was instrumental in the development of the iPod and now Palm’s executive chairman in charge of product development, to help turn things around. More than a year later, it looks like we’re finally about to see the fruits of Palm’s… Read More

  • Netbook + Tablet = Amtek T10L

    A netblet, eh? Here’s the Amtek T10L, a device that’ll apparently be shown of at CES this year. While it’s quite possible that this would never make it to the US and/or it’s not even meant for consumer use, the specs seem to indicate that it could very well be sold as a low cost netbook-class device: Intel Atom N270 chip 512MB RAM, expandable up to 2GB Battery life… Read More

  • Samsung bringing a 50-inch OLED TV to CES '09?

    Samsung has shown off some¬†incredible¬†OLED advancements over the last few months but the best might soon be revealed at CES. The company might, might bring a 50-inch display to the Consumer Electronics Show. “We can make larger displays, and we may demonstrate a 50in OLED TV at the CES show in January, though we haven’t decided yet,” he said, “But how much more would… Read More

  • Hop-on hopping on the Google Android bandwagon

    Hop-on is planning to release a new open Android phone at CES early next year. It will reportedly sell for less than $200. “Hop-on is committed in bringing the latest technology to the market, the Android open platform makes Hop-on competitive in the high end mobile phone market. This will create market value for our share holders,” said Peter Michaels, Hop-on’s… Read More

  • Sirius XM's Mel Karmazin says interoperable radios here in less than 9 months

    Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin said yesterday that he expects interoperable radios (that is, radio that can receive both Sirius and XM, full-on) in less than nine months. (The FCC gave the combined company nine months to come out with such radios.) Whether or not that’s in time for the Holiday shopping season… Now, radios that work with the a la carte service—you have XM but want… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    On Gizmodo's douchery and blogging

    I didn’t want to weigh in on this because I know all the parties involved, I used to run Gizmodo, and I understand the impetus behind this prank. This is a nasty hack performed by punchy, hungover kids that, as we see, got the CE world’s attention. Will Gizmodo be banned? Nope. Nothing will happen, this tempest will die down, and next year someone will buy some electrical… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #288

    I started Brief 288 talking about Rovio, a home exploration and telepresence robot, but the photo we showed, we think is called “Mr. Personality.” Samsung had a couple cool announcements. The HT-X715 5.1 home theater-in-a-box includes Bluetooth for streaming audio from a phone or other Bluetooth audio source. The SyncMaster 2263DX is the perfect monitor for Adobe users. Oh Gizmo… Read More

  • Sanus Systems has a strange way of advertising home theater furniture

    It’s a particularly silly day for us here at CrunchGear, as is any day when you find out that one of your close friends had a rather successful career in amateur pornography. (We’re all very proud of him, believe you me.) But that photo up there for Sanus Systems, that may well win the prize for strangest CES advertising we’ve seen yet. It’s just that we’ve never… Read More

  • Asus R50A UMPC does GPS, wins CES award

    Is the R50A for you? According to Asus, it’s "the one indispensable gadget for everyone" thanks to its GPS, 3G/3.5G, webcam, and "full notebook functionality" features. It also has a built-in TV tuner. Everyone needs a TV tuner. The R50A scooped up a 2008 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award in the Computer Hardware category. That’s all… Read More

  • CrunchRumor: Sony launching 16GB Memory Stick at CES?

    We hate rumors. No, wait, we love them. So do you, that’s why you’re here. We’ve got one that we’ve been hearing about that will bore most of you, but some of you will love. The word is that at CES in January, Sony is going to be dropping 16GB Memory Stick Pros, doubling the current top-end of 8GB. If true, then Memory Stick might not be a back-seat format anymore… Read More

  • Behind the Curtain: The Sordid World of Tech Trade Shows

    It’s very rare for us tech journalists/drunks to get a chance to let you, the reading public, get a glance behind the curtain to see the surfeit of riches we feast upon nightly. Case in point: every year, at all the big shows (CES, CTIA, all the huge shows where that tech folks love) two companies, Pepcom and Showstoppers, hold little sideshows where some of the exhibitors come to… Read More

  • Mini Desktop Filing Cabinet Brings Back CES Woes

    Every trade show we attend, we’re swarmed by people in the industry throwing their cards at us like shurikens. After the first 50 or so, you start accumulating a little pile on your work desk and then 6 months down the road, your desk is littered by tons of cards from PR people, manufacturers, R&D guys, and those little cards people flick in your face in Vegas with hookers on them. Read More

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