San Francisco

  • Network administrator hijacks key to the city

    Network administrator hijacks key to the city

    In an effort to save his job, or at least have the last laugh, a computer engineer has locked up San Francisco’s computer network and he’s not giving up the key. According to reports, network administrator Terry Childs created a password that granted him exclusive access to the city’s computer network; when the pass codes he gave to police didn’t work, he was taken… Read More

  • Live from San Francisco, it's the Olympic Torch Protest

    Live from San Francisco, it's the Olympic Torch Protest


    We’ve got a man on the ground in San Francisco and we’re getting some nice pictures of protesters and miscellaneous people at the ceremony there. Looks like there are a lot of sightseers and people are generally having a good time — not the bloody melee you’d expect at a civil rights protest in the Bay Area (or at a Tibetan Monastery – ouch!). We’ll keep… Read More

  • Rickshaw Bags shipping in May

    [photopress:rickshaw.png,full,pp_image] Recently launched at TED 2k8 is SF-based Rickshaw bagworks and I’ve just received word that they’ll be shipping bags out in May. I can’t vouch for the quality of said bags, but we’ll get a few into CG and test em out. Rickshaw Read More

  • Don't feel like buying a MBA then rent one instead

    Don't feel like buying a MBA then rent one instead

    I promise this is the last MBA post for today. We’ve gone back and forth here at CG about whether or not the latest Apple notebook is worth all the hype and I think the camp is divided down the middle. Sure, we can all go down to our local Apple stores and give them a whirl, but we won’t get that much time with them, so what are we to do? Zilok, a company who lets you rent out… Read More

  • San Francisco mayor wants fat tax on soda, soda industry wants fat tax on video games instead

    San Francisco mayor wants fat tax on soda, soda industry wants fat tax on video games instead

    San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom wants to add an extra fee to the sale of drinks containing high-fructose corn syrup in a two-fold effort to fight fat and help fund fat-fighting programs around the city. Kevin Keane of the American Beverage Association calls the plan flawed and suggests the causes of obesity are many and varied and that instead of singling out the beverage industry, the… Read More

  • Hands on with Sony Ericsson's goodies

    Hands on with Sony Ericsson's goodies

    Hey, kids. How’s it going today? The fun doesn’t seem to want to end for me at CTIA, which is great for you, folks. I sat down with Sony Ericsson and they showed me a slew of devices that made me drool. It’s been quite a while since I lusted over any SE device, T68 ring a bell? So to see the K850, W910, Z750 and W960 in person was a real treat. Let the visual feast begin. Read More

  • Hands on with Sprint's LG Rumor

    Hands on with Sprint's LG Rumor

    Here’s a sneak peek at the Rumor, which I’m told arrived yesterday to the folks at Sprint. We’ll have a full review in the coming weeks. It’s tiny, feels so good in my hands and has a great keyboard. Nice job, LG. Read More

  • Hands on with the Nokia N810

    Hands on with the Nokia N810

    I’m so thankful I found something worthwhile from this trip to San Francisco. Behold the N810 Internet tablet. It’s awesome. A very nice form factor that makes the N800 look like a fatty, fat, fat, fat. I wants it, too. Read More

  • Hands on with the Motorola RAZR 2 Luxury Edition

    Hands on with the Motorola RAZR 2 Luxury Edition

    I won’t lie. This phone is hot. I want it. I must have it. The babes will flock rather than run like they normally do. Yes, I know I cracked jokes about the Luxury Edition earlier, but it’s such a sexy piece of hardware. The faux snake skin isn’t half bad and the diamond-cut plating is well done. I really, really want it and it sort of makes me sick to my stomach. Read More

  • Hands on with the Sidekick Slide

    Hands on with the Sidekick Slide

    I’ve really got to lay off the crack before taking photos. Here she is, the latest Sidekick (IMO the best) from Motorola and I can’t wait to get my hands on it later. Read More

  • CTIA SF 2007: What is going on?

    CTIA SF 2007: What is going on?

    Ok, folks, I’ve been wandering aimlessly for the last few hours and don’t have much to show for it. There isn’t much in terms of hardware (Blackjack II was the biggest announcement) unless you get your rocks off on external modems. There aren’t even any booth babes! It’s mostly apps touting a new way to view your e-mail, watch TV, get on MySpace or something else… Read More

  • CTIA SF 2007

    CTIA SF 2007

    Morning sports fans, I’ll be hopping over to the Moscone in a bit to bring you all the joys from CTIA. Strap in and keep all arms and legs inside the vehicle, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Read More

  • Care for some Rice-A-Roni?

    Care for some Rice-A-Roni?

    I’ve just returned from Seoul, S. Korea and now I’m in San Francisco to cover CTIA next week. If anyone is interested in grabbing a drink and talking gadgets or you have some products to show then drop me a line, peter ha at crunchgear dot com. Read More

  • RoboGames This Weekend: Where Robots and Their Human Masters Engage in Sport

    RoboGames This Weekend: Where Robots and Their Human Masters Engage in Sport

    Heads up if you’ll be in the San Francisco area this weekend: the RoboGames, the world’s largest robot competition, are in town! From Friday to Sunday you’ll see robots competing in manly sports designed to ween out the weak among us. Actually, it’s kinda hard to harsh on the games since some of the people involved seem to have a sense of humor about it: “The… Read More

  • Jobs Kicking-Off WWDC 2007

    Jobs Kicking-Off WWDC 2007

    Everyone loves the WWDC. Know why? Because it’s the time of the year when Steve Jobs announces some awesome new product and everyone gets out their rumor machines in the big run up, hoping that this year it’s an iWoman, a lady-sized iMac with muliple ports. This year will be no exception. Jobs is set to start WWDC 2007 with a keynote that will address Mac OS X Leopard. Read More

  • Sprint Offering Unlimited Plans To Compete With MVNOs

    Sprint Offering Unlimited Plans To Compete With MVNOs

    Facing tough competition from MVNOs like Amp’d Mobile and Helio, both of which offer unlimited calling/data plans, Sprint will be testing out unlimited access plans in the San Francisco Bay area. One plan will offer unlimited voice calling, messaging, and phone-based Web browsing for $120 a month, while another plan will consist of the aforementioned plus unlimited PC data access for $150… Read More