• Sony sez: Microsoft in talks to offer Blu-Ray, player prices should fall this year

    Well, this is good news — for SONY. They’re now talking to Microsoft to offer Blu-Ray support on one of their well-known consoles — I think it’ll be the Famicom — and expects BRD players to drop to $299 by 2009, just in time for the holidays. Will this save the format? Sure, for a few years until studios get their heads out of their asses and start to offer HD… Read More

  • Rumors Gone Wild: Is Sprint looking to spin-off Nextel or is T-Mobile looking to buy Sprint? Or both?

    According to the “anonymous Wall Street professional” who writes Seeking Alpha’s Notable Calls blog, a rumor started late yesterday that Sprint “has hired Morgan Stanley and initiated director Ralph V. Whitworth’s plan to spin-off Nextel” and that we should expect the announcement in the next two to four weeks. I’m not really convinced that… Read More

  • Hanrim wireless power transmission: Satellite power by year 2108

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F730084&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf We’ve been seeing lots of cool wireless power applications this year and Hanrim had a good demo of a prototype phone with a wirless charging… Read More

  • G-Fi: GPS to WTF converter

    Not sure about the specific useficality of this device, but it basically adds GPS functionality to Wi-Fi devices using software plug-ins. Yeah, I don’t get it either. The website consists of marketing speak and rendered pictures, so let’s hope we can get in touch with these guys to figure out what’s going on. UPDATE – Patent horror! GoMite are pursuing IP… Read More

  • Cover up that fugly satellite dish, thank the Dutch

    The Dutch want you to pimp out your satellite dish and I’m inclined to listen. Who doesn’t want a kitten sticker to brighten up that ugly grey dish? Seriously. If kittens aren’t your style then maybe tulips, stars, sunflowers or EU flags are up your alley. They even deliver to the US. Order now! Satellite Dish Sticker Read More

  • Video: Eco123 demonstrates weird MVNO service

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F730143&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Biggs is working on a longer piece on what exactly these folks have to offer, but this happens to be one of the services. We’re not entirely… Read More

  • Coaches Samsung/Adidas take on Apple/Nike

    Samsung and Adidas are competing against Apple and Nike to offer people a device that plays music and keeps track of users’ workouts. Samsung’s miCoach is a music playing mobile phone that encourages people as they workout. The device tells users to “speed up” if they aren’t keeping pace, and gives them updates on their heart rate, time left in their run, and… Read More

  • News of the World: The iPhone SDK

    Remember this?
    Salon: Why Apple’s SDK finally justifies iPhone hype
    SvN: iPhone SDK, Apple’s Touch Platform, and The Next Two Decades
    Infoworld: iPhone SDK exceeds developer expectations
    Kleiner Perkins Announces $100 million iFund for iPhone Applications [TC]
    Happy now, bitches? [FakeSteve]
    Apple’s SDK: Not as hot as we had hoped [CG]
    iPhone SDK: What does this mean… Read More

  • iPhone SDK event video is up

    Apple has just uploaded yesterday’s SDK event for your viewing pleasure. You can find it here. Read More

  • Consumerist "pushes" LOLCats deeper into the Internets thanks to ComplaintRemover

    You know where we got this. I won’t dignify ComplaintRemover with a link but the folks at Consumerist, good men and women all, chatted with this service that promises to “remove” bad links from the Internet by pushing them down in search results. How do they do it, you ask? CLIENT: How does that work? How are you able to get another company to get rid of something… Read More

  • CrunchWord Puzzle!

    Here’s the latest CrunchGear-themed crossword puzzle. You can find the answers to the clues spread throughout this week’s posts. Enjoy! CrunchWord Puzzle for Friday, March 7th Read More

  • Video: DialogOS, voice control your robots so you can take over the world

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F730033&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf The video above demonstrates the DialogOS app being applied to a Lego Mindstorm kit. The demonstrator is asking how far objects are and the… Read More

  • Your fighter is asleep: Great Gygax tribute from xkcd

    A fine farewell for a man who probably changed most of our lives. xkcd Read More

  • IndieCade 2008: Calling all Indie Gamer developers, your time has come

    Here’s your chance to get a little bit of exposure and see what everyone else in the Indie Game community is up to. IndieCade 2008 is set to take place July 10-13 in sunny Seattle (it’ll actually be at Open Satellite in Bellevue) and they’re looking for submissions to be showcased at the show. Call for Submissions: Indiecade invites independent game artists and designers… Read More

  • Apple's SDK: Not as hot as we had hoped

    Mike points out a few glaring deficiencies — protections? — in the iPhone SDK, namely the non-permanence of applications — only one third-party app can run at a time and it will quit when you answer a call or generally leave the app — and you can’t access the cell networks with your apps. Instead, you have to depend on Wi-Fi. This is a big suck. As far as I can… Read More

  • Kyte Becomes A Mobile-to-Web Video Platform For Brands (Adds New Investors and Live Mobile Streaming)

    Kyte CEO Daniel Graf is taking another big step towards turning the cell phone into a video distribution platform. “This is a big day for Kyte,” he tells me, “our biggest release since we launched our beta last April.” Up till now, Kyte allowed people to create their own personal TV channels on the Web by uploading videos from their cell phones to various widgets and… Read More

  • You Suck at Photoshop #8

    http://www.mydamnchannel.com/xml/mdc_embed.swf?episode=578 I, too, wish I were a semi-professional go-kart racer sans restrictive unitards, though. Heh. Previous episodes can be found here. Read More

  • Attention Düsseldorfians: CG/TC/MC will be in your city tomorrow, Saturday the 8th

    Peter and I are headed to Düsseldorf tomorrow afternoon in preparation for our flight out on Sunday. We would have flown in the animal cracker box back from Hanover but after the Hamburg flight we’d like to stick to big airplanes leaving the heart of hurricane Emma, not small planes flying into it. That said, if you’re in Düsseldorf tomorrow, Saturday 08/03/08, and would like… Read More

  • Bloxes Brings Cardboard Tech To The Office

    There is nothing that screams “frugal startup” more than cardboard furniture. Aza Raskin, the founder of Songza and Humanized who was recently hired by Mozilla, designed his own system of cardboard building blocks that can be assembled into desks, wall dividers, and cubicles for his own Chicago offices. It is based on an art project that his father Jef Raskin, of Mac interface… Read More

  • Off to SXSW Interactive

    [photopress:sxswna.jpg,full,right] So I convinced Bossman Biggs to let me go to south by southwest in Austin, Texas for CrunchGear. The show is split into music, film and interactive sections. I’ll be covering the interactive part over the next few days, armed with a digital camera and minimal knowledge of what I’m expected to do. I don’t think there’ll be much gear for… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK & Ireland weekly news round-up

    It’s time again for the weekly round-up from TechCrunch UK & Ireland. • Social lending site Zopa is to launch in Japan, following its expansion to the US and Italy from its UK base. Read more • A Brit university replicated itself in Second Life. Lazy students rejoiced. Read more • Pikum, a UK-based online social gaming start-up by a US entrepreneur, secured a £2.6m investment… Read More

  • TC/CG sit-down in Düsseldorf, Saturday 08/03/08

    Peter and I are headed to Düsseldorf tomorrow afternoon in preparation for our flight out on Sunday. We would have flown in the animal cracker box back from Hanover but after hearing about the Hamburg flight we’d like to stick to big airplanes leaving the evil heart of hurricane Emma, not small planes flying into it. That said, if you’re in Düsseldorf tomorrow, Saturday 08/03/08… Read More

  • iPhone SDK And Restrictions: Some Of The Details Aren't Great.

    Obviously Steve Jobs and team didn’t go through all the details today when they announced the availability of the iPhone SDK. It was more of a high level pass. But details are what third party developers need to think about before jumping into the iPhone with both feet. Last year when Facebook announced Facebook Platform, developers had to decide to ignore it, build for it along with… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Claw Edition

    Haptic technology will change the way you think about pushing buttons
    Power Gorilla: Power your laptop from the sun
    Cellphone now most irreplaceable item for most most Americans
    Veiro, a wind-up mp3 player – why not?
    Maglev joystick developed at Carnegie Mellon Read More

  • Crunch Network


    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. who cares on Beware: The Verizon Voyager will apparently kill the iPhone I’m an English teacher, and now I know why all my kids can’t string a complete sentence together. I can’t even read some of the comments. I just want… Read More

  • PollDaddy Attempts to Create Yahoo Answers for Polls

    PollDaddy, a company until now focused on distributing poll and survey widgets, is taking a stab at turning its website into a more formidable destination. How? Well, by doing what any company that has distributed its services across the web would do: by pulling them and their associated data back home. The company has decided to set up a central directory of the polls that its users have… Read More

  • Google, Microsoft Said To Be Preparing Bids For Digg

    Update: Digg CEO Jay Adelson is calling this post “completely inaccurate.” Lets see how this plays out…My source, which as I said is very, very good, sticks with the story. Digg may have had an angry Microsoft and Google on its hands this morning after this post, leading Jay to comment on this where they usually wouldn’t. Jay certainly wouldn’t say anything untrue… Read More

  • Zicasso: Have Someone Else Plan That Perfect Trip

    Web 2.0 can be a very empowering movement that cuts out middlemen and gives individuals the ability to perform tasks all on their own. Want to be philanthropic? Lend directly to an entrepreneur using Kiva. Worried about that rash? Look it up on OrganizedWisdom. But sometimes cutting out the middleman isn’t such a great idea because they actually provide a valuable service, often derived… Read More