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  • iRiver T50: 1GB of Cookie-Cutting

    iRiver keeps fighting the useless fight against the iPod, this time trying to convince us that its 1GB T50 is as cool as the shuffle. How you could think otherwise is beyond me, what with its little knob navigation thing and tiny 1.01-inch screen. Like everything else iRiver, it does support nerd-friendly audio formats like OGG (and MP3 and WMA, natch). Other useful gems include FM radio… Read More

  • Build Your Own Car (If You're Living In Japan)

    Now we know why cars in Japan are cheaper; people build cars as a hobby! Or at least that’s what Mitsuoka Motor is betting on. The auto company has released the K-4 micro car kit. This is a real, working mini-car that is about eight-feet long and comes in an old-school sports car design. You assemble everything on your own (to an extent) and after about 40 hours of work, you’ll… Read More

  • Adobe CS3 Pricing, Availability Leaked: April 20 and July 1, PhotoShop is $649

    Adobe will host a lavish New York City event tomorrow to announce that they’re announcing the pricing and availability of Adobe CS3, which includes a version of PhotoShop that natively runs on Intel-based Macs. (If you haven’t had the pleasure of using PhotoShop on an Intel Mac consider yourself lucky.) Too bad Amazon just leaked all of the pertinent info. The top of the line… Read More

  • Clocky: The Unboxing

    Though I did an extremely brief “video overview” of Clocky on Friday, I thought I’d share with you a few unboxing pictures since Clocky has fantastic-looking packaging. It should also be noted that Clocky only costs $50, not $60. Oh! And I used Clocky as an alarm clock this morning. The result? Me getting out of bed and having to crawl under my desk to shut off the… Read More

  • Griffin Updates iTrip For 2G Nano

    Hot on the heels of Proporta’s new Wireless FM Transmitter comes Griffin’s updated version of the iTrip. Designed to work with the 2G iPod Nano, the iTrip is looking smaller than ever and features a mini USB port for charging the iPod without having to remove the iTrip itself. Updates also include the ability to choose which station you’d like to use on-screen and… Read More

  • Dragon's Lair Coming To Blu-Ray

    When the word “Laserdisc” comes to mind, I think of three things: Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace, and failed technology. Luckily, nostalgic fans of the animated Dragon’s Lair will be excited to know that it will be coming back in the form of a Blu-ray disc. Come April 9th, you’ll be able to leap over pits, fight dragons, and walk through dark corridors in HD with… Read More

  • Gamestop's Shoddy Customer Service

    Alex over at Joystiq tells an interesting story about a Sunday-drive to Gamestop where he tried to purchase God of War II. When Alex entered the store and asked for a copy of GoW2, the employee behind the counter asked if a reservation had been made. When he replied “No”, the employee at the Gamestop walked over to the display wall, grabbed a case, opened it, and stuck a copy of… Read More

  • CG/CTIA Smack Down: 6 Hours Left

    on their site. The site offers a limited number of products at a deep discount. The Smack Auction reduces the price over time, but only until supplies run out. If you don’t buy before they’re out, you’re stuck. The key is to time it and buy just before you hit that magic, hidden number. The fine folks at Jellyfish are planning to offer phones and laptops at a considerable… Read More

  • Apple TV OS Leaked Over The Weekend

    You give a dog a bone and he’ll come back with a copy of the Apple TV OS you know. Basically, over the weekend, someone discovered that Apple TV is running a stripped-down, modded version of OS X. Big surprise, right? Now we’re not sure how, but someone created a disk image of the Apple TV OS and threw it up for download. Of course by now, the link is down and this guy is about to… Read More

  • Frickin' Motorola LAZR Beams!

    All I want are some frickin’ lasers! Is that too much to ask? Motorola’s newest handset is making the rounds under the LAZR moniker with limited details. What we do know is that it runs a Linux OS, has 512MB on-board memory and Motiquette. If the RIZR wasn’t enough to hold your RAZR appetite at bay then maybe the LAZR will do the trick. Who knows if the LAZR is even the… Read More

  • Helio Ocean: Don't Call it a Messaging Phone With Keyboard and Keypad

    Hot on the tail of the Helio Heat comes the Helio Ocean. This messaging phone, aka the Pantech PN-810, folds out to a keyboard in messaging position and slides to reveal a keypad in phone position. It runs Helio’s own UI and plays MP3s and Windows Media files. So what’s that keyboard for? Well, it supports POP/IMAP mailboxes as well as IM along with GPS and Google Maps. Sidekick? Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Weird Guest Edition

    Doctor Who Is Calling?
    Have You Found The Easter Eggs In Google Homepages?
    Understanding Games Teaches Us How Games Work
    Chapit Helper Robot Reminds You of How Lonely You Are
    Go Against The Grain: The Sand Time Watch Read More

  • Sprint UpStage: Flippy, Man


    We’ve been seeing rumors of the Sprint UpStage aka the flippy Samsung M620 phone with a phone on one side and an MP3 player on the other and now have word that it’s going to be called the UpStage and will be available come CTIA. We’ll probably have some good hands-on action with this in Florida, but from my experience with it in South Korea, I can say that the form factor… Read More

  • Off to CTIA Wireless

    I’m off to Sunny Orlando tomorrow to check out CTIA for CG and MobileCrunch. If you’re in town for the show, drop me a line a john at crunchgear dot com or call me at 6468270591 for some red-hot cellphone conference drinking action. Otherwise, look for oodles of coverage next week and, with any luck, no downtimes. Read More

  • Whew!

    OK. We’re back in the saddle. Chris at MediaTemple discovered that a file was loading that should have been loading and essentially tearing the site down completely. I should have thought of it when the back end was speedy but the front end was a mess, but we amateurs always look in the least likely places and leave the obvious problems for the pros to find. Read More

  • Bloops Part Deux

    We’re still running on some sort of hobbled server — the front end is slow as whatever and the back end is peppy as a Jack Russell on crank. Very weird. Apparently our boys are looking into it and will be moving us to a new server come sundown, so hopefully we’ll be up and ready to rock for CTIA next week. Is anyone seeing any performance anomalies i.e. amazing performance in… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Basket of Goodies Edition

    Saitek’s High Tech Easter Basket
    Doctor Who Is Calling?
    Pink Zune Confirmed, Just in Time for the 61st Anniversary of the Pilbara Strike of Indigenous Australians
    Laptop Chiller Pads: Crave Finds The Coolest of the Cool Coolers
    OS X Leopard Still Not Ready, Programmers Still Figuring Out Linked Lists Read More

  • CG/CTIA Smack Down

    on their site. The site offers a limited number of products at a deep discount. The Smack Auction reduces the price over time, but only until supplies run out. If you don’t buy before they’re out, you’re stuck. The key is to time it and buy just before you hit that magic, hidden number. The fine folks at Jellyfish are planning to offer phones and laptops at a considerable… Read More

  • Saitek’s High Tech Easter Basket

    OK, Saitek isn’t actually releasing a high tech Easter Basket, but they did put together this one as part of a spring/Easter pitch. Their basket contains four of Saitek’s Notebook mice, which are available in orange, yellow, green and pink for $19.99 each, and they’re suggesting the mice as a gift or addition to your basket. It’s still 276 days until Christmas so… Read More

  • Apple TV is T3H 8om6


    To break the surly bonds of TiVo and touch the face of Jobs. Not to be a fawning Macindouche or anything, but Apple TV is seriously a kick-ass product. I got mine today after days of ceaseless waiting and I can unequivocally state that no matter what you say about DIY media centers and super hot XBox 360 video stuff, the Apple TV has those beat, especially for anyone with an iPod. Read More