• GooSync dumps its free service, goes premium only

    GooSync, the synchronisation service that lets you sync a mobile with Google Calendar, tasks and contacts using SyncML, has been going since 2007. But though it’s been running a premium and free version, it’s now dumping the latter entirely. Not an unsurprising move given the growth especially in mobile data use of apps like this, especially with the iPhone. The company said… Read More

  • Coull secures new funding for agency video tool

    It’s been a long old time since we checked in with Bristol based Coull, the application which helps brand owners create their own video portals and interactive video content. The startup has now has secured additional funding of £500,000 and hired Vaughan Denny the former head of rich media sales for Google Europe. Read More

  • Bookies think Modern Warfare 2 will be the best seller this year

    Anyone who has any doubts over what will be the best-selling video game this holiday season needs to check himself. It will absolutely be Modern Warfare 2. And while I can say that without anything real being put on the line, Irish bookie Paddy Power has given the game 8/13 odds as being the best-selling game. Read More

  • Google Wave Is Easier To Understand Than…

    As we’ve noted several times, Google Wave is a service that is fairly hard to explain. And for many people, it’s also hard to understand. That seems somewhat reasonable given that it’s trying to be a new form of communication and that it is still very early in its life span. But just how hard is it to understand? A new website brilliantly takes a… Read More

  • Crazy like a fox? Microsoft to release an ad-supported, introductory version of Office 2010

    Years ago, when Microsoft started pushing Internet Explorer, it enjoyed favorable adoption rates because, well, it’s already on there, so why not use it? (Law-breaking aside, of course!)That may be what Microsoft is thinking this time around with Office 2010. Redmond will allow OEMs to install Office Starter 2010 on brand new Windows 7 PCs. It will be a pared down version of Office, and… Read More

  • Sound & Vision goes ears-on the Lincoln MKT THX II sound system

    The days of automakers shoving the same OEM radio into all of their cars are long gone – at least for vehicles over $20k. Now if you drop enough coin, you can get a system that will rival your home theater gear. Sound & Vision recently spent sometime with the THX II sound system found in the Lincoln MKT crossover. Spoiler: your audiophile dad should like it. Read More

  • Today on the CrunchGear Live Podcast

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/BTRPlayer.swf?file=http://www.blogtalkradio.com%2fCrunchGear%2fplay_list.xml&autostart=false&shuffle=false&callback=http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FlashPlayerCallback.aspx&width=630&height=105&volume=80&corner=rounded Here are some of the topics from today’s podcast… HP Envy 13 giveaway Phishing! Multitouch… Read More

  • Android Gets Its Own Everything Search Box

    We wrote about Google’s Quick Search Box (QSB) a few months ago when the product was officially launched. We found the Twitter plug-in particularly interesting because QSB was able to turn into a Twitter app that let you post Tweets from the search box itself. Now, Google is launching a version of QSB for the Android Phone which provides similar functionality from the phone’s… Read More

  • Ticonderoga Antimicrobial Pencils: Say what?


    Two things I learned today: there is a blog dedicated to office supplies and on that blog is a set of Ticonderoga pencils with antimicrobial coating. Read More

  • Video: Windows Mobile Turns Twitter Into Party Boy

    Earlier this afternoon Fake Steve Jobs took one look at Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile commercial and wrote, “Dancing Twitter icons do not translate into cutting-edge advertising.” I don’t know. I think the commercial is pretty good, but only because it seems to me the strategy here was to turn Internet Explorer, Outlook, Microsoft Messenger and the others into Party… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: The Hitman collection for the PC

    Fan of the Hitman series? I am. Played the first one all the way through, killing off russian mobsters and blowing things up the whole way. Never made it through the other two though, got distracted by other games along the way. Read More

  • If you live in Philadelphia, you have plenty to do this weekend

    Philadelphites (Philadelphanaes? Philadelphonistas? Philadelphonzos?) – Philadelphians! You have your weekend all mapped out for you, assuming you’re a geek. Read More

  • Review: Canon Color ImageClass MF8050Cn all-in-one printer

    There is a code to which a cowboy cleaves. He never shoots first, he’s always kind to ladies, and he never buys more printer than he can handle. While I can’t speak for those out on the lone prairie, I can report that the 52-pound ImageClass MF8050Cn by Canon may be the heaviest printer I’ve had in my office to date. This isn’t a printer for scrap-booking or… Read More

  • Reminder: We're giving away an HP Envy 13

    You heard about this, right? We’re giving away a brand new HP Envy 13 (our review) to one lucky reader. But we’re asking you to do something a little more than just leave a comment for this contest. It is, after all, a $1700, unreleased notebook. Check out this post for all the details. Good luck! Read More

  • Peace! Obama v. The CrunchPad

    Oh-Bah-Mah! Hey, don’t get me wrong. I love President Obama as much as the Europeans do (we endorsed him way back when Clinton was still leading the primaries). But Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize is just…awesome. He’s been in office for nine months and hasn’t actually done anything at all yet. Except, maybe, increase the troop count in Afghanistan. For the record… Read More

  • Will Project Natal be anything more than a glorified tech demo? Here's hoping!

    Maybe I’m speaking for the minority here, but I have to get this off my chest: Project Natal is sorta “meh,” no? I attended Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards for a few minutes last night, and they had on display Project Natal. It was that paint-throwing game. Now, I know that’s just a tech demo, but I left feeling a little concerned about its future. Read More

  • Online Shop Til You Drop With Your Friends On Plurchase

    Social shopping is a nut that no one has been able to crack. The idea sounds good; people enjoy shopping together in malls and such. But online, there have been many attempts, and many failures. Plurchase, a Y Combinator-backed company, is the latest to take on the task. Obviously, Plurchase thinks it has what it takes to succeed in the space with a new method of doing things. In the past… Read More

  • This is the problem with being charged to receive text messages

    Well it looks like my not-even-a-month-old new cell phone number is already out in the wild somehow. I received this unsolicited text message from a 718-area phone number, which Nicholas tells me is Brooklyn or Queens, New York (I’m in Boston). Read More

  • Tweetie 2 Lives! Get It While It's Hot

    A couple weeks ago we did a preview of Tweetie 2, the next version of the iPhone Twitter client. To say there was a lot of interest in obtaining the app is an understatement. And now you can. Earlier today, Apple approved the app, and it just went live in the App Store. You may not be able to find it through a search right now, but use this link to go directly to it. Read More

  • Google Responds To FCC Inquiry By Highlighting AT&T's Hypocrisy

    In a blog post, Google has given their take on the whole brouhaha over the restriction of outbound Google Voice calls to phone numbers in “rural” areas. Google writes that the reason they restrict these calls to local phone carriers’ in rural areas is not only because they charge pricey termination rates for calls but because these carriers are partnering with adult sex… Read More

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