• It Turns Out That Google Even Has A Competitive Advantage In Scanning Books

    Google is serious about scanning books. Throughout the objections raised over the years by authors and publishers and the more recent delays in its settlement with the Authors Guild, Google has been scanning millions of books all along trying to digitize as many as it possibly can. It is so serious about capturing and indexing the knowledge stored in books that it has a patent, which was… Read More

  • Like My Parents In 1994, Apple Finds NIN's The Downward Spiral Objectionable

    Back in 1994, there was no album I wanted more than Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral. The problem was that I was 12 at the time, and the album carried the dreaded “Parental Advisory” sticker, which meant I couldn’t buy it at the store without my parents — and that wasn’t an option. You see, they (like most other parents) weren’t too fond of songs… Read More

  • How To Grow Your Blog Through Customer Development

    This is a guest post by Neil Patel, co-founder of KISSmetrics and blogger at QuickSprout.com. He also does consulting work for a number of major Internet properties, including TechCrunch. When you think about growing your blog, whether it is a personal, professional or company blog, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Chances are it is something related to traffic or subscribers. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: iPod car dock with remote for $13

    Here’s an inexpensive iPod car kit from Meritline. Normally almost $20, it’s being sold at $12.99 with free shipping. The “6-in-1 Car Kit w/Remote Control for iPod” features an LED display for FM channel selection, cigarette lighter power plug, and remote control. I’m not huge on FM transmitters, but mostly because they always seem more expensive than… Read More

  • Sap Cap offers self defense at the drop of a hat

    After finally figuring out what “sap” and “blackjack” mean — they’re used interchangeably to describe a police baton — this Sap Cap is a bit scary in its simplicity but might make for a good always-with-you self defense tool. That’s if you’re down with logo-less black hats and don’t mind shelling out $30 for something like this. Read More

  • The Latest On ShoeMoney's AdWords Lawsuit Against A Google Employee

    Last month we reported on an interesting trademark case between online marketing guru Jeremy ‘ShoeMoney‘ Schoemaker and a Google employee named Keyen Farrell, who works as an AdWords Account Strategist. Schoemaker is accusing Farrell of violating his trademark by using the word ‘shoemoney’ in the ad copy for Farrell’s own site – something that Google… Read More

  • DIY: Brick pizza oven for under $50

    Since the dawn of time, the quest for perfect homemade pizza has broken many a soul. Can roughly $50 worth of materials and a DIY brick oven-like housing change all that? I honestly don’t know. But if you’ve got a little extra time on your hands and fancy yourself a decently-talented pizza enthusiast then by all means, chase the dream. Read More

  • Despite tough economy, Google hires 200 goats

    Google is going super low-tech around its Mountain View, California headquarters, casting aside the modern conveniences of gas-powered lawn mowers for the environmentally-friendly and fascinating world of goat rentals. Read More

  • Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

    Overview In my never-ending search for a high image quality compact digital camera, I came across the Panasonic DMC-FX37. This little compact caught my eye with its long list of premium features and tiny footprint. It’s got a wide-angle Leica lens, image stabilization, 720p HD video recording, and a 4x zoom. That’s a pretty compelling list of features for such a small… Read More

  • Free Comic Book Day!

    Head on down to your local comic book shop and pick up some FREE comic books! It’s that time of the year again – first Saturday in May – so hurry it up. But before you do, watch this video from Wolverine on the importance of comic books. Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve 8520 aka Gemini spotted in the wild

    The key new features of the Gemini based on these images appears to be the addition of an optical trackpad and a rubberized body. The main function keys are now integrated with the screen for a more streamline look. But it’s still an EDGE device despite the optical trackball that will eventually make its way to other RIM devices. via CrackBerry Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Glamor Edition

    Is it time to buy a new Swiss Army Knife?
    Japanese company sells air-conditioned bed
    Crocheted White Album vinyl: the perfect addition to a Beatlemaniac’s couch Read More

  • Is it time to buy a new Swiss Army Knife?

    The last 50 years have been a mixed bag for the Swiss Army Knife. Computers, phones, and generally not-knife-fixable objects have pervaded our lives and the relevance of a multitool has been reduced. They’ve adapted marvelously, however, offering flashlights and USB drives included in their tools. And really, if you don’t at least have one of these things stored away somewhere… Read More

  • Japanese company sells air-conditioned bed

    Weird Tokyo-based startup Kuchofuku [JP] and major trading company Itochu have developed a mattress of a very special kind: Just in time for the summer, the proud owners can switch on a built-in “air conditioning system” in order to cool off their bodies. Read More

  • Crocheted White Album vinyl: the perfect addition to a Beatlemaniac's couch

    We don’t cover pillows a lot here at CrunchGear, but this was too cool to pass up. I like the idea of knit, crocheted, and plush gadgets — I don’t know if that classifies as a fetish or anything, but I think they’re great. And this cute little crocheted record is no exception. That is all. Read More

  • Samsung's new camcorders to shoot in glorious… 480i?

    The new SMX-C10 and C14 camcorders from Samsung debuted the other day with some slightly vague specs. Are they high-def? Low-def? Just-right-def? Well, Samsung just forwarded us the deets, and I had to check whether they were talking about the newest camcorders or some they released in 2007. Read More

  • Hungry For Young People, Food Network Launches Edgy Food2

    The Food Network just launched a saucy new site, Food2, aimed at engaging a younger generation of cooks and foodies through blogs and video content. Scripps Network, which owns the Food Network, also recently launched a recipe aggregation site, which we reviewed here. Food2 is a flashier, more hip FoodNetwork.com (Food Network’s site) that features and outspoken, “eclectic slate… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Logitech Harmony 510 remote for $50

    Amazon’s got the Logitech Harmony 510 remote on sale for just under $50 for a limited time — not a bad deal since it goes for around $70 to $80 or so elsewhere. The universal remote industry in general might — just might — be experiencing slow sales now that people are saving up all their money for boring stuff like food and rent. Oh well. Our gain (as it pertains to… Read More

  • Desert town to get "green" electricity through superconducting wires

    Japan’s version of the MIT, the University of Tokyo, plans to test transmitting electricity over superconducting cables using a solar power system in a desert in Chile. The project team aims at researching which combination of solar cell infrastructure and superconducting wires (instead of copper wires) is best suited for extreme environments. Read More

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum delayed until the end of summer '09

    I’m a sad clown now. Eidos Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment can today confirm that Batman: Arkham Asylum will be released at the end of summer 2009. This additional time will allow us to ensure Batman: Arkham Asylum is of the highest quality for gamers. Read More

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