• CEATEC: ALPS sends data through the human electric field

    ALPS, the folks that mainstreamed the touchpad way back in the day, are continuing to innovate. Now they’re playing with electric field transmissions, which allows the human body to act as a communication medium. Video inside! Read More

  • My friend, I have a Zune HD for you. Very nice price: Free!


    Welcome to CrunchGear’s seedy electronic shop in the touristy area of town. Today we have a special deal for one lucky commenter: a new 16GB black Zune HD. Read on to figure out how to win. UPDATE – Congrats to Aaron for winning the Zune. He’s currently running with an RCA Lyrica. I don’t even think RCA is in business anymore. Read More

  • AT&T Greenlights VoIP For the iPhone. Too Bad Google Voice Isn't VoIP.

    Yesterday, we saw a Vonage app hit the App Store, which seemed to go against Apple and AT&T’s previous stance that VoIP apps that work over the 3G (and 2G) network would not be allowed in the App Store. Turns out there’s been a policy change. AT&T has just announced that it will no longer restrict VoIP apps that use its network on the iPhone, a move which is long… Read More

  • Biggest Loser fitness game now available for Wii and DSi

    Announced back in May, The Biggest Loser is now officially available for the Nintendo Wii and DSi platforms for $40 and $30, respectively, bringing the grand total of fitness games on the market up to seven billion and one. Developed by THQ, the game mimics the experience of being on The Biggest Loser Ranch just like the TV contestants, except that you get to live in your own house and you… Read More

  • R.I.P. Good Times: One Year Later

    It’s been one year exactly since Silicon Valley venture capitalists decided to call an end to the funding party. Sequoia Capital started things off with a 56 slide presentation to portfolio CEOs titled R.I.P. Good Times. In it they warned “it’s different this time” and said that “survival of the quickest” mandated deep cost cutting. Benchmark Capital… Read More

  • Rumor: HTC working on new flagship Android device – the Dragon

    What do you get when you mix HTC, Android, and Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon mobile processor together? No, it’s not the amazing (recycled from an old Snapdragon post) image above…but it’s close. According to the rumor mill, this mythical combination will yield…the HTC Dragon. Read More

  • Modern Warfare 2 delayed for the PC, Call of Duty trademarked for movie use

    Two things: One, the PC release of Modern Warfare 2 has been delayed by a couple of weeks until November 24, 2009. The console versions are still on track of a November 10, 2009 release. Second, Hollywood is apparently in need of an all-American, shoot-’em-up, special effects nightmare of a movie because Activision has trademarked Call of Duty for movie use. Read More

  • Sidekicks fail en masse – but they're on their way back up


    Looks like there’s a serious outage going on for Sidekick users. Starting in the last few days, data services have been broken off and even address books have been inaccessible. Apparently the problem is with Danger and Microsoft, not with T-Mobile. My G1 is on T-Mo and I’ve had no data troubles — and it’s Microsoft that’s scrambling to fix the issue. Around… Read More

  • Twin Towers seen once more via Augmented Reality iPhone app

    [Austria] Mobilizy, the company from Salzburg, that brought us one of the world’s first Augmented Reality browsers, Wikitude, just released a major upgrade which crosses that significant line between technology and its effects in the ‘real’ world. Their idea was to build a virtual memorial in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. and the destruction of the World… Read More

  • CEATEC: 3D B-Vision offers new twist on 3D imagery

    All the big players are here at CEATEC showing off their latest iteration of 3D televisions. They’re bright, and colorful, and pretty, and impressive. And it looks like they all require the use of special viewing glasses. Come on, guys, I saw this stuff last year at IFA: have you really made no substantial progress on easy-to-watch 3D displays? I almost walked past the Holoart booth… Read More

  • Sellaband teams up with Public Enemy

    [Netherlands] Hip hop pioneers Public Enemy will partner with fan-funding site Sellaband to finance their next album. Public Enemy is one of the first established acts to sign up to Sellaband’s new custom funding program and aims to raise $250,000 for the album in $25 increments. Public Enemy was incidentally also one of the first acts to release music on mp3. Amsterdam-based… Read More

  • Google: A Web Browser Is Not A Computer, Not A Search Engine, And Not A Ham Sandwich

    Google has spent a significant amount of time over the past couple of years building a very impressive web browser, Chrome. By most accounts, it’s the fastest around, and isn’t system resource heavy, and those who use it seem to love it. But there’s a tiny little problem: Being the best product doesn’t matter when general users have no idea what the product even is. Read More

  • Get ready for the LCROSS lunar impact this Friday

    Be sure to set your alarm clock for around 6am this Friday, for at 6:15am NASA will, in the immortal words of Matt Drudge, “bomb the moon.” No, we’re not talking about some dumb Hollywood (redundancy alert!) scenario, but the most exciting part of the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) program: the lunar impact. Read More

  • Motorola: No WinMo 6.5 for us, thanks.

    Ouch. I knew I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t too fond of Windows Mobile 6.5, but I’m just a lowly blogger; when your hardware partners start bailing, its gotta sting a little. At their Android ecosystem event this morning, Motorola’s VP of Software and Ecosystem Christy Wyatt disclosed that Moto’s relationship with Windows Mobile was temporarily going on hold. Read More

  • Sprint announces the Windows Mobile 6.5-based Samsung Intrepid

    And Windows Mobile 6.5 Day keeps on rollin’! Further proving that the mobile phone industry is complete out of names to use, Sprint and Samsung have just announced a device they’ve decided to dub the “Intrepid”. While we wouldn’t have guessed it at first glance, that 2.5″ screen is actually a touchscreen. They’ve got a full QWERTY keyboard down below… Read More

  • DJ Hero track list: 100 songs, 93 mash-ups

      Here you go – the official list of mash-ups that’ll appear in DJ Hero when it becomes available on October 27th. These are apparently all original, not-available-anywhere-else mixes. Read More

  • Fukitorimushi: Panasonic's creepy cleaning robot (video)

    The so-called Fukitorimushi (“wipe-up bug” in Japanese), a cleaning robot of a very special kind, has been around for quite a while now. But what was showcased recently during a tech exhibition in Tokyo was the newest version. And the thing is still creepy as hell. Read More

  • Augmented Reality example at CEATEC

    Augmented reality is all the new buzz, I guess. I don’t know, because I only have an iPhone 3G — mine’s missing that important “S” indicating it’s the new model on which augmented reality can actually execute. But at CEATEC today I saw some Sekai Camera examples in the real world. My experience wasn’t entirely positive: find out why. Read More

  • Geo-Fashion Comes To The iPhone With StyleCaster's Clothing Recommendation App

    Interactive fashion community StyleCaster has launched an iPhone app that answers the age-old questions that many women (and men) ask themselves when they wake up in the morning: “What’s the weather outside?” and “What should I wear?” StyleCaster’s free iPhone app pulls in a weather feed and will give you the recommendations of styled “looks”… Read More

  • HTC HD2! United States! Q1 2010!

    Bam! There we were complaining that it would likely be a long time before the mind-blowingly gorgeous HTC HD2 showed its face stateside, and SlashGear managed to get a date out of them. According to HTC CEO Peter Chou, we should see this hit the shores sometime in Q1 of 2010. Sure, it’ll still be a few months before that vague 3-month window even begins — and the damn thing is… Read More

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