• Darn them Dukenko boys! Ukrainian hackers steal $415,000 from podunk sherriff


    Cyber criminals AKA teenagers who are just more organized than the IT staffs of their victims stole $415,000 from a sheriff’s department in Bullitt County, Kentucky. That’s right: Bullitt County. Kentucky. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: RCA Small Wonder camcorder for $60

    If you’ve been holding out for a Flip Mino-style camcorder but haven’t been able to justify the $150+ price tag, here’s something that may be of interest to you instead. Amazon is selling the RCA Small Wonder EZ200 camcorder for just $59.99 with free shipping. The camera uses microSD cards for recording footage and features a swiveling LCD screen for standard and… Read More

  • Call without a SIM card with Cherry

    The chances of me being genuinely amazed at something I see a Belgian tech company achieve are rather slim. But occasionally, it happens. Last week I went to local entrepreneur meetup BetaGroup and saw five startups pitch their stuff to the 200-person audience. The last one to get its five minutes of fame was Cherry, a new mobile operator that promised to “revolutionize the telecom… Read More

  • Since March, Internet Explorer Lost 11.4 Percent Share To Firefox, Safari, And Chrome

    The new browser wars on on. More than a decade after Microsoft killed off Netscape with Internet Explorer, competition in the browser market has never been stronger. Just last week, Mozilla released Firefox 3.5, which has now been downloaded nearly 14 million times. Earlier in June, Apple released Safari 4. In March, Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer 8, and Google came out with a… Read More

  • What a week to be in London

    Well, it’s shaping up to be an awesome week in London this week for tech companies. Here are just a few of the events going on: SUNDAY (today)
    At 5:00 PM: Traveling Geeks Tweetup: Welcome to London! NESTA and the SYmbian foundation welcoming the Traveling Geeks to London! This is a Tweetup to welcome Robert Scoble, Craig Newmark, Sarah Lacy, Howard Rheingold, Meghan Asha, JD Lasica… Read More

  • Video: Benheck's Xbox 360 Portable Revision 5

    Ben Heckendorn is no doubt one of the greatest computer modders of our time. Doug just interviewed him and we have featured his work numerous times on CrunchGear. He’s back with yet another incarnation of a portable Xbox. This time around he used a newer Jasper motherboard and added more features like a built-in Ethernet, digital volume controls, and a flush mounted optical drive. Read More

  • Meet Cherry, the unified Wi-Fi / GSM network operator that introduces automatic handover

    The chances of me being genuinely amazed at something I see a Belgian tech company achieve are rather slim. But occasionally, it happens. Last week I went to local entrepreneur meetup BetaGroup and saw five startups pitch their stuff to the 200-headed audience. The last one to get its five minutes of fame was Cherry, a new mobile operator that promised to “revolutionize the telecom… Read More

  • Cherry, The Mobile Operator That Doesn't Care Whether You're On Wi-Fi Or Not

    The chances of me being genuinely amazed at something I see a Belgian tech company achieve are rather slim. But occasionally, it happens. Last week I went to local entrepreneur meetup BetaGroup and saw five startups pitch their stuff to the 200-person audience. The last one to get its five minutes of fame was Cherry, a new mobile operator that promised to “revolutionize the telecom… Read More

  • The Reality Of PR: Smile, Dial, Name Drop, Pray.

    One thing I hated about being a corporate lawyer at Wilson Sonsini back in the day – we got to work on really cool deals (the last deal I worked on before leaving for a startup was the AOL/Netscape merger), but we were only brought in at the very end to paper everything. We fought over the fine print in the contracts after the meat of the deal was ironed out by CEOs. Skinning and… Read More

  • Amazon applying for in-book advertisement patent for Kindle

    Before everyone gets in a huff, let’s consider Amazon’s intentions with these patent applications. Surely they would never allow advertisements to be placed in books which you have purchased legitimately at full price, so let’s put that out of our heads. But what if you could take a few bucks off the cover price at the cost of a few contextual ads relating (if possible) to… Read More

  • iPhone big in Japan (Ha!)

    According to survey of 2,300 Japanese retail stores, the iPhone was #1 in customer popularity, beating out all of those crazy, wonky phones they sell in Tokyo with names like the WonderFetus 100 Softbank X200-900 and the Brad Pitt Special Edition E900 from Sanyo with built-in TV tuner, can-opener, and fishing lures. Read More

  • Twitter + World Of Warcraft=Tweetcraft

    For all of you World of Warcraft fans out there, there’s a new Twitter client that is worth checking out. TweetCraft is an in-game Twitter client for WoW that lets you send and receive Tweets within a game. If you are busy in the middle of a WoW match, you can put Tweets in a queue to send when it’s more convenient. The client also lets you upload in-game WoW screenshots using… Read More

  • I never get tired of spam like this: "Purchase Chainsaws"


    With the flood of “Hello my dear” and “YOU ARE WINNER” emails in my inbox every morning, I’m actually beginning to tire of the never-ending variety presented by spam. But it’s mail like this that renews my faith in the bots and non-native speakers variating these strange messages. The best part is trying to figure out how the scam works; it’s not… Read More

  • Gadget translates baby's cries into various moods

    Taking a page from the Baby Translator invented by Homer Simpson’s half-brother Herb Powell, the $100 “Why Cry Baby Analyzer” attempts to help parents figure out what their wailing bundle of joy is so upset about. While not as accurate as the Baby Translator from the Simpsons (“I have soiled myself… how embarrassing”) the WCBA can apparently detect the… Read More

  • iPhone App Roundup: America, F&$% yeah! edition

    Ahh, 4th of July. A welcome day off work in the midst of summer. Seems like everyone’s on vacation these days and that means grueling airplane rides and long road trips with the family. If you aren’t lucky enough to be on JetBlue or Virgin, you’re probably stuck without in-flight entertainment, meaning you’ve got nothing but your iPhone and a book to keep you from… Read More

  • Interview: Karen Dyer (Sheva from Resident Evil 5)

    Dearest CrunchGear readers: I recently had the honor and privilege of speaking to Karen Dyer, who is not only the voice of Sheva Alomar, from Resident Evil 5, but who also did said character’s motion capture. I hope you enjoy it on this day, our day of freedom. Read More

  • CrunchPad prototype coming this month, be available ASAP

    Big Mike has been pretty quiet about the CrunchPad since it was first leaked the other month and for good reason. We’ve heard from reliable sources that Apple is still on track with an oversized iPod Touch in the coming months. We more or less know everything there is to know about the CrunchPad, but a few more specs have popped up thanks to the NYT and SF Biz Times. The CP, made by… Read More

  • PollDaddy Traffic Soars, Releases Ratings Widget With Possible Digg Competitor On The Horizon

    It’s no secret that bloggers love their polls — they’re a great way to increase user engagement, and sometimes you can even get some useful data from them. But most people probably don’t realize just how popular these polls really can be. PollDaddy has just released some of its latest stats, and they don’t fail to impress: the company is now serving 430 million… Read More

  • Why is #moonfruit trending on Twitter? It's the rebirth of a startup

    It’s not often that Internet companies last 10 years, but Moonfruit in the UK has proved pretty resilient. It survived the dotcom boom the first time round, launching with VC-backing, growing to 65 staff and cutting back to two staff in the space of a couple of years. It’s a wonder why they didn’t exit in the most recent boom, but here they are still, plugging away. And… Read More

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