• Kid Swaps iPod For Sony Walkman, Gets A Culture Shock

    The pictures of the Sony Walkman in this BBC Magazine article made me feel strangely nostalgic – the actual text of the article made me laugh out loud. The Magazine invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to trade his iPod for a Walkman for a week, and he recounts his experiences with the device, which was launched 30 years ago this week. Campbell, apart from being amazed at the blandly… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Heartfelt Edition

    Heart beat posting device lets your Twitter followers know you’re alive
    Finally, affordable chainmail for the discerning desk knight
    Kodak wishes to reunite Megan Fox and the boy with the yellow rose Read More

  • Things we said today

    Today I got a call from my sister about our other sister. When the phone rings from one family member to another, and it’s not birthday season, it’s always bad news. Our other sister, because that’s how we always called her, was dead. She was the adopted daughter of our father’s third marriage, and she was a very unhappy, angry person who the rest of us had a hard… Read More

  • NYTimes and Wikipedia Save Reporter's Life By NOT Reporting On His Capture

    Earlier last week, New York Times reporter David Rohde escaped from a Taliban prison. He had been a Taliban hostage for the last seven months, but the general public had absolutely no clue. In a joint effort by The New York Times and Wikipedia, the story was kept quiet until his daring escape. In November 2008, Rohde was captured and held hostage by the Taliban, along with a local reporter… Read More

  • Digitalsmiths Launches VideoSense 2.0 Platform With Frame-By-Frame Video Search

    Digitalsmiths, the video distribution and analysis platform that powers TheWB.com, TMZ, and a number of other popular sites, is rolling out a new product suite today dubbed VideoSense 2.0. The new suite includes a number of features that will make it more appealing to content owners looking to distribute video across the web, but the most interesting new feature for consumers will be the… Read More

  • Feature film shot on D90 also called Reverie?

    I’m not convinced that this isn’t a joke. Apparently there is a feature film called “Reverie,” shot entirely on the Nikon D90, a bit of coincidence considering there was another DSLR-shot film by that name that came out not long ago (and was not good). The cinematographer of the film says of the D90: The D90 far surpasses the full frame Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the… Read More

  • CrunchGear Remix Contest – Results

    Making music is fun. Winning stuff by making music is even more fun! In one month we received more than 50 entries for the CrunchGear Remix Contest. 50 remixes – some better than others – is more than we ever expected. Let’s see which artists were the best and what prize they will receive! Read More

  • HTC Hero up for pre-order on Amazon

    Unfortunately for us in the United States of America, the Hero (unlocked) is up for pre-order in the UK on Amazon with a July 15th ship date. The list price? A whopping £429.99, which equates to $725.26. I’m honestly excited for this device having seen it at the beginning of June in LA during E3. Not that the Android UI is ugly or anything, but HTC has once again managed to gussy up a UI… Read More

  • Quick Review: Mass Effect Galaxy

    Have you ever gotten excited about a new title that just came out from a game shop that you admire and love, only to play through the game and think: that’s it?! I got all worked up for THIS?! Well, that just happened to me. It took me all of 3 hours to beat Mass Effect Galaxy. No, I didn’t cheat. No, I didn’t take shortcuts (I actually spent longer than I should have on… Read More

  • Uh oh: Hulu not working on PS3

    Quite a polemic we’re dealing with, friends. It seems that, suddenly, the PS3 is no longer able to play Hulu content. I just tried to play the Power Rangers movie on my brother’s PS3, and up pops the message: “Unfortunately, this video is not available on your platform. We apologize for any inconvenience.” Read More

  • Breaking news! Billy Mays, the OxiClean and Pitchman guy, is dead

    Holy smokes! I interrupt your Sunday afternoon to bring you this shocking news: Billy Mays is dead! Yes, the guy from the OxiClean commercial and that show on the Discovery Channel was found dead in his Florida home today. I am completely shocked and terribly bummed out. That guy was tremendous. Read More

  • Need More Michael Jackson? Love "Billie Jean"? This Site Is Awesome.

    The web is still inundated with Michael Jackson news, but just in case you haven’t had your fill, I highly recommend the site Billie Tweets. The concept is simple: Take Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and pull in tweets that sync words to the music. The site was made by 9Astronauts, the development house that also made the Blame Drew’s Cancer site a few weeks back. Read More

  • First time ever? Professional sports coach, Vanderlei Luxemburgo of Palmeiras, fired because of what he wrote on Twitter

    Twitter works great in Brazil. So great that it gets you fired! Former Real Madrid manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo was sacked by Palmeiras, in São Paulo, Brazil, over what he wrote on Twitter two days ago. Is this the first time a professional sports coach/manager has been sacked because of what he has written on Twitter? I couldn’t find any other examples, but I could well be wrong here. Read More

  • The $99 iPhone Is James Bond. The Other $99 Phones Are Joe Schmoe.

    While it’s not being talked about too much, the $99 iPhone 3G is a very interesting play by Apple. It takes what was previously a just out-of-reach device for many, and puts it at a magical price-point. Sure, it still won’t sell everyone, like the people who only care about getting the phone that their carrier is offering for free, or those looking for the cheapest possible… Read More

  • Who knew? MagicJack is flying off the shelves

    More proof (see: the Perfect Pushup and the Snuggie.) that having a quirky, on-all-the-time commercial is a step in the right direction toward Big Success. MagicJack is selling something at the rate of 9,000 to 10,000 units per day, making its parent company, YMax Communications, some $100 million this year alone. But, in this age of Skype, who’s buying this thing? Read More

  • Heart beat posting device lets your Twitter followers know you're alive

    It surely didn’t escape anyone’s attention Twitter is on track to becoming a mass phenomenon globally. The service is also growing nicely in Japan where it has been embraced by the geek community in particular (Japanese is the only alternative language Twitter is available in until today). And today a small group of those Japanese geeks, members of the so-called Koress Project… Read More

  • App Review: Lemonade Tycoon for iPhone

    Free fun, thy name is Lemonade Tycoon. I downloaded EA Mobile’s free Lemonade Tycoon to my iPod touch yesterday and spent the better part of the afternoon creating my own beverage empire, one fresh squeezed glass at a time. Read More

  • FriendFeed, Syphilis And The Perfection Of Online Mobs

    People have always been inclined to join mobs – most people have at least one story to tell about a time that they got swept up in or had to face a crowd demanding justice for one thing or another (both of my experiences were in college). The Internet has proven to be a frighteningly efficient tool to create virtual mobs. But we note two trends that suggest a bleak future: the increase… Read More

  • PollyTrade Lets You Trade Stocks Via Twitter

    Last month, Lance Walley left his position as co-founder and CEO of Ruby on Rails hosting company Engine Yard, after the VC-funded startup was forced to trim its workforce by 15% last January. With nothing else on his hands immediately, Walley started building a Twitter application on his own dime (about $10,000) that would basically link your Twitter account to a brokerage account and enable… Read More

  • How To Save The Newspapers, Vol. XII: Outlaw Linking

    Of all the misguided schemes put forth lately to save newspapers (micropayments! blame Google!), the one put forth by Judge Richard Posner has to be the most jaw-dropping. He suggests that linking to copyrighted material should be outlawed. No, Posner does not work for the Associated Press (which also has some strange ideas on linking). He is (normally) considered to be one of the great… Read More

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