• Check out CrunchGear's Holiday Gift Guide

    If you haven’t noticed, CG has spent the last few months reviewing things left and right including Tequila, shoes, and video games. Before you head out on Black Friday, we encourage you to pop over to our 2008 Holiday Gift Guide where every review from 2008 appears in its original, unadulterated glory. Doug has even cooked up some featured reviews and a great little video system for… Read More

  • In Praise of Bad Times: What we can learn from the last downturn

    The following is a guest post by Nigel Eccles, co-founder and CEO of Hubdub, the prediction trading game. If Silicon Valley checked into hospital, it would be diagnosed with severe bi-polar disorder. In mid-September, with the bad economic evidence mounting and the markets in freefall, its mood swung from vaunted optimism to extreme despair. Sequoia summed up the change in mood, titling… Read More

  • The BlackBerry Storm has issues – at least six of them, in fact

    With hype comes scrutiny. Build consumer interest in a device up to that which Verizon has built the BlackBerry Storm, and you’re bound to hear the complaints. The Storm has been on the shelves for less than a week, and forums around the web are already littered with word of reproach. A list of the issues that VZW/RIM has recognized as software flaws has been passed out to Verizon… Read More

  • Review: Griffin AirCurve

    Short Version: An iPod amp that sounds great – until you try to use it. Read More

  • Yelp's European Counterpart Qype Continues Global Expansion

    The German startup community has been notorious for blatant clones of popular sites developed elsewhere (my personal favorite is Freundefeed). One startup that is sometimes associated with this trend (perhaps unjustly) is Qype, a Yelp-like site for reviews that has established a strong presence throughout Europe. CEO Stephan Uhrenbacher says that he wasn’t aware of Yelp’s… Read More

  • Judge: Papermaster could cause "irreparable harm" to IBM at Apple


    When this legal melee began earlier this month, I guessed that the judge was simply taking IBM at its word and ordering Papermaster to stop work essentially at their whim. Well, you can’t blame me for underestimating the Judicial Branch, can you? Recently revealed records show that the judge had pretty solid reasoning for believing Papermaster was a serious threat to IBM in his new… Read More

  • Video: Sony Xperia Panels interface on an HTC Touch Diamond

    A group of tinkers have been hard at work getting the Panels interface from the Sony Xperia working on the HTC Touch HD. Progress is being made at a decent rate, as evidenced by a few YouTube videos that have been released. Why do such a thing? Well, as one of the guys says, “I like the look of this front end alot better than the TF3D.” So, rather than complain about the user… Read More

  • Faces.com – great URL, not so sure about the rest

    Back in February, in a small acquisition, UK mobile services provider 3Bill acquired UK social network Profile Heaven for an undisclosed sum. The idea was to integrate the youth-focused social network with 3Bill’s mobile software and content platform. Then in October, they also bought the nine year old Face-pic.com, a global photo-sharing site boasting around 700,000 users. Now the… Read More

  • Contest: Memory shot? Win a Livescribe smartpen!

    Wait. What was I supposed to write about? Oh yeah, we have another contest running starting today to give away a Livescribe smartpen. I really wish I could remember what I was supposed to tell you about this thing. Maybe you should just watch the video. How do you win? Read More

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    The CG boys are taking a well-earned break tomorrow but thank you for another great year of CrunchGear. We wake up for you guys, whether it seems like it or not, and we could have made it through without your diligent visits to our little kingdom of jollity and mirth. Have a great Turkey day and we’ll see you on Friday. Read More

  • my6sense: Pioneering "Digital Intuition" (500 Alpha Invites)

    With the growing amount of information that is flowing into our lives, there is also a growing need for tools that help focus our attention on what should be the most relevant information for us. my6sense is developing artificial intelligence that does just that—it separates the signal from the noise and helps users shift their attention to the content they care about most. my6sense… Read More

  • First impression of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix: Thumbs up

    The game Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix is now available on Xbox Live Arcade (and PSN) for 1,200 Microsoft points. I bought it this morning and promptly realized two things: one, it’s tremendous and two, I’m rubbish at Street Fighter nowadays. I played about halfway through Arcade mode before finally giving up—like I said, rubbish—but that was enough to ensure… Read More

  • Seagate's Rap Video Is Addictively Bad

    Just in time to get you in that purchasing mood for Black Friday comes a Seagate-sponsored video from the Sniper Twins (above) that looks like something from SNL. Called “Computer Friends” [Stack the Memory], two white rappers sing about the need to upgrade their computers. It’s so bad you can’t stop watching it. And the music is catchy too. 1.5 terabytes,
    stack… Read More

  • Plush scorpion will sting you repeatedly with love

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2339806&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1
    Twitchie Scorpion from make magazine on Vimeo. Get thee to the Makery and build yourself a Twitchie robot scorpion with plush casing. The robot itself is actually called Twitchie. It’s a DIY robot kit with everything you need to make… Read More

  • First Hand Accounts Of Terrorist Attacks In India On Twitter, Flickr

    Forget CNN, which so far has few details of the ongoing attacks in Mumbai, India that have left at least 80 dead (Update: they’re starting to catch up now). People are giving first hand reports of what they’re seeing directly on Twitter. Flickr is another important information resources – images are here. Twitter isn’t the place for solid facts yet – the situation… Read More

  • Everyone's a Metacritic: Why aggregating game reviews is absurd

    Apparently these few lines have turned the world upside down: Go to Metacritic, which is destroying the video game industry, by the way, and check out the Tomb Raider: Underworld’s metascore. Right now it’s 78. That’s not good enough, apparently. Which is to say that I dislike the practice of aggregating review scores, be it on Metacritic, Game Rankings, Rotten Tomatoes, etc. Read More

  • The BlackBerry Storm has issues – at least six of them, in fact

    With hype comes scrutiny. Build consumer interest in a device up to that which Verizon has built the BlackBerry Storm, and you’re bound to hear the complaints. The Storm has been on the shelves for less than a week, and forums around the web are already littered with word of reproach. A list of the issues that RIM has recognized as software flaws has been passed out to Verizon employees… Read More

  • As Holiday Sales Look Grim, Amazon and eBay Are On A Collision Course

    With economic recession in the air and layoffs everywhere, the outlook for online retail sales looks grim this holiday season. So far in November, online sales are 4 percent less than last year. Online retailers Amazon and eBay will be fighting for every last Christmas dollar. The two look more and more alike these days, as eBay seeks growth beyond the mom-and-pop auction sellers that… Read More

  • Contest: Get you some e-mail, win a Peek!

    Target sure loves CrunchGear and we love them for throwing down two Peek e-mail devices (review) for us to giveaway. Now don’t go scoffing about just because it’s not some hotsy-totsy-hotdoggin-showboatin gadget. Not everyone has access to e-mail on their phone and chances are you know some of them. Here’s your chance to hook them up for the upcoming holidays or feel free… Read More

  • Why Microsoft should make the ZunePhone

    The Zune phone rumor is rearing its nasty Steve Ballmer head again thanks to a CNBC report talking about a device codenamed, “Pink.” Instead of simply dismissing this old rumor again, it might have some truth to it as the mobile world has changed significantly since the last time a ZunePhone rumor circulated. The iPhone is the U.S.’s best selling mobile phone of all… Read More

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