• CrunchDeals: $199 Eee for Newegg.com newsletter subscribers

    Newegg’s got a deal for its loyal newsletter subscribers in the form of a $50 instant rebate on the $249 Asus Eee 4G netbook. Sure, it’s the old, tiny, 7-inch model but you’d be jumping on the netbook bandwagon for cheap! Read More

  • Toshiba: We now love solar energy, too

    Toshiba was one of the few major tech companies left in Japan (maybe even the last) that has never fully embraced solar energy as a significant pillar of current and future business. But this radically changed yesterday. Read More

  • Unpleasant Google Trends Subversion: ✈ ▌▌

    Google Trends, which shows hot queries on Google at any given time, is sporting a nasty item at no. 2 today: a plane flying into two towers. In July a swastika appeared on Google Trends, leading to endless debate on whether it was an ugly symbol or not. Later that month the site was attacked again. 4Chan was the culprit last time, we’ll see if they’re again… Read More

  • Western Digital now has Mac-specific My Passport, My Book external hard drives

    Hell Week is upon us, and the first thing that I bring to you is word of new Mac-specific hard drives from Western Digital. (I type this as a nearly two-year-old 500 GB MyBook hums, seeding untold numbers of albums and movies.) Read More

  • CES 2009: Prepare for "green" lip service

    Every year around CES time we get a slew of emails describing the thinnest this or most of that. A few years ago it was GPS devices (“The most points-of-interest in Scranton!”) and then it was TVs (witness Samsung’s recent announcement of a 7mm thick TV). Now it’s green. Take the Renew for example. Through an alliance with CarbonFund(TM), Motorola offsets the energy… Read More

  • NEC develops speech interpretation software for cell phones

    NEC today announced [JP] they developed automatic software for mobile phones automatically translates travel-related words and phrases from Japanese to English and English to Japanese and that seems to be more advanced than this solution. Read More

  • Oops! I Crapped My Pants: Japanese space diapers to the rescue

    Not content to repeat the great space toilet fiasco of 2008, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency has developed a wearable space toilet. Yes, that’s right: a wearable space toilet. It’s only a matter of time before this thing gets turned into a consumer product, too. Read More

  • iPhoto Gets A Facelift

    Apple’s Phil Schiller announced at the Steveless keynote at Macworld today (CrunchGear is liveblogging it) that a new version of iPhoto will include facial recognition software. The feature, called Faces, lets you put a name to face, then it tries to find other images with the same face and lets you confirm whether the software got it right. I really hopes this works, because I… Read More

  • When Livestreams Go Wrong: MacRumors Gets Hijacked

    MacRumors has long been one of my favorite sources for Mac-related gossip (largely because the site has generally avoided overly sensational articles that were clearly wrong), but today it has been having a few issues with its Macworld Livestream. At 9:24 AM the stream issued an alarming announcement that “Steve Jobs just died”. Moments later this was corrected, with a statement… Read More

  • HTC fills a gap we didn't know existed with the S743

    Existing somewhere between (and a sidestep or two away from) the full-touch HTC Touch Diamond and the HTC Touch Pro QWERTY slider is the S740, a non-touch, Windows Mobile 6.1 QWERTY slider. While it’s been floating around Europe for a few months now, HTC is just today announcing its US brethren: the S743. Surprised that HTC is still making non-touch Windows Mobile 6.1 phones for the… Read More

  • Move Networks Streamed 100 Million Hours Of HD Video On The Web Last Year

    Who needs cable TV? Move Networks, which powers the Web video streaming for ABC, Fox, the Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet, streamed 180 million hours of premium video last year, 100 million of which it claims was in high-definition (at a resolution of 720p). With YouTube turning on an HD viewing option in December, and adding an HD section (as did Hulu), you can expect that 100… Read More

  • AT&T East Coast data network on the fritz

    Early this morning, we woke up to a thicket of tips informing us that a hefty helping of AT&T’s East Coast data network had gone done. From New York City to Chicago, anybody lookin’ to do some early morning mobile browsing was out of luck. Fortunately, word is now trickling in that everything is up and happy again. These quick-fixes have a tendency to be a bit shaky, though… Read More

  • Macbook Wheel Debuts On The Onion

    Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard Macbook Wheel, including the Hummingbird battery which can power the computer for a full 19 minutes. So simple. So perfect. I love The Onion. Read More

  • Clearspring Lays Off 20%, President And COO Jay Rappaport Leaving

    Seems like widget distribution startup Clearspring is another victim of the economic meltdown forced to make some tough decisions. We heard rumors floating that the company laid off about 20% of its staff in early December, and we’ve now confirmed with Clearspring that several people have in fact been let go, although they’re not sharing the exact amount of firings. CEO Homan… Read More

  • Coming Soon From Sling Media: Watch Cable TV From Your iPhone

    Sling Media, the company behind the popular (and very cool) settop boxes that allow you to stream cable from your house to your computer, looks like it has outdone itself. At this week’s Macworld the company will be showing off its upcoming iPhone application, which effectively gives iPhone owners instant access to their Cable TVs and Tivos from anywhere they have a network connection. Read More

  • ffwd's Web Channel Surfing API Goes Live, Is Coming To Boxee

    Video recommendation engine ffwd has just released its completed API to developers, allowing them to incorporate some of the service’s core functionality into their sites. Using the API, developers will be able to make calls to ffwd for video content, and will also be able to incorporate ffwd user profiles and news feed items into their sites. In conjunction with the release, ffwd has… Read More

  • Truphone Guns For The All-in-one iPhone App – Adds Skype, Twitter And Other IM

    With the launch of Skype integration, Truphone’s mobile VoIP service is fast becoming a unified client for other VOIP and messaging services. As well as the ability to make low-cost calls over Wi-Fi or GSM networks and send cheap SMS, it is now supporting Skype and other messaging services via its application for the iPhone or iTouch. The software comes out on Jan. 12, at which point… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Kitchenette Edition

    I want my flying car – kitchens of the future
    Buying a new TV or using an old tube TV with a converter; which uses more energy?
    Cockroach + cockroach house = disgusting keychain holder Read More

  • HP rounds out the dv notebook line with the dv3

    The dv2 is a much sexier notebook, but the dv3 has its place, too. Okay, maybe not. With a 13.3-inch screen, AMD Athlon X2 or Turion proc and an ATI Radeon HD(9) 3200 graphics card it isn’t much to write home about. Read More

  • HP updates the Mini 2133 for the business folks, calls it the Mini 2140

    I like these little netbook-type notebooks from HP. I’m still waiting for the MIE version of the Mini 1000, but I’d much rather have the 2140 with its all aluminum casing. The 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen, Intel Atom proc, 80GB SSD (or 160GB HDD), 3D DriveGuard (accelerometer shenanigans to protect your hard drive) and 2.6 pound frame are well worth the $499 price tag. You can… Read More

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