• High-altitude floating wind harvesters may replace your local windmills

    There have been some rumblings, so to speak, of the so-called low-frequency noises that windmills are said to produce. I’m don’t buy into them, but a bunch of spinning machines in your backyard isn’t desirable whether they cause nightmares or not. Furthermore, the wind they can harvest at ground level is weaker and less reliable than air currents above a few hundred feet. Read More

  • Will we see Rock Band: Green Day later this year?

    Green Day is coming to Rock Band. Finally. I mean, it makes sense right? The band has a ton of fans and they fit under the umbrella of “rock” so it’s a pretty natural move. Read More

  • Averatec announces 25.5-inch all-in-one, prices it aggressively at $999

    Averatec has just announced a gigantic all-in-one PC for $999. This one’s a doozy, folks. A doozy in a good way. The D1200 series features a 25.5-inch LCD monitor with an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5GHz CPU, 320GB hard drive, and 4GB of RAM nestled snugly behind it. Read More

  • Google Employee Countersues ShoeMoney For Defamation

    Over the last few months we’ve been following a lawsuit between well known Internet marketing guru Jeremy Schoemaker and a Google employee named Keyen Farrell. The story so far: Schoemaker is suing Farrell for using his trademark “Shoemoney” in the ad copy for one of Farrell’s sites, which is against Google rules. Farrell has denied any wrongdoing, citing the fact… Read More

  • WWDC 2009: Apple gets serious

    So we got the big reveal: a new iPhone, some hidden tricks in Snow Leopard and the iPhone OS, a lot of rumor run-up and, most importantly, a Jobs-less keynote. In the end we saw another incremental keynote, a session of chest-beating (Palm’s “18 Pre apps in its app store” slide got quite a chuckle and I heard a man audibly orgasm when he heard about the compass app) and… Read More

  • Apple's 3G S tour now live UPDATED

    Go over and watch it, if you are so inclined. No pressure. I know this has been a long day. Also, the new commercial appears after the jump. If you’re not doing anything else this evening give it a look. Otherwise it will be here when you wake. Read More

  • CrunchGear San Francisco Meet-Up tomorrow at 7pm

    We the people of CrunchGear would like to propose a quick, informal meet-up tomorrow at the View Lounge at the San Francisco Marriott. The meet-up will include drinking, talking about the iPhone 3G S, and the fondling of the Palm Pre, allowing you, the reading public, to try the cellphone of the moment before the next cellphone of the moment comes out. Companies: if you’d like to sponsor… Read More

  • Apple's Cool Matrix-Style App Wall

    Today at Apple’s WWDC event in San Francisco, Apple had a bunch of Cinema Display monitors mounted together on a wall showing what looked to be some sort of pulsating canvas. But a closer look revealed that it was actually a huge collection of icons for many of the apps available in the App Store, arranged by color. Apparently, when someone purchased one, that app’s icon would… Read More

  • Wiimbledon 2009 set for June 27 at Barcade in Brooklyn, help us raise money for sick kids

    Were visits to the doctor ever a pleasant experience as a kid? Of course not! Even regular checkups were a hassle and a nightmare, but those lollipops and model airplanes were totally worth it in the end. But my experiences differed greatly from the kids who were stuck in hospitals with life threatening illnesses and the like. It sucks being sick and stuck in a hospital with nothing to look… Read More

  • Live From Startonomics Tokyo

    After attending a great Tokyo 2.0 event last night (more to come about that later), the GeeksOnAPlane group is now at Startonomics Tokyo, where we’ll be hearing about a broad range of topics pertaining to Japanese tech throughout the day. Join us below as we watch the presentations. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: LEGO Batman (Wii) for $20

    Normally going for around $40 elsewhere, Amazon has the Wii version of LEGO Batman for just $20. It’s priced at $20 on all the other consoles, too, if you want a version other than the Wii version. Read More

  • Ex-Vidoop Employees Launch iPhone Development Outsourcing Service Urban Airship

    I spoke today with Scott Kveton, a former developer with deadpooled open-ID startup Vidoop, about the startup, Urban Airship, he and 3 other fellow ex-Vidoopers launched today to assist iPhone developers with push notifications and iPhone storekit provisioning (you can find a comprehensive story about the fall of Vidoop here). iPhone app developers can outsource these cloud-based services to… Read More

  • LaCie bridges the multimedia gap with the LaCinema Classic Bridge

    Step back. Western Digital might have a real contender in the LaCie LaCinema Classic Bridge media player and it actually supports 1080p content. The LCB is straightforward and appears to be simple to use. Plug in an external hard drive the Bridge relays all media content to your TV for playback. But this, too, will need some updates if it’s really going to compete with the WD TV. Read More

  • 10 DTV Tips and Tricks


    The switch to all-digital television is almost here. Really, it happens this Friday, June 12, 2009. It was suppose to happen back in Februray but Obama and Congress delayed the transition a few months back. It’s probably for the best though. The extra time hopefully means that more folks are ready. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks that will help ensure you’re getting… Read More

  • NEC develops unmanned, self-flying drone for civilian use

    NEC has announced the development of an unmanned drone [JP] that can fly by itself to a specific location and send back positional information and video images. The company says it’s the first drone made for civilian applications that can transmit both kinds of data at the same time. Read More

  • EA has "maxed out" the Xbox 360

    Speaking to OXM at E3 last week, SVP of EA Games Europe Patrick Soderlund, stated that the Xbox 360 has been “maxed out.” I’m not entirely sure what he means by that, but I’d assume he’s referring to what EA can do with the console’s hardware. On the flip side, Soderlund said that EA has yet to “max out” the PS3. He’s a bit of a waffler… Read More

  • Rugged LG AMOLED displays withstand hammer blows

    Thank god they’re finally making some strong screens. I have to replace my display every single time I hit it with a hammer — that’s unacceptable! LG’s display, shown here, was being hit repeatedly by a mallet during a demo at Computex. The simpler construction of an OLED display means it can be more robust to physical abuse. Now you can throw that Wiimote all you want! Read More

  • Want an iPhone 3G S? Already have an iPhone 3G? Be prepared to pay $700 to upgrade [Updated]

    Better read the fine print, friends. Apple said today that the iPhone 3G S costs $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB). But that’s the price only for new AT&T customers. The price if you’re already an AT&T customer and/or are upgrading from an iPhone 3G? Try $699 (32GB), $599 (16GB), and $499 (8GB). To quote Peter Ha: “HOLY SHIT.” Read More

  • Real Racing: electrifying gameplay, jaw-dropping graphics – a must-buy

    WOW. I can’t put my iPhone down. Seriously — I’ve stopped writing this review two three times now to go back and play another race in Firemint’s recently debuted Real Racing. With truly electrifying gameplay combined with jaw-dropping graphics, Real Racing provides a rich, gripping and realistic experience for anyone who is blessed with the chance to play it. Ok… Read More

  • Getting to know Grand Central Dispatch, OpenCL, and your 64-bit OS


    Apple’s Snow Leopard update for OS X is a major update, despite the fact that it doesn’t tout “300 new features” like the last one. For $29, there’s no reason to expect anything but bugfixes, but in fact this is probably the most important OS X update for years. While Leopard essentially completed the OS, which was in need of completing since it was introduced… Read More

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