• Tasers set huffer on fire

    Apparently this man caught fire after being Tased by cops in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. While it is entirely possible that the Taser burned him it’s also possible that young Daniel Wood here spontaneously combusted. Read More

  • New Sennheiser HD series look like solid headphones to me

    Sennheiser is a reliable brand for mid-range headphones, which is a good thing because there’s really nothing else to go on here. These new headphones, the HD-428, HD-438, and HD-448 all look fine to me, but there’s only so much you can say without actually hearing them. The press release says the 448 offers a “lifelike sound experience,” the 438 a “natural… Read More

  • Blizzard announces new expansion, "Cataclysm"

    Time to clear up all the rumors people. The opening ceremony at Blizzcon just ended, and it ended with a bang. Thankfully, much of the speculation has been cleared up, and we finally have some answers about the new races, new areas, and some stuff that hadn’t been leaked. Read More

  • Begun, the phone wars have

    Readers who follow us regularly know that MG Siegler and I have a difference of opinion when it comes to phones. He’s an iPhone guy, I’m now an Android man. Our verbal jousts to date have been in good fun, but there is an undertone of seriousness that needs to be resolved, one way or another. Now we have that way. More to come. Thanks to YouRenew for so generously making these for us. Read More

  • ‘LOL OMG’ license plate spotted at local Cold Stone!

    Man alive, look what I spotted at the local Cold Stone. That’s right, an automobile with this Internet-friendly license plate. Read More

  • Li Ka-Shing invests in Spotify, bringing crucial mobile expertise

    Li Ka-Shing, chairman of Hutchison Whampoa, which owns the 3 network (and hence INQ), has just confirmed his involvement in a fresh investment into music streaming service Spotify, which will see a seat on Spotify’s board occupied by Frank Meehan, INQ’s CEO. So far, Spotify has raised between £20m and £30m from investors and record labels. Exact terms of this fresh investment… Read More

  • App Store Exposed: Notes Of Interest From Apple's Statement To The FCC

    Now that all of the letters to the FCC have been filed by Apple, AT&T and Google, we’re more carefully reading them over for interesting details. The Apple letter would seem to have the most interesting information, as it controls the App Store, and has given some new information about it. Here are some interesting tidbits. On general app rejections: We created an approval process… Read More

  • CrunchGear talks fitness

    Every once in a while I end up on Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy in Atlanta. The guys seem to enjoy talking to me for some reason and they’re always nice enough to cut out my interview. You can listen to it above but basically I’m raving about the Vibram 5 Fingers while fire trucks roll by on Union Square. Read More

  • Google's Response To The FCC

    And here’s the third piece of the puzzle: Google’s response to the FCC. The document includes a description of Google Voice, why a native application would be beneficial, and how many other apps Google has pending with Apple (none). There is one section redacted, pertaining to the conversations Google had with Apple over the Google Voice ban. Also see AT&T’s response… Read More

  • Apple's Response To The FCC: We Didn't Reject The Google Voice App, We're Still Looking At It

    Apple has responded to our request for a follow-up on AT&T’s statement to the FCC. Of note, Apple is saying that it hasn’t actually rejected the Google Voice app, but that it didn’t accept the version submitted because it was too similar to the iPhone’s functionality. Here’s the key blurb: Contrary to published reports, Apple has not rejected the Google… Read More

  • AT&T To FCC: We Did Not Block The Google Voice App On The iPhone

    Here it is, AT&T’s statement on what they sent to the FCC regarding the rejection of the Google Voice app on the iPhone. As you can see, unlike last time where the statement was vague, AT&T is clearly stating here that it had nothing to do with the Google Voice rejection. This wording comes from Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s senior executive vice president, external and… Read More

  • The Viliv X70 is finally available and shipping from Dynamism

    I loved the Viliv X70. It’s a great UMPC and it’s finally available for public consumption from Dynamism. The pre-orders took a little longer to ship than expected, but now that those are done, the X70 is available for everyone. Better yet, you can expect it to ship out the same day you place your order. Now, the smaller, but still hot, S5 is a different story. Read More

  • Google: We Never Blocked Skype From Android

    We’re all waiting with bated breath for the results of an FCC inquiry that’s currently investigating why Apple has banned Google Voice from its App Store — each company is due to submit their answers to the FCC today, and Google may well be the only company to emerge without egg on its face. But this morning USA Todayprinted an article that cast doubt Google’s… Read More

  • Toobla: Collect and share your favorite stuff from the web. 1000 Beta accounts available.

    Toobla. Say it five times fast. Tooblatooblatooblatooblatoobla. There, that was easy wasn’t it. No? It wasn’t easy, you say? Well, repeating the memorable name is the hardest part about using this nifty new visual bookmarking/content sharing web site whose public beta comes to you September 14, straight outta my home town in the heart of “Sili-Corn… Read More

  • Sony bumps the Memory Stick PRO Duo capacity up to 32GB

    Oh my, Sony. You have too many memory sticks. With that being said, the Memory Stick PRO Duo will soon be available in 32GB form. This is not to be confused with the recently announced 32GB Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. These are separate flash memory devices. The added space in the PRO Duo means that Sony Handycam owners can now shoot 225 minutes in Full HD mode. Plus, with this card, the new… Read More

  • The Personas Project From MIT Is All Kinds Of Cool

    Go here and put your name in the box. Just do it. It’s awesome. The project, called Personas, comes from the MIT Media Lab built by Aaron Zinman. Basically, it takes your name and searches the web for some context around it. It then takes the words and sites it finds to build a profile of your presence on the web. Or in MIT-speak using words like “corpus”: Read More

  • Lossless: Unlike PS3 Fat, PS3 Slim supports Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio

    Sony giveth, and Sony taketh away. About six people were upset that Sony decided to, once and for all, kill PS2 backwards compatibility with the PS3 Slim. But as the rubbish opening sentence implies, PS3 Slim owners will, indeed, have something over their PS3 Fat (is that the standard nomenclature now?) brethren: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support. Read More

  • Indeed Now Gets The Most Pageviews For Job Searches In The U.S.

    With the unemployment rate still above 9 percent, a lot of people are hitting the job boards. One set of companies that are growing under these conditions, at least in terms of Website traffic, are the job search engines. But the one that seems to be growing the fastest is Indeed. In July, Monster’s job search engine was up 33 percent in U.S. pageviews, CareerBuilders’ was up… Read More

  • AT&T finally advertises international roaming rates

    I was burned last year by AT&T’s prohibitive roaming rates and so last time I flew out I called AT&T to set up a world package. But, as you’ll find, discovering the world packages page is almost impossible on AT&T’s website and the average user will probably have to get burned just like I did before they figure things out. Read More

  • Amazon Slashes the Price of Reserved Instances

    Today Amazon announced a significant price cut in its EC2 service offering. According to the release, the one-time fee for all Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances will now be 30% cheaper than previously offered. The reserved instances program essentially allows users to make a one-time payment for instances, “reserving” them in order to receive discounts in subsequent hourly usage rates. Read More

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