• Review: iPWR Backup Battery for iPhone and iPod

    Short version: The iPhone may be good at a lot of things – but one thing its definitely not known for is its good battery life. It definitely has better battery than some devices (we’re looking at you, T-Mobile G1), but it still pretty terrible. If you’re a heavy user, you’ll want a backup battery – but there are oh–so–many of them to choose from. Read More

  • Tomorrow is AMD's 40th birthday!


    Please join me in a celebration of one of the hardware world’s biggest movers on their 40th birthday. The last few years have been pretty rough on AMD, but they’re still rocking out and competing convincingly with their arch-rivals, Intel and NVIDIA. To celebrate their middle-age debut, they’re doing a couple contests, so if you want to win a new processor or video card… Read More

  • Review: Myine Ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio

    Short Version: This good-looking, small internet radio receiver has the potential to fit right in with your home audio equipment. But those looking for a portable streaming audio device will want to look elsewhere, as the Myine Ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio is tied to its remote control and doesn’t feature built-in speakers. Read More

  • Xobni Coming To The Blackberry (Leaked Pic)

    It’s been just one month since email startup Xobni got an investment from the Blackberry Partners Fund, which brought its total B round up to $10 million, and already it has a working prototype for an upcoming Blackberry app. Xobni executives were showing off the app at a Mobile Meetup in San Francisco last night, and the screenshot above found its way into my inbox (which is… Read More

  • WhitePages Bringing Their Mobile App To BlackBerry Devices

    Good news, BlackBerry users! Never again will you need to kludge around in your browser just to dig up a number or determine who’s behind the number that just called. Following the success of their iPhone and Android applications, WhitePages will soon be announcing the upcoming availability of a native BlackBerry application. It’ll still be a few days before the app makes its way… Read More

  • Research suggests Internet could run out of bandwidth in the coming years

    Will the Internet run out of bandwidth? That’s the concern expressed by an upcoming study, and it could mean the end of the Internet as we know it. Uselessly slow Web sites (think: YouTube, Hulu), Internet “brownouts” (“please wait: processing request”), and general mayhem could be the norm in just a few years’ time. So let’s freak out about it. Read More

  • Twitter Brings Search On Site To All

    For the past several weeks, plenty of my friends have had the new Twitter interface featuring both Search and Trending Topics on the main page, but I had yet to see it. Today, I log in to see that I’m finally special enough to get it as well — only to learn that it’s now officially been rolled out to everyone. Say hello to the new Twitter.com, it’s a lot like the old… Read More

  • Google just put ninjas into your iPhone

    I don’t generally check to see what’s new in apps when I’m prompted to update, but I’m glad I did. The latest Google app update put a ninja into your iPhone. We’re all doomed. Read More

  • Video: ArcSoft's SimHD super-upsampling shows itself to be real

    Earlier in the month, we reported ArcSoft’s SimHD technology, a video enhancement technology that supposedly could take DVD quality video and make it into passable 1080p. At the time, we were understandably skeptical, especially since the claims were accompanied by images that were extremely easy to fake. But SimHD rolled with it and just recently sent us this little reel showing off… Read More

  • Facebook Gets Three Times More Efficient At Finding Photos In Its Humungous Haystack

    With more than 15 billion photos (and 60 billion image files with replication for different sizes), Facebook eats up a lot of storage with its photo application alone. Members are adding 220 million new photos every week. Facebook currently has more than 1.5 petabytes of storage for its photos, and that is growing at a rate of 25 terabytes a week. Last year, Facebook spent an estimated… Read More

  • CrunchQuestion: Do you have sweaty palms? Have you tried Iontophoresis?

    I’ll admit it. I’m a sweat-hog. My palms have been sweating since childhood – I remember dreading the “sign of peace” handshake during mass at Catholic school – and I am 100% it’s mostly mental at this point but I still can’t shake it. So tomorrow I’m going to get Botox treatment, which apparently works for about 9 months. My CrunchQuestion… Read More

  • Xbox strategy chief quits Microsoft for Apple

    After 15 years at Microsoft, Richard Theversam has left his role as senior director of business, insights and strategy. Theversam accepted an education-related role at Apple’s European office. Between 2005 and 2007, Theversam was the director for platform and marketing for Xbox. Read More

  • BuddyPress Launches: May A Thousand Social Networks Bloom (Someday)

    BuddyPress, the side project of blogging powerhouse WordPress, has just hit version 1.0 and has officially launched. It’s basically a social layer that you can lay on top of your WordPress (MU — more on that below) blog to give it some of the social network features that you’re already familiar with from larger social networking sites. Here’s what version 1.0… Read More

  • Microsoft releases Windows 7 RC to MSDN, TechNet folks

    Ladies and gentlemen! Microsoft has officially released Windows 7 RC1—no more need for shady torrents, then. You have to be a member of MSDN or TechNet to download it today; the public at large will have to wait till May 5. Read More

  • CrunchArcade Contest: Win some free Tekken 6 swag

    Are you a big Tekken fan? Want to win the swag I got from the Namco Gamers Day event? What’s up for grabs: one Xbox 360 Kazuya Mishima face plate and one Tekken sticker poster. Read More

  • Live: George Zachary Interviews Tesla CEO Elon Musk

    This afternoon Charles River Ventures partner George Zachary is sitting down for a one on one interview with Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla whose other credentials include cofounding SpaceX and PayPal. The interview promises to be an interesting one – Musk hasn’t been known to pull any punches. Michael, who is attending the event, is streaming it live using… Read More

  • Cool face masks for these swine flu times

    Japan has a thing for face masks. In the summer, people wear them because of those nasty allergies. In the winter, it’s an anti-flu measure (although most Japanese people wear them in order not to infect others. Yes, they are that nice. Read More

  • Ad.com Sells For $1.4 Million

    The domain Ad.com sold for $1.4 million yesterday at domain name registration company Moniker’s TRAFFIC conference in Silicon Valley. The winning bidder was Divyank Turakhia of Directi.com and CEO of Skenzo, a domain parking company. Moniker made more than $2 million in domain names at the TRAFFIC auction, with Ad.com taking the highest bid. Bottledwater.com took the no. 2 spot at… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: ESPN Wi-Fi 'Ultimate' universal remote for $105

    If you thought that $300 for the ESPN Ultimate Remote was a tad too high when it was announced about a year ago, the invisible hand of supply and demand agrees with you. They’re now going for just over $100, which seems far more reasonable. Read More

  • Namco Bandai Gamers Day 2009

    On Tuesday Namco held their annual Gamers Day where a bunch of jerkwad editors rain down on San Francisco to diddle with all of the upcoming games for 2009. A handful of games were announced and/or showcased and you may have heard about them, but if you didn’t then you’re in for a real surprise! Tekken 6, Katamari Forever, Soul Calibur and Dead to Rights were among the games… Read More

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