• Google Maps Markers Are Making Real World Appearances

    You know the Google Maps upside-down teardrop shaped markers? It looks like they’re starting to appear in the real world, at various locations around the globe. You can see the locations that have them on this Google Maps Favorite Places page. For example, there are apparently a bunch of these markers in San Francisco already. One (which happens to be in my neighborhood) has been caught… Read More

  • Apple Kills Everyone's Buzz At Once: Tethering On AT&T Is Dead, Pre Blocked In iTunes

    And yet another game of cat and mouse begins. Over the past 24 hours, Apple has released updates for both iTunes and the iPhone beta SDK. While both are seemingly minor on the feature front, each packs a bit of disappointment for those who had been using loopholes to their advantage. First off the bat was a new beta release of the iPhone 3.1 SDK. Within minutes of the news breaking… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Ultimate Guide to Netbooks

    Ah, the netbook. Back in 1999 or so I remember one of my co-workers spent over $3,000 for a mini Sony Vaio PCG-C1, the kind with the tiny keyboard and woefully underpowered processor. Fast forward a decade and we’ve come full circle with the netbook. These still woefully underpowered laptops still have tiny keyboards but they cost a pittance and, for a certain subset of users… Read More

  • Premium Guitar Hero drum controller from Logitech

    Logitech has announced a premium Guitar Hero drumset for the PS2 and PS3, priced at $229 and available soon. The kit features a stainless steel bass pedal and the drumheads and cymbals can be repositioned “to fit your reach and suit your style, helping you play faster and better.” Read More

  • Spending $4,500 on an OQO model 2+ is awesome

    Man, I wish I had crazy money like the OQO fanboy that spend $4,500 on a used, but still unreleased, OQO model 2+. I mean, it only makes sense to spend that kind of money on a device that is only marginally better than a Viliv X70 thanks to the physical keyboard and double the RAM. Read More

  • Google Books Is Trying To Get People To Read By Tweeting Out Literary Quotes

    Google Books has had a big month. The user interface got an overhaul with new tools and features, including a new search capacity, and the U.S. Department of Justice formally announced the investigation of the settlement Google made with the Author’s Guild to make books available on the web. Now Google is using Twitter as a vehicle to help you learn what books are available. Under… Read More

  • Uh Oh: The Toshiba TG01 is diseased

    If you’re part of the very, very, very small segment of Crunch readers who happens to live in Germany, and you’re an O2 customer, and you bought a TG01 – look out! Your new toy might make your computer feel a bit woozy inside. Read More

  • Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Xbox 360)

    Movie licensed games have generally sucked something fierce. Very rarely are any of them ever any good, and the same goes for movies based on videogames. Something gets lost in translation. Development is typically rushed to coincide with simultaneous launches, and gamers are the ones who suffer the most. There are a few diamonds in the rough (X-Men Origins: Wolverine was pretty good), but… Read More

  • AT&T finally launches the Sony Ericsson C905a

    Okay AT&T, lets talk. If you’re not ready to launch a phone 3 months after it’s announced, no one will really notice. If, at 6 months, the company still hasn’t prepped the handset for compatibility with your 3G network, you might want to start yelling. But a year? One whole friggin’ year to jam in some extra bands? Around the 9 month point, you probably should have… Read More

  • 65,000 signatures on petition to get LAN back in StarCraft II (but will Blizzard listen?)

    By now I’m sure you know that Blizzard doesn’t plan to support LAN in StarCraft II. There’s a petition going around that politely asks Blizzard to reconsider. Said petition has some 65,000 signatures on it. You should sign it, too. Read More

  • Zombie T-shirt! For free!

    Impress your friends and mortify your co-workers with this unassuming Resident Evil T-shirt that TRANSFORMS YOU INTO A ZOMBIE! Read More

  • RIP: Cloudbook maker, Everex 2008 – 2009

    The Cloudbook by Everex: It was one of the first netbooks released back in the wild and crazy days of 2008. But it didn’t start off on the right foot. Everex delayed the Cloudbook a few times and early reviews told a sad story, but it was eventually sold at Walmart. We never heard of anyone actually buying one though, but we’re sure someone out there probably did. Anyway, the… Read More

  • Nokia comes under fire in Iran over its close ties to the government

    About a month ago you couldn’t go to Huffington Post without thinking that Iran was going to protest its way into the year 2009. That didn’t exactly happen, despite people thinking that they could tweet a government into collapse, all from the comfort of their armchair in Columbus, Ohio. (There’s actually a term for that: slacktivism.) That being said, it now looks like some… Read More

  • Turntable+CD recorder+cassette recorder+radio: Teac Japan's new all-in-one device

    Teac Japan announced the LP-R550 today [JP], a kind of Swiss Army knife for audio freaks. Buyers get a turntable, a cassette player/recorder, a CD player/recorder and a PLL synthesized AM/FM stereo tuner. Teac released a similar device on the Japanese market just a few months ago. Read More

  • Facebook's Offical User Count Now 250 Million

    It was only three months ago that Facebook announced that it had reached 200 million users worldwide. Today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social network has passed 250 million users. Facebook has been accused of under-counting users in the past. According to comScore, Facebook had 316 million unique visitors worldwide in May, but not all of them necessarily had accounts. Read More

  • DIY: Build your own portable 12v air conditioner

    If you’re like me, and have a car with no air conditioning, you’ve considered some pretty insane ideas for getting some cool air inside your vehicle. Well there are some incredibly expensive options out there, in some ways it would probably be easier to buy a new car. If you don’t want to take it to that extreme, you could always build one of the units described on a… Read More

  • Bing Gains Some Search Share (From Yahoo)

    All the fuss about Microsoft finally posing a credible challenge to Google with Bing, its new search engine, misses the real primary target of Microsoft’s search efforts: Yahoo. Microsoft knows it can’t unseat Google anytime soon, but it does have a fighting chance of taking down Yahoo to soften it for an acquisition or simply take over the No. 2 spot in search. Even that day… Read More

  • Nimbuzz Releases Mac Desktop Client, iPhone App Updates

    In a move that will appeal to many of its Apple-loving users, Nimbuzz has simultaneously launched an updated iPhone / iPod Touch application and a shiny new desktop client for Macs. The company offers a social messenger service that lets people access IM and social networks with one set of credentials from a single location and thus competes with a slew of other companies on both the mobile… Read More

  • Acer to release one Android, three Winmo handsets this year

    By a show of hands, who forgot about that unannounced Acer handset that Mr. BlurryCam spied a few months ago? It’s cool. That phone *might* turn out to be one of the four smartphones Acer still has on tap for this year. Three of them are Winmo phones – C1/E1, F1 and L1 – but it’s the Android-rocking A1 we care about. Now, Digitimes isn’t exactly clear when… Read More

  • F-Secure Buys Online Storage Startup Steek For $38.8 Million

    Finnish computer security provider F-Secure has acquired venture-backed French startup Steek for €27.5M (approx. $38.75 million) in cash with the possibility of a further performance-based payment of up to €2.5M ($3.5 million) next year. Steek was backed by Innovacom, which financed the startup’s $4 million Series A round mid-2006 and later joined AGF Private Equity in a $8… Read More

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