• Nokia announcing something on October 13th

    Another day, another viral campaign. This time, the mystery fun is brought to us by Nokia. Visiting the page will playback a video outlining the woes of three people who have lost their phones, highlighting the idea that their phone “knows everything” about them. It then switch to the countdown shown above. They’ve even given all three of the video’s stars –… Read More

  • 1337 in games, n00b in bed


    It’s always been… well, tacitly assumed that those of us — I mean, of humanity in general — who excel in the fine art of fragging, have always lagged behind somewhat in the romantic arena. Despite all the “geeks are sexy” and “love is leet” sentiments going around these days, there’s no way some fox is going to prefer a guy just because of… Read More

  • YouTube/MacBook hilarious comments round-up

      I enjoy any well-articulated, insightful, and/or hilarious comments left here on CrunchGear very much but I really, really get a kick out of the crazy-ass, aggressive, maniacal comments left on YouTube videos. Hit the jump to read some comments left about the probably-fake MacBook video that surfaced earlier this morning. Just a warning that there’s some harsh language… Read More

  • Turn a busted surge protector into a secret HDD

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/830090/ups_hack_hide.swf If you’ve got an old UPS laying around, and are both technically adept and extremely paranoid, have I got a project for you! This Instructables instructable is probably the most complicated way to go about this; there’s a lot of soldering and voltage metering going on when you really could simply, well, glue a small flash… Read More

  • Take your chalkline into the 20th century – not quite the 21st, it's just ink

    I don’t know how many of you guys out there have to use chalklines very often, or indeed how many Crunchers have ever even touched one. Personally, I like the idea of chalklines but never get a chance to use them (I have a nice little toolset, though). I think it’s the little puff of chalk when I snap the line that gets me so excited. Unfortunately, that puff leads to a slightly… Read More

  • Getting The UnParty Started: Seesmic Lays Off 1/3 Of Staff

    It’s time to start slamming the reality of the Silicon Valley situation home to everyone. Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur lets seven employees go, he says, which is more than a third of the company. This comes on top of three employees let go a couple of weeks ago. “We cut everything that wasn’t outsourceable, core or absolutely necessary for the company.” Le Meur says… Read More

  • DIY: turn an unused TiVo into a HTPC

    I love it! The hardest part about building a HTPC always seems to be finding a case that doesn’t look out of place with the other AV equipment. Even specialty built HTPC cases still don’t have the look and feel of traditional equipment; that’s where an old TiVo comes into play. This guy simply ripped out all the TiVo innards and shoved a Ubuntu XBMC computer within. He was… Read More

  • Parallel Kingdom Set To Launch One Of First iPhone/Android MMOs

    Since the launch of the iPhone App Store, we’ve seen a wave of geo-aware social networks that make use of the phone’s GPS (or in the case of the original iPhone, pseudo-GPS). Each of these apps aims to help facilitate social interaction by locating nearby friends, points of interest, or people you might be interested in meeting (but might not know yet). There’s little… Read More

  • NXE will only require 128MB of space, Microsoft to offer storage solutions for those less fortunate

    Fret not Xbox 360 owners for we will all be privy to NXE with nary a problem. Those nasty ‘facts’ from earlier in the week about you needing 256MB of free space weren’t exactly true. However, you may want to have more than 128MB to enjoy everything that NXE will offer. The New Xbox Experience will require 128MB of free space. A hard drive is recommended for the optimal… Read More

  • Yahoo! oneSearch shortcut and Yahoo! Go 3.0 get voice-powered search

    As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of Yahoo’s oneSearch. When a carrier make the effort to implement it into their WAP deck, it makes the generally convoluted process of searching for something on a mobile handset a whole lot less painful. Looking to strip the mobile search process down even further, Yahoo has announced that they have integrated voice-enabled search into… Read More

  • Elevator Pitch Friday: Palo Alto Software Makes Collaborative E-Mail Intelligent

    It’s Elevator Pitch Friday, which means another startup has created a video that’s worth showing you. This week’s presentation comes from Palo Alto Software, a software company startup that wants to make it easier for organizations to manage and collaborate using e-mail, to save time and be more productive. Palo Alto Software wants to make organizations more efficient, by… Read More

  • Tokyo Game Show: Let's Tap – "a game even penguins can play" (2 videos)


    Sega’s Let’s Tap [JP] for the Nintendo Wii has one of the strangest taglines I have ever heard: “Even a penguin could play this game!”. Let’s Tap’s key point is the controls. Users are not supposed to hold the Wiimote in their hands but to tap its surface to play the game. It’s a pity Sega didn’t let me try it out but at least I could take a… Read More

  • LG Wirewize to help consumers with home theater setup and it's surprisingly for free

    Setting up a home theater that can be a daunting task and that’s where LG thinks Wirewize can help. The service is suprisingly free and easy to use. Simply input your all of your AV gear and it tells you how to hook it up. I found that it doesn’t have everything in the database – like my Onkyo TX-DS797 reciever – but has the most modern equipment listed; I guess… Read More

  • PSA: MacBook Pros with Nvidia graphics chips may be faulty [Update]

    Apple has released a statement that may affect those of you with newer MacBook Pros with Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics cards. Said graphics cards have been known to be faulty and may cause video to be scrambled or distorted. Mine is doing just fine – BTW. In July 2008, NVIDIA publicly acknowledged a higher than normal failure rate for some of their graphics processors due to a… Read More

  • Servers compromised at World Bank, senior technology manager calls it an ‘unprecedented crisis’

    Whoops. Fox News is reporting that the World Bank is smack-dab in the middle of what “may be the worst security breach ever at a global financial institution.” It’s not really clear what exactly has happened but it is clear that this isn’t the first time that the bank has had problems with its cyber security and that some of the more serious past intrusions have come… Read More

  • First photo from Google's GeoEye-1 satellite released

    Google launched its own satellite, the GeoEye1, last month and this here is its first photo. It’s a shot of Kutzton University in Pennsylvania. The GeoEye1 satellite will serve a number of clients, including the U.S. government (and Google itself). Naturally, the government will be able to access higher resolution images than you and I. That said, the new images that you and I will… Read More

  • The Xbox 360 is not getting a Blu-ray drive, says MS


    Straight from the horse’s mouth: “As we’ve said before, Microsoft has no plans to introduce an Xbox 360 Blu-ray add-on,” the firm told Edge. “Games are what drive consumers to purchase game consoles, and we remain focused on providing the largest library of blockbuster games available.” Major Nelson sat down with Aaron Greenberg and the Xbox 360 group… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Immortality for $12,000

    Maybe you’ll soon see some well-dressed SWAT team members running around the seedier parts of your neighborhood. They’ll look like they just got off the golf course but they’ll actually each be wearing a $12,000 bulletproof polo shirt by Miguel Caballero. While the previously-reported bulletproof pocket square protects your heart, this handsome shirt will presumably protect… Read More

  • Tokyo Game Show: Sonic World Adventure for the PS 3 (video)

    I am a huge Sega and Sonic fan. The new entry in the neverending series for the PS3 delivers more of the same gameplay-wise but at least it looks absolutely awesome. Check the video I shot at Sony’s Tokyo Game Show booth and judge for yourself. Read More

  • ASUS R50a UMPC reviewed as good but expensive

    Spanish site Hispazone has taken a gander at the ASUS R50a UMPC (careful, that link is in Spanish! – here’s the translated version) and found it to be a good step up from the R2H but still not the greatest thing since bread, sliced. Read More

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