• Games industry still doing well but growth slowing


    It’s not exactly cause for investors to throw themselves out of windows, but it seems that the rapid and sustained growth the games industry has enjoyed for the last few years is slowing down just a little. Such a small drop in overall growth is easily dismissible as a minor blip, but growth has been so strong for so long that to see it dip below its usual >10% month-over-month gain… Read More

  • A trio of freshly repainted BlackBerry 8120s on the way for T-Mobile

    If you’ve been just dying to get a BlackBerry 8120 and your favorite color is “Frost”, “Black Emerald”, or “Indigo”, you’re in luck. Come October 15th, T-Mobile will be offering the Pearl 8120 in your hue of choice. Nice to see some color choice added to the line beyond just “Boring Gray”, though two of the three colors are still… Read More

  • Activision reveals complete Guitar Hero World Tour Set List

    The latest Guitar Hero installment hits shelves in just a few weeks, but Activision has released the complete set list to get you pumped. A few spot checks of the supposed leaked list from a while back reveals some differences. For instance, the leak indicated that there were three Tool songs, Stinkfist, Lateralus, and Schism, in the game. While there is in fact three Tool songs in the… Read More

  • Google's Anonymizer Not So Hot

    Privacy concerns have dogged the world’s most popular search engine for years, and Google’s responses have been less than the shining example of “Don’t be evil” we expect them to make. They only recently halved the retention period for personal information to nine months, but even then their anonymizing process is simply changing the last digit in the logged IP. Read More

  • Update: Digital Entertainment Industry Announces One DRM To Rule Them All

    A consortium of digital entertainment companies including movie studios, digital device manufacturers, and electronics retailers are trying to take on Apple by standardizing their DRM practices. Originally dubbed “Open Market,” the official name of the initiative is now the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE). As we first reported a few weeks ago: Open Market is a set… Read More

  • Interesting: Apple just a "niche player" in worldwide touchphone business


    I started this article expecting to laugh and laugh about how some big analyst thinks the iPhone is a minor player, but in fact he makes a few points. Because of Apple’s reticence (or inability) to release the phone to the clamoring masses in Korea, Malaysia, and so on, other players have jumped at the opportunity, and are reaping the benefits. It’s easy to forget that the US is… Read More

  • An LCD in a gear shifter: useful or just eye candy?

    When I first heard about AC Schnitzer’s new LCD-equipped gear shifter, I thought, wow, this would be useful as the LCD takes the guessing out of what gear the transmission is in. Then I realized, most people that drive a manual don’t think about what they’re doing. They just know what gear they’re in and what gear they’re planning to shift into. Are there… Read More

  • iPod Touch 2.1 firmware jailbroken

    Instructions for Use: iPod Touch firmware comes out. It is jailbroken immediately. Rinse. Repeat. via Eng Read More

  • Activision scoops up FreeStyleGames

    Activision reaffirmed its rock’n in the music gaming genre with the companies latest acquisition of FreeStyleGames. The UK based game maker specializes in the same field with their first release back in 2006 of B-Boy, a competitive break-dancing game. (LOL What?!?) Currently, FreeStyleGames is making downloadable Guitar Hero content and even working on expanding the games… Read More

  • Lieberman Saves YouTube From Terrorists

    After breaking ranks with Democrats and endorsing John McCain for the presidency at the Republic National Convention, it seemed Senator Joseph Lieberman would be out of the news for a while. But now that he has hit the terrorists hard by making sure YouTube won’t host any terrorist training videos, Lieberman is back in the spotlight. YouTube updated its “Community… Read More

  • How to crack open the three new iPods

    This is kind of a tradition now: new iPods launch and some chump has to tear ’em apart. RapidRepair happened to chronicle the whole thing and provides instructions for us common folk for when we need to repair our new iPods. 4G Nano, 2G Classic, 2G Touch. Read More

  • ‘Mini-Motion’ games with tiny controllers coming

    Ah, the holidays are coming and some companies are sparing no time in getting their products in front of those of us you with disposable income. Case in point, Aptus Games, a player in the motion-gaming industry, will be releasing “Mini-Motion” games. These PC and MAC games will cost $19.99 and feature little motion-sensitive controllers, like the hot-ass skateboard you see in… Read More

  • World of Warcraft: You can now transfer from PVE to PVP servers

    Just a quick note to you World of Warcraft players. Blizzard will now let you transfer your PVE character to a PVP realm. Keep in mind that you still have to pay $25 per transfer. Now, how wise it is to transfer from PVE to PVP, I don’t know, especially if you plan on engaging in any serious PVP combat. Odds are you’ll have to re-spec, find new gear, etc. just to be competent… Read More

  • Philips "relationship care" vibrators revealed

    When I read about these a few days ago I was loathe to post them – they sounded like something someone from Philips R&D mentioned casually over dinner and was then blown up into a huge story. Boy, was I wrong. Philps will soon offer these $140-$160 vibes to all and sundry. They are making male, female, and unisex versions and they look pretty darn cute in a “zen pebble you put… Read More

  • Dolby Pulse tries its hand at broadcast applications

    The latest audio solution from Dolby Labs attempts to bring the Dolby experience to broadcast, mobile, PC and online mediums through the MPEG-4 HE-AAC open-standard audio codec. The sound geeks combined the advance bit-rate efficiencies of the codec with the goodies of Dolby audio. Think of 5.1 audio sound but at a lower bit-rate that mobile and broadcast platforms could support. Pulse can… Read More

  • Apple patent filing shows possible new Nike+iPod features: More accurate stats, built-in GPS

    Doing some digging, AppleInsider found this patent filing dealing with the next generation of Nike+iPod. The beefed up exercise program would be able to provider users more accurate and more detailed information. For example, it would take into account the user’s age, weight and gender in order to provide a more thorough fitness snapshot. The new system would also tell users when… Read More

  • Western Digital ships 500GB notebook drives

    Anyone averse to keeping things in “the cloud” can rest easy, as companies like Western Digital show absolutely no signs of stopping the weed-like growth of hard drive storage capacity. Today, Western Digital begins shipping its “Scorpio Blue” 500-gigabyte notebook hard drive. It’s got 8MB of cache, a 5400 RPM spin speed, 12 ms access time, and up to 3-gigabytes… Read More

  • Porn Mode Coming to Firefox

    At one time, it was tough to cover your tracks after visiting some, uh, questionable sites, but now it’s getting easier than ever. According to Mozilla, Firefox is joining Safari, Internet Explorer 8, and Google Chrome in providing its users with a “private mode” that will not collect any of your browsing history or cookies in the upcoming release of Firefox 3.1. Much… Read More

  • CrunchGear Live Podcast

    You can chat with us during the show via AIM by pinging username “crunchtips” or call into the show at (646) 200-4163 should the mood strike you. Here’s the link for today’s show… Read More

  • Sure, why not? Ethical, fair trade USB devices

    A company in Belgium called United Pepper is behind a line of USB devices that are assembled in a fair trade-certified factory in Vietnam. The devices include a USB webcam called Lili (seen above) and a USB hub called Oscar (seen here). On top of being made in a factory with fair wages and working conditions, the devices themselves are made from environmentally-friendly materials and packaged… Read More

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