• Unannounced NAD T 587 Blu-ray player spotted at CEDIA 2008

    Praise the AV gods! Finally, after Yamaha, Marantz, Integra and Sharp all introduced ‘new’ Blu-ray players that support the old Blu-ray standard Profile 1.1, there is a new, high-end Blu-ray player that sports Blu-ray Profile 2.0; that means the NAD T 587 supports BD Live. Surprisingly though, this player hasn’t been announced yet, and no one at the NAD booth wanted to… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch ass-on: CuddleBag

    Let me tell you, these bags are relaxing. Holy crap are they comfy. Maybe that’s just me after racing around the CEDIA EXPO floor but I don’t think so. Random-sized foam shavings comprise the innards to make one hell of seat. I tried to get one back to my hotel room for a ‘review,’ but they said no. I’m talking about the CuddleBag, buddy.  Read More

  • LiveUniverse Buys Another Loser: Peerflix

    We’re getting reports that Peerflix, the tumultuous company that switched from acting as a DVD-swapping service to an ad network, has been acquired by Brad Greenspan’s LiveUniverse for an undisclosed amount (though we’re guessing it’s pretty low). We’ve asked LiveUniverse to comment. Peerflix was founded in 2004 as a “peer-to-peer Netflix”, helping… Read More

  • Wakamaru robots to invade NYC UNIQLO store

    Toshiyuki Kita’s Wakamaru robot has been around for more than three years and the soon-to-be robot overlord will begin its reign of tyranny at Japanese retailer UNIQLO’s NYC Soho store. I live a block up the street from said store, so I’ll check it out next week when the robot fleet is deployed. It’s still unclear exactly how the robot will help one shop, but… Read More

  • Awesome charts of Intel's chip schedule


    Yeah, I know, it sounds a bit dry; how could a chart of microprocessor stats be awesome? Well, just look at it! It’s glorious! And huge! It’s so very complete and monolithic that I just have to stand in awe of it. There’s just so much… information! It’s organized by date, by core, by what have you, and having it visualized is a revelation. I like the color… Read More

  • Shasta Ventures Expands Team

    Shasta Ventures, a venture fund managing $460 million and investments in startups like Mint, Flock and Turn, has promoted Jason Pressman to Managing Director and added a new associate, Evan Liang, to the team. Read More

  • Microsoft deploying 'Gurus' as part of their $300 million marketing campaign


    Many have scoffed and scolded Microsoft for their new $300 million marketing campaign, but I applaud them. Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s first TV commercial for Microsoft was a smashing success, IMO. It created buzz and left many wondering what their next move would be and that was the whole point. I, for one, cannot wait to see what Seinfeld and Gates will do next. However, I’m not… Read More

  • Automated house construction

    Wouldn’t it be great if things could just build their own damn selves? Just press the button and walk away. I’m not talking about some small injection molder churning out car parts; think bigger than that. No, not cars. Bigger. Houses. More details and a cool vid after the jump. Read More

  • Speculators are saying Samsung wants to buy SanDisk

    Before we dive into what the speculators are saying, here is SanDisk’s statement on the issue: “SanDisk periodically has conversations with multiple parties, including Samsung, regarding a variety of potential business opportunities. We evaluate all of these opportunities, but maintain a policy of not commenting on market rumors or speculation.” So the big rumor SanDisk… Read More

  • N96 and N78 get Fring support

    Bummed out because the N78 doesn’t offer VoIP compatability right out of the box? Fear not – Fring has got you covered. Apparently using their own VoIP client rather than the Nokia-made client (which Nokia decided not to build into the latest N-series devices) required by other services, Fring has added support for both the N78 and the N96. If you’ve got an N78 or by some sort… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: The two Marantz Blu-ray players

    First and foremost, these new Marantz Blu-ray players are Profile 1.1; sorry, no BD Live on your pricey Marantz players. With that important tidbit out of the way though, these two players are obviously geared for different crowds. The low-end BD7003 has the standard fair of 1080p24 HDMI 1.3a out, scalers for different resolutions, and an admission cost of $799. The big boy Marantz though… Read More

  • SideTaker: Crowdsourcing Your Private Disputes, With Hilarious Results

    Every couple has its ups and downs, but most people try to keep their dirty laundry to themselves. But what about those times when you just can’t come to an agreement with your significant other? Today sees the launch of SideTaker a site that asks couples to upload both sides of their arguments and let the crowd settle their debates. SideTaker members can vote on which side they… Read More

  • Nokia falls short of their own predictions for Q3

    Anybody hedging bets on Nokia’s Q3 market share results at the local mobile market gambling hall based off of the company’s previous predictions might want to see if they can weasel their way out. Where as Nokia previously predicted that their third quarter sales would be right on par with those of the second, they’re now warning folks that it may come in a bit lower than… Read More

  • Dell selling factories

    The WSJ is reporting that Dell is looking to “sell most — and possibly all” of their factories within the next 18 months. The move, designed to cut costs, isn’t a sign of Dell throwing in the towel, rather the computer giant is looking to overhaul their production model. According to their source, Dell has approached contract computer manufacturers and then they would… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang talks Google Chrome

    The Gillmor Gang talked with Google Chrome’s Group Product Manager Brian Rakowski and Tech Lead Ben Goodger. The conversation focused mostly on the open source fundamentals of the new browser project. Rakowski and Goodger have both been with the project since its inception two years ago, and seemed focused more on the deeper goals of improving and extending the security, robustness… Read More

  • T-Mobile launches the Sony Ericsson TM506

    Oh, hey! It’s the SE TM506, that pretty little green 3G flip we mentioned a few weeks back. Last anybody knew, it was set to launch sometime in early September – turns out, that meant today. You can nab T-mobile’s first HSDPA handset at any of the normal T-Mo outlets for a cent short of $80 after a 2-year blood pact and a $50 dollar rebate. If you’re itchin’… Read More

  • T-Mobile launches the Sony Ericsson TM506

    Oh, hey! It’s the SE TM506, that pretty little green 3G flip we mentioned a few weeks back. Last anybody knew, it was set to launch sometime in early September – turns out, that meant today. You can nab T-mobile’s first HSDPA handset at any of the normal T-Mo outlets for a cent short of $80 after a 2-year blood pact and a $50 dollar rebate. If you’re itchin’… Read More

  • Back to School: Dorm room light show

    Well, well, well. It’s been quite a back-to-school week here at CrunchGear. We learned a little bit about affordable notebooks and netbooks, what time-draining video games to avoid and even what to do about feeding yourself now that you’re on your own. To close out the week and in honor of Friday, we got a little dorm room light show for you after the jump. Remember to have a… Read More

  • Butcher's Bunch Episode 1

    We kicked off the first Butcher’s Bunch podcast yesterday. This is the first “bunch” – there will be more (get in touch if you want to come on). Here’s an explanation: Butcher’s Bunch is the podcast from Mike Butcher, Editor of TechCrunch UK & Ireland which will feature startups and entrepreneurs from the UK, Irish and European tech scene. Kindly hosted… Read More

  • All these chargers are driving me crazy

    One of the drawbacks of technology is with each new piece of gear, you get a new charger. After awhile you find every outlet in your house is filled with chargers and adapters. I don’t know about you, but this drives me crazy. When I want to charge something I have to remember where I put the damn charger, and then find a place to plug it in. Lucky for me, Make Magazine found someone… Read More

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