• Tax, tax, tax: States move to tax digital downloads

    So CNET has a scare-you-to-bits piece about states beginning to tax digital downloads like iTunes. Nine states “have considered” such a tax this year alone, while the great state of Tennessee will tax “the retail sale, lease, licensing, or use of specified digital products transferred to or accessed by subscribers or consumers.” Then CNET brings up something called… Read More

  • Nokia launches email beta

    Nokia has launched an email client on its Betalabs site. Based on Intellisync, which Nokia purchased in 2005, the service promise simplier mobile access to email accounts from Google, Yahoo or other ISPs. To set up the service, users only have to enter an email address and password, to view, read, forward, delete, compose and send emails from their S60-based mobile phone. The service says it… Read More

  • Mummy 3 better on Blu-ray than in cinema says director

    Rob Cohen, director of such Hollywood blockbusters like Stealth, The Fast and the Furious, and most recently, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, thinks Blu-ray shows off his latest creation better than the theater. According to Cohen, the post-production makes the visual effects pop on the high-def media. “Things that are dimensional, like the dragon lunging at the camera, in… Read More

  • Hollywood Goes Silicon Valley – Joss Whedon, Stan Rogow, Les Morgenstein and Chris Henchy at TechCrunch50

    As we get closer to TechCrunch50, we will updating you on the conference panels and keynotes we have planned. Expect some of the conference program to remain a surprise until we get to the event and the launch of the next 50 great start-ups! Today, we are pleased to announce that we will be featuring a panel at TechCrunch50 entitled “Hollywood Goes Silicon Valley.” Brought to you… Read More

  • DataCase: Magically turn your iPhone/iPod Touch into a portable drive

    MA says, The much anticipated DataCase application for the iPhone launched this morning. The app, which costs $6.99, turn your iPhone into an easy-to-use wireless storage device that can be access by any other device on your wireless network. A one way drop box can be addes to a normal machine to drop files onto the iPhone, or alternatively you can set up a two-way shared drive to move… Read More

  • Reminder: Madden NFL 09 PSP Entertainment Pack available today

    Funny that the PS blog decided to go with the old cover on the game. Besides that nothing has changed since May when they first announced that this was coming. Read More

  • Disqus 2.0: New Plugin, New Interface, And Local Comment Backup

    Disqus, the enhanced blog commenting system, has launched a 2.0 version of its software that includes a host of new features, including a new plugin for WordPress, an improved developer API, and an overhauled UI for its main site. One of the biggest concerns many people have had about Disqus is that the service stores comments remotely, which could cause issues if users ever decide to stop… Read More

  • Strange music CD induces (not relieves) stress to help you relax

    You may remember the weird “Just looking” Dvd from Japan, which was supposed to make shy men more confident by looking at different girls who did nothing but stare into the camera for 60 seconds. Now, Avex, not only one of Japan’s biggest entertainment companies but also the geniuses responsible for said DVD, have come up with a similar, psychologically deep, concept. This… Read More

  • Should we expect Wii sales to decrease any time soon?

    This month’s NPD numbers don’t officially come out until Thursday, but a single note written by Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian has prompted all sorts of knee-jerk reactions. Lazard says it’s possible that the Wii could see a decline in sales for the month of July. Now, that’s not necessarily because demand has gone down, but could merely be a function of… Read More

  • 48% of U.S. drivers age 18 to 24 admit to texting while driving

    According to a new survey by FindLaw, nearly half of U.S. drivers between 18 and 24 say they have sent a text message, IM or e-mail while driving. But, thankfully, less than 2% of drivers age 55 and over admitted to the same multitasking urge. FindLaw broke its survey results down by age group: 48% of those 18 to 24 admitted to texting while driving
    27% of 25-34 year-olds
    19% of 35-44 year-olds
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  • New SCOTTEVEST fleece jackets available for preorder

    While it still may be a little too warm out to start thinking about winter wear, it can’t hurt to plant the seed early – especially when it means getting a good deal. If you preorder the new SCOTTEVEST fleece, you’ll get it for $120. The regular price is $140. Plus, you can use our coupon code – crunchSeV – to get another 20% off. That’ll lower the price down… Read More

  • Fuji makes previously leaked point-and-shoots official

    On the first of this month half a dozen Fuji cameras were leaked by the Canadian Fuji site, but Fuji remained tight lipped about it until today with the official unveiling of the J150w, J120, J110w, J100, S2000HD and F60fd. Hit the jump for the quick and dirty on each new Fuji. Read More

  • Twitter's 2000-Follow Limit Raises A Ruckus. But How Many People Can You Seriously Watch Anyway?

    Twitter is starting to limit how many other Twitterers any one person can follow. While the number varies based on different factors, for most people (other than Robert Scoble) the ceiling seems to be 2,000. This has caused some consternation among bloggers (blogsternation?). You’d think Twitter was limiting free speech. But it’s not. It’s trying to limit spam and… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Two Boulders

    Next in our 10 Days of CrunchGear giveaway we have the Casio G’zOne Boulder on Verizon. This ultra-rugged, waterproof phone is great for people who spend lots of time behind a desk typing. Best of all? There are two! That means multiple winners! Don’t say we never gave you nuttin’. How do you win? Read More

  • HTC to launch the Android-powered Dream in September?

    While it’s still up in the air whether anyone actually cares about Android, people sure like to talk about it. Just last week, a Global Equities Research analyst’s proclamation that the first Android handsets would miss their 2008 target was enough to set message boards around the tubes ablaze, until HTC came along and cleared things up. Piggybacking on HTC’s tidings of… Read More

  • Text Your Amazon And Netflix Requests With Kwiry

    Kwiry, the site that lets you send SMS message reminders to yourself, has released support for Amazon and Netflix that will allow users to add to their wishlists on the go. To use the service, users text the name of the service they’d like to use, followed by the name of the movie they’d like to rent or the product they’d like to buy. For example, I could text… Read More

  • Dell making big announcement today

    Today in San Francisco, Dell will unveil the “next generation of mobility products with mind-blowing designs and exciting new features.” Our man Brian Krepshaw aka Kreppie will be on the scene to cover it live. The likelihood that Dell will take the wraps off the E series netbooks we’ve been all waiting for is pretty high. According to the Digitimes, Compal will churn out… Read More

  • MSI announces ‘EX310’ 13.3-inch notebook line

    MSI recently announced the EX310 line of notebooks in Taiwan. The line is a 13.3-inch affair with many of the standard features that you’d find on similar offerings from various companies – 1280×800 resolution, dual-core mobile processor (AMD Turion X2), Vista Home Premium, integrated webcam, choice of 160/250/320GB hard drive, etc. There are also a few nice extras, though… Read More

  • CG's Live at the Dell Business Unusual Press Conference

    CG’s Brian Krepshaw is live at the Dell press conference in San Francisco. What will Dell reveal today? Perhaps a couple netbooks or ginormous workstations. Hop on over to CrunchGear and find out for yourself. Read More

  • Obama will text message you who his running mate is

    Someone named Barack Obama is running for president of the United States of America. If you want, you can give him your cellphone number, and he’ll text you who his vice-president will be sometime before the convention. (I’m pretty sure John Kerry e-mailed supporters after picking John Edwards, too.) That’s before his communications office sends out the official… Read More

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