• Plastic Logic's eReader re-emerges at D with an interface and 3G

    It’s been more than six months since we’ve seen hide or hair of the highly-anticipated Plastic Logic eReader, but the D conference has got it up and running, and even touchable. It’s as thin as we remember it, and the touchscreen appears to be fully functional. I was afraid from watching earlier demos that it might be limited to certain areas on the screen, but in fact… Read More

  • Now Cooler Master makes gaming mice too!

    The latest trend in PC hardware has been previously component-only companies like Asus, MSI, and NZXT getting into markets they had nothing to do with before. The results have been mixed, of course: the early Eee PCs were kind of chintzy, MSI has struggled with price points and brand differentiation, and NZXT’s Avatar mouse was unique but flawed. But it’s exciting and it adds… Read More

  • Chrome Soyuz: hardcore gear for the hardcore nerd

    Unlike Timbuk2 or Manhattan Portage, San Francisco-based Chrome has managed to stick to their core roots without sacrificing their souls to make diaper bags and yoga mat holders just to make an extra buck. It’s inevitable, though, that after 14 years Chrome would expand their line of bags to include those of us that aren’t as hardcore as the couriers biking around cities like… Read More

  • Tricorder invented, now EMTs can take vital signs from 40ft away

    We’ve had some tricorder false alarms over the last couple years, but this one seems to be legit. A multi-institutional task force under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate (take a breath) has created a hand-held tool which can read pulse, body temperature, and respiration from up to 40 feet away. It’s not quite at the level of… Read More

  • Sneak Peak: First Video Demo Of Siri Virtual Assistant

    Earlier today, a startup called Siri that wants to bring virtual assistants to the iPhone came out of stealth. Siri brings a very advanced collection of technologies (speech recognition, natural language processing, semantic data processing, and geo-location) to create a virtual assistant that helps you perform tasks through a conversational, question-and-answer interface. You can read all… Read More

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  • Woz says Jobs doesn't sound sick

    While scooting around All Things D on his Segway, Woz was heard screaming at the top of his lungs that his old buddy Steve Jobs “doesn’t sound like he’s sick,” or that he’s in a health crisis as Ben Charny of the WSJ says. OK, Woz wasn’t really on his Segway screaming, but he hasn’t directly asked Jobs how he was doing either. Read More

  • Blockbuster horning in on game rentals

    Wow. That was fast. A few years after Gamefly basically sewed up the entire games-by-mail thing, Blockbuster is launching a game rental pilot program in the U.S. Where is the first place that gets these exciting 360, Wii, and PS3 games? Is it Austin? Dallas? Denver? Nope. Cleveland. That’s right: the heart of Ohio’s blightland gets to rock out with it’s controller out… Read More

  • SplitFish's FPS-specific Dual SFX Frag Pro will be at E3 next week

    E3 starts next week, and while I’ll be celebrating by, I don’t know, listening to Ron and Fez all day long, Peter, Devin, and Greg will be rubbing shoulders with celebrities like Adam Sessler and the girl who used to host “Cheat.” One thing the guys might run into in between chatting up G4 production assistants: SplitFish’s new controllers, the Dual SFX Evolution… Read More

  • MSI X340 ultraportable now available in the US for $799

    Looks like MSI is the first out of the gate to ship an ultraportable with Intel’s new CULV chipset here in the US. The X340 is now up for sale for $799 at Newegg, Amazon, Buy.com, and elsewhere. Read More

  • Today on the CrunchGear Live Podcast

    Here are some of the topics from today’s podcast… Microsoft’s new ZuneHD Nicholas gets hassled at Best Buy after setting off the alarm John reviews Thingamagoop, nobody can figure out what it is Nesoid NES emulator for Android Devin attends AMD’s overclocking event in Austin, Texas LISTEN: Show Link | RSS Feed | iTunes Link Read More

  • Navigon trudges on with the 7310

    Navigon pulled out of the US market just a little bit ago and took a whole product line with them. That doesn’t mean that the company is done completely though. The 7310 was just announced and it looks alright. Read More

  • Video Interview: Biz Talks Twitter Business Models

    I caught up with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone today on video (after the jump) at the AllThingsD conference to ask him what business models might emerge for the company. In the video above, he talks about different things Twitter can do to help marketers connect with consumers, such as selling verified accounts (something he mentioned onstage last night). But there is is a broader approach… Read More

  • Look At It This Way, Yelp. At Least You Didn't Delete All Your User Accounts

    Yelp’s having a bad day. It may not be as bad as the day iMindi is having, who managed to delete all their user accounts, but it’s still a doozy. Yelp managed to pair a normally non-offensive headline in a newsletter article about biking (“Put the Fun Between Your Legs”) with a noble sponsor (SF Women Against Rape) to create one heck of an offensive and awkward situation. Read More

  • Expecting Google Chrome For Mac Tomorrow? Don't Hold Your Breath

    Nearly everyone around the TechCrunch office is a Mac user, and we’ve been waiting rather impatiently for Google to port over its Chrome browser since its debut (for Windows only) last September. Google has been pretty quiet on when a Mac version might come out, and with Google’s I/O event this week we thought that there might be a chance that the search giant would finally… Read More

  • Razer boasts new gaming mousepad is world's thinnest

    The mousepad in general doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it is an important part of your desk or gaming environment. Some people prefer gel mats, some prefer ergonomically-shaped ones, some prefer built-in wrist-rests, and some prefer flat ones. That last group will love this new Razer Sphex (?!), which the company claims is the world’s thinnest gaming-grade mousepad. Of… Read More

  • Want An HTC Magic From Google I/O? Try eBay.

    After learning that everyone who attended the Google I/O conference was getting a free Android phone, were you upset that you weren’t here? Well I have good news. But it will cost you. The Google Ion (aka the HTC Magic or the “G2”) that was given to everyone who attended the Google I/O conference today is already available on eBay. Quite frankly, I’m shocked that it… Read More

  • Hacking your Nike+iPod to open your door

    This Sparkfun project by Nate creates a keyless entry fob for a Mazda using a Nike+iPod kit, allowing you to leave your car keys at home. Using a serial board you can read the input and output bits of the footpod and grab signals and decode them. Read More

  • Review: Finis SwiMP3 – designed for swimmers!

    Memorial Day has come and gone, which means that aside from an abundance of family cookouts, many swimming pools have officially opened their doors for the summer swimming season. I love swimming, and I enjoy swimming laps for exercise. Unfortunately, it’s mind numbingly boring to swim back and forth. I’ve long wanted a waterproof MP3 player to liven up my swimming. Enter the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Bionic Commando: Rearmed is half off on XBLA

    Ahoy hoy, Bionic Commando fans. Capcom just passed this along to us and we wanted to let you know that starting today you can download Bionic Commando: Rearmed for half price on XBLA. It’s now 400MS points and the deal runs until June 3rd, so you’d better hurry. Read More

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