• Yes, we're experiencing technical difficulties right now

    Hey, guys! As you may have noticed, our site is, for all intents and purposes, broken right now, so bear with us while we yell at the worker bees to fix the server. I suggested we host the entire domain on my modded Xbox1, which would dramatically improve uptime. So, uh, hang in there! If you’re on the east coast, go play in the snow, or load up iSnow on your iPhone or something. Read More

  • The RIAA will stop its policy of filing lawsuits every 2 seconds (but now it's working with your ISP)

    The RIAA has decided to stop filing pointless lawsuits against John and Jane Doe for alleged copyright infringement. Rather, the bullying cartel will work with ISPs to get you kids to stop downloading Fallout Boy, the All American Rejects and other self-described popular music. Read More

  • Pandora Hits 20 Million Registered Users (Via Twitter)

    Just in via Twitter: Pandora has registered its 20 millionth user. The three-year old music streaming service is trying to hold its own despite tough economics and recent layoffs. Its music-recommendation engine pumps out personalized radio stations over the Web, and its iPhone app remains one the top free apps on iTunes (currently No. 21). Read More

  • Whole house surge protection explained, debunked

    It’s well known that electrical surges can damage computers and AV equipment, but there are so many myths about ’em. One of the latest snake oil-type devices are so-called ‘whole house surge protectors’ but while they sound like a great idea, the vast majority of electrical surges aren’t caused by external issues that these costly systems address. Read More

  • Japan's robot of the year 2008 is…

    …. Takara Tomy’s Omnibot 17μ i-SOBOT. And America, you can buy it. The winner of the annual Robot Award [JP] organized by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) was announced yesterday. The i-SOBOT (strange name) is the world’s smallest humanoid that’s aimed at a mass market. The Japanese government praised its low price of around $350 (in Nippon… Read More

  • Review: Philips DC910 Docking Entertainment System

    Short Version: The Philips DC910 is great-sounding system for playing music from your iPod, a USB thumb drive, an SD card, FM radio, or up to two external sources — all for under $150. Read More

  • Issuu Really Wants to Kill The Document Download

    One thing that I find increasingly anachronistic on the Web is the stubborn persistence of the PDF download. I really don’t need to download more junk onto my computer, especially if it is only something I am going to look at once or twice. Every document should just be viewable (and searchable) on the Web. That is why I am a big fan of services like Issuu, Docstoc, and Scribd that… Read More

  • Samsung prepping Android smartphone for Sprint & T-Mobile Q2 launch

    Word is that Samsung is planning on launching its first Android-powered sometime in the second quarter of ’09 on both Sprint and T-Mobile. Read More

  • Meebo Passes IMs Between MySpace And Facebook

    MySpace and Facebook may be frenemies forever, but now they have a new mutual friend that will pass notes between them. Meebo, the Web-based IM service, now supports IM accounts from both social networks. That means you can enter your Facebook and MySpace account IDs into Meebo and the chat with friends from both social networks in one IM box. The integration will work on Meebo.com itself… Read More

  • HTC Touch HD with US 3G Support? Not so fast.

    Earlier this morning, a wave of excitement broke out amongst HTC Touch HD hopefuls here in the US after some eagle-eye spotted 850 / 1900 MHz UMTS (AT&T’s 3G frequencies) bands in the not-for-public-consumption service manual. This, of course, went against October’s announcement that no such version was in the works, leading some to believe that HTC had silently changed… Read More

  • European Startups are not out to lunch – My speech at Le Web

    During this year’s Le Web conference in Paris I was asked to speak about the European startup scene. Now, I’m not really a PowerPoint kind’ve guy (as you’ll see in the video), but I wanted to show that although what happened in 2007 was a boom for startups and exits, it was also a boom in innovation. The wave of new companies it produced has diversified into a range… Read More

  • T-Mobile mysteriously revives the Sidekick Slide

    Did T-Mobile randomly stumble across a warehouse full of outdated Sidekicks or something? A few weeks ago, the Sidekick iD popped back up in T-Mobile’s lineup, after having been absent for months. Now the Moto-made Sidekick Slide has returned from the grave, after discontinuation back in August. What’s going on here, T-Mo? If you’re looking to snatch up a Slide during its… Read More

  • Tiny projector reflects the perseverance of mankind

    See, this is what happens when an industry full of brave men and women work together to achieve a common goal – the goal, in this case, has been to keep shrinking projectors down until they’re basically invisible to the naked eye, right? Read More

  • Samsung prepping Android smartphone for Sprint & T-Mobile Q2 launch

    Word is that Samsung is planning on launching its first Android-powered sometime in the second quarter of ’09 on both Sprint and T-Mobile. The device is reportable going to be similar to the Omnia or Instinct, just powered by Google’s mobile platform. So if the phone does take after those two Samsung devices, chances are it will lack a hardware QWERTY keyboard and feature minimal… Read More

  • How to fix your Bluetooth connection if Mac OS X 10.5.6 breaks it

    Does Mac OS X 10.5.6 break Bluetooth? That’s what some people are saying on Apple’s support forums, as are the jkOnTheRun guys. It seems that after applying the update—I haven’t bothered to update yet—the little Bluetooth icon disappears from the menu bar. Not only that, but the Bluetooth entry in System Preferences disappears, too. Without that, there’s no… Read More

  • Simply the best: My gadget picks for 2008

    It’s easy to forget that we at CrunchGear are taking part in a mild, nebbish, and highly organized form of hedonism. We become inured to the lures of technology, and like rheumy-eyed Caligulas we survey the mass of writhing, oiled bodies and yearn for something new, something to break the hard bolus of cynicism and distrust we have growing inside us like a dark, terrible pearl. Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk: The Pitch Competition Videos

    Just after this week’s TechCrunchTalk event we had pitch competition involving a range of startups from the UK, Germany and even Iceland. Hermoine Way from NewsPepper and TechFluff.tv was there to capture the action (apart from Socialibrium.com which has gone AWOL, but here are the slides): CardCode (UK) Rendezviewonline (Iceland) Jupidi Date-Coach (Germany) jupidi.de Quick.tv (UK)

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  • Polaroid files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    Polaroid isn’t do so well and just filed for bankruptcy. The once-hipster brand hasn’t found its footing in the digital age and has fallen by the wayside, recently announcing instant film is being discontinued. Read More

  • Torus concept – not for the usual oversleeper

    The idea of this weird looking bracelet popped out from the head of Nicolas Meiresonne, a student from Belgium, Antwerp. The goal was to design a watch that will give the user a perception of time and some sort of experience. Read More

  • 'Hawk' vechicle is a comfortable motorbike

    Alex Hodge’s Hawk has a performance of a roadbike, yet provides the comfort of a car. Powered by a Honda RC51 V-twin 999cc engine, this little black bug can speed up to a neat 233km/h. The exterior is fiberglass that will provide great aerodynamics and low mass. These are hard times for car manufacturers. Maybe people would rather buy something like this instead of an SUV. Click here… Read More

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