• iRiver SPINN up for pre-order, shipping on October 3

    We’ve been waiting for the sexy iRiver SPINN for months and finally the gorgeous PMP is shipping Friday. The 8GB flavor carries a $289.99 price while the smaller, but still attractive, 4GB option is going for $249. If you wanna one of the first units, head over to iRiver’s website and place a pre-order.  [Thanks for the tip, Ron] Read More

  • Samsung officially unveils the 8 megapixel Pixon

    After a surprise early appearance on a UK retailer’s site and a last minute name change, Samsung has officially pulled back the curtains on the 8 megapixel Pixon(briefly known around the tubes as the Bresson). In the quickly filling arena of 8 megapixel handsets, the Pixon oughtta be able to put up a fight – it’s rockin’ Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSDPA, an 8… Read More

  • And Nintendo's response to the DS rumor is?

    What does Nintendo have to say [JP] about the DS rumor that’s been floating around since the weekend? We are always developing new products. However, since nothing has been announced officially, we are unable to comment at this time. So, nothing. It’s not saying anything, one way or the other, about the rumor. Quick rumor recap: Nintendo is said to be developing a DS that includes… Read More

  • Visible Measures Lands Metrics Deal With MTV

    Visible Measures, a Web video metrics company, announced today that it has closed a deal with MTV Networks that will see all of MTVN’s 340 destination video sites deploy Visible Measures’ metrics technology. The technology measures both viewer engagement (how many times a video is watched all the way through, at what part do viewers tend to drop off, what thumbnails result in the… Read More

  • TiVo market testing possible new interface

    Supposedly TiVo is using an online survey to test users’ responses to a new interface. That’s a screen shot from it up there. Most interesting to me, as a non-TiVo user, is that BMW ad along the top of the screen. It’s not intrusive at all, which is what makes it effective. It sort of hides right in there. Not for nothing, but it also reminds me of Aeon, the skin for XBMC. Read More

  • ON Networks Announces Multi-Platform Video Distribution Deal

    Through its digital AllScreen Syndication Network, ON Networks announced that it can now syndicate any show and accompanying advertisement across the United States and Europe by using its existing and new relationships with distribution partners. ON Networks, which is backed by AT&T (and others) and specializes in creating better ways to create, distribute, and sponsor digital TV, will use… Read More

  • VCs (And Startups) Won't Be Immune To The Credit Crunch

    So far the downward spiral of credit and financial markets seems to have left venture capital firms and startups relatively unharmed. Even though the IPO market closed completely in the second quarter (and opened again only slightly in the third), venture capital firms continue to raise money and invest in startups at a healthy pace. During the first half of the year, venture capital… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Slim on track for 2009 release?

    An Xbox 360 Slim, on target for a December release? Maybe. Gaming site Split-Screen says that at a recent event in Delhi, India, a Microsoft rep let it slip that the company is planning to release a slim version of the Xbox 360 next year, with some sort of official announcement coming in December. Then, that very same site comes out and says, “Hey, we may have been grossly wrong with… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Pick Your Toys Edition

    Cute gets an upgrade: The Tamagotchi goes color
    Lighter doubles as an 8GB flash drive
    SmartShopper digital list maker gets $50 price drop
    Bentley updates Ego laptop line – still extremely overpriced, dated technology
    New mirror Rubiks cube to stump another generation
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  • Tivo announces software to turn your PC into TV recorder

    Remember back in November, we told you about Tivo jumping in the sack with Nero AG? Me either. Later today, presumably in the afternoon when everyone is awake, they will finally announce the software kit that will turn your PC into a Tivo box. Set to launch on October 15th, the Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC will retail for $199, but those with a built-in TV tuner can opt for just the software, which… Read More

  • SpaceX Falcon 1 Makes History This Evening: Earth Orbit Achieved On Fourth Attempt

    SpaceX’s Falcon 1 spacecraft made history tonight as the first privately developed launch vehicle to reach earth orbit from the ground. “About nine and a half minutes after launch, the second stage engine shuts down, and the Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth,” the company said. This was their fourth attempt. The previous… Read More

  • Motorola and Nokia building up serious Android development teams

    The iPhone may be the only game in town for serious mobile Web developers right now, but that won’t last long. Next year, the iPhone will see some serious competition from Google’s Android platform. Of course, T-Mobile will start selling the first Android phone, the G1 made by HTC, on October 22. But other cell phone manufacturers are gearing up for a major Android push. The… Read More

  • Slo-Mo Video: People getting punched in the face while doing stuff

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1817713&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 I’m a sucker for high frame rate video, and this video has it all. Water droplets bouncing, cigarette smoke billowing, party blowers unraveling.. Oh, and people willingly getting punched in the face, all in glorious slow… Read More

  • SkyDeck Raises $3 Million To Manage, Enhance Your Phone Bill

    SkyDeck, the site that uses your mobile phone bills to help you manage and analyze your relationships with your peers, has closed a $3 million Series A funding round led by Saban Ventures. The round brings SkyDeck’s total funding to $4 million, as it had previously raised $1 million in angel funding. SkyDeck originally launched its private beta in March with a basic set of features… Read More

  • Mother 3 (Earthbound 2) fan translation nearly complete

    When Mother 3 (which would be known as Earthbound 2 here in the states) was released for the GBA in Japan, fans clamored for details on when it would make its way across the Pacific. When it became clear the day would never come, the fans took it upon themselves to get the job done. The Japanese rom was ripped, and the work began. After almost two years and a ton of dedication, the team… Read More

  • Japanese The Ultimate Matrix Collection Blu-ray packaging takes up an entire shelf

    Because the Japanese are totally known for having spacious apartments with lots of room for crap like this, Warner Brothers has decided to pack the Japanese BluRay release of The Ultimate Matrix Collection into a two foot model of the Nebuchadnezzar. Packed inside the ship are Blu-ray copies of The Matrix trilogy and the cooler-in-theory Animatrix, and plain ol’ DVD versions of 3 behind… Read More

  • Brainball: The path to victory is a clear mind

    [Pic via Ars Technica] There’s really only one rule to Brainball: Don’t think about Brainball – or anything else, for that matter. On display at Wired NextFest this week, a game of Brainball is fueled by the brain activity of the two players. Each player dons a headband with contacts set to detect alpha and theta brainwaves, which spike with thought or concentration. One… Read More

  • What is the "ultimate" netbook?

    Whether you call them ultraportables, subnotebooks, netbooks, or tiny laptops, you’re talking more or less about the same thing: small and light form factor, limited capacity and capability, and (hopefully) less than or around $500. There are so many out there, though! Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, MSI and more are all in on the game, and with such a flurry of options and feature sets… Read More

  • So fun Engrish iPhone knockoffs for great victory!

    Really, how could you not want to buy this phone? Check out its stats: it can be ued all over the world Supports: Work for all over world Language:English, Spaish, Portugal, Chinese(complexity), Chinese(simpleness) Games:Built-in PPC games, can download thousands of PPC 3D games, and built-in the Java Midp 2.0 also can be downloaded thousands of entertaining games, which will bring you into… Read More

  • Secret controls for the new iTunes visualizer are like, totally out of this world, man

    Cool visualizers have had controls for as long as I can remember — as a somewhat foggy-headed college student, I spent too much time tweaking Milkdrop and Geiss and listening to Tool. Laugh all you want, but they understand me. The new iTunes visualizer has impressed a lot of people, but even with these hidden controls revealed it can’t approach the level of customizability… Read More

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