• 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

  • TiLR: for all your robotic telepresence needs

    Teleconferencing can be an impersonal affair — all your subordinates just staring at a laptop screen, and on the screen is a window, and in the window is a smaller screen, and in that smaller screen is your face. So lifelike! You could also do the evil overlord thing where you’re projected all big on the wall (asking for one million dollars). But the approach RoboDynamics wants… Read More

  • Motorola Building Up 350-Person Android Team. Nokia Also Sniffing Around.

    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

  • Google Bucket Tests User-Defined Blurb Length In Search Results

    Google seems to be bucket testing a feature that allows users to specify how detailed the summary blurbs in their search results will be. In an ongoing discussion here, one user comments that the three available options are Small (which omits a summary entirely), Medium (the current default length), and Long (which is around four times longer than normal). The changes affect more than… Read More

  • The State of Location-Based Social Networking On The iPhone

    We’ve been bullish about location-based social networks for quite awhile now, especially since Apple announced that it would open up the iPhone to developers. And with two significant developments in this space just this week (more on that below), we thought it would be a good time to take a step back and look at the options currently available through the Apple App Store. What makes… Read More

  • RealScoop Tells You When Politicians And Celebrities Are Lying

    Have you ever wanted to know when politicians are lying? A startup called RealScoop thinks it can nail it down for you in real-time with the help of voice analysis technology that it claims is used widely in law enforcement and fraud prevention. Dubbed the Believability Meter, RealScoop’s analysis technology analyzes over 100 vocal elements of the human voice and performs over 1,000… Read More

  • Rumor: new DS to feature camera, music playback, SD slot?

    I don’t know, Scoob. Seems kind of fishy to me! But after seeing Wii Music, I’m beginning to think that all this time at the top has left Nintendo a little, shall we say, oxygen-deprived. The rumor comes from a scanned Nikkei newspaper article over at the NeoGAF forums. If anyone reads Japanese, feel free to confirm what it says by checking the images after the link, but click… Read More

  • Canon 5D mark II exhibits "jello effect," not as bad as D90

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1815853&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1 Looks like the 5D mk II isn’t immune to the skew produced by a rolling shutter, although it performs better than the D90 for sure — and I’m sure a careful shooter can produce some very impressive footage with… Read More

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