• CEDIAexclusive: Denon producing a monster Blu-ray player for CES

    Most large manufacturers at CEDIA this year are showing off their latest Blu-ray players. A good amount of the ‘new players’ are unfortunately profile 1.1 and therefore, not BD Live capable, but there was a buzz going around the show floor concerning Denon’s upcoming super player. Something about a $3800-$4000 Blu-ray king coming out early next year. I managed to snag… Read More

  • CrunchGear Giveaway: Signed copy of The Guild Season 1 DVD

    If you’re not watching The Guild yet, you’re missing out. Get on over to the official site and get caught up — or better yet, tune into the CrunchGear Live podcast. The show is over for this week, but you’ve still got 2 hours to scrub through the recording and get in on the good times. We’ll be giving away a copy of the first season of The Guild signed by Felicia… Read More

  • Back-to-School: Useful travel gear and other assorted bits of wisdom

    Tired of your boring home town? Want to “see the world” like you’re the star of a Disney Channel movie? Do what I and countless others have done—go abroad for a few months, experience a new culture, then come home all like, “Um, now what?” Very exciting, yes! To that end, I’ve compiled a few odds and ends that might make your trip abroad less annoying. Read More

  • Tatango Opens Their Group SMS Service To The Public

    Tatango, the ad-supported group SMS service previously known as networkText, spent the last few months in a private beta following a functional and visual overhaul and a round of funding by Bellingham Angel Organization. Now everyone is free to get in on the group texting good times; they’ve opened the doors to the public. The service is dead simple to use, as it should be. I made the… Read More

  • Google's Picasa Moves Onto Flickr's Turf: Adds Ways To Explore Interesting Public Photos

    On the heels of a major upgrade earlier this week that added facial recognition and video-editing features to its Picasa photo management service, Google added a new Explore page today that shows off the most popular public photos uploaded by members. In addition to the featured photos, shown in a 3 X 4 grid, the Explore page also shows the most recent photos uploaded in a slide-show widget. Read More

  • CrunchGear Live Podcast

    You can chat with us during the show via AIM by pinging username “crunchtips” or call into the show at (646) 200-4163 should the mood strike you. Here’s the link for today’s show… Read More

  • Back to School: Affordable notebooks and netbooks

    It’s decision time. Which should you buy for school, a notebook or a netbook? Netbooks are great because of their portability and low price points. Notebooks are good for their much more usable keyboards, optical drives, and computing power. So which one is right for you? Here are five good options in each category. Read More

  • From The Inbox: John S. Wants Us To Start Acting Like Journalists

    From: “John S.”
    Date: September 5, 2008 11:43:36 AM PDT
    To: tips@techcrunch.com
    Subject: Celebrity Dating Network How is it that Techcrunch will do countless stories on every idiotic widget created by countless 19 year olds who manage to get their uncles at some VC to fund it because they can back door money to each other yet you guys won’t cover something really interesting? Read More

  • Video: Is this the new iTunes visualizer?

    Magnetosphere revisited (audio by Tosca) from flight404 on Vimeo. Could the work of artist Robert Hodgins be what Kevin was talking about the other day? The Magnetosphere plugin was available up until a few months back. I can’t… Read More

  • ABI research believes "Blued Tooth" will soon be important

    ABI research analyst Douglas McEuen believes that a new technology named “Blued Tooth” will become an important part of the technical landscape between now and 2050. The new standard, released by Nokia and named after a Finnish pirate, adds wireless connectivity to many devices includes “cellular telephones,” computing devices, and potentially pocket televisions… Read More

  • Walking for the detectives

    As the BeeGees sang “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk/I’m a member of the Muslim Brotherhood intent on wiping the two Great Satans from the earth and returning the power of the Caliphate to lands far and sundry.” It seems that NASA is using shadow analysis to follow humans from space. By using gait analysis, investigators can detect a specific walk regardless of… Read More

  • LG PRADA II specs leaked

    Further confirming the existence of a PRADA II, BGR has managed to get their hands on the full tentative specs: Quad-band GSM/EDGE, dual-band HSDPA (850MHz/2100MHz) 950mAh battery 240×400 3.0″ screen 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash and VGA recording Bluetooth 2.1 Wi-Fi b,g Infineon MP-EH + M180 chipset Motion sensor FM Radio 104.5 x 54 x 16.8 mm It’s certainly a powerful… Read More

  • Screenshots And Video Of The New Joost

    So much for Joost’s carefully prepared plans to release a browser version of their TV over IP service later this month. News leaked this morning that Joost would be abandoning their year old XUL based desktop client in favor of a browser based service that’s more like Hulu and YouTube. Users will still be required to download a plugin that facilitates P2P transfers of files, which… Read More

  • Bill Gates/Jerry commercials: Raisin' rhetoric

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=microsoft.flv TC found an internal Microsoft memo talking about the Bill/Jerry commercial and how it’s supposed to start a conversation about Microsoft and its various offerings. Long relegated to telling their story by forcing people to turn on their new PCs and see a little Windows icon, this new advertising tactic is aimed less at… Read More

  • Canon hints at upcoming 5D

    A US and European teaser seems to point to an upcoming 5D that may or may not eclipse the the closest competitor. More as this evolves… tee hee. via DPR Read More

  • HTC Touch Diamond to Sprint on September 14th

    While early rumors seemed to indicate that the HTC Touch Diamond would be coming to Sprint on September 2nd, it seems that the actual date will be September 14th instead, according to PC Magazine. The device will cost $249 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. I’ve been using the European version of the Touch Diamond as my main phone for a while now and it works… Read More

  • Back to School: Data backup for under $100

    If there’s one very-important rule when it comes to schoolwork, it’s to save early and save often. I’d also add that you should save elsewhere, too. So here are five options for backing up your files. Read More

  • Researchers Build Malicious Facebook App

    Researchers at Foundation for Research and Technology in Heraklion, Greece – a hotbed of Facebook research – have created a small Facebook application that causes a DDOS on a certain website. The application masquerades as a “picture of the day” app and shows an image from National Geographic. When someone clicks on it, however, it makes a request to a… Read More

  • Homemade Pong watch comes with plans

    Finally something I’d like to build! This homemade Pong watch by John Maushammer includes full plans for creating this mini Pong game that tells the time by “losing.” Too bad my hands are so shaky from self-abuse that I can barely replace an XBox controller battery, let alone build a watch. via BBG Read More

  • Breaking: Joost Turns to the Web for Help

    Joost, battling for relevance in the online tv world against Hulu and others, will soon no longer require users to download separate desktop software to access the service (its existing software is based on Xul). Instead users will be able to access Joost via a small browser plugin that will continue to use Joost’s P2P technology to distribute video among users quickly. The service… Read More

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