• Oh, a rumor: Apple to add dedicated Quicktime encoder/decoder ship to next Macs

    Sweet, juicy gossip from Silicon Alley Insider this morning. A “tipster” told the site that Apple is working on a dedicated hardware Quicktime encoder/decoder for future Macs. (Is that Apple’s big secret? Probably not, we guess.) Such a dedicated chip would take some of the load off the CPU. All that would mean to the average user is faster, smoother playback, especially of… Read More

  • AirBed And Breakfast Takes Pad Crashing To A Whole New Level

    Can’t find a hotel for TechCrunch50 or the next conference you are going to? If you don’t mind roughing it, try AirBed and Breakfast. Anyone with an airbed (or couch) can “post a room” and how much it costs. Thrifty travelers can make reservations on the site and pay for the stay. The site is spare but it does the job (it was pulled together for less than $20,000 in… Read More

  • New technology lets visually impaired people sing karaoke, too

    Two companies from the motherland of Karaoke, Japan, partnered up to develop a new Karaoke system that is tailor-made to meet the demands of the blind and visually impaired. Tokyo-based Nippon Telesoft and Xing from Nagoya will release the machine this fall. It’s Japan-only at this point but Nippon Telesoft has set up a dedicated English homepage for the product (which means a lot here… Read More

  • Startup in the sticks – Top 10 tips on how to be an isolated Entrepreneur in the UK

    The following is a guest post by Richard Marshall, founder and CTO of Rapid Mobile Media. London may be the sprawling heavyweight centre of the business universe, but not everybody wants to live there. There are sound economic factors for locating your business somewhere with lower costs and less pressure on staff. Yet the sad fact remains that most of your customers and best contacts will be… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Set Controls for the Heart of the Sun

    We begin our 10 Days of CrunchGear giveaway with the Solio Classic Charger, a super cool way to keep your gear charged on the go. Just stick this thing in the sun (Note: The bright ball in the sky) and charge your iPods, cellphones, and other gadgetry. Solio: Solio Classic Charger
    Plug into the Sun and never get stuck again without power!
    ·         Works with most mobile phones… Read More

  • Video: I Am Rich (and you can download it)

    Want to see I Am Rich in action? Sure, OK. You can download a cracked version here, being rich not required. Read More

  • Kyosho rolls out new indoor model chopper

    Kyosho is presenting a new model chopper for indoor use, which will go on sale in Japan at the beginning of September. The company is also present in the US (as Kyosho America). Their web site even features the Minium AD Caliber 120 Readyset already but price or availability for the US market are unknown at this point. The radio-controlled model plane (4-channel, 2.4 GHz) can be safely used… Read More

  • Video: Installing a game onto the Xbox 360 hard drive

    One of the many boring announcements made by Microsoft at E3 last month was that, with the next Dashboard update, users will be able to install games to the Xbox 360’s hard drive. This video shows someone doing just that, installing Grand Theft Auto IV to the console’s hard drive. You’ll note at the end how the Xbox still asks you to insert the game disc. That rules out… Read More

  • Next-gen Intel processors to be called Intel Core i7

    The next round of Intel processors have officially been named Intel Core. The very next round of processors, previously codenamed Nehalem, will go by the name Intel Core i7. As always, model numbers will be used to differentiate the different chips. Yes, there will still be an Extreme Edition, which is the one on the right up there. Useful, perhaps, for those of you trying to play Crysis at… Read More

  • CrunchGear Turns Two, Gives Away Lots of Gadgetry

    Yesterday was our second birthday and for the next ten days we’ll be celebrating by holding 10 Days of CrunchGear giveaways. Stop by early and often to see what we have to offer every day until August 21st and thanks for reading/not firebombing my house whenever I post on TC. Read More

  • iPhone Apps: One Month And 60 Million Downloads Later. But Not One Of Them Is A Killer App

    Steve Jobs shared some stats on how the iPhone App store is doing one month after launch with the WSJ’s Nick Wingfield. There have already been 60 million downloads, the majority of them free. But paid downloads are doing just fine, pulling in $30 million in revenues in the first 30 days. The article does not reveal the total number of paid downloads, but given that apps range in… Read More

  • 60 million downloads on the App Store, Jobs confirms remote removal

    Word on the street is that the App Store has seen some 60 million downloads since its launch last month, and has sold about $1 million worth of applications per day. (That’s $30 million in a month, $360 million in a year, if the numbers hold.) While that’s all well and good, there’s no numbers breaking down usage—say you bought a Magic 8 Ball app but only used it… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Alligator Hunter Edition

    Japanese company sells “photorealistic” 3D-sushi/hamburger/pudding/orange puzzles
    Man builds Batman’s Tumbler in his garage
    Pacifier cleaners look like they have come to colonize earth
    Deutsche robots protect Beijing Olympics
    Alligators! Cupcakes! Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Dear CrunchGear

    Today is our second birthday. Our cake is a little bare, as you see, so tune in tomorrow for the first of our 10 Days of CrunchGear celebration giveaways and drink a cold one in our honor tonight. Thanks for reading us and thanks for making this the greatest two years of my life. Except for the herpes. That sucked. Read More

  • Touchscreen PSP mod

    The creator of this mod can totally have my babies. This is essentially a touchscreen bolted onto a PSP and it works perfectly, ensuring you’ll never have to flip that little analog stick over to the right letter to type. It seems to work perfectly and he even goes into detail, below, on how he built it. Read More

  • You’re doing a fine job there, NBC

    Just noticed this graphic as NBC took a commercial break during Olympic coverage. Can’t wait to watch the upcoming “SWIMMMING” events. Nice work there, NBC. You’d fit right in here at CrunchGear. As we always say, “Proofreeeading, schmroofreedninng.” Read More

  • Man lands airplane via text messages

    A small airplane in Ireland suddenly found itself in a dilly of a pickle of a jam when it "lost all onboard electrical power, communications and weather radar soon after take-off from Kerry airport," according to The Irish Times. The twin-engine Piper contained a pilot and four passengers. The pilot was unable to make contact with the nearest air traffic control tower, so he tried… Read More

  • Has Apple killed the MobileMe status blog?

    On July 25th, a new item showed up on the Apple’s MobileMe page: “Status”. In order to better communicate with an angry userbase while potentially pacifying the harsh-tonged masses, this page would serve as a small glimpse behind the doors of the MobileMe HQ for anyone who cared to look. At the beginning, all was well. Every other day brought a herald of both good and bad. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 24-inch monitor for $249.99

    Ah, plummeting technology prices. Time was, you couldn’t get a 24-inch monitor for under $800. Now you can grab one for just under $250. Sure, it’s a Soyo, but has Soyo ever done you wrong? If not, why not give Soyo a chance? Here’s what you get if you were to walk into Office Max and buy this monitor: 24" Widescreen SXGA TFT LCD Display 1920 x 1200 Native Screen… Read More

  • Video of HTC Dream running Android?

    Here’s an apparent video of the HTC Dream running Google’s Android operating system. The video looks to have been shot at incredibly high altitude, as even the most basic and delicate hand movements have left the guy working the camera completely out of breath. This looks a little clunky for an HTC device so I don’t want to say that this is definitely definitely definitely… Read More

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