• Get ‘em started young with the BlackBerry-like ‘Text & Learn’

    It’s true what they say: Little kids love the BlackBerry. Imagine the message you’re sending to your kids by having your own big boy BlackBerry glued to your face all the time. They want to be like mommy and daddy and mommy and daddy have two kids and two BlackBerries, which equals a family of six. Naturally, your little ones want their own QWERTY-enhanced handhelds. Read More

  • Crisis averted! U.S. gets back its MP3 player loaded with military info

    As I said on the podcast earlier this afternoon, the U.S. military has retrieved that MP3 player that was loaded with sensitive information. The guy who bought the player made out pretty well: the U.S. embassy there gave him a shiny, new MP3 player in exchange for the old one. Best $10 he’s ever spent? Could be. Read More

  • "Teensy," a Triscuit-sized dev board that supports Arduino

    It’s really more half-a-Triscuit-sized. This little 1.2″x0.7″ $20 board is a good solution for your home projects that require a little computation but not a lot of space. Say you want to put a little RFID detector in your door that unlocks it when you come near. Don’t need a big hard drive-sized package nailed to the door; with a Teensy you could practically embed… Read More

  • Scrapblog Gets A $4 Million Boost For Online Scrapbooking

    Scrapblog, a startup that lets you build rich Flash-based online scrapbooks, has closed a $4 million funding round led by Disney’s Steamboat Ventures and Longworth Venture Partners. The round brings Scrapblog’s total funding to $7.5 million. Scrapblog offers an online editor that allows users to decorate their scrapbook with text, images, colorful themes, and other… Read More

  • Hammacher Schlemmer looking for new product ideas, will pay handsomely

    You guys read about gadgets all day, right? Some of you probably have great ideas for products you’d like to see that haven’t been invented yet. If you share those ideas with Hammacher Schlemmer you could win a minimum of $2,500 plus 20 years worth of a percentage of every product sold through the catalog. Read More

  • Review: Korg Kaossilator

    I’ve always been a fan of techno but I’ve always only played folk guitar. What’s a fella to do? You go get the Korg Kaossilator, that’s what. This amazing little box, $199 on ThinkGeek, is a tiny sequencer/synth that is considerably smaller than the average guitar tuner. It has 100 audio presets which are basically generated sounds synthesized using an X/Y touchpad. Read More

  • Google Introduces A New Weapon In The Fight For Net Neutrality: Measurement Labs

    Google announced today that it will give end users the tools to figure out whether internet service providers are interfering with their broadband connections by blocking or “throttling” certain applications.
    In a move that will undoubtedly ignite the issue of network neutrality, the company has partnered with the New America Foundation and Planet Labs to further devlop… Read More

  • It's just cool: Cockpit view of SpaceShipOne

    Yesterday, we took a look at the Space Shuttle’s cockpit with it’s almost vintage look. Today, we have a look at the first privately funded sub-orbital vehicle’s cockpit. It looks a tad different. In fact, I dare say you could count all the buttons and switches on two hands within SpaceShipOne’s interior. Got to love the off-the-shelf GPS mounted above the main screen too. Read More

  • Coupons.com Puts iPhone App GroceryIQ In Its Shopping Cart

    This is turning out to become quite the trend. Yesterday, we reported that the MindMaker iPhone application was acquired, and today we learn that Coupons Inc has acquired one of the most popular lifestyle programs for the iPhone / iPod Touch, Grocery iQ (link to iTunes App Store). Grocery iQ is a neat grocery shopping application published by Free State Labs that comes preloaded with a… Read More

  • Intacct Innovates Boring Accounting Using The SaaS Paradigm

    Intacct just launched the Winter 2009 edition of their SaaS based financial accounting system. Major highlights include a Global Consolidations product for real-time financial reports across international boundaries, integration with QuickArrow for managing professional services teams, and a plethora of partnerships with other SaaS providers. In some ways, this isn’t big news–just… Read More

  • Single multi-touch: Why swipe when you can wax on?

    Since Apple is now defending its multi-touch patents with the ferocity of an enraged mother mongoose, developers have one more reason to pursue non-multi-touch solutions for touchable user interfaces. It was always a good idea, since not every touchscreen is capable of, or good at multi-touch (G1 anyone?), and seeing single-input touchscreens get the kind of intuitive interfaces they deserve… Read More

  • Dear Hollywood, please don't make another Tomb Raider movie

    It has come to our attention that creatively bankrupt Hollywood has decided to make another Tomb Raider movie. All of us here at CrunchGear—we stay crunchy, even in milk—think this is just another example of Hollywood admitting that, not only has it run out of ideas, but that it has no problem tarnishing the image of its forebears. (See the upcoming Pink Panther 2 the most… Read More

  • Can Viral Videos Be Repeated?

    The nature of viral videos is that they are usually quirky and come out of nowhere. They somehow capture the zeitgeist of the Web and often involve dancing. But can the success of a viral video be repeated with a sequel? After all, these often don’t have brand-name stars or big marketing budgets. The conventional wisdom is that they are one-shot wonders. However, if a video gets… Read More

  • Islam is the Light: The video game

    Mattel has been accused, again, of supporting Islam in their games and toys. The company stuck some baby gibberish into a doll and a Nintendo DS game that ends with something that sounds like “Islam is the light.” Read More

  • CrunchGear Live Podcast

    We talk about the “cell phone camera noise” law, Linux, secondhand MP3 players full of secret military files, and useless features of point-and-shoot cameras. Plus, Stefan from Nokia calls in and discusses the demise of the N810 WiMAX Edition. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/CrunchGear/2009/01/28/CrunchGear-and-Friends Read More

  • First photos of the new OLPC 2.0 netbook

    Here we have the first image of the new OLPC netbook which may or may not actually ever come to market. Tariq Krim and Michael saw it at Davos today. Read More

  • DTV Transition extension bill DID NOT pass the House

    The House of Representatives shot down the bill that would extend the DTV Transition date to June 12. The bill needed two-thirds vote to pass and extend the date by nearly four months. So as it stands now, televisions stations will switch off their analog broadcasts on February 17, 2009 as originally planed and advertised which will potentially leave millions of procrastinators without television. Read More

  • CEO of NVIDIA talks netbooks

    In an interview with Laptop Magazine, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talks about the current state of netbooks, his company’s new Ion platform, rumors about Intel’s supposed strong-arming of device manufacturers, and other netbook and MID platforms from AMD, VIA, along with the probability behind netbooks powered by NVIDIA’s own Tegra platform. Read More

  • What's this about a Sidekick LX 2009?

    Well, isn’t this a kick in the pants. As TmoNews was reporting earlier that a 3G Sidekick could be in the works, Ed over at Hiptop3 just sent this our way. One of his readers sent in an image from a survey he/she/it took at QuizPoints and, well, the title pretty much says it all. Of course, we’ll wait to get some more evidence to say a 3G Sidekick is coming, but it certainly… Read More

  • Uh Oh. Now You Can Suggest Stories To Techmeme Via Twitter

    There’s a “new way to get on Techmeme“. It’s called Twitter, have you heard of it? All you need to do is send a message on the micro-sharing service that begins with “Tip @Techmeme” or “Tip @TechmemeFH”. The website, which aggregates news stories from across the web and determines which ones are worth featuring on the site and also detects links… Read More

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