• Video: Setting up VIA's barebones Artigo A2000

    I’m in the middle of reviewing VIA’s latest barebones system, the Artigo A2000. Essentially a tiny PC in a tiny box like other barebones setups, the Artigo sports the latest Nano-ITX mainboard and uses a sort of netbook-level processor, the VIA 1.5GHz C7-D. It’s a simple little device to set up, although getting the RAM in was a bit of a chore. Everything else works like a… Read More

  • Google Gobbled Up 90 Percent Of All U.S. Search Growth In 2008

    Google ended the year with 63.5 percent market share of all search queries performed in the U.S., estimates comScore. And that market share has inched up steadily from 58.5 percent in January, 2008. But the market share numbers mask the absolute growth in searches and how Google has ben able to Gobble up all of that growth. The chart above tells a clearer story. It comes out of the… Read More

  • ComScore Report: Fastest-Growing Sites And Top-Ten Advertising Magnets

    Of the top 100 sites on the Web, which ones grew the fastest in 2008? In a report it is preparing to release tomorrow, The comScore 2008 Digital Year In Review (which you can sign up for here), comScore ranks the 20 fastest-growing Web properties. These are out of the largest 100 sites overall. They are shown below, as measured by growth in unique visitors. (Interestingly, in a separate… Read More

  • VirtuOz Raises $11.4M For Eerily-Smart Customer Service Chat Bots

    VirtuOz, a company that develops virtual support agents, has closed a $11.4 million Series B funding round led by Mohr Davidow Ventures, with Galileo Partners and Eric Hahn with Inventures Group also participating. The company’s “Virtual Agents” are basically intelligent chat bots that can walk users though sales, help, and support questions automatically. Virtual… Read More

  • 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

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