• Lenovo announces its first desktop, IdeaCentre K210

    Today marks a new day for Lenovo with the announcement of its first desktop, the IdeaCentre K210. For all intents and purposes, it’s just a desktop but it pulls a couple things from the laptop line that are unique and cool, like Veriface facial recognition technology. It also includes an anti-microbial keyboard and “Bright Vision”, which detects how far you are from the… Read More

  • In New Deal With Tele Atlas, Google Maps Sends Data Back

    Google signed a five-year deal with Tele Atlas to keep getting the map data that helps power Google Maps. The deal extends to Google Earth and mobile apps, and covers 200 countries. Google also gets map data from Navteq, which is being bought by Nokia for $8 billion. Tele Atlas is owned by Dutch GPS-maker TomTom. Up until now, the deal between Google Maps and its data providers has been… Read More

  • Hands-on with Mitsubishi's iSP flat panel TVs

    Previewed last week for the press was Mitsubishi’s latest line of 120Hz flat panels with Integrated Sound Projector, which entails 16 speakers placed along the bottom edge of the set. The array is meant to reproduce 5.1 surround sound by varying the times in which the speakers fire off sounds. Mitsubishi is claiming the technology to be easy to use and fairly straightforward which I tend… Read More

  • Nikon D700 (supposedly) found in German magazine: 95% viewer, D3 sensor

    We’re led to believe this scan of a German photography magazine article about the D700 is real. Having “been had” last week, I reserve the right to remain suspicious. These are the specs that appear in the article. Maybe. D700: D3-Sensor, AF-Module but no phone/speaker, only 95% viewer, 200-6400ISO, 5FPS (8 with MB-D10), pop-up-flash (power 11), dust-removal on sensor… Read More

  • Magnifying glass for LCD screens of digital cameras released

    Today Tokyo-based camera accessory maker Uniden presented a new magnifying glass for LCD screens of digital cameras on their website [JP]. The UNX-8507 can be used by owners of SLRs and compact digital cameras (LCD screen size: 3 inches). Images are magnified three-fold. Uniden says they used special rubber for the UNX-8507 to ensure it will not scratch the surface of LCD screens. The… Read More

  • New California Laws Take Effect Tomorrow

    There have been a lot of new local and state laws passed lately that restrict a driver’s use of a cell phone. Starting tomorrow, 16 and 17 year-old drivers cannot text or talk on a cell phone in California. A similar law restricts adults to using only hands-free devices while motoring about. Texting isn’t covered in the law for those 18 and older, but other statutes that are aimed… Read More

  • A First Look Inside Peer39 & Its Semantic Advertising Technology

    No venture capitalist’s week is complete without seeing a company in the semantic space holding steadfast to the assertion that its pre-money Round A valuation is a steal at $50 million. The situation wouldn’t be totally absurd if it were not for the facts that these technologies are mostly half-baked, or far from becoming a deployable product. And they are most definitely leaps… Read More

  • Samsung Soul goes pink

    Samsung seems to have found a winner with the Soul – first, they spun it off into the Soulb. Now, they’re taking the original Soul and painting it pink. Word is that next week they’ll be announcing the SoulL: it’s pretty much the Soul, but it smells of lavender. As far as I can tell, the specs in the pink model are the same as the Steel/Grey/Silver Soul models… Read More

  • Rhapsody Music Available to Verizon Subscribers

    Starting today, Verizon Wireless customers can have access to Rhapsody’s subscription music service. For a fee of $15 a month, subscribers can download as much music they want to their mobile phone. Verizon has seven handsets that can utilize Rhapsody’s catalogue of music, and plans three more in the near future, including a third version of the music-oriented LG… Read More

  • Leaked Screen Shots Of Mythical Digg Recommendation Engine

    Update: Overview videos of the new service and a white paper are here. Digg has been talking up a new Recommendation Engine that intelligently suggests new stories to users for almost a year. Well, a source says that the company will launch it soon, probably this week. We have some details and a couple of leaked screen shots, which may or may not be real (I’m betting on real). An average… Read More

  • Apture Gives Contextual Popups A Good Name

    I’m generally not pleased when a user interface does something I didn’t intend it to do. Such as when I click on a link but instead of taking me to a new page, it pops up an overlay with advertising or related content (see this Yahoo News article or any website “enhanced” with Vibrant Media to see what I mean). So I really should resist the idea behind Apture, a… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: War Room Edition

    Japanese company sells male-only combat cookies to fight obesity
    Six-person, round-table ping pong? If it ain’t broke…
    Piggy bank for RPG fans to be released in Japan
    Japanese company sells earphones shaped like “cute and wild” pigs
    Sound-sensitive table tells you who’s dominating the conversation Read More

  • Marc Andreessen Joins Facebook's Board Of Directors

    Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, Opsware and Ning and the former CTO of AOL, is adding a new notch in his belt: he has joined the board of directors of Facebook, two sources close to the company confirmed to us (speculation about Andreessen possibly joining the Facebook board started last month on the Boomtown blog). The company should be announcing it shortly, perhaps this… Read More

  • Book Restaurant Reservations On The Go With OpenTable

    OpenTable, the web-enabled restaurant management provider, has introduced a new mobile feature that lets users make restaurant reservations from their from their phone’s browser. The new site, which is available here, supports the 8,500 OpenTable restaurants scattered across the country. To book a table, users specify the date and the restaurant they wish to dine in, and the site… Read More

  • Rhapsody Agrees DRM Is Dead; Launches MP3 Store

    Streaming music service Rhapsody has joined the likes of Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Napster by launching an MP3 store. Its move to offer unprotected music downloads has been anticipated since last Fall when Real Networks joined forces with MTV and Verizon. The Rhapsody MP3 Store offers music from all four major labels (Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and EMI) at 99 cents per… Read More

  • Governator to Help Announce New Tesla Sedan Tomorrow

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is holding a press conference tomorrow with Tesla Motors, makers of some of the coolest electric cars on the planet, to announce a 4 door, 5 passenger sedan slated for release in 2010. Not much information right now but rumor has it that it will be called the Whitestar and should be as efficient as the Roadster model now making the rounds. The… Read More

  • Matrox comes out of its cave, offers new video cards

    You may remember Matrox. They were a significant competitor back in the days when the graphics card scene was TNT2 vs. Voodoo3. The dark horse was always Matrox, whose dual-display-oriented cards always perplexed and intrigued me. I still don’t use more than one monitor but it’s far more common these days, with people like our own Doug, who is rocking I believe four monitors at… Read More

  • Building "Smart" dominos with sensors and circuits

    This looks like fun, and actually seems simple enough that even someone with a fear of wires could put together a pretty competent smart-domino setup. And it’ll give you a reason to go dig around in your parents’ basement for those old legos you secretly want to have around anyway. I like the marble circuit-break. The whole thing reminds me of stuff like The Incredible Machine… Read More

  • Hacking The Facebook Platform For Data Portability

    The following guest post was written by Dan Birdwhistell, founder of people directory Bigsight (reviewed here) and creator of Hacking Facebook, a website that teaches developers how to pull user data out of Facebook. There’s one thing about Facebook that most people still seem to have wrong: that it’s a walled garden. Quite the contrary, the Platform allows for full data… Read More

  • Stuck With a Gen 1 iPhone? Flipswap It

    Sending in your old phone or iPod for money isn’t anything new, but I recently found Flipswap and they’re a little bit different than other services out there. For one thing, everything is free and they even pay for your shipping costs. I’m not sure how their algorithm works, but they claim to give the highest trade-in value for your phone. Simply input your info, answer a… Read More

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