• Open Handset Alliance gains 14 new buddies

    Google’s Open Handset Alliance, the ever-growing group of companies willing to work with or produce Android phones, has just swelled its ranks with 14 major companies. Sony Ericsson, Asustek, Atheros, ARM, Toshiba and more have all agreed to get busy with Google’s open mobile OS. That’s good news for everybody, really. Now don’t go expecting a flood of Android phones in… Read More

  • Practice safe photography.. aways use protection!


    Fresh out of Japan, is the new SNUG iT PRO from Delkin. Now, you might have seen other, similar silicone camera cases from other companies, but what makes this one slightly more exciting is that it’s one of the first brands to support the Nikon D90 and Canon 50D. It’s scheduled to be released into the wilds of Japan on December 19th, however there is no word as of yet about the U.S. Read More

  • Scientists: NVIDIA put faulty solder in new MacBook Pros

    This is exactly what I feared might happen when I heard Apple was moving to a full NVIDIA solution, complete with the faulty parts that caused so many other mobile setups to croak. A very thorough article at the Inquirer, based on analysis of a new MacBook Pro teardown by parties who wish to remain anonymous, shows that the solder bumps used in at least their test MBP are in fact the… Read More

  • Contest: MobileCrunch is giving away $50 dollar gift cards all week

    When Virgin Mobile acquired Helio, they also acquired a fat stack of 50 dollar Prepaid AmEx cards that were originally intended for Helio promotions. I assume it was kind of like finding a $20 in a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a long time, except it was a whole bunch of pieces of plastic worth $50 each. Rather than filling the Virgin Mobile offices with PS3s, they figured our… Read More

  • Dell's cheap li'l 19-inch monitor: budget or bargain?


    If you’re looking for a smaller, cheaper monitor to extend your desktop or use as a simple secondary display, there are lots of budget options available. Dell makes some really nice high-end monitors, but are they the ones to go for if you’ve only got $250 in your pocket? It seems to me that the 1909W makes too many sacrifices: at 1440×900 it’s barely high-res enough… Read More

  • Review: Mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G

    Mophie’s Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G is without a doubt a must-have if you can swallow the high price tag of $100. But I’d gladly pay the extra $100 knowing that I can leave the office or my apartment and gallivant around town without fear of having to find a power outlet by mid-day. Read More

  • Mini-Review: Acme Made camera case

    There isn’t too much to talk about here, but this gorgeous little case from Acme Made deserves a look from anybody looking for an expensive but lovely little gift for a spouse or lady friend. Pictures and such after the break. Read More

  • Inappropriate Drink Name of the Day


    We reviewed a bottle of tequila a little while ago and they just contacted us with some handy tips for holiday entertaining. One of the recipes? Maestro’s Moment of Clarity
    2 oz Maestro Dobel Tequila
    ¾ oz simple syrup
    2 oz dashed Regan’s orange bitters In a pint glass, add all spirits and mixers. With a bar spoon stir for 20-30 sec. Strain into a cocktail glass. For garnish: with… Read More

  • Using "six degrees of separation" could lessen network congestion

    To ease the effects of increasing congestion on networks, researchers are looking to a 1960s sociology experiment that could hold the key to better Internet routing. Internet routers are currently using the border gateway protocol (BGP) standard to map out the path that data takes. BGP requires each router to store a list of network addresses (aka routing table) which tells it where to… Read More

  • Handy chart for understanding aspect ratio and resolution


    This chart might be a nice thing to print out and take with you next time you’re shopping for a new TV or monitor. What are we to make of terms like “WSVGA” and “UHD”? Tell the man to give it to you in pixels. Click for the full size. Read More

  • Review: Fastmac TruePower U-Charge universal charger

    If you have multiple batteries for your (post-1997) Apple laptop and prefer not to tote around multiple power adapters then Fastmac may have a solution for you. The U-Charge is a lightweight, cost effective, and compact charger for iBooks, PowerBooks, MacBooks and MacBook Pros, with a nice little bonus feature: it can charge a battery without the help of a laptop. No more swapping batteries… Read More

  • How did I miss this? Warcraft 3 + Multi-Touch = awesome

    What the hell, this looks amazing. I simply cannot wait until I literally pound on my enemies in order to attack. And as you can see, it’s no weak application of the touchscreen interface: he’s dragging, he’s using multiple fingers, and I’m sure a competent developer (Blizzard, for instance) would be quite capable of mapping abilities, shortcuts, and so on to… Read More

  • Facebook's fbFund Names Winners of $225,000 Grants


    Facebook has just named the five winners of $225,000 cash grants from the second round of its fbFund, a joint venture between Facebook, Accel, and Founders Fund meant to cultivate and reward excellent applications on Facebook Platform. The winners: GroupCard, Kontagent, MouseHunt, Weddingbook, and Wildfire. fbFund was announced by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at last year’s… Read More

  • Uh oh: Guitar Hero sales may have peaked

    Activision may have a slight problem on its hands what with Guitar Hero: World Tour not selling too well. The latest numbers, as one analyst from Electronic Entertainment Design and Research has interpreted for us, suggest that Guitar Hero sales may have peaked. (Please note the distinction between Guitar Hero and “music games;” no one is saying that music games are dead.) This is… Read More

  • Contest: We're giving away $50 dollar gift cards all week

    When Virgin Mobile acquired Helio, they also acquired a fat stack of 50 dollar Prepaid AmEx cards that were originally intended for Helio promotions. I assume it was kind of like finding a $20 in a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a long time, except it was a whole bunch of pieces of plastic worth $50 each. Rather than filling the Virgin Mobile offices with PS3s, they figured our… Read More

  • TiVo now injecting ads when users pause TV

    The days of skipping advertisments completely with the help of a DVR might quickly disappear. TiVo is now injecting ads when owners simply pause TV. So far the ads haven’t been rolled out to the newer Series 3/HD models and seem to only be on Series 2 boxe,s but the time will probably come when everyone has them. Apparently, the monthly costs associated with TiVo weren’t… Read More

  • OCZ finds a use for your ExpressCard slot

    OCZ has announced the Slate Series ExpressCard storage solution to be sold in the sizes of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. These are for notebooks featuring an ExpressCard slot, but they also feature a mini-USB port for an additional connection (a mini USB cable is included). The ExpressCard is designed for the notebook user who likes the idea of always having backup without carrying a USB drive or… Read More

  • Confirmed: Leica Special Editions on the way


    So the rumors were true: Leica has announced that they will be producing the limited edition Leica D-Lux 4 Titanium. This very exclusive camera is expected to ship on January 9th, 2009, and will be limited to a run of 500. The price is expected to be $995, assuming you can find one of course. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 2TB Western Digital My Book for $249

    If you like to hoard stuff digitally, you’ll love the price on this two-terabyte external hard drive from Newegg. It’s the Western Digital My Book for $249 with free shipping. That’s cheap! Just think of all the questionable content you could store on it! Set it up striped as RAID 0 or go for broke and mirror it as RAID 1. And remember, it looks like a book so you can put… Read More

  • Those are some really expensive-looking laptop bags


    Leathermasters Orbino have released their latest line of luxury cow skin cases for your laptops. They’ve got the Aria, the Arista, the Postino, and the Trevi. Think they like Italy much? Three of these laptop cases will only fit a 13″ Macbook or MacBook Air (or, I assume, something of similar size, although they don’t deign to mention Vaios or anything), and only the… Read More

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