• Video: Real rock drummers playing Guitar Hero World Tour

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F947079%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Watch as Travis Barker of Blink 182 fame (now with +44), Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and… Read More

  • Intel delays Montevina chipset


    Intel was projecting a June launch for the Centrino 2 chipset, but TG Daily is reporting that Intel has indeed run into issues with FCC certification and graphics issues that was reported earlier by Tech Trader Daily. TG’s source is claiming a soft launch for July 14 with a full rollout a couple weeks later. For the Apple fanboys, that means no new MacBooks or MacBook Pros until later… Read More

  • Rough Housing: 24-inch rugged LCD touchscreen would work great in your family's rumpus room

    Sure, the SV-2400 announced today by Stealth Computer is “built to withstand the demanding effects of harsh environments typically encountered in industrial plant floor and Human Machine Interface applications,” but wouldn’t it also stand up to your bratty kids’ peanut butter and jelly-covered hands and the generally rambunctious nature of the rumpus room in your… Read More

  • OmniVision's 8MP mobile phone camera is sensitive to your lighting needs


    It seems that only now are we beginning to really see decent image quality combine with truly small form factor in digital cameras. This new sensor from OmniVision solves one of the problems facing the tiny cameras in cell phones, webcams, and embedded electronics: low light sensitivity. Because of the nature of the sensors and their small size, every photon counts and more often than not… Read More

  • Windows 7 screen grabs look better than they sound

    So Microsoft’s Sinofsky had a pretty good dance with CNET about Windows 7, really not saying much of anything. But a picture’s worth a thousand words, right? Howzabout a ton of pics? We can confirm these are indeed screen shots of the current build of Windows 7 as it will be introduced in 2010, but keep in mind that’s three years away and many changes might be made. Read More

  • Three details about Windows 7

    CNET has a very long interview with Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky, the guy in charge of the Windows 7 project. Sinofsky dekes and jukes like the great Walter Payton to provide almost zero details about the next version of Windows, despite an almost 4000 word long article. Here’s what we know, though. 1. Windows 7 will be available “about three years after the general… Read More

  • Your girlfriend won't think you're cheap for buying these Zirconia headphones


    In addition to duping non-detail-oriented lady-friends into long-term relationships, it seems Zirconia is also useful for constructing headphone drivers — or something. I’m not an acoustical engineer, so I’ll have to defer to the guys at Panasonic on the topic of how the crystal prevents sound distortion. Now, sound quality is a subjective thing, but I think we can all… Read More

  • 3,000 Developers To Converge On Google I/O Tomorrow. Here's What To Expect.

    Google’s third developer conference, and the first to be called Google I/O, kicks off on Wednesday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco with a keynote presentation by Vic Gundotra, Google’s VP of Engineering. Here’s what to expect: A focus on the ecosystem comprised of the browser as an operating system + ubiquitous connectivity + emerging cloud computing. Lifting of… Read More

  • Online Realtors Win Rights to Housing Database

    The National Association of Realtors has settled its antitrust case with the Department of Justice, and has given online realtors full access to the industry-standard Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Databases. The MLS is a comprehensive listing of homes that are are available on the housing market, and until this point the NAR has restricted access to online brokers. These online brokers have… Read More

  • Being Digital comp winners

    I’ve managed to twist the arm of the organisers of the upcoming Being Digital conference, and those nice people at Sun Microsystems Startup Essentials who are sponsors, to add another delegate place for me to give away. So I’m happy to announce that I’ve selected Phreadz to demo at the event, while a delegate place each will go to Qajack and Ki-Work, who both took the trouble… Read More

  • Building your productive workspace: Yes you can!

    Let’s start with the basics here for CrunchGear’s Productivity Week; your workspace. Everyone’s work area should be an exercise in functionality and each one will undoubtedly be as unique as a fallen snowflake or the DNA test results that cleared you of all those murders back in ’99. That being said, let’s take a look at my personal workspace as I share some… Read More

  • Leaked Screen Shots of Windows 7 Hit CrunchGear's Inbox


    If you’ve been waiting to see what Windows 7 will look like then you may want to head over to CrunchGear to check out a bevy of screen shots that hit our inbox earlier today. Of course, the release is a couple years out, but we’ve confirmed that this is what the current build of Windows 7 looks like. Coincidentally, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky was interviewed by CNET… Read More

  • What.cd, other BitTorrent trackers ordered shut by Canadian Recording Industry Association

    There’s a bit of a scare going around the BitTorrent community today, with word that the Canadian Recording Industry Association has “ordered” the closure of several popular trackers, including What.cd. The CRIA has told Moxie Colo, which hosts the trackers in question, to take the offending sites down, issuing cease and desists like they’re going out of style. For… Read More

  • Attention Northwesters: here's a great third-party cap for your Nalgene

    Things have calmed down somewhat here in the Northwest since the craziness of the mid-90s. Time was once, when if you didn’t have a North Face logo and a Nalgene bottle visible at all times, you would be siezed by a mob, coated in sap, and showered with pine needles. This “sap and needling” is a barbarous thing no longer practiced, but as a consequence of living in that… Read More

  • Mobaganda: A Dead-Simple Invite Site Built On Google's App Engine

    If you like your invite apps dead-simple, check out Mobaganda. You don’t even have to log in. Just click on start, add the name, date & time, and location, and create an event. The site, which is built on the Google App Engine, generates a Webpage that you can e-mail out to all of your friends. Once the recipients go to the URL they can RSVP, and you can keep track via RSS or… Read More

  • Willcom unveils new designer smartphone

    Tokyo-based telecommunications company Willcom presented its newest smartphone today. The WILLCOM 03, which seems to be an iPhone competitor in some ways, was developed by Sharp. It comes with a 3 inch WVGA LCD touch screen (480×800 resolution), measures 50x116x17.9mm and weighs 135g. Other functions include compatibility to One-Seg-TV, a 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a micro SD… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Productivity Week starts now!

    We feel bad that many of you sit at your desks or in your cubicles and read our silly gadget blog instead of getting real work done. Sure, you do enough to get by, but you’re never going to get the raise and then be able to afford the new car or Rock Band accessories, are you? You need to work smarter, not harder. We’re here to help. We’ve taken this week as Productivity… Read More

  • StartYourTube To Change Its Name. Anyone Surprised?

    StartYourTube, the white label video site we covered last month that lets users create their own “branded YouTubes”, has decided to change its name. The company sent out the following email last week to its members: Hi everyone , We have to choose another domain name for StartYourTube.com
    Please take one minute to give us your… Read More

  • Sprint's QChat PTT going national in June


    Click image for larger version QChat is a CDMA upgrade to Nextel’s iDEN Push-to-talk network, which increases connection performance while allowing interoperability with the legacy iDEN network. The service was originally rumored to be set to roll out nationally back in April, but hit a few delays with unknown causes. It looks like whatever issues were causing the delays have been… Read More

  • The Fujifilm Z200fd: a perfectly decent, thin little point-and-shoot


    At 2cm thick, this little Fujifilm is a slick little piece of hardware. I generally trust the camera-based brands like Pentax and such when it comes to cameras, but this looks like a pretty decent one. It’s 10 megapixels, with a 5x optical zoom on probably a cut-rate lens, image stabilization (good for a small thing like that), and a wealth of “entertaining and versatile… Read More

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