• Trojan horse affects Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5

    Head’s up. SecureMac has discovered a new Trojan horse floating around that affects users of Mac OS X, versions 10.4 and 10.5. It’s “currently being distributed from a hacker website, where discussion has taken place on distributing the Trojan horse through iChat and Limewire.” Here’s more… “The Trojan horse runs hidden on the system, and allows a… Read More

  • Network Solutions Suddenly Opposed To Domain Hijacking

    Hypocrisy alert: Domain name registrar Network Solutions, which earlier this year adopted the questionable practice of registering on its own behalf any domain name searches done on its site, today urged the industry to abandon the practice. Here’s how the scam works: You go to Network Solutions (or virtually any of their competitors) and do a search for a domain name you’d like… Read More

  • CrunchWord Puzzle!

    Here’s the latest CrunchGear-themed crossword puzzle. You can find the answers to the clues spread throughout this week’s posts. Enjoy! CrunchWord Puzzle for Friday, June 20th Read More

  • NHK demonstrates Ultra-High-Definition (7,680 x 4,320 pixels) protoype system

    Japanese national TV broadcaster NHK demonstrated an amazing projection system at the CommunicAsia, a Tech expo currently taking place in Singapore. NHK used 2 Lcos projectors (8,000 lumens) and a screen measuring 6.6 x 3.7 meters to demonstrate their 33 megapixel, 8K video projection technology (7,680 x 4,320 pixels). The ultra-high-definition format produces pictures four times as wide and… Read More

  • Japanese company offers ringtones for dogs

    Tokyo-based interactive content provider Dwango announced today [JP, PDF] the start of a download service of a very special kind. Now Japanese cell phone owners are able to get ringtones that are only audible to dogs. The service is dubbed Inu ni shika kikoenai chakushinon (ringtones only dogs can hear). Dwango says their idea is absolutely groundbreaking. Downloads are free for subscribers of… Read More

  • Seesmic Raises Another $6 Million Round

    Video conversation startup Seesmic raised another $6 million in a series B financing. The round was co-led by Omidyar Network and Wellington Partners. The series A financing last February, which was also for $6 million, was led by Atomico (the investment vehicle of Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis), and included angel investors Reid Hoffman, Steve Case, Jeff Clavier, Ron… Read More

  • Want In To the Angelina Jolie Wanted Screening? Tell Us Why And Get Two Tickets

    Wanted Exclusive Trailer HD
    http://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf On Monday MySpace and TechCrunch will be showing a special free screening of the new Angelina Jolie movie Wanted at the AMC Metreon in San Francisco. We gave out 200 tickets earlier this week (they were gone in 15 minutes, the wait list was full right after). We have a few more seats in reserve, and we want to make sure… Read More

  • iPhone integration coming to new Mercedes vehicles

    I only own, like, three Merecedeses(es?) but I’m gonna pick up a new one for this sweet iPhone dock. It’s available as an optional accessory and “allows seamless integration between your device’s music and telephone functions and your vehicle’s architecture,” according to The Unofficial Mercedez-Benz Weblog. You can control the phone functions and music via… Read More

  • Facebook Blows Past MySpace In Global Visitors For May


    In April, Facebook caught up to MySpace in worldwide unique visitors (actually nudging past it with 116.4 million unique visitors versus 115.7 million for MySpace). Now the worldwide comScore numbers are out for May and Facebook continues to blow past MySpace with 123.9 million uniques (up 6 percent), versus 114.6 million for MySpace (down 1 percent). Facebook also boasted more… Read More

  • Tuning-in Tokyo: A circuit-bent Acorn A300

    Do not watch this video hung-over. Or at least turn down the audio. Kick52 ostensibly improved his Acorn A3000 by adding a set of interesting switches and dials that make a horrible squalling reminiscient of my days in a Turkish prison. via Make Read More

  • Meet the A.M.P., Sega-Hasbro's two-wheeled music robot

    Sega Toys and Hasbro collaborated in the development of A.M.P. (Automated Music Personality), a so-called mobile robotic music companion (official homepage in English). Sega Toys is currently demonstrating A.M.P. to visitors of the Tokyo Toy Show. The company accepts pre-orders [JP] in this country starting August 1st. The robot will be available both in Japan and the USA from October for a… Read More

  • BASF's magical nanocolors

    BASF just put out a podcast about odd nano-tech colorants for various surfaces. Called “mechano optical colors,” they change color when you stretch and pull them. Sure it’s a little shilly, but it’s actually a nice-quality podcast and is just interesting enough to be worth a listen. Read More

  • Sony Ericsson announces a trio of bluetooth headsets

    Joining the list of other products announced by Sony Ericsson at their press event in Singapore are three Bluetooth headsets: the HBH-PV715, 720, and 740. No pricing announced, hittin’ the shelves in Q4 08. Read More

  • Brando USB Carabiner Flash Drive

    so much depends
    upon a USB Carabiner
    Flash Drive glazed with rain
    water beside the white
    chickens. Read More

  • OpenStomp, an open source guitar processor

    Now this is pretty cool. The OpenStomp is an open source stomp pedal with a built-in sound effects processor. Called the Coyote-1, it includes a Windows-based workbench for making new sounds and a Propeller processor. Sadly, the device isn’t out yet but when it is it will be completely open source complete with OS source and plans for tweakers. It even has a little LCD screen and 1MB… Read More

  • Sweater Friends Episode 7: Travel-related illness

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/1014800&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ Ich bin ein Schildkrote! Remember to tune in at 1pm Eastern to talk to the CG team live. Read More

  • Informed Prediction: iPhone Jailbreaking apps will go the way of Dodo

    Herr Gruber reported a bit from WWDC and found that a) lots of people went to learn how to program for Macs and iPhones and b) none of those people are specifically interested in jailbroken iPhones. Now that there is money or market share to be made thanks to Apple’s little reversal re: web apps, the money is starting to flow. Will the iPhone 3G be jailbroken? I’m almost certain… Read More

  • Meet the new iPhone accessories, same as the old iPhone accessories

    Griffin Technology just released a gaggle of “3G iPhone” accessories, which, considering the minute changes in form factor, is basically a marketing play. To keep your sweet phone safe they have a $40 Nu Form case and to talk to your friends and neighbors there’s the SmartTalk headphone converter ($20) and TuneBuds ($30) ear buds. Finally, you have the Streamline armband. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Planet Island Edition

    Mario and Princess Peach tie the knot, here’s the cake
    TI’s 3D projector “press photo” is pretty damn crazy
    Flower Rock 2.0: The singing and dancing flowers from Japan are back
    Hack the Jura coffee maker for fun and profit
    Meet Buzz Buzz Doggy, Japan’s newest disgusting toy Read More

  • The Matt Cohler Exit Interview

    Early Facebook executive Matt Cohler announced his departure today to join top tier venture fund Benchmark Capital. I spent nearly half an hour this afternoon talking to him about his decision to join Benchmark Capital, his predictions for Facebook and a variety of topics that we touched on via various non sequiturs. Joining us was Benchmark Capital General Partner Bill Gurley as well. This was… Read More

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