• VLC4iPhone: interview with the creator

    The iPhone is, at this point, effectively an open platform. And if I were to get one, I would try to fill it with all my favorite ported open source software, despite the upcoming app store. VLC is one of my favorite applications — period. As we mentioned a week ago, VLC is being ported to the iPhone. This means support for just about every video and audio format under the sun and plenty… Read More

  • AT&T considering bandwidth caps for DSL customers


    Flickr’d AT&T is the latest company to consider plans to charge heavy downloaders more than casual downloaders, crippling not only pirates but stifling legitimate innovation in the process. That’s what a spokesperson told the AP, though no specific plans have been announced as yet. Even worse, this is DSL we’re talking about. We’re used to cable providers huffing… Read More

  • Acer's new projector does HD, WiFi, MPEG

    I’ve been looking for a projector and this new Acer P5260i looks like it might be just the ticket. The projector itself is fairly middle-of-the-road spec-wise, with 1080i/720p HD support, DLP, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and standard digital inputs like HDMI and DVI. What’s remarkable about it is the integrated WiFi with built-in MPEG decoding. We’re guessing it mounts like… Read More

  • Nokia: Open source developers need to embrace DRM

    According to BusinessWeek, Nokia’s Dr. Ari Jaaski told a group of open source developers on Tuesday that they need to “obey” certain business rules, such as DRM, intellectual property rights, SIM locking, and subsidized business models. Last time I checked, open source developers generally write applications that fulfill a need that’s otherwise gone unfulfilled… Read More

  • CrunchGear Live Podcast, 1:00 Eastern

    You can chat with us during the show via AIM by pinging username “crunchtips” or call into the show at (646) 200-4163 should the mood strike you. Here’s the link for today’s show… Read More

  • Nyko being sued by Nintendo over Nunchuck


    Uh oh, Nyko is in a bit of trouble over their Kama Nunchuck. Nintendo is claiming that the LA-based console accessories manufacturer has infringed on two design patents and its trademark. Nintendo is seeking financial compensation and an immediate halt of sales. “wholly appropriates the novel shape, design, overall appearance and even the color and materials used in the Nintendo… Read More

  • High-tech bubble bath machine for dogs


    IDEC Corp. yesterday unveiled [JP] a bathing machine for dogs. The jacuzzi system consists of a main unit (27.5×27.5x43cm), a shower head, and a hose. IDEC’s proprietary GALF makes it possible to produce microbubbles as small as 20μm on average, with a density of 600,000 bubbles/cm3. A compressor is not needed. The bubble generator is called “Wan love yu” which… Read More

  • Penny-Arcade pokes fun at 'outrage' over MGS 4 not getting perfect score from GameTrailers

    Penny-Arcade’s war against the stupidity of game reviews, and people’s reaction to them, continues. Some folks are outraged, apparently, that Metal Gear Solid 4 only received a 9.3 from GameTrailers, calling the score “appalling.” Penny-Arcade reminds us that, shucks, some things in life are more important, more deserving of the adjective “appalling,” and… Read More

  • BlackBerry Kickstart needs to go on a diet

    RIM’s upcoming clamshell, the BlackBerry Kickstart has many wondering why they would even bother, but some, including myself, assumed it’d be a slim and trim device. That does not appear to be true made evident by the photos obtained by Crackberry. It’s a bit thick. What do you guys think? Read More

  • More details about Dell’s late-summer subnotebooks

    Some more details were revealed recently concerning Dell’s impending subnotebooks. There will be two different base configurations; one with an 8.9-inch LCD called the Dell “E” (how creative) and a 12.1-inch version called the Dell “E Slim.” Read More

  • Bandai introduces senseless stop watch toy

    Yesterday Japanese toy maker Bandai presented their newest product, a stop watch called “5-second stadium”, which will go on sale in J-land on July 27th for $9. The watch features 3 modes: game, practice, and challenge. The game mode works like this: Stop the time after exactly 5 seconds. That’s it. If you fail, the 5-Byou-Man (5-Second-Man, pictured below) will appear on… Read More

  • GTA IV sales didn't cause increase in console sales, NPD numbers show

    Despite breaking sales records left and right, GTA IV didn’t cause any measurable uptick in console sales. That probably hurts Sony more than Microsoft, seeing as though the GTA series has, since GTA III, been seen as a PlayStation franchise; Sony was expecting PS3-holdouts to see the game and buy a system. Didn’t happen. In fact, sales of the Xbox 360 version nearly doubled those… Read More

  • You're kidding me, right? A new Robocop movie!

    The Moving Picture Thanks for the tip, Joe G. Read More

  • Quillpill: A Twitter For Cell-Phone Novelists (500 Invites)

    Even if they could, few people have the time to write a book. But what if they could Twitter one? For all those aspiring novelists out there, Quillpill might be the app to get them started. Twitter clones have been cropping up all over the web in recent months with most of them replicating the “What are you doing?” concept in one way or the other. Quillpill takes a totally… Read More

  • An open letter to all stadiums I may enter from this day forward: Now you’re all in big, big trouble

    If there was a fan club solely for people who like items that pay for themselves after one use, I’d be president. Maybe secretary, actually, since I type a lot for my day job. No, president, actually. I have a lot of good ideas and it’s time to enact change around here. This fan club has been going down hill ever since it never started. Anyway, this is the Beer Belly Cooler. 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 13th Read More

  • Could politics be holding up the XM-Sirius merger, now 450 days later?


    Flickr’d “But if the FCC will no longer approve mergers without Congressional blessing, why does it even need to exist?” So asks the Wall Street Journal, and so ask the good boys and girls—shareholders—who are tired of this charade. The Wall Street Journal wondered aloud yesterday just why it has taken 450 days since the merger was first proposed for it to given… Read More

  • 108 inches: Sharp introduces the world's biggest LCD TV


    Today Sharp unveiled the LB-1085 [JP], at 108 inches screen size, it’s the world’s biggest LCD TV for commercial applications. The company says one model will be delivered for use in a cinema complex in Tokyo on June 19th. However, it is available for anyone in Japan (starting today) who is willing to pay $100,000 for it. The TV comes with the following features: – ASV 1080p… Read More

  • Palm Centro now available on Verizon Wireless

    There it is! The Palm Centro for Verizon is available now for $99 after a MIR. What a pain in the ass. Read More

  • New Eee PC models get US pricing, starting at $599

    An Asus rep told Laptop that pricing for the next generation of Eee models would be as follows; Eee PC 901 (Linux or Windows): $599 Eee PC 1000 (Linux or Windows): $699 Eee PC 1000H (Windows only): $649 You’ll recall that the 901 will come with a 12GB SSD if you choose the Windows version or a 20GB drive if you go with Linux. The 1000 will apparently come with a 40GB SSD, but… Read More

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