• Can you solve this 1932 brain teaser concerning two vehicles?

    In the early part of the 1900’s, automakers were still experimenting with fuel sources – and the basic laws of physics. The pic to the right is a riddle from a 1932 edition of Modern Mechanix magazine where they asked readers to figure out which vehicle would be propelled forward to send in their answer. $10 would be handed out to a random correct entry. $10! Gee whiz, mister. Read More

  • Zune UI team merging with WinMo team?

    Although we speculated about the possibility of a Zune phone coming soon (and were subsequently shown the error of our ways), the Zune/phone divide is in fact narrowing, as Ballmer said would happen. But it’s not a “port” as he mentioned; rumor has it that members of the Zune UI team are actually moving to the Windows Mobile team, for what nefarious purpose I will let you… Read More

  • Now You Can Track Customers Who Bypass Mobile browsing for Applications: Omniture releases iPhone Analytics SDK

    Yesterday, Omniture released a real-time iPhone analytics SDK. (Main TechCrunch coverage here.) On the innovation side, this is a big deal. The iPhone market shows that consumers, frustrated with the suboptimal mobile browsing experience, prefer actual applications. Example: I use the iPhone Remember the Milk application every day, and can’t imagine using a mobile website. As… Read More

  • Looks like Ustream is headed for the iPhone, as well

    When we broke the news last week that Ustream.tv is working on a mobile streaming application, the only device we could verify support for was the Nokia N95. A few days later, we’ve received photographic proof that they’re cracking away at a client for at least one other popular handset: the iPhone. Continuing a tradition long established in the world of pre-announcement… Read More

  • Rumor: New Pentax K20D to have GPS

    A Greek camera site has set the world afire with rumors of Pentax’s new K20Ds being equipped with GPS units. Observe: Πλέον στην έκδοση κιτ K20D + GPS Tracker είναι η τέλεια DSLR της αγοράς για όσους ταξιδεύουν! Nothing could be clearer! As the K20D is already weather-resistant, a GPS unit would make it that much more attractive… Read More

  • Apple Leaves MacWorld: It's About Time

    Apple has just announced that this January’s MacWorld event will be the company’s last, and that Steve Jobs won’t be giving the event’s much-anticipated keynote (Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will be taking his place). Stocks are sure to tumble on the news as rumors of Jobs’s health are rekindled, but in… Read More

  • Soon, All Your Blog Comments Will Belong To Facebook (Or Google)

    There are way too many comment login systems out there. Each blogging platform (WordPress, Typepad, Blogger) has its own login system, then there are the cross-platform commenting systems like Disqus and JS-KIT. But many of these will soon give way to Facebook Connect and Google’s Friend Connect. I am talking about just the ID people use to login, not the commenting systems themselves. Read More

  • Update: Apple Mac T-shirt quilt

    The Apple Mac T-shirt quilt we introduced  over the weekend has seen a flurry of bidding activity. Currently the homemade blanket is at $429 and is sure to make one fanboy smile Christmas morning. There is still a chance for you to get in on the action though as the auction still has over a day left on it. You know you want it. Read More

  • Reminder: Win a TV-B-Gone

    I’m not suggesting we turn off old Rudolph here, but which holiday TV show or movie would you turn off at your next holiday get-together? The Charlie Brown special? That very special Christmas episode of Scrubs? Fox News? Read more… Read More

  • The best speakers in the whole wide world cost $5,400 a pair

    Want to hear all the cymbal crashes you can eat? Treble dynamics? Vibrancy? Sure you do. Want to spend $5,400? Probably not, but if you have the cash and the inclination CNET’s Steve Guttenberg recommends the Magnepan 3.6/Rs, a pair of ribbon speakers that make your music sound like angels reaching orgasm in the deepest reaches of space. Read More

  • DIY: digital picture frames

    Digital picture frames are a popular gift item this time a year. (don’t send one to me, I think they’re worthless) Your mother always told you that people enjoy gifts more if you make ’em yourself, so why not construct a digiframe out of old parts you have laying around instead of buying one. This way you can customize the frame so it doesn’t look so much like… Read More

  • Foodzie Raises $1 Million For Its Specialty Food Marketplace

    Foodzie, an online marketplace for high-end artisan food vendors, has raised a seed round of $1 million from noted investor Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC, First Round Capital, and a number of angel investors. The company, which we were introduced to over the summer as part of the TechStars class of 2008, recently launched to the public with a marketplace of 25 vendors ranging from Vermont… Read More

  • Consumer Reports' Top 5 Smartphones list mentions neither the iPhone 3G nor G1

    Say hello to the worst list you’ll read all day. It’s Consumer Reports’ idea of the Top 5 Smartphones, and I think you’ll agree that it misses the mark. There’s the Samsung Blackjack II, the T-Mobile Wing, the Motorola Q9C, the T-Mobile Shadow and the BlackBerry Pearl Flip. I’m not lying when I say that I’ve heard of, at most, like two of those phones… Read More

  • I told you the Wii was no good

    http://www.fandome.com/flashplayer/sportsbox.swf This is probably staged. Why was he filming himself? Read More

  • Samsung Memoir (T929) for T-Mobile passes through FCC

    Just last week, we passed along a few shots of an 8-megapixel Samsung garnished with a T-Mobile logo. While there wasn’t much reason to doubt its authenticity, the FCC has gone and verified it for us anyway. Yesterday evening, the FCC spilled the beans on a Samsung-made, 8 megapixel camera phone running on T-Mobile’s 1700mhz 3G. That’s about as concrete as it gets short of… Read More

  • Gotta wait till January for SteelSeries World of Warcraft mouse Mac drivers

    Attention, Mac World of Warcraft players. You may want to consider holding off on buying that SteelSeries MMO mouse till January, since that’s when the company plans to the release Mac drivers, as I just learned. Without those drivers, those 15 buttons are useless. Well, like three of them work when using SteerMouse, a fancy third-party Mac mouse driver, but that’s not exactly… Read More

  • Apple gets festive with two, new holiday ads

      Apple has given Mac and PC a little claymation makeover for its two holiday ads. Second one after the jump. Read More

  • Just kidding: Radiation-fighting E-Waves Phone Chip no longer for sale

    It’s been just one week since Omega Pharma (part of the LOST conspiracy, anyone?) announced the availability of its magical radiation-fighting E-Waves Phone Chip.  And, guess what?  Today, the Belgium firm has withdrawn the chip from sale because, according to the company: After the launch… a storm of protest broke out during which scientific proof of doctors and professors… Read More

  • A plug-in hybrid is now for sale in China, Chevy Volt what?

    GM, and millions of jobs, might be counting on the Chevy Volt to save the company, but a Chinese car company is a couple steps ahead of Generous Motors. The BYD F3DM is now for sale at a cost of $21,900 USD…in China. It features a plug-in Li-ion battery pack along with a 1.0 liter aluminum engine. Exact details aren’t available but it seems that this knock-off might have the $40k… Read More

  • Satellite radio in 2008: What a year!

    As the only satellite radio fan here at CrunchGear, I feel it’s my duty to review the year that was and point out some of the events that made the medium such a joy. This isn’t a typical “Top 10 Movies” snoozefest, but rather an illustration of what makes satellite radio inherently superior to regular, terrestrial radio (provided you don’t mind a nominal… Read More

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