• Boston-Power's eco friendly HP laptop batteries now on sale

    Boston-Power announced earlier today that their line of Sonata Li-ion batteries for 18 HP notebooks (about 70 percent of HP’s lineup) are now available directly from HP. The Sonata batteries were the first to be Nordic Ecolabeled, which essentially means they pollute less by being high capacity, longer lasting and having the “smallest amounts of detrimental heavy metals.”… Read More

  • Study: Americans Want To Customize Their Phones, But Don't Want To Pay Extra For It

    Do most people view their phones as portable computers? According to a recent international survey conducted by Zogby and Skype that looks at how people perceive their mobile phones, the answer seems to be a resounding “no”. But it’s clear that many of the features now associated with smartphones, like custom app stores, are now desired by the huge number of people who use… Read More

  • Study: Americans Want To Customize Their Phones, But Don't Want To Pay Extra For It

    Do most people view their phones as portable computers? According to a recent international survey conducted by Zogby and Skype that looks at how people perceive their mobile phones, the answer seems to be a resounding “no”. But it’s clear that many of the features now associated with smartphones, like custom app stores, are now desired by the huge number of people who use… Read More

  • Robot to do its little turn on the catwalk

    “Next up, the always lovely HRP-4C modeling the very best in this year’s faux industrial designs for the discerning robot. Soft curves accentuate the feminine side, while polished chrome reminds us that this line is as functional as it is sexy!” Read More

  • The Index of My Bow Wow's Merriness: New anti-fat toy for dogs

    You know when a society doesn’t have any real problems every time there is a new gadget for pets. Today Takara Tomy Arts [JP], a subsidary of Japanese toy giant Takara Tomy, announced it developed a handheld that can measure how much a dog has exercised. Read More

  • The sun has set on Lenovo’s Pocket Yoga

    I’m really gonna miss you, Pocket Yoga. Turns out the whole thing is a two-year old concept that’s never going to make it to market. Johnson Li, director of Lenovo’s Innovation Center in Beijing, says that Pocket Yoga was an experimental project that’s been simmering for a couple years but “is finished” now and won’t be developed or sold. Interesting… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Hannspree’s 20-inch LCD does 1080p and HDMI on the cheap

    Best Buy is now selling a 20-inch Hannspree monitor for $150. It’s capable of a maximum 1920×1080 resolution and will also do a native 1600×900 resolution in true 16:9 – impressive for a 20-inch LCD. It’s pretty cheap, too, normally selling at $160 (it’s on sale for $150 right now). Read More

  • Coveroo 'Be Less Boring' Contest Winners


    As you may remember, we ran a contest last week with Coveroo and announced nine winners of Coveroo’s etched cellphone covers as well as an iPhone Nano etched with anything your little heart desired. And so the contest comes to a close and all is right with the world. Friends, here are the final winners! Read More

  • Is Netflix throttling PC streaming?

    This is a little geeky but BreakItDownBlog did some analysis on a strange problem he was having. When he viewed Netflix video on the 360 it was coming through without jitters or problems but once he tried viewing it on his PC it was failing catastrophically. Read More

  • GumGum Wants To Turn Celebrity Pics Into Shopping Sprees With ShopThisLook

    Image licensing startup GumGum is introducing a new ad unit to go along with all of those celebrity pics that it helps to distribute. Next time you come across a paparazzi shot of Lindsay Lohan on the Web, you might see a ShopThisLook badge next to the image courtesy of GumGum. Click on the badge and window will pop up with shopping links for clothes and accessories similar to what Lohan… Read More

  • The Wii remote, used for the spraying of paint

    I actually just said “oh, wow” in reaction to reading about this thing right here, the Wii Spray. It’s a Wii remote-based spray paint can, for graffiti. It uses Flash, the Wii Flash Server and, yes, the Wii itself to simulate graffito-tagging. It’s the handiwork of Bauhaus students. Bauhaus is a proper school in Germany; it’s not some dopey kid’s junior… Read More

  • Facebook's fbFund Is Accepting Applications For FB Connect And iPhone Apps

    fbFund, a $10 million seed fund focused on supporting entrepreneurs who are building their business around Facebook.com or with Facebook Connect, is now accepting applications for its third funding round. The fund, which is backed by Facebook, Founders Fund and Accel Partners, is shifting its focus to funding Web and iPhone app developers leveraging Facebook Connect. In the past, fbFund focused… Read More

  • Sony feeling pressure from developers to discount PS3, Sony wants them to STFU

    The facts are all splayed out for Sony, but they just don’t seem to want to listen. Perhaps an ultimatum from its content providers might make the company take another look at dropping the price of the bloated console. Janco Partners Inc. believes Sony will discount the console anywhere from $50 to $100 in the coming weeks. Surprisingly, the real outcry is not from consumers who… Read More

  • Optoma's Pico projector gets a mini screen in Japan

    Japanese owners of Optoma’s DLP projector Pico for use with the iPhone/iPod Touch can soon buy a corresponding 8.5-inch screen [JP] from a company called Hometheater (the projector itself is able to produce 60-inch images). The A5-sized NS-01 will go on sale in Nippon on March 20 for $75. Read More

  • Reminder: We'll be liveblogging the iPhone OS 3.0 event tomorrow!

    As if the Crunch folk have missed an opportunity to cover an Apple event any time in the recent past, a surprising number of people have been asking whether or not we’ll be liveblogging tomorrow’s preview of iPhone OS 3.0. The answer? Of course we are. We’ll be at the Apple campus bright and early tomorrow morning, and we’ll be blogging away as soon as the WiFi juices… Read More

  • Video: Cajun Crawler ready to spice up ya gumbo!

    This odd Segway-like carrier is called the Cajun Crawler. It’s a belegged walking system made by students at the University of Louisiana. Created by Don Tamosaitis, the system was a senior design project and uses 18V drill motors and can support heavy loads – one rider was 325 pounds. Read More

  • Video: Second Generation Surface

    In two to three years we will have the next gen. Surface. It will feature a second projector that will project images above it’s screen allowing to overlay images on each other. Infrared sensors will let you control the Surface without touching it. Read More

  • Wedding cake made from 80 Pac-Man cupcakes

    Oh… my… word. As if a giant rendition of Pac-Man made out of cupcakes wasn’t enough, this thing is a wedding cake, effectively making the bride, the groom, and the cake maker the three coolest people in the entire world for at least the next 24 hours. At least. Read More

  • amadana SAL: Japanese company rolls out stylish mini pocket camera

    A Tokyo-based design company called amadana today announced the amadana SAL [JP], a palm-sized video camera that can be pre-ordered in Japan starting April 17. Non-Japanese people interested in the stylish gadget can ask Japan Trend Shop, Gizmine, Geek Stuff 4 U or Rinkya to list it. The Japanese street price is $210. Read More

  • Then Blizzard looked at its huge Orc statue, and wept

    You’re Blizzard. You develop a little game called Word of Warcraft. You move into a new office building—a sign of your importance—and want to commemorate said action. You hire the dudes responsible for the Lord of the Rings special effects, and tell them, “Make us a big statue of an Orc on his mount, looking sinister.” And they do. Read More

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