• LG Dare snapped in the wild

    I was never a huge fan of the LG Prada, mainly because I think slapping fashion brands onto phones is a stupid way to add a few hundred (or thousand) bucks to the price tag. That said, I’m liking the look of the Prada-esque LG Dare. They’ve rounded out the rough edges, and overhauled the UI. Under the Dare’s 240×400 touchscreen, LG will be packin’ in a 3.5mm… Read More

  • My new shirt

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  • CrunchGear live podcast

    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

  • Western Digital: Screw it, we're going to 20,000RPM


    We’re still very much in a storage transitionary period here, what with platter-based HDDs being so big and affordable and SSDs creeping up on them both in size and performance-wise. Western Digital isn’t giving up on the HDD yet — they think there’s still a little bite left in that old hound. But they’re giving it a boost. WD is hard at work on a freaky new… Read More

  • Motorola selling unlocked, 3G-less Q9e online

    What do you get when you take a fairly solid product, strip it down, and sell it for an outlandish price? Fired, typically. At Motorola, you’ve just come up with their new online store item: the Motorola Q9e. The Q9e is just a Q9h, stripped off the good stuff. Same Windows Mobile 6.0, same 2 megapixel camera, without the 3G. If you’ve been wanting a Q9 but just can’t vibe… Read More

  • 2 new digital photo frames from Japan


    Today Transcend Japan unveiled a new 7-inch digital photo frame [JP], which will hit Japanese shores in the middle of May. The T.photo 710C (219×28×156mm) will cost $170. The frame accepts CF and SDHC/SD memory cards as well as memory sticks. The T.photo 710C is equipped with a USB port and 1 GB of internal memory. The TFT screen has a resolution of 480×234. It can display JPEG… Read More

  • Body scanners that can see through clothing to be installed in 10 U.S. airports soon

    Body scanners that can “see” underneath clothing will be installed in 10 of the country’s biggest airports within the next few weeks. Airline passengers in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. can look forward to scenes like the kind depicted in this photo here. How they’ll be used: The scanners bounce harmless “millimeter waves” off… Read More

  • LG's Dare gets photographed

    The Dare, LG’s version of the Prada phone for Verizon, has been spotted in the wild, and it’s a good looking phone. The iPhone-like Dare has a full frontal touchscreen, LG’s fancy new UI, a decent camera at 3.2-Megapixels wtih a flash, a good browser, and other fun stuff. Those on Verizon wanting some more touchscreen love — if phones like the Voyager aren’t… Read More

  • The Evolution of Pre-Launch Gmail In Screenshots

    When visiting Google yesterday for the unveiling of Gmail Labs, product manager Keith Coleman took us on a tour of the Googleplex’s Building 47. Along the way, we saw Googlers hard at work on Gmail, Reader, Calendar, and other related projects. But the coolest part was a stop in a conference room where Coleman had laid out printed screenshots depicting the evolution of Gmail’s… Read More

  • POIfriend Mashes Up Facebook, Trip Advisor, Yelp and Crams It Onto Your GPS

    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%2F975847%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf POIfriend (pronounced like boyfriend), which has nothing to do with the traditional Hawaiian dish of… Read More

  • Twitter Suffers Minor Period Of Uptime

    Twitter suffered a minor period of uptime last night between database failures. Everything seems back to normal now. Perhaps somebody returned that lost database to them. Please, Twitter, I beg you. Bring Blaine back. Read More

  • Aspiring DJ? How about a $24K reference turntable to get you started?

    “The best gets better!” “A triumph!” “Who shot JR?” All ways of introducing the Acutus Reference, a $24,000 turntable that’s more for Paul van Dyk than your little two-bit basement operation. And for $24K, “your records have never sounded this good before.” I should hope so! Oh, and “you might not make it to work the next… Read More

  • Amazon Down For An Hour And Counting (Updated)

    The Amazon outage, first noticed by Twitter users at as early as 10:24 am PST this morning (I’d link to Twitter except that it’s down), has gone on for an hour now. It’s not necessarily news when a startup has minor downtime, but Amazon loses big revenue for every minute they aren’t out there selling. My PR contacts there aren’t answering the phone, and a message… Read More

  • MPAA gives two printers take-down notices

    I knew that printers could copy documents but can they really copy Iron Man? Researchers at the University of Washington were doing some tests to suss out BitTorrent traffic on their local network when they found a way to spoof traffic from certain IP addresses. After spoofing two printers on their network, the printers received DMCA notices from the MPAA for sharing files like Iron Man and… Read More

  • Ballmer Tells the Washington Post That Print is Toast

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/player/wpniplayer_viral.swf?thisObj=fo254049&vid=060508-17v_title Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sat down for lunch with editors and reporters at the Washington Post and told them print will be dead in ten years: There will be no media consumption left in ten years that is not delivered over an IP network. There will be no newspapers, no… Read More

  • New Millenium Falcon toy in July, now 30% larger!

    Look at the size of this Millenium Falcon toy that’s coming out in July! It’s got some sweet audio clips from the movies built into it, cargo compartments, working loading dock, escape pod hatch, engine noises, glowing lights, weapons, and more. Apparently the original mold for the Millenium Falcon toys fell apart so Hasbro had to build another one, hence the new and improved… Read More

  • How to install Linux on the PS3, or you can win one

    The PS3 has been out for almost two years now, so it’s sorta odd to see a Popular Mechanics article explaining, in painful detail, how to install Linux on the system. But lo and behold, here we are. As you know by now, pretty much all you have to do to turn your PS3 into a fully functional computer—OpenOffice, Firefox, etc.—is download the PS3 version of Ubuntu, backup all… Read More

  • Meet Pekoppa, the plant which listens to your sorrows

    Today Sega Toys presented their newest invention, a plastic plant called Pekoppa [JP, PDF]. The plant will stay inactive until someone communicates with it. If you start speaking, the stem begins to bend. The movement is supposed to resemble a human being’s nod. An IC chip placed in the pot is able to identify rythms in human speech. A current is sent through the stem, which bends… Read More

  • CrunchGear unboxes the Samsung Instinct

    Unlike our delivery woes with the Flip Mino, the Samsung Instinct for Sprint arrived at the NYC CrunchGear office this morning as expected. I’ve been impressed with this phone from the first time I saw it under NDA many months ago. The packaging is nice, but I think all packaging is a waste of money and resources. The Instinct comes with a gaggle of accessories that include: the… Read More

  • Aussie resellers get super secret boxes from Apple

    Oh, whatever could be in this box that Apple resellers in Australia began receiving this morning? All signs indicate that it does not contain a Vegemite sandwich. It looks like Apple is nipping potential global shipping delays in the bud by sending the goods internationally a bit early. The seal on top is pretty clear: open this before June 10th (June 9th in the US, otherwise known as… Read More

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