• Netflix yet to give out $1 million

    I always wondered how Netflix got so good at spoonfeeding me movies I might like. Back in 2006, Netflix announced a $1 million prize for the team that comes the closest to improve the Netflix recommendation system by 10 percent. No one has claimed the grand prize yet, but one team, “BellKor in Big Chaos,” came close with a 9.44% improvement.  Read More

  • The Shorty Awards Honor Twitter's Elite Tweets

    After my first few weeks on Twitter I quickly came to realize that most people are not nearly as interesting as they think they are – my Twitter feed was constantly inundated with tweets describing such mundane topics as my friends’ favorite day of the week and what they had for breakfast. But within this apparent pool of mediocrity I found a few gems – Twitter users who… Read More

  • How to play the Resident Evil 5 demo on your unmodded American Xbox 360

    Capcom released the demo for Resident Evil 5 last week in Japan, but did you know that you, the average American Xbox 360 owner, can play it right now? It’s extraordinarily easy, since all you need is a bank CD or DVD and the wherewithal to burn a data disc. Are you ready? Read More

  • Citysearch Vs. Yelp On The iPhone: Can You Tell Them Apart?

    Citysearch now has an iPhone app. It looks a lot like Yelp’s iPhone app, which came out two months ago looks and is currently the third most popular travel app (after Urbanspoon and Google Earth). Both tap into the iPhone’s GPS to let you find nearby restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, and stores. Both let you rate and review the places you visit. Both even share the exact… Read More

  • Sony's 240Hz HDTV – is it worth the extra grand?

    [image credit: CNET] The short answer is: almost certainly not. The benefits of a 120Hz refresh rate are pretty clear, but as I noted when Sony had people playing Gran Turismo at 240FPS, there is a point at which the human eye can no longer distinguish any difference. You’re getting seriously diminishing returns after 100-150Hz, but adding considerably to cost. Not only that, but… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: hhgregg accepting Circuit City gift cards through February

    Electronics retailer hhgregg will now accept Circuit City gift cards through Super Bowl Sunday, 2009. The small print is that the cards can only be applied to 20% of the total purchase price and they cannot be used online. Other than that, go at it. If you have some Circuit City gift cards laying around and nothing to spend them – or your local Circuit City closed shop – head on… Read More

  • Last Call For Those Crunchies Nominations

    The Crunchies awards are right around the corner. Who will be named the Best Startup of 2008? The Best CEO? The Best app? The Best mobile? The Most Likely to Make the World a Better Place? You have until midnight PT tonight to enter your nominations. There are 15 different startup and product categories. Who is worthy of consideration? After nominations close tonight, we will sift… Read More

  • Review: Dirt Devil AccuCharge 15.6 Volt Stick Vac

    Short Version: The Dirt Devil AccuCharge 15.6 Volt Stick Vac is a powerful, cordless, rechargeable vacuum cleaner that really, really sucks. It’s priced quite nicely at $65.99, too. Read More

  • D400 Rumor: too good to be true?

    That repository for all things both shadowy and Nikon-related, Nikon Rumors, has posted an anonymous tip they got concerning possible specs for the Nikon D400. The rumors have been a bit irresponsible concerning this camera, endowing it with two sensors, GPS, and multi-touch. The truth is probably a little more like these specs seem to indicate: a really sweet $2000 prosumer camera with lots… Read More

  • 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… [Podcast RSS Feed | Podcast in iTunes] Read More

  • Buying a cheap HDTV could cost you in the long run, says home theater specialists

    I this conversation with my mother-in-law last weekend. Her, “So this Curtis Mathes LCD isn’t any good? You sure, ’cause they are a good brand.” Me, not looking directly in her Medusa-like eyes, “Nope.” And today, I find that the Home Theater Specialist of America warns against purchasing a cheap HDTVs. You know they are serious ’cause they are… Read More

  • BFF's Unreasonable Stance: Ban Google Maps!

    (Not to be confused with CG’s sanctioned “Unreasonable Stance” which is no longer done thanks to whiny, over zealous fan boys who can’t read a disclaimer…like this one.) I agree. Go ahead and ban google maps. I don’t want them to figure out how to get over here anyway, so what’s it matter to us? Big deal, a few people won’t be able to see the… Read More

  • Microsoft Live Labs Tackles Web Clips With Thumbtack, Still Needs Polish

    Microsoft’s Live Labs has just released Thumbtack, a web clipping service that allows users to compile links, media, and text snippets into online storage bins for future reference. Users can also share their Thumbtack collections with their peers, allowing them to collaborate by adding new clips and notations. To add a photo or snippet of text to their Thumbtack canvas, users can… Read More

  • Review: Casio G-Shock Classic, Gulfman, Riseman and MT-G

    Casio’s G-Shock recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and for good reason, they’ve been constructing solid time pieces that are technically sound and built like tanks. Types like John won’t be giving up their fancy Omegas or whatever other watch that has a ginormous face, but they’re not meant to. Come along as I take a look at five unique pieces with varying degrees… Read More

  • Um rumor: Hará Gears of War 3 em 2010

    Boas noticias, todo o mundo! Hará outro Gears of War para natal 2010. O nome? Não sei, provavlemente Gears of War 3, ou algo assim. Será o mismo jogo que você jogou em noviembro 2008 (e noviembro 2006): armas grandes estúpidas, soldados que não têm uma educação, e extraterrestres que nos querem matar. Esta informação é de EGM, a revista de videojogos que ja não cerrou. Também só… Read More

  • First music video made on an iPhone

      GOSHone has made what he claims is the world’s first music video shot on an iPhone. He used iPhone video program, Cycorder, on a jailbroken iPhone and edited it in Adobe After Effects.  Read More

  • Review: Logitech Squeezebox Boom

    Quick Version: The Logitech Squeezebox Boom is a free-standing network device that can be used to play your complete music library. The setup is surprisingly easy, even if you are connecting it to a wireless network that uses 128-bit encryption. When it comes time to enter your key, simply turn the wheel and click it to enter the digit. My network was found immediately, and Squeezebox… Read More

  • Office Depot closing 112 locations

    Circuit City and CompUSA now have another partner to sing the retail blues with ’em. Office Depot has announced plans to close 112 stores, or 9% of their North American retail spots over the next three months. Specifics haven’t been announced, but we do know  “45 stores in the Central U.S., 40 in the Northeast and Canada, 19 in the West and eight in the South” will… Read More

  • Review and Giveaway: HP MediaSmart 1TB Server

    Short version: A pre-built Windows Home Server box that offers a bit more than standard NAS’s. Read More

  • Nintendo just found a boatload of money and it's called Dragon Quest X

    Flickr’d Sony and Microsoft (especially Microsoft) might as well pack their bags and leave the Japanese gaming market altogether. Why? For one, Square Enix just announced that Dragon Quest X will be released for the Wii, probably sometime in 2010 at the earliest. That means Nintendo will struggle to manufacture the 948593485739485739485 Wiis it’ll need to keep up with demand. Keep… Read More

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