• AT&T finalizes free Wi-Fi goodness

    All of AT&T’s 17,000 hotspots are currently open and ready for business, including most Starbucks stores less the ones the close because we are entering the second Great Depression. Hotspots are free to AT&T iPhone subscribers. All of the spots are free, so just roll on up and give them a go. If you’re at a Starbucks today, try it out and show us what it looks like. Read More

  • Sweater Friends Episode 9: Get off my lawn!

    Tune in every Friday at 1PM, Eastern to listen to CrunchGear Talk Radio. Subscribe to Sweater Friends via RSS: http://blip.tv/rss/bookmarks/161708 Subscribe via iTunes: itpc://blip.tv/bookmarks/rss/161708/itunes Read More

  • CrunchGear's Official iPhone 3G Review

    Hype, hype, hype. Now that the iPhone 3G launch has blown over and I’ve been able to integrate the phone into my daily routine, I think we’re ready for an official CrunchGear review. Our advice? Wait. With 60% certainty I predict a minor hardware or, more likely, software update in the next month or so to improve the 3G’s thus far abysmal battery life. The iPhone 3G is… Read More

  • Fighting For Its Life, Yahoo Uses Its Homepage To Battle Carl Icahn

    Yahoo is pulling out its biggest gun in the showdown with Carl Icahn: the Yahoo homepage itself. Right now on Yahoo.com, the single most-visited page on the Web (with 304 million unique visitors worldwide in May, according to comScore), there is a big purple button the third box down aimed squarely at Yahoo shareholders. The button takes people to this page where Yahoo outlines its… Read More

  • MTS’s Annual Review Available Online

    Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, published its 2007 Annual Review online today. Together with its subsidiaries, MTS has nearly 87 million subscribers. It provides service in Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, giving MTS a population base of more than 230 million. The Annual Review describes the operational… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct Haiku Contest Continues

    To recap: Every week we’ll be giving away a cool Samsung phone culminating in the Samsung Instinct! This week gunning for the Samsung Ace. The haiku should focus on sight and must be tweeted to UseYourInstinct. We will close entries for this week at noon on Tuesday, July 22. If you entered the previous contest and didn’t win, feel free to re-enter. Visit CG for full rules. Read More

  • Sales of Nokia’s low-cost Phones Increasing

    With developed countries reaching the saturation point, mobile phone manufactures have to look to developing countries for increased sales. Nokia is selling more and more single-chip mobile phones in these nations. Sales numbers should reach into the tens of millions. Single-chip phones are inexpensive to manufacture and are highly desired in developing nations, which often have a poor… Read More

  • StumbleAudio is Pandora For Indie Music

    With the highly successful launch seen by Pandora’s iPhone app, streaming digital radio seems ready to finally go mainstream. Unfortunately, as great as Pandora is, its music recommendations can shy towards music you already know – you may like the song that gets recommended, but there’s a good chance you’ve heard it before. For listeners looking for something… Read More

  • Google Buys Russian Contextual Ads Service for $140m

    BREAKING NOW: Google is buying Russian contextual advertising company ZAO Begun for $140 million from UK-registered Rambler Media (many Russian firms now base themselves in the UK). Rambler owns 50.1 percent of Begun, so to secure the deal it is buying the remaining 49.9 percent stake from owner Bannatyne Limited and then selling the entire firm to Google. Rambler says it expects to net about… Read More

  • You Have Three Days To Check Out Wuala's 'Social Grid' Storage

    Wuala, the innovative P2P social grid storage coming out of Switzerland, is doing a sneak preview of its public beta from now until Monday evening, after which it will close until the full launch on August 14. It’s worth checking this out before the window closes as I’m betting Wuala is pretty much unlike any online storage service you’ve seen. The public beta in August… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Sing For Your Supper Edition

    BabyToupee.com is one-stop shopping for bald babies
    Try these Karaoke pills in case you suck at singing
    Police arrests couple for selling radioactive cell phone lanyards
    USB Fidgets are finally here
    Wedgits: You know, for kids Read More

  • Moopz Merges Fragmented FriendFeed Conversations Into One Place

    It used to be that if a user posted a link on FriendFeed, they would get a few comments and likes and that would be it. If someone reposted that link, it would have its own set of comments for the user who reposted it. If that was a popular link, there could be 10 reposts and 10 sets of comments. Then Moopz came along. Moopz is a site that aggregates comments about the same link, and puts… Read More

  • Pansonic’s Digital Wall is Surface-like, but bigger

    Reports from Japan are showing a very Surface-like product from Panasonic, called the Digital Wall. While it appears huge, first hand stories say it doesn’t yet offer all of the same features of Microsoft’s Surface, but that it is really big and could even be cheaper than Redmond’s interactive table. Check out this video from Digital World Tokyo, for the Digital Wall in action. Read More

  • USB cooler mouse

    It’s Thanko again. This time, they announced [JP] the release of a 5-button optical USB mouse with an integrated fan to keep your hands cool during warm summer days and long work hours. The USB cooler mouse costs $19. Good news:
    Starting in August, people living outside Japan will be able to order Thanko inventions such as the cooler mouse, the USB “ass warmer” cushion or the… Read More

  • Zumobi launches widget service for BlackBerry

    Microsoft spin-off Zumobi announced that its widget platform is now available for BlackBerrys. Zumobi is ad-supported and promises to enhance smartphone users experience “by providing easy access to small ‘bites’ of customized Web content” using widgets or what it calls “tiles.” Zumobi says it already has a “robust library” of tile topics… Read More

  • Big Kindle part of an Amazon textbook push?

    Michael at TechCrunch posits that the “big Kindle” we heard about is actually aimed at the college textbook market. It definitely makes sense. He writes: Earlier this week Crunchgear broke the news on two new upcoming Kindle models: a smaller form factor Kindle to be released this year ahead of the holidays, and a large screen (probably 8.5×11) to come sometime next… Read More

  • Mobile Livecasting Faces Off: Qik vs Kyte vs Flixwagon

    Over the course of the last year we’ve seen an explosion of startups looking to take streaming video to the mobile phone. Smartphones with high-speed data plans and video cameras are becoming increasingly commonplace, and many users are eager to turn their phones into handheld recording studios, even at the cost of video quality. Well-known blogger Robert Scoble, who once said that… Read More

  • LOUD3R Offers a BETT3R Way To Discover News

    Filtering through the noise to find news on discovery sites can be daunting. Social bookmarking sites like Digg and Reddit have been doing very well, and memetrackers, like Techmeme, are also growing in popularity. The newest trend in discovery tools, it seems, is semantic search engines, like Powerset (recently bought by Microsoft) and Hakia. LOUD3R offers a network of 30 topic-specific… Read More

  • Verizon FiOS cable tv coming to NYC: Can you see me now?

    Look for Verizon to start infiltrating select NYC neighborhoods in the “coming weeks” while they deploy their fiber-optic network. The telco giant has received approval from the New York State Public Service Commission to start selling its FiOS cable TV service in New York. As Verizon FiOS is 100% fiber-optic all the way to your home, expect the transition to take some time. It… Read More

  • X Games coming to AT&T and Verizon Wireless subscribers

    For the upcoming X Games 14, July 31 through August 3, ESPN and MediaFlo USA have teamed up to bring coverage of the games to AT&T and Verizon Wireless subscribers. EXPN fired up coverage yesterday, July 16 and will run until August 8. Accessible to subscribers of AT&T Mobile TV and V CAST Mobile TV, it will air a combined 31 hours of live coverage during the event. You’ll be able… Read More

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