• What do you get from T-Mobile for being a longtime customer?

    Nothing, basically. My brother recently received the above e-mail from T-Mobile saying he’d be receiving a special gift in the mail for being a longtime customer. What he received for being with T-Mo for over 10 years was pretty underwhelming. Read More

  • Is print dead?

    I’m in Barcelona for Nokia World, and at the little “Blogger’s Lunch” today we got to discussing various trends in entertainment, media, content distribution, and other things of interest to folks who spend the bulk of their day keyed into the online world. Several of the folks at the table exclaimed “Print is dead!”, going on to say “Someone just needs… Read More

  • Guitarist hopes to rejoin band with help of cyber-hand

    A guitarist for a British band, The Long Blondes, suffered a stroke some time ago and has been unable to use his right, or fretting hand since (he’s a lefty). However, the modern neuroscience has provided him with effective therapy in the form of a crazy-ass mecha-glove (the Saebo-Flex) that holds your hand in a “ready” position, then assists you mechanically when you choose… Read More

  • LaCie intros the CurrenKey: a flash drive destined to be lost

    Flash drives are easy enough to lose when they actually look like a piece of technology so why even buy LaCie‘s CurrenKey ’cause you know its going to get lost anyway. It looks like a coin, for goodness sake. The USB 2.0 drive is even constructed out of metal so it’s going to feel like a coin, too. Read More

  • Peek contest winners!

    Who knew a simple little gadget like the Peek could garner so many entries? Not me – that’s for sure. It only does e-mail! Without further ado, the following two individuals have won themselves a Peek e-mail device provided by Target. Don’t forget about our Livescribe smartpen giveaway. Read More

  • Early look at the Neuros LINK internet video box

    CG reader Shaila was kind enough to send in some early impressions and info about the Neuros LINK box that we reported a couple of weeks ago. Keeping in mind that Neuros is currently in a gamma testing phase and is offering a generous four-month, no questions asked return policy on the $300 pre-production units, it seems that the system currently consists of little more than a small form factor… Read More

  • The iPhone case that's designed for the blind and visually impaired

    Okay, we have here the greatest iPhone accessory ever invented. It’s the Silicon Touch iPhone case, and it makes using the iPhone a hell of a lot easier for the visually impaired. (Random fact: I’m legally blind in New York without my glasses.) It’d work with an iPhone App to make it so that people can feel what they’re typing, be it the SMS icon or actual… Read More

  • BMW using MS Surface as car configurator

    Now, you could just go down a list and tick the options you want, but that wouldn’t really be posh enough for you, would it? You’re getting a Bimmer, and you want the experience to be luxurious and classy from start to finish. And that’s why they’re employing a Microsoft Surface to choose your options and check out your car’s features instead of a good old piece… Read More

  • This Bear Market, Brought To You By Jack Daniels

    File this one under “Unfortunate Ad Placements.” On a day that the Dow dropped 680 points (7.7 percent), MarketWatch ran the Jack Daniels banner ad in the screenshot above (sent to us by reader Scott Murff). The ad shows the “countdown to the close” of the market in minutes and seconds, suggesting that might be a good time for a drink. Juxtaposed with the… Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand unboxed

    The BlockBuster OnDemand set-top streamer is now available and for those interested in the nitty gritty, here are some of the first screen caps and product shots by Dave Zatz. So far it seems like the set-top box is just your average, post-beta but not quite production ready device. The big surprise for me is that Blockbuster OnDemand is not purely a streaming service. Video can be played… Read More

  • More robot ocean-gliders taking to the seas

    We mentioned these ocean-heat-powered water gliders quite some time ago, and it seems they’ve become more popular in the mean time. These unmanned aquatic vehicles have proven to be a very efficient way of mapping and monitoring the oceans, and new types are being created by oceanographers to investigate this or that quantity or location. I saw one in motion on the BBC series Oceans, and… Read More

  • Scott E Vest does that Cyber Monday thing, too: Microfleece Pullover for $20 less

    Heads up, people who need a jacket with 4,500 discrete pockets. Scott E Vest, in honor of Cyber Monday, is extending its Thanksgiving sale through midnight tonight. That means you can grab the Microfleece Pullover for $40, which is a $20 savings. (You need to use the promo code SAVE20.) You can also get the Scott Jordan Signature System for $270 (when using the SAVE70 promo code), which is a… Read More

  • Reevoo hunkers down on staffing to burn slower for longer

    Following the news today that Trutap is dropping to a skeleton operation, another UK Web startup is hunkering down amid the turmoil of the economic crisis. Reevoo, a B2B customer reviews site, has told seven (7) of its 31 staff that their jobs are now technically “at risk”. Although no staff have actually been let go as yet, staff and management are in consultation about what… Read More

  • Help Key: Why, When, and Where should you buy a DSLR?

    With the launch of multiple DSLRs including today’s Nikon D3X, camera manufacturers are ready and waiting for you to buy their wares. But should you? Read More

  • 16-layer 400GB optical disc from Pioneer

    DigiTimes is reporting on Pioneer’s new layered optical disc. Each of the disc’s 16 layers holds 25GB, for a total storage capacity of 400GB. That’s 8x the storage on a double-layer Blu-Ray disc, which according to my CrunchGear companions holds an awful lot of porn. The new discs use a reflective layer, but should be compatible in existing Blu-Ray players, according to… Read More

  • Pownce Deadpooled, Team Moves To Six Apart

    Pownce, the media-rich Twitter competitor once labeled by the New York Times as “the hottest startup in Silicon Valley”, is headed to the deadpool after being acquired by Six Apart. The service, which was co-founded by Digg’s Kevin Rose along with Leah Culver and Daniel Burka, will be closing its doors on December 15. Users will be able to export their accounts to other… Read More

  • Update on the Wal-Mart Black Friday death: Police having hard time identifying those responsible

    No story has ever annoyed me as much as the Black Friday death that occurred at a Long Island Wal-Mart last week. What’s worse is that, right now, it doesn’t look like the police will be able to identify the perpetrators. They’ll walk away scot-free, content with having bought some piece of garbage widget for $5 less than they would have paid on any other day. That, and… Read More

  • Cyber Monday CrunchDeals Round-up

    I’ll be adding to this list all day, so keep checking back for more stuff. If you find any killer deals, feel free to drop them in the comments section and I’ll add them. Amazon Smartparts SP1100B 11.3-Inch Digital Photo Frame for $99.99 Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 for $24.99 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 for $69.99 Belkin N1 Wireless Router for… Read More

  • Trutap decimates headcount, keeps skeleton staff, looks for sale

    Trutap, a leading UK mobile startup, is to let go almost 80% of its staff after failing to hit its window for a second round of funding. The blow comes only a month after the launch of its latest software application for aggregating social networks on the mobile, the milestone of over 250,000 users and the launch of a revenue-raising advertising platform. Trutap is headed-up by co-founder, CEO… Read More

  • Making Galaxies fun again: An interview with the developers of the Star Wars Galaxies PreCU Emulation Project

    Flickr’d There’s a group of developers who are trying to resurrect the old, fun version Star Wars Galaxies with the Star Wars Galaxies PreCU Emulation Project. The “CU” stands for Combat Upgrade, a term Sony Online Entertainment, the game’s harebrained developers, concocted to described the game-breaking changes it made to the combat engine. Longtime players… Read More

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