• More fodder for your privacy invasion arguments

    GigaOM has a list called 5 Ways Your Gadgets Will Betray Your Privacy, which should reinforce the idea that you can pretty much be followed unless you move off the grid. And if you’ve already moved off the grid, you’re not reading this since CrunchGear is a member of the evil network of interconnected computer machines. The five things include; a box that goes inside malls to… Read More

  • Yup, it's a point-and-shoot: Pentax Optio V20

    Those of you who fancy point-and-shoots, listen up! The Pentax Optio V20 is on the way, further complicating your “what digital camera should I buy?” predicament. There’s but so many parameters to keep track of when it comes to point-and-shoots, namely pixel count, LCD size, and what kind of lens you’re working with. A quick scan reveals the V20 to be fairly… Read More

  • Give your Nintendo DS a new home

    If you have a Nintendo DS and are always losing the tiny charger, then this large charging dock is just what you need. With this 17 dollar bad boy sitting on your desk, you will never have a reason to have a dead DS during your lunch break. Since this item has not officially shipped, I have no way of knowing how well it works. The only thing I can say about it now is it come in two colors… Read More

  • Microsoft Is Moving Towards Checkmate

    More details are emerging on round 2 of Yahoo/Microsoft: Instead of a simple straight up acquisition, Microsoft may be able to pull off a deal where they get to pick off just what they want – search – and leave the rest of Yahoo and its troubles behind. This is a deal that would obviously cost Microsoft much less than a $40+ billion full buyout. And Ballmer could quiet the… Read More

  • AT&T to offer insurance on all devices – except iPhone

    Good news for those of you that get angry and smash lose your PDA on a regular basis: AT&T is planning to expand their nsurance options to include PDAs come June 2nd, 2008. Insurance will cost $4.99 per month, with two different pricing tiers for deductibles: Tier I: Most standard phones, $50 dollar deductible. Tier II: High end phones and PDAs, $125 dollar deductible. Contrary to… Read More

  • Widget Platform MuseStorm Catches iPhone Fever

    http://widgets.musestorm.com/=Hvlk2MJSxvR7/widget.swf The small screens of mobile devices are blurring the lines between webpages and widgets. So it should come as no surprise that MuseStorm, hitherto a platform for developing widgets for syndication across the web and onto desktops, is coming out with a tool for making iPhone-ready websites. To be precise, MuseStorm isn’t exactly debuting… Read More

  • Buy a woman's scorn and a Zune for 99 cents

    There are 42 minutes left on this auction for a Zune that has been run over by a charming young lady who caught her boyfriend cheating on her. Well, this WAS my ex boyfriend’s Zune. It used to hold 60GB of music, videos, etc., until I caught him cheating on me. Now it plays nothing, except a little hide and seek with my car tires, and of course it was a bad sport. How do I know he… Read More

  • Scoop: Job Cuts at PHP Startup Zend Could Be Aimed With An Eye Towards a Sale

    Israeli startup Zend Technologies has fired 25 percent of its R&D team (at least ten people), as well as others across the company, in an attempt to become cash flow positive, says a source close to the company. Zend offers its own distribution of PHP, the popular open-source scripting language for Web applications. It sells software and support services around that (just as Red Hat does… Read More

  • Terry Semel: A Man Of Few Words (On Yahoo)

    Last week The Globes’ Noa Pereg interviewed ex-Yahoo CEO Terry Semel (he resigned in June 2007) Shimon Peres’ “President’s Conference” in Israel. Also on the panel was Sergey Brin, Susan Decker, Rupert Murdoch and Yossi Vardi. Parag dug to try to get something juicy out of Semel on the Microsoft/Yahoo battle (this was right as Carl Icahn was making his effort… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Sharp/Willcom D4

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/x5cxch Japanese news site, Akihabara, got a chance to play around with the Atom-based UMPC from Sharp and Willcom — called the D4 — that we told you about last month. “We have here a 1.33GHz Centrino Atom Z520 CPU (one of the first UMPCs on the market carrying it!) Windows Vista, 40GB HDD, 1GB RAM, a 5″ 1024×600 TFT touchscreen all in… Read More

  • Apple looking to add AnswerTone support, 3G music downloads, more ringtones for iPhone

    Looks like Apple is looking to expand your options when it comes to which of the songs you already own can be made into ringtones for an extra 99 cents. According to Bits, negotiations between Apple and the major music labels are already underway. The tentative goal is reportedly sometime in June, though they may not have anything set in stone in time for WWDC. Apple is also reportedly working… Read More

  • Apple blows up in over-$1000 computer sales: 66 percent!

    Good show, old bean! Everyone knows that Apple is gaining market share in pretty much every sector, but even in their niche (the luxury market) who knew they had such a commanding lead? Fortune reports via Apple Watch (or vice versa) that Cupertino has increased their share of the $1000-plus computer market from 15% in January of 2006 to 66% by last count. What could have precipitated… Read More

  • Video: Video game contest as they did them in the 80s

    You could dial up your friend on Xbox Live for a little Halo 3 shoot ’em up action, or you could go old-school, like this episode of the 80s show “That’s Incredible!” My money’s on the 19 year-old full-time video arcade manager, natch. Read More

  • Ztail Wants To Be The Kelley Blue Book For Everything

    We all have one: It’s that thing that’s been collecting dust in your closet since the mid 90’s. You know it has to be worth something, but you’re worried that posting it on eBay will garner a whopping 99 cents (plus shipping, if you’re lucky). So it continues to sit. Ztail wants to put an end to this problem, and is launching a revamped site that it hopes… Read More

  • The MP3 player turns 10

    The MP3 player, bane of the RIAA and friend to commuters everywhere, was first unveiled in 1998. The first device with built-in MP3 decoding and dedicated storage was the SaeHan Information Systems’s MPMan F10, debuting at Cebit (see this post from a couple months ago). Boasting an impressive 32MB, the machine could play back files loaded via an included serial cable. I remember the… Read More

  • Google Health: A Quick Hands-On Look

    Now that Google Health has finally launched, I took a quick peek at it while Mark was taking notes at today’s Google Factory Tour presentation. It’s been a long time coming, but at first glance it looks like it will be a strong competitor to existing personal health sites such as Microsoft’s HealthVault (which launched last October), Revolution Health, or Aetna’s… Read More

  • Wow, a Swiss Army Knife with an 8GB flash drive!

    No better way to get beat in the ghetto than by pulling out this Swiss Army Knife and accidentally switching to the 8GB flash drive instead of the knife proper. (Yes, it’s run-on sentence Monday.) The utility knife, which costs $44.38—how precise—also features such 21st century necessities as a pair of tiny scissors, a nail file, pen and screwdriver. The fun never stops! Read More

  • Sappy Love Story Weekend King Getting High Fives

    We’re hearing that the first showing of Weekend King, which chronicles the life of a fairly pathetic Silicon Valley programmer, was a crowd pleaser (let us know in the comments what you thought). The next showing is on May 24. In true Hollywood style, though, everything turns out fine in the end with our hero/protagonist finding love. Bleh. Rupert is awkward, friendless, and loveless. Read More

  • Microsoft Research: Silicon Valley Sneak Peek Event

    On Thursday May 22, Microsoft will open up its Silicon Valley office to a select crowd. The agenda – Rick Rashid (SVP Global Research) and Roy Levin (Director Silicon Valley Lab) will show twelve new research projects, focusing on search, graphics, security, privacy. No word if they’ll be showing off TouchWall, but it’s worth trying to get in just in case they do. The event is… Read More

  • ShareStation: network sharing for your USB devices

    IOGEAR’s ShareStation costs $80 and allows you to share USB devices. Smart, huh? You can share just about any USB-based device across multiple computers that are connected to the same network. IOGEAR cautions that “Users may not achieve optimum audio/video streaming performance when connecting to the USB Net ShareStation through a wireless Ethernet router,” if you were to… Read More

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