CrunchGear’s Top 100 Posts of 2008

<img class="left" title="baby" style="display:inline;" height="204" alt="baby" src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/baby.jpg" width="240" />It’s been a helluva year, hasn’t it

My favorite gadgets of 2008 (a psycho-erotic thriller)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/dougpainting.jpg" />Another year has come and gone and with it, a cavalcade of gadgets. Here are a few that I’ve really enjoyed using d

Review: Sonos Bundle 150 with loudspeakers (and more)

We’ve reviewed a lot of home audio solutions, and they all offer different benefits and drawbacks. The big trend is “music everywhere”, whether through powerline networking or wirele

Review: eStarling Impact7 and Impact8 digital picture frames

eStarling offers the Impact7 (7″, 480 X 234 pixels) and Impact8 (8″, 800 X 600 pixels), a pair of WiFi-enabled digital photo frames. They’re easy to use, functional, and nice to look

Symbian to be open source in 2 years

It’s old news that Nokia bought Symbian, the software used to power many mobile phones today. The deal finally closed, and now the Symbian Foundation is officially in charge of Symbian developme

A chat about Nokia Research with Henry Tirri

The kind folks at Nokia arranged for a quiet chat with a few of the folks behind the Nokia Research Center. In addition to specific product development issues, a lot of interesting information was sha

Unlock doors with your cellphone

http://www.viddler.com/player/3c2d32b6/ Ever lose your hotel keycard? Ever have it get de-magnetized? Both of these are simple to resolve – just go to the front desk – but wouldn’t i

Point and Find at Nokia World 2008: Point at objects, figure out where you are

http://www.viddler.com/player/df48093d/ One of the most exciting things I’ve seen at Nokia World 2008 is the Point and Find service: aim a phone camera at an object and the camera detects what i

Nokia World 2008: EasyMeet tablet-friendly web conferencing

http://www.viddler.com/player/ef68075d/ Nokia is working hard to merge mobile phones with mobile computing, making it easier to access and use of the full suite of Internet resources from a variety of

Nokia World 2008: Keynote Summary

I’ve just left the Nokia World 2008 keynote, in which the new products and services were announced, like the Nokia N97, Nokia Maps, and Nokia Messaging. The presentation was interesting, and hig

Nokia Jumping Into the Email Fray, Competing Against GMail and Hotmail

Nokia is pushing hard for consolidation, looking to make their smartphones the go-to device for communication. One of the major announcements at Nokia World 2008 this year is about their Nokia Messagi

Nokia World 2008: Nokia Maps

At Nokia World 2008, Nokia announced their new Nokia Maps product.  The most compelling feature is the ability to plan your trip on your PC, and then sync the route to your Nokia phone. Also included

Geek Gift Guidance

My buddy Owen wrote up his short list of geek gifts for 2008. His list includes some pretty interesting items.  I particularly liked this one: Algin and Calcic Algin and Calic are two additive ingred

Review: Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone blender

Like my review of the Juiceman, Jr., the Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone Blender caused me to move beyond my staple meals of ramen noodles, chicken wings, and beer.  I spent time in parts of the gr

Review: Travelon TSA-approved Checkpoint Friendly laptop bags

What is it about airports that bring out the worst in humanity? Is it waiting in long, arbitrary lines?  Is it being forced to reveal to everyone the holes in your socks?  Is it the $100 beers at th

Review: Juiceman, Jr.

Many of the gadgets mentioned on CrunchGear are geared for the living room or office.  There does exist, however, an entire range of under-represented gadgets designed for the kitchen.  For you, dea

Review: Kidz Gear Headphones for Kids

http://www.viddler.com/player/df3b72de/ Short and sweet: Kidz Gear Headphones for Kids are just that: headphones for kids.  The cans fit little ears, and the swivel mounts allow for comfortable posit

Review: FURminator Pet De-Shedding Tool

Sometimes, the simplest tools are the best: the wheel, the hammer, the chopstick. Today, we can add to that list the FURminator, the pet de-shedding tool. You might say “Oh, it’s just a pe

Review: IOGEAR Powerline Stereo Audio System

The IOGEAR Powerline Stereo Audio System connects your iPod or other audio input device to speakers in a different room through the magic of electricity, avoiding all the cancer enducing radio waves t

Review: Zagg InvisibleSHIELD Gadget Protectors

http://www.viddler.com/player/9cd39f87/ Zagg makes the InvisibleSHIELD line of gadget protectors.  The one I install in the video above is for my Canon DigitalRebel XT camera, but they make screen pr
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