• Monster Cable thinks you need special cleaner for your iPhone, camera, cell phone, GPS, and laptop

    Monster Cable thinks you need special cleaner for your iPhone, camera, cell phone, GPS, and laptop

    ROFL. More Monster Screen cleaner and is there really a need for an iPhone cleaner, along with a separate cell phone cleaner. Really? Come on. LOL. And dedicated GPS screen cleaner? ROFL. On a personal note, my shirt cleans my Blackberry just fine and I didn’t have to spend the $10 bucks for these monster oils. Moving on…. Read More

  • Monster Cable launching GreenPower power centers

    Monster Cable launching GreenPower power centers

    Monster Cable. I know you hate ‘em and you’re not planning on reading this post because of that, but these new power centers are kind of neat so I implore you to read on. It’s the hip thing to go green and these latest power centers from Monster Cable will help with that.    The Monster GreenPower IR Control is featured on the remote-control enabled EPIR 2450, EPIR 3650… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: JBL Control NOW loudspeaker

    CEDIAcrunch hands-on: JBL Control NOW loudspeaker

    JBL announced these quarter-toroid speakers a while ago, but seeing them in person really shows how versatile the speakers are. The Control NOW loudspeaker can sit alone, be hung on the wall, wrap around a corner, but when their powers combine, they form a round speaker thingie. I could totally see these speaker donuts hanging at an outdoor bistro or inside an upscale bar. They are kind… Read More

  • Today on MobileCrunch

    Today on MobileCrunch

    Not reading MobileCrunch yet? Why the heck not? While a MobileCrunch post or two make the jump over to CrunchGear each day, there’s a ton of good stuff each day that you’ll only see on that side of the fence. Here’s some stuff you may have missed on MobileCrunch today: Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi now plays friendly with (some) Sony Ericsson UIQ phones Qik adds support for HTC… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Polk Atrium outdoor speakers

    Word leaked out two weeks ago that Polk Audio planned on releasing the Atrium Sat 10 and Sub 30 outdoor satellite/subwoofer system here at CEDIA. It’s kind of a novel idea if you think about it, with outdoor theaters and people craving the latest multichannel audio, I guess it’s a natural evolution. They sound great in harmony, but I don’t get the design. Is the… Read More

  • Back to School: Prepping your gadgets for a new year

    Back to School: Prepping your gadgets for a new year

    After 3 months of fun in the sun, it’s easy to forget just how much easier gadgets can make your life once class time rolls around. Unfortunately, it seems like the more useful they are, they heavier a beating they take. With each new year comes new people, new parties, and new opportunities for your gadget to disappear or get busted into a million pieces. We here at CrunchGear love… Read More

  • Epson 1080p PowerLite Home Cinema 6100

    Epson 1080p PowerLite Home Cinema 6100

    Today Epson announced a new sub-$2000 projector. The 3LCD 1080p front projector provides full 1920 x 1080 progressive high definition resolution. Using Epson’s latest-generation D7 high definition resolution LCD technology, the Home Cinema 6100 provides an improved 18,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio delivering brighter and more accurate whites and darker blacks. The projector will be… Read More

  • New Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 7100 and 7500 UB Projectors

    New Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 7100 and 7500 UB Projectors

    Epson’s two new top-of the-line projectors, the Pro Cinema 7100 and 7500 UB were announced today at CEDIA 2008. Both feature true 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution and use 3LCD chips with D7 technology to deliver substantially higher contrast and brightness. The Pro Cinema 7100 has an 18,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, while the Pro Cinema 7500 UB has brighter whites and darker blacks… Read More

  • Microsoft commercial with Bill Gates, Jerry Seinfeld

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=microsoft.flv Here’s that commercial we told you about earlier – the first in the series of ads for Microsoft’s $300 million campaign to help prop up Windows Vista. I just grabbed it off my TV while watching the Giants/Redskins game. While this ad doesn’t really tell us anything about Microsoft or its products, it does… Read More

  • JBL makes speakers wireless, pretty

    JBL makes speakers wireless, pretty

    Once again, friends, into the breach. JBL has just released some speakers, a wireless subwoofer kit, and a wireless speaker kit that will have you singing in the aisles of your local Best Buy when they’re finally launched. The WEM-1 is a wireless speaker kit for $359 and is available in September. The subwoofers, ES250PW and ES150PW cost $729 and $599 respectively include a little… Read More

  • Infinity releases wireless subwoofer and high end speakers for the wireless subwoofer and high end speaker loving set

    Infinity has released the Prelude Forty speakers – $6,000 each, natch – and a wireless subwoofer line that starts a $549. The PSW310W costs $1,199. The subwoofers include a compact transmitter and can be placed anywhere in the room. The speakers, obviously, use ceramics, metals, and all kinds of audio mumbo-jumbo to make noises that are clearly worth $6,000 each. All models are… Read More

  • Microsoft Ads: First Phase To "Engage Consumers, Spark Conversation"

    So the tech and geek crowd is a little underwhelmed by the new $300 million Microsoft advertising campaign featuring Jerry Seinfeld that kicked off tonight. It’s mostly content free, with just one mention of Microsoft near the end. It’s a far cry from the brilliant Microsoft v. mac ads that Apple has run over the years. So what’s the deal? In an email we’ve obtained… Read More

  • Back to School: Booze

    Back to School: Booze

    Ok, you’re supposed to be a grownup now. What are doing still drinking that Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill? In fact, what were you doing drinking that ever? You should be ashamed of yourself. You probably clicked on this link thinking you would get some good booze advice. Well, you were right and you were wrong. Instead of telling you what to drink, I’m going to tell you what… Read More

  • Secretive Storage Company Dropbox Took Sequoia Funding in 2007

    Dropbox is one of those infuriating startups that just won’t show us much of what they’re up to beyond the basic user experience (see video). We first saw them at Y Combinator demo day in August 2007, and talked to them again in March when they went into private beta. It looks like Sequoia was on them fast though. Last September, we’ve learned, the company raised a small… Read More

  • Integra rolls out the surprisingly affordable DBS-6.9 Blu-ray player

    Integra rolls out the surprisingly affordable DBS-6.9 Blu-ray player

    Integra tends to put out very nice, abet pricey AV equipment, so the CE companies first Blu-ray players low price surprised the CEDIA out of me. According to one of their product minions, the DBS-6.9 is going to hit all Integra distribution channels for $599. Expect the normal Blu-ray tech of HDMI 1.3a output, bitstream compatibility, and unfortunately Profile 1.1. Sorry, no BD Live… Read More

  • NVIDIA and AMD are the Hummers of the tech industry

    NVIDIA and AMD are the Hummers of the tech industry

    While the world oohs and ahhs to tiny laptops and green benchmarks, there is a sort of blind eye turned to the excesses of extreme gamers. This interesting article points out that as everyone else is going lighter, smaller, and more efficient, video cards are getting bigger, guzzling power, and even multiplying themselves. A cutting edge card will draw nearly 300W at maximum, which is what we… Read More

  • Wixi's Media-Centric Social Webtop Launches To The Public

    Wixi's Media-Centric Social Webtop Launches To The Public

    Wixi, the social filesharing network that debuted at TechCrunch40, has finally been released to the public. The site offers a media-centric virtual desktop that allows users to play their media files from any computer that supports Flash, and also serves as a service for file sharing between friends. Any users that sign up by October 1 will get unlimited storage for life, while members… Read More

  • Calacanis, Arrington Talk TechCrunch50 On TechTicker

    TechTicker’s Sarah Lacy interviewed Jason Calacanis and Michael Arrington about the upcoming TechCrunch50 conference. The first two segments are up. In the first segment, Lacy talks to the two about the origins of the conference and why they are so determined to end payola in tech events: “The conference is back on Sept. 8 and now dubbed TechCrunch50 for the 52 companies debuting… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch: live pics of the $1,199 Profile 1.1 Yamaha Blu-ray player

    I don’t get it. A ‘new’ $1,199 Blu-ray player that doesn’t support the latest Blu-ray standard. The player leaked out a few weeks ago, so there really isn’t anything here but some gadget pr0n. It might look nice, but without BD Live, who in their right mind will buy it? Read More

  • CablesToGo offers USB to VGA kit

    CablesToGo offers USB to VGA kit

    The USB to VGA Adapter Kit from CablesToGo uses Ultra-Wide Band technology to transmit VGA video over wirelessly over USB to a VGA out port to a television. You can connect a PC to one end and then transmit the 720p video to a television up to 30 feet away. No pricing, it seems, but makes a nice addition to the wireless USB to VGA Pantheon currently populated by IOGEAR. Read More

  • Hands-on with Nyko's Wing Wii controller and Mega Man 9

    Hands-on with Nyko's Wing Wii controller and Mega Man 9

    I’m here in San Francisco today, eating delicious appetizers and playing Mega Man 9. Jealous? I thought so. I’ve also put my sweaty fingerprints all over their shiny new Wings, the wireless controller that Nyko is hoping will take the place of many gamers’ Wii classic controllers. Read on for impressions and more pictures, including Mega Man 9‘s title screen. Read More

  • Spore reviews are in, Editor's Choice awards all-around

    I may not understand the appeal of Spore but our very own Greglet (Greg Kumparak) had this to say, No matter what anyone says, Spore will be successful. It’ll sell a shit ton of copies, and eat thousands upon thousands of hours that would be better focused on the real world. Gaming editors around the country seem to agree and have given the EA title favorable scores. IGN’s Jason… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Toshiba XDE upconverting DVD player

    CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Toshiba XDE upconverting DVD player

    Once upon a time, there was a high definition format called HD DVD. Now, HD DVD was developed by a company called Toshiba, and that company put its heart and soul into this format. Evenutally though, the format died off by the big blu-ray monster. Toshiba was very sad and didn’t want anything to do with the winning format. So do you know what they did? They developed the XDE-E500… Read More

  • First Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld Advertisement. Where's The Microsoft?

    Those Jerry Seinfeld Microsoft advertisements started today. CrunchGear’s Doug Aamoth recorded the first ad during the Giants/Redskins game and put it up on the site. This is reportedly a $300 million ad spend. Seinfeld gets $10 million. It’s a cute and cuddly situation comedy about shoes. Has a couple of moments. No mention of Microsoft or Windows other than “are they… Read More

  • Super-slim Procision LCD HDTVs from JVC

    Super-slim Procision LCD HDTVs from JVC


    Last JVC post of the day, folks. Complementing the earlier Procision series LCDs we have a 42- (LT-42SL89) and 46-inch (LT-46SL89) models that measure 1.5-inches in width with a max depth of 2.9-inches. Both sets offer full HD resolution and weigh only 26.4 pounds. The super-slim Procision models are available now for $1,899.99 and $2,399.99, respectively. Read More

  • Belkin FlyWire Transmitter: Transmits HD from anywhere

    Belkin FlyWire Transmitter: Transmits HD from anywhere

    The FlyWire is an HD streamer that sends 1080p content to any TV, anywhere, from an HD source. Built-in IR blasters allow you to send control signals to any CE device including Blu-Ray players and receivers. It basically lets you send HD video to a TV mounted on a wall without requiring you to rewire your entire house. Belkin FlyWire™ Offers Faster, Easier, and More Installations to… Read More

  • Sony a900 leaked in Danish magazine: Is it a leak if it's in a Danish magazine?

    Sony a900 leaked in Danish magazine: Is it a leak if it's in a Danish magazine?

    It’s kind of hard to figure out what’s a leak anymore. With PR companies essentially failing to enforce embargoes and paranoid manufacturers trying to keep their precious out of your hands while simultaneously publishing something like the a900 in a magazine staffed by poorly-paid Danish print journalists who have no qualms about publishing the heck out of something just to get… Read More

  • Back to School: Welcome to cooking

    Back to School: Welcome to cooking

    Well, look at that. Off to college and suddenly it’s time to learn how to (theoretically) fend for yourself. You can’t fill up on nasty food court or cafeteria items all the time, but luckily it’s really not hard to cook up some down-home vittles right from your dorm or (hopefully) your first apartment. Here are some basics that you’ll need to get you through mealtime. Read More

  • Apple files multi-touch gaze/touch patent

    Apple files multi-touch gaze/touch patent

    A patent filing by Apple shows some sort of strange gaze/touch combination designed to add voice and gaze detection to a standard UI. This looks like it works best for media interaction – you can touch both ends of a photo, for example, and expand and contract the image as needed. You can then pick another one with your eyes and then change the image, add text, or modify colors just… Read More

  • Rock Band update hitting Xbox 360 today, PS3 soon

    Rock Band update hitting Xbox 360 today, PS3 soon

    Looks like an update for Rock Band will be available for Xbox 360 owners today. The PS3 update “will follow and we’ll let you know when we have an idea when it will drop,” according to Harmonix. The patch fixes some scoring wonkinesss and, perhaps more importantly, will allow you to export your Rock Band songs to Rock Band 2. It was unclear which songs would NOT be able to… Read More