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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • AMD 4×4 Platform Ain't Cheap

    At a company event in Munich, AMD finally released some information about its new 4×4 platform. Launching November 14, there will be three separate processors: The 2.6 GHz FX-72, 2.8GHz FX- 74 and 3.0GHz FX-76. AMD also talked about the price points of the new platform, stating that entry-level chips will be starting around $1000. It looks like the days of a high-end gaming PC selling… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 Media Playback Problems

    While the rest of us have to camp out in the cold for a few days to get a PlayStation 3 next week, the hippies over at Gizmodo got their hands on a console and tested out its media playback compatibilities. Photo wise, it looks like PS3 can only do JPG files. Music wise, the PS3 can playback ATRAC, MP3, AAC, MPEG-4 and Sony’s own music format. Gizmodo had some trouble getting the PS3 to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Bullet Train Beach Edition

    Here are some of Friday’s big stories, including a new CrunchGear contest! All Aboard The Wii Train
    Computer Beach Party
    ScottEVest Secret Sale
    GlobalStar GSP-1700: Not Your Parent’s Satellite Phone
    Seattle Readers! Show Us Love and You Could Win: A Zune! A Belkin Case! And Tickets for Secret Machines + Blonde Redhead! And Breakfast with Secret Machines! Read More

  • Not in Seattle? Still Want a Zune? No Problem. Beg.

    So if you don’t live in Seattle, or can’t reasonably be there by Monday morning, don’t fret, we’ve got your back. In addition to our Super Zune Sweepstakes thing, we have one Zune and one Belkin Folio Kickstand Case for Zune to give away to anyone in the States. Winning is simple. All you have to do is beg. That’s right, beg. Send us an email begging for a… Read More

  • Amazon to Sell Xbox 360 for $100

    Rumor has it that Amazon will soon be selling an Xbox 360 bundle for $100. This would be a significant markdown, as the regular Core System goes for $299.99, while the Premium Package goes for $399.99. The holiday promotion package is said to include the Xbox 360 Core System and possibly other accessories. Perhaps Amazon will be pairing Core Systems with 20GB hard drives in order to make room… Read More

  • Sony NW-S705 Actually Worth Checking Out


    Sony, for however much I love its designs, has remained at the bottom of the digital-audio-player heap, at least in this country. And Sony probably doesn’t deserve to have a hit of any kind at this point, but I’m kind of excited about the NW-S705 after reading the CNET Asia review of it. The 2GB Network Walkman is of course shiny and pretty with an OLED screen with a… Read More

  • Live Nintendo Wii Demo

    If you haven’t yet gotten a chance to check out a Nintendo Wii in action, now is the time to get to it! With the console releasing next Sunday, you’re probably wondering if it’ll live up to all the hype. GameSpot is doing a live hands-on demonstration of the Nintendo Wii. And yes, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will be featured prominently. So check it out! Live Nintendo… Read More

  • All Aboard The Wii Train

    The above Nintendo Wii peripheral is a new controller that goes with Taito’s train simulation game. We haven’t heard too much about this game, so we can’t say if the controller will have any kind of motion sensing capabilities, though, I hope it does. The controller carries the same clean look of the Nintendo DS-Lite (which is cool), and you can’t help but like the… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 Launch In Japan

    In Japan, the masses have formed for the launch of the Sony PlayStation 3. Keep in mind Japan only has 80,000 PS3 units available for gamers, so it looks like there are going to be a many, many disappointed Japanese gamers. Gamers are also sitting outside of stores that have posted signs saying that they’re sold out of PlayStation 3 consoles—now that is some serious dedication… Read More

  • Cell Phone Detox Contest: Day 03

    Well it’s day three of Biggsies’ cell phone detox, and he seems to have taken a turn for the worse. He’s got a fever of 103 and he’s downing Nyquil (during the day!) in a futile attempt to induce a coma and sleep his way through the remaining 27 days. If you think all that sounds fun, you’re in luck, because you can join in from home. Simply hop on your web cam… Read More

  • Something In Seattle

    Do you like Hasslehoff? Of course you like Hasslehoff. Everyone loves him, especially after his cameo in Borat. We can tell you now that the thing we can’t tell you about has something to do with Hasslehoff being in Seattle. And some Seattle people. And their digital cameras. Intrigued yet? You should be. Keep your Monday open, friends. Play hooky if you have to. Work is not nearly… Read More

  • Monster Central Home Theater and Lighting Controller 300


    After seeing this uber-remote control, I feel inadequate. The Monster Central 300, from Monster Cable, features the company’s OmniLink system that consists of an “RF-to-IR bridge and IR blaster system transmits commands through walls and floors throughout the house for whole-home control for multiple systems.” (That sounds fun.) It’ll also give you control of… Read More

  • Motorola Buys Good Technology


    So, just like the headline reads, Motorola picked up privately held Good Technology, makers of wireless messaging, data access and handheld security solutions. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed, but the acquisition, which is subject to regulatory and other customary conditions, isn’t expected to close till early 2007. Motorola says it made the buy in an attempt to advance… Read More

  • Computer Beach Party


    Oh. My. God. This has to be the best movie ever. According to the box it involves teens “Using their hardware to attract software, they have created a whole new version of The Data Game!” and the big finale involves death metal and the PC Jr. Sweet mother of PET: has anyone seen this movie? Can you give us a recap? Describe when/how/why you viewed it? Product Page [Amazon via Wired] Read More

  • ScottEVest Secret Sale

    I’m a fan of SeV stuff. Scott essentially makes clothing with lots of pockets for carrying almost anything imaginable. I have one of his jackets, for example, and I’ve carried bottles of J&B Whiskey and laptops without making myself too conspicuous. That said, pop on over to his newly redesigned site and enter the coupon code SITEYES if you like his new site or SITENO if… Read More

  • Altec Lansing FX5051 5.1 Speakers Crank Good Sound Via USB


    EverythingUSB has a full review posted of Altec Lansing’s FX5051 5.1-channel speakers, which promise to provide full surround sound over a single USB-port connection. The reviewer was “quite pleased with the FX5051’s performance” and was overall impressed with the complete package including design and setup. Also, he notes that despite Altec Lansing stating no support… Read More

  • Polywell Poly i680SLI Reviewed

    , they feature multiple graphics cards and processors forged in the the very bowels of Hell herself. That said, meet the devil’s right hand. The Polywell i680SLI, made by one of the better-known tweaker’s PC manufacturers, has a quad core CPU and 10,000-rpm drives and runs nVidia’s GeForce 8800TX graphics card, the latest in the land. While this PC is definitely aimed at… Read More

  • Belkin, NetGear Skype Phone Test: Two Phones Enter, One Phone Leaves

    While we won’t spoil the surprise on this review, I can say from experience that the Netgear phone is really nice and works extremely well in almost any WiFi environment. Clearly this tips the Laptop hand but both these Skype phones are extremely compact, extremely useful, and very cool. Now slap some Skype into my cellphone, guys, and I will love you forever. Skype Face Off: Belkin vs. Read More

  • Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive Unveiling

    Kotaku got their hands on a HD-DVD and a few titles and apparently they’re going to way for Britney Rears 5: K-Flo Comes Home in HD-DVD before he tries it out. This, if you didn’t notice, is the first major shot fired in the HD wars this year. The noise about the Samsung/Toshiba versions were just the coda. This is the real deal. If this takes off – and it probably will… Read More

  • Battle Test: Logitech diNovo Edge

    Logitech’s diNovo series is intended for more aesthetically minded consumers. The series found success a couple of years ago with the release of the diNovo Media Desktop, a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard combo that had a separate keypad that could serve as a sort of remote. This year Logitech has decided to revisit the series and give it an Edge, a diNovo Edge, that is. The Logitech… Read More