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  • Samsung SGH-F500: Damn That's Hot


    Yesterday at the ITU Telecom 2006 show in Hong Kong Samsung showed off the SGH-F500, or Ultra Video, as the first handset to have native support for DivX. Yep, it’s a freakin’ phone. Pretty unlikely it’ll show up in the states anytime soon or ever, and we don’t usually report on such things, but it’s such a crazy design I wanted to make sure you all got a good… Read More

  • Give Me HD DVD or Death

    I’m extremely skeptical about grassroots organizations pushing one standard over another, especially when they’re adamant about it and want to start a petition, but whatever. Let’s put the Internet hive mind to the test and take a close look at HDNowOnline, led by Edward Downer. Essentially Eddie wants HD DVD to win and is posting petitions all over the place to get folks… Read More

  • Big PS3 Firmware Update Coming in… March?


    Sony Europe VP Paul Holman, said to Australian website Smarthouse that the PlayStation 3 European launch will be accompanied by a major firmware update. Holman said that the update will include new features and gaming capabilities. No word on what the features will be, but hopefully major issues such a resolution errors and playback of PSOne and PS2 titles will be resolved long before then. Read More

  • Toshiba Hits 100GB Mark With 1.8-Inch Hard Drives


    OK, raise your hand if you’d like more storage in your mobile devices e.g. your MP3 player, PMP, PDA (you’re still using a PDA?), UMPC (if you’re one of the five people that bought one) or your ultra-mobile laptop. Well thank goodness there are companies like Toshiba out there increasing the storage capacity of 1.8-inch hard disk drives to 100GB. Based on perpendicular… Read More

  • Halo 3 Teaser Commercial

    This aired last night and wow does it look cool. Master Chief with no helmet and reminiscing about the past. Him using a new shield before jumping into a throng of baddies to commit all sorts of badassery. Kind of gives me chills down my spine. I want this now. Edit: Well we can’t seem to post this video directly on the site because it makes wordpress want to explode, but you can view… Read More

  • Microsoft Trying To Get Windows On OLPC

    The boys in Redmond got sent a few OLPC test models recently and are trying to get Windows up and running on them. Though the article points out that “the OLPC has 512MB of flash memory and Windows XP requires 1.5GB minimum”, Microsoft may not be trying to get Windows XP on the OLPC. Microsoft has multiple OS solutions for all sorts of devices on the market and I doubt… Read More

  • Use MS Office On A Mac? You’re About To Get Screwed

    As you may or may not know, Microsoft has launched Office 2007. The suite is a vast improvement over previous versions and now uses new file formats for when you save a Word (.docx), Excel (.xlsx), or Powerpoint (.pptx) document. Dubbed “Microsoft Office Open XML Formats”, these new file types don’t seem to be working in Mac OS X. Trying to open a document in Word 2004 for OS… Read More

  • Zune Drops To 5th Place, Hangs Out With Mickey

    Looks like Microsoft’s Zune isn’t doing too well right now. In only the 2nd week of sales, the player has dropped from 2nd place to 5th place in terms of market share. Kind of sad. NYC marketing firm NPD says that Microsoft had 2.1% of the market share for the week of November 25th. The Zune is selling and isn’t what you’d call a total bomb or anything like that… Read More

  • How to Download TiVo Content to Macs

    Get Boot Camp! Ha! No, seriously, folks, Dave Zatz has posted a detailed DIY on how to pull TiVo off of your machine and onto your Smackintosh. You basically begin by downloading video through TiVo’s web interface – found at https://%5Byour-tivo’s-ip-address%5D – and then coverting it and viewing it with Mplayer. First, however, you have to download and… Read More

  • Napster Dude Working On WoW Social Networking Site

    Back when pirating music was in vogue, a guy named Shawn Fanning made a little program called Napster. It enabled P2P file sharing and piracy to skyrocket in less than a year. So after Shawn sold Napster, got some cash, and got sued, he apparently sat down and got really into this game you may have heard of: World of Warcraft. Fanning is now working on a social networking site called… Read More

  • Nokia 6086 Approved By FCC

    A week or so ago, we told you about that Nokia 6086 cellphone with UMA and quad-band GSM. Originally, it was slated for a European release in early 2007. Now the 6086 has been approved by the FCC and will be heading stateside relatively soon. Apparently, T-Mobile will be getting the phone first and will offer it for around $200 sometime in 2007. Also, though the phone has UMA and the ability… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Best of 2006

    CrunchGear’s editors searched far and wide for the best gadgets of 2006. We’ve included devices from our own pages and some things we picked up over the year that made us smile. Read on for everything we loved this year. Read More

  • CNET Editor James Kim's Family Found

    As I’m sure you’ve read, CNET editor James Kim and his family disappeared while heading out on vacation to the Pacific Northwest. Late last night, the news broke that his wife and daughters had been found and appear to be just fine. Unfortunately, James is still missing, so no sighs of relief just yet. Apparently the family survived for an entire week in the Oregon wilderness… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Instruction Edition

    I-O Data HDMC-U, For the Clumsy
    Cerwin-Vega CVHD: My My, What Big Speakers You Have
    Coffee-Modding Wakes Up
    Japanese Wii Is Wiiwee Dangerous
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  • M2 Convert Winners: Day 01


    Whew. Long day, but at least it’s winding down. Now that I’ve got a minute to catch my breath, I’m going to go ahead and announce the first 10 winners to our M2 Convert Reader Response Giveaway. Annnnd the winners are: Read More

  • Japanese Wii Is Wiiwee Dangerous

    Since Japanese gamers in Japan tend to a be a little out of their minds, Nintendo has included a special instruction manual for them. The manual covers important reminders such as not using the Wiimote to hit anyone who wears glasses to not giving it any cigarettes until it is 18. Nintendo must think Japanese gamers are crazy, though, I do think it’s probably a good idea to warn them… Read More

  • Welcome David Ciccone's Latest Mobile Device, Rachel Julia Ciccone

    and a close friend of the CG team. All our best, David, Mommy, and the entire family. Product Page Read More

  • Qualcomm Sees WiFi, Bluetooth on the Menu

    Qualcomm, the company that makes the guts of many of our cellphones, has just purchased two outside companies: RF Micro Devices and Airgo. While one chip company buying others isn’t usually news, this one raised some eyebrows, as RF Micro is known for its Bluetooth chipsets and Airgo is known for its WiFi solutions. By combining the IP and tech of both of these firms, Qualcomm can make… Read More

  • Apple Rumor Convergence: The Truth is Out Where?

    with docking station. Sure, that’s fine, it’s a rumor we see more frequently than a new episode of Lost. But then another rumor comes along stating that Apple is putting the finishing touches on its thinnest portable yet, ostensibly a 12-inch widescreen MacBook even more svelte than the current lineup. That would put it in the roughly .75-inch-range or smaller. Even more, the… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Controller Mod

    The Xbox 360 wireless controller may very well be the best gaming controller I’ve ever used. The analog sticks fall right under your thumbs, the right and left triggers feel like actual triggers and the vibration isn’t disabled. There’s really no reason to take the controller apart unless, you know, you couldn’t grip the controller with both of your hands. As it turns… Read More