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  • Oakley Announces Thump Pro

    Oakley apparently didn’t get the memo that their MP3-playing sunglasses, known as the Thump, are a flop. They’re ugly, feel weird, and are costly. But lucky for us, Oakley isn’t going to let the man get them down. They’ve announced a November 17th release date for their new sunglasses, the Thump Pro. Thump Pro is designed for athletes and performance-demanding… Read More

  • Wi-Ex zBoost YX500/510 Cellphone Extender First Look: Oh Wow

    Not to sound like a jaded old hack, but I rarely get excited by anything that I see anymore. I know. I’m a jaded old hack. Anyway, the Wi-Ex zBoost Cellphone Extender was one of those things that actually made my heart race a little, so when it came I decided to pull open the box and give it a go. Read More

  • Microsoft Wants To Give You A Cookie For Zune Song Sharing

    As DRM’d and flawed as the Microsoft Zune is, the Wi-Fi song sharing ability it possesses is a cool feature, no doubt. But to up the ante a bit and make the Zune more appealing, Microsoft wants to reward users for sharing music with each other. Somewhat confirmed after J Allard spoke in Seattle this past weekend, the new feature will give Zune owners who share music points that can be… Read More

  • Hon Hai Making Up A Batch Of iPhones

    Apple is going to be pissed off when it finds out that Taiwanese manufacturer Hon Hai let it slip that they scored a contract with Apple to manufacture 12 million mobile handsets that can play music. Hmmm, sounds a lot like an iPhone to me. Hon Hai is also the supposed manufacturer of Apple’s upcoming 15-inch MacBook. So when can we expect a OS X-laden handset to be released to the masses? Read More

  • Sony KDS-R60XBR2 Reviewed: Big, Bright And Expensive


    If you were excited about the announcement that Wal-Mart has plans to offer a plasma HDTV for less than $1,000, then the Sony KDS-R60XBR2 is not for you. The $3,800 60-inch rear-projection 1080p HDTV is the feature-filled step-up to the well-received KDS-60A2000, though it has many of the same specs. According to the very, very long and obscenely thorough CNET review from Senior Editor… Read More

  • VHS Is Dead At 30


    Variety.com has a killer write-up on the death of VHS. For those of you that have never looked it up, VHS stands for Vertical Helical Scan and was developed by JVC of Japan. The 30-year-old format beat out Sony’s Betamax format as the consumer choice, changing the way we watched movies at home and hit its peak with the sale of 30 million “The Lion King” cassettes in the… Read More

  • Wii Gift Cards Hacked: Wii Next

    So before anyone has really even hacked the Nintendo Wii and done amazing things for it (like, you know, making it play DVDs or something useful), someone has come along and hacked a Wii Gift Card. See, Target is giving out these little plastic cards that are thicker than the average gift card and inside is cute circuitry ripe for the pickin’. The card has a button on the outside that… Read More

  • Cingular To Help You Blow That $13.48 In Your Bank Account

    Cingular is looking to break new ground by offering its customers the ability to do their banking via a mobile phone. Apparently Cingular is currently beta-testing this new program which would enable customers to check their account balance, transfer funds, and pay bills with their phone. However Cingular has no firm deals made with banks, which means it could be Wachovia, it could be Bank… Read More

  • Zune: Not Welcome to the Vista Social

    This info has been circulating since yesterday but CG reader James – how’s the brown Zune? Brown? – sent us this damning screenshot of the Zune wizard “Groined!” page as it appears on Windows Vista. I had this same damn problem with a version of Windows XP Professional that I don’t think I updated since the Carter administration, so this better be sorted… Read More

  • Inside EA Mobile

    CrunchGear reporter Raj Patel scored an exclusive invite to the EA Mobile studios where he discusses the present and future of mobile gaming cellphones, iPods, and beyond. Not all of us are gamers, hell, some of us haven’t even bought a gaming console since the original Nintendo. With the remaining two next gen gaming consoles releasing next week, it’s looking like it’s time… Read More

  • Candy + Video Games = WonkaZoid


    Oh wow. The new WonkaZoid is not only a colossal waste of plastic and electronics, it’s the perfect thing to keep your brats children quiet while you wander around Wal-Mart. According to the Willy Wonka Candy Factory company, the WonkaZoid are the “ultimate combination of the two things tweens love most, candy and video games.” Hand-held, refillable candy dispensers with a… Read More

  • The Dream Of A 10-Gram Camera

    DARPA is known for doing some pretty interesting stuff. Their latest endeavor is to get a shortwave infrared camera that weighs only 10-grams. A camera this small could fit on goggles, helmets, or even weapons so that US forces could have an advantage at nighttime or relay information back to their headquarters for recon. Apparently making a camera this good isn’t easy though. There are… Read More

  • Wireless Power Coming Soon? Perhaps

    I think everyone would love wireless power at this point. The fire hazard known as my “work area” is just dying to go wireless and free up some electrical sockets. Luckily, that may happen sooner than I thought. US researchers have started developing and working on a method for delivering power wirelessly. They draw on both new technologies and old ones from the likes of Nikola… Read More

  • Aven iLoupe Lets You Check Out Dorito Crumbs Up Close

    Admit it. You know you’ve always wanted a microscope with a camera so you could take pictures of absolutely disgusting stuff like bacteria swimming around in bong water. Your wait is now over because the iLoupe from Aven is going to let you do just that. This digital camera blows away other zoom features on the market with its interchangeable lenses that let you magnify from 60x up to 150x. Read More

  • Next Gen Console Review: The Good, Bad, and the Ug-Wii

    Peter Suciu, a New York-based gaming writer, got his hands on both the Wii and the PS3 and will be posting live from the launch events for CrunchGear this week. Here is his take on the next gen consoles that you crave.

    Last May at E3, Sony Computer Entertainment executive Kaz Hirai said that the next round of the console wars wouldn’t start until Sony says so. And that time has arrived… Read More

  • Sony F23: One For The Pros

    Sony is no stranger to both amateur and professional film producers. Its Betacam is a smash hit with those demanding high-quality footage and ease of use. Today Sony raised the bar with the announcement of the F23, a professional camcorder designed for serious filmmaking. The camera can shoot at 24fps in HD1080 to give ultimate clarity with that “movie” feel to the picture. Want… Read More

  • It's Not TiVo Unless It's A TiVo

    So last night TiVo had a little coming-out party for the new features it announced yesterday. The main themes were “it’s not TiVo unless it’s a TiVo,” (basically pleading with you people to stop calling your cable-box DVR a TiVo) and “it’s not TV unless it’s on a TV.” That second part is meant to get across to you that watching video on your… Read More

  • My Favorite PlayStation 3 Ad

    Finally, a Sony PlayStation 3 commercial that actually makes you want to own a PlayStation 3. The new ad talks about what the PS3 is capable of, making it my favorite PS3 ad so far. From 1080p HD picture to 50GB of data on each Blu-Ray disc, the PS3 is (hopefully) going to bring us a type of gaming experience we’ve never had before. Seeing as how the console releases in 3 days, I better… Read More

  • LG's Chocolate Platinum for GSM Clears FCC

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/EDGE successor to the Chocolate, sometimes known as the Chocolate Platinum, just cleared the dreaded and danger-fraught FCC approval process. While we think Platinum Chocolate sounds like an ingredient in Cadbury's FabergĂ© Creme Eggs, this is one dope slider. Looking like a slightly wider, yet cleaner, version of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Disc Shredding Edition

    Ferrari Does That GPS Thang
    Novint Gets VTech To Build Falcon Game Controller
    Elecom SCR-CD0001 Disc Destroyer
    ActionDVR: PVR for Your Day-to-Day
    Apple In Talks to Intro iPod Dock Connectors to Airlines Read More