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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Unlocked Treo 680 Surfaces on Amazon; Disappears

    Palm Treo 680 available for pre-order on Amazon for $413, with a shipment time of 1-2 weeks. Before we could finish getting this post up, however, the item switched to “not available” on the website, something fairly telling. It’s worthy to note that the version Amazon had ready for you when it was a pre-order item was the unlocked GSM version, not the all-but-official… Read More

  • Dual Wireless DVD Player for Lovers, Kids

    If you’re lonely, don’t read any further. This product isn’t for you “live at home in Mom’s basement kind of geeks” like Vince. No, this device is for couples, people in love. You might have seen them on your TV. Maybe you pine about being part of one. Maybe you are, but that would really be weird. Anyway, the dual-audio out on this portable DVD player… Read More

  • Next Gen Console Review: You, Me, and PS3

    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 this week. Here is his take on the next gen consoles that you crave. Sony has won the last two rounds, but recently Atari founder Nolan Bushnell said he felt it was just a fluke, while others have said that Nintendo and SEGA were so focused on doing more of… Read More

  • Pink, Orange Zunes On the Horizon Plus Next Gen Specs

    No sooner are we welcomed to the social that a little bird tells us that orange and pink first gen Zunes might be ready for us all around the holidays AND that one-point-five gen Zune specs are finalized and that there are prototypes circulating at Zune-quarters in Seattle. The new colors are already in the grimey hands of those who worked on the Zune project. The new models will be the same… Read More

  • Pinnacle Announces PCTV To Go: Be Afraid Slingbox

    Looks like Pinnacle has caught a case of the ol’ Slingbox bug that’s going around. They’ve just announced that in late November for $249, you’ll be able to purchase PCTV To Go. This new product stays true to their popular PCTV line of products by allowing consumers to watch TV on their PC via their wireless network, integration with Windows XP Media Center Edition… Read More

  • 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