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  • Micro Center Tries Its Luck With An Xbox 360 Special


    If you’re one of the cranky millions (me included) that got hosed by Amazon and its $100 Xbox 360 Core system special on Thanksgiving, then you’ll want to go to your local Micro Center store. The computer-and-electronics superstore is offering a $100 rebate on in-store purchases of any Microsoft Xbox 360 system throughout the holidays. Best of all, the rebate is good for either… Read More

  • Mac Tablet In The Works? Possible 2007 Release

    What would Monday be without another Apple rumor? This time there is speculation that Apple is looking to make a tablet PC with a docking station. In fact, Apple already has a working prototype and is preparing talks with three different Taiwanese manufacturers to produce the tablet. Amazing how some people have so much detail from sources and yet, fail to snap a single picture of this… Read More

  • Wii Works With Candles

    Let me take a moment to say that I was wrong about the Wii. Joel Johnson and my buddy Paul brought all their Wii games to my house on Friday and we had a blast playing the titles — maybe everything except Madden. We were also discussing how to create a DIY sensor bar and it appears all you have to do is go to Ikea and get a candelabra because any regular light source, including candles… Read More

  • MAKE Offers Open Source Gift Guide To The Masses

    is one of the cooler items on the guide, but you’ll find stuff like Ubuntu Linux with tech-support, the x0xb0x (which is a homemade improvement on the popular Roland TB-303 bass machine – techno junkies will LOVE this), and robot kits that will keep any five-year-old entertained for hours. They even have some freebies on the list too, like the open-source music player firmware… Read More

  • Nike C.O.R.E. Audio iPod Backpack: Party Like It's 1991

    If you have an iPod and frequently trek around with a bunch of crap in a backpack, you’re in luck: Nike realized that by partnering with Apple and offering products that integrate with the iPod is a good move. So they’ve released the Nike C.O.R.E. Audio iPod Backpack. For $85, you get a backpack that looks like it’s straight out of a 1991 episode of MTV’s The Real… Read More

  • JVC Announces Dual-Mode Noise Canceling Headphones

    If you’re going to be flying this holiday, you may want to grab a pair of the recently released JVC HA-NC80 Headphones, as they’re “suited for travel.” These over-the-ear style headphones can give you all the protection you need from your mother-in-law with up to 75 percent noise reduction with two separate modes of noise cancellation. This is where stuff gets… Read More

  • Weekly Crunch: UK Clay Edition

    Mac Talk Pretty One Day: How to Make Speech Recognition Useful
    Nikon D40 Hands-on
    Crooks Nab $1.5m In Xbox 360s In The UK
    Dash Detox Contest Vote-Off 2.0 Update
    Giving Thanks Giveaway Winner Read More

  • Nikon D40 Hands-on

    DSLRs take sharper stills, but their price, size and overflow of features tend to scare Average Joes back to the compacts. The 6-megapixel D40, Nikon’s training wheel DSLR, tries its best to cut back on the scare factor, hopefully easing people into a lifetime of dropping Benjamins on pricey lenses. It hits shelves in December, but we’ve been playing around with it for a few days. Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson Looking To Take On Mobile And Broadband TV

    Sony-Ericsson is looking to move past the cellphone market and into new ground for them: mobile and broadband TV. The cellphone giant is now looking to help put content on consumers’ screens within the next two years. Ericsson’s Per Nordlof says he envisions about 30 percent of cellphone users watching programs on their phones and that “within two years”; a mass market… Read More

  • E-mail Turns 35, Viagra $2, Xanax $8 Anytime U Want

    Well looks like we had another occasion to celebrate this weekend other than watching football and eating turkey: E-mail’s birthday! E-mail turned 35 this weekend and to celebrate, we’re not going to clean out our SPAM folder for a day. How is e-mail 35 you ask? Back in 1971, a programmer named Ray Tomlinson was messing around with an idea and eventually sent the first e-mail message. Read More

  • Zune: Sucking Wind?

    cred. That said, the Windy City Roller Andy Ihnatko writes: After that, it’s nothing more than a bookmark for purchasing the track in the Zune Marketplace. It amounts to nothing more than free advertising. The Zune is a complete, humiliating failure. Toshiba’s Gigabeat player, for example, is far more versatile, it has none of the Zune’s limitations, and Amazon sells the… Read More

  • Giving Thanks Giveaway Winner

    Happy post-Turkey Day! Proporta makes cases and accessories for portable devices. They’ve been kind enough to offer a nice accessory package for one of our lucky readers and that lucky reader is Burt, late of Gmail way. Burt – check your email and spam box and drop us a line @ contest at crunchgear dot com. Again, thanks for entering and thanks to Proporta for hooking us… Read More

  • Helio Drift: Don't Call it a White Slider Phone from Samsung

    According to our special friends at Gizmodo, there are only ten white Drifts in all the land — but that doesn’t mean we and everyone else shouldn’t get a few as well. I’ve always been a MVNO-hater, but I really see the value in the Drift. This is a focused, software heavy phone with enough user-friendly features to be dangerous. Ignore all the MySpace claptrap… Read More

  • Wii Modded

    Here we see a young man hacking, nay, stealing from the makers of the Nintendo Wii. We cannot condone this behavior, but if anyone knows what they did to pull it off, please let us know. Read More

  • CrunchGear Spends Turkey Day with Treo 680

    With the exception of the Zune, few devices this holiday season have had as many rumors, conjecture, spy shots, leaked stats and hyperbole than the Palm Treo 680. What started out as a hand held known only as “Hollywood,” the 680 is today Cingular’s newest smartphone and Palm’s (and, some say, the industry’s) first attempt at making a full-featured smartphone… Read More

  • Congress Allows Orgy Between T-Mo’s Zeta-Jones, Cingular’s Jack

    Those of you who use a GSM-based provider in the best goddamned country in the world (hint: U.S.A.) should rejoice, as Congress has ruled that it’s OK to get your cellphone unlocked so you can use it with a competing provider. Those of you with T-Mobile are probably yawning and going “Yeah yeah…T-Mobile has been letting us unlock our phones once every 90 days dude.”… Read More

  • LG Chocolate Becomes Red Licorice, Green Jello

    Damn LG, it must feel good to be a gangsta! After the success of LG’s popular Chocolate phone, it was released in white. Now, just in time for Christmas the holidays, comes the LG Chocolate in Red and Mint Green. The red looks decent but the green color is absolutely atrocious. All the features are exactly the same as the previous versions of the Chocolate, so don’t get your hopes… Read More

  • Battle Test: Trolltech Qtopia Greenphone


    Earlier this year, Trolltech announced it’d be releasing a cell phone to the public that would assist developers writing software for its Qtopia platform. Dubbed the “Greenphone,” this phone is more like a PDA that can make calls on the side. Equipped with Qtopia Phone Edition and running a Linux kernel at the base of everything, this is a powerful phone really marketed… Read More

  • Sprint Gets Slim While We Get Fat

    After turkey, booze, and uncle Doug’s Prez Bush impressions, our favorite part of thnksgvng is by far the mammoth stack of Black Friday ads that accompany the daily paper of your choice. If you were eagle-eyed enough, you may have noticed some retailers offering a new phone from Sprint that might make you forget gluttony for a few moments. Sprint is billing it as the thinnest flip phone… Read More

  • Crooks Nab $1.5m In Xbox 360s In The UK

    Nothing like a good ol’ heist in the UK just in time for the holidays. It appears that a couple of men have robbed a trailer with about $1.5 million in Xbox 360s somewhere in Staffordshire, UK. That just adds insult to injury after another trailer was robbed of about $500,000 in units earlier in the week. Not only did the robbers jack the truck, they beat the ass of the dude driving… Read More