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  • Nvidia Takes On ATI's Mobile Business With PortalPlayer Purchase


    I do so love a bit of healthy competition. Nvidia announced today it will purchase chip-maker PortalPlayer for $357 million. PortalPlayer, which supplied Apple chips for its iPods up until this April when Apple switched suppliers, specializes in high-performance system-on-chip (SoC) technology designed for use in mobile media players. With Nvidia’s graphics know-how and… Read More

  • Intec Power AC Adapter Xbox 360

    If you’re worried about your Xbox 360 overheating and then erupting into a fiery inferno that then consumes all of your worldly possessions, including your grandfather’s favorite wooden leg, then take a look at the Xbox 360 Power AC Adapter from Intec. Unlike the mammoth brick that comes stock with 360s, this adapter includes a fan that is said to keep it from blazing. It also… Read More

  • Nikon D40: Affordable DSLR?

    Well here’s one that caught me by surprise, the Nikon D40. Apparently this unit is an affordable addition Nikon’s popular line of DSLR cameras. All that’s really confirmed at this point is that it has 6.1-megapixels, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, three AF points, three metering modes and, of course, USB 2.0. You can also probably expect that body to be plastic, rather than fancy metal. Read More

  • Snap Circuits: For the Kiddies


    When I was a kid, I had something similar to this, but I got it at a garage sale. Since it was secondhand, it was missing parts. I remember flipping through the instruction manual hoping to build stuff and seeing the previous owners’ notes in the margins, but being unable to complete the projects myself because, while they remembered to include the manual, they forgot to include all… Read More

  • Sanyo's New 42-Inch LCD Can Brave the Elements


    The Sanyo CE42LM4WPR is a 42-inch LCD display that bears at least one major difference from its brethren: it’s weatherproof. That’s right, the CE42LM4WPR has an IP56 weather-resistant certification, meaning it can withstand various outdoor hazards that typical electronics don’t find agreeable. Not only can it stand up to humidity, it can deal with blasts from “strong… Read More

  • How to Get Yourself Some Wii

    Wiiloaded takes a very, very close look at where you can potentially think about seeing a Wii before they are completely and unavoidably sold out. Gamestop and EB Games are right out, but Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R’ Us, and, interestingly, Costco/Sam’s Club are probably your best bet. If you intend to camp out then remember to bring a blankie, some money, and no self-respect. After… Read More

  • Spybot Search and Destroy Destroys Tablet PCs: Can You Blame It?

    , an anti-spyware application, that it is dealing with some hard core spyware. The resulting fix disables most of the tablet buttons and locks out the pen settings icon in the system tray. You can restore to a previous time after running SS&D, but why would you? Just buy a keyboard and mouse, prop the Tablet against the door, and pretend you own a very slim desktop PC. Spybot Search… Read More

  • Top Ten Things to Improve in OS X Leopard

    While most of these are fairly esoteric, TUAW has some good ideas for making OS X even better than the average bear. For example: Removing applications – and all their baggage: Deleting (or “uninstalling”) an app on Mac OS X is easy: you just move it to the trash. But what about all the extra data apps create when you use them (databases, media libraries, etc.)? Because… Read More

  • Windows 3.11 Is Alive

    This is a serious oldie, but it just appeared on the Diggdar, so we’ll give it a little airtime. Just look at 2006 Google showing up on 1989 Windows 3.11. Beautiful. A bit long, but go ahead and grab a Crystal Pepsi and rock out. Read More

  • Cingular 8525 Hands On


    If you read my 10 Things I Hate About Smartphones post last week, you’d discover that I hate Windows Mobile and that, even though they run Windows Mobile, I love HTC. So with that piece of cognitive dissonance in mind, I present my review of the Cingular 8525 aka the Hermes, a Windows Mobile Pocket PC smartphone with fold out QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen. It costs $399 with contract. Read More

  • Wii Inventory Locator

    If you’re like me, you skimped on preordering a Wii, but now you’re starting to feel doubt about whether or not you’ll be able to get a console in some agreeable time frame. Well, reader Chris Lambert wrote in to say that he’s developed a mashup based on the Wii inventory numbers Target released. The numbers are supposed to be relatively accurate, so check it out, it… Read More

  • Weekly Crunch: Robot Survey Edition

    Here’s a recap of last week’s news: Survey!
    Lexar JumpDrive Mercury: Awesomest JumpDrive Mercury Ever
    All Your Base Are Belong To U-ROBO
    Asus W6 and S6 Leather Laptops
    Good Morning, Starshine: The Wake-Up Light Read More

  • Palm, Samsung to Drop Surprise QWERTY Fun for Xmas (With Cingular Rebates)!

    Cash back bonanza holy moly! We’ve got two scoops in one, all based on a flickr screen grab. Sometimes Cingular auto-tragically publishes stuff it don’t mean to. Oops, Cingular! We found this graphic on flickr. Cingular, the orange fan of all things with the words “Treo” and “GSM,” is set to launch not just the anticipated Treo 680 this winter, but also… Read More

  • Cingular Revamps Biz Site: Treo 680 Culprit?

    , we notice that Cingular’s website (at least the business end) keeps going down. Then up. Is this a ripple-effect of the imminent Treo Launch? Or something else altogether? We have no idea here at CrunchGear Central. We did, however, notice that a new marketing loop plays from time-to-time on the main business website, featuring highlighting of the word “now.” This falls in… Read More

  • White Chocolate Now Available via Verizon

    the white version of the popular LG Chocolate. The music-phone, which is a straight shot at the Apple iPod and the Sony-Ericsson Walkman phones from Cingular, is known for its light-up, touch-sensative buttons. Now, that’s a lot of hyphens so I hope you were paying attention, because this phone is cute. It’s a Nano-looking (edit: Hickey is hyphen-crazy) MP3 player that slides into… Read More

  • Brando MP4 Watch


    This big and clunky watch from Brando is actually capable of playing MP3s and WMV or MP4 video. It has 1GB of on-board memory and a 128 x 128 pixel screen capable of displaying 65k colors. There is also a built in mic for voice recording. I can’t wear watches because they make me feel claustrophobic (the world is closing in!—on my wrist), but if you’re in the market for a… Read More

  • Kotaku Kidz: Suffer the Little PS3-Loving Children

    Kids + PS3 = Proof that We Over 25s are Dinosaurs. Brian Crecente’s kid picked up the PS3’s SIXAXIS controller and immediately figured it out. It took me four weeks to figure out those ketchup bottles with the big tops are supposed to go cap side down. Clips: My Son Masters the Sixaxis [Kotaku] Read More

  • Preorder Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

    Now that your Xbox 360 can support 1080p (if it isn’t broken that is), it’s time to get that nifty Xbox 360 HD DVD Player for “true high definition” resolution. You can preorder the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player on Amazon for $199, and it will be shipped to you when released on November 7. You’ll probably be able to pickup one of these when you walk into any store… Read More

  • Hands on With the Nintendo Wii

    Here we see the Wii in all her glory. I’m going to commit fanboyicide here, but the graphics were very muddy on these units, reminding me more of the original Playstation than a 2006 console. The gameplay, obviously, is the draw, but I’m withholding praise until i see some good launch titles. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Tornado Edition

    A whirlwind of stories caught our attention recently: Vadim Releases Quad-Core PC With Dual GeForce 8800GTX Graphic Cards
    OSIM iGallop, Get Fit and Look Like a Jackass
    Asus Releases Lamborghini Laptop
    Zune Reviewed
    Lexar JumpDrive Mercury: Awesomest JumpDrive Mercury Ever Read More