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  • LightScribe Comes to the Mac

    LightScribe Comes to the Mac

    LightScribe, the CD etching mechanism used by various companies like LaCie, has finally been released for Mac. Although of seemingly limited use, the LightScribe drives can etch pictures or text onto your CDs, giving them a slightly more professional look than a Sharpie and your 8th-grade-level scrawling. Previous to this, Mac users could still use LightScribe drives, but they couldn’t… Read More

  • T3 Scooters Wants Cops To Dump Segway

    Slightly less dorky, yet simultaneously more dorky than the Segway scooter, the T3 Series scooters are looking to win the hearts and feet of cops everywhere. The T3 is a scooter with three wheels, LED system, GPS, glovebox and rechargeable battery. Its battery can be swapped out in the field in case the officer forgot to plug in last night, and costs around $1,200-$1,800 for each battery. The… Read More

  • British Flame War Becomes Violent, "Web-Rage" to Blame

    Proffering up NSFW insults in a chat room is part of being on the Internet to many people, including the editors of this publication, but “flame wars” are meant to be online, and that is all. There are few who take the remarks of the n00b on the other end of the t00bs to be anything but harmless text, but they exist. Our limey brothers from across the pond bring us this story… Read More

  • Internet Explorer 7 Vulnerability Found Within 24 Hours of Release

    Internet Explorer 7 Vulnerability Found Within 24 Hours of Release

    We’re fans of both IE and the ‘Fox here at Crunch, but you gotta hand it to Microsoft for having a browser that’s got a vulnerability within 24 hours of release. Of course, Secunia rates this one as “less critical,” and it’s likely that this vulnerability was discovered way back in beta but just never reported, but the timing really makes Microsoft look… Read More

  • Sony Feels the Burn

    Sony Feels the Burn

    Well it appears all those battery recalls and and shoddy product launches is finally catching up with Sony Corp. It announced Thursday that it was cutting its net profit forecast by 38 percent to 80 billion yen (about $676 million). Sony expects to rebound from this next spring as sales of the PS3 accelerate and user loyalty begins to march once again. I, however, am skeptical. It will be… Read More

  • Memorex Mi3500 iPod Boombox: Pricey, But Not Bad

    Sure, there are lots of iPod boomboxes on the market, and we love them all equally (not really). Take, for example, this new Mi3005 from Memorex (remember them?). Running on a handful of D batteries, this SRS WOW-enhanced, 12W, FM-Tuning, dock-sporting ghetto blaster looks more like a sci-fi prop than a stereo, but that’s OK. Its speakers are angled up, which is preferred if you put it… Read More

  • Logitech Acquires Slim Devices, Won't Stop the Music

    Logitech sure thinks this networked audio thing is a trend that will take off, given its recent acquisition of Slim Devices, which would be a great name for a geeky card shark, but is also a network music player company that emphasizes audio quality over pesky things like price. That being said, Slim Devices has quite the reputation for quality, being the manufacturer of the popular Squeezbox. Read More

  • Flash Point ShareDrives: For Sharing Mobile Data, We Think

    Ever had a file on your USB thumbdrive you’re itching to copy to your friend’s thumbdrive, only to notice there’s no PC present to administer the transfer? Us either, but the people at Flash Point seem to think it’s a problem worth addressing. Flash Point has launched a combo MP3/thumbdrive/file copy device it’s dubbed a Share Drive. The pocket-sized contraption… Read More

  • SIXAXIS Will Not Offer Replaceable Battery

    Japanese tech site Broadband Watch has got some new information posted up about Sony’s controversial PS3 controller, which is called SIXAXIS. Gaming Edge translated the site, and we’ve gotten some interesting information about the controller out of it. First off, the PS3 controller will have to be paired with the PlayStation via USB cable before use. The controller will have to… Read More

  • True Utility LockLite: A Flashlight on Your Keys (Literally)


    Many people carry those little LED flashlights on their keychains. But, they can add extra bulk to your pockets creating an unsightly bulge. Enter the True Utility LockLite. The LockLight “system” is a “revolutionary new pocket tool,” in that it’s a flashlight you affix to your favorite key. House key, boat key, car key, bordello key, whatever you stick a key in. Read More

  • D-Link Goes Nutty For Draft-N


    D-Link just refreshed its Draft-N routers and managed to actually make them attractive. The new $199 Xtreme N DIR-655 Gigabit Router promises to do everything a good N router should with all the faster speeds and extended range over 802.11g. But the company says it’s the “industry’s first Gigabit Draft N router” to use Quality of Service (QoS) Technology, which… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Ode to Teresa Edition

    Daily Crunch: Ode to Teresa Edition

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  • Ypsilon Office Chair

    Ypsilon Office Chair

    The boys at Gadgetizer wrote in about a scoop on a new product that could start turning up in swank offices everywhere. The Ypsilon Office Chair—I assume it’s pronounced “Epsilon,” but I feel compelled to say “Yip-silon”—offers 10 adjustable settings including height, depth and pressure for the seat, backrest and headrest. In addition to its… Read More

  • Neoware Thin Client Laptops: What Hard drive?

    Hard drives are for suckers. Ok, maybe not, but they are easily compromised should your laptop be stolen or lost. While for most of us it’s not a big deal for some thief to find our “ScarJo_Naked_mov.avi” files, it’s something large corporations live and die by. The loss of laptops containing sensitive data is in the news from time to time, and, as usual, you… Read More

  • Lumines Live Coming To Xbox Arcade Tomorrow

    Lumines Live Coming To Xbox Arcade Tomorrow

    Finally, Lumines Live is going to be available for Xbox 360 users to download and play tomorrow. Being a big fan of the PSP and Mobile version of Lumines, I can’t wait to play it on Xbox 360. The new features include new music, new video content, 12 different skins, online multiplayer and leaderboards. If you’re lusting to play Lumines because you’ve never played it before… Read More

  • Nielsen To Bring Market Ratings to Video Games

    You’ve heard of Nielsen Families, but now it’s your chance to become a Nielsen Nerd. The media marketing research group, who uses set-top boxes to see what Americans are and aren’t watching, is launching a new service that will compile similar metrics on video game usage. In theory, this data could be used to determine pricing on advertising within video games. As these… Read More

  • Samsung's Ultra-Thin TV

    With Samsung, thin is in. Its phones continue to get thinner, but yet they deny any problem. Typical. Now it’s taking its anorexic philosophy to the world of television with its new AMOLED series flat panels. By using a hybrid of OLED and active matrix LCD technologies, the new screens eliminate the need for a backlight, meaning the largest (and heaviest) part of the screen is gone. Read More

  • Gears of War Banned In Germany

    Gears of War Banned In Germany

    The highly anticipated Xbox 360 game Gears of War has officially been banned in Germany. The USK (Germany’s ESRB), has decided that the game is too violent for the German market. Epic and Microsoft both stated that changing the game to be any less violent would cause it too lose many of its essential gameplay elements. I have to agree with Microsoft on this one, Gears of War is a… Read More

  • Ultra Products Stacks Your Peripherals

    Ultra Products out of Fletcher, Ohio has unveiled a new line of computer peripherals that are made to be stacked atop each other, like some sort of hi-tech Legos. Starting with a pair of external HD enclosures, one USB 2, one USB 2 + Firewire. The cases are designed to stack safely with interconnected parts. Also, the form factor is crafted to allow for optimal cooling when used with other… Read More

  • The Device

    The Device

    This antique-looking device can be configured to display virtually any PC data. It features two independent analog dials, a glowing agar filled tube and a blinking red light. Each of these indicators can be adjusted to respond to a slew of variables. The Device is made of handcrafted cherry wood and connects to a PC via a 3′ USB cable. No word yet on pricing or availability. Process… Read More