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  • Hey Seattle! Come See Band of Horses, Free Tonight, Courtesy Zune Insider

    live tonight at the Showbox downtown. There is a limited number of tickets, so the first 90 people who email yours truly at the address below with “Band of Horses” as the subject will be on the list. The show starts at 8:00 and is 21 and over, so please only email if you’re of age. One name per email, please. The deadline to sign up is 6:30 PST. It’s a great band and… Read More

  • The Al Capone MacBook: Stylish Two Tone

    What do you get when you combine a white MacBook and a black MacBook? Then Two Tone Al Capone MacBook. A Flickr user sreindl.net has a black MacBook that had a keyboard problem. His local Apple store removed the black keyboard, but didn’t have a black replacement in stock. So, in the spirit of usefulness, they replaced it with a white one as a loaner until a black one could arrive. Thus… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 Brings Use To PSP

    PlayStation 3 Brings Use To PSP

    If you own a PSP, you’ll finally have a use for the failing portable device. As I mentioned earlier, PlayStation 3 will feature PSP support via WiFi, letting you access downloaded content on your PS3 with your PSP. Gamer’s Day in San Francisco showed a little preview of what we could expect: The PS3 console had the trailer for the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale, already… Read More

  • Oracle Linux: Finally Introduced Tomorrow?

    This isn’t strictly gadget news, but it’s big nonetheless. Larry Ellison, holder of the only Silicon Valley ego larger than Mr. Jobs at Apple, is set to drop Oracle’s Linux bomb on the Earth tomorrow at the Oracle OpenWorld in San Fancisco. Oracle is the 800 pound gorilla of the database world, with offices in 145 countries. Ellison himself was at one point Forbel’s… Read More

  • The 12GB, $129 Zippo-looking USB Drive

    Eschewing the normal NAND memory in favor of an old-fashioned mechanical HD, the Monster Drive from US Modular is a different breed of thumbdrive. With roughly the same size and looks as your standard Zippo, the Monster packs 12GB of storage into a slick stainless steel shell. Coupled with the blue LED on the end to display the reading and writing of data, you have something that looks… Read More

  • Sprint Lights Up Revision A EV-DO in San Diego, Starts National Tour

    Good news, San Diego. You’re the first city in the nation to get a taste of Sprint’s Revision A EV-DO. That is, if you’re a subscriber and have a Pantech PX-500, Sierra Wireless Aircard 595, or one of the Novatel data cards, in which case you have to do nothing, as your upgraded automagically, and for free. This gives Sprint’s customers even faster access to its… Read More

  • BOB Will Turn Off Your TV

    BOB Will Turn Off Your TV

    Back in the old days, my mom was around to shut off the TV when I was watching too much. She also used to tell me to stop using the computer for so long because I would hurt my eyes. Sadly, those days are gone and I now live in Chicago, one lone hippie on the banks of Lake Michigan. This means that when I get home after work, I turn on my TV and plant my laptop firmly into my lap. Usually… Read More

  • New Olympus Slim Camera Is Hott

    New Olympus Slim Camera Is Hott

    Olympus Korea showed off yesterday its new Mju-730 model. The new slim camera boasts a 7MP lens, 3x Optical Zoom, “One Touch Perfect Fix” function, and a Simple Mode for novice users. What Olympus didn’t announce was price or availability. Add in that nice-looking, large LCD screen and this camera could be a pretty big hit with people that want a cool-looking, effective… Read More

  • Samsung Gets Thinner than Trace

    It seems that every single time we in the GSM camp have a hot new phone to get excited about, we lord it over our CDMA brethren. Then, in short order, they get their own version, causing us to eat humble pie. See, for example, the RAZR or the Samsung D807. The latest phone to jump ship for the stormy skies of Verizon and Sprint is the Samsung SPH-V9900, which is really just a slightly thinner… Read More

  • Apple Rumors Round 5,253: iPhone Evidence and Giant-Ass TVs?

    As admitted Apple fanboys, we are 100-percent stoked to finally have our MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo on order. The rumor of this little upgrade has been at the top of the queue on the Apple sites, and his Steveness’s quiet launch is about what we were expecting. But that moves the other rampant rumors up the column. Two that are appearing over-and-over again are the iPhone and the… Read More

  • Pros and Cons: PlayStation 3 Edition

    Pros and Cons: PlayStation 3 Edition

    We’ve heard all kinds of rumors about Sony’s highly anticipated PlayStation 3, and it’s time to get to know the $600 console before you pick one up off of Ebay. Gamers around the world have chosen sides bashing and loving the console at the same time, but most don’t really know what the actual pros and cons of the console. GamePro got its hands on the PlayStation 3 and… Read More

  • Samsung SCH-V900 Has a Sexy Red Dress

    Samsung SCH-V900 Has a Sexy Red Dress

    Well I’m probably not secure enough to be seen with this phone, but if you don’t mind using something so womanly, or you are indeed a woman, you should be on the lookout for the Samsung SCH-V900. While it’s currently only available in Korea-land, it could conceivably find its way to the States sometime this side of the decade. Aside from looking all sexable, it features a… Read More

  • Sony Apologizes for Battery Disaster

    Sony Apologizes for Battery Disaster

    I wonder why news always seems to come in droves from a particular source. Sony apologized today for inconveniences caused by its massive battery recall. Yutaka Nakagawa of Sony stated about the recalls at a press conference, “We would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the worries.” The Associated Press writes: The executives were seated while they bowed and did not… Read More

  • Delphi SkyFi3 Gets Release Date: December 1

    pretty soon, as they’ve just announced the XM-capable PMP is due out December 1. The small-ish player will support recording 10 hours of XM content, 30 minutes of live rewind, and 8 hours of live XM radio listening. If you use the rechargeable battery packs, you get either 90 minutes or up to 7 hours of XM radio and 40 hours of stored content, depending on which one you get. The player… Read More

  • Three Great Windows MCE Plugins

    As Windows Vista approaches its launch date, us early adopters of Microsoft’s Windows Media Center need to stop patting ourselves on the back and start gearing up for what’s coming soon – HD content via CableCARD, for instance. But before that, here are three great plugins for Media Center that let you do things like listen to iTunes-purchased songs on your Media… Read More

  • Bottle-Top Camera Pod Keeps Your Camera Still So You Don't Have To


    We’ve seen these before, but this one from Photo Etc. Online in addition to letting you turn a 20-ounce soft-drink bottle into a monopod for your snapshot camera, it can also clip your camera to a car window or other flat surface that might be handy. It’ll only hold a camera up to a pound in weight and you’ll need to have the bottle filled with some fluid, or else, you… Read More

  • Sony Finds Self With GPS Device

    Sony Finds Self With GPS Device


    Sony announced today the second addition to its NAV-U line of GPSes. The NV-U71T has a 3.5-inch, antiglare screen and the unit attaches to your windshield with a suction cup. The new GPS utilizes a Gesture Command function that allows users to access specific commands by signing a specific motion across the touch-sensitive display. It also includes about 7 million points of interest preloaded… Read More

  • Cingular 8525 Smartphone Documents Leaked, Launch Imminent

    Looks like Cingular’s going to be releasing their 8525 quite soonish now – we’re looking at the first week of November – much to the delight of smartphone lovers everywhere (on Cingular). In case you didn’t know, the Cingular 8525 is the successor to the Cingular 8125, with tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 400MHz processor, Windows Mobile 5, 64MB… Read More

  • Apple's Magsafe Plane Adapter

    MacBook Pros this morning, the Magsafe Plane adapter lets you safely plug into the airplane’s DC power ports – not available on el cheap-o Southwest flights. The power adapter may look like the one in your car, but trust us, it doesn’t work there. The adapter can only power your MacBook Pro/MacBook while in use, it can’t charge it up. That’s due to the fact… Read More

  • BlackBerry and Treo Devices Get Opera Mini

    As much as we like the BlackBerry, we have to say their default browser sucks a bit of goat cheese. So it’s probably great news to everyone that Opera’s just released a version for both BBs and Treos (Palm Treos, most likely, since WM already had a version). There are three ways to get the browser: 1) Point your phone’s current browser to http://mini.opera.com; 2) Send an… Read More