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  • Cingular Set to Drop Its Pearl


    Cingular is about ready to pop yet another smartphone (kinda) any day now, as these photos from Boy Genius have surfaced showing a Cingular-branded Blackberry Pearl. Cingular, in its wisdom, has made it ugly as hell and is calling it the 8100. Whatever. The specs are about the same, though Cingular is adding support for its Push-To-Talk service. The PTT should actually be showing up in many… Read More

  • Wal-Mart To Sen. John Edwards: No PS3 For You!


    So this is fun: In a statement from Wal-Mart today, former Senator John Edwards had a staffer contact the electronics manager in a Raleigh, North Carolina store to try and get his hands on a PlayStation 3. Problem was, later that night he reportedly told a story to people on a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union-sponsored call that his son had ridiculed a classmate about his… Read More

  • Yo-Yos Get Extreme Over At YoYoNation.com


    Aw, come on guys, it’s so simple maybe you need a refresher course. It’s all ball bearings nowadays. —Fletch With all the Wii and PS3 excitement this week, I wanted to point out an old-timey, non-electronic toy that’s experiencing resurgence in popularity: the yo-yo. However, these are not the humble, string-and-spool types you had when you were a kid. Read More

  • Zoom H4 Handy Digital Recorder, Welcome to the Future


    The Zoom H4 Handy Digital Recorder looks like a device from “Star Trek.” But while it might look like it can zap Klingons, really it’s just a voice recorder, a pretty nice voice recorder. The H4 can record 24-bit/96 kHz digital audio as well as in MP3 with bitrates up to 320kbps. It features two studio-quality electret condenser microphones configured in an X/Y pattern for… Read More

  • Panasonic Drops Science in Dope Retro Headphones

    If you’re the type who’s style is flashback, Panasonic’s got the hook up. Its RP-HTX7 headphones look like something you might steal out of your dad’s closet to look good while kicking out old-school beats, but the look belies the modern dynamic response drivers for a crisp, modern sound and tight, smart bass. The quality isn’t just in the tech, though. The… Read More

  • LG VX8600 Chocolate Flips Onto Verizon

    <img class="right" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/3GP video playback, and Bluetooth A2DP support. The Chocolate flip is available now for $129.99 with a two year contract. Product Page [via Gizmodo] Read More

  • Philadelphians Get RSS-Based Audio Tours

    If you’re one of the lucky people to live or hail from Philadelphia like myself, you’re in for a treat. A service called “Sound About Philly” has been released from GoPhila.com. The service is aimed at both residents and visitors of the best city on the planet and offers comprehensive tours, fun facts, lively music, interesting tales, and a bunch of other adjectives… Read More

  • Amazon to Sell Wii This Sunday: Camp-Out in Your Bed


    Just FYI, kiddies. The Wii will be available for purchase on Amazon this Sunday morning. First come, first served, one per family, blah dee blah. Click through for the full email. Special thanks to Eagle-Eye David for sending this along. NOTE:
    we anticipate that we will sell through our inventory very quickly as we’ve received 100 times more Wii email sign-ups than consoles… Read More

  • Dash Contest Last Gasp

    Clearly we ask too much of our dear readers in regards to video production. Two folks entered the Dash contest and it looks like two folks will win it – I have two of them lying around here, so those boys are doubly lucky. If you’d still like to enter, feel free, but we’re closing the contest next Monday morning.
    Read on for the rules… Read More

  • Drive-by Video Of Video Game Campers

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    The Hole – video powered by Metacafe A lot of us realize that some of you are diehard gamers and will wait outside a long time for a PS3. That’s great and all, but when it’s pouring rain outside and there are supposedly “wind gusts of up to 60mph”, you’re just an idiot for standing… Read More

  • Gizmondo Exec Sentenced, Playtime Over


    Just an update on the tragic endbits of the handheld gaming vaporware platform, Gizmondo. BBC is reporting that Gizmondo’s former European operation head, Bo Stefan Eriksson will be going away for some quiet time. An LA court sentenced him to 3 1/2 years in jail after entering a guilty plea to charges of embezzlement and drunk driving, which was sparked by his spectacular crash of a… Read More

  • Breaking: Palm Treo 680 Delayed Due To Manufacturer Screw Up

    So earlier we told you how Amazon yanked the Palm Treo 680 off their website. Now we know why thanks to a reliable source – Apparently 144,000 Treo 680s were shipped out and had to be sent back because some genius forgot to connect the internal microphones. The manufacturer (who isn’t HTC) had to take back all 144,00 680s and fix them all. No word yet on how long shipments are… Read More

  • Zune Says “Screw You” To Songs On Dude's Hard Drive

    Blogger Aran Johnson got a Zune and the poor guy is dealing with yet another problem: Zune’s software only imported 600 of 3200 songs he had on his hard drive. Now before you start going “Bullshit! He bought them off iTunes and he’s a douche” and all that jazz, know that the majority of Aran’s music was ripped from CDs he owns. He tells of how he ripped his… Read More

  • Sling Media Partners With 3 Group For Mobile Content

    Today Sling Media announced that it would be partnering with the 3 Group as part of an initiative to help bring TV to additional mobile handsets. Currently, only a limited number of mobile phones and PDAs can run the SlingPlayer Mobile software used to stream TV from your home via the Slingbox. Support has now been added for the Nokia N73 and Sony-Ericsson W950 handsets. The partnership will… Read More

  • Cingular Double-Downs on the Blackjack, 8525

    Both the Samsung Blackjack and the red-hot 8525 just got all officialized over at Cingular.com and are available now. If you’re willing to forgo two years of your oh-so-short life in favor of unlimited wireless access, you can pick them up on the (relative) cheap: $400 for the 8525 and $200 for the Blackjack. When you consider that these QWERTY-enabled badasses sport 3G speeds and… Read More

  • Xbox 360 HD-DVD Add-On Works With Macs…Sorta

    Don’t go wetting yourself and punching your Windows-loving friends in the face just yet. The guys over at UneasySilence got their hands on one of the upcoming HD-DVD player add-ons for the Xbox 360 and tore it apart to check out the kit inside. After some kanoodling, they were able to hook it up to a Windows box and get some HD-DVDs playing. When they plugged it into their Mac’s… Read More

  • PS3 An Engineering Masterpiece?


    Market intelligence firm iSuppli is calling the Sony PlayStation 3 an engineering masterpiece offering supercomputer performance at an entry-level PC price. This follows the company’s teardown analysis of the system, which estimates the combined materials and manufacturing cost of the 20GB version at $805.85 and $840.35 for the 60GB model; the units will sell for $499 and $599… Read More

  • Gresso Dives Into High-End Mobile Market, Uses Hotmail

    Out of nowhere comes this company Gresso who is already aiming to dive into the luxury mobile phone market that is mostly dominated by companies like Vertu. So how can this thing possibly take on a $10,000+ brand like Vertu? Well first off, the damn thing is made of gold and 200-year old African blackwood. That’s going to already jack up the price. Secondly, each phone is unique because… Read More

  • Amazon Is Selling Xbox 360s For $100…Maybe Sort Of


    The mystery of the $100 Xbox 360s at Amazon.com has been revealed. The e-tailer is doing a promotion called Amazon Customers Vote. Every week for the next four weeks it’ll be giving customers a chance to vote for one of four special deals. What’s being offered in the first week? Yep, a 360 core system for $100.
    This week you get to vote for one of the following four deals… Read More

  • Halo 3 to be Preceded by Downloadable Content for Halo 2, Calls for Beta Testers

    OK, we know. Halo 3 isn’t dropping this weekend. It was, however, a rumor that was worth being discussed, but let us now get to some real business. According to a press release from Microsoft today, we’ll be seeing a one-minute commercial for Halo 3 on December 4. In addition, Spring 2007 will see Halo 3-ish content for Halo 2. The new content includes maps for the… Read More