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  • Sprint Adds Three More Cities to EV-DO Party

    as the first cities in North America with access to the true CDMA-flavored 3G speeds that EV-DO Rev A offers, with downlinks up to 850kbps and uplink up to 400kbps. Now those are the official numbers, but users have reported getting as fast as 1.5Mbps down, that’s real mobile broadband. So if you’re in one of these cities, and if you’re Sprint-inclined, you can pick up a PC… Read More

  • Skype 3.0 Beta Released


    Skype got an extreme makeover and is now available in Windows beta for those so inclined. New features include direct access to SkypeCasts, which are cool if, um, useless at this juncture as well as some UI tweaks and file sharing extras. You can also creat public chats and invite the world to talk with/at you about any topic. It comes with banning services for trolls. No word on a Mac… Read More

  • Zune File Transfer in Action

    Gizmodo has some hot video video of one Zune sending another Zune a song. It takes about 30 seconds for a 2 minute song, which isn’t bad at all. Too bad it’s three play/three day DRM nonsense, folks, or else this would be Zune’s iPod-killing feature. MS says they’ll be improving on this in time, so we’ll see. Zune File Transfer Race [Gizmodo] Read More

  • Cell Phone Detox Contest

    OK. Advice time. I’ve taken an assignment with Time Out NY (I know! Fancy!) and will have to go through cellphone detox for thirty days. This means, ideally, that after 30 days I won’t use a cellphone at all when I’m out and about and that I will have stopped waking up at 3am to check my AIMs and emails on the Sidekick. Therefore, in order to keep me motivated, I need 30 days… Read More

  • Tiny Living Xmas Tree for Your Desk

    For less than $10, you can tell that person in your office who whines about getting an office Xmas tree to STFU. And this little guy isn’t some plastic fakey tree, but a real growing organic lifeform. You’ve heard of them, now you can get your own. The best part is that this diminutive Tannenbaum comes with something called “magic feeding fluid”, which, if I had had that… Read More

  • CrunchGear for the Holidays

    Welcome to our first annual Holiday Buying Guide series chock full of fun gear and gizmos for the geeks and non-geeks in your life. We’ll be posting Holiday Guides for the next two months and flag a few interesting items with the “Holiday Guide 2006″ tag for your perusal. Enjoy! PR folks take note: if you’d like to be featured in your guide, please send an email to tips… Read More

  • TrackStick Pro: GPS Snoop/Tracker

    Here’s a great way for pizza shop managers to make sure their young delivery boys are smoking the doobage on the job. The TrackStick is a mountable GPS device that records location as well as temperature at intervals as long as 60 minutes. The oldest history gets pushed out by newer data. You can then place the device in a cradle and create a Google Earth overlay of that… Read More

  • MacBooks Now with Core 2 Duo at Apple

    that seemed to all but confirm that Apple would be bumping the high-end MacBook (sans Pro) from a Core Duo processor base to the more awesomer Core 2 Duo, and today it has. In addition, the Mac maker bumped the processors across the line, including its entry level MacBook at $1099. That’s something of a surprise, but a welcome one to be sure. Though the Apple store is down right now… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Sunny Days Are Over Edition

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    Muji Wall-Mounted CD Player Hangs On Wall, Plays CDs
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  • Nintendo Fusion


    So I’m gonna be that guy who points out typos on retailers’ websites. For your examination, I give you Specimen A: In the Circuit City current weekly ad it erroneously dubbed the Wii the Nintendo “Fusion.” I see what happened here though, the Nintendo Fusion Tour is a Nintendo sponsored music tour featuring some crap pop band called Hawthorne Heights (emo… Read More

  • Zune-Gasm: Hands On With the Zune

    I know we’re a bit late to the trough, but I got the chance to play with the Zune today and can safely say it is a solid product — it feels good, it’s small, and the screen is beautiful. It’s very slim, has a great hand-feel, it will sell and you will like it. I have some video of the Zune I’ll post tomorrow but until then feast your eyes on her skinny… Read More

  • Best Buy Cancels Online PlayStation 3 Preorders

    If you were lucky enough to grab a Sony PlayStation 3 preorder from Best Buy’s website, sorry to say but you’re order will be canceled (if it hasn’t been already). Best Buy has been sending out emails to all its customers with preordered PS3s, telling them that their preorder will be canceled. Not only that, but Best Buy also stated that its online website was not made to… Read More

  • New Wristband for Lazy and Overbearing Parents Ruins Children's Lives

    Right now, your youngsters are experimenting with the marijuana and having unsafe, premarital sex with toothless prostitutes they met at that diner your friends Steve says is,”always a place to find a good time.” Or maybe they’re not. But how are you to know one way or the other? You could start by outfitting your promiscuous offspring with the ionKids location-aware Wristag. Read More

  • Buzzkilling Digital Piggy Bank

    The Pig E Bank takes all the mystery (and, thereby, the fun) out of your kid’s stash by telling them exactly how much money it contains at any given time, which is a very 21st century way to teach your young ones that life ain’t nothin’ but bitches n’ money (you’ll have to figure out the “bitches” part on your own). Instead of the traditional breaking… Read More

  • Samsung Debuts Folding Atrocity, Outrages the Omniscient

    This new device from Samsung is an abomination before God. Somewhere in Duder-onimy, God said with a fury that a laptop shalt not lie down with a cellphone as a cellphone lies down with a PDA. This is not as God intended, read your Bible. Also, you’ll find no mention of the platypus, likewise an abomination. It is kind of neat, though. The P9000 is an ultra-portable origami-esque Windows… Read More

  • Elecom iPod Dock

    For those who don’t want big, expensive iPod speakers laying around and taking up space, Elecom has a small alternative—the ASP-P100. Elecom’s ASP-P100 iPod dock features two built-in 1-watt speakers. The iPod dock connects via USB and operates using four AAA batteries. I’m not sure who keeps buying all of these iPod docks (or why I have to keep writing about them), but… Read More

  • Britain's Tovo Debuts GSM/WiFi Handset for the Masses

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/WiFi phone. That's Tesco, it's a supermarket. And somehow it got its mits on this little bugger as an exclusive for now. It's a standard (if somewhat fugly) GSM phone, even including a camera. But the WiFi chipset is what makes this handset stand out. Not because it's the first or only GSM/WiFi phone… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 Ad In High Definition-Still Doesn't Make Sense

    From kids on rooftops to creepy looking babies, Sony’s engraved new odd images into our minds. The new European Sony PlayStation 3 ad takes you into an indoor environment—an exploding indoor environment, that is. I’m not sure why the old lady is so happy, maybe she’s like the director of these ads—freakin’ insane. And what’s with the random animals… Read More

  • HP Unleashes 30-Inch LCD


    Welcome to the 30-inch LCD age, where HP has just joined the fray against Dell and Apple. HP’s new display has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 2560 x 1600 pixels and 178 x 178 degree viewing angles. The LP3065 also has three dual-link DVI-D inputs and two dual-link DVI cables. It’s available direct from HP for $1,699 and is expected to ship on-or-around Nov. 11. If you’re in the… Read More

  • Play Guitar Hero 2 With Elmo

    Every so often a game comes around that stops gamers from arguing about which console is better, and immerses them in pure fun. Guitar Hero 2 (which released today), is one of those games. So what happens when you want your 2-year old to get into the game? You simply make her an Elmo-modded Guitar Hero controller. Using the circuitry of a PlayStation 1 controller, Mike Smith spent a few… Read More