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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • 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

  • RIYL: Using Music Download Services Other Than MSN Music


    With the upcoming launch of the Zune player and the already active Zune Marketplace, Microsoft has decided to put a lid on MSN Music’s download services. As of November 14, clicking on a “purchase” button will get you redirected to either the Marketplace Web site or, thanks to a 2005 legal settlement, to RealNetworks’ Rhapsody site. If you bought tracks from MSN… Read More

  • Smartphones Now 2006

    Thanks for reading this year’s edition of Smartphones Now. It’s been a long week for us getting our bearings with such an extensive feature-set, but in the end everything gelled quite happily. We hope you all enjoyed Smartphones Now. I should also take this opportunity to let you all know that this is only the beginning of our features. We have many more slated for the next… Read More

  • Vadim Releases Quad-Core PC With Dual GeForce 8800GTX Graphic Cards

    Let the battle of the Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme Quad-Core gaming PCs begin! Earlier today, we covered VoodooPCs brand new quad-core Omen. Now Vadim Computers has announced that it will also be releasing a PC gaming rig that features a quad-core Core 2 Duo Extreme PC. Not to be undermined by VoodooPC, the Vadim rig also features two spankin new GeForce 8800GTX graphic cards. Along with the… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: First-Time Buyer's Guide

    So you’ve decided to buy your first smartphone. That’s fantastic, but before you go crazy and drop your car payment in favor of PDA-meets-cellphone goodness, you need to stop and figure out which smartphone is right for you, but that, dear reader, is why CrunchGear is here. Because there are so many different devices on the market, we should start by establishing exactly what a… Read More

  • Asus Releases Lamborghini Laptop

    Like an actual Lamborghini, the Asus Lamborghini VX1 laptop is flashy and expensive. On the outside, the Lamborghini VX1 features a sleek, angular, yellow lid with the official Lamborghini logo in the middle. The laptop also comes with a suede-trimmed black carrying case, talk about flashy! Too bad there’s nothing impressive on the inside. The VX1 sports a 2GHz Intel Core Duo processor… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Linux

    If you thought Linux-based OSes were for back rooms, hardcore geeks, and computer science grad students, you’d be right. Recently, however, its made great strides toward becoming much more “user friendly,” even advancing to the point where they’re usable as phones. But what makes you want to pick a Linux smartphone? Read More

  • Xbox 360 to Get HD Movie Downloads, Maybe


    Rumor has it that Microsoft might soon launch a service that allows users to download HD movies for a $4 rental fee. If this is indeed true, Microsoft might have a massive hit on its hands. This could essentially usurp the entire rental industry. An Xbox 360 HD download service would be capable of rendering the iTV obsolete before it even drops. No need to get an iTV for use as a digital hub… Read More

  • Lexar JumpDrive Mercury: Awesomest JumpDrive Mercury Ever


    I’ve handled many USB flash drives, from ones that simply hold data to biometric drives that scan fingerprints to U3 drives that let you store and launch your favorite apps no matter what PC you’re using. The Lexar JumpDrive Mercury is top to bottom one of the most full-featured drives available, with great read/write speeds and a modest price at just $50 for 1GB (a 2GB model is… Read More

  • Zune Reviewed


    Our pals at Gizmodo have gotten their grimy hands on a Zune and conducted a thorough review complete with pictures and video. No real new information exposed, but some details are firmed up. One thing that is clarified is the guesting feature. Users can add guests to their Zune Marketplace and share songs without the 3×3 limitation. The guest method is limited by whether or not the user… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Update Still Not So Rosy

    Following the recent Microsoft Xbox 360 dashboard update, users are reporting that they are unable to play games, and unable to play on Live. The problem, known as ERROR CODE E71, has been acknowledged by Microsoft, who stated that only 1% of Xbox 360 users are experiencing the problem. Seeing as how the big Xbox 360 title Gears of War is due out in 4 days, this is the worst time of the year… Read More

  • TiVo Selling Standalone Series3 Remote


    If you’re clinging to your TiVo Series2, but find the the Series3 remote compelling, you’re in luck. TiVo has dubbed it the Glo premium remote and started selling it as a $49.99 standalone accessory. The Glo features fully backlit and metal domed keys, learning capabilities, improved ergonomics, bigger nav pad and a glossy finish with a chrome perimeter. Better remotes can be had… Read More

  • Nintendo Wii Playable At Florida GameStop

    With Nintendo Wii being released in a mere 16 days, it’s about time we start seeing playable Wii demo kiosks around. A south Florida GameStop is now offering gamers the chance to go in and try out Excite Truck on the Wii, and you can bet you’re gonna have to give the employees some kind of collateral for a chance to touch the Wiimote. It’s been reported that you will have to… Read More

  • Apple Shuffles Employees

    It’s actually more harmless than it sounds. Engadget is reporting that every Apple employee will be receiving for the holidays a free 2G iPod Shuffle. So if you work at Apple, keep your eyes on your mail box. You should be receiving your Shuffle by month’s end. And for those of you wishing to read a review of the new Shuffle, iLounge is running what might be the first review on the… Read More

  • VoodooPC Announces Quad-Core Gaming Rig

    If you’re in the market for a new gaming computer, then take a look at the new quad-core Omen from VoodooPC. The Omen features Intel’s new quad-core Core 2 Duo Extreme processors, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 80GB hard drive and a Creative Labs X-Fi Xtreme Music sound card. The Omen is fully upgradeable, but with its $5,500, you may want to add the additional hardware yourself. VoodooPC uses… Read More

  • EA Posits PS3 and Wii Launch Quantities


    In a recent conference call, Electronic Arts CFO Warren Jensen expressed EA’s beliefs about PS3 and Wii shipping quantities. Jensen stated: We’re thinking that with PlayStation 3 in North America, the [2006 shipment] range is probably 500,000 to 800,000. If you take the middle of that range, that’s approximately what Microsoft sold last year on the Xbox 360. On the Nintendo… Read More