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  • T-Mobile Adds BlackBerry Pearl Early

    We like T-Mobile. They’re friendly, and they’ve been making great strides lately in coming to equity with Cingular in the cool-phones arena. Today, they’ve taken another step by adding the BlackBerry Pearl to their website as “available now”. They’ve been taking preorders for awhile, and started selling in-store, but this is the first time you can order one from… Read More

  • Melitta Smart Brew: Coffee and Weather, Fresh Each Morning

    I love coffee. I love gadgets. I like coffee gadgets. There are several high-end, fancy-pants coffee makers in the world, but the Melitta ME1MSB Smart Brew adds something more than sweet, sweet caffeine to your morning: a weather report. The Smart Brew features an LCD display on the side, which, besides coffee information and alarm settings, displays the weather forcast via SPOT technology (you do… Read More

  • Yahoo! Messenger 3 Beta for OS X Out Now

    For us Mac users, Yahoo! Messenger has been a blessing and a curse. For years, Yahoo! added features to the Mac version prior to rolling them out to Windows users. Then, somewhere around the transition to OS X, Yahoo! changed gears. It’s been a couple of years since Mac users have had an update. Microsoft and AOL kept their messenging systems current, while Mac users lingered in the days of… Read More

  • Will the Microsoft Zune Play Protected WMA Music?

    EFF thinks the Zune will not play protected WMA and WMV content, a move that, well, baffles us. According to the press release yesterday, Microsoft did not mention any protected WMA playback, but did mention unprotected WMA playback. Does this make sense? How will Microsoft even have the music store, the Zune Marketplace, without any sort of WMA protection? And since MS said the store will have… Read More

  • Hands-Free Headsets Required for California Drivers by January 2008

    Governor Arnold is set to sign a bill today to outlaw drivers from talking on cell phones in cars unless they are using a headset or some other hands-free device. The law goes into action January 1, 2008, and will cost drivers $20 for a first time fine and $50 thereafter. Californians, you’ve got one year to get a phone that supports Bluetooth, get a headset, or get some kind of hands-free… Read More

  • The Microsoft Zune Has a Chinese Knockoff Already

    Oriphe Industrial Limited apparently saw the leaked Microsoft Zune photos a few months back and quickly went to work. And by work, we mean stealing Microsoft’s design. Their MP4 music player looks, well, pretty similar to the Zune, and plays AMW/MTV/MPEG/AVI video, JPEG photos, eBook text files, and MP3 music. Their MP3 music players play MP3/WMA/WAV and have FM radio recording, which is… Read More

  • Sonos Teams with Real: Rhapsody in Your Livingroom

    Sonos Teams with Real: Rhapsody in Your Livingroom

    Streaming music and video could finally invade the living rooms of mainstream America next year. With Apple’s iTV vaporware device coming to light early, it sort of sets the stage for all kinds of digital fun. Read More

  • Nodus Psyclone PSP Dock

    Designed for the PSP, the Nodus Psyclone dock actually looks like something you wouldn’t be ashamed to show around the house. There’s an integrated T-Amp, which improves sound quality for when you’re watching a UMD, listening to music, or viewing a movie off your memory stick. Because of the way the PSP is positioned inside the speakers, there’s practically no way you can… Read More

  • Vista Error Reporting: Really Beta

    Vista Error Reporting: Really Beta

    Is this what lies in store for us? What’s next? “Error: Your Choice in Music is Not Cool Enough for the Zune?” “Error: Insert Floppy Disk?” Tee hee. Best Windows Error Ever [Development Web] Read More

  • Limited Edition Sidekick Coming Soon? Maybe for Cingular?

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/winter, but what's with the frequencies? The new device operates at 850/1800/1900 MHz frequencies, whereas the Sidekick 3 operates at 900/1800/1900 MHz. Our own theory is that the upcoming Sidekick could be working with Cingular, which operates at 850, instead of T-Mobile, which does not. Or, it could just be a new version… Read More

 
  • Microsoft Zune Phone Coming Sometime

    As part of the Zune news yesterday, Microsoft announced that a Zune-branded phone was part of its upcoming Zune platform. Chris Stephenson, the general manager for marketing for the Zune, didn’t give any other details on the device. This announcement is interesting, since Apple’s iPhone is supposedly coming in January ’07, so this announcement could just be a “hey… Read More

  • Proporta Shows Off New iPod Cases

    One layer of aluminum not enough for your Nano-needs? Double bag your 8GB bad boy with new Alu-Crystal cases from Proporta. These aluminum cases have a little polycarbonate window for your screen, and hug tightly to your iPod, as you do. But these aren’t the only game in town from Proporta. Oh, no. If bouncy is more your taste, they also offer a softer case apparently named after my… Read More

  • Find Your Neighbor's Default Wireless Router Password

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/passwords for helping out your friends when they've misplaced theirs, and not for logging into your neighbor's wireless and messing with their settings. The prerequisites for the latter are 1) an open wireless connection, and 2) a real hatred for your neighbors. Just make sure they don't know it was you that… Read More

  • Paltalk Tells Xbox Live to Shut Up

    Paltalk is a small company that specializes in server-group messaging. Somehow, they think that Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which allows multi-player gamers to chat with one another in real time, infringes on a couple of their patents. Not only this, but they’re taking them to trial in East Texas. Why East Texas? Apparently, the district court there is more prone to guilty verdicts… Read More

  • HoMedics iCush Reviewed

    HoMedics iCush Reviewed

    We recently got to test out HoMedics new iCush and the verdict is: Good for smaller bedrooms and the younger audience, bad for everyone else. If you’re unfamiliar with what the iCush does, check it out here . Right when you take the chair out of its box you’ll realize that you’re in a world of trouble. For the chair to function properly, you must connect audio cables to your… Read More

  • Altec Lansing USB 5.1 Speakers

    Altec Lansing USB 5.1 Speakers

    Here’s a strange duck. Although Bose is doing this with their Companion line, these Altec Lansing speakers are USB only and include audio in and out but no optical connector. Presumably these speakers use a driver on the PC to smooth out the audio and create the surround-sound effect. It also includes a remote. Priced at $249.95, they’re an interesting idea. Not sure how popular… Read More

  • Sling Readies OS X Client

    Sling Readies OS X Client

    In an interview with the Guardian, Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian announced that a SlingPlayer for OS X would be available within the next week. He also promised that at least one other OS would be available by year’s end as well. Zatz Not Funny writes that Sling Media has posted job openings seeking coders for Symbian and/or Palm (J2Me), which could indicate the other OS that they’re… Read More

  • Zune in Action

    Not sure why we didn’t get this sooner, but this is the vaunted Zune in action. The UI looks pretty hot but remember what they say about eye-candy. I’m actually pretty excited about this, though. When MS does their research, they do a great job on hardware. Zune Video Upclose [MobilityToday] Read More

  • iTunes 7.0: Apple Gives Will Wheaton Back His iTunes Music

    iTunes 7.0: Apple Gives Will Wheaton Back His iTunes Music

    It appears Star Trek is a very popular show. Actor Will Wheaton – who played Jean Luc La Forge on Star Trek: The Voyage Out of Your Parents’ Basement – complained that all of his purchased music disappeared from his iPod after upgrading to iTunes 7.0. Apple quickly called him and helped him out of his jam, but if you’ve never sucked face with a Klingon then I doubt… Read More

  • Toshiba Announcing Second Generation HD DVD Players

    Toshiba’s new players, coming later this year, are going to use HDMI version 1.3, which doubles bandwidth, and support 720p and 1080p playback. The two models, HD-A2 and HD-XA2 will replace their HD-A1 and HD-XA1 players, which have had bugs and other quirks that made sales slower than expected. The HD-XA2 will have the HDMI 1.3, 1080p resolution, and 297MHz/12-bit Video DAX with 4x… Read More