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  • Verizon Sales Rep Dishes on Contracts

    Consumerist is running an interview with a former Verizon rep who is spilling the beans on that company’s customer retention policies and confusing everyone in the process. Essentially, he’s describing the metrics Verizon uses to reward their sales force and punish the foolish customer. His best advice? Don’t get the 2-year contract and, if you play your cards right, every… Read More

  • XBox 360 Patch Prevents Linux Hacking


    This might have effected you last night, especially if you were running Linux on your XBox 360 in order to process SETI@Home faster. Otherwise, you’re just fine. The patch closes a hole that allows for an unsigned code injection, allowing users to potentially run Linux or other homebrew code on their expensive gaming consoles. Seriously, guys. It’s an XBox 360. Hack your regular… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Patent Applications Meet Social Review

    Highlighted yesterday in the Washington Post, as well as covered more extensively by IP blogger Dennis Crouch at Patently-O, is the forthcoming new prototype of an open patent review process for patent applications. To build a sustainable solution for the growing web/tech community’s patent concerns, Beth Noveck and the NY Law School’s Do-Tank created the Peer-to-Patent Project as… Read More

  • The Real Google Phone?


    This image leaked by Engadget possibly shows some rendition of the Google Phone Venture capitalist Simeon Simeonov has made a post on his VC blog High Contrast that he claims to be an insider tip on the hotly anticipated, yet still speculative, Google Phone. According to Simeonov, Google has charged Andy Rubin with the task of creating the G-Phone. Read More

  • Helio is Off to See the Wizard

    that Helio was likely preparing to release the Pantech PN-810 slider. The rumor today is that the new device will be dubbed the Helio Oz. With the Helio Heat just out of the furnace and the Drift standing strong, Helio is positioning itself firmly in the MVNO market. I continue to be intrigued by this, heavily financed, up-and-coming company. We don’t know when this device will be… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Little Monsters Edition

    Samsung Fridge Puts Rachael Ray On Ice
    WurlyBird – Stupid Name, Fun Times
    The All-Time Five Greatest In-Movie Video Games
    MC4 Music Cocoon: Frankenstein’s Rejected Spawn?
    Help Key: How-To Fix an iPod that Won’t Boot Read More

  • Hands-On With The Just-Announced Archos 704-WiFi PMP


    At midnight, Archos pulled the curtain back on their feature-packed, but anything-but-pocket-friendly 704-Wifi PMP (although it’s closer in form to an UMPC than an iPod.) This 80GB, 7-inch-screener packs in WiFi Web browsing and DVR functionality with the usual music/photo/video business. We got our hands on perhaps the most feature-packed of players and took it for a spin. Read More

  • Nikon D40x: The X Stands for Slight Upgrade


    The Nikon D40 has only been around for maybe fifteen minutes and already there’s an upgrade. This camera has a 10.2-megapixel sensor, faster continuous shooting, and wider ISO sensitivity. It also has a “Retouch” menu that can improve red-eye, contrast, and color issues as well as trim and rotate images, all on the camera’s screen. There also three filter effects… Read More

  • Phil Harrison's GDC Keynote Leaked


    Phil Harrison’s GDC 2007 keynote is a couple days away, but DevelopersHeart from the NeoSeeker forum has been doing some snooping and giving the rest of us some insight on what to expect. These are rumors and/or speculations, so we’ll take it with a grain of salt. Read More

  • Latest iTunes, 7.1, Out Now with Apple TV Support

    If you’re waiting for Apple TV, it’s looking like your wait might almost (finally) be over. Apple today has released Quicktime 7.1.5 as well as iTunes 7.1, bringing Apple TV compatibility to iTunes. This is a harbinger to the release of the Apple TV, which should now stand at just days away. From the Software Update listing: You can now enjoy your favorite iTunes movies, TV… Read More

  • Larry Probst Says Sony Is Losing Its Marbles


    As if we didn’t already know, Sony’s iron clad grip on the gaming console market is showing signs of arthritis and EA’s CEO, Larry Probst, is calling them out. The PS2 once owned 60% of the gaming console market share, but delay after delay of the PS3 and the launch of the Xbox 360 a year prior has proven to be Sony’s demise. The revamped Gamecube (aka the Wii)… Read More

  • NVIDIA GoForce 5500: The More You Know


    Did you know that the NVIDIA GoForce 5500 mobile GPU is capable of running Quake 3 at full specs on a cell phone? I didn’t and it kind of weirds me out. I remember back when Quake 3 first came out. The system requirements were so demanding that I had to do a full overhaul of my computer. Now it can run on a cell phone with all of its features enabled. Crazy talk. Read More

  • Leopard in Print: Latest Screen Porn for Apple Fans

    We keep waiting for the special airdropped surprise announcement that Leopard is hitting the streets, but it’s not happening. It feels a lot like waiting for an episode of Lost where something happens: Each time we look, we expect to see it, only to instead get another damned flashback. While we can’t help you in figuring out why the bird said “Hurley” that one time, we… Read More

  • Amp'd Moto Q User Guide Leaked

    A recently leaked document all but confirms the imminent launch of the Moto Q under Amp’d Mobile’s moniker. The user guide is copyrighted 2007 so the launch could be very soon. Unfortunately, the guide doesn’t give us any more details than we already know, but Amp’d Live will offer up some tasty mobile entertainment. You’ll be able to watch your favorite shows… Read More

  • Help Key: How-To Fix an iPod that Won't Boot

    There’s a conspiracy theory that Steve Jobs wants you to buy a new iPod every 12 months. That may or may not be the case, but if your iPod is hosed, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to put it out to pasture. Most iPods are user-fixable and you don’t need to be a total geek to make it work. An iPod, no matter which version you have, is basically a self-contained… Read More

  • Sunsei Solar Chargers For Just About Everything

    Growing up in the Northwest I was surrounded by trees, mountains, rivers (the non-toxic kind) and a lawn to mow every week. You could call me a treehugger or just a proponent for a greener planet and I’d smile from ear to ear. It always makes me smile when I see eco-friendly products. Sunsei has an assortment of solar panels that are diminutive in size compared to most of the solar… Read More

  • Game Developers' Conference 2007


    I set foot in the beautiful Moscone Center here in sunny San Francisco about 20 minutes ago. After devouring a bagel, I feel my blood sugar is high enough to risk exerting the energy to update you all on the happenings here. I’ll be roving the scene evading mouth-breathers and looking for all things interesting at this year’s GDC. There are a lot of crazy gaming technologies on… Read More

  • MC4 Music Cocoon: Frankenstein's Rejected Spawn?

    The Roth Music Cocoon MC4 is the oddest looking iPod dock I’ve ever laid my eyes upon; it looks like it’s straight out of Frankenstein. What exactly are those tubes surrounding your iPod? Those are vacuum tubes that guarantee your music will be heard on levels you’ve never experienced before. If you enjoy listening to music with all the subtle nuances that seem to get left… Read More

  • Wii Mod-Chip: It Works


    I have a confirmation that the CycloWiz — a Wii mod-chip that allows for backup, import, and DVD-/+R compatibility as well as enhanced GameCube compatibility — is real and its fabulous. A close friend of the CG team installed his CycloWiz this weekend and is currently enjoying the fruits of his soldering job. He said the upgrade was quite easy and he only had an issue cracking… Read More

  • The All-Time Five Greatest In-Movie Video Games

    Hollywood and video games have an interesting history. Long before it became standard procedure to turn every movie into a video game and every video game into a movie, the game’s place in film was more of an object of mystery, fear, and curiosity then a mere marketing tie-in. In film, the ability to control pixels tapped into our fears of a machine-dominated future and our dreams of… Read More