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  • Minox Classic 4-Megapixel Leica M3 Camera

    Minox Classic 4-Megapixel Leica M3 Camera

    Either Minox has stumbled upon the land of the giants, or this miniaturized Leica M3 is the smallest 4-megapixel camera we’ve ever seen. Featuring an old 50’s style camera styling, the Leica M3 fits into your pocket, palm or purse and stores 99 pictures in its 32MB of internal memory. Yes, there’s no expanded memory, but this is more of an “oh crap there’s a… Read More

  • Pioneer Bringing the 20,000:1 Contrast Ratio

    Pioneer Bringing the 20,000:1 Contrast Ratio

    At Ceatec last week, Pioneer announced their intentions to release plasmas with a contrast ratio of 20,000:1 by the time the Bejing Olympics roll around in 2008. They had a 60-inch example on display, but they didn’t mention how much these things would cost or what size models would be produced. All I know is that, if the picture is to be believed, the new one looks a whole lot better… Read More

  • Hitachi Recalls 16,000 Sony Batteries

    All those battery recalls of late has been making Hitachi feel left out, so what’s a boy (company) to do? Recall its own Sony batteries, of course. They’ve just issued the recall in their Flora 210W and Flora SE210 laptops in order to get them back before a fiery incident gets publicized all over the internets. Oh, and unless you bought your Hitachi laptop from Japan on a business… Read More

  • Emoticons For Your Ears

    Emoticons For Your Ears

    Oh, fashion. How I don’t understand you. Here’s a new product that slips over your earbuds and look like emoticons. What are they called, you ask? Emotibuds!—of course. Currently, there are four designs: “starry eyed,” “skeptical,” “pacified” and “neurotic.” Why those four? Why not, “almost as dumb looking as that other… Read More

  • Netflix Wants Your Advice

    Netflix Wants Your Advice

    Netflix announced today a $1 million bounty for any programmer who can improve its recommendation system. The contest is intended to help Netflix maintain its competitive edge over Blockbuster, while also strengthening community relations. The Netflix Prize seeks to substantially improve the accuracy of predictions about how much someone is going to love a movie based on their movie preferences. Read More

  • Caller ID on Your TV

    Need to see who’s calling without actually schlepping over to your 1986 landline phone that your wife won’t throw out because her mother gave it to you as your wedding present? Then grab this TV Messenger Caller ID, which displays the caller ID log on your TV directly on whatever you’re watching. The messenger holds 14 callers in its log, which displays the name, number… Read More

  • Fujitsu Turntable PC: No Microphone?

    Fujitsu Turntable PC: No Microphone?


    This is a concept design by Fujitsu that popped up in Japan at CEATEC. While we don’t usually talk about concepts — they rarely come to fruition — it is important to look at it from a UI standpoint. Laptop makers are just now figuring out that there is a wealth of real estate on the laptop lid and adding little WiFi buttons and other claptrap. However, this media… Read More

  • Windows Funnies Up Their Vista

    Demetri Martin, famous for being funny on The Daily Show, is now also famous for being a little cartoon that insults speakers of Romance languages. In this short clip he discusses the word “Vista” and proceeds to make me laugh by going into some weird “Hey, Mario!” routine. Silly? Sure. Exclusive look at Windows Vista’s viral marketing: Clearification.com… Read More

  • Wii Getting Built Just Fine, Thank You

    Wii Getting Built Just Fine, Thank You

    So it looks like the Wii is going to be the winner right out of the gate. Apparently Nintendo has 2 million Wiis waiting for shipment for the launch and an expected 6 million units in March and an expected 11 million by the end of 2007. That means all of us, the biggest of us to the smallest of us, can enjoy a Wii. I never really wanted a Gamecube – although I did enjoy playing it at… Read More

  • PriceGrabber: Dual-Core CPU Prices Will Continue To Plummet


    We here at CG love dual-core processors. In fact, our office motto is “more cores, more better.” So we were happy to read PriceGrabber.com’s dual-core processor Market Trends data from Market Reporter, the company’s statistical database tracking consumer shopping behavior on the site, that predicts prices on AMD’s and Intel’s dual-core chips will drop… Read More

  • Philips Shows Off New Concepts

    Philips Shows Off New Concepts

    Philips has been holding its annual concepts show this week at the ExCel Centre in London and there are a few things that came out of it that are really, really cool. There is a health monitor that sits in your bathroom and records your weight, body fat ratio, hydration levels, and body shape measurements. There are touch-sensitive light and sound adjusters that look like giant, glowing… Read More

  • The Gizmondo Story, In Words

    The Gizmondo Story, In Words

    Wired is running a beautiful feature about the Gizmondo head Bo Stefan Eriksson and his constant and consistent scam-a-palooza that ended in the fiery explosion of a Ferrari Enzo. The Enzo has less than 6 inches of ground clearance, and at that speed, it took only a slight scrape under the front bumper to launch the vehicle. The airborne Ferrari landed in a skid that in a blink became a… Read More

  • Mark/Space Discontinues MissingSync for Hiptop

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/Space and now, like the Autumn leaves dragged down the storm drain, it is gone. Is it really that unpopular to use a SK3 with a Mac? What's going on here, people? Is it a corollary effect? The more potential Swavorski crystals on a device the less you actually want to use it for something useful? Oh well. Anything else… Read More

  • Nikon Gives Out D80s to Flickr Photogs: Wow, Nice

    Nikon Gives Out D80s to Flickr Photogs: Wow, Nice

    Now this is how it’s done. Nikon handed out D80s to a bunch of prolific Flickr photographers and then collected their shots in one handy website and featured them in an ad campaign. They even made a Flash-rich webpage that is actually usable and included lots of their best shots. So what have we learned here, marketers? 1. Social networking/sharing sites are useful collectors of talent.
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  • Good Vibrations Dumped From PS3 For Cost Reasons


    The head of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), Kaz Hirai, said Sony dropped vibration feedback from the PS3 controllers because finding a way to combine it with the new tilt-motion sensors would have made the controllers too expensive for consumers. In a video interview he stated the “balancing act” that would have to take place in order to get the two technologies to… Read More

  • Mitsubishi Replaces Silly Shiny Surface With LCD

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/m2. Mitsubishi 7 inch Rear-View Camera Color LCD Display [I4U] Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Mini Driver Edition

    Daily Crunch: Mini Driver Edition

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  • ASUS Makes Us Look Twice with Dual-Screen Laptop

    We’re liking this idea. Even the cheapest clamshell phones these days have a secondary external display. Doesn’t it make sense for your laptop as well? ASUSTeK thinks it’s a good idea. Their WSFe is the first production laptop to market with an secondary display, on the back of the primary LCD. You can use it to check your email (read only), reference notes to yourself, or… Read More

  • Opel Antara Has Retractable Bike Rack

    Opel Antara Has Retractable Bike Rack

    Here is something I’d use all the time. In 2007, Opel will launch the Flex-Fix system as an option on its Antara and Corsa models. The system is a retractable two bike rack that slides in-and-out of the bumper. It’s completely concealed and allows users to avoid strapping those bitchy straps everywhere. This needs to be an option on US cars immediately. Write your congress people… Read More

  • Intel to Eat Nvidia?

    Intel to Eat Nvidia?

    I’m going to go ahead and call this one a little too convenient to be probable, but it’s worth speculating regardless. Rumor has it that Intel is currently scoping Nvidia in a bid to contest AMD’s recent acquisition of ATI. Rumormongering alone was enough to send Nvidia stock surging to $38 per share. If this is indeed true, it can only negatively affect the consumer. I… Read More