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  • Emancipate Yourself From iTunes Slavery

    , a program that will play your music on any computer, even one without iTunes. The iPod and iTunes are both great products, but to some the inability to use it anywhere and everywhere is a bit grating. This definitely settles the score. Hack Attack: Add music and movies to your iPod from any computer without iTunes [Lifehacker] Read More

  • Competitive Gaming Goes Hollywood


    Amish competitive gaming uses no electricity. With the rise of real “faces” like Fatal1ty and his ilk, competitive gaming is starting to really hit NASCAR levels. Major League Gaming is now working on bringing competitive gaming footage to TV, mobiles, and online for the amusement of ever-ravenous fans. Their deal, in partnership with Flame Ventures and talent agency Endeavor… Read More

  • Japanese Keychain Fobs: Gizmo Never Looked So Great

    Ahh, the Japanese — forever misreading cultural clues. These cellphone fobs are fairly cool. There’s a Gremling in there and some sort of green pea thing and a kewpie doll. But what’s this? A Sambo charm? A smoking baby? Something must be in the water over at Japanese Cellphone Fob Design Central. Only in Japan: Politically incorrect phone charms [Mad4MobilePhones] Read More

  • Apple Caught Red-Handed!


    Is it any surprise that folks are coming out of the woodwork and threatening to sue Apple over the iPhone? At least this one might have some validity‚Ķmaybe. Quantum Research is already suing Apple for allegedly stealing touch-screen technology for the iPod’s clickwheel and now they’re prepared to fight over possible patent infringements linked to the iPhone. Duncan Bryan… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Surgical Advice Edition

    Ding Dong Ding Dong Ding, Bananaphone
    Gamers Make Better Surgeons
    LCD + BB Gun = Art
    Running Over the Nokia N76 With a Limo
    Bill and Steve’s Excellent Adventure Read More

  • Unreleased Consoles That Could Have Been, But Weren't

    While we watch the horizon for signs of a black Xbox or discounted PS3 or any store with a Wii in stock, we’d like to share Techeblog’s list of top five game systems that never made it to store shelves, let alone to gamers brains. Our fave is the Sega Neptune, mostly because it actually looks like it would have been cool (for the time). There are, of course, others. I personally… Read More

  • Latest System Update for MacBooks Includes 3G Drivers for Novatel

    Apple today released a system update for MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops that includes drivers for popular Novatel 3G WWAN adapters, including the current ExpressCard offerings from Cingular and ExpressCard and USB modems from Sprint and Verizon. The updates are installed automagically with via Software Update. When cellular carriers started rolling out their 3G networks, many Mac users… Read More

  • Top Five Vista Annoyances, Courtesy PC World

    Regular readers by now know that I bag on Vista from time to time. It’s true, I do. But I’m the kind of guy who’s main irritation comes from things that could be better, but aren’t. When things (or people) don’t live up to their potential, I get frustrated. Thus my displeasure with Vista. There are some great things in the OS, but overall it wasn’t well… Read More

  • LCD + BB Gun = Art

    http://flash.revver.com/player/1.0/player.swf As much as we love the gear we cover, we still like to see it get abused sometimes. Who hasn’t taken their busted-ass phone and thrown it from a parking garage to see the plastic splash pattern it leaves behind? Yah, we know you have. It has something to do with the pre-teen urge to blow up your G.I. Joes with firecrackers, we think. We… Read More

  • Cnet on Windows Mobile 6: Better, but Not Yet Great

    We make fun of Windows Mobile here at CrunchGear HQ all the time. The clunky, ill-thought-out OS is just not what a mobile OS should be: simple. That being said, Windows Mobile 6, aka Crossbow, is showing itself to be a conscious, formulated upgrade rather than a slap-dash of bug fixes, which is a start. The good folks at CNet put WinMo 6 through its paces and have given it a positive… Read More

  • Bill and Steve's Excellent Adventure

    You remember that party you had a few months ago, where your buddy and his ex-girlfriend both showed up? You know, the ones that don’t ever get along, but they pretended to for your benefit? That’s what May 30 might look like, as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates take the stage together at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital conference. But they won’t be discussing a… Read More

  • Treo 700wx Comes to Verizon, Finally

    , including support for DUN, a 1.3-Megapixel camera, 128MB of internal RAM (though you can only use 60), and support for full-sized SD cards. We still think that Palm was a little nuts for switching half their lineup to Windows Mobile, but it does have its fans, and in the end it’s partially responsible for keeping the company afloat. In addition, the enhancements Palm made to the OS on… Read More

  • Microsoft's VPC Goes Free

    If you’re looking to run a virtual computer on your computer, Microsoft is doing something unusual for itself: it’s hooking you up free. As of today, Virtual PC is free, but only for Windows users. This is in keeping with Microsoft’s virtualization scheme, which positions software like Virtual PC as test environments and ways to run virtual secure servers within one… Read More

  • Wiitube: Social Networking for the Nunchuck Set

    , so you know it’s got to be good. What’s it all about? What are the two best things in the world of technology today? Obviously it is the Nintendo Wii and Uploading Videos. So why not combine them? Oh, we did, and we got Wiitube! Clearly, niches must be filled, people. Niches must be filled! Site Read More

  • The Full XM+Sirius Announcement Call

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=2086083982842883267&hl=en Here is the entire XM+Sirius earnings call that went out yesterday along with all of the slides. Great stuff. Why does Mel Karmazin love “best-of-breed” so much? Thanks, EarningsCast! Read More

  • The Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge


    Happy Mardi Gras everybody. I’ve pried myself away from our drunken debauchery for a moment to give you an update on our Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge. First of all, let me make some clarifications. Only original workspace pictures will be accepted. With that in mind, please submit more than one picture of your workspace. Multiple shots will help to ensure authenticity and to give… Read More

  • Crook Uses Wiimote As A Weapon

    A crook in Nagoya, Japan was caught stealing an extra Wiimote in a Bic Camera store and was faced with two security guards blocking his escape route. Rather than drop the goods, throw his hands up, and surrender peacefully, the robber pulled a Wii Sports and smacked up the two guards with the Wiimote. The guards suffered broken bones and chest injuries, but that’s nothing compared to… Read More

  • Sling Media Developing Networking Equipment

    It seems that Sling Media is looking to break into the networking business. According to a recent forum post, Sling is working on an 85Mbps powerline networking adaptor called SlingLink Turbo. The device will be used in conjunction with Sling’s current line of Slingboxes and is set to be unveiled on February 27th. A bridge and switch combo is also being worked on by Sling and is expected… Read More

  • Ding Dong Ding Dong Ding, Bananaphone

    Mad4MobilePhones has a cute little article on some unique vintage cellphone kits that include a rotary phone, a banana, and a Zack Morris phone. Take the Bananaphone (pictured above) for instance. This plastic, yet realistic, fruit called Banokia hooks up to a cellphone as a hands free set so you can act extremely serious whilst walking down the street with a banana held up to your ear. The… Read More

  • Those Chinese Love Them Some Texting

    If you thought your high school girlfriend sent a lot of SMSs, wait ’till you see what China is predicting. The Xinhua news agency said Monday that it expects over 14 billion text messages to be sent during the Lunar New Year. Keep in mind, this is just during one week! China Unicom and China Mobile have both adjusted their networks to compensate for the increase in traffic. Plus, with… Read More