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  • Verizon Enables Speakerphone on Chocolate

    Verizon today dropped a firmware update that you Chocolate lovers have been waiting for. V04 of the firmware for the sexy, touch-sensitive slider is out, and it enables the speakerphone feature that, for some reason, was disabled when it first shipped. The downside is you can’t update yourself. To flash the firmware, you’ve gotta take the phone into your nearest authorized VZN… Read More

  • Dock and Battery for iPod, in One

    Meet the XTremeMac MicroPack Multimedia Dock & Battery. That’s the name of this little beastie, and that’s only half what it does. These fellows took a standard dock, something many ipod owners need, and added a chargable battery, volume controls, and dual headphones-out with line-out. The battery offers 80 hours (!?) of audio playback, which should come out to about 15 hours… Read More

  • X06: Guitar Hero 2 Coming To Xbox 360

    X06: Guitar Hero 2 Coming To Xbox 360

    Yes! Activision has confirmed that Guitar Hero 2 will be coming to the Xbox 360! I’ve been waiting for someone to confirm that since I heard rumors of it coming to other consoles. That isn’t the only good news either. The game will also feature a new controller (modeled after a Gibson Explorer) exclusively designed for the Xbox 360. No information if the controller will be wireless… Read More

  • SDRs Are Wonderful. If You Don't Believe Me, Ask MobileCrunch

    Our sister-site MobileCrunch has an exclusive on a new flexible baseband radio coming from the folks at Sandbridge Technologies. The software-defined radio, or SDR, would be a viable replacement for the radios found in mobile handsets allowing you to switch amongst different standards by changing the radio’s software. Or at least that’s how my tiny mind has processed the information. Read More

  • T-Mobile Dash Coming October 16th

    Engadget has scored a scoop giving details on the forthcoming T-Mobile Dash, including the launch date, set for October 16. You’ll recall our coverage of the Dash from a couple weeks ago. It’s T-Mobile’s answer to Verizon’s Motorola Q. It’s also their branding of the HTC Excalibur, a qwerty-sporting, Windows Mobile 5-toting smartphone. It’s aimed at… Read More

  • X06: Marvel Universe Online Coming To Xbox 360 And Windows Vista

    X06: Marvel Universe Online Coming To Xbox 360 And Windows Vista

    Microsoft Game Studios and Marvel Entertainment have confirmed that Cryptic Studios will be the developers of the highly anticipated Marvel Universe Online. Cryptic Studios is known for its big MMO City of Heroes, which is actually a great game. Marvel Universe Online will follow the same footsteps as City of Heroes, and will actually be the second MMO released for Xbox 360, and the only… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Uprade Coming In 2007

    Xbox 360 Uprade Coming In 2007

    Chartered Semiconductor of Singapore has announced that they’re manufacturing an upgraded CPU for the Xbox 360 using 65nm instead of 90nm. The new CPU isn’t going to enhance performance, but it’s going to (hopefully) stop the Xbox 360 from overheating. The new CPU is also cheaper to manufacture, which also opens a little bit of space for a 360 price drop, depending on how… Read More

  • iZak Stores Your Media Files And Plays Them!

    The Unibrain iZak is a portable hard drive that along with storing your music, video and image files will allow you to connect to a TV for playback. I was taken with the idea for about 10 seconds until I remembered that Iomega made basically the same device a year ago, the Screenplay. However, it looks like the iZak has the edge because it has a digital audio out as well as the ability to… Read More

  • Crappy Video Of Motorola Vending Machine

    I stopped by Macy’s today to play with the new Motorola vending machine. I need a new phone, but I’m not sure that I want a PEBL or SLVR (which were the only upgrades available to me since I have a RAZR and they were out of Qs). The machine is pretty sweet, and it has instructions on how to change your service over to your new phone. Also available were mono and stereo… Read More

  • Senate Proposes New ESRB Legislation

    Senate Proposes New ESRB Legislation

    The Truth in Video Game Rating Act, proposed by Senator Sam Brownback, requires the ESRB to actually play the fully completed game. Currently, ESRB rates the game based on a video demonstration given to them by the developers. Just for the record, I’ve never once played a violent or non-violent game and decided the ESRB rating was inappropriate. Brownback also stated, “It would… Read More

  • X06: Microsoft Teams Up With Peter Jackson

    X06: Microsoft Teams Up With Peter Jackson

    Today, at Microsoft’s X06 press event, Microsoft announced a new partner ship with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and screenwriter Fran Walsh to develop a new series for the Xbox 360. Microsoft stated that the project will not be Halo 3, but will take place in the Halo universe. The goal of the partnership is to “create new stories and redefine the way they are told”. Read More

  • Jyngle: Let the World Know It's a Snow Day

    Jyngle: Let the World Know It's a Snow Day

    Got to get in touch with the folks from the bowling league? PTA? The BDSM Orgy Planning Committee? Why not give them a Jyngle. Jyngle is a mass SMS/event planning system that allows users to create and contact groups via cell phone. While most of the interface is web-based, there is some phone interaction. It also verifies all numbers before sending out mass-mailings to a group. Read More

  • Xbox 360 HD DVD Will Be $199 In November

    Xbox 360 HD DVD Will Be $199 In November

    Microsoft’s finally confirmed their Xbox 360 HD DVD drive will be $199 in the US starting mid-November. The player will include a HD DVD version of King Kong (meh) and an Xbox 360 Universal Remote (damn it, I already bought one). There will be around 150 HD DVD movies available when the drive is launched, so you won’t be stuck watching that snoozefest King Kong unless you really… Read More

  • Onkyo DS-A2 Remote Interactive

    Onkyo DS-A2 Remote Interactive

    Onkyo announced today the DS-A2 iPod dock, an update to to the DS-A1. The new dock can display track listings and video on a TV. It includes a dedicated remote control and can be paired with any A/V receiver. If users connect the unit to an Onkyo receiver, it can be controlled via the receivers remote. And, of course, it charges docked iPods. Press Release Read More

  • Mercora M Streams CD-Quality Music To Your Windows Mobile 5 Phones

    The upcoming M service from Mercora will do you one better than the mythical iPhone. It will let you access your entire music library on the fly no matter where you are – as long as you have phone reception. The program installs on your WM5 phone and connects to your home computer, which then streams tunes over your mobile data to your phone. Additional features are the ability to listen… Read More

  • Nunchuk Disembowled

    Nunchuk Disembowled

    If you were itching to see what’s inside of the Nintendo Wii Nunchuk controller, Gameworld has accepted the task and dissected a perfectly healthy controller. They have a 10 pic spread of Nunchuk guts that showcases that controllers internals. Not very informative, but perhaps worth the 13 seconds it’ll take to click and scroll. The Guts of the Wii Nunchuk [Gameworld Network] Read More

  • Archos 504 Video Player Now Available

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/dock. That way, you can record shows directly onto this player and just take it with you whenever you need to go. Other features: camcorder storage connectivity, MP3/WAV/WMA playback, and photo storage. You can pick one up now for 499 Euro or $893. Product Page [Archos via dapreview] Read More

  • Comcast Download Store Will be in Windows Media High Definition Format

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/Set-Top-Box in order to view them on your TV. But the news is that the format of the files will be in WMV HD. What does that mean to you? Well, apparently you'll be able to burn a non-DRM copy of it to play back in DVD players that can play WMV HD. You can play back the downloaded WMV HD file on your computer, but only… Read More

  • Powerisers Jumping Stilts

    Powerisers Jumping Stilts

    I find myself wanting to try these things even though the experiment would surely end with me crumpled in the pavement. Assuming, however, that I possessed some of that coordination stuff people are always talking about, I’d probably be somewhat inclined to give it a go. It promises to increase the wearers jump height by 6-feet and stride length to 9-feet. No word on maximum weight… Read More

  • RIYL: Hatin' On Sony's Reader

    yesterday is dead in the water. Oh, wait, maybe it does. Or at least so says David Rothman over at TeleRead as he compared it to the Edsel, an automobile failure beyond compare in 1958. His key arguments are certainly not offbase – monochrome screen, general suckiness of DRM, only 10,000 or so titles, no backlight, and a relatively high cost for a very limited product. However, all… Read More