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  • Vista Offers Audio Upgrade

    Vista Offers Audio Upgrade

    Finally, some good news coming out of Vista-world. It seems that Vista will have quite a few high-end audio features including volume equalization and speaker tuning. For example, Vista will support microphone arrays for better speech recognition and will also add Bass Boost and surround-sound simulation for laptop users. Most of these functions were once offloaded to hardware or run by… Read More

  • Sonicare e9500 Hands-On

    Sonicare e9500 Hands-On

    Brushing your teeth is one of those morning activities that everyone has to do, but few people actually think about. It’s a mechanical motion. Sometimes I do it so absentmindedly, that I can’t remember if I’ve already done it until I realize that my mouth tastes like toothpaste. But for all the thought that doesn’t go into the process, the toothbrush is one of the… Read More

  • CS FM07 Wireless Card Reader and FM Transmitter

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/MMC flash cards and USB-enabled storage devices like a thumb drive or a USB hard drive. When you plug in any of these, the player will stream music over FM to your car or home stereo, albeit only on one of 7 frequencies. The reader and transmitter is powered by your car's cig adapter or 7 AAA batteries. When you're… Read More

  • IBM Shipping Wii Chips

    IBM Shipping Wii Chips

    IBM announced today that it has begun shipping Power Architecture-based chips to Nintendo for use in the Wii. Yet we still have no definite price or release date. Maybe Nintendo is planning to pull an Apple-esque move where they announce everything and it’s available immediately. Maybe, but probably not. I want to play “Battalion Wars 2,” so hurry up dammit. Wii Chip… Read More

  • Plug and Play Atari Keychains

    Plug and Play Atari Keychains

    In lighter news, ThinkGeek is selling these teeny-tiny Atari controller key chains. The best part? Each keychain contains a completely playable version s of Atari classics. To play, you connect a six-foot cord to your TV and select a game. The keychains run on 3 AAA batteries and act just like real Atari controllers. Joystick 1 – Asteroids and Millipede Joystick 2 – Centipede… Read More

  • HP Spies Hacked Reporter's Phone

    HP Spies Hacked Reporter's Phone

    OK. Hacking your board is one thing – if you want to be a dick, go ahead, Ms. Dunn – but this is another matter entirely. Apparently a the same company that Dunn hired to dig out the mole in her own board also perused records from CNET.com and the Wall Street Journal by posing as employees of those companies. The hack, which MSNBC calls pretexting but we all know as social… Read More

  • Nokia Ponders What's in a Name

    Nokia Ponders What's in a Name

    Following the success of phones such as the RAZR, which has now essentially become ubiquitous, Nokia has decided that it too will begin naming some of its newer phones. Keithy Pardy, head of marketing for the cell giant, also admitted to being slow on the uptake of thin phones, but said it’s working on thin models and “looking at what’s next.” Not sure where we can… Read More

  • Latvians Might Not Want to Marry Vista, But Know It's Been Around the Block

    Latvians Might Not Want to Marry Vista, But Know It's Been Around the Block

    AFP is reporting that Latvians – they’re in Europe – are all a’twitter about Microsoft Vista. Vista, it seems, means “fowl” or “frumpy woman” in Latvian, evoking images of Microsoft Windows Russian Bathroom Attendant Edition. “Everybody in my office bursts out laughing whenever I start talking about the new operating system,”… Read More

  • CrunchGear and the Race to 2000

    CrunchGear and the Race to 2000

    Alright everybody, it’s time for a new CrunchGear contest, this one will produce a sole victor who will receive an iPod Nano. The object is simple: comment. That’s it. Really. The person who makes the 2000th comment will receive the Nano and, of course, eternal fame and glory. I should note that ideally we’re looking for reasonably insightful comments, so please don’t… Read More

  • Yahoo! Go for TV Ups the Ante

    Yahoo! Go for TV Ups the Ante

    Yahoo! Go for TV is a downloadable video recording software that works with your TV tuner card and creates a Media Center-alike experience on almost any PC. It came out a few months ago, but now they’ve added Flickr integration, picture-in-picture functionality, movie recommendations, and local network music streaming. The service is obviously free and probably one of the few ideas in… Read More

  • Apple Posts Macbook "Support" Page


    Apple has put together a support page for those of you who’s fancy Macbooks have been shutting down on their own accord. It consists of a link to AppleCare. There’s very little no other information on the page, and no explanation at all, but if you’re having the problem, they’ve got a fix. It’s not on their page, but Yours Truly called up his buddy Steve Jobs to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Shredded Gadget Edition

    Daily Crunch: Shredded Gadget Edition

    Here are some highlights from the news of the last 24 hours: Clip Stix: Handy Little MP3 Player
    iCarta iPod Dock and Toilet Paper Holder Reviewed
    Philips Touchscreen Message Board
    Hand Powered Paper, Credit Card and CD Shredder
    Disney Produces Crappy Cameras for Kids Read More

  • Amazon's Unbox Movie Download Service Launched

    Amazon's Unbox Movie Download Service Launched

    And so it begins: Amazon has launched their movie download page called Unbox and is offering a free television show – just to let n00bs get a handle on things – and TV episode downloads for about $1.99 and movies for about $15. Do the Right Thing, for example, is $36. Each “purchase” gives you a DVD-quality video file and a Windows Media file for portable devices. It… Read More

  • Is Apple Resurrecting the Cube?

    Before the Mac Mini, Apple experimented with the G4 Cube. The Cube was Steve Jobs’s fully capable, yet ultimately ill-fated, foray into the world of computers-as-art. While most users balked at the high-price tag and very limited expandability, many others found that having something you wanted to look at as a computer was worth the extra dinero. I personally know a few people with… Read More

  • Clip Stix: Handy Little MP3 Player

    I’ve got an iPod, a Treo, a Tungsten T3 and camera, all able to play MP3s. While I generally use my iPod for my on-the-go needs, sometimes it’s a little big. I’d feel silly going out and getting a Nano (who needs 2 iPods? Really. No, you don’t). But I love the idea of unique, almost-disposable MP3 players. And I love the idea of one that you can clip to pretty much… Read More

  • NIMF Game Ratings Summit

    NIMF Game Ratings Summit

    The National Institute on Media and the Family organization has announced the National Video Game Summit. The two-day event will address issues about video game ratings and how inappropriate games are being available to minors. The summit will be moderated by Dr. David Walsh, president of the organization, and Doug Gentile, Iowa State University-Center for the Study of Violence. So what… Read More

  • Nintendo Reconfirms Wii Units

    Nintendo Reconfirms Wii Units

    Nintendo of America released an official statement today saying that they are still planning to have six million units of the Wii console shipped worldwide before March 31, 2007. Nintendo has still yet to say what day the console will be launched on or how much it will be selling for. Despite the unknown launch date, a number of accessories are popping up for preorder on the GameStop… Read More

  • Disney Produces Crappy Cameras for Kids

    Disney Produces Crappy Cameras for Kids

    Disney, makers of most things mouse, are now launching a line of cameras with interesting capabilities aimed at children. Of the ones being offered currently, the Pix Max is the most powerful, offering 3 megapixels, a 1.5-inch LCD screen and auto-flash. There is also some limited in-camera editing in the form of picture frames. There will also be a camcorder version called the Disney… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Price to Decrease Annually

    Xbox 360 Price to Decrease Annually

    It looks like the Xbox 360’s going to come down in price year by year. Microsoft VP of the Xbox Product Group Todd Holmdahl mentioned the price decrease to Reuters. This makes plenty of sense, as the world starts to see how much the PS3 is going to cost, they will be reminded that the 360 is getting cheaper and cheaper. Hell, it’ll be half as cheap as Sony’s machine when it… Read More

  • iCarta iPod Dock and Toilet Paper Holder Reviewed


    Gizmodo got their hands and, uh, other things, on the iCarta iPod Dock and Toilet Paper holder. After “exercising every function” of this unit, they gave it a good score. Why? Well, because it was pretty easy to install, sounded fairly decent, and did a pretty good job with everything it was supposed to. The only troubles they ran into was with their 3G iPod. Apparently the… Read More