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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Solution for Sudden MacBook Shutdowns

    , take a look at this DIY solution. An engineer from Germany took his own MacBook apart and seems to have found the problem. The cause? The heat sensor cable that sits next to the CPU’s heat sink. As the heat sink expands during use, the cable comes into contact with the sink and gets its insulation melted, thus shorting the cable and causing the MacBook to turn off. After a while, the… Read More

  • HP iPAQ rx4000 Mobile Media Companion: A PMP By Any Other Name…

    HP iPAQ rx4000 Mobile Media Companion: A PMP By Any Other Name…

    Oh boy. HP made a PMP. The iPaq rx4000 has a 2.8-inch screen and uses Windows Mobile 5.0 to play back MP3s and video. It’s also compatible with many VOIP apps so you can use it as a wee phone around the house over WiFi. Finally, you can hook up your phone with Bluetooth. Best of all? There’s a scroll wheel. Yeah. I know. Another mylo/Nokia 770-alike. Sorry. HP iPAQ rx4000 Mobile… Read More

  • IGN Wii Preview

    IGN Wii Preview

    If you’re interested in the Nintendo Wii and have about 30 miniutes to blow, I suggest you check out this IGN Weekly video from Lepizig. Battalion Wars 2 is the most notable of the games it showcases, the game play for it looks stellar. Redsteel looks as if it could have been immensely cool, had the swordplay mimicked actual controller movements, instead it simply responds to certain… Read More

  • Molecular Identification, Coming Soon

    Molecular Identification, Coming Soon

    MobileMagazine is reporting that scientists in the UK have developed a “molecule-based” ID tag–I guess technically any ID tag would be molecule-based, but I think they mean molecule-sized. Anyway, these new tags are created through a process dubbed molecular computation identification (MCID), a process that coerces molecules to produce light using a mixture of chemical. Read More

  • Q1 UMPC Accessories Hands-On

    Q1 UMPC Accessories Hands-On

    Slashgear got their hands on all of the fancy-pants accessories for the Samsung Q1 UMPC including a fancy keyboard that folds out of a delicate-looking faux-leather as well as an external optical drive. The overall opinion is that UMPCs are pretty cool but you might as well pick up a USB keyboard and optical drive if you’re not planning on going very portable with this thin. Samsung Q1… Read More

  • Canon EOS 40D Info Leaked

    Canon EOS 40D Info Leaked


    Canon is allegedly upgrading the EOS series to 40D on September 26th. The new camera will potentially have a 10.1-megapixel sensor, a 2.5-inch LCD and that anti-dust feature. Not much else right now, but we can assume the 30D will go down about $100 – just like with the Rebel XT – and this one will be priced at 30D levels, about $1,300. The image, BTW, is a mock-up. UPDATE… Read More

  • Sony UX-280P UMPC

    Sony UX-280P UMPC

    When not building exploding batteries, the busy bees at Sony are creating teeny-tiny computers for everyone to buy, be bored with, and then buy again. Case in point: the UX-280P. The original UX model, the 180P, came out eight weeks ago to much rejoicing. However, if you bought a 180P, you may want to fire up the old EBay because the 280P is quite a bit better. * Ultra-portable design… Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation: Democracy in Action Reminder

    Six Degrees of Crunchation: Democracy in Action Reminder


    Click through to view our three finalists in the creativity portion of the contest. We’ll leave voting open until Noon PST on TODAY since most U.S. folks are probably home for the long weekend by now… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Pimped Ride Edition

    Daily Crunch: Pimped Ride Edition

    Some stories from the past week: Garmin Nuvi 660 Shows Face
    Sprint Launches Treo 700wx. Surprise!
    DDR For the Rest of Your Body
    120mph Electric Car
    Apple Updates Mini Read More

  • MacBook Nastiness

    MacBook Nastiness

    Ooof… Maybe Intel is infecting these things with some latent Windows virii because everyone we know is having MacBook troubles. Take the famed Dave Winer, por ejemplo: I continue to have problems with all three of my Macs. The new black MacBook shuts down on its own in the middle of my work. The original G4 laptop is still blue-screening, and my dual CPU desktop G4 is blue-screening… Read More

  • Sprint Launches Treo 700wx. Surprise!

    Sprint Launches Treo 700wx. Surprise!

    I’m putting my cocktail down for a moment to tell you that (as expected) Sprint has launched the Treo 700wx. Our source’s specs were right on: 1.3 megapixel camera, Windows Mobile 5 and everything else is just as we expected, including the price at $499. The only real suprise is a minor one, and also the only thing different than the 700w: the wx has dial-up networking via EV-DO… Read More

  • Samsung to Launch Music Store

    . MTV’s done it. Even Wal-Mart has it’s own digital music store. So why not Samsung? While Apple gets it’s movie store ready, Samsung has announced that it will launch it’s own digital music download service, to be compatible with it’s own line of media players. Sure, they’re a a little late to the table, but the idea is that it’s better to have some… Read More

  • DDR For the Rest of Your Body

    DDR For the Rest of Your Body

    The Mossalibra is a new game aimed at dance clubs and parties. Using motion capturing technology to map the player’s movements, the game translates the player into a pixelated image. The image is then projected on to a wall, enabling everyone to watch what a bad dancer you are. Points are scored when you mimic other character’s movements or if you create something new and exciting. Read More

  • The Latest in Hardcore System Mods: Super NICs

    , it’s now just a place to plug-in a cable. Like WinModems of the ’90s, your NIC is just an interface, while your OS and CPU do all the real work of getting your porn downloaded. The Killer takes those pesky network-related tasks from your computer and handles them itself, improving system performance. The main sell, however, is the built-in features designed specifically for gamers. Read More

  • Happy Labor Day Weekend, Y'all

    team who brought this blog from 0 to 60 in about 2.5 seconds. Also, special thanks to you, our readers, for putting up with contest mix-ups and growing pains. I hope we’re keeping you happy. Read More

  • 6 Degrees of Crunchation Creativity-Off

    6 Degrees of Crunchation Creativity-Off


    Click through to view our three finalists in the creativity portion of the contest. We’ll leave voting open until Noon PST on Tuesday since most US folks are probably home for the long weekend by now… Read More

  • Routers in Cali Must Now Have Security Warnings

    Routers in Cali Must Now Have Security Warnings

    According to a new California law, any device “that includes an integrated and enabled wireless access point…[that] is manufactured on or after October 1, 2007, for use in a small office, home office, or residential setting, and that is used in a federally unlicensed spectrum,” will have to include some a warning about the dangers of not securing your wireless network. Read More

  • D-Link DNS-323 Network Attached Storage

    The DNS-323 is D-Link’s newest network attached storage (NAS) targeted towards the home and small business audience. It has a gigabit ethernet connection, something that’s very important for a NAS, and two SATA hard drive slots for storage. The DNS-323 can support RAID 1 for mirror your data, protecting your precious videos and iTunes music from being lost, something our own John B… Read More

  • Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2

    Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2

    Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2, with MTV’s Urge music service, is now availible for download . If you’re running WMA 11 Beta 1, you should probably get this ASAP. Beta 2 features: Fixing issues. Fixes have been made for issues that occurred in the first beta release of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP. Additional online stores are now available. More online stores are… Read More

  • Toshiba's HD-E1 and HD-XE1

    Toshiba's HD-E1 and HD-XE1

    The word is out: Toshiba is releasing two new second gen HD DVD players in Europe. Both the HD-E1 and HD-XE1 are on display at IFA, and are quite a step up compared to current Toshiba HD DVD players out here in America. The HD-XE1 goes full HD with 1080p resolution and an HDMI 1.3 port which supports 48-bit color. TheseHD DVD players have also gotten a whole lot prettier than the current… Read More