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  • Pantech PN-218 Compact Flip Phone On Alltel

    Pantech PN-218 Compact Flip Phone On Alltel

    Alltel’s not usually known for their fashionable phones, but this small compact-sized compact-like phone from Pantech will be available from Alltel here in the US. It has a 1.8-inch TFT screen, and a 1.0-inch external screen on the outside. A VGA camera, Brew 2.1 capability, speakerphone, and voice memo completes the package. Although this phone is small, it’s fairly thick too. Read More

  • Apple's New Xserve

    Apple's New Xserve

    In case you weren’t one of the lucky few that made it to WWDC, this is what Apple’s new Xserve looks like. Most of us won’t have any need for it, but for our IT drone readers that happen to work with Xserves, take a good look. Apple’s new server [CNET] Read More

  • O2 Ice Cellphone

    O2 Ice Cellphone

    Only available from the UK provider O2, this Ice phone looks nice and won’t break your bank. Only 99 pounds, or $187, on a pre-pay plan will get you this 1.3 megapixel cameraphone with a bonus VGA camera on the front for video conferencing. It also has MP3, Bluetooth, USB, 32MB of internal memory and a microSD slot for extra storage. 3G has never been so cheap. Well, at least not in… Read More

  • USB Ass Cooler

    USB Ass Cooler

    With this USB Ass Cooler, the Japanese have officially cooled everything you can think of. Now, not only can I keep my drink cool and my jacket cool, the old bum-meister can stay chilly as well. This gadget goes onto your seat, plugs into your USB, and is pretty much a fan that blows air into your ass. It costs 4800 Yen, or $41. This kind of stuff makes me wonder what Japanese engineers are… Read More

  • Marriott Hotels Ready Wireless Check-In

    Marriott Hotels Ready Wireless Check-In

    Mariott International has announced an initiative that will allow guests to check-in wirelessly with Microsoft Windows Mobile-based smartphones. The process end-to-end Intel Architecture and proprietary software from Arrive. This will enable guests to check into their rooms while in a cab on the way to the hotel from the airport. Through the software, users can change room types, get… Read More

  • Brain XP

    Brain XP

    Livescience reports that the brain, when waking, will boot up like a computer. Nitric oxide seems to be the “on” switch of the brain, as when the person wakes it triggers certain functions that will set the scene for increasingly complex activities—such as going to the bathroom. Scientists have found that the thalamus might not be the primitive structure they had… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Snakes on a Plane Edition

    Daily Crunch: Snakes on a Plane Edition

    Lots of big stories dropped yesterday and, as always, we want to make sure that you caught the major ones. Here are some of the highlights from Thursday, August 16: TomTom ONE GPS Released In North America Boeing Drops Connexion More Microsoft Zune Details Logitech Launches iPod Speakers Masterlock Bested? Read More

  • CrunchedGear: The Crunchiest

    CrunchedGear: The Crunchiest

    Alright everybody, it’s Friday and our CrunchedGear contest is in full swing. We’re looking for pictures of your most beaten up gear–cracked, smashed, destroyed, etc. The more broken, the better. Our lucky, or unlucky depending on how you look at it, winners can choose among a Norelco 7240XL or any of these items from Proporta: Proporta BlackBerry 8700 hard case Proporta… Read More

  • AMD-based Dells

    AMD-based Dells

    Attention AMD fans, Dell announced today that it will be building desktops and 2P server with AMD processors. Reports have estimated that Dell will prepare between 1 million and 1.2 million new AMD based desktops, and 800,000 AMD based notebooks. This is a huge step for AMD, but rumor has it that it is a ploy by Dell to encourage Intel to lower their prices on processors and not an actual move… Read More

  • Boeing Drops Connexion

    Boeing Drops Connexion

    Citing financial problems with the program, Boeing announced today that it would be discontinuing its Connexion broadband service. Company chief Jim McNerney said, “Regrettably, the market for this service has not materialized as had been expected. We believe this decision best balances the long-term interests of all parties with a stake in Connexion by Boeing.” Regrettably… Read More

  • 3com 3108 Gets FCC'ed

    3com 3108 Gets FCC'ed

    This WiFi VoIP phone from 3com has just gotten its FCC seal of approval. The 3108 SIP and does not offer Skype compatibility. It functions on 802.11b/g networks and has a range of 65 – 165ft indoors and 820ft with no obstructions. The phone features an 1.8in color display, an external 2.4Ghz antenna and various options to store numbers. Its firmware can also be updated via WiFi. Read More

  • More Microsoft Zune Details

    Gizmodo has the scoop on more Zune details today, following up their Zune Pictures with tidbits on how the UI and case looks. The most disappointing detail is that the scroll wheel isn’t actually a scroll wheel. It’s actually just a set of four buttons embedded in the wheel. Oh well. The UI looks like Media Center, with the transparent fonts and alphabetical speed… Read More

  • Quad-core is On the Way

    Quad-core is On the Way

    Thought Two Cores was enough? It isn’t. Really. Intel confirmed today that they will be releasing a 2.67 GHz quad-core Core 2 Extreme this holiday season. Drooling, yet? The processor is named Kentsfield and will host two dual-core Conroe cores on one package. The processor will be beefed up, increasing its L2 cache from 4MB to 8MB, which will serve to make multi-tasking much more seamless. Read More

  • HD DVD Becomes Legitimate

    HD DVD Becomes Legitimate

    Well it was only a matter of time, but HD DVD porn has made it’s debut. An aptly named studio called GLAY’z will be releasing a Japanese title that apparently translates to “Slave Room,” but my Japanese is rusty (aka nonexistent). Judging from the NSFW cover though, the name seems appropriate enough. So now that porn is available on both HD DVD and Blu-ray, I guess we… Read More

  • Upcoming Verizon Chocolate Flip-Phone

    Upcoming Verizon Chocolate Flip-Phone

    This doesn’t look like the LG KG810 Chocolate (it has a different wheel), but it is definitely a flip-phone version of the Chocolate, headed for Verizon some time in the near future. Howard Forums [via Phone Arena] Read More

  • Zune: Secrets and Lies

    Zune: Secrets and Lies

    iLounge has some hot dope on the Zune including a description of the UI and some of its fancy wireless features. Here’s some pithy info: Wi-Fi: Eh. Apparently you can use the Wi-fi feature to “loan” other Zune owners music for some short period (a day), giving them the opportunity to buy the tracks themselves from the Zune music store. While this is a cool idea, and could… Read More

  • Apple Denies Wireless iPod

    Apple Denies Wireless iPod

    DigiTimes, the people who brought us word that the Xbox 360 was definitely $200 by Christmas time, spills the beans again on Apple’s Taiwan branch saying they were not working on a wireless iPod. Usually, Apple doesn’t’ confirm or deny upcoming projects, but on account of Apple Taiwan getting 1/3 of their staff slashed, the remaining workers probably didn’t care what… Read More

  • Aigo A/V Wristwatch

    Aigo A/V Wristwatch

    The Aigo F209 is an all-in-one wristwatch that features a 160 x 128 OLED display. It is capable of playing MP3 and WMA audio and can run MPEG-4 XVID/AVI video. The F209 is available in 512mb and 1gb models. We’ll prolly see more and more consolidated devices like this, but for now I’m willing to bet that any product of this nature sucks. I do love the color scheme though and I… Read More

  • The Optimus Mini Three Keyboard Exists

    The Optimus Mini Three Keyboard Exists


    Thinkgeek got their hands on a final production sample of the Optimus Mini Three keyboard; the keyboard that only has three keys. Despite that, each key has an OLED display on it that you can use to show whatever you want. Examples are weather, how much free memory you have, how much your current CPU usage is, or a 3FPS webcam stream. It’s only Windows compatible for now, but Mac and… Read More

  • Stick 1-Line Phone Router

    Stick 1-Line Phone Router

    So you’ve got a phone, a fax, a TiVo and your old Windows 95 machine running AOL dial-up all hooked up to the wall, sharing a single phone line. Do you order 4 lines and pay out the nose? Of course not, you get the Phone Router, which “screens and automatically routes all voice, fax, and modem calls to the right equipment every time.” We’re not sure how this magic… Read More