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  • Mac Ads Feature Giselle, Therapy

    Nick Starr has a very nice write up about the latest Mac ads featuring, in order, Giselle Bundchen, the PC gagging on something, and the two systems in therapy. The Giselle one, seen here, should be pretty hi-larious considering that John “PC” Hodgman’s girlfriend seems to be a guy I went to college with – yes, he wore a dress all the time, then, as well. With Nokia… Read More

  • Intel Restructures

    Last week we reported about a rumor circulating regarding Intel’s plan to restructure its organization, a process featuring mass layoffs–today it’s been quantified. The chip maker released a statement saying: Intel today announced plans for restructuring following an analysis of the company’s structure and efficiency. As a result of the restructuring, the company expects… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Luxury Living Edition

    Enjoy a selection from yesterday’s news: Guitar Mania Freedom V Wireless Guitar Controller
    Japanese Wine-Identifying Robot
    Teclast TL-T29 Video MP3 Player
    IGN Wii Preview
    Molecular Identification, Coming Soon Read More

  • Pantech Launches Satellite DMB Phone, U.S. Not Invited

    It’s always nice to see what we can’t have sometimes. Take this little DMB phone for example. It flips open like a Sidekick so you can watch DMB video through satellite connections and maybe do a little long form texting. While we’ll never see this here, it’s a pretty cool – if derivative – design. The LCD display is designed to pop up automatically at a… Read More

  • HP Beats Down Boardroom Leaker

    , to hire an outside electronic security firm to “mine” HP’s phone records to figure out who on her board made or received calls to CNET reporters. They found the culprit, but the resulting brouhaha will probably make tomorrow’s front page and there are probably going to be some heads rolling in Palo Alto come morning. We’ll keep you updated. Phone-Records Scandal… Read More

  • Another Day, Another iPhone Rumor

    I’ve been trying not to answer my phone if it’s another iPhone rumor, but it keeps ringing. I feel like every analyst on the planet is drunk dialing me at the same time. Eventually, you have to pick it up and allow them to ramble. This week is no different. The on-again-off-again rumors of Steve and company phoning home come from Shaw Wu, an analyst at American Technology Research. Read More

  • Guitar Mania Freedom V Wireless Guitar Controller

    The Ant Commandos (TAC) have announced the launch of the Freedom V Wireless Guitar Controller and the Shredder Guitar Controller for the Playstation 2, finally ending the demand for a wireless guitar controller. There are few things quite so frustrating as getting tangled up in your chord while trying to raise the axe for star power in those crucial solo moments. The Freedom V features the body… Read More

  • Litebook Kisses SAD Goodbye

    Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs when a season changes and an individual gets, well, sad (pun intended). Exposure to certain types of bright lights can trick circadian rhythm mechanism and suppress the melatonin that gives an individual a feeling of sadness. The Litebook features 24 bright white LEDs, a stand, and a clip. The device has been clinically proven and is 100% portable, allowing… Read More

  • Nokia New York Store Sneak Peek

    I usually don’t like the “stores” some companies open which are essentially advertising spaces that flog one brand or another. The Nokia store, strangely enough, is very different and very refreshing. First off, you can actually buy stuff there. All of the phones are available and there’s even a fancy Vertu lounge where Finnish podiatrists massage your instep while… Read More

  • Tzero Tech and Analog Devices Announce Wireless HDMI

    Tzero Technologies and Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) have introduced wireless HDMI suitable for any devices with HDMI compatibility. Pretty good timing if you ask me, the demand for HD and HD accessories is climbing very quickly. So how does the interface work? According to Gizmodo, the HDMI interface compresses data using JPEG 2000, an image compression standard with nearly unnoticeable artifacts. Read More

  • Microsoft MEDX

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a nice article about Microsoft’s ‘MEDX’ team. The team is responisble for looking at ways Microsoft can influence hardware manufacturing and finding what is “fun” in the computer market. The team name comes from the name of the new office that they’re working in, the “Mobile and Embedded Devices Experience design… Read More

  • New Samsung SCH-B590 is World's Skinniest DMB Phone

    Samsung unveiled their new SCH-B590 model today, and it looks great–y’know, if you’re into the whole “slimmer is sexier” thing. The phone boasts DMB, a 1.3MP camera and an MP3 player, so that the Koreans can keep playing with all the stuff we know exists but can only dream about one day getting our hands on. This thing claims to be the “thinnest DMB phone on… Read More

  • New Samsung Clamshell Smartphone Surfaces

    of an unannounced Samsung smartphone that appears to be targeted atBlackberry fans. The clamshell smartphone features Windows Mobile 5, is made for GSM/EDGE networks (with UMTS support), has a 2MP auto-focus external camera and a second internal camera for video conferencing. A MicroSD slot, FM receiver and stereo Bluetooth round this camera out nicely, from a features… Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchiation: The Verdict

    Alright ladies and gents, the ballots are in and tabulated. Ashish was victorious with 83 votes, beating out Ben by only four. Peter finished last with 22 votes, better luck next time, buddy. You’re all winners in my book, but only one of you gets a brand new Kodak v603. I hope you all enjoyed the contest. We have more in the works. Stay tuned for those. Read More

  • Verizon Quietly Drops First American OLED Handset

    . With little fanfare, OLED finally comes to North America thanks to Nokia (via Pantech), with the new Nokia 6215i. This lightweight clamshell features not one, but two OLED displays, an internal at 128×128 pixels, and an external at 96×64. The phone also features a VGA camera with flash and auto-timer, speakerphone, and voice-dialing. This is notable because OLED, as a… Read More

  • Hitachi CinemaStar C5K160 For Laptops, Small DVRs

    Hitachi’s newest perpendicular-recording hard drive for notebooks is the C5K160. Like the name, it holds 160GB of “stuff”, and is the standard 2.5-inch laptop hard drive form-factor. But in addition to notebooks, this is going to be used in small digital video recorders (DVRs) next to your TV. DVR makers would use this instead of desktop 3.5-inch hard drives because of… Read More

  • SanDisk Sansa Base Station For e200 and c200 MP3 Players

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/storage. The dock recharges your player in addition to connecting your PC to upload songs. You can also use the included RCA audio cable to pipe music out to a larger home stereo, which is nice if the Sansa is the only music player in your house besides your PC. The price is set at $69 and should be available in… Read More

  • BenQ DC C1000 10-Megapixel Point and Shoot

    The DC C1000 from BenQ is heavy on features but light on weight, which is just the way we like our point-and-shoots. It has a 10.1 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, a 2.4-inch TFT LCD screen, MPEG4 VGA quality video recording a 30fps, and 24MB of internal storage. The C100 also has SD card support, and is powered by 2 AA batteries, which makes it easy to carry spare batteries while… Read More

  • Japanese Wine-Identifying Robot


    The Japanese, ever so robotically inclined, have developed a Robot that analyzes a wine’s chemical composition without having to taste the wine. And good thing too, because nobody likes a drunk robot. The 2-foot robot has a infrared spectrometer as its right hand, which shoots a beam into the bottle of wine and allows it to analyze the chemical composition instantly. It’s still in… Read More