• Help-Key: How to hack a guitar stomp box for Star Power in Rock Band

    Help-Key is a column I write for CrunchGear that has hacks and how-tos so you can live a better life. I know, I’m an altruist. But sometimes I find someone else’s hack and think it’s better than anything I could come up with. Such is Bashhh’s hack for a Rock Band guitar stomp box. This is an awesome idea and I’m jealous I didn’t think of it first. See… Read More

  • European Parliament objects to plans to kick pirates off the Internet


    Danzig will perform at the U.S. Congress this summer The [toothless] European Parliament doesn’t like the idea of disconnecting pirates from the Internet. Such proposals have been drawn up by the French and British, and MPs have officially voiced their opposition. The relevant amendment to the Guy Bono Report, which has the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in the verbiage… Read More

  • Angie's List Gets $35 Million in New Investment From Battery Ventures

    Everybody’s got an opinion, and if you can collect them together that can be worth quite a bit of money. Angie’s List, one of the largest sites for local service provider ratings, has received $35 million from Battery Ventures, bringing its total funding to $48M. Battery will now hold a minority stake in the company. Angie’s List was founded in 1995, and provides users… Read More

  • Twinkle, the iPhone Twitter client now available

    Twinkle, the Twitter client we talked about yesterday is available. Add “http://www.polarbearfarm.com/repo/” to Installer.app’s feed list and Twinkle away. Looks like MobileTwitter++. Read More

  • Preorder your Canon Rebel XSi, get hugz from me


    The newest iteration of Canon’s Rebel X__ series is available for pre-order. I’m actually considering upgrading my Rebel XT to this model, the XSi/450D because the changes are actually significant (more useful pixels, live view, bigger LCD, etc). However, I’m not really interested in paying for a useless lens along with my camera, so I’m going to go with the body… Read More

  • Homestar Runner, Strong Bad WiiWare games soon

    Nice. I like it. If you’ve been aimlessly drifting about the world wide web for any substantial period of time, you’ve undoubtedly come across (and spent several hours on) Homestarrunner.com — a fantastical world made of wonderful Flash cartoons starring hilarious characters. In June, we’ll see the first of five episodic WiiWare games from the “Strong… Read More

  • Shopflick: Bringing Home-Video Shopping To The Web (Beta Invites)

    It was only a matter of time before someone created an online video-shopping marketplace. Mix together eBay and YouTube and you get Shopflick, a Los Angeles-based startup in private beta that wants to bring the art of video selling to the Web. Sellers can set up shop with their own page highlighting their store and the products they have for sale. Most of the information is presented in… Read More

  • Dell coming to Future Shop in Canada tomorrow

    The Canadians gave us The Kids in the Hall, one of the greatest sketch comedy troupes in the history of North American comedy. It appears that we’re now half-assedly returning the favor, as Dell computers will be sold in all 131 Future Shop retail stores and online at FutureShop.ca, starting tomorrow. Some of the available Dell products include; the Inspiron 1525 laptop, the XPS 1330… Read More

  • Oh. My. God: A true ani-digi mechanical

    A lot of folks won’t quite get the import of this piece but let me tell you it’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen in years. Remember The Difference Engine? Well, imagine if the mechanical computers and Gibson and Sterling were talking about were miniaturized into something the size of one of my nipples. You’d have this Di Grisogono Meccanica DG. It is limited… Read More

  • Review: LG Glimmer from Alltel

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1699.JPG,full,pp_image] As promised we’ve given the LG Glimmer a good drubbing and came back satisfied that almost everyone would enjoy this sexy haptic slider from LG. With the demise of the RAZR, phones have gone one of two directions — gloss black/dark or odd metals. The RAZR brought us into the chrome and steel era of cellphone design and I believe that LG… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Revisiting the idea that Resident Evil 5 is racist

    How lucky we are to be alive in 2008, friends! Our lives are so comfortable that we can LOOK FOR RACISM in Resident Evil 5. Look, read this and form your own opinion. Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal lambasts the upcoming Capcom game for racist undertones. Or is it overtones, since the game is so damn racist and all? “Croal’s first reaction to the trailer was, ‘Wow, clearly… Read More

  • NVIDIA introduces new GPUs, motherboard as part of 'fastest GeForce platforms ever'

    If you’ve got $600 burning a hole in your pocket, maybe head on down to your nearby electronics superstore and throw down for the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2. It’s got 256 processing cores on a single board and it’s “up to 60% faster than the closest competitor,” according to NVIDIA. It can be paired up with another 9800 GX2 in Quad SLI mode for Vista, just in… Read More

  • 3G iPhone to cost $400

    Rumor has it that the 3G iPhone, which should launch at WWDC 2008, will cost about $399 and have 8GB of memory. A 16GB version will cost $499 and a possible 32GB will cost $599 while a terabyte version, the size of a man’s fist, will cost $1 billion. I made up that last part. They’re expecting an overhauled look and feel without changes to the UI or OS. There will be two… Read More

  • Video: CrunchGear interviews James Dyson

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F822101&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Last night Nicholas and I attended the James Dyson Awards Reception and checked out what some Western engineers have engineered to make our… Read More

  • Fon Raises Another $9.5 Million In C Round

    Fon, the Spanish startup that wants to bring free WiFi across the planet, just raised $9.5 million (six million Euros) in a C round led by Coral Capital Management. Also investing was British Telecom (which struck a distribution partnership with Fon last October), Google (a previous investor), investment bank Allen & Co., founder Martin Varsavsky (through his Jazzya holding company), and… Read More

  • mediaFORGE Launches Interactive Widget Ads

    mediaFORGE has launched a new interactive ad platform that marries banner ads and widgets. mediaFORGE’s widget focused offering adds fully customizable widgets as a rollover to traditional ads. As visitors roll over the ad, a flash-based widget appears allowing users interact with content, be it shopping, browsing specials, deals, viewing videos or pictures, or listening to music. Read More

  • PS3 firmware 2.3 will add DTS-HD

    PS3 firmware 2.3 is scheduled to come out next week, which adds DTS-HD output. That’s pretty damn significant, because you couldn’t visit an AV message board without seeing folks bemoan its (previous) absence. It was the last “piece of the puzzle,” to use a crutch. With DTS-HD, the PS3 is not only a complete, as far as I know, Blu-ray player, but it’s 100… Read More

  • Mr. Walter Mossberg's spring guide to buying a laptop

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 Looking for a laptop? Not sure what to buy? Do you fall within the “mainstream, nontechnical consumers” category? Got seven minutes? Watch! For those of you who meet none of the above criteria, here’s the short version; There are many laptops; some small, some large. Dell is cheap, Apple isn’t. Get… Read More

  • Canon's XL H1S, H1A have a new zoom lens!

    Canon‘s not about to let Nikon get all the press today, no sir. Two new high-def camcorders, the XL H1S (pictured) and XL H1A, are on the way, and add a couple features that, apparently, were requested by professionals. (That last sentence, by the way, is utterly worthless. When does a company release a new product that doesn’t add “features”?) Both HDV tape-using… Read More

  • Hack tus Consolas Virtuales

    This video shows the hacking of the virtual console to pop in homebrew and emulated games. Not completely amazing but a good show of progress on the Wii hacking front. Read More

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