• This post has nothing to do with Leopard, Kindle, iPhone or anything

    We will not be writing a post on Facebook dropping the word “is” from its status messages. It’s just silly. Facebook drops the word “is” from the status message; tech blogs go bonkers [tech.blorge.com] Read More

  • Get Cash For All Your Electronic Junk At BuyMyTronics

    We’ve previously covered BuyMyBrokenIpod here and on CrunchGear. They paid reasonable amounts of cash for working or broken iPods, no questions asked. In our post, we checked their prices to eBay’s and they compared favorably, without the hassle of going through the auction process. Today the site has changed its name to BuyMyTronics, and they’ve increased the range of… Read More

  • Leopard upgrade freezing some portables' keyboards

    If your Intel-based Apple portable is having keyboard problems after the Leopard upgrade, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re alongside legions of other users. The bug comes and goes intermittently, causing the keyboard to freeze for a random amount of time. Usually a restart will solve it, but often an extra and PITA step of a PRAM reset is needed. The latest software update… Read More

  • Old school PlayStation shoes on eBay

    Well look at these humdingers. They’re up for auction on eBay right now with a current bid of $1000 and there’s still three and a half days to go. They come with some pretty loud purple laces that you can’t see in this photograph, but why not just click on through and see what all the hubbub’s about? Man, these are size 13. I wear size 13. Should I buy them? I… Read More

  • Why the Sidekick Slide is dying

    I’ve had one issue with my Slide shutting down and now we know what the problem is with the random power cycling. I’m glad Motorola has found the problem and is working to resolve it, but I think my days with the Sidekick are coming to an end. UPDATED T-Mobile USA Statement on Sidekick Slide Motorola has determined that the intermittent power cycling on some T-Mobile Sidekick… Read More

  • DRM hurts retailers sez nice British lady

    Kim Bayley, director-general of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), is warning that DRM is “stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Wait a sec, Kim. Say that again. “DRM is stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Come on over here. Give us a little kiss. Amen, sister. Basically she’s saying what we’re… Read More

  • Daddy, what is a BSOD?

    Hello, children. Sit down please. There are three of you who didn’t get permission slips signed so you will have quiet study in the cafeteria. We’ll split you up into boys and girls and the boys will go in with Father Trenor and we’ll stay here, ladies. OK. Thank you. You’re all in junior high now and old enough to be asking a number of questions. This is a time when we… Read More

  • UpNext: Wicked 3D Maps of NYC on Facebook

    When it comes to online maps, there is a gap between the 2-D maps and pictures you see on Google Maps, Live Maps, and Yahoo Maps, and the more fully-immersive, fly-through experiences of Google Earth and Virtual Earth. A small four-person startup in New York City called UpNext is trying to bridge that gap, by bringing extremely detailed, 3-D maps to the browser. UpNext only maps Manhattan… Read More

  • Cabela's 'Monster Bass' now available for PS2

    As the only CrunchGear writer born and raised in Minnesota, I’m pretty sure I got assigned to write this under the assumption that I enjoy bass fishing. Well, I don’t. I don’t really enjoy any type of fishing. I find the smell, the hand-slicing gills, and the lack of reliable internet access or power sources on the open water to be somewhat of an annoyance. Plenty of people… Read More

  • LG Voyager review

    As you may recall, I was a bit harsh on the Voyager a while back and I really hate when I have to take things I say back. The Voyager has come a long way since the VX9800 and improves over the enV thanks to the touchscreen. I could go on and bash the Verizon UI, but I’m tired, have no idea what time zone I’m in and it’s just not worth it. Is the Voyager a good phone? Yes. Is… Read More

  • The random endorsement: e-books (and anyone who disagrees is an imbecile)

    This endorsement is by no means random. It is a direct challenge to one of the many well thought out theses put forward by Peter Ha in his terrific Kindle review: I’ll be the first to admit that e-books suck. They’re great in theory, but they’ll never catch on. There’s nothing that screams dork more than an e-book. I, like many others, enjoy the real thing. Read More

  • Iraq war veteran catches Wii-fe touching Wii-Wiis with another man… through the Wii!

    An Iraq war veteran came home in April 2007 and suspect his wife of cheating on him with another guy. A few months later, he ran through the collection of Miis on the Wii and found an odd — and familiar — face. It turns out wifey and the other guy played Mii bowling on multiple occasions and by tracking play time on the Wii calendar was able to see when they were playing together. Read More

  • Ladybug bots clean Japanese toilets, induce stage fright

    That’s…um…adorable? You might see one of these the next time you’re at a Japanese highway rest stop. The Lady Bird "is equipped with water tanks, brushes and other tools needed for heavy-duty scrubbing. Obstacle detection sensors allow the robot to safely perform its duties without running into people." It’s also got a built-in microphone and speech… Read More

  • Will social networking be hit by the identity crisis?

    As I write this, daytime TV chat shows normally given over to house decorating and the latest reality TV gossip are literally up in arms about how two computer disks containing the identity details of 25 million people in the UK – many of them children – could go missing in the postal system. Suddenly the issue of identity and personal information is at the forefront of… Read More

  • A Plea for Help and Turkey Day Wishes


    So I ran a marathon last year. Hurt my foot, got a blood blister under my big toe, and generally tuned into Orson Welles thanks to carbo-loading “problems” aka IMMA GONNA EAT EVERYTHING NOM NOM NOM! So now I’m going to do it again, I’m going to try to do it a bit more sanely, and I need your help to raise $2,600 for Team In Training, the organization I’m… Read More

  • How to build a non-working cell phone interceptor

    I’m no engineer but I’m fairly certain that hooking a microphone up to the battery connections of a universal remote control that’s suspended inside a metal bowl won’t be able to intercept cell phone conversations from up to 2 miles away. Feel free to use this video to trick your friends into wasting at least 4 minutes of their lives, though. If this is somehow… Read More

  • Verizon FiOS hits 50 megabits per second in some areas

    I remember my first week of college way back in 1997 and the weird adrenaline rush I got the moment my brand new Pentium 166 (with MMX extensions) first connected to the school’s high speed network. The change from a 33.6 modem to a high speed internet connection was exhilarating. I felt like burning a cigarette into my forearm. I was alive. Read More

  • The Unreasonable Stance: Nostalgia aside, Pac-Man still beats Halo in every category

    I don’t know why people even bother with Halo when all it’s done is rip off Pac-Man. Furthermore, even though Pac-Man predates Bungie’s lauded trilogy by more than two decades, it still trumps it in every gameplay area – all retro nostalgia aside. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at some cold, unyielding facts: Pac-Man controls better. With zen-like… Read More

  • What if Gmail were MSmail?

    Oh, how we love poking fun at twee old Bill in this fancy castle up there in fancy land. “Look, Microsoft launched a table! Look they’re poop faces!” Well, friends, as funny as this “What if Microsoft designed Gmail?” jab is, just remember that most of us got our start compiling code in DOS on an old 286 from Computer Haven down the street. Although I… Read More

  • Spiral Death Watch: Newspaper Ads In The Can

    Newspaper ad sales continue their long, sad decline, down 7.4 percent in the third quarter. The shift to online is not going to save the industry. (And neither is the Kindle). While online ads keep growing at a healthy clip, up 21 percent to $773 million industrywide, it is not enough to make up for the decline in print ads. Print ads in the third quarter were $10.1 billion. That is $1… Read More

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