• Pater Obsoletis: You Guys Came Through and Dads Everywhere Are Happier

    Pater Obsoletis: You Guys Came Through and Dads Everywhere Are Happier

    We didn’t get very many entries, but the entries we did get were great. Hit the jump for the videos and to vote for the best and technologically dullest Pater in existence. We’ll close voting on Friday at 12pm EST so the winner can tell Pops the good news. Read More

  • eTar: A Guitar For Internet-based Music Making

    eTar: A Guitar For Internet-based Music Making

    Budding Claptons should keep their eyes on the eTar, a sort of Internet-based guitar that’s designed to be used with the upcoming eJamming music service. The eTar, which will make a real life apperance at a design fair in Britain in July, has all the features of a real guitar like strings and a volume control knob. You’re supposed to use it in tandem with eJamming, which lets you… Read More

  • Apple Reps Told They Can Knock $100 Off The iPhone's Price?

    Apple Reps Told They Can Knock $100 Off The iPhone's Price?

    Today’s tasty iPhone rumor comes to us by way of Consumerist, the Web log that keeps your rights as a consumer close to its heart. It appears that if you order an iPhone over the phone (is that irony?) and show some haggling skills, Apple reps have been told they can knock $100 off the purchase price. You have to show ganas (the English term escapes me) in buying the iPhone and not call… Read More

  • Sprint UpStage Paints The Town Red

    Sprint UpStage Paints The Town Red

    The Samsung UpStage has caused quite a stir since its March debut on the Sprint network. It’s the best selling music phone and Sprint’s leading Power Vision handset, so in return it’s getting a brand new paint job. Everything else on the dual-sided phone remains the same. And no it is not apart of Bono’s Red initiative, although, it could be. It’s still $99 and… Read More

  • Halo 3 Beta Ends, Bungie Back To Work

    Halo 3 Beta Ends, Bungie Back To Work

    Hope you got your Halo 3 beta on because Bungie has now shut it down. (I logged a good three minutes myself.) ::Frown:: Bungie will now go back to its lair for the summer to fix bugs, clean up code and improve the game as best it can. The game launches on September 25, just a little more than three months away from now, accompanied by limited edition controllers and Xbox Live… Read More

  • Microsoft Adding Additional Heatsinks To Fix Faulty Xbox 360s

    Microsoft Adding Additional Heatsinks To Fix Faulty Xbox 360s

    Microsoft is finally doing something about some of the technical problems that plague the Xbox 360. A hardware revision was spotted “in the wild,” as they say, showing an additional heatsink near system’s GPU. A cooler GPU should help solve some of the problems that users have been complaining about pretty much since the system’s release. What’s still unknown… Read More

  • Google Bows To Privacy Concerns, Shortens Length Of Time It Keeps Search History

    Google Bows To Privacy Concerns, Shortens Length Of Time It Keeps Search History

    Google bowed to privacy “activists” today by announcing that it will decrease the amount of time that it keeps track of Web searches. It used to keep a log for two years, but now that’s been shortened to 18 months. The move is in response to European Union-lead concerns that the it was unnecessarily hoarding customer information. Apparently, people don’t like the idea… Read More

  • XM, Sirius Cite 'Diversity' To Promote The Proposed Merger

    XM, Sirius Cite 'Diversity' To Promote The Proposed Merger

    XM and Sirius are trying to merge (or hadn’t you heard?) but have encountered a lot of resistance in both the government and the press, to say nothing of legions of angry, everyday consumers who are also opposed to it. So the companies bought an advertisement to show just how “diverse” their support is. To see it… Read More

  • Blizzard Employee Lets Kid Design Game

    Blizzard Employee Lets Kid Design Game

    Next time you load up World of Warcraft, you may have a newfound understanding for all those players running around trying to get gear. Blizzard employee Rob Pardo watches his 7-year-old daughter play on her 54 Warlock and gets a better perspective of the game. Says Pardo: Playing games with my daughter is great because it really allows me to see what is fundamentally fun about game mechanics. Read More

  • iPhone Research: Who Exactly Will Wait In Line For One?

    iPhone Research: Who Exactly Will Wait In Line For One?

    Professional researchers (that is, not fake ones like us) put together a little survey to see just who would be willing to wait in line for an iPhone come June 29. Not surprisingly, you’ll see a whole lot more guys in line than girls, with 72 percent of men saying they’d wait in line, compared to only 28 percent of women. You’re also more likely to find young guns there than… Read More

  • GameStop Offering Limited Edition Halo 3 Accessories

    GameStop Offering Limited Edition Halo 3 Accessories

    Want to be that kid? Ya know, the kid who reserved Halo 3: Legendary Edition and paid for it in full to ensure that he would be the first one on the block with it. Oh, you do? Then you’ll be happy to know that GameStop is ready and willing to sell you a bunch of limited edition Halo 3-themed gear. Come September 4th, you can purchase a pretty sweet looking Xbox 360 Wireless Controller with… Read More

  • BitPim Hits Version 1.0: Use It To Add Wacky Ring Tones and Modify Other Cellphone Data

    BitPim Hits Version 1.0: Use It To Add Wacky Ring Tones and Modify Other Cellphone Data

    Here’s a smart little piece of open source software to start your Wednesday. BitPim is used to modify CDMA cellphone data—you know, things like ring tones, wallpaper, address books, alert sounds, videos, etc. It just hit version 1.0 and I recommend you check it out, especially if you’re a Verizon Wireless user like me. VZW likes to gimp its cellphones like nobody’s… Read More

  • A Sad, Sad Day In Science

    I awoke this morning refreshed, ready to work and take on the day. As I sat down and browsed the news, my heart began to sink. I discovered that Mr. Wizard had died. Yes, my beloved Mr. Wizard, whose show was on at 5am every weekday, has passed away at the age of 89 and is now in better place. I feel like a part of my childhood will always be missing now. Also known as Don Herbert, the Wiz had… Read More

  • PatentMonkey: USB Integrated Antenna on Cell Phone

    PatentMonkey: USB Integrated Antenna on Cell Phone

    Smart, simple and marketable. Samsung’s male adapter USB antenna for a cell phone is all of these things, yet, it is a feature not easily found. No losing a cord to charge my cell phone on the road, just a friendly USB connection to suck power from anything else in my bag with a port, and, well, power. This kind of universal access would be a major convenience. More description and why… Read More

  • CrunchGear Explains Your New AIM Friends

    CrunchGear Explains Your New AIM Friends

    At some point in the late morning, I woke up. I do that sometimes. I try to at least once a day. And, as I normally do when I wake, I opened my laptop to get to work. I’m a Mac user, so I use iChat for much of my online communications. The program auto-logs-me-on when the machine wakes up, and I noticed I had friends online I’d never seen before. Who was Spleak? Who was Prof Gilzot? Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Pedal to the Metal

    CrunchArcade: Pedal to the Metal


    A sad yet simple fact of life is that most of us won’t ever own, let alone drive, a Ferrari or Porsche. That doesn’t keep us from feeling the need for speed, and wanting to floor it while behind the wheel of a high performance auto. Racing games are almost better than shooters in pushing the limits of video game design. These racing simulations really show off the fast moving… Read More

  • Pink Mobile Power

    Pink Mobile Power

    These phones may not sport a pink ribbon, but Qwest said in August it will sell two limited edition, pink SANYO phones to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help fight breast cancer. Qwest and SANYO together will donate 10 percent of retail sales from the two handsets through October; a minimum of $50,000, and a maximum of $100,000. The SANYO handsets are the Katana II and the SCP-3200. Read More

  • Cost to the MNOs

    Cost to the MNOs

    Phones are subsidized to sell services, but what’s behind the pricing? What’s the mobile network operator’s (MNO) overhead? The mobile operator capital expenditure (CAPEX) includes coverage, capacity, customer demand, convergence and IP and next generation networks (NGNs) like 3G technologies such as UMTS/HDSPA and EV-DO. Phew. To lay out the state of the top 15 MNOs from… Read More

  • Extreme Mobile Weather Alerts

    Extreme Mobile Weather Alerts

    Impending rain? The weather channel is there for you. Sign up for free weather alerts via SMS/Text or e-mail. You’ll be notified of severe weather, rain, extreme heat, extreme cold, pollen count, icy precipitation, snow, daily current and marine conditions. Of course there’s simply the daily forecast, which will also let you know when it’s good beach weather. Pick which… Read More

  • T-Mobile Pulls Tour de France Sponsorship in Lieu of Drug Testing

    T-Mobile Pulls Tour de France Sponsorship in Lieu of Drug Testing

    What a difference a couple of years make! First Lance Armstrong retires and then the drug scandal rocks the Tour de France. Now T-Mobile pulled its one-million-euro sponsorship of the German TV coverage of the Tour de France on ARD and ZDF TV channels. It plans to use the money to strengthen the country’s national anti-doping agency. The Team T-Mobile will still compete in the… Read More