• September Madness

    Any college basketball fans who’ve been watching the bank failures and consolidations recently will understand and appreciate this September Madness chart. This was reportedly created by a general partner at Sansome Partners named Mark Slavonia. I wonder if the U.S. Congress will make it to the Final Four. Click for larger view. Read More

  • Video: Panasonic Toughbook F8 gets beat up, keeps on going

    I really want one of these things. I’m tired of babying my MacBook Pro. Sometimes I want to throw my laptop around. Read More

  • XDepth Raw works as both JPEG and RAW

    Interesting. I’ve always wondered when a lossless compression scheme for RAW shots would become popular — there’s already Rawzor, but it’s not the same idea. This XDepth Raw format is encoded in such a way that any viewer capable of processing jpegs can view this format, although it allows for all the conservation of data and depth that RAW, DNG, and CRW among… Read More

  • Brando intros cubical time wasters that doubles as USB flash drives

    You might tell your boss that your new crap from Brando is just a flash drive, but we all know it’s something to burn the clock. Just think, you and your buddy could get different colored 8GB ‘flash drives’ and have a cubical ninja war with their bendable limbs. Or you could dress them up with the matching 8GB USB flash drive purse and have a little Project Runway fun. Okay. Read More

  • Citizen Review: Steel Series Ikari Laser Mouse

    KG writes his Citizen Review of the Steel Series Ikari Laser Mouse, making us very proud and happy. Well it’s been about a month now since I received the SteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse from the guys at CrunchGear. Between work, night classes for a masters degree, and various other things life has thrown at me I really hadn’t had much time to give the Ikari a thorough look until a… Read More

  • Cloud computing could be dangerous warns Richard Stallman

    Good old crazy Richard Stallman states the obvious when he warns that “cloud services” like Gmail are dangerous because “cloud services” like Gmail could be shut down. This bit of obvious piggy-backs on Larry Ellison’s opinion that cloud computing is “fashion-driven.” Read More

  • What if Team Fortress 2 were an old-school 8-bit game? [Awesome alert]

    Over at TIGSource they’ve been running a “Bootleg Demakes” competition that I’ve been following, in which developers are to take a modern game and “demake” it into something old-school and awesome, kind of the opposite of what developers tend to do today. Here’s one standout (and complete) entry, Gang Garrison 2 — obviously based on TF2, but… Read More

  • Rumor: Nikon MX, anyone?

    Whoever runs Nikon Rumors thinks the above image (on the left) is that of the mysterious Nikon MX, but it’s kind of hard to tell by the image size. He/she/it goes on to say that it came from a reliable source. Read More

  • Vudu outs a travel kit

    Just in case you have the need to travel with your movie-streaming Vudu box, there is a travel kit now available. It includes everything you need including an extra antenna, power supply, HDMI cable, and composite cable. That way all you need to do is throw your box and remote into this $69 kit and hit the road, Jack. Read More

  • Microsoft focusing on the fringe of digital photography

    By “fringe” I don’t mean like photos of ghosts and strange matter, but on the non-traditional aspects of it — everything but the basic photographic image, basically. Microsoft is conspicuous for its absence in the field of photo editing and organization; it has no presence in the Aperture/Lightroom pro RAW management field. But if you ask them, they’re not… Read More

  • Pics of new, raw DS screens?

    Another report from a Japanese source shows, well, a pair of screens. What matters is that these screens seem to be about DS-sized, and after this weekend’s “new DS” rumor and Nintendo’s non-refutation, there’s a good chance that these may actually be the real thing. Notice that the bottom screen has a different type of ribbon coming out of it. So, to… Read More

  • Howard Stern slotted to make XM debut tomorrow: Still on channel 100

    If we’re to believe the latest XM Signal Guide (a weekly newsletter it uses to promote all sorts of XM-related fun), XM listeners may well be able to hear Howard Stern as early as tomorrow. The recently merged company, actually known now as XM Sirius Radio, has The Howard Stern Shows listed on its Channel 100 Web site, as this pic shows. Now, whether or not that’s merely the work… Read More

  • Sony drops the price of the BDP-350 Blu-ray player to $299

    The title says it all. The now-BD Live capable BDP-350 Blu-ray player is finally cheaper than a PS3 at $299. So with Panasonic’s latest generation going for $299 and this one with the same price, it should make for a gloriously high definition Christmas for some this year.  Sony via Giz Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's eco-friendly GreenHeart handset photographed

    Just last week, Sony Ericsson announced that they would be doing their part to save the planet by launching two new projects. The first, which they’re calling an “environmental warranty”, allows cell phone owners to drop off any old handsets or accessories at any of 500 collection points already in operation, from which they will be recycled in an eco-friendly… Read More

  • Microsoft Should Look To Ask.com For Commercial Ideas

    Who needs Jerry Seinfeld when you’ve got a pole-dancing babe? Ask.com, the search engine formerly associated with a butler named Jeeves, is running an advertisement that features a voluptuous young woman doing acrobatic moves on a stripper pole under the heading “What are the best aerobic workouts?” The ad may tell me nothing about the site’s technology or give me… Read More

  • 300 hands-on reviews by December 24

    I hate to do this but we’re squarely in pre-holiday season and, for better or worse, you’re going to start shopping soon. Because we’re nice guys, we’re going to review 300 items from 2008 and report back on which gadgets, gear, and geegaws are worth your time and attention this year. Read More

  • Sigma rolls out 50mm f/1.4 lens for Four Thirds System cameras

    I don’t generally purchase or condone the purchase of third party lenses, but if you’ve got one of those fancy new 4/3 system digital cameras and you’re looking for a prime portrait lens then Sigma may have something for you. The 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM has an aspherical lens, nine rounded blades and promises fast and quiet AF. Sigma is mum on the price, but the regular equivalent… Read More

  • Tom Junod on the future death of Steve Jobs

    Whoa. Esquire just published a 5-page piece on Steve Jobs’ cancer written by the inimitable Tom Junod. Here’s a huge snip: Like the iMac, the iBook was designed not to be an instrument of utility but an object of desire; like the iMac, it was designed to be a pleasure both to look at and to use; like the iMac, it was designed to be designed, and by introducing it a year after… Read More

  • iPhone coasters go great with iPhone cupcakes, the decision to sterilize yourself

    I like the iPhone. I’d marry it. But I wouldn’t buy these $60 iPhone coasters by Meninos. If you are so enamored by the stock iPhone app set, I’d recommend tattooing them on your body and sending us a picture rather than forcing your friends to accept and understand your neophilia and potentially scaring off future mates who may be a little worried that you have a phone… Read More

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