• CG Holidays 2007 Recommendation: Scrivener

    Let’s face it: most of us geeks want to be writers. I, personally, want to write pornographic Monchichi fan fiction, but you might have a novel in you or even a tech book. Here’s what you gotta do. Go get yourself a copy of Scrivener and start plotting out your Dune meets Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whisle Stop Cafe magnum opus. This program allows you to place all of your ideas… Read More

  • Good News/Bad News For Startup Founder Cliff Shaw

    Cliff Shaw, founder of ProtectMyPhotos and DocSyncer, is having an up and down week. First the bad news. ProtectMyPhotos, which launched in October 2006, is done. They spent $280,000 in seed capital to try to make the idea work, but ultimately they couldn’t compete new backup services like Mozy and Carbonite. Mozy was recently acquired by EMC for $76 million, and Carbonite has raised… Read More

  • Unlocked iPhones popular on the other side of the pond

    Euro Telecom Orange is saying that 6,000 of the 30,000 iPhones they sold during the opening five days were bought unlocked. Apparently, people are more than willing to spend the extra 250 euros to skip the hassle of a locked carrier (phones with contracts went for 499 euros, unlocked 750 euros). Hopefully a two-tiered launch will become the standard over here in the states, where we had little… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #269

    We’re swinging into holiday gadget giving season by leaving our comfort zone and talking about cool tools for this year’s yule. The first one I saw on, of all things, a TV commercial. It’s called the Accu Mark Gecko Grip Level and it’s designed to help us hang art and shelving straight without a hassle. Then we move on to one that could work as a stocking stuffer. Read More

  • Virtual boarding pass to save time, paper

    It’s about time someone came out with something like this. Oh wait, they already have it in Japan, where your entire life can be manipulated via your Hello Kitty “sumartufonu“. In the gadget world, however, anything that makes us more like Japan is a step forward. In any case, this pilot program allows you to skip the annoying paper ticket phase and go straight to the gate… Read More

  • LiveStation demo leaks partners, sign-ups go live

    The Microsoft/Skinkers P2P live television streaming LiveStation project was demonstrated in London today to a small audience at a Microsoft event. The presentation inadvertently leaked some of the TV partners: BBC News 24, Sky, Al Jazeera, France 24 and Bloomberg. In addition, sign-ups for invites to trial the service should be going out today. LiveStation is designed to stream TV channels… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Assassin's Creed

    Just to follow up on my Xbox 360 Elite and HD DVD player recommendation from yesterday, I wanted to recommend Assassin’s Creed for both the Xbox 360 and PS3. But it seems as though the PS3 crowd are having some troubles with Altair freezing in mid-jump along with a handful of other glitches. This, however, should not detract from the game itself, which is fantastic. The AI in AC is… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Dashboard update confirms DivX support

    Just wanted to let everyone know that the Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard update definitely includes support for what are "often referred to as Xvid or DivX video files." I know it’s not earth-shattering news and  I know that most of you probably already know about this, but I just wanted to get it out in the open. I’m not trying to ruffle any feathers or rile anybody up. Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

    I never thought I’d see the day that I stopped throwing down $2 (minimum) for a strong cup of coffee at the local coffee shop. Now, I throw down $8 for an entire bag of beans and have my coffee waiting for me in the morning-time. Here’s what’s great about this machine. You put the beans in the built-in grinder, it grinds them into a fine powder, and makes the coffee. Read More

  • Day of the Ninja! Ninja Gaiden II will destroy you, the world, potentially your parents

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=ninja.flv Video might be touchy. Let me know if you have problems. Tecmo just released first videos of the new Ninja Gaiden game for the 360. In it Ryu deals out justice with his fists of fury, kills enemies, and calls Amex when he finds out someone charged something from “Turkish mirrors online” to his credit card and he… Read More

  • 3D virtual secretary loves you for your power


    InterGrafx is showing off a virtual 3D secretary that can wake you up, make appointments, and generally do everything a real secretary will do except add a human element to your business life and make you feel secure in the knowledge that things are being taken care of while you’re on the road and answering the phone with intelligence and aplomb. Go future! “It’s very… Read More

  • Loic Le Meur's Ten Rules For Startup Success

    The Financial Times has a profile of French (now Silicon Valley) entrepreneur Loic Le Meur today. Loic is an accomplished entrepreneur – he founded uBlog (merged with Six Apart), organizes the annual Le Web conference and has now created Seesmic (note that I’m an investor in Seesmic). So even though he’s French, his advice, when given, is worth listening to. Included in… Read More

  • Belkin Bluetooth dongle transfers photos with ease

    I am, oh, so very jaded. I almost passed up this little trinket from Belkin because I figured everyone and their mom’s rig had Bluetooth, but they don’t. In the rare case that your desktop or notebook is sans Bluetooth and you happen to be an avid photographer with that 2-megapixel camera on your phone and you’re looking for an easy way to upload to your rig then look no further. Read More

  • Solar-powered taxi making its way around the world

    Fueled by a 65-square foot trailer covered with solar panels, this three-wheeled, two-seat taxi is making its way around the world without stopping for gas. It was developed by a Swiss teacher named Louis Palmer and the whole taxi thing is more or less a gimmick, although he is actively picking people up and giving them free rides. Palmer says that if the car were to be mass produced, it… Read More

  • Fools, money, soon parted: Keyport ships

    Have $295 hanging around? Need a key fob to hold all your keys in a little box? Ummm… what else. Did we say it costs $295 and it’s shipping out to the folks who pre-ordered a few months ago. Super, right? Product Page Read More

  • Like Transformers except monitors that only turn into monitors in different configurations, not cars or planes

    If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to move to Korea, prepare to be pushed off of said fence into the backyard of the Korean side of the decision-making process. For once you’re there, you’ll be able to pick up this wonderful contraption. It’s two 15-inch monitors that flip and spin and otherwise dazzle with the sheer amount of possible configurations. Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Sanyo Xacti 720p HD Cam, $299 shipped

    Boy, if you’ve been waiting for hi-def camcorders to get affordable, your wait is over. Amazon is offering this cute little number for $299, which is just about half off the list price of $595. Somehow I doubt you’re getting the quality of a RED or HV20 here, but at three bills anything is a steal. It does 720p and 7-megapixel stills, recording to SD cards. It’s got HDMI out… Read More

  • 20% of French iPhone buyers paid almost $1000 for an unlocked iPhone


    Orange is reporting that of the 30,000 iPhones they sold in the first five days, 20% were purchased unlocked for 749 euros. With contract the phones sell for 399 euros, meaning 6000 users opted to pay more for complete phone portability. This makes perfect sense. First off, unlocked phones are the norm overseas and paying a premium for a good product is understood and accepted. The false… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Saves Face, Apologizes For Beacon

    Finally heeding calls to apologize for the privacy disaster surrounding Facebook’s Beacon advertising program, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took responsibility for the company’s mistakes in a blog post this morning. Excerpt: We’ve made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we’ve made even more with how we’ve handled them. We simply did a bad job with this release… Read More

  • I don't need anymore gadgets for Christmas, thank you very much

    To be perfectly honest I haven’t thought about what I’d want for Christmas until now. Like most of us at the Gear, I’m content with the arsenal of gadgets I own. My MacBook (despite my issues with Leopard, which is probably a hardware issue, anyways) is rock solid and perfect for what I do, doesn’t need to be upgraded. My Pentax K100D Super has been my longest… Read More

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