• Why there's no more Linux at Wal-Mart

    [photopress:Everex_gPC2.jpg,full,center] This sounds like a no-brainer, but one man, Joel Mclaughlin, theorizes that the low-cost Linux PCs have disappeared from Wal-Mart is because the boxes were too complex for the average Wal-Mart customer. And he’s right. It’s not that they’re hard to use — developers have made great progress in the last few years making Linux into… Read More

  • HTC head talks about eee PC, iPhone

    HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, talked a bit about the eee PC and the iPhone along with the future of WinMo on HTC handhelds. The takeaway? He doesn’t see the eee as a competitor to the company’s misicule Shift and that the iPhone is pretty darn hot — not as hot as an HTC exec on a mission! On Android: Google is an Internet company so they are very good at the Internet experience. Read More

  • Running Linux on your Wii is now easy++

    This video describes how to use a regular SD card to hack your Wii to play homebrew games and run Linux. It seems pretty easy but after hacking my PS2 back in the day I’ve been pretty reticent about trying these things. How does it work? The Twilight Hack works by employing a lengthly character name for the horse in the game (‘Epona’) in order to facilitate a stack smash. Read More

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    The Back Burner: Things we didn't post this week

    A big thank you to everybody for filling our tips at crunchgear dot com inbox with wonderful, unique, and newsworthy items. Here are five that we just couldn’t get to this week. Hello Hi dear!! My letter will surprise you!! My name – Elena. My age-26 years. I live in Russia!! Private life didn\’t turn out well. I decided to find a foreign man. I dream to meet a decent, kind… Read More

  • Wii saves lives, does not kill puppies

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/23629747#23629747 Awwwwww…
    via Kotaku Read More

  • This week's Rock Band downloads: Thrash!

    [photopress:AtTheGateGroup.jpg,full,center] I love Rock Band and I love that they keep releasing songs for it. However, lately they’ve sucked. Last week was pretty bad, and the week before that was all Grateful Dead. I hate the Grateful Dead. This week’s a little better, as Harmonix has announced the Earache Thrash Pack, a three-pack including Blinded by Fear by At the Gates… Read More

  • William Gibson's "My Obsession"

    Here’s some Friday afternoon reading for you all — the classic 1999 treatise on eBay and the collectors impulse. In it Gibson describes is obsession with watches on eBay and talks about the curatorial imperative. The idea of the Collectible is everywhere today, and sometimes strikes me as some desperate instinctive reconfiguring of the postindustrial flow, some basic mammalian… Read More

  • Colossal MP3 player: Coming soon to a hipster near you

    [photopress:colomp3.jpg,full,right] For only $21.99 you can own this cutting edge, state-of-the-art portable media player, Colossal. Your definition of “portable” would have to be a little more flexible than mine, however, since, judging by the photo, you’d need one hell of a bag to fit it in. Its specs are, shall we say, a little on the unimpressive side as well, being… Read More

  • Review: Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB

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    Last spring I reviewed Epson’s PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 and looking back on that earlier review I was impressed with the quality and price point ($2999) of that unit. This year Epson sent me the new version, the Home Cinema 1080UB. UB stands for Ultra Black and this projector is also priced at $2999. So the question one would ask is: how… Read More

  • Ollech and Wajs M-65 with NATO dial

    Need a simple, Swiss-movement watch for running around behind enemy lines? Take a look at the O&W ETA 2824-2 automatic that we reviewed over on WristWatchReview. O&W is basically a small manufacturer who takes Swiss movements and puts them in mass-produced cases. At $229 it’s a great price for an auto watch. The watch itself is somewhat diminutive by current standards, less… Read More

  • Smart Goggles 'remember' where you left your keys

    [photopress:smartgoggles.jpg,full,right] Yes, these glasses are ugly, but at the same time they’re incredibly useful. Developed in Japan, these Smart Goggles can “remember” things you’ve seen thanks to an on-board camera and computer. So, for example, let’s say you can’t find where you last put your keys or cellphone. The Goggles’ built-in computer… Read More

  • LOST's lost opening sequence

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1739531&fullscreen=1 You watched LOST last night, and it was good. But ever notice there are no opening credits for that show? It’s artistic choice, and we support it. But what if it did? And it was in the early ’90s or late ’80s? It’d undoubtedly be the video above. Kudos to Streeter and his crew at… Read More

  • Wundrbar: A Smart Search and Account Management Tool

    Among the Y Combinator startups we rounded up earlier today is one that finally brings some innovation to the standard Google search bar most of us have set as our homepages. Wundrbar will remind some readers of YubNub, the so-called “social command line for the web” that we covered a long time ago. Both are smarter than the average bar and will let you prefix your search terms… Read More

  • Are you CG's sexiest reader? Win one of 20 Proporta Echoes

    In an effort to see how narcissistic we all really are, Proporta has agreed to give away five Proporta Echo screen protectors to our top twenty hottest readers — actually it will be random, but let’s pretend this is like CrunchGear’s Top Model. Your mission is to submit a picture of yourself looking your best, which will end up in a video cavalcade, and we’ll pick… Read More

  • Onkyo's entry-level 5.1 system gets reviewed

    [photopress:onkyo304frnt400.jpg,full,center] I’m nuts about home theater, it’s true. But that’s because I’m something of an audiophile as well as a videophile, natch. I think it’s great that we can have near-cinema-style experiences in our own homes without it costing nearly half as much as it did just a few short years ago. The centerpiece of any good home… Read More

  • Taste Test: 'Rockstar Roasted' energy drink

    Just noticed this new blend today in my local convenience store. According to the company, it’s an “amazing mix of the finest espresso coffee, fresh milk and cream packed with the powerful blend of Original Rockstar.” To me, it tasted like cold coffee with milk and now my vision’s kind of blurry and everything’s moving in slow motion. Wheee! Rockstar Roasted… Read More

  • Get you a free beer

    http://www.5min.com/Embeded/1945/
    Watch more DIY videos on 5min.com Pretty clever, those British. Always caging free drinks. Read More

  • Android, a platform, will outsell iPhone, a phone: Google exec

    [photopress:androidviphone.jpg,full,center] A mobile platform manager at Google said yesterday that he expects Android to outsell the iPhone, which, to me, truly sounds like comparing apples to oranges. Rich Miner points out that Android will be supported by no less than Motorola, HTC, Samsung and LG. Meanwhile, only one company is behind the iPhone, Apple. Never mind that Android is an OS… Read More

  • Indian government will not be banning BlackBerries after all


    By Indian law, mobile devices in that country have to be capable of being monitored and their transmissions intercepted by the government. So it was kind of a awkward situation when the megacorp Tata applied for a license to set up a BlackBerry network. Why? Because the BlackBerry services are encrypted, and at least some are based in Canada, where RIM is the law, and will not submit to… Read More

  • 20 truly crazy supervillain plots in handy flowchart format

    [photopress:eddie_lummox1b.jpg,full,center] A movie with a superhero is nothing without a quality supervillain. What would Spider-Man be like if he didn’t have Doc Ock trying to show them all? Cracked recently held a contest asking its readers to Photoshop their favorite supervillain’s plans for world domination as flow charts, and the results are amazing. Above is my favorite… Read More

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