• Targus DEFCON 1 More Flexible Than The Average Laptop Lock

    Targus DEFCON 1 More Flexible Than The Average Laptop Lock


    The product’s name sounds a bit more threatening than the device actually is. The $24.99 Targus DEFCON 1 is in fact a retractable cable lock for notebooks. And while it does feature the protection of a galvanized steel cable and a resettable, 4-digit combination-lock that allows for more than 10,000 different codes, it will not authorize you to use nuclear weapons. A lock slot… Read More

  • Oh Boy, Another Sony Battery Catches Fire in a Laptop

    Oh Boy, Another Sony Battery Catches Fire in a Laptop

    Who’s ready for another round of exploding laptop batteries? I’m sure everyone remembers that whole scandal last year where Sony laptop batteries were exploding left and right, leading to recalls and plenty of awkward moments for Sony. Well reports out of Japan suggest that one of the Sony batteries part of the Toshiba’s recall program caught fire back in April. Allegedly… Read More

  • Vortex Sex Toy: For the Love of All That Is Holy, Please, No

    Hey, ladies! Got 35 quid? Not afraid to suck out your insides? Head on over to Love Honey and pick up the Vortex Vibrations Suction Vacuum Cleaner Vibrator. How does it work? Hell if I know. All I do know is that I would not try to sell a sex toy to and/or for women using a large bald man who smiles impishly when he sees paper rustle. Product Page Read More

  • Philips Ambisound First Impressions

    Philips Ambisound First Impressions

    I had the pleasure of checking out a few of Philips upcoming products today in Times Square and I’m not lying when I tell you that I’m pretty darn excited about a few products. The Ambisound home theater system, for instance, caught me by surprise. The sound quality was on par with other top of the line systems and its streamlined design adds a touch of class to any media center. Read More

  • Transformers T-Shirts: Cooler Than the Movie! (That's Sarcasm)

    Transformers T-Shirts: Cooler Than the Movie! (That's Sarcasm)

    In the latest in my unofficial series on questionable hi-tech apparel, it pains me to bring you news of T-shirts you shouldn’t buy that feature my favorite robots in disguise, the Transformers. These aren’t just T’s emblazoned with the likeness of Bumblebee. No, these shirts feature some Las Vegas-esque light up tackiness, including Prime’s flames. Way to go, guys… Read More

  • New York State Sues Dell For Fraud

    New York State Sues Dell For Fraud

    It’s bad business news Wednesday here and the latest company to take a hit is Dell. New York’s busybody Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a friend to you and me, is suing the computer manufacturer for fraud. The suit, which will be addressed in press conference later today, alleges that Dell mislead its customers into thinking they were getting low financing when in fact it was … Read More

  • enano e2 Mini Desktop Makes You Feel Like A Green Giant

    enano e2 Mini Desktop Makes You Feel Like A Green Giant


    What’s shiny black, weighs about 3 pounds, is good on power consumption yet powerful, is mountable and sure to please the ladies? (Minds out of the gutter, people.) It’s the eco-friendly e2 mini desktop from enano Computers, of course. The e2 was launched today at a secret pagan ceremony press briefing at the RCS Experience electronics store in NYC. The tiny black box uses up to… Read More

  • uLocate GPS Platform Gets $11 Million

    uLocate GPS Platform Gets $11 Million

    uLocate announced an $11 million investment from GrandBanks Capital and Kodiak Venture Partners across the business wire this morning. GrandBanks Capital and Kodiak Venture Partners. Venrock’s General Partner, Mike Tyrrell, also joined uLocate’s Board of Directors. uLocate’s products serve as an interface to mobile carrier’s various GPS location systems, enabling… Read More

  • Wacom's Bamboo: Graphics Tablet for the Masses

    Wacom's Bamboo: Graphics Tablet for the Masses

    Wacom impressed us at NAB with a preview of its new Bamboo mini-graphics pad, and that Bamboo will ship later this month at only $140. For those who might not be familiar with the concept, Wacom’s pads plug into your PC or Mac’s USB port and act as a graphical input device: You draw with a special stylus, and the pad-aware software on your computer (Illustrator, for example) responds. Read More

  • Game Content Under the Microscope: View from the Game Developer

    Game Content Under the Microscope: View from the Game Developer

    In our third part of our series on video game violence and content, CrunchGear talks to Jason Dell Rocca, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, a professional society committed to advancing the careers and enhancing the lives of game developers. A member of the game developer community for more than a decade, he’s worked at Matrox Graphics, Quazal and… Read More

  • Veotag's Deep Tagging Gets $750K

    Veotag's Deep Tagging Gets $750K

    Veotagveo just got an angel investment of $750K. As we’ve covered before, deep tagging is an important feature in lengthier online media. Who hasn’t wanted to skip the boring parts of a keynote address? A host of startups are incorporating deep tagging into their services, such as Pluggd, Viddler, Motionbox, and JumpCut, among others. Veotag allows you to add this functionality to… Read More

  • Lots of Product Announcements At Google Today

    Lots of Product Announcements At Google Today

    Lots of announcements today at Google during their Searchology event. My live blogging notes are here and I’ve posted on their pre-announcement of a cross-language search engine coming soon. See SearchEngineLand as well. Cross-Language Search Engine Google’s Udi Manber mentioned in passing that they would soon be launching a cross-language search engine. More details… Read More

  • Google To Launch Cross-Language Search Engine; On-The-Fly Translations of Queries and Results

    Google To Launch Cross-Language Search Engine; On-The-Fly Translations of Queries and Results


    Udi Manber, VP Engineering at Google (and former CEO of Amazon’s A9) just announced at the Searchology event that Google will “soon” announce a cross-language search engine. Screen shot of the user interface is above. To return more results, queries will be auto translated into other languages to retrieve more results, and all results will then be translated back into… Read More

  • Symantec Suing Eight Companies Over Piracy

    Symantec Suing Eight Companies Over Piracy

    Sheesh. I wonder if Symantec is going after the guy TorrentFreak interviewed. I doubt it, as Symantec is attacking eight companies it says illegally copied its software to avoid licensing fees. The software maker is looking for $55 million in damages and jury trials, meaning this just isn’t a case of Joe Blow burning a copy of Norton AntiVirus for his co-worker. According to the… Read More

  • The 12 Ugliest Gadgets Of All Time

    The 12 Ugliest Gadgets Of All Time


    Some gadgets are good-looking — chances are the look of your cell phone was a major concern when you went shopping. Then again, some gadgets are ugly. Very, very ugly. We’ve found the ugliest gadgets ever made, so you don’t have to. Some you’ve likely seen before, others you thankfully haven’t. Just believe us: You’ll never take your iPod for granted again. Read More

  • The Ultimate Geek Cab

    The Ultimate Geek Cab

    Some of us have trouble pulling ourselves away from the computer and sometimes that can be OK. But if you need your fix of video gaming and Internet surfing and happen to live in Austin, Texas, you may want to call Ricky Gray for a cab. Gray has outfitted his minivan-turned-taxi with two LCD TVs on which customers can play Playstation 2 games on, watch TV, and surf the… Read More

  • Dude Knows Better Than Apple, Offers Way To Perfect The iPod

    Dude Knows Better Than Apple, Offers Way To Perfect The iPod

    All credit to Wired‘s Leander Kahney, for he and he alone knows how to fix the iPod. You know, the iPod that rejuvenated Apple, helping transform it from Apple Computer to Apple, Inc. It seems Kahney thinks that there’s something& mdash; some things — wrong with Apple’s portable media player. They “bug” him. Watch out, world, Kahney’s on a tear. Read More

  • Amazon To Open DRM-free Music Store

    Amazon To Open DRM-free Music Store

    Oh boy. Apple and Amazon are about to have a huge showdown. Bezos and Crew are set to debut an MP3 downloading store that will feature DRM-free tracks. No word yet on what bit-rate songs will be encoded in, but if it’s anything less than 256kbps, Amazon stands no chance against Apple. As you might have suspected, EMI is backing up Amazon on this move and will be offering millions of… Read More

  • Club Penguin In Acquisition Talks With Sony For $500+ million

    It’s been rumored for a while that Montgomery & Co. is representing virtual world Club Penguin in a sale transaction. It looks like the company is locked in talks, possibly exclusive, with Sony, and the price is “at least half a billion” says a source close to the deal. We mentioned Club Penguin last month when a competitor launched from IAC called Zwinktopia. The company… Read More

  • Cowon D2 Review

    Cowon D2 Review


    The new Cowon D2 is a pretty geeky-looking PMP that fits squarely (ok, rectangularly) in the palm of your hand, ready to play 30-fps video, photos, and music at the touch of a virtual button. With up to 4GB of internal flash storage plus an SD card slot–and a 50-hour battery life–the D2 can keep you mindlessly occupied for hours on end. That doesn’t include the time… Read More