• Smokey the Burninating MacBook Power Adapter

    Justin Stangel, one of the writers for David Letterman, took a nice video of his MacBook adapter initiating its self-destruct sequence and smoking like a 60-year-old spinster on Bingo night. via Giz Read More

  • Steve Jobs Is Like A Rolling Stone

    Or at least according to The Inquirer’s list of things that link Steve Jobs and Bob Dylan together he is. The list mentions some great comparisons, such as bootlegs. After all, there are a ton of Dylan bootlegs and Mac OS X can be found on pretty much any torrent site mdash; makes sense. Dylan was also featured in an iTunes ad and had an internal Apple programming language named after him. Read More

  • Professor Owns Student Trying To Own

    There’s a terrific story over at IT Toolbox that tells of a professor and one of his childish teenage students. Nicknamed “Pima” (for being a pain in his ass), the student would goof off and pretend to be uber-l337 by changing the root password, arguing points in class – you know, that sort of thing. Since all the students’ PCs are netbooted from a central computer… Read More

  • JVC Announces Noise Canceling Headphones


    With a box straight outta’ 1983, you can’t go wrong It’s Super Friday! You know what that means, folks. Time for really exciting gadgets! Today we have the JVC HA-NC250 headphones with “state-of-the-art” noise canceling features. How does JVC accomplish this feat?:
    The HA-NC250’s noise cancellation circuitry includes feedback technology that… Read More

  • CrunchGear Budapest Meet-up Update


    As much as I’d like to supply some confirmation or good news right now, I’m sad to say that I can’t confirm the date, location, or time of our upcoming meet-up. It WILL happen. I just can’t say when. Why? Because the postal service sucks. In order to save a few bucks — so I could maybe buy some beers for you guys — I had Matt send the iPhone 3-5 Day… Read More

  • CTIA Calls for Veto of ITC Chip Ban

    Today the CTIA-The Wireless Association president and CEO Steve Largent has issued a statement in response to a new report by The Brattle Group. The report indicates that the International Trade Commission (ITC) order banning the importation of new broadband wireless devices will cause up to $21.1 billion in economic harm to American consumers and product producers. Steve Largent’s… Read More

  • Add Your Own Ringtone to the iPhone

    While this functionality should soon be available in some sort of cool open source UI package, the folks at HacktheiPhone have broken down the process into 23 easy to follow steps that involve downloading the iPhone restore files, hacking the crap out of them, putting your own ringtone into a folder, and uploading it. I’m going to put on an MP3 of my mom telling me how good I am. And… Read More

  • James Wagner Au to Second Life Marketers: Don't Be Stupid

    Everyone’s favorite games writer (after Peter Suciu), James Wagner Au, went about debunking five major myths about Second Life. The myths he debunks — that it has a population of 5 billion or 5 lonely weirds, that it is full of porn, penises, and dancing vulvas, etc. — are aimed at marketers who might be thinking of advertising in the world and are put off by dancing… Read More

  • JVC GZ-HD3 Hard Drive High Definition Videocam

    Word is going around about a new 60GB video camera from JVC, the GZ-HD3. The teeny cam will support 1440 x 1080 resolution and include an SDHC slot. No real official announcements, and when CamcorderInfo talked to the folks at the big Vic they said they had no official announcements, so I guess we’ll have to sit on our hands and wait. JVC Shows Off New High Definition Everio GZ-HD3… Read More

  • Motorola PEBL: Can We Try This Again?

    The Motorola PEBL was actually quite cool. In a year of angular, flat, and unappealing cellphones, the orotund and organic PEBL felt like something you might have placed on your back at an exclusive spa. Instead, it’s UI was an insipid as the RAZR’s and it just wasn’t angular, flat, and unappealing enough for the free-phone desiring masses. And so we come to the ROKR U9… Read More

  • Helicor StressEraser Biofeedback Device Review

    Yoga masters and scientists know it, but if you find it difficult to breathe easy, you may need to ease your breathing. It turns out that by moderating your breathing patterns so that your exhalations are long and regular, you can activate the part of your nervous system (the parasympathetic nervous system, it’s called) that allows you to stay calm, relaxed, and… Read More

  • AdSense for Mobile

    We’re hearing a lot about AdSense for Mobile this week. Basically this new service allows publishers to place adsense contextual advertising on WAP sites to help form a revenue stream for the traffic. The service, which is currently in beta, is being aimed at publishers looking to take advantage of the fast-growing mobile advertising market with targeted Google ads. So what does this mean? Read More

  • NextWave to Acquire IP Mobile

    U.S. telco startup NextWave Wireless Inc., a technology and equipment provider, has announced that it will purchase a 69.23 percent equity stake in IP Mobile. This would make it the first foreign mobile phone carrier in Japan after the pull out by Britain’s Vodafone Group last year. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is expected to approve this acquisition. If… Read More

  • The Dawn of Nerd: HP Looks Back at the Calculator, Gets Pantsed

    Ask any accountant or rocket scientist — HP makes some of the best calculators on the block. TI might have the graphing market sewn up — I had a weird friend who made a basketball game on his TI-81 (you typed in the angle of the shot and hit or missed the basket. Dude was a genius) — but when it comes to spelling 5318008 or rocking amortization rates, you come strapped with HP… Read More

  • User Research Study Tests iPhone Interface

    The iPhone has been out for a couple of weeks now, so apparently that’s been enough time for someone to look into how the new “revolutionary” handset is being used. Chicago-based usability consultancy User Centric, Inc. has announced that it has conducted a test with iPhone customers who purchased the mobile phone on the first day it was released. This study was conducted… Read More

  • Paying Too Much for Mobile? Move to Canada!

    It seems everyone complains about the cost of their wireless plan, despite the fact that compared to the early days of cellular calls the costs are reasonable. Plus the service providers keep in throwing in all sorts of free extras, and making it affordable to do just about everything on your phone. But of course we like to complain. So if you’re feeling that your mobile service is… Read More

  • PayPal Mobile Checkout Lets You Pay While On the Go

    As a frequent traveler, and eBay addict I’ve been faced with a small problem. I can watch the auctions for those rare vintage maps, international DVDs and other “junk” that fills my apartment from my mobile phone. I can even place bids for the items. But paying for the stuff was a pain. And many sellers have strange, and even demanding rules on how quickly they want to be paid. Read More

  • Masabi Launches World’s First Mobile Java Security App

    This week Masabi, the UK-based secure mobile apps company, has announced that BT has validated the cryptographic algorithms used in EncryptME. This is the world’s first mobile Java security application and can provide Web commerce level security for the vast majority of existing mobile handsets. The 3K code footprint allows fully secure transactions from any Java-enabled phone. The first… Read More

  • Cellfish Media Launches Mobile Threat Channel

    There is a lot of music tunes and videos available for mobile devices, but much like in the 1980s when there were plenty of top 40 radio stations and few “alternatives,” the state of mobile music is all about the big hits. That has left those looking for something “harder” out in the cold. Metal heads and punk rockers rejoice! Cellfish, the mobile and Web… Read More

  • Blueapple WAP Portal to Video Content

    Searching for mobile video, and being able to watch content from multiple Web sites, has just gotten a little easier thanks to Blueapple, a WAP portal that lets users search for video content. From the WAP site the service will provide a list of relevant videos, which can then be either streamed or downloaded depending on the operator parameters and type of mobile handset being used. The… Read More