• Carbon fiber tripods from Manfrotto

    That’s the PRO4 I don’t know too much about tripods, but I do know that I’ll need one soon as my pictar taking abilities improve. I’m very twitchy for some reason. Anyway, Manfrotto announced a trio of carbon fiber tripods dubbed the CX-series. The low-end 190CX3 isn’t fully carbon fiber but its tubes are while the center column is aluminum as is the top plate. Read More

  • The Orientation: Digital TV

    Welcome, friends, to another edition of The Orientation. This week we’re going to be looking at digital TV. The switch is coming soon. Ok, not really. It’s still a year away, but let’s take a look at what it’s all about. What’s the difference between analog and digital? Should you care? Does it really matter? The answer to the last two are a resounding, yes. Read More

  • AOL: Up To 30 New Sites By The End Of 2008

    AOL is to launch at least 12 new sites in the next six months, and between 20 and 30 new sites by the end of the year. Bill Wilson, AOL Executive Vice President of Programming told Bloomberg that AOL wants “to be sure we are appealing to as many consumers as we can.” Ultimately it’s all about numbers; more web properties should equal more traffic and more advertising… Read More

  • Video: New Lego Batman game looks fun, gets the Batman feel just right

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf OK, this actually looks great. I’m not normally a fan of the Lego games — not because they’re not good, I just don’t get into them — but this makes me want to play. Hardcore. Read More

  • Showtime's serial killer drama "Dexter" to be made into worthless game


    “Our game designers, writers, and artists are going to give Dexter’s morally complex world the kind of interactivity that gamers will love.”
    Actually, since Dexter is a psychopath, his world is very much not complex morally. Since I assume you’d be playing the titular antihero, the very idea of the game is flawed, since the players’ emotions basically allow them… Read More

  • Behind the original HBO movie intro

    This is part of a thread on BBG about DVNO, a new video from Justice designed to look like the TV intros from the 1980s and early 1990s. This video describes how they made the original bumper for HBO — the video that played before every movie and that signaled the start of big things back when I was 12 or 13. Whereas now you’d just CG this in a week, these guys spent weeks building… Read More

  • Bungie to do something cool for one lucky fan, but we really don't know what it is yet

    You know, I love the Halo series. Not only are they very, very fun games to play, but Bungie’s always done a really good job of community building, which isn’t just important for a game franchise, it’s just cool, too. So when Nathaniel’s Xbox got the Mr. Clean treatment recently, and Bungie heard about it, and they’ve decided to take action. We’re not sure… Read More

  • Facebook partners with iTunes for music store

    [photopress:l10435416547_3072.jpg,full,left]Facebook today launched a new music section with built-in integration with Apple’s iTunes. You find your favorite band’s page, where you can listen to new music, interact with them and their community, and even purchase tracks or albums. Online music stores aren’t new, they’re a dime a dozen, and that’s why Facebook… Read More

  • Monster Cable sounds as good as wire hangers?

    I’m trying to find the source on this, but someone compared Monster Cable speaker wire to audio run through coat hanger wire and, in a blind listening test, found no noticeable difference. The jury is out on this topic — and gets very enraged when you talk about it — but let’s just say I’m leaning towards the “wire is wire” camp unless you’re… Read More

  • Video: Dusseldorf to Hannover in an animal cracker box with wings

    [photopress:p398.jpg,full,pp_image] Me: Biggs, how was the flight? Biggs: Felt like Richie Valens. We’re taking the f’ing train back to Dusseldorf. Me: I’m not getting back in that animal cracker box with wings. I need to change my boxers. Read More

  • Atom's Apple? (Geddit!?)

    We mentioned Intel’s new Atom line of procs earier, and there are rumors floating around Bloggerland that Apple will be among its first customers, using the chip in some sort of mobile Internet device. Will it be iPhone 2? Maybe, but we’d expect a smaller, lighter almost-a-MacBook to be the likely product to first see the Atom. And who knows, an iPhone with the Atom could happen. Read More

  • Signal smoke detector really lets you know when it's time to replace the batteries

    [photopress:signaldet.jpg,full,center] Smoke detectors save lives, but only if they’re working properly. This detector, called Signal and designed by one Matthew Jobson, opens up and basically slams an anvil over your head, reminding you to change its batteries. A simple idea, to be sure, but one that could help, oh I don’t know, someone like me. About a month ago my carbon… Read More

  • Apple Time Capsule not so server grade after all, some would even say poop grade!


    Server grade my rosy red butt! Well, well, well, Mr. Apple. Lie much? Apple’s Time Capsule doesn’t have a “server grade” hard drive in it — as they claim on their website. Instead they use a hard drive that I would keep pictures of a dead squirrel on, the 1 TB Hitachi Deskstar HDS721010KLA330. That’s right, people: the HDS721010KLA330. That’s like… Read More

  • Nine-inch Asus Eee on its way

    [photopress:eee.jpg,full,center] Asus keeps bringing the Eee, and we thank them for it. Word around the Web today is that at a press event tomorrow, Asus will be debuting a new Eee PC ultraportable with a (relatively) huge 9-inch screen. Suh-wheat. Other stats of the so-called Eee PC 900 are 1GB RAM, up to 12GB storage, and a 1024×600 resolution screen. No word on the processor or… Read More

  • Ballmer goes green at CeBIT

    Peter and I got in too late to go to any of the first day stuff — we were stuck in a goddamn airplane the size of a raisin box — but it seems Steve “The Animal” Ballmer got up and whispered sweet nothings into Angela Merkel’s ear. He began by describing the next wave in computing involving wireless broadband everyway and natural user interfaces AKA not Windows. Read More

  • Video: Traveling to Germany for CeBIT

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=airport.flv We’re tired and a little drunk. We love Germany. I told John he could sing that way so chill out. Read More

  • Harmonix may receive $208 million windfall from Viacom

    [photopress:rock_band_street_date.jpg,full,center] It’s no secret and no surprise that Rock Band is selling quite well. The game is one of the most fun multiplayers around and is on both major gaming platforms and will hit the Wii soon. The talk of the Web today, though, is the $208.7 million payout Viacom has ready for Harmonix, the Rock Band developer. This is a performance-based… Read More

  • Wikipedia bossman Jimmy Wales splits with lady-friend on her bio page?


    I don’t think it’s actually as salacious as it sounds — it’s not as if he just vandalized her Wikipedia page with “ITZ OVER” or something. It’s more like, in response to some allegations of conflict of interest, he declined to help edit her bio page on the grounds that they “had” a “brief relationship.” His statement is now… Read More

  • Woz agrees with me about the MacBook Air


    Not that it means much, but it’s good to know I’m not the only one, even if my support is a total unknown like this Mr. Wozniak. I still feel my initial assessment of the Air as a sexy lemon is on the mark. He also shares his disappointment about the iPhone’s 2.5G-ness. This “Woz” is spreading his lukewarm enthusiasm for Apple’s latest products all over… Read More

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