• Sweet Apple donates Nanos to wildfire-stricken kiddies

    Those poor desert-dwellers in the Golden State could have used the floods we’ve been having recently in Washington. But every choking, black cloud of smoke has a silver lining: 100 youngsters whose homes and belongings were torched by the rampant flames have been given iPod Nanos free of charge by Apple. A local guy e-mailed Steve Jobs and ended up in contact with Foulkes, another… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Casio Exilim EX-S880

    I’m a camera guy. I like to have a good picture-taker with me at all times, mostly because my friends are always doing something stupid, or hot, or funny, and I like to moments to last. I’m also a flickr fanatic, so I want something that looks good, because I’ll be sharing. Read More

  • 3G phone for T-mobile! Too bad T-Mobile has no 3G network

    Behold, the Nokia 6263! Not much to look at, but I’m told that deep within its silicon heart lurks the capability to communicate at blinding speeds on a 3rd Generation network that, well, doesn’t exist for it. I feel bad for the poor thing, forced to work at data rates that make it want to flash its own bios. Oh, to join its brethren in two-way video chats and full-featured browsing! Read More

  • Buy A Virtual Gift And Fight Malaria

    Causes is one of the most popular Facebook Applications, with over 300,000 active users. The service, which leverages virality to spread the word about worthy causes, aggregates 40,000 causes that benefit 13,000 nonprofits worldwide. In many ways, it’s a pyramid scheme for good. Now founders Sean Parker and Joe Green are leveraging another phenomenon to increase participation even… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Kodak V1253 HD camera plus free AC adapter plus free 1GB memory card for $230, shipped

    Holy crap, this is a big one. Best Buy has the HD-capable Kodak EasyShare V1253 camera with a $50 price break, a free 1GB memory card, a free AC adapter, and free shipping for $229.99. Even I couldn’t pass this one up, so I broke out my little yellow Best Buy card and am now anxiously waiting for this to arrive. You may remember this camera from yesterday, as it’s part of our… Read More

  • XOHM, Sprint's WiMax initiative, launching very, very soon

    I like WiMax. I like the fact that it could become a 4G service. I like the fact that Sprint is taking the initiative and rolling it out quickly. What I don’t like is the name: XOHM. But that’s not important to anybody. What is is that Sprint’s Bin Shen said that XOHM will be going live within days in Baltimore, DC, and Chicago. That’s soon. At first it will only be… Read More

  • DIY: Upgrade your Eee PC

    If you were lucky enough to grab an Eee PC before they flew off the shelves then you may want to consider slating this DIY project for the weekend. Doesn’t seem too difficult a task and it’s probably worth the effort to have 16GB of storage and Bluetooth. If you’re not that adventurous then consider the Belkin Bluetooth USB dongle, pansy. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 100 free eBooks with the purchase of a Sony Reader

    In what appears to be a last ditch effort by Sony to thwart the onslaught that the Amazon Kindle is bringing in the realm of eBooks, they’ll be giving away 100 Connect eBooks Classic titles with the purchase of the Reader Digital Book. That’s not too shabby considering each title is $1.99. A few of the titles included are Beowulf, The Time Machine and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Read More

  • How your neglected girlfriend would explain Halo 3 cheat codes

    Unless your girlfriend is Samus Aran, in which case she would simply disintegrate you. Kotaku’s found a pretty funny McSweeney’s piece that describes, in a fairly funny way, how your better, cleaner half might explain those Halo 3 codes you asked her to dictate to you. McSweeney’s is hit-and-miss for me, but this one’s pretty on target. If only your extensive… Read More

  • 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

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