• Apple now officially has a Monopoly on mp3 players


    Well, that’s a misleading title. They have a game of Monopoly, I should say. You can now download an iPod version of the world’s most beloved capitalism simulator. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it when you don’t have the physical money, houses and so on. You also don’t get to choose what “Free Parking” does if it’s hard-coded into… Read More

  • PS3 most power hungry console, sucking up all of your power

    We’re not sure exactly how the math on this works, but according to an Australian consumer group, called Choice, the Playstation 3 consumes more electricity than a medium-sized fridge. Not just a little more, but five times more, and that’s just plugged in with no gameplay. Plasma TVs are also hardcore energy vampires, sucking down four times more energy than standard TVs. Not… Read More

  • iHome announces computer speakers that sync and charge your iPod

    If you are in the market for some new desktop speakers and have an iPod, the iHome’s new iH69 and iH70 speaker system may be worth a look. The speakers feature a docking station for your iPod, which means you can charge, play and sync without having the mess of extra wires. They are Mac and PC compatible. “The new iH69 and iH70 are a perfect marriage of sound and design, and with… Read More

  • Unplug your electronics if you're looking to save money

    Luckily, my electric bill is covered by the building (I pay for gas), but those of you who have to pay your own way, take heed of this advice: turn off your video game console, and make sure they’re not in standby mode. A recent study shows that a PS3 plugged in and on standby pulls five times as much electricity as a refrigerator similarly plugged in. Other electronic devices, like… Read More

  • Sony's Home still on track, if you count beta

    Word around the blogosphere is that Sony’s PS3 version of Second Life, known as Home, was promised to launch in 2008, and it looks like that may be the case, though it might only be in beta. It’ll be an open beta, meaning anyone with a PS3 and an Internet connection can log on and try it out, though it should be pointed out that they might crash your system or reset your characters… Read More

  • FotoDialer: Make phone calls based on photos

    The baby boomer generation is old and they need as much help as possible. My own mother is constantly asking me for a cell phone with bigger numbers and a bigger screen. “But it has to look pretty”, she says. She doesn’t necessarily need the FotoDialer, yet, but my grandparents could probably benefit from it now. It’s a pretty ingenious device and I can’t… Read More

  • iPhone sees big market share drop: Blame BlackBerry?

    Apple’s going to release the new iPhone just in the nick of time, as recent data shows its share of the smartphone market dropped 7.5 percent from Q4 2007 to Q1 2008. That’s a pretty big dip, it has to be said, and one that can almost wholly attributed to RIM’s increase. It went from 35.1 percent to 44.5 percent. But, really, numbers are boring unless you’re playing… Read More

  • Pedalectric kart is perfect for going to the store (or being crushed by an SUV)

    As long as one can steer clear of traffic (as the driver in this video does not demonstrate), this little homemade kart seems like a great way to get around. It’s got a battery for propelling itself, and pedals for extra speed, powerless propulsion, or charging the battery (I assume). Modest, low-power vehicles like this are also prime for being solar-powered; imagine if everyone in the… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct unboxed via MMS

    Whenever a new device launches, there tends to be an unspoken battle amongst all of the sites to get the best unboxing shots up before anyone else. It’s madness. Well, it looks like some Sprint employee has beaten everyone to the punch by about 2 1/2 weeks. Josh33_unc over at SprintUsers was treated to an unboxing gallery via a series of MMS sent by a buddy at Sprint, and he was cool… Read More

  • Nvidia's new laptop graphics platform: dual-GPU "Hybrid SLI"


    There is an increased need for laptops to be a person’s only computer; consequently, demands for performance are increased at the same time efficiency needs to be controlled &mdash. After all, can’t have your main machine running out of battery. NVIDIA is providing a smart, but probably expensive, solution to this problem as graphics-intensive programs, games, and rich web… Read More

  • Video: How Adidas makes the Europass Euroball (for the Euros!)

    Want to see how Adidas makes the Europass, the new hi-tech ball to be used in this summer’s European Championship? Yes? OK! Call me [bad name], but do you see this type of innovation applied to baseballs and (American) footballs? Seems to me a baseball is a baseball is a baseball, while Adidas keeps pumping out Futureshock designs. This Saturday, kids. I’ll be watching on ESPN2HD… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Street Fighter IV PS3, 360 versions confirmed; anime cutscene endings

    Street Fighter IV news, friends. It seems the console edition—yes, there will be PS3, 360 and PC versions—of the game will have full-length anime cutscenes for each character’s ending. They’ll be animated by “famous” anime studio, and won’t be some man-on-the-street hatchet job. And if you had any doubts about the console versions’… Read More

  • JBL's Control NOW speakers are expensive, toroidal


    I trust JBL to put out some good speakers, and these don’t look like an exception. They’re essentially bookshelf speakers, but instead of the trusty box shape, they’ve mounted the speakers into a sort of quarter-toroid, possibly to make for a more rounded sound (wocka wocka wocka). Really, it’s for mounting in corners and such, helping distribute the sound through a… Read More

  • WowWee Wrex the Dog

    I think something inside me died. If you think this is clever, however, feel free to read the full review over at robotsrule.com. Now I have to go change my shirt. Read More

  • Good shots of the Samsung i900 finally surface

    While the Samsung i900 was announced almost a month and a half ago, every shot of the handset released thus far has been crap. The best shot of it was a black and white mock up, watermarked to the point of insanity. Chinese news site pconline.com.cn managed to get a hands on with the device, and they were nice enough to bring back some visuals. The i900 is Samsung’s newest Windows… Read More

  • Pizza Hut offering Gamer Fantasy Package for ordering crappy pizza online


    Joining forces with Gamefly, the pizza chain is offering up the “Gamer Fantasy Package.” To enter you simply need to order online at pizzahut.com and you’re automatically entered to win a 60-inch LG Plasma TV, all three major consoles, a Bose Home Theater system, a Berkline home theater 3-seat set and a popcorn machine. But that’s not all. Gamefly will throw in a… Read More

  • Santa Monica builds solar powered ferris wheel lit by 160,000 LEDs

    Santa Monica’s famous Pacific Wheel is gone, having lost the fight against new fangled technology – and man, the new wheel is blinged out. Sure, the it might not be the biggest. It’s probably not the fastest, either. However, it might just be the LED-iest. Over 160,000 LEDs were used in this $1.5 million dollar refresh, all powered by the same solar panels that juiced the… Read More

  • TuneCore Tells Us Where We Can Shove It

    TuneCore, a startup that lets musicians break out of the label world and publish their music directly to online distribution channels like iTunes and Amazon, has been on a tear lately with some excellent and well deserved press coverage. I asked one of our interns, Peter, to email their PR group to get additional background information for CrunchBase and a potential story we’re working… Read More

  • Are you Haikurious?

    Writer and soon to be author Paul Carr – in between a recent travelogue of adventures in the US and prior to the launch of his book “Bringing Nothing to the Party: True Confessions Of A New Media Whore” – has come up with a new site. Skewering the Web 2.0 startup scene with a new take on British irony, Haikurious is satire written in the style of Haiku poetry. Think… Read More

  • No Griefing: Virtual Currency Market Sparter Shuts Down

    Looks like you’re going to have to earn your phat lootz the hard way. Sparter, an online marketplace for virtual game currencies that launched last year, has effectively shut down. The company has issued a notification stating that no further purchases can be carried out, though transactions currently in progress will be fulfilled. The site, which is backed by Bessemer Venture… Read More

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