• Rolling Stones Edition Blackberry: Maybe

    RIM is no stranger to the courtroom, having spent the better part of its existence defending its patents, sometimes winning, sometimes losing. The latest litigation towards the Blackberry maker comes from an unlikely source, though: The Rolling Stones. That’s not the news, however. The news is why Mick and company are sicking the lawyers on RIM. It seems that RIM had an idea for a… Read More

  • Boynq Saturn Portable Speakers: Close, But No Cigar

    The Boynq (boink?) Saturn is a portable USB-powered speaker system that works with any device that has a 3.5mm audio jack. It turns on and off with a swinging motion: putting it on its back and it turns off and setting it upright turns it on. Genius. The speakers are only 5W, so don’t expect arena rock-like sounds. Meh, I’ve seen cooler speakers in my travels. Product Info (PDF)… Read More

  • One Speech Recognition Company Eats Another: Nuance Acquires VoiceSignal

    Nuance Communications, makers of speech recognition products, has signed an agreement to acquire VoiceSignal, also makers of speech recognition products(Business Wire). The difference? Nuance focuses on call centers and desktop software, VoiceSignal uses speech recognition for search. You may be familiar with Nuance from their Naturally Speaking desktop software. VoiceSignal adds their… Read More

  • Blackminton: Get Sorted And Roll With It

    Ever wonder what would happen if the dude from Tron got hooked on ecstasy, bought tons of blacklights and glow paint and started playing badminton? Well I’m pretty sure it would end up looking like this. This is Blackminton, which is basically a blacklight-infused, tripped out game of people playing badminton while high. It’s a bit more fast paced and apparently it has a bit of… Read More

  • Bringo: Phone Tree Killer. This Is A Genuinely Useful Service

    Bringo solves one of the most frustrating problems that we encounter daily: phone trees. Call a customer service phone number and end up in automated operator hell. I’ve memorized the keys you have to hit for United Airlines to get to an operator as fast as possible. With other companies I just keep saying “operator” while hitting # over and over again. Sometimes it works. Read More

  • Ruby On Rails Versus Java Ad

    Every once in awhile, I love to post something incredibly dorky that makes all the geeks come out of hiding and get a good laugh in. This Ruby on Rails versus Java video is a parody of the popular Mac versus PC ads Apple has been doing. If you understand the basics of Java and Ruby on Rails, you’re bound to get some laughs. out of it. Glad the guys over at RailsEnvy have a sense of… Read More

  • Truemors Launches

    Truemors, Guy Kawasaki’s new startup, opened to the public about an hour ago. We covered them last week when we were able to get into the beta. Truemors is a rumor reporting site. Users text, email or call in a rumor and other users vote on it. Popular rumors make it to the home page. Top “truemors” right now: NBC to launch Heroes spinoff, a public scandal involving an… Read More

  • DirecTV Looks Into Broadband Over Power Lines

    Believe it or not, some people in this country still don’t have access to broadband. Combine that with the fact that DirecTV is in a bit of a financial pickle and you’ll understand why the satellite TV provider is toying with the idea of starting a broadband over power line service in the near future. It’s currently deciding whether or not to go into formal testing, using… Read More

  • Wii Crystal Cooler: If a Cooling Fan Could Look Stylish, It'd Look Like This

    Wow, purdy. It’s the Wii Crystal Cooler from Brando, a stand and system fan for the Nintendo Wii. Unlike the fan we saw last week, this one actually looks pretty great, what with its shiny blueness and all. Thankfully, you can turn the LED off with the flick of a switch. Somewhere, Mike Elgan is very pleased with himself. $20. If I had a Wii, that is, if I could find one, I’d be… Read More

  • Motorola RAZR 2 Debuted

    John is working hard over at the big Motorola event in NYC today. He says Zander just showed off the RAZR 2 and it’s looking really nice. Features include haptics, front touchscreen, music player, vibrating front buttons when you touch the screen, full HTML browser, landscape and portrait modes, and multi-shot photos. It also does video conferencing, you can send an MMS while a call is… Read More

  • Game Content Under the Microscope: An Insider Talks

    An avid gamer since his youth, author Steven L. Kent has seen the evolution from flat 2D arcade games to epic non-linear 3D adventures. Kent talked to CrunchGear for the second part of our series on video game violence and content. For more than a decade Kent has been the video game industry’s most prolific writer to date. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines and Web sites. Read More

  • Solar-Fine 1350 Charges Your Gadgets With The Power of The Sun

    Links over in Japan has come up with a solar powered battery charger that can charge any device via a USB port, including the PSP and DS. The Solar-Fine 1350 doesn’t look like the smallest charger out there, but it looks portable enough to get the job done. A day out to the park or a forced family picnic no longer means having to listen boring “remember when?” drivel. Read More

  • O2 and Vettro Form Partnership

    UK mobile carrier O2 is partnering with Vettro, a global leader in mobile on-demand business applications. This will allow the Vettro 360 suite of mobile applications to be sold directly by O2 sales personnel. This partnership should strengthen O2’s portfolio of offerings, which are targeted at the growing population of mobile workers. This should provide Vettro an opportunity to gain… Read More

  • Nintendo Wants You To Make a Movie About It: $10K Up For Grabs

    Nintendo’s running a contest called Nintendo Shortcuts to see who can make the best Nintendo-themed movie. (Holy redundancy alert, Batman.) The winner will get his or her movie played at Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock film showcase, lunch with a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and $10,000. The winner and two runners up will all get Nintendo video game systems and… Read More

  • Kensington QuickSeek iPod FM Transmitter

    If you like living on the edge of excitement, then you might want to check out one of the latest iPod accessories from Kensington. The QuickSeek iPod FM Transmitter is exactly what you think it is – an iPod FM Transmitter. But what sets it aside from others is its ability to find the clearest radio station possible. Just hit a button and the QuickSeek will blast through your FM… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates HD DVD Player: More Audio Options, Better Disc Compatibility

    Microsoft is set to release an update to its HD DVD player for the Xbox 360 today. Most of the updates are audio-related: users now have the option to output all audio as DTS 1.5Mbps, DD 640Kbps or WMAPro. Other little fixes include improved lip syncing and greater compatibility with problematic HD DVD titles. I don’t have the player, but if I did I’d grab this update, pop in… Read More

  • Apple Updates Macbooks

    Figures. Right after I get done buying a new Macbook, Apple goes and updates them with better specs. Oh well. Looks like the Apple Store was down for a good reason. The new entry-level Macbook features a faster 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 1GB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and a combo drive. All the next version has is a Superdrive, a 2.16GHz CPU, and a 120GB, which will cost you another $200 ($1299). Read More

  • Scratch: Because Your Kid Can't Do FORTRAN

    The geniuses over at MIT have developed a new programming language that requires almost no knowledge of real languages like C++ or Java to learn. Dubbed “Scratch”, this new language is aimed at children and operates like a set of building blocks. Through a GUI, children can drag and drop, sounds, images, video, and other elements together to create a real, working program. Now… Read More

  • Stitch Customizable Glasses: Sew Your Very Own Catchphrase Into Your Frames

    I really do love these product designs that’ll never see the light of day. Today is no different, with Stitch customizable eyewear—glasses to you and me. They were created to give people an opportunity to wear glasses that truly match their personality. It seems many of these designers love to rag on big business and large manufacturers for creating derivative, uninspired junk all… Read More

  • Pink Seal Pendant Really A Tazer

    The next time your girl has to walk home from your apartment by herself (jerk), make sure she’s equipped with this seemingly innocent pink seal pendant. Though it’s an extremely beautiful piece of jewelry, the real secret lies within the seal’s gut. See this pink pendant actually has a built-in tazer-like device to thwart attackers and muggers. 195V of electricity will be… Read More

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