• Breaking: Packard Bell Still in Business, Making GPS Units

    I was supposed to write about these nifty GPS units just announced by Packard Bell, but in researching my story I came across something more noteworthy: Packard Bell is still a company. Formed in LA in the mid 1920s, PB became notorious in the late 1980s through the late 1990s as manufacturer of the crappiest PCs in the world. Indeed, Packard Bell started the trend eMachines would later take… Read More

  • Car Costumes Make This Cynic Sick

    When I first came across the “car costumes”, I was confused. Then I saw the photograph, and I was aghast. They are, sadly, exactly what they sound like: costumes for your hoopty. The first one of you pukes I see sporting one of these on your ride gets to find out what a blogger’s roadrage can be like. All that taser stuff we write about? We keep the demo units, pal. The thing… Read More

  • Moving Day for Mario?

    Employees at Nintendo of America were told on Thursday that the company would be relocating. Game Informer Online is reporting that employees were told that they would have to decide by June 1st whether or not they would be willing to relocate or accept a severance package, and that the new offices would be opened as early as this fall. Both San Francisco and New York were pointed as being… Read More

  • WHERE is What You Need

    Need to find local weather, driving directions or a ski report? Where do you look? How about on your cellphone with WHERE GPS widgets? Developed by uLocate Communications and currently available for handsets on the Sprint/Nextel network, WHERE GPS widgets can be managed from a drag-and-drop Web interface. Subscription to the widgets costs around $3 a month, and range from weather… Read More

  • Disney Creates MySpace for Kids, Invents "Network Branding"

    I’d imagine that being a sexual predator of little kids is tough. You’ve got Jonny Law always breathing down your neck, watchdog groups acting as vigilantes, and local news crews looking to make you their next top story. Disney apparently feels your pain, as its developing a social network a not-just-another-social network specifically for the under-14 crowd. While we see the logic… Read More

  • Lime.com Podcast is Up and It's Fabulous

    Our own Seth Porges saved the day last Wednesday when he chatted with Karen Salmansohn of Be Happy, Dammit. He went through some of our latest and greatest from our Fittness by Crunchgear week. Podcast Page Read More

  • Video: Intel Imagines Our Future, Will Be Run By UMPCs That Let Me Be Me

    This is Intel’s vision of the future, a future where it powers UMPCs that run our lives. In this truly Orwellian vision, meetings can be changed at a moment’s notice, we can get directions while driving to Some Place (while still listening to Beethoven, since there’s been no authentic cultural developments in the future) and check all the late breaking developments while at… Read More

  • Microsoft Buying Yahoo!

    …are what two newspapers are currently speculating. No official deal of any kind has been made yet but apparently Microsoft has started talking with Yahoo! about a possible acquisition. Wall Street seems to be pretty happy about the news, as Yahoo! shares jumped 14.6-percent and analysts say the move is crucial to beating Google. However, there’s a problem with the reporting here. Read More

  • AACS Members Looking to Track Down People Who Published Encryption Key

    Now you’ve gone and done it, Digg users. Sure, you all had fun posting the encryption key—E-I-E-I-O or whatever the hell it is—all over the place thinking, gosh darn it, I’d like to see the AACS fuzz come after me. Well here they come, you little revolutionaries. Read More

  • Spiderman 3 Available Online: The Snake Eats Itself

    Quick, bittorrenters! To your battle stations! A cam of Spiderman 3 is currently available, recorded in what can only be described as colon-o-vision. Apparently the whole movie is out there, floating on the aether, but the quality is so poor its not even worth downloading. However, if you hate going to the cinema yet still enjoy watching people get up and go to the potty during long movies… Read More

  • Joost, She Is Dying

    I know, I know: I owe you guys Joost invites. I’ll try to put something together next week, but as we’re learning today the service is massively overburdened. According to Liz over at NewTeeVee, they’ve been having all sorts of trouble on their Intel Macs and that Joost is looking into the problems as we speak. I tried Joost for a little while last week and I found fairly… Read More

  • Give Your Momma A Zune Contest Is Over

    It looks like IK, with his tale of motherly lurve is the winner of our little pink Zune for momma contest. Special thanks to Cesar at ZuneInsider for hooking us up. He’s good people. {democracy:12} Read More

  • Negative Apple Article, Ad Pressure Leads to PC World Editor Resignation: Commoner Than We Think?

    This is more meta than we’re used to ’round here, but PC World‘s editor, Harry McCracken, just quit the magazine because he planned to write an article called “Ten Things We Hate About Apple.” But we all know that’s it’s actually been made illegal in the past few years to write anything critical about Apple. One of the publisher’s higher-ups… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Gadget-On-Gadget Love


    Please, world, take a break from thinking about the iPhone. Believe it or not, there are other cool devices coming very soon that will combine music and communications. The difference is, they aren’t convergence devices in the conventional sense: They communicate and interact with each other instead of trying to swallow each other whole. I may sound like a hippie, but it seems to me… Read More

  • Anti-Virus On A USB Drive

    When your Windows-based PC becomes infected with an assload of virii and you have no clue how to recover, what do you do? You place an overseas order for DigiWorks’ USB Virus Chaser and pray for the best. This new USB thumbdrive just plugs into a USB port and starts finding every virus that has taken over your computer. Very handy. It drops sometime this month, will be available in 2GB… Read More

  • Coach Signature Stripe iPod Case

    A few years ago, I strolled into a Coach store, which happened to be next to the Apple Store. Upon entering, I noticed to the left there were cases for full-sized iPods and iPod Minis. These were the first true “designer” iPod cases I had seen and to be quite honest, they looked pretty nice. Coach’s new Signature Stripe iPod Case is no exception. This beauty comes with… Read More

  • Breaking: Steve Jobs Gets Paid Lots Of Money

    Forbes has come out with the list of highest paid CEOs and guess who’s on top? You guessed it, Stevie Jobs. While Jobs took a $1-a-year salary like the Google Guys, those stock options he got in return made for an excellent monetary gain. Since Apple stock did so fantastic during 2006, Jobs made more than $646 million through the compensation and is probably taking a shower in… Read More

  • Microsoft Buys Mobile Ad Firm

    Microsoft’s interests in the mobile space have just increased. ClickZ News is reporting that the Redmond giant has snapped up ScreenTonic, with the intention of integrating its capabilities into adCenter. ScreenTonic’s core competency lies in mobile display advertising, and the firm’s offerings include fixed, animated and video banners; text links, ad words, interstitials… Read More

  • Surf with Squace

    Trying to navigate the Web with a mobile phone might have just gotten easier thanks Swedish developer Squace. Their program, which is now in beta, makes for an easy and fast way to navigate, store and personalize the content from mobile handsets. The start screen, or My Page in Squace manages your links to favorite sites and services and RSS feeds. Each of these can be accessed through a… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Nokia Trying to One-Up iPod Scroll Wheel?

    Nokia recently received a patent covering a new phone interface by using a frame that can be rotated and a series of input controls around a display that changes what the buttons control based on triggering the frame’s rotation spring (e.g. from letters to numbers) Nokia appears to have developed this interface using a display and changeable letter or number options to provide users a… Read More

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