• A Comparison of Live Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail

    A Comparison of Live Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail

    The Windows Live team announced today that they’re rebranding their new email beta to Windows Live Hotmail. We haven’t written about the application for some time, and this is as good an excuse as any to compare the current release to Gmail and the new Yahoo mail beta. The three applications, along with AOL mail, make up the vast majority of the 500 million or so webmail users… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6 Gets One More Thumbs Up


    If a device running Windows Mobile is in your near future, it looks like you’ll definitely want to get one running the newest version. LAPTOP magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer gave the newly minted version 6 a thorough testing and not only survived, but actually likes the update to the OS. Spoonauer gives it props for being faster and more stable than its predecessor… Read More

  • Blizzard, DC Comics Team Up For WoW Action Figures

    Blizzard, DC Comics Team Up For WoW Action Figures

    With World of Warcraft soaring past 8 million users, it was only a matter of time before more action figures were concocted up by a marketing team at Blizzard. Through a partnership with DC Unlimited (DC Comics), figures will be available sometime in Q3, with the debut at next week’s Toy Fair in NYC (CG will be there). Says DC, the debut figurines will be between 5 to 8 inches and made… Read More

  • Sonic Boom Alarm Clock Brings Your Bed Good Vibrations, 113 db

    Sonic Boom Alarm Clock Brings Your Bed Good Vibrations, 113 db


    Where I come from, vibrating beds are mostly found in hourly rate motels. Now you can bring all of that fun to your home! The Sonic Book Alarm Clock shakes your bed like a British nanny. And if that’s not enough to wake you, the ear-splitting 113-decibel alarm will. And get a load of the bizarre rant of a product description the site has: Even Ninjas need their sleep. For a Ninja, sleep… Read More

  • Nokia To Offer Free Mobile Map Service

    Nokia To Offer Free Mobile Map Service

    Everyone from Google to TomTom are going to be keeping a close eye on Nokia soon. The Finnish telecom company is rolling out a free maps-and-directions service called “smart2go.” Smart2go will have local search, directions, locations and maps crammed into its mobile-phone software. Car-based navigation will also be included at no additional cost. The service rolls out February 10… Read More

  • Buy A Zune, Get A $15 iTMS Gift Card

    Buy A Zune, Get A $15 iTMS Gift Card

    CompUSA used to be known as a mecca of computer-related items; now it’s more like a Motel 6 with the $44.95-a-night special. Regardless, it seems Microsoft’s Zune must not be a hot item at the retailer, as it’s giving customers purchasing the portable players with a $15 iTunes Music Store gift card! Now normally this would be absolutely fantastic, except that iTunes Music… Read More

  • Apple and Intel Preordained?

    Apple and Intel Preordained?


    I stumbled across this Flickr pic earlier and thought that it was worth mentioning. It shows Intel co-founder Les Vadasz using a Mac. This in itself isn’t so exciting since Intel is now inside all new Macs. But the conversation that took place when the picture was taken is of some interest. Steve Jurston, industry shaker and the guy behind the camera, writes: I had to ask, with a bit of… Read More

  • CrunchBack: Share Your Customer Service/Tech Support Horror Stories

    CrunchBack: Share Your Customer Service/Tech Support Horror Stories


    It’s no mystery that customer service exists more as a way to appease the Better Business Bureau than to actually serve any customers, but there’s a spectrum — some companies give it better than others. Throw in comments some of your worse experiences in dealing with inept, angry, rude, or mentally-deficient customer servie or tech support people. And, if you feel like it… Read More

  • Lights, Camera, ActionCam!

    Lights, Camera, ActionCam!

    Oregon Scientific’s All Terrain Camera is a wireless, weatherproof camera that can record your crazy skydiving or NASCAR exploits. The camera records video and sound to AVI and features PAL out, USB and a 640×480 VGA CMOS sensor. It also is mountable to many helmets. At $315, the camera includes 32MB of internal memory — expandable to 2GB—and is water resistant up to… Read More

  • Quench Your iPod Thirst

    Quench Your iPod Thirst

    The Camelbak Hydration Pack is perfect for the tech enthusiast who plans to search for national treasure or the Holy Grail. The survival pack features a 100-ounce water storage unit and space for a shovel. Upgraded for 21st century archaeologists, the camel back also has two 60mm waterproof speakers in the upper straps. The speakers are compatible with any audio device that has a 3.5mm jack… Read More

  • Tuesdays With Ifrogz

    Tuesdays With Ifrogz

    Ifrogz, which makes custom silicon iPod cases, will have a unique give-away every Tuesday. Visitors to the site sometime between 2 and 4 p.m. MST (that’s right, the company is based in Utah) will notice a flashing green light bulb and “Snatch It!” tab in the upper-middle section of every page on the site. Customers will be able to add a featured product to their cart for… Read More

  • Lensbabies New Aperture Kit

    Lensbabies New Aperture Kit


    Lensbaby announced today the availability of a creative aperture for budding photographers who feel the need to shoot pictures through various outlines. The kit includes a heart and star aperture and five blank apertures to punch out in any pattern you wish. I like Lensbaby, but I’m not sure about this one. Maybe it could be useful for wedding photogs or something, but I don’t see… Read More

  • Sell An M-Rated Game To A Minor, Get Fired

    Sell An M-Rated Game To A Minor, Get Fired

    Back in the day when I was but a wee teenager, I was always the 15-year old with the beard who bought everyone tickets to R-rated movies. I never really had much of a problem buying M-rated video games. Looks like the times have changed though, as retailers are starting to take ratings seriously and are cracking down on those under 17. Read More

  • Guitar Hero Coming To Wii

    Guitar Hero Coming To Wii

    Those of you who enjoy feigning a seizure and playing faux guitar should be excited to know that your most favoritest game EVER, Activision’s Guitar Hero, is coming to the Nintendo Wii. The dudes over at The Tanooki confirmed with Activision CEO Mike Griffith that Guitar Hero would be making its way to Nintendo’s gimmicky console. Said the man himself: The key difference in… Read More

  • Apiotek USB SkyPhone Only 7.5mm Thin

    Apiotek USB SkyPhone Only 7.5mm Thin

    Making stylish, corded Skype phones seems to be the rage nowadays. It looks more like a remote control or third-party Wiimote, but the SkyPhone packs some impressive features. The device itself is only 7.5mm thick, weighs 69g, and has a dramatic metal backing like the iPod. It also is compatible with Skype, MSN, and Yahoo!, has USB 2.0, has recording capabilities, and is Mac/PC compatible. You… Read More

  • Formatpixel Makes Sexy Presentations

    Formatpixel Makes Sexy Presentations

    We’ve talked about a lot of online presentation applications, both formal (Zoho, Google, Empressr, Thumbstacks, Preezo, Slideshare) and informal (RockYou, Filmloop, Scrapblog, Bubbleshare). Formatpixel is a flash-based crossover between the two, meant to design portfolio or brochure presentations that look more like fashion magazines than PowerPoint presentations. You can see an example… Read More

  • Blu-Ray Shafts Us? One Man's Conspiracy Theory

    Blu-Ray Shafts Us? One Man's Conspiracy Theory


    Wayde Robson does these Ze Frank-esque videos on tech topics and this one is a doozy. It’s a wind-eyed rant against Blu-Ray involving beer, pee, and the idea the HD-DVD is a better format. He definitely has some good points — Sony made the format to support studios, not consumers — but you can say that about anything throughout history including the gramophone, the Super… Read More

  • Parrot Busts Out The Bluetooth Boombox

    Parrot Busts Out The Bluetooth Boombox

    Yo listen up, this is what I’m sayin’
    Parrot’s got a boombox for which you’ll be payin’
    Bluetooth-equipped like it ain’t no thang
    It’ll cost you $300 and some change Read More

  • The Futurist: From Lucky-Goldstar to LG, or… Brands That Change With The Times

    The Futurist: From Lucky-Goldstar to LG, or… Brands That Change With The Times


    Biggs and I were talking shop awhile back and I mentioned that it was as if, sometime in the past decade, LG and RCA had a Freaky Friday-like switcheroo. As anybody over the age of 10 likely recalls, RCA used to be an omnipresent CE brand—especially in TVs. And LG? Let’s just say those letters didn’t always stand for “Life’s Good.” Rather, the… Read More

  • Apple vs. The World: PatentMonkey IP-Review

    Apple vs. The World: PatentMonkey IP-Review

    Apple is greater than the sum of its parts. IP is important for any company today and Apple’s whopping $74 Billion market valuation shows that investors love Apple’s IP. Apple’s intangibles boil down to several primary focus areas: its OS, iPod and iPhone patents and applications; the letter “i” (and other Trademarks); and know how in delivering digital media on… Read More