• Nikon's got a hybrid viewfinder up its sleeve

    Looks like Nikon is set to pile up another advantage over arch-rival Canon pretty soon. It’s recently taken the lead in the DSLR world with the extremely popular D40 and D300 and is now setting its sights on the prosumer range where Canon’s full-frame 5D has been so popular. And if it keeps adding features like this one, the 5D’s time is short. Essentially it’s a… Read More

  • Playboy phone confuses this blogger

    I do not understand. What’s the point of having a Playboy-branded cellphone if it doesn’t have photos of unattainable naked ladies pre-loaded onto it? Is the idea that some future bunny will see the logo and be overcome with the idea of posing for me, so that I might shoot her nude form with the included 1.3 megapixel camera? I guess it’s a decent looking phone, including… Read More

  • Twitter for Music

    Twitter is an efficient technology for spreading and harvesting concise ideas. Unfortunately, it’s not so great for sharing rich media. Want to broadcast a video? You’ll have to settle for a TinyURL to YouTube, or maybe switch over to Seesmic altogether. Pownce improves on the Twitter model by supporting file transfers and at least one new data type: the structured event. It… Read More

  • Review: Iomega Rev 120GB backup drive

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/906425&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ Backing up is kind of boring but deathly necessary. That’s why we like this new 120GB Rev cartridge reader from Iomega. It offers a full-PC backup on… Read More

  • When Crowdsourcing Fails: Cambrian House Headed to the Deadpool

    Crowdsourcing sounds good in theory—pull together a bunch of smart, motivated individuals from across the Web to create a new product or business—but in practice it is not so easy to pull off. One of the first major casualties of the crowdsourcing movement looks like it will be Cambrian House, the Calgary startup that tries to organize the crowd around creating new ideas for… Read More

  • Review: Razer Lachesis gaming mouse

    The legend — the myth
    I’ve always wondered about Razer stuff. Before I touched this mouse, I’d never actually been in the same room as a Razer device. I knew they were respected and their mice considered true precision tools. So I was excited when I got this Lachesis to check out. Unfortunately, I think this has been a poor introduction to the world of Razer. Read More

  • 'X-Files: I Want To Believe' trailer

    Apologies if you’ve seen this before, but it says “New trailer” on YouTube and was added today, so who am I to argue? This movie looks awesome, by the way. It’ll be out on July 25th. via Fimoculous Read More

  • HTC Touch Diamond accessories coming soon

    Just got word from Matt of Tracy and Matt’s Blog that he’s been able to grab a shot of one of the upcoming accessories for the HTC Touch Diamond. From Matt’s post… “I must say that this looks super sexy with its glossy black finish. You’ll also notice the decent looking set of headphones in that photo above which, in my mind, implies that the dock/cradle… Read More

  • How to decrypt memory with supercooled gases

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/11944/bbtv_2008-05-09-233345.flv While most of my gases are superheated, these guys use compressed air to freeze memory for a brief period allowing you to lift the security keys hidden in memory. This is basically a how-to for you hacker types and you also get to see a man loving a dolphin. Read More

  • Nimbuzz – VOIP/IM aimed at mobile and social networks

    Back in early 2007 Netherlands-based Nimbuzz launched a beta for its free application which supported voice, presence, and SMS. TechCrunch UK reports that Tuesday will see it aim squarely at mobile handsets and social networks, launching with Java and Symbian client software which will work across an impressive 500 handsets. This will allow users to make and receive calls across 50… Read More

  • Bootfighter Windom SP-2: Freeware OS Gundam battle

    Does that sound like a spam headline or what? But it’s exactly what this game is. A freeware mech-duel game like Virtual ON, with the mechs named after various OSes, possibly even with some reason behind each one. If you guys can figure it out, you’re a better man than I. But in any case, now instead of just comparing features, your favorite OSes can battle to the… Read More

  • Apple hearts HBO, HBO hearts Apple

    It seems like a perfect match. HBO with its commercial-free, high-quality programming (but smaller audience), and Apple with its huge audience but lacking a lot of the shows I want to be watching: John Adams, The Wire, Flight of the Conchords. It’s no surprise they’re getting busy. HBO actually already has an online distribution service, but it’s only for members and is… Read More

  • TuneUp Brings Order To Your iTunes Library (For a Fee)

    Would you pay someone to add all the correct song titles and cover art to the songs in your iTunes library? TuneUp is an iTunes plugin that aims to make cleaning up your music library as easy as drag-and-drop. The program attempts to automatically tag a user’s music library by analyzing the musical data in each file, even if a song has been previously mislabeled. TuneUp’s… Read More

  • Oh puh-lease: A treadmill bike? Get the hell outta here

    I’m going to go on record and say that this is fake. Sure, there’s a product page that appears to be selling it for $2500, Canadian, and sure, it’s got some customer reviews, but I refuse to believe it’s an actual product. It’s too dumb. Plus, watch the above video. Why can’t anyone finish a sentence without smirking and/or laughing? Anyway have fun with… Read More

  • Computers on wheels: Microsoft Auto

    These days, new cars have a truly new feature, which those in the industry call telematics. You and I would probably call it an in-dash computer, but what do we know? Right now Microsoft has Sync in Fords and competes with OnStar and Hughes Telematics in GM cars and Mercedes/Chryslers respectively. They’ve been around for a little bit and are becoming standard. What’s the next… Read More

  • Black iPhone is an urban legend

    We did a little research and found lots of phones on AT&T’s website were reporting a “Black” version. Clearly this is a shopping cart glitch and not proof-positive of a chupacabra like 3G iPhone in the wild. Read More

  • “Someone just knocked-off MiWi”, says Nintendo in a cockney accent

    The latest Wii knock-off has at least one thing going for it, its name is fun to say in a British accent (give it a try). After your done saying the name 50 times, that’s about all the fun you’re going to get out of this thing. It is made by Eittek of China, it features Wii (and N64?) like controllers, 23 WiiSportish games, and various attachments… but they all suck. Read More

  • Old 486 desktop + ingenuity = dedicated NES emulator

    Here’s something I didn’t cover in my Emulation Orientation a few weeks back, though I did mention NESticle. A couple guys have decided the most noble job for a venerable 486 is to run the venerable NES emulator full time, complete with controller ports. Find out how they did it here (good luck with doing it yourself). Of course, there are much, much easier ways to go about this. Read More

  • SK Telecom denies Virgin/Helio merger rumor, calls it "groundless"

    Last week, CrunchGear reported on a rumor that Helio and Virgin Mobile had gone to the table to discuss the possibility of a merger. SK Telecom, one of Helio’s two parent companies (the other being Earthlink), is calling shenanigans. According to a spokesperson for SK Telecom, there had not been “any sort of talks” between Helio and Virgin, saying all rumors as such were… Read More

  • Microsoft to offer limited XP to low-cost PC makers

    Microsoft has unveiled a plan under which a somewhat crippled version of XP will be made available to the makers of low-cost PCs like the Eee PC and XO laptop. I’m not sure how I feel about this; at $25 it’s practically free, but the arbitrary hardware limitations Microsoft is imposing are, I think, kind of despicable: the PC vendors that make ULPCs must limit screen sizes to… Read More

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