• Game system sales are up, PS3 still solidly in 2nd place

    [photopress:albagame.jpg,full,center] Video Games are on the up, contrary to what the experts said they woul be, which was down. In fact, they’re up 11% across the board, with the PS3 firmly in 2nd place behind the Wii, with Xbox 360 at third. This is interesting because a new PS3 is rumored to be on the way any day, meaning that if the price is right, PS3 might bump Nintendo and get… Read More

  • Butterfingers? No problem. Butterface? Your call.

    As a Wii owner, I’ve been using the Wii-mote sans wrist strap since the thing snapped within a week of using it. Since then, never have I ever had a problem with accidentally hurtling it into my TV. However, that might be because after reading all the horror stories of Wii-punctured flat panels, I picked up a couple rubberized battery covers for some extra traction. The total out of… Read More

  • Web-Based Translation Service Lingtastic Launches in Closed Beta (Invites)

    A new startup called Lingtastic is coming out of stealth today that wants to lower the cost of professional translation services. Using a distributed team of freelance translators around the world, customers will be able to call in, and the translator with the lowest bid will take the call. Instead of $100 an hour or more, CEO Chas Watkins expects the hourly rate to be as low as $18. … Read More

  • Warcraft PVP contest has $75,000 grand prize

    Flickr’d And who said World of Warcraft was a waste of time? Turns out you can win a couple of ducats if you’re good enough. Starting in April, Blizzard will start a contest where players will compete for a grad prize of $75,000. It’ll be a 3v3 Arena contest where players will try to out-PVP each other. To make things intersting, the… Read More

  • Another reason why a MacBook Pro refresh is coming soon

    Have you tried picking up a 15-inch MBP from your local Best Buy only to find that it’s completely sold out? Wait time for one is at a week to two weeks if they ever get shipped at all. Other retailers are reporting that they’ve noticed a decline in the number of units being shipped to them. Half as much compared to shipments they received in December for some. So when do you think… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Activation fee waived by T-mo

    Starting today until the 18th, T-mobile has waived the $35 activation fee for new customers. That’s all. Nothing else to see here. T-Mobile Read More

  • CrunchGear/TechCrunch/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up report

    Proof: It was not a total sausage party. There was sausage, obviously, but it was chorizo. It has been said that there is no party like a CrunchGear party because a CrunchGear party never comes to an end. This, friends, was true about our strange little meet-up in a weird paella place near the Fira last Wednesday where I got to meet some cool… Read More

  • Next motherboard revisions of Xbox 360 will have 65 nm CPU, GPU

    [photopress:opus.jpg,full,center] The next two Xbox 360 motherboard revisions will be called Opus and Valhalla. Quick, somebody call CNN! Wanton speculation points to Valhalla being the final motherboard revision for the Xbox 360, though that depends on the further success of the console and what Microsoft has in store for the next generation Xbox. (Keep in mind the Xbox 360 will be three… Read More

  • Facebook Group Wants to Draft Lessig For Congress

    With the death of California Representative Tom Lantos on Monday, a special election will be held in April to fill his seat in Congress. Will Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig run? Already on Facebook, a “Draft Lessig for Congress” group has formed (with 554 members as of this posting). Lessig, who has long been a champion of Free Culture as a lecturer, intellectual… Read More

  • 'Elmo Live' at Toy Fair 2008

    Here’s a video from Toy Fair 2008 sent to us from Fisher Price. It includes footage of the new “Elmo Live” doll that’ll undoubtedly be making kids go absolutely ape until their parents buy one for them. It’s surprisingly lifelike, although in real life we’ve never seen whatever the hell it is that Elmo’s supposed to be, so it’s a bit hard to… Read More

  • New video and voice chat features coming to PS3?

    Hark! Someone over at NeoGAF.com spotted the above image on the official PlayStation website, hinting at the possibility of in-game XMB (Cross Media Bar) messaging. The text says, “Talk to others during game play, say hello anytime you’re online, or have a video chat with an Eye camera, USB Camera, or headset.” The image was pulled off the server rather quickly. So long… Read More

  • AT&T Tilt getting ROM update today? [Update]

    Not sure how reliable this is, but it’s rumored that AT&T will be releasing a ROM update today for the HTC Tilt. I liked the Tilt when I had one despite it running Windows Mobile. Below are a list of things that 1.61.502.0 are supposed to fix. * Device freezing during unlock process when a password is enabled on the device.
    * Pocket Outlook unresponsive when launched while on… Read More

  • Olympus e-430 specs leaked: 12MP, less bulky, Live View

    [photopress:olympus_e_430_1.JPG,full,center] Looks like details of the Olympus e-430 have leaked to a Russian Web site. That’s where all the best leaks occur. The 3-430 has a 12-megapixel image sensor and Live View, which turns the LCD in the back into more of a point-and-shoot screen. You look at the LCD instead of through the viewfinder, just like a point-and-shoot. (I think Olympus… Read More

  • Wal*Mart kicks HD DVD to the curb

    If I weren’t hungover you’d see a Wal*Mart logo on the truck with some HD DVD logos sticking out of the pile. Just imagine that. K? THX. Things couldn’t possibly get any worse for the HD DVD group today, but they did. A buyer for Wal*Mart is reporting that the giant retailer is kicking the format to the curb and will be Blu-ray exclusive by June. Enough about my family and on… Read More

  • LG's PG6000, LG6000 show evolution in TV design

    [photopress:lgfashion.jpg,full,center] LG pimped out (get it?) its new line of HDTVs at London Fashion Week because when you think of fashion, you obviously think of television. The LG6000 leads the line as a 1080p LCD and comes in 32-, 37-, 42- and 47-inch sizes. The two largest have that 100Hz thing that makes images more film-like (you’d have to see it in person to know what I mean). Read More

  • Another Vice President Parachutes From Yahoo, Lands as CEO of Xobni

    At Yahoo, they don’t have golden parachutes, they have purple ones. Yahoo’s vice president of social search, Jeff Bonforte, is among the thousand or so employees being laid off. (The picture at left is of him skydiving with the parachute Yahoo gave him as a signing bonus when he joined the company a few years ago). His last day is today. But Yahoo’s loss is startup… Read More

  • CloudBook unboxed and riddled with problems [Update]

    Our pals over at Laptop got their mitts on the CloudBook and they’ve run into two major problems. I guess it’s three, but they’re only reporting on two. They can’t even get it past the start screen right now is what I’m being told. LMAO. Here are the other two things they’ve run into. * The pointing device: The touchpad is a tiny stretch of plastic in the… Read More

  • Far Cry trailer

    http://www.brightcove.tv/playerswf It stinks. Don’t you agree? Read More

  • Video: Lego gun shoots stuff

    It’s a gun made out of Legos that shoots steel balls. Really not much more to it than that. Lego Machine Gun Part 1 [Brickpedia] Read More

  • Open Source may Create Security Risks for Mobile Phones

    To date, mobile phones have been relatively safe from cyber attacks when compared to PCs. Security systems have been able to block most viruses on cell phones, but the mobile industry foresees risks coming from the open software platforms that are looming in the near future. Google is backing the Android open source software which is in competition with LiMo Foundation’s Linux… Read More

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