• You, TV, Electric Bills And You

    It stands to reason that the larger your TV set gets the more power it sucks from the socket and the higher your electric bill will be. Of course this also raises your cost of ownership, something few people take into consideration when buying a new TV. As you can see in the chart I swiped from CNET’s TV power consumption quick guide, running your average plasma TV requires 328 watts… Read More

  • Sony Vaio Laptops Leaked

    I really love the Interwebs. It makes my day go by so much faster. A few Notebook Review forum members did some digging around the European Sony site and uncovered the latest VAIO laptops. Five different lines will be unveiled for July and they sure sound great. An 11.1-inch TZ, 13.3-inch SZ5 and two new 15.4-inch FZ are set to debut along with rumors of a 13.3-inch CZ and 14-inch CR… Read More

  • Xbox 360 GPU Slims Down For Fall

    Now that the Elite buzz is laid to rest with the US launch today, rumors are buzzing around about a possible switch to smaller, cooler, cheaper 65nm Xenos GPUs for the Fall. Now, the source is China-based Commercial Times so I’m going out on a limb and saying this could be the biggest rumor…today. Sources were cited as saying an engineering version had been shipped and that… Read More

  • NeuroSky, Yet Another Brainwave Gaming Startup

    Gaming via brainwaves is the next logical step in the evolution of gaming, but I didn’t think it was this close to becoming a reality. Emotiv was the first real glimpse I had into the future of brainwave gaming and I was fairly impressed. OCZ showcased the Neural Impulse Actuator at CeBit and that seemed to be the closest thing we’d have to real brainwave gaming for a while, but… Read More

  • SlingPlayer v1.0 For Your Mac Released Today

    Sling Media has announced that v1.0 for Mac users will be available for download today at 3PM EST. Version 1.0 includes remote controls on the side that look so life-like, pretty cool, huh? SlingPlayer for “Mac v. 1.0 is an Aqua® application and adheres to Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines.” Sling gave thanks to the Mac community for helping them mold the overall appeal so… Read More

  • iSkins' Urbany, Outdoorsy iPod Clothing Accessories

    With summertime right around the corner, I’m sure all you active people will be wanting to enjoy the outside (bloggers have no such luxury), iPod included. iPod accessory maker iSkins has three new Urbany ways to integrate your iPod (or cellphone or whatever) with your wardrobe. The first is the Grooverider, which, apparently, brings you “into the supernatural world of… Read More

  • Five Super Fantastic Mac Mods

    My recent switch to a Mac has been a surprising and fun-filled transition from Windows machines. I feel pretty dumb for not having made the switch sooner. But after some time you start to get bored and you need to find new ways to make your toys interesting again and the best way to do that is to mod the living bejeezus out of it. Now, I don’t mod things very much because of my twitch… Read More

  • Really, is the Xbox 360 Elite Worthy of an 8.5 Rating?

    The Xbox 360 Elite should be rolling into you local video game store right about now, and reviews have already started to hit the many tubes that make up the Internets. CNET’s is just as good as any, but they review kind of weird. At least, not how I would have done it. Read More

  • Trouble in Wii World? Virtual Console Sales Slowing

    So this might be a bit of a stretch, but the highly respected Wired pontificates that sales on Nintendo’s Virtual Console aren’t as good as they should be. Some 3.3 million games have been sold on the VC since its launch, which is actually up from 1.5 million back in January. The problem, Virginia, is that sales haven’t grown fast enough. With the Wii still damn near… Read More

  • Breaking: Sony Will Investigate Promotional Dead Goat Event

    You may have read about Sony’s recent use of a decapitated goat during a God of War II press event and how people, generally, are anti-decapitated goat used for marketing purposes. Sony now says the event was of “unsuitable nature,”—corporate speak for “we done messed up”—and that the company will investigate what went wrong and how it happened. In… Read More

  • V12's Brionvega Alpha TV Retro Concept Makes Me Glad I Didn't Live in the 1950s

    It was bound to happen: a concept piece of electronics that I don’t like. (Compare that sentiment with previous ones, sirs.) This Alpha TV, designed by V12 Design, reeks of Brionvega, an Italian TV manufacturer from the Old Days. First, the color of the Alpha TV is just atrocious—it reminds of the SNICK couch and its metallic accents just look 1950s malt shoppe tacky. I understand… Read More

  • Schools Use DDR to Cure Fat Kids

    Kids are fat these days. Kids also like to play video games more than they like to play regular teams sports like basketball or football. Light bulb! By getting kids to play Dance Dance Revolution at schools across the country, physical education teachers are helping the younglings lose weight. More than 1,500 schools are poised to have installed the game before the end of the decade… Read More

  • eBay Launches "ToGo" Widgets For Any Listing

    As you can see with the embedded Flash widget above, eBay is now letting users embed information about any listing or group of listings directly into a website. Their hope is to encourage bloggers and social network users who discuss famous listings to embed the information right into the page. The service will be available at togo.ebay.com this morning. There are three types of widgets. Read More

  • Vudu: Set-Top Box for Movies

    Vudu is a small company that is tackling an age-old problem: how to get movies onto your TV without stuttering, buffering, or forcing you to walk to the mailbox. The solution? P2P. The Vudu box will store the beginnings of movies you might enjoy watching and then methodically — and quickly — download bits of the movie from peers on the Vudu network. “But wait,” you… Read More

  • SplashCast Expands Media Player

    SplashCast, an embeddable Flash media player, is improving its product today. They are now allowing publishers to turn any RSS feed with a media enclosure, such as a podcast or videocast, into a channel on their player. Previously SplashCast only allowed RSS feeds from YouTube and Flickr. Now, any feed can be added. The best way to understand SplashCast is just to look at the player, which… Read More

  • LG + Cirque de Soleil = Quidam

    This has to be the strangest partnership I’ve ever read about. LG is so enamored by Cirque de Soleil that they’ve named the newest XCanvas model after those high-flying Canadians. The Quidam is meant to showcase the TV’s blend of art and technology says LG. The latest XCanvas TV comes in six varieties with a feature that adjusts picture brightness based on the amount of light… Read More

  • WTF was Sony Thinking?! NSFW

    The picture after the jump isn’t CrunchGear’s holiday party. That was Sony’s idea of a good time for the launch of God Of War II. The body of a dead goat was packed with guts that guests were invited to enjoy. Seriously, what moron was in charge of this party? Playstation Magazine was set to run the entire spread until they finally came to their senses and realized what a… Read More

  • Help Key: Burning Discs, Not Coasters

    As I was thinking about this week’s Help Key topic, I tried to remember a few things that really made me angry when I first started using computers and when I first started using a Mac. My biggest pet peeve? Dead DVDs and CDs that littered my home office like so many belly-up roaches. Optical disks are, at this point in the game, mostly being used to store media and, in a pinch… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: How to Cook for Forty Humans

    Take The Grill on the Road
    X-Ray Business Cards
    BlinkyBugs: The Coolest DIY Project You’ll See Today
    Jellyfish Beer Bong
    Slouchpod Endorses Laziness: We Get Fatter Read More

  • Panama Not Enough To Battle Google: Yahoo Acquires RightMedia

    Yahoo announced today that it will acquire the 80% of advertising network RightMedia that it doesn’t already own for $680 million in cash and Yahoo stock. (Yahoo already owned 20 percent of the company, putting the total valuation at $850 million). Yahoo previously bought 20% of the company in a $45 million Series B round of funding announced in October 2006. The company has raised over… Read More

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