• iTunes Sales Not Actually Falling?

    iTunes Sales Not Actually Falling?

    I’m sure you recall a piece from a few days ago citing all sorts of noise about plummeting iTunes sales and various other banter. Well according to a report released today by comScore Networks, iTunes is actually on the up-and-up, with an 84% rise in revenue during the first three quarters of 2006. It also said that there was a 67% increase in iTunes transactions and a 10% increase… Read More

  • The Villain Chair: Direct Henchmen in Style

    Blofeld, Darth Vader, Dr. Evil, Lex Luthor, Dr. Claw. These were some of the absolutely lethal and diabolical bad guys from a few of our favorite films. The share evil genius, plans of total conquest, and slick knavish style. One common element of that style is the iconic Villain Chair. Made of dark leather on a menacing frame, the Villain Chair is enough to make anyone feel like a super bad guy. Read More

  • M2 Convert Winners: Day 08

    M2 Convert Winners: Day 08

    Two days left! This marks 80 copies of M2 Convert that we’ve distributed to our dear, dear readers. SO here they are, the winners for Wednesday: Read More

  • Samsung "Butterfly" Mini-PC Quick Look

    There are a few other wee ones in there, but the real draw is the P9000, a WiMax mini-PC with built-in phone. Drool. Read More

  • Amazon Unleashing Onslaught of Wiis and PS3s Soon

    Amazon Unleashing Onslaught of Wiis and PS3s Soon

    We’ve just received information from a reliable source that Amazon will soon have the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PlayStation 3 readily available. There is no specific date currently set, but it will be “in the coming days.” So if you’ve been checking back at your local Best Buy every day or contemplating paying a premium for a system on Ebay, you might want to… Read More

  • Presto! For the Elderly

    Presto! For the Elderly

    As we reported recently, Presto is a service that aims to bring e-mail to those incapable of operating a computer. It uses a special printer designed by HP that hooks up to your phone line to print e-mails. The thought is that those without the slightest inkling of technical knowledge will still be able to receive e-mails from their friends and family. In some capacity, the idea makes sense. Read More

  • HD-DVD Trumps DVD: The Visual Argument

    ) offers a level of detail far beyond that of standard DVD. The problem is, most of you haven’t seen it in action. We could tell you all about compression rates and codecs and algowhatevers, but there’s an adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, we fully agree. The stills in the link below are from Lord of the Rings, of course, but the trick is to mouse… Read More

  • Apple’s 2G iPod Shuffle Can Take A Washing

    Apple’s 2G iPod Shuffle Can Take A Washing

    We all know the real pen-test of electronics is how resistant to water they are. Apple’s second-generation iPod Shuffle is officially built-tough now that it’s handled a wash cycle thanks to a lad who left it in his pocket after a snowboarding trip. At first he went to dock it on his computer and it wouldn’t work. After letting it dry out for a while (the key to getting stuff… Read More

  • Panasonic Adds Verizon 3G Service To ToughBooks

    Earlier in the week, HP announced a partnership with Cingular Wireless to bring 3G HSDPA service to its Compaq nc6400 notebook. Today, Panasonic announced the direct selling and activation of Verizon Wireless’ 3G Wireless Broadband service on its durable Panasonic Toughbooks. What does this mean for you? Buy a ToughBook and you won’t need to work at a HotSpot anymore. You’ll… Read More

  • Apple Planning MVNO, Squashing Helio?

    , we know that if we type the word “iPhone” again, our heads will explode, but what we don’t know is Apple’s plan for carriers. Kevin from Digg said he had knowledge that it would work on all networks. Of course, he also mucked up which technology Sprint uses, so we don’t count that as canon. We mentioned briefly a couple months ago the idea that Apple might start… Read More

  • Gears of War Ad Pushing Units. Your Pick For Best Tech Ad Ever?

    A guy who works in the video game section of a Manhattan Best Buy recently told me that people were coming into the store en mass, asking for Gears of War because they “liked the commercial.” You know, the one with the mopey song from Donnie Darko in it. “People come in and they actually say: ‘I have no idea if it’s a good game, but I love the ad’ and walk… Read More

  • Call for Interns in NYC and SF

    Call for Interns in NYC and SF

    Got some spare time on your hands? Want to work with the fastest growing tech blog on the web? Live in San Fran or New York? Want me to stop talking like this? Apply for an internship today! The job offers no monetary compensation, but you will get to learn the ropes of blogging (it’s like rocket science, seriously, you need our help as much as we’d appreciate yours). And… Read More

  • Amazon To Sell Wii and PS3 Soon

    Amazon To Sell Wii and PS3 Soon

    If you’re pounding the pavement looking for a Nintendo Wii or Sony PS3, then this should take a load off. We’ve heard from a credible source that Amazon is going to start selling both game consoles “in the coming days.” Finding a Wii or a PS3 is like finding a four-leaf clover these days. Stores like Best Buy simply cannot keep them on the shelves fast enough and you… Read More

  • XNA Game Studio Express From Microsoft

    XNA Game Studio Express From Microsoft

    Just a quick heads up for all you C# developers out there. Microsoft’s new dev kit called XNA Game Studio Express now allows you to code out applications for both Windows and Xbox 360 at the same time. You just end up using two separate compilers for each platform to get the job done. Freelance game developers take note, this is a great way to have that Windows-based game… Read More

  • Analyst Sheds More Light On Rumored iPhone

    Analyst Sheds More Light On Rumored iPhone

    True or untrue, we love us some hot Apple gossip with a scoop of details on top. Rebecca Runkle over at Morgan-Stanley decided she’d throw out her two cents on Apple’s iPhone. According to Runkle, the phone will launch in the first-half of 2007, will have an impressive 3.5-inch LCD, and a hefty-ass price tag. Expect to pay $599 for a 4GB model and $649 for a 8GB model. Aside from… Read More

  • Skin Your New Shuffle

    I’m pretty sick of silver electronics, so I’m all in favor of these slick little covers from RhinoSkin for the 2G Shuffle. The iPod Shuffle Accents come in four colors—red, blue, green and pink—and are made from lightweight aluminum. The pack of four will only run you $19.99. RhinoSkin [company site] Read More

  • Holiday Buyer's Guide: Gaming Notebooks

    Holiday Buyer's Guide: Gaming Notebooks

    Trying to decide what is the right portable PC for your needs can be difficult. Laptops come in many shapes and sizes, and offer a range of features, but generally speaking gaming PCs tend to be beefy machines with the latest video cards, a load of memory and a large hard drive. But what if you want to a mobile—or maybe luggable—gaming experience? You need a gaming notebook. Here is… Read More

  • ezGear ezPlay Portable DVD Player With ezVision Is Very EZ

    ezGear ezPlay Portable DVD Player With ezVision Is Very EZ

    A company like ezGear should lay off the EZ a bit but we’ll let it slide for now. Its new ezPlay Portable DVD Player is pretty decent looking. It’s shaped like an old-school Sony Discman and plays DVD, MP4, VCD, CD, and MP3 discs. What sets it apart from all other portable DVD players though is that you can hook it up to ezGear’s ezVision Video iWear system. The ezVision… Read More

  • Just Look at the Sony-Ericsson W880

    Sony-Ericsson is known for style, and the latest up-and-coming, much-rumored phone raises that bar even higher. The W880 is the product name for the phone formerly known as the Ai. SE had announced it would start making its handsets thinner while making them even more feature-packed than they already are, and this metal-cased device is a strong start. Read More

  • MusicJam Adds Recording to Karaoke Offering, Sales of Earplugs Set to Soar

    CrunchGear likes karaoke. For reals. Nothing gets our teamworkometer cranked up like seeing Raj on stage belting out Journey, except Brad Pitt’s abs in “Fight Club,” but that’s just Vince. But we must take issue with the MusicJam iPod karaoke machine. We’ve seen iPod karaoke before, but this desk-top unit also acts as a recorder, so that after you’re… Read More