• Facebook's Battle Against Chaos

    There’s a post on the Facebook blog today announcing a new group called “Facebook Sneak Preview” where they will show upcoming feature additions and changes before they are made live. My bet is that this is their response to the user backlash and protests last year after after Facebook made some fairly dramatic changes to the site. With the new group, Facebook can ease users… Read More

  • Palm Buyout Reaching Conclusion; Future Still Uncertain

    , and a couple of private equity firms have entered the fray, and the rumors are that things will finish up this week. Nokia wants the Treo name recognition, and Motorola wants a decent foothold in the smartphone market (the Q is not that). Sadly, if one of these companies gets Palm, we see them absorbing our favorite smartphone maker instead of propping it up. That’s why we, like… Read More

  • Travel For Geeks: The Accessories


    The CG staff travels a lot for work reasons and our own Mike Kobrin put together a tasty selection of gear he likes to travel with for work, but we didn’t want to stop there. After all, travel gives us geeks an excuse to buy more-mobile versions of things we already own, hunt for new solutions to travel problems we didn’t know we had and feel like giants when we use our… Read More

  • Yahoo! Debuts oneSearch Mobile Portal

    Yahoo! is being aggressive with its new mobile portal, called oneSearch, and it shows. As a portal, Yahoo! knows that content is king, and that getting to said content is what Mobile 2.0 is all about. Enter oneSearch, a new page (at m.yahoo.com on your handset) that aggregates a large number of Yahoo!’s features onto one easy-to-use page, including Y! Messenger, Y! Movies, and even a… Read More

  • Real Life Magazine Confirms Black Xbox 360's Existence, Here in Late April

    So the black Xbox 360 rumor is as old as the day is long, but now it looks like an actual, reputable publication (with sources and everything!) has confirmed its existence. April’s Game Informer says that we can expect a black Xbox 360 with a 120GB hard drive and built-in HDMI out in late April for $479. So that means, compared to the current premium edition, you’ll be paying $80… Read More

  • Sony EU Playstation 3 Compatibility List

    Recently, I reported that Europeans would not be getting a PS2 Emotion Engine chip inside their PS3s thanks to Sony trying to cut costs. Now that Sony has pissed off a bunch of Europeans, it’s now launching a PR campaign to try to rectify the situation to the best of its ability. A list that shows which PS2 games will be compatible has been released on the web for all to see. The… Read More

  • Chapit Helper Robot Reminds You of How Lonely You Are

    You’ve got to be pretty damn lonely to need a robot for a friend, but that’s what Japan’s Raytron is hoping for when you see Chapit. Chapit is a tiny robot that looks like a cross between Honda’s Asimo and a cookie jar. Not only does it provide you with no questions asked companionship, but it’ll actually help around the house, too. Things like turning on and off… Read More

  • Epson's R-D1 Digital Camera: Old Schoolio, Only For Foolios

    Epson’s retro-looking R-D1 digital camera, originally released way back in in 2004, just received a slight upgrade. Crazy! It now has a 6.1-megapixel sensor (that’s it? I’ve seen cellphones with more than that) and lost some weight, now weighing a slim 5.7-ounces. So yeah, it’s probably not the best camera out there right now, but you’re essentially just paying… Read More

  • Now We're Cooking With iPods

    Just the other day I was praying to the iPod gods for an under-cabinet multimedia player to accommodate my iPod in the kitchen. Shazam! Philips has announced the DCD778 Docking Entertainment System for iPods, DVD, (S)VCD, MP3-CD, CD-RW and Picture CDs. The entertainment hub features an 8.5-inch widescreen LCD, built-in ATSC/NTSC TV tuner, digital FM/AM tuner, two 2-inch speakers, wireless… Read More

  • Jaxtr Out Of Private Beta: Link Your Phone To Your Web Page

    http://www.jaxtr.com/user/flash/jaxtrwidget.swf We wrote about Jaxtr in December when it launched its private beta. Like many of the consumer facing VOIP startups that popped up last year, they are helping people make calls from one normal phone to another, with their service in between. Now, normal phones are perfectly capable of calling normal phones already. What Jaxtr and others do is… Read More

  • Toshiba HD DVD May Gain Market Share With Lowered MSRP

    Lately, Blu-Ray seems to be lurching ahead with increased sales and growing appeal. But come April 1st, the tables may turn for Sony and its next-gen format. According to several retailers who posted on the AVS Forums, Toshiba will be updating its MSRP on the HD-A2 HD-DVD Player to $399, the HD-A20 to $499, and the HD-XA2 to $799. These new prices (especially the A2’s) should lure in… Read More

  • On Vista UAC: Come On, Already! Be Nice! Gosh!

    Lies! Lies! Lies! George Ou of ZDNet is sick — sick! — of those commercials where John Hodgman, playing a PC with Vista, has to “Cancel or Allow” everything. He’s disgusted. In fact, Vista’s User Account Control is great and anyone who says any different doesn’t understand that Vista is great. Read More

  • Panasonic and the Tale of the Three Noise Canceling Headphones

    Yet another pair of noise canceling headphones about to hit stores, this time from Panasonic. Actually, make that three pairs of headphones, the HC500, HC150 and HC30. The HC500 does the best job of eliminating unwanted external sounds, supposedly getting rid of 92 percent of them. The other two only manage to get rid of 75 percent. (Which is still better the Bose in-ear headphonesI looked at… Read More

  • Treo 750 Running WinMo6

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=7772038415366662699&hl=en I’m really feeling diminishing returns on all the the WinMo6 coverage — I want a smartphone OS that works, damn it, and nothing seems to be on the horizon. Even WinMo6 seems to be more of the same. However, Mobility Today has a hands on with the Treo 750 running Microsoft’s latest and it looks… Read More

  • Microsoft WiLD Keyboard Set


    Are you ready to get WILD, Microsoft fans? Well, the $79.95 Wireless Laser Desktop 4000 is ready to get WiLD with you — get it? Wirless Laser Desktop? Wi L D? Funny, right? This keyboard/mouse combo features a Comfort Curve keyboard — for the comfort — a Zoom slider, a wireless optical mouse, and three Windows buttons including Gadget and Live Call. It’s available… Read More

  • CBS Acquires High School Sports Site

    CBS announced the acquisition of MaxPreps, the largest high school sports site, earlier today. The acquisition price was not disclosed, but we’re digging. We’re hearing that the company was asking for $20+ million. Comscore says MaxPreps has about 674,000 unique monthly visitors and 14 million month page views. Traffic is way down from a year ago – March 2006 showed 26… Read More

  • When Mario Kart Meets Drunken Debauchery

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?umid=50229 What do you get when you throw together racing, liquor, drugs, and a group of jackasses? The CrunchGear team! Or how about a live rendition of Mario Kart. Watch in amazement as these “grown men” ride tricycles around outside dressed up as Mario Kart characters. They seriously go all out, including bananas, power ups, and… Read More

  • Nintendo Exec Claims "Victory In Europe"

    Now because Tech.co.uk thinks citing exact sources is a bunch of rubbish, there’s no proof that Nintendo exec. Reggie Fils Aime said that the Wii is a “Victory in Europe.” But for now, I’m going to assume that he did say that. See, Nintendo is not the new black, it’s the new Borg. Mindless drones march on ceaselessly, praising Nintendo for everything, thinking… Read More

  • Amp'd Mobile Comes To Canada

    Our hockey-playing, pot-growing neighbors to the north have got a new MVNO in town and the content it’s packing is looking pretty tight. Amp’d Mobile will be leeching off TELUS’ EVDO network to launch in Canada with plenty of content in store. Some of the features Canadian Amp’d customers will receive include streaming TV, 20 Amp’d video channels, Amp’d… Read More

  • Gaming on the Go: The Best of Laptop Gaming

    Hitting the road or taking flight doesn’t mean that you can’t take the gaming with you. Unlike consoles, which are reduced to handheld games via a Sony PlayStation Portable, Nintendo GameBoy or Nintendo DS (not to mention all those mobile phone and PDA games), you can actually play the same PC titles on the go that you play at your desk. Of course you’re not going to be… Read More

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