• RIAA to Apple: More DRM, Please

    . Instead of using clear-headed thinking and admitting that DRM is a problem and not a solution, the RIAA thinks that Apple just needs to open up its DRM to competitors. On the surface, the RIAA’s complaint makes sense, the idea being that there should be an industry-wide, single standard for DRM. This would make any portable device compatible with any music store. The problem is that… Read More

  • Solar Keyboard for Eco-Geeks

    If you’re concerned that your porn downloading habits are bad for the environment, then your idea of conscience is more mixed-up than mine. But it might feel better after you pick up this keyboard by Genius. With a built-in solar panel, the wireless keyboard charges with ambient light instead of using off the shelf batteries that poison the ground and kill your family. Sadly, the… Read More

  • Korea Gets UMPC With 3G, GPS

    We like PDAs, and we like laptops, but the combo of the two, the UMPC, sucks. The idea is sound, but the execution tends to be lackluster. However, we’re changing our tune after seeing the UREN A1 by Innowell. Taking the UMPC form factor, with its 7-inch touchscreen running Windows XP, Innowell adds two things that have kept us from finding these portables sexy: real wireless… Read More

  • Facebook Testing Virtual Gifts

    Facebook is testing virtual gifts – small icons that you can give to other Facebook members to be displayed on their pages in the “wall” section as well as a new gift area. The test is running with members from just a couple of select schools at this time. The gifts icons were designed by Susan Kare, the designer of the original Mac icons. Gifts can be sent publicly or… Read More

  • Twelve Gigabyte USB Flashdrive for Old, Old Macs

    Pocketec has announced a pocketable 12GB USB drive in a one-inch form factor. That itself is slightly lust inducing, but what’s really peculiar is the stats listed at AVING: compatibility with Windows 98 through Vista, and Mac OS 8.6. Wait, what? Yah, we don’t get it either, but we do like the switchblade action of the USB plug and the 1.7-ounce weight. It looks to be… Read More

  • Meizu iPhone Clone Is Official


    The iPhone phone you should lust over is now official. According to sources inside Meizu, the M8 is in the pipeline and apparently Meizu wants to market it as an MP3 phone, but that’s sooo three years ago. Most of the specs that were rumored seem to hold water. It will be a 3.3-inch VGA touchscreen for GSM and TD-SCDMA networks. It will also supposedly run the latest version of… Read More

  • LG Shine Hits England

    Oh, England, you jerk! Making us all jealous. Not only do you guys get castles and high tea, but you also get the LG Shine before we do. The Shine is the one phone on our radar that might compare to the iPhone as far as sexiness goes, and you’ve got it first. Well, Asia was first, but that’s normal. But you, UK? Not only that, but you’re getting it full retail, unlocked, so… Read More

  • CrunchBoard Job Update

    Recent jobs at Crunchboard: PR/Sales pros at Lewis PR in SF, SD and Boston Web Developer/ Web Design at Addesso Systems in Boston, MA Senior Web Developer at Sony in San Diego, CA Director, Digital Product Development at NBC Universal in New York, NY Manager, Digital Product Development at NBC in New York, NY Online Graphic Artist at San Jose Mercury News in San Jose… Read More

  • Scrapblog New Release Coming

    Tomorrow, Scrapblog, a hybrid media-sharing and online journal site, will be demoing the new version of their Flash-based online scrapbook application at the We Media Conference in Miami. The public version of the new product will be out in March. Co-founder Carlos Garcia let me in for a quick look around at the redesign, though, and I liked what I saw. Scrapblog was already a great product. Read More

  • Bluetooth Heaven: Aliph Jawbone


    Allow me to introduce you to the fanciest Bluetooth headset currently available, the Jawbone from Aliph. I’ve been hearing about the device for some months, but it wasn’t until CES that I actually encountered one. So is it everything it’s been cracked up to be? Read More

  • NES RetroPort Shakes Off The Dust


    Let’s face it our hands and brain are stuck in the past when it comes to playing Mario and Tetris, the Wii-motes just don’t cut it. The spacing of the buttons is all off and it’s just plain awkward. Muscle memory can be a bitch but if you have NES controllers lying around, I know the Nintendo Fanboys do, well you’re in luck. The RetroPort lets you plug-and-play… Read More

  • Verizon Ready for Battle

    Michael McKeehan, Verizon director of Internet and technology, declared today at FTTH that Verizon’s FiOS is ready for whatever bandwidths its competitors ramp up to. “If they offer 6Mbps, we go a bit better. We don’t see the need to ramp up the speeds just yet,” said McKeehan. The problem that I see, is an availability that comparatively is more limited than other… Read More

  • We Go Fast


    Time is an inevitable casualty of technology. No matter how much time it promises to save, it seems that technological advances always end up consuming more time. The issue is responsibility. A bit of technology might be convenient, but it adds another responsibility to your life. One more thing that you have to learn and use; one more thing to divert your attention from your other… Read More

  • Small Gamepad, Big Features

    The MaxFire Pandora Pro is a tiny, foldable, vibrating USB gamepad. It features four action buttons, four side buttons, a turbo button and a retractable USB cable. Weighing in at only one ounce, the pad is perfect for laptops — and Smurfs. The gamepad also comes with a small case that can hold miniSD cards. MaxFire Pandora Pro [EverythingUSB] Read More

  • SD to Mini-SD, Diatec Gets It Right


    Diatec is releasing an SD to mini-SD converter that is pretty simple in design, yet no one has bothered to release one until now. Cram your SD card into the cradle and voila, you’re ready to transfer all your goodies. The converter drops at the end of March in Japan and is priced around $30. SD To Mini-Sd [Gearfuse] Read More

  • Samsung Bordeaux Is Hot And Steamy


    Samsung aims to please with its newest line of Bordeaux LCD TVs. The Bordeaux line is so much more refined than previous models that it just screams sophistication. The curved transparent base is a simple yet refined addition. Contrast ratio is 10,000:1 a significant jump from 5,000:1 and it can be seen anywhere within a 178 degree angle. The 32 and 40-inch models don’t come cheap… Read More

  • Lifetimer Clock Reminds Me To Pick Up Vince's Mom


    Did you forget your girlfriend’s birthday this year, again? Or how about that important meeting you had with a big client? Maybe you just want to know how long it is until you leave for that tropical vacation. The Lifetimer Clock does all that and whatever else your busy or boring schedule calls for, with 12 different event slots with individual timers you’ll always be in the know. Read More

  • Phone and Remote Get Hitched

    The days of losing your cell phone or TV remote are now over. Now you can lose them both at once. Dave White at Mobile Magazine posts about a soon-to-be-released phone in Korea that supports wireless and SMS — and also doubles as a TV, DVD or PVR remote. No word yet on price or availability. White laments that it’s kind of pointless, because it only will be available in Korea, and… Read More

  • Apple vs. The World: Playing Dress-Up With Your Apple


    Windows users always pull out the old “there are no peripherals for Mac” chestnut whenever they’re backed into a corner by rabid Apple addicts. While it’s true there aren’t as many extras for Mac as there are for Windows, there are still plenty of peripherals to go around. To prove our point, we rounded up a bunch of our favorites. There are of course tons more… Read More

  • Norway Responds to Job's Open DRM

    in the form of an open letter. Titled “Thoughts on Music,” Jobs outlined the state of DRM and where he thought the practice could wind up, famously stating that if the major studios would allow the disbanding of DRM, Apple would embrace it heartbeat. It was a bold move even for the iTunes giant Apple. Unsurprisingly, the proclamation is beginning to get responses. Torgeir… Read More