• Wiimote, Nunchuck connection severed

    If I were forced to pick one thing I didn’t like about the Wii, other than it being a glorified GameCube, would have to be the wired Nunchuck. Let’s face it, we live in a wireless world and why shouldn’t that apply to everything else in life? I flail around when I box and many time have I lost control of the damn thing because it’s tethered to the Wiimote. Thank the… Read More

  • Vista SP1 to dramatically increase network speed?

    Okay, thankfully it seems as though Vista SP1 actually will noticeably increase speeds, particularly in the networking department. According to Ed Bott at ZDNet, the tests I told you about last Tuesday were "based on a silly artificial benchmark involving scripting of Office applications." So be it. And yes, those test had nothing to do with networking. I’ll reserve judgment… Read More

  • Rub a dub dub, TV in the tub

    Who doesn’t like a little TV in the tub? I mean these days, being without TV for more than five minutes is considered a sign of weakness, am I right? Well show all those mouth-breathing idiots in your life that you expect to be taken seriously with this $340 waterproof bathtub television. It’s got a 3-hour battery life, so you can hide in the tub for a long time when you have… Read More

  • What does Matt Hickey want for Xmas? Something outlandish, to be sure

    Xmas is a special time of year where I get so stressed out from gift guides, deadlines, family members, parole officers, bribed city officials, girls and bartenders that I go a little crazy. No, I go a lot crazy, the whole season. And giving me things I want makes it better, but I only want things I can’t have. Here, then, is a list. Some things you can’t un-see, but I wish there a… Read More

  • Google Spreadsheets Edges Out Google Docs in Usage

    Google Docs and Spreadsheets has hit a bit of a growth curve since June. About 1.6 million people used the Web-based service in October, compared to 635,000 in June, according to Compete. That is a nice jump, but 1.6 million is still a marginal number compared to the desktop productivity apps (on just about every PC) that it is trying to replace. But, hey, it is still early days. Notice in… Read More

  • Symantec's Anti-Viral Norton Fighter: Finally, the Japanese don't scare us, instead make us laugh

    Maid cafe maidens. Fat nerds. Skinny nerds. Justin Timberlake’s choreographer as a viral commander. What could be better on a snowy Friday morning? via Giz Read More

  • EchoStar to Split in Two: Satellite TV and Sling-Top Boxes

    As expected, EchoStar has filed with the SEC to split its business in two, reports GigaOm. The two businesses will be the Dish Network satellite TV service and its set-top box business. That set-top box business includes place-shifting Slingboxes, which Echostar acquired with its $380 million purchase of Sling Media in September. The satellite TV business will change its name to DISH… Read More

  • How Do You Build an Airline? Offer Free Wi-Fi.

    The Web is coming to your airplane seat, real soon. And not just e-mail and IM on one JetBlue plane. Starting in March, I am told, American Airlines will start offering Web access on-board, followed shortly by Virgin America. Both will use an air-to-ground system from Aircell. (Boeing’s failed Connexion broadband in the air service, in contrast, was an unwieldy satellite system). … Read More

  • Will it Blend, Halo 3 edition

    The only way to improve these “Will it Blend?” videos would be if John were the host and he blended his stupid iPhone. Today, though, our regular host blends a copy of Halo 3 because grandchildren beat him every time they played. The only way to solve that problem, obviously, is to blend it. via Kotaku Read More

  • Wii becoming part of physical therapy regimens

    The dude in this photo here isn’t doing any physical therapy. He’s just having a good time winning little blue pills away from his buddies, if you catch my drift. Innuendo is what I’m getting at. Sexual. Anyway… People similar to this old guy are incorporating Wii-time into their physical therapy exercises in Ohio, Canada, and elsewhere according to Reuters. Mostly used… Read More

  • Poor Second Quarter for Palm

    The smartphone manufacturer Palm lowered its second quarter numbers and said it has higher than expected losses. The company is blaming the poor performance on the delay of a product release. Palm had predicted sales for the quarter to be between $370 and $380 million but only posted sales around $350 million. Market analysts had expected sales to be around $376 million. In October Palm figured… Read More

  • Japan’s First Mobile Phone Film Festival

    In 2005 a mobile phone film festival debuted in France. Today in Yokohama Japan a similar display of cellphone generated art is being featured at The Pocket Films Festival. Over 400 international entries have been narrowed down to 48 movies deemed worthy of showing. One of the judges, Masaki Fujihata, a film professor, says that mobile phones are an important tool in an emerging art… Read More

  • FTC Slaps AdultFriendFinder For Porn Pop-ups

    Adult dating site AdultFriendFinder, rumored to have been acquired in November for $1 billion is on the wrong side of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with a settlement that restricts AdultFriendFinder’s promotional activities. The FTC said in a statement that AdultFriendFinder affiliates used pop-up ads to drive traffic to the site, and exposed consumers, including children to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Pac Funds Edition

    Pac-Man gets festive in Spain
    Customizable cup avoids that awkward ‘is that my cup or yours?’ party moment
    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Western Digital Passport
    Forkchops – What I want for Xmas
    Word Perhect: That’s not a typo and go try it out Read More

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    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. The Unreasonable Stance: Touchscreens are just a fad Cory I bet you’d change your stance if touchscreens had boobies.
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  • Twenga Gets €2.6 Million For Product Search

    3i has invested €2.6 million in shopping search engine Twenga. Similar to other shopping search startups, Twenga is a meta search engine for products from online merchants. Twenga’s search results include user reviews and images on top of the usual price comparisons. There are a ton of shopping product search engines out there right now. It’s a crowded space and to… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Sony Vaio VGN-SZ650 thin and light notebook

    This notebook replaced my Macbook. I feel no personal shame. This one is lighter, has a better graphics card, and has a much longer battery. I have nothing against Apple, the Macintosh product line, or the City of Cupertino and I quite like my iPod Touch. But I’m a PC kid. I can’t shake it, despite numerous flings with Macbooks, Mac Minis, and various G3/4/5 desktop… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Supple leather chair for $129, shipped

    Office Depot has a very swank-looking $300 office chair with a $100 instant discount and another 35% off with coupon code 85088692 at checkout, bringing it to just under $130 plus tax with free shipping. It’s made from "soft, supple leather". How can you resist? Everyone loves supple. Alas, it’s only designed for 3-5 hours of use per day, which makes me wonder how much… Read More

  • CG Holidays 2007 Recommendation: Get thyself some HDTV!

    Oh yah! Yesterday was December 6, 2007! That means that Comcast has added several new channels to its HD lineup, including History Channel HD! That is so awesome! Here, in the photo above, we see a still from tonight’s Tuskegee airmen documentary. Those guys kicked ass. Yes, that is my TV. Yes, I got a good deal on it. Yes, you can get the same deal now if you’re diligent in… Read More

  • CNET Provides Branded Widgets, But Who Will Use Them?

    CNET Networks, the parent company for CNET.com, MP3.com, TV.com, GameSpot and several other web destinations, has released a set of widgets for embedding their videos on non-CNET websites. The widgets are well-designed and currently available for BNET, CHOW, CNET.com, GameSpot, and TV.com. Whichever the source, they show some branding, a video clip, a selection of other video clips, and an… Read More

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