• NSFW Bloops

    I sincerely apologize if our NSFW nuclear strike against launchr — a site that was copying our text and links wholesale without even the slightest attribution — caused discomfort and/or coffee to spray on your keyboard. Apparently forces beyond my control, namely our RSS feed, did not accept our updates as I had hoped. I therefore offer this picture of a kitten from KittenWars as… Read More

  • $50,000 Prize For Top Company At TechCrunch20

    If you aren’t one of the 200 companies who’ve submitted their application to launch at our upcoming TechCrunch20 conference, now’s the time to do it. The deadline is tomorrow, July 6. We will begin to announce some of the selected companies next week. Not only will launching companies attend and present for free in front of an audience of hundreds of press, bloggers… Read More

  • Proporta Portable Laptop Battery

    During extended periods of time when I’m busy playing World of Warcraft working really hard on my Macbook, I’m always pissed to find that my battery is in the red and I’m forced to find a charger ASAP. Proporta’s new Portable Laptop Battery aims to solve that problem with a 6000mAH battery that can provide hours of use after your internal battery dies. With multiple… Read More

  • Sony Fully Supports the UMD. No Really, it Does

    Despite the fact that, scientifically, nobody gives a damn about UMD, Sony isn’t about to pull the plug on it. Not no way, not no how. A senior marketing manager called the format’s future “bright,” a vote of confidence if I ever heard one. Describing it as “unique,” the word wizard then chided developers for not knowing how to properly use the format: UMD is… Read More

  • Rolling Cooler Brings You Tunes, Beer

    I thought this would be a day too late to be useful for your 4th of July reveling before realizing that it rained quite a bit yesterday. So if you have some leftover Keystone Ice from yesterday’s celebrations, why not grab this expensive cooler and head down to the beach in style? The Rolling Cooler is pricey with its $150 pricetag, but it comes with enough room to stack a few… Read More

  • Slimmer, Lighter Chocolate For Summer

    Oh Verizon Wireless, this is how you fight back against the iPhone-and-AT&T-the-old-Cingular juggernaut? With two new LG Chocolate phones? For shame, Verizon, for shame. But, if you’ve got a contract you aren’t willing to break for a shiny new iPhone, there are worse options than picking up a Chocolate. And on July 9 you’ll have a choice of two new colors: Black Cherry… Read More

  • The $50 Paint Job For Your Vehicle


    Hard to believe $50 did this You’ll find that after a 1993 Honda Civic hits your car door, you may require a new paint job. Too bad that a really good paint job costs way more than you want to spend. You could go to Maaco on the cheap, but that’s still way out of your league. You my friend, need a $50 paint job. Armed with a bunch of Rustoleum-brand spraypaint and some brushes… Read More

  • DIY iBook Server Booklet

    My old Powerbook G4 had a busted display, a missing battery, and a broken keyboard and mouse. I sold it for parts for about $200 after using it as an external hard drive for a while, but now I wish I had done what this guy whipped up. Jonas had an old 500Mhz iBook all busted up, so he took out the battery and optical drive and turned it into a working server. The iBook is placed inside a… Read More

  • Samsung Blu-ray + HD DVD Player to Support Both Formats' Special Features

    As we approach the release of Samsung’s BDP-UP5000 combination Blu-ray/HD DVD player, more and more details are finding their way to the Intertubes, or whatever funny word we’re using to describe the Internet these days. Reports out of Germany (where else?) suggest that the combo player will support all the features of both the Blu-ray and HD DVD camps. I know Toshiba just announced… Read More

  • A History Of The Compact Disc

    SiliconUser has a great piece on the history of the Compact Disc. The most popular music medium to date, the CD actually has quite a complex history that makes for a great read. Turns out the idea for the Compact Disc was born in the 1960s and eventually evolved into a combination of emerging technologies. By 1979, a working prototype was shown off in both Europe and Japan with Sony and… Read More

  • Ridiculous Amount Of Cash Paid For iPhone Bag

    Just because the iPhone is officially out does not mean that the excitement that comes with it will ever come to a grinding halt. With a bulky gadget like the iPhone though, I don’t think people are getting excited over having their tight jeans’ pockets overflowing with phoney goodness. If only there were a bag or something to keep your iPhone in… Aha! The magic of eBay… Read More

  • Edge's Top 100 Games: The Top 10 Was More Believable

    I tried to find this month’s Edge magazine in my local Barnes & Noble, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Of course, I was looking for it to read the rest of its top 100 games of all time list, but at least the Guardian did all the heavy lifting for me. We already know the top 10, so here are the other 90. Yes, these lists are useless and are designed just to draw eyeballs… Read More

  • Skype To Use Jingle's 411 Service

    Skype and Jingle Networks, operator of a free 411 service, are working together – U.S. Skype users will have access to Jingle for 411 calls. Users can also add “Free411USA” to their Skype friends list. Users must be on Skype 3.5 for Window. This news comes very quickly after Jingle announced a patent on ad-supported 411 calls. Founder Scott Kliger said the company would be… Read More

  • Corega Portable iPod Shuffle Speakers

    The iPod Shuffle is among my favorite DAPs, mainly because I listen to the same ~100 songs over and over again and have no need for higher-capacity DAPs. But if I ever wanted to share my favorite songs with someone else, I’d need something like these tiny speakers from Corega Japan. Clearly they’re not intended to “raise the roof” or anything, what with they’re… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Elite Hitting Japan In October

    I’m supposed to be visiting Japan in October, so if there’s some kind of freak bumrush for a 360 with HDMI-connectivity, I’ll be there to capture the moment. Microsoft announced today that it would officially be bringing the black, pricey Xbox 360 Elite to Japan. Come October 11th, the Japanese will be able to walk by not just two, but three versions of the Xbox 360 in hopes… Read More

  • First Rock Band Footage Appears

    Last time I talked to you about Rock Band, I believe some badass Fender Strat controller was in the works. Now I’ve got some actual gameplay/video footage of four kids playing Rock Band in all its glory. A group of four hooligans probably took some DMT or mescaline and “rocked out” on fake instruments for this video, which showcases how all four players must work together… Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Geeky Golf Gadgets

    Ah, Golf — the fickle mistress. She takes without asking. If you’re frustrated that you don’t get outside enough, why not get outside and frustrate yourself even further with a nice, aggravating round of golf? As one of the most gimmick-heavy sports around, golf offers plenty of opportunities for a fool and his money to part ways. Here are a few golf gadgets that might help… Read More

  • Console Failure Rates: Sony And Nintendo For The Win

    Based on the word of some folks at EB Games and Best Buy, about one out of every three Xbox 360’s is returned due to hardware failure or about 33%. Whereas the Wii and PS3 have had little to no problems with an impressive 1% of systems messing up. The results are obviously a little sketchy since the market penetration and availability of both systems is low, but the numbers are going… Read More

  • New Gadgets Drain Even More Power than Old Gadgets, Bears Defecate In Woods

    The Energy Saving Trust, the UK’s answer to NAMBLA, published a report entitled “The Ampere Strikes Back” which states that modern gadgets are sucking down massive amounts of electricity and by 2020 TVs will use 1.4% of domestic electricity. Clearly, this isn’t big news, but it does remind us that electricity is essentially a scarce resource — until we… Read More

  • iPhone vs. Treo: Bum-fight!


    Palm’s Multi-touch Interface: Place Hand On Keyboard, Press
    PalmInfoCenter (new motto: “Hey, Guys, Over Here, Treos. Who Wants a Treo? Guys?”) ran a detailed review comparing the Treo to the iPhone. As we all expected, the Treo came out ahead in almost all categories except “Ability to get you laid.” Essentially, the reviewer pointed out that the Treo is a… Read More

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