• Mobeam: Scan Your Cellphone At the Supermarket

    I was never big on those “take a picture of a barcode and buy Britney tickets” schemes so popular with mobile solutions providers, but this sort of turns that whole concept on its head. Mobeam, created by Ecrio, provider of streaming mobile apps for NTT DoCoMo, flashes any light source on the handset to simulate a barcode for any laser scanner. That’s right. The clerk at… Read More

  • Q: Pizza Vending Machine — Pinnacle of Civilization or Depths or Depravity? (A: Both)

    , there is a line between easy and greasy, and we’re afraid the Pizza Vending Machine has crossed it. On the surface, it’s a fine concept: pop in a few bucks, and 2 or 3 minutes later, you’ve got a piping hot pie with the toppings of your choice. But how good could a 3-minute pizza really be? We’re guessing not at all. Even the cheap-o stuff we fill our bachelor pads… Read More

  • Lenovo Recalls ThinkPad Batteries

    Not a huge deal, but Lenovo has recalled 205,000 Sanyo Electric battery packs that were sold with R60, R60e, T60, T60p, Z60m, Z61e, Z61m, and Z61p series laptops. The batteries have heating issues that could result in notebook damage — read: explosions. Lenovo sold the battery as an accessory for $180 and is part number FRU P/N 92P1131. If you have the battery, contact Lenovo online or… Read More

  • Sony's New Muteki Power Stereo Line: Tokyo-Designed Latin-American Goodness


    Alright, Sony. Your new Muteki line of bass-thumpin’ boombox stereos seem fine enough, and I’m not even going to touch the issues associated with a Japenese company designing products aimed at America’s growing Latino market
    (the showroom floor had lots of literature targeted at dealers explaining the growing Latino market segment.) I’m going to leave that one up… Read More

  • Visit MobileCrunch: Now CrunchGearier!

    , now under CrunchGear’s stewardship. MobileCrunch isn’t about the phones, the Megapixels, or the handsfree kits. MobileCrunch is about the quiet explosion of software and websites made specifically for mobile phones that is quickly making the mobile Web as interesting and convenient as the regular one. The goal of MobileCrunch is to expose our readers to the useful sites and… Read More

  • Mobio Expands from Movies to Everything Else

    A few months ago, we told you about Mobio, a service that used XML mashup-theory to bring about an easy, handheld way to find movie times and related tasks. Mobio, in the intervening time, has been busy, and now offers a full-on army of “widget”-style mini-programs for your Java-enabled phone. Take, for example, the Gadgethilia widget. The tool mashes up RSS feeds crom CNet and… Read More

  • Who Will Buy Alltel?

    Will Verizon really gobble up Alltel and become the nation’s largest mobile phone provider? The Wall Street Journal reported a possible merger two years ago, but that obviously never happened. We know T-Mobile and Cingular run on the GSM network so that rules them out and Sprint is busy fussing with the integration of Nextel’s network. That leaves Verizon as the only viable… Read More

  • Black & Decker InfraWave Oven Awesomeness

    I’m probably one of the most impatient people alive. For this reason, above all others, I love the microwave. The problem is that microwaved food doesn’t come out nearly as good when heated in an oven. Fortunately, Black & Decker might have the solution to my dilemma. Its new InfraWave Oven uses 1500-watts of crazy InfraWaves to cook your food to perfection. It’s… Read More

  • Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Finalists


    I know I’m a day late on getting all of this up—sorry. I’ve been working on getting all of these pictures uploaded for awhile. You all have expressed interest in us posting all of the pics. We’re going to do a slideshow of all the entrants, but we’re only making the drawing through the five that we chose as best. The reason is that, if we allowed all of the pics… Read More

  • Bittorrent Video Store: Not an Auspicious Start

    , for some godawful reason, and discovered that the Bittorrent video sales site leaves a lot to be desired. After a 47 minute download time, the movie was ready to watch… or was it? I transferred Nacho Libre to my PC, eager to get my Jack Black fix for the day. However, as if it wasn’t frustrating enough that I couldn’t buy the movie under Windows, that was just the beginning… Read More

  • Digg Should Sue Wired

    Wired Magazine seems hell bent on convincing the world that Digg is falling apart. I have a problem with that because Wired Magazine’s parent company, Condé Nast, owns Digg competitor Reddit. And because Wired isn’t just reporting Digg news – they are actively engaged in using Wired to undermine Digg. Reddit was acquired in late October. By December, Wired had predicted the… Read More

  • Zune Stole iPod Shuffle Design?

    This is somewhat strange, but you can’t deny the facts. Apple was granted a patent that would allow “A two shot injection process for forming an enclosure for an electronic device”. Sounds a lot like the Zune doesn’t it? Keep in mind the patent was filed August 16, 2005 and was meant for the first-generation Shuffle, but we know that it was shipped as a single layer shell. Read More

  • RFID Starter Kit

    You know damn well ever since that genius implanted himself with an RFID chip, you’ve been wanting to do it to. Not that we’re condoning surgical practices, but if you want to become more familiar with RFID and how it works, ThinkGeek was selling a kit with lots of RFID tags and a USB RFID reader for your tinkering pleasure, but is currently sold out. From the product… Read More

  • ASUSTeK Puts The Kibosh On Aura Concept

    ASUSTeK wasn’t too happy about the Aura concept phone that was making the rounds a few weeks back and now it’s in writing. They’ve officially denied any Aura phone in concept or production by ASUSTeK. The designs came from Hungarian design company Egy Studio. That’s too bad, it was pretty a cool design, maybe someone else will pick it up. It has come to our attention… Read More

  • Zune Firmware Update 1.3 Approaches

    Cesar over at Zune Insider announced last night that new Zune firmware will be released later this month. Update 1.3 will fix a number of issues, but not really add any functionality. At any rate, this is what you can expect from the new firmware: The skipping issue that many users have experienced on content purchased from the Zune Marketplace will be resolved. Improved device and… Read More

  • CompUSA Officially Closing 126 Stores

    CompUSA, everyone’s favorite place to hang out while waiting for the sig. other to come out of Kohl’s, is closing 126 stores, or 50% of its current crop, to create a cash infusion of $440 million. Most of these stores are “old” which presumably means they were laid out in the 1800s and are no longer competitive in the face of Best Buy and Circuit City. The closure is… Read More

  • Stanton UBERSTAND For Laptop-based DJs

    Normally, I’d dismiss an stand like this as utter crap. However, after reviewing and spending time with M-Audio’s Torq Mixlab, I realize that there is a market for this stand and it’s probably very useful. The Uberstand was created as a portable response to the ongoing problem of DJ setups not having room for a laptop. The UBERSTAND also folds up and fits in a 12-inch bag so… Read More

  • Mobeam: Barcode Scanning With the Backlight?


    I was never big on those “take a picture of a barcode and buy Britney tickets” schemes so popular with mobile solutions providers, but this sort of turns that whole concept on its head. Mobeam, created by Ecrio, provider of streaming mobile apps for NTT DoCoMo, flashes any light source on the handset to simulate a barcode for any laser scanner. That’s right. The clerk at… Read More

  • LG Fuses Art And Air-Conditioning Together As ARTCOOL

    Damn those Europeans! The finest fashion, the fastest cars, and now priceless works of air-conditioning! Apparently, air conditioners haven’t caught on in Europe as much as LG has liked them to. So as a strategic new approach to marketing an air conditioner, LG has unveiled its new line of units called ARTCOOL. In a nutshell, it basically is an air conditioner with a picture frame on… Read More

  • Media Demagnetizer for the Rich


    In the odd world of high-end audio, everything is a factor. Take this little device, for example. It’s a media demagnetizer that allows you to demagnetize everything from your vinyl to your prized CDs. Why, you ask? I suppose it reduces crackle and prevents your Florgo 5000 $20,000 CD player from blowing up. How much does it cost to demagnetize your media? $2,900. A bit much, it seems… Read More

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