• Technovision's 205-inch LCD TV: How Big is Too Big?

    TV obsessives take note: the fine folks at Technovision unveiled a 205-inch Luxio LCD TV at CeBIT. (And to think people were drooling over 108-inch TVs at CES earlier this year.) You may well need to move into a bigger house just to be able to fit all 8.3 x 15 feet of the TV. The Italian manufacturer didn’t specify how much the TV would cost, but I’m gonna take a wild guess and… Read More

  • GrandCentral: Huh. Wow.

    I know I should be saving my Wows for Windows Vista, but I’m spending them all on GrandCentral. David Pogue talked about the service last week and I set up an account, just for kicks, to see how it worked. I didn’t really play with it until today and I’m really blown away. The service is fairly simple. You give it all of your phone numbers and it funnels calls through a… Read More

  • Sony Talks About Apple, Could Teach a Weeping Willow How to Cry, Cry, Cry

    Sir Howard Stringer, Esq. Ltd. III sat down with CEO Exchange last week and discussed how Sony fumbled the portable player market and his hopes that the PS3 makes it past the Wii onslaught and out of infamy. On digital players he said: In 1997 we were working with IBM on electronic music distribution and could have put this out five years earlier [than iPod]. But we couldn’t get our… Read More

  • Samsung, STMicroelectronics and Metalink Unveil Wireless HD IPTV Set-Top Box

    Some exciting news has come out of CeBIT this morning from Samsung, STMicoelectronics and Metalink. They’ve collaborated on a set-top box that they are hoping will revolutionize the way you watch TV. The SMT-H6155 will support HD TV based on the 802.11n wireless IPTV standard. HD video decoding is taken care of with the STMicroelectronics STi7109 chipset and multiple HD video streams… Read More

  • Go Against The Grain: The Sand Time Watch

    All hilarity aside, the Sand Time Watch from designer Pavel Balykin is one of the most stunning timepieces around. If you play a lot of Pictionary, Scatagories, or other board games where a timer is needed, then this watch would certainly fit into your wardrobe. The display features the time like a basic clock would, but when put into screensaver mode, the watch turns into a virtual sand… Read More

  • Toshiba Gigabeat U101 and U201 DAPs Directly Encode MP3s

    Yes, we all know that the iPod is the undisputed king of DAPs, but that doesn’t mean companies shouldn’t be allowed to sink untold sums into R&D trying to dethrone it. What sets these tiny Gigabeats — the U101 and U201—apart from other “me, too” DAPs it the ability to encode directly into MP3 format from any audio source. Handy, yes, but hardly what… Read More

  • Netgear's EVA8000 Gains BitTorrent Support, Pricetag

    Rumors persist that Apple’s Apple TV will ship tomorrow, March 20, and while we’re excited to see what Apple can do to the American living room, there are some of us who are a little anxious about a few missing features from the device. DivX? Hardly. Read More

  • The Evolution of the Computer Mouse: As Excting As It Sounds

    Programmers may have no need for the computer mouse, but the rest of us do. Wired went through the trouble of going back in time some 45 years to see how the mouse has evolved from this hulking wooden device to an LCD-laden modern day clicker. Look for future mouse innovations like motion sensitivity (à la the Wiimote) and automatic color changing. The Evolution of the Computer… Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Entry #5: UMPC Train Pain


    Another entry in our Laptop Horror Stories contest. As I was standing on the platform with UMPC in hand I recieved a phone call from my girlfriend and stupidly decided to reach
    into my bag with my right hand to answer the phone while my Q1 was in my left hand. As the 2 train came into view the usual
    horde of people began sprinting to the train to get in first. Anyone who lives in any of the… Read More

  • Quicktime Update Adds Apple TV Support

    With the Apple TV finally starting to ship, future owners will gladly welcome the latest update to Quicktime. Buried inside all of Quicktime’s rich features is an an export option called “Export to Apple TV.” What does it do? It exports videos for your Apple TV in high-def so you can actually put that 42-inch Plasma to use. The feature will export videos to a 720×404… Read More

  • Netequality's True Plug And Play WiFi

    What do you get when a non-profit company slaps a wireless router inside a casing that plugs into a wall? Plug and play WiFi anyone? Netequality’s new box is designed for low-income families who can’t afford the internet. It works by integrating a Meraki wireless mesh router into an easier installation medium that costs just $79 and plugging DSL or Cable internet into one of the boxes. Read More

  • Toshiba Ready To Fight Back In The HD Format Wars


    Toshiba isn’t too happy about Sony claiming victory in the HD format wars. Deputy General Manager of HD DVD at Toshiba, Olivier Van Wynendaele, has stated the claims made by Blu-Ray backers are “propaganda”. Wynendaele has picked apart each claim and makes a sound argument for each point. The Blu-Ray Disc Association stated last week that their format was outselling HD 3:1… Read More

  • YouTube Creating Awards Show

    This video should win “most inspirational” for sure.
    Get ready people. Any random jackass (myself included) is going to have a shot at winning an award now that YouTube has created its own awards show. The first YouTube Video Awards will showcase user-content created back in 2006 and will be broken down to the following categories: most creative, most inspirational, best series… Read More

  • The Ultimate Geek Go Bag


    Last year, I built a mobile audio lab so I could do audio testing, recording, and writing on the go, but it quickly evolved into the geek’s ultimate travel pack. My particular setup is still slanted towards audio, but you can always adapt it to your specific needs. This is all stuff that can be kept in a small backpack, ready to go at a moment’s notice. Read More

  • LG Kompressor Vacuum Sucks Blocks

    Some of us love design and have to have top of the line everything. With that said, for those of you sick of your Dyson, you might want to check out LG’s new Kompressor vacuum cleaner. Small and compact, this thing looks pretty easy to stow away should company come over. The device features a unique cleaning system that turns everything sucked up into a massive block. It also comes with… Read More

  • National CrunchGear's Vacation: Travel for Geeks

    This week we’ll be running a series of articles on travel for geeks. Whether you’re headed to Fiji for some R&R or to Singapore to supervise a team of ADA programmers, geeks are on the go. With that in mind, we’ll be talking about packing, booking tickets, buying foreign gadgetry, and surviving jetlag and X’s Revenge where X={Montezuma, That Weird Thing on a Stick… Read More

  • Help Key: Home Recording, Part II

    I live in a neighborhood of burgeoning artists and musicians, and an endless stream of people ask me, “How do I set up a cheap, quick, and easy home recording studio?” I’ve actually got it down to a science at this point, so here it is. Keep in mind that your favorite indie rock band has probably used a less sophisticated setup. I recently spoke with Sam Endicott of The… Read More

  • NYC's Helio Flagship Store Coming Soon

    Helio’s newest flagship store has been spotted in NYC’s uber-trendy Soho. I’ve been watching the progression of this storefront for the last few months and it wasn’t until about three weeks ago that the ‘shed’ came up. For quite some time it was just a normal storefront that had been covered from the inside with just a Helio sticker logo. I’ve poked… Read More

  • Matchbox Concept Cellphone is Creator's Revenge Against Boring Phone Design

    The designer of this matchbox concept cellphone hates “hi-tech, hi-solution, colorful, sleek, pretty…” cellphones, but admits that he can’t just not use a cellphone. So, rather than complain until he’s blue in the face, he threw together this odd looking cellphone. Its name derives from the way it opens: rather than flip open like so many others, it slides open… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: In 3-D!

    Patent Monkey: Digital 3D Photography Preparing for Internet Viewing
    Mickey Mouse iPod nano
    TMNT on XBox Live
    Twirl-a-Squirrel
    Samsung Coming Out With Robot Gun To Protect Its South Korean Homeland Read More

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