• Defective Xbox 360s Cost Microsoft Over $1 Billion

    Standard return rates for console hardware normally hover in the 3- to 5-percent range. That is, unless you’re an Xbox 360 owner. The Xbox 360’s return rate is a knee-buckling 33 percent, according to a DailyTech.com survey conducted amongst retail stores. While this number may be alarming, Microsoft’s response to the console’s defects has been refreshingly positive. Read More

  • Another Online Presentation Solution…zzzzzz

    The trend towards moving Office documents online for collaboration and remote viewing continues unabated. There’s still no dominant challenger to recently acquired WebEx – everyone knows how to use it and so people keep using it. But a new startup pops up almost weekly that addresses this market. Slidelive is this week’s entrant – a not bad browser-based free WebEx… Read More

  • Surfboard With Two Way Radio and GPS = Vaporware

    Surfers are a strange bunch and don’t take to gadgets very well. I feel awkward when testing out cameras that strap to my wrist and MP3 players that just get in the way. So the concept of this surfboard makes me apprehensive if I were looking at it from a shaper’s perspective. The radio and GPS units are going to have some girth and that does not bode well for shapers because of… Read More

  • Sony Apologizes 'Unreservedly' for Church of England Resistance Mishap

    When I read that Sony had gotten itself into a bit of a scuffle with the Church of England because of Resistance I shook my head side to side like a disappointed parent seeing his only son strike out for the fifth time in a row. Surely, I thought, they’d have to apologize, no matter how minor the infraction seemed to be. And they did. With these words Sony will hope that its latest… Read More

  • Sharp Announces First Blu-ray Player

    Sharp has announced their first Blu-ray player, BD-HP20S, and the specs are quite tantalizing to say the least. The biggest conundrum for consumers is the amount of time it takes for discs to begin playing, right? Sharp has apparently heard all the moaning and done something about it. The ‘Quick Start’ feature claims to start the disc in a matter of seconds, but I’ll see it… Read More

  • Help, I've Fallen, Can't Get Up

    The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute in SK has announced the development of a mobile phone system for gammy and pappy that senses if they’ve fallen over and alerts you as well as the ER. The sensors are attached on the belt and work in conjunction with a mobile phone. When a sudden movement triggers the sensor the mobile phone alerts the hospital, which calls to check… Read More

  • First Look At LiveStation: Not Much To Report

    LiveStation, the Microsoft Research/Skinkers P2P IPTV solution we reported on last night, has sent out beta invites to a number of users. I’ve tested it and have included screen shots below. Frankly, there isn’t much to report. This is a Silverlight application and currently works only on Windows machines. If Silverlight is not installed on your machine it will be during the… Read More

  • Mysterious Sony Digital SLR to Be Announced Soon… Maybe

    You see this Sony digital SLR? Its designation is a complete and total MYSTERY to us all. (Yes, we’re conveniently ignoring the giant Alpha logo. But so is everyone else so that makes it OK.) We do have the raw stats, which is all you really care about anyway. How does a 12.8-megapixel image sensor rub you? Or what about its 3,200 ISO rating? Sounds good, don’it? An announcement… Read More

  • Apple Causing Flash Memory Prices To Jump

    Remember how about a year ago, the big news was that NAND flash memory prices were dropping and iPods were getting cheaper? Yeah, well thanks to the iPhone and new iPods that are due out later this year, Apple is causing the flash memory industry to raise its prices again. It makes sense. There’s a hot product on the market selling like hotcakes and it uses flash memory. You do the… Read More

  • EOS Wireless iPod System: Not to Be Confused With a Proper Sound System

    Monkey see, monkey do. Everyone and their mother (laughing out loud!) is coming out with a wireless iPod sound system these days and Intellitouch is the latest company that wants your money in that regard. Its Eos iPod dock can wirelessly transmit your summer beats up to 150 feet indoors; the range magically doubles outdoors. The dock is able to send music to four speakers at a time and uses… Read More

  • CrunchBoard Jobs

    Some of the latest from CrunchBoard: Rockin’ front- and back-end engineers at MyBlogLog/Yahoo in Bay Area, CA Director of Technology at Participant Productions in Beverly Hills, CA Director, Business Development at CollegeHumor.com and 23/6 in New York, NY Senior User-Experience Manager/Producer -Cars.com at Cars.com in Chicago, IL Web Developer at Mozes, Inc. in Palo Alto… Read More

  • New NiGHTS Screenshots

    Just wanted to throw these screenshots of the new NiGHTS title up since the original is one of my favorite games of all-time. Too bad the Nintendo Wii has the worst graphics I’ve ever seen in my life, otherwise this game would be very exciting for me. Imagine playing NiGHTS on a Playstation 3 – now that’s power. Any of you excited for the sequel to the best Sega Saturn game… Read More

  • Refurbed 360s Banned On XBL

    Before you start pinching pennies and buying certified pre-owned Xbox 360s, you might want to take a step back and consider working another two weeks at McDonalds to save up for a new unit. You see, according to a tipster over at Gizmodo, Microsoft is banning Xbox 360 units for life. The problems began when a guy bought a pre-owned 360, only to discover it wouldn’t connect to Xbox Live. Read More

  • Consumer Advocacy Group Hates Apple's iPhone Battery Replacement Program

    Not the Foundation Apple’s $80 iPhone battery replacement program has upset the Foundation for Consumer and Taxpayer Rights, a nonprofit consumer watchdog group. Busybodies, I like to call them. The Foundation doesn’t like that Apple charges $80 to replace a battery and that Apple didn’t announce any battery replacement plans whatsoever until after the device went on sale. Read More

  • The AudioFile: 10 Facts About Steve Jobs

    The major labels are acting funny lately, and it’s beginning to smell fishy. Warner is once again trying to buy EMI, Lala.com’s free streaming service (which offered mostly tracks from Warner) died of mysterious causes, and Universal appears to be backing away from iTunes. It all comes back to Steve Jobs in one way or another, and his legendary — and increasingly… Read More

  • Taser to Sell Tasing Shotgun Shell

    All we are saying/Is give potentially lethal shots to the head with an electronic shotgun shell a chance Taser is one of our least favorite companies — they make weapons and then deny their lethality — but at least they keep some of our boys in blue safe and offer another way of stopping folks without putting a bullet in their leg. They’re announcing a new product, XREP… Read More

  • New Parallels Ads: I'm a Mac and You're a PC and I'm an Undying Metaphor for the War Between Two Methods for Writing Data to Magnetic Disks, Displaying Information

    Parallels, everyone’s favorite thing to download once, install, try, and then remove because there’s really nothing you need to install on your Mac from Windows except maybe an IDE or game or something, created a set of fairly cool Mac vs. PC ads that don’t drive the whole divide into the ground. Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Coleman Cooler Radio Review

    Just in time for the Fourth of July, Coleman sent me a Cooler Radio — a full-size cooler with AM/FM/Weatherband radio. It’s also got an alarm clock, a line-input jack, and a pair of speakers set into the faceplate on the front. The cooler itself is pretty standard fare: a chest-style red plastic model that holds up to 46 cans of Pabst. (Other beers are not supported, at least in… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Rolling Cooler Edition

    Great Outdoors: Bugz-B-Gone
    Hard Drives With Frickin’ Laser Beams Attached To Their Heads
    Rolling Cooler Brings You Tunes, Beer
    The $50 Paint Job For Your Vehicle
    Nokia Announces First Ever Speakerphone Read More

  • MediaDefender: "It's Not What You Think"

    Randy Saaf, CEO of MediaDefender, a company I excoriated yesterday, dropped us a line explaining that MiiVi was not a trap and instead an internal MediaDefender project, hence the failure to hide their tracks. He explains: MiiVi has nothing to do with the MPAA, the RIAA, or any music or movie studio. It was not even meant to be used by the general public at this time. MiiVi has nothing to… Read More

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