• SF goes solar with loans and rebates program, drum circles

    You don’t need me to tell you that San Francisco is a city full of hippies, it’s a known fact. But those hippies sometimes do really smart things, and the city’s new solar power plan is just that. The city plans on giving companies and individuals tax credits, government loans, and rebates if they choose to install solar panels to generate some of their power. It… Read More

  • Devin gives the gift of guiding others' gift-giving

    some awesome stuff, of course. First of all, it’s time to lose that junky DVD player you bought at a garage sale in 2001. If you’re like me, you both A: have a ton of old videos, shows, and movies burned to DVDs, and B: don’t really feel like dropping the cash on Blu-Ray or HD-DVD right now, since all that’s available is Casino Royale and Extreme Dreidels. Good news… Read More

  • Paramount jumping HD DVD ship, says Sony

    We’ll take this with a huge truck load of salt. Sony’s product manager of the home video business group, Rachel Banin, is claiming that Paramount will eventually find itself in bed with Blu-ray. Banin, of course, pulls out a few statistics during the interview to prove BD-R’s superiority like BD-R outsells HD DVD 4:1, but I’m not drinking the kool aid, Rachel. Read More

  • Google Updates Toolbar, Offers iPhone Version of Picasa

    Two new product releases from Google today. The first (see video above) is an update to the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer that sees new functionality added. Users are now able to sync their button choices across computers via the toolbar, as well as add Google gadgets. The toolbar now includes an autocomplete function as well as having support for Google Notebook built in. On the… Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Buy one HD DVD, get one free at Amazon

    Here’s your chance to get more HD DVDs than just that sampler that came with the player. Amazon’s giving them away, at least as long as you’re buying one. There’s actually a pretty good selection – Space Cowboys and The Scooby Doo Movie don’t exactly pique my interest, but there’s a ton of other good stuff: Some fantastic westerns (Unforgiven and… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: For the traveling business monkey, Fujitsu's ScanSnap

    How does one make the world’s smallest color ADF scanner sexy? Well, you really can’t so I’m not going to try, but I did get a look at the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 mobile scanner last week and it was pretty cool. It weighs about 3.1lbs and it may not be the tiniest device ever made, but it does a damn good job and makes scanning and storing files very easy. The ScanSnap’s… Read More

  • The lies retailers tell, part 1: Monster Cable

    I’ll accept that “cables make a difference” in certain situations. Cable length, interference, and corrosion can effect cables, especially analog signals, and I’ve seen some improvements in using higher-end cables on higher-end gear. This, however, is unacceptable. Gizmo Republic visited a big box store where they found some red hot Monster HDMI cables for sale and… Read More

  • Win a Weighted Companion Cube TONIGHT at Funde Razor

    Feeling charitable? In the Denver or New York City areas? Check out the Funde Razor, a fundraising event for Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play yearly charity. Head to the location, buy some drinks, enter a raffle, play some games, and the proceeds go to outfitting sick kids with good stuff while they’re in the hospital. You can’t help but do some good here, and when the prize… Read More

  • Microsoft buys mapping site MultiMap

    The Guardian is reporting that Microsoft is buying 11-year-old UK online mapping company Multimap, with a view to integrating its technology with its services. Microsoft already has Virtual Earth, Live Search, Windows Live services, MSN and its new £3.2bn ($6.5bn) acquisition aQuantive. recently Multimap re-launched with an interface closer to the Google Maps, which has a 21.4% reach… Read More

  • Loc8tor device to be installed in new Chevrolet vehicles

    If you’re forgetting where you parked your car with enough regularity that you long for some sort of device that would make noise to help you find it, you’ll probably be happy to pony up for a new Chevy with a KITTY LOC8TOR pre-installed. See what they did with the number eight there? KITTY stands for Key Innovation That Talks To You and "has the added feature of being able… Read More

  • Breaking: iPhone, Apple TV to receive updates in 2008

    If rumors from Apple Insider are to be taken as truth, next year will see two new iPhones from Apple. The first will be a minor upgrade, likely nothing more than a storage bump from 8GB to 16GB, matching the iPod touch. Later in the year, though, will see the iPhone 2, which will offer the lacking 3G and likely have an updated design. To both of these, we must give a qualified “No… Read More

  • Yet another 3G phone surfaces for 3g-less T-Mobile

    Now this is just getting silly. Samsung has a new phone very similar to the Blast that just cleared the FCC. The dual-band GSM phone purportedly also features dual-band WCDMA, or, as we call it, 3G connectivity. By itself, that’s nothing, but in the leaked FCC cert pics, you’ll notice T-Mobile’s myFaves logo on the back. This would be the third 3G phone offered by T-Mobile in… Read More

  • Sharp sues Samsung over alleged LCD infringement

    I guess it’s kind of a normal thing right now for tech companies in the far east to sue each other regularly over technicalities in order to get a leg up competition-wise. So, feeling the fever, Sharp decided to get in on the frenzy and throw down against LCD TV rival Samsung. The suits concern “brightness, response speeds and viewing angles of LCD panels,” apparently… Read More

  • Last Chance to Nominate Startups For the Crunchies (Nearly 72,000 Entries So Far)

    Since we started taking nominations for the 2007 Crunchies Awards on December 3, there have been nearly 72,000 submissions so far, across 20 categories. The companies with the most submissions will have a greater chance of making it as a finalist (but that is not the only factor). The deadline for putting in your nominations is midnight tonight, December 12, pst. So if you haven’t… Read More

  • Mobile Social Network Crush or Flush Shares Growth Stats

    Crush or Flush, a mobile social network that draws comparisons to Hot or Not for its users’ focus on identifying the attractiveness of strangers, has shared some statistics that suggest it is doing quite well. This, despite the fact that I’ve never heard anyone mention Crush or Flush before, and the service is strikingly simple (perhaps very intentionally given the current state… Read More

  • Sega teaming up with NeuroSky to make mind-powered games

    In case you missed the Wired feature in October about the NeuroSky “thought control system,” it’s basically one of those cool alpha wave measuring devices you saw at the science center that shows how relaxed you are with a graph or whatnot – except now it’s hooked up to Half-Life 2 or some other modern game that might want to take advantage of it. The… Read More

  • Orb interface coming to iPhone, iPod Touch soon?

    The original boxless Slingbox, Orb might just be unveiling an iPhone/iPod Touch version of its excellent-and-free interface in the next couple of days. Orb has apparently found a way around Apple’s RTSP port cockblockery by streaming your goodies as MP4 files. You’ll also be able to use Orb features with Winamp to "turn your home media player into a very limited kind of… Read More

  • CrunchDeals Redux: RCA noise cancelling headphones now $2.99, shipped!

    When our own Doug brought us news of a pair of RCA HPNC250 noise cancelling headphones for $15, shipped, we featured it as a CrunchDeal. At $15, it’s a great bargain, the headphones work perfectly, I have a pair myself. But Buy.com has given us an update, and you can now get them for $2.99 shipped if you’re a first-time Google Checkout customer. Even if you’re not… Read More

  • Steelcase Giving Away a Leap Chair

    Want a Steelcase Leap Chair? Sure you do. Why? Because it’s awesome, as our review earlier this year irrefutably proved. Steelcase is running a contest right now asking entrants to describe their most uncomfortable office experience — by drawing a pictograph in a fancy web applet. Don’t worry though, your inability to make an amusing picto won’t be challenged too… Read More

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