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  • Best Email Ever: How One Soldier Stationed In Afghanistan Got His Amazon News Today

    Best Email Ever: How One Soldier Stationed In Afghanistan Got His Amazon News Today

    It’s only my third official day on the job at TechCrunch, but it’s been a pretty awesome time thus far. We saw an email come through the wires that stopped us in our tracks during our Amazon coverage today. It was technology-related…but not. We have some great readers at TechCrunch, but this particular reader has an interesting story. He’s not in Silicon Valley… Read More

  • Study: Too Much Technology Has Destroyed Our Ability To Sleep

    It would appear that our increased reliance on technology has destroyed our ability to have a good night’s sleep. So says the 2011 Sleep in America poll, which was conducted by the the National Sleep Foundation. Something tells me they would be the guys to go to for all your sleep data needs. The study shows that 95 percent of Americans use a communication device (computer, phone, etc.)… Read More

  • Panasonic and Best Buy to bring 3D TVs to the US this Wednesday

    As everybody knows, 3D TVs are all the rage at the moment, with Panasonic being one of the most active electronics companies in that area. But until today, details on how and when those devices will be sold outside Japan were relatively scarce. Panasonic now announced it will partner up with Best Buy (the largest consumer electronics retailer in the US for those who don’t know) to market… Read More

  • The Freedom Tray: Made in America, used everywhere

    I have written about gadgets and tech and whatnot for four long years now, but this is by far the greatest thing I have ever seen. It’s called the Freedom Tray, and it’s going to rock your world… with freedom. (Freedom haters need not apply.) Read More

  • Good luck, bro: Someone will attempt to break Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong record at E3

    Billy Mitchell is a pompous ass, but that’s 90 percent of the reason why he’s The Man. As many of you know, he holds a certain Donkey Kong record. And now someone wants to break that record. Good luck, bro. Read More

  • Are you in an AT&T 3G coverage area?


    East coast is the best coast David Pogue mentioned in his review of That Device that AT&T’s 3G coverage here in the U.S. is still a little spotty. This handy map—the blue coloring shows where you’ll find 3G coverage—shows exactly where you’ll be able to use the high-speed network. Most big cities are covered, as you might expect. Those of you in Alaska… Read More

  • On the boats and on the planes, it's the ZVUE Spirit

    America: Apple pie, baseball, democracy, and digital audio players. Launching on May 26 (but available for pre-order now), the $35.99 ZVUE Spirit is an MP3 player preloaded with 15 of the most patriotic songs ever. How patriotic, you may ask? So patriotic that James Brown and Lynyrd Skynyrd made the list TWICE. The Spirit has 1GB of memory on-board so you can load it up with other songs too. Read More

  • You're under arrest, citizen, for crossing the street while talking on the phone


    Mother of god. I’m supportive of the handheld ban while driving, but while walking? Well, if Representative Kenneth Duncan of Illinois gets his way, you’ll have to hang up at every crosswalk. How unbelievably idiotic is that? He even has a backer for the bill, Illinois’ Secretary of State, who thinks it should be softened to being a secondary offense, only applicable to… Read More

  • America Rules: 535-foot Slip n Slide Built

    So here’s the story: Guy and his father get drunk Guy and his father decide to build Slip n Slide for party Guy and his father use bulldozer to clear 535-foot pack Slide goes through woods and ends at retention pool Party enjoys slide while drunk Hit the link to see the gallery of the whole thing being constructed. I built a 535 ft. Slip ‘n Slide [Something Awful] Read More

  • 89% Of America Wants To Ban Texting While Driving


    TEXTING + DRIVING = DEAD MOOSE Driving while talking on your cellphone may have risks involved, but it’s still possible to do it safely via one way or another. However, when it comes to texting and driving, that’s just a bad mix no matter how you look at it. My roommate texts and drives all the time, even when he’s doing 80MPH down the BQE. It kind of freaks me out and I… Read More

  • Hooks On Light Switches!

    Some dude from Die Electric created light switches with hooks for your coat. It’s supposed to make you think about how much electricity you use, yadda yadda. I’m American. I’m going to use a ton of electricity until I die. Deal with it. Looks to me like when I hang up my jacket, the power in my room will go out. Genius! Non-electric housewares that use your plugs and… Read More

  • BenQ Uses 9/11 To Push New MP3 Player, Spell Incorrectly

    Rojas over at Engadget brought to our attention that BenQ is pushing its new MusiQ MP3 player with background images of the World Trade Center. Aside from being a distasteful use of the disaster, BenQ apparently also has some beef with Webster’s Dictionary, because the last time we checked, “believe” isn’t spelled “belive.” In fact, look at that silly… Read More

  • i.Dream America i-Classic iPod Dock

    The i.Dream America i-Classic may be one of the best iPod docks we’ve seen all year. With four faux vacuum tubes, an iPod-white finish, wireless remote, and a red glow, this iPod dock will be at home on your bedside or on your office table. Other goodies are the 7 included iPod dock adapters so every size iPod can fit snugly into the dock, the detachable speakers so you can hide them… Read More