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  • CrunchDeals: Sega's Columns free to all iPhone owners this weekend

    CrunchDeals: Sega's Columns free to all iPhone owners this weekend

    In honor of the fourth, Sega is bestowing upon all iPhone and iPod Touch owners a free copy of Columns all weekend. That’s great and all, but at the moment it’s nowhere to be found. And it’ll probably just be a “lite” version of the deluxe version. Maybe the weekend hasn’t started. I don’t know. Don’t shoot the messenger. In honor of July 4, SEGA is… Read More

  • Unreasonable Stance: GTA IV isn't violent enough

    Unreasonable Stance: GTA IV isn't violent enough

    Welcome to the Unreasonable Stance, where our own John Biggs takes the minority opinion on a tech matter and defends it with convenient data, spun numbers, fanboyism, and insults until he proves, without a doubt, that those that disagree with him are filthy mouth-breathers. Like all men of a certain age, I love violence, drugs, and fast cars. But I definitely don’t love Grand Theft Auto IV. Read More

  • The Unreasonable Stance: HD DVD will be triumphant

    [photopress:hddvdwins.jpg,full,center] Welcome to the Unreasonable Stance, where our own Devin takes the minority opinion on a tech matter and defends it with convenient data, spun numbers, fanboyism, and insults until he proves, without a doubt, that those that disagree with him are filthy mouth-breathers. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy. Well, maybe I am. But that’s just… Read More

  • The Unreasonable Stance: Nostalgia aside, Pac-Man still beats Halo in every category

    The Unreasonable Stance: Nostalgia aside, Pac-Man still beats Halo in every category

    I don’t know why people even bother with Halo when all it’s done is rip off Pac-Man. Furthermore, even though Pac-Man predates Bungie’s lauded trilogy by more than two decades, it still trumps it in every gameplay area – all retro nostalgia aside. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at some cold, unyielding facts: Pac-Man controls better. With zen-like… Read More

  • Nostalgic Upgrade: A Look at Phones From My Past

    Nostalgic Upgrade: A Look at Phones From My Past

    So here we are, entering the fall of another year. This is the time, traditionally, when we prepare our brains to be assaulted by hundreds of ads for electronics (as well as less important stuff) that will be available at low, low prices in just a few months, in time for the holiday shopping season. There will be specials on iPhones, Centros, Oceans, and other high-end cellphones that will, with… Read More

  • Omelette 1.0 – The First Apple TV Game

    Omelette 1.0 – The First Apple TV Game

    Now that the Apple TV has been out for some time and people have, ah, had their way with it, games are now starting to pop up. Omelette 1.0 is one of the first games to hit the web and it looks pretty decent. Gameplay appears to be similar to a Columns where you move eggs around and match three of the same color. The game is a simple download, but to play it, you’ll need to mod/hack your… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Windows Vista In Your Ear

    The AudioFile: Windows Vista In Your Ear

    Windows Vista Intimate Edition fits in many orifices. Amid the Windows Vista hooplah this week, I wondered whether it will make a difference to my ears—I mean, besides having to hear Robert Fripp every time I start my Windows box. The new audio capabilities that are included in Microsoft’s latest OS highlight MS’s push even further into your living room, and from what I’ve… Read More

  • The Futurist: Reading The Apple Tea Leaves or… What the iPhone Tells Us About The Future

    The Futurist: Reading The Apple Tea Leaves or… What the iPhone Tells Us About The Future

    From my absentee perch, the best I can gather is that CES this year seems a bit… underwhelming, shall we say? Chock-full of evolutions, this year´s gala seems notably free of true revolutions. Of course, the biggest bomb came from newly-rechristened Apple, Inc., where the they-finally-did-it iPhone is lurking just over the horizon. Within this device lies a number of clues as to Apple´s… Read More

  • The Futurist: MacWorld's-A-Comin' or… The Perfect Musicphone

    The Futurist: MacWorld's-A-Comin' or… The Perfect Musicphone

    MacWorld is just around the corner, and with it endless speculation that 2007 will not only be the year Apple finally throws its hat into the mobile phone ring, but also the year that the promise of a musicphone that can actually substitute for your digital music player of choice finally comes true. Of course, it’s all déjà vu to us. I’m pretty sure 2006 was supposed the year of the… Read More

 
  • The Futurist: That Most Wonderful Time of the Year or… A First Look at the 2007 CES

    The Futurist: That Most Wonderful Time of the Year or… A First Look at the 2007 CES

    In this very special episode of The Futurist, we take a myopic look into the future. Three weeks into the future, that is, to a land called Las Vegas and an event called CES — the annual tech orgy where PR people treat men’s mag product reviewers to lap dances, the smell of choco-fountains permeates the air of every corridor, and there is nary a blogger around without sore cankles from… Read More

  • Name That Chiptune: The Growing Niche of 8-bit Music

    Name That Chiptune: The Growing Niche of 8-bit Music

    Audio has been moving steadily toward higher fidelity and resolution as components become cheaper and more advanced. If it ain’t 24-bit and 192kHz, many people simply aren’t interested. But this week, I’m looking in the opposite direction: 8-bit music. A whole community of musicians use modified handheld gaming devices like Nintendo Game Boys and NES boxes as live musical… Read More

  • The Futurist: GPS, Satellites, and the Future of CE Innovation

    The Futurist: GPS, Satellites, and the Future of CE Innovation

    You may have seen the Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium around. It’s a handheld gadget that, when pointed at the night sky, instantly directs you to or identifies any star, planet, or constellation up there. For some of them, it even spits out an encyclopedia-esque narrative — like the universe’s largest self-guided museum tour. Vital to the SkyScout’s ability to hone… Read More