Holidays 2006

  • The Holidays And The Damage Done


    Don’t know precisely how much money you’ve blown through this holiday season? Well here’s a free holiday spending calculator to get you back on track or make you feel more worthless than I did before when I called you a buncha fatties. This gift from software developer Business Objects uses its Crystal Xcelsius app to let you figure out all your holiday expenses simply… Read More

  • Hey Fatty, Put Down The Cookie And Go To CalorieKing.com


    It’s the holiday season and you’re bound to pack on a few extra pounds between office parties, family gatherings and parties with friends, mixed with an overloaded, hectic schedule that keeps you from hitting the gym. Or at least that’s what every major media outlet has been telling us year after year. So I figured CG should join the fray and tell you the same… Read More

  • Merry Christmas/Happy Chanukah/Go Drink and Play Gears of War

    Well, we’re just about ready to switch over to our CG skeleton crew here – remember, we’re announcing the winner of our Reader Response Contest at Noon EST tomorrow, so keep refreshing us until then. Otherwise, the CG guys will be popping in and out over the next week and we’ll have another contest next week for you poor buggers stuck in the data center for the week. Read More

  • NBC.com Bulks Up Its Streams For The Holidays

    Those looking for one more way to avoid not talking to your family over the holidays should pop over to NBC.com. The network has added the first nine episodes of “Friday Night Lights” and the first seven of sitcom “30 Rock” to its site. And they are for the most part commercial-free; there’s just one ad before each episode. NBC has been streaming some of its… Read More

  • The Year In Computer Viruses: 2006


    Panda Software, makers of fine computer security and Internet threat protection applications, has released a look-back at computer viruses, spyware and malware that made opening e-mail and surfing porn adult education Web sites so much fun in 2006. So without further ado, here’s my cut-and-paste job from the release. - The most moralistic. This award goes to the spyware Zcodec… Read More

  • Solar Power in Her Purse

    Being that I’m a geek, I think of gadgets when it’s time to find a gift for my sweetie. Unfortunately, gadgets are generally geared towards guys, some exceptions being cell phones and the iPod. But there are meta-gadgets out there, devices that work with those we already have, expanding their usefulness. And, sometimes, they’re totally girl-friendly This solar mobile… Read More

  • Holiday Buyer's Guide 2006: Great Tech For The Clueless


    With so much tech goodness available, it’s all too easy to forget that some of the best products are the ones that don’t require a Comp Sci degree to master. After all, just because you’re a genius and can figure out how to work the latest cell phone, computer, TV or digital camera, doesn’t mean your friends and family can. To that end we’ve put together a brief… Read More

  • USB, Optical Snow Globe Mouse

    The only creature stirring on your desk this Xmas should be a mouse, a snowglobe mouse, really (haha!). It’s your standard optical USB mouse with scrollwheel, with the exception of the damned snow scene in the palm rise, which is made of transparent plastic. Shake it up, and artificial snow falls slowly to the ground through the Astroglide-like substance inside. There it rests at the feet… Read More

  • Holiday Buyer's Guide: Gaming Notebooks

    Trying to decide what is the right portable PC for your needs can be difficult. Laptops come in many shapes and sizes, and offer a range of features, but generally speaking gaming PCs tend to be beefy machines with the latest video cards, a load of memory and a large hard drive. But what if you want to a mobile—or maybe luggable—gaming experience? You need a gaming notebook. Here is… Read More

  • Get Your PS3, Wii On for Charity

    ready to become yours. It might cost you a little more than retail, but it won’t be as much as what some dumbasses are paying, and the money goes to a good cause. Best Buy has teamed up with Clear Channel Radio and launched a holiday auction to benefit Toys for Teens, part of the Marine’s Toys for Tots program. For the next 12 days (of Xmas, geddit?) the team will be auctioning off… Read More

  • 2006 Holiday Buyer's Guide: Geek Watches

    . Therefore, I thought it fitting that I cover ten nice timepieces that you can pick up for the horolgy geek in your life. A few caveats, however. I’m a traditional watch geek, one who slobbers over mechanical watches in the $500-$100,000 range, so if we sat down to discuss this over a beer I’d tell you to buy a nice mechanical automatic watch instead of a quartz one. However… Read More

  • TokyoFlash Biohazard: They Live Among Us

    TokyoFlash sells some fancy watches, including a little something that our own little Raj wears around the house. Now, however, we’ve got one that can detect aliens even without having to slice their outer skins to get at the milky green skin underneath. A press of the button sends the watch into scan mode and the various panels & readouts animate as if scanning the area for life forms. Read More

  • Holiday Decorations Futz with Wi-Fi

    I’m taking this breathless press release with a nice salty pretzel, a salt lassi, and a box of kosher salt, but apparently your fancy decorations — your Santa riding on an aardvark made out of lights, sparkles, and faux-fur, for example — can reduce your Wi-Fi quality by 25%. Granted, this was tested using AirMagnet’s Survey PRO and Laptop Analyzer, but let’s… Read More

  • Stocking Stuffers: Hide Stuff in Your Laptop

    At just a hair under $10, this is probably the cheapest thing you’ll ever put inside a laptop. The Stash Card is a PCMCIA-sized fake card that opens to reveal a tiny compartment for hiding small valuables, extra cash, or the smart media card with your pr0n collection. You keep it in your laptop, where it disappears, so as long as your laptop is safe, so are your secrets. So they… Read More

  • K7 Klok Kit: Nixie Tubes for All

    We love Nixie tubes. They are vacuum tubes once used as readouts for old timey electronics like nuclear reactor control rooms and James Bond villian bombs. Now you can build your own Nixie clock with the K7 Klok Kit, a $129 kit with everything you need to rock out like Goldfinger. Product Page [via CoolHunting] Read More

  • Keep Your Gadgets in Order

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/Firewire hub that also comes with a fan. Yeah. A fan. Another pic after the jump. Read More

  • Alienware Area-51 7500 Hands On

    Alienware is known for making powerful, sexy and customizable high-end gaming PCs. Without a doubt, the Alienware Area-51 7500 is a beast. It features an Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme Processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce 7900GTXs, two hard drives (250GB and 300GB), 2GB of DDR2 RAM, Creative X-Fi sound card and Alienware’s signature P2 chassis. The 7500 is easily one of the strongest high-end gaming… Read More

  • Stocking Stuffers: US Modular PowerAid Mobile


    , the US Modular PowerAid Mobile is definitely handy to have around. For $49.99, you get a compact multi-product charger for portable devices. Five connectors are included to use with various devices like cell phones, PDAs, iPods, etc. and it’s small and lightweight enough (less than 5 ounces) for you to throw in your pocket or bag. The PowerAid Mobile begins shipping this month. Hit… Read More

  • Stocking Stuffers: ZipWraps Automatic Earphone Retractor



    Probably one of the most useful $10 gifts you can give someone, ZipWraps from Digital Innovations (the skipDR. disc repair people) is a little puck packed with a spring-loaded mechanism that smoothly lets you extend and retract your headphone cables. Setup requires nothing more than popping open the case, looping your cable around a hook inside, closing the cover and pushing a button to… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Best of 2006

    CrunchGear’s editors searched far and wide for the best gadgets of 2006. We’ve included devices from our own pages and some things we picked up over the year that made us smile. Read on for everything we loved this year. Read More

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