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  • Get Thee To The MacHeistery: 18+ Seriously Good Apps Are Going For $29

    Get Thee To The MacHeistery: 18+ Seriously Good Apps Are Going For $29

    I would have posted this sooner but I just noticed that amazing indie game Braid and Bioshock 2 just ended up in the MacHeist bundle and popped over to the site to check it out. To my surprise, I found that they were also selling Scrivener – literally the best long-form writing app I’ve ever used – as well one year of Evernote Premium, a $60 value. In short, it’s some… Read More

  • PSA: Check Your Computer For DNSChanger Or Risk Getting Booted Off The Web On Monday

    PSA: Check Your Computer For DNSChanger Or Risk Getting Booted Off The Web On Monday

    It’s something of a 21st Century nightmare — headlines are declaring that come Monday morning, thousands of people could wake up to a startling lack of Internet access all because of a crafty bit of malware. How chilling! Well, it would be more chilling if people haven’t had plenty of advance warning. What’s more, the steps to detect and eliminate that malware… Read More

  • Tune In Tomorrow Morning For Our iPad Event Liveblog

    Tune In Tomorrow Morning For Our iPad Event Liveblog

    As 100% of our readers know, there is a major Apple event tomorrow morning here in San Francisco. We presume it will be the debut of a brand new high-res iPad (3, HD, 2X, or other), but signs have pointed to some secondary announcements as well. Apple TV (not the Apple TV) is tipped to be getting a refresh, and chances are that iOS 5.1 will be shown off in detail, if not its… Read More

  • PSA: RSA's SecurID Anti-Hacking Dongle Hacked By Hackers Unknown


    Do you have one of these things? We got them with our free AOL CDs when that whole acquisition thing happened. The constantly changing code (and yes, it has changed since I took the picture) is used as a baffle for hackers who might otherwise acquire your username and password. Well, now they seem to have figured out the dongles as well. The extent of the hacking isn’t really known, but… Read More

  • Excuse Our Dust – We're Migrating To Disqus


    We’ve had more or less the same comment system since the early days of CrunchGear, but what with the mothership switching over to Disqus and our own system creaking under the weight of tens of thousands of posts, we’ve decided the time is right to make the switch. If there are some issues with your comments over the next day or so, we apologize, but we’ll try to make sure… Read More

  • Live In Oklahoma City? Watch Out For a Hot White MacBook With Cancer Research Data Inside


    Attention seedy underbelly of Oklahoma. If you happen to be moving any hot laptops, please check if one of them is this white MacBook, full of prostate cancer research data, stolen from a medical researcher’s car. There’s a reward (contact details at the link) and it’s the right thing to do. The rest of you out there, please consider backing up your years of precious… Read More

  • CrunchGear PSA: Don't Game For 12 Hours Straight. It's Bad For You.

    I’m not making light of this, I’m actually quite upset and disappointed. Another gamer, this one in South Korea, has gone for a marathon 12 hour gaming session, and then collapsed and died. Wake up people! No game is worth playing that long. Read More

  • C’mon People, It’s Not Rocket Science – Don’t Kindle And Drive

    With all the heat that texting and driving has been getting, it’s kind of surprising that anyone would think that reading a Kindle while driving would be ok. Particularly a bus driver. Read More

  • PSA: Toshiba Recalls 41,000 Laptops For Overheating

    Bad news if you own a Toshiba Satellite T130 notebook. It’s got a flaw. In fact, the CPSC (Consumer Protection Safety Comission) just issued a recall for about 41,000 notebook computers, siting a flaw in the plastic casing around the AC adapter plug. Apparently there’s a problem with the DC-in harness that can cause the plastic to melt, causing minor burns. Apparently Toshiba… Read More

  • A quick PSA on "dots" versus "pixels" in LCDs

    These days, when you go to look up the specs on a new camera or camcorder, one of the first things you check out is the LCD. But as often as not, you’ll be hit with an unfamiliar number: some huge quantity of “dots.” Most people aren’t familiar with this metric, as it is a slightly technical one — which is the reason it was chosen instead of the more common… Read More

  • Quick PSA: Eyjafjallajökull is erupting again


    Looks like you’ll have to put off that vacation to beautiful Iceland yet again. The volcano whose name must not be spoken has resumed erupting and is at this moment spewing potentially flight-grounding ash and silicates into the brisk Scandinavian air. Seriously, though, if you were planning on a trip or shipment to or from the area affected, better make alternate plans. [image via… Read More

  • Don't buy Lord Of The Rings on Blu-ray (yet)

    So Lord of the Rings (hereafter called LOTR) is coming out on Blu-ray tomorrow. Cool, having it in HD will nice. Better sound and maybe better picture. But you shouldn’t buy the version that comes out tomorrow, because you won’t be happy. Read More

  • CrunchGear PSA: Tech tax deductions

    I did my taxes recently, and this is the first year that I actually bothered to deduct for all those things that I buy over the year for my job. It was confusing frankly, and I wish I’d read this article before I did it. Hopefully you’ll read this in time to do your deductions correctly, and not make the same mistakes I did (which caused me to miss out on several things I could… Read More

  • Canon 5D mk II update is live


    Yes indeed! The update, detailed here, is live live live! 24p, better audio bitrates, and a sandwich. Get your update on here. It’s actually been live for a while. But, you know, in case you were wondering. Read More

  • PSA: Use your computer's SPDIF connection if it has one

    I’ll just come out and say it. I’m dumb. Clearly. I’ve been listening to music from my computer for ages. Longer than some of you have surfing the Internet, but I’ve never used a computer’s SPDIF connection before. It’s been on my last few primary computers, too. Instead, I’ve just been using a simple L/R Y-cable to pipe the audio into an Onkyo… Read More

  • Aperture 3 is making Macs freak out – be careful out there, children


    Just a quick PSA: Aperture 3 is causing some Macs to write an enormous page file taking up the entire hard drive. If you were thinking of installing it and transferring over your collection, you might want to wait until they iron out this particular wrinkle. No official word on a fix yet. What did you expect? It’s a new release from Apple. Read More

  • PSA: It's AMBER alert awareness day

    Today is AMBER alert awareness day, so this is as good a time as any to get a ID kit for you child. The kits are sold on the official AMBER alert website, and allows you to store all of your child’s information (as well as information about the rest of the family) in one easy to carry USB device. You can purchase the My Child ID kits for $39.95 from the AMBER alert website. Read More

  • Apple performance update weighs in at around 300… kilobytes? That can't be right

    Oh Snow Leopard, you have made my day. Remember when updates used to be in the hundreds of megabytes? Your unified architecture has slimmed down apps and updates so much that they are only a thousandth the size now. Or it could be that it’s just a tiny patch to fix an uncommon but problematic hard drive error (since it’s only 22KB more for Leopard). Either way, the update is there. Read More

  • Public Service Announcement: The Zune HD is nigh unreadable in direct sunlight. Just sayin'.

    Sometime in the past two weeks I decided, with some thought being put into is, to buy a Zune HD. Why, I don’t know; I thought it looked neat, and I was thoroughly unimpressed with the new iPods Apple showed off at that Rock and Roll event. For the most part the Zune HD is, indeed, neat. Its user interface is miles ahead of the iPod’s, and, with a little forethought, can be used… Read More

  • PSA: SoCal wildfires spread dangerously close to communications towers

    Obvious disclaimer: All of us here on the Crunch team are at all times primarily concerned with the well-being of all our friends, family members, and the millions of unrelated noobs who call Southern California home. However, as a site dedicated to bringing you, our favorite people, as much relevant news re: the mobile world as possible, we think it’s also important to provide these… Read More