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  • New Attack Targets Routers and Cellphones, 100 Percent Successful

    Batten down your hatches, routers, and cellphones because a security researcher is poised to demonstrate a method of breaking into and running malicious software on a range of consumer electronic devices. Even worse, if the attack is done to a network-connected router, every machine on the network is vulnerable. Never mind that the attack is said to be 100 percent successful and that its code… Read More

  • 100GB HDD Upgrade For iPods And Zunes

    Maybe I’m the only one on the planet who doesn’t need a PMP with more than 30GB or I’m subconsciously limiting myself because my main iPod only has 30GB. I have gigs and gigs of music, but I hardly fill my iPod to capacity since I use it quite a bit as a portable HDD. Never the less, iPodMods has released a 100GB HDD upgrade for 5th gen iPods and Zunes. The drives are… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Elite Taken Apart, Doesn't Work With Hacking Tools

    The sleuths at llamma.com got their hands on an Xbox 360 Elite and were kind-hearted enough to crack it open for us. While the CPU and GPU do appear to be different than the regular 360’s, llamma doesn’t know if they’re the rumored 65nm design or not. (The 65nm chips are supposed to help drive down the cost of manufacturing, eventually leading to a lower priced 360.) Also of… Read More

  • VIA Intros World's Smallest x86 Mobo

    Are you ready…for the world’s smallest PC motherboard?! VIA has announced the VT6047 Pico-ITX full-featured world’s smallest x86 motherboard. The Pico-ITX is a mere 10cm x 7.2cm, which is significantly smaller than its predecessor that was 17cm x 17cm. VIA is known for its expertise and innovation at the silicon level because of the advances in power management, thermal… Read More

  • iPhone On Lost?! Nope.

    Actually no, you’re just blind. Quite a few blogs have been reporting that the iPhone was shown on the failing TV series “Lost”. Look at that screenshot above. Do the icons look similar to the iPhone’s? Sure. But what about the length of that device and the fact that it has a map on the screen? Hmmm, doesn’t look like much of an iPhone anymore. Perhaps if everyone… Read More

  • Colored Barcodes Hitting DVDs And Video Games

    Don’t worry, your precious UPC code isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still be able to clip out coupons from the Sunday circular. This new color-based barcoding system developed by Microsoft is designed for user interaction, such as taking a picture with an XBL webcam and having it register as a prize or reward inside a video game. Very cool idea for once, Microsoft! These new… Read More

  • BlackBerry 8800 On T-Mobile April 23: It's Stylish

    Thank heavens, T-Mobile’s BlackBerry 8800 finally launches this Monday here in America the Beautiful. It’s being positioned as the Pearl’s sibling, with a focus of users who want to look “stylish” while being “productive.” Crazy. Truthfully, it is one of the better looking BlackBerry models and it has many of the same specs that people so seem to… Read More

  • The AudioFile: 2.4's a Crowd


    With all the wireless technologies out there, the airwaves are getting about as crowded as a New York City street at rush hour. Most of the traffic is on the 2.4-GHz frequency band, including everything from cordless phones to Bluetooth and WiFi, not to mention leakage from microwave ovens. Worse yet, once wireless speakers become a must-have companion for HDTV setups and people start… Read More

  • One Linux Computer Per Child or 1/3 of a Windows Computer Per Child


    Microsoft is preparing a $3 OS designed to run on low-cost hardware sold in developing nations. The package includes a stripped-down version of XP, MS Office Home and Student edition, and a few other apps for the kids. This should run of hardware like the One Laptop Per Child project’s XO laptop. The software will be sold only to governments. But wait? Won’t the OLPC run Linux? Read More

  • Sweatin' to the Oldies, CrunchGear-Style


    It’s amazing where people will take their music player, but few activities are better suited to music listening than exercising. Whether you’re getting your exercise ya-yas out in the water, on dry land, on wheels, indoors, or out in the snow, there’s a product out there that can help you rock out while you sweat. Here’s a rundown of my favorite audio-related… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Green Screen Edition

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  • Preview: DLO iPhone Accessories A'Comin'

    Oh man, we like the looks of this. DLO, makers of tons of good iPod accessories, is apparently gearing up for the inevitable onslaught of iPhone, by the looks of this silicone case. Presumably, it works like DLO’s iPod cases, meaning the capacitive touch buttons work though the silicone. This will keep your multitouch munchkin from getting its back all scratched up. No word on release… Read More

  • Helio Discontinues EV-DO/WiFi Access

    All seven of Helio’s EV-DO/WiFi hybrid PCMCIA card users are SOL. That’s a lot of acronyms that mean users of the wireless data cards that seamlessly switch from Helio’s high-speed data network to WiFi hotspots will have their service discontinued on May 8. We’re sad to see this go, as it was one of the more innovative plans Helio, our favorite MVNO, has come up with. Read More

  • Otaku Fitness

    We’re geeks. We do things a little differently. And working out is no exception. Already we’ve learned a little bit about ways to get back into shape that are compatible with our nerd lifestyle, but what about making our lifestyle compatible with fitness? When we wear our shirts with wolves howling at the moon, it’s not to be hipster ironic, it’s because six years ago… Read More

  • Cricket Communications Gets Samsung SCH-A870

    Cricket Communications has announced that the Samsung Siren (SCH-A870) will soon be available to its customers. The handset features a VGA camera with flash, advanced voice recognition, VibeTonz, and Bluetooth. More interesting the handset, is the Cricket service —one that I think many of you might be unfamiliar with. A subsidiary of Leap Wireless, Cricket offers its customers… Read More

  • Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Shows Its Chops

    If you’ve been waiting for the official release of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, today is the day. The Ubuntu crew have released its follow-up to its Edgy Eft Linus build. In addition to all of the standard Ubuntu features, Feisty Fawn also promises a migration assistant, KVM, easy codec installation, simplified restricted drivers installation, and a Gnome Control Center. There are a few builds… Read More

  • SimpleWeather Skips The Clutter, Delivers The Goods

    Most weather sites out there are usually packed with tons of ads, useless information like when the next local Golf tournament is being held, and always make you type in your zip code constantly. For those of us who want just the weather and nothing more, check out SimpleWeather. The site is minimalist and easy to use. Just enter your zip code once and SimpleWeather will remember your… Read More

  • MySpace Poised to Launch News Service, Includes Mobile Updates

    MySpace is launching a news service, using a very Digg-like voting format. While it works for sites like Digg, we have a feeling that the front page of news.myspace.com will be nothing more than reports of how “OMG Staci is SUCH a b1tch!!!1!” It’s beta for now (like the rest of the Internets), but reports are saying it should launch sometime today. The real question is… Read More

  • Microsoft Calls iPhone "Irrelevant" For Business Use

    The story goes like this: A Microsoft smartphone strategist said the iPhone will be “irrelevant” to business users because there’s no support for Office and it’s a closed device. Chris Sorenson, who heads Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific smartphone strategy, said business users would be better sticking with Windows Mobile 6-based smartphones because they were developed… Read More

  • Mozilla Launches Thunderbird 2.0: Please Stop Ignoring It

    Plenty of us use Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser, but how many of you use Thunderbird, the company’s e-mail application? If you don’t, now would be a good time to give her a test drive since today Mozilla released version 2.0. Improvements include better, faster search, tagging and internal message alerts (kinda like Growl). Mozilla is the victim of its own success. Its… Read More