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  • Kohjinsha (Who?) K600 UMPC: Yeah, UMPCs are Still Awkward

    A lot of us here are sorta nonplussed by UMPCs for one reason or another and Kohjinsha’s K600 isn’t likely to change our minds. Not just because we’ve never even heard of this company before, but because it doesn’t really seem to do anything particularly special or exciting. You’ll find—provided you’re in Korea—a 7-inch touchscreen display, DMB… Read More

  • Universal Remote's MX-810 Pro Wizard Remote: Not For Pater Obsoletis

    I remember talking to the Universal Remote folks back at CES and thinking to myself, “Yup, these guys sure do make a lot of remotes all right.” The latest remote, the MX-810 Pro Wizard Remote, can control up to 24 different devices (and 24 different functions per device), all of which are stored in 32GB 32MB of memory. There’s an LCD up top that’s completely… Read More

  • Master Chief, David Drunklehoff Style

    It seems as though the stresses of stardom have gotten to Master Chief. He’s been on a rampage partying around town with Lindsay and crashing his Wraith tank. It’s rather heartbreaking to watch as Master Chief’s daughter tries to sober him up with a cheeseburger. The poor guy just doesn’t know when to quit. I hope he realizes his problem and checks himself into rehab. Read More

  • Pater Obsoletis: Votes Tallied, the Winner Is…

    Well, I tallied all the write-ins and all the comments and it looks like we have a winner. But first, a huge shout-out to Hitachi for hooking us up with the P42H401: Hitachi’s more than 50 years of TV experience, manufacturing and image refinement come together in the 42″ HD1080 Plasma HDTV. Hitachi uses proprietary technology to redefine High Definition, providing outstanding… Read More

  • What's Beef? Mozilla COO Accuses Apple of Having Old World Views of the Internet

    Remember on Monday when Steve Jobs, Lord of all our Earthly realm, proclaimed Safari as the best browser ever and that Apple wanted to steal market share from Internet Explorer? The COO of Mozilla noticed that too and didn’t like it one bit. So he’s called Apple out. Read More

  • Pater Obsoletis: The Final Countdown

    We didn’t get very many entries, but the entries we did get were great. Hit the jump for the videos and to vote for the best and technologically dullest Pater in existence. We’ll close voting on Friday at 12pm EST so the winner can tell Pops the good news. Read More

  • Sidebar Fixins

    Been futzing with the sidebar this morning. Let me know if it screws anything up — or is screwed up — on your browser. Read More

  • The Handmade Guns of Chechnya

    Ever play video games and look at the odd, futuristic and/or steampunk weapons and say “Wow, wouldn’t it be great if that were real?” Well, just head over to war-torn Chechnya where you can enjoy the thrill of firing a pirated, hand-made Dirty-Harry-style Magnum with all the excitement of having it blow up in your hand. These guns were confiscated by the Russian Army and show… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Watches, Round Two


    Professional I feel bad writing about these Sony Ericsson Bluetooth watches before my favorite watch review Web site does, but so be it. The big SE has three new models to choose from, Music, Executive and Classic, and they’re all part of the MBW-150 model line. As you might surmise, these watches are compatible with SE Bluetooth cellphones. When paired together, the watch will display… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Keep It Simple, Stupid


    Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Few companies in the MP3 player business grasp this important principle, and it continues to bite them in the assets. iRiver and SanDisk are feverishly trying to keep up the pace of feature bloat, while Archos and Creative are increasingly focusing on video players. Meanwhile, Sony is getting ready… Read More

  • Microsoft Refuses To Say Whether or Not New Xbox 360 Heat Sinks are Permanent

    Earlier in the week we noticed that Microsoft had started installing additional heat sinks into Xbox 360s that were sent in for repair. This was done to eliminate “red lights of death” and other problems that plague the system. Yet we didn’t know, and still don’t know, whether or not the additional heat sinks are part of a new hardware revision or are installed on a… Read More

  • Montreal Getting WiMAX Network

    Our neighbors to the north are starting on some projects similar to ongoing ones here in the US. Montreal will be the first city to get both a citywide WiFi and WiMAX network installed. The project, a joint venture between Nomad Telecom and Radioactif.com, is expected to be completed entirely in 2009, but some residents could see web access as soon as September. Similar to… Read More

  • Boston Wants To Stop Crime With TXTs

    Wacky Boston has an idea for stopping crime and guess what!? You’re a part of it! The next time you get mugged or see someone racketeering, you can be a NARC and text the Crimestoppers tipline the city has recently just set up. This new tipline will allow residents to send Boston police an anonymous (yeah, right) text message when a crime is being committed. While this seems like a… Read More

  • Garmin Launches Two New GPS Units

    Today, Garmin announced it would be releasing two new models in its nuvi line of GPS units. The 200W and 250W each come with a high-sensitivity antenna to cut back on size so the case isn’t huge. You’ll find a very welcome 4.3-inch touch-screen on each unit, great for browsing through maps to find the closest McDonalds on the road. Garmin is including over six million points of… Read More

  • Safari For Windows Tops 1 Million Downloads In 48 Hours

    Despite its problems, more than 1 million people downloaded the Safari Web browser for Windows in the first 48 hours of its availability. Apple claims that the browser is the fastest in the whole wide world, but I’ve read a few reports online that suggest otherwise. (Plus, having used it on Mac OS X since its original release, you definitely get the feeling that there’s… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Periscope Down Edition

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  • Archos Announces 405, 605, And TV Plus


    The boys at CG just returned from an Archos event to bring you the latest PMP goodness. The line-up starts with the 105, but today we are giving you a brief hands on with the Archos 405, 605, and the new Apple TV competitor… TV plus. The 605 comes standard with all the nifty features you’d expect in a next gen Archos device… Read More

  • Gracenote Mobile Music 2.0 Tries To Make Music-Playing Cellphones Not Suck

    Music-playing cellphones were supposed to have “arrived” by now, but few companies have actually gotten them right so far. (That could be the wireless providers’ fault, though.) So Gracenote, the company that runs the CDDB database that iTunes checks every time you insert an audio CD, has come up with the Mobile Music 2.0 Platform. I know, the name could use some work. MM2… Read More

  • Next-gen Sidekick Revealed


    This is not the actual next-gen Sidekick Sick of the iPhone coverage currently clogging the blogosphere? Yeah, me too. Like the Sidekick? I do on most days, so here’s some fun stuff for you, folks, to ponder. The jive turkeys at Hiptop3 have uncovered a couple websites that T-Mobile has registered and…wait for it. Wait for it. They reveal absolutely nothing other than possible names… Read More

  • Safari For Windows Updated To 3.0.1, Fixes Exploits

    Apple just released Safari 3.0.1 for Windows, which fixes a few of those exploits we mentioned the other day. The update doesn’t apply to the Mac version of the public beta since Macs are inherently immune from viruses and other malware. You can get it via the Software Update app that came with the latest version of iTunes or via Apple’s download site. Safari [Apple] Read More