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  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 3

    Day 2 has come and gone and only a few folks found the “IAmaSkypeNinja” secret subject line. Lucky reader Scott F. won yesterday’s prize. Will you win today’s? Here’s how to win: look for our secret subject line and email us at The subject line is in CamelCase, with embedded capital letters, and it wasn’t “project… Read More

  • Lego's Solar-Powered Helicopter Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation

    Lego plans to teach kids about the importance of energy conservation (to help stop “global warming” I’m sure) with its solar-powered helicopter. There’s literally no information on the device, but we can make wild, haphazard guesses. It would be wonderful if the blades rotated when exposed to the mighty power of the sun, but that might not even be the case. here, so… Read More

  • Guitar Halo (Exactly What You're Thinking)

    In what looks like a college dorm room, we see a gentleman playing Halo 2 on his TV. But wait! What’s that? He’s going to hook up his Guitar Hero controller and play Halo by shredding? Amazing! Watch as this kid explains which buttons are which and proceeds to actually somehow play the game decently. Enjoy the video, although after the first minute it becomes pretty… Read More

  • Microsoft Changes Stance On "Vista Capable" Stickers

    Last week, we told you about Dianne and how she was absolutely sick of Microsoft lying about PCs being “Vista Capable” when they really weren’t. Again, just because that $300 eMachines computer has a “Vista Capable” sticker doesn’t mean it’s going to run the OS smoothly or with any cool features like Aero Glass. Well Dianne’s class-action… Read More

  • Sony E Series Walkman DAPs: Like USB Drives That Play Music

    Sony’s got a new line of diminutive Walkman-branded DAPs coming out later this month in Japan. Looking like mere USB drives, these E-Series DAPs max out at 4GB, with models also coming in at 2GB and 1GB. They’re all available in a variety of hip, groovy colors like “black” and “pink” and “blue.” Capable of playing MP3, AAC, WMA and ATRAC… Read More

  • MGM, United Artists Movies Now on iTunes

    Movies from MGM and United Artists are now on the iTunes Store. Apple quietly updated the store last night, adding movies from the studios including Foxy Brown, Mad Max, Rocky, Ronin and my personal favorite, Agent Cody Banks. They’re all still $9.99 and would look terrific streamed from the PC in your basement to your living room’s 60-inch DLP using Apple TV. Maybe now that Apple… Read More

  • An Intervention: It Would Rule If You Didn't Do This to Your Cell Provider, Okay?

    Dear Verizon Wireless and former Cingular customers: While we often share your frustrations and feel your pain, two wrongs do not ever make a right. Yes, you suffer from sub-par customer service with your cell phone provider. No, they don’t seem to care. Yes, there is more they could do about it. No, we don’t think they will. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Underwater Spy Edition

    Donkey Kong – Post-It Note Edition
    iRobot Plunges Into the Depths (of Your Backyard Pool)
    History of Spy-Cam Watches
    DiscEraser: One Swipe For Total CD/DVD Data Destruction
    Patent Monkey: Olympus Wearable Displays for Real Life Gaming Read More

  • Zune Details Leaked

    Zune Scene is currently running a piece on Zune 2 and the Flash Zune that are supposed to be released later this year. The story goes that a Zune employee was encountered on a business trip and spilled a bunch of details on the forthcoming products that we’ve yet to confirm. If the information is accurate, however, we can expect at least two new products from the Zune lineup sometime soon. Read More

  • HD Video Finally Hits iTunes Store, Sorta, Kinda

    We’ve been wondering about how Apple was going to justify the Apple TV’s ability to stream HD-quality videos from iTunes even though the iTunes store sells no HD content. We figured at some point that Apple would start stocking the store with HD content, and today it has, though not from the source anyone expected. The Washington Post has started uploading 720p versions of its… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 2

    Hey, kids! Did you find the secret word? Did we “project” it enough for you? Are you “watching” for it? Not sure what I’m talking about? Click here or just read on. Read More

  • iRobot Plunges Into the Depths (of Your Backyard Pool)

    The crew at iRobot continues to broach into new territories for its household robotics. Now these little automated pool cleaners aren’t anything groundbreaking (we had one way back in the early 90s), but perhaps iRobot manages to do it better, though I can’t envision how. Anyway, the iRobot Verro (that means “sweep” in Latin for those of you who took a useful… Read More

  • Nokia N95 Hands On Nokia, Nokia, Nokia. What are we going to do with you? You’re selling a $749 smartphone without a keypad and a pokey, unintuitive OS with no compelling out-of-the-box functionality. But, despite its definite drawbacks… Read More

  • History of Spy-Cam Watches

    Watchismo has a great and expansive feature covering the history of spy-cam watches. Most of these things are pretty hilarious. Not inconspicuous in the slightest. The favorite here is probably the Tessina. It’s a rather large watch that features a concealed trap door for the lens. What’s notable is that it still uses standard 35mm film despite being the size of a 16mm camera. It… Read More

  • Hot: Palm Develops Palm-OS/Linux Mash-Up Platform In-House; New Devices On Horizon

    . But today Palm has dropped a bomb many have been hoping for but not many expected to actually fall; that it has abandoned the ACCESS Linux Platform and will be engineering its own non-licensed Linux-based OS. Read More

  • Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 Hands On

    Epson, one of the big boys in the projector business, loaned me the PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 for a test drive. The Home Cinema is the first 1080p, three-LCD projector priced less than $3,000 ($2,999). That price, in itself is a big deal considering that just three years ago you would be paying more than $30,000 for a 1080p projector. Besides the price, Epson didn’t cut any corners on… Read More

  • DiscEraser: One Swipe For Total CD/DVD Data Destruction

    I recently had to destroy 200 CDs due to a mistake from a reproduction company and a file mix up. I ended up throwing the discs through a home shredder, which not only took forever, but is bad for the environment. (Doubly so, since my local recycler wouldn’t take the shredded bits, just whole discs and the dye used on the discs is a contaminant.) If only I had had the $12.99… Read More

  • SlingMedia Conjures Up Way To Stream PC iTunes Content To Your Cellphone

    In the near future you’ll be able to stream all of your iTunes content to your cellphone. Whaaaaat? SlingBox, maker of SlingPlayer, says it’s working on software that’ll work with Apple TV, letting users stream content from their PC, to their Apple TV and finally to their cellphone. (Provided the cellphone works with SlingPlayer—right now, limited to phones running… Read More

  • Bell & Ross Blue BR01

    The Basel show is going on this week — it’s a big watch show in Switzerland where the pashahs and Captains of Industry send their buyers to pick up a few $100,000 trinkets. One stand-out item is this updated Bell & Ross BR01 Instrument Series watch. It’s an automatic timepiece with a honking big case and blue luminous hands. If you have to ask how much it costs, you… Read More

  • Guitar Hero Publisher Confirms Upcoming Wii Version?

    Is Guitar Hero 3 headed to the Nintendo Wii? It very well may be, if you believe the publisher’s Web site. (And why shouldn’t you?) A posting in the site’s Knowledgebase section says it all: “Guitar Hero 3 for the Playstation 2, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii are currently scheduled for release in the United States in Fall of 2007.” Well hot damn, Guitar Hero for the Wii. Read More