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  • Daily Crunch: Party Like It's 1996 Edition

    Video: Baby Robot Coos in Japanese, Rolls Around
    Meet The iTop
    A Ghetto Blaster for the 21st Century
    The Perfect Pushup: Late Night Hype or Late Night Hype?
    Bob Marley’s Exodus Goes Digital Read More

  • PatentMonkey: Sony Motion-Sensitive Display Viewing

    Sony has so many creative options. Case in point, while working on motion sensing camera image stabilization, Sony discovered a way to use the camera’s sensors to scroll the camera’s display around a stored image. This concept is kind of like the recently covered motion sensing tablet. This technology sparks some promising [suggestive] thoughts of applications for the other… Read More

  • HTC Touch At A Glance

    Just got back from an HTC Touch event at the Bryant Park Hotel here in NYC. Had a chance to go into the phone a bit, learn about what it can do, and went home with one. The video above should give you a general feel of how it looks and interacts with touch. It’s decent, but certainly no iPhone killer (and we obviously haven’t even touched the iPhone). Video playback is choppy and a… Read More

  • Four-card ATI Crossfire Array Liquid Cooled In Taipei


    Lots of reference designs coming out of Taipei this week at Computex. Adding to that list is CoolIT Systems‘ factory-sealed, maintenance-free liquid-cooling system for AMD’s ATI Crossfire (no, not that Crossfire) configuration for the new high-performance Radeon HD 2900 XT graphic card. The assembly uses “micro-channel technology in a closed loop liquid-cooling… Read More

  • Bob Marley's Exodus Goes Digital


    It’s been 30 years since “Exodus” was released and to celebrate, Bob Marley, has gone digital. The 10-track album that includes personal favorites like the title track and “Waiting in Vain” have been compiled onto a USB drive along with additional audio and video content that includes three videos recorded at London’s Rainbow Theatre. There are only… Read More

  • Aquaish Version of OpenOffice is Released for OS X

    Who hates Microsoft Office? Google Docs not getting the job done for you? Well, Mac users are in luck because OpenOffice has released an alpha version for OS X that runs outside of X11. OMFG!!! Keep in mind that this is an “alpha” version, so a handful of functions are missing such as printing, PDF export and copy/paste. Be warned: THIS SOFTWARE MAY CRASH AND MAY DESTROY YOUR DATA… Read More

  • Video: Don't Get Caught Up in The… Crossfire!

    See what we dig up for you guys? It’s the Crossfire commercial from the 1990s, a time when I was still young and full of life. It had us (well, Vince and I) rollin’, so hopefully you’ll get a kick out of it, too. Don’t Get Caught Up In The… Crossfire! [X-Entertainment] Read More

  • Valve Survey Shows Slow Vista Uptake By Gamers

    Video game developer Valve has posted the results of its latest Steam-based hardware survey. The numbers don’t look too good for a Microsoft hoping that gamers will be attracted to Vista. Only 5.37 percent of Steam users, a fairly good indicator of the average Windows gamer, has Vista installed compared to 92.91 percent running XP. Even with Direct X 10, gamers just aren’t taking… Read More

  • The Perfect Pushup: Late Night Hype or Late Night Hype?

    Big arms, a ripped chest and cut abs. Those are some bold claims from the Perfect Pushup, two rotating handles that you use to do “perfect” pushups. It was developed by a U.S. Navy, though, so you know it’s top notch. I won’t argue with the premise that push-ups are a great way to work out your entire upper body, but I always look at these late night infomercial things… Read More

  • Verizon To Shut Off Amp'd Mobile?

    With Amp’d Mobile filing for Chapter 11 protection and owing Verizon a lot of cash, things in the future could not get any worse for the dying MVNO. But I suppose Verizon threatening to shut off your network, effectively slowing your business to a grinding halt, is a bit worse. Verizon recently asked Amp’d to cough up $4.5 million within 10 days or face a shut off. When your… Read More

  • Video: Baby Robot Coos in Japanese, Rolls Around

    It’s no secret I think that robots, in all their forms, are lame. Yet if all mighty Drudge likes it, then it must be worthwhile. It’s a Japanese baby robot that can roll around, talk baby talk and even walk a little. It’s covered in some silicone substance and, if my memory serves me correctly, looks like the guy in the movie Powder. Here’s a YouTube video. Read More

  • Preview: HTC TouchFLO in Action

    Move over Apple, HTC is on the prowl and the Touch wants to eat your iPhone. Vince will be getting his hands on the latest HTC device later tonight, but I thought you folks would want to see what the hoopla was all about. Is it a direct threat to the iPhone? We’ll find out later today. Our friends at The Unwired have a couple videos of TouchFLO in action. Try to contain yourselves. Read More

  • Acer Adds Dolby Home Theater To Aspire Laptops

    Laptop speakers generally need all the sound-quality help they can get. Thankfully Dolby Laboratories is lending some audio technologies to Acer’s Aspire notebooks, which will now feature the Dolby Home Theater suite offering “advanced home theater audio features and premium surround sound experiences.” Acer Aspire notebooks featuring Dolby Home Theater will be available… Read More

  • Major in Mac, Get a Free iPod nano

    Like it does every year, Apple just launched the Major in Mac promotion. Eligible students, faulty, staff, etc. who buy a Mac will get a $200 rebate toward the purchase of a 4GB or 8GB iPod nano. You have to buy the Mac from Apple directly or from one of its retail stores as BestBuy and the like-purchased Mac don’t qualify for the promotion. Major in Mac ends on September 16. Hmm… Read More

  • Tangent's Newest Rugged Mini PC Gets Flash Storage


    If I had a car and it had a computer, I would want that computer to be the Rugged Mini Fanless PC from Tangent. Designed for use on “factory floors, in the field, mounted to carts or vehicles, or in other harsh environments” the little ‘puter can withstand shock, dust, vibration, extreme temperatures and electro-magnetic interference. And in this latest version, the… Read More

  • Meet The iTop

    Crafty DIYer Owen was the owner of a shiny new iPod before the screen started breaking. It broke and voided his iPod’s warranty, so he went and took the iPod’s case and cut it apart. He added a case to the hard drive sticking out and then tilted the screen upward. The result is an iPod that looks like a miniaturized-version of a Macbook. With Linux installed, his iPod is… Read More

  • TomTom Go 720 Has User-Editable Maps

    TomTom’s got another portable GPS device in the woodworks. It’s the TomTom Go 720, made especially for the U.S. and Canadian markets. It’s a typical GPS device with all the features that are becoming more standard by the day, including a 4.3-inch touch screen and basic multimedia playback options. But the Go 720 does do one thing a little differently: it allows users to… Read More

  • RSS Problems?

    It has just come to our attention that users may be experiencing problems with our RSS. If you’re having problems with Google Reader or other aggregators, please let us know what’s going on so we can work on resolving the issue. Read More

  • Asustek, Intel Team Up For $199 Laptop

    Though the OLPC initiative currently going on is a very noble effort, its target is mostly developing and third-world countries where little to no technology exists. Intel and Asustek however, are looking to bring an inexpensive laptop to schools, emerging markets, and people who are broke as a joke. Asustek will manufacture and sell the laptops under the Classmate PC line of notebooks… Read More

  • Warner Inks Deal With Lala.com, Offers Free Streaming of Most of Its Songs

    Lala.com’s going through a transformation in the coming days. Right now the site specializes in letting users trade used CDs online. Next on its agenda is to become an iTunes Store competitor and it has penned a deal with Warner music to stream nearly every one of its songs online. For users, this streaming is totally free, but lala.com will pay through to nose to offer the service. Its… Read More