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  • Guitar Hero: Rock the 80s Comes Out This Summer for the PS2

    The band is back together. Activision confirmed today the long-running rumor of a 1980s-themed Guitar Hero. Called Guitar Hero: Rock the 80s, the game is scheduled to be released exclusively for the PS2 (sorry, 360 fans) this summer. Most importantly, Activision revealed a couple of songs Clapton wannabes can look forward to, uh, shredding. • Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna… Read More

  • Motorola To Unveil 30 FPS Phone, Shooter

    Big Daddy over at Motorola Ed Zander said that next week, his company will show off a new phone capable of playing movies at 30 frames per second in very high quality video. Then every American sighed in disappointment as he revealed that the phone would be launching in Europe. Oh well. It’s nice to dream. Zander said that users will be able to load movies onto the phone via SD cards… Read More

  • Harry McCracken Returns To PC World

    Oh snap! Guess who’s back at PC World? That’s right, Phil Harry McCracken is back at the magazine, now as Editor In Chief and Vice President. This comes after a huge storm over at PC World, when last week, McCracken walked out and resigned during a meeting when CEO Colin Crawford shot down an anti-Mac story, fearing it would piss off advertisers. Read More

  • The Futurist: The End Of The Line For Obvious Patents

    There’s an old episode of The Simpsons where the designers of Barbie stand-in Malibu Stacy are gathered in their smoky room trying to come up with a killer app to take on a new competitor on the block. Their idea: stick a hat on the old doll. The ever-wise Lisa, who sees through such marketing shenanigans, says something along the lines of: “It’s still the same old doll… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Vending Edition

    Healthy Vending Tries to Stop Kids From Getting Fat While in School
    Helio Ocean First Impressions
    Orignal Poker Chip Customizer: Liquor Up Front, Poker In The Rear
    Omelette 1.0 – The First Apple TV Game
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  • Rough Ridin' Mac Mini for Mighty Mac Daddies

    We tried to come up with reasons why you’d need to ruggedize a Mac Mini, but we came up with none. Really, a MacBook Pro and a nice bag should be good enough, but apparently some people want to take their diminutive Macs on the road. And there is a case for them. Here it is, enjoy. Read More

  • TV Timer: For Moms who Hate Their Kids

    Dear Mums: As Mother’s Day approaches, we’ve been on your side here on CrunchGear. We’ve saddled our readers with contests aimed at winning prizes for you, their mothers. They could have been a little more responsive, but maybe it’s not them? Maybe it’s you? Read More

  • Alpine's $1,000 Do-All: Now Shipping

    Alpine aims to do to your dashboard what others have done for your living room. With its new IVA-W205 car deck, you can build a customized super-elaborate car stereo that does everything you could possibly want. Everything’s centered around a 6.5-inch QVGA touchscreen with tactile feedback, meaning when you touch the screen to make a selection, it moves to let you know that you’ve… Read More

  • Lenovo Launches Stronger, Quieter, Cooler ThinkPads


    Ususally when you hear about a manufacturer’s new laptop, it’s all about the latest processor or fancy screens. Lenovo’s taking a different route. Since notebook computers have become so hard to differentiate, the Len’s going back to basics with a pair of Intel Centrino-based laptops with innovations in more than just the architecture of the innards. The new ThinkPads… Read More

  • Alltel Prepping Itself for Dinner?

    Alltel, you know, that other cellphone carrier, is now proactively positioning itself for a sale, according to Phone Scoop’s Ouija board. Three private equity groups are looking at snapping up the small-but-important carrier. No larger networks have shown interest, which isn’t that odd. As the Big Four (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) have coast-to-coast networks of their… Read More

  • Philips NX ProntoLite Remote Rules The Living Room

    Those of you with pricey home theater installations may want to check out the latest offering in remote controls from Philips. The NX ProntoLite is a touch-screen remote control that can control basically anything with an IR port. A huge VGA screen lets you easily pick channels, control room lighting, and even stream music via a built-in server. Should you need it, you can control an… Read More

  • Intel's Santa Rosa Explained in Excruciating Detail

    You may have been reading CrunchGear today wondering what in God’s name is all this Santa Rosa business about. Luckily the crew at Computer Shopper has a giant feature that explains what Intel’s new chipset is and what it means to you. They also have a bunch of in-depth reviews of Santa Rosa laptops that I wouldn’t even have the patience to come up with. They look at… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Ericsson Multi-Layer Display Cell Phone

    After covering Motorola’s multi-layer LCD solar display, Ericsson’s recently issued patent adds a feature in yet another direction: a multiple layered display. Ericsson has thought up a number of applications to fit more onto that tiny screen by layering the information. Apple may be the company to do something like this justice, and after the jump you’ll see just how much… Read More

  • Pioneer Announces Four Elite A/V Receivers

    VSX-90TXV Pioneer isn’t being sheepish about their intentions to take over the home entertainment division with the announcement of four A/V receivers that deliver superb HD audio and video. The Elite receivers, VSX-90TXV, VSX-91TXH, VSX-92TXH and VSX-94TXH, will be the center of your home theater system because of the 1.3A HDMI (only 91-TXH, 92-TXH and 94-TXH) connectivity. The… Read More

  • 2TB RAID Array From Other World Computing: Enough Space For You?

    People who leave Azureus running all day long could benefit from this 2TB RAID array from Other World Computing, said to be the Largest Ever. It’s got a regal-sounding name, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual 2.0TB RAID solution, as well as a price that only kings you afford—laughing out loud!—$1,099. The 7200RPM drives connect to your rig using either a FireWire 800, 400 or… Read More

  • Jesus Has the Answers (Or At Least 20 Of Them)

    As a good Christian, I try to avoid playing with the Dark Forces of the Universe. Ouiji board? No thanks. Tarot cards? Not my thing. Magic 8-ball? I don’t think so. But what do I do when I need to divine my future? What crutch do I have to turn to when I can’t make decisions and think for myself? Jesus is the answer, friends. Working much like a magic 8-ball, the Answer Me Jesus! is… Read More

  • Moscow Getting WiFi Coin-Box Phones

    An interesting little tidbit of information here. Comstar UTS and Moscow’s City Telephone Network will be teaming up to deliver 200 WiFi-enabled coin-box telephones throughout the city. These phones will be placed in subways, airports, hotels, and other public places. Each phone will allow customers to pay via coins, pre-paid cards, sms-authorization, and MGTS phone cards. Apparently… Read More

  • Quick Tidbits: EA To Release Four New iPod Games

    Not a lot of info to work with here but iLounge/Seeking Alpha are reporting that Electronic Arts will be releasing four new iPod games this year. One of the new titles will be Sims Bowling while the other three remain a mystery. This was revealed during an EA’s quarterly earnings conference call and all we know is that the games will be released during 2007. Glad to see someone is… Read More

  • Really Hot Skype Software For Your Blackberry

    IM+ from SHAPE Services is about to make Blackberry owners cry out with pure glee. This client lets you IM and talk to Skype friends on the cheap. For $25 you get the ability to make calls not over WiFi, but over friggin’ GSM/3G/CDMA networks. Yeah, that’s right. Free voice calls to friends and cheap-as-hell SkypeOut calls without a WiFi network. Might as well lower your… Read More

  • Dell Latitudes, Too, Have Santa Rosa Fever

    Whether you like it or not, today is Santa Rosa Day, where all the king’s horses and all the king’s men pimp their new laptops that have Intel’s latest chipset. Dell is no exception and two of its business-centric laptops, the Latitude D830 and D630, stand on guard for thee. Since they’re intended for business customers they have (as build-to-order options, natch) a… Read More