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  • Toshiba Gigabeat V: Next Gen Gigabeat, Next Gen Zune?

    Toshiba’s original Gigabeat is among the most successful non-iPod portable media players (PMP) out there, boosted by the fact that Microsoft used it as the basis for the Zune. Whether or not this new Gigabeat, the Gigabeat V, will be the basis of Zune 2(or Zune Too, or whatever hip, focus group-tested name Microsoft gives it) is yet unknown, but Toshiba’s player does its best to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: DJ Chaos Edition

    Music Vortex Speaker: When Water Ripples Attack
    When the Robots Take Over
    Cambridge SoundWorks Radio 820HD Review
    Nick Arcade: Best Game Show Ever
    Sound Opinion: Headphone Showdown Read More

  • Cellular-WiFi Blackberriage on the Horizon

    RIM is getting into the WiFi/Cell crossover ring, and it’s about time. In a call with investors earlier this week, RIM’s CEO Jim Balsillie (that name is always so fun to type) announced that later this year, we’ll be writing about a WiFi-enabled Blackberry. Why is this exciting? It means better rates on corporate plans as the cellular carriers have to start competing with… Read More

  • Memorial Day Greetings

    The birds are singing, the beer is cold, and the warm weather awaits. We’ll be on a reduced schedule this weekend and Monday while the CG team takes a few moments to rest and relax before the feeding frenzy that will be the iPhone launch in a few weeks. Hugs and kisses to you and yours, readers, and have a great weekend. Read More

  • Cellphone Flask: Can You Smell the Booze On Me Now? Good!

    When I was a teenager, we’d smuggle our booze in my friend Devon’s head (no, really, it’s a long story). Today’s rebellious youth are much more sophisticated: they’re using fake cellphones. The Cellphone Flask is exactly what it sounds like: a flask in the shape of a mobile. You put your favorite hooch inside and let yourself get patted down by The Man, and… Read More

  • Forbes: 5 Cheapest PCs in the World, As Low as $85

    Sometimes we talk about gadgets with the candor of rich European royalty. We can’t afford all the gadgets we want, and likely neither can you. Thankfully, manufacturers like to address the low-end as much as the high-end. And while the cheapest Macs might be going the way of Dakota Fanning’s likability, cheap PCs are here to stay, for good or bad. Forbes has concocted a list in… Read More

  • Cambridge SoundWorks Radio 820HD Review

    HD Radio isn’t exactly spreading like wildfire. But if you’ve experienced it, you know it offers clearer sound and more channels than regular analog radio, and for nothin’ — except the extortionate rather high price of HD-capable radios. Cambridge SoundWorks’ 820HD Radio is a bit closer to affordable, with a list price of $299, and it’s pretty… Read More

  • Capacitive Touch: Coming to Everything

    We love gadgets with touchscreens. That’s a fact. Capacitive touch is the mysterious tech behind the iPod’s scrollwheel, the touchpad on your laptop, and pretty much anything you control with just touch. One hurdle the technology has had to face is that only certain materials could handle recording of X/Y grid movements, the secret to using it as a real input method. InfiniTouch… Read More

  • Camera Detector Makes Me Uneasy, But Rocks

    As if the three-day weekend’s drug bender I’m planning won’t make me paranoid enough, I run across this handy pocket camera detector. In a nutshell, it’s a bug sweeper on a micro scale. If you think someone’s planted wireless hidden cameras somewhere where you don’t want to be seen, you wave this magic wand around and it will tell you if you’re safe… Read More

  • Finland Says CSS So Gimpy It's not Even DRM Anymore

    According to the Finnish courts, CSS — the DRM found on standard DVDs — is so weak that it doesn’t even count as a protective measure anymore. As a result, breaking CSS is no longer deemed circumvention of an “effective technological measure” simply because it’s no longer effective. Read More

  • This Is What Is Holding Up Halo 2 for Vista

    Want Halo 2 for Vista? The ESRB doesn’t want you to have it and the image after the jump is is why. Prepare to cry. Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Thanks to uber-commenter sacherjj for writing a little ditty to go along with the above image. Click through to read the entire comment. White and Lazy You see me walkin’
    My baby
    I know they’re all thinkin’ I’m so white and lazy,
    Think I’m just too white and lazy
    Think I’m just too white and lazy
    Can’t you see I’m white and lazy?
    Look at me… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Sony Sued On Blu-ray Technology

    Target Technologies has filed a patent suit against Sony stating that its Blu-ray technologies infringe on a Target Technologies patent covering Sony’s use of a less corrosive and less costly Silver based alloy layer for its Blu-ray discs. Target Technologies has a series of related patents dating back to filings in June 1998 covering the use of metal alloys for the reflective layer of… Read More

  • Loo Read Bathroom Table: Go Ahead, Write a Book While You're in There

    People who read while in the bathroom should be made to take a long walk off a short pier. I realize my opinions are controversial, but I apologize to no one, especially to Loo Read users. It’s a full table that you set up inside the bathroom to get some reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic done. And unlike half the stuff I write about nowadays, this is actually real. Not only… Read More

  • Connecticut Sues Best Buy

    We all know Best Buy sucks. That’s just common sense. But did you know that Best Buy has been trying to scam customers into paying higher prices for crappy electronics? Last month, Best Buy was caught trying to make customers pay higher prices via an in-store Internet site that was similar to Now the state of Connecticut has filed a lawsuit against the company, stating that… Read More

  • Nintedo's Bars are Bigger Than Microsoft's and Sony's

    John may hate the Wii (don’t mind him, he’s just going through a mid-life crisis), but as you can see here, Nintendo’s bars are bigger than the other guys‘ bars. Bigger bars = more gooder. Now, We May Speak [Penny Arcade!] Read More

  • HP Working On HDTVs With Direct Movie Buying

    With more and more people buying HDTVs, demand for HD content is increasing ten-fold each month. While HP may not care about printers so much anymore, it’s definitely working hard in the television sector. A new concept called HDTV 2.0 is on its way and the technology isn’t far off to support it. Essentially, the goal is for future HDTV sets to have an Ethernet or WiFi Internet link… Read More

  • Music Vortex Speaker: When Water Ripples Attack

    This speaker, the Music Vortex, didn’t even win first place in the contest it was entered in, making it a loser. Apparently, the judges weren’t impressed with the “brand new music experience” that it promised, nor the little puddle of water in the middle that ripples in response to the deep bass. The knob in the center controls the volume while the blue hue, in all… Read More

  • Samsung E210 Looks Pretty

    Part of Samsung’s Ultra Edition II lineup, the Samsung E210 is a really pretty flip-phone that slightly resembles a Motorola KRZR. But looks can be deceiving my friends, as the E210 is a basic, entry-level phone from Samsung. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find tri-band GSM, microSD, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0, USB, and a 65k color OLED screen. Doesn’t sound too bad… Read More

  • Google, She Is Dying

    I dig Robert Cringely. He’s essentially a conspiracy buff with a brain and likes to predict stuff that will happen with Apple, Microsoft, and the big boys in his PBS columns. So this one is a doozy. He’s basically looking at Google and saying that with all the PhDs hanging around making great business ideas, Google will soon hemorrhage talent out onto Sand Hill Road. Read More