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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Sony Losing the Game


    The Los Angeles Times is comparing Sony’s game division to the New York Yankees. “Both have high-paid talent and great offenses but are straining to win this year,” says today’s article by LA Times staff writers Alex Pham and Bruce Wallace. Analysts claim that while Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 were designed for immediate market impact… Read More

  • Web 2.0 = Crappy, Unsuable Web Sites

    Web 2.0 sucks at Web design. That’s what Jakob Nielsen recently said at a conference where he lambasted fancy, flashy Web 2.0 sites that sacrifice usability for pizzazz. (I hope CrunchGear isn’t considered flashy at usability’s expense.) Too many sites, often run and/or funded by people who know nothing of Web design, set aside “getting it right,” and this will… Read More

  • Don't Text And Drive In Washington

    While NJ may have been one of the first states to ban driving and talking on a cellphone, Washington is smart enough to realize that plenty of people still text while they drive. Now in an effort to curb accidents and careless driving, Washington has made it illegal to operate a cellphone while driving. However, it’s a secondary offense, meaning the po’ can only give you a ticket… Read More

  • Glofiish Gets WinMo 6.0, World Stops Spinning

    There’s some great news coming out of Taiwan this morning for Windows Mobile fans. WTF?! Yes, E-Ten has announced a free upgrade to WinMo 6.0 for Glofiish X500 and M700 owners. The free upgrade is available via the Glofiish website. The folks at E-Ten are so helpful they’ve even highlighted the benefits of upgrading to Windows latest and greatest mobile OS. And what exactly are… Read More

  • ASUS Lambo VXS2 Lappy Getting Santa Rosa Treatment

    Not that anyone was scooping up the Lamborghini-branded notebooks from ASUS, but if you did, you might want to try returning it so you can hop on the Santa Rosa bandwagon. Word is that the new version of the laptop will be out in June and features plenty of goodies. A 15.4-inch display, 2.4GHz T7700 Core 2 Duo CPU, Blu-Ray drive, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics, integrated… Read More

  • Skype Finds Its Way Into Wal-Mart's Necrotic Heart

    It’s morning again in America. Today, more men and women will use Voice over IP services like Skype than ever before. Knowing this, Skype and Wal-Mart have teamed up, with the giant retailer set to sell Skype hardware and $20 pre-paid cards in its 17 zillion, small town way of life-destroying stores. Those who are curious about VoIP will find Skype headsets, Web cams and the like ready… Read More

  • Colored Dumbbells Said to Make Exercising More Design Friendly

    Thinking that exercise equipment is often too spartan, Alex Undall has drawn up some concept art for future gear that looks like what Luke would use to work out his new electric hand. Here he’s come up with dumbbells made of crystal and in a variety of different colors. These dumbbells, which are nowhere near being released, let alone linked with a manufacturer, are supposed to… Read More

  • Apple May Include WWAN In Future Notebooks

    Another day, another Apple rumor. This time, “credible sources” are telling AppleInsider that Jobs & Co. are looking to start including integrated WWAN cards into future notebook models. The card will be optional and will cost around $180. Rumor has it that Apple is also trying to squeeze a WWAN adapter into the notebook lid rather than placing it on/near the logic board so… Read More

  • Gears of War Golf Coming Soon

    Most people with an Xbox 360 probably own a copy of Gears of War. Surely they’ve played the hell out of it by now and it’s slowly collecting dust while they wait for a sequel to emerge. No sequel is in the works, but Epic Games boss Mark Rein has confirmed a spin-off of the game entitled Gears of War Golf Read More

  • Oregon Scientific Four Piece Weather Module Station: For Those Who Just Need to Know The Dew Point Right Now

    Oregon Scientific’s BHT668A is a modular, cable-free mini weather station. It’s comprised of four different instruments: a barometer, a rain gauge, an indoor module that displays and records rainfall data and a thermo-hygrometer. That one measure humidity. Since it’s modular you can break up the four parts and have them in different rooms or whatever. You can have a… Read More

  • Cisco Planning DVR?

    A lot of rumors flying around the inbox today. The latest is that Cisco could be working on a high-end DVR that would sell in retail stores under the Linksys brand. Since Cisco owns Scientific Atlanta and Linksys, this is a totally an option for the networking company. Business Week talks about the box and notes that it would feature DVR capabilities with wireless networking so any television… Read More

  • Oh No She Didn't! iTunes 7.1.1 Cracked!

    The current version of iTunes, 7.1.1, has been cracked by the creators of QTFairUse6. QTFairUse6 allows for you to strip your iTMS-purchased songs of their nasty DRM. Currently, the software is only for Windows, so us Mac OS X users will have to wait until someone makes a version for us. Chances are Apple has already been informed and iTunes 7.1.2 is in the works as an update. So if you hate… Read More

  • T-Mobile To Get The iPhone In Europe

    While the excitement over the iPhone builds here in the US with the upcoming June launch, Europe’s telecom companies are fighting over distribution rights. Right now, T-Mobile seems to be the biggest player due to its foray into the mobile music market. Vodafone and Orange UK are still interested, but might lose out to T-Mobile if they don’t play their cards right. But T-Mobile… Read More

  • Microsoft Wants Money From Open Source

    Monday rolls around and the first thing I have to deal with is more of Microsoft’s crap. The software giant wants open-source software users to fork over money in the form of royalties. Why? Because Microsoft owns 235 patents that are apparently being infringed upon. From the Linux kernel to KDE and GNOME interfaces, it seems almost everyone has infringed on some kind of patent. Open… Read More

  • Help Key: The Essential Guide to Piracy

    “Piracy” happens, piracy will never go away, and, as a service to you we’ve decided to explain some of its relevant points to the uninitiated. Whatever your stance on the topic, if you’re reading this, you don’t understand it and want to learn more and if you’re not reading it you already have terabytes of “H0T WAR3Z” on your hard drives anyway. Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Monkey House Edition

    Electronic Cigarettes: All the Nicotine You Can Handle, None of the Cancer
    Petit Jenga: Because Your Day Job Sucks
    Orignal Poker Chip Customizer: Liquor Up Front, Poker In The Rear
    Omelette 1.0 – The First Apple TV Game
    Feeling Cheeky? Try Out Happy Monkey! Read More

  • Apple Gains Marketshare (Like, a Lot of It)

    Remember back in the 90s when you’d try to get your pal/parents/teachers/parole officers/congressmen/body piercers to “switch” to the Mac camp, and their reason for not was because of marketshare? Validity of that claim aside, you might want to have them try again. Apple claimed a whopping 10% (ok, 9.9%) of retail laptop sales in March of this year. When you consider how… Read More

  • Halo 3 Previewed, Opinions Mixed

    This past Friday Microsoft and Bungie offered a press preview for the upcoming Halo 3, which will arrive later this year. The upcoming first-person shooter is the latest title in the popular Halo series, and could be the much-needed “killer app” for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console. Previews for the game were staged in New York and San Francisco in advance of the public… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Smoking Lounge Edition

    Reverse Paper Shredder Reveals Your Corporate Secrets
    Electronic Cigarettes: All the Nicotine You Can Handle, None of the Cancer
    Petit Jenga: Because Your Day Job Sucks
    iRosary: Worship the Bishop of Rome and Rock Out to Groovy Tunes
    USB Chessboard: Simple = Cool
    Happy Mother’s Day, Ladies Read More

  • iPhone: 20 Questions

    I wrote an article via my 9rules account, on the 9rules site, posing a few opinions and questions about the upcoming Apple iPhone. A few of the questions are, “When your device is ‘dead’ after using the amazing 45 minutes of talk time that is possess, will your iPod still work?” and, “If I don’t pay for a contract, would it still work as an iPod although I… Read More