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  • Cambridge SoundWorks Radio 820HD: HD Radio In All Its Splendor

    HD Radio. Yeah, I’ve never listened to it either, but Cambridge SoundWorks apparently still has faith in it, what with its new Radio 820HD and all. It looks remarkably similar to its iPod dock’d radio from a few days ago, but you’ll find no such compatibility here (aside from the aux inputs). It does, however, let you listen to regular radio, CDs and the aforementioned HD… Read More

  • Sony Laptop Sold For $10,099 On eBay

    Either this Sony Vaio had a Virgin Mary burnt into its casing or this bidder is just plain dumb. I’m going to go with the latter, since this eBay auction for a Sony Vaio VGN-0FJ270/B ended bidding at a whopping $10099! Nothing was special about it either and the seller wasn’t being deceptive. In fact, all the description read was: “You are bidding on an EXCELLENT CONDITION… Read More

  • Xbox 360 QWERTY Pad Is For Real

    Years ago, when the 360 first made its debut, you remember a rumor about a 360-controller attachment that would add a small QWERTY keypad for easy typing on XBL. Well, it’s real and it’s fabulous. Sources say that the new keypad will plug into the headphone jack on the bottom of the controller and comes with new headset to plug into the keypad. It will also be backlit, have MSN… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Planes, Pigs, and Automobiles Edition

    Mario on Apple TV
    It’s a Spoon with Airplane Wings for Babies
    LG SV80: Enough With The Banana Comparisons Already
    Hey, Pig: Porcine USB Card Reader
    New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future Read More

  • Mario on Apple TV

    This is so cool. It’s great to see the Apple TV is a full-bore mini-PC with some amazing power under the hood. If I didn’t love my the Apple TV on its own so much I’d tear it down and make it a Nintendo 64 in a second. via Giz Read More

  • Leaked 360 Dashboard Updates

    Apparently GameSpot posted — and yanked — a video of the 360 Dashboard updates coming May 7. Good stuff includes: – Releases May 7th.
    – Add up to 600 Windows Live Messenger contacts to your Friends List.
    – Text chat with up to 6 Live Messenger contacts at once during games or movies.
    – The Marketplace will be getting its own Dashboard Blade.
    – The… Read More

  • Screen Caps for Transformers: The Movie: The Game

    We are totally stoked on the upcoming Transformers movie. You shouldn’t have to ask why, it’s elementary. For many of us, our gadget obsessions began with Transformers. They were little hand-held devices that served a purpose, were sophisticated (some, anyway. Sorry, Gears), and were capable of assigning status within a grade school. We also like video games. So, after the film… Read More

  • It's a Spoon with Airplane Wings for Babies

    It seems sometimes as if I’m the only person I know right now who doesn’t have some sort of baby either on the way or recently birthed. I am thankful for this. That does not mean I don’t like babies (I do) or am sterile (though I try). That also does not mean I dont’ keep my eyes out for fun baby stuff for the young offspring of my friends/co-workers/bartenders/cab… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Happy Spring Edition

    iPod Saves a Soldier’s Life in Iraq?
    New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future
    Even Mossberg Can’t Figure Out His PC
    Happy Spring Read More

  • Google 411: Hello? Operator?

    Google Labs has just quietly launch a new 411 service accessible by dialing 1-800-GOOG-411. Michael at TechCrunch writes: The product is completely automated and there is no way to talk to a human for additional or clarifying information. You tell it your city and state, and then ask for a specific business or business category. In my tests the product was excellent. Although the voice… Read More

  • Vonage Lawyer Equates Ruling to 'Cutting Off Oxygen'

    A federal judge ruled today that Vonage cannot service new customers while it appeals that it infringed Verizon patents. The judge also ordered that the company post a $66 million bond. Roger Warin, Vonage’s lawyer, told the court that prohibiting Vonage from seeking new customers is equivalent to “cutting off oxygen or a bullet to the head” for Vonage. Back in early March… Read More

  • Comcast Boots Off Its Users For Downloading Too Much

    Comcast is threatening to cut off Internet access to so-called bandwidth hogs, only they’re not exactly specifying what constitutes bandwidth “hogging.” (If you can decipher what downloading “100 times the average national Comcast bandwidth usage” means you deserve a treat.) One banned user created a Weblog to vent his frustrations. His situation is even more… Read More

  • Happy Spring

    We’re taking a half-day today out of deference to religious tradition and simply because we’re all really sleepy and cold here in the northeast. Have a great long weekend and blessed whatever you celebrate. Read More

  • Linux iPod Proof-of-Concept Virus in the Wild

    There’s an iPod virus. Before you encase your Nano in lucite, however, please understand that this virus is merely a proof-of-concept that runs only on iPodLinux and requires manual intervention to begin infecting .ELF files. Let’s just say that there are no iPod viruses, currently, but there are apparently homebrew apps that could be exploited in nasty ways. ‘Nuf… Read More

  • Butterfly Cellphone, As Designed By a 15-Year-Old

    Again, cellphone concepts usually outclass actual cellphones all the time, but this one—the Butterfly—was designed by a 15-year-old Canadian kid. It’s part cellphone and part social networking device and has built-in Wi-Fi to surf the Web. All well and good to be sure, but the design itself is what’s so keen here. It opens at a 30-degree angle to reveal a 3.4-inch… Read More

  • Nokia N95 Preview

    http://s86.photobucket.com/remix/player.swf?videoURL=http%3A%2F%2Fvid86.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fk90%2Fcrunchgear%2FApril%25202007%2F266b1f22.pbr&hostname=stream86.photobucket.com Nokia knows intelligent design. Not unlike God, who apparently formed bananas to fit gracefully into the human hand, Nokia pays close attention to its product life cycle. While many of the N-series phones… Read More

  • Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080: 100-inches of Pleasure


    Viewing pleasure that is! The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 was announced at the end of March, but Epson recently gave us a demo of the projector, which delivers picture resolutions up to 1080p at up to 120 inches in size at a price point of $2,999. And for the money, the high-def picture quality is impressive. This PowerLite actually uses 1,920×1,080 pixels on each of the… Read More

  • Apple TV Free-for-All

    I’ve been following the supposed Apple firmware anti-hack updates and I’m glad to say my refusal to post fifteen things about how Apple is against the hax0rs was validated by Engadget and a few other folks. In short, Apple doesn’t care what you do with your Apple TV — or any device, for that matter — but don’t come whining to the Genius Bar if you brick… Read More

  • iPod Saves a Soldier's Life in Iraq?

    An iPod saved a soldier’s life over in Iraq, or so the story goes. A picture of a destroyed iPod showed up on Flickr with a message saying that it was destroyed in a firefight between a U.S. soldier and some Iraqi miscreants. Supposedly an AK-47’s bullet tore through the soldier’s handy dandy iPod jacket pocket, where Apple’s little portable media player stopped the… Read More

  • Even Mossberg Can't Figure Out His PC

    This is a problem near and dear to my heart. I rarely test PCs and laptops anymore simply because it takes too long. Back when I worked at Laptop Magazine, the #3 best-selling tech magazine in the Honolulu airport, I had the pleasure of unboxing, starting up, and testing hundreds of models and every time I tried to run my tests I had to uninstall reams and reams of veritable crap. It was one… Read More