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  • Iran to Filter “Immoral” Messages Sent on Phones

    If you’re planning to visit the Persian paradise that is Iran you might want to watch what you send from your phone. This past weekend Iran’s Telecommunications Ministry announced that it would start to filter “immoral” video and audio messages sent via mobile handsets. The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, which was set up after the 1979 Islamic revolution… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Sledgehammer Edition

    Peter Gabriel Offers DRM Free Music on We7
    LG + Cirque de Soleil = Quidam
    WTF was Sony Thinking?! NSFW
    Help Key: Burning Discs, Not Coasters
    NeuroSky, Yet Another Brainwave Gaming Startup Read More

  • CrunchGear HiFi Reader Response Continues


    Today marks the first day of the second week of our CrunchGear HiFi series. We have a few more reviews and features coming so stay tuned for all of that. In addition to some great content, we’re also running an audio inspired reader response series. What is on the line, you ask? Good question: Read More

  • 45 More Reasons To Play With Your Wii This Summer

    Already bored with your Wii games? Afraid you might actually have to go outside this summer? Fear not, your pasty-white skin is safe from the sun. Nintendo worldwide president Satoru Iwata announced today that 45 new Wii titles will be ready for purchase in the second quarter of 2007. And then there’s the online gaming! Pokemon Battle Revolution and Mario Strikers Charged are the first… Read More

  • PS3 Gets Price Cut

    There is no actual confirmation from Sony that the PS3 will see a price cut anytime soon, but increased output of blue-violet diodes hints at future price cuts. Production of the diode — a key ingredient of the PS3’s Blu-ray drive — is currently at 1.7 million a month and Sony is now prepared to up that to 5 million which will decrease Sony’s materials cost which… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Elite Not So Elite After All

    I’ll agree with Nicholas on the fact that the Elite doesn’t deserve an 8.5 rating just because it’s black, has a 120GB HDD and HDMI. Microsoft is continuing its quest to screw us from all sides and pinch us for money every chance it gets. Ben over at Ars Technica learned just how bad the situation is first-hand. Read More

  • Peter Gabriel Offers DRM Free Music on We7


    Former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel partnered up with MediaGraft to launch a new music service on Sunday offering music downloads that are free of DRM and cost you nothing. Free music that’s free of DRM and the artists are getting paid? There has to be a catch, I mean, this is too good to be true, isn’t it? Of course it is, but it’s a step in the right direction. The… Read More

  • Skype Yer Mom

    Skype (my favoritest Internet communications service for voice, text and video owned by eBay) and Intel (my favoritest chipset company that starts with the letter “I”) are teaming up this Mother’s Day (May 13, 2007), giving users in the U.S. and Canada free SkypeOut calls to any landline or mobile number around the world. The “Gift of Gab” promotion, as… Read More

  • You, TV, Electric Bills And You

    It stands to reason that the larger your TV set gets the more power it sucks from the socket and the higher your electric bill will be. Of course this also raises your cost of ownership, something few people take into consideration when buying a new TV. As you can see in the chart I swiped from CNET’s TV power consumption quick guide, running your average plasma TV requires 328 watts… Read More

  • Sony Vaio Laptops Leaked

    I really love the Interwebs. It makes my day go by so much faster. A few Notebook Review forum members did some digging around the European Sony site and uncovered the latest VAIO laptops. Five different lines will be unveiled for July and they sure sound great. An 11.1-inch TZ, 13.3-inch SZ5 and two new 15.4-inch FZ are set to debut along with rumors of a 13.3-inch CZ and 14-inch CR… Read More

  • Xbox 360 GPU Slims Down For Fall

    Now that the Elite buzz is laid to rest with the US launch today, rumors are buzzing around about a possible switch to smaller, cooler, cheaper 65nm Xenos GPUs for the Fall. Now, the source is China-based Commercial Times so I’m going out on a limb and saying this could be the biggest rumor…today. Sources were cited as saying an engineering version had been shipped and that… Read More

  • NeuroSky, Yet Another Brainwave Gaming Startup

    Gaming via brainwaves is the next logical step in the evolution of gaming, but I didn’t think it was this close to becoming a reality. Emotiv was the first real glimpse I had into the future of brainwave gaming and I was fairly impressed. OCZ showcased the Neural Impulse Actuator at CeBit and that seemed to be the closest thing we’d have to real brainwave gaming for a while, but… Read More

  • SlingPlayer v1.0 For Your Mac Released Today

    Sling Media has announced that v1.0 for Mac users will be available for download today at 3PM EST. Version 1.0 includes remote controls on the side that look so life-like, pretty cool, huh? SlingPlayer for “Mac v. 1.0 is an Aqua® application and adheres to Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines.” Sling gave thanks to the Mac community for helping them mold the overall appeal so… Read More

  • iSkins' Urbany, Outdoorsy iPod Clothing Accessories

    With summertime right around the corner, I’m sure all you active people will be wanting to enjoy the outside (bloggers have no such luxury), iPod included. iPod accessory maker iSkins has three new Urbany ways to integrate your iPod (or cellphone or whatever) with your wardrobe. The first is the Grooverider, which, apparently, brings you “into the supernatural world of… Read More

  • Five Super Fantastic Mac Mods

    My recent switch to a Mac has been a surprising and fun-filled transition from Windows machines. I feel pretty dumb for not having made the switch sooner. But after some time you start to get bored and you need to find new ways to make your toys interesting again and the best way to do that is to mod the living bejeezus out of it. Now, I don’t mod things very much because of my twitch… Read More

  • Really, is the Xbox 360 Elite Worthy of an 8.5 Rating?

    The Xbox 360 Elite should be rolling into you local video game store right about now, and reviews have already started to hit the many tubes that make up the Internets. CNET’s is just as good as any, but they review kind of weird. At least, not how I would have done it. Read More

  • Trouble in Wii World? Virtual Console Sales Slowing

    So this might be a bit of a stretch, but the highly respected Wired pontificates that sales on Nintendo’s Virtual Console aren’t as good as they should be. Some 3.3 million games have been sold on the VC since its launch, which is actually up from 1.5 million back in January. The problem, Virginia, is that sales haven’t grown fast enough. With the Wii still damn near… Read More

  • Breaking: Sony Will Investigate Promotional Dead Goat Event

    You may have read about Sony’s recent use of a decapitated goat during a God of War II press event and how people, generally, are anti-decapitated goat used for marketing purposes. Sony now says the event was of “unsuitable nature,”—corporate speak for “we done messed up”—and that the company will investigate what went wrong and how it happened. In… Read More

  • V12's Brionvega Alpha TV Retro Concept Makes Me Glad I Didn't Live in the 1950s

    It was bound to happen: a concept piece of electronics that I don’t like. (Compare that sentiment with previous ones, sirs.) This Alpha TV, designed by V12 Design, reeks of Brionvega, an Italian TV manufacturer from the Old Days. First, the color of the Alpha TV is just atrocious—it reminds of the SNICK couch and its metallic accents just look 1950s malt shoppe tacky. I understand… Read More

  • Schools Use DDR to Cure Fat Kids

    Kids are fat these days. Kids also like to play video games more than they like to play regular teams sports like basketball or football. Light bulb! By getting kids to play Dance Dance Revolution at schools across the country, physical education teachers are helping the younglings lose weight. More than 1,500 schools are poised to have installed the game before the end of the decade… Read More