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  • MySpace Poised to Launch News Service, Includes Mobile Updates

    MySpace is launching a news service, using a very Digg-like voting format. While it works for sites like Digg, we have a feeling that the front page of will be nothing more than reports of how “OMG Staci is SUCH a b1tch!!!1!” It’s beta for now (like the rest of the Internets), but reports are saying it should launch sometime today. The real question is… Read More

  • Microsoft Calls iPhone "Irrelevant" For Business Use

    The story goes like this: A Microsoft smartphone strategist said the iPhone will be “irrelevant” to business users because there’s no support for Office and it’s a closed device. Chris Sorenson, who heads Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific smartphone strategy, said business users would be better sticking with Windows Mobile 6-based smartphones because they were developed… Read More

  • Mozilla Launches Thunderbird 2.0: Please Stop Ignoring It

    Plenty of us use Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser, but how many of you use Thunderbird, the company’s e-mail application? If you don’t, now would be a good time to give her a test drive since today Mozilla released version 2.0. Improvements include better, faster search, tagging and internal message alerts (kinda like Growl). Mozilla is the victim of its own success. Its… Read More

  • HD DVD Player For Less Than $200: Yes, Kinda, Maybe, Well Not So Much

    It all depends on how you do the math and whether you see getting $100 worth of HD DVDs for free is actually “saving” $100. Here’s how the deal works: Buy a Toshiba HD DVD player before the end of July 2007 (the first-gen HD-D1 sells for $290.41 on Amazon) and you get to pick five HD DVD titles (a $100 value!) to be sent to you for free (allow 8-10 weeks for processing).
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  • Valve's Steam Servers Possibly Hacked

    Russian hackers may have broken into Valve’s Steam servers, obtaining credit card numbers and other sensitive information. While Valve, the developer of Half-Life, has yet to confirm such shenanigans, the Russian hackers are already patting themselves on the back. Next-Gen contacted the black hats, who go by the names of “MaddoxX” and “cintX” (does every hacker… Read More

  • SimpleTech Drops Two Ginormously Tiny 3.5-inch SSD Drives

    SimpleTech announced a couple of 3.5-inch ginormous NAND storage drives and I think my heart skipped a beat. Do you really need a 3.5-inch 512GB or 256GB SSD drive? Probably not, but you could make a case for it. SimpleTech claims the Zeus-IOPS drives are 200 times faster at random transactional performance than a 15,000rpm enterprise HDD. Like Whoa! The 256GB drive is currently available and… Read More

  • Tassimo Premium Hands On

    What is a coffee maker doing in our Fitness by CrunchGear coverage? Well, as “information workers” we probably drink more coffee than water. As a result, our health — and mood — can be adversely effected by the dark sludge that everyone makes in the break room. In fact, one office I worked at had some sort of “mad coffee maker” who added cinnamon to every pot. Read More

  • AwkwardTV Brings 3rd-Party Apps To Apple TV

    The Apple TV has gone up one more notch in my book thanks to the AwkwardTV Loader. This simple plug-in displays any and all available third-party plug-ins on your Apple TV and it even lets you download them from the net! A lucky few have been chosen for this closed beta testing. Unfortunately, I was not one of them, but I’m keeping my eyes on AwkwardTV for more chances to get in on the fun. Read More

  • Is This The Zune Phone UI?

    Is this thing on? OK, does everyone remember the Zune Phone CG told you about? You do? Very good. Other than the fact that it was coming out and we didn’t know anything else about it, but it seems the patent monkeys have found the patent for the Zune Phone’s UI. The UI appears to be tiled and whatever it is you wish to see will be brought to the forefront whilst everything else… Read More

  • Mac Sales On A Roll For Q1

    According to research firm Gartner, Apple is doing better than anyone could have imagined. Thanks to the rusty launch of Windows Vista, Mac Sales have shot up almost 30% in the first quarter of 2007. Does this mean that Apple is finally swooping in and conquering 50% of the PC market? No, but it means Apple is not the same company it was 10, even 5 years ago. This new boost in Mac sales… Read More

  • Hey, You Three! Disney Mobile Is Rolling Out New Features!

    Good news for the few Disney Mobile subscribers out there. Looks like you’ll be getting some new features later this year. Some sound pretty useful actually, like a unique calendaring service that will allow parents to keep a web-based calendar that can push event alerts to family phones via SMS. Another service called Scout will also be debuting this year on Disney Mobile. Scout will… Read More

  • The Hardest Mario Level Ever As Played By Mel Brooks Apparently this came from a Chinese site and shows one of the hardest custom Mario levels ever. However, the best part is the voice-over by RubixsQube, who considers his work “performance art.” Turn down your speakers — NSFW. via BoingBoing Read More

  • The Futurist: Is Verizon Trying To Destroy Our Nation's Telephone Infrastructure?

    It wasn’t so long ago that the only way you could talk to your friend down the block was over a landline. In a flash, nearly the entire world became blessed with the gift of wireless, and cell phones became standard procedure. Today, if one so desires, they can eschew their rotary phone altogether, and go VoIP (if having just a mobile doesn’t cut it.) Such diversity and choice is… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Fitness Week Edition

    Barry Bonds will tell you: if you don’t take swings, you don’t hit home runs. In innovation, the same thing is rings true — you have to keep swinging until you hit a home run. In honor of Fitness Week, we’ll take a look at some of the leading fitness players, like Nike and Adidas, in terms of patented technology, and take a look into just how many swings… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson W999i Revealed

    As far as music phones go, I believe Sony Ericsson was and still is the only mobile phone manufacturer to get it done right. The Walkman-series phones are always beautifully designed, feature rich, and have great music playback capability. But now all that is history. Why? Look at that phone above. That is supposedly the rumored Sony Ericsson W999i Walkman phone. It looks absolutely stunning… Read More

  • No PS3 Price Drop In Sight; Firmware Updated To 1.70

    Despite being more than 2 million machines behind schedule in sales, Sony says it has no “specific plan to cut the PlayStation 3’s price.” The company has apparently pegged the system’s future to the success of Blu-ray: if Blu-ray fails to gain a foothold, the PS3 will be in a tough spot. While that may be what Sony is publicly saying, financial analysts say that… Read More

  • International, Jet-setting Playboy? Use Flyclear

    For those of us who fly frequently, we know that going through the security checkpoints over and over is a pain in the ass and a huge hassle for geeks due to our abundance of electronics on hand. Well if you’ve got $100 a year to shell out and are ready to pay a $28 one-time fee, try Flyclear for a change. This clear, credit-cardesque device allows you to speed through airport… Read More

  • Gateway Announces E-155C Tablet

    How Gateway is still around and turning a profit in 2007 is beyond me, but apparently they’re pulling it off somehow. The latest from the Gate’ is the E-155C convertible tablet PC. Some of the features include a 12.1-inch XGA rotating touchscreen, Intel Core 2 Duo ULV CPUs, 802.11a/b/g WiFi (what, no pre-N?), card reader, fingerprint reader, Firewire, and a DVD Burner. Nothing… Read More

  • Steampunk Goes RSS

    Forget traditional newsreaders like NetNewsWire and FeedBurner. Real men go for the gusto when it comes to tech and this Steampunk-inspired RSS telegraph machine is no exception. This beautifully designed machine will actually click out your RSS feeds Samuel Morse style. That’s right, it’s not just for show and tell, this damn thing will actually grab your RSS feeds via a… Read More

  • Diablo PC: Ugly and Powerful, but Mostly Ugly

    Not to be outdone by the garish showboating of Alienware, Smooth Creations (so smooth!) has debuted its Diablo PC line of gaming PCs. We’re not sure if there’s an actual name for the color of this thing, but ColorPicker’s closest match was “vomited banana and tequilla shooter”. The beast does have the goods under the hood, it’s a full-fledged gaming machine… Read More