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  • Netgear's EVA8000 Gains BitTorrent Support, Pricetag

    Rumors persist that Apple’s Apple TV will ship tomorrow, March 20, and while we’re excited to see what Apple can do to the American living room, there are some of us who are a little anxious about a few missing features from the device. DivX? Hardly. Read More

  • The Evolution of the Computer Mouse: As Excting As It Sounds

    Programmers may have no need for the computer mouse, but the rest of us do. Wired went through the trouble of going back in time some 45 years to see how the mouse has evolved from this hulking wooden device to an LCD-laden modern day clicker. Look for future mouse innovations like motion sensitivity (à la the Wiimote) and automatic color changing. The Evolution of the Computer… Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Entry #5: UMPC Train Pain


    Another entry in our Laptop Horror Stories contest. As I was standing on the platform with UMPC in hand I recieved a phone call from my girlfriend and stupidly decided to reach
    into my bag with my right hand to answer the phone while my Q1 was in my left hand. As the 2 train came into view the usual
    horde of people began sprinting to the train to get in first. Anyone who lives in any of the… Read More

  • Quicktime Update Adds Apple TV Support

    With the Apple TV finally starting to ship, future owners will gladly welcome the latest update to Quicktime. Buried inside all of Quicktime’s rich features is an an export option called “Export to Apple TV.” What does it do? It exports videos for your Apple TV in high-def so you can actually put that 42-inch Plasma to use. The feature will export videos to a 720×404… Read More

  • Netequality's True Plug And Play WiFi

    What do you get when a non-profit company slaps a wireless router inside a casing that plugs into a wall? Plug and play WiFi anyone? Netequality’s new box is designed for low-income families who can’t afford the internet. It works by integrating a Meraki wireless mesh router into an easier installation medium that costs just $79 and plugging DSL or Cable internet into one of the boxes. Read More

  • Toshiba Ready To Fight Back In The HD Format Wars


    Toshiba isn’t too happy about Sony claiming victory in the HD format wars. Deputy General Manager of HD DVD at Toshiba, Olivier Van Wynendaele, has stated the claims made by Blu-Ray backers are “propaganda”. Wynendaele has picked apart each claim and makes a sound argument for each point. The Blu-Ray Disc Association stated last week that their format was outselling HD 3:1… Read More

  • YouTube Creating Awards Show

    This video should win “most inspirational” for sure.
    Get ready people. Any random jackass (myself included) is going to have a shot at winning an award now that YouTube has created its own awards show. The first YouTube Video Awards will showcase user-content created back in 2006 and will be broken down to the following categories: most creative, most inspirational, best series… Read More

  • The Ultimate Geek Go Bag


    Last year, I built a mobile audio lab so I could do audio testing, recording, and writing on the go, but it quickly evolved into the geek’s ultimate travel pack. My particular setup is still slanted towards audio, but you can always adapt it to your specific needs. This is all stuff that can be kept in a small backpack, ready to go at a moment’s notice. Read More

  • LG Kompressor Vacuum Sucks Blocks

    Some of us love design and have to have top of the line everything. With that said, for those of you sick of your Dyson, you might want to check out LG’s new Kompressor vacuum cleaner. Small and compact, this thing looks pretty easy to stow away should company come over. The device features a unique cleaning system that turns everything sucked up into a massive block. It also comes with… Read More

  • National CrunchGear's Vacation: Travel for Geeks

    This week we’ll be running a series of articles on travel for geeks. Whether you’re headed to Fiji for some R&R or to Singapore to supervise a team of ADA programmers, geeks are on the go. With that in mind, we’ll be talking about packing, booking tickets, buying foreign gadgetry, and surviving jetlag and X’s Revenge where X={Montezuma, That Weird Thing on a Stick… Read More

  • Help Key: Home Recording, Part II

    I live in a neighborhood of burgeoning artists and musicians, and an endless stream of people ask me, “How do I set up a cheap, quick, and easy home recording studio?” I’ve actually got it down to a science at this point, so here it is. Keep in mind that your favorite indie rock band has probably used a less sophisticated setup. I recently spoke with Sam Endicott of The… Read More

  • NYC's Helio Flagship Store Coming Soon

    Helio’s newest flagship store has been spotted in NYC’s uber-trendy Soho. I’ve been watching the progression of this storefront for the last few months and it wasn’t until about three weeks ago that the ‘shed’ came up. For quite some time it was just a normal storefront that had been covered from the inside with just a Helio sticker logo. I’ve poked… Read More

  • Matchbox Concept Cellphone is Creator's Revenge Against Boring Phone Design

    The designer of this matchbox concept cellphone hates “hi-tech, hi-solution, colorful, sleek, pretty…” cellphones, but admits that he can’t just not use a cellphone. So, rather than complain until he’s blue in the face, he threw together this odd looking cellphone. Its name derives from the way it opens: rather than flip open like so many others, it slides open… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: In 3-D!

    Patent Monkey: Digital 3D Photography Preparing for Internet Viewing
    Mickey Mouse iPod nano
    TMNT on XBox Live
    Twirl-a-Squirrel
    Samsung Coming Out With Robot Gun To Protect Its South Korean Homeland Read More

  • Portable Speakers Play Your Theme Song

    Still in the concept stage, these portable speakers from Yanko Design feature an elastic fabric sock and nylon hanging/carrying strap tucked away in the bottom half of the device. Volume is controlled by twisting the two halves of the sphere, and the speakers are meant to be hung on various things like backpacks or tents The designer, Jacob Palmborg, said that the speakers will make it… Read More

  • GadgetTrak Relaunched as Paid Service

    GadgetTrak has relaunched as a paid subscription service that gives users the ability to track down stolen gadgets using social-engineering software installed on the gadget’s memory. The service, which I posted about last month, involves installing a piece of software on the device’s memory that, when plugged in and accessed, secretly reports the location, IP address, computer name… Read More

  • Samsung Q1 Ultra Walk Through

    I was avoiding the Samsung Q1 this week simply because I think the form-factor is a failure. However, Vincent at SlashGear offers up this easy-to-digest video so we’ll have at it. via SlashGear Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Reminder

    Hello, kiddies… welcome to the Crypt of Laptop Horror Stories (TM). You have until next Monday, 12pm EST, to send me your worst laptop horror stories — how your laptop fell into a toilet, how your Gateway exploded on your granny’s lap — and you could win one of three beautiful prizes. Koss Cobalt Bluetooth Headphones One of two RhinoSkin 13″ MacBook Cases in Black… Read More

  • Cute Kid Makes PSP Play Wii

    A great video of a kid making his PSP play Wii games using Sony’s Location Free player. Sure, it’s a cheap hack, but this kid is quite charming in his efforts. He’s got a 6 second delay on this, which is quite annoying, and but he’s humble. And he calls himself Obiwan22, for Christ’s sake. How much cuter can you get? Kid takes PSP and makes it play Wii [Engadget] Read More

  • FastMac TruePower 65-Watt Power Adapter Gets Run Over By A Car And Still Works!

    FastMac has announced a nearly indestructible power adapter for Apple PowerBook G4 and iBook owners. The TruePower 65-watt AC adapter provides constant wattage that equals or exceeds other Apple branded adapters. It’s compatible with all PowerBook G4 models including Aluminum and Titanium as well as iBook G3 and G4s. It may just look like your run-of-the-mill power adapter, but it’s… Read More