• Gears of War PC mass breakage

    If you’re one of the few people that hasn’t played and beaten the first Gears of War (I’m looking at you, self), you may have to wait a little longer if you get the hankering to do so on the PC. The game’s executable included a provision for online cheat detection, which relied on digital signatures that recently expired. EPIC has an ugly fix (reminiscent of the… Read More

  • Pocket Shark! Pocket Shark!

    It’s a pen. It’s a knife. It’s a pen. Relax, it’s both a pen AND a knife. Cold Steel, makers of fine instruments of death and dismemberment, are offering up a new line of, um… pens. The Pocket Shark (no relation to the Pocket Rocket) is a must have item for, you know, seriously injuring someone and then signing autographs afterward. Or on a slow day, you could just use… Read More

  • AdventureDrop's Beta Version Not Very Adventurous

    Start up AdventureDrop is launching what seems to be a very, very rough beta version of its wiki-based travel portal focused on providing an easy way to find adventure travel by location and activity. The site’s wiki platform allows others to edit, add and share adventures with the community. AdventureDrop currently only features somewhat dull U.S. travel adventures. For example, if you do… Read More

  • Obama inauguration draws attention to cellphone jamming (again)

    President Obama’s inauguration last month has brought cellphone jamming technology into the limelight, if that’s the word to use, once again. The Washington Post reports that Federal authorities were jamming cellphones left and right for the duration of the event, and now state and local authorities want to be grated the same leeway. As you probably know, cellphone jamming is… Read More

  • Gefen HDMI extender extends HDMI, makes sandwiches

    Getting an HDMI signal from one side of the room to the other is difficult, particularly if you live in an apartment. You can run long cables around the room, and risk tripping over them, you can run a long cable through the attic, or under the floor, but most people end up just moving their components over by the TV. Gefen is hoping you’ll go with their solution, although it is… Read More

  • Start saving up for this glass pool table

    If you’ve been cursing the standard felt and slate pool table concept ever since you started playing, perhaps it’s time to consider the G-1 Glass Top Pool Table from Australia’s Nottage Design. It’ll only set you back a little over $25,000. Read More

  • New Rubik’s game coming, no easy way to cheat due to lack of stickers

    The inventor of the Rubik’s Cube is set to unveil his newest creation, Rubik’s 360, later this week. An early look at the new game shows no discernable stickers that can be peeled off and rearranged, meaning I’ll definitely never be able to solve it. Read More

  • D-Pad Hero: The franchise finally hits the NES

    If you’ve been itching to try the latest musical Rhythm games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, but haven’t had the chance to buy a new console since the 80s, this is for you. D-Pad Hero takes all the fun and excitement of the popular instrument-based games and crams it into a 256KB ROM. Check out the playlist after the jump. Read More

  • How much are you worth on Twitter?

    So there’s this site Out There called TwitterValue. It allegedly measures how much your Tweets are worth, based on a super-secret “Ph.D algorithm.” Our guess is that it takes into account the number of followers you have, how frequently you tweet, how many @replies you get, etc. Being the vainglorious nerds that we are here at CG, we decided to see how much our Tweets are worth. Read More

  • Bluetooth webcam just for Macs

    Maybe I’m missing the point, but why would you need a bluetooth webcam for your Mac if they already come with one built in? Maybe you want to be able to look out the window while you are trapped at your computer. I guess you could watch the baby, too, but the window is a lot more interesting. Read More

  • The power of Gabriel compels you to stream radio

    After the joy of Spotify was somewhat alloyed this week, there’s some good news for streaming music fans. Smart recommendation and discovery site The Filter, backed by Peter Gabriel, has struck a deal with the ad-supported music download service We7 – er… also backed by Peter Gabriel – to stream its music catalogue, essentially creating what sounds like highly… Read More

  • Fail: Indian W2M satellite

    W2M, the first satellite to come out of a European/Indian joint venture signed in February 2006, was launched on December 20 for Paris-based Eutelsat. On the evening of January 22, a major malfunction occurred with the power system, prompting the Indian Space Research Organization to declare the satellite a failure. Engineers will continue to try to revive some portion of the satellite… Read More

  • TechCrunch Interviews Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg At Davos

    We saved the best for last. Below is our interview with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week. Sandberg, who says this is her first video interview since joining Facebook in March 2008, talks with me for about nine minutes about the conference and the state of Facebook. Sandberg has attended six World Economic Forum events at Davos over the… Read More

  • TweetBowl Taps Into Twitter To Find The Super Bowl's Real Winners (The Ads)

    This year’s game may have been unusually thrilling, but the fact of the matter is that most people tune in to watch the Super Bowl for the ads (and an excuse to gorge on beer and chips). For this year’s event a number of groups tapped into Twitter to try to get a real-time perspective on how each ad fared. One of the more impressive reports was put together by SocialMedia, an… Read More

  • Milabra: B2B Image Recognition Service Learns To Find Anything From 'Puppies To Porn'

    Milabra, a new image recognition company offering other websites a B2B solution, has launched to the public. In conjunction with the launch, the company has also announced a $1.4 million funding round with a number of private investors contributing. Milabra’s engine is capable of identifying a broad range of images, “from puppies to porn” (their words), and can be applied in… Read More

  • It's almost Valentine's Day; do you know where your stripper pole is?

    If you’re like me, you’re always misplacing that pesky stripper pole. And after you went to all that trouble to have the man install it! No worries, my dears, Peekaboo has got you covered. Their home stripper pole kit (with DVD!) will make sure your February 14th goes off just as planned. I’ve also got your sexy music inside. Woudn’t want to miss that, would you? Read More

  • Latest ‘blizzcast’ reveals other planned Hero Classes for Wrath of the Lich King

    Blizzard released one of its infrequent podcasts (or, “blizzcasts”) at the weekend wherein several people involved with the creation of Wrath of the Lich King discussed the game, its development, the reception to it, etc. The podcast is only about 40 minutes long, so it’s not like it’s a huge time commitment. Read More

  • It Turns Out Zecco's Free Trading Model Isn't Such A Good Idea

    We outlined three points in 2006 on why Zecco’s free trading model raised some red flags. Unsurprisingly, the discount online brokerage firm has been forced to change its pricing structure due to the economic crisis. Over the years, the zero commission brokerage service increased the minimum asset balance to $2,500 and decreased free trades from 40 to 10. Now the company is putting… Read More

  • Comcast offers $5 for Super Bowl penis peep show? That's it?

    It seems that Comcast is trying to quickly sweep its Super Bowl porn broadcast under the rug. According to an unsubstantiated claim on Consumerist, the company is offering Tucson, AZ subscribers $5 off their next bill for their unwanted porn experience. But a one time $5 credit? Really? Did they see the video? Read More

  • The Super Bowl economic stimulus should result in 2.6 million HDTV sold

    The Super Bowl is a major economic force and should cause 2.6 million HDTVs sold this year – or so says the CEA. After all, it is the biggest football game of the year and people love an excuse to gather. No doubt some used the digital switch or so-called liquidation sales as an excuse to plop down money on a swanky new HDTV. Read More

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