• New gaming keyboard from Logitech: the G13

    I was just thinking it was about time for Logitech to drop some new gaming gear on us. Maybe they were just waiting for the billionth mouse fanfare to die down. Now, I hope you weren’t expecting a regular-style keyboard, because I kind of was, and now I’m a little… not disappointed, but weirded out. It’s a freaky, cool-looking device, and Logitech’s standards… Read More

  • Amazon EC2 Now Available In Europe

    We learned something today: Amazon EC2 wasn’t available in Europe up until today. That’s news to us, because we thought it already was. Amazon Web Services just released a statement announcing that European developers and businesses can now run their Amazon EC2 instances locally. With today’s launch, European developers and businesses with European customers can take advantage… Read More

  • Microsoft's Dan'l Lewin talks BizSpark at LeWeb

    Anything Microsoft does is looked at through a prism cut from the glass of the company that Gates built. The days of the anti-trust trial, Hailstorm, and the browser wars may seem far away, but not for the Netscapes and Novells who foundered in the face of the Windows and Office steamroller. Yet refugees of those wars have reinvented themselves in the new world of the social network, most… Read More

  • Yahoo To Close Brickhouse By End Of Year

    Yahoo Brickhouse, the two year old San Francisco based Yahoo business unit to foster new product development, is to be shut down by the end of the year, says a source. The announcement may be as early as Wednesday. The unit has managed to launch some quality (or at least thought provoking) applications like Pipes, FireEagle, Live (deadpooled) and BravoNation. But Brickhouse has also had a… Read More

  • New Wii versions have mod-chip countermeasures

    Well played, Nintendo. With this stout defense, you have thwarted forever the aspirations of the evil modders. After all, how will a community of seasoned professionals with a deep understanding of your console’s systems get past this minor obstacle? Truly you have fundamentally interrupted the never-ending cycle described above in figure A. Either that, or there will be new… Read More

  • Finally! An anti-radiation sticker for phones!

    If you’ve been worried about getting too much electromagnetic radiation from your cell phone, you can finally take off that tinfoil hat! A Belgian firm has announced that they have finally created a gadget that blocks your phone’s harmful rays, or “signal.” Supposedly, their little dime-sized sticker will emit “a quantum physical information wave” to… Read More

  • Open Handset Alliance gains 14 new buddies

    Google’s Open Handset Alliance, the ever-growing group of companies willing to work with or produce Android phones, has just swelled its ranks with 14 major companies. Sony Ericsson, Asustek, Atheros, ARM, Toshiba and more have all agreed to get busy with Google’s open mobile OS. That’s good news for everybody, really. Now don’t go expecting a flood of Android phones in… Read More

  • Practice safe photography.. aways use protection!

    Fresh out of Japan, is the new SNUG iT PRO from Delkin. Now, you might have seen other, similar silicone camera cases from other companies, but what makes this one slightly more exciting is that it’s one of the first brands to support the Nikon D90 and Canon 50D. It’s scheduled to be released into the wilds of Japan on December 19th, however there is no word as of yet about the U.S. Read More

  • Scientists: NVIDIA put faulty solder in new MacBook Pros

    This is exactly what I feared might happen when I heard Apple was moving to a full NVIDIA solution, complete with the faulty parts that caused so many other mobile setups to croak. A very thorough article at the Inquirer, based on analysis of a new MacBook Pro teardown by parties who wish to remain anonymous, shows that the solder bumps used in at least their test MBP are in fact the… Read More

  • Contest: MobileCrunch is giving away $50 dollar gift cards all week

    When Virgin Mobile acquired Helio, they also acquired a fat stack of 50 dollar Prepaid AmEx cards that were originally intended for Helio promotions. I assume it was kind of like finding a $20 in a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a long time, except it was a whole bunch of pieces of plastic worth $50 each. Rather than filling the Virgin Mobile offices with PS3s, they figured our… Read More

  • Dell's cheap li'l 19-inch monitor: budget or bargain?

    If you’re looking for a smaller, cheaper monitor to extend your desktop or use as a simple secondary display, there are lots of budget options available. Dell makes some really nice high-end monitors, but are they the ones to go for if you’ve only got $250 in your pocket? It seems to me that the 1909W makes too many sacrifices: at 1440×900 it’s barely high-res enough… Read More

  • Review: Mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G

    Mophie’s Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G is without a doubt a must-have if you can swallow the high price tag of $100. But I’d gladly pay the extra $100 knowing that I can leave the office or my apartment and gallivant around town without fear of having to find a power outlet by mid-day. Read More

  • Mini-Review: Acme Made camera case

    There isn’t too much to talk about here, but this gorgeous little case from Acme Made deserves a look from anybody looking for an expensive but lovely little gift for a spouse or lady friend. Pictures and such after the break. Read More

  • Inappropriate Drink Name of the Day

    We reviewed a bottle of tequila a little while ago and they just contacted us with some handy tips for holiday entertaining. One of the recipes? Maestro’s Moment of Clarity
    2 oz Maestro Dobel Tequila
    ¾ oz simple syrup
    2 oz dashed Regan’s orange bitters In a pint glass, add all spirits and mixers. With a bar spoon stir for 20-30 sec. Strain into a cocktail glass. For garnish: with… Read More

  • Using "six degrees of separation" could lessen network congestion

    To ease the effects of increasing congestion on networks, researchers are looking to a 1960s sociology experiment that could hold the key to better Internet routing. Internet routers are currently using the border gateway protocol (BGP) standard to map out the path that data takes. BGP requires each router to store a list of network addresses (aka routing table) which tells it where to… Read More

  • Handy chart for understanding aspect ratio and resolution

    This chart might be a nice thing to print out and take with you next time you’re shopping for a new TV or monitor. What are we to make of terms like “WSVGA” and “UHD”? Tell the man to give it to you in pixels. Click for the full size. Read More

  • Review: Fastmac TruePower U-Charge universal charger

    If you have multiple batteries for your (post-1997) Apple laptop and prefer not to tote around multiple power adapters then Fastmac may have a solution for you. The U-Charge is a lightweight, cost effective, and compact charger for iBooks, PowerBooks, MacBooks and MacBook Pros, with a nice little bonus feature: it can charge a battery without the help of a laptop. No more swapping batteries… Read More

  • How did I miss this? Warcraft 3 + Multi-Touch = awesome

    What the hell, this looks amazing. I simply cannot wait until I literally pound on my enemies in order to attack. And as you can see, it’s no weak application of the touchscreen interface: he’s dragging, he’s using multiple fingers, and I’m sure a competent developer (Blizzard, for instance) would be quite capable of mapping abilities, shortcuts, and so on to… Read More

  • Facebook's fbFund Names Winners of $225,000 Grants

    Facebook has just named the five winners of $225,000 cash grants from the second round of its fbFund, a joint venture between Facebook, Accel, and Founders Fund meant to cultivate and reward excellent applications on Facebook Platform. The winners: GroupCard, Kontagent, MouseHunt, Weddingbook, and Wildfire. fbFund was announced by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at last year’s… Read More

  • Uh oh: Guitar Hero sales may have peaked

    Activision may have a slight problem on its hands what with Guitar Hero: World Tour not selling too well. The latest numbers, as one analyst from Electronic Entertainment Design and Research has interpreted for us, suggest that Guitar Hero sales may have peaked. (Please note the distinction between Guitar Hero and “music games;” no one is saying that music games are dead.) This is… Read More

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