• iPhone Game Review: LEGO Batman: Gotham City Games

    (For the record – Batman would kick Superman’s ass.) I was excited for Warner Bros., DC Comics and CobraMobile’s LEGO Batman: Gotham City Games for the iPhone. Then I finished it within 10 minutes. Read More

  • Vibrating glove to augment kids' piano lessons

    The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (redundant?) has come up with an interesting gadget that works as both hand rehabilitation aid and keyboard tutor. The “Mobile Music Touch” is essentially a glove with a motor in each finger which vibrates when that finger needs to play a note. It’s intended as a therapeutic tool for patients undergoing rehabilitation, but it can… Read More

  • Sony and the fall of the PSP

    Joel at BBG writes a stirring piece on the PSP and its promise. I remember Joel IMing me back in 2005 while he was standing in the hot sun in line at E3 to see Sony’s vaunted handheld – “Sony gave me cancer” – and how excited we all were when we first saw this bugger. Now, however, my PSP is basically a retro-gaming box with a wide range of potential piracy… Read More

  • Vizio is done with plasma TVs, has the world gone mad?

    Vizio, a long time favorite brand of bargain hunters and geeks alike, has stopped slapping their logo on plasma TVs. Plus, there is no plan to order more once the current inventory runs outs. The cut is, of course, due to plamsa’s poor sales in comparison to the companies LCD sales. Which is, of course, due to poor consumer information and as bright as the sun’s surface showrooms. Read More

  • FrugalMechanic Gets A Tune-Up With A New Round Of Funding

    Start-up FrugalMechanic.com, an online product search engine for auto parts, received seed funding for an undisclosed amount from Seattle venture capital firm Founder’s Co-Op. The fund typically invests between $250,000 to $500,00 in start-ups. FrugalMechanic, like a Froogle for auto parts, has gained a niche following of mechanics and consumers as a nifty price comparison tool in the… Read More

  • Video: Zero Punctuation used to like games, namely Thief

    Here’s this week’s Zero Punctuation, embedded here just in case you happen to be browsing our front page and can’t be bothered to type “z-e-r-o [space] p-u-n-c-t-u-a-t-i-o-n” in your browser’s search bar. This week, the gentleman reviews the old school PC game Thief. Read More

  • Palm OS, she is dead

    Palm CEO Ed Colligan just pulled the plug on Palm OS, destroying the hopes and dreams of millions of Palm lovers around the world. As a former Palm programmer, let me tell you that this news saddens yet cheers me: Palm OS is in a better place now. Colligan also mentions that the Pre will have an app store and Palm will have no control over the content. The Pre will hit other carriers in 2010… Read More

  • Unofficial iPhone app gives you turn-by-turn directions

    xGPS is an app for jailbroken iPhones that simulates turn-by-turn voice navigation. A current version without vocalizations is available now but this new version is pretty darn neat. It works with external GPS devices and uses speech synthesis to read out directions in a voice evocative of Johnny 5 in Short Circuit. Read More

  • Intel to spend $7 billion on U.S. plants

    Over the next two years, Intel plans to invest in 32nm manufacturing plants at a cost of $7 billion. The current plan is to upgrade facilities in Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico, and the company estimates that they’ll be able to create 7,000 new jobs. Intel’s 32nm production focuses on Westmere in 2009, with more chips to follow in 2010. Read More

  • More BlackBerry Storm firmware updates leak out

    Man, BlackBerry Storm users are gettin’ the unofficial goods left and right as of late. While the rest of us get to wait for updates to pass through weeks of carrier certification, it seems like someone is leaking these Storm firmware updates every time the code looks stable. This latest leak bumps the (unofficial) version numbers up to OS 4.7.0.106 for the BlackBerry Storm 9500 (GSM) and… Read More

  • (Chevy) Autobots, roll out!

    Revealed today at the Chicago auto show is Chevy’s full lineup of vehicles in the upcoming sequel to last year’s blockbuster hit “Transformers.” There are four new characters this go around that include a concept Corvette, the Volt and two other concepts. I’m going to nap till June 26th like a bear. Someone wake me up the day before. Check out the three videos… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Debaufre 44mm Aviators on sale

    You can pick up some beefy aviators for not much money over at Debaufre. This Nav-B 44mm with ETA movement, for example, is my personal favorite. It’s selling for $373.75. Read More

  • Google Raises The Social Bar With New Friend Connect Feature

    Google is now making it easier for Websites to surface Friend Connect features with what it is calling the Social Bar. This is a toolbar that Websites can add to their homepage or any other page they wish, and then they can add links for drop-down gadgets that lets site visitors do things such as sign in via Friend Connect, see who else has signed in recently, check out comments, or site… Read More

  • So you wanna be an iPhone developer?

    Making the jump from user to developer isn’t always an easy thing to do, and usually requires some specific motivation — a problem to solve, or a market to satisfy. I’ve dabbled with various kinds of programming for years, but have never really considered myself a developer. Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android platforms are, I think, making really compelling… Read More

  • Western Europe Stimulates Worldwide Growth In Mobile Porn

    Juniper Research released a report today that claims that the global mobile market for adult content grew by around 36 percent, to an estimated $2.2 billion, in 2008. Juniper also estimated that the market will be worth $4.9 billion by 2013, largely dominated by increased demand for video-chat services. Demand for mobile adult content seems to growing at a fast pace since the research… Read More

  • Video: What would Halo look like if it were played like Final Fantasy

    Ha! This here video, which must have taken some time to put together (I have a new respect for video editing post-Comic Con), shows what Halo would look like if it were a traditional JRPG à la Final Fantasy. Read More

  • Western Europe Stimulates Worldwide Growth In Mobile Porn

    Juniper Research released a report today that claims that the global mobile market for adult content grew by around 36 percent, to an estimated $2.2 billion, in 2008. Juniper also estimated that the market will be worth $4.9 billion by 2013, largely dominated by increased demand for video-chat services. Demand for mobile adult content seems to growing at a fast pace since the research… Read More

  • 681 stations to turn off analog broadcast on 2/17

    As soon as Obama signs the DTV Delay Bill into law, the original DTV switch will become optional until June 12, but that isn’t stopping 681 television stations from making the switch. The FCC is stating that those stations make up 40% of the US’s total broadcasters which probably means a lot of markets will experience partial shut-offs. Hopefully this will get fat and lazy… Read More

  • Google Book Settlement Site Is Up; Paying Authors $60 Per Scanned Book

    Last October, Google signed a $125 million settlement with the Author’s Guild to pay authors for copyrighted works it has scanned and made available on the Web through its Google Book Search project. More than 7 million books have been scanned by Google so far, a large portion of them out of print. Today, the Google Book Settlement site went up, which allows authors and other… Read More

  • Japan gets the iriver P20 portable media player

    iriver yesterday announced Japan will get their P20 [JP], a new PMP, on February 27. The problem: Only 200 Japanese buyers will be able to lay their hands on the player and iriver didn’t say anything about a possible release outside Nippon. The Korean company first showcased the device last summer during the IFA 2008 exhibition in Berlin. It features 80GB of storage, a 4.1-AMOLED… Read More

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