• Microsoft commercial with Bill Gates, Jerry Seinfeld

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=microsoft.flv Here’s that commercial we told you about earlier – the first in the series of ads for Microsoft’s $300 million campaign to help prop up Windows Vista. I just grabbed it off my TV while watching the Giants/Redskins game. While this ad doesn’t really tell us anything about Microsoft or its products, it does… Read More

  • JBL makes speakers wireless, pretty

    Once again, friends, into the breach. JBL has just released some speakers, a wireless subwoofer kit, and a wireless speaker kit that will have you singing in the aisles of your local Best Buy when they’re finally launched. The WEM-1 is a wireless speaker kit for $359 and is available in September. The subwoofers, ES250PW and ES150PW cost $729 and $599 respectively include a little… Read More

  • Infinity releases wireless subwoofer and high end speakers for the wireless subwoofer and high end speaker loving set

    Infinity has released the Prelude Forty speakers – $6,000 each, natch – and a wireless subwoofer line that starts a $549. The PSW310W costs $1,199. The subwoofers include a compact transmitter and can be placed anywhere in the room. The speakers, obviously, use ceramics, metals, and all kinds of audio mumbo-jumbo to make noises that are clearly worth $6,000 each. All models are… Read More

  • Microsoft Ads: First Phase To "Engage Consumers, Spark Conversation"

    So the tech and geek crowd is a little underwhelmed by the new $300 million Microsoft advertising campaign featuring Jerry Seinfeld that kicked off tonight. It’s mostly content free, with just one mention of Microsoft near the end. It’s a far cry from the brilliant Microsoft v. mac ads that Apple has run over the years. So what’s the deal? In an email we’ve obtained… Read More

  • Back to School: Booze

    Ok, you’re supposed to be a grownup now. What are doing still drinking that Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill? In fact, what were you doing drinking that ever? You should be ashamed of yourself. You probably clicked on this link thinking you would get some good booze advice. Well, you were right and you were wrong. Instead of telling you what to drink, I’m going to tell you what… Read More

  • Secretive Storage Company Dropbox Took Sequoia Funding in 2007

    Dropbox is one of those infuriating startups that just won’t show us much of what they’re up to beyond the basic user experience (see video). We first saw them at Y Combinator demo day in August 2007, and talked to them again in March when they went into private beta. It looks like Sequoia was on them fast though. Last September, we’ve learned, the company raised a small… Read More

  • Integra rolls out the surprisingly affordable DBS-6.9 Blu-ray player

    Integra tends to put out very nice, abet pricey AV equipment, so the CE companies first Blu-ray players low price surprised the CEDIA out of me. According to one of their product minions, the DBS-6.9 is going to hit all Integra distribution channels for $599. Expect the normal Blu-ray tech of HDMI 1.3a output, bitstream compatibility, and unfortunately Profile 1.1. Sorry, no BD Live… Read More

  • NVIDIA and AMD are the Hummers of the tech industry

    While the world oohs and ahhs to tiny laptops and green benchmarks, there is a sort of blind eye turned to the excesses of extreme gamers. This interesting article points out that as everyone else is going lighter, smaller, and more efficient, video cards are getting bigger, guzzling power, and even multiplying themselves. A cutting edge card will draw nearly 300W at maximum, which is what we… Read More

  • Wixi's Media-Centric Social Webtop Launches To The Public

    Wixi, the social filesharing network that debuted at TechCrunch40, has finally been released to the public. The site offers a media-centric virtual desktop that allows users to play their media files from any computer that supports Flash, and also serves as a service for file sharing between friends. Any users that sign up by October 1 will get unlimited storage for life, while members… Read More

  • Calacanis, Arrington Talk TechCrunch50 On TechTicker

    TechTicker’s Sarah Lacy interviewed Jason Calacanis and Michael Arrington about the upcoming TechCrunch50 conference. The first two segments are up. In the first segment, Lacy talks to the two about the origins of the conference and why they are so determined to end payola in tech events: “The conference is back on Sept. 8 and now dubbed TechCrunch50 for the 52 companies debuting… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch: live pics of the $1,199 Profile 1.1 Yamaha Blu-ray player

    I don’t get it. A ‘new’ $1,199 Blu-ray player that doesn’t support the latest Blu-ray standard. The player leaked out a few weeks ago, so there really isn’t anything here but some gadget pr0n. It might look nice, but without BD Live, who in their right mind will buy it? Read More

  • CablesToGo offers USB to VGA kit

    The USB to VGA Adapter Kit from CablesToGo uses Ultra-Wide Band technology to transmit VGA video over wirelessly over USB to a VGA out port to a television. You can connect a PC to one end and then transmit the 720p video to a television up to 30 feet away. No pricing, it seems, but makes a nice addition to the wireless USB to VGA Pantheon currently populated by IOGEAR. Read More

  • Hands-on with Nyko's Wing Wii controller and Mega Man 9

    I’m here in San Francisco today, eating delicious appetizers and playing Mega Man 9. Jealous? I thought so. I’ve also put my sweaty fingerprints all over their shiny new Wings, the wireless controller that Nyko is hoping will take the place of many gamers’ Wii classic controllers. Read on for impressions and more pictures, including Mega Man 9‘s title screen. Read More

  • Spore reviews are in, Editor's Choice awards all-around

    I may not understand the appeal of Spore but our very own Greglet (Greg Kumparak) had this to say, No matter what anyone says, Spore will be successful. It’ll sell a shit ton of copies, and eat thousands upon thousands of hours that would be better focused on the real world. Gaming editors around the country seem to agree and have given the EA title favorable scores. IGN’s Jason… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Toshiba XDE upconverting DVD player

    Once upon a time, there was a high definition format called HD DVD. Now, HD DVD was developed by a company called Toshiba, and that company put its heart and soul into this format. Evenutally though, the format died off by the big blu-ray monster. Toshiba was very sad and didn’t want anything to do with the winning format. So do you know what they did? They developed the XDE-E500… Read More

  • First Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld Advertisement. Where's The Microsoft?

    Those Jerry Seinfeld Microsoft advertisements started today. CrunchGear’s Doug Aamoth recorded the first ad during the Giants/Redskins game and put it up on the site. This is reportedly a $300 million ad spend. Seinfeld gets $10 million. It’s a cute and cuddly situation comedy about shoes. Has a couple of moments. No mention of Microsoft or Windows other than “are they… Read More

  • Super-slim Procision LCD HDTVs from JVC

    Last JVC post of the day, folks. Complementing the earlier Procision series LCDs we have a 42- (LT-42SL89) and 46-inch (LT-46SL89) models that measure 1.5-inches in width with a max depth of 2.9-inches. Both sets offer full HD resolution and weigh only 26.4 pounds. The super-slim Procision models are available now for $1,899.99 and $2,399.99, respectively. Read More

  • Belkin FlyWire Transmitter: Transmits HD from anywhere

    The FlyWire is an HD streamer that sends 1080p content to any TV, anywhere, from an HD source. Built-in IR blasters allow you to send control signals to any CE device including Blu-Ray players and receivers. It basically lets you send HD video to a TV mounted on a wall without requiring you to rewire your entire house. Belkin FlyWire™ Offers Faster, Easier, and More Installations to… Read More

  • Sony a900 leaked in Danish magazine: Is it a leak if it's in a Danish magazine?

    It’s kind of hard to figure out what’s a leak anymore. With PR companies essentially failing to enforce embargoes and paranoid manufacturers trying to keep their precious out of your hands while simultaneously publishing something like the a900 in a magazine staffed by poorly-paid Danish print journalists who have no qualms about publishing the heck out of something just to get… Read More

  • Back to School: Welcome to cooking

    Well, look at that. Off to college and suddenly it’s time to learn how to (theoretically) fend for yourself. You can’t fill up on nasty food court or cafeteria items all the time, but luckily it’s really not hard to cook up some down-home vittles right from your dorm or (hopefully) your first apartment. Here are some basics that you’ll need to get you through mealtime. Read More

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