• Video: Worst promo video ever

    Here’s the thing about making videos for your products, CE folk, make sure people are aware of whatever it is that you’re selling. The Fins-Up is probably a decent accessory, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the video. Am I right? You’re eyes are being pulled in by the cleavage on the woman who seriously needs a new hair stylist anyway. Is it 1987? Read More

  • Electronic tongue takes all the fun out of wine tasting

    Designed for in the field use, the handheld device can distinguish substances characteristic of a certain wine variety. Devised of six sensors, the tongue can measure levels of acid, sugar and alcohol – without getting drunk. These factors are of no small importance to the world’s vintners, and the promise of a cheap alternative to timely and expensive lab processing will surely… Read More

  • Psystar may play the anti-trust card against Apple

    Last week I reported that Psystar retained Carr & Ferrell, the law firm that stood up to Apple and won. This week Colby Springer, one of the lawyers working on the case, hinted at their legal strategies during an interview on Thursday. Springer told reporters: “They came to us, I think, because this is a much bigger issue than just copyright,” Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Mophie iPod cases for 99 cents

    If you’re like me and still have an older gen iPod (I have a 4th gen 30GB photo) and haven’t encased it into some silicone, but you’re in the market then you might want to take a look at Mophie’s cornucopia of 99 cent cases for iPod videos, Classics and Nanos. Read More

  • Skype speaks IM with Expressivo

    Expressivo 1.4.2 from IVO Software integrates speaking capability into Skype functions. As Skype has grown from just a cheap way to make calls, they have added features such as IM and video calling. Now, with Expressivo, Skype has the ability to inform users when friends log in without having to check the screen. While Skype can now read instant messages, it can’t receive dictation. Read More

  • First Impressions: Callpod Dragon V2 Bluetooth headset

    Revamping their bluetooth headset of 2007, CallPod is just about ready to ship the Dragon V2. Coming in at just 5 cents short of $100 bucks, they’ve managed to pack a bunch of features into a box $20-$30 bucks cheaper than other high-end headsets: 100 meter range, dual-mic noise suppression, 8 hour talk time, “Dragon to Dragon” (Walkie-talkie-esque) communication… Read More

  • The Apple Store perhaps has leapt over the Selachimorpha

    This is a rant. I was in Manhattan today and decided to stop by the Apple store on 5th Avenue, the Cube, as it is called, to pick up a 3G case. It was about 2:30pm, just after lunch. A simple plan: walk down the stairs, find the cases, buy one, leave. The place was mobbed. Every Italian tourist, every alterna-nerd, every financial Bluetooth headset guy, was milling about in the deep pit they… Read More

  • Is this the new MacBook?

    Hmm. Those crafty Taiwanese are at it again and this time they’ve outed the new MacBook in all its aluminum cased glory. Now where’s my salt shaker. Read More

  • Memorex adds Essential TravelDrive portable storage drives in four fugly colors

    Today in Cerritos, California, Memorex announced their 2.5-inch portable storage devices dubbed the Essential TravelDrive in 160, 250 and 320GB capacities. Other than the fugly colors that are “vibrant”, I found the entire press release to be laughable. I do my best to not make fun of PR folk, but I’m sure whoever wrote it should have given it one or two more… Read More

  • Popcorn Hour, super-versatile media streamer, gets an update

    I had forgotten how impressive this little thing is. To be honest, I don’t see any reason to go with any other media box, AppleTV included. This thing costs less than two Benjamins and supports more formats and hardware out of the box than other media things can even dream of. If I owned a TV I’d definitely have one of these. Anyway, the reason I bring it up is that it’s… Read More

  • Rid your iPhone/speaker set-up of the GSM buzz blues

    Nothing kills a freeway Pandora jam session faster than the freaky-deaky alien speak that is GSM interference washing out your tunes. Once the pulsing of a GSM phone’s RF transmitter finds its way to a poorly shielded speaker, all hope of actually enjoying the music is lost. If you’re only using the iPod functionality of your iPhone, switching the phone into airplane mode is… Read More

  • Caterpillar Robeast bristles its way down unpiggable pipes

    Bet you weren’t expecting that headline when you woke up this morning! Researchers in China has proposed and prototyped a robot that moves along the inside of pipes by its own power, cleaning as it goes. Currently the way major pipes are cleaned or cleared is through pigging, which is basically shooting a big scrubber down the pipe using pressure and catching it at the other end. Read More

  • Bic and Orange team up to make Bic Phone, fill landfills

    After so many years with them glued to our ears, being stuck without your cell phone sucks. Pay phones are getting harder to find (plus, you’ll catch the herp), and pre-paid cell phones require a night of charging before they’re ready to go. Looking out for forgetful travelers and those of us who just lose crap a lot, Orange France and Bic have partnered to create the Bic phone… Read More

  • Rumor: Rock Band 2 dated for all platforms

    Eagerly awaiting the arrival of Rock Band 2? Wait no more, fans. Well, mark your calendars, at least. Kotaku received images from a retailer who managed to snap photos of the supposed street dates for the upcoming game across all three major platforms. Looks like Xbox 360 owners get first dibs on the game followed by the PS3 and then Wii. Read More

  • "Sucker City" Circuit City none to happy with MAD magazine [Update]

    First, I didn’t think MAD was still in publication and I thought the only thing left was the stupid FOX show, but it’s nice to see that it still is. In issue #492, MAD has a 4-page spoof of a Circuit City (aptly dubbed “Sucker City”) ad that bashes on the retailer and corporate was not very happy about it. The result: immediate removal and destruction of all issues of… Read More

  • CG Comment of the Day

    MB writes: The Zune is dumb and they need to quit now. No MP3 player will ever beat the iPod, they’re like the Chiquita of bananas. Truer words were never written. Read More

  • Sick of the Garage? Rofo Finds Office Space For Startups

    One of the most irritating obstacles encountered by growing startups is the hunt for affordable office space. Startups with a dozen employees generally aren’t interested in leasing vast tracts of space, which makes them unattractive clients for business realtors, so they’re typically left to fend for themselves. Rofo, a new startup founded by two former commercial real estate… Read More

  • Mophie juice pack for iPhone 3G coming this September

    Despite the price tag of $99, I will be sure to get myself one of these for my iP3G. I’ve been testing the MJP for my first gen iPhone and so far it works great. Sure, it’s a tad bulky, but I’ll deal with it so long as I have enough juice without having to run to an outlet every few hours. A string of four LEDs located on the back indicate how much battery life the juice… Read More

  • Bad reception on your Nokia E71? Just don't touch it.

    According to BGR, the Nokia E71’s signal catchin’ abilities aren’t exactly meeting expectations. In places where signal generally flourishes, they’re reporting little to no service. The problem purportedly stems from the placement of the cellular antenna. Tucked behind the only plastic part of the phone, the antenna hangs out down near the bottom of the rear side of… Read More

  • Thailand suspends sale of Grand Theft Auto after teen goes on a rampage

    Here we go, again. Looks like Rockstar Games could be in some hot water after an 18-year-old Thai teen confessed to robbing and murdering a cab driver because he wanted to see if it was as easy in real life as it was in the game. The miscreant said he didn’t intend on killing the man, but that he stabbed him to death once he started fighting back. As a result of this incident that… Read More

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