• DIY steam powered iPod charger

    I tell ya, when the zombie apocalypse sweeps over this planet, we’ll all be in a world of hurt. I mean, aside from avoiding zombies trying to munch our brains, how will we charge our precious portable electronics after the power grid fails? With steam, friends, that’s how! To give you all an idea, consider this DIY steam powered iPod charger! Read More

  • Samsung announces the AT&T SGH-A657, safe from dust, shock, and ladies

    Alright, fellas – lets get this one out of the way: the Samsung SGH-A657 isn’t going to score you any points from the ladyfolk. These military spec phones never do. That said, if you’ve actually got a reason to be carrying a phone like this, you’re probably too busy rappelling out of helicopters to care what people think about your mobile. Or, you know, you work… Read More

  • Veoh's Hail Mary: Spreading Video Search Across The Web With Video Compass

    As video sites on the Web struggle to find a business model that will pay their mounting bandwidth and storage bills, many of them are trying to reinvent themselves. Veoh, which has raised a total of $70 million, had to cut 35 percent of its staff earlier this month and the site seems to be losing steam. Unique visitors are down 18 percent from their high a year ago to 15.2 million… Read More

  • Second-generation RazorBook 400 runs WinCE, gets price slashed to $150

    Here’s a super cheap netbook for the most basic of tasks. The RazorBook 400 from 3K Computers runs Windows CE from a 4GB solid-state disk and includes a 7-inch 800×480 LCD, 128MB of RAM, a 400MHz low power consumption 32-bit CPU from Ingenic, and a built-in Wi-Fi connection. Read More

  • Mac are expensive if you shop like a moron

    I’m starting to suspect that the doofus-filled commercials are designed to confuse and confound Macintards into frothing wildly like Neil Cavuto on Fox News. A fake tax return, posted on the Windows Team Blog describes the total cost of ownership, after purchasing arbitrary upgrades willy-nilly and assuming you own two Microsoft Office licenses for PC anyway, is $3,367 over the price of… Read More

  • New Visa pay-by-cellphone system goes on trial in Malaysia: Honk if you like the idea

    Americans, virtuous and true, would you use your cellphone as a credit card? That is, instead of whipping out the plastic in front of some high school kid manning the register at Target, would you wave your connected-to-your-credit-card-account cellphone in front of a scanner? In the blink of an eye your transaction is completed, with the total amount being charged to your credit card account. Read More

  • Hands-on with Sony Ericsson's G9 and the KDDI iida mini projector

    I had the opportunity to test Sony Ericsson’s newest mobile phone, the G9, in Tokyo today. The device is the first KDDI au is selling in Japan under the so-called iida brand. It’s not officially on sale yet, but I could lay my hands on finished versions for a few minutes in a KDDI showroom. The G9 will be available in Japan next week. Read More

  • RIM picks up ex-Apple and Microsoft design guru

    Don Lindsey has been a busy man the last decade and a half. Going from Apple where he might have had a major role in early iPhone developments, to Microsft where he worked in Live Labs, he’s been around the block a time or two. Now it’s RIMs turn who made the man VP of User Experience, which confirms that the companies commitment to developing stellar OSs. Research in Motion needs… Read More

  • Sprint employees begin Pre training

    Whether it means the Pre is weeks or months away is anyone’s guess, but Sprint employees have now started gettin’ comfy with the devices. There’s not much more to it than that, really – here’s how its all gone down so far: Read More

  • Time Warner tiered broadband pricing to top out at $150 per month

    Time Warner has been testing out a “consumption based billing” structure for its broadband internet service in Beaumont, Texas and plans to expand the trials to San Antonio and Austin; Rochester, New York; and Greensboro, North Carolina sometime this summer. Up to this point, bandwidth has been capped at 5-, 10-, 20-, and 40-gigabyte levels ranging from $30 to $55 per month, but… Read More

  • Photo report: Japan's KDDI au presents new designer brand for cell phones (iida)

    KDDI, Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier, currently showcases a number of cell phone design prototypes (and a working one) in their five-floor Design Studio [JP] in central Tokyo (where I went today). The cell phones (and peripheral devices) are part of the so-called iida brand [JP], which is supposed to be focused on the development of unusual handsets only. Read More

  • When Will Apple Hit 1 Billion App Downloads?

    Apple is really, really close to hitting 1 billion app downloads across the world, according to its new countdown page. If you download an app, you’ll be enrolled in a contest to win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro. TechCrunch is holding its own contest in honor of this occasion. Whoever guesses when it will hit one billion, and is closest… Read More

  • Laptop Hunters circa 1985

    The anti-Apple campaign has been around for a while. Look at the kid. He is stoked that he’ll finally be able to release his creative itch via Photon Paint on his new Amiga! How exciting. Read More

  • Unruly nephews? Buy this life-sized velociraptor head

    For $270 you could have been the proud owner of a velociraptor head from Jurassic Park handsomely mounted on a wooden plaque. Mr. Wilson take note, however: Once Dennis comes over a gets the wee scared out of him, he’ll want to keep coming over to look at it, to which you’ll have to clap your forehead with a meaty palm, spill your pipe tobacco, and yell at your wife Martha. Read More

  • VidPay: Dead Simple Sponsored Video Ad Platform

    Straight out of the “why didn’t they think about this before” department, comes VidPay whose entire premise can be summed up in a single sentence: A white label platform for sponsored video campaigns. There must be more, right? Wrong. VidPay is as dead simple to use as it is to comprehend. One more thing… It started generating revenue from minute one. What more could you… Read More

  • Panasonic rolls out new $500 Blu-ray player in Japan

    Panasonic announced the DMP-BD60 in Japan today [JP], a Blu-ray device, which is at the same time the company’s first without a recording function. Panasonic is marketing the $500 player as a low-priced machine that people can use as a second device, for example in their bed rooms. Read More

  • AMD Launches 3D Media Browser: Does Anyone Care?

    For whatever reason this week’s launch of the beta version of AMD’s Fusion Media Explorer, the company’s first forray in the social media hub / browser space, isn’t being met with a mountain of buzz. For a 40-year old giant of a tech company that’s mostly known for its micro-processors and related technologies, that’s quite surprising, especially because… Read More

  • Review: Altec Lansing inMotion MAX

    I’ve had the inMotion MAX for a few months now and I didn’t open it because I was worried it would be just another iPod dock. I was wrong. The Altec Lansing inMotion MAX is more feature rich, offers comparable if not better sound, and is more compact than other docks I’ve used in the past few years, including my Bose SoundDock Portable. The inMotion is a completely portable… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Evil Kirk Edition

    Can’t get that bionic eye working right? Put a creepy LED there instead
    Former Apple designer turns to grills
    eBay finds: limited edition Star Trek pez dispenser Read More

  • Windows Live Hotmail Service Disruption Locks Out Users

    Windows Live Hotmail (former Hotmail) is one of – if not the most – popular free webmail applications on the planet, so naturally there’s a bit of an uproar (warning: highly emotional teenager grunts here) since apparently users have been unable to access their mail account for hours on end. We’ve been getting a lot of tips about this in our inboxes, and we ended up… Read More

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