• CrunchDeals: Pioneer Inno for XM Radio $179 (that's $70 cheaper than normal!)

    Should you still plan on celebrating the holidays this year—money’s tight, I know—then you may want to check out some of the deals the XM half of Sirius XM has going on. For example, you can grab the portable XMp3 player, which can record around 100 hours of programming, for $259, a full $20 off the regular price. You can also grab the slightly older Inno for $179, which is… Read More

  • Cute USB gadget alarm: Heart-shaped cup warmer and Stitch-shaped humidifier released

    Just in time for Christmas, two new cute USB gadgets have been released today in Japan and the best thing is you can order both online even if you live outside Nippon. First, a company called Runat announced it started selling a USB humidifier [JP] that is shaped like the Disney cartoon character Stitch. The little guy (184x130x165mm) is suitable for small rooms and offices. You can pre-order… Read More

  • Nintendo promises a Wiite Christmas

    The Nintendo Wii is approaching its third holiday season and it might be a hottest seller yet again. The last two years, the supply wasn’t enough to meet consumer demand but Nintendo is saying this year will be different with a “significant increase” of in-store Wii’s. Still, it’s hard to say if the $249 device will be the overnight line-inducing, must have… Read More

  • Blu-ray 'Essential Holiday Collection' puts us in the Christmas spirit

    Three of the best Christmas flicks, and Elf, are coming from Warner later this year to your Blu-ray player. The set includes, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, The Polar Express, and yes, unfortunately Elf. No word on price just yet, but does it really matter? A Christmas Story – in high definition. Come on! Plus, nothing brightens up the depressing… Read More

  • Nokia’s Tube touchphone in time for Xmas?

    Reg Hardware reported a Nokia touch-based handset could hit shelves in time for holiday shopping. Devinder Kishore, Nokia India’s marketing director, confirmed that the company has been working on “the Series 60 platform for touchscreen user interface, and a mobile device is expected to be launched by the year-end.” Though Kishore didn’t mention any specific… Read More

  • Crazy Guitar Hero Christmas lights mod

    What do you get when you mix Christmas lights, massively intelligent cubicle dwellers, Python, open source electronics, and a Guitar Hero controller? A crazy light show that I would call one of the coolest things I’ve seen all year. This is what tech is about — having fun with cool stuff without worrying about EULAs. Read More

  • For the Chinese, Wiis are plentiful this season

    BEIJING — China might lack safe water and air, but it does have something the United States lacks: Nintendo Wiis. In fact, CNET recently chronicled a reporter’s failed quest to find the infamous Wii just before the holidays. But in Beijing, finding a Wii isn’t difficult. Shortly before Christmas, I strolled through a random section of Beijing and curiously walked into a… Read More

  • Mario Christmas stocking, Kuribo's Shoe edition

    This Mario Christmas stocking reminds me of a Leonardo one I had as a youngster. I used to get quality toys in that stocking, too, like X-Men action figures and X-Men action figure accessories. Created by Greg, a certain loyal Kotaku reader (who isn’t one?), it depicts our favorite plumber in a Kuribo’s Shoe, an exceedingly rare power-up from Super Mario Bros. 3. It seems to me that… Read More

  • Video: Santa Claus gets a Mac in latest Apple ad

    Just in time for the holidays, Apple has released a new ad that brings together the Mac dude, the PC square and Santa. The hilarious part here is that PC square tries to pull one over on us by changing the lyrics to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” making them all pro-PC. How silly! I do, however, like the animation style in that it reminds me of “The Nightmare Before… Read More

  • With Wii shortage, Nintendo risks alienating potential customers

    How long until the shortage of the Wii starts to negatively affect Nintendo? That’s the idea of this one Times piece, which does the usual interviewing people who want a Wii but just can’t find one. Grown adults, snot-nosed kids, you know the drill—the Wii crosses demographic lines unlike any other video game console (or toy, for that matter) before it. Too bad no one can… Read More

  • What I want for Christmas is my own private Chuck E Cheese

    Or, at least, an adult approximation. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are from birthday parties at places like this – if not Chuck E Cheese then Funtasia, Funplex, or later Gameworks. Nothing to do but cruise around, waste money on games, drink Dr. Pepper, and listen to terrible music. Of course, in my private Chuck E Cheese, things would be a little different. Read More