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On the subject of ridiculous wireless data pricing

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/datagb.jpg">That $99 Aspire One deal we covered late last year – Aspire One + two-year AT&T DataConnect plan – has both RadioShac

ASUS notebook, netbook price increases? [UPDATE]

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/eee21.jpg">Australian site ARN is reporting that “ASUS has announced an increase in prices of up to 20 per cent on all existing and upc

Study: 18% of people can't tell if they're watching true HDTV content or not

Well this is shocking news. Apparently some 18 percent of HDTV owners can’t tell the difference between high-def programming and standard-def programing when viewed on their screens. That’

Apparently Somali pirates might ruin the holidays

I’ll be honest; I can’t really tell how much of this recent Reuters article is pure, unabashed sensationalism and how much of it is something to seriously worry about. Apparently pirate activity (

DHL closing domestic shipping operations January 30

For most of us expecting future gadget deliveries in the US, it looks like DHL is no more. Well, no more as of January 30th. Whether you – ahem — don’t care for DHL or you sued DHL for dumpi

Best Buy accidental protection program says VAIO TZ and Asus Eee are similarly spec’d machines

This is why I don’t like extended warranties or accidental damage protection coverage for computers — the whole “we’ll replace your machine with a machine of similar specs” clause isn’

Circuit City to announce 155 store closings tomorrow?

Consumerist.com is reporting that Circuit City may be announcing at 8 AM tomorrow morning that it’ll be closing 155 of its stores. This is still a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt, but it woul

Safety Commission recalls 35,000 Sony batteries

Just a heads up that there are a handful of potentially dangerous laptop batteries floating around out there. These ones are made by Sony but are found in certain models of HP, Toshiba, and Dell noteb

Consumer Electronics Association predicts 3.5 percent sales growth (but that's not really good news)

The Consumer Electronics Association—the folks who organize CES, which I just registered for a few minutes ago—have whipped up a study that shows a 3.5 percent growth in consumer spending

FCC report helps case for free nationwide wireless

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Here’s the story so far. There’s a company called M2Z Networks that wants to lease the band of wireless spectrum between 2155-2175 MHz known as AWS-3 (Advanced Wireless S

Sure, why not? Ethical, fair trade USB devices

A company in Belgium called United Pepper is behind a line of USB devices that are assembled in a fair trade-certified factory in Vietnam. The devices include a USB webcam called Lili (seen above) and

As the dollar gets stronger, Acer and HP raise prices

U.S. Dollar to British Pound Exchange Rate When I was in London in May, I paid $30 per day for internet access at my hotel, $4 for a large regular coffee at the Starbucks across the street, and $10 pe

Sony recalls TZ-series laptops due to fire hazard

Bad news out of Sony today, as the company has issued a recall of many of its TZ-series notebook computers (see the full release here). “Irregularly positioned wires near the computer’s hinge

Lady arrested for allegedly holding ISP tech hostage

Look. If I was an old Canadian playwright who couldn’t get on the Internet, I’d be mad too. People over 50 generally don’t understand the relationship between an Internet connection, a router, a

Best Buy intros ‘Premier Black’ Reward Zone program

Whoa, look at me! I just got an e-mail from Best Buy telling me that I’m now part of the company’s “most elite membership level – Premier Black.” That’s probably just fancy-talk for saying

Comcast not fined, but must stop blocking P2P traffic

Here’s an update to the story about the FCC versus Comcast that we posted on Wednesday. The FCC has officially ruled today and it turns out that Comcast will not be fined for throttling peer-to-peer

Insanity: MSI jacks ‘Wind’ MSRPs up to $499, $549 and forces retailers to cancel pending orders

Oh wow. Wow. This is a really odd decision. MSI has raised the prices of its Wind notebook (see our review here) from $479 to $499 for a version with Windows XP and a three-cell battery and from $499

People who hate Vista shown ‘Mojave’ and like it, then find out that ‘Mojave’ is actually Vista

Okay, here’s what happened. Microsoft took a group of 120 individuals who “were either Mac, Linux, or users of versions of Windows that came before Windows Vista” and who rated their perception

Apple and AT&T in cahoots over fake iPhone shortage?

Just got an interesting tip from a reader. I wasn’t there and I don’t know what happened, but apparently one of the AT&T stores in my neck of the woods has some iPhones in stock but can’t se

Sony to release fixed PS3 firmware this week

Last week’s PS3 firmware update left some angry gamers in its wake as reports of jacked up consoles made their way around the internet shortly after Sony made version 2.40 of its PS3 software availa
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