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Nintendo 3DS: Not a Gaming Revolution, Still Makes Hands Happy

The best way for me to start off my hands-on with the Nintendo 3DS is to be completely honest about my relationship with the Nintendo DS; I love the little split-screened device. I have a white Lite from 2007, and have never found the need to upgrade. That was until the E3 Expo last year, when Nintendo trotted out these little guys to a crowd practically electrified with excitement. But the 3-D...

Hands on With 'Super Scribblenauts': Now, With More Words

The original 'Scribblenauts' game for the Nintendo DS was somewhat revolutionary. In some ways, it was a group game, as people argued over suggestions and solutions. For others, it was the first time they were really, truly mentally engaged by a handheld game. Lastly, it proved what we already suspected: wordsmiths with diverse cultural knowledge (like us!) could play games too! With a...

Savvy Cell Users Send Millions in Text Donations to Help Haiti

Despite the reported rash of text-to-donate scams that have surfaced in recent days, it appears that people are still using text messages to give money to relief efforts in Haiti -- and doing it in droves. According to LiveScience, Americans have so far donated millions of dollars to relief organizations via text message, marking the first time that SMS-facilitated donations have been used so...

DailyFinance iPhone App Dazzles With Design, Features

Do you find the iPhone's stock widget a bit anemic on features? Tired of shuffling through multiple apps for finance news, stock reports, and keeping track of personal portfolios? Then we highly suggest you download the just released DailyFinance (iTunes link) app. This one-stop application culls the best features of various finance apps, and presents them in an exceptionally handsome interface...

Masters Video Player May Be the Future of TV

Unless you're a serious golf enthusiast, watching golf tournaments on television can be about as exciting as caddying for an old fuddy-duddy who has no sense of humor. The annual Masters Tournament, one of golf's four majors, begins this week at the famed Augusta National golf course in Georgia. The tournament's official Web site is now offering unparalleled, interactive video coverage that is...

Engadget's Wild Ride in the P.U.M.A.

Against all odds, GM and Segway let us inside their precious P.U.M.A. prototype, and we went for a quick jaunt down 18th St. We couldn't drive it, unfortunately, but there was plenty of action to be had from the passenger side. Starting from a rest on four wheels -- the main powered wheels and the front two "safety" wheels; we never touched the back two to the ground -- the contraption shoves...

Hands-On: Internet Explorer 8

Last week, Microsoft officially unleashed Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) upon the world, and most of us gave a mild shrug. Despite our indifference, we decided to put the new browser through its paces. Truth be told, IE8 has a lot going for it -- in theory. New features like WebSlices (which drops down regularly updated parts of a site from the bookmarks toolbar) and Accelerators (which let you...

Hands-On Review: i2i Stream Wireless Music

Ever wish you could make any audio setup wireless? We checked out the i2i Stream wireless audio system that essentially takes the place of a cord and allows you to stream audio from nearly any source. The kit comes with two combination transmitter/receiver devices and when you want to make a music source wireless, you simply connect the output to one of these small devices using the included...

Hands-On With the BlackBerry Storm (Video)

It's been an exciting year for anyone who wants to upgrade to a smart phone, what with the iPhone, the G1 "Google" phone, and, on Friday, the BlackBerry Storm for Verizon Wireless. At last, BlackBerry lovers and loyal Verizon Wireless subscribers who have been resisting the switch to an iPhone can boast their very own touchscreen-enabled handheld that's as much about fun (high-quality...

Tom Bihn's TSA-Approved Checkpoint Flyer Laptop Bag Reviewed

We could tell from the press shot that this here laptop bag was far and away the most beautiful of the TSA-approved bunch, and a recent review over at Gadling confirms it. Put simply, the Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer is "fantastic," and even the reviewer found himself startled at just how much he dug it. The build quality was remarkable, the ease of use was commendable and the design itself was...

Esquire's October Issue Debuts E-Ink-Infused Cover (Video)

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! (Sorry, but where else were we gonna use that line?) For those unaware, Esquire's October issue is on newsstands now, and 100,000 99,999 lucky souls out there will receive one with a flashing E Ink display. Just in case you aren't quite lucky enough to apprehend one of your own, however, The Dastardly Report's Ryan Joseph was kind enough to snap a few...

Video: Sony's ODO Wind-Up Camera Really Works

We've seen pictures of Sony's ODO Twirl N' Take, wind-up camera before. Here in Berlin, we actually had a chance to take this eco-friendly digicam for a spin. Ha, get it? We said spin to refer to this kinetic concept camera! Amazing. Anyway, enough with our overly-tired, undernourished gibberish, the full-on hands-on is posted after the break....

Hands-on Review: Boston Acoustics iDS-2 iPod Speaker Dock

It seems that not a day goes by when some new iPod speaker dock doesn't come out, but only so often do such products come from loudspeaker companies that have been around since the days of cassettes and LPs. Bose and B&W have offered up their models, but only now is Boston Acoustics getting into the iPod speaker game with this week's release of the i-DS2, a simple, one-piece iPod speaker...

Hands-on With 'Rock Band 2'

If you're jonesing to get your Rock Band 2 on like we are, you'll be all over these new shots of the game's upcoming controllers that we got all grubby on today at E3. First, the new guitars not only look better, but they will include some welcome hardware tweaks. The new axe includes an optical sensor that will make syncing the game to your display a breeze. Rather than go through that...

A Photographic Ride Through the New PlayStation Store

Those of you who didn't stay up late last night and check out the new PlayStation Store on your own now have nowhere to go. Stuck inside your cube with no early lunch, no way to slip out at 3:00 -- nada. Thankfully, the crew over at PS3 Fanboy has the goods to satisfy your appetite until you get home. Tap the read link for a gallery of hands-on shots, and chime in below with your likes /...