This week in Crave: The hardcore fan edition

Pi Day, iPad launch, and the start of March Madness--it's been a busy few days, so grab a seat and unwind with some of this week's top stories from Crave.

Started lining up early for Friday's iPad launch , did you? Well, unless it was as dull as Crave UK's adventures , you missed out some great stories this week. Thankfully, we've rounded them all up here for you to enjoy with your morning coffee, afternoon tea, or evening martini. Cheers.

A frightening way to charge your phone. Joao Paulo Lammoglia

• CNET's definitive review of the third-generation Apple iPad. Enough said.

• Yeah, recycling is cool and all, but unprintable paper is the future.

• Japan develops a hand-cranked vending machine for emergency situations. And no, the afternoon munchies does not count as an emergency.

• The HP Envy 14 Spectre is a mighty fine ultrabook, but it costs $1,399! There better be gold inside this thing .

• iRobot's new Scooba 390 offers longer battery life so it can scrub and scrub and scrub some more.

• Players of Star Wars: The Old Republic, everything you know will change in early April . Dun, dun, dun!

• While we're on the subject, we've found Crave's most dedicated Star Wars fa n, and talk about hard core.

• A Hannibal Lecter-inspired phone charger . Don't be scared, Clarice.

• Honey, I shrunk the DeLorean .

• QR codes, Low Latency is so over you .

• Donald wants cam-driven gnomes, Eric wants a killer whale submarine, and I just want to hang out with Ewoks. Welcome to the weird world of Crave's weekly podcast .

About the author

Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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