Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Southwest Giving Customers A Free Nintendo DS

    Now this is my kind of airline! Southwest today announced that select members of its Rapid Rewards program would be receiving a Nintendo DS Lite and a copy of Brain Age. Who’s getting one and who isn’t? Southwest has chosen customers based on mileage and membership length, basically meaning that your father who flies business class all the time is getting a DS and you… Read More

  • Helio Jumps On The Music Downloading Bandwagon

    MVNO champ Helio today launched an online music store for its subscribers. An assortment of major label tracks will be available for $1.99 a song and are downloaded via 3G. Worried about your music being stuck on a phone? No worries, as Helio says it’ll have a PC version of the store out by Spring. Along with the PC version will come 99-cents downloads of songs that can be played on… Read More

  • New Mac Ad: Cancel or Allow?

    No matter which side you take, you still know you love the Mac vs. PC commercials. This new one takes a direct hit at Windows Vista and the annoying, suppressive security features that come built in. There’s also the always-popular tactic of “PCs get viruses, Macs don’t!” being used as well. One of the more creative commercials and a humorous one, too. Read More

  • Wal-Mart Offering Digital Downloads

    Wal-Mart is getting hardcore into the business of digital downloads, scoring a deal with all six major studios: Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Sony, Fox and Universal. Not only that, but the ‘Mart was able to get the TV networks on its side as well. Shows from Nickelodeon, FX, Comedy Central, and other Viacom-based networks are all available for $1.95 an episode. Apparently, Wal-Mart… Read More

  • Apple vs. The World: How to Switch

    Some would like you to believe that becoming a Mac user isn’t easy. Ignore these plebeian claims, because the Mac is a great platform for any computer user. Whether you’re doing audio, video, web browsing, or even gaming (*cough* – Blake), a Mac can get it done. Plus, Apple’s advanced Mac OS X operating system allows for robust data controls. In the following guide… Read More

  • Apple vs. The World: Introduction


    This week’s set of features are about Apple. The world is pretty divided in its feelings toward Apple. Most CG staffers love it, but we know a lot of people who don’t feel the same way. Who’s right and, more importantly, how much is a refurbished iPod Video? This week we’ll take a closer look at the company we all love to hate. Vince will tell us how to switch while… Read More

  • Asus Conceputalizes Another Aura

    Although culled from a site that contains questionable Hungarian (someone translate this for me if they can), the Asus Aura concept phone looks like a solid competitor to the iPhone — if it ever comes out. The site claims that the Aura will have a 3.9-inch touchscreen with a foldout QWERTY Keypad, along with a 2-megapixel camera. It also will feature Bluetooth, microSD, miniUSB, and… Read More

  • Rocking Out Under the Sea

    These $40 Aquapac waterproof headphones have been tested to a depth of 10-feet, or 3-meters, and are perfect for those long listening sessions in your pool, hot tub or jacuzzi. Just remember to purchase an Aquapac waterproof MP3 player case while you’re at it. Aquapac waterproof headphones [via Coolest Gadgets] Read More

  • Portable Power Packs Punch

    The $100 XPower PowerSource Mobile 100 is the perfect portable power source to charge your laptop and other electronic gadgets. It features an AC outlet and two USB ports that can charge a laptop for at least two hours or an iPod for a whopping 44 hours. It also provides over-temperature, overload and low-battery shutdown, and comes with a vehicle and airline power adapter. If you plan a… Read More

  • I Told You So: Blu-Ray Edition

    As I predicted about 14 million times in the past, Blu-Ray has overtaken HD-DVD on a number of levels. Sony has released reports that show the following: Blu-ray has surpassed HD-DVD in cumulative sales
 Blu-ray titles outsold HD-DVD titles by more than a two-to-one margin during the first week of January (47.14 HD DVD titles for every 100 Blu-ray titles)
 Blu-ray titles outsold HD-DVD… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Slayer Edition

    WiFi Liberator Unchains the Masses from Paid WiFi
    Meet the Senz Stormproof Umbrella
    Benq-Siemens Phones of the Future
    Viva La e-Revolution!
    Web Services Help Heal Your Pain: Ring Exchange Read More

  • D-Link 3G Mobile Wireless Router


    This has been sitting in my mail box for a couple of days and it sort of slipped my mind, which is unfortunate because it’s really cool. The router is equipped with a PCMCIA slot and comes in EV-DO (DIR-250) and UMTS/HSDPA (DIR-451) versions. Simply plug your wireless broadband card into the router and get a quick broadband network in your building. The routers also features a USB port… Read More

  • eSommelier Inventories Wine Excessively

    Check this thing out. This wine cataloging system is controlled through a snazzy 15-inch touchscreen display. The system inventories your wine collection with bar codes that it prints and scans. You can access eSommelier online and monitor your collection from afar. I imagine it’s intended more for restaurants and the like, but if for some reason you own a wine collection ambitious… Read More

  • LCD Xbox 360

    Not the coolest thing ever, but worth a mention nonetheless. One industrious modder managed to imbue his Xbox 360 with a 5.8-inch widescreen LCD. Like most things of this nature I’m left wondering, “Why?” But I suppose, where there’s a will…. Divineo offers up LCD-infused Xbox 360, practicality in doubt [Engadget via Xbox 360 Fanboy] Read More

  • Blackberry Shapes Up


    Tired of people making fun of its incredibly functional, yet aesthetically barren devices, RIM last year released the Blackberry Pearl, a stylish candy bar that didn’t sacrifice power—I reviewed it favorably last week. This week comes news that RIM is seeking a patent for a newfangled rotating keypad. From the looks of it, the rotation would give the pad dual functionality as a… Read More

  • Benq-Siemens Phones of the Future

    Cell phones design is going to keep getting crazier and crazier. It’s inevitable. And in the pursuit to create something groundbreaking-and-original, companies are designing devices that are looking less-and-less like actual phones. Take for example these concept devices from Benq-Siemens. They do undoubtedly look cool, but it’s hard to tell whether they’re actually… Read More

  • Meet the Senz Stormproof Umbrella

    Umbrella tech hasn’t matured much in the last, I don’t know, ever, so it’s nice to see someone advancing the science. When it’s wet and drizzly, umbrellas are handy, to be sure. But if it’s blustery or stormy, they become useless, broken, and sometimes projectiles. This is no good. Senz has addressed the problem and constructed an umbrella that is meant to… Read More

  • Vista: Extreme Tech Answers, Upgrade or Clean Install?

    So you’ve done it. You’ve consulted with your spouse, your lawyer, your priest, and your therapist and you’ve decided to ditch XP for the wide open fields and OSXivity that is Windows Vista. And you’ve even chosen which flavor you want. But when upgrading one Windows OS to another, the nagging question has always been: clean install or upgrade the current install? In… Read More

  • WiFi Liberator Unchains the Masses from Paid WiFi

    We do not condone piracy or theft here at CrunchGear. That does not mean we won’t show you cool gear that facilitates such treachery, like the WiFi Liberator, a work of Robin Hood-esque genius. A glorified USB WiFI dongle, the Liberator acts as a relay that makes a private network public. Say, for example, you’re at your local Starbucks and you have a T-Mobile HotSpot data plan… Read More

  • Rollable Display Device at 3GSM


    Telecom Italia and Polymer Vision will demonstrate at 3GSM a rollable cellular device the pair recently agreed to manufacture together. Based on Polymer Vision’s Readius Concept, the device is mainly intended for reading newspapers, books and other data of similar ilk. Measuring under the size of the standard mobile, the device features a 5-inch display that rolls out. It project 16… Read More