The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • RFID Starter Kit

    You know damn well ever since that genius implanted himself with an RFID chip, you’ve been wanting to do it to. Not that we’re condoning surgical practices, but if you want to become more familiar with RFID and how it works, ThinkGeek was selling a kit with lots of RFID tags and a USB RFID reader for your tinkering pleasure, but is currently sold out. From the product… Read More

  • ASUSTeK Puts The Kibosh On Aura Concept

    ASUSTeK wasn’t too happy about the Aura concept phone that was making the rounds a few weeks back and now it’s in writing. They’ve officially denied any Aura phone in concept or production by ASUSTeK. The designs came from Hungarian design company Egy Studio. That’s too bad, it was pretty a cool design, maybe someone else will pick it up. It has come to our attention… Read More

  • Zune Firmware Update 1.3 Approaches

    Cesar over at Zune Insider announced last night that new Zune firmware will be released later this month. Update 1.3 will fix a number of issues, but not really add any functionality. At any rate, this is what you can expect from the new firmware: The skipping issue that many users have experienced on content purchased from the Zune Marketplace will be resolved. Improved device and… Read More

  • CompUSA Officially Closing 126 Stores

    CompUSA, everyone’s favorite place to hang out while waiting for the sig. other to come out of Kohl’s, is closing 126 stores, or 50% of its current crop, to create a cash infusion of $440 million. Most of these stores are “old” which presumably means they were laid out in the 1800s and are no longer competitive in the face of Best Buy and Circuit City. The closure is… Read More

  • Stanton UBERSTAND For Laptop-based DJs

    Normally, I’d dismiss an stand like this as utter crap. However, after reviewing and spending time with M-Audio’s Torq Mixlab, I realize that there is a market for this stand and it’s probably very useful. The Uberstand was created as a portable response to the ongoing problem of DJ setups not having room for a laptop. The UBERSTAND also folds up and fits in a 12-inch bag so… Read More

  • LG Fuses Art And Air-Conditioning Together As ARTCOOL

    Damn those Europeans! The finest fashion, the fastest cars, and now priceless works of air-conditioning! Apparently, air conditioners haven’t caught on in Europe as much as LG has liked them to. So as a strategic new approach to marketing an air conditioner, LG has unveiled its new line of units called ARTCOOL. In a nutshell, it basically is an air conditioner with a picture frame on… Read More

  • Media Demagnetizer for the Rich

    In the odd world of high-end audio, everything is a factor. Take this little device, for example. It’s a media demagnetizer that allows you to demagnetize everything from your vinyl to your prized CDs. Why, you ask? I suppose it reduces crackle and prevents your Florgo 5000 $20,000 CD player from blowing up. How much does it cost to demagnetize your media? $2,900. A bit much, it seems… Read More

  • iTunes Giving Independent Filmmakers A Chance

    You no longer need to be a Spielberg or a Lucas to get your film on iTunes. Just ask Forum Snowboards. The company created a 30 minute movie called That, which currently sells on iTunes for $1.99. The movie covers snowboarding and is the first video on iTunes to come from an extremely independent filmmaker rather than a big name studio like Paramount. I feel that putting action-sports videos… Read More

  • Zipper MP3 Player Design Concept

    What if instead of just fiddling around with a zipper on our coat, we used it to control the audio we listen to? That seems to be the mindset of designer Eric Liu. His Zipper MP3 player incorporates physical interaction to control the device. When you zipper up, you’ll enjoy your tunes. Zipper down and the device pauses itself. You can also control the volume and sequence of the music… Read More

  • BGR Unboxes The Sony-Ericsson W880i

    Those of you who took a keen interest in the W880i should throw your hands up in excitement, as The Boy Genius Report has posted a plethora of unboxing photos. From well-designed packaging, to the built-in RSS reader on the phone, to the polished metal design, this phone is absolutely loaded. Not since the W800i have I gotten as excited for a Sony-Ericsson phone. Interestingly, BGR calls out… Read More

  • Samsung M55 Now Has HD DVD Burner

    Samsung has announced a change to the M55 laptop that may cause the Earth to stop spinning. Well, maybe not, but HD DVD fans will be happy to hear this bit of news. The new M55 will be equipped with a Core 2 Duo T7200, 2GB RAM, a 120GB SATA drive, GeForce 7600, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a 17-inch screen as well as the aforementioned HD DVD burner. Cost will be around $3,200. Samsung was on the… Read More

  • Buffalo's Shock Proof 200GB Hard Drive

    With all those 100% legal MP3s you’ve been downloading this past year, your hard drive is sure to fill up sooner or later. So the investment of an external hard disk is probably a necessary one. Check out Buffalo’s HD-PL200U2/UC 200GB external drive. It has some swanky features like a retractable USB cable, an all-white, thin design, and it’s shock proof. Go ahead, drop it a… Read More

  • The Futurist: What Women Want In Gadgets (Hint: It's Not Just Pink Paint)

    For the most part, the attention gadget designers give to women doesn’t go much deeper than a thin coat of pink paint. Dip it in fuchsia, slap a label like “Rose” on it, and CE companies take it for granted that the fairer sex will claw at each other to grab their products off store shelves. But what does it take to make a truly female-friendly product? Could it be that… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Shopping Edition

    Laptop Batteries Made Just For You, Not From Babies
    Practical Robotics: Beer Launching Fridge!
    Review: HeadRoom Desktop Amp
    New TomTom Device at FCC
    CostCo Buckles Down on Returns Read More

  • Helio Brings the Heat

    Helio announced today the availability of its new device, the Helio Heat. It’s an EV-DO phone that is positioned just below the Drift in features and price. If you draw the Heat, expect it to feature a 1.3MP camera with 136MB of internal memory. It shares the same GPS and stereo Bluetooth as the Drift, so feature-wise, it’s similar in that department. The Heat features a… Read More

  • Confirmed: V-Cast Mobile Video Pricing and Launch

    Laptop just confirmed that Verizon is launching V-Cast video tomorrow. The service will cost $15 a month or $25 a month for video and mobile web. There will only be a few markets at launch including Albuquerque and Salt Lake City, but expect UHF bands to clear up in other cities soon. This is mostly exciting for Verizon customers who like video on the mobile, which is something we are… Read More

  • Pete Rojas Cuts Lines

    Can you say blogfight? UPDATE – It seems there was no line for the press, but where I was standing there sure seemed like a line. Perhaps there’s no line for people who get the PR folks attention while the rest of the journos stand quietly waiting to be checked in? Read More

  • Wii's Dirty Little Bonus

    Kotaku scooped a tasty little piece about Ethur, a faith-based cult in California, attacking Nintendo’s Wii. In a press release released by Ethur and, the initiative attempts to expose the dangers of WiiPorn (not to be confused with WeePorn, which is a whole different story altogether). The frightening quotes come from founder Mike Foster. Like the zipper… Read More

  • Congress Introduces Digital Fair Use Bill – An End To DRM?

    Sometimes it takes bold moves for real action to happen. Lucky for us, Representatives Richard Boucher from Virginia and John Dolittle from California have the guts to stand up to the RIAA and say “We don’t need no stinkin’ DRM!” The digital fair use bill was introduced to Congress today, which is supposed to give customers more rights when buying digital content. Read More

  • CostCo Buckles Down on Returns

    Long “celebrated” by consumers for its lenient return policies, CostCo has begun to feel burned by its nice guy persona. Customers have taken advantage of the policy to an unfair degree, returning ancient items in exchange for newer, fancier devices. Great for the customer, bad for business. In response, CostCo is cutting its open-ended return policy back to 90 days—which… Read More