Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Yo Dude! Bust Out The !Tude!

    So Evergreen thought it’d be a great idea to whip up a batch of headphones that catered to the now-defunct rave scene. “Red, green, and blue! Oh my!” exclaimed Evergreen’s CEO as he saw the !Tude line of headphones his company had created and stupidly named. Basically, the !Tude headphones plug into your iPod or whatever you use for music and then light up with the help… Read More

  • I-Mate JAQ4 Phone Could Be Blackjack Killer

    Hmm, looks like the JAQ4 from I-Mate borrowed a few design tips from Samsung when creating this beast. IN addition to the smooth, metallic looks and a QWERTY keypad, the JAQ4 runs Windows Mobile 5.0, has a 2.8-inch touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, miniSD, and GPS all built-in. As lovely as this masterpiece of a phone is, there’s no word yet on when it will be available or how much it will cost. Read More

  • Video Sharing Sites: The Exhaust[ive/ing] List

    lets you upload movies of any length? I did not. And now I do. Web Video Cheat Sheet [LightReading] Read More

  • Holiday Decorations Futz with Wi-Fi

    I’m taking this breathless press release with a nice salty pretzel, a salt lassi, and a box of kosher salt, but apparently your fancy decorations — your Santa riding on an aardvark made out of lights, sparkles, and faux-fur, for example — can reduce your Wi-Fi quality by 25%. Granted, this was tested using AirMagnet’s Survey PRO and Laptop Analyzer, but let’s… Read More

  • The Futurist: GPS, Satellites, and the Future of CE Innovation

    You may have seen the Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium around. It’s a handheld gadget that, when pointed at the night sky, instantly directs you to or identifies any star, planet, or constellation up there. For some of them, it even spits out an encyclopedia-esque narrative — like the universe’s largest self-guided museum tour. Vital to the SkyScout’s ability to… Read More

  • James Kim Tribute

    The word hero gets bandied about these days with little value placed on its real meaning or importance. James Kim, however, was a hero – a man thrust into a dire situation who, in an effort to save his wife and two small children, laid down his life in hopes of saving theirs. He was one of ours, a technologist and a lover of technology, two very different things. Please give generously… Read More

  • Battle Test: G-Tech Messenger Bag


    When I was first contacted about the The Professional messenger bag from G-Tech, I was mainly intrigued by its iPod functionality. Not only does it have ElekTex fiber controls on the shoulder strap, it has a an integrated speaker for blasting your music publicly. Sure the idea is like something from the ’80s, but like I said, I found its convergence intriguing. After some coordination… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Alien Attack Edition

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    Alienware Area-51 7500 Hands On
    The Best (and Worst) Console Game Innovations Ever
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  • Stocking Stuffers: Hide Stuff in Your Laptop

    At just a hair under $10, this is probably the cheapest thing you’ll ever put inside a laptop. The Stash Card is a PCMCIA-sized fake card that opens to reveal a tiny compartment for hiding small valuables, extra cash, or the smart media card with your pr0n collection. You keep it in your laptop, where it disappears, so as long as your laptop is safe, so are your secrets. So they… Read More

  • The Best (and Worst) Console Game Innovations Ever

    I combed the depths of history and my memory to pull together a (very subjective) list of the best and worst innovations to hit console gaming. Rather than full systems (with a few obvious exceptions), I chose to focus on peripherals and concepts. Enjoy! The list is after the jump… Read More

  • TigerDirect's $299 HP Desktop (For Two Days)**


    In the process of signing up for TigerDirect’s 20-day Wii, PS3 and Zune giveaway, I apparently ended up on its e-mail newletter lists. Which is how I found out about this deal on an HP desktop. Until December 8, TigerDirect is selling a $299** HP dx2200 desktop. (**It’s actually $499.99, but it’s got $200 worth of rebates on it.) Normally I balk at cheapy desktops, but… Read More

  • James Kim Found Dead

    after making a wrong turn off a little-used road. His wife Kati and daughters, Sabine and Penelope, had been released from the hospital just yesterday, and have been with their family. They were found Monday by hired helicopters in fairly good shape, given the situation. Read More

  • Give Your Consoles The Housing They Deserve

    Currently, my home theater and gaming setup consists of all my consoles (10 of them) spread apart on my apartment floor. Behind them, you’ll find more wires than you can wave a stick at (and plenty to start a fire with). If I could go out and spend a few hundred bucks on a cabinet similar to the one pictured above, I instantly would. This is actually a regular cabinet that was modded… Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson Brings Bluetooth Headsets to PCs

    Sony-Ericsson doesn’t think those annoying Bluetooth headsets are just for cell phones anymore. The mobile-device maker yesterday gave word of its new HBV-100 Bluetooth hands-free kit. It looks like other hands-free Bluetooth earpieces (indeed, it’s the HBH-PV705), except that it also comes with a USB Bluetooth adapter, so you can make VoIP calls on your PC. It works with cellphones… Read More

  • Use SIXAXIS With Your Windows PC

    If you’ve been wanting to use your new Sony PS3’s SIXAXIS on your PC, here’s your chance to give it a try. The DCEmu forums have a driver up and a set of easy instructions on how to get yourself going. Sadly, I followed all the directions and tested the driver out, but I couldn’t get it to work. I got as far as getting my PC to recognize SIXAXIS as a gaming controller… Read More

  • Oz Bringing MySpace, Friendster, Others to Your Phone

    Besides txt msging, one of the only non-voice functions Americans use their cellphones for is mobile IM. Most handsets today ship with a Yahoo!, MSN or AIM client pre-installed that works with the given IM network to allow instant messaging to other handsets or desktop computers. This gives the youth of today a mobile way to keep in touch without the annoying “talking” aspect. Which… Read More

  • Rumor: Problems With Non-Glossy MacBook Pro Display

    It looks like Apple may be delaying production of its 15-inch and/or 17-inch non-glossy MacBook Pro models due to users complaining about the quality of the display. A user over at HardMac stated he received the following email from Apple when trying to order a 15-inch MacBook Pro: Bad news: MacBook Pro 15″ production is temporary stopped due to a quality issue identified on non-glossy… Read More

  • K7 Klok Kit: Nixie Tubes for All

    We love Nixie tubes. They are vacuum tubes once used as readouts for old timey electronics like nuclear reactor control rooms and James Bond villian bombs. Now you can build your own Nixie clock with the K7 Klok Kit, a $129 kit with everything you need to rock out like Goldfinger. Product Page [via CoolHunting] Read More

  • Wake Up With Timex

    If you’re looking for an alternative for to the iHome, the Timex TM800 might be something to keep an eye on. The TM800 alarm clock allows users to wake up to digital music via a thumb drive or SD media card. I’m not a big fan of the TM800’s design, the alarm clock looks a little on the cheap side. The speaker also looks like it isn’t going to do justice to any of… Read More

  • BenQ Apologizes for Ummm… Being Jerks


    It’s a cold comfort, but BenQ has officially apologized for using 9/11 photos in their MusiQ advertising. While Gandhi and Einstein have been used to make us Think Different and absolute horrors — including this one — have been used to sell all manner of things, I think this might be a little too close to the bone for many markets. This is an MP3 player. I assure you… Read More