Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Dazzling Toaster Amps

    Why bother playing covers of Quadrophenia on a regular amp when you can kick it 1950’s style? These toaster amps from Hottie Amps come with a hella-sweet paint job and crank out tunes from any instrument with a 1/4” jack (though a guitar is preffered.) They’re pretty basic and are more of a novelty item/practice amp rather than a serious piece of equipment, but they do come… Read More

  • Did You Know Apple Makes The “Most Advanced Personal Computers In The World”?

    Because apparently Kevin Costner did when he chose to do this stupid commercial. It’s funny to reflect back at commercials from tech companies that try to appeal so softly to others. Listen to that cheesy background music and narration! This shit wouldn’t stand a chance on TV today. Oh, and Apple Lisa: You rock. Read More

  • Between Holidays and CES

    Holidays are over and CES is almost here. So what does that mean? It means only a miniscule amount of news is going to be released until the second week of January. But fear not. I shall be scouring the web for cool, odd gadgets, gear-related videos, and things that fall into he category of “kick-assery.” So enjoy the posts. I hope they keep you entertained, happy, and coming back… Read More

  • Battle Test: Python XM by booq


    Meet my new day bag. The Python XM from booq. You might remember its special edition sister the Bianco from a few days ago. Both versions are identical in terms of functionality, but one comes in black while the other comes in a dubious white. The bag is all sorts of stylish and a versatile packer to boot. It’s designed specifically for use with Apple portables, but other laptops could… Read More

  • Ziff Davis For Sale

    . What does this mean for us and, by extraction, you? Not much, but it’s extremely important to realize that the stalwarts like ZD are hitting a wall thanks to skanky little bloggers in their pajamas. Go us! Anyone have any insight on PE companies like Lehman work? Ziff Davis’ Two Units Being Hawked by Lehman; Enterprise Division Status Unclear [PaidContent] Read More

  • History of Computerized RPGs: The Wonder Years

    In this era of 60-hour video games and Cell processors, it’s easy to forget a small band of dedicated geeks who kept us from touching ourselves too much in high school. People like Richard Garriott created computerized worlds that not only paved the way for games like World of Warcraft and Custer’s Revenge but singlehandedly built the computer gaming industry into the cultural… Read More

  • Chess Player Caught Cheating With a Bluetooth Headset

    Chess player Umakant Sharma has been banned playing in All India Chess Federation tournaments after judges discovered a Bluetooth headset sewn into his cap. A friend had been playing a computerized simulation of his games and relaying moves via the headset. Sharma has been banned from competition for 10 years. Judges discovered the headset during a random sweep during a December 4… Read More

  • Noka: The Expensive Chocolate Expose

    Noka is some sort of expensive chocolate brand that costs about $2,080 per pound, a considerable investment for something that your body will eventually process into solid waste. DallasFood, a local food blog, decided to take a closer look at the vaunted brand and discovered that a) they do no make or source their own cocoa and b) they’re probably not as good as they claim. Remember… Read More

  • Love Will Tear Us Apart: Microsoft Wants Its Laptops Back

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/"review&quot; over the holiday as a way to astroturf the magic of Vista to the world at large. Now, however, they're saying that these were "review laptops" and that they want all of them back. Neener neener neener. Apparently — and I suppose we could check but who really cares? —… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Bag Check Edition

    Who’s Got The Smallest? Argard’s M10 For Sure
    Plastic Strips Play Back Analog Recordings, Scare Gear Bloggers
    Luggage Tags for the Globe-Trotting Geek
    Presto EverSharp
    Have You Seen My Stapler (So I Can Club You With It)? Read More

  • Breaking: HD-DVD Encryption Cracked

    I dugg up some information that HD-DVD encryption has been cracked. Not much is known but here are three links you’ll need to know if you want to try backing up HD-DVDs (how sweet, right?) Link 1: Doom 9 Forum Thread Link 2: Youtube video showing “proof” Link 3: The Program in .zip So if you have an HD-DVD drive in your computer, get on this and start making scene releases… Read More

  • Have You Seen My Stapler (So I Can Club You With It)?

    Ever been in a meeting with a PR guy and you hate his guts so bad you wish you could just shoot him? Well now you can, but it won’t lethally injure him. The site OfficeGuns has been brought to our attention and it’s pretty much the greatest wealth of information available for those of you in an office. Learn the tricks of the trade, how to build weapons from basic supplies, and how… Read More

  • Let’s Just Say Apple Is Now A Fan Of Christmas

    So it seems a lot of people got iTunes Music Store giftcards for the holidays. I’ll even bet my money that little Johnny down the street got that iPod he asked for too! So with all this hoopla of Apple-ness going around, iTunes sales skyrocketed and people logged on to iTMS to purchase songs. Visits were up a whopping 413% compared to last year’s Xmas. Anyone who wants to start… Read More

  • Readers: Make Funny About Porn, Win Zune T-Shirt!

    was this quote from the mother of the 12 year-old girl who received the sullied Zune: What do you tell a 12-year-old child that you have five men having sex with each other? That’s not a conversation that I want to have. We feel that Mrs. Martin’s grammatically questionable phrase is a bit bigoted. It’s almost 2007, we’re supposed to be open-minded, enlightened, and… Read More

  • Plastic Strips Play Back Analog Recordings, Scare Gear Bloggers

    We’re trying really, really hard to determine if Talking Tape is cool as hell or scary as hell. You tell us. These pieces of plastic tape have audio messages along the lines of “happy birthday!” encoded on them using a technique similar to the pull-string dolls of your youth. It’s analog, an audio recording and playback system similar to the grooves in records, but the… Read More

  • Luggage Tags for the Globe-Trotting Geek

    Part of my anima revolves around me finding cool things immediately after they would have been useful. Like chipping teeth opening a beer only to be handed a bottle opener moments later, that sort of thing. So goes it with these cool geek-friendly luggage tags. Now that I’m through with my holiday travels, they show up in my inbox. But, in hopes that some of you might be on the eve of… Read More

  • Reader Response: Holiday SPECTACULAR Day 03

    It’s a good thing this is a slow week, because I don’t think I’d be able to hang otherwise. I think I overdosed on tryptophan at some point Monday evening and my body has been reeling to reachieve equilibrium. In the meantime, I’m in slow motion along with the week. But that didn’t stop me from finding a winner for day three of our Holiday SPECTACULAR. He is the… Read More

  • Presto EverSharp

    <img class="right" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/horror when I saw this crazy knife sharpener on Uncrate. The utilizes a two-stage system with Sapphirite sharpening wheels to render your blades certifiably deadly and not suitable for children (or Blake). It's electric, so you don't have to flail your arms wildly during the sharpening process. Read More

  • Tattoos for the Indescisive


    For years I’ve considered tattooing various lines of verse and prose all over my back. The problem is that I often change my mind on what lines I’d want to stick on my body (although the opening verse of “The Waste Land” and various lines from Blood Meridian have endured as ideas for sometime). Fortunately for people like me, a new type of ink will soon be introduced… Read More

  • Magic For All You Gamers

    No not Magic the card game…nerds. In case you were wondering about that Samsung Magic Station that Biggs told you about way back when in October here are some stats that are sure to entice and make you cry. The Magic Station has Intel’s Core 2 Quad CPU so you can kick everyone’s butt on WOW, watch some Pron and bid on that blow up Paris Hilton doll you didn’t get… Read More