Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Apple vs. The World: Playing Dress-Up With Your Apple


    Windows users always pull out the old “there are no peripherals for Mac” chestnut whenever they’re backed into a corner by rabid Apple addicts. While it’s true there aren’t as many extras for Mac as there are for Windows, there are still plenty of peripherals to go around. To prove our point, we rounded up a bunch of our favorites. There are of course tons more… Read More

  • Norway Responds to Job's Open DRM

    in the form of an open letter. Titled “Thoughts on Music,” Jobs outlined the state of DRM and where he thought the practice could wind up, famously stating that if the major studios would allow the disbanding of DRM, Apple would embrace it heartbeat. It was a bold move even for the iTunes giant Apple. Unsurprisingly, the proclamation is beginning to get responses. Torgeir… Read More

  • BGR Does The Blackberry 8800

    Though the Blackberry 8800 from RIM doesn’t look much different than the 8700, it’s what’s inside that counts. Boy Genius got his grubby mitts on a brand spankin’ new 8800, which features WiFi, improved screen and faster hardware. Plus check out the curves on this beauty! The improved design looks more streamlined and professional when compared to the toyish 8700. Hit… Read More

  • The T-1000 of Notebook Coolers

    Thermaltake has launched a fanless laptop cooling pad called the iXoft that can be folded and rolled up for easy transport. Made of sodium sulfate decahydrate, or Na2SO4.10H2O for chemistry nerds (that’s right, I have no clue what I’m talking about), the pad uses Thermaltake’s Heat Shift technology, which consists of inner material that exhibits cold and solid properties when… Read More

  • Boeing 747 Simulator


    Seeking the ability to fly more frequently, a Sydney-based amateur pilot put his money where his hobby is. The man shelled out a staggering $230,000 to create the most authentic 747-flying experience outside of a cockpit. Read More

  • Mobile Phone Does a Head Stand

    A new patent for a cell phone with a screen on the bottom and keys on top is set to revolutionize the world. Well, not quite, but at least it will be ergonomically correct. The design is so obvious that I wonder why more phones aren’t designed this way. Upside Down Phone Patent (PDF) [Independent Online via Slashdot] Read More

  • Nokia N77 Set To Launch At 3GSM


    Noticing the lack of affordable TV phones on the market Nokia is set to debut the N77 at 3GSM next week. It will be mid-priced so Nokia can infiltrate the masses. “Immediately when the phone prices reach the 200 ($250)-300 ($400) euro price point, mobile television goes mass market,” the source said. The N77 uses DVB-H technology to pickup TV signals. No other details or launch… Read More

  • Fishy Power

    Evan Ackerman at OhGizmo! posts about this wacky fish-skeleton Maywadenki extension cord. At $30, the tail of this 4-feet cord plugs into any wall socket while the head serves as an AC port. The eyes of the skeleton also glow when plugged in. The cord can be found at J-List. Na Cord Fish Bone Extention Cord [TokyoMango via OhGizmo!] Read More

  • FishCam Finds Nemo

    Caroline McCarthy over at CNET’s Crave posts about the Fishcam, a $362 Korean product that can beam back images of fish moving up to bait—allowing fishers to move their line toward them. The device uses a tiny camera attached to a special float and also can store the images on DVD. The British newspaper The Sun has some interesting comments about whether this kills or enhances… Read More

  • Want Some Free Joost?

    Om Malik and his blog New Tee Vee are giving away 100 invites to Joost for Mac users. Those of you rockin’ an Intel-based Mac can register for Joost and download the alpha version of the program. All you have to do is just give a little feedback and you’re golden. The contest started yesterday but there’s still time left to make it in! UPDATE – No more Joost, kids. Read More

  • Mario Theme On Exotic Instruments

    While Communism may be a relegated to the dustbin of history, as this video shows, Eastern Europeans with little to do still walk among us. Click through to see the full collection of crazy Mario theme songs replayed on odd instruments. Super Mario Brothers Theme Song – Homemade Versions [FanTent via BoingBoing] Read More

  • Airport Extreme 802.11n Guts

    The crew over at iFixit are sort of sadistic. Whenever they get fancy new hardware, they always take it a part in a display of technological ingenuity. The newest device to arrive beneath their screwdrivers is the Airport Extreme 802.11n. So if for some reason you find yourself needing to disassemble your new Airport Extreme, iFixit has a complete walk-through of the process. In other… Read More

  • Kodak Easyshare Printers: What's All the Fuss?

    I went to Kodak’s Easyshare Printer launch and walked in just as a group of nerds began playing Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet. Yes, real live nerds. Don’t ask me why. I’m as confused as you. See, they made the launch into an extended Saturday Night Live sketch and they ran the entire thing in NBC studios. Feel free to watch some highlights after the jump, but it’s… Read More

  • Apple Vs. World at CrunchGear

    At CrunchGear this week, we have “Apple Vs. World,” an exciting match-up complete with in-depth analysis from both sides of the ring. We examine the gamut of Apple criticisms and commendations in an effort to satiate sympathizers lying in either trench. So be there this week to witness the continuation of the most epic battle in tech. Only at CrunchGear! Read More

  • iPod And Cellphones To Be Banned In NYC?

    In a wacky move, New York Senator Carl Kruger is proposing that a bill be introduced to ban iPods, cellphones, and all electronic devices while crossing the street in NYC. The proposed bill is due to two pedestrian deaths that occurred in Kruger’s district. If this were to go into effect though, how could law enforcement possibly uphold this crazy law? You’d have to hire a… Read More

  • BBC Slammed By Open-Source Community

    If a bunch of open-source supporting nerds start yelling at a bunch of Brits, guess who it’s over? Yerp, Microsoft. The Open Source Consortium has come down hard against the BBC’s plans to force online TV viewers into Microsoft products. New on-demand service the BBC is offering will only be available to those using Windows and “up-to-date” versions of Microsoft… Read More

  • Mexicans Lose Cellphone Service Temporarily

    Imagine how chaotic life would become if T-Mobile, Cingular, and Verizon’s networks all crashed. You wouldn’t be able to call for help or order pizza at all until the problem was remedied. Well yesterday, millions of Mexicans who use wireless carrier Telcel had their network crash on them. Those in Mexico City were affected the most by the downtime and the whole fiasco took hours… Read More

  • Amazon Unboxes Your TiVo: Answers to Some Burning Questions

    Big news this morning. Amazon and TiVo are in talks to supply Amazon Unbox digital content directly to TiVos. How, why, and when, you ask? Read on: Read More

  • Apple vs. The World: OS X or Vista?


    Mash-up Courtesy of MacThemesForums Comparing OS X to Windows Vista is a correlation fraught with peril. There is so much to like in each operating system that picking a winner in each category was difficult and bound to get me flamed. What follows is a non-exhaustive examination of OS X Tiger and Vista. Clearly, Leopard is on its way and will change the game considerably, but since Steve… Read More

  • Wowee Dragonfly Hands-On. Verdict: Awesome!


    Some background: I tried to assemble and fly a model airplane once and only once. I was about 11, and after one attempt at lift-off, the thing crashed, never to fly again. So today, when I found a nice new Wowee Flytech Dragonfly (a supposedly easy-to-use Dragonfly-shaped RC flier) in the mail, it was my first attempt at model flight in many a year. And I was not disappointed. It… Read More