The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Acer's Low-Cost, Vista-Equipped TravelMate Laptop

    Vista may cost a lot for what it is, but Acer’s TravelMate 2480-2779 laptop is quite the bargain. For around $540, you’ll nab a 14-inch widescreen display along with Vista Home Basic and specs like a 1.6GHz Celeron M CPU, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, a DVD/CD-RW combo drive and a 5-in-1 card reader. Wait, you get all that and Vista for under $550? Now that’s a deal. Read More

  • CyberLock: Uncomprimising Security

    The lock is the primary safeguard to the conduit of your home. So you better be sure it’s secure enough to deflect would-be intruders from your valuables, whatever it/they may be. CyberLock promises to protect that conduit a little bit more. Using specialized electronic cylinders, it can convert existing locks into high-tech, high-security home guardians. The electronic cylinder contains… Read More

  • Crazy MIT Student Whips Up Superbelt

    MIT just keeps crankin’ out cool products. Post-ceding Clocky and the Disco Dance Floor is a battery-powered rope ascender called ATLAS. The genius of one Nathan Ball, this 25-pound belt lifts people weighing up to 250-pounds off the ground up to 50 feet in the air for a few seconds. Ball has since gone on to form Atlas LLC to manufacture and sell the product, which is targeted at… Read More

  • OpenMoko's Open-Source Mobile Platform

    Sean Moss-Pultz is trying to change the mobile phone/device industry this year. He wants consumers to care about what operating system is on their phone as much as they care about what’s on their desktop or laptop computers. OpenMoko and FIC’s Neo1973 smartphone is where that change starts. The Linux-based mobile platform is completely open source. And unlike Symbian, Microsoft… Read More

  • Find Yourself with TeleNav Update

    Our Find Yourself with TeleNav contest is drawing to a close. Just one day left. There have been some great entries so far, and I know there are a bunch more out there, so keep them coming. To enter, send an email to contest at crunchgear dot com explaining your best stories of directional retardation (use the subject: “getting lost”). The contest run from today until Friday at… Read More

  • The Futurist: Making Products Better or… CrunchGear Original Concept Designs

    We live in an ergonomically-challenged world. It really is amazing how much our appliances and gadgets rely on archaic designs that are almost senselessly stress-inducing So we got to thinking—what are some simple ways we could improve the appliances around us to be more people-friendly? So I called up the best product design expert I know: human factors design consultant Eric Porges… Read More

  • Get Your Paws On A Kingston 1GB microSD Card For $5.95!

    If you’ve been wanting a microSD card for your cellphone, now is your chance to get one on the cheap. is selling the Kingston 1GB microSD card for $15.95 with a $10 mail-in-rebate. That brings the total price down to $5.95! A winner is you! Better hurry though, because as of this writing, only 42 were left in stock. Product Page [via BGR] Read More

  • HTC Hints at Merger with Sony-Ericsson; We Call BS

    While our Swedish is quite rusty, we live in the future, which means web-based translators are readily available. From what we can tell, Peter Chou, CEO of faves HTC, said in an interview that he thinks a merger between HTC and Sony-Ericsson would be a good fit. Also, he says OJ killed Anna Nicole, but that could just be a metaphor. Why? The benefits are obvious: HTC does a very good job… Read More

  • Is a 15.4-Inch MacBook Model Forthcoming?

    : they’re well put-together, slender, get-the-job-done machines. But there is a gap in the product matrix between the 13.3-inch black MacBook at the 15.4-inch prosumer MacBoo Pro. But according to circulating rumors, as well as DigiTimes from Taiwan, Apple has a 15.4-inch MacBook in the works. The non-Pro laptop is likely replace the black high-end MacBook, bridging the two product families. Read More

  • RSS Problems

    Many of you may have noticed that we’re currently experiencing RSS issues. Rest assured that the A-Team is currently on the case. Hopefully Hannibal and his boys can resolve the issue on the quick with as few casualties, and explosions, as possible. Read More

  • Completely Waterproofed iPod Shuffle From SwimMan

    From time to time we’ll post about some new waterproof case for an iPod or device from companies like Otterbox. The problem with all these cases though, is that no matter what, they always run the risk of a leak. Basically unheard of company SwimMan wants to change the way we waterproof our gadgets by waterproofing from the inside out. Take for instance, SwimMan’s completely… Read More

  • Locca Keeps Your Home Safe

    With a name that reminds us of something an Italian gentleman would say, you really can’t go wrong with Locca. Locca is a digital, wireless lock opener that works from up to 50-meters away. You just click the button and viola, your door is open—perfect for when you have your hands full. If Locca fails, you’ll be able to use your regular key as an override, so don’t… Read More

  • Alpine's Monster iPod Car Deck Hits the Road

    I have an iPod-compatible Alpine deck in my Kia, and I couldn’t live without it. That being said, I’m seriously considering trading up to the iDA-X001, Alpine’s latest offering, and the first deck by Alpine or anyone else designed with input from Apple’s iPod team. Not only can the deck connect to your iPod via its dock port, but it can control it as well. Information… Read More

  • Plasma Light: Way Cool Tesla Device for a Lamp

    If we had one of these as a kid, we would have had an easier time staying in school and off the hard drugs. It’s the Plasma Light Bulb, a scaled-down version of that freaky sci-fi plasma globe that your rich, smarter friend’s dad had in his den. You know, the room you guys weren’t allowed into with the liquor and porn. And plasma globes. We’re guessing these things… Read More

  • HAL 9000 Micro Thumbdrive Won't Kill You

    . So much so you might even forget it’s in your pocket. But it’s big inside, holding up to 2GB of files and plugging in via standard USB. The icing on the cake is the blue LED that pulses with homicidal thoughts as your precious data is being loaded. All that’s missing is a voice that says, “What are you doing, Dave?” when you’re making back-ups of your… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: LA Story Edition

    USB ChapStick
    Mini Motorby Billboard Displays Your Name
    Lightcast: Because Paul Van Dyk And Three Hits Of X Aren’t Enough
    The State of Mobile Content
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  • Verizon's New Samsung Bends, Twirls, Rocks

    The Samsung SCH-u740 is now available from Verizon Wireless. It’s a great phone for those of you who can’t decide between small flip form factors and QWERTY-txting convenience, as it flips and transforms. In addition, it’s V-Cast capable, with external music controls. What’s really great is that this full-featured phone is only $149 (with 2-years in bondage), a great… Read More

  • Dude, 3GSM is Cashed

    I’m wrapping up coverage here at the show and thought it might be nice to look back at everything I’ve seen. The show is about GSM — a strange focus, obviously — but there is enough coolness here to fill a few phone shops. The things I saw here weren’t groundbreaking — everyone is holding their breath, it seems, in anticipation of the iPhone… Read More

  • Specialized Judges Could Mean Less Expensive Gear

    The House of Representatives approved a bill to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges. The result could lead to faster resolutions for patent disputes, fewer appeals and less costly litigation, and hopefully — less expensive gear. Read More

  • T-Mobile Scoring Push Mail, 3G

    “Push” e-mail has a high demand It seems T-Mobile’s International CEO Hamid Akhavan is claiming that T-Mobile will offer push email to consumers, as well as 3G services in 2007. No word yet on pricing, availability, release dates, or any anything else for that matter. So I guess we’ll just have to sit back and watch our Blackberries for now. T-Mobile to Offer Push… Read More