Gadgets

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  • 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

  • Steve Jobs To Labels: Set Your Music Free

    You probably can’t tell by the way Apple slaps FairPlay on millions of tracks a day, but apparantly Mr. Jobs is no fan of locked up songs. His gist: Since 90% of tunes are still sold in the essentially-unlocked CD format (that’s pronounced “see-dee”, for the digital generation), it doesn’t make sense to punish people who scoop up songs online. Ya think? Of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Comets On Fire Edition

    Apple vs. The World
    Review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch
    Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit
    Review: ZuneOne’s Silicone Skin, Crystal Case
    Helio Jumps On The Music Downloading Bandwagon Read More

  • Apple's iPhone Confidentiality Letter to FCC Surfaces

    Here’s a delicious little find: A letter dating Oct. 12, 2006, requesting that the FCC refrain from releasing iPhone particulars to the public in hopes of preventing competitors from gaining “an unfair advantage.” Sadly the letter doesn’t really go into details on any of the information it seeks to keep from prying eyes. One can, however, gather a possible iPhone… Read More

  • Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit

    Troy Hurtubise, famous for his bear-proof suits, recently made headlines for developing a Halo-inspired anti-ballistic suit. After spending $15,000 and several years developing the suit, Hurtubise had hoped to sell the design to some military hoping to protect its troops in hostile situations. Suit features include a head-guided laser pointer, the whole bullet deflection thing and a handy… Read More

  • Quieter Xbox 360s Coming Soon


    I love my 360. It’s a great system and I feel confident that it will win the console war. There is a problem though. It’s the nosiest device in my room. When I’m sitting here playing Gears of War there are so many grinding sounds emitting from the unit that sometimes I wonder if it’s going to explode. Recognizing that there is a problem, Microsoft is taking steps… Read More

  • Helio Hits 70,000

    Everybody’s favorite MVNO Helio today announced that it had reached 70,000 subscribers, a pretty substantial number for a year old company. The results were released because Earthlink, Helio’s parent company in conjunction with SK Telecom, will tomorrow release its annual earnings report. Helio projects that it will reach 100k subscribers by the next quarter. And I certainly hope… Read More

  • Review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch

    Just finished a quick review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch at my watch porn site, WristWatchReview. This watch is made in Swizterland but was designed by John Patterson, surfer who hangs ten in Hawaii and wanted something that could survive the deepest depths and shark attacks. At $775, it’s fairly pricey but it’s quite handsome and comes with two removable straps… Read More

  • A Deeper Look at Wal-Mart's Digital Downloads Service

    Wal-Mart has landed what at first blush appears to be a solid punch to Apple’s gut, signing a deal with all six major movie studios for movie downloads, a feat the inventor of the marketplace couldn’t achieve. Apple landed the first contracts to sell movies over iTunes, but not all studios got on board. So how did Wal-Mart convince the hold-outs to join in the game? With… Read More

  • snom 370 IP Business Phone


    VoIP is hot right now for a good reason. It drastically reduces the cost of telephony by allowing high-bandwidth voice communications to be conducted over the Internets rather than through telco routings with premium rates. The technology makes sense for everyone. Berlin-based snom technology AG has developed a VoIP phone that allows businesses to optimize its IP communications. The snom… Read More

  • WWDC: Apple Sets Date, We Speculate

    What’s next for Apple, one would ask? Now that AppleTV and iPhone have hit, where does a company go next? We have a feeling that it might have something to do with, you know, computers. Apple has announced that the 2007 WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) will be June 11-15 in San Francisco. Traditionally, Apple uses this venue to announce pro software upgrades and minor new… Read More

  • Review: ZuneOne's Silicone Skin, Crystal Case

    One thing we feel the Zune has over the competition (iPod) is its matte finish. What might seem like a minor design point was without a doubt meticulously poured over by marketing and design gurus for what must have seemed like minutes. They came up with a material that felt good but didn’t scratch too easily, like other competing products (iPod) tend to. Though it affords your Zune… Read More