Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Total HD Disc From Warner Bros.

    Last night Warner Brothers showed off their new Total Hi Def Disc at a special conference.
    They showed a clip from the movie Superman Returns on HD-DVD, Blu Ray Disc, and Total HD. They all looked the same, they all looked great, and Total HD is just another format we don’t need. Move along folks, nothing to see here. Read More

  • Creative XDock Wireless

    X-Fi is a technology for improving audio quality from standard sources including MP3 players and streaming sources. They’ve stuffed this technology into a set of wireless devices, the XDock Wireless dock and the X-Fi Wireless Receivers. You plug in an iPod into the XDock and can play music out to an optical or RCA-enabled receiver. Then, you can transmit the audio to a Wireless Receiver… Read More

  • Day 3 @ CES: Sweepy

    What do you get when you put a manic-depressive, a beat-down married man, and a guy from the South together in one place? Our CES experience. Here, John takes a quick nap before heading off to his next appointment — in the dumpsters behind the Bellagio hotel. Read More

  • Hybrid Blu-ray-HD-DVD Player Coming

    for the PC that could read both Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that LG has announced a standalone player that will play both disc formats. The BH100 Super Multi Blue Player will support 1080p resolution via an HDMI 1.2 output. The suggested retail price is $1,199 and the player is supposedly to be released by April. Not that LG would ever let us down! Product Read More

  • Eton Self Powered Radio

    Most of the larger booths at CES probably pull more electricity than is used by a small city. But even if you’re not one of those “green” types, you have to admit the idea of saving a little bit of energy is a good idea. Eton Corporation also does so without looking all hippie to boot. Their FR 300 self-powered AM/FM radio with NOAA (National Oceanic & &… Read More

  • Samsung Simpsons Phones: Little, Yellow, Different

    We got a chance to see the Simpsons phones in the wild. It’s all clamshell all the time over there with an A717 for Cingular, an M500 for Sprint, and a U740 for Verizon ensconced in glass cases and colored yellow as Homer’s sun-kissed pate. The phones will be available during the film launch in July. Read More

  • CarMD Tells Your Car to Turn Over, Cough

    Most cars made for the American road since the late ’80s have included a small microprocessor that keeps track of various goings-on under the hood. It not only keeps things digitally regulated, but also makes a record of any problems so your motor can have a quick “check-up” from any mechanic with the diagnostic gear to decode the information, which is not always cheap. CarMD… Read More

  • UPDATE: Cisco and Apple DIDN'T Make a Deal on the iPhone Name

    When Apple wants something, Apple gets DOESN’T it. According to ZDNet, Apple got a call early yesterday morning to the effect of: The fact is that we have not received the approved agreement back from Apple as late as this morning. What we said in our statement, which you posted, was that we sent them the final terms on Jan. 8 and by the fact that they launched the iPhone on Jan. 9… Read More

  • Keep Death from Beheaded Pretty Flowers via USB

    If you can forgive the noir color scheme, you might enjoy this USB flower vase from some design house in Europe. What could a flower vase possibly do via USB? Tell you that your pansy is low on water, that’s what. When your slowly dying bud (ha! ha!) needs more liquid love, a message pops up on your computer monitor to alert you to the task. Even with this technilgical help, however, I… Read More

  • Apple's iPhone: Fiction From Fact

    So it’s out, it’s real, it’s expensive. We now know all the facts regarding iPhone, so we can now turn the focus of the rumor mill to Transformer’s movie scuttlebutt. But in the aftermath of the debut of the “ultimate digital device”, we learn that much of the dirt we’d heard on the handset is bogus. Let’s have a look at a few of the near… Read More

  • Samsung SCH i760: Blackjack ][

    Got some hands-on time with the SCH i760, the Blackjack Deux, with an external keypad and fold out QWERTY keyboard. It’s probably coming out on Verizon, although the kids at Samsung weren’t talking. More as we get it. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: New Turtleneck Edition

    Crunchgear @ MacWorld 2007
    CES Knows The Old School
    iTV out, Apple TV in
    It’s Still the iPhone?!
    Kenwood’s Idea of Seamless Entertainment Read More

  • Kenwood's Idea of Seamless Entertainment

    A typical press conference at CES. Kenwood demonstrates “seamless entertainment.” This Power Point slide has us convinced! Read More

  • Kleer Cuts Loose


    Of all the products and technologies I’ve seen so far at this year’s CES, the most impressive is, without a doubt, from Kleer. Its technology utilizes a 2.4GHz radio for full lossless audio. I had a chance to test it out with an iPod adapter and I’m thoroughly pleased with the results. I noticed no distinction in audio fidelity between wired headphones and the Kleer… Read More

  • XM And Bushnell Unveil Onix 400


    Bushnell isn’t exactly known for awesome consumer electronics, but the Onix 400 seems to be a decent device. It’s a waterproof GPS device with XM Satellite Radio and weather tracking built-in. It features a 3.5-inch 320×240 LCD display, an embedded 64MB microSD card for data and maps, and a rechargeable battery. No price yet, but it debuts this summer along with The Stapler. Read More

  • Eos Whole Home Audio Systems for the iPod

    It seems fairly obvious, but if you really want to listen to your music anywhere in the house on your iPod… you just take your iPod with you. But apparently Eos Wireless seems to think it is a better for you to plug the device into this compact docking station, which will let you stream to other speakers. In fairness, this does allow you to share the tunes, so that’s not a bad thing. Read More

  • Nokia on iPhone: WTF!?

    Nokia’s vice president of the N-series musicphones computers, Pekka Pohjakallio, got real-time word of the launch of the iPhone earlier today. What does he have to say about it at CES? “…It is a 2G device, not 3G, which was a surprise to me.” Thanks, Mr. Pahjakallio for putting voice to the complete “Wait, WHAT!?” that we’re collectively thinking. Now… Read More

  • More Klipsching


    As Peter mentioned below, Klispch is launching the RoomGroove that works in conjunction with its CS-700 system. In addition to being a fully functional iPod dock, the RoomGroove uses KlipschCast to send and receive audio to and from the CS-700. It is aesthetically parallel to the CS-700 and it has an attractive touch activated iPod dock that slides into the unit. And, of course, the dock… Read More

  • KlipschCasting cuts the Cord

    Remember a couple of years ago when all the hype was that more speakers were better. So while we haven’t heard much about 6.1, 7.1 or 10.1, or any other combination of large prime numbers, we’re hearing instead about “simulated surround sound.” Those results have been far from stimulating, however Klipsch could change all that with their new… Read More

  • LEICA Goes Retro With Updated M8

    While digital cameras have come along in recent years when it comes to form factor, the retro look of a classic Leica just can’t be beat. Introduced at the Photokina show in Cologne of last year, the new Leica M8 was still front and center from the offerings from Leica Camera at the Consumer Electronics Show. So in case you missed its arrival (as we did), this camera is a true throwback… Read More