The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Google Running "Office Killer" Trials

    Buddy Om Malik has an interesting piece on Google’s “Office Killer” hopes and dreams. In the past, Google hasn’t tried to compete directly with Microsoft’s Office suite of apps. Now Fortune magazine says Google is running trials with Proctor & Gamble and GE, letting them test out “Google Office” in preparation for a full scale release. Om says that… Read More

  • Canon's Beastly DSLR – The EOS-1D Mark III

    In addition to those two digital ELPH cameras that were announced earlier, Canon has also announced the EOS-1D Mark III, a professional DSLR that uses Canon’s new DIGIC III image processing. Since you already heard about DIGIC III and all that jazz, I’ll break this one down to the meat and bones for you. The EOS Mark III has a 3-inch LCD with LiveView technology, a possible ISO… Read More

  • Canon's Two Merry ELPHs: SD750 And SD1000

    Canon has announced two new digital cameras in its digital ELPH line: the SD750 and SD1000. Set to be released in March, the SD750 and SD1000 are decent looking cameras that come in stainless steel or dual-tone matte black and cost $300 and $350 (respectively). Both use the new Canon DIGIC III image processor, which is said to increase performance and improve image quality. Other included… Read More

  • RIAA Works With College Students to Convince Them They Are Criminals

    Ah, college. Those heady days between being able to drive and being able to get a job, settle down, and wait patiently for death. Is there anything better than sitting down during your late teens and early twenties and learning about file sharing from a fat man named Mitch (shown here)? I didn’t think so. It seems that the RIAA is sending out thousands of complaints to universities… Read More

  • The Futurist: What An XM-Sirius Merger Means For You

    Woah. So XM and Sirius are looking to form a more perfect union. And, at long last, Howard Stern and Oprah fans will have something in common other than being married to each other. Of course, there are lots of regulatory hurdles that could keep the ink from drying on the deal (a failed merger by satellite TV providers EchoStar and DirecTV immediately comes to mind), but lets assume, for… Read More

  • Star Trek Light Dimmer

    Tired of sleeping with women? Try the Star Trek Light Dimmer! This $40 device connects to your light switch and allows you to say “Computer, Disengage Lights” and it will comply by turning off the lights. I mean it’s sort of a computer, right? It’s binary? The dimmer even replies in the voice of Majel Roddenberry, Gene’s wife, to ensure that your lonely nights can… Read More

  • Pay-Per-Use Electricity at Dallas-Fort Worth

    Let’s recap, shall we? You arrive at the airport and a little man in a vest yells at you to move your car and stop hugging. Then you move to the front counter or perhaps a buggy kiosk and wait until Lomo the Ticket Agent stops talking on his cell long enough to press three buttons. You then get patted down, all of your liquids taken away, eyed with suspicion, and then forced to walk on… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Howdy Stranger Edition

    DIY iTrip Signal Booster In An Altoids Tin
    Japanese Keychain Fobs: Gizmo Never Looked So Great
    Lip Reading Computers Not Far Off
    Voice Activated Answering Machines Delivers Messages, Therapy
    Apple Caught Red-Handed! Read More

  • Cisco and Apple Reach iPhone Trademark Agreement

    Word from Cupertino is that Apple and Cisco have resolved their dispute involving the iPhone trademark. In the agreement, both companies are free to use the iPhone name throughout the world and neither will continue to seek legal actions. As part of the bargain, Cisco and Apple with explore interoperability in areas of security and consumer and enterprise communications. Other terms of the… Read More

  • LG, Prada Headset For The Label Whores

    The fashion conscious who plan to get their well manicured mitts on the LG Prada will be happy to know that they can also get a matching Bluetooth headset. LG and Prada have teamed up again to release a headset that is set to launch in May. It doesn’t seem to be anything special, but it does have a nice display to show you battery strength, volume and device nameā€¦.not to mention the… Read More

  • ATI's New Mac-Specific Radeon Breathes Fire, Kills Dragons, Has CrossFire

    This is the Radeon X2800XT with CrossFire technology. It’s a mammoth of a video card. And if rumors hold true, it’ll hit the streets this April at NAB in Las Vegas. But you won’t be able to buy this guy off the shelf just then. No, the X2800XT with CrossFire will be incorporated into the updated MacPros we’ve been hearing about. And that’s an exclusive deal… Read More

  • Cheapo World Phone for Hazardous, Perilous Adventures!

    When the cannibals of Botswharia are boiling you in their giant cauldron, ready to remove your head from your body in preparation of their Lent feast, you’ll be super bummed that your fancy cellphone died hours before you will. That thing cost $200, and that was with a two year contract, dude! Take our advice, travel light. Use a phone like the National Geographic Global Cell Phone. Read More

  • iTunes Points Out Pirated Music

    A tasty little tale is currently developing in the music world that was exposed by the Gracenote’s database that backs iTunes. The story revolves around the recordings of the late pianist Joyce Hatto. Before her death in 2006, Hatto released a collection of pieces from major composers. It sounds innocuous enough. People release recordings of Beethoven and Mozart all the time. The… Read More

  • Modtendo #442: Wireless Controllers out of Classic Gamepads

    Our Wii is nice and all, but there’s something beyond retro about the original NES or even the SNES’s simple controller that makes us better gamers. That’s why we like what [mark] has done over at Hack-A-Day. [mark] took apart his tired old controllers and added wireless transceivers to the guts, as well as iPod Mini batteries (they’re light, you see). He then make… Read More

  • Lip Reading Computers Not Far Off

    In the far future, your computer will be able to read your lips. That is, if researchers at the U of East Anglia are successful in their three-year project. The idea is sound: using technology similar to character recognition, a computer can take input from a video camera, for example, and parse the position of a person’s lips at specified intervals. It then uses algorithms much like… Read More

  • Samsung To Launch Revolutionary USB Monitors

    Have you been dreaming about five or more monitors hooked up to your PC? Alas, our graphics cards are incapable of this task but Samsung is about to make those champagne dreams a reality. Debuting next month at CeBIT is the 19-inch Syncmaster 940UX that connects via USB. How is this even possible you ask? For the first time, users will have the option of connecting through USB as well as… Read More

  • Helio Slider Coming Soon?

    Phonescoop just spotted an odd slider from Pantech in some FCC filings. The phone, officially called the Pantech PN-810, has three layers. Sliding it up reveals a standard keypad while sliding it sideway reveals a QWERTY keypad. It has EVDO, Bluetooth, and a 2.1-megapixel camera. Not sure what Helio will call it, but it looks quite promising. Dual-Sliding Messenger Phone for Helio Spotted on… Read More

  • Danger Room: A New Defense Blog, With Danger

    Friend of the Crunch, Noah Shachtman, formerly of DefenseTech, just launched a new blog with Wired called Danger Room. Noah writes extensively on defense and military issues and promises his new blog will be pretty far out. We’ll be talking about what’s next in law enforcement, homeland security, and the military here. Not just the gear — although you’ll get more… Read More

  • Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Update

    Ugh. Mardi Gras is over, but my hang over is just beginning. Lots of drunken festivities were had. You can see my photos at my Flickr page. Anyway, quick update about The Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge. We’ve had a lot of great entries so far and I expect they’ll keep coming—I’m sure we’ll get a flurry of them at the end of the week. So how do you enter? Read More

  • Bill Gates Likes To Lie About Vista

    Earlier today, Bill Gates went on the Vista offensive saying that the new OS has been “well received.” That’s funny, I could have sworn earlier in the week, CEO Steve Ballmer was flipping out over piracy and slow Vista sales. Gates says PC manufacturers have embraced Vista and it’s currently helping boost sales for companies. True, but what about regular… Read More