Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Mach Speed TV5 Hands On

    I’m the type of person that enjoys carrying around as many gadgets as I have pockets. I like the attention it gets me on the subway when I fumble and drop hundreds of dollars worth of gadgets on the scummy floor of the subway. Ok, not really, but I like my gadgets to do one thing and do it well. Convergence gadgets are trying to make their way into our pockets, but many fail while only a… Read More

  • GPS System Helps Blind People Mosey Around Town

    An Italian company has developed a GPS system that helps blind people easily and safely get around town. Called Easy Walk, the system is comprised of a Symbian cellphone, a Bluetooth GPS receiver and special speech-to-text software. Not surprisingly, the developers at Il Village made Easy Walk simple to use: the user has only two buttons at his disposal, one of which gives the user’s… Read More

  • iMac To Get A Facelift?

    Rolling out of bed this morning, I accidentally tripped and hit my head on a desk. When I looked to see what I tripped over, my anger eased – it was just the latest Apple rumor. So the latest word is that the Apple is doing away with the 17-inch version of the iMac and is sprucing up the 20 and 24-inch models with a whole new design. It has been over 3 years since the last major… Read More

  • For Real, Apple TV Now Shipping


    Several users, including our own John Biggs, are reporting that their Apple TV orders have finally started shipping. The $299 media streaming device, which was first unveiled last summer, should have already been in people’s hands by now (indeed, some of us were getting quite antsy), but last-minute delays kept all of them at Steve Jobs’ house, which is apparently in Shenzen… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Central Station Edition

    Open Your PS3 and Wii
    GrandCentral: Huh. Wow.
    Go Against The Grain: The Sand Time Watch
    The Evolution of the Computer Mouse: As Exciting As It Sounds
    Laptop Horror Stories Entry #5: UMPC Train Pain Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Final Vote

    Ok, folks. We’re down to the wire here. These are our five entries emailed last week and today. Please read through them and pick the best one. We’ll hold open voting until noon EST tomorrow. 1. Flame On
    2. MacBook Hell
    3. Bloops
    4. Rock and Crunch
    5. UMPC Train Pain Vote after the jump. Read More

  • Best Travel Notebooks


    There has never been a better time to be a geek road warrior. Technologies exist today that seemed like the stuff of science fiction just a decade ago. Laptops in particular have seen a glorious augmentation of performance with a concurrent reduction of size. Good times. I recently found myself in this situation and, even in my position, it was an incredibly difficult situation. But given… Read More

  • Sony And Immersion Finish Legal Battle

    Remember a few years ago Sony got into some deep trouble with a company called Immersion over the rumble technology in the PS2’s controllers? Well after a long, long battle, the two companies have finally settled their differences. Immersion and Sony are now working together to incorporate Immersion’s vibration technology inside future Sony products, most likely including the… Read More

  • EarthLink To Unveil WiFi Phone Beta


    EarthLink is expected to announce a beta test for Accton Technology Corp’s WiFi phone as early as tomorrow. Beta testing on the phone has been in the works on EarthLink’s municipal wireless network in Anaheim and it seems to be working very well. Like any WiFi phone, you’ll be able to make VoIP calls from your home network or on EarthLink’s Municipal WiFi network. As… Read More

  • Kajeet: You Know, For Kids


    The Sanyo Katana – Could a kid step on it and break it? Mine almost did! I just got in a phone from an interesting MVNO, Kajeet. The service is aimed at kids and their parents and offers a few basic features that Mr. or Ms. Mom and Dad might like. Read the rest at MobileCrunch… Read More

  • Jellyfish/CTIA Smack Off

    on their site. The site offers a limited number of products at a deep discount. The Smack Auction reduces the price over time, but only until supplies run out. If you don’t buy before they’re out, you’re stuck. The key is to time it and buy just before you hit that magic, hidden number. The fine folks at Jellyfish are planning to offer phones and laptops at a considerable… Read More

  • The Case For High-End Audio: The Super Audio CD

    I’d say it’s a safe bet to say that most of us listen to music. We all enjoy our favorite artists and like to listen to music in the car, at work, or while just relaxing at home. But some of us are complete snobs and are picky about our music and audio. For those of you who share this trait, there’s the ostracized SACD and DVD-Audio formats. Exceptional quality and… Read More

  • Open Your PS3 and Wii


    At $14.95, you really can’t go wrong with this cute toolkit. It includes everything you need to open your Wii or 360 and then some including the 360 slimjim you need to pop the case. Seriously. The Internet thinks of everything. Read More

  • Apple TV To Overtake TiVo, Netflix, and Jesus According To Analyst

    Saying that a device like Apple TV is going to overtake huge, pioneering companies like TiVo and Netflix is a pretty bold move. But here at the CG, we like bold moves. ThinkEquity analyst John Hoopes says that the Apple TV is “an ideal conduit for multiple services including DVR, paid-for content, gaming, or advertising.” Ok, quite true. The Apple TV can do a lot of fantastic things. Read More

  • nVidia's Next Top of The Line GPU To Appear Next Week: Just an Overclocked 8800 GTX?

    Graphics card specialist nVidia will launch a host of new video cards next month, with what appears to be an overclocked 8800 GTX leading the charge. “Sources” said that nVidia will call its new top of the line card the 8800 Ultra and is intended to one-up AMD’s yet to be released Direct X 10 graphics card. (That card was supposedly to be unveiled last week, but AMD got cold… Read More

  • Zune-Fans in a Stream: Send Music To Another Zune

    We’ve all grown to love or hate the Zune in the last few months, but this here factoid may change your mind for the better if you’re apart of the latter group. The FM transmitter accessory for the Zune is meant to be used for your car stereo, but remember how the Zune has built in FM tuners? Has it clicked yet? You can tap into the frequency one Zune is transmitting via the FM… Read More

  • HTC Ameo/Athena T-Mo Pricing Available for UK

    The Germans are paying roughly €500 for the Ameo/Athena and now the Brits will have to pay ₤120 depending on their airtime package, otherwise it will cost ₤430. It’s still running WinMo 5 though — bummer. Reports also indicate that HTC is expected to offer Ameo/Athena under a different moniker, Advantage X7500. Unlike Ameo/Athena, the X7500 will not be hog-tied to a… Read More

  • HTW (who?) Announces Solar-Powered Mobile Phone

    Here’s a little something for the solar power proponents in the CG audience. Chinese electronics manufacturer HTW announced the S116 Solar Mobile phone at CeBIT and it seems pretty promising. Unfortunately there wasn’t an actual working model or any model available for display. A 40 minute charge yields 20-25 minutes of talk time, but does anyone carry their phone where it can… Read More

  • Technovision's 205-inch LCD TV: How Big is Too Big?

    TV obsessives take note: the fine folks at Technovision unveiled a 205-inch Luxio LCD TV at CeBIT. (And to think people were drooling over 108-inch TVs at CES earlier this year.) You may well need to move into a bigger house just to be able to fit all 8.3 x 15 feet of the TV. The Italian manufacturer didn’t specify how much the TV would cost, but I’m gonna take a wild guess and… Read More

  • GrandCentral: Huh. Wow.

    I know I should be saving my Wows for Windows Vista, but I’m spending them all on GrandCentral. David Pogue talked about the service last week and I set up an account, just for kicks, to see how it worked. I didn’t really play with it until today and I’m really blown away. The service is fairly simple. You give it all of your phone numbers and it funnels calls through a… Read More