Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Apple Files iPod Patent For Recording Terrestrial and Satellite Radio

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/FM, satellite, and WiFi. The patent art shows that the iPod will accept accessories "to add the necessary functionality", so it's more than likely that the iPod won't be doing the receiving or recording itself. The functionality features recording either a part or all of the song, then connecting your iPod… Read More

  • Sony Releasing Two New PSPs Next Spring?

    Sony Releasing Two New PSPs Next Spring?


    According to some analysts, Sony is going to be refreshing its PSP line in order to revive its flagging portable gaming console. So far various rumors say one of these models will have 8GB of built-in flash, while the other will have a hard drive. There weren’t any details on how large the hard drive would be, but we’re guessing something on the order of iPod size, or else… Read More

  • TubePod – The Truly High Fidelity iPod Dock

    TubePod – The Truly High Fidelity iPod Dock

    There are about a gazillion (actual figure) iPod docks out there, and today we bring you one more. This one claims to be different, though. All of those $200-$500 ones can get to stepping, because Sonic Integrity has stepped up the game with their $1,000 TubePod. At this point, the mere fact that there’s not an “i” in front of the name makes it worth the money. But this one… Read More

  • CrunchGear in Korea: Heading Home

    carrier will be launching it in the next few weeks, maybe the one that starts with T and rhymes with “noble.” It’s a cool Windows Mobile 5.0 – gah! – smartphone with a great form factor, so you all will be first to know when it hits the stores. I’m also going to write a bit on the void between Eastern tech and Western tech. I can honestly say that the… Read More

  • Sony To Replace Dead SIXAXIS (If They Ever Die)

    Sony To Replace Dead SIXAXIS (If They Ever Die)

    Yesterday, it was revealed that the battery found inside the PS3 controller will not be replaceable. It is rechargable, but once the battery really runs out, you’ll have to pony up $49.99 for another one. Fanboys were angered, mobs raised their fists in anger. Then today comes along and we find that Sony plans to replace your old SIXAXIS (as it’s affectionally called) if it… Read More

  • U-G-L-Y: ago7 UMPC


    Generally, I don’t bash products I haven’t seen in person and haven’t used, but it’s ultra mobile PCs like the ago7 that will kill the already small, fragile UMPC market. Will you look at this thing? It needs to be put out of its misery. The reason I’m on the attack this morning is because I received a press release for the ago7 stating it was a new option… Read More

  • iPod Turns Five, Competition Still Looking for Killer


    On October 23, 2001, the first Apple iPod was launched and every music-player manufacturer has been trying to play “catch up” ever since. CNET’s News.com has a really nice collection of iPod-related stories, including a fresh retrospective that suggests the only trouble the player faces right now is from the cell-phone industry, and even that’s not much concern since… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Security Edition

    Daily Crunch: Security Edition

    Look back at the digital wonderland of yesterday: True Utility LockLite: A Flashlight on Your Keys (Literally)
    Upravlator From the Optimus Designers
    How Close Is The Invisibility Cloak?
    Video Piracy Made Easy with iRecord
    NetTansor WiFi Lets You Spy On Your Stuff Read More

  • Xbox 360 Sells Out In Japan

    Xbox 360 Sells Out In Japan

    I can’t believe it, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is selling like mad in Japan. The special edition bundle of Blue Dragon was available for preorder yesterday, in which 100,000 units sold out almost immediately. Another 90,000 standard bundles were soon to follow the shortage. Blue Dragon is an Xbox 360 title developed by the makers of the successful Chrono Cross. The special edition… Read More

  • Moto's Touchscreen, Linux-Based ROKR E6 Clears FCC, Excites Fanboys

    Another day, another slick Moto phone, right?. Sorta. This candy bar Moto is more likely than most to get the fan boys frothing, as it’s totally different, but kinda the same, as the phones Moto has been turning out lately. It’s similar in that it’s called the ROKR E6, which means it will be a music phone (and it will ROCK). Its looks are very RAZR-esque, right down to the… Read More

  • Keane to Release Next Single on Thumb Drive

    By now, CDs are a passe way to buy music. Soooo 2001, really. And iTunes, or BitTorrent? Please. If you really want to get your music the modern way, apparently you buy it on TD (thumb drive). And that is how Keane is releasing their next single. Okay, really we’re not sure whether this is stupid or inspired, but at $7.45 US, including multimedia features and bonuses such as… Read More

  • Bang & Olufsen Debuts Serene Cell Phone


    Sorry, we missed this yesterday, but luxury electronics-maker Bang & Olufsen launched its first North American mobile phone, Serene, which was co-developed by Samsung. I know it’s not new new, and the set of functions on the $1,300 plus mobile isn’t anything more than standard (camera, SMS, MMS, e-mail, calendar, WAP and Bluetooth). However, its design is fairly unique… Read More

  • Video Piracy Made Easy with iRecord


    With Streaming Networks’ new iRecord, your computer is now obsolete. At least as a way to get audio or video from the media you own onto your iPod, PSP or other MPEG-4-playing device, anyway. It’s a small video capture/encoding device with analog TV and Audio inputs and a USB output. The iRecord captures and encodes using H.264/ACC for video, MP3 for audio, and is about twice… Read More

  • How Close Is The Invisibility Cloak?

    How Close Is The Invisibility Cloak?

    Invisibility. Frodo used a ring, James Bond used an Aston Martin, the Klingons used space ships, and Harry Potter used a cloak. Now, it looks like they’re all closer to becoming a reality. Well, except for the ring because that’s just stupid. Scientists from the Imperial College in London and Duke University have teamed up to create a 4.7-inch piece of material that can actually… Read More

  • Epson's Hi-Def Printers Now Available


    The Epson Ultra Hi-Definition line of photo printers we reported on back in August are now available. So if you’ve got a whole lotta pent up aggression toward your current photo printer, we think it’s about time you took a baseball bat to it and replaced it with one of these beauties that churns out extra-delicious-looking pictures using the company’s new Claria… Read More

  • NetTansor WiFi Lets You Spy On Your Stuff

    NetTansor WiFi Lets You Spy On Your Stuff

    I’m not sure what you could actually use this for, except to keep a close eye on your pet at home, but this is Bandai’s NetTansor WiFi Webcam on wheels. It’s a funny-looking little robot with useless arms that can be controlled from your PC. You couldn’t really use him to spy on people, because I can’t imagine that anybody wouldn’t notice the 11.4-inch… Read More

  • BlinkIt: The iPod Flashlight that Glows


    If you’ve been aching to find just the right device to occupy the dock connector on your iPod when it’s, you know, not docked, this looks like a decent one to keep handy. Yes, it’s a flashlight, and while I’m pretty sure there are other flashlight-type accessories this one is better ’cause it blinks. BlinkIt ($30) is like your own personal homing beacon. It has… Read More

  • Personal Soundtrack Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

    I live in what could be classified as “a big city,” and every day my journey to work is different. Sometimes I’m early and I get off the El early and walk casually down Michigan Ave. Sometimes, I’m extremely late so I have to walk briskly (because running is so lame) to make it on time. However I get to work, I’ve got my MP3 player firmly planted in my ears. This… Read More

  • Leica M8 Goes Digital, Expensive

    Ah yes, the old-school Leica design goes into the digital age with a 10.3-megapixel sensor and a 2.5-inch LCD. How much can you expect to pay for digital convenience? How about $5,000! If you’re not busy cleaning up the coffee you’ve just undoubtedly spilled on your shirt, the camera also has a 1/8000 shutter speed, 4GB of storage, and a black case. It’s “pro” in… Read More

  • Apple Gains Market Share

    Apple Gains Market Share


    Data released by Gartner indicates that in the past 12 months, Apple Mac sales have grown 31 percent from 744,000 to 975,000 units. The gain places Apple fourth in US shipments with 6.1 percent market share, just behind Gateway’s 6.4 percent US market tally. Despite falling 7.1 percent, Dell continues to lead the US market with a 32.1 percent share. While HP has experienced a lot of… Read More