The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • ESPN Returns as ESPN for V-Cast

    ESPN Mobile, the late MVNO that piggybacked on Verizon’s network, is being reborn, in a sense, as part of Verizon’s V-Cast service. Subscribers will be able to download the ESPN application for their handset, essentially giving it the unique features the ESPN phones enjoyed. In addition, a $3 a day or $15 a month subscription allows the phones to display up-to-the-minute… Read More

  • Wisair, Nokia Wireless USB Camera Phone

    Wisair, one of the chipset makers trying to get its Ultra Wideband (UWB) and Wireless USB solutions into every consumer product ever, is demonstrating the use of Wireless USB in camera phones at 3GSM. Using a Nokia N series handset embedded with the Wisair 542 chip, the company will show visitors to the WiMedia Alliance area (the rest of us will just have to take their word for it) just… Read More

  • Newsflash: Megapixels Don't Mean Megapictures

    Mr. Pogue, over at the Times, has a great must-read on something photoheads have long known—when it comes to megapixels, bigger doesn’t matter (too much.) The way I see it, people love simplicity, especially when shopping. If there’s any easy-to-read stat that registers as “more is good,” it makes it a lot easier for companies to push their products, and to… Read More

  • LG, Microsoft Get It On

    Microsoft and LG have announced their nuptials and soon we will see LG-WinMo babies (though the image above is just some handy Photoshopping) scampering around the smartphone section. LG, the fourth-largest mobile phone maker, and Microsoft are expected to make it official next week at 3GSM. This is a great move by LG since its SK counterpart Samsung is having great success with the… Read More

  • Wired Bombshell: AppleTV, Zune To Become Gaming Devices

    Far be it from us to start rampant rumors and speculation, but sometimes we notice something that falls through the cracks and we can’t resist. Greg Canessa, the former general manager for Xbox Live, as well as a former employee of Apple specializing in games, has quietly dropped a bomb in an interview regarding his new position at PopCap games to Wired. When asked what exactly… Read More

  • Ricoh's New Industrial-Strength, Heavy-Duty Tough-Guy Camera

    Sure, this ugly-ass camera looks like it’s straight out of 2001, but it’s features are anything but old. This $1,200 unsightly monster is not meant to take photos of your sister’s wedding. Unless your sister is a sasquatch, because this is an outdoorsman’s camera. It’s the kind of thing you’d take on safari, because it’s ruggedized and shock-proof. Or… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6 Gets One More Thumbs Up

    If a device running Windows Mobile is in your near future, it looks like you’ll definitely want to get one running the newest version. LAPTOP magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer gave the newly minted version 6 a thorough testing and not only survived, but actually likes the update to the OS. Spoonauer gives it props for being faster and more stable than its predecessor… Read More

  • Blizzard, DC Comics Team Up For WoW Action Figures

    With World of Warcraft soaring past 8 million users, it was only a matter of time before more action figures were concocted up by a marketing team at Blizzard. Through a partnership with DC Unlimited (DC Comics), figures will be available sometime in Q3, with the debut at next week’s Toy Fair in NYC (CG will be there). Says DC, the debut figurines will be between 5 to 8 inches and made… Read More

  • Sonic Boom Alarm Clock Brings Your Bed Good Vibrations, 113 db

    Where I come from, vibrating beds are mostly found in hourly rate motels. Now you can bring all of that fun to your home! The Sonic Book Alarm Clock shakes your bed like a British nanny. And if that’s not enough to wake you, the ear-splitting 113-decibel alarm will. And get a load of the bizarre rant of a product description the site has: Even Ninjas need their sleep. For a Ninja, sleep… Read More

  • Nokia To Offer Free Mobile Map Service

    Everyone from Google to TomTom are going to be keeping a close eye on Nokia soon. The Finnish telecom company is rolling out a free maps-and-directions service called “smart2go.” Smart2go will have local search, directions, locations and maps crammed into its mobile-phone software. Car-based navigation will also be included at no additional cost. The service rolls out February 10… Read More

  • Buy A Zune, Get A $15 iTMS Gift Card

    CompUSA used to be known as a mecca of computer-related items; now it’s more like a Motel 6 with the $44.95-a-night special. Regardless, it seems Microsoft’s Zune must not be a hot item at the retailer, as it’s giving customers purchasing the portable players with a $15 iTunes Music Store gift card! Now normally this would be absolutely fantastic, except that iTunes Music… Read More

  • Apple and Intel Preordained?

    I stumbled across this Flickr pic earlier and thought that it was worth mentioning. It shows Intel co-founder Les Vadasz using a Mac. This in itself isn’t so exciting since Intel is now inside all new Macs. But the conversation that took place when the picture was taken is of some interest. Steve Jurston, industry shaker and the guy behind the camera, writes: I had to ask, with a bit of… Read More

  • CrunchBack: Share Your Customer Service/Tech Support Horror Stories

    It’s no mystery that customer service exists more as a way to appease the Better Business Bureau than to actually serve any customers, but there’s a spectrum — some companies give it better than others. Throw in comments some of your worse experiences in dealing with inept, angry, rude, or mentally-deficient customer servie or tech support people. And, if you feel like it… Read More

  • Lights, Camera, ActionCam!

    Oregon Scientific’s All Terrain Camera is a wireless, weatherproof camera that can record your crazy skydiving or NASCAR exploits. The camera records video and sound to AVI and features PAL out, USB and a 640×480 VGA CMOS sensor. It also is mountable to many helmets. At $315, the camera includes 32MB of internal memory — expandable to 2GB—and is water resistant up to… Read More

  • Quench Your iPod Thirst

    The Camelbak Hydration Pack is perfect for the tech enthusiast who plans to search for national treasure or the Holy Grail. The survival pack features a 100-ounce water storage unit and space for a shovel. Upgraded for 21st century archaeologists, the camel back also has two 60mm waterproof speakers in the upper straps. The speakers are compatible with any audio device that has a 3.5mm jack… Read More

  • Tuesdays With Ifrogz

    Ifrogz, which makes custom silicon iPod cases, will have a unique give-away every Tuesday. Visitors to the site sometime between 2 and 4 p.m. MST (that’s right, the company is based in Utah) will notice a flashing green light bulb and “Snatch It!” tab in the upper-middle section of every page on the site. Customers will be able to add a featured product to their cart for… Read More

  • Lensbabies New Aperture Kit

    Lensbaby announced today the availability of a creative aperture for budding photographers who feel the need to shoot pictures through various outlines. The kit includes a heart and star aperture and five blank apertures to punch out in any pattern you wish. I like Lensbaby, but I’m not sure about this one. Maybe it could be useful for wedding photogs or something, but I don’t see… Read More

  • Sell An M-Rated Game To A Minor, Get Fired

    Back in the day when I was but a wee teenager, I was always the 15-year old with the beard who bought everyone tickets to R-rated movies. I never really had much of a problem buying M-rated video games. Looks like the times have changed though, as retailers are starting to take ratings seriously and are cracking down on those under 17. Read More

  • Guitar Hero Coming To Wii

    Those of you who enjoy feigning a seizure and playing faux guitar should be excited to know that your most favoritest game EVER, Activision’s Guitar Hero, is coming to the Nintendo Wii. The dudes over at The Tanooki confirmed with Activision CEO Mike Griffith that Guitar Hero would be making its way to Nintendo’s gimmicky console. Said the man himself: The key difference in… Read More

  • Apiotek USB SkyPhone Only 7.5mm Thin

    Making stylish, corded Skype phones seems to be the rage nowadays. It looks more like a remote control or third-party Wiimote, but the SkyPhone packs some impressive features. The device itself is only 7.5mm thick, weighs 69g, and has a dramatic metal backing like the iPod. It also is compatible with Skype, MSN, and Yahoo!, has USB 2.0, has recording capabilities, and is Mac/PC compatible. You… Read More