Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Nikon D40 Hands-on

    DSLRs take sharper stills, but their price, size and overflow of features tend to scare Average Joes back to the compacts. The 6-megapixel D40, Nikon’s training wheel DSLR, tries its best to cut back on the scare factor, hopefully easing people into a lifetime of dropping Benjamins on pricey lenses. It hits shelves in December, but we’ve been playing around with it for a few days. Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson Looking To Take On Mobile And Broadband TV

    Sony-Ericsson is looking to move past the cellphone market and into new ground for them: mobile and broadband TV. The cellphone giant is now looking to help put content on consumers’ screens within the next two years. Ericsson’s Per Nordlof says he envisions about 30 percent of cellphone users watching programs on their phones and that “within two years”; a mass market… Read More

  • E-mail Turns 35, Viagra $2, Xanax $8 Anytime U Want

    Well looks like we had another occasion to celebrate this weekend other than watching football and eating turkey: E-mail’s birthday! E-mail turned 35 this weekend and to celebrate, we’re not going to clean out our SPAM folder for a day. How is e-mail 35 you ask? Back in 1971, a programmer named Ray Tomlinson was messing around with an idea and eventually sent the first e-mail message. Read More

  • Zune: Sucking Wind?

    cred. That said, the Windy City Roller Andy Ihnatko writes: After that, it’s nothing more than a bookmark for purchasing the track in the Zune Marketplace. It amounts to nothing more than free advertising. The Zune is a complete, humiliating failure. Toshiba’s Gigabeat player, for example, is far more versatile, it has none of the Zune’s limitations, and Amazon sells the… Read More

  • Giving Thanks Giveaway Winner

    Happy post-Turkey Day! Proporta makes cases and accessories for portable devices. They’ve been kind enough to offer a nice accessory package for one of our lucky readers and that lucky reader is Burt, late of Gmail way. Burt – check your email and spam box and drop us a line @ contest at crunchgear dot com. Again, thanks for entering and thanks to Proporta for hooking us… Read More

  • Helio Drift: Don't Call it a White Slider Phone from Samsung

    According to our special friends at Gizmodo, there are only ten white Drifts in all the land — but that doesn’t mean we and everyone else shouldn’t get a few as well. I’ve always been a MVNO-hater, but I really see the value in the Drift. This is a focused, software heavy phone with enough user-friendly features to be dangerous. Ignore all the MySpace claptrap… Read More

  • Wii Modded

    Here we see a young man hacking, nay, stealing from the makers of the Nintendo Wii. We cannot condone this behavior, but if anyone knows what they did to pull it off, please let us know. Read More

  • CrunchGear Spends Turkey Day with Treo 680

    With the exception of the Zune, few devices this holiday season have had as many rumors, conjecture, spy shots, leaked stats and hyperbole than the Palm Treo 680. What started out as a hand held known only as “Hollywood,” the 680 is today Cingular’s newest smartphone and Palm’s (and, some say, the industry’s) first attempt at making a full-featured smartphone… Read More

  • Congress Allows Orgy Between T-Mo’s Zeta-Jones, Cingular’s Jack

    Those of you who use a GSM-based provider in the best goddamned country in the world (hint: U.S.A.) should rejoice, as Congress has ruled that it’s OK to get your cellphone unlocked so you can use it with a competing provider. Those of you with T-Mobile are probably yawning and going “Yeah yeah…T-Mobile has been letting us unlock our phones once every 90 days dude.”… Read More

  • LG Chocolate Becomes Red Licorice, Green Jello

    Damn LG, it must feel good to be a gangsta! After the success of LG’s popular Chocolate phone, it was released in white. Now, just in time for Christmas the holidays, comes the LG Chocolate in Red and Mint Green. The red looks decent but the green color is absolutely atrocious. All the features are exactly the same as the previous versions of the Chocolate, so don’t get your hopes… Read More

  • Battle Test: Trolltech Qtopia Greenphone


    Earlier this year, Trolltech announced it’d be releasing a cell phone to the public that would assist developers writing software for its Qtopia platform. Dubbed the “Greenphone,” this phone is more like a PDA that can make calls on the side. Equipped with Qtopia Phone Edition and running a Linux kernel at the base of everything, this is a powerful phone really marketed… Read More

  • Sprint Gets Slim While We Get Fat

    After turkey, booze, and uncle Doug’s Prez Bush impressions, our favorite part of thnksgvng is by far the mammoth stack of Black Friday ads that accompany the daily paper of your choice. If you were eagle-eyed enough, you may have noticed some retailers offering a new phone from Sprint that might make you forget gluttony for a few moments. Sprint is billing it as the thinnest flip phone… Read More

  • Crooks Nab $1.5m In Xbox 360s In The UK

    Nothing like a good ol’ heist in the UK just in time for the holidays. It appears that a couple of men have robbed a trailer with about $1.5 million in Xbox 360s somewhere in Staffordshire, UK. That just adds insult to injury after another trailer was robbed of about $500,000 in units earlier in the week. Not only did the robbers jack the truck, they beat the ass of the dude driving… Read More

  • Amazon Goes Down Right Before $100 360 Becomes Available

    So everybody and their Mother today was either heading to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving or sitting in front of a computer refreshing Amazon.com for that $100 Xbox 360 deal. Around 1:56pm (EST) today as I was refreshing, the site went down. After that, several friends and I had absolutely no luck trying to connect to the Amazon.com page. Then around 2:06pm, Blake told me his friend… Read More

  • GPS + GSM = Twig Discovery

    We’re all about convergence, and the Twig’s melding of GSM and GPS doesn’t just sound cool, it’s functional. Twig, a maker of specialty handsets, has introduced its Discovery device. It’s half GSM phone, meaning add your SIM and you’re good to go, including GPRS web browsing. Its phone features are rather limited, sadly, but that’s to make way for… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Night Photography Edition

    “Healing Moon” for Hippy Shut-Ins
    Xbox 360 Core For $100? Find Out Today
    Arriva Headphones Have Arriva’ed
    UnZoone Removes Flawed Zune Software
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  • Wii Gobbles Up Your Photos

    Over at the Nintendo Wii forums, users are stating their Nintendo Wii systems have started to automatically sync with their cell phones via Bluetooth, and transfers photos onto an SD card inserted into the Wii. Here’s what one of the users claims: I just went in my photo channel just to look at the opening menu (I had no pictures on the SD card, or so I thought) when I clicked on the… Read More

  • "Healing Moon" for Hippy Shut-Ins

    If your apartment is anything like our apartment, meaning small, cramped, and with token “windows,” then you might benefit from this “Healing Moon” by Brando. We’re not sure if it actually heals anything, but it does make a half-way decent artificial moon, if that’s your thing, mimicking the 12-phases on cue via an IR remote. The real point of this thing is… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Core For $100? Find Out Today


    So the first week/round of Amazon’s cool Customers Vote promotion ended yesterday, or at least the voting closed. The winner will be announced today at 2pm ET/11am PT and then you have a whole freaking day to sit in front of your computers until the Xbox 360 winner goes on sale. Amazon has a page of tips set up to tell you how best to attempt to lockdown a unit. PS~ To all those… Read More

  • Turkey Stuffing Time

    We here at CrunchGear are taking tomorrow off and are closing up shop early today and Friday. We’re still running our Giving Thanks Giveaway, so keep those entries coming, otherwise, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday. Don’t eat to much. We also want to thank you all, our loyal readers, for your loyal readership. Seriously: We started this thing almost four months ago and… Read More