Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • iPhone Uses 1.5:1 Aspect Ratio

    Looks like Apple has some ‘splaining to do. Seems the iPhone isn’t going to be a conformist anytime soon. Apple is using a proprietary 1.5:1 aspect ratio for video playback as opposed to the normal 16:9 widescreen mode. Why would Apple do this when even their own AppleTV uses 16:9? Movies aren’t going to look horrible or anything like that, but those hoping for a… Read More

  • Blu-Ray Cracked [??]

    encryption system. I’m calling bull on this one. I suspect someone will deAACS Blu-Ray with a standalone drive and a PC, just like they did with HD-DVD, but what do I know? This just in: Possible Blu-ray title/volume key exploit found on PS3 [HDTVBlogger via PS3Scene via Gizmodo] Read More

  • HTC VOX Spotted


    that looks like a direct successor to the Hermes and Herald line. Click the image for a bigger pic. The image was apparently taken using satellite imagery but it seems to point to the product actually hitting someone’s line-up this year. It’s a Quad-band GSM phone with EDGE so it probably won’t hit T-Mobile but it would be strange for Cingular/AT&T to cannibalize… Read More

  • AdFree.tv: Will Rip and Convert for Beer Money


    Not sure what to make of this odd site. It looks to be a labor of love by a young student with dreams of “watching ad-free TV” but I think it will be shut down faster than a bull fight in a Hummel figurine plant. That said, go and get thee some 40 Year Old Virgin while old Mr. Crenshaw is napping in his corner office. AdFreeTV Read More

  • Breaking: Apple To Open Up FairPlay DRM To Accessory Manufacturers

    Whoa Apple! First you were all “Get out of my shit!” with your proprietary iTunes DRM, now you’re all “Come into my humble abode.” What gives? Rumor ’round the mill is that Apple will be making an announcement this week and that the announcement will be the opening up of the FairPlay DRM system to select manufacturers. The move could not only help… Read More

  • HTC Cavalier In The Wild

    Damn the Boy Genius Report! Looks like our pals over at BGR got their mitts on an HTC Cavalier. This GSM beauty is the follow up to the popular HTC Dash/Excalibur for T-Mobile. It comes with HSDPA and 3G (guaranteed to make Blake wet), a 400mhz Samsung CPU, 128MB of flash memory, a 2MP camera, and a subtle design upgrade. Too bad the device is “postponed indefinitely” according to HTC. Read More

  • 1 in 8 Dudes Would Rather Have A Gadget Than A Chick

    Conducted by some group called GFK NOP, a bunch of people were interviewed on whether or not they’d swap love for gadgets. Well it turns out that us guys are total bastards after all (big surprise there)! 1 in 8 men said they would lose the girl in favor of a sweet gadget like an iPhone, widescreen TV set, or fridge freezer. Overall, 13% of the men surveyed wanted gadgets over girls… Read More

  • Colbert Helps Explain The New AT&T, Cingular Deal

    Most of us are aware that Cingular has switched over to using the AT&T name instead. Not only is this another odd telecom move, it’s also confusing. Lucky for us, we have Stephen Colbert on our side to explain how it all works. His powerful graphs and gripping lingo make for an awesome clip to watch. The funny part is, it’s actually quite informative. Stephen Colbert Helps… Read More

  • Belkin Helps You Protect Your Junk

    As I’m writing this post on my couch watching the Karate Kid I can’t help but wish I had one of Belkin’s Cooling Stands so my junk wasn’t getting roasted off. Powered by USB, the fan pushes the hot air upward, the natural flow if you didn’t know, and away from the laptop to keep it cool and fresh. So remember Daniel-san, “Look eye, always look… Read More

  • CES 2007: Dear Diary…iRiver's CLIX2, Shuttle's X200, Antec's Cases And Mini Hamburgers


    So after a long day running around the LVCC it was time to head off to a 3:00 p.m. meeting with iRiver. I was looking forward to this meeting since I set it up and thankfully I was not disappointed. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Rise of the Machines Edition

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  • CES 2007: Dear Diary…Seagate's Hard Drives, iPod Accessories Galore And Exhaustion

    , but with more walking. This entry catalogs the companies I met with the first “half” of January 8, my first full day of the show. After waiting in a cab line for half an hour and then coughing up $20 to get from our hotel to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) I hit the show floor for my first meeting at 9:30 with Seagate. Last time I spoke with the company reps back at… Read More

  • Unboxed: Treo 750


    Behold one of the fruits of my CES schmoozing: a Palm Treo 750. It arrived fresh at my doorstep this morning via a dubious looking FedEx guy (he wasn’t my regular courier, quite strange!). I will be conducting a full review over the next few days, but for now, allow me to whet your appetite with some hot-and-steamy Treo 750 porn. All angles exposed below! Read More

  • A Digital Photo Frame that Gets It Right

    The only reason digital photo frames haven’t totally taken off is because they tend to be fugly affairs, the tech manufacturers that market them being far more concerned with the technical specifications of the unit that its aesthetic appeal. That’s why we’re glad that makers like i-mate are bringing decent-looking frames to market. Looking like the monitor of a G4-era iMac… Read More

  • Sprint Goes Bi with Dual Network Handsets, Plans

    Though it’s been something available on the QT for awhile, Sprint today has officialized its CDMA + iDEN hardware, merging the wireless provider’s own network with forever-ago purchased Nextel. This means a Sprint phone can have all the CDMA features (cheap calling plans, for example) and get the iDEN’s Push To Talk with other Sprint and Nextel handsets. In addition to… Read More

  • Fake iPhone on eBay

    Sadly, the actual auction has been canned by eBay, but the photo and idea remain, and that is of a “Phase 1 prototype iPhone from Apple – Phone AND iPod”. These spoofs are going to pop up everywhere, aren’t they? *sigh* (offline) Auction [eBay, via Core77] Read More

  • iCache Stores All Your Credit Cards


    From what I can gather from the iCache website it seems like a pretty simple process and device. After you receive the device you jump online and register your credit cards so you don’t have to carry all that plastic cash around as well as your finger print because the device boasts biometric security. The iCache digitally replicates all your credit card magnetic strip signatures and… Read More

  • Sting Kim Jong Il And Save The World

    YNK Games in Korea has announced that in their new game ‘Sting’ you’ll be able to go on a secret mission and find the missing Kim Jong Il to prevent a nuclear disaster. It’s a big deal since South Korea’s “sunshine policy” of pacifying the crazy mofo’ up North generally prevents video game companies from touching on the subject of North-South… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: More on Netflix Internet Movie Streaming

    . The Netflix goal “to get to every Internet-connected screen, from cell phones to PCs to plasma screens.” For now, they offer an applet with streaming video viewing in 10-15 seconds from starting up with higher quality based on the bandwidth of the consumer. Netflix’s long standing patent fued with Blockbuster may reach new levels. With a relatively small patent… Read More

  • Sony VAIO VGX-TP1DT Roomba PC


    As Biggs and I roamed the floors of CES, we laid eyes on this peculiar looking PC from Sony being featured in some sort of webcast. We headed over to the Sony booth to try to locate it but were unsuccessful. Our queries to the booth monkeys yielded only looks of bewilderment. Distraught, we returned to the press room where we ripped on Vince for about an hour until it was time to… Read More