Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Coby MP3 Micro System…huh?


    Coby Korea plans to launch its new portable MP3 micro system, MP-C341, next month in Korea. It’ll be available with 512MB/1GB of built-in memory, has a USB port to download MP3 files, an alarm function to wake you up with your favorite tunes and lyrics on the display (a Clay Aiken song for Blake I’m sure), FM recording, SD/MMC slot and even has an auxiliary jack to connect your… Read More

  • Opera "Trial" for Wii Hitting Wii Shop Friday

    Beginning Friday, you’ll be able to catch up on CrunchGear posts between rounds of WiiSports. Opera just announced that the “trial” version of Opera for Wii will hit the Wii shop this Friday. Best part: It’s free, at least for now (the word “trial” tends to mean price spikes could come at any minute.) So scoop it up while the scoopin’s free.

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  • Blackjack Battery Update


    Rejoice! Our pal David Ciccone wrote in to tell us that Samsung has dropped a new and improved battery for the Blackjack. It ups the power from 1200mAh to 1800mAh. If you’ll recall, the battery was the only real drawback I could find with the Blackjack. Samsung includes two battery and an external charger with the device, but it’s a bit of a hassle. The new battery adds some meat… Read More

  • Zune Software Update Coming Today


    Harvey at Zunerama sends word that the Zune software will be updated later today. It will enable support for Windows Vista and fix many issues that users, like Biggs and Goldman, have had installing their Zunes. The update will be 22MB. It will be available through Microsoft auto-update and at Zune.net. Zune Compatible with Vista: Today [Zune Insider] Read More

  • Time Calls PS3 a Bust, Names You Person of the Year

    According to the ineffable authority that is Time Magazine, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is a bust. Its verdict: The big story in computer games this year was HOW TO BLOW A HUGE LEAD, by Sony. Its PlayStation 2 was the champ in the last round of the console wars. This time Sony bet on a chip called the Cell and a disc format called Blu-ray. They’re probably awesome, but how would anybody know? Read More

  • Lenmar Bat Paks Will Change The Way You Charge

    Lenmar makes all manner of rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and accessories for consumer electronics. It recently added these here Bat Paks to its lineup. The Bat Paks are two-in-one universal battery packs that are compact and portable, functioning as a charger to recharge portable electronics in addition to being a full-on battery pack. There are three models available for… Read More

  • Secret Agent Man


    Here’s some more goodness from the homeland, Sunyang DNT has just released the Volvox (you don’t know how hard it is for me not to laugh out loud right now). This clever little USB memory stick supports a VoIP camera feature in the mother country’s market. With a USB cable you can adjust the viewing angle and apparently you can even make movies with a few camera adjustments.
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  • Our Own Seth Porges on the Wii


    Seth took an interview with 610 WIOD in southern Florida where he discusses the Wii with some early morning drive-time folks. The exchange is priceless and well worth the two minutes of your life to hear little Seth explain the source of the word “wii.” Podcast [WIOD, scroll down a bit] Read More

  • Samsung Vista LCD


    While I’m not a fan of Windows, let’s give it up to Samsung for introducing their two new widescreen monitors with Windows Vista certification. Yes that’s right I said Windows Vista certification. These beauties come in 20 and 22 inch models (CX206BW and CX226BW) with a sassy black high-gloss piano finish to rev up there new Syncmaster LCD series. Details are skimp but we… Read More

  • Optical Joystick You Say?

    Samsung brings us some mobile goodness, they’ve launched the first mobile phone with an optical joystick. The SCH-V960 which hits stores in Korea this month is outfitted with a 2-megapixel camera, GPS, documents viewer, microSD slot and Bluetooth. What’s great about this phone is the optical joystick and the ease of use through the interface it allows users. It’s pretty much… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Death Watch Edition

    At Home with the Push Button Manor
    Killer Clowns From USB Heaven
    Badassery: Gerber Hinderer Rescue Knife
    iPod Death Watch
    Release Your Inner Peeping Tom With A Cellphone Telescope Read More

  • Holiday Buyer's Guide 2006: Great Tech For The Clueless


    With so much tech goodness available, it’s all too easy to forget that some of the best products are the ones that don’t require a Comp Sci degree to master. After all, just because you’re a genius and can figure out how to work the latest cell phone, computer, TV or digital camera, doesn’t mean your friends and family can. To that end we’ve put together a brief… Read More

  • Microsoft Zune Zips Along

    If you’ve got a Microsoft Zune and have a few minutes, get over to your PC, plug in your Zune, log onto to Zune marketplace and grab the new 1.2 firmware update. Microsoft hasn’t let out any details of what the update does, but it did give the following statement: This required update will help enhance stability and performance. For devices being upgraded from Zune firmware… Read More

  • Voxtel's Latest Camera (with Smartphone Built-In!)

    . The W740 from Voxtel, however, is a potential contender. Sporting a 240×320 touchscreen, 4-megapixel camera (!?), and Bluetooth, the slim, understated smartphone is exactly what a smartphone should be for most people: simple. No WiFi, but I’m guessing it supports UMTS/HSDPA, so that’s not really an issue. If the handset is as good as it looks, I’m tempted. Fortunately… Read More

  • Reader Response: Festivus Week – Day 1


    To think we started CrunchGear just a little over five months ago. Its growth has been quick, and looking across the posts there is a comment on almost every entry. It kind of makes me sentimental when I think of how fast our little site is growing up. Pretty soon it’ll start growing hair in inconvenient places and thinking about other blogs in new ways. I’m preparing myself for… Read More

  • At Home with the Push Button Manor

    . But we still like to keep it old school. The Push Button Manor in Jackson, Michigan is about as old school as the concept can get. The modern (for the time) house was equipped with analog mechanics of the “future”, things like windows that close automatically during rain, remote control drapes, and automated dressing table lighting. What’s great is that the home’s… Read More

  • Killer Clowns From USB Heaven


    I’ve always wanted one these things yet I never knew they ever existed. I sit in my little cube everyday and wish I had a launcher of some sort to point at my boss and imagine his reaction when he sees what’s coming to him. Well this USB powered cannon will suffice for now, it launches wee little circus figurines with the push of a button. Just aim right between the eyes and BAM… Read More

  • Maxell Announces New Portable Speakers

    The MXSP-100P is a tiny stereo speaker system that connects to portable devices like MP3 players, cell phones and handheld gaming consoles. The portable speakers are small enough to fit in your pocket and are powered by 4 AA batteries, giving you about 20 hours of playback. I have a few friends back in my hometown who feel the need to play music off their cell phones (using their cell… Read More

  • Flippid Matches Gear With Geeks, Free

    . Flippid is a different take on online person-to-person sales, utilizing both the instant-gratification of Craigslist and the navigation and searching of eBay, and adding a little Web 2.0 tagging action to boot. Sellers simply post an item they’re offering and how much they want for it. If a buyer likes the product and price, he/she can buy it right there. If not, the… Read More

  • On Demand Catches Up to DVD Releases


    Comcast has begun an initiative to bring films to On Demand the same day they’re released on DVD. It is an attempt to increase sales of it’s pay per view service. The experiment is currently running in Pittsburgh and Denver. It allows viewers to watch movies for $4 a piece. This kind of service is a bit of a no-brainer, but I’m glad to see Comcast starting it. Considering… Read More