Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Coleco Sonic Handheld

    The Coleco “Sonic Handheld”, available for preorder at Target now, is a portable handheld gaming system that features a bunch of Sega Genesis titles. We don’t really know where this came from, Coleco announced that it was going to release a new Colecovision console back in November of 2005. A year later, we get our the Sonic Handheld instead. Don’t get me wrong: I’m… Read More

  • PlayStation 3: Not So Much In The Wild

    I’ve watched this video numerous times trying to figure out what the hell is actually going on. Are the people in this video stoned? Could that explain why they are acting like robots? Or maybe it’s cause they are nervous (the are playing PlayStation 3 with a girl). At least we get to see PlayStation 3’s slot drive and PSP-like interface in action. I have to say that the… Read More

  • USB WiFi Dongle with Integrated Hotspot Finder

    . E-Let, a Japanese gear house, knows this. It also realizes that those of us who choose to be mobile require as little encumbrance as possible, thus the love of converged devices. That line of thought went on to produce this combo WiFi finder/WiFi USB dongle it offers in Japan under the WiFiWalker brand. The smallish LCD readout on the front gives you signal strength and other information… Read More

  • What Can PlayStation 3 Support?

    Sony hasn’t told us much about what formats we can expect its PlayStation 3 to read, but that’s all changed now. Today, we found out that PlayStation 3 will cover a wide range of formats supporting video, music and pictures. So what exactly can we expect? Will we be able to watch iTunes movies? Will we be able to listen to AAC files without any kind of patch or update? Watch PR()N? Read More

  • Again With The Combo Ports: Plextor PX-755UF External Dual-Layer DVD Burner


    OK, so I showed you Buffalo’s new USB 2.0/FireWire hard drives, so here’s Plextor’s external dual-layer DVD±RW drive to go with them, which includes combo ports as well. And it is also Plextor’s first external drive to feature 10x DVD+R dual-layer recording speed (6x for -R). Also, while some drive makers throw in some “lite” utilities, Plextor’s… Read More

  • Treo 680s Showing Up At Fry's Electronics

    , it’s kinda strange seeing pictures of the devices already at Fry’s. Either some community college part-timer’s stocked these a wee bit too soon, or someone snuck in back and took some pics of a pending demo unit. Either way, if you’re actually interested in picking up a Treo 680, head over to your local Fry’s and see if they have these up too. Then again if… Read More

  • Buffalo Technology Goes Both Ways With DriveStation Combo


    Nothing groundbreaking here, but Buffalo Technology has added a handful of USB 2.0/FireWire combo external hard drives to its DriveStation lineup. It does the usual good stuff Buffalo drives do (Windows/Mac support, plug-and-play, driver-free installation, fanless, silent operation) and includes Memeo AutoBackup and the company’s own Windows SecureLockWare software that does the… Read More

  • ATI Launches Midrange Radeon X1650 XT


    It’s always fun to look at, dream about, lust after the high-end stuff, but when it comes down to it, most of us go right for the midrange option on whatever we’re buying. That’s what makes the new CrossFire-ready 256MB X1650 XT so appealing. It’s reasonably priced at $149 and has a good helping of the features you’ll find on the more expensive cards from the… Read More

  • Weekly Crunch: Tailgating Edition

    Here’s a look back at some interesting stories from last week: Reuters Reporting from Second Life
    Yamaha’s Fuel Cell Scooter Ready To Roll
    Axxen’s Egg-Like Speakers
    Stratellite Completes First Flight Test
    Electric Marshmallow Toaster for Perfect Toasted Marshmallows Read More

  • Cingular's Treo 680 on November 5 at $175: Bank On It

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/she claims is the legit, honest-to-gawd deal for the Palm Treo 680 for Cingular. You can get yours for less than $200 in less than 2 weeks. Sweet, yah? Previously, this same mole had indicated that Cingy and Palm weren’t finding any agreements in the pricing of the anticipated smartphone. Palm wanted to produce a… Read More

  • Motorola Upgrades the SLVR With Magic: Meet the SLVR L7e

    The Motorola RAZR’s sexy candybar cousin, the SLVR, just got a well deserved upgrade. Though it’s not available from any American carriers yet, the latest version of the SLVR, the L7e, is chock-full of state of the art fun. The GPRS radio has been updated to EDGE, the camera is now at 1.3 megapixels instead of VGA, the Bluetooth is now stereo compatible, and the keypad has a… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Terrorize Y'all's Neighborhood Edition

    Here are some stories from Friday. Have a good weekend. Be Free Of Over-Heated Laptop Concerns With Lapworks’ Miracle Laptop Desk
    Nyko’s Intercooler Causes Problems For Xbox 360
    Reuters Reporting from Second Life
    Trimersion Head Mounted Display
    It’s Pumpkin-Carving Time, Bitches!
    How are We Doing? Part XIV Read More

  • Whip Firefox 2 Into Shape with Basic Tweaks


    Firefox 2 has been out a little less than a week now, and the reviews are all over the Internet and mostly positive. But there are a few changes that we personally don’t like. Take, for example, the close-tab button. In the former Firefox, it was on the far right-hand side of the tab row. Now each inividual tab has it’s own close button, much like Camino. We don’t like… Read More

  • Apple Computer Poised to Launch 15.4-inch MacBook in May 2007

    .” It currently offers a Core Duo model with a 13.3-inch widescreen glossy display in both white and black. The rumors circulating indicate that the company is planning on offering a version with a 15.4-inch LCD screen as a mid-range solution for those who don’t have need for the full-featured, Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, its professional-grade laptop computer. This rumor cannot… Read More

  • YouTube Catches Dumbass Criminal

    What kind of person has three of his idiot friends record him stealing glasses of a charity worker, then posts it on YouTube? The kind that gets caught. Can this guy BE more of a dumbass? Guess technology works after all. YouTube video leads to arrest [The Sun via Fark via CNET via Gizmodo] Read More

  • Trimersion Head Mounted Display

    The Trimersion Head Mounted Display is a virtual reality setup for FPS games on the PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. All you have to do is plug the adapter into your gaming peripheral and you’re good to go. No drivers needed for PC, and the adapters are supported for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Basically, the sensor tracks the HMD so when you move your head, your character moves its head. Same… Read More

  • G-Tech Messenger Bag Lets You Control Your iPod And Listen To It Too


    I love Eleksen’s ElekTex Smart Fabric and the companies that think up new ways to use it. Case in point, this messenger bag from G-Tech (by GoodHope Bags) that was announced earlier this week. Connect your iPod inside a pocket on the bag and you can use the Smart Fabric buttons on the strap to control your audio. That in and of itself isn’t too groundbreaking, but G-Tech added… Read More

  • Wii Kiosks In Japan

    The Nintendo Wii kiosks in Japan feature the console, Wii-mote and nun-chunk under glass. There’s also a looping Wii demonstration video, which will probably make you want to break the glass and steal the Wii-mote if you stand in front of it for too long. Sorry Japan, but it looks like you won’t be able to play the Wii at kiosks yet. Although, I don’t think anyone in Japan… Read More

  • Sprint Crams EV-DO and EDGE Into the Treo 750w, HUH!?

    for Sprint. It’s featuring a 1.3 Megapixel camera, WinMo 5, and EV-DO and EDGE. Wait, WTF!? We really don’t know what’s going on here, but Sprint gives its users the CDMA-friendly EV-DO high speed wireless internet access, not the EDGE that Cingular and T-Mobile offer. How can this device have both? Well, it can’t. Either it’s a typo on CompUSA’s part… Read More

  • Battle Test: Ultimate Ears triple.fi 10 Pro

    Ultimate Ears has spent most of the past 11 years creating custom-molded headphones for musicians. Not to be outdone by the likes of Shure and Etymotic, however, UE put out a line of three, more consumer-friendly universal-fit earbuds last year under the super.fi name. The company recently added a fourth set to the line, the $399 triple.fi 10 Pro. If you really care about what your music… Read More