Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Treo 680 For Free (After MIR, Of Course)!

    Just prior to the official launch of the Treo 680 with Cingular, there was a juicy, moist rumor that Cingy would be giving them away with a two-year data commitment. That did not pan out, but you can actually get that deal today, if you’re OK with mail-in rebates. Read More

  • Nintendo Wii Goes Old School

    If you’re sick of every electronic device you own being white, take a look at this new original NES skin for Nintendo Wii. The NES skin covers both sides of the Wii, provides a scratch-resistant glossy finish and won’t leave any nasty marks when removed. Seeing as how the front panel reads “Revolution,” someone at Decal Girl is a lot like the rest of us, and prefers… Read More

  • Study: You Hate Mobile Content

    Your wireless provider wants you to buy ringtones. It wants you to buy wallpaper, Bejeweled and MP3 ringbacks (we hate that crap, really). It wants you to watch sports clips on a one-inch screen, and it wants you to pay for the privilege. You, as a country, as tech-savvy individuals, as consumers in the most important and influential economy on the planet, as those that know best and drool… Read More

  • The iProjector Hooks Up iPod

    One of the nicest features of the 5th-gen iPod is its ability to output video to a television. This is handy for travelers, as they can take several movies or even a season of their favorite TV show on the road and entertain themselves in their hotel rooms without having to pay $12 or having to explain “Ex Trek: the Next Penetration” to their bosses. They can simply put their… Read More

  • Morning Multitasking: Poach and Toast Your Breakfast

    . The idea of combining the cooking gear needed to make the morning meal into gadgets is a great one. The kitchen is one spot where gadgets aren’t for the geeks, but for the avearage Joe. The Egg Poaching Toaster is just such gear. Combining a two-slice toaster with an egg steamer is an excellent way to make the perfect on-the-go breakfast sandwich. What’s more is the unit has… Read More

  • Blue Beatz: Remix Your Stolen Music

    case, you should think about picking up its terrifying audio-based offspring, the Blue Beatz. Like the Disko, it’s a standard iPod case that has an electronic abomination integrated, this one on the back. By hooking your earbuds through the adapter on the top, you have access to “funky beats” at the push of a button. No, sorry, that’s eleven buttons. No lights here, but… Read More

  • Dell Adds Blu-ray Drive To XPS M1710 Notebook


    Dell’s been firmly in the Blu-ray camp since day one (though I’m never going to stop asking their reps about when they’ll be adding HD DVD) and is finally making moves to show its support for the format by adding a mobile optical drive to its XPS M1710 gaming/multimedia notebook line. And it’s not just a player. The drive has full read/write abilities for CD, DVD… Read More

  • Reader Response Week Three


    Greetings all, hope you’re having a fine boring Monday. I know I can barely keep my head propped up. You’re in luck though, because I’ve got the latest installment of our Reader Response series. To date we’ve given away a 2G iPod Shuffle and a Samsung Blackjack, in addition to 50 copies of M2 Convert. We’ll be giving away 50 more copies of M2 Convert this week… Read More

  • Corsair's 16 Gigs Of Rubberized Water-Resistant Flash Drive Fun

    I don’t like to brag, but I’ve got a fairly large collection of USB flash drives. (I know you’re jealous.) Sometimes I like to dump the whole lot of them on my bed and roll around in them. Sadly though, none of them go above 2GB. So I have to get my hands on one of these new 16GB bad boys from Corsair. The Flash Voyager drive has all the features of its smaller-capacity… Read More

  • FireFly Makes Third Bid For Glory As Vid Game


    It failed as a FOX TV series, running only 11 episodes. And it did modest business at the box office ($25 million) when a feature-film continuation of the series called “Serenity” hit theaters last year. But now “FireFly” is back for a third go-round, headed to your computer as a multi-player online game. The little-franchise-that-could was licensed by 20th Century Fox… Read More

  • Microsoft's Zune Still Firing in the Dark


    It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Zune. Nevertheless, I have always questioned its WiFi connectivity. Early in its press campaign, I began to wonder whether Microsoft was putting too many eggs in the WiFi basket. The player itself is pretty solid, but for people to be able to share tracks on a scale that Microsoft publicizes implies that a lot of Zunes would be available… Read More

  • Fujitsu Announces 300GB Laptop Hard Drive


    If you’ve been shopping around for a new hard drive for your notebook because the size of yours just isn’t cutting it, Fujitsu announced today the global launch the MHX2300BT series of mobile SATA hard disk drives in 250GB and 300GB sizes. They are the first 2.5-inch Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) hard disk drives in the industry to hit the 300GB mark. Full specs after… Read More

  • Charities for the Charitably Inclined


    Boing Boing has compiled a list of several worthy charities over on its directory of things. The list is split into two US charities and charities from Canadialand, so if you’re in a givin’ mood and are in North American, you can likely find something appealing there. The list is notable because the featured charities reflect ideals and issues that affect us all. And, perhaps… Read More

  • 2006 Holiday Buyer's Guide: Geek Watches

    . Therefore, I thought it fitting that I cover ten nice timepieces that you can pick up for the horolgy geek in your life. A few caveats, however. I’m a traditional watch geek, one who slobbers over mechanical watches in the $500-$100,000 range, so if we sat down to discuss this over a beer I’d tell you to buy a nice mechanical automatic watch instead of a quartz one. However… Read More

  • New iSoundCap: One More Way To Look Like A Tool


    Vince reported on the knit iSoundCap last week, but the company just announced a new model for the holidays, which is pictured. It does all the same stuff the others in its lineup do: holds a Shuffle or Nano, hides wires and makes you feel invincible. I’m sorry, but really, is anyone buying these things? I understand if you’re an “active” type, but I think I’d… Read More

  • More Zune Hatin': Who Picks Brown? No One!

    chocolate-brown Zune, but Business Week posted a little sales data from Amazon.com to back up the public sentiment.
    On Dec. 9, the black Zune (Amazon counts each stock keeping unit, or SKU, as a separate product) was the 60th most popular consumer electronics item with Amazon customers. That’s a good performance only in comparison with the brown Zune, which ranked 292nd, and the white… Read More

  • Holiday Decorations Hate WiFi, You


    Hate’s maybe too strong a word, but holiday decorations certainly don’t like wireless networks according to a study done by AirMagnet, Inc. The company, which makes WiFi networking analysis and troubleshooting tools, kept an eye on network conditions before and after holiday decorations were added to office environments and noticed signal strength dipped by 25 percent after… Read More

  • Steven Levy, Jupiter Research Gets in On Zune Bashing

    Who is a poor gadget guru to believe? Microsoft and Zune fans are saying that the Zune is so hot that it’s making babies with Angelina Jolie but Michael Gartenberg and Steven Levy, two gadget wonks with a high standing in the tech community, are saying it’s horrible. It’s enough to drive a body to drink! Gartenberg says that the Zune is ugly and should have used flash. Levy… Read More

  • Weekly Crunch: Street Scuffle Edition

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    New Nonlethal Weapon Reconsiders the Thresholds “Nonlethal”
    Child’s Play Charity: ‘Tis the Season Read More

  • M2 Convert Winners: Day 05


    I know, I know, I’m a slacker. These should have been announced yesterday. Sorry. Please forgive me, etc. OK, now that that’s out of the way, I have the fifth installment of M2 Convert winners. Here are the winners from Friday: Read More