Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Meizu M6 SP – Cheaper, But Still The Same

    We’re all fans of the Meizu Miniplayer here, thanks to its iPod Nano-like size and its iPod Video-like functionality. So it’s good news to us that they’ve just released an SP edition of their 1, 2 and 4GB players. The SP edition goes for an average of $30 cheaper than the standard editions, but according to Meizu, the quality is just the same. For those of you unfamiliar with… Read More

  • Panasonic Drops Two Toughbooks with Core Duo

    Panasonic’s Achilles-like (indestructible unless you hit it at the right place) line of notebooks just got a refresh with two models, the CF-30 and the CF-19. These two notebooks passed such tests as 26 drops from 36 inches, vibration in ground vehicles, water spillage on the keyboards, extreme temperature, dust and altitude resistance. Also known as the “infant” series… Read More

  • "Halo" Film In Turmoil

    Not exactly tech, but news that might interest a few of you nonetheless. Variety reports that Universal and Fox have pulled out of the “Halo” film. Sources close to the issue have cited financial squabbles as the root of the studio desertion. A representative for Peter Jackson, who is producing the film, stated that Universal called a meeting in an attempt to reduce… Read More

  • Nyko's Upcoming Frontman Wireless Guitar Hero Controller

    . Nyko’s releasing a wireless guitar controller for the upcoming Guitar Hero 2, featuring their trademark wireless Nyko technology and the two-tone black and red color of the Gibson Explorer. 1up had a chance to try the controller, and says all the buttons feel in-place and that the guitar should hit shelves next month for around $59.99. We’re not sure whether Red Octane will sue… Read More

  • Sony Releases 007 Vaio TX Notebook and Cyber-shot Camera

    to be like Bond is a bit tougher to answer, that is unless you’re Sony. The Japanese powerhouse is offering you, flabby Joe, a limited edition VGNTX007C “Spy Gear” pack with Sony’s Vaio TX Notebook and a 7.2-megapixel Cyber-shot camera. The Vaio TX has a 11.1-inch LCD, weighs 2.8-pounds, and has 11-hours of battery life with the extra battery. The Cyber-shot DSC-T50… Read More

  • Freedom V Wireless Guitar Controller Review

    The Freedom V Wireless Guitar controller was developed by TAC (The Ant Commandos) for one of the biggest Playstation 2 hits ever, Guitar Hero. The game puts you on stage to rock out to classic tunes while strumming along and matching the on screen notes. The whole process is similar to Dance Dance Revolution, but a whole lot more fun (and a whole lot less homoerotic). In my opinion, Guitar Hero… Read More

  • Apple Files iPod Patent For Recording Terrestrial and Satellite Radio

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/FM, satellite, and WiFi. The patent art shows that the iPod will accept accessories "to add the necessary functionality", so it's more than likely that the iPod won't be doing the receiving or recording itself. The functionality features recording either a part or all of the song, then connecting your iPod… Read More

  • Sony Releasing Two New PSPs Next Spring?


    According to some analysts, Sony is going to be refreshing its PSP line in order to revive its flagging portable gaming console. So far various rumors say one of these models will have 8GB of built-in flash, while the other will have a hard drive. There weren’t any details on how large the hard drive would be, but we’re guessing something on the order of iPod size, or else… Read More

  • TubePod – The Truly High Fidelity iPod Dock

    There are about a gazillion (actual figure) iPod docks out there, and today we bring you one more. This one claims to be different, though. All of those $200-$500 ones can get to stepping, because Sonic Integrity has stepped up the game with their $1,000 TubePod. At this point, the mere fact that there’s not an “i” in front of the name makes it worth the money. But this one… Read More

  • CrunchGear in Korea: Heading Home

    carrier will be launching it in the next few weeks, maybe the one that starts with T and rhymes with “noble.” It’s a cool Windows Mobile 5.0 – gah! – smartphone with a great form factor, so you all will be first to know when it hits the stores. I’m also going to write a bit on the void between Eastern tech and Western tech. I can honestly say that the… Read More

  • Sony To Replace Dead SIXAXIS (If They Ever Die)

    Yesterday, it was revealed that the battery found inside the PS3 controller will not be replaceable. It is rechargable, but once the battery really runs out, you’ll have to pony up $49.99 for another one. Fanboys were angered, mobs raised their fists in anger. Then today comes along and we find that Sony plans to replace your old SIXAXIS (as it’s affectionally called) if it… Read More

  • U-G-L-Y: ago7 UMPC


    Generally, I don’t bash products I haven’t seen in person and haven’t used, but it’s ultra mobile PCs like the ago7 that will kill the already small, fragile UMPC market. Will you look at this thing? It needs to be put out of its misery. The reason I’m on the attack this morning is because I received a press release for the ago7 stating it was a new option… Read More

  • iPod Turns Five, Competition Still Looking for Killer


    On October 23, 2001, the first Apple iPod was launched and every music-player manufacturer has been trying to play “catch up” ever since. CNET’s News.com has a really nice collection of iPod-related stories, including a fresh retrospective that suggests the only trouble the player faces right now is from the cell-phone industry, and even that’s not much concern since… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Security Edition

    Look back at the digital wonderland of yesterday: True Utility LockLite: A Flashlight on Your Keys (Literally)
    Upravlator From the Optimus Designers
    How Close Is The Invisibility Cloak?
    Video Piracy Made Easy with iRecord
    NetTansor WiFi Lets You Spy On Your Stuff Read More

  • Xbox 360 Sells Out In Japan

    I can’t believe it, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is selling like mad in Japan. The special edition bundle of Blue Dragon was available for preorder yesterday, in which 100,000 units sold out almost immediately. Another 90,000 standard bundles were soon to follow the shortage. Blue Dragon is an Xbox 360 title developed by the makers of the successful Chrono Cross. The special edition… Read More

  • Moto's Touchscreen, Linux-Based ROKR E6 Clears FCC, Excites Fanboys

    Another day, another slick Moto phone, right?. Sorta. This candy bar Moto is more likely than most to get the fan boys frothing, as it’s totally different, but kinda the same, as the phones Moto has been turning out lately. It’s similar in that it’s called the ROKR E6, which means it will be a music phone (and it will ROCK). Its looks are very RAZR-esque, right down to the… Read More

  • Keane to Release Next Single on Thumb Drive

    By now, CDs are a passe way to buy music. Soooo 2001, really. And iTunes, or BitTorrent? Please. If you really want to get your music the modern way, apparently you buy it on TD (thumb drive). And that is how Keane is releasing their next single. Okay, really we’re not sure whether this is stupid or inspired, but at $7.45 US, including multimedia features and bonuses such as… Read More

  • Bang & Olufsen Debuts Serene Cell Phone


    Sorry, we missed this yesterday, but luxury electronics-maker Bang & Olufsen launched its first North American mobile phone, Serene, which was co-developed by Samsung. I know it’s not new new, and the set of functions on the $1,300 plus mobile isn’t anything more than standard (camera, SMS, MMS, e-mail, calendar, WAP and Bluetooth). However, its design is fairly unique… Read More

  • Video Piracy Made Easy with iRecord


    With Streaming Networks’ new iRecord, your computer is now obsolete. At least as a way to get audio or video from the media you own onto your iPod, PSP or other MPEG-4-playing device, anyway. It’s a small video capture/encoding device with analog TV and Audio inputs and a USB output. The iRecord captures and encodes using H.264/ACC for video, MP3 for audio, and is about twice… Read More

  • How Close Is The Invisibility Cloak?

    Invisibility. Frodo used a ring, James Bond used an Aston Martin, the Klingons used space ships, and Harry Potter used a cloak. Now, it looks like they’re all closer to becoming a reality. Well, except for the ring because that’s just stupid. Scientists from the Imperial College in London and Duke University have teamed up to create a 4.7-inch piece of material that can actually… Read More