Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • W531 Dual-Class Phone Makes Its Way to Sprint

    GSM is used by most of the world as a standard for cellular communications. Sprint and Verizon have traditionally poo-pooed the idea of being compatible. After all, the phones are locked to the provider’s network, so who cares? Sprint does, it seems. It’s prepping Samsung’s W531. It’s a CDMA phone with a GSM SIM slot, a dual-class badboy, like a half-mage/half-paladin. Read More

  • Black Q: It's What's Inside That Counts

    , but it’s come to our attention that this black Q actually has differences that are more than skin deep. Besides a rubberized exterior for a better grip, the new Q offers a software upgrade that includes improved power management for longer battery life and a unique (and, we think, useless) feature allowing the user to control the jog wheel with the volume buttons on a Bluetooth headset. Read More

  • Defend Your Macbook with iSight


    If you’re the owner of Macbook, then I suggest you take a look at this authsight program that works in conjunction with iSightCapture. The concept is simple. Every time there is a failed login on your system, the iSight takes a snapshot of the person who punched in the erroneous info. And you can set it to automatically upload the images to an FTP so you can track the person on the… Read More

  • ACESS Announces ALP Delayed Till '07

    Palm OS and cell phone developers have been waiting patiently for ACCESS to release the development environment for ALP, or ACCESS Linux Platform, the company’s successor to the aging Palm OS. ACESS had told developers that it would release the package by the end of the year, however a statement on its Website today says that the deadline will not be met. Further, the statement notes that… Read More

  • Microsoft Raising Army of Killer Robots, With Your Help

    It was only a matter of time, really, until Microsoft started development on its army of robots to rule the Earth. In the guise of the Microsoft Robotics Studio, Redmond aims to dominate the world by 2012. The idea behind the robotics studio is that any hobbyist can build any robot from popular off-the-shelf robotics kits and control said mechanoids with the studio. One set of objects and… Read More

  • Ford Racing: 1, 2, 3, Bankruptcy

    If you prefer a trip to the local arcade over playing video games at home, take a seat on Ford’s new twin-unit arcade racing machine. The $19,000 arcade machine features Ford Racing: Full Blown, which includes cars like the 68′ Mustang GT and the SVT Cobra. The arcade machine also gives you force feedback steering wheels, driving pedals, racing chairs and 12 tracks. The arcade… Read More

  • Siano Mobile TV ExpressCard

    Since ExpressCard 34 appeared in Apple’s Macbook Pro, a few items for the new slot have popped up here and there – nothing of real value. In comes the SuwonExpress Card from Siano Mobile and Samsung. Shove the card into the side of your notebook and enjoy mobile TV on the go. The card is going to be bundled with some software from CyberLink, so it shouldn’t be too bad a package. Read More

  • Chris Pirillo and Wife Read Vows From UMPCs


    It seems Blog Ninja Chris Pirillo and his lady wife dediced to read their vows off of two UMPCs. I really don’t know what to think. It seems like a logical idea — geeks in love, etc. — but why didn’t they get an HD projector and scroll the vows on the back wall of the church, U2 style. That would have been geeking out. Anyway, congrats, kids. A Tablet PC Wedding… Read More

  • Hunker Down with the Vector Tough Brite Storm Tracker


    These things look ridiculous, but they’re such an immense utility for everybody, especially those of us who live in disaster prone areas (like me). Aside from looking like something out of a bad SciFi movie, the Vector Tough Brite (aka bright) Storm Tracker provides an LED-area light, spotlight, AM/FM radio and a 5-inch UHF/VHF black and white TV. The most important part, however, is… Read More

  • Admit You Have a Zune, Win A Vaja Zune Case


    We have a winner! Tricia popped up in our random drawing. Bought a Zune? Need a case? Drop a comment under the post describing why you love your Zune SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much and we’ll send one lucky commenter a handsome Vaja Balance Zune case. The case is really very nice. It’s made of thin leather and has a great feel to it, so you’ll be pleased. It comes with these… Read More

  • Detroit Pistons MP3 Player

    Looks like the Detroit Pistons are readying to become the next Chinese knock-off company. But don’t get on their cases just yet. Despite looking a lot like a first-generation iPod Shuffle, this $25 MP3 player is only 128MB and plays WMA and MP3 formats and comes with a beautiful Pistons logo on the front of the device. It could be the best thing to come out of Detroit since Ford and… Read More

  • HTC Love Is Lookin’ Cute

    HTC is about to show us some love with the release of the Love. The HTC Love is focused primarily on media and really is a multimedia device more than a phone. This quad-band GSM device comes with EDGE, WiFi, FM radio, a 2-megapixel camera, a 2.8-inch 64k color LCD at 340×240 resolution, 256MB of ROM/64MB of RAM, microSD with a plentiful 512MB card packaged with the device, USB, and… Read More

  • Question: Where Are You?

    Quick question: where are most of you located? I’m trying to plan our coverage and wanted to post the coolest stuff at the right time. [poll=8] Read More

  • Amanda Congdon on ABC: Travesty or Horror?

    Everyone in this crazy post-Web 2.0 world deserves a break, but please, people, explain to me Amanda Congdon’s draw and/or why this snippet of WTF is being hosted by ABC? I know my video reviews suck the donkey wang, but there’s an ABC News bug down in the corner there. I thought she’d have a budget. ABC++VIDEOCASTPAGEDOTCOML33T!
    Amanda Congdon’s Webcasts Are Real… Read More

  • The Eight Ways The Tech Industry Tries To Screw Us — And How To Avoid Them


    It may come as a shock to some people that tech companies are corporations–charged first and foremost with making money. Still, it sometimes seems like it wouldn’t hurt Big Tech to treat us just a little bit better. Here are some of the ways companies try to screw you… and how a savvy customer can avoid them. Read More

  • Cambridge SoundWorks PlayDock i For iPod Announced

    Cambridge SoundWorks announced today that it’ll be releasing their new iPod Dock in January. The PlayDock i (gotta have that lowercase “i”, right?) looks and probably sounds a lot like Bose’s SoundDock for the iPod. It holds the iPod Nano, iPod Mini, 4G and 5G iPods and has a line-in connector in case you bought some other kind of portable music player. The PlayDock i… Read More

  • Flickr Gets Into The Holidays

    Just a heads up peeps. One of the best photo-sharing services on the web, Flickr, is offering some nice gifts for the holidays. Flickr Pro users now get unlimited uploads instead of the usual 2GB monthly limit. That’s pretty slick! And if you’re a total cheapskate on a budget and just sign up for a free account, you now get to upload 100MB a month instead of 20MB. Pretty sweet… Read More

  • Verbatim Color LightScribe Discs


    Until HP or some other company finds a way to make optical drives burn color images, these color LightScribe CD-Rs is as close as you’re going to get to adding color to your laser-etched labels. If you’re unfamiliar with LightScribe drives, it’s a technology built into optical drives that allows you to burn labels into the top of specially coated CDs and DVDs. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Afternoon Nap Edition

    Brando Eye Warmer: USB Device or Harbinger of the Apocalypse?
    Squirrel-proof Rollerfeeder
    BarterBee: Silly Name, Good Site
    Laaaaazer Laptop Etchin’
    Admit You Have a Zune, Win A Vaja Zune Case Read More

  • Mini Cube Holds 12GB

    OK, so it’s not really a cube at all, but it is square and it does manage to contain 12GB. It measures about 1.7 x 1.9-inches wide and less than half an inch thick and it features a USB jack that pivots 180-degrees. Another pertinent feature is its one touch synchronization. Simply plug the drive in, push the button on the drive and it’ll perform its automatic backup function. The… Read More