Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Kotaku Faces Down PS3 PR, Receives a Jewish Benediction

    In the Hebrew custom, those who fight against a mighty foe and win receive a song written by a noted village bard in their honor. Look it up. David got “Mandy” after slaying Goliath. GameJew continues this custom by creating an ode to Brian Crecente of Kotaku who posted some scandalous, earth-shattering news on the PS3’s North American and International strategy &mdash… Read More

  • Activate Your Copy of Vista The Old Fashioned Way: With H/\X0R P{}W3RZ


    There is a fairly interesting little file rolling around the Interwebs which creates and tries thousands of Vista keys based on a single product key without Vista getting wise to your antics. The program takes your install key and creates a bunch of activation keys. It then “tries” them and may or may not activate your copy over the course of a few hours — or, ominously… Read More

  • Motorola To Make A Killing Off You Through Cost Cutting

    We all should know by now that the way a business makes money is by manufacturing a product at a low cost, then inflating the price by 200% and selling it to consumers. But Motorola doesn’t just want your money, it wants to cut costs on cheap mobile phones by $2 to $5 so that each phone they sell nets them an extra $2 to $5 per sale. Sad, but true. CEO Ed Zander has said, “We want… Read More

  • Cell-Lock Keeps Cellphones Safe During Class

    Cellphones really must be a problem in South Africa if they have to confiscate them and lock ’em up during class hours. Lots of classrooms are now using the Security Cell-Lock safe to hold iPods, cellphones, and other distracting personal electronics (Nintendo DS, PDA, etc.). Each safe is comprised of 25 individual units with an individual lock on each unit. Perfect for pissing off the… Read More

  • SNES/NES Controller Wii Mod

    I don’t do this whole Nintendo Wii thing, but I know that if I downloaded some games on the Virtual Console, I’d want to use an actual SNES or NES controller to truly add to the retro-gaming experience. Looks like modder Raphael had the same idea in mind, because he hacked an SNES controller into a USB circuit to hook up to his Wii. If you think it’s as easy as plugging in… Read More

  • The Beeb on the Yout: BBC + YouTube

    and BBC News, and will be ad-free. BBC Worldwide content will carry ads and clips from popular shows and, finally, BBC News will only be available outside the UK and will also carry ads. It will include clips from the regular news reports. Old Farlettrousers, or the Smoke, as the BBC is called in England, has always been ahead of the curve on this who Internet concept, and they can only be… Read More

  • Lookin' Good – The Fujitsu P1610 Tablet PC

    Personally, if a tablet PC doesn’t have a built-in keyboard, it’s completely useless. Thankfully Fujitsu knows that a keyboard + tablet PC + great design = a winner. The P1610 tablet PC offers some great features, including HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, and GSM, pretty much ensuring you’ll be connected wherever you are, even the Bat Cave. But crazy WWAN capabilities aren’t… Read More

  • The AudioFile: The Unpatented Zone

    If you haven’t already noticed, the number of patent trolls and sneaky me-first companies suing over digital audio-related patents is approaching infinity. What happens when it actually gets there? We’d get sucked into an another dimension in which the laws of physics still hold, but patent laws break down. A dimension beyond sight and sound. We have entered… the Unpatented Zone. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Forno Calamaro Edition

    Media Demagnetizer for the Rich
    Zipper MP3 Player Design Concept
    Q: Pizza Vending Machine — Pinnacle of Civilization or Depths or Depravity? (A: Both)
    Sony’s New Muteki Power Stereo Line: Tokyo-Designed Latin-American Goodness
    Black & Decker InfraWave Oven Awesomeness
    LG Fuses Art And Air-Conditioning Together As ARTCOOL Read More

  • Apple Rumor Generator Cranks Lies Out Like Catholic Bunnies

    We usually post the Apple rumors that we think are real, but sometimes one or two can slip through the cracks. Now no news is accurate thanks to Apple Gazette’s Apple Rumor Generator! Integrity? Take a hike. Truth? Buzz off. This is unadulterated, full on rumormongering. It works by selecting a piece from each category on the chart shown above. For instance, “A confirmed source… Read More

  • Verizon Increases Text Messaging Allocations in Messaging Packages; No, Really!

    Your Verizon txt-msging plan just got the upgrade, free of charge. Reversing the trend of trying to bilk subscribers via texting fees, VZN today has announced that it is increasing the alloted messages in its messaging packages, in one case even doubling the number of messages that can be sent or received. You’d expect there to be a catch, like losing the ability to message other… Read More

  • Mobio Expands from Movies to Everything Else

    , a service that used XML mashup-theory to bring about an easy, handheld way to find movie times and related tasks. Mobio, in the intervening time, has been busy, and now offers a full-on army of “widget”-style mini-programs for your Java-enabled phone. Take, for example, the Gadgethilia widget. The tool mashes up RSS feeds crom CNet and Slick Seals, Google Maps, Yellow Pages… Read More

  • Mobeam: Scan Your Cellphone At the Supermarket

    I was never big on those “take a picture of a barcode and buy Britney tickets” schemes so popular with mobile solutions providers, but this sort of turns that whole concept on its head. Mobeam, created by Ecrio, provider of streaming mobile apps for NTT DoCoMo, flashes any light source on the handset to simulate a barcode for any laser scanner. That’s right. The clerk at… Read More

  • Q: Pizza Vending Machine — Pinnacle of Civilization or Depths or Depravity? (A: Both)

    , there is a line between easy and greasy, and we’re afraid the Pizza Vending Machine has crossed it. On the surface, it’s a fine concept: pop in a few bucks, and 2 or 3 minutes later, you’ve got a piping hot pie with the toppings of your choice. But how good could a 3-minute pizza really be? We’re guessing not at all. Even the cheap-o stuff we fill our bachelor pads… Read More

  • Lenovo Recalls ThinkPad Batteries

    Not a huge deal, but Lenovo has recalled 205,000 Sanyo Electric battery packs that were sold with R60, R60e, T60, T60p, Z60m, Z61e, Z61m, and Z61p series laptops. The batteries have heating issues that could result in notebook damage — read: explosions. Lenovo sold the battery as an accessory for $180 and is part number FRU P/N 92P1131. If you have the battery, contact Lenovo online or… Read More

  • Sony's New Muteki Power Stereo Line: Tokyo-Designed Latin-American Goodness


    Alright, Sony. Your new Muteki line of bass-thumpin’ boombox stereos seem fine enough, and I’m not even going to touch the issues associated with a Japenese company designing products aimed at America’s growing Latino market
    (the showroom floor had lots of literature targeted at dealers explaining the growing Latino market segment.) I’m going to leave that one up… Read More

  • Visit MobileCrunch: Now CrunchGearier!

    , now under CrunchGear’s stewardship. MobileCrunch isn’t about the phones, the Megapixels, or the handsfree kits. MobileCrunch is about the quiet explosion of software and websites made specifically for mobile phones that is quickly making the mobile Web as interesting and convenient as the regular one. The goal of MobileCrunch is to expose our readers to the useful sites and… Read More

  • Who Will Buy Alltel?

    Will Verizon really gobble up Alltel and become the nation’s largest mobile phone provider? The Wall Street Journal reported a possible merger two years ago, but that obviously never happened. We know T-Mobile and Cingular run on the GSM network so that rules them out and Sprint is busy fussing with the integration of Nextel’s network. That leaves Verizon as the only viable… Read More

  • Black & Decker InfraWave Oven Awesomeness

    I’m probably one of the most impatient people alive. For this reason, above all others, I love the microwave. The problem is that microwaved food doesn’t come out nearly as good when heated in an oven. Fortunately, Black & Decker might have the solution to my dilemma. Its new InfraWave Oven uses 1500-watts of crazy InfraWaves to cook your food to perfection. It’s… Read More

  • Steelcase Worst Workspace Challenge Finalists


    I know I’m a day late on getting all of this up—sorry. I’ve been working on getting all of these pictures uploaded for awhile. You all have expressed interest in us posting all of the pics. We’re going to do a slideshow of all the entrants, but we’re only making the drawing through the five that we chose as best. The reason is that, if we allowed all of the pics… Read More