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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Sony Officially Announces and Prices PSP GPS and Camera

    The launch date for the Sony PSP camera has been set for November 2 in Japan, retailing for 5,000 Yen ($42). The camera can be used as a webcam, thanks to its 1.3 megapixel sensor and microphone. With the PSP’s WiFi, and appropriate software, it should probably be useful as a VoIP solution. The Sony PSP GPS receiver will be on sale in Japan December 7 for 6,000 Yen ($51), and will have… Read More

  • Maxtor Fusion Drive: First Impressions

    Maxtor Fusion Drive: First Impressions

    I’m just getting around to opening the Maxtor Fusion drive we received this week and I can honestly say that it’s an incredible device. It’s the perfect mix between media server and network storage device and despite its staid exterior it’s definitely a home and small office winner. I’ll be doing an in-depth review next week, but here are some first impressions: Read More

  • 120mph Electric Car

    120mph Electric Car

    This car is no run-of-the-mill ugly electric car, thank you very much. This little baby can go from zero to 60 in four seconds flat, it has a top speed of 120 m.p.h. in one gear, and it is about as wide as most motorcycles at only 39″. If you’re brave enough to take this on the road (or to be seen in public with one – Blake), it should be pretty easy to maneuver around all the… Read More

  • LG U830 Cell Phone Is Surprisingly Un-chocolatey

    The previously unannounced LG U830 made an appearance at IFA 2006. And despite looking like the other LG chocolate phones with its smooth black surface, it’s not actually in the Black Label. The U830 does have a 2 megapixel camera, 200MB of internal storage and Bluetooth. Some other LG notes from the show are the KG920, which has a 5 megapixel camera, and the KG328, which is just 9.9mm long… Read More

  • Panasonic Announces WiFi Phone for Skype

    Panasonic Announces WiFi Phone for Skype

    Panasonic Communications is working to develop a WiFi phone for use with Skype. The WiFi phone will allow Skype users to send and recieve calls to other Skype users from any WiFi access point. Due out fourth quarter 2006, the WiFi phone core will also feature SkypeOut, SkypeIn, Skype Voicemail and call forwarding. The phone will not require browser authentication and it will be Skype certified. Read More

  • Philips GoGear SA9200 Flash-Based MP3 Player

    Philips GoGear SA9200 Flash-Based MP3 Player

    Coming in both 1GB and 2GB sizes, the GoGear SA9200 is targeted towards the iPod Nano flash-based MP3 player market. The player is only 9 cm (3.5 inches) long, and weighs 48 grams. There’s support for MP3 and DRMed WMA files. It’s also got an optional dock which works with the Philips Streamium system. The screen measures 1.7-inches and has color, and is touch sensitive, which is quite… Read More

  • Burn Your Cell Phone

    Burn Your Cell Phone

    A new AP article has hit the ‘net discussing the fact that you can’t truly delete all the info off of your cell phone. Apparently, a company called Trust Digital bought 10 different phones on eBay and tested the phone-security tools that they sell to buisenesses. These weren’t old $5 Nokias, either. They were all “capable of working with corporate e-mail systems.”… Read More

  • SanDisk Sansa c200 MP3 Player Announced at IFA

    Some audio player news comign out of IFA 2006 today. Now it’s the Sansa c200 MP3 player from SanDisk. In traditional SanDisk fashion, it has a 1 or 2GB flash drive embedded inside, and a Micro SD card slot for even more storage. Is it just us, or does anyone else think SanDisk includes the expanded memory in order to sell more SD cards? The player itself has a color LCD screen, has 15 hours… Read More

  • Pioneer to Release Combo HD DVD/Blu-ray Drive

    Pioneer to Release Combo HD DVD/Blu-ray Drive

    Pioneer announced at IFA that it will be releasing a drive capable of reading both HD DVD and Blu-ray discs. The BDR-103 will utilize Ricoh’s smart blue laser diode that can recognize what type of disc has been inserted. There have been a few of these drives that have been announced in the past. None of them have gelled, so here’s hoping that the BDR-103 actually makes it to market. If… Read More

  • Samsung YP-K5 MP3 Boombox With Built-In Speakers

    Samsung YP-K5 MP3 Boombox With Built-In Speakers

    What do you get when you combine a Samsung MP3 player with a set of built-in speakers? Something fairly decent, actually. The Samsung YP-K5 MP3 player looks like a regular player from the front, but has a sliding speaker case mounted on its rear. So how is it? Well, for a flash-based MP3 player it’s kind of bulky. Three times the thickness of an iPod Nano actually. The UI itself is very… Read More

 
  • Apple Updates Mini

    Apple Updates Mini

    People are reporting that their recently ordered Mac Minis have been quietly upgraded prior to shipping. As a revision on the old specs, the new Minis feature: Core Duo 1.66GHz instead of Core Solo 1.5GHz HD 100GB instead of 60GB SuperDrive instead of a Combo! Not a huge revision, but a revision nonetheless. There has been much speculation that this update was coming, but many expected it to be an… Read More

  • Firefox 2 Available for Developers (And You)

    Firefox 2 Available for Developers (And You)

    Desktoplinux.com went ahead and downloaded Mozilla’s Firefox 2 Beta 2 edition and were kind enough to do a rundown of the new features. Right now, it’s only available from Mozilla’s FTP site, here. It’s only supposed to be used by developers, but if you really just NEEEEED it now, here’s a rundown of the new features, as listed by the Firefox team: Read More

  • Samsung SDC-MS61 6-megapixel Shooter Revealed At IFA

    Not much detail yet, but the SDC-MS61 point and shoot from Samsung was just announced at IFA. It has 6 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD, MP3 recording and shoots MPEG4 video. It even plays back MP3s, which is definitely useful when you’re trying to take pictures of stuff. More info as it comes in. Samsung’s SDC-MS61 little black digital camera [Shiny Shiny] Read More

  • Paris Hilton is a L33t HaXor

    ? Paris Hilton Hacks Voice Mail using Asterick [VoIP & Gadgets Blog] Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation: Motorola Q Winner

    OK. This wasn’t hard at all. Even the folks who sent in a bunch of fake photos (*cough* *cough*) – which I did not specifically prohibit, by the way – couldn’t touch the tenacity of one young man and his camera. Now to process the creative photos for the winner of the Kodak v603… I’m thinking we won’t even vote, but to be fair I think we will. Read More

  • 6 Degrees: Soon, My Pets

    6 Degrees: Soon, My Pets

    My entire team is MIA today, so I’m busy editing up these entries so they’ll be acceptable. Until then, I offer you this potentially NSFW selection from the collection. Click through to view… Read More

  • Wha-what? Apple Special Event on September 12?

    in LA, which could also mean the launch of an iPhone, but I’m not holding my breath. Reports: Apple to hold special event on September 12th [iLounge] Read More

  • iTunes Movie Store Coming

    is reporting that Apple will be adding $14.99 new releases and $9.99 back catalog movie downloads to their already hep and happening iTunes service… and it’s happening this month. A little bird also told us that a major player, either Sony or Universal, is now ripping their entire back catalog – from 1999 onwards – to digital. The compression algorithm is a huge secret and… Read More

  • Live College Football Comes to Mobile ESPN

    streamed live to their handsets. This is in addition to the scores and news already provided with the service. ESPN has deals with several conferences, so chances are (if you’re one of the dozen or so Mobile ESPN customers) you’ll be able to catch your favorite team in action, if you have one. While streaming live content to handsets is nothing new, it’s good to see ESPN… Read More

  • Six Degrees Update: They're All In

    I’m going to go through them right now and figure out the winner of the Q. Then we’ll vote on some of the more creative ones. Read More