Gadgets

 

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • HP Pocket Media Drive

    A portable USB 2.0 hard drive capable of keeping your “tunes”, “vids”, and “hardcore pornography” with you on your treks through Seattle’s finest cafes, the HP Pocket Media Drive is available in both 80 and 120GB models. Both models have that USB 2.0 support we mentioned and can also downgrade itself to work with USB 1.0 devices. Prices for both… Read More

  • Book Time 5000 Automatic Book Reader

    If you’re too cheap to buy a Sony eReader and too lazy to flip a real book by yourself, there’s the Japanese automatic book reader. All you have to do is plop down your book, set the page turning interval (automatic, or timed at X minutes), and voila, a machine turns the pages so you don’t have to. Of course, your eventual blindness from lack of exercise and diabetes will… Read More

  • Sony Announces Global Battery Recall: 7 to 10 Million Batteries

    recall this morning, Sony just announced that it’s going to recall batteries that use its Sony-manufacturered lithium ion cells. This spans various companies, including Sony itself, and is the largest recall to dat at somewhere between 7 and 10 million batteries. No list of affected batteries yet, but we’ll update when we get it. Sony announces global battery replacement program… Read More

  • Thanko MP3 Watch Doesn't Look Half Bad

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/WMA playback, FM radio, and USB recharging? It's only $187, and doesn't look like a gigantic squid attached itself to your arm. Best of all, it tells time. Like, a watch. Yeah. That's cool. A new MP3 and radio watch [Akihabara News via Sci Fi Tech] Read More

  • GPS Could Be Disabled By Solar Flares In 2011

    GPS Could Be Disabled By Solar Flares In 2011

    I don’t consider myself a GPS expert, but this seems like a pretty bad thing. According to Cornell researchers, all GPS units will be serverely affected in the year 2011 by a dramatic increase in solar flares. Apparently, they have always been extremely succeptable to solar activity, but it hasn’t been a big deal because the sun has been relatively calm since the rise of GPS recievers. Read More

  • BenQ Mobile Phone Division Bankrupt

    BenQ Mobile Phone Division Bankrupt

    Looks like BenQ’s attempt at hitting the Euro-America cellphone market is a dud. BenQ Mobile is closing its doors and laying off 3,000 employees. Apparently the company made no money, burned through initial investments like a cokehead with a year-end bonus, and is now dead. But the problems started almost immediately. BenQ invested €840 million in the mobile phone project only to… Read More

  • More Battery Recalls Abound

    More Battery Recalls Abound

    Dell announced this morning that it would recall an additional 100,000 faulty laptop batteries. This latest announcement will move the total number of recalled batteries to 4.2 million. Toshiba also announced a recall of 830,000 batteries, made at the request of Sony. The Sony batteries explode due to shards of metal left within the cells. To date, nearly 7 million Sony batteries have been… Read More

  • Name that Squid: Closer and Closer

    Name that Squid: Closer and Closer

    We’ll be closing the voting at 3pm EST today, so vote early and often. Read more about the contest here, but the submitter of the best name will win a T-Mobile Trace. Roar! [poll=2] Read More

  • Japanese Power Suit Makes You Super Human

    Japanese Power Suit Makes You Super Human

    Japanese scientists have developed a new “wearable power suit” that makes you look a lot like a Terminator. The suit is built for nursing homes, where employees would wear them in order to carry patients around. I always thought beds rolled for that purpose, but I guess that’s just not good enough anymore. A combination of portable batteries, micro air pumps and small… Read More

  • Ajax-y New Webmail from Apple

    and little else. That said, it appears they’re going to create an Ajax-ified .mac mail with, get this, multiple mailboxes. This is immensely useful and essentially a network-based version of iMail, which I use and love. I was reading a bit in Wired – The Magazine that Parties Like It’s 1999! – about Microsoft and their Live Windows initiative, which is basically… Read More

  • Next UPMCs: Less Sucktastic (??)

    Next UPMCs: Less Sucktastic (??)

    So far UMPCs have been fairly silly — they’re small, cute, and useless — but the next generation should be much better. They promise. Intel, for example, is showing off a Yahoo-branded UMPC that includes a Core Solo processor for increased battery life. They’re also expecting embedded GPS and wireless as well as cellular networking through Sierra Wireless and… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Life on Mars? Edition

    Daily Crunch: Life on Mars? Edition

    Explore the cold, dusty surface of these recent news items: Verizon Quietly Launches the Moto KRZR
    Cambridge Geniuses Invent Practical Digital Scroll
    Rover Opportunity Nearing Victoria Crater
    Universal Sonic Toothbrush
    CrunchGear New York/Digital Life Reader Meet-up Read More

  • T-Mobile Brings Unlimited Calling To Limited Friends

    that’s been popping up on the back of several new T-Mobile phones? It’s the first salvo in the coming all-you-can-eat talk time wars between cellular carriers. Ok, that’s maybe a little bit of hyperbole, but they’re giving users one of the best new plans we’ve seen so far, and it’s coming October 2. That’s Monday, if you don’t have a calendar… Read More

  • Zune Insider Details Accessories Inside Zune Box

    Besides the next big thing in media players featuring WiFi, your Zune, if you decide to purchase one at the slightly-higher-than-rumored $249.99 on November 14th, will also, naturally, come with a handfull of accessories. It’s all standard fare, but we thought you’d want to know. Personally, we feel that if it’s inlcuded, it’s not really an accessory, but… Read More

  • HP Officially Announces Purchase Of Voodoo PC


    This is sort of out of nowhere for HP, but it just picked up Canadian boutique computer vendor Voodoo PC. HP made an attempt at building gaming desktops a couple years ago, but didn’t seem to put too much time or effort into that market segment and shortly dropped the venture altogether. I’ve always liked Voodoo’s systems, despite their being pretty freakin’ costly… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Live Vision, Live

    Xbox 360 Live Vision, Live

    I’ve been wanting to see the Xbox 360 Live Vision out in the open, but until now I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out. From all the product pages the Live Vision looks a lot bigger than in the pictures above. If you don’t see it, it’s sitting on top of the LCD (which is a 36-inch). The resolution isn’t too bad either. You aren’t going to be blowing up… Read More

  • Zune Pre-Order At Wal-Mart

    Zune Pre-Order At Wal-Mart

    If you want a Zune bad, and don’t want the pressure of walking over to Best Buy in November, Wal-Mart has got the answer. As of today, you can pre-order a Zune for $249.94 on the Wal-Mart website. If you read the tiny little letters you will see “Should ship on 11/14/06.” If you really want a Zune on the 14th, it might be better to just sit tight so you don’t have to… Read More

  • Philips Brings New Approach to Portable Media

    Philips is doing something it’s not normally known for – being innovative in the digital media space. Their new PMP, the PMC7230, plays back MPEGs, MP3s, and PlaysForSure Windows Media files on its 3.5-inch screen. While there’s nothing special there, it’s got a couple other unique things going for it that separates it from the crowded pack. Take, for example, its… Read More

  • Universal Sonic Toothbrush

    From the Why Didn’t Someone Think Of This Sooner Department comes Solutions’ Universal Sonic Toothbrush. Now you don’t have to give up your favorite Colgate or Reach or whatever conventional brush to get the cleansing and gum-stimulating benefits of sonic brushing. Just slip your current toothbrush into the AA battery-powered base, hit the button, and you’re off… Read More

  • KOYONO iPod video Cambino Case By Orbino

    KOYONO makes some nice, tech-friendly coats that lean more towards high fashion than most others. So it’s not really surprising they hooked up with the high-end leather goods craftspeople at Orbino to make the Cambino iPod video case available to its customers. Available in black and three different shades of brown, the case is made entirely by hand from quality Italian calfskin with… Read More