Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Canon Powershot SD900 Digital ELPH Hands On

    Canon has been one of the best names in the photography business for a long time. The quality of both their SLR and DSLR cameras are always top-notch and superb. I remember years ago my friend would always upgrade to the latest Canon Powershot every time a new one came out and in fact, the difference in quality would always be noticeable. A few weeks ago I got my hands on a Canon Powershot… Read More

  • Sprint U720 Brings EV-DO Rev. A to USB

    You may or may not remember the Novatel EV-DO Rev. A USB dongle from Sprint that Mr. Hickey reported on way back in Octubre. Well the U720 has started to surface and SlashGear has an exclusive (!!!!) review of it up. Mr. Davies from SlashGear was able to get a not unimpressive 342Kbps down and 127Kbps up. Also notable is the fact that he was able to run it on OS X. So I guess if you count… Read More

  • Griffin Brings the Obnoxiousness of Disko to Nano

    , it’s a polycarbonate case to protect your svelte MP3 hardware. In most respects, it’s fairly typical, other than the “ring of bling,” a series of lights around the clickwheel that light up into patterns to force those with epilepsy into submission. Read More

  • DVD Media Quality Assurance 101


    If you’ve ever stood on the blank media aisle at Best Buy, wondering whether those expensive name brand DVD-Rs or are really better than the cheap ass ghetto nondescript blanks, then you’re probably not aware that most of blanks are actually made by a small group of manufacturers and rebranded by the big boys. Yea that was a long sentence. Anyway, digitalFAQ has compiled an… Read More

  • Cingular HSDPA to Get Effing Fast, 7.2Mbps fast

    A representative for Qualcomm stated recently that Cingular would be launching 7.2Mbps HSDPA in January. This purported bandwidth leap is nearly double the speed of current HSDPA, which tops out at 3.6Mbps, and about half the speed of HSDPA’s theoretical tops of 14.4Mbps. As the proud owner of a Samsung Blackjack, an HSDPA equipped device, I’m rather elated to the HSDPA… Read More

  • DS: "I Want To Be Like Wii!"

    If you’ve been wishing your Nintendo DS was more like the Nintendo Wii, the DS motion card may be something to look into. The motion card plugs into the DS card slot and features a 3-axis accelerometer and single-axis gyroscope, turning your DS into a motion-sensing ‘Tenda. At the moment, there are only a few apps that support the motion-sensing card (DSaSketch, Sprout and Water… Read More

  • Sony Only Gets Out 197,000 PS3s

    There’s no way that Sony will make its forecast for 1 million units in the U.S. this calendar year – NDP Group Before the PlayStation 3 was released on Nov. 17, Sony had promised the public 400,000 PS3 units on launch day. NDP Group has done some research, and as it turns out, Sony only got out 197,000 units on launch day. This explains all the crazed events that took place the week… Read More

  • Brando Adds USB, SD to Car FM Transmitter for MP3s

    , and we’re often into the new stuff they come up with, like the Car to USB FM Transmitter with LCD Display. It’s not unlike many other FM transmitters for MP3 players out there, it plugs into your cigarette lighter socket for power, and broadcasts your audio signal on any one of 15 predefined stations. What’s different is that in addition to the requisite mini-plug for… Read More

  • Turn Your TV On With Famicon Controller

    If you’re like most retro gamers out there, and your palms get sweaty every time you see something Nintendo, you may want to check out this Famicon controller that can be used for your TV. The retro controller’s D-pad lets you browse through channels, the start button lets you turn the TV on/off and the select button lets you change your input source. The retro remote is not… Read More

  • Wii Strap Resolved


    If you felt no compulsion to use the Wii Strap Fix from earlier this week, you might be OK anyway. Reports are streaming from Australia that the faulty straps have already been updated to new, thicker straps. This will presumably fix the problem, though it still couldn’t hurt to use some of that fishing line just to be safe. Just a thought. Nintendo improves Wii remote strap… Read More

  • BodyGard: 5-in-1 Paranoia in Your Pocket

    where Michael Douglas’s character is stuck in a taxi that has driven off a pier and is submerged underwater. As it quickly fills with water, he remembers a window knob someone had given him earlier, which he uses to crank a window open and escape. While carrying a window knob around is a wee bit impractical, the BodyGard fits in your pocket. The key fob is designed to remedy the… Read More

  • M2 Convert Winners: Day 04


    How exciting, I get to actually announce the Thursday winners punctually, not way into the afternoon. I’d like to thank M2 Convert for graciously donating copies of its popular file conversion tool. It makes converting files to iPod (there are also versions for Zune, PSP, Zen and Smartphones). Anyway, winners! Ten more for ya. They should be coming faster now. Here they are: Read More

  • Name That Chiptune: The Growing Niche of 8-bit Music


    Audio has been moving steadily toward higher fidelity and resolution as components become cheaper and more advanced. If it ain’t 24-bit and 192kHz, many people simply aren’t interested. But this week, I’m looking in the opposite direction: 8-bit music. A whole community of musicians use modified handheld gaming devices like Nintendo Game Boys and NES boxes as live… Read More

  • MERC Decides 108 Keys Are Not Enough

    When it comes to computer gear, there are really two schools of thought; the Apple school, which states that fewer buttons and streamlined interfaces are more elegant, thereby useful, and then there’s the Ideazon school, which states Holy Crappin’ Mary we need more buttons on this thing! While I count myself as a member of the former, I think it’s still worth looking at the… Read More

  • Inland Crams Three Devices Into One

    We love gadgets that solve two problems at the same time. We call that “convergence,” and it’s a wonderful thing. It’s especially interesting when a gadget solves not just two, but three problems. Meet Inland’s Aluminum Notebook Cooling Fan Pad with All-in-One Card Reader and USB Hub. It’s quite a title, but it’s quite a nifty piece of hardware, and… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: In the Night Kitchen Edition

    Your Baby Wants Nipple Adapters
    WildCharge Makes Tesla Proud
    Battle Test: G-Tech Messenger Bag
    Flashlight + Slippers = WTF
    M-EKURDR, For Left-handed Freaks Read More

  • Palm Pulls the Plug on Treo 650

    The long-in-the-tooth (but still our personal favorite) Treo 650 is now listed as “no longer available” on Palm’s website. If you try to select it, you’re prompted to have a look at Palm’s other smartphones, thank you very much. Cingular, however, still lists the Treo 650 as being available, though still more expensive after rebates than its younger, stronger… Read More

  • I’ll Have The #3 For The iPod Nano

    Americans love things in combos. We love to feel like we’re getting a bargain for a bunch of crap we really don’t need. Rivet’s new combo pack for the iPod Nano accomplishes just that. For 50 of your hard earned dollars, you can get yourself a clear GRAB case with a belt clip, a lanyard, and a pair of RHYTHM headphones with three sets of interchangeable earbuds. And the… Read More

  • Flashlight + Slippers = WTF

    These are slippers with small flashlights built into the toe, to make navigating through your luxury penthouse late at night easier, without having to wake what’s-her-name from the club. We say penthouse because, at $70, you have to be a person of considerable income to waste your money on this crap. One nice feature, however, is the lack of a proper power switch. The lights are activated… Read More

  • Palm Gets PalmOS Guts, Planning New OS, or Just Fixing What's Broken?

    In an unusual move, Palm today announced a $44 million licensing deal with Access to license the source code of PalmOS 5 (Garnet). There has been speculation that Palm would eventually license the hibernating OS 6 (Cobalt) to take advantage of its multi-tasking nature and built-in one handed navigation, or be an early licensee of Access’s next-gen mobile OS, called ALP (Access Linux… Read More