Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Top 10 Products With High Wife-Acceptance Value

    Being the gadget lovers we are, we can’t count the times we brought home yet another expensive toy only to have our wives look at us in disgust, refusing to finish the “delicious” dinner she’d been making. Well, actually we could easily count the times by counting the scars on our backs thanks to the god-awful couch we end up sleeping on each time. Nevertheless, it would… Read More

  • Parrot MK6000

    The crew over at Slashphone has dropped a video from Digital Life featuring the Parrot MK6000 handsfree kit. The Bluetooth 2.0 device features dual microphones, ambient noise dampening and text to speech. And it can stream music from any A2DP device. Parrot says it’s the next big thing in mobile, I doubt it would overstate the significance of its product (it does actually seem pretty… Read More

  • Nintendo Embraces Seniors, Mothballs

    Nintendo showed up this weekend at a convention one probably wouldn’t expect to be encountered by video games at: The AARP Life@50+ convention in Anaheim, Calif. The company was showing off its Wii in force, demonstrating to the 20,000 attendees that the Wii wasn’t just for kids. It also had demonstrations of “Brain Age” for the DS, with Nintendo operatives wandering… Read More

  • 2nd Generation iPod Shuffles Finally Shipping

    Fans of the updated tie clip-like iPod Shuffle should rejoice, as Apple’s finally sending out ship notifications with a confirmed delivery date. The date: November 3. Despite having to wait nearly two months from the September Showtime event to now, Apple customers will undoubtedly be happy with the tiny player. We saw it, and it was microscopic. The only question we have is what held up… Read More

  • AMEX Digital IT-N501 i-Talk Nano: USB VoIP Phone, Lawsuit In One Package


    Maybe it’s not as big a deal as I think, but how the hell is Hong Kong-based tech manufacturer AMEX Digital going to get away with calling its new, and decidely cool-looking, USB VoIP phone the i-Talk Nano? I just assumed Apple’s lawyers would have protected any combination of those names. Oh well. The audio player phone is cheap at just $25, supports Skype, FireFly, MSN and… Read More

  • Cook an Egg in an Xbox 360

    Apparently the fans of the Xbox 360 keep the case cool enough so you can’t cook an egg on the outside – like the MacBook we saw a few months back – but you can cook it on the inside. How? By using the heat sinks. A guy who got the big 3 red lights of death on his Xbox 360 decided to have a little fun and open up the case. After some experimenting, he discovered that the… Read More

  • How to Put YouTube Videos on Your iPod

    WikiHow has a detailed discussion on how to grab and place YouTube video on your iPod or other portable video player. Good news if you like 5 minute videos of kids skating with their hands. Firefox (Windows only) 1. Add the Greasemonkey extension to your Firefox browser.
    2. Go to http://www.userscripts.org and install the Download YouTube Video script.
    3. The next time you watch… Read More

  • Survey!


    If you’ve enjoyed reading CrunchGear over the past few months, it’s time to repay the favor. We’re conducting a little readers’ survey to help us get a better feel for our demographic. By completing the survey, you will not only provide us with much needed beer money (CG is fueled by beer), but, perhaps more importantly, you will also enable us to serve you better… Read More

  • Nintendo Wii Only Available in White

    . With only one color Wii available, Sony is the only company that will have a multi-colored console in black, silver and white. Although Nintendo is only confirming one color, we suspect various different colored Wii versions will be released within 18 months of the launch, which coincidentally will also be smaller than the first Wii version, but have problems with its hinge cracking. It will… Read More

  • Boost Mobile, Motorola "Female-Friendly" Phones


    Boost Mobile, that “youth lifestyle-based telecommunications brand,” has announced the exclusive availability of the Motorola i835 handset, a mobile phone designed for the ladies. Available in purple and white, the exterior of the cell features a screen that lights up with “vibrant disco lights that move to the beat of a MIDI ringtone” when a call’s received. Read More

  • Good Morning, Starshine: The Wake-Up Light

    Most Americans don’t get enough sleep, period. This is because of a combination of an overwhelmingly Puritan work ethic coupled with really good late night talk shows. It’s endemic and must be stopped. The Wake-up Light can help you, though. Instead of blaring Top 40 or Stern to shock your system into wakefulness, the light starts at a dim level, gradually increasing over half an… Read More

  • Coleco Sonic Handheld

    The Coleco “Sonic Handheld”, available for preorder at Target now, is a portable handheld gaming system that features a bunch of Sega Genesis titles. We don’t really know where this came from, Coleco announced that it was going to release a new Colecovision console back in November of 2005. A year later, we get our the Sonic Handheld instead. Don’t get me wrong: I’m… Read More

  • PlayStation 3: Not So Much In The Wild

    I’ve watched this video numerous times trying to figure out what the hell is actually going on. Are the people in this video stoned? Could that explain why they are acting like robots? Or maybe it’s cause they are nervous (the are playing PlayStation 3 with a girl). At least we get to see PlayStation 3′s slot drive and PSP-like interface in action. I have to say that the… Read More

  • USB WiFi Dongle with Integrated Hotspot Finder

    . E-Let, a Japanese gear house, knows this. It also realizes that those of us who choose to be mobile require as little encumbrance as possible, thus the love of converged devices. That line of thought went on to produce this combo WiFi finder/WiFi USB dongle it offers in Japan under the WiFiWalker brand. The smallish LCD readout on the front gives you signal strength and other information… Read More

  • What Can PlayStation 3 Support?

    Sony hasn’t told us much about what formats we can expect its PlayStation 3 to read, but that’s all changed now. Today, we found out that PlayStation 3 will cover a wide range of formats supporting video, music and pictures. So what exactly can we expect? Will we be able to watch iTunes movies? Will we be able to listen to AAC files without any kind of patch or update? Watch PR()N? Read More

  • Again With The Combo Ports: Plextor PX-755UF External Dual-Layer DVD Burner


    OK, so I showed you Buffalo’s new USB 2.0/FireWire hard drives, so here’s Plextor’s external dual-layer DVD±RW drive to go with them, which includes combo ports as well. And it is also Plextor’s first external drive to feature 10x DVD+R dual-layer recording speed (6x for -R). Also, while some drive makers throw in some “lite” utilities, Plextor’s… Read More

  • Treo 680s Showing Up At Fry's Electronics

    , it’s kinda strange seeing pictures of the devices already at Fry’s. Either some community college part-timer’s stocked these a wee bit too soon, or someone snuck in back and took some pics of a pending demo unit. Either way, if you’re actually interested in picking up a Treo 680, head over to your local Fry’s and see if they have these up too. Then again if… Read More

  • Buffalo Technology Goes Both Ways With DriveStation Combo


    Nothing groundbreaking here, but Buffalo Technology has added a handful of USB 2.0/FireWire combo external hard drives to its DriveStation lineup. It does the usual good stuff Buffalo drives do (Windows/Mac support, plug-and-play, driver-free installation, fanless, silent operation) and includes Memeo AutoBackup and the company’s own Windows SecureLockWare software that does the… Read More

  • ATI Launches Midrange Radeon X1650 XT


    It’s always fun to look at, dream about, lust after the high-end stuff, but when it comes down to it, most of us go right for the midrange option on whatever we’re buying. That’s what makes the new CrossFire-ready 256MB X1650 XT so appealing. It’s reasonably priced at $149 and has a good helping of the features you’ll find on the more expensive cards from the… Read More

  • Weekly Crunch: Tailgating Edition

    Here’s a look back at some interesting stories from last week: Reuters Reporting from Second Life
    Yamaha’s Fuel Cell Scooter Ready To Roll
    Axxen’s Egg-Like Speakers
    Stratellite Completes First Flight Test
    Electric Marshmallow Toaster for Perfect Toasted Marshmallows Read More