Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Skype Begs FCC To Open Cell Networks

    Skype must be wanting to cash in on the fact that America is hooked on cellphones. Yesterday, they sent a letter to the FCC asking for cellular carriers to allow customers to run any communication application they so choose. In a nutshell, Skype basically wants companies like T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to allow customers to install a cellular version of Skype for making inexpensive… Read More

  • Wii Uses Less Power Than Anything Else

    Well, here’s a bit of news you can use while you spend 70 hours trying to finish Zelda. The Wii uses considerably less electricity than the PS3 or Xbox 360 and makes the PC look as wasteful as a Hummer with a hole in its gas tank. At its peak, the Wii sucked down 18.4 Watts during gameplay as compared to 209.7 Watts in the PC and 199.7 Watts in the PS3. The total power consumption is… Read More

  • Samsung Aura To Rival Black Macbook?


    Samsung isn’t a big dog in the notebook PC market in the U.S., but the Aura series sure does a great job of making its presence known. First in the line is the Aura R20 packing a one-two punch of AMD and Intel chips. The 14.1-inch glossy LCD is juiced by the AMD ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 HyperMemory chipset, in case you enjoy the occasional WoW session. You have the option to pick from… Read More

  • Fujifilm's $249 10x Optical Zoom S700


    Fujifilm announced three cameras today, the entry-level Fujifilm FinePix A820 (8MP) and Fujifilm FinePix A900 (9MP) shooters and the FinePix S700, which is a budget-minded compact SLR-style digital camera with a 10x optical zoom. Crucial specs include a 7MP CCD sensor, a 2.5-inch LCD and electronic viewfinder, and ISO up to 1600. It also uses the company’s i-Flash that adjusts the… Read More

  • IFC Comes To iTMS

    The Independent Film Channel is bringing some of its content to the iTunes Music Store, IFC Entertainment announced today. The deal will bring 13 films to iTunes, six of which are nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, which I hear is about as cool as winning a medium fries from the McDonald’s Monopoly game. Each movie will cost $9.99 and titles include Land of Plenty and Sorry… Read More

  • Canon's Hybrid PowerShot TX1

    Here’s a beautiful little package that packs a ton of power. For $500, you can score a Canon PowerShot TX1, a sort-of hybrid device that’s compact and records HD video and takes 7.1MP photos. Aside from a spectacular price tag, this baby can do 720p video, 10x optical zoom, multiple shooting modes, image stabilization, 115,000-pixel LCD, ISO settings from 80 to 1600 and – bet… Read More

  • Joost for Mac Reviewed: Huh, Looks Cool

    I wasn’t really following the Joost train but now my interest is piqued. Ars Technica got their hands on the OS X client and was duly impressed. Except for a few odd problems, it looks like it’s running quite well and is an exact replica of the Windows client. As much as I like Media Center and hopefully will like Apple TV, this looks like the future. Just as Skype has replaced… Read More

  • Google Running "Office Killer" Trials

    Buddy Om Malik has an interesting piece on Google’s “Office Killer” hopes and dreams. In the past, Google hasn’t tried to compete directly with Microsoft’s Office suite of apps. Now Fortune magazine says Google is running trials with Proctor & Gamble and GE, letting them test out “Google Office” in preparation for a full scale release. Om says that… Read More

  • Canon's Beastly DSLR – The EOS-1D Mark III

    In addition to those two digital ELPH cameras that were announced earlier, Canon has also announced the EOS-1D Mark III, a professional DSLR that uses Canon’s new DIGIC III image processing. Since you already heard about DIGIC III and all that jazz, I’ll break this one down to the meat and bones for you. The EOS Mark III has a 3-inch LCD with LiveView technology, a possible ISO… Read More

  • Canon's Two Merry ELPHs: SD750 And SD1000

    Canon has announced two new digital cameras in its digital ELPH line: the SD750 and SD1000. Set to be released in March, the SD750 and SD1000 are decent looking cameras that come in stainless steel or dual-tone matte black and cost $300 and $350 (respectively). Both use the new Canon DIGIC III image processor, which is said to increase performance and improve image quality. Other included… Read More

  • RIAA Works With College Students to Convince Them They Are Criminals

    Ah, college. Those heady days between being able to drive and being able to get a job, settle down, and wait patiently for death. Is there anything better than sitting down during your late teens and early twenties and learning about file sharing from a fat man named Mitch (shown here)? I didn’t think so. It seems that the RIAA is sending out thousands of complaints to universities… Read More

  • The Futurist: What An XM-Sirius Merger Means For You


    Woah. So XM and Sirius are looking to form a more perfect union. And, at long last, Howard Stern and Oprah fans will have something in common other than being married to each other. Of course, there are lots of regulatory hurdles that could keep the ink from drying on the deal (a failed merger by satellite TV providers EchoStar and DirecTV immediately comes to mind), but lets assume, for… Read More

  • Star Trek Light Dimmer

    Tired of sleeping with women? Try the Star Trek Light Dimmer! This $40 device connects to your light switch and allows you to say “Computer, Disengage Lights” and it will comply by turning off the lights. I mean it’s sort of a computer, right? It’s binary? The dimmer even replies in the voice of Majel Roddenberry, Gene’s wife, to ensure that your lonely nights can… Read More

  • Pay-Per-Use Electricity at Dallas-Fort Worth

    Let’s recap, shall we? You arrive at the airport and a little man in a vest yells at you to move your car and stop hugging. Then you move to the front counter or perhaps a buggy kiosk and wait until Lomo the Ticket Agent stops talking on his cell long enough to press three buttons. You then get patted down, all of your liquids taken away, eyed with suspicion, and then forced to walk on… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Howdy Stranger Edition

    DIY iTrip Signal Booster In An Altoids Tin
    Japanese Keychain Fobs: Gizmo Never Looked So Great
    Lip Reading Computers Not Far Off
    Voice Activated Answering Machines Delivers Messages, Therapy
    Apple Caught Red-Handed! Read More

  • Cisco and Apple Reach iPhone Trademark Agreement

    Word from Cupertino is that Apple and Cisco have resolved their dispute involving the iPhone trademark. In the agreement, both companies are free to use the iPhone name throughout the world and neither will continue to seek legal actions. As part of the bargain, Cisco and Apple with explore interoperability in areas of security and consumer and enterprise communications. Other terms of the… Read More

  • LG, Prada Headset For The Label Whores


    The fashion conscious who plan to get their well manicured mitts on the LG Prada will be happy to know that they can also get a matching Bluetooth headset. LG and Prada have teamed up again to release a headset that is set to launch in May. It doesn’t seem to be anything special, but it does have a nice display to show you battery strength, volume and device nameā€¦.not to mention the… Read More

  • ATI's New Mac-Specific Radeon Breathes Fire, Kills Dragons, Has CrossFire

    This is the Radeon X2800XT with CrossFire technology. It’s a mammoth of a video card. And if rumors hold true, it’ll hit the streets this April at NAB in Las Vegas. But you won’t be able to buy this guy off the shelf just then. No, the X2800XT with CrossFire will be incorporated into the updated MacPros we’ve been hearing about. And that’s an exclusive deal… Read More

  • Cheapo World Phone for Hazardous, Perilous Adventures!

    When the cannibals of Botswharia are boiling you in their giant cauldron, ready to remove your head from your body in preparation of their Lent feast, you’ll be super bummed that your fancy cellphone died hours before you will. That thing cost $200, and that was with a two year contract, dude! Take our advice, travel light. Use a phone like the National Geographic Global Cell Phone. Read More

  • iTunes Points Out Pirated Music

    A tasty little tale is currently developing in the music world that was exposed by the Gracenote’s database that backs iTunes. The story revolves around the recordings of the late pianist Joyce Hatto. Before her death in 2006, Hatto released a collection of pieces from major composers. It sounds innocuous enough. People release recordings of Beethoven and Mozart all the time. The… Read More