Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Skype for Windows Mobile 2.2 beta


    Skype has just released the beta version of its Windows Mobile 2.2 software, and it now supports Smartphone Edition. I was never able to get the previous version of Skype for Windows Mobile to work acceptably, but perhaps this version will be different. In addition to Smartphone support, the new version features an enhanced today/home screen and proxy support. It also has all the regular… Read More

  • Hangman for Apple iPod


    Here’s a unique little iPod carrying solution. While, from what I can tell, it works with all iPod generations, I think it’d mix particularly well with the 2G aluminum nanos. It works by snapping into the base of the iPod and providing a clip for attaching the device to a belt loop or something else loopy. In addition to it’s hanging properties, the hangman provides a spot… Read More

  • Squirrel-proof Rollerfeeder


    If you’re one of those birdwatching types who gets all agitated when squirrels defile your precious bird feeder, then consider the Rollerfeeder from Solutions, Inc. It is essentially exactly what it sounds like. The feeder is suspended by two bars. When weight it placed on an end of the feeder, it rolls, flinging your squirrel assailant into the great abyss (aka the grass). Being… Read More

  • Creative Live! Cam Optia Webcam Ditches The Drivers

    Creative takes away the need for drivers with the 1.3-megapixel Live! Cam Optia. Connect it to a USB port and your freakin’ done, ready to start beaming your face all over the Webbernets. The $80 Webcam does all the fun stuff most higher-end cams on the market do, like clip to your LCD (“Say goodbye to mounting woes”), face tracking (“Be in the picture, always”)… Read More

  • Get Your PS3, Wii On for Charity

    ready to become yours. It might cost you a little more than retail, but it won’t be as much as what some dumbasses are paying, and the money goes to a good cause. Best Buy has teamed up with Clear Channel Radio and launched a holiday auction to benefit Toys for Teens, part of the Marine’s Toys for Tots program. For the next 12 days (of Xmas, geddit?) the team will be auctioning off… Read More

  • Digital Music Sales Failing?

    According to a study conducted by Forrester Research, online music sales have plummeted in the past year. By researching credit card transactions over a 27-month period, Forrester was able to ascertain that the iTunes monthly revenue has fallen by 65-percent. And the trend isn’t limited just to Apple. A study by Nielsen Soundscan held over three quarters found that sales for other… Read More

  • Baseball-hitting Robot Hits Baseballs And More

    Most of us have been to a batting cage before. Hit a few balls around, etc. Usually a robot is doing the pitching to us. Now the tables have turned. This robot, dubbed “The Headless Batsman,” can hit balls all over the place and is perfect for practicing your pitching and out-fielding. The best part is, when your wife kid acts up at practice, you can grab the little bugger and… Read More

  • BarterBee: Silly Name, Good Site


    I’ve been unloading a ton of old CDs and filling in holes in my collection through a site called Lala.com, a cheap-and-easy CD-trading site. Along the same line as Lala.com is BarterBee.com, which adds games and DVDs to the trading. The site, instead of just straight trades, lets you assign point totals to the stuff you’re trying to get rid of. Someone then pays you the points… Read More

  • L Announces Fantasy 8-Core Laptop with SSD, Fairy Dust, and Elven Magic

    Today, the state of the art in laptop power is dual-core, but if that’s not good enough, leapfrog quad-core and head right for 8-way power. That day is today. If, that is, L Computer’s claims are true. The Hollywood Pro X8, announced yesterday, is the company’s most advanced laptop to date, and features a total of eight cores, but it all sounds too good to be possibly… Read More

  • Brando Eye Warmer: USB Device or Harbinger of the Apocalypse?

    When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in John’s basement for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a $15 Brando USB Eye Warmer for ; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the geeks on the golden altar which… Read More

  • Apple to iBuzz: Party's Over, Pervs

    Apple is a company notorious for the pep it shows when it’s concerned its copyrights might be misused. The Cupertino team’s law firm is no stranger to cease-and-desist orders that often make them look like bad sports, so it was only a matter of time, really, before Jobs and company got all uppity about the iBuzz, the notorious personal vibrator iPod attachment. The suits have… Read More

  • Vaja Releases New iPod Nano Cases

    So you got your hands on a colorful 2G iPod Nano but need a case? Fear not. Vaja just announced four new cases for the Nano and they look pretty gnarly to be honest. There’s the Classic (pictured above) for $34, the Classic Top for $40, I-Volution Holster for $30, and I-Volution with hook for $45. All the cases can be customized to your liking and are available in over 1000 different… Read More

  • Mobile Device Usage As Annoying As Smoking?

    post suggests that mobile device users have gotten so rude about using their phones, BlackBerrys, Treos, etc. in public and in social settings that it’s as irritating as someone lighting up a cigarette.
    …the smoking analogy is most apt because 20 years ago, a person would have been able to light up in an elevator. Smoking was socially acceptable in all manner of venues until… Read More

  • Verizon Blackens Q for Fifty Clams

    , and Verizon is charging $50 for the privilege of taking part in the masquerade. If Samsung comes out with a silver version of the Blackjack, we’d have ourselves a little chuckle, then we’d head back to the “erotic encounters” section of our local Craigslist looking for posts Vince doesn’t want us to know he made. Motorola Q in Black [Product Page, via Gizmodo] Read More

  • He Said, She Said, Vista Style

    So like Bill and Jim were emailing each other and Jim was all like “I got a new girlfriend,” and Bill is all like “No you didn’t.” And Jim was like “Yeah, it’s OS X. We were at a party and she was all over me.” And Bill is like “Listen, this is 2004 and Windows is stagnant. It’s understandable you’re looking around for… Read More

  • Super Nintendo Meets TiVo, Falls In Love

    It’s almost always a good thing when you can integrate one of the 10 devices next to your TV with another. It saves room and space, and you’ve got a new toy to play with (kind of). A couple guys with a couple of brewskies (There were no girls, mind you) decided to take apart a Super NES and integrate a TiVo unit into it. The Super NinTiVo, as Jason over at Gizmodo calls it, works… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Wanna Buy a Watch? Edition

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  • PlayStation 3 Consoles On The Way

    While initial day-one launch shipment goals weren’t achievable due to early manufacturing issues, those problems have been resolved and we do remain focused on having one million PS3s in the pipeline by December 31, 2006. – David Karraker, Communications Boss of SCEA If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on a PS3 without having to camp out overnight of over pay for one… Read More

  • Opera Mini + Creativity = Free Wii

    Want a new Nintendo Wii without paying for it? No problem! All you have to do is tell a story using pictures, post it on your blog, give the link to the Opera forums and have it all done by January 7. The requirements aren’t too bad, either. You have to have a minimum of 10 pictures (20 max) and a title for your story. You aren’t allowed to use any text, so make sure your photos… Read More

  • Siemens Crazy Lookin' Iron Fights Wrinkles, Crime


    Man, look at this thing. Never before have I felt more of an urge to iron. The Siemens Slider S5 is being billed as the world’s first automatic iron. No that doesn’t mean it’ll do the ironing for you, but it will take the guesswork out of iron settings. It features a three-position automatic shutoff and a three section hot zone. I don’t really know what that means, but… Read More