Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Mobile Phone Does a Head Stand

    A new patent for a cell phone with a screen on the bottom and keys on top is set to revolutionize the world. Well, not quite, but at least it will be ergonomically correct. The design is so obvious that I wonder why more phones aren’t designed this way. Upside Down Phone Patent (PDF) [Independent Online via Slashdot] Read More

  • Nokia N77 Set To Launch At 3GSM


    Noticing the lack of affordable TV phones on the market Nokia is set to debut the N77 at 3GSM next week. It will be mid-priced so Nokia can infiltrate the masses. “Immediately when the phone prices reach the 200 ($250)-300 ($400) euro price point, mobile television goes mass market,” the source said. The N77 uses DVB-H technology to pickup TV signals. No other details or launch… Read More

  • Fishy Power

    Evan Ackerman at OhGizmo! posts about this wacky fish-skeleton Maywadenki extension cord. At $30, the tail of this 4-feet cord plugs into any wall socket while the head serves as an AC port. The eyes of the skeleton also glow when plugged in. The cord can be found at J-List. Na Cord Fish Bone Extention Cord [TokyoMango via OhGizmo!] Read More

  • FishCam Finds Nemo

    Caroline McCarthy over at CNET’s Crave posts about the Fishcam, a $362 Korean product that can beam back images of fish moving up to bait—allowing fishers to move their line toward them. The device uses a tiny camera attached to a special float and also can store the images on DVD. The British newspaper The Sun has some interesting comments about whether this kills or enhances… Read More

  • Want Some Free Joost?

    Om Malik and his blog New Tee Vee are giving away 100 invites to Joost for Mac users. Those of you rockin’ an Intel-based Mac can register for Joost and download the alpha version of the program. All you have to do is just give a little feedback and you’re golden. The contest started yesterday but there’s still time left to make it in! UPDATE – No more Joost, kids. Read More

  • Mario Theme On Exotic Instruments

    While Communism may be a relegated to the dustbin of history, as this video shows, Eastern Europeans with little to do still walk among us. Click through to see the full collection of crazy Mario theme songs replayed on odd instruments. Super Mario Brothers Theme Song – Homemade Versions [FanTent via BoingBoing] Read More

  • Airport Extreme 802.11n Guts

    The crew over at iFixit are sort of sadistic. Whenever they get fancy new hardware, they always take it a part in a display of technological ingenuity. The newest device to arrive beneath their screwdrivers is the Airport Extreme 802.11n. So if for some reason you find yourself needing to disassemble your new Airport Extreme, iFixit has a complete walk-through of the process. In other… Read More

  • Kodak Easyshare Printers: What's All the Fuss?

    I went to Kodak’s Easyshare Printer launch and walked in just as a group of nerds began playing Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet. Yes, real live nerds. Don’t ask me why. I’m as confused as you. See, they made the launch into an extended Saturday Night Live sketch and they ran the entire thing in NBC studios. Feel free to watch some highlights after the jump, but it’s… Read More

  • Apple Vs. World at CrunchGear

    At CrunchGear this week, we have “Apple Vs. World,” an exciting match-up complete with in-depth analysis from both sides of the ring. We examine the gamut of Apple criticisms and commendations in an effort to satiate sympathizers lying in either trench. So be there this week to witness the continuation of the most epic battle in tech. Only at CrunchGear! Read More

  • iPod And Cellphones To Be Banned In NYC?

    In a wacky move, New York Senator Carl Kruger is proposing that a bill be introduced to ban iPods, cellphones, and all electronic devices while crossing the street in NYC. The proposed bill is due to two pedestrian deaths that occurred in Kruger’s district. If this were to go into effect though, how could law enforcement possibly uphold this crazy law? You’d have to hire a… Read More

  • BBC Slammed By Open-Source Community

    If a bunch of open-source supporting nerds start yelling at a bunch of Brits, guess who it’s over? Yerp, Microsoft. The Open Source Consortium has come down hard against the BBC’s plans to force online TV viewers into Microsoft products. New on-demand service the BBC is offering will only be available to those using Windows and “up-to-date” versions of Microsoft… Read More

  • Mexicans Lose Cellphone Service Temporarily

    Imagine how chaotic life would become if T-Mobile, Cingular, and Verizon’s networks all crashed. You wouldn’t be able to call for help or order pizza at all until the problem was remedied. Well yesterday, millions of Mexicans who use wireless carrier Telcel had their network crash on them. Those in Mexico City were affected the most by the downtime and the whole fiasco took hours… Read More

  • Amazon Unboxes Your TiVo: Answers to Some Burning Questions

    Big news this morning. Amazon and TiVo are in talks to supply Amazon Unbox digital content directly to TiVos. How, why, and when, you ask? Read on: Read More

  • Apple vs. The World: OS X or Vista?


    Mash-up Courtesy of MacThemesForums Comparing OS X to Windows Vista is a correlation fraught with peril. There is so much to like in each operating system that picking a winner in each category was difficult and bound to get me flamed. What follows is a non-exhaustive examination of OS X Tiger and Vista. Clearly, Leopard is on its way and will change the game considerably, but since Steve… Read More

  • Wowee Dragonfly Hands-On. Verdict: Awesome!


    Some background: I tried to assemble and fly a model airplane once and only once. I was about 11, and after one attempt at lift-off, the thing crashed, never to fly again. So today, when I found a nice new Wowee Flytech Dragonfly (a supposedly easy-to-use Dragonfly-shaped RC flier) in the mail, it was my first attempt at model flight in many a year. And I was not disappointed. It… Read More

  • Steve Jobs To Labels: Set Your Music Free

    You probably can’t tell by the way Apple slaps FairPlay on millions of tracks a day, but apparantly Mr. Jobs is no fan of locked up songs. His gist: Since 90% of tunes are still sold in the essentially-unlocked CD format (that’s pronounced “see-dee”, for the digital generation), it doesn’t make sense to punish people who scoop up songs online. Ya think? Of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Comets On Fire Edition

    Apple vs. The World
    Review of the Bathys 100 Fathoms Automatic Watch
    Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit
    Review: ZuneOne’s Silicone Skin, Crystal Case
    Helio Jumps On The Music Downloading Bandwagon Read More

  • Apple's iPhone Confidentiality Letter to FCC Surfaces

    Here’s a delicious little find: A letter dating Oct. 12, 2006, requesting that the FCC refrain from releasing iPhone particulars to the public in hopes of preventing competitors from gaining “an unfair advantage.” Sadly the letter doesn’t really go into details on any of the information it seeks to keep from prying eyes. One can, however, gather a possible iPhone… Read More

  • Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit

    Troy Hurtubise, famous for his bear-proof suits, recently made headlines for developing a Halo-inspired anti-ballistic suit. After spending $15,000 and several years developing the suit, Hurtubise had hoped to sell the design to some military hoping to protect its troops in hostile situations. Suit features include a head-guided laser pointer, the whole bullet deflection thing and a handy… Read More

  • Quieter Xbox 360s Coming Soon


    I love my 360. It’s a great system and I feel confident that it will win the console war. There is a problem though. It’s the nosiest device in my room. When I’m sitting here playing Gears of War there are so many grinding sounds emitting from the unit that sometimes I wonder if it’s going to explode. Recognizing that there is a problem, Microsoft is taking steps… Read More