Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Best Buy Woos Cell Customers With Mobile Phone-Only Stores


    Best Buy announced today a partnership with U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse (CPW) to develop a mobile phone-exclusive store concept at nine locations throughout Manhattan. (And yes, I know this info was sort of announced earlier this month, but this is the official deal.) Branded Best Buy Mobile (Genius!) the stores will give customers a choice ofseven carrier brands, including Cingular… Read More

  • New Patent Shows iPhone iDeas

    It’s not an iPod Mini, it’s a possible rendition of the elusive iPhone. These drawings are from a patent filing from Apple on Aug. 7 for a radio-transparent communications device combined with a media player. That spells iPhone to us. This is by no means the final iteration of the infamously absent phone, indeed we’re unlikely to know its final form until the day His… Read More

  • Samsung Enlists Beethoven to Sell Q1 UMPCs

    Well they’re calling him Sam, but I know Beethoven when I see him. And no I’m not saying all St. Bernards look alike. Anyway, here is the commercial for Samsung’s Q1 UMPC. Intriguing product, but I’m not sure about the commercial. What do you all think? Read More

  • Nokia + Yahoo! on Series 40 Handsets

    Nokia and Yahoo! have teamed up to integrate Yahoo! personalized content (mail, messenger, contacts, useless personal ads, etc.) into its Series 40-powered smartphones. Currently, there is user-installable software that enables your handset to access most common Yahoo! features, however this is the first time a device maker is including all of the features at the OS level. While this will… Read More

  • Insignia 2 GB Sport Quick Look

    We just got in the Insignia 2GB Sport video player. An interesting beast. It’s branded with Best Buy’s music store and plays MP3s and WMAs as well as some video formats – not DivX, apparently, because a movie I just dragged over didn’t play. I’ll take a closer look tonight. It also has and audio in jack and FM tuner and is considerably lighter – but not… Read More

  • Sennheiser MX75 Sport Headphones for the Sweaty

    I’ve used a pair of Sennheiser headphones since my gaming days (long time ago), so I can attest to their awesomeness. And as someone who exercises a lot, I’m always in the market for a good pair of sports headphones. Well these MX75 might be just the thing. Using a convenient twist to fit technology, the MX75’s provide a snug fit for athletics. It also has various ear… Read More

  • HP Crossfire Details Emerge: Packed With Features

    HP’s new IQ770 PC (aka Crossfire) is looking incredibly powerful now that some specs have gotten out and details are emerging. Slated for a January launch, this 19-inch touch screen behemoth comes with Vista and is ready to roll with a slew of features and is packed with goodies. The specs include an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual core TL-52 CPU (Christ that’s a long name), 2GB of RAM, 320GB… Read More

  • Join Me in Welcoming…

    …Our latest CrunchGear reporters. Seth is a former Men’s Health writer who will be focusing on the future with a new column launching next week, Mike worked at PC Mag until they stopped caring about audio and he will now care about audio for us, and Peter Suciu is a gaming guru with enough pull at Nintendo to get his face superimposed on Bowser in Super Paper Mario 2. For reals! Read More

  • iPod Getting Podcasts Menu

    Apple has filed a new patent application for a method of browsing podcasts. It’s patent 20060265637, Utilization Of Podcasts on Portable Media Devices. ZDNet has a bunch of pictures of arrows and squiggly lines if you want to go check them out for yourself. Read More

  • Holiday Buyers Guide 2006: Audiophile Gear

    The word “audiophile” gets bandied about so much that it seems in danger of losing its true meaning as a descriptor for a grade of products that is of such high quality that most of us can’t hope to afford then. But this year saw quite a few items blurring the line between audiophile and consumer audio, as higher-end components are finding their ways into… Read More

  • Windows Live Search for Mobile Beta

    Mobility Today has a video demoing the beta functions of Windows Live Search for Mobile. The video showcases many of the cool features the service will offer. Features like directions and traffic information. It’s still in beta, of course, but it looks promising. Be sure to head over to Mobility Today to read the rest of their comments on it. Read More

  • Samsung YP-K3 DAP Looks Sexy As Hell

    Now this is what we call a sexy MP3 player. Pictured above is the YP-K3, the successor to Samsung’s YP-K5 audio player. This bad boy has a great design and is supposedly Samsung’s thinnest player to date. Slated to debut during CES 2007, the YP-K3 will not feature a built-in speaker like it’s older sibling. Also, the display is now 1.8-inches and no one really knows how good… Read More

  • BlackBerry Pearl Now Available on Cingular


    I reported Tuesday that the BlackBerry Pearl had a prelaunch status on the Cingular site. Well the sexy BlackBerry candybar is now available to the masses. It carries a $199.99 price with a two year contract. You can get it online now. Or if you prefer brick-and-mortar, a limited but expanding number of retail stores will be carrying the Pearl. Good luck finding one though. Also announced is… Read More

  • AMD: Two Chips Are Better Than One. No Really. They Are. We're Serious.


    Well, AMD officially launched its 4×4 platform and three new FX-series processors: 2.6GHz FX-70, 2.8GHz FX-72 and 3GHz FX-74. Or is that six processors? Each one is a set of two, dual-core CPUs. And according to Tom’s Hardware Guide, the platform and processors add up to a whole lotta “meh.” Which, by the way, took them 13 pages to get to. It’s not that the… Read More

  • Expresso S2 Exercise Bike Hands On

    When you walk into a gym, you see the same gear you saw 10 years ago, with little or no innovation. Sure, some equipment now features music or some kind of TV but there is little that would really make the sedentary crew of CrunchGear want to leave their comfy chairs. Until now: Expresso Fitness has released an innovative virtual reality-enhanced fitness bike, the S2. The fitness bike features… Read More

  • Forget HDTV, We Want HD Gaming

    A report from Frank Magid Associates states 53% of consumers are buying HDTVs for video games and DVD playback. Last year, 63% of consumers were buying HDTVs for high definition TV shows, the percentage has now dropped to 47%. Consumers are having trouble with HD subscription with their cable providers and feel that there just aren’t enough high definition TV shows out there, which is true. Read More

  • Samsung Blackjack: Q Who?



    Meet my new favorite phone. The Samsung Blackjack from Cingular is a veritable wunderkind amongst the sea of comparatively ordinary competitors. Not only will it turn heads every time you whip it out, but it’ll outperform any other smart phone in the building, block, neighborhood, etc. Read More

  • Classic Controller Originally Meant For Wii Games?

    Since the original classic controller peripheral for the Nintendo Wii was announced, I was instantly wondering what the hell we would use it for. Then, Nintendo talked about the Wii’s “virtual console,” which lets you download NES, SUPER NES, N64 and Genesis games onto your Wii. At that point, it all made sense, until I took another look at the controller. The controller… Read More

  • Zune May Stand A Chance

    Microsoft received a lot of bad press when it first launched the Zune a couple of weeks ago, making the Zune seem like it wasn’t going to be the big iPod-slaying product that we were waiting for. It turns out that the Zune was actually the second highest selling portable digital player in the first four days of its release. The numbers were generated by market research firm NPD Group… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Weird Dream Edition

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