Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Microsoft Focuses On Reducing Production Cost Of Xbox 360

    You have to look at the economics. You have to ask the question, over the life cycle, who has the cost advantage? Who can price most effectively? Who can reach the price points quicker? That has a huge impact on what gets driven. Because we were out there first, we have a bigger installed base of consoles. We can drive down the manufacturing curve sooner and faster. And because we designed a… Read More

  • Nyko's New Charger Grips For PSP

    If you’re like me and have serious problems holding your PSP in your hand while trying to watch a movie, you may want to check out Nyko’s new Charger Grips. Other than offering a more comforting experience while you use your PSP, the Charger Grips will give you an extra 1.5x of play time, along with the ability to hold the PSP steady without hitting the bumper buttons while… Read More

  • Microsoft Zune Faces Another Problem

    You know that out-of-place feeling you get when you walk into a party with a Hawaiian shirt and jeans on and everyone else is wearing a suit? Well, the Microsoft Zune feels your pain. One of the unique features of the Zune is its ability to send music to another Zune via WiFi. The feature plays a big role in Microsoft’s “Welcome to the Social” marketing plan, which… Read More

  • Handheld Porn to Double in Five Years: Jupiter

    According to Jupiter Research, the factor that might drive the adoption of mobile media (using your phone for more than phonecalls) will probably be porn. The reasoning is that porno has driven adoption of every other type of new media (cable, satellite, the Web), so why not handhelds? Read More

  • Psiphon Project to Thwart Internet Censorship

    It’s no secret that those living in Canadia are a bunch of bleeding-heart lefties. If you need proof, you need only to turn to the wonderful Psiphon project. Pieced together by grass-roots Internet activists (we refuse to use the word “hacktivists”), Psiphon is a communal tool for helping others access parts of the World Wide Web denied to them by their… Read More

  • JBL Spyro Speakers Hands On

    JBL makes some of the best sounding iPod docks out there today. Its docks continue to impress me and it never ceases to create exciting new designs for its products. Recently, JBL released its Spyro series of speakers, which come in white or black. After spending some time with the black pair, it’s safe to say I’m impressed yet again. A bit costly at $130, these speakers may not… Read More

  • The Metadata Box

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  • Verizon's QWERTY Phone enV of Others

    . The enV is Verizon’s follow-up to its popular V QWERTY flip-phone. The basic features are the same: you have a candybar-style phone that opens on the side to display a full keyboard and a secondary screen for texting or emailing. The OS, however, is Verizon’s standard phone system, no smarts there. Some of the hardware, however, has been upgraded. Read More

  • XCM XFPS 360: Mouse and Keyboard for Xbox 360

    If you’re like me, you find shooters nearly impossible to play without a mouse and keyboard. This is a huge pitfall for console gaming as many of the more professional sort of gamers are inclined to use mouse and keyboard for games, rather than a gamepad. Well, a company called XCM aims to bridge that gap with the XFPS 360. The device provides both PS/2 and USB ports for connecting… Read More

  • Hey Fatty, Hit The Treadmill Before You Wii

    So it seems that Mr. Deleon over at Gizmodo never realized that gamers were out of shape. I mean, gamers out of shape? Heaven forfend! Since the Wii launched a little over a week ago, gamers have been reporting that they are indeed exhausted and famished from playing the Wii too much. Some chick said it was “harder than playing basketball” and others whined about sore… Read More

  • Japanese Develop Umbrella With Flickr And Youtube Integration

    This has got to be the official umbrella of Web 2.0. A group of scientists at Tokyo’s Keio University have developed an umbrella with a digital camera, WiFi, and a projector built-in dubbed “Pileus”. The umbrella is used for capturing images and video while walking around in the rain, which are then sent to Flickr and Youtube respectively. As if that wasn’t cool… Read More

  • StealthPlug: Covert Sex Toy Or Guitar Accessory?

    Aside from having a humorous product name, the StealthPlug from IK Multimedia is actually a decent looking accessory. On one end of a cable you have a standard 1/4” jack you’d plug into your guitar. On the other end, you have a USB cable to easily plug into your computer. The device also features 1/8” stereo output so you can record your tunes easily to an external device. Read More

  • iPhone to Feature OS X?


    Looks like today is Apple rumor day. Next up, we have some mongering on the highly speculated, extremely anticipated iPhone. This he-said-she-said device has been the source of more rumoring than anything I’ve ever seen or heard of. There have been about a million mock-ups and supposed release dates and yet, to date, not a single thing has gelled. Now we have tenuous information… Read More

  • Beatles Coming to iTunes?


    After years of deliberation and resistance from Beatles management, it appears that a deal may soon be struck to bring Beatles music to digital formats for MP3 player consumption. Oddly, speculation currently indicates that the Beatles might first be released exclusively on iTunes. No word as to when, but David Munns. the head of EMI, has said it will be “soon.” Users can… Read More

  • Toshiba Gigabeat S60 Reviewed

    Krunker has posted a review of the Toshiba Gigabeat S60 and they seem to like it a lot aside from a few shortcomings. This Zune-before-the-Zune media player uses an embedded version of windows, which actually has a pretty decent looking UI. Video playback is nice and although there’s no WiFi-based song sharing, the player still holds its own as a decent competitor. One major problem… Read More

  • Samsung M610 Quick Look

    The Samsung M610 is an ultra-slim phone that costs $179 with a 2 year contract from Sprint. Nothing specifically amazing except for the design and size. It has Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera, and a beautiful screen. Wafer thin! UPDATE – Video fixed. Read More

  • Breaking: The Rojas MP3 Player

    We just got in news that Jason Calacanis, the former head of Netscape over at AOL, has decided to create the Rojas MP3 Player. The device is named after Engadget’s Peter Rojas and is designed to both play music and download Jason Calacanis’ podcast – CalacanisCast. Seems Rojas and Calacanis have teamed up to create the ultimate tool and music player. Seriously though, perhaps Mr. Read More

  • Micro Center Tries Its Luck With An Xbox 360 Special


    If you’re one of the cranky millions (me included) that got hosed by Amazon and its $100 Xbox 360 Core system special on Thanksgiving, then you’ll want to go to your local Micro Center store. The computer-and-electronics superstore is offering a $100 rebate on in-store purchases of any Microsoft Xbox 360 system throughout the holidays. Best of all, the rebate is good for either… Read More

  • Mac Tablet In The Works? Possible 2007 Release

    What would Monday be without another Apple rumor? This time there is speculation that Apple is looking to make a tablet PC with a docking station. In fact, Apple already has a working prototype and is preparing talks with three different Taiwanese manufacturers to produce the tablet. Amazing how some people have so much detail from sources and yet, fail to snap a single picture of this… Read More

  • Wii Works With Candles

    Let me take a moment to say that I was wrong about the Wii. Joel Johnson and my buddy Paul brought all their Wii games to my house on Friday and we had a blast playing the titles — maybe everything except Madden. We were also discussing how to create a DIY sensor bar and it appears all you have to do is go to Ikea and get a candelabra because any regular light source, including candles… Read More