Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Back Yard Home Theater


    With an arctic blast that has gripped much of the country it is a little hard to think about watching a movie under the stars, but now is a good time to start planning. If you have a decent sized backyard, and the funds to pay for it, Cal Spas can help you create the Ultimate Outdoor Theater. This system features a marine-grade, anti-fog, anti-glare 63-inch LCD HDTV with twin subwoofers… Read More

  • Cingular's iPhone Pricing Leak: Fakiest Fake that Ever Did Fake

    Gizmodo has the scoop on Cingular’s particular pricing for plans compatible with the upcoming iPhone. Ok, not really, they’re right in calling this total donkeypucky. Not only is the layout atrocious, but the writing is that of a third-grader (we know, we hire them here). Take, for example, this tasty quote: There are also plans that don’t require a credit check allowing you… Read More

  • Cisco Grants Stay of iPhone Execution

    Today was supposed to be the iPhone trademark’s Judgement Day for Apple, as Cisco had set a February 16 deadline for Apple to respond to its lawsuit regarding the name. In a move that makes us all warm and fuzzy inside, Cisco has given Apple a five-day extension to February 21, at which point the two giants will hopefully have reached a “mutually beneficial agreement.” For… Read More

  • The Book of Nintendo

    Embarrassed to play your Nintendo DS in public? This leather-bound Nintendo DS case will fool curious onlookers into thinking that you’re just reading a book—albeit sideways. Available in Japan for now, this accessory might not be as cool as the Hori Privacy Filter for the PSP, but it’s one small step toward making sure that you stay secretly entertained no matter how boring… Read More

  • Groovy Speakers for The Island

    Ever seen that TV show “The Prisoner”? Well, these $68 lava-lamp speakers ooze of top-secret 1960s island weirdness. The I-Lit features two clear stereo speakers that plug into the headphone jack of an MP3 or CD player. The base pulses up and down with warm, relaxing colors to the beat of the music and users can adjust volume, light and sound sensitivity. [I-Light Speaker via… Read More

  • Find Yourself with TeleNav Concludes


    If you haven’t yet sent in your entry, then you’re out of luck. The contest is now over. We’ll be pouring over the entries and deciding on the best few. Once we narrow it down, we’ll post them and let you all decide who should win the TeleNav GPS Receiver and three months of service. Read More

  • Shabbat Shalom (Inside A Phone)

    Lately it seems that Israel is really becoming a frontrunner in the world of advancing technology. Between firefighting devices and advanced weapons systems, someone managed to squeeze a Kosher cellphone into the mix. Designed for the Israeli Army, the Shabbatphone was designed to allow those who need to make calls during Shabbat to do so. It works by allowing the user to operate the phone in… Read More

  • Gamestop Autodialing Customers

    You may want to hit up a Target for your video-gaming needs next time you go out shopping. It seems Gamestop has been targeting previous customers and their purchases via telemarketing or autodialing. Ars Technica’s Ben Kuchera had bought The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess from a Gamestop a while back. Recently, he received a call from Gamestop and a robot relayed the following… Read More

  • MacBook Mini On the Way?


    Big rumor today by way of AppleInsider. The story goes that Apple is currently prepping a sub-notebook effort aimed at extremely portable computing. The new system, which I think should be called the MacBook Mini, will have a significantly reduced footprint, use NAND memory and not have an optical drive on-board. Read More

  • The AudioFile: A Day In the Life of an iPod


    On Valentine’s Day, as I was perusing Time Out New York looking for something lame romantic to do, I came across a roundup of music-activated sex toys that you can plug an iPod into. It got me to wondering: Just how far does the iPod’s reach extend into our lives? I decided to see how many different ways one can incorporate the iPod into a typical day, and I admit, I was shocked. Read More

  • Fujitsu Develops Unique Camera Phone Technology

    I fail to see how this is a fantastic breakthrough in technology, but to each his own. Fujitsu has been working on technology where secret messages can be stored in print and read by a camera phone. It works by skewing a yellow hue in the picture and using a camera phone with a Java application to decipher the information. Up to 12-bytes can be encoded and embedded in a picture and sources… Read More

  • Microsoft Releases Unisex Bag Line

    One would think that a company making carrying cases for a product would manufacture the product that goes in the case, but alas, Microsoft has broken barriers once again. This time with its new unisex notebook bags. The bags are basic, dark Samsill-made and range from $45 to $130. Each bag is equipped with lots o’ room with plenty of pockets and sleeves for throwing your gadget crap in. Read More

  • Skinny PS3 In 2008…More Like 2009, Bummer


    The PS3 is a bit husky and everyone knows it, especially Sony. The next-gen gaming console has yet to be launched in Europe and Australia, but Sony is already hard at work on the next generation of the PS3. A statement released by HQ in Japan states that Sony expects to make the transition from 90-nm chips to 45-nm chips in 2008 or early 2009. We all know Sony’s track record regarding… Read More

  • Find Yourself with TeleNav Update


    The end is neigh! You’ve got about six hours until the conclusion of our Find Yourself with TeleNav contest. To enter, send an email to contest at crunchgear dot com explaining your best stories of directional retardation (use the subject: “getting lost”). The contest run from today until Friday at noon ET. We’ll post the best stories and you all will vote on the… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Jump Man Stormtrooper Edition

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  • Pak-Lite Is Awesome

    I love minimalist products. There is something deliciously refreshing about them. As everything becomes super complicated, it’s nice to have some thing that retains functional simplicity. Take Pak-Lite for example. With two ultra bright white LED bulbs, it simply snaps on top of a nine-volt battery. Probably kicks the crap out of most giant flash lights too. Bet it isn’t too happy… Read More

  • Hell Freezes Over: The Fast and the Furious Wins Something

    game has been awarded the title of best made mobile game at 3GSM. Now, not to knock the game or anything, to it’s credit it might be great, but isn’t there something horribly wrong here? I think The Fast and the Furious being the best of anything could very well rip a whole in the fabric of existence and send us spiraling off into some sort apocalyptic horror. Woe is… Read More

  • SKEE.TV Streams Urban Lifestyle To Your Mobile


    We’ve mentioned mobile video service, a couple times before, but just in case you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s one more reason to: SKEE.TV. DJ SKEE is a West Coast-based DJ with a popular radio show on Sirius Satellite radio. SKEE.TV is a daily mobile urban lifestyle show hosted by SKEE on all aspects of urban culture allowing “users to have VIP access to… Read More

  • OWC Aftermarket SuperDrive


    Other World Computer today announced an affordable aftermarket SuperDrive for use with most recent Macs. The drives are intended to replace old read-only drives. They use quiet SuperDrive technology from Pioneer and can burn double-layer DVDs at 16x. The drives are available now for prices ranging from $29.99 for the OEM and up to $99 for a bundled version. Product Page Read More

  • Horn Tones: Oh, God, Why!?

    This is a really, relly bad idea. I think, anyway. Maybe some of you might have other opinions, but you’d be wrong. As if MP3 ringtones weren’t enough, they were followed up by “caller tunes”, the MP3 that plays to people calling you instead of that ringing sound. The next logical step, of course, is taking MP3s to the car horn. Yes, that’s what we have here… Read More