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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • HP Media Vault – Another NAS For the SoHo

    HP’s entering in the low-end NAS market with its Media Vault, a 300 or 500GB RAID affair. The unit will have gigabit Ethernet, 1.2TB of maximum storage, three USB ports (to achieve that maximum), and a NASA-like front design. The back, however, looks like the back of a Dell PC. Which is great if you’re looking for uniformity in PC-asses, but boring otherwise. Speaking of NAS… Read More

  • BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Hands-On

    BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Hands-On

    The BlackBerry Pearl is for the ladies. It’s slim, sexy, and cool. That’s not to say that boys might like it, but the Pearl, like the Sidekick 3, is designed to break down barriers and include folks who might not think they need a smartphone into the CrackBerry fold. Like the SK3, it’s a fully-featured smartphone masquerading as a cool and stylish toy. Read More

  • iPod and iTunes Competitors are Teaming Up to Fight Apple

    iPod and iTunes Competitors are Teaming Up to Fight Apple

    SanDisk, makers of the Sansa players, and RealNetworks, makers of the Rhapsody music store, are teaming up together to ensure their hardware and content work seamlessly together. Before now, the only player to work bundled with a single music store was the Apple iPod. It was this synergy, among various other things, that allows the iPod to become the de-facto champ of portable music players… Read More

  • Cowon iAudio F2 MP3 Player Looks Like a Phone

    The flash-based Cowon iAudio F2 is shaped like a phone, complete with a 3×3 button set and glow-in-the-dark red icons. The player supports WMA, MP3, OGG, FLAC, JPEG, and some sort of video playback at 15FPS. The F2 also has a 1.3-inch display, which is even tinier than the regular iPod display, making video sort of just an afterthought. It’s available in 512MB to 2GB sizes, has an… Read More

  • AOL Bringing Downloadable Movies to Viiv PCs

    , as AOL is jumping into the fray with their AOL and Viiv collaboration effort. This deal lets owners of Viiv-classified PCs run an “entertainment platform” to secure the media and download episodes of shows like “Welcome Back, Kotter”, letting viewers see what Travolta was like before he went Scientolocrazy. The reason why content makers are cozying up to Viiv is… Read More

  • BlackBerry 8703e -> Verizon

    BlackBerry 8703e -> Verizon

    It’s a few weeks late to the table, but Verizon has now officially launched the BlackBerry 8703e. It features a 320×240 screen, Bluetooth connectivity and, of course, EV-DO compatibility for mobile broadband access. The 8703e available now for $249 with two year contract or $399 with one year contract. BlackBerry 8703e Now Available on Verizon [Gizmodo] Read More

  • Zune Soon at Wal-Mart: Boon?

    Zune Soon at Wal-Mart: Boon?


    Looks like Wal-Mart is getting ready to sell us the Zune. Not much info – just a “coming soon” graphic – but it looks like Microsoft has these in the pipe and may be ready to ship soon. We’ll keep you posted. Product Page [Wal-Mart via Gizmodo] Read More

  • Widow Leased Rotary Phone for 42 Years

    Widow Leased Rotary Phone for 42 Years

    A widow in Canton, Ohio, Ester Strogen, first leased two black rotary phones in the 1960s. Although most major carriers informed their customers that they didn’t have to lease anymore back in 1985, Strogen must have missed that memo and the phone company – who was getting $29.10 a month out of this poor, harmless lady – didn’t feel like mentioning it to… Read More

  • Google Negotiating With Apple to Place Videos on iTV

    video streaming device will be able to watch Google Video on their TVs. Apple’s iTV, in case you weren’t here last week, broadcasts audio and video from iTunes on your PC to your TV and home theatre system. By being the first, and probably only one of the two big name internet clip distributors (the other is YouTube) to negotiate a deal with Apple, Google will get a big leg up on… Read More

  • CrunchRace 2000 Update

    CrunchRace 2000 Update

    Greetings everyone, I wanted to let you all know that we’re rounding the last bend into the final stretch of our Race to 2000 comments. We’re currently at 1800 and moving quickly. I think you all can go faster though. Let’s see how fast we can get those final 200. Read More

  • Warner Music Puts Music Videos on YouTube, Doesn't Nastygram Itself

    Has YouTube found a reason besides lipsyncing teens, fake teen confessionals and NBC promos to exist? Maybe, since Warner Music just announced that they’re placing their library of music videos onto YouTube, so music haters everywhere can see their favorite music videos in lousy, fuzzy, 2001 video quality format. Pretty soon people are going to start using apps to rip YouTube music… Read More

  • X-Arcade Tankstick

    X-Arcade Tankstick

    I love these things. My friend used to have one back in the Dreamcast days and we’d play “Marvel Vs. Capcom” for hours and hours. Ah memories. Anyway, X-Arcade is releasing a newly redesigned version of its popular arcade controller. It features two joysticks with eight buttons each and a trackball, making it compatible with most arcade games. The Tankstick is 30-inches… Read More

  • MicroOptical myvu Made for iPod edition

    MicroOptical myvu Made for iPod edition

    MicroOptical announced today a personal media viewer (aka video glasses) developed for use with the iPod video. The glasses simulate a 27-inch screen viewed from six feet away. Unlike similar devices, users can see slightly above and below the screen so that they can remain somewhat aware of their surroundings. It utilizes an ultra-slim rechargeable lithium battery that can provide six hours… Read More

  • TDK Hits 32GB With NAND

    TDK Hits 32GB With NAND

    TDK has announced that it’s reached a capacity of 32GB with its new IDE compatible NAND Flash memory. The Flash disk is roughly 20 percent smaller in size than a standard 2.4-inch notebook drive, consumes less less power and can transfer data at rates up to 33.3MBps. It is currently available only in limited sample quantities, but with all the announcements of similar devices, expect… Read More

  • iPod Dying: Oh No!

    iPod Dying: Oh No!

    There’s a he said/she said going on in the blogosphere this week about the seeming demise of Apple due to slow uptake of the iTunes store. This is because, according to major research organizations: It seems like somebody got a calculator out and did something like the following: capacity of 60 million iPods sold / 1 billion plus purchased songs ~ 20 songs per iPod. So this, in… Read More

  • Digital Cuckoo Clock

    Digital Cuckoo Clock

    Well, now this is a funny little thing, isn’t it. It’s a cuckoo clock with a digital readout – it’s hard to see, but it’s in the middle of that weird leaf. No price because this is a piece of designware by Reddish in Israel, but it’s a cute concept. Product Page [Reddish via Gadgetizer] Read More

  • TiVo: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

    TiVo: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

    Well, it had to happen – the company that has ensconced the idea of a DVR in the hearts of millions has lost its good will. I’ll say it loud and I’ll say it proud – TiVo is the best thing that ever happened to my TV-watching experience. As a parent of an eight-month-old, my evenings are spent curled up on the couch waiting for our little angel to turn eighteen. TiVo… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Diner Edition

    Daily Crunch: Diner Edition

    A handful of the past week’s stories: Melitta Smart Brew: Coffee and Weather, Fresh Each Morning
    Zune in Action
    Zippo Camera Lighter
    iBreath Could Save You from DUI Ruination
    IBM Thinkpad Explodes at LAX, Don’t Let This Happen to You
    Race to 2000 Update: 1500 Read More

  • HTC Excalibur = T-Mobile Dash, Coming Next Month

    , this GSM-flavored Windows Mobile 5-sporting smartphone is aimed directly at the Motorola Q from Verizon. But here in the good ol’ US-of-A, the Cosmo will be called the Dash, and will be offered by our friends over at T-Mobile. For those not in-the-know, the Dash will have 64/128MB built-in RAM, Windows Mobile 5: Smartphone Edition, a 320×240 screen (non-touch), and a full… Read More

  • Pearl's Trackball Kills Ringer on Accident

    BlackBerry Pearl owners are lucky, lucky people indeedy. The Pearl is a great combination of form and function. There is, however, one problem raining on their SureType parade: the trackball at the center of the face of the phone silences the ringer, even if moved very slightly. So if you’re getting a call, and reach into your Levi’s to pull the Pearl out, you’re going to… Read More