Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Microsoft Xbox 360 Bundle Selling for $259 In Japan

    Microsoft has put together an Xbox 360 Blue Dragon bundle that features a Blue Dragon faceplate, action figures and the actual games, which is three DVDs long. The bundle is selling like crazy in Japan (Blue Dragon is only available in Japan), for an ultra-cheap $259. So far, the Japanese market hasn’t taken to the Xbox 360 too fondly, so this seems to be a good strategic move by… Read More

  • WildCharge Makes Tesla Proud


    Chargers are one of the banes of being a tech dork. It’s a necessary evil, but they’re a pain in the ass to keep track of. That goes doubly if you travel a lot. I really can’t even begin to express how many chargers I’ve left in anonymous hotel rooms, never to be seen again. And what woe there is when you discover your charger missing miles away from home as your… Read More

  • Server Move Today

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/or Diggs we've been getting recently — an admittedly nice problem to have. We'll post when we've finally moved over, so please keep us posted if you see any unusual, frustrating, or nasty problems that pop up during our switch. Thanks to the folks at Media Temple and Blake, who stayed up all night to… Read More

  • M-EKURDR, For Left-handed Freaks


    If you count yourself among the left-handed minority, Elecom has got a product for you. Its new M-EKURDR mouse is ambidextrous, with a toggle switch that converts it from left to right hands.
    OK, at first this mouse seems sort of ridiculous, but consider the niche real quick.There are a lot of left-handed couples who share a computer. With this mouse, they can easily flip back-and-forth… Read More

  • Panasonic Adds Two Noise-Zooming Camcorders To High-def Party


    Panasonic’s just made official two new consumer high-def cams to join their already boss prosumer collection. The HDC-SD1 uses SDHC cards and is being touted as the “world’s smallest and lightest 3CCD High Definition video camcorder,” while the HDC-DX1 (when will these guys learn about model names!) throws your vids onto DVD. They’re both pretty tiny, so the… Read More

  • RFID Guardian Provides Security From That Dude With A Chip In His Hand

    Not everyone has really caught on to RFID and how it can be truly utilized. I mean sure, it’s used widely by businesses and logistics companies for tracking shipments and such, but personal use for RFID is rare and under-appreciated. The RFID Guardian is a mobile, battery-powered “personal firewall” against unauthorized RFID tags in your vicinity. So basically, if that one… Read More

  • Major Labels Trying Out DRM-Free MP3s

    A lot of music lovers try to avoid purchasing CDs and digital downloads with copyright-protection schemes. These DRM methods restrict your ability and right to fair use. If you want to put that Journey CD on your iPod, then dammit, you should be able to. Seems that the major record labels like EMI are catching on finally. Major labels are trying out an experiment with DRM-free MP3s to… Read More

  • WSJ Notices Unboxing, Reports On It, Readers Attempt Leveraged Buy-Out, Go to Dinner, Make Love to Lady Wives

    UPDATE – Can’t link straight to the video. Dumb WSJ! Friend of CG, Vincent Nguyen, gets his face all over the Wall Street Journal’s surprisingly slited videocast (apparently Dow Jones has the budget of a small Midwestern state school’s broadcast journalism program). The story, however, is fairly compelling and Vince gets about 80% of the video time on there.
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  • LG Chocolate To Get Windows Mobile Treatment

    Talk about coming out of left field. LG’s Chocolate phone has become the new “must have” phone for Verizon customers. It even released the Chocolate in holiday colors, and we all know that when you start re-releasing a phone in multiple colors: it’s officially trendy. But in a surprise move, LG is going to start manufacturing a Chocolate with Windows Mobile 5.0 on… Read More

  • Yo Dude! Bust Out The !Tude!

    So Evergreen thought it’d be a great idea to whip up a batch of headphones that catered to the now-defunct rave scene. “Red, green, and blue! Oh my!” exclaimed Evergreen’s CEO as he saw the !Tude line of headphones his company had created and stupidly named. Basically, the !Tude headphones plug into your iPod or whatever you use for music and then light up with the help… Read More

  • I-Mate JAQ4 Phone Could Be Blackjack Killer

    Hmm, looks like the JAQ4 from I-Mate borrowed a few design tips from Samsung when creating this beast. IN addition to the smooth, metallic looks and a QWERTY keypad, the JAQ4 runs Windows Mobile 5.0, has a 2.8-inch touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, miniSD, and GPS all built-in. As lovely as this masterpiece of a phone is, there’s no word yet on when it will be available or how much it will cost. Read More

  • Video Sharing Sites: The Exhaust[ive/ing] List

    lets you upload movies of any length? I did not. And now I do. Web Video Cheat Sheet [LightReading] Read More

  • Holiday Decorations Futz with Wi-Fi

    I’m taking this breathless press release with a nice salty pretzel, a salt lassi, and a box of kosher salt, but apparently your fancy decorations — your Santa riding on an aardvark made out of lights, sparkles, and faux-fur, for example — can reduce your Wi-Fi quality by 25%. Granted, this was tested using AirMagnet’s Survey PRO and Laptop Analyzer, but let’s… Read More

  • The Futurist: GPS, Satellites, and the Future of CE Innovation

    You may have seen the Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium around. It’s a handheld gadget that, when pointed at the night sky, instantly directs you to or identifies any star, planet, or constellation up there. For some of them, it even spits out an encyclopedia-esque narrative — like the universe’s largest self-guided museum tour. Vital to the SkyScout’s ability to… Read More

  • James Kim Tribute

    The word hero gets bandied about these days with little value placed on its real meaning or importance. James Kim, however, was a hero – a man thrust into a dire situation who, in an effort to save his wife and two small children, laid down his life in hopes of saving theirs. He was one of ours, a technologist and a lover of technology, two very different things. Please give generously… Read More

  • Battle Test: G-Tech Messenger Bag


    When I was first contacted about the The Professional messenger bag from G-Tech, I was mainly intrigued by its iPod functionality. Not only does it have ElekTex fiber controls on the shoulder strap, it has a an integrated speaker for blasting your music publicly. Sure the idea is like something from the ’80s, but like I said, I found its convergence intriguing. After some coordination… Read More

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  • Stocking Stuffers: Hide Stuff in Your Laptop

    At just a hair under $10, this is probably the cheapest thing you’ll ever put inside a laptop. The Stash Card is a PCMCIA-sized fake card that opens to reveal a tiny compartment for hiding small valuables, extra cash, or the smart media card with your pr0n collection. You keep it in your laptop, where it disappears, so as long as your laptop is safe, so are your secrets. So they… Read More

  • The Best (and Worst) Console Game Innovations Ever

    I combed the depths of history and my memory to pull together a (very subjective) list of the best and worst innovations to hit console gaming. Rather than full systems (with a few obvious exceptions), I chose to focus on peripherals and concepts. Enjoy! The list is after the jump… Read More

  • TigerDirect's $299 HP Desktop (For Two Days)**


    In the process of signing up for TigerDirect’s 20-day Wii, PS3 and Zune giveaway, I apparently ended up on its e-mail newletter lists. Which is how I found out about this deal on an HP desktop. Until December 8, TigerDirect is selling a $299** HP dx2200 desktop. (**It’s actually $499.99, but it’s got $200 worth of rebates on it.) Normally I balk at cheapy desktops, but… Read More