Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Blue Beatz: Remix Your Stolen Music

    case, you should think about picking up its terrifying audio-based offspring, the Blue Beatz. Like the Disko, it’s a standard iPod case that has an electronic abomination integrated, this one on the back. By hooking your earbuds through the adapter on the top, you have access to “funky beats” at the push of a button. No, sorry, that’s eleven buttons. No lights here, but… Read More

  • Dell Adds Blu-ray Drive To XPS M1710 Notebook


    Dell’s been firmly in the Blu-ray camp since day one (though I’m never going to stop asking their reps about when they’ll be adding HD DVD) and is finally making moves to show its support for the format by adding a mobile optical drive to its XPS M1710 gaming/multimedia notebook line. And it’s not just a player. The drive has full read/write abilities for CD, DVD… Read More

  • Reader Response Week Three


    Greetings all, hope you’re having a fine boring Monday. I know I can barely keep my head propped up. You’re in luck though, because I’ve got the latest installment of our Reader Response series. To date we’ve given away a 2G iPod Shuffle and a Samsung Blackjack, in addition to 50 copies of M2 Convert. We’ll be giving away 50 more copies of M2 Convert this week… Read More

  • Corsair's 16 Gigs Of Rubberized Water-Resistant Flash Drive Fun

    I don’t like to brag, but I’ve got a fairly large collection of USB flash drives. (I know you’re jealous.) Sometimes I like to dump the whole lot of them on my bed and roll around in them. Sadly though, none of them go above 2GB. So I have to get my hands on one of these new 16GB bad boys from Corsair. The Flash Voyager drive has all the features of its smaller-capacity… Read More

  • FireFly Makes Third Bid For Glory As Vid Game


    It failed as a FOX TV series, running only 11 episodes. And it did modest business at the box office ($25 million) when a feature-film continuation of the series called “Serenity” hit theaters last year. But now “FireFly” is back for a third go-round, headed to your computer as a multi-player online game. The little-franchise-that-could was licensed by 20th Century Fox… Read More

  • Microsoft's Zune Still Firing in the Dark


    It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Zune. Nevertheless, I have always questioned its WiFi connectivity. Early in its press campaign, I began to wonder whether Microsoft was putting too many eggs in the WiFi basket. The player itself is pretty solid, but for people to be able to share tracks on a scale that Microsoft publicizes implies that a lot of Zunes would be available… Read More

  • Fujitsu Announces 300GB Laptop Hard Drive


    If you’ve been shopping around for a new hard drive for your notebook because the size of yours just isn’t cutting it, Fujitsu announced today the global launch the MHX2300BT series of mobile SATA hard disk drives in 250GB and 300GB sizes. They are the first 2.5-inch Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) hard disk drives in the industry to hit the 300GB mark. Full specs after… Read More

  • Charities for the Charitably Inclined


    Boing Boing has compiled a list of several worthy charities over on its directory of things. The list is split into two US charities and charities from Canadialand, so if you’re in a givin’ mood and are in North American, you can likely find something appealing there. The list is notable because the featured charities reflect ideals and issues that affect us all. And, perhaps… Read More

  • 2006 Holiday Buyer's Guide: Geek Watches

    . Therefore, I thought it fitting that I cover ten nice timepieces that you can pick up for the horolgy geek in your life. A few caveats, however. I’m a traditional watch geek, one who slobbers over mechanical watches in the $500-$100,000 range, so if we sat down to discuss this over a beer I’d tell you to buy a nice mechanical automatic watch instead of a quartz one. However… Read More

  • New iSoundCap: One More Way To Look Like A Tool


    Vince reported on the knit iSoundCap last week, but the company just announced a new model for the holidays, which is pictured. It does all the same stuff the others in its lineup do: holds a Shuffle or Nano, hides wires and makes you feel invincible. I’m sorry, but really, is anyone buying these things? I understand if you’re an “active” type, but I think I’d… Read More

  • More Zune Hatin': Who Picks Brown? No One!

    chocolate-brown Zune, but Business Week posted a little sales data from Amazon.com to back up the public sentiment.
    On Dec. 9, the black Zune (Amazon counts each stock keeping unit, or SKU, as a separate product) was the 60th most popular consumer electronics item with Amazon customers. That’s a good performance only in comparison with the brown Zune, which ranked 292nd, and the white… Read More

  • Holiday Decorations Hate WiFi, You


    Hate’s maybe too strong a word, but holiday decorations certainly don’t like wireless networks according to a study done by AirMagnet, Inc. The company, which makes WiFi networking analysis and troubleshooting tools, kept an eye on network conditions before and after holiday decorations were added to office environments and noticed signal strength dipped by 25 percent after… Read More

  • Steven Levy, Jupiter Research Gets in On Zune Bashing

    Who is a poor gadget guru to believe? Microsoft and Zune fans are saying that the Zune is so hot that it’s making babies with Angelina Jolie but Michael Gartenberg and Steven Levy, two gadget wonks with a high standing in the tech community, are saying it’s horrible. It’s enough to drive a body to drink! Gartenberg says that the Zune is ugly and should have used flash. Levy… Read More

  • Weekly Crunch: Street Scuffle Edition

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    Name That Chiptune: The Growing Niche of 8-bit Music
    New Nonlethal Weapon Reconsiders the Thresholds “Nonlethal”
    Child’s Play Charity: ‘Tis the Season Read More

  • M2 Convert Winners: Day 05


    I know, I know, I’m a slacker. These should have been announced yesterday. Sorry. Please forgive me, etc. OK, now that that’s out of the way, I have the fifth installment of M2 Convert winners. Here are the winners from Friday: Read More

  • Hammacher Schlemmer 150-Country Travel Adapter


    I’m not sure how old this 150-Country Travel Adapter is, but it’s worth noting. It’s quite compact and allows for simultaneous charging of AC and USB. Plus it has a built-in surge protector. The adapter is configurable to work throughout Europe, Australia, Africa and the Americas. It’ll set you back $29.95, but its utility seems more than worth it. 150-Country… Read More

  • Apple Takes to Friendly Skies


    Apple has announced that it has struck deals with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to provide seamless integration for iPod on flights. Starting in early 2007, iPod owners will be able to plug their devices into seat adapters that will charge their players and play video on the seat displays. So that the next time you fly, you might be subjected to your… Read More

  • NBA, Jabra, and T-Mobile Shoot Hoops Together

    A lot of people are REALLY into their sports. Sports are your personal way of showing off the pride and compassion you have for your hometown. So if you’re looking for a Bluetooth headset and love basketball, then you’re in luck! T-Mobile is offering a new promotion along with the NBA where subscribers purchasing the Jabra BT 160 Bluetooth headset, can customize it with the logo… Read More

  • Zune vs. iPod: I Smell Cease and Desist!

    How DARE some fans of the Zune create a mirthful, actually truthful commercial designed to make the iPod look bad. As absolute Apple fanboys, the members of CG – Blake excluded – hereby renounce this video and hope like hell that Steve pulls some big Bluetooth-enabled touchscreen iPod with vibrate feature out of his pants this MacWorld or else the Zune might start looking good… Read More

  • YouTube Unveils Real-time Webcam Recording Feature

    So without major announcements or anything of that sort, YouTube decided it’d spruce up its site a bit. One of the major new features is an ability called Quick Capture. If you have a webcam, you can now record quick clips right to YouTube without having to upload anything. Just visit the URL, fill out your description, tags, and other information, and then allow the Adobe Flash applet… Read More