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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Inkling: The Invisible Hand Predicts iPods, Other Stuff

    Inkling: The Invisible Hand Predicts iPods, Other Stuff

    is a fantasy stock market that predicts outcomes based on the free market. It works like this: users create questions and potential outcomes (“Will it rain tomorrow?”, “At which major technology conference will Bill Gates shed his human skin and reveal his angelic beauty high above Mount Rainier?”) and other users buy and sell shares based on their belief that a… Read More

  • We Leika the Leica Line-Up

    We Leika the Leica Line-Up


    Just had to use a pun this morning. Anyway, Leica is launching four digital cameras this October at Photokina in Cologne and we got a chance to play with them a few weeks ago. We sat on the news until today but we’re happy to report that if you liked the film Leica line, you’ll like these cameras. We begin with the M8, which – if you’ve ever seen Eurotrip or pictures… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Vehicular Collision Edition

    Daily Crunch: Vehicular Collision Edition

    Some of yesterday’s interesting stories: Electrodynamic Bike Light Cuts Down On Batteries
    Zune is Here
    CarMD Tells You When Your Car Needs Love
    Segway Glitch Causes Recalls
    Toyota Makes Robot Leg That Jumps Read More

  • Fastap: Keypad Revolution

    Fastap: Keypad Revolution

    The 12 button keypad is a 50 year old design that remains on 95% of phones sold today. It serves as a barrier to discovery, access and use of wireless devices and mobile data services. Fastap keypad technology is a new keypad design that simplifies the way users can use their cell phones. The works like this: There are little black buttons that rise up from the keypad for letters or one… Read More

  • HTC Libra: Quasi-QWERTY Quaint Smartphone

    More news from CTIA. HTC, purveyors of all things Windows Mobile 5, has announced yet another smartphone. This one, called the Libra, is similar to HTC’s familiar sliding-keyboard smartphones (T-Mobile’s MDA, for example), except that it’s closer in size to their candybar-style phones. Indeed, next to the 4:3 screen (320 x 240?) on the face is a regular cellphone-style keypad… Read More

  • Electrodynamic Bike Light Cuts Down On Batteries

    Electrodynamic Bike Light Cuts Down On Batteries

    Hey, look, it’s another product that somebody should have thought of years ago but hasn’t. The Electrodynamic Bike Light is a new set of lights that are charged through electromagnetic induction. So when you’re riding, they’re shining. It’s smart as well as environment-consious. I’m trying desperately to get my bike from Baton Rouge to Chicago, and if… Read More

  • CTIA 2006 Coverage: Phones, Batman and More!

    CTIA 2006 Coverage: Phones, Batman and More!

    After a few long days of meetings and press releases at CTIA Wireless, we decided to wind down at a press party in Hotel Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. Upon entering the hotel, we found ourselves engulfed in the Batman Begins world. That’s right, Batman stuff. Warner Bros. decided to decorate the hotel with props from the film. So we did we do? Well, we got right down to being geeky… Read More

  • LightInSight Puts Traffic Lights In Sight

    LightInSight Puts Traffic Lights In Sight

    This is on the low-end side of tech, but it’s still a pretty useful little idea. Sometimes you end up right under traffic lights, whether it be the city’s fault or yours (probably yours). When this happens, you have to stick your neck out and stare up in the sky looking like an idiot, straining yourself all the while. Enter LightInSight, an adhesive lens that you slap on to the top… Read More

  • Zippo Camera Lighter

    Zippo Camera Lighter

    When I was younger, I thought that Zippo was some great ideal of a company that only made the best of the best of lighters. I thought they were above capitalism, they were just the best and you couldn’t touch them. Then I grew up and started seeing Dixie flag Zippos and Beatles Zippos (seriously, wtf?). Now Zippo has launched a new model that takes it one step farther. They’ve put… Read More

  • Slingbox Gets a Facelift

    Slingbox Gets a Facelift

    Sling Media has filed some information with the FCC for the second generation Slingbox. The new unit will feature direct connectivity via A/V cables or S-Video rather than the three-in-one cable they’ve used to date. No word on whether anything else has been updated or not, but there is no mention of WiFi, so it looks like your “go anywhere” media device can still only go as… Read More

  • Samsung P310 Credit Card-Sized Phone

    Samsung P310 Credit Card-Sized Phone

    The Samsung P310, which has the length and width of a credit card – but not the thickness – is their cellphone that appeals to the fashion conscious user who wears tight pants. The P310 has a 2-megapixel camera, 1.9-inch QVGA screen, a touch sensitive key, and 80MB of internal memory. The keypad is also unique, that the last row “#”, “0” and “*”… Read More

  • Mophie's Radura iPod Nano Cases

    The dust didn’t even have time to settle on the Apple announcement before Mophie rolled out their new cases for the updated iPod Nano. We’ll leave the debate on whether the aluminum Nanos even need cases for a later date. The Relo Radura cases are made of clear, hard plastic, and surround your Nano almost entirely, save for the click wheel and the ports for headphone and dock… Read More

  • The Microsoft Zune Marketplace

    is official. And the Zune software? Just as official. We thought it would be integrated into Windows Media Player 11, but instead it’s a Napster-like application that gives you access to the Marketplace, as well as viewing your playlists and playing back your downloaded and rented music. The design is meant to look like the Zune itself, complete with the playback buttons on the bottom… Read More

  • iRobot Dirt Dog Cleans Your Workshop, Not Your Home

    dirty places, like its workshop namesake, the Dirt Dog has a 40% larger bin than the standard Roomba. The Dirt Dog has two bristle brushes that spin at 1,000 rotations a minute to pick up heavier debris, like nails and woodchips, things that you wouldn’t normally find in your living room. The Dirt Dog is the same size as the standard Roomba, but probably shouldn’t be used in… Read More

  • Windows Live Mobile for Windows Mobile Devices Launched

    Microsoft’s just launched their mobile version of their Live site, allowing Pocket PC and WM5 users to access Mail, Spaces, Local, Live beta, MSN beta, and Weather directly from their pocketIE or Opera Mobile browsers. The site has been redesigned for mobile devices – slimmed down the width and reduced the amount of images – so it’s easier to use. This Microsoft… Read More

  • Nintendo Wii Interface Videos

    Nintendo’s released some official videos showing off their Wii interface. It looks like you’re using the Wiimote to control and select the items on the screen, like a presenter does with a laser pointer during a Powerpoint presentation. Some of the other videos show how you can customize the appearance of your avatar – like making yourself look like a Japanese woman –… Read More

  • Zune is Here

    Zune is Here

    Microsoft today announced a bunch of official information on Zune. The first Zune branded digital media player will hold 30GB and will be available for the holidays. It features wireless connectivity, a built-in FM turner and a 3-inch screen. The big feature is its ability to share music wirelessly with the ingeniously named Zune-to-Zune sharing. It feels to me like Microsoft is putting a lot… Read More

  • Pentax Optio E20 6-Megapixel Camera

    Pentax’s successor to the E10 has just been revealed, slightly ahead of Photokina. The Optio E20 has a 6.0 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, 2.4-inch LCD and 13MB of internal memory. It’s powered by two AA batteries, which in our opinion is better than the proprietary batteries usually found in other cameras. This way you can carry a stash of cheap AA batteries to flip in and… Read More

  • Cingular 3125 Hands-On

    We got a chance to look at the Cingular 3125 yesterday AKA the HTC Star Trek and were pretty impressed. The phone is amazingly thin in real life, a bit thicker than a RAZR – we should create a whole new phone measurement system using the RAZR (1.5 RAZRs thick) – and the Windows OS looked quite snug on the 8125’s bright screen. Read More

  • LG Goes Flip-Chocolate With The VX-8600

    The upcoming chocolate flip-phone from Verizon is called the XV-8600, and comes with the same chocolate design as the original slider version of the chocolate (VX-8500). The flip phone XV-8600 has a lower resolution display compared to the 8500, but everything else is intact. To refresh, stereo Bluetooth, EV-DO, one-megapixel camera, microSD slot, music player and external touch-sensitive… Read More