Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Name That Chiptune: The Growing Niche of 8-bit Music


    Audio has been moving steadily toward higher fidelity and resolution as components become cheaper and more advanced. If it ain’t 24-bit and 192kHz, many people simply aren’t interested. But this week, I’m looking in the opposite direction: 8-bit music. A whole community of musicians use modified handheld gaming devices like Nintendo Game Boys and NES boxes as live… Read More

  • MERC Decides 108 Keys Are Not Enough

    When it comes to computer gear, there are really two schools of thought; the Apple school, which states that fewer buttons and streamlined interfaces are more elegant, thereby useful, and then there’s the Ideazon school, which states Holy Crappin’ Mary we need more buttons on this thing! While I count myself as a member of the former, I think it’s still worth looking at the… Read More

  • Inland Crams Three Devices Into One

    We love gadgets that solve two problems at the same time. We call that “convergence,” and it’s a wonderful thing. It’s especially interesting when a gadget solves not just two, but three problems. Meet Inland’s Aluminum Notebook Cooling Fan Pad with All-in-One Card Reader and USB Hub. It’s quite a title, but it’s quite a nifty piece of hardware, and… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: In the Night Kitchen Edition

    Your Baby Wants Nipple Adapters
    WildCharge Makes Tesla Proud
    Battle Test: G-Tech Messenger Bag
    Flashlight + Slippers = WTF
    M-EKURDR, For Left-handed Freaks Read More

  • Palm Pulls the Plug on Treo 650

    The long-in-the-tooth (but still our personal favorite) Treo 650 is now listed as “no longer available” on Palm’s website. If you try to select it, you’re prompted to have a look at Palm’s other smartphones, thank you very much. Cingular, however, still lists the Treo 650 as being available, though still more expensive after rebates than its younger, stronger… Read More

  • I’ll Have The #3 For The iPod Nano

    Americans love things in combos. We love to feel like we’re getting a bargain for a bunch of crap we really don’t need. Rivet’s new combo pack for the iPod Nano accomplishes just that. For 50 of your hard earned dollars, you can get yourself a clear GRAB case with a belt clip, a lanyard, and a pair of RHYTHM headphones with three sets of interchangeable earbuds. And the… Read More

  • Flashlight + Slippers = WTF

    These are slippers with small flashlights built into the toe, to make navigating through your luxury penthouse late at night easier, without having to wake what’s-her-name from the club. We say penthouse because, at $70, you have to be a person of considerable income to waste your money on this crap. One nice feature, however, is the lack of a proper power switch. The lights are activated… Read More

  • Palm Gets PalmOS Guts, Planning New OS, or Just Fixing What's Broken?

    In an unusual move, Palm today announced a $44 million licensing deal with Access to license the source code of PalmOS 5 (Garnet). There has been speculation that Palm would eventually license the hibernating OS 6 (Cobalt) to take advantage of its multi-tasking nature and built-in one handed navigation, or be an early licensee of Access’s next-gen mobile OS, called ALP (Access Linux… Read More

  • M2 Convert: Day 03


    The saga continues! We’ve had a bumpy two days, but appear to be settling into our new home now. A more stable server means a more loving environment for our little heathens Matt, Raj and Vince, since I won’t have to yell at them all day in fits of of misplaced drunken rage at our previous old-and-busted server. So that at least is cause for celebration (for them). Alrighty… Read More

  • Your Baby Wants Nipple Adapters

    Today was a normal day, right? I had some lunch, hung out, and did my standard Yahoo! search for the word “nipples.” And guess waht! Somehow it returned something SFW for us to share with you gadget-obsessed nerds. The Yahoo! business site tells the story of the Nipple Adapter, a gadget every parent of an infant or toddler should have. Put simply, it turns the mouth of any… Read More

  • 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.
    Video Link
    Read More

  • 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