Gadgets

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  • Wii Bit Of A Problem


    More Wii problems to take some of the heat off the PlayStation 3. This particular error comes into effect when using WiiConnect24 to download the initial update for the console. IGN reports there are several error codes users are experiencing, but the codes 110213 and 32002 seem to be the common ones. Nintendo has acknowledged the problem, and you have a couple options, should you be… Read More

  • Toys Not To Buy This Holiday Season


    At some point I became that guy that tells the “when I was a kid” stories, as in “when I was a kid, I had a toy xylophone made from razor-sharp pieces of metal and nobody ever said a word about it being hazardous.” Well, thankfully, the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) started doing its yearly Troubles in Toyland report 21 years ago to help, among other… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Gets A Makeover

    If you’re getting bored of looking at your year-old Xbox 360 while everyone is rejoicing over their Nintendo Wii systems, check out this sweet case mod made by a reader over at Xbox 360 fanboy. The case mod features Half-Life 2 logos on either side, a window on the left side and orange and grey HL2 themed colors. Yes, this case mod would bring a tear to Gordon Freeman’s eye. So why… Read More

  • NY Times: PS3 is Stinking Up the Place


    Seth Schiesel, who loved him some Xbox 360 back in the day, is basically saying this to Sony: Your company’s new video game system just isn’t that great. Wha! How dare he! He’s essentially saying that the PS3 feels unfinished and that the UI sucks the big one. The resulting mini-rant is well-reasoned and intelligent, so you can’t fault him on that front. Clearly, Sony… Read More

  • Slate Has The Balls To Criticize The Wii

    So if you haven’t heard lately, you can get a huge spike in traffic by praising Nintendo’s Wii on your Website. However, if you dare criticize and hate on Nintendo’s “next-gen” console, prepare to alienate all your readers. Erik Sofge over at Slate has written an article called “Nintendon’t” in which he has the courage to point out that the Wii… Read More

  • Helio Makes Moves, Opens Stores, Feeds People To Fish


    Helio made a play at MVNO dominance today, opening the first of five retail stores. Its flagship Helio Store is now open on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Cali. As you can see, store was was designed, unsurprisingly, as a place for the young and hip.
    Computer terminals dot the walls amid comfortable looking furniture, where visitors can sit and check myspace, or stare blankly at… Read More

  • OLPC Gets 1,000 Laptops Closer To Mass Production


    You can barely see it in the picture, against the green table top, but that’s the first of 1,000 Quanta XO 2B1 laptops to roll off the assembly line in Shanghai as part of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative. The first 1,000 machines are set for rigorous environmental testing to simulate the harsh conditions they’ll eventually be used in. Tests will include dropping the… Read More

  • Holidays 2006: Must Have Wii and PS3 Accessories


    If you were one of the tens of thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands) of people who lined for hours, or even days, for a chance to get a Sony PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii, and actually scored a system you probably thought you were all set. But after a long night, you likely forgot something… or more to the point Sony and Nintendo planned to get a few more dollars from you with stuff… Read More

  • ExpressCard 34 CompactFlash Reader From Delkin

    Not to be confused with accessories and networking company Belkin, Delkin has debuted its eFilm ExpressCard 34 CompactFlash Card Adapter. Aside from having the longest product name ever, this is actually a handy device that will finally let you use that ExpressCard 34 slot in your Macbook Pro. The reader is hot swappable and is plug-and-play for both Mac OS X and Windows XP, which is nice… Read More

  • Mouse-free Mousepad


    QinetiQ has developed a mousepad that tracks movements sans mouse. The pad interprets hand motions through a system of infrared sensors. It can also recognize gestures in order to enact various system functions. I don’t suppose that using this device would be the most comfortable solution imaginable. Being forced to hover your hand above the pad for hours on end seems potentially… Read More

  • LuggagePoint.com Wants You To Get Out Of Town


    I gave up on traveling during the holidays to make it safer for everyone else. Believe me, you don’t want me in an airport this time of year. However, you should feel free to leave town. But before you do, stop by LuggagePoint.com. Aside from having nearly every type of bag and travel accessory under the sun, including chargers, power adapters, protective cases, headphones, clocks… Read More

  • US Robitics' Skype-tastic Webcam On The Way


    I’ll say one thing for US Robotics, it’s certainly picked its pony and is going to stay with it until it wins. Continuing to expand its line of Skype-powered products, the networking company launched the USR9640 USR Mini Cam for Skype yesterday. Aside from being dirt cheap for a Webcam/headphone setup (just $40), it’s optimized for Skype, features true 1.3-megapixel… Read More

  • The Lowdown On Black Friday At Best Buy

    We have some good news to report! If you were scared that Best Buy would have another shortage of electronics come Black Friday, fear not: A tipster has taken a picture of inside a Best Buy storage room and it looks like it’s stocking up on the Westinghouse stuff that’s being sold this Friday at ridiculously low prices. To quote an e-mail sent to the guys at Gizmodo: … Read More

  • 8×8 + Systemax = VoIP PC


    Sometimes I just like saying “VoIP” even when it doesn’t pertain to anything I’m actually talking aobut. VoIP. Anyhoo this time it does though as PC maker Systemax (the house-brand for TigerDirect.com) announced a new partnership with VoIP-and-videophone communications company 8×8, Inc. yesterday (yes, I know this is late, but I wasn’t around yesterday and… Read More

  • Fabrik Launches Myfabrik – Google Yawns, Has Sandwich

    Oh boy. I hope you guys are excited on this bitterly cold Tuesday because in Silicon Valley, things are getting HOT! A service called Myfabrik is being released today after beta testing. It’s going to change the way you use the web, I swear. You’ll be able to do things you’d never thought possible, such as share files online (up to 1GB), share videos, photos, and the ability… Read More

  • Second Life Gets A Case Of The Worms

    For those of you who play Second Life, I must warn you: There was a virus going ‘round your world. To be completely specific, a worm manifested itself inside the world of Second Life. Though not incredibly harmful, the worm spawned Sonic The Hedgehog rings while making that “Sonic gold ring sound”. They kept spawning and eventually started to bog down systems and connections… Read More

  • Funnest, Most Dangerous Toys of 2006


    Every year local news outlets drag out that old chesnut, the most dangerous toys of the year. This year they focus on Heely’s aka Massive Head Trauma in a Shoe and a Superman lamp that could, according to W.A.T.C.H., a fey child protection/consumer group, kill your children and then micturate on their graves. The manufacturer’s proclamation that the figurine is not a toy has… Read More

  • Screw Black Friday. You'll Get Downloads And Like It!


    So sending someone an e-card is about as old as e-mail. And actually sending someone a “digital” gift is pretty old too, come to think of it. So why am I so depressed that PeerImpact.com is suggesting I skip the shopping madness this weekend and send everyone downloads for the holidays? Because there’s something that’s just not right about telling the kids to go… Read More

  • New Shuffle Ad


    Here’s a funny thing. As I was writing this post I headlined it “New Shuffle Video.” Seriously. This isn’t a video. It’s a commercial. Yet I was drawn to type “Video” like it was the latest single from the Flaming Monkey Lips on MTV 3: The Channel With Some Videos and Mostly Laguna Beach Reruns. I’m reading Stephen Levy’s The Perfect… Read More

  • Giving Thanks Giveaway

    Happy pre-Turkey Day! Proporta makes cases and accessories for portable devices. They’ve been kind enough to offer a nice accessory package for one of our lucky readers. Here’s how to enter: send an email with the subject “THANKS PROPORTA” describing the portable device you’re most thankful for and why. It can be a camera, an iPod, a Zune, a pocket jet… Read More