Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • PS3 An Engineering Masterpiece?


    Market intelligence firm iSuppli is calling the Sony PlayStation 3 an engineering masterpiece offering supercomputer performance at an entry-level PC price. This follows the company’s teardown analysis of the system, which estimates the combined materials and manufacturing cost of the 20GB version at $805.85 and $840.35 for the 60GB model; the units will sell for $499 and $599… Read More

  • Gresso Dives Into High-End Mobile Market, Uses Hotmail

    Out of nowhere comes this company Gresso who is already aiming to dive into the luxury mobile phone market that is mostly dominated by companies like Vertu. So how can this thing possibly take on a $10,000+ brand like Vertu? Well first off, the damn thing is made of gold and 200-year old African blackwood. That’s going to already jack up the price. Secondly, each phone is unique because… Read More

  • Amazon Is Selling Xbox 360s For $100…Maybe Sort Of


    The mystery of the $100 Xbox 360s at Amazon.com has been revealed. The e-tailer is doing a promotion called Amazon Customers Vote. Every week for the next four weeks it’ll be giving customers a chance to vote for one of four special deals. What’s being offered in the first week? Yep, a 360 core system for $100.
    This week you get to vote for one of the following four deals… Read More

  • Halo 3 to be Preceded by Downloadable Content for Halo 2, Calls for Beta Testers

    OK, we know. Halo 3 isn’t dropping this weekend. It was, however, a rumor that was worth being discussed, but let us now get to some real business. According to a press release from Microsoft today, we’ll be seeing a one-minute commercial for Halo 3 on December 4. In addition, Spring 2007 will see Halo 3-ish content for Halo 2. The new content includes maps for the… Read More

  • Verizon and Samsung Team to Drop Mobile TV in America

    , has cleared the confines of the FCC dungeon, we’re one step closer to being more like Korea. Verizon is set to offer a Samsung slider that will be the first handset to take advantage portable television, and it’ll be sooner rather than later. The U620 is a fairly decent midrange phone, offering EV-DO, a 1.3-megapixel camera, microSD, and Stereo Bluetooth. It also packs… Read More

  • Nikon Officially Pops Out D40 dSLR For $599**


    Just wanted to drop this quick update on the Nikon D40 dSLR we wrote about earlier this month. Nikon has officially announced the camera saying it’s an “ultra-compact, lightweight, 6.1-effective megapixel digital SLR camera with simplified new features, exceptional handling speed, and a redesigned, visually-intuitive menu system that brings digital SLR cameras to a whole new level… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Investigation Edition

    Aven iLoupe Lets You Check Out Dorito Crumbs Up Close
    The Dream Of A 10-Gram Camera
    Inside EA Mobile
    Microsoft Wants To Give You A Cookie For Zune Song Sharing
    Wi-Ex zBoost YX500/510 Cellphone Extender First Look: Oh Wow Read More

  • Unlocked Treo 680 Surfaces on Amazon; Disappears

    Palm Treo 680 available for pre-order on Amazon for $413, with a shipment time of 1-2 weeks. Before we could finish getting this post up, however, the item switched to “not available” on the website, something fairly telling. It’s worthy to note that the version Amazon had ready for you when it was a pre-order item was the unlocked GSM version, not the all-but-official… Read More

  • Dual Wireless DVD Player for Lovers, Kids

    If you’re lonely, don’t read any further. This product isn’t for you “live at home in Mom’s basement kind of geeks” like Vince. No, this device is for couples, people in love. You might have seen them on your TV. Maybe you pine about being part of one. Maybe you are, but that would really be weird. Anyway, the dual-audio out on this portable DVD player… Read More

  • Next Gen Console Review: You, Me, and PS3

    Peter Suciu, a New York-based gaming writer, got his hands on both the Wii and the PS3 and will be posting live from the launch events this week. Here is his take on the next gen consoles that you crave. Sony has won the last two rounds, but recently Atari founder Nolan Bushnell said he felt it was just a fluke, while others have said that Nintendo and SEGA were so focused on doing more of… Read More

  • Pink, Orange Zunes On the Horizon Plus Next Gen Specs

    No sooner are we welcomed to the social that a little bird tells us that orange and pink first gen Zunes might be ready for us all around the holidays AND that one-point-five gen Zune specs are finalized and that there are prototypes circulating at Zune-quarters in Seattle. The new colors are already in the grimey hands of those who worked on the Zune project. The new models will be the same… Read More

  • Pinnacle Announces PCTV To Go: Be Afraid Slingbox

    Looks like Pinnacle has caught a case of the ol’ Slingbox bug that’s going around. They’ve just announced that in late November for $249, you’ll be able to purchase PCTV To Go. This new product stays true to their popular PCTV line of products by allowing consumers to watch TV on their PC via their wireless network, integration with Windows XP Media Center Edition… Read More

  • Oakley Announces Thump Pro

    Oakley apparently didn’t get the memo that their MP3-playing sunglasses, known as the Thump, are a flop. They’re ugly, feel weird, and are costly. But lucky for us, Oakley isn’t going to let the man get them down. They’ve announced a November 17th release date for their new sunglasses, the Thump Pro. Thump Pro is designed for athletes and performance-demanding… Read More

  • Wi-Ex zBoost YX500/510 Cellphone Extender First Look: Oh Wow

    Not to sound like a jaded old hack, but I rarely get excited by anything that I see anymore. I know. I’m a jaded old hack. Anyway, the Wi-Ex zBoost Cellphone Extender was one of those things that actually made my heart race a little, so when it came I decided to pull open the box and give it a go. Read More

  • Microsoft Wants To Give You A Cookie For Zune Song Sharing

    As DRM’d and flawed as the Microsoft Zune is, the Wi-Fi song sharing ability it possesses is a cool feature, no doubt. But to up the ante a bit and make the Zune more appealing, Microsoft wants to reward users for sharing music with each other. Somewhat confirmed after J Allard spoke in Seattle this past weekend, the new feature will give Zune owners who share music points that can be… Read More

  • Hon Hai Making Up A Batch Of iPhones

    Apple is going to be pissed off when it finds out that Taiwanese manufacturer Hon Hai let it slip that they scored a contract with Apple to manufacture 12 million mobile handsets that can play music. Hmmm, sounds a lot like an iPhone to me. Hon Hai is also the supposed manufacturer of Apple’s upcoming 15-inch MacBook. So when can we expect a OS X-laden handset to be released to the masses? Read More

  • Sony KDS-R60XBR2 Reviewed: Big, Bright And Expensive


    If you were excited about the announcement that Wal-Mart has plans to offer a plasma HDTV for less than $1,000, then the Sony KDS-R60XBR2 is not for you. The $3,800 60-inch rear-projection 1080p HDTV is the feature-filled step-up to the well-received KDS-60A2000, though it has many of the same specs. According to the very, very long and obscenely thorough CNET review from Senior Editor… Read More

  • VHS Is Dead At 30


    Variety.com has a killer write-up on the death of VHS. For those of you that have never looked it up, VHS stands for Vertical Helical Scan and was developed by JVC of Japan. The 30-year-old format beat out Sony’s Betamax format as the consumer choice, changing the way we watched movies at home and hit its peak with the sale of 30 million “The Lion King” cassettes in the… Read More

  • Wii Gift Cards Hacked: Wii Next

    So before anyone has really even hacked the Nintendo Wii and done amazing things for it (like, you know, making it play DVDs or something useful), someone has come along and hacked a Wii Gift Card. See, Target is giving out these little plastic cards that are thicker than the average gift card and inside is cute circuitry ripe for the pickin’. The card has a button on the outside that… Read More

  • Cingular To Help You Blow That $13.48 In Your Bank Account

    Cingular is looking to break new ground by offering its customers the ability to do their banking via a mobile phone. Apparently Cingular is currently beta-testing this new program which would enable customers to check their account balance, transfer funds, and pay bills with their phone. However Cingular has no firm deals made with banks, which means it could be Wachovia, it could be Bank… Read More